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  ABA   



Salem Sabres player lands overseas deal - by Gianni Pascucci

Rich Smith (6'7''-F/C) a 250lbs Center/Power Forward currently playing with the Salem Sabres ABA professional basketball team will soon be shedding his Sabres uniform and heading overseas to play with the Indonesia Warriors. Smith was born in Subic Bay, Philippines but grew up in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from Olympic High School and went on to play basketball for Concordia University from 2007-2009. In 2009 Smith transferred to George Fox University where he played until 2011. While at George Fox Smith pursued a degree in Chemistry and Civil Engineering. Smith signed to play with the Salem Sabres in mid July. He came into the Sabres camp ready to work hard. Smith only played two games as a Sabre and contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds in those games.
Head Coach Willie Freeman had this to say about Smith. "Rich is a young up and coming athlete who is putting in the work to further his professional career. We wish him well with his future endeavors".
When Smith got the news of the opportunity to go overseas the whole Sabres camp was excited for him. Owner Rhonda Alexander "This is one of the goals of the organization, to help local talent gain that recognition to hopefully get a shot at an overseas deal, D League or even the NBA. We did not think it would happen in our Inaugural season, but none the less we are proud of Rich"

Smith said: "I am excited to play overseas. It's a new opportunity for me and to get to wake up doing something I love every day so I cannot complain. I love the opportunity to be able to travel to different countries and experience their culture, it's amazing! I like the fact the coach I will have has had NBA coaching experience, is an American and has been in constant contact with me. I feel that is what drew me to the Indonesia Warriors. The family like atmosphere is the same as we have with the Sabers. I got the chance to play overseas because I was actually born in the Philippines so I am an Asian import not an American even though I have been in America all my life. I feel God wanted me to be on this path in life and I feel that I grew a lot while with the Sabers. I got a lot of guidance from Coach Freeman and fellow teammate Cory Largent about playing overseas. They helped a lot in preparing me along with strong support from the upper management of the Sabres organization. It helps a lot when you have people who treat you like family around you. I am just ready to focus purely on basketball instead of school and hoops. I am wondering what my ceiling will be as Coach Freeman was just starting to tap into my potential".
The Sabres will be playing its first game without Smith on December 14th, 7pm at Chemeketa Community College Bldg #7. This will be the Salem Sabres first time match up with the Olympia Rise.



Warriors 2012-13 roster - by Gianni Pascucci

This down is the full, 2012-2013 team roster of the South Carolina Warriors ABA team as displayed in its official website. Marquise Gainous (6'9''-F-76, college: TCU), Michael Vogler (6'1''-G-87, college: Troy) , Kellen Brand (6'1''-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) and Brendan Knox (6'10''-C-87, college: Auburn) form the returnees nucleus, Tim Ware (6'7''-F-81) and Emanuel Jackson (6'8''-F/C-78, college: SF Austin) seem two interesting additions

23 Kellen Brand G 6'1" 188 lbs
20 Lashun Watson F 6'6" 212 lbs
30 Brenden Knox F/C 6'10" 230 lbs
33 Emanuel Jackson F/C 6'9" 230 lbs
25 Matt Kendrick C 7'0" 235 lbs
15 Pat Lewis G/F 6'5" 195 lbs
3 Mike Vogler PG 6'0" 180 lbs
11 Sherod Harris G 5'10" 160 lbs
0 Tim Ware F 6'7" 214 lbs
40 Marquise Gainous F/C 6'10" 230 lbs

Head Coach: John Kefalas
Team Owner: Marshall Biddle



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Krka brings back Smodis - by Zeljko Zule

Krka announced the signing of Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), who has been one of Europes top big men over the past decade. Smodis is a three-time Euroleague champion, with two of those titles coming during his recent six-year stay with CSKA Moscow. He grew up with Krka Novo Mesto, where he was a starter as a teenager and led the club to the 2000 Slovenian League championship. He spent the next three seasons at Virtus Bologna, where in 2001 he won the triple crown: His first Euroleague title plus the Italian League and Cup titles. Smodis moved to rival Fortitudo Bologna for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. He helped that team reach the Euroleague title game in the first of those seasons and win the Italian League in the second. Over the following six years, Smodis estrablished himself as a star and a winner by helping CSKA reach five Euroleague Final Fours and winning the title in 2006 and 2008 in addition to six Russian championship and three Russian Cups. He also became the first non-Russian team captain in CSKAs illustrious history. He was named to the 2006-07 All-Euroleague Second Team. Smodis is a member of the Slovenian national team, which he has represented on five occasions at the European Championship..


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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 8-2 
 2. Hawks 7-1 
 3. Wildcats 6-3 
 4. Kings 6-5 
 5. 36ers 5-4 
 6. Taipans 3-6 
 7. Tigers 2-7 
 8. Crocodiles 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 30: Breakers - Tigers 94-64
Nov. 30: Crocodiles - 36ers 75-73
Nov. 30: Wildcats - Kings 75-56
Dec. 2: 36ers - Kings
Dec. 2: Taipans - Hawks


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Madgen, Kings19.9 
 2. Deleon, Hawks17.0 
 3. Jackson, Breakers16.9 
 4. Tragardh, Taipans15.2 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles15.2 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats14.9 
 7. Knight, Wildcats14.5 
 8. Wilson, Taipans14.4 
 9. Scott, Tigers14.0 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.9 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.9 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Scott, Tigers7.4 
 5. Forman, Hawks7.3 
 6. Davidson, Hawks7.0 
 7. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 8. Lazare, Kings7.0 
 9. Petrie, 36ers6.6 
 10. Pledger, Breakers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers8.1 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles4.6 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.3 
 4. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 5. Henry, Kings3.3 
 6. Cadee, 36ers2.9 
 7. Wilson, Taipans2.9 
 8. Martin, Hawks2.8 
 9. Deleon, Hawks2.8 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.6 
 2. Deleon, Hawks1.6 
 3. Martin, Wildcats1.6 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.3 
 6. Williams, Taipans1.2 
 7. Edwards, Taipans1.2 
 8. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.2 
 9. Vukona, Breakers1.1 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pledger, Breakers2.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers1.2 
 3. Scott, Tigers1.2 
 4. Forman, Hawks1.1 
 5. Garlepp, Kings1.1 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats1.1 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans0.7 
 8. Rush, Tigers0.7 
 9. Walker, Tigers0.6 
 10. Hinder, Crocodiles0.6 


2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia advanced to the Final game - by Eurobasket News

Australia-Fiji 99:53

Australia advanced to the Final game of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side of the tournament overcame Fiji 99:53 in the second Semifinal of the day.
Australia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the start of the game. They took 25-17 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. Moreover they limited the guests to just 6 points in the second period and led 43:23 at the halftime. Australia managed to win the third quarter 32-20 and finished the game with 24-20 in the last stanza.
William Mcdowell-White stepped up with 20 points for the hosts and Darryl Mcdowell-White added 14. Dejan Vasiljevic delivered 13, while Jacob Pupavac and Jock Perry scored 9 each. Mataika Koyamainavure finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Filimoni Vulimailaucala tossed in 10.

Australia: William Mcdowell-White 20, Darryl Mcdowell-White 14, Dejan Vasiljevic 13, Jacob Pupavac 9, Jock Perry 9
Fiji: Mataika Koyamainavure 19, Filimoni Vulimailaucala 10



Wildcats ink Michael Dunigan - by Eurobasket News

Perth Wildcats (NBL) signed 23-year old American center Michael Dunigan (208-111kg-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.). He already started the season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.
He won Estonian League championship title in 2011.
Dunigan was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Dunigan has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem), Italy (Novipiu Casale), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Estonia (Kalev/Cramo).
He attended University of Oregon until 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Trian Iliadis signs at Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

Perth Wildcats (NBL) landed 23-year old naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89). He just graduated from Old Dominion University (NCAA). In 29 games last season he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to CAA All-Academic 1st Team. Iliadis also played at Old Dominion University in Colonial Athletic Association Conference in the NCAA that season. In 29 games last season he had 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as he was selected to CAA All-Academic 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Iliadis team won CAA Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
He was a member of Australian University National Team last year.
Iliadis has played previously for another Australian team: Stirling Senators.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Wildcats sign import Dunigan - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats are pleased to announce the signing of former NBA free agent for the Memphis Grizzlies Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon), as an injury replacement player for centre Matt Knight.

Dunigan is a 208cm (6'10'), 111kg athletic big man from Chicago, Illinois, who has also previously played for the University of Oregon, before lining up with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in the Israeli Basketball Super League.

The 23-year-old then went on to play for the championship winning BC Kalev/Cramo in Estonia in the 2010/11 season where he was named All-Estonian League Centre of the Year.

Dunigan then joined the Memphis Grizzlies where he played a pre-season game in October before being released.

Dunigan says he's thrilled to represent the Wildcats.

'I have a huge respect for Australian basketball, and the Wildcats are the most successful club in Australia,' he said.

'I've seen video, I can't wait go get out there, show Perth what I can do, and help the Wildcats get some wins.'

Dunigan's signing as an injury replacement player for star centre Matt Knight, means he can only play for the club for the duration of Knight's injury.

Head coach Rob Beveridge is excited at the prospect of unleashing Dunigan at Perth Arena on Friday night against the Wollongong Hawks.

"It's very hard to replace a guy like Matt Knight at short notice, but I'm confident that Michael has what it takes," he said.

"He's tall, strong and athletic, and I'm excited to see what he can bring to the team."

Wildcats big man Matt Knight tore his calf muscle in the team's Round 8 clash with Townsville and could miss up to five games.

Knight has had a stellar start to the 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship season and has asserted himself as the premier big man of the league.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 23: TU/Rock - Valga 98-66
Nov. 30: Parnu - Valmiera 94-91
Nov. 28: Sakalai - Nevezis 89-81
Nov. 29: Liepaja - Jelgava 85-94
Nov. 27: Jelgava - Juventus 82-81
Nov. 30: Naglis Palangos - Rapla 71-58
Nov. 26: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo 62-61
Nov. 27: LSU-Baltai - Kalev/Cramo 61-73
Nov. 30: Valga - Lietkabelis 58-75

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 1: TU/Rock - Lietkabelis
Dec. 1: LSU-Baltai - Pieno Zvaigzdes
Dec. 1: Ventspils - Rapla
Dec. 1: Juventus - Liepaja
Dec. 1: Sakalai - Rudupis
Dec. 1: Barons kvartals - Nevezis
Dec. 1: Tln Kalev - Tarvas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev18.4 
 3. Raadik, Parnu18.2 
 4. Gulbis, Barons k.17.9 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis17.0 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.17.0 
 7. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis15.8 
 9. Leonard, Juventus14.9 
 10. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.8.0 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 8. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.7.3 
 10. Leonard, Juventus7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.8 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.2 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Artamonov, Siauliai4.6 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.4.6 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.6 
 7. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.3 
 8. Dambrauskas, Sakal.4.2 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietka.4.1 
 10. Cunda, Valga4.0 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.0 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis2.3 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.3 
 4. Brown, Naglis P.2.2 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.0 
 7. Labuckas, Rudupis1.9 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.9 
 9. McLeod, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 10. Maceina, Pieno Z.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.4 
 6. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.3 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 8. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 9. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.1 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 


Round 10: Pieno Zvaigzdes edge Kalev/Cramo by one point - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Baltic League took place in Pasvalys. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2) to top-ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-0) 62-61 in the game for the first place. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 16-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Undefeated Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the second place with two games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes are looking forward to face LSU-Baltai (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Jelgava. Fourth ranked Latvian Jelgava (4-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Juventus (3-4) 82-81 in the fight for the third place. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Kristaps Kanbergs contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Juventus. Jelgava moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Juventus. Juventus at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Valmiera. Jelgava will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play at home against Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Parnu between Estonian KK Parnu and Latvian Valmiera. Fourth ranked KK Parnu (2-3) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers Valmiera (3-4). KK Parnu managed to escape with a 3-point win 94-91 on Friday evening. Augustas Peciukevicius scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Janis Berzins responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. KK Parnu maintains fourth position with 2-3 record, which they share with Barsy Atyrau. Loser Valmiera keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Juventus. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 10 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fourth ranked Jelgava won against host Liepaja (2-6) 94-85. Kristaps Kanbergs notched 25 points to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jelgava (4-4) moved-up to third place. Liepaja lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Jelgava will have a break next round. Liepaja will play on the road against Juventus (#4) in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 10 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius where third ranked Sakalai won against visiting Nevezis (3-5) 89-81. Edvinas Jezukevicius fired 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sakalai (4-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Tarvas. Loser Nevezis keep the fourth position with five games lost. Sakalai will face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play on the road against Barons kvartals in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Lietkabelis defeated Valga in Panevezys 75-58. Naglis Palangos beat Rapla at home 71-58. Kalev/Cramo won against LSU-Baltai on the opponent's court 73-61. TU/Rock outscored Valga in a home game 98-66.


Valga - Lietkabelis 58-75

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Estonian Valga (1-7) was defeated at home by second ranked Lithuanian Lietkabelis (6-1) 75-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Valga was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valga 33-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) chipped in 14 points. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Lietkabelis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Valga keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Lietkabelis will face league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: D.Griskenas 14+4reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 13+7reb, A.Drungilas 13+3reb+2ast, K.Cipruss 10+5reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 9+2reb+1ast, K.Vecvagars 8+6reb+3ast
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 15+8reb+1ast, M.Grim 11+4reb, E.Cunda 9+4reb+3ast, T.Leok 6+1reb+1ast, R.Grafs 6, T.Oja 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198163


Naglis Palangos - Rapla 71-58

No shocking result in a game in Palanga where third ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos (3-3) defeated 5th ranked Estonian Rapla (1-5) 71-58 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Naglis Palangos forced 23 Rapla turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Rapla was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Andre Parn (202-77) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Naglis Palangos maintains third position with 3-3 record having five points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Naglis Palangos will have a break next round. Rapla will play on the road against the league's leader Ventspils (#1).
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 19+5reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 18+5reb+5ast, M.Mockevicius 14+7reb+4ast, J.Porter 5+14reb, M.Konate 5+5reb, M.Kumpys 4+4reb+2ast
Rapla: A.Parn 13+6reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 10+7reb, R.Nurger 9+2reb, R.Laane 7+7reb+4ast, I.Pilk 7+3reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 6+6reb
gschID: 198162


Parnu - Valmiera 94-91

A very close game took place in Parnu between Estonian KK Parnu and Latvian Valmiera. Fourth ranked KK Parnu (2-3) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers Valmiera (3-4). KK Parnu managed to escape with a 3-point win 94-91 on Friday evening. Valmiera cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Rain Raadik (208-89) chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Maris Ziedins (203-90) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four KK Parnu and five Valmiera players scored in double figures. KK Parnu maintains fourth position with 2-3 record, which they share with Barsy Atyrau. Loser Valmiera keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Juventus. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 26+7reb+7ast, O.Matulionis 23+4reb+3ast, R.Raadik 22+13reb+2ast, K.Evart 11, R.Raap 8+7reb+9ast, T.Hamarsalu 4+2reb
Valmiera: J.Porzingis 18+4reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 17+5reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 12+1reb+3ast, J.Kaufmanis 12+3reb+3ast, V.Iljins 11+6reb, J.Berzins 10+14reb+4ast
gschID: 198161


Liepaja - Jelgava 85-94

One of the most interesting games of round 10 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fourth ranked Jelgava won against host Liepaja (2-6) 94-85. Liepaja was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 54-40 second half run of Jelgava. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Liepaja turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) notched 25 points to lead the effort and Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by point guard Ingus Jakovics (185-93) did not help to save the game for Liepaja. Center Toms Leiteris (213-90) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jelgava (4-4) moved-up to third place. Liepaja lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Jelgava will have a break next round. Liepaja will play on the road against Juventus (#4) in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 25, S.Silavs 18+5reb+1ast, A.Brackett 14+5reb, E.Krumins 12+8reb+3ast, A.Justovics 8+4reb+2ast, L.Mizis 7+6reb+1ast
Liepaja: I.Jakovics 20+4reb+3ast, A.Helmanis 12+3reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 10+10reb+1ast, T.Archer 9+4reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 8+5reb, G.Plater 6+2ast
gschID: 198160


Sakalai - Nevezis 89-81

One of the most interesting games of round 10 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius where third ranked Sakalai won against visiting Nevezis (3-5) 89-81. Nevezis trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 28-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-89 at the end of the game. Center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-90) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-94) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists. Five Sakalai players scored in double figures. Center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Sakalai (4-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Tarvas. Loser Nevezis keep the fourth position with five games lost. Sakalai will face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play on the road against Barons kvartals in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: E.Jezukevicius 19+5reb+1ast, E.Baniulis 14+4reb+1ast, A.Kiausas 14+4reb+2ast, P.Dambrauskas 13+5reb+3ast, I.Ramasauskas 13+6reb, J.Gintvainis 10+4reb+8ast
Nevezis: G.Zyle 19+7reb, M.Girdziunas 17+3reb+3ast, P.Semaska 10+3reb+3ast, T.Bishop 9+7reb, S.Kulevicius 8+4reb+1ast, D.Silinskis 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 198159


Jelgava - Juventus 82-81

Important game to mention about took place in Jelgava. Fourth ranked Latvian Jelgava (4-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Juventus (3-4) 82-81 in the fight for the third place. Juventus were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 12-10 charge of Jelgava, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Juventus. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Jelgava moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Juventus. Juventus at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Valmiera. Jelgava will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play at home against Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Duselis 20+3reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 17+4reb+2ast, A.Justovics 14+1reb, A.Brackett 9+10reb+1ast, S.Silavs 9+6reb+2ast, L.Mizis 5+6reb+4ast
Juventus: D.Gvezdauskas 20+1reb, K.Petrukonis 16+6reb+1ast, D.Leonard 11+10reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 11+3reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 8+9reb+3ast, A.Viskontas 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 198158


LSU-Baltai - Kalev/Cramo 61-73

Rather expected game in Kaunas where bottom-ranked Lithuanian LSU-Baltai (0-6) was defeated by second ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2) 73-61 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-61. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 32. Kalev/Cramo forced 20 LSU-Baltai turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kalev/Cramo made 7 blocks. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) fired 21 points for the winners. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Arunas Sakalauskas (190-91) produced 11 points and guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Estonian champion maintains second position with 4-2 record having four points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser LSU-Baltai still closes the standings with six games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round. LSU-Baltai will play at home against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes (#1) in Pasvalys and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 21+2reb+1ast, F.Elegar 15+5reb+1ast, B.Fall 13+6reb, G.Arbet 9+3reb, R.Keerles 6+4reb+1ast, T.Sokk 5+3reb+4ast
LSU-Baltai: A.Sakalauskas 11+2reb, S.Vingelis 9+3reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 8+4reb, Z.Skucas 7+4reb+1ast, P.Malasauskas 6+4reb+1ast, M.Stasys 6+6ast
gschID: 198157


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo 62-61

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Baltic League took place in Pasvalys. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2) to top-ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-0) 62-61 in the game for the first place. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 16-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Keith McLeod (190-79, college: Bowling Green) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the second place with two games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes are looking forward to face LSU-Baltai (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 21+5reb+4ast, T.Biggs 14+7reb, M.Ruikis 7+2reb, L.Brazdauskis 7+5reb, B.Woodfox 5+1ast, Y.Gates 4+5reb
Kalev/Cramo: K.McLeod 11+3reb+2ast, F.Elegar 11+10reb+1ast, G.Arbet 10+4reb, T.Sokk 9+1ast, B.Fall 8+2reb, G.Wilkinson 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 198156


TU/Rock - Valga 98-66

Very predictable result in Tartu where first ranked TU/Rock (7-1) outscored 6th ranked Valga (1-7) 98-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Valga was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Valga's 28. They outrebounded Valga 34-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. TU/Rock looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Valga's players. Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Silver Leppik (189-83) chipped in 19 points. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) produced 12 points and forward Robert Petersonig (195-90) added 14 points respectively for lost side. TU/Rock maintains first position with 7-1 record. Loser Valga keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. TU/Rock will face league's second-placed Lietkabelis in Panevezys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: I.Nelyubov 22+6reb+1ast, S.Leppik 19+3reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 11+3reb, R.Veideman 9+4reb+4ast, K.Saage 8+1reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 8+5reb+2ast
Valga: R.Petersonig 14+3reb+1ast, V.Vares 12+3reb+3ast, J.Jarvelainen 11+1reb, T.Oja 10+1reb+1ast, E.Cunda 6+5reb+2ast, R.Grafs 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 198155



Augustas Peciukevicius claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Lithuanian Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Parnu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 21-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Parnu in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Valmiera (#3, 3-4) 94-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Parnu maintains the 4th position in Baltic League . Parnu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Peciukevicius turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Augustas Peciukevicius averages this season 17.0ppg and 5.2apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Parnu's star - 23-year old center Rain Raadik (208-C-89). Raadik impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Parnu to edge slightly higher-ranked Valmiera (#3, 3-4) by 3 points 94-91. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Parnu consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Raadik is a newcomer at Parnu 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 18.2ppg (#3). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) of Valmiera (#3). Berzins showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Berzins' great performance Valmiera lost 91-94 to #4 ranked Parnu. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Valmiera ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Berzins could help Valmiera to bring them higher in the standings. Berzins has a great season in Baltic League. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) of TU/Rock - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87) of Juventus - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Darrick Leonard (190-G-84) of Juventus - 11 points and 10 rebounds
7. Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93) of Liepaja - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-C-90) of Sakalai - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) of Nevezis - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) of Parnu - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 8-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 7-1 
 3. Rubon 6-3 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 4-4 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 2-6 
 6. Borisfen 1-7 
 7. Svisloch 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 30: Sozh Gomel - Svisloch 94-69
Nov. 30: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Rubon 63-87
Nov. 30: Borisfen - Grodno-93 45-106

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 4: Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel
Dec. 4: Svisloch - Borisfen
Dec. 4: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel26.5 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.22.6 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch16.8 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.4 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.9 
 6. Akulich, Rubon14.9 
 7. Charykau, Sozh G.14.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.13.9 
 9. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.13.8 
 10. Kamarunas, Svisl.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henadziy ZAKHAR
  Impuls B.
  (198-SF-92)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.8 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.8.9 
 3. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.8.4 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 5. Sharipov, Svisloch6.6 
 6. Yafremov, Grodn.6.5 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.6.5 
 8. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.2 
 9. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.1 
 10. Miakinin, Sozh Go.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.5.6 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.3 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch4.9 
 4. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.8 
 5. Akulich, Rubon4.6 
 6. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.1 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.6 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen3.1 
 9. Sapegin, Rubon2.9 
 10. Charko, Grodno-932.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.3 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch2.6 
 4. Malkov, Grodno-932.5 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 6. Tatur, Borisfen2.4 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon2.4 
 8. Charko, Grodno-932.4 
 9. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.4 
 10. Kamarunas, Svisl.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anton LAGUNOVSKIY
  Impuls B.
  (192-F-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lagunovskiy, Impul.0.0 
 2. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 


Rubon beats Tsmoki-Minsk II in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Minsk. Third ranked Rubon faced 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II. Guests from Vitebsk (6-3) smashed host Tsmoki-Minsk II (4-4) 87-63. The game without a history. Rubon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 35 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Rubon 46-29 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Tsmoki-Minsk II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 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. Rubon maintains third place with 6-3 record having just one points less than leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Rubon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki-Minsk II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Impuls BGUIR.
Undefeated leader Grodno-93 delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Borisfen (1-7) 106-45 in Mogilev. It was a good game for the former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Yury Mishukov contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vadzim Haidukevich (193-93) answered with 12 points for Borisfen. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Grodno-93 (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Borisfen lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Grodno-93 will play against league's second-placed Sozh Gomel at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will play against Svisloch (#7) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 bottom-ranked Svisloch was crushed by Sozh Gomel in a road game 94-69.


Borisfen - Grodno-93 45-106

Undefeated leader Grodno-93 delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Borisfen (1-7) 106-45 in Mogilev. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Borisfen to just 7 points in second and third quarters. Grodno-93 held Borisfen to an opponent 22.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Grodno-93 forced 24 Borisfen turnovers and outrebounded them 55-27 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Forward Vadzim Haidukevich (193-93) answered with 12 points and forward Evgeniy Kopylov (199-91) added 3 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Borisfen. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Borisfen lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Grodno-93 will play against league's second-placed Sozh Gomel at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will play against Svisloch (#7) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 17+8reb, K.Yafremov 17+10reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 16+2reb+1ast, I.Konuyshenko 16+8reb, A.Mastou 9+7reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 9+5reb+2ast
Borisfen: V.Haidukevich 12, A.Ogunlege 6+2reb, S.Tatur 6+3reb, G.Usovich 5+3reb+3ast, A.Aheyenka 5+2reb+1ast, F.Kryukov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 204714


Tsmoki-Minsk II - Rubon 63-87

An exciting game was played in Minsk. Third ranked Rubon faced 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II. Guests from Vitebsk (6-3) smashed host Tsmoki-Minsk II (4-4) 87-63. The game without a history. Rubon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 35 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Rubon 46-29 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Tsmoki-Minsk II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Rubon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rubon maintains third place with 6-3 record having just one points less than leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Rubon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki-Minsk II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Impuls BGUIR.
Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Akulich 22+1reb+6ast, A.Indrikov 20+5reb+2ast, D.Sivalko 14+7reb, A.Dziarzhautsau 10+5reb, V.Ilyukevich 10+7reb, Y.Patupchyk 7+2reb
Tsmoki-Minsk II: R.Rutkauskas 24+18reb+1ast, A.Semianiuk 9+7reb+1ast, A.Vashkevich 7+2reb, S.Kazlou 6+3reb, V.Krisevich 4+5reb+1ast, D.Roslikov 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 204716


Sozh Gomel - Svisloch 94-69

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Svisloch (1-8) was crushed on the road by second ranked Sozh Gomel (7-1) 94-69. The game was mostly controlled by Sozh Gomel. Svisloch was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sozh Gomel dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Svisloch's 34. Sozh Gomel forced 21 Svisloch turnovers and outrebounded them 40-22 including a 31-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!). The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-89) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Anton Korneenkov (198-90) added 12 points in the effort for Svisloch. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Sozh Gomel. They maintain second place with 7-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Svisloch lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Borisfen (#6) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 33+3reb+3ast, S.Charykau 19+4reb+3ast, T.Viaroukin 18+5reb+1ast, S.Miakinin 11+5reb, S.Dadukin 9+12reb+2ast, P.Bliznets 2+6reb
Svisloch: V.Kamarunas 15+5reb+2ast, A.Korneenkov 12+3reb, P.Shuleyko 12+1reb+1ast, M.Shustau 9, I.Sharipov 8+4reb, M.Strukau 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 204715



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Kangor.-Boom 9-2 
 2. Houthalen 8-4 
 3. CEP Fleurus 7-4 
 4. St-Niklase 7-4 
 5. Gent Dragons 7-5 
 6. Sint-Jan Ant. 6-5 
 7. Gembo BBC 6-5 
 8. Excelsior 6-5 
 9. Sprimont 6-5 
 10. Waregem 6-6 
 11. Tongeren 6-6 
 12. Oudenaarde 5-6 
 13. M.Hainaut II 5-6 
 14. Essor Charleroi 1-11 
 15. Giants II 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 24: Houthalen - Excelsior 90-83
Nov. 29: Gembo BBC - Gent Dragons 89-81
Nov. 24: Tongeren - Oudenaarde 87-83
Nov. 23: Point Chaud - Giants II 86-57
Nov. 24: St-Niklase - Waregem 75-74
Nov. 25: Essor Charleroi - CEP Fleurus 57-72
Nov. 24: Kangor.-Boom - Sint-Jan Ant. 109-99

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 29: Excelsior - Point Chaud
Nov. 30: M.Hainaut II - Kangor.-Boom
Nov. 30: CEP Fleurus - Gembo BBC
Dec. 2: Giants II - Essor Charleroi
Dec. 2: Waregem - Sint-Jan Ant.
Dec. 2: Oudenaarde - Houthalen
Dec. 2: Tongeren - St-Niklase



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 29: Limeira - Vila Velha 88-87
Nov. 29: Bauru - Uberlandia 81-82
Nov. 29: Palmeiras - Paulistano 79-86 OT
Nov. 29: Tijuca TC - Mogi das Cruzes 76-67
Nov. 29: Joinville - Minas 73-55
Nov. 29: Liga Sorocaba - Franca 59-80

Regular Season: Round 4

Dec. 1: Joinville - Vila Velha
Dec. 1: Liga Sorocaba - Uberlandia
Dec. 1: Paulistano - Suzano
Dec. 1: Bauru - Franca
Dec. 1: Limeira - Minas


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Robert DAY
  Uberlandia
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 22
 1. Day, Uberlandia22.0 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.0 
 3. Gruber, Uberlandia19.5 
 4. Stefanelli, S.Jose.19.0 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.5 
 6. Toyloy, Paulistano17.5 
 7. Ribeiro, Basque.17.0 
 8. Fischer, Bauru17.0 
 9. Probst, Joinville16.0 
 10. Luz dos Sant., Fr.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.10.3 
 2. Alves, Bauru8.7 
 3. Castellar, Limeira8.0 
 4. Ribeiro, Basque.8.0 
 5. Agba, Bauru8.0 
 6. Leichtweis, Tijuca7.3 
 7. Probst, Joinville7.0 
 8. Nunes, Minas7.0 
 9. Teichmann, Franca6.7 
 10. Mariano, Franca6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Helinho GARCIA
  Uberlandia
  (186-G-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Garcia, Uberlandia7.5 
 2. Aleo, Joinville5.7 
 3. Fischer, Bauru5.3 
 4. Collum, Uberlandia5.0 
 5. Brugger, Paulistano5.0 
 6. Ramon, Limeira4.5 
 7. Lima, Limeira4.5 
 8. Corazza, Paulistano4.5 
 9. Froehlich, Franca4.0 
 10. Bresolin, Basque.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edu DE OLIVEIRA
  Basque.
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 0
 1. de Oliveira, Basqu.0.0 
 2. Agba, Bauru0.0 
 3. de Bem, Liga S.0.0 
 4. Machado, Liga S.0.0 
 5. de Azevedo, Liga0.0 
 6. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.0 
 7. Day, Uberlandia0.0 
 8. Lima, Limeira0.0 
 9. Da Silva, Limeira0.0 
 10. Lima, Tijuca TC0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan Pablo FIGUEROA
  Franca
  (184-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Figueroa, Franca4.3 
 2. Lima, Limeira3.5 
 3. de Oliveira, Basqu.2.5 
 4. Borders, Minas2.5 
 5. Bresolin, Basque.2.5 
 6. Carvalho, Paulista.2.5 
 7. Parker, Vila Velha2.3 
 8. Prado, Joinville2.3 
 9. Meindl, Franca2.3 
 10. Gruber, Uberlandia2.0 


South American League 2012: Flamengo earn third straight win in Group E - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Tiburones 101:87

Flamengo ensured the third straight win at the semifinal stage of 2012 South American League. They knocked down Tiburones de Vargas to clinch the top position in Group E. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Flamengo erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They secured a 9-point lead at the interval 48:39. Flamengo stretched the gap in the third term. The Rio de Janeiro side registered a comfortable 14-point advantage at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Flamengo cruised to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) netted 19 points, while Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) added 14 points for Flamengo. Tiburones answered with 26 points from Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79). Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) provided 25 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Flamengo: Olivinha Rodriguez 20, Marquinhos Vieira 19, Kojo Mensah 14
Tiburones: Alejandro Barrios 26, Axiers Sucre 25+10 boards



South American League 2012: Uniceub/BRB pip Pinheiros/Sky to reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Pinheiros/Sky 89:86

Uniceub/BRB scraped into the South American League Final stage. They eked out a narrow win over Pinheiros/Sky in the final round of the semifinal stage in Group E to punch the last ticket. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 29 points to lead the winners. He sank two free throws late in regulation to seal the victory.
Pinheiros/Sky started strong. They overcame a 17-point tally from Alex Ribeiro in the first stanza to take a 29:23 lead. Uniceub/BRB managed to pull in front in the second quarter. The teams arrived at the interval tied at 44. Pinheiros/Sky snatched the lead once again and entered the final frame up by two points 70:68. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Alex Ribeiro stepped up for Brasilia when it mattered the most. They drilled tripled to make it 81:75. Pinheiros/Sky cut the deficit but Alex Ribeiro went deadly from the penalty line and sealed the victory for Uniceub/BRB. Guilherme Giovannoni notched 23 points and 9 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) added 19 points for the winners. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) answered with 25 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) and Andre Bambu (205-C-79) had 12 points each in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Alex Ribeiro 29, Guilherme Giovannoni 23, Arthur Silva 19
Pinheiros/Sky: Mineiro Ferreira 25, Joe Smith 12, Andre Bambu 12



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 28: Acadia - St.Francis X. 84-71
Nov. 25: Memorial - New Brunsw. 79-89
Nov. 29: McGill - Bishop''s 79-84
Nov. 29: UNBC - Alberta 74-78
Nov. 29: Mount Royal - Saskatchewan 73-96
Nov. 28: St.Mary's - Dalhousie 69-75

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 1: New Brunsw. - Cape Breton
Dec. 1: Dalhousie - UPEI
Dec. 1: Winnipeg - UBC Okanagan
Dec. 1: Winnipeg - TRU
Dec. 1: Manitoba - UBC Okanagan
Dec. 1: Manitoba - TRU
Dec. 1: Queen''s - Western
Dec. 1: Ryerson - McMaster
Dec. 1: Waterloo - Ottawa
Dec. 1: Guelph - Laurentian
Dec. 1: Lakehead - York
Dec. 1: Laurier - Carleton
Dec. 1: Toronto Univ. - Brock
Dec. 1: Brandon - TWU
Dec. 1: Mount Royal - Alberta
Dec. 1: Regina - UFV
Dec. 1: UBC - Lethbridge
Dec. 1: Victoria - Calgary
Dec. 1: UNBC - Saskatchewan
Dec. 5: Winnipeg - Manitoba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.26.8 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.24.9 
 3. Allin, Laurier24.0 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.6 
 5. Freeman, UFV21.0 
 6. Scrubb, Carleton20.8 
 7. Walton, Manitoba20.4 
 8. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.4 
 9. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.1 
 10. Faulkner, Queen''s19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxwell ALLIN
  Laurier
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Allin, Laurier13.4 
 2. Klassen, Acadia13.0 
 3. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 4. Salhia, Lakehead10.8 
 5. Phillip, Windsor10.8 
 6. Faulkner, Queen''s9.5 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 8. Waldner, Lethb.9.1 
 9. Moses, Calgary9.0 
 10. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.6.9 
 2. Jones, Ryerson6.0 
 3. Walton, Manitoba5.4 
 4. Bonhomme, Brandon5.0 
 5. Singh, Queen''s5.0 
 6. Lamar, Saskatch.5.0 
 7. York, UFV4.9 
 8. Johnson, Lethbrid.4.8 
 9. Daley, New Brunsw.4.7 
 10. Baker, Saskatch.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.0 
 2. Daley, New Brunsw.3.7 
 3. Perrin, TWU3.0 
 4. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 5. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.7 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.6 
 7. Pink, St.Mary''s2.5 
 8. Evans, Victoria2.5 
 9. Walton, Manitoba2.5 
 10. Gooding, Winnipeg2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew CHESSON
  Laurier
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Chesson, Laurier2.2 
 2. O''Brien, New B.2.1 
 3. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 4. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 5. Dewar, Alberta1.8 
 6. Klassen, Acadia1.7 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 8. Tufegdzich, York1.7 
 9. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.7 
 10. Coldea, York1.5 


Laroche is back at Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Concordia University agreed terms with domestic forward Evens Laroche (193). Its actually his comeback to Stingers as he played here before. Laroche played last summer at Jaguars (LBQ). Quite impressive season as he was named to CIS All-2nd Team. He won Quebec League championship title in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Laroche was voted All-Quebec League Player of the Year in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIS Round 13: Lions beat Gryphons by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 13 in the CIS took place in Guelph, ON. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Gryphons (1-5) to sixth ranked Lions (4-3) 95-94 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 25-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Gryphons' 26. Worth to mention a great performance of guard David Tyndale (180) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Daniel Tulloch (196) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Zachary Angus (185) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for Gryphons. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lions moved-up to third place, which they share with St.Francis X. Gryphons lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Brock and Western. Lions is looking forward to face league's second-placed Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gryphons will play at home against Voyageurs in Sudbury, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Stingers (3-2) against fourth ranked Rouge et Or (2-3) on Friday night. Visiting Stingers were defeated by Rouge et Or in a tough game in Quebec City, QC 68-72. Thibaud Dezutter stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Karl Demers-Belanger chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Evens Laroche (193) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rouge et Or maintains fourth place with 2-3 record. Stingers at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. They share it with UPEI. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Voyageurs (5-2) against fifth ranked Thunderwolves (2-4) on Friday night. Visiting Voyageurs were crushed by Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON 90-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Voyageurs. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Yoosrie Salhia nailed 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Nelson Yengue came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for Voyageurs in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderwolves moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Voyageurs still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Windsor and Queen's. Thunderwolves will meet at home Lions (#6) in the next round. Voyageurs will play against Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Golden Hawks (2-4) against fourth ranked Gee-Gees (6-1) on Friday night. Host Golden Hawks unexpectedly were defeated by in Waterloo, ON 83-94. Warren Ward fired 43 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gee-Gees have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Carleton. Golden Hawks at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Gee-Gees' next round opponent will be Warriors (#8) in Waterloo, ON which should be theoretically an easy game. Golden Hawks will play at home against the league's second-placed Ravens (#2) in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Vikies (6-3) which hosted in Victoria, BC 3rd placed Pronghorn (5-4). Second ranked Vikies had an easy win 77-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pronghorn. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a very good performance for Terrell Evans who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Pronghorn's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Vikies maintains second place with 6-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Ryerson, which they share with Saskatchewan and UFV. Loser Pronghorn dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Vikies will face Dinos (#6) in Calgary, AB in the next round. Pronghorn will play on the road against the league's leader Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Calgary were smashed by UBC on the road 82-63. Regina destroyed TWU on its own court 88-69. UFV outscored Brandon in Abbotsford, BC 81-61. Queen's was rolled over Windsor at home 82-118. Brock lost to undefeated Ryerson on the opponent's court 63-79. Winless Waterloo was smashed by Carleton in a home game 43-73. McMaster won against Toronto Univ. on the road 87-82. New Brunsw. lost to undefeated Cape Breton on its own court 77-96.


UBC - Calgary 82-63

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Thunderbirds (7-2) crushed 6th ranked Dinos (4-5) in Vancouver, BC 82-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Dinos was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderbirds dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Dinos' 30 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thunderbirds made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Forward David Wagner (206-92) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) answered with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Thijin Moses (201) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dinos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderbirds maintains first place with 7-2 record. Loser Dinos dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Thunderbirds will face Pronghorn (#5) in Lethbridge, AB in the next round. Dinos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Vikies in Victoria, BC.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 19+7reb+5ast, T.Moses 14+8reb, J.Gill 11+4reb+3ast, M.Ligertwood 7+4reb+1ast, M.Letkeman 7+2reb, D.Karch 3+2reb+3ast
UBC: D.Wagner 21+8reb, D.Plumb 17+5reb+5ast, B.Kamen 12+16reb+2ast, I.Solomon 11+3reb+3ast, T.Nixon 8+5reb+2ast, O.Wallace 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190469


Victoria - Lethbridge 77-59

An interesting game for Vikies (6-3) which hosted in Victoria, BC 3rd placed Pronghorn (5-4). Second ranked Vikies had an easy win 77-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pronghorn. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Vikies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vikies outrebounded Pronghorn 44-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Terrell Evans who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Ryan Erikson contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Derek Waldner (201) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Morgan Duce (180) added 13 points in the effort for Pronghorn. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pronghorn's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Vikies maintains second place with 6-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Ryerson, which they share with Saskatchewan and UFV. Loser Pronghorn dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Vikies will face Dinos (#6) in Calgary, AB in the next round. Pronghorn will play on the road against the league's leader Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: D.Waldner 14+9reb+2ast, M.Duce 13+1reb+2ast, J.Chief-Morris 11+3reb+1ast, L.Reiter 10+2reb, S.Wenzel 4+1ast, C.Johnson 3+4reb+2ast
Victoria: T.Evans 25+4reb+4ast, R.Erikson 13+8reb, P.Anderson 10+7reb+2ast, M.Acheampong 10+1reb+5ast, B.Dunlop 8+2reb+2ast, R.Theil 6+12reb
gschID: 190468


Regina - TWU 88-69

Everything could happen in Regina, SK at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Cougars and 6th ranked Spartans had identical 2-6 record. This time Cougars used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Langley, BC 88-69 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cougars had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Spartans' players. Spartans were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for guard Frank Brown (188) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Brendan Hebert (180) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Four Cougars players scored in double figures. Mark Perrin answered with 21 points and 4 steals and forward Eli Mara (196) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Spartans. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cougars (3-6) moved-up to seventh place. Spartans lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Cougars will face higher ranked Cascades (#3) in Abbotsford, BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TWU: M.Perrin 21+3reb+2ast, J.Bakuteka 12+1reb, K.Osborne 10+4reb, E.Mara 7+8reb, D.McDonald 6+6reb, T.Linttell 6+4reb
Regina: F.Brown 23+10reb+2ast, B.Hebert 14+5reb+11ast, P.Gareau 14+9reb+1ast, C.Burns 12+6reb+1ast, M.Augustin 8+1reb+1ast, D.Mole 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 190467


Brandon - UFV 61-81

Rather predictable result when third ranked Cascades (6-3) rolled over 7th ranked Bobcats (2-7) in Brandon, MB 81-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Cascades. Bobcats was better in fourth quarter 27-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bobcats 53-42 including a 44-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Kevon Parchment contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Cascades players scored in double figures. Forward Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak (201) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Smith added 17 points in the effort for Bobcats. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cascades. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Saskatchewan and Victoria. Loser Bobcats dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Cascades will face Cougars (#7) in Regina, SK in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Bobcats will play at home against Spartans in Langley, BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brandon: R.Smith 17+1reb, A.Benabdelhak 15+10reb, K.Ramsey 10+1reb+3ast, I.Bonhomme 5+4reb+1ast, T.Scott 4+6reb+1ast, A.Klocek 3+2reb
UFV: K.Grewal 24+11reb+1ast, S.Freeman 15+6reb+2ast, K.Parchment 15+14reb, N.Kendall 12+7reb+2ast, J.Blackman 8+4reb+1ast, M.Dulay 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190466


Queen''s - Windsor 82-118

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Golden Gaels (5-2) were outscored by first ranked Lancers (5-2) in Kingston, ON 118-82 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Lancers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Golden Gaels' 24. Lancers shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. Quite impressive performance for point guard point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Guard guard Michael Petrella (180-89) (180-89) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lancers' coach Chris Oliver felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) (185-90) answered with 15 points and guard guard Michael Petrella (180-89) (180-89) added 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Golden Gaels. Lancers maintains first place with 5-2 record, which they share with Laurentian and Queen's. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Queen''s: G.Faulkner 19+2reb+1ast, S.Singh 11+5reb+2ast, R.Roberts 10+4reb, J.Asefa 9+6reb+2ast, M.Paclibar 9+4reb+1ast, N.Misljencevic 6+4reb
Windsor: M.Petrella 20, E.Diloreto 15+4reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 13+4reb, N.Ntim 11+1reb, I.Seferagic 10+2reb, R.Christie 9+4reb
gschID: 190465


Ryerson - Brock 79-63

Everything went according to plan when leader Rams (7-0) defeated 3rd placed Badgers (1-5) in Toronto, ON 79-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Badgers was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Badgers' 28. They outrebounded Badgers 46-30 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Badgers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Jordon Gauthier (191) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Rams players scored in double figures. American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Mark Gibson (198) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Badgers. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Rams. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Badgers lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Rams will face Marauders (#4) in Hamilton, ON in the next round. Badgers will play on the road against Blues in Toronto, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brock: J.Tipping 18+11reb+2ast, M.Gibson 11+5reb, T.Kasamba 11+2reb, K.Biel 9+2reb+1ast, M.Williams 5, M.Luby 4+2reb
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 21+7reb+1ast, J.Jones 19+8reb+7ast, A.Best 13+11reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 10+8reb+3ast, M.Beckford 10+5reb, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 3+1reb
gschID: 190464


Laval - Concordia 72-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Stingers (3-2) against fourth ranked Rouge et Or (2-3) on Friday night. Visiting Stingers were defeated by Rouge et Or in a tough game in Quebec City, QC 68-72. Rouge et Or made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Stingers turnovers. Thibaud Dezutter stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Karl Demers-Belanger chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Evens Laroche (193) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ivorian forward Kafil Eyitayo (201) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rouge et Or maintains fourth place with 2-3 record. Stingers at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. They share it with UPEI. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Concordia: E.Laroche 19+11reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 14+5reb+3ast, J.Moussignac 11+5reb+6ast, A.Chmielewski 10+2reb+6ast, J.Blake 8+4reb+1ast, M.Tajfel 3+1reb
Laval: T.Dezutter 17+12reb+6ast, R.Mathieu 15+4reb, K.Demers-Belanger 12+6reb+6ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 12+6reb+1ast, A.Beaumier 6+2reb+1ast, A.Guilard 6+2reb
gschID: 190463


Lakehead - Laurentian 90-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Voyageurs (5-2) against fifth ranked Thunderwolves (2-4) on Friday night. Visiting Voyageurs were crushed by Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON 90-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Voyageurs. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Thunderwolves outrebounded Voyageurs 38-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) nailed 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and guard Greg Carter (178-90) accounted for 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Nelson Yengue came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Manny Pasquale (183) added 11 points respectively for Voyageurs in the defeat. Four Voyageurs players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderwolves moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Voyageurs still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Windsor and Queen's. Thunderwolves will meet at home Lions (#6) in the next round. Voyageurs will play against Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: N.Yengue 17+5reb+1ast, J.Weldon 13+2reb+1ast, A.Ratte 12+3reb, M.Pasquale 11+3reb+3ast, G.Serresse 8+3reb, T.Carter-Newman 4+2reb+2ast
Lakehead: Y.Salhia 32+5reb+2ast, J.Hart 14+1reb+1ast, B.Johnson 10+3reb+3ast, G.Carter 8+7reb+7ast, R.Thomson 8+8reb+5ast, J.Jones 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190462


Waterloo - Carleton 43-73

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Warriors (0-6) were outleveled by second ranked Ravens (6-1) in Waterloo, ON 73-43 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Warriors was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Warriors to just 6 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. They outrebounded Warriors 43-21 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for forward Thomas Scrubb (196) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Denham Buchanan answered with 21 points and forward Kyrie Coleman added 8 points in the effort for Warriors. 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 sixth consecutive win for Ravens. They maintain second place with 6-1 record having just -3 victories less than leader Ryerson, which they share with Ottawa. Warriors lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Ravens will face Golden Hawks (#3) in Waterloo, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Warriors will play at home against Gee-Gees (#3) in Ottawa, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: D.Buchanan 21+2reb+1ast, K.Coleman 8+2reb+1ast, B.Davis 4+1reb, W.Bridge 4, Z.Angelini 3+2reb+1ast, M.Helsby 2+6reb+1ast
Carleton: T.Scrubb 12+12reb+2ast, P.Scrubb 9+2reb+2ast, T.Hinz 9+5reb+2ast, K.Churchill 7+6reb+1ast, K.Blain 7+2reb+1ast, C.Wood 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190461


Laurier - Ottawa 83-94

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Golden Hawks (2-4) against fourth ranked Gee-Gees (6-1) on Friday night. Host Golden Hawks unexpectedly were defeated by in Waterloo, ON 83-94. It looked good early as Golden Hawks took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gee-Gees took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. International guard Warren Ward (196-89) fired 43 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Maxwell Allin (193) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard William Coulthard (188) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Golden Hawks players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gee-Gees have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Carleton. Golden Hawks at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Gee-Gees' next round opponent will be Warriors (#8) in Waterloo, ON which should be theoretically an easy game. Golden Hawks will play at home against the league's second-placed Ravens (#2) in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laurier: J.Forde 22+3reb+2ast, M.Allin 18+7reb+4ast, W.Coulthard 18+5reb+4ast, P.Donnelly 15+7reb+2ast, A.Walters 5+1reb, J.Smith 2
Ottawa: W.Ward 43+8reb+2ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 19+10reb, J.Berhanemeskel 9+1reb+2ast, M.Tihani 7+4reb+1ast, C.Agada 7+2reb, M.L'Africain 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190460


Guelph - York 94-95

The most exciting game of round 13 in the CIS took place in Guelph, ON. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Gryphons (1-5) to sixth ranked Lions (4-3) 95-94 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 25-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Gryphons' 26. Worth to mention a great performance of guard David Tyndale (180) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Daniel Tulloch (196) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Zachary Angus (185) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Michel Clark (185) added 22 points in the effort for Gryphons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lions moved-up to third place, which they share with St.Francis X. Gryphons lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Brock and Western. Lions is looking forward to face league's second-placed Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gryphons will play at home against Voyageurs in Sudbury, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guelph: M.Clark 22+4reb+3ast, Z.Angus 18+7reb+6ast, C.Grenier 12+2reb+1ast, S.Cornelissen 10+4reb, T.Armstrong 9+2reb+2ast, D.Thompson 8+1reb+5ast
York: D.Tyndale 22+1reb+2ast, D.Tulloch 15+4reb, R.Iheadindu 14+2reb+1ast, A.Rados 12+3reb+1ast, T.Rutty 8+6reb+1ast, R.Isaac 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190459


Toronto Univ. - McMaster 82-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Marauders' (2-4) road victory over 7th ranked Blues (2-5) in Toronto, ON 87-82 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Marauders outrebounded Blues 42-26 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Blues were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for center Taylor Black (201) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Aaron Redpath (193) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and guard Arun Kumar (183) added 27 points in the effort for Blues. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Marauders moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Blues lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Marauders will face league's leader Rams in Toronto, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blues will play at home against Badgers (#5) in St.Catharines, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 33+6reb+2ast, A.Kumar 27+2reb+2ast, A.Plummer 6+5reb, D.Churchill 5, B.Garvin 4+6reb+1ast, L.Schuetz 4+2reb
McMaster: A.Redpath 21+5reb+4ast, T.Black 19+10reb+2ast, S.Laws 17+4reb+1ast, A.Presutti 11+1reb+1ast, J.Rocca 8+6reb, N.Mccarthy 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 190458


New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 77-96

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Varsity Reds (3-4) were smashed by leader Capers (6-0) in Fredericton, NB 96-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-77. Capers dominated on the defensive end, holding Varsity Reds to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Varsity Reds 40-24 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Guard Shaquille Keith (196) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Capers players scored in double figures. Guard William Mc Fee (190) answered with 25 points and forward Jordan Irvine (193) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Varsity Reds. Varsity Reds' coach let to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Capers. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Acadia. Loser Varsity Reds keep the fifth place with four games lost. Capers will have a break next round. Varsity Reds will play again at home against the league's second-placed Capers (#2) in Sydney, NS.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 25+3reb, J.Irvine 16+5reb, A.O'Brien 12+3reb, D.Quirion 9+1reb+1ast, M.Daley 5+5reb+10ast, R.Smith 4+5reb+1ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 25+6reb+4ast, S.Keith 25+7reb+1ast, M.Lufile 14+6reb, C.Kasongo 14+7reb+2ast, S.Mccormick 11+6reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 4+4reb
gschID: 190457



Owen Klassen claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented international forward Owen Klassen (208-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Acadia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 21-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat St.Francis X. (#3, 4-3) 84-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Acadia to consolidate first place in the Canadian CIS. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Acadia already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Klassen had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Acadia, through which he has constantly improved. Klassen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Matthew Daley (175) of New Brunsw.. Daley impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course New Brunsw. cruised to a 89-79 relatively comfortable win over Memorial (#8, 0-8). New Brunsw.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Daley is well-known by New Brunsw. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Ryan Wood (191-G/F) of Memorial (#8). Wood showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Wood's great performance Memorial lost 79-89 to the higher-ranked New Brunsw. (#5, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Memorial can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 8 games. Too bad for Wood he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wood has a very solid season. In 8 games in Canada he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Lee (193-G-90) of St.Mary's - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ben Baker (191-G) of Saskatchewan - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Stephon Lamar (185-G) of Saskatchewan - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Patrick Burns (198-G) of Saskatchewan - 12 points and 14 rebounds
8. Devon Stedman (F) of Dalhousie - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel Quirion (183-G) of New Brunsw. - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Matthew Forbes (198-F) of Saskatchewan - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak joins Brandon - by Eurobasket News

Brandon University agreed terms with forward Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak (201-95kg). He played last summer at Jaguars (LBQ).
Benabdelhak has played previously for another Canadian team: Montreal Sasquatch.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIS Round 12: Gaiters hand first defeat to Redmen - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and derby games.

Undefeated Redmen (3-1) recorded its first loss in Montreal, QC on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Gaiters (2-1) 84-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Redmen. Gaiters maintains third position with 2-1 record having 6 victories less than leader McGill. Redmen at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Concordia. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Halifax, NS: Tigers (#7) and Huskies (#6). Huskies were defeated at home 69-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It was a good game for forward Devon Stedman who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hassan Abdullahi contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Jordan Lee (193-90, college: St.Francis, IL) replied with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for Huskies. Tigers (2-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Toronto Univ. Huskies lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wolfville, NS. Top-ranked Axemen faced 3rd ranked X-Men. Host Axemen (6-0) defeated guests from Antigonish, NS (4-3) 84-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Owen Klassen who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks. The best for the losing side was Rodrigo Madera with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Undefeated Axemen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Ryerson. Loser X-Men keeps the third place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Golden Bears delivered the eighth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Timberwolves (4-5) 78-74 in Prince George, BC. The winners were led by Jordan Baker who scored that evening 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Golden Bears (8-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Timberwolves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-79 loss to fifth ranked Varsity Reds (3-3) in St.John's, NL on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Matthew Daley who scored 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Varsity Reds maintains fifth position with 3-3 record, which they share with York. Loser Sea Hawks still closes the standings with eight games lost. Varsity Reds will face league's second-placed Capers in Sydney, NS in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 12 Saskatchewan crushed Mount Royal in Saskatoon, SK 96-73.


McGill - Bishop''s 79-84

Undefeated Redmen (3-1) recorded its first loss in Montreal, QC on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Gaiters (2-1) 84-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Redmen. Gaiters maintains third position with 2-1 record having 6 victories less than leader McGill. Redmen at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Concordia. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 229800


St.Mary's - Dalhousie 69-75

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Halifax, NS: Tigers (#7) and Huskies (#6). Huskies were defeated at home 69-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Tigers forced 23 Huskies turnovers. Huskies were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Devon Stedman who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Hassan Abdullahi contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Jordan Lee (193-90, college: St.Francis, IL) replied with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and forward Kevin Thomas (203-93, college: Fairfield) added 7 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Huskies. Tigers (2-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Toronto Univ. Huskies lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Mary''s: J.Lee 28+6reb+4ast, M.Pink 11+1reb, K.Scott 11+2ast, K.Thomas 7+14reb+2ast, H.Ezenibe 5+15reb+2ast, R.Halpin 4+2reb+3ast
Dalhousie: H.Abdullahi 23+3reb+1ast, D.Stedman 14+10reb+3ast, C.Fox 10+4reb+5ast, S.Marr 9+5reb, J.Mullings 9+5reb+3ast, W.Yengue 9+11reb+2ast
gschID: 190454


UNBC - Alberta 74-78

Leader Golden Bears delivered the eighth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Timberwolves (4-5) 78-74 in Prince George, BC. Timberwolves were ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 32-19 charge of Golden Bears, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Bears had a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who scored that evening 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Sahr Saffa (191-90) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by forward Gabe Aubertin (201) did not help to save the game for Timberwolves. Swingman Sam Raphael (188) added 17 points. Golden Bears (8-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Timberwolves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UNBC: S.Raphael 17+2reb+2ast, J.Araujo 14+2reb, G.Aubertin 13+8reb+1ast, F.Rowe 10+2reb+1ast, N.Bains 9+4reb, J.Rybachuk 7+6reb+8ast
Alberta: S.Saffa 16+5reb+2ast, J.Baker 14+7reb+4ast, K.Otieno 13+7reb+1ast, Y.Ouahrig 13+6reb+2ast, R.Dewar 12+5reb, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190456


Mount Royal - Saskatchewan 73-96

There was no surprise in Calgary, AB where 6th ranked Mount Royal (2-7) was crushed by fourth ranked Huskies (6-3) 96-73 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-73. Huskies outrebounded Mount Royal 45-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) who scored 27 points and 6 assists. Guard Ben Baker (191) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Huskies players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Awet Abraha (183) who recorded 16 points and forward Nick Loewen (196) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huskies moved-up to second place. Mount Royal lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mount Royal: A.Abraha 16+3reb+2ast, A.Callaghan 10, N.Loewen 8+7reb, O.Ogun 8+2reb+2ast, J.Lefebvre 8+2reb, M.Akwl 8+4reb+1ast
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 27+3reb+6ast, N.Foth 13+1reb+1ast, M.Forbes 12+9reb+2ast, P.Burns 12+14reb, B.Baker 12+11reb+5ast, E.Ostertag 8+2reb
gschID: 190455


Acadia - St.Francis X. 84-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wolfville, NS. Top-ranked Axemen faced 3rd ranked X-Men. Host Axemen (6-0) defeated guests from Antigonish, NS (4-3) 84-71. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-71. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Axemen made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks and point guard Jonathan Tull (190, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Axemen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Dominican center Rodrigo Madera (208-90) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jeremy Dunn (196) scored 15 points. Axemen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Ryerson. Loser X-Men keeps the third place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: R.Madera 15+7reb, J.Dunn 15+3reb+2ast, T.Vernon 11+1reb+1ast, T.Thomas 9+9reb+1ast, W.Donkoh 8+6reb+3ast, S.Coupland 8+5reb+1ast
Acadia: J.Tull 23+7reb, O.Klassen 19+13reb+6ast, A.Ashe 19+3reb+2ast, T.Scott 10+4reb+2ast, B.States 8+1reb+1ast, A.Simmonds 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 190453


Memorial - New Brunsw. 79-89

Bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-79 loss to fifth ranked Varsity Reds (3-3) in St.John's, NL on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Varsity Reds looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Varsity Reds made 7 blocks. Sea Hawks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Matthew Daley (175) who scored 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Guard Daniel Quirion (183) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Varsity Reds players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Ryan Wood (191) who recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Theodore Stanoev (180) added 13 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Varsity Reds maintains fifth position with 3-3 record, which they share with York. Loser Sea Hawks still closes the standings with eight games lost. Varsity Reds will face league's second-placed Capers in Sydney, NS in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Memorial: R.Wood 23+6reb+4ast, N.Moffatt 14+3reb+3ast, T.Stanoev 13+4reb+4ast, C.Gould 6+5reb+2ast, A.Kisusi 6+2reb, T.Sargent 6+2reb+3ast
New Brunsw.: M.Daley 27+7reb+5ast, W.Mc Fee 18+6reb+4ast, D.Quirion 13+9reb+7ast, A.O'Brien 12+6reb, R.Smith 11+5reb+6ast, M.Matheson 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190452



Moussignac comes back to Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Concordia University added to their roster guard Jean-Andre Moussignac (188). Its actually his comeback to Stingers as he played here before. Moussignac played last summer at Jaguars (LBQ). He won Quebec League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012).
Moussignac was voted Quebec League All-Rookie Team in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Beijing Ducks 3-0 
 2. Shandong FB 3-0 
 3. Xinjiang FT 2-1 
 4. Bayi R. 2-1 
 5. Foshan LL 2-1 
 6. DongGuan L. 2-1 
 7. Guandong ST 2-1 
 8. TianJin S. 2-1 
 9. Fujian QB 2-1 
 10. Liaoning H. 1-1 
 11. Zhejiang CB 1-1 
 12. Guangsha L. 1-2 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 1-2 
 14. Jiangsu D. 0-2 
 15. Jilin NE T. 0-3 
 16. Qingdao E. 0-3 
 17. Shanghai S. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 30: Qingdao E. - Bayi R. 99-101
Nov. 30: DongGuan L. - Jiangsu D. 98-92
Nov. 30: TianJin S. - Jilin NE T. 89-83
Nov. 30: Shanghai S. - Shandong FB 78-89
Nov. 30: Guandong ST - Guangsha L. 113-110
Nov. 30: Liaoning H. - Beijing Ducks 104-109
Nov. 30: Shanxi Zh. - Fujian QB 102-109
Nov. 30: Foshan LL - Xinjiang FT 101-91

Regular Season: Round 4

Dec. 2: Liaoning H. - TianJin S.
Dec. 2: Zhejiang CB - DongGuan L.
Dec. 2: Shanghai S. - Qingdao E.
Dec. 2: Xinjiang FT - Bayi R.
Dec. 2: Guandong ST - Jiangsu D.
Dec. 2: Foshan LL - Xinjiang FT
Dec. 2: Shandong FB - Jilin NE T.
Dec. 2: Fujian QB - Guangsha L.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Josh-Emmanuel AKOGNON
  Liaoning.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 38.5
 1. Akognon, Liaoning.38.5 
 2. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.0 
 3. Harris, Jiangsu D.29.0 
 4. Spencer, Jilin N.29.0 
 5. Thornton, Guangsh.28.7 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.28.0 
 7. Yi, Guandong ST27.7 
 8. Williams, Guandong.27.3 
 9. McGrady, Qingd.26.3 
 10. Ju, Foshan LL26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Abbas, Shandong FB17.5 
 2. Harris, Jiangsu D.16.0 
 3. Ju, Foshan LL16.0 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.15.5 
 5. Ramos, Guangsha L.15.3 
 6. White, Shanghai S.13.0 
 7. Boone, Zhejiang CB13.0 
 8. Harvey, TianJin S.13.0 
 9. Alexander, Liaonin.12.0 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.11.0 
 2. Marbury, Beijing8.3 
 3. Hudson, DongGuan8.0 
 4. McGrady, Qingd.5.7 
 5. Gaines, Fujian QB5.0 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.0 
 7. Williams, Guandong.4.7 
 8. Lu, Shanxi Zh.4.5 
 9. Wafer, Xinjiang FT4.5 
 10. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Abbas, Shandong FB4.0 
 2. Zhang, Zhejiang CB3.0 
 3. Marbury, Beijing2.7 
 4. Wang, Guandong ST2.7 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.7 
 6. Akognon, Liaoning.2.5 
 7. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.5 
 8. Zhou, Fujian QB2.5 
 9. Alexander, Liaonin.2.5 
 10. Spencer, Jilin N.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.5.0 
 2. Siler, Jiangsu D.3.0 
 3. Mbenga, Qingdao E.3.0 
 4. Yan, Shanxi Zh.3.0 
 5. Yi, Guandong ST2.7 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.2.3 
 7. Tang, Xinjiang FT2.0 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang CB2.0 
 9. Hudson, DongGuan1.7 
 10. Mo, Bayi R.1.7 


Chinese CBA round 3 best performance: Jianlian Yi - by Eurobasket News

International power forward Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guandong ST, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Guangsha L. (#12, 1-2) 113-110. Guandong ST maintains the 7th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Guandong ST will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Yi turned to be Guandong ST's top player in his first season with the team. Jianlian Yi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 27.7ppg), rebounds (9th best: 11.3rpg) and averages impressive 2.7bpg and 78.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh.. Gaines had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Shanxi Zh. lost that game 102-109 to Fujian QB (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Gaines is well-known at Shanxi Zh. and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#9). He also registered 10.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Jiangsu D. (#14). Harris got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds . Despite Harris' great performance Jiangsu D. lost 92-98 to DongGuan L. (#6, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jiangsu D. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Harris he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Harris as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Al Thornton (203-F-83) of Guangsha L. - 36 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Zhelin Wang (215-PF-94) of Fujian QB - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mingxin Ju (200-F/G-93) of Foshan LL - 27 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pooh Jeter (180-PG-83) of Shandong FB - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S. - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stephon Marbury (188-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. YongGang Zhao (202-F-82) of Qingdao E. - 36 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



CBA Round 3: Shandong Bulls and Beijing Ducks remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

CBA Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige (2-1) on the court of ninth ranked Foshan on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Foshan 101-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. The game was mostly controlled by Foshan. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Foshan dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Xinjiang Flying Tige's 44. It was a great evening for swingman Mingxin Ju (200-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (194-81) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Foshan moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Xinjiang Flying Tige. Foshan is again looking forward to face Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play at home against Bayi Rockets in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Dongguan. Seventh ranked Guandong Tigers (2-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (1-2) 113-110 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Terrence Williams (198-87, college: Louisville) who led the winners and scored 32 points. Jianlian Yi accounted for 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Al Thornton (203-83, college: Florida St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with two games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Guandong Tigers will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Fujian in Jinjiang to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Yingkou. 4th placed host Liaoning Hunters (1-1) lost to leader Beijing Ducks (3-0) 109-104. The best player for the winners was Stephon Marbury who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Joe Alexander who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Beijing Ducks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Shandong FB. Loser Liaoning Hunters dropped to the tenth position with one game lost. They share it with Zhejiang CB. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liaoning Hunters will play against TianJin Steel (#8) in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Qingdao. It ended with only two-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles (0-3) to fifth ranked Bayi Rockets (2-1) 101-99 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for ZhiZhi Wang who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Qingdao Eagles' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bayi Rockets moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Qingdao Eagles at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Bayi Rockets' next round opponent will be Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi, which may be the game of the day. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Shanghai Sharks (#17) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Shanghai Sharks (0-3) were defeated at home by leader Shandong Bulls (3-0) with the biggest margin this round 89-78 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Pooh Jeter who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Shanghai Sharks' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Loser Shanghai Sharks still closes the standings with three games lost. Shandong Bulls will face Jilin Tigers (#15) in Changchun in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against Qingdao Eagles and look forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3: winless Jilin NE T. lost to TianJin S. on the opponent's court 83-89. DongGuan L. managed to outperform Jiangsu D. in a home game 98-92. Fujian QB managed to beat Shanxi Zh. on the road 109-102.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 16 rebounds by Charles Gaines of Shanxi Zh..


Qingdao E. - Bayi R. 99-101

A very interesting game took place in Qingdao. It ended with only two-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles (0-3) to fifth ranked Bayi Rockets (2-1) 101-99 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Qingdao Eagles were ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of Bayi Rockets, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-16 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Qingdao Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (215-77) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Ke Mo (210-82) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward YongGang Zhao (202-82) answered with 36 points (!!!) and Congolese-Belgian center Ilunga Mbenga (214-80) added 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Qingdao Eagles. Five Bayi Rockets and four Qingdao Eagles players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bayi Rockets moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Qingdao Eagles at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Bayi Rockets' next round opponent will be Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi, which may be the game of the day. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Shanghai Sharks (#17) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: Z.YongGang 36+4reb+3ast, X.YuYang 21+6reb+1ast, M.Ilunga 17+11reb, M.Tracy 13+1reb+3ast, C.Kai 5+5reb+2ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 5+7ast
Bayi R.: W.ZhiZhi 27+9reb, H.Shuo 20+3reb+2ast, M.Ke 19+6reb+2ast, W.Lei 14+2reb+4ast, X.ZhongHao 13+6reb, Z.Bo 6+2reb+3ast
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Foshan LL - Xinjiang FT 101-91

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige (2-1) on the court of ninth ranked Foshan on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Foshan 101-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. The game was mostly controlled by Foshan. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Foshan dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Xinjiang Flying Tige's 44. It was a great evening for swingman Mingxin Ju (200-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (194-81) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) with 27 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Foshan and four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Foshan moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Xinjiang Flying Tige. Foshan is again looking forward to face Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play at home against Bayi Rockets in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: S.James 27+7reb+2ast, M.Bateer 14+6reb+6ast, C.Tal 14+2reb+1ast, P.Duo 14+5reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 8+3reb, Y.Changdong 4+5reb
Foshan LL: J.Mingxin 27+14reb+2ast, M.Michel 19+5reb+2ast, Z.Zhun 14+2reb, Z.LingXu 12+4reb+5ast, M.Rashad 11+1reb+5ast, S.KangMing 8+4reb+2ast
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Guandong ST - Guangsha L. 113-110

Important game to mention about took place in Dongguan. Seventh ranked Guandong Tigers (2-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (1-2) 113-110 on Friday evening. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 38-28 third quarter run of Guandong Tigers. They made 16-of-16 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They also forced 24 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Terrence Williams (198-87, college: Louisville) who led the winners and scored 32 points. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) accounted for 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Al Thornton (203-83, college: Florida St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Taiwanese guard Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 20 points and 6 assists respectively for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with two games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Guandong Tigers will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Fujian in Jinjiang to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: T.Al 36+11reb+5ast, R.Peter John 21+7reb+1ast, L.Chih-Chieh 20+3reb+6ast, S.HoMan 16+5reb+1ast, W.Zirui 10+3reb+2ast, Z.Dapeng 3+3reb+2ast
Guandong ST: W.Terrence 32+2reb+3ast, Y.Jianlian 24+12reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 18+6reb+4ast, D.Ike 14+9reb, L.XiaoYu 11+1reb+8ast, W.ShiPeng 8+4reb+3ast
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TianJin S. - Jilin NE T. 89-83

Rather expected game in Tianjin where bottom-ranked Jilin Tigers (0-3) were defeated by twelfth ranked TianJin Steel (2-1) 89-83 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-83. TianJin Steel forced 23 Jilin Tigers turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TianJin Steel made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 8 rebounds. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. The best for the losing side was American-Liberian power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TianJin Steel moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Jilin Tigers still closes the standings with three games lost. TianJin Steel will face Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Shandong Bulls (#2) in Jinan and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: H.Samuel 18+14reb+1ast, S.Dewarick 16+7reb+2ast, L.Wei 14+7reb, L.Ang 10, L.Xudong 8+3reb+3ast, L.Yao 5
TianJin S.: H.Donnell 30+8reb+2ast, D.Osama 19+8reb+11ast, Z.Nan 15+2reb+2ast, M.XiangLong 9+1reb, N.Hamady 6+8reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 6+2reb+1ast
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DongGuan L. - Jiangsu D. 98-92

Very predictable result when eighth ranked DongGuan Leopards (2-1) defeated at home bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (0-2) 98-92 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jiangsu Dragons won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when DongGuan Leopards won last quarter 29-25. Strangely Jiangsu Dragons outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 45-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when DongGuan Leopards made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points. His fellow American import guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) helped adding 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DongGuan Leopards moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Jiangsu Dragons still closes the standings with two games lost. DongGuan Leopards will face Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#11) in Hangzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Dragons will play on the road against Guandong Tigers in Dongguan and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: H.Mike 34+16reb+1ast, M.Da 16+5reb+6ast, S.Garret 16+10reb+1ast, Y.Li 12+4reb+2ast, K.Benny 6+4reb+1ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 4+1reb
DongGuan L.: H.Marcus 31+4reb, H.Lester 22+6reb+6ast, Q.Biao 14+1reb+1ast, S.TongLin 13+13reb+3ast, H.ZhongMian 9+3reb+2ast, L.Muhao 4+1reb
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Shanghai S. - Shandong FB 78-89

Bottom-ranked Shanghai Sharks (0-3) were defeated at home by leader Shandong Bulls (3-0) with the biggest margin this round 89-78 on Friday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) helped adding 16 points and 17 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Loser Shanghai Sharks still closes the standings with three games lost. Shandong Bulls will face Jilin Tigers (#15) in Changchun in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against Qingdao Eagles and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: W.D.J. 21+12reb+2ast, L.Wei 15+6reb+3ast, W.Yong-Liang 13+1reb, G.Yang 12+2reb+1ast, T.Wen-Ting 6+10reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 4+5reb
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 33+5reb+3ast, A.Zaid 16+17reb+2ast, V.Jackson 10+12reb, Y.Ding 10+6reb, T.HanLin 7+2reb+1ast, S.Jie 6+2reb
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Liaoning H. - Beijing Ducks 104-109

The game between Top Four teams took place in Yingkou. 4th placed host Liaoning Hunters (1-1) lost to leader Beijing Ducks (3-0) 109-104. Beijing Ducks dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Liaoning Hunters' 36 and made 21-of-21 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) added 31 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. Four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Shandong FB. Loser Liaoning Hunters dropped to the tenth position with one game lost. They share it with Zhejiang CB. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liaoning Hunters will play against TianJin Steel (#8) in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 31+2reb+2ast, A.Joe 23+11reb+2ast, L.XiaoXu 20+11reb+1ast, G.Ailun 10+4reb+3ast, H.Dejun 7+7reb+2ast, Y.Ming 6+4reb+4ast
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 32+6reb+4ast, M.Randolph 20+9reb+4ast, H.Chongkai 14+2reb, G.Li 9+1reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 9+2reb, Z.Xiaochuan 9+7reb
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Shanxi Zh. - Fujian QB 102-109

Everything could happen in Taiyuan at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Fujian and 11th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu had identical 1-1 record. But Shanxi Zhongyu was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Jinjiang 109-102 on Friday night. Fujian made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international Zhelin Wang (215-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Sundiata Gaines (185-86, college: Georgia) helped adding 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Fujian players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams (200-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) scored 30 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fujian (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the twelfth position with two games lost. Fujian will face Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#12) in Hangzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 31+16reb, W.Marcus 30+9reb, %PlayerNameByLink% 9+1reb+1ast, Y.PengFei 9+5reb, D.JiangPeng 9+4reb+3ast, S.TianGui 6+1reb+1ast
Fujian QB: W.Zhelin 28+15reb+2ast, Z.TaiLong 24+4reb+2ast, M.Will 19+10reb, G.Sundiata 18+12reb+6ast, G.Lei 12+5reb, Z.QiXin 6+3reb+1ast
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  CYPRUS   


6th week and a road win for Etha in the opener - by Chris Mammides

Michelin Etha Engomis succeeded a crucial road win at Melford Arena over AEL Limassol with 72-85 and is now at the fourth positon of the league with a positive record of 4-2 while the ex queen of Cyprus Basketball, AEL Limassol added another one loss in its series and is now in the last position of the league with a negative record of 1-5 seriers.

The game was a derby only for ten minutes since that was the actual time that the home team was able to keep the paste and the lead. The first ten minutes the game was a derby with the home team with a solid Palalas and very good Orion Outerbridge (205-F-88, college: Rhode Island) overcome the visiting site by two points with the score being 24-22 and Palalas already scoring 7 of his 11 in total points followed by Orion Outerbridge who ended the period with 6. On the other hand, the polyphony was the characteristic of Coach Adamoy team since three players had four points per head (C.J. Williams (195-G, college: N.Carolina St.), Aaron Johnson (203-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Mexico) and Adgboye).

The second period started with Etha getting the initiatives from the very beggining with Dejan Cup and Aaron Johnson being the top men of the visiting site while on the other side the usual suspect Milutin Aleksis was in a low productivity night. Orion Outerbridge was all alone as Palalas after a fast basket stopped scoring while Pesic and Allen were in a not so good mood. Etha took a lead by four points at the end of the second period, 36-40

In the third period, Etha kept scoring from allover while the only 6 players of AEL who were able to score were getting tired and facing some foul issues too. Etha reached the double digit for the first time in the game some minutes before the end of the period, but Orion Outerbridge with another lay up cut the deficit at the end. The score was 56-63

During the last period, Etha not only kept the paste but increased the deficit by as many as 15 points three minutes before the end of the game. The final score 72-85 could have been even a +20 points for Etha, but Orion Outerbridge and Guillandeaux at the end helped their team to cut the deficit.

Top scorers:

AEL: Orion Outerbridge 21 and 9 rebounds, Guillandeaux 12 and 5 assists, Allen and Aleksic 10 per head and Palalas 11 points.

Etha: C.J. Williams 24 and 7 rebounds, Aaron Johnson 17 points and 7 rebounds, Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) 16 and Poole 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Nov. 30: Svitavy - CEZ Nymburk 55-93
Dec. 1: BC Kolin - USK Praha
Dec. 1: Chomutov - J.Hradec
Dec. 1: BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava
Dec. 1: BK Pardubice - Usti n/Labem
Dec. 1: B&W Opava - Levice


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Meno, USK Praha18.8 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec18.6 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava18.3 
 4. Reese, Usti n.18.2 
 5. Zabas, BK Pardubi.18.1 
 6. Bolds, BC Kolin17.1 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy16.8 
 8. Bosak, Chomutov16.2 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.6 
 10. Ames, NH Ostrava15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Meno, USK Praha10.0 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.8 
 3. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.8 
 4. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.8 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava7.8 
 6. Bohacik, BK Pardu.7.3 
 7. Reese, Usti n.6.9 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.6.7 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.6 
 10. Toth, B&W Opava6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rahsaan AMES
  NH Ostrava
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 2. Pope, BK Decin4.5 
 3. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.5 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.2 
 5. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.8 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin3.8 
 7. Gonzalez, BC Kolin3.7 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.7 
 9. Glover, Chomutov3.4 
 10. Nolen, Usti n.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javier GONZALEZ
  BC Kolin
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gonzalez, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Glover, Chomutov2.5 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.4 
 4. Nolen, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.3 
 6. Pistecky, Usti n.2.0 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 8. Dufault, BK Prost.1.8 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.7 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.7 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.3 
 5. Nelson, BK Pardu.1.1 
 6. Svrdlik, BK Prost.1.0 
 7. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 8. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 9. Votroubek, USK P.0.9 
 10. Kramny, J.Hradec0.8 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 27: U19 - Nymburk B 61-69
Nov. 26: U19 - Kara Trutnov 57-85
Nov. 30: Ostrava - Sokol P. 56-62
Nov. 30: Liberec - Loko Plzen
Dec. 2: Litomerice - Sokol H.K.
Dec. 2: Proton Zlin - Sparta Praha
Nov. 30: Nymburk B - Sokol V.
Dec. 2: Kara Trutnov - JBC Brno


SLUNETA Usti nad Labem Release Jaroslav Tyrna and Kamil Kudlacek - by Surujh Roopnarine

Management of last place SLUNETA Usti nad Labem announced that the club has parted ways with second-year center Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans) and guard Kamil Kudlacek (192-G-88).
With the moves the team roster is 12, as American guard Philip Gavin (191-G/F-86, college: Jarvis Christian) will return to the team on Monday after being in America for 14 days for personal reasons.
Kudlacek, 24, appeared in two games with the club, scoring two points in 12 minutes of combined action.
Tyrna, the younger brother of former Czech National Team center Ales Chan, was in his second season with Usti nad Labem after playing in college at the University of New Orleans (NCAA1). On the season he appeared in five games, averaging 9.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 15-34 on two-point field goals and 1-5 from three-point distance.



New Head Coach Peter Balint Ready to Lead Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem are currently 3-9 and in sole possession of last place in the 13-Team Mattoni NBL, so new Head Coach Peter Balint would seem to have joined an unfavorable situation. That is not how he sees it though. The former head man at BK Prostejov, where he led them to three-consecutive Finals appearances, and then Astrum Levice where he began this season, sees a team full of talent and the ability to make waves throughout the rest of the league for the remaining schedule.
Hired this week, Balint will make his debut on Saturday on national television as Usti nad Llabem travels to face 6-6 BK JIP Pardubice. Led by versatile American forward Brad Reese (199-F-88, college: Texas Tech) who is currently 4th in the league in scoring (18.2ppg) and 7th in rebounding (6.9rpg), along with early season acquisitions Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) and Stefan Licartovsky (196-F-84), the club has players down low and on the perimeter to be much better than they currently are. According to Balint the challenge of now leading a club on the opposite end of the standings than he had been used to is a welcome challenge. Times change, teams too. I have a new motivation. Balint had a chance to meet with his predecessor, Roman Bednar and feels the team is more or less well put together. "I'm here very shortly, but I'm confident that the team is composed ideally. Maybe we are missing a cerebral point guard, we will see if I'm wrong. If it is financially possible, I'd add someone. Otherwise, I do not want to change the roster, it would not be the right way. At his side will continue to be assistant coach Jan Sedivy who took over for the departed Bednar on an interim basis.
His new team will have a great opportunity to make a statement this weekend about their intentions for the rest of the season.


* Quotes taken from interview with www.idnes.cz November 30, 2012



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

-year old forward Quinton Doggett (203-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Naestved and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Aalborg (#10, 1-12) with 32-point margin 97-65. Naestved maintains the 5th position in Danish league. Naestved is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. Doggett turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team.

Second best performed player last round was Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers. He is American forward in his first season at Randers. In the last game Colas recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Randers was edged by league's leader Svendborg (#1, 13-0) 98-94. Randers is still second from the bottom in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Randers managed to get this year. Colas is a newcomer at Randers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#1). He also registered 14.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87) of Aarhus BC (#6). Dezouvre scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Dezouvre's great performance Aarhus BC lost 74-77 to slightly higher-ranked SISU (#4, 9-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aarhus BC not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dezouvre could try to bring Aarhus BC's a little bit higher in the standings. Dezouvre has individually a great season in Denmark. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89) of Bakken - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) of Svendborg - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) of Svendborg - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Mads Frandsen (203-C/F-90) of Naestved - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Claus Magaard (194-F/G-86) of Svendborg - 23 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 30: Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande VV 97-94
Nov. 30: Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 95-101
Nov. 30: Maine RC - Los Angeles D. 94-97
Nov. 30: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 91-80
Nov. 30: Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 111-118
Nov. 30: Ft.Wayne MA - Iowa E. 108-101

Regular Season: Round 5

Dec. 1: Erie Bay H. - Canton C.
Dec. 1: Iowa E. - Ft.Wayne MA
Dec. 1: Texas L. - Rio Grande VV
Dec. 1: Austin T. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Douglas-R., Texas28.0 
 2. Jones, Canton C.28.0 
 3. Howard, Ft.Wayne.23.0 
 4. Downs, Maine RC21.0 
 5. Wright, Maine RC20.3 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.18.8 
 7. Adrien, Rio G.18.3 
 8. Mack, Maine RC18.0 
 9. Major, Bakersfi.18.0 
 10. Roberts, Texas L.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JONES
  Canton C.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Jones, Canton C.14.3 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.13.3 
 3. Adrien, Rio G.11.3 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers11.0 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.10.5 
 6. Wright, Maine RC9.3 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.8.8 
 8. Liggins, Tulsa 66e.8.0 
 9. James, Bakersfi.7.7 
 10. Eric, Canton C.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Rio G.
  (185-PG-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Machado, Rio G.7.0 
 2. Liggins, Tulsa 66e.7.0 
 3. Singletary, Texas7.0 
 4. Mack, Maine RC6.3 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.6.3 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.5.5 
 7. Gutierrez, Canton5.3 
 8. Anderson, Canton4.3 
 9. Butch, Bakersfi.4.0 
 10. Muhammad, Bakers.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldo MAJOR
  Bakersfi.
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Major, Bakersfi.2.7 
 2. Roberts, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Murry, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Downs, Maine RC2.3 
 5. Johnson, Rio G.2.3 
 6. Douglas-R., Texas2.3 
 7. Lewis, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Saunders, Rio G.2.0 
 9. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.0 
 10. Singletary, Texas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 JaJuan JOHNSON
  Ft.Wayne.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.3.3 
 2. Eyenga, Texas L.2.8 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.7 
 4. James, Bakersfi.2.3 
 5. Melo, Maine RC2.3 
 6. Butch, Bakersfi.2.0 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers1.7 
 8. Downs, Maine RC1.7 
 9. Adrien, Rio G.1.7 
 10. Wright, Maine RC1.3 


Six games around the league on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 95-101
The Santa Cruz Warriors opened their inaugural regular season tonight with a 101-95 win over the Reno Bighorns. And as should probably be expected, Golden State assignee Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89, college: ODU) was rather dominant in his D-League debut: he scored a game-high 27 points in just over 33 minutes along with nine rebounds and five steals.Taylor Griffin finished with a double-double, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch. Mickell Gladness had a more modest line with three points and five rebounds in about 19 minutes. But the story here is probably Bazemore; the question that springs to mind after watching his performance is what exactly do the Warriors hope he will gain from this experience? For much of this first outing, Bazemore was simply toying with his opponents, proving what we should probably assume given that he was assigned to the D-League from a NBA roster: he was by far the best talent on the floor. Maybe his four turnovers suggest an area for improvement, but as the first day with a new team - even if they were running sets that Golden State fans would find familiar - it's hard to even read too much into that. Courtesy of: goldenstateofmind.com

Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande VV 97-94
The Tulsa 66ers held off Rio Grande Valley Vipers for a 97-94 win at the SpiritBank Event Center behind 33 points and 10 rebounds from Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut). Lamb, who was assigned to Tulsa on Thursday afternoon, is one of three Thunder players on Tulsa's roster. Fellow assignee Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) posted 12 points and nine boards and Daniel Orton scored 7 points with 10 rebounds. Tulsa (3-0) had five players score double-digit numbers with Tony Taylor (6'1''-PG-90, college: G.Washington) tallying 15 points and Dominique Sutton recording 12. The Vipers (1-2) were led by Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky)' 27 points and 16 rebounds along with 16 points from Scott Machado. Rio Grande Valley got within two points on a layup by Saunders to make it 96-94 with 1:21 remaining in the fourth. The 66ers held off the Vipers in the final minute and sealed the game with a free throw by Lamb with 2.9 seconds left. The Tulsa defense forced 18 RGV turnovers, including 12 on steals, while out-rebounding the Vipers 49-44.The 66ers had four players that dished out four or more assists, including five from Orton, to total 20 on the night. Courtesy of: ktul.com

Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 91-80
Rookie Kevin Jones (6'8''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) posted 27 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Canton Charge to a 91-80 win against the Erie BayHawks before 2,364 fans Friday at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The BayHawks (1-1) face the Charge (1-3) again in their home opener today at 7 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena. Signed by Canton's sole NBA affiliate, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Thursday, Jones had his fourth double-double in as many games for the Charge. The 6-foot 8-inch, 251-pound forward out of West Virginia is averaging 27 points and 13.5 rebounds. The Charge finished with a resounding 57-31 rebounding edge Friday to offset turning the ball over 29 times. Canton had 19 offensive rebounds. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) paced Erie with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The BayHawks trailed 48-34 at halftime and were down by as many as 24 points early in the second half. Erie trimmed Canton's lead to 82-72 late in the fourth quarter, but missed three of its next five free throws. Kyle Gibson answered with making two free throws to push Canton's lead back to 84-74 with 59.5 seconds left. Rookie Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) and Nick Covington had 16 and 14 points, respectively, for Erie. Erik Daniels added four points in his return to the BayHawks. Alex Ruoff, a second-round pick of the BayHawks in last month's D-League draft, had three points for the Charge. Erie traded first-round pick Jack McClinton III and Ruoff to the Reno Bighorns, who traded Ruoff to Canton. Ruoff and Jones were teammates at West Virginia. Courtesy of: goerie.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Iowa E. 108-101
In a terrific back and forth ball game, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants were able to pull away in the end from a tenacious Iowa Energy team 108-101 Friday evening at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. The Energy came out with all of the energy to start the game, as they jumped out to a quick 19-8 lead in the first quarter. Dominique Morrison led the charge for Iowa by scoring a quick 6 points in that run. The Ants eventually found their legs and began to chip away at the lead. Darryl Partin and Sadiel Rojas came off the bench to each score 7 points and get the Ants to within two in the second quarter, 32-34. The lead in the second quarter went back and forth before the Energy took over and went into halftime with a 53-49 lead. Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown) led the Energy with 13 at the half and Morrison added 12 to lead Iowa. The third quarter remained close between the two teams with Iowa holding a lead throughout. The Ants would get close to taking the lead, but the visiting team was always able to stem the threat. The player who kept answering the bell for Iowa was Justin Hurtt (6'5''-G-88, college: Tulsa), who had 11 in the quarter. Behind his great play, the Energy took a 80-77 lead into the fourth quarter. It was the final quarter that the Mad Ants were finally able to get over the hump. With 6 minutes left in the game, Fort Wayne was able to take a lead off of a lay in by Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso). Iowa would not go down easily, however, and the game was nip and tuck until the final minute when Mike Anderson made the defensive play of the game. He was able to steal the ball from Chris Wright as he attempted to spin into the lane, and Howard eventually received the ball, was fouled, and hit two free throws to give the Ants the lead for good. The Energy were led by their terrific guard tandem of Chris Wright and Mustapha Farrakan, who scored 18 points and 17 points respectively. The Ants had a very balance attack, with Ron Howard leading the way with 21 points. It was the bench play, however, of Sadiel Rojas and Darryl Partin that gave the Ants a chance to win. Rojas scored 16 points and had 8 rebounds, and Darryl Partin added 16 for the home team. The same two teams square off tomorrow night in the Iowa Energy's home opener at 8 PM Eastern. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Los Angeles D. 94-97
The Los Angeles D-Fenders completed a come-from-behind 97-94 victory over the Maine Red Claws on Friday night at the Portland Expo Building. Trailing by five points with 2:12 remaining, the D-Fenders scored the final eight points of the game to snatch the win and move to 2-0 on the season. Entering the contest, the Red Claws offense had averaged 120 points in their first two games and looked to be on a similar pace after they posted a 27-14 lead through one quarter. However, the D-Fenders outscored the Red Claws 55-45 in the second and third quarters combined to pull within three points before they finished the comeback. Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-PG-89, college: Marquette) (24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals) ended up as the leading scorer for the second straight game while teammate Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) also registered a 20-plus point night (21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals). In addition, Orien Greene tallied 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, Robert Sacre posted 13 points and 13 rebounds (second double-double of season) and Gary Flowers added 13 points (6-7 FG) to round out the five D-Fenders in double-figures. The Red Claws (2-1) were paced by Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) (22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Chris Wright (19 points, 7 rebounds), Shelvin Mack (16 points, 9 assists) and Xavier Silas (16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists). Meanwhile, Fab Melo registered 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Only the third time the franchises have faced one another, the D-Fenders improved to 2-1 overall in the series and have held Maine to 94 points in each of their past two meetings. The D-Fenders next play against the Armor in Springfield, MA on Sunday for the second of their three-game road trip. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 111-118
The Springfield Armor's home opener was really a three-part story. There was the rough start, followed by the uplifting comeback. But the Sioux Falls Skyforce spoiled the script by writing their own ending to claim a 118-111 NBA Development League victory at the MassMutual Center Friday night. Armor coach Bob MacKinnon didn't see much on the positive side, even though his team turned a 17-point deficit into a seven-point third-quarter lead. "We want to be the aggressors, but they were and we weren't,'' MacKinnon said. "It started at the beginning of the game. We didn't come out and play, and that meant we were playing from behind and on our heels.'' The Armor overcame a poor start with a relentless, attacking style. They had Sioux Falls looking fatigued by the third quarter, when Springfield took its first lead at 63-62. The Armor wound up taking a whopping 105 shots, but made only 40 percent. They won the boards 53-46 and had 22 offensive rebounds, but could not put on the finishing touches. "The worst four-letter word in basketball is 'soft,' and we were,'' MacKinnon said. A crowd of 4,755 included honors students from 13 local schools, who were saluted in a pregame feature. Christian Polk (6'3''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) scored 21 points for the Armor, including a 3-point basket that lifted Springfield to a 107-all tie with 1:50 to play. That is when Sioux Falls center Jarvis Varnado took over with an old-fashioned three-point play, a blocked shot and a short jumper. That made it 112-107 with 56 seconds left. Sioux Falls ran off nine straight points after Polk's 3-point shot. James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) and Carleton Scott had 15 each, and dunkmaster Willie Reed scored 14 for Springfield, whose fourth D-League season is off to a 1-1 start. The Armor will be home again Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Defending East Conference champion Springfield didn't do much defending at the outset Friday. Sioux Falls took the lead after four seconds and led 55-38 in the second quarter. Chas McFarland's basket gave Springfield a 63-62 lead with 8:44 left in the third. It was the season opener for McFarland, who sat out last week's win at Canton to serve a one-game suspension that carried over from last season. The Armor sustained momentum into the fourth, then ran out of steam. There wasn't much need for a shot clock in the first quarter. The teams played and scored at an electric pace, Sioux Falls getting much the better of it for a 42-29 lead. The Skyforce shot 75 percent in the quarter, hitting 18 of 24. The Armor defense stiffened in the second, holding Sioux Falls to 7-for-23 shooting. Trailing by 14, Springfield scored 11 straight points before Varnado's dunk gave Sioux Falls a 60-55 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Armor led by as many as seven (81-74) before coming out of the quarter with an 85-83 edge. But Sioux Falls had the fresher legs at the end. They scored 77 of their points in the first and fourth quarters. Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) led the Skyforce with 24 points, almost all of them in the first and fourth. Varnado had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. Troy Hudson scored 20. The Armor did not help themselves at the free-throw line, going 18 for 30. MacKinnon thought it was more about toughness than numbers. "Give (Sioux Falls) credit,'' he said. "They have good players, as we do, and they came in and took it to us.'' Courtesy of: masslive.com



Darius Johnson-Odom claims D-League round honour - by Eurobasket News

Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Los Angeles D. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 23-year old playmaker had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Los Angeles D. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Idaho S. (#8, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 112-98. Los Angeles D. is placed at 2nd position in D-League D-League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Los Angeles D. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Johnson-Odom had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Los Angeles D.'s top player in his first season with the team. Darius Johnson-Odom averages just after two games 27.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 5.5apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-G-87) of Texas L.. Douglas-Roberts impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Texas L. cruised to a 99-87 relatively comfortable win over Austin T. (0-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Douglas-Roberts is a newcomer at Texas L. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Renaldo Major (201-F-82, agency: Edge Sports) of Bakersfield J. (#3). Major scored 24 points. He was a key player of Bakersfield J., leading his team to a 125-119 win against Idaho S. (#8, 0-2). Bakersfield J. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Major has a great season in D-L. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. JaJuan Johnson (208-F-89) of Ft.Wayne MA - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-G-87) of Texas L. - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Bakersfield J. - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Sean Singletary (183-PG-85) of Texas L. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Tre Kelley (183-PG-85) of Austin T. - 25 points and 4 assists
9. Walker Russell (183-G-82) of Ft.Wayne MA - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Regular Season Round 3 Review - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Idaho S. 125-119
Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) led the Stampede with 24 points as each starter scored 15 or more points, but Idaho (0-2) fell to the Bakersfield Jam (2-1) 125-119 on Thursday in Bakersfield, Calif. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) (10 rebounds) and Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) (seven assists) each had 20 points - all of Karl's scored in the final quarter - while Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) added 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) contributed 17 points and six rebounds. Courtesy of: idahopress.com

Texas L. - Austin T. 116-109
The Texas Legends (2-2) boosted their record to 2-0 at home beating the D-League Defending Champion Austin Toros (0-2) 116-109 Thursday night at the Dr Pepper Arena. The Legends, guided by new Head Coach Eduardo Najera, held the lead through most of the night, going up by 21 at one point. The Legends had six players register double-digit scores and went 96.7% in free throws. Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87, college: Memphis) tallied a game-high 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and went 13-13 at the free-throw line. Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) totaled 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while Darius Rice added 12 and grabbed 8 boards. Sean Singletary (11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Christian Eyenga (10 points, 5 rebounds) and Fred House (10 points, 5 assists, 2 steals) rounded out the leader board. The Toros were led in scoring by Tre Kelley (6'0''-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) (25 points, 4 assists) and Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (21 points, 5 assists). Tyler Wilkerson (17 points, 6 rebounds), Jamarr Sanders and Aubrey Coleman also added double-digits to pull the team within 10 points in the fourth. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Austin T. 99-87
The Legends overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat the Austin Toros 99-87. This game marked the first home game of the season and Eduardo Najera's first win as a coach. The Legends were down by 17 going into halftime but a 30-8 fourth quarter brought the team a victory. Chris Douglas-Roberts led the team in scoring with 24 and grabbed 6 boards. Sean Singletary tallied 19 points and six assists, while Christian Eyenga and Chris Roberts added 13 points apiece. Vernon Lewis sparked the team with four steals and six rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. The Toros were led in scoring by Justin Dentmon with 21. The Legends will look to go 2-0 against the Toros tomorrow in a rematch at Dr. Pepper Arena. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 112-98
The Los Angeles D-Fenders opened their 2012-13 season with a 112-98 victory over the Idaho Stampede on Wednesday night at Toyota Sports Center. Guided by new head coach Reggie Theus, the D-Fenders limited the Stampede to just 35.4 percent shooting to improve to 5-1 overall in regular season openers. Lakers assignee Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-PG-89, college: Marquette) totaled a game-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-7 3FG), six rebounds and four assists, Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) tallied 25 points (10-16 FG), four rebounds and three assists, and Gary Flowers pitched in 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks off the bench for the D-Fenders (1-0). Additionally, Courtney Fortson (14 points, 7 assists), Robert Sacre (10 points, 13 rebounds), who was assigned from the Lakers earlier today, and Jarrid Famous (10 points, 8 rebounds) all registered double-digit scoring efforts in the win. The Stampede (0-1) were paced by Durrell Summers (21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals), Justin Harper (18 points, 4 rebounds), and Justin Holiday (15 points, 6 rebounds) in their season opening contest. Meanwhile, Sean Evans added 11 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and two blocks, former D-Fender and Laker player Coby Karl recorded 10 points and six assists, and Jai Lucas posted 10 points and five assists in the loss. Tonight's win marked the third consecutive victory and the sixth win in seven games (dating back to January 14, 2012) for Los Angeles over Idaho. The D-Fenders next embark on a three-game road trip beginning this Friday that includes games against Maine, Springfield and Bakersfield before returning home on December 7th. Tip-off for the game on Friday versus Maine is slated for 7 pm ET. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C. 86-75
Once again, the veteran guards led the way. But this time, the kid from Purdue was right with them. The Mad Ants and first-year coach Duane Ticknor got victory No. 1 of the D-League season, 86-75 over Canton, before 1,563 fans at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday. Guards Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) Jr. and Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), both of whom have been with the Ants at one time or another since the franchise began, did the bulk of the scoring - 25 points for Russell and 20 for Howard. Yet it was the 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots from former Purdue All-American JaJuan Johnson that was the sweetest sight for Ticknor. 'J.J. finally played like the J.J. we expected,' Ticknor said. 'I don't think he'll take a step backwards now. He just looked relaxed and looked like the guy we all know.' In his first two games, Johnson had a combined 17 points and 17 rebounds, which included a four-point game against Maine on Sunday. 'We had a little conversation at halftime Sunday and kind of challenged him a little bit,' Ticknor said. 'He's been the first guy in the gym all three days of practice this week, so he's refocused and ready to go.' Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the D-League draft, said the timing is coming around. 'I'm starting to get there,' he said. 'I still have to be smart in certain situations - slow down a little bit. But overall, I was playing hard, and when you play hard, things take care of themselves.' With eight points in both halves and his rebounds nearly as evenly distributed, Johnson was consistent. That wasn't the case for Russell, who came on after Howard picked up his fourth foul early in the second half. With 9:31 left in the third, Russell's jump shot gave the Ants a 47-46 lead. Then he scored from close in off a spin move. Then he weaved through traffic to put in a left-handed layup. By the time he hit a three-pointer with 1:38 left to send the Ants ahead 63-58, Russell had scored 18 straight points. 'I got a couple easy ones, and once you get some easy ones, it's easy to keep it going,' said Russell. 'I just got into a good rhythm. When Ron went out, I just took it upon myself to make some plays.' Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Warriors assign Kent Bazemore to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have assigned guard/forward Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89, college: ODU) to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. He is slated to join Golden States D-League affiliate in time for the teams regular-season opener tomorrow night at Reno (Friday, November 30).
Bazemore, 23, has seen limited action in six games with Golden State this season, recording a total of 10 minutes played. He was originally signed by the Warriors as a free agent on July 26, 2012, following a successful stint on the teams Summer League squad in which he averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.50 steals and 1.75 blocks.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Rockets assign Terrence Jones, Machado to Vipers - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets have assigned rookies Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) and Scott Machado (6'1''-PG-90, college: Iona) to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the first for Jones and the second for Machado. Jones has appeared in seven games for the Rockets this season, averaging 3.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.4 minutes.
Machado returns to the Vipers having been assigned from Nov. 14-26, when he appeared in two games and averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds. In one game for the Rockets this season, Machado scored two points in three minutes.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 10-0 
 2. Tarvas 9-4 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 6-5 
 4. Rapla 5-4 
 5. Valga 5-5 
 6. TTU 5-5 
 7. Parnu 3-6 
 8. Hito/Johvi 1-9 
 9. Tln Kalev 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 23: Tarvas - TTU 76-61
Nov. 30: TTU - Hito/Johvi 75-62
Nov. 25: Parnu - TTU 55-67
Nov. 24: Rapla - Parnu 54-73

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 4: Valga - Tarvas
Dec. 4: Rapla - Tln Kalev
Dec. 7: Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi
Dec. 7: Valga - TU/Rock


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Tamm, Tarvas17.3 
 2. Laksa, Tarvas16.7 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas16.3 
 4. Pilk, Rapla14.6 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.0 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu13.9 
 8. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas13.4 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu12.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.0 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.1 
 4. Grim, Valga7.9 
 5. Cunda, Valga7.3 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.1 
 7. Grafs, Valga7.1 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Trumm, Hito/Johvi7.0 
 10. Tambre, Hito/Johvi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Tamm, Tarvas4.9 
 2. Keedus, TTU4.9 
 3. Cunda, Valga4.8 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.3 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.9 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.3.8 
 8. Pilk, Rapla2.7 
 9. Akenparg, TTU2.3 
 10. Paasoja, Rapla2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tamm, Tarvas2.8 
 2. Akenparg, TTU2.2 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 4. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 5. Cunda, Valga1.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.5 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.4 
 9. Laksa, Tarvas1.4 
 10. Pilk, Rapla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 2. Saarmets, TTU1.2 
 3. Raadik, Parnu0.9 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.9 
 5. Grim, Valga0.8 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.8 
 7. Grafs, Valga0.5 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu0.5 
 9. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 10. Kitsing, Parnu0.5 


KML Round 8: Easy game for KK Parnu which smashes Rapla by 19 points - by Eurobasket News

4th ranked Rapla (5-4) was outscored at home by sixth ranked KK Parnu (3-6) with the biggest margin this round 73-54 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Rapla. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-54. KK Parnu dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapla to just 7 points in third quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of international center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Despite that victory KK Parnu went down to seventh position due to points difference. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Hito/Johvi lost to TTU on the opponent's court 62-75. Parnu unfortunately lost to TTU in a home game 55-67. TTU recorded a loss to Tarvas on the road 61-76.


TTU - Hito/Johvi 75-62

Rather expected game in Tallinn where 8th ranked Hito/Johvi (1-9) was defeated by sixth ranked TTU (5-5) 75-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by TTU. Hito/Johvi managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five TTU players scored in double figures. Georg Tambre (194-94) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) scored 5 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valga. Hito/Johvi lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Tln Kalev.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 17+2reb+5ast, M.Saarmets 15+1reb, K.Makke 14+5reb+1ast, E.Keedus 13+12reb+5ast, A.Arnold 12+3reb+1ast, J.Puidet 3+5reb
Hito/Johvi: S.Saare 11+2reb+2ast, G.Tambre 11+6reb+1ast, J.Kool 7+2reb+1ast, T.Uuekula 6+2reb, M.Tali 6+2reb+1ast, S.Laur 6+5reb
gschID: 201696


Parnu - TTU 55-67

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked TTU (5-5) defeated on the road 6th ranked KK Parnu (3-6) 67-55 on Sunday. The game without a history. TTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) who added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five TTU players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. TTU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valga. KK Parnu at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 16+5reb+3ast, A.Arnold 14+5reb+2ast, M.Kaja 12+4reb, E.Keedus 10+9reb+5ast, K.Makke 10+2reb, K.Keres 5+4reb+2ast
Parnu: R.Raap 15+2reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 14+5reb+2ast, O.Matulionis 13+7reb+1ast, R.Raadik 7+10reb, K.Evart 6+3reb+1ast, R.Suija 0
gschID: 201695


Rapla - Parnu 54-73

4th ranked Rapla (5-4) was outscored at home by sixth ranked KK Parnu (3-6) with the biggest margin this round 73-54 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Rapla. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-54. KK Parnu dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapla to just 7 points in third quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of international center Rain Raadik (208-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) scored 10 points. Despite that victory KK Parnu went down to seventh position due to points difference. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Parnu: O.Matulionis 23+7reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 16+4reb+4ast, R.Raadik 14+17reb+2ast, R.Raap 10+10reb+1ast, K.Evart 6+1reb+1ast, K.Liivamagi 2+2reb
Rapla: I.Pilk 15+7reb+3ast, R.Laane 10+4reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 8+4reb, M.Paasoja 6+3reb+1ast, A.Parn 6+6reb, R.Nurger 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 201694


Tarvas - TTU 76-61

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked TTU (5-5) was defeated on the road by second ranked BC Rakvere (9-4) 76-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. TTU managed to win fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TTU 39-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Renato Lindmets (200-84, college: Westfield St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) responded with 11 points and international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) scored 8 points and 4 assists. BC Rakvere have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-4 record behind leader TU/Rock. Loser TTU dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Valga.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Tamm 16+7reb+4ast, R.Lindmets 15+11reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 14+5reb, K.Saks 12+2reb+5ast, B.Raley-Ross 12+6reb+1ast, M.Laksa 7+5reb
TTU: A.Arnold 11+4reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 11+2reb+1ast, K.Makke 10, M.Saarmets 9+1reb, E.Keedus 8+2reb+4ast, K.Keres 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 201693



Update on Rapla, Valga and Parnu - by Eurobasket News

Rapla, Valga and Parnu played their latest games in Baltic League.
Valga lost to Lietkabelis 58:75 on Friday. Arnas Butkevicius (196-SF-92) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) chipped in 14 points. Joonas Jarvelainen produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and Edgars Cunda (195-G-84) added 9 points respectively for lost side.
Naglis Palangos outscored Rapla 71:58. Evaldas Lengvinas (190-G-89) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Mantas Mockevicius chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Andre Parn (202-F-77) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and Rait-Riivo Laane added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Parnu edged Valmiera 94:91. Valmiera cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rain Raadik chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Janis Berzins responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Maris Ziedins scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Real Madrid 6-2 
 2. Khimky 5-3 
 3. Panathinaikos 5-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 4-4 
 5. Un.Olimpija 2-6 
 6. Cantu 2-6 
Group B
 1. Maccabi T-A 6-2 
 2. Unicaja 6-2 
 3. Montepaschi 5-3 
 4. ALBA 4-4 
 5. Chalon 2-6 
 6. Asseco Prok. 1-7 
Group C
 1. Zalgiris 6-2 
 2. Olympiacos 6-2 
 3. Anadolu Efes 5-3 
 4. EA7 Armani 3-5 
 5. Cedevita 2-6 
 6. Caja Laboral 2-6 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 8-0 
 2. CSKA 7-1 
 3. Besiktas 4-4 
 4. Brose Bask. 2-6 
 5. Partizan 2-6 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

A

Nov. 29: Panathinaikos - Un.Olimpija 80-72
Nov. 30: Real Madrid - Fener.Ulker 77-61
Nov. 29: Khimky - Cantu 77-53

B

Nov. 30: Montepaschi - Unicaja 91-72
Nov. 29: Maccabi T-A - Chalon 78-73
Nov. 29: ALBA - Asseco Prok. 67-64

C

Nov. 29: Cedevita - Anadolu Efes 73-81
Nov. 29: Caja Laboral - EA7 Armani 64-62
Nov. 30: Zalgiris - Olympiacos 63-77

D

Nov. 29: Brose Bask. - CSKA 89-97
Nov. 29: Partizan - Lietuvos rytas 75-74
Nov. 30: Besiktas - FCB Regal 48-78

Regular Season: Round 9

A

Dec. 6: Cantu - Real Madrid
Dec. 7: Un.Olimpija - Khimky
Dec. 7: Panathinaikos - Fener.Ulker

B

Dec. 6: Asseco Prok. - Maccabi T-A
Dec. 6: ALBA - Unicaja
Dec. 7: Chalon - Montepaschi

C

Dec. 6: Cedevita - Olympiacos
Dec. 6: EA7 Armani - Zalgiris
Dec. 7: Anadolu Efes - Caja Laboral

D

Dec. 6: CSKA - Besiktas
Dec. 6: Partizan - FCB Regal
Dec. 7: Lietuvos rytas - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.3 
 2. Jerrells, Besiktas16.9 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.6 
 4. Weems, CSKA16.5 
 5. Langford, EA7 A.16.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.15.5 
 8. Aradori, Cantu15.4 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu15.1 
 10. Page, Un.Olimpija15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija10.0 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.4 
 3. Williams, Chalon8.1 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.6 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA6.6 
 6. Bjelica, Caja Labo.6.5 
 7. Gordon, Partizan6.4 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos6.4 
 9. Erden, Anadolu Ef.6.1 
 10. Zirbes, Brose Bas.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.6 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani5.4 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi5.1 
 6. Blassingame, Assec.5.0 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.9 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA4.6 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hickman, Maccabi2.5 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 4. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Slaughter, Real M.1.5 
 7. Draper, Real M.1.5 
 8. Schilb, Chalon1.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.4 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.9 
 3. Falker, Besiktas1.8 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.4 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.3 
 7. Thompson, ALBA1.3 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.1 
 10. Krstic, CSKA1.1 


Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Real Madrid - Fener.Ulker 77-61
Real struck late and defeated Fenerbahce in the 8th round of Euroleague regular season. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) posted 18 points and 6 boards to pace the hosts as they climbed at 6-2 record on top of Group A ladder. Fenerbahce slipped at 4-4 record in the standings. Real got to slow start. The visitors pulled ahead in the opening quarter. Fenerhabce recorded a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and Andersen gave the visitors a 24:16 lead early in the second quarter. Fenerbahce stayed in front though Real were able to get within 3 points at halftime 36:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) capped the period with a dunk to give the hosts a narrow 54:52 lead. Real opened the fourth frame with 10 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Slaughter chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for Real. Jaycee Carroll and Felipe Reyes netted 10 points apiece in the win. Bojan Bogdanovic answered with 18 points for Fenerbahce. Bo McCalebb and Emir Preldzic contributed 10 points each in the loss.

Panathinaikos - Un.Olimpija 80-72
Panathinaikos Athens overcame Union Olimpija in Greece in Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Greek side grabbed 5-3 record in Group A after an 80:72 victory. The Slovenian team fell at 2-6 record. Panathinaikos Athens was happy to go on 17-11 lead in front of 5000 local fans in O.A.K.A. Arena. Union Olimpija bounced back with 22-18 in the second frame and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with 27-16 surge and never looked behind after. Union Olimpija won the last period 23-18 but managed to reduce to final 8 points. Roko-Leni Ukic and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) stepped up with 14 points each, while Stephane Lasme nailed 13. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) tossed in 11, whilst Jonas Maciulis had 10. Jaka Blazic finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric (200-F-90) posted 16. Klemen Prepelic had 11, whilst Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) accounted for 7.

Khimky - Cantu 77-53
Khimky made a big step towards EuroLeague Last 16 stage. They knocked down visiting Mapooro Cantu to improve at 5-3 record in Group A. Zoran Planinic and Paul Davis accounted for 14 points each to pace the hosts. Cantu fell at 2-6 record after the loss. Cantu started strong with Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) orchestrating the show. The Georgian player fired 12 points in the opening quarter as Cantu gained a 24:23 lead. Khimky tipped off the second term with 7 points in a row to surge ahead. They later took control with a 10:1 run and posted a 44:31 halftime lead. Sergey Monya and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) made it 52:33 for the hosts early in the third term. Khimky did not slow down and recorded a 62:43 advantage into the final stanza. Khimky never looked back afterwards coasting to the win. Vitaliy Fridzon and Sergey Monya finished with 11 points each for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili answered with 16 points for Cantu. Maarten Leunen had 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Montepaschi - Unicaja 91-72
Montepaschi Siena outgun Unicaja Malaga in Italy in one of the last games of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Italian team improved to 5-3 record in Group B. Montepaschi Siena continues their dominance at the International Arena and won the fifth game already. They started the game with 30-20 surge and never looked behind after. The Italian side added 26-20 in the second quarter and led 56:40 at the halftime. Unicaja Malaga managed to win the third period 19-18 and reduced to 15-points entering the last stanza. Montepaschi Siena however produced a 17-13 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) tossed in 12. Kristjan Kangur contributed 11, while Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Viktor Sanikidze added 10 each. Luka Zoric answered with 29 points in defeat, while Krunoslav Simon notched 16.

Maccabi T-A - Chalon 78-73
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv improved to 6-2 record in Group B after a home victory over Elan Chalon. The Israeli Champion grabbed 78:73 victory in front of more than 11000 local fans. Elan Chalon surprised the crowd with 26-24 in the first period and added 17-14 in the second frame. The French representative also scored 17 points in the third quarter but it was not enough for the victory in the frame. Maccabi needed a 20-17 rally in the third period and finished the game with 20-13 in the last stanza. David Logan scored the last point for the winning team. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and David Logan tossed in 17. Shawn James delivered 10, while Ricky Hickman and Lior Eliyahu added 8 apiece. Brion Rush posted 17 points for the visiting side, while Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) had 12. Steed Tchicamboud and Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) scored 10 points each in the losing effort.

ALBA - Asseco Prok. 67-64
Alba Berlin escape the late scare from Asseco Prokom Gdynia to take 4-4 record in Group B. The German team needed a 67:64 win in Round 8 of EuroLeague. The Polish team fell at 1-7 record at the bottom of the group. Alba Berlin won the first period 15-13 and added 21-15 in the second frame. They also looked better in the third quarter and produced 16-13 rally for 52:41 at the end of 30 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia however erupted with an 8-0 run early in the last period and reduced to 56:53 after Jerel Blassingame shot. Pamula cut it to 63:62 with less than 20 seconds to go, but DaShaun Wood and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) were perfect from the free throw line. DaShaun Wood top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Zach Morley notched 13. Deon Thompson delivered 11, while Yassin Idbihi added 10. Rasid Mahalbasic answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Lukasz Koszarek posted 10. Jerel Blassingame and Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) followed them with 8 points apiece.

Group C
Zalgiris - Olympiacos 63-77
Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas in EuroLegaue Group C. The Greek side needed a 77:63 to tie both records at 6-2 on top of the group. It was the top game of the group and brought lots of interest even before the start. Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed 21-18 lead after the first 10 minutes and added defensive 10-9 in the second quarter. Zalgiris Kaunas woke up with 23-17 in the third period and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) closed the frame from the three-point line for 50:48. Olympiacos Piraeus meanwhile erupted with 29-13 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou netted 13. Josh Powell delivered 10, while Acie Law added 7. Rimantas Kaukenas totaled 17 points in the losing effort, while Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 11. Tremmell Darden and Marko Popovic scored 7 points each in a loss.

Caja Laboral - EA7 Armani 64-62
Caja Laboral celebrated the second win in EuroLeague season. The Vitoria outfit held off visiting Emporio Armani to gain 2-6 record in Group C. The Italian team slipped at 3-5 record after the defeat. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) scored 17 points to pace the hosts. Emporio Armani started strong. The visitors pulled ahead early in the game and posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Emporio Armani went on a 14:0 run midway through the second quarter to build a 35:19 advantage. The visitors enjoyed a 42:28 halftime lead. Caja Laboral turned things around in the third term. They adjusted defensively and held their opponents to 11 points to narrow the margin at 8-point mark. Caja Laboral used a 6:0 spurt midway through the fourth frame to knot things up at 59. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) put Emporio Armani back in charge with a three-pointer but Fernando San Emeterio responded with his own triple to keep teams drawn. Thomas Huertel followed with a layup as Caja Laboral surged in front with 5 seconds remaining. Basile had a chance to save the game for Emporio Armani but missed a three-pointer. Maciej Lampe provided 14 points and 12 boards, while Thomas Heurtel added 11 points in the win. Keith Langford answered with 16 points for Emporio Armani. Omar-Sharif Cook netted 14 points in defeat.

Cedevita - Anadolu Efes 73-81
Anadolu Efes Istanbul upset Cedevita in Zagreb in the start of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Turkish side grabbed 81:73 for 5-3 record in Group C. Cedevita meanwhile fell at 2-6 record. Cedevita Zagreb started the game with 24-21 in the first period, but failed later in the game. The guests replied with 23-11 in the second frame and took 44:35 at the halftime. Cedevita Zagreb tied their best to recover in the game and posted 20-15 in the third period to trail 4 points after 30 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul meanwhile needed a 22-18 surge to post the important win. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Sasha Vujacic notched 17. Kerem Gonlum delivered 11, while Semih Erden had 10. Bracey Wright ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) posted 18. Luksa Andric tossed in 12, while Vlado Ilievski delivered 7.

Group D
Besiktas - FCB Regal 48-78
FC Barcelona Regal claimed the eighth straight win in Euroleague season. The Spanish powerhouse stunned Besiktas in Istanbul tonight. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 22 points to keep Barcelona undefeated. Besiktas fell at 4-4 record after the loss. Barcelona capped the first frame with three free throws to take an 18:14 lead. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) drilled two three-pointers to organize a 13:0 run from the visitors early in the second quarter. The Spanish team accumulated a 31:14 lead. They finished the first half up by 15 points 39:24. Joe Ingles delivered 7 points in the third term as the visitors gained a comfortable 62:38 advantage at the final intermission. Barcelona stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the victory at the end. Ante Tomic posted 9 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius delivered 8 points for the winners. Gasper Vidmar answered with 18 points and 6 boards for Besiktas. Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 9 points in the defeat.

Partizan - Lietuvos rytas 75-74
Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) dunked late in regulation to clinch victory for Partizan against Lietuvos Rytas in Belgrade. The win carried the hosts at 2-6 record in Group D. Davis Davis Bertans nailed 14 points to pace the hosts. Partizan led comfortably 18:11 after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas found the right rhythm in the second term. The visitors cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 39:33. Partizan took over again in the third quarter. The margin grew at 12-point mark on Drew Gordon lay-up. However Janis Blums dragged the visitors with 8 points at the final break 51:59. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) scored 6 points in an 11:0 run from the Lithuanian team to open the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck then. Seibutis made it 74:73 for Lietuvos Rytas with under two minutes remaining. But Drew Gordon dunked for a narrow Partizan lead with 90 seconds remaining. Seibutis missed two attempts in the remaining seconds as Partizan snatched a tough win at the end. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 points, while Dejan Musli contributed 12 points in the victory. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Leon Radosevic provided 15 points in defeat.

Brose Bask. - CSKA 89-97
CSKA brought victory from EuroLeague trip to Germany. The Moscow powerhouse overcame Brose Baskets in Bambert to clinch 7-1 record in Group D. Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to grab the lead. They entered the second quarter up by five points. CSKA extended the gap in the second term. The visitors secured a 50:39 halftime buffer. Bamberg started to pick up the tempo in the third term. They opened the period with six points in a row. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) capped the term with a free throw as Brose Baskets trailed by just three points before the final frame 64:67. But CSKA did not allow the hosts to pull ahead. Sonny Weems and Dionte Christmas made it 89:80 for CSKA late in regulation and the visitors ran away with victory. Milos Teodosic provided 19 points and 9 assists for CSKA. Sonny Weems added 16 points in the victory. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Anton Gavel had 16 points in the loss.



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

27-year old Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Fener.Ulker (#4, 4-4) with 16-point margin 77-61. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague group A. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Real Madrid has a very solid 6-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Slaughter as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marcus Slaughter averages this season 8.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of league's second-best Unicaja. He is Croatian center in his 2nd season at Unicaja. In the last game Zoric recorded impressive 29 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Unicaja lost that game 72-91 to slightly lower-ranked Montepaschi (#3, 5-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. Unicaja still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Zoric is well-known at Unicaja and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) of Besiktas (#3). Vidmar scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Vidmar's great performance Besiktas lost 48-78 to #1 ranked FCB Regal. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Besiktas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group D. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Vidmar has a very solid season. In 8 games in Euroleague he scored 7.4ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) of Anadolu Efes - 10 points and 10 rebounds
6. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA - 19 points and 9 assists
7. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Shelden Williams (206-F-83) of Chalon - 10 points and 12 rebounds
10. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of ALBA - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia advanced to the Final game - by Eurobasket News

Australia-Fiji 99:53

Australia advanced to the Final game of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side of the tournament overcame Fiji 99:53 in the second Semifinal of the day.
Australia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the start of the game. They took 25-17 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. Moreover they limited the guests to just 6 points in the second period and led 43:23 at the halftime. Australia managed to win the third quarter 32-20 and finished the game with 24-20 in the last stanza.
William Mcdowell-White stepped up with 20 points for the hosts and Darryl Mcdowell-White added 14. Dejan Vasiljevic delivered 13, while Jacob Pupavac and Jock Perry scored 9 each. Mataika Koyamainavure finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Filimoni Vulimailaucala tossed in 10.

Australia: William Mcdowell-White 20, Darryl Mcdowell-White 14, Dejan Vasiljevic 13, Jacob Pupavac 9, Jock Perry 9
Fiji: Mataika Koyamainavure 19, Filimoni Vulimailaucala 10



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Nov. 28: LrNMKY - FoKoPo 93-87
Nov. 30: Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 92-66
Nov. 30: LrNMKY - Korihait 90-59
Nov. 28: Lapua - Salon Vilpas 88-81
Nov. 28: Namika Lahti - Kouvot 78-68
Nov. 29: Nilan Bisons - Kauhajoki 101-65

Regular Season: Round 15

Dec. 1: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons
Dec. 1: Kauhajoki - Kataja
Dec. 1: Salon Vilpas - KTP
Dec. 4: FoKoPo - Lapua


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.1 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.22.3 
 3. Conley, LrNM.21.6 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot18.6 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua17.9 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.4 
 8. Hester, Kouvot17.2 
 9. Atupem, Salon Vilp.17.2 
 10. Flowers, Kataja17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. McDade, Nilan B.11.4 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.0 
 3. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.7 
 4. Tolbert, Lapua8.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 6. Ford, Kauhajoki8.0 
 7. Logins, LrNM.8.0 
 8. Giles, KTP7.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Johnson, Namika7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.3 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.2 
 4. Burgess, FoKoPo4.7 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.4.2 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.9 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
 8. Watson, Kauhajoki3.5 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
 10. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Kataja
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Kataja2.5 
 2. Flowers, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Conley, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.2.1 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 7. Williams, KTP1.8 
 8. Ford, Kauhajoki1.8 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.7 
 10. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.4 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.2 
 5. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 7. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 9-1 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 6-3 
 3. ToPo 6-4 
 4. Oulun NMKY 5-4 
 5. BC Nokia 4-4 
 6. Huima 4-5 
 7. Pyrinto II 4-5 
 8. SayRi 3-5 
 9. Ura Basket 0-10 
Division B
 1. KaU Koris 8-3 
 2. Kerava ET 7-3 
 3. TuNMKY 6-4 
 4. HBA-Marsky 5-5 
 5. Jarvenpaa 5-5 
 6. JyWe 5-6 
 7. Espoo Basket 3-7 
 8. BC Jyvaskyla 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

A

Nov. 25: Pyrinto II - ToPo 88-86
Nov. 24: Oulun NMKY - BC Nokia 81-78
Nov. 25: Huima - Porvoon Tarmo 68-80
Nov. 25: Ura Basket - Tapiolan Honka 62-86
Nov. 30: Porvoon Tarmo - Ura Basket 114-60
Nov. 30: ToPo - Oulun NMKY 106-69

B

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

Regular Season: Round 11

A

Dec. 1: BC Nokia - Oulun NMKY
Dec. 2: Tapiolan Honka - Pyrinto II
Dec. 2: BC Nokia - SayRi

B

Dec. 1: BC Jyvaskyla - KaU Koris
Dec. 2: TuNMKY - Kerava ET
Dec. 2: Jarvenpaa - KaU Koris


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia26.6 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.26.3 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.22.3 
 4. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.1 
 5. Salminen, TuNM.20.9 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.3 
 7. Tate, Porvoon20.3 
 8. Pyykkonen, JyWe19.9 
 9. Young, Porvoon19.7 
 10. Brennan, Tapiolan.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.6 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.2 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.9 
 5. Salminen, TuNM.11.9 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 7. Stephens, Huima11.1 
 8. Young, Porvoon10.9 
 9. Coleman, ToPo10.7 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.7 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.5.0 
 3. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.6 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.4.3 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.2 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia4.1 
 7. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.7 
 9. Little, Kerava ET3.5 
 10. Jarvinen, Tapiol.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.4 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.6 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.6 
 4. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.4 
 5. Herrala, HBA-M.2.3 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.3 
 7. Ginty, ToPo1.9 
 8. Russell, Oulun N.1.9 
 9. Syrjala, KaU Koris1.9 
 10. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.4 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.1 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Mua, Kerava ET1.6 
 6. Young, Porvoon1.5 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.1.2 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET1.1 


Jason Conley claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International) had a great game in the last round for LrNMKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 31-year old guard had a double-double of 21 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Korihait (#12, 3-11) with 31-point margin 90-59. LrNMKY is placed at 5th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LrNMKY will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Conley had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be LrNMKY's top player in his first season with the team. University of Missouri graduate has very impressive stats this year. Conley is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 54.6% FGP. Worth to mention Conley played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another LrNMKY's star - 28-year old American guard Matthew Gibson (196-G-84). Gibson impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for LrNMKY to edge the lower-ranked FoKoPo (#10, 3-10) by 6 points 93-87. This victory allowed LrNMKY to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gibson is a newcomer at LrNMKY 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 22.3ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.6rpg and 4.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua (#11). Haanpaa got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Lapua, leading his team to a 88-81 win against the higher-ranked Salon Vilpas (#8, 5-8). Lapua can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Haanpaa he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Haanpaa has individually a great season in Finland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 23 points and 9 rebounds
5. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 28 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85) of Namika Lahti - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) of Pyrinto - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Olli Ahvenniemi (207-C-83) of Pyrinto - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Korisliiga Round 14: Last-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat beats Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Bottom-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat managed to get a third victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Lapuan Korikobrat won against eighth-ranked Salon Vilpas 88-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But Salon Vilpas won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. American forward Trey Hampton (203-87, college: Georgia St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Nenad Stefanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) for the guests. Lapuan Korikobrat (3-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with FoKoPo. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat is looking forward to face Forssan Koripojat (#10) on the road in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play against KTP-Basket in Kotka and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Namika Lahti (4-10) 92-66. American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Carl Lindbom contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with 22 points for Namika Lahti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tampereen Pyrinto maintains first position with 11-2 record. Namika Lahti at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Loimaa. Local Loimaan Korikonkarit (10-3) outscored 5th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (8-5) 101-65 on Thursday night. The game was dominated by American players. Martin Zeno had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Giordan Watson responded with 13 points and 5 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-3 record behind leader Pyrinto. Loser Kauhajoen Karhu keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with LrNMKY. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet Kouvot (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Joensuun Kataja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Korihait was crushed by LrNMKY in Lappeenranta 90-59. LrNMKY beat FoKoPo at home 93-87. Kouvot lost to Namika Lahti on the opponent's court 68-78.


LrNMKY - Korihait 90-59

There was no surprise in Lappeenranta where 11th ranked UU-Korihait (3-11) was crushed by sixth ranked LrNMKY (8-5) 90-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by LrNMKY. UU-Korihait managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UU-Korihait to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded UU-Korihait 43-29 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. LrNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by UU-Korihait's players. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five LrNMKY players scored in double figures. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Niko Malinen (191-90) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. LrNMKY moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Loser UU-Korihait dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: J.Conley 21+15reb+5ast, M.Gibson 13+6reb+7ast, A.Tapio 12+3ast, G.Logins 11+6reb+2ast, C.Jones 10+4reb+2ast, T.Viertola 6+3ast
Korihait: A.Laroche 18+7reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 10+1reb+4ast, N.Malinen 9+6reb+1ast, R.Dyer 8+4reb+2ast, V.Kopio 6+2reb+3ast, C.Taft 6+6reb
gschID: 194588


Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 92-66

Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Namika Lahti (4-10) 92-66. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 34. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 20 Namika Lahti turnovers. Namika Lahti was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International forward Carl Lindbom (206-91) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with 22 points and his fellow American import power forward Louis Johnson (206-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lahti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tampereen Pyrinto maintains first position with 11-2 record. Namika Lahti at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: L.Ulmer 23+9reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 22+8reb, O.Ahvenniemi 10+8reb+2ast, A.Lehto 9+1reb+1ast, D.Williams 7+3reb+12ast, J.Niemi 7+4reb
Namika Lahti: J.Hasquet 22+3reb+1ast, C.Latimer 11+6reb+1ast, E.Holloway 10+3reb+5ast, L.Johnson 9+10reb+1ast, V.Heinonen 4+2reb, J.Vaino 4+3reb
gschID: 194587


Nilan Bisons - Kauhajoki 101-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Loimaa. Local Loimaan Korikonkarit (10-3) outscored 5th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (8-5) 101-65 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kauhajoen Karhu's 30 and made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 24 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) scored 16 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-3 record behind leader Pyrinto. Loser Kauhajoen Karhu keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with LrNMKY. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet Kouvot (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Joensuun Kataja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 19+10reb+9ast, J.Ivey 18+4reb+7ast, M.Nuutinen 12+4reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 12+4reb+4ast, V.Makalainen 11+4reb, K.Muurinen 9+4reb
Kauhajoki: J.Bullock 16+2reb, G.Watson 13+3reb+5ast, H.Hirvikoski 8+5reb, T.Ford 6+6reb, N.Mattila 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ojala 5+1reb
gschID: 194586


Lapua - Salon Vilpas 88-81

Bottom-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat managed to get a third victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Lapuan Korikobrat won against eighth-ranked Salon Vilpas 88-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But Salon Vilpas won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. American forward Trey Hampton (203-87, college: Georgia St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Nenad Stefanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) and guard Eero Lehtinen (193-85) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat (3-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with FoKoPo. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat is looking forward to face Forssan Koripojat (#10) on the road in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play against KTP-Basket in Kotka and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lapua: S.Haanpaa 35+5reb+2ast, T.Hampton 20+5reb+1ast, D.Coleman 13+5reb+3ast, D.Tolbert 8+9reb+2ast, A.Huuskonen 8+3reb+1ast, J.Turja 4+1reb
Salon Vilpas: S.Atupem 28+5reb, E.Lehtinen 17+8reb+3ast, A.Brown 14+5reb+4ast, T.Barnies 11+11reb+2ast, S.Kaaresvirta 5+1ast, M.Sandberg 5+5reb
gschID: 194585


LrNMKY - FoKoPo 93-87

No shocking result in a game in Lappeenranta where sixth ranked LrNMKY (8-5) defeated 10th ranked Forssan Koripojat (3-10) 93-87 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) chipped in 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Andrais Thornton (203-85, college: NW Missouri St.) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. LrNMKY moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Forssan Koripojat lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted Forssan Koripojat keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Lapua. LrNMKY will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Forssan Koripojat will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: M.Gibson 30+5reb+4ast, J.Conley 26+13reb+3ast, G.Logins 20+5reb+2ast, A.Niskanen 8+4reb+1ast, C.Jones 7+4reb+4ast, T.Viertola 2+3reb+1ast
FoKoPo: A.Thornton 19+3reb+4ast, M.Molenius 16+5reb, C.Burgess 13+9reb+6ast, S.Ikavalko 13+2reb+2ast, J.Thorpe 12+8reb+2ast, O.Kaunomaki 11+2ast
gschID: 194584


Namika Lahti - Kouvot 78-68

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Kouvot (6-7) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Namika Lahti (4-10) 78-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Namika Lahti. Kouvot managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (183-86, college: Illinois St.) scored 20 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Namika Lahti's coach Ilkka Palviainen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Namika Lahti maintains ninth position with 4-10 record. Loser Kouvot keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Namika Lahti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kouvot will play against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: E.Holloway 20+3reb+4ast, A.Alanen 15+3reb, J.Hasquet 11+11reb+1ast, L.Johnson 11+7reb+2ast, V.Heinonen 10+2reb+2ast, C.Latimer 9+6reb+2ast
Kouvot: C.Hester 21+5reb+2ast, G.Clavell 16+6reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 11+7reb, J.Luoma 8+6reb, L.Greer 8+3reb+3ast, I.Seppala 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 194583



Jallow's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old power forward Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for Jarvenpaa and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out BC Jyvaskyla (#8, 3-9) 90-87. Jarvenpaa is placed at 5th position in Finnish 1st Division. Jarvenpaa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 record. It's Jallow's second year at Jarvenpaa and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pierre Jallow averages just after three games 25.7ppg and 13.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of BC Nokia. He is American in his first season at BC Nokia. In the last game Moultrie recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Nokia was edged by slightly higher-ranked Oulun NMKY (#4, 5-4) 81-78. This loss caused BC Nokia to drop to 5th position in group A. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Moultrie is a newcomer at BC Nokia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.6ppg (#1). He also registered 15.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla (#8). Ricks showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of BC Jyvaskyla, leading his team to a 79-67 win against slightly higher-ranked JyWe (#6, 5-6). BC Jyvaskyla can only dream about fighting for top spots in group B. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ricks he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ricks has individually a great season in Finland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.0apg (2nd best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 59.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. La Trice Little (187-G-79) of Kerava ET - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Ville Pyykkonen (203-F-77) of JyWe - 32 points and 12 rebounds
6. Michael Corpening (203-F-87) of BC Jyvaskyla - 20 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Russell Frederick (185-PG-88) of Oulun NMKY - 30 points and 6 rebounds
8. Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Kerava ET - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Joni Herrala (190-G-94) of HBA-Marsky - 36 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jerrah Young (201-F-85) of Porvoon Tarmo - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



1st Division Round 10: Pyrinto II beats Torpan Pojat by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the 1st Division took place in Tampere. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Torpan Pojat (6-4) to eighth ranked Pyrinto II (4-5) 88-86 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joni Harjula (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Pyrinto II's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for Torpan Pojat. Pyrinto II moved-up to seventh place in Division. Torpan Pojat at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Pyrinto II are looking forward to face league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Oulun. Third ranked Oulun NMKY (5-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers BC Nokia (4-4) 81-78 in the fight for the fourth place. American point guard Russell Frederick (185-88, college: Philadelphia) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dwight Coleman chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Despite that victory Oulun NMKY went down to fourth position (Division) due to points difference. BC Nokia at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Oulun NMKY will again play against BC Nokia (#5) on the road in the next round. BC Nokia will play against Saynatsalon Riento in Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Jyvaskyla between Jarvenpaa and BC Jyvaskyla. Sixth ranked Jarvenpaa (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (3-9). Jarvenpaa managed to escape with a 3-point win 90-87 on Sunday evening. Pierre Jallow notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds by Michael Corpening did not help to save the game for BC Jyvaskyla. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jarvenpaa moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser BC Jyvaskyla dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Jarvenpaa will meet at home league's leader KaU Koris in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against the league's leader KaU Koris (#1) in Karkkila and hope to secure a win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Jyvaskyla: BC Jyvaskyla (#7) and JyWe (#5). JyWe was defeated at home 67-79 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Nafis Ricks fired 24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory BC Jyvaskyla went down to eighth position (Division) due to points difference. Newly promoted JyWe dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. BC Jyvaskyla's next round opponent will be league's leader KaU Koris in Karkkila and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Oulun NMKY (5-4) against fourth ranked Torpan Pojat (6-4) on Friday night. Visiting Oulun NMKY was crushed by Torpan Pojat in Helsinki 106-69. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for Marcus Capers who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Torpan Pojat moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Oulun NMKY dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round. Oulun NMKY will play on the road against BC Nokia (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant.
In Division winless Ura Basket was smashed by Porvoon Tarmo on the road 114-60. Winless Ura Basket was destroyed by Tapiolan Honka on its own court 62-86. Porvoon Tarmo managed to outperform Huima in a road game 80-68. Kerava ET rolled over HBA-Marsky at home 105-84. TuNMKY was crushed by KaU Koris on the opponent's court 83-59. Espoo Basket beat JyWe in a home game 96-79.


Group A
ToPo - Oulun NMKY 106-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Oulun NMKY (5-4) against fourth ranked Torpan Pojat (6-4) on Friday night. Visiting Oulun NMKY was crushed by Torpan Pojat in Helsinki 106-69. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Oulun NMKY was better in third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oulun NMKY to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for guard Marcus Capers (193-89, college: Washington St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Devin Ginty (188-89, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ginty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Swingman Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Dwight Coleman (203-84, college: Dallas Baptist) added 17 points in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Torpan Pojat moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Oulun NMKY dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round. Oulun NMKY will play on the road against BC Nokia (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: S.Beatovic 18+3reb, D.Ginty 16+7reb+2ast, E.Kajander 16+5reb+2ast, H.Coleman 15+6reb+1ast, M.Capers 13+10reb+2ast, M.Jamsa 12+1reb
Oulun NMKY: J.Nofflet 20+9reb+2ast, D.Coleman 17+4reb+1ast, H.Vihavainen 9+5reb, J.Siivikko 6+2reb, J.Kauro 6+1reb, J.Vanttaja 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 197520


Porvoon Tarmo - Ura Basket 114-60

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Porvoon Tarmo (9-1) crushed at home bottom-ranked Ura Basket (0-10) 114-60 on Friday. The game without a history. Porvoon Tarmo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Porvoon Tarmo dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Ura Basket's 32. Porvoon Tarmo forced 19 Ura Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 48-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. American players dominated also this game. Quite impressive performance for forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Vernon Taylor (190-87, college: Troy) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Guard Nolan Richardson (188-84, college: Midwestern St.) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Bobby Nash (198-84) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ura Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first position in Division with 9-1 record. Loser Ura Basket still closes the standings with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: V.Taylor 22+2reb+3ast, I.Tate 20+5reb+1ast, J.Young 15+12reb+2ast, J.Nissinen 13+5reb+1ast, E.Oikari 9+3reb, J.Kyllonen 9+2reb+4ast
Ura Basket: N.Richardson 19+8reb+2ast, O.Virolainen 9+1ast, B.Nash 9+7reb, S.Latvala 8+6reb+1ast, T.Ritanotko 8+3reb, R.Laine 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197519


Ura Basket - Tapiolan Honka 62-86

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Ura Basket (0-10) was smashed by second ranked Tapiolan Honka (6-3) in Kaarina 86-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tapiolan Honka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Ura Basket only scored seven points from the stripe. Tapiolan Honka forced 21 Ura Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. Ura Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Ronnie Clark (195-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Swingman Viljami Vanjoki (194-86) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. Guard Miska Ahokas (200-90) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Bobby Nash (198-84) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ura Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tapiolan Honka maintains second position in Division with 6-3 record having four points less than leader Porvoon Tarmo. Loser Ura Basket still closes the standings with ten games lost. Tapiolan Honka will face Pyrinto II (#7) in Tampere in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: V.Vanjoki 18+6reb+1ast, R.Clark 18+10reb, A.Vanjoki 14+1reb+1ast, I.Sirola 10+3reb, E.Brennan 10+13reb+1ast, V.Puotila 6+1reb+4ast
Ura Basket: M.Ahokas 16+7reb+2ast, B.Nash 14+7reb+1ast, N.Richardson 13+2reb+1ast, T.Ritanotko 6+5reb+1ast, J.Forsstrom 5+1reb, M.Suomi 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197513


Huima - Porvoon Tarmo 68-80

Very predictable result when first ranked Porvoon Tarmo (9-1) won against 6th ranked Aanekosken Huima (4-5) in Aanekoski 80-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Porvoon Tarmo. Aanekosken Huima was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Porvoon Tarmo dominated on the defensive end, holding Aanekosken Huima to just 6 points in first quarter. Porvoon Tarmo made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Aanekosken Huima was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Quite impressive performance for forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Vernon Taylor (190-87, college: Troy) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Worth to mention Young played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Five Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Guard DeAndre Mays (188-87, college: Youngstown St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Andre Stephens (202-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Aanekosken Huima. Aanekosken Huima's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first position in Division with 9-1 record. Loser Aanekosken Huima keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: I.Tate 21+6reb, V.Taylor 20+8reb+2ast, J.Young 17+15reb+2ast, J.Kyllonen 10+4reb+4ast, J.Nissinen 10+1reb+1ast, T.Rintala 2+4reb+1ast
Huima: D.Mays 19+7reb+6ast, A.Stephens 15+8reb+1ast, S.Mantymaa 14+6reb+1ast, K.Tribbett 8+11reb, H.Kajander 6+1ast, O.Jamsen 3
gschID: 197512


Pyrinto II - ToPo 88-86

The most exciting game of round 10 in the 1st Division took place in Tampere. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Torpan Pojat (6-4) to eighth ranked Pyrinto II (4-5) 88-86 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joni Harjula (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Pyrinto II's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marcus Capers (193-89, college: Washington St.) added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Five Pyrinto II and four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Pyrinto II moved-up to seventh place in Division. Torpan Pojat at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Pyrinto II are looking forward to face league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 22+4reb+2ast, T.Palmi 14+2reb+2ast, T.Sukanen 11+6reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 10+7reb+1ast, O.Heinonen 10+7reb+3ast, K.Rasinaho 6+2reb
ToPo: M.Capers 22+10reb+1ast, H.Coleman 18+15reb+3ast, E.Kajander 14+6reb, D.Ginty 14+6reb+3ast, S.Niskanen 7+3reb+1ast, T.Kulha 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 197511


Oulun NMKY - BC Nokia 81-78

Important game to mention about took place in Oulun. Third ranked Oulun NMKY (5-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers BC Nokia (4-4) 81-78 in the fight for the fourth place. American point guard Russell Frederick (185-88, college: Philadelphia) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Dwight Coleman (203-84, college: Dallas Baptist) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and Kittitian power forward Kraidon Woods (205-88, college: Drake) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Despite that victory Oulun NMKY went down to fourth position (Division) due to points difference. BC Nokia at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Oulun NMKY will again play against BC Nokia (#5) on the road in the next round. BC Nokia will play against Saynatsalon Riento in Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: R.Frederick 30+6reb+1ast, D.Coleman 15+7reb, J.Nofflet 14+5reb+1ast, H.Vihavainen 12+5reb, J.Siivikko 3+1reb, J.Vanttaja 3+2ast
BC Nokia: B.Moultrie 24+16reb+1ast, V.Tuominen 16+1reb+1ast, K.Woods 15+9reb+1ast, T.Riihela 9+2reb+3ast, S.Hopkins 8+1reb, T.Kankaanpaa 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 197510


Group B
Kerava ET - HBA-Marsky 105-84

Not a big story in a game when 4th ranked HBA-Marsky (5-5) was outscored on the road by second ranked Kerava Energia Team (7-3) 105-84 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kerava Energia Team. HBA-Marsky was better in fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kerava Energia Team dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to HBA-Marsky's 40 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for naturalized American guard La Trice Little (187-79, college: Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Kerava Energia Team players scored in double figures. Kerava Energia Team's coach Arsene Towa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Joni Herrala (190-94) replied with 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Julius Rajala (205-94) added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for HBA-Marsky. Newly promoted Kerava Energia Team maintains second position in Division with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Porvoon Tarmo. Loser HBA-Marsky keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Kerava Energia Team will face TuNMKY (#3) in Turun in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: L.Trice Little 26+10reb+7ast, A.Towa 18+12reb+5ast, E.Sahlberg 14+2reb, R.Mua 13+12reb+1ast, P.Pitkanen 11+4reb+1ast, T.Railotie 7+2reb
HBA-Marsky: J.Herrala 36+6reb+1ast, H.Niemisto 11+2ast, M.Nuolivirta 10+6reb, J.Rajala 7+12reb+1ast, J.Tahvanainen 6+5reb+1ast, F.Aidoo 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 197518


BC Jyvaskyla - Jarvenpaa 87-90

A very close game took place in Jyvaskyla between Jarvenpaa and BC Jyvaskyla. Sixth ranked Jarvenpaa (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (3-9). Jarvenpaa managed to escape with a 3-point win 90-87 on Sunday evening. BC Jyvaskyla was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Jesse Viita (186-93) supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds by American forward Michael Corpening (203-87, college: S.Wesleyan) did not help to save the game for BC Jyvaskyla. His fellow American import guard Nafis Ricks (188, college: Missouri St.) added 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jarvenpaa moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser BC Jyvaskyla dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Jarvenpaa will meet at home league's leader KaU Koris in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against the league's leader KaU Koris (#1) in Karkkila and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: P.Jallow 32+18reb, J.Hanninen 16+3reb, V.Tarjanne 14+5reb, J.Viita 9+7reb+7ast, J.Mantyla 8+2reb, L.Tukia 4+1reb
BC Jyvaskyla: N.Ricks 30+6reb+5ast, M.Corpening 20+20reb+2ast, L.Markkanen 15+4reb, T.Manninen 9+1reb, K.Kuokkanen 5+2reb+2ast, A.Tarasanski 4+1reb
gschID: 197515


JyWe - BC Jyvaskyla 67-79

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Jyvaskyla: BC Jyvaskyla (#7) and JyWe (#5). JyWe was defeated at home 67-79 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. JyWe was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded JyWe 44-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. American guard Nafis Ricks (188, college: Missouri St.) fired 24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import forward Michael Corpening (203-87, college: S.Wesleyan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Four BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Harri Keskitalo (210-90) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward Ville Pyykkonen (203-77) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Despite that victory BC Jyvaskyla went down to eighth position (Division) due to points difference. Newly promoted JyWe dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. BC Jyvaskyla's next round opponent will be league's leader KaU Koris in Karkkila and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
BC Jyvaskyla: N.Ricks 24+9reb+8ast, T.Manninen 19+2reb, M.Corpening 14+13reb+6ast, M.Markkanen 11+11reb, K.Kuokkanen 7+2reb+1ast, J.Bjork 2+3reb
JyWe: H.Keskitalo 19+15reb+2ast, V.Pyykkonen 19+9reb, L.Luokomaa 10+2reb+2ast, J.Nuutinen 9+1ast, J.Laine 7+1reb+3ast, V.Karjalainen 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 197514


KaU Koris - TuNMKY 83-59

Everything went according to plan when first ranked KaU Koris (8-3) outplayed 3rd ranked TuNMKY (6-4) in Karkkila 83-59 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-59. KaU Koris dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to TuNMKY's 22. Quite impressive performance for guard Kimmo Tolvanen (193-77) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. Center Tomi Sakala (203-80) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four KaU Koris players scored in double figures. KaU Koris' coach Joonas Iisalo felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Timo Humalamaki (184-84) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TuNMKY. Newly promoted KaU Koris maintains first position in Division with 8-3 record. TuNMKY at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with four games lost. KaU Koris will face Jarvenpaa (#5) on the road in the next round. TuNMKY will play against the league's second-placed Kerava Energia Team and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KaU Koris: K.Tolvanen 22+5reb, J.Kinnunen 22+1reb+1ast, T.Sakala 18+9reb, S.Syrjala 10+13reb+1ast, L.Jarvinen 8+3reb+7ast, I.Heino 3+1reb+1ast
TuNMKY: S.Salminen 19+9reb+2ast, J.Valtonen 11+1reb+1ast, T.Soinio 8+3reb, T.Jaakkola 7, T.Humalamaki 6+7reb+5ast, D.Hazrati 5+1reb
gschID: 197517


Espoo Basket - JyWe 96-79

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked JyWe (5-6) lost on the road to eighth ranked Espoo Basket (3-7) 96-79 on Sunday. The game without a history. Espoo Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to JyWe's 40. They outrebounded JyWe 51-30 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Espoo Basket made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for forward Oscar Andersen (195-93) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Dominican forward Jose Domingues Del Villar (195-84, college: Brewton Parker) contributed with 8 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Espoo Basket's coach Markku Siironen used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Ville Pyykkonen (203-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds and guard Juho Nuutinen (190-85) added 16 points in the effort for JyWe. Espoo Basket moved-up to seventh place in Division. JyWe at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Espoo Basket: O.Andersen 24+3reb+2ast, J.Pehkonen 15+2reb+3ast, K.Nurminen 13+3reb+3ast, M.Tammi 11+5reb, N.Dolenc 9+6reb+2ast, J.Domingues Del Villar 8+16reb+1ast
JyWe: V.Pyykkonen 32+12reb, J.Nuutinen 16+4reb, L.Luokomaa 12+4reb+3ast, V.Karjalainen 5+3reb+2ast, H.Keskitalo 5+2reb+2ast, V.Vaisanen 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 197516



KORISLIIGA: Big wins tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 14: Two contests tonight. YMCA Lappeenranta crushed UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 90-59 (42-27) and Pyrinto (Tampere) did the same, when beating YMCA Lahti 92-66 (51-28). Both games were practically "over" in 20 minutes. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) (YMCA LPR) was the MVP at Lappeenranta with double-double 21pts/15rbs. Newcomer Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) was at once the leading scorer and rebounder (18/7) on Korihait roster. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led again Pyrinto (11-2) with 23pts/9rbs. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) added 22 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) gave 12 assists.
YMCA LPR - UU-Korihait 90-59 (42-27). (Jason Conley 21/15, Matt Gibson 13/7a, Anttoni Tapio 12 - Alain Laroche 18, Mikko Jalonen 10, Niko Malinen 9. A: 493).
Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 92-66 (51-28). (Lamonte Ulmer 23/9, Carl Lindbom 22, Olli Ahvenniemi 10 - Jordan Hasquet 22, Cedric Latimer 11, Emmanuel Holloway 10/5a. A: 754).

Also in Division 1A (round 10) two games tonight with huge differences in points. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) defeated YMCA Oulu 106-69 (52-36) and Tarmo (Porvoo) crushed Ura Basket (Kaarina) 114-60 (60-37). ToPo had eight players on the roster and seven of them scored in double figures. Tarmo (9-1) had all starters on the bench during the fourth quarter, but won anyway by 54 points.
ToPo - YMCA Oulu 106-69 (52-36). (Stefan Beatovic 18, Devin Ginty 16, Elias Kajander 16 - Josh Nofflet 20/9, Dwight Coleman 17, Henri Vihavainen 9).
Tarmo - Ura Basket 114-60 (60-37). (Vernon Taylor 22, Isaiah Tate 20, Jerrah Young 15/12 - Nolan Richardson 19, Bobby Nash 9, Oskari Virolainen 9).



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Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 10-2 
 2. Antibes 9-3 
 3. Evreux 9-3 
 4. Chalons-Reims 8-4 
 5. Le Portel 8-4 
 6. Boulogne 7-5 
 7. Maurienne 7-5 
 8. St Vallier 6-6 
 9. Bourg 5-6 
 10. St Quentin 5-6 
 11. Rouen 5-7 
 12. Lille 5-7 
 13. Fos Ouest 5-7 
 14. Nantes 5-7 
 15. Denain 4-8 
 16. Charleville 4-8 
 17. Hyeres-Toulon 3-9 
 18. Bordeaux 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 30: Bordeaux - Boulogne 93-101
Nov. 30: Denain - St Vallier 90-83
Nov. 30: Charleville - Nantes 86-76
Nov. 30: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Evreux 79-78
Nov. 30: Maurienne - Antibes 75-81
Nov. 30: Hyeres-Toulon - Fos Ouest 72-91
Nov. 30: Le Portel - Rouen 65-86
Nov. 30: Lille - Chalons-Reims 55-67
Dec. 1: Bourg - St Quentin


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Brown, Maurienne22.8 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.8 
 3. McKines, Rouen20.8 
 4. Booker, St Vallier20.4 
 5. Blue, Antibes20.1 
 6. Siggers, Lille19.7 
 7. Boddicker, Pau-La.18.1 
 8. Monds, Bourg18.0 
 9. Wood, Evreux17.8 
 10. Humphrey, Bordea.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhammadou JAITEH
  Boulogne
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.3 
 2. Lesieu, St Quentin10.2 
 3. McKines, Rouen10.2 
 4. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 6. Jackson, Pau-La.9.8 
 7. Kitts, Denain9.2 
 8. Monds, Bourg8.5 
 9. Blue, Antibes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.4 
 2. Dumas, Bourg5.7 
 3. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.7 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.5 
 5. Denave, Pau-Lacq.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.4 
 7. Bassett, Rouen5.3 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.1 
 9. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.8 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier2.8 
 2. Flowers, Denain2.7 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.6 
 4. Sonko, Bourg2.0 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.1.8 
 6. Taylor, Le Portel1.8 
 7. Wilson, Le Portel1.8 
 8. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
 9. Hannah, Evreux1.8 
 10. Siggers, Lille1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.7 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.5 
 3. Chism, Maurienne1.3 
 4. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 5. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 6. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 7. Williams, St Quent.1.0 
 8. Henry, Nantes1.0 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 10. Flowers, Denain0.8 


Claude Marquis signs at Nancy - by Aleksa Nikolic

32-years old French center Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80) is the new player of Nancy.He agreed 3-months deal.Main reason for this transfer is injury of the best player Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU), who get injury on last match in Eurochallenge against Apollon.He passed whole preparation with Cholet, so he will be 100% ready.He will make debut next week against Limoges.
Last year, he played in Pau-Orthez and on 19 games he averaged had 7.9ppg and 5,2rpg.The biggest part of career he spent in Cholet, where he won French cup and also played in final Eurochallenge.Also, he played in many teams: Strasbourg, Juve Caserta, Jahesh, Petrochimi.



Claude Marquis is a newcomer at Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) added to their roster 32-year old ex-international power forward Claude Marquis (204-80). He just played at Cholet Basket (ProA).
The previous (10-11) season Marquis also played at Cholet. In 10 Euroleague games last season he recorded 6.5ppg and 3.6rpg. He also played 12 games in ProA where he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to win the supercup. The other team Marquis played shortly was Petrochimi in Iranian Superleague.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Jahesh Tarabar in Superleague.
Marquis was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Marquis played for French Senior National Team between 2004 and 2008 and previouslyfor U20 National Team in 2000. He represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.7ppg, 3.7rpg.
Marquis has played previously professionally in Italy (Juvecaserta).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce Ulker to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Turk Telekom (2-5) crushing them 103-81 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. McCalebb recorded 13 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (6-1) is placed third in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 88.2% in the two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). Antic contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Kolossos (3-4) 88-72 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. He recorded 10 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (7-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Antic averages: 5.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 21.1% and FT: 72.7%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-7) in their last game. Despite Samardziski's good performance the sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas was crushed 90-66 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group D of Euroleague. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Lietuvos rytas' fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Samardziski's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 45.0% and FT: 56.3% in the eight games. He is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #4. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help one of league's weakest teams BC Donetsk (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Stojanovski's very good performance BC Donetsk was defeated 77-67 in Sopot by the higher-ranked Trefl (#3). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Stojanovski also added 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Stojanovski's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg. Stojanovski is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #5. Former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help Krasnie Krilya Samara in a victory against the closely-ranked Keravnos (2-2) crushing them 82-51 in the EuroChallenge last Wednesday. He recorded 5 points in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. Krasnie Krilya Samara (4-0) is placed first. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Massey's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 5.0rpg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #6. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita (2-6) in their game against Anadolu Efes (5-3) in the Euroleague. Ilievski scored 7 points. Cedevita (#5) was defeated 81-73 at home by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3) in the group C of Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Ilievski has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #7. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vlado Ilievski. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Green couldn't help Cedevita (2-6) in their game against Armani Milano (3-5). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Cedevita (#5) lost 60-75 in Milano to the higher-ranked (#4) Armani in the group C of Euroleague. Green has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Pertevniyal (4-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Osman's very good performance Pertevniyal was defeated 90-80 in a derby game by the leading Darussafaka. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Osman also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Osman has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian passport, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #2. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) led Stjarnan to a victory against the closely-ranked Skallagrimur 98-84 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night. Zdravevski scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Stjarnan (6-2) is placed third in the Dominos League. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. He has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg in the seven games he played so far. Zdravevski is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #3. Tomcho Sokolov (205-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Pi Koleji (3-6) in their game against Selcuk Universitesi (8-1) in the Turkish TB2L (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sokolov scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Pi Koleji was crushed 86-54 on the road by the second-ranked Selcuk Universitesi. It was Pi Koleji's fourth consecutive loss in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Sokolov has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 6.7rpg.



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. MIA Academy 6-0 
 2. Rustavi 6-1 
 3. Kutaisi 5-2 
 4. Armia 4-1 
 5. Olimpi 4-1 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 3-2 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 2-4 
 8. Batumi 2-5 
 9. Sokhumi 0-5 
 10. STU Tbilisi 0-5 
 11. Samedicino 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 30: Batumi - Samedicino 82-73
Nov. 30: Kutaisi - Rustavi 60-67
Dec. 1: Dinamo Tbilisi - Olimpi
Dec. 1: TSU Tbilisi - Armia
Dec. 1: STU Tbilisi - Sokhumi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.22.2 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi20.2 
 3. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.19.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.18.3 
 5. Bowie, Rustavi17.9 
 6. Fatsatsia, Olimpi17.8 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.16.3 
 8. Milosevic, Olimpi15.0 
 9. Nelson, Rustavi14.7 
 10. Nanitashvili, Bat.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi12.8 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.11.8 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.3 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.2 
 5. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.10.0 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.7 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.9.2 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi8.1 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.8.0 
 10. Revazashvili, Sam.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  MIA A.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Vaughn, MIA A.9.4 
 2. Sokk, Olimpi6.8 
 3. Gamqrelidze, Armia6.3 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.3 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.4.8 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.4.8 
 7. Baakashvili, Sokhu.4.6 
 8. Millage, Armia4.0 
 9. Chkareuli, TSU T.3.8 
 10. Bakradze, TSU T.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  MIA A.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Vaughn, MIA A.3.2 
 2. Bowie, Rustavi3.1 
 3. Dzidziguri, STU T.2.5 
 4. Dvalishvili, Olimpi2.4 
 5. Millage, Armia2.3 
 6. Ramishvili, Batumi2.3 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.2.0 
 8. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 9. Bakradze, TSU T.2.0 
 10. Machaladze, STU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.3.8 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.4 
 3. Kobidze, TSU T.1.2 
 4. Milosevic, Olimpi1.2 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.1.0 
 6. Kjellbom, Armia1.0 
 7. Nazmiev, Sokhumi1.0 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 9. Kvelashvili, Batumi1.0 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.9 



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  GERMANY   


NCAA leading scorer Lamonte Thomas to Wolfenbuettel - by Moritz Korff

The MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have added Lamonte Thomas (187-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) to their roster. According to the team's press release Thomas contacted the club and offered to pay for his flight, if the team would give him the chance for a tryout. The Wolfenbuettel bosses will decide until the christmas break, if they are going to keep Thomas for the remainder of the season.
The 22-year-old was the leading scorer in all of NCAA basketball last season. He averaged 34.1 points per contest for NCAA Division 3 school Johnson & Wales, nailing 59 of 157 shots from beyond the arc (37.6%) and converting 83.5% of his attempts from the free throw line. Thomas also grabbed 5.8 rebounds a game and dished out 4.8 assists per contest.
"We'll see how valuable his stats will be in the Pro B. The first impression is good. Obviously he fits in our team well. We'll see what's going to happen", Wolfenbuettel coach Benjamin Travnizek said.



The Finke Baskets Keep Dorian Mcdaniel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team Finke Baskets announced today that they have given Dorian McDaniel (198-F-87, college: Prairie View A&M) a contract extension. He is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Culver City, California that is a utility player with good leaping ability. Does not mind doing all the dirty work. Can create mismatch problems for bigger defenders. Will knock down the open three point shot, rebound well, and do whatever is needed in order to get the win. He turned professional in 2010 and has never played outside Germany playing for Murat Didin and Duesseldorf as a rookie and last season for Cuxhaven. "We are happy that Dorian will continue to play for us despite the tense personal situation now", stressed Finke Baskets sport director Dirk Happe and head coach Thomas Glasauer. In nine games the American is averaging 3,6ppg and 1,3rpg.

Source: Finke Baskets





The LTi Giessen 46ers And Jimmy Baxter Officially Part Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Recently Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) had been suspended by the LTI Giessen 46ers, but today it was announced that there was no coming back and both sides officially have parted ways. After talks today, both sides agreed to go separate ways. Baxter is a 32 year old 198cm guard from St Petersburg, Florida that was playing his first season in the Beko BBL. Germany was his 11th country so far in his career and in nine games the American averaged 14,6ppg, 3,0rpg and 2,1apg. "We thank Jimmy for his service and wish him all the best for the future. We will calmly search the markt and look for a replacement", stressed Lti Giessen 46er CEO Heiko Schelberg.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers





Chris Gadley (Uni Riesen Leipzig) I Want To Show My Dominance And Want To Earn The Respect Of The League - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Gadley (207-C-87, college: Canisius) is a 25 year old 207cm center from Amherst, New York that is playing his first season fort he Uni Riesen Leipzig in the PRO A. He started his basketball career at Hofstra in 2005 where he played until 2007. He then played three seasons for Canisius (NCAA). He turned professional in 2010 and played for the Buffalo Stampede (ACPBL) and Summerside Storm (Canada-NBL). This is his first season overseas and has taken the PRO A by storm averaging 13,9ppg, 11,7rpg, 1,3apg and 2,8bpg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 96-94 win against the Kirchheim Knights.

Congrats on the 96-94 win against Kirchheim in OT. What was key in getting the win in OT?

Well really as a team we stuck together and just really made sure we didn't lose that game! We really wanted to win this game for ourselves we were all playing for each other and it felt really good! Even though we had a little trouble throughout the game in rebounding we pulled through as a team and got the win!!


You had a monster game with 17 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks. Can you count the number of triple doubles that you have had in your career or have you had more than a handful?

Yea I've had a bunch of triple doubles! In highschool I almost averaged a triple double! In high school senior year I averaged 29points 18 rebounds and 8 blocks so yea I've had a few in my career!

You had 11 blocks. Can you ever remembering having more blocks in a game? Were you in the zone on this day on the defensive end?

Yea actually when I was in highschool I had a 17 block game lol! Yea I mean since I've lost all this weight I'm learning how to use my body again so now I'm really actually starting to use what ability I have again!

How disappointed are you with your 5/14 free throw shooting? Your only shooting 48% from the free throw line this season. Are you taking extra free throw practice in practice?

Yes I'm extremely unhappy with my free throws! I have never shot this bad in my basketball career! Yes I'm putting in a lot of time with them! It's really not my form that's a concern but it's my confidence at the free throw line that I need to get back!

You had the height advantage over Marcus Smallwood and Dominik Schneider under the boards. Was this an easier day at the office down low or were you pushed by them?

No not at all those guys are extremely tough players! I would say they gave me personally and are team the most trouble in rebounding this year!

You had a monster game, but so did Nikita Khartchenkov. Where would the team in general be without his hot shooting?

Yea Nikita is a awesome player he is a great teammate! I think we would have a harder time without his shooting!! He truly is a major piece to the puzzle of our team!

This is your third professional season after playing in North America in the ACPBL and NBL. You are really taking off this season. What is your secret to your individual play so far?

Well basically I wanted to make a name for myself. I know I can play and I want people to know that I'm here in pro a! I want to show my dominance and want to earn the respect of the League!

What has been the main reason for being able to adjust to the German PRO A so rapidly?

Well I think I was already prepared by playing in the states at a division 1 school! So really I had the tools to be successful, but now I am really just using all the tools and tips my coaches have taught me in the past!

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

I believe my biggest strength that people may not notice is the way I'm able to get my teammates open shots! I love doing it and seeing them get an make open shots!!

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

Well I believe I can improve on everything My left hand, Free throw shooting

Conditioning , Rebounding, Defensive play, Being a better teammate, so I believe I can improve on every aspect of the game!

To what NBA player would you compare your game to?

Ehh I don't think I can compare myself to a particular NBA player but Shaq I love and I use his philosophy of domination when I play the game!

Your from the New York area. If you could ask the legendary Patrick Ewing one question what would it be?

I would ask him what is the best way to make the rest of my basketball career the most successful!

What is your biggest Christmas wish this holiday season?

My biggest wish I just hope my family stays in great health and we all stay successful in everything we do! And Leipzig gets in the playoffs!!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Last DVD I saw was called warrior!


Thanks Chris for the chat




Derrick Allen (Belgacom Spirou) Frankfurt Has A Special Place In My Heart - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 32 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama that is playing his first season in Belgium for Belgacom Spirou. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2007-2010. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. In 2010-2011 for Alba Berlin, he played EuroCup: 11 games: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 80.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 56.3%; German Bundesliga: 49 games: 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-3 (61.0%), FT: 78.7%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 15.5ppg, 6.0rpg; EuroCup: 12 games: 10.0ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.3%, FT: 70.8%; German League: 37 games: 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 73.6% He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

You are playing your first season in Belgium for Belgacom Spirou. Was it strange leaving the Beko BBL after 8 years?

Yes it was tough leaving the Beko BBL. I thought it was ok to go. I had a good opportunity in Belgium. Spirou has wanted me the last years and now it finally worked out. I will miss Germany.


You had a double double in your first game with 15 points and 10 rebounds. This league seems to be compatible with your game.

Yes I think it is. The league is competitive, but it the level suits my game. Many guys that have played in the Beko BBL like Demond Mallet, Chris Copeland or Caleb Green have played here and been successful.


Is it easier to get used to the Belgium league when there are eight Americans in the team?

Yes it is a lot easier to adapt to the league when there are so many Americans in the team. There are less teams, but the rules are still the same.


You are 32 years old now. Do you have to work even harder now than when you were younger?

I have to work a lot harder. When you get older you have to take more care of your body. You have to rest more and also come into camp in better shape. You have to work even harder in practice and games. I do feel different as I get older each day.


What are the chances that Belgacom can win the title this season?

Winning the title is one of our goals. The team lost to Ostende last season in game 5 and are hungry to win this season.

It is always a pleasure to watch you play in the zone. Who will be dizzy first you or the energizer bunny?

I think that the energizer bunny will be dizzy first.

How difficult is it playing every day against ex Beko BBL player Mike Scott who played 5 games for the Washington Wizzards in the 2012 NBA Summer League.

Mike Scott is still developing. He plays the three for us. He always works hard in practice and brings much energy on the court. He is a slasher and good defender that does all the little things. I think that he will have a very good career.

What NBA stories has Jiri Welsch told the team this season.

He isnt on the team now. He is still working out his contract with management.

You played against Je Kel Foster in the Beko BBL and practice with him every day. What is the most amazing thing that you have seen him do in practice?

I had played against many times, but to be honest I had never realized how good of a shooter he is. He plays a lot of point guard for us, but I continue to be impressed how well he shoots the three pointer. I have seen him make seven or eight three pointers in a row in practice.

Andre Riddick is playing his 11th season for Belgacom Spirou. Did he help you as tourist guide and showing you the places to eat?

He showed me much as did Justin Hamilton. Riddick is a good guy and our captain. He is the leader of the team and he always does everything to help make the team be better.


You played two seasons for Alba Berlin, but couldnt win a title. Were the teams put together wrong?

No I dont think that they were put together wrong. My first year, we had a better all around team than last year. We underachieved last season.


There were rumors that you might return to Frankfurt. Do you think you might come back at the end of your career?

I dont know. We did talk a little, but there was nothing serious. It depends where the Skyliners will be in two years. If the right chance comes, I would love to come back. Frankfurt has a special place in my heart.

What was the most amazing thing that you saw Dashaun Wood do on the court in practice?

I like how he uses his speed. He can run down the court and beta 8 guys. His speed and scoring is second to none.


How is your your meter time of 10,7 doing?

I have no idea. That time was from training camp 2009. I havent ran it since. But I am sure it is not quite the same.


What is your favorite German saying?

I have some that I cant be said in an interview. I always think it is funny when people that dont think I know German hear me say Alles Gute.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Bad boys 2 with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.


Thanks Derrick for the chat.





Can The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Return Back To The Beko BBL Playoffs This Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Some Beko BBL teams are fortunate to get those special gems that would sweeten any womans Christmas with those special jewels snuggled under their Christmas tree. I am not talking about hard rocks, but those extra special players that will make the difference on and off the court between getting far in the playoffs or just losing 3-0 in the first round. Alba Berlin has Nihad Djedovic who is possibly the biggest European talent from the birth year 1990, FC Bayern Munich has Yotam Halperin who has that special Euroleague stamp engraved on his body, the Brose Baskets Bamberg has ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar that has played 305 NBA games and might be the best player the Beko BBL has seen since Wendel Alexis and the s.Oliver Baskets have versatile Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) who has been carrying the team this season the best he can. Anderson is a 26 year old 198cm forward is playing his fourth professional season and third in Germany. He got his early basketball experience in the NCAA playing for Villanova where he had spectacular teammates like Reggie Redding and Corey Stokes, but seemed to be a bit in the shadow of future NBA player Dante Cunningham. There he was a member of teams reaching the NCAA final 8 and Sweet 16. He came as a rookie to BG Goettingen in 2009 as ex BG Goettingen head coach John Patrick understood his raw talent and gave him a chance. In his two years in Goettingen, he led the team to two Beko BBL playoff appearances and was an instrumental player in the 2010 Eurochallnge win. Last season, he played for Morpho Basket Piacenza (Italy-Lega2) playing 32 games and averaging 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 1.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 72.5%. There he kept up his dominating play and decided to return back to Germany this season to Wurzburg. Just how important John Patrick was for bringing the American isnt too clear, but if Anderson sought any advice where to play this season, one could assume that their paths crossed. If the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg will have success like last season, it will take a team effort, but a big factor where the team lands at the end of the season could be effected by the play of Dwayne Anderson. It doesnt really matter who you talk to, but the positive remarks about the American come as quickly as tennis balls are fired out of a tennis ball machine. It was also no surprise, that John Patrick still had sweet memories of the forward from his time in Goettingen. He came in as a rookie to Goettingen and developed quickly. Dwayne is a great teammate and loves to compete and likes the physical play. He worked on his shot during his time at Goettingen. Every coach wants a guy like him. He was a Eurocup first team player two seasons ago and he is on his way again showing that he is a top European player. I remember a game in Treviso where he had 21 points in the first half and destroyed 2011 Timberwolves draft pick Donatas Motiejunas. He is a guy that has the same routine each day, going to the barber, getting groceries and just saying hi to everybody. He is a very unique guy, stressed 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick. When I was a freshman, Anderson was a junior and he took me under his wing. I looked up to him like a big brother. He was one of the hardest working players that I have ever seen. I remember our coach telling him that he would never play for Villanova, but Dwayne worked harder and proved them all wrong and became one of the best players in the NCAA. Redding was one of the best defensive players that I ever played with, stressed ex BBC Bayreuth player Corey Stokes. It was fun playing with Dwayne. He was so athletic and I remember how aggressive he was attacking the rim and getting rebounds. I talk to him a lot now. He is a good player and guy. I am looking forward to playing against him and my buddy Allan Ray of Ulm, added Walter Tiger Tuebingen American Reggie Redding.

Basketball in Wurzburg was more or less born in 1997 as the club came into the beko BBL mostly due to a 19 year old tall blond talent named Dirk Nowitzki. The team stayed in the top German league until 2005 as it developed future German national players with Robert Garrett, Demond Greene and Marvin Willoughby. The team then wasnt able to successfully stay in the league and also had a dark ominous cloud of bankruptcy hovering over the team. However the club was able to escape any financial problems and started new in the second Bundesliga as Mainfranken Basket. The club wanted to rely on German players, but this experiment failed as they won only one game and departed the second league. The team then rechanged their name to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and started new again in the Regionaliga and the club steadily started their rise back to the Beko BBL first reaching the PRO B in the 2008-2009 season winning all 24 games in the Regionaliga. In 2009-2010, the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg reached third place in the PRO B and had some fortune as the Hertener were financially unable to play in the PRO A, so the Wurzburg team was able to move up to the PRO A after all. Their dramatic rise continued in the PRO A as they finished the season in second place with a record of 21-7 and reaching the Beko BBL again after 6 years of being away.

The first order of business in Wurzburg last season was finding a head coach and the team did that reeling in American John Patrick early in the summer. Patrick started to quickly build his new team, but as the new season approached his roster looked very much different than two months earlier as some players that had been signed had to go. Americans Patrick Flomo (Gloria Giants), Tim Burnette (Furstenfeld, Austria), Achmadschah Zazai (Giessen 46ers) and American Mike Tisdale had to pack their bags early and in the meantime, the American hauled in new players with Chris Kramer and Robert Tomaszek. The way Patrick functions may not always be favorable to a player, but in the long run, he has had success with his style of players and should know best. Coach has his way and his ways seem to be successful and if a player doesnt fit into what he is trying to accomplish why should he keep him. It is his team and his system and he knows what is best for his team, warned John Bynum. Patrick did a smooth and intelligent act bringing in three ex Goettingen players with Jason Boone, Ben Jacobson and John Little who won the Eurochallenge in 2010 and have much experience that will help the younger players in Wurzburg. Anytime you have a familiar face in your corner it is always a good thing because you know things about the guys already instead of bringing in guys that you may not know about besides their stats. Character takes you a long way and if you already know what your getting then it is an advantage, warned John Bynum. The best part about being reunited with these guys is the fact that we've become accustomed to a certain level of success. And any time one of us, or our teammates is not 100% focused on pursuing that level, we are there to put each other in check. We missed a little of that last season in Gottingen but I'm confident Ben Jacobson will bring that back with him. He brings the best out of John and I, added Jason Boone. Patrick also brought in talented Americans Gilbert Brown (was waived after 8 games, 4,3ppg and 1,8rpg) and Rickey Harris and also wants to show his love for German youth development by bringing in Oliver Clay and Alex King who isnt 18 anymore, but is a player who fills out his role well. Ivan Elliot might be one of the big winners in the roster, because last season he was in the Beko BBL with Bremerhaven got cut and went to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg helping the team reach the PRO A. Patrick decided to keep the American and already has become an important force this season. The team also added Chester Frazier who is no unknown player to the Beko BBL.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg got off to a superb start last season of 2-0 beating an always tough defensive minded TBB Trier and crushing the LTi Giessen 46ers 85-60 in the Osthalle. In the 73-67 win against TBB Trier, they showed their defensive qualities forcing TBB Trier to 16 turnovers and In Giessen held a new formed 46er team to 60 points holding them to 38% from the field and 29% from the parking lot while forcing 21 turnovers. American Rickey Harris has quietly been the go to guy amassing 43 points total in the first two games. John Patrick had been known in his years in Goettingen to play a special brand of basketball called 40 minutes of hell where his team plays pressure pressure and pressure bringing the opponent often to the brink of despair. Last season, the 40 minutes of hell seemed to have dipped to 20-25 minutes of hell. If Patrick will have this pressure play in Wurzburg like he had in Goettingen is hard to say, but his pressure style will somehow always be in his blood. I think the pressure was more in Gottingen but dont let that comment think that you dont see a lot of pressure. They disrupt your flow of the game and often you have to rush your sets because you get the ball back to the point guard with around 17-18 seconds and thats what you have to work with your offense, warned John Bynum. Can John Patrick make the s.Oliver Baskets a steady playoff team the way he did with BG Goettingen? Wurzburg can be a playoff team if they protect their home court and get some away teams. Their type of play differs from most teams in the league and teams struggle playing against them, added John Bynum last season. After the loss to the Fraport Skyliners, Wurzburg had a very strong stretch having a 5-2 record. They had big home wins against ratiopharm Ulm and the Telekom Baskets Bonn and showed that they were nothing like a team that might have problems staying in the Beko BBL for a second season. Then came a dry spell as they lost three games in a row including only one of their two home losses of the season against Bamberg, a tough 73-70 road loss in Hagen. Since then the team won three of their last four games including huge home wins against FC Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin. Wurzburg continued to a very strong home team having a 8-1 record in their living room and it seems like Patrick had brought some of that magic invincible aura from the Lokhalle to the s.Oliver arena. Wurzburg also lets up a league best lowest 67 points per game. Wurzburg then lost possibly one of the best games of the season for the Fraport Skyliners 56-51 as the word aggressive physical defense got a new name of SkyWur!. In the second half of the season, the team had a 10-6 season, but had a strong phase having a five game winning streak where they beat teams like Oldenburg and Bonn. They seemed a bit tired at the end of the season registering a 3-5 record, but it wasnt embarrassing as they lost to top teams Berlin, Bamberg and Munich. They finished the season in sixth place with a record of 20-14. They entered the Beko BBL playoffs against eight time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin and made a huge upset sending the team home with a 3-1 win and once again denying the German capital team a title dating back to 2009. In the semi-finals against ratiopharm Ulm, they seemed to have little gas left in the tank getting swept 3-0. Only the fewest ever expected such a strong season which can be credited to John Patrick once again understanding how to form a competitive team and making the best out of his players and having success.

Soon after the playoff loss to Ulm, a very interesting and surprising development occurred as the team let successful head coach John Patrick go. It was hard to believe that the team and head coach would go separate ways, but for the insider it was clear that there seemed to be clear differences between management and the head coach. Both sides rather stayed silent to what happened and both sides didnt destroy each other in the media either as no one dragged the other side into quick sand. The club decided to name assistant coach Marcel Schroder as head coach. Schroeder was no unknown coach as he had already experienced success with the Bavarian team leading them to the Beko BBL in 2011 from the PRO A. Schroeder is a coach that breathes basketball 24 hours a day and surely gained experience learning from John Patrick. The club was able to increase their player budget from last season, have built a more potent team than last season, kept a healthy core of players and the goal remains reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. The club kept the three BG Goettingen amigos Americans beast under the basket Jason Boone, versatile Ben Jacobson and pitbull John Little who belongs to the top defenders in the league and was one of the most important players in the Alba Berlin series last year as he took a page out of 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood scoring as if he had been transformed in the Detroit natives body. The team also kept German Alex King who continues to develop well. Alex really has made his way in the Beko BBL after being only a role player averaging 5-10 minutes, stated John Patrick. Germans Oliver Clay, big talent Maximilian Kleber and experienced Chistoph Henneberger were also retained. The team lost important players like Americans Chris Kramer, Ivan Elliot and Ricky Harris. Losing team top scorer Chris Kramer hurt very much as he played with so much intensity on offense and defense and could change impact of a game. However the team did a super job filling these spots. The team added American Jimmy Mckinney who left the main in Frankfurt after six years. Mckinney is known as a deadly shooter and is looking to make the next step in Wurzburg being more of a go to guy than he was in Frankfurt. The team got Dwayne Anderson who belongs to the top five forward in the Beko BBL, German national player Chris Mcnaughton who is injured, but will form a nice center duo with Boone, experienced Lamont Mcintosh who celebrated much success with Artland Dragon teams including the 2008 Beko BBL cup and talented German Maurice Stuckey who is on loan from Bamberg where he will get more minutes than in Freak city. The biggest strength of the team will be that the team was formed early and many players were kept from last season. Why should the team change their style when it works. John Patrick practiced the quick aggressive style that he had had in Goettingen called 40 minutes of basketball hell. It was quite that extreme last season, but it was still used maybe 25 minutes of hell. Schroeder still likes to play like this, but so far this season, the team is still looking to come together as the team is parked in the middle field of the standings. Their offense is more versatile and unpredictable compared to last season. Weaknesses this season could be being able to play up to expectations. Also Schroeder is a young coach that is coaching his first season in the Beko BBL. The Eurocup season could leave marks in the second half of the season and injuries could also play a role as the team already found out early with the injury to Chris Mcnaughton.

The Fraport Skyliners have fond memories from the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg winning both games. The FRaport Skyliners squeaked out a 80-78 win at home as American Justin Gray won the game with a buzzer beater. Justin Gray led the Skyliners with 18 points while NBA player Jon Leuer chipped in with 17 points. Chris Kramer had 16 points while Ivan Elliot and ricky Harris contributed 13 points each. In the return game in Wurzburg in early January, the fans witnessed a gruesome hard fought battle in the trenches as no team wanted to give the other teams any gifts as Frankfurt prevailed 56-51. Frankfurt was led by Quantez Robertson with 12 points, Devin Gibson added 11 points and Jermario Davidson produced 10 points. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Ben Jacobson with 15 points. The Fraport Skyliners want to win their second game in a row and extend their winning streak against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg who have lost five of their lasts even games and are coming off a 69-62 loss against TBB Trier at home. Fraport Sklyiner Devin Gibson remembers the defensive battle win in Wurzburg last season and knows what the team will need to do to win their second game in a row. We will have to play defense, defense, defense and pressure, pressure pressure to win, smiled Devin Gibson.
The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg are led by Jason Boone who is a 27 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York who played four seasons with Goettingen and is playing his second season in Wurzburg. Four years ago, he made the jump from the Regionalliga to the BBL, which is similar as if a professional baseball player jumped from A ball to MLB. In 2010-2011 for BG Goettingen, he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0% . Jason Boone is a strong athlete who likes to finish around the rim and is not a shooter at all. One should give him the jump shot and dont let him penetrate. He is a strong offensive rebounder and goes to the boards each time. He isnt a good free throw shooter and dont give him any easy layups. One should attack him on defense and despite his athletic body, doesnt move his feet so well and he is foul prone, Frankfurt still will have to keep an eye on him in the paint, added 2009 Beko BBL top scorer Omari Westley. Boone is probably one of the strongest low post players in the BBL. He can move anybody with his strength down low, added Ricky Hickman who is playing for Macabbi Tel Aviv. I always want to improve my game, and I feel like coming into this season fully healthy will help me establish myself as a top center in this league. In retrospect I think, on a personal level, 2010-2011 was a "down" year for me, but it taught me a, commented Jason Boone. Last season for Wurzburg, Boone played 40 games: 8.7ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 52.4. Ben Jacobson is a 28 year old 188cm guard that is a big Time Point Guard, very good defender and a great scorer who can create his own shot that is playing his second season in Wurzburg. Before coming to BG Goettingen in 2007, he played at Northern Iowa with teammate John Little and in other German places like Erdgas Ehingen and the Mitteldeutscher BC. His most successful season was 2009-2010 where he helped BG Goettingen win the Eurochallenge. In 2010-2011 he played for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five), only pre-season, in Dec.'10 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB, starting five): 19 games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.9%. Last season for Wurzburg, he played 40 games: 8.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 65.7%.

The third member to arrive from BG Goettingen in 2011 is John Little who is a 28 year old 180cm guard from Peoria, Illinois. He played four seasons with BG Goettingen. He played at Northern Iowa from 2002-2006. In 2007-2008, he wanted to play for the Peoria Kings of the ABA league, but the team folded, so he returned to Northern Iowa and finished the season as assistant coach. Last season, he played EuroCup: 9 games: 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 33 games: 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 75.0% Little is their energy guy. He brings a lot of energy and athletic ability from the bench. He doesnt have much of a shot and likes to drive to the hoop and finish at the rim. He is a good rebounder for his size. He is possibly the best defender on the team. He has long arms and plays the passing lanes well and is their best on ball defender, stressed Omari Westley. He is probably one of the scrappiest players in the league and always plays hard and gives 100% every minute on the court, added Ricky Hickman. Last season for Wurzburg, he played 41 games: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 64.1%. The team brought in American Jimmy Mckinney who is a 29 year old 192cm shooting guard from St Louis who is cousins with ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon. Mckinney is a s a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 where he was a teammate of NBA player Linas Kleiza. He played a total of 133 NCAA Games. He played for the Frankfurt Skyliners from 2006-2012 playing a total of 218 games reaching the 2008 Beko BBL semi final and 2010 Beko BBL final where hew a son the floor in a tough game 5 loss in Bamberg. Last season for Frankfurt he played EuroCup: 6 games: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 92.3%; German League: 34 games: 13.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 84.0%.

The team also hauled in Lamont Mcintosh who is a 30 year old 190cm guard from Georgia that is playing his ninth professional season and first in Wurzburg. He played at Georgia Tech from 2000-2004. In his first two seasons he played for the Southern Crescent Lightning (WBA) and then went to Europe to play for the Scottish Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL). In 2005, he showed that he could play in a more higher league playing for Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 28 games: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 51.0%. He then played for the Artland Dragons from 2006-2009 reaching the playoffs each season. In 2009-2010, he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-Superleague) 20 games: 16.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 73.8%. In 2001-2011, he played for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1, starting five): 25 games: 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 80.8%. Last season, he played for AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK): 14 games: 11.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 85.2%. Christopher Mcnaughton is a 29 year old 211cm center. He is a true back-to-the-basket big man, but does possess good mobility for his size. He started his basketball career in the Bamberg system in 2000 playing 35 games for TSV Troester Breitengrussbach in the second Bundesliga. He then played at Bucknell from 2003-2007. After getting valuable experience in the NCAA, he played two years in Spain before moving to BG Goettingen in 2009-2010. He helped the club win the Eurochallenge and scoring 22 points in the final. He played EuroChallenge: 15 games: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 71.1%; German League: 37 games: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing EuroCup: 6 games: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT; German League: 39 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 80.7%. At the World Championships in Turkey in 2010, he played 5 games: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 58.8%, FT: 77.8%. Currently, he is averaging 10,3ppg and 5,6rpg. Last season, for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven he played 34 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 79.0%.

The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg also has its share of German players including Alex King who moved to his third Beko BBL team Wurzburg in 2011. King is a 27 year old 200cm forward from Munich, Germany. King started his basketball career in Frankfurt playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2002-2008. In that span he won the German league title in 2004 and was a finalist in 2005 and played a total of 129 BBL games for Frankfurt. He played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2008-20011 playing a total of 101 Beko BBl games. In 2010-2011 for Bonn he played EuroChallenge: 6 games: 2.5ppg, 4.0rpg; German League: 31 games: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg. Last season for Wurzburg, he played 41 games: 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg. The team also brought in young German Oliver Clay in 2011 who is a 25 year old 205cm power forward/center from Berlin. He started his basketball career in 2006 for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga): 25 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg. He then played for Alba Berlin playing mostly for the Regionaliga team where he was German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion in 2010. In 2010-2011, he played for TBB Trier (1.Bundesliga): 33 games: 2.5ppg, 1.9rpg. Last season for Wurzburg he played 22 games: 1.9ppg, 1.1rpg. Christoph Henneberger also stayed with the team. Henneberger is a 28 year old 188cm guard who has seen the ups and downs of Wurzburg basketball since 2003. Last season, he played 11 games: 0.8ppg. The team also has young talented Maximilian Klebber on the roster who is a 20 year old 196cm forward. He started his basketball career in 2008 with SCH Wuerzburg Baskets (Regionalliga). Last season he played 26 games: 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg. The team also brought in Maurice Stuckey who is a 22 year old 187cm guard that was born in Augsburg and is on loan from Bamberg. He started his basketball career in 2005 for BG Leitershofen. He then moved to Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB), where he played from 2007-2009. In2009-2010, he played for Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 85.3%, played also at Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 1.3ppg. At the 2010 European Championships U20 in Croatia he played 9 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 75.0%. In 2010-2011, he played German League: 35 games: 2.2ppg; Euroleague: 3 games: 2.3ppg; also played at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 18 games: 14.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 77.5%. Last season he played 5 games for Bamberg averaging 1.6ppg; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 8 games: 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.7%. The team also has 20 year old 201cm forward Malte Herwig. Last season he played for BG Goettingen (1.Bundesliga): 7 games: 0.6ppg; EuroChallenge: 1 game: 0pts; played also for ASC 46 Goettingen (Regionalliga, starting five): 17 games: 7.6ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 60.9%.




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EuroLeague: Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas - Olympiacos Piraeus 63:77

Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas in EuroLegaue Group C. The Greek side needed a 77:63 to tie both records at 6-2 on top of the group.
It was the top game of the group and brought lots of interest even before the start. Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed 21-18 lead after the first 10 minutes and added defensive 10-9 in the second quarter. Zalgiris Kaunas woke up with 23-17 in the third period and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) closed the frame from the three-point line for 50:48. Olympiacos Piraeus meanwhile erupted with 29-13 in the last stanza and sealed the victory.
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) netted 13. Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) delivered 10, while Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) added 7. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) totaled 17 points in the losing effort, while Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 11. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) and Marko Popovic scored 7 points each in a loss.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Rimantas Kaukenas 17, Paulius Jankunas 11, Tremmell Darden 7, Marko Popovic 7
Olympiacos Piraeus: Vassilis Spanoulis 16, Kostas Papanikolaou 13, Josh Powell 10, Acie Law 7



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Zealand outgun Guam, reach the Final - by Eurobasket News

Guam-New Zealand 60:63

New Zealand outgun Guam and reach the Final of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The Kiwis won 63:60 in one of the most interesting games of the tournament.
Although New Zealand won the first period 16-15, Guam responded with 13-11 in the second frame and took 1-point halftime advantage. New Zealand managed to take the lead back after 14-9 surge in the third quarter and did not allow the opponents to win the game. Guam posted 23-22 in the last stanza but lost the game by 3 points.
Jayden Bezzant top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Raymond Penny posted 13. Jack Salt delivered 10, while Ihaka Pink tossed in 8. Samuel Sotelo answered with 13 points in the losing case and Bruce Merrill notched 12. Michael Sakazaki and Joshua Sebastian followed them with 8 points apiece in a loss.

Guam: Samuel Sotelo 13, Bruce Merrill 12, Michael Sakazaki 8, Joshua Sebastian 8
New Zealand: Jayden Bezzant 16, Raymond Penny 13, Jack Salt 10, Ihaka Pink 8



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Robin Smeulders selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a EWE Baskets' victory against the 11th-ranked Phoenix Hagen (4-6) crushing them 113-62 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Smeulders recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (7-3) is placed fourth in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Smeulders averages: 5.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 77.3% in the 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut (4-5) crushing them 77-57 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Norel scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza (6-3) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Norel's overall stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.6% and FT: 58.3%. He is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Valparaiso to a victory against the Bethune-Cookman College 77-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. van Wijk recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Valparaiso University has conference record this season. van Wijk has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 85.7%. He played for the Dutch U16 national team seven years ago.

Gerald Robinson
Gerald Robinson
   #4. Power forward Gerald Robinson (202-84, college: Tenn-Martin, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Cyprus could not help Apollon (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Apollon was badly defeated 87-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Sluc Nancy in the group G of EuroChallenge. Robinson was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Robinson's first season with the team. This year Robinson's overall stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.0rpg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Robinson used to play for the Dutch national team last year. He played also for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in Dutch league.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #5. U18 international forward Shane Hammink (201-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Mississippi Valley State University crushing them 75-50 in the NCAA last Saturday. Hammink recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. The Louisiana State University has conference record this season. Hammink's total stats this year are: 6.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hammink plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team. Strangely he has never played in Holland.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #6. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the 11th-ranked Ourense (0-4) 78-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Schaftenaar scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (5-3) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. This year Schaftenaar's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg in the seven games. He is a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team two years ago.

Kadeem Pantophlet
Kadeem Pantophlet
   #7. Former U20 international forward Kadeem Pantophlet (201-90, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 1-point Duquesne's victory against the Appalachian State University 73-72 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Pantophlet scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The University of Duquesne has conference record this season. Pantophlet has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #8. Guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the St.Bonaventure in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kloof's good performance the St.Bonaventure was defeated 69-64 in Athens, OH by the Ohio University. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kloof has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2010.

Olaf Schaftenaar
Olaf Schaftenaar
   #9. U18 international center Olaf Schaftenaar (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Oregon St.'s victory against the Montana State University 78-65 in the NCAA last Sunday. He scored 9 points and blocked 3 blocks. The Oregon State University has conference record this season. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team last year.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #10. Center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Portland's victory against the Lewis and Clark College 78-73 in a derby game in the NCAA on Tuesday night. van der Mars recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. The University of Portland has conference record this season. van der Mars has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg in the nine games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

   #11. U18 international center Jito Kok (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the San Diego in their game against the University of Montana in the NCAA. Kok recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 67-66. Kok has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team.

   #12. U20 international center Bart Stolk (206-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help the league outsider La Palma in their game against Prat Juventud in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Stolk recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 87-79. Stolk has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Dutch U20 national team.

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

   #1. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a 3-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Sheffield One Health Sharks (2-8) 71-68 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Ocitti had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Worcester Wolves (7-6) is placed fifth in the BBL. It's Ocitti's first season with the team. Ocitti belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 9.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.7ppg and 1.3apg in the 12 games he played so far. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the 11th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (5-4) 87-81 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Tillie scored 10 points in 15 minutes. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.8rpg in the nine games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Caceres Basket (3-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Duinker's good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 92-83 on the road by the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#8). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Duinker also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Duinker's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. Duinker is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #4. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Josh Duinker. But that was another game of his team in Spanish LEB Gold which we would like to mention. Van Oostrum, who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Caceres Basket (3-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caceres Basket was edged 71-69 on the opponent's court by the leading River_Andorra. Van Oostrum scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Van Oostrum has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg in the nine games. He has both Dutch and British nationalities.

   #5. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Iowa 95-79 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. van Zegeren McAdam recorded 10 points in only 12 minutes. The Virginia Tech has conference record this season. van Zegeren McAdam has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg in the nine games.

   #6. Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Fontedoso Carrefour in their game against Clinicas Rincon in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Callenbach cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 60-71. Callenbach has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in the four games. He also holds two passports: Portuguese and Dutch.

   #7. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Dnipro in their game against Hoverla in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Kickert had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 81-91. Kickert has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Kickert has dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 29: KFI - IR 86-90
Nov. 29: Keflavik - Snaefell 86-82
Nov. 29: Tindastoll - Thor Thorl 85-101
Nov. 29: Skallagrimur - Stjarnan 84-98
Nov. 29: KR - Grindavik 80-87
Nov. 29: Fjolnir - Njardvik 67-92

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 6: Grindavik - KFI
Dec. 6: Stjarnan - KR
Dec. 6: Snaefell - Skallagrimur
Dec. 6: Thor Thorl - Keflavik
Dec. 6: Njardvik - Tindastoll
Dec. 6: IR - Fjolnir


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Benjamin SMITH
  Thor Thorl
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Smith, Thor Thorl27.0 
 2. Palm, IR23.9 
 3. Jonsson, Snaefell23.6 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.23.4 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan23.1 
 6. Zeglinski, Grindav.23.0 
 7. Broussard, Grind.22.9 
 8. Latinovic, KFI21.2 
 9. Quaintance, Skalla.20.7 
 10. Craion, Keflavik20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Van, Njardvik16.3 
 2. Craion, Keflavik12.9 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.11.3 
 4. Mills, Stjarnan10.4 
 5. Diggs, Thor Thorl10.0 
 6. Spicer, Fjolnir9.7 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.9.3 
 8. McQueen, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan8.9 
 10. Miller-W., KFI8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan11.1 
 2. Threatt, Snaefell9.9 
 3. Williams, IR7.2 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.9 
 5. Ragnarsson, Thor T.5.0 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.4.9 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl4.6 
 8. Quaintance, Skalla.4.5 
 9. Palm, IR4.0 
 10. Tomasson, Fjolnir3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.3.2 
 2. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.1 
 3. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.5 
 4. Threatt, Snaefell2.3 
 5. Lewis, Keflavik2.3 
 6. Broussard, Grind.2.3 
 7. Williams, IR2.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.2.1 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.2.0 
 10. Smith, Thor Thorl2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DIGGS
  Thor Thorl
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.1 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Craion, Keflavik1.6 
 5. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.3 
 6. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 7. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.1 
 8. Eiriksson, Skallag.1.0 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 10. Van, Njardvik0.9 


Dominos League Round 8: Snaefell loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 8 in Express L. means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Keflavik where host Keflavik (5-3) beat league's leader Snaefell (6-2) 86-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Snaefell. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU, agency: Ronsport) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The other American import guard Stephen McDowell (180-G-85, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 28 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) produced 31 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Keflavik have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Snaefell at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Grindavik who have the same record. Snaefell will play next round against Skallagrimur trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Keflavik will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Reykjavik. Second ranked Grindavik faced 4th ranked KR. Guests from Grindavik (6-2) defeated host KR (4-3) 87-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KR. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Sammy Zeglinski contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Helgi Magnusson (195-82, college: Catawba) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for KR. Grindavik have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Snaefell and Stjarnan. KR at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Grindavik will play against KFI (#11) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR will play on the road against Stjarnan (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-85 loss to fifth ranked Thor Thorl (5-2) in Sauoarkrokur on Thursday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of David Jackson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. George Valentine responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Thor Thorl have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Tindastoll still closes the standings with seven games lost. Thor Thorl will meet at home Keflavik (#5) in the next round. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Borgarnes was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Stjarnan (6-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Skallagrimur (3-4). Stjarnan defeated Skallagrimur 98-84. The winners were led by Brian Mills who had that evening a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Stjarnan's coach Teitur Orlygsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Stjarnan keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Grindavik and Snaefell. Skallagrimur lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be KR (#6) in Reykjavik where they are favorite. Skallagrimur will play on the road against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local Fjolnir (3-5) was outscored by ninth ranked Njardvik (3-5) 92-67 on Thursday night. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Nigel Moore who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Njardvik moved-up to eighth place, which they share with IR and Fjolnir. Fjolnir lost fourth consecutive game. Njardvik will face bottom-ranked Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round.

In the last game of round 8 IR defeated KFI in Reykjavik 90-86.
The best stats of 8th round was 31 points and 6 assists by Benjamin Smith of Thor Thorl.


Skallagrimur - Stjarnan 84-98

The game in Borgarnes was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Stjarnan (6-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Skallagrimur (3-4). Stjarnan defeated Skallagrimur 98-84. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 29-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Stjarnan dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Skallagrimur's 44. They outrebounded Skallagrimur 48-24 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Stjarnan players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) supported him with 21 points and 16 assists. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. Stjarnan's coach Teitur Orlygsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) did not help to save the game for Skallagrimur. His fellow American import guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) added 23 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Stjarnan keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Grindavik and Snaefell. Skallagrimur lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be KR (#6) in Reykjavik where they are favorite. Skallagrimur will play on the road against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 23+4reb+5ast, H.Quaintance 21+8reb+5ast, S.Egilsson 14+2reb+2ast, T.Eiriksson 7+4reb+6ast, O.Jonsson 6+4reb+3ast, B.Sverisson 5+1reb
Stjarnan: B.Mills 35+14reb, J.Shouse 21+1reb+16ast, M.Valdimarsson 18+12reb+1ast, J.Zdravevski 12+5reb+3ast, K.Kjartansson 5+5reb, F.Helgason 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 180206


Keflavik - Snaefell 86-82

Round 8 in Express L. means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Keflavik where host Keflavik (5-3) beat league's leader Snaefell (6-2) 86-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Snaefell. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU, agency: Ronsport) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The other American import guard Stephen McDowell (180-85, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 28 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) produced 31 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Keflavik have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Snaefell at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Grindavik who have the same record. Snaefell will play next round against Skallagrimur trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Keflavik will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 31+9reb+2ast, A.McQueen 13+6reb+1ast, J.Threatt 12+8reb+10ast, S.Thorvaldsson 11+3reb+1ast, S.Davidsson 5+3reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 4+4reb+4ast
Keflavik: S.McDowell 28+7reb, V.Valsson 19+3reb+1ast, D.Lewis 17+6reb+3ast, M.Craion 15+19reb+4ast, M.Gunnarsson 5+3reb+2ast, R.Albertsson 2+2reb
gschID: 180205


Tindastoll - Thor Thorl 85-101

Bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-85 loss to fifth ranked Thor Thorl (5-2) in Sauoarkrokur on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. Thor Thorl looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who added 31 points and 6 assists during the contest. Forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Thor Thorl have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Tindastoll still closes the standings with seven games lost. Thor Thorl will meet at home Keflavik (#5) in the next round. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: G.Valentine 23+6reb+3ast, T.Johannsson 15+3reb+3ast, D.Gibson 13+8reb+7ast, H.Viggosson 11+6reb+4ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 10+2ast, H.Birgisson 8+2reb+2ast
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 31+3reb+6ast, D.Jackson 30+11reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 24+5reb+4ast, D.Flake 14+6reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 2+5reb+7ast, E.Einarsson 0
gschID: 180204


Fjolnir - Njardvik 67-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local Fjolnir (3-5) was outscored by ninth ranked Njardvik (3-5) 92-67 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Njardvik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Fjolnir's 26. They outrebounded Fjolnir 47-36 including 33 on the defensive glass. Fjolnir was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. Power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds. Four Njardvik players scored in double figures. Forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and forward Tomas Tomasson (193-91, college: Newberry) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Njardvik moved-up to eighth place, which they share with IR and Fjolnir. Fjolnir lost fourth consecutive game. Njardvik will face bottom-ranked Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: S.Spicer 20+12reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 16+5reb, P.Williams 11+2reb+2ast, E.Sigurdsson 9, J.Sverrisson 7+7reb+1ast, A.Ragnarsson 2+4reb
Njardvik: A.Orrason 22+1reb, E.Fridriksson 17+2reb, N.Moore 13+9reb+11ast, M.Van 10+19reb, F.Stefansson 7+6reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 180203


KFI - IR 86-90

Everything could happen in Reykjavik at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked IR and 11th ranked KFI had identical 2-5 record. But KFI was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Reykjavik 90-86 on Thursday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KFI won fourth quarter 32-30. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KFI was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. The other American import guard Isaac Miles (187-88, college: Murray St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) produced 37 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Kristjan Andresson (188-91) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. IR (3-5) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Njardvik and Fjolnir. KFI lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik Fjolnir.
Top scorers:
KFI: D.Pitts 37+8reb+7ast, T.Bradshaw 18+1reb, M.Virijevic 15+8reb+2ast, K.Andresson 14+11reb+1ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 2+5reb+1ast, H.Hreinsson 0
IR: E.Palm 23+4reb+6ast, N.Sovic 21+7reb, H.Magnusson 15+9reb, I.Miles 11+14reb+4ast, H.Fridriksson 7+1reb+1ast, S.Claessen 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 180202


KR - Grindavik 80-87

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Reykjavik. Second ranked Grindavik faced 4th ranked KR. Guests from Grindavik (6-2) defeated host KR (4-3) 87-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KR. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-19 KR's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-80 at the end of the game. KR was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Helgi Magnusson (195-82, college: Catawba) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Kristofer Acox (195-93, college: High School) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for KR. Four Grindavik and five KR players scored in double figures. Grindavik have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Snaefell and Stjarnan. KR at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Grindavik will play against KFI (#11) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR will play on the road against Stjarnan (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KR: H.Magnusson 20+8reb+4ast, B.Bjornsson 16+4reb+2ast, M.Hermannsson 15+4reb+4ast, K.Acox 15+12reb+1ast, F.Magnusson 10+8reb+2ast, J.Kristjansson 4+3reb+1ast
Grindavik: A.Broussard 27+6reb+3ast, S.Zeglinski 23+7reb+5ast, S.Thorsteinsson 12+6reb, O.Saevarsson 10+6reb, T.Olafsson 8+1reb+1ast, D.Ingi Bustion 4+3reb
gschID: 180201



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Salem Sabres player lands overseas deal - by Gianni Pascucci

Rich Smith (6'7''-F/C) a 250lbs Center/Power Forward currently playing with the Salem Sabres ABA professional basketball team will soon be shedding his Sabres uniform and heading overseas to play with the Indonesia Warriors. Smith was born in Subic Bay, Philippines but grew up in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from Olympic High School and went on to play basketball for Concordia University from 2007-2009. In 2009 Smith transferred to George Fox University where he played until 2011. While at George Fox Smith pursued a degree in Chemistry and Civil Engineering. Smith signed to play with the Salem Sabres in mid July. He came into the Sabres camp ready to work hard. Smith only played two games as a Sabre and contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds in those games.
Head Coach Willie Freeman had this to say about Smith. "Rich is a young up and coming athlete who is putting in the work to further his professional career. We wish him well with his future endeavors".
When Smith got the news of the opportunity to go overseas the whole Sabres camp was excited for him. Owner Rhonda Alexander "This is one of the goals of the organization, to help local talent gain that recognition to hopefully get a shot at an overseas deal, D League or even the NBA. We did not think it would happen in our Inaugural season, but none the less we are proud of Rich"

Smith said: "I am excited to play overseas. It's a new opportunity for me and to get to wake up doing something I love every day so I cannot complain. I love the opportunity to be able to travel to different countries and experience their culture, it's amazing! I like the fact the coach I will have has had NBA coaching experience, is an American and has been in constant contact with me. I feel that is what drew me to the Indonesia Warriors. The family like atmosphere is the same as we have with the Sabers. I got the chance to play overseas because I was actually born in the Philippines so I am an Asian import not an American even though I have been in America all my life. I feel God wanted me to be on this path in life and I feel that I grew a lot while with the Sabers. I got a lot of guidance from Coach Freeman and fellow teammate Cory Largent about playing overseas. They helped a lot in preparing me along with strong support from the upper management of the Sabres organization. It helps a lot when you have people who treat you like family around you. I am just ready to focus purely on basketball instead of school and hoops. I am wondering what my ceiling will be as Coach Freeman was just starting to tap into my potential".
The Sabres will be playing its first game without Smith on December 14th, 7pm at Chemeketa Community College Bldg #7. This will be the Salem Sabres first time match up with the Olympia Rise.



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Benny Koochoie in China - by Kazem Ghayem

Koochoie Benny (190-G-86, college: CS Stanislaus) played his first game in China CBA against Zhejiang CB where he scored 5 points for his team in 18 minutes. He added 2 reb , 2 ast and 2 stl to that. Koochoie Benny was born in Tehran, Iran on Feb. 19th, 1986 to parents Nini and Robert Koochoie. Benny has played professionaly for 3 years now and is the 1st Iranian-born player in the history of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Last 2 seasons Benny was the member of Petrochimi in Iran Super League.


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Basketball Ireland Weekly Preview - by Patrick Maher

Basketball Ireland Weekly Preview

This weekend in the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague each team will take to the court on Saturday night. As the games continue to provide surprising results this weekend is sure to be no different.

First up on Saturday night will see northsiders, Killester, welcome UCC Demons to the I.W.A. in Clontarf. Coming off the back of a double weekend on the road, Killester will be eager to start the game strong on their home court. After their loss to Moycullen last Saturday evening the ever resilient side bounced back on Sunday to overtake a confident UCD Marian.

Speaking about the weekend gone, Head Coach, Darren ONeill said, Last weekend was a real mixed bag for us. It was tough to lose in Galway but we put in a team effort on Sunday to come away with the points we needed.

Commenting on the game ahead ONeill announced, We are looking forward to the battle against Demons. When we played them earlier this season it was a close game so we will hope to build on that performance while taking the positives of last weekend with us also.

UCC Demons also suffered a tough loss last weekend when last years champions, UL Eagles, broke their winning streak in Limerick.

Focusing on the game this weekend, Paul Kelleher, Head Coach of UCC Demons explained, Last time we came up against Killester it was a tough game for us and it was close. They are a dangerous side, especially on their home court. We need to improve on our performance from last week if we want to leave Dublin with a win come Saturday.

Down in Cork, Neptune Stadium will host Bord Gais Neptune as they take on UCD Marian. The Cork side will enter the game confident after their impressive victory over DCU Saints last weekend. This is also the third time for the two sides to meet this season with both teams recording a win each. Regardless of league standings, this game will see each side battle it out for bragging rights in order to find out who deserves the second win.

Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell, said, The last two times that we have meet UCD Marian there has been nothing between the games. This encounter will be a tough one and we need to be prepared going into it if we want to come away with the win.

Sasa Punosevac, Head Coach of UCD Marian, was honest when he admitted, This game has come at a bad time for us especially after our poor performance last weekend at home. We will enter this game like every other and aim to come away with a win but we are looking forward to the cup game in two weeks to boost the team morale.

Meanwhile in Dublin, DCU Saints will take on Dublin Inter in DCU Complex. The last time these two teams faced off it was the opening game of the season and Dublin Inter came away with the win. DCU Saints will not only use this fixture as an opportunity to seek revenge but also to bounce back from a string of losses over the last few weeks.

David Donnelly, Head Coach of DCU Saints said, We are looking forward to this game and the opportunity to come back strong after a disappointing loss to Bord Gais Neptune last weekend. We lead at the end of the second quarter but were outworked in the second half.

Donnelly continued, This weekend we will take it right back to basics. We are going to rely on our defence to get us this win and challenge Inter.

Keeping it short and sweet, Head Coach of Dublin Inter, Audrius Jonusas, enthused, We are looking for another win this weekend and we will do whatever we have to in order to achieve it.

The final game in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague will see UL Eagles take on Moycullen in the UL Arena. Last weekend, the defending champions, UL Eagles, overcame Dublin Inter and UCC Demons which in turn saw them fly to top of the league table. Moycullen also had a good weekend as they saw out Killester to claim their third win out of their last four games.

Looking forward to the game, Mark Keenan, Head Coach of UL Eagles said, We cant be complacent going into this game against Moycullen. They are a tricky side that have always given us a great battle. We need to keep our momentum up if we want to continue with good results.

Upcoming Fixtures

Friday November 30th

Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup

Killester v Dublin Raiders, St Fintans HS, 20:00

Saturday December 1st

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Killester v UCC Demons, I .W.A Clontarf, 18:00 ; Bord Gais Neptune v UCD Marian, Neptune Stadium, 19:00 ; DCU Saints v Dublin Inter, DCU Complex, 19:00 ; UL Eagles v Moycullen, UL Arena, 19:30

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Team Garveys St Marys,O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:30

Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup

Belfast Star v Titans, UUJ, 15:00 ; Templeogue Azzurri v UCC Demons, St Catherines Marrowbone Lane, 15:00

Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup

Ballincollig v Tolka Rovers, Neptune Stadium, 15:30

courtesy ....Elaine Caffrey ....www.basketballireland.ie

Gerard Noonan (180-G-82)



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EuroLeague: Montepaschi Siena outgun Unicaja Malaga in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Unicaja Malaga 91:72

Montepaschi Siena outgun Unicaja Malaga in Italy in one of the last games of Round 8 in EuroLeague. The Italian team improved to 5-3 record in Group B.
Montepaschi Siena continues their dominance at the International Arena and won the fifth game already. They started the game with 30-20 surge and never looked behind after. The Italian side added 26-20 in the second quarter and led 56:40 at the halftime. Unicaja Malaga managed to win the third period 19-18 and reduced to 15-points entering the last stanza. Montepaschi Siena however produced a 17-13 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) tossed in 12. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) contributed 11, while Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) added 10 each. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) answered with 29 points in defeat, while Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16.

Montepaschi Siena: David Moss 13, Benjamin Ortner 12, Kristjan Kangur 11, Aleksandar Rasic 10, Viktor Sanikidze 10
Unicaja Malaga: Luka Zoric 29, Krunoslav Simon 16



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West Georgia Tecnical College tops Emmanuel - by Eurobasket News

LAGRANGE, Ga. It was a total team effort, with five players scoring in double-figures to lead the West Georgia Tech men over the junior varsity team from Emmanuel College 79-62.

WGTC has won two of its last three games to improve its record to 2-5 on the season.

West Georgia Tech trailed only once in the contest, at 20-18 with 5:10 left in the first half. From that point, the Golden Knights closed the half on a 13-4 run to take a 31-24 lead into the locker room.

Emmanuel closed to within one at 35-34 four minutes deep into the second half, but West Georgia Tech began to pull away over the next few minutes. The Knights led by 11, 53-42, with 10:35 remaining. West Georgia Tech led by as much as 21 on three different occasions.

We've really struggled this year keeping a consistent line-up on the floor, West Georgia Tech head coach Niki Okolovitch said after the game. A variety of reasons have kept some key players off the court, and it has really shown in the lack of energy and passion we've played with. I think tonight that fire was back. I think the nucleus we have right now is starting to put it together. We are playing the unselfish, hard-working brand of basketball that we expect from our players.

Blair Austin (12 points on 6-of-12 shooting), Ryan Jones (12 points on 4-of-5 shooting) and Alyja Hennings (12 points on 4-of-9 shooting) led the way for West Georgia Tech.

Victor Wynn (11 points) and Randazerro Chaney (10 points) also contributed double-figures for the Knights.

The Golden Knights shot 46 percent from the floor. West Georgia Tech controlled the glass, outrebounding Emmanuel 45-34.

Emmanuel shot just 39 percent from the field and was 2-of-16 from behind the arc.

West Georgia Tech forced 24 turnovers.

The Golden Knights will continue a brutal stretch of three games in three nights with a road contest at Chattahoochee Valley C.C. in Phenix City, Ala. tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm.

WGTC will then host Macon State Friday night in LaGrange at 7:30 pm, in a game that was moved up from its original start-time of 8:30 pm.
Courtesy of: http://thegcaa.com



Mustangs nearly tipped in Tip-off - by Eurobasket News

When the Monroe Mustangs men's basketball team had a 10-point lead with just over two-minutes to play in the 2012 Mustangs Winter Tip-off opener, it appeared they were on their way to a good win over a strong Central Florida team. But Monroe had some critical miscues in crunch time and left the door open for the Patriots to steal the game. However, they got a big trey from Michael Carson (6'11''-C/F-76, college: Oregon) who added a couple of clutch free throws and Monroe came away with a an 81-76 win. Monroe improves to 6-4 and Central Florida is now 7-2. Box Score

"This is going ot happen with a young team," said Coach Jeff Brustad who saw his best two big men, AJ West and Maurice Ndour, foul out in those frantic last few minutes. "But we had enough talent to get the double-digit lead and ultimately, just enough werewithal to hang on and get the win."

While Monroe's inexeperience showed up in crunch time, the dominant play of Ndour and sheer talent of Stephane Manga (6'3''-F-91) wrote an entertaining script for most of the night. The dynamic duo doubled-up on their stats. Each had double-doubles with 22 points. Ndour had 14 rebounds and Manga had 11. Isaiah Epps had 14 points and 8 assists.

After Ndour hit a pair of free throws to give Monroe the 10-point lead, turnovers (by Manga and Ndour), the fifth foul to West, and the fifth foul to Ndour on a made three-pointer resulting in a four-point play for the Patriots, cut Monroe's lead to a single digit. But Carson nailed a couple of foul shots and Epps also had a pair giving the Mustangs a scary, but important, five-point win.

Monroe shot their fouls well (24-30, 80.0%), which was huge considering that Central Florida was just 15-31 (51.6%).

The Winter Tip-off continues on Friday with three games. Central Flordia will play Westchester at 4:00pm and Harcum will play Hagerstown at 6:00pm. The Mustangs will take to their home court at 8:00pm with a game against Monroe CC of Rochester, NY in the day's finale. That game will be the first of two Jr. Huguenots nights at the MAC with New Rochelle's youth basketball players getting free admission, a chance at half-time prizes, and autographs from the players after the games.
Courtesy of: http://www.monroecollegemustangs.com



NJCAA Men's Basketball Players of the Week - Nov. 19-25 - by Eurobasket News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Chris Jones (Northwest Florida State), James Pierce (Phoenix College, Ariz.) and Tyler Wood (Onondaga CC, N.Y.) have been named NJCAA mens basketball players of the week for games Nov. 19-25.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chris Jones Northwest Florida State College
Guard Memphis, Tenn. Melrose High School


A record-breaking performance and some improbable heroics handed Jones his second Player of the Week award of the 2012-13 season. Against Lee College (Texas), the Raiders 40-year old single-game scoring record was broken by Jones 49-point effort. The sophomore hit seven 3-pointers and capped off the night with a 75-foot game-winning buzzer-beater, giving the Raiders an 80-78 victory. On the week, Jones logged 34 points, five rebounds and three steals per game.

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
James Pierce Phoenix College, Ariz.
Guard Avondale, Ariz. Estrella Foothills High School


Pierce played a vital role in both of the Bears victories last week. Displaying his versatility in a 73-59 win over New Mexico Military, the sophomore recorded 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Pierce averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists on the week.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler Wood Onondaga Community College, N.Y.
Guard Amsterdam, N.Y. Broadalbin-Perth High School


Enjoying one of the best games of his collegiate career, Wood led the Lazers to a 119-85 win over Schenectady County CC (N.Y.) last week. Wood was 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 beyond the arc, totaling a career-high 22 points. The sophomore distributed the wealth in the victory, racking up nine assists.
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



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Kosovan teams next year in Balkan League! - by Dren Shporta

Teams of Kosovo will play in Balkan League next year. This is the official note that Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) took from FIBA.

After a visit of Shay Shtricks in Prishtina a month ago, it was said that Sigal Prishtina will take part in the Balkan League this season. But it seems that FIBA thinks differently. And since then FBK has been notified that the teams of Kosovo could take part in the Balkan League since next season as not to disrupt the current season's schedule.

In the letter is also mentioned that Kosovar teams should not use any of national symbols such as anthem, flag etc. and that the participation in that league doesn't mean that the Kosovan basketball is accepted to FIBA and has nothing related with Kosovos political status.



Peja registers Jocovic - by Dren Shporta

Peja after a week of testing with British forward Shane Walker has decided not to sign the contract with him. In his place they took bosnian center Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82).

Jocovic has been registered to Federation and he has a right to play in the tomorrows derby match against reigning champions Trepca. Jocovic this season was a member of Pagrati Athens and has also played for the likes of Sutjeska, Otopeni and Borac.

Peja will play Trepca tomorrow at 8PM local time in Karagac court. Peja is leading the Kosovar Championship with 8-1 record after nine gameweeks.



Real test for american duo of champions - by Dren Shporta

After replacing Canadian duo Keaton Cole and Paul Campbell with American duo Denis Mims and Jerome Lagrange, Trepca will try to achieve first victory in the TOP 4 clashes of the season.

After their poor start of the season and a lot of replacements of players from abroad seems that Croatian coach Neven Plantak is satisfied with new duo Mims and Lagrange.

Tonight the reigning champion, Trepca, will visit leaders Peja in the Karagac court. With Dardan Berisha and co Peja is unbeaten in their soil. Peja has also registered the Montenegrin center for this game Vladan Jocovic who has a right to play his first match in BKT Superleague.

Peja has 8-1 record wile Trepca lost all the derbies and has 6 victories and 3 lost matches.



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Jelgava posted another two victories in BBL - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava posted another two victories in BBL.
At first Jelgava beat Juventus 82:81. Juventus were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 12-10 charge of Jelgava, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Arturs Duselis (201-F-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87, college: Clemson) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Darrick Leonard added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Juventus.
Later Liepaja lost to Jelgava 85:94. Liepaja was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 54-40 second half run of Jelgava. Kristaps Kanbergs notched 25 points to lead the effort and Sandis Silavs supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even 20 points by Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93) did not help to save the game for Liepaja. Toms Leiteris added 10 points and 10 rebounds for lost side.
Parnu meanwhile edged Valmiera 94:91. Valmiera cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rain Raadik chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Janis Berzins responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.22.3 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 4. Sucre, Tiburones18.3 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.3 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia18.0 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo17.8 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 9. Teague, Penarol17.5 
 10. Barrios, Tiburones16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 3. Sucre, Tiburones8.3 
 4. Teague, Penarol7.2 
 5. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 6. Graterol, Tiburones7.0 
 7. Leiva, Penarol6.8 
 8. Rodriguez, Flame.6.8 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.6.8 
 10. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia6.2 
 3. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 4. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 6. Ecker, Tiburones4.5 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.4.0 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.8 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 10. Mijares, Tiburones3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.2.6 
 3. Washam, Regatas C.2.3 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.2 
 5. Teague, Penarol1.8 
 6. Benite, Flamengo1.3 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.3 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.2 
 9. Romano, Regatas C.1.2 
 10. Dos Santos, Brasi.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Alirio ALVES
  Brasilia
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. de Souza, Brasilia1.3 
 2. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 3. Morro, Pinheiro.1.2 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.0 
 5. Silveira, Flamengo0.8 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 7. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Mata, Penarol0.7 
 10. Levy, Libertad S.0.7 


Flamengo and Uniceub/BRB reach Final stage - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Tiburones 101-87
Flamengo ensured the third straight win at the semifinal stage of 2012 South American League. They knocked down Tiburones de Vargas to clinch the top position in Group E. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Flamengo erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They secured a 9-point lead at the interval 48:39. Flamengo stretched the gap in the third term. The Rio de Janeiro side registered a comfortable 14-point advantage at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Flamengo cruised to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) netted 19 points, while Kojo Mensah added 14 points for Flamengo. Tiburones answered with 26 points from Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79). Axiers Sucre provided 25 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia 86-89
Uniceub/BRB scraped into the South American League Final stage. They eked out a narrow win over Pinheiros/Sky in the final round of the semifinal stage in Group E to punch the last ticket. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 29 points to lead the winners. He sank two free throws late in regulation to seal the victory. Pinheiros/Sky started strong. They overcame a 17-point tally from Alex Ribeiro in the first stanza to take a 29:23 lead. Uniceub/BRB managed to pull in front in the second quarter. The teams arrived at the interval tied at 44. Pinheiros/Sky snatched the lead once again and entered the final frame up by two points 70:68. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Alex Ribeiro stepped up for Brasilia when it mattered the most. They drilled tripled to make it 81:75. Pinheiros/Sky cut the deficit but Alex Ribeiro went deadly from the penalty line and sealed the victory for Uniceub/BRB. Guilherme Giovannoni notched 23 points and 9 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) added 19 points for the winners. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) answered with 25 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Joe Smith and Andre Bambu had 12 points each in the loss.



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Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Dzukija 11-4 
 2. Mazeikiai 11-4 
 3. Suduva-Mantinga 10-5 
 4. Zanavykas 10-5 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 10-5 
 6. Olimpas 10-5 
 7. Statyba 10-5 
 8. Meresta 10-6 
 9. S.Marciulionio 9-6 
 10. Triobet 8-7 
 11. Perlas-MRU 7-8 
 12. Ezerunas-Karys 7-9 
 13. Delikatesas 6-9 
 14. Birstono 4-11 
 15. Nafta Universitet.. 4-11 
 16. Silute 4-11 
 17. Radviliskis 3-12 
 18. Gargzdai 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Nov. 30: Delikatesas - Silute 93-66
Nov. 30: Triobet - Meresta 92-83
Nov. 30: Suduva-Mantinga - Gargzdai 91-71
Nov. 29: Zalgiris-Sabonio - Statyba 87-81
Nov. 30: S.Marciulionio - Dzukija 77-71
Nov. 30: Mazeikiai - Perlas-MRU 72-59
Nov. 30: Radviliskis - Olimpas 69-77
Nov. 30: Nafta Universitetas - Zanavykas 65-95

Regular Season: Round 16

Dec. 1: Perlas-MRU - Triobet
Dec. 1: Birstono - Zalgiris-Sabonio
Dec. 1: Statyba - Nafta Universitetas
Dec. 1: Zanavykas - S.Marciulionio
Dec. 1: Dzukija - Radviliskis
Dec. 1: Olimpas - Suduva-Mantinga
Dec. 1: Gargzdai - Delikatesas
Dec. 1: Silute - Mazeikiai


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.6 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas19.2 
 3. Tarvydas, Statyba17.9 
 4. Kleiza, Birstono17.8 
 5. Gudaitis, Zalgir.16.4 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.4 
 7. Virbalas, Perla.16.2 
 8. Linkevicius, Triob.16.2 
 9. Pociukonis, S.Marc.16.1 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.6 
 2. Linkevicius, Triob.10.1 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.9.3 
 4. Udras, Perlas-MRU9.3 
 5. Gudaitis, Zalgir.8.3 
 6. Jurgo, Radviliskis7.7 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai7.4 
 8. Krestinin, S.Marc.7.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.3 
 10. Brusokas, Statyba7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.9 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Zurna, Radviliskis5.6 
 4. Anuzis, Nafta U.5.1 
 5. Kuklierius, Suduva.5.0 
 6. Rakauskas, S.Marc.4.8 
 7. Varanauskas, Stat.4.4 
 8. Razutis, Olimpas4.3 
 9. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.3 
 10. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Osvaldas MACERNIS
  Mazeikiai
  (196-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 2. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.6 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 4. Stanionis, Zanav.2.5 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.4 
 6. Matutis, Gargzdai2.3 
 7. Pelss, Zanavykas2.3 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.1 
 9. Virbalas, Perla.2.1 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.8 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.2.2 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.2.0 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.7 
 5. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.5 
 6. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.4 
 7. Kaubrys, Silute1.4 
 8. Staniulis, S.Marc.1.4 
 9. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.3 
 10. Petrileviciu., Bi.1.0 


EuroLeague: Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas - Olympiacos Piraeus 63:77

Olympiacos Piraeus stole the show from 15000 Arena in Kaunas in EuroLegaue Group C. The Greek side needed a 77:63 to tie both records at 6-2 on top of the group.
It was the top game of the group and brought lots of interest even before the start. Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed 21-18 lead after the first 10 minutes and added defensive 10-9 in the second quarter. Zalgiris Kaunas woke up with 23-17 in the third period and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) closed the frame from the three-point line for 50:48. Olympiacos Piraeus meanwhile erupted with 29-13 in the last stanza and sealed the victory.
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) netted 13. Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) delivered 10, while Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) added 7. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) totaled 17 points in the losing effort, while Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 11. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) and Marko Popovic scored 7 points each in a loss.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Rimantas Kaukenas 17, Paulius Jankunas 11, Tremmell Darden 7, Marko Popovic 7
Olympiacos Piraeus: Vassilis Spanoulis 16, Kostas Papanikolaou 13, Josh Powell 10, Acie Law 7



Latest victories for Lietkabelis, Sakalai and Naglis Palangos - by Eurobasket News

Sakalai edged Nevezis 89:81. Nevezis trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 28-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-89 at the end of the game. Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-C-90) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists. Gediminas Zyle produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and Mindaugas Girdziunas added 17 points respectively for lost side.
Jelgava beat Juventus 82:81. Juventus were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 12-10 charge of Jelgava, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Arturs Duselis (201-F-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Kristaps Kanbergs contributed with 17 points for the winners. Karolis Petrukonis replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Darrick Leonard (190-G-84, college: Aurora) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Juventus.
Valga lost to Lietkabelis 58:75 on Friday. Arnas Butkevicius (196-SF-92) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Darius Griskenas chipped in 14 points. Joonas Jarvelainen produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and Edgars Cunda added 9 points respectively for lost side.
Naglis Palangos outscored Rapla 71:58. Evaldas Lengvinas (190-G-89) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93, college: Olney Central CC) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Andre Parn produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and Rait-Riivo Laane added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.



NKL Round 15: #1 Dzukija is defeated by S.Marciulionio - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Dzukija (11-4) in Vilnius on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked S.Marciulionio (9-6) 77-71. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Dzukija. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-71. S.Marciulionio dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Dzukija's 24. 26 personal fouls committed by Dzukija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. S.Marciulionio maintains ninth place with 9-6 record. Newly promoted Dzukija still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. S.Marciulionio are looking forward to face higher ranked Zanavykas (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dzukija will play against Radviliskis and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game took place in Jonava where 4th placed Meresta (10-6) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Triobet (8-7) 92-83. It was an exceptional evening for forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Tadas Sebeziovas accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Agnius Gurklys (205-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Meresta in the defeat. Triobet moved-up to tenth place. Meresta at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Triobet will play against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius in the next round. Meresta will have a break next round.
14th ranked Nafta Universitetas (4-11) was outscored at home by seventh ranked Zanavykas (10-5) with the biggest margin this round 95-65 on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Vilius Sumskis who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Zanavykas' coach Giedrius Zibenas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Haroldas Venskus who recorded 20 points and 4 assists. Zanavykas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Nafta Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Silute and Birstono. Zanavykas will meet at home S.Marciulionio (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Nafta Universitetas will play against Statyba (#7) in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Olimpas won against Radviliskis on the opponent's court 77-69. Suduva-Mantinga outscored Gargzdai in a home game 91-71. Silute was rolled over Delikatesas on the road 93-66. Mazeikiai defeated Perlas-MRU on its own court 72-59. Statyba was beaten by Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas 87-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 6 rebounds by Darius Tarvydas of Statyba.


S.Marciulionio - Dzukija 77-71

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Dzukija (11-4) in Vilnius on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked S.Marciulionio (9-6) 77-71. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Dzukija. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-71. S.Marciulionio dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Dzukija's 24. 26 personal fouls committed by Dzukija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and Polish center Cezary Trybanski (218-79) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Dzukija players scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio maintains ninth place with 9-6 record. Newly promoted Dzukija still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. S.Marciulionio are looking forward to face higher ranked Zanavykas (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dzukija will play against Radviliskis and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: T.Rakauskas 21+7reb+4ast, G.Staniulis 20+9reb, T.Lekunas 10+9reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 8+8reb, E.Zinevicius 6+3reb+2ast, R.Bitinas 5+1ast
Dzukija: M.Reminas 18+4reb, B.Harrison 14+9reb+10ast, C.Trybanski 13+9reb+1ast, G.Kurtinaitis 13+5reb+1ast, P.Sakinis 9+7reb+2ast, T.Skripkauskas 4+2reb
gschID: 201278


Radviliskis - Olimpas 69-77

Very expected game when 17th ranked Radviliskis (3-12) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Olimpas (10-5) 77-69 on Friday. Radviliskis trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 27-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Olimpas dominated on the defensive end, holding Radviliskis to just 6 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Olimpas' coach Alidas Zukauskas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Antanas Montrimavicius (199-87) who recorded 17 points and point guard Laimonas Kutra (185-88) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Olimpas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Radviliskis keeps the seventeenth position with 12 games lost. Olimpas will meet at home Suduva-Mantinga (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Radviliskis will play against the league's leader Dzukija (#1) in Alytus and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olimpas: J.Kazakauskas 20+10reb+1ast, A.Maneikis 17+7reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 12+3reb+1ast, M.Norvaisas 8+3reb+1ast, T.Domarkas 7+2reb+4ast, E.Gintvainis 5+3ast
Radviliskis: A.Montrimavicius 17+4reb, L.Kutra 12+4reb+4ast, E.Kaupaitis 12+6reb+2ast, J.Jurgo 11+4reb+1ast, L.Pipiras 7+5reb+2ast, V.Trepocka 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201277


Suduva-Mantinga - Gargzdai 91-71

Very predictable result in Marijampole where eighth ranked Suduva-Mantinga (10-5) smashed bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (2-13) 91-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Gargzdai-Bremena managed to win third quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gargzdai-Bremena to just 7 points in second quarter. Suduva-Mantinga forced 21 Gargzdai-Bremena turnovers and had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Suduva-Mantinga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Andrius Cizikas (197-88) who scored 19 points and 4 steals. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Laurynas Lucinskas (201-93) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) added 10 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Suduva-Mantinga moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Gargzdai-Bremena stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Suduva-Mantinga will meet Olimpas (#6) in the next round. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Delikatesas (#13) in Joniskis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Cizikas 19+3reb+2ast, A.Mineikis 17+4reb, Z.Kuklierius 17+4reb+3ast, A.Zibuda 11+2reb+2ast, T.Kliucinykas 9+4reb+2ast, M.Kalvelis 8+3reb+1ast
Gargzdai: L.Lucinskas 13+7reb, D.Matutis 10+2reb+5ast, M.Grigaitis 9+2reb+2ast, D.Tarolis 8+3reb, M.Sekstins 8+3ast, R.Zabita 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 201276


Delikatesas - Silute 93-66

Not a big story in a game in Joniskis where 15th ranked Silute (4-11) was rolled over by thirteenth ranked Delikatesas (6-9) 93-66 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-66. Delikatesas made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Silute turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) who scored 21 points. Guard Paulius Klemas (186-91) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Five Delikatesas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Nerijus Anglickis (211-90) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Evaldas Saulys (193-93) added 12 points respectively. Silute's coach Justas Brazas gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Delikatesas maintains thirteenth place with 6-9 record. Silute lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and Birstono. Delikatesas will meet bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Silute will play against the league's second-placed Mazeikiai (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 21+1reb+1ast, P.Klemas 15+3reb+4ast, E.Vaupsas 12+6reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 11+1reb+7ast, I.Lianzbergas 11+1reb+2ast, D.Girdvila 11+1reb+3ast
Silute: N.Anglickis 17+9reb+2ast, E.Saulys 12+4reb+1ast, D.Heiman 11+3reb+1ast, M.Kasiulevicius 9+7reb+1ast, G.Pakalniskis 8+4reb+1ast, D.Lavonne Brents 4+3ast
gschID: 201275


Mazeikiai - Perlas-MRU 72-59

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Mazeikiai (11-4) beat at home 10th ranked Perlas-MRU (7-8) 72-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Perlas-MRU managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mazeikiai forced 19 Perlas-MRU turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Swingman Vytautas Pikalavicius (196-90) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Antanas Udras (202-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Zydrunas Stankus (197-78, college: Campbell) added 14 points respectively. Mazeikiai used an opportunity after Dzukija lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the eleventh place with eight games lost. Mazeikiai will meet Silute (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perlas-MRU will play against Triobet (#10) in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: O.Macernis 21+5reb+3ast, R.Giedraitis 12+3reb+1ast, A.Kojenets 11+3reb+2ast, V.Pikalavicius 10+7reb+1ast, A.Mazutis 10+5reb+2ast, M.Sidlauskas 5+1reb+4ast
Perlas-MRU: A.Udras 19+11reb, Z.Stankus 14+3reb, D.Domarkas 7+4reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 5+6reb+3ast, A.Vitas 4+5reb, Z.Kelys 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 201274


Triobet - Meresta 92-83

An interesting game took place in Jonava where 4th placed Meresta (10-6) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Triobet (8-7) 92-83. Meresta was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Triobet made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Agnius Gurklys (205-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) added 22 points respectively for Meresta in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Triobet moved-up to tenth place. Meresta at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Triobet will play against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius in the next round. Meresta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 20+5reb+3ast, M.Linkevicius 17+11reb+4ast, T.Milinskas 14+3reb+2ast, H.Vorotnikovas 13+8reb, A.Lencevicius 13+2reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 8+2ast
Meresta: T.Gaidamavicius 22+3reb+2ast, A.Gurklys 16+13reb, L.Radavicius 16+5reb, I.Vaitkus 15+4reb, D.Keburys 10+1ast, L.Kivyta 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201273


Nafta Universitetas - Zanavykas 65-95

14th ranked Nafta Universitetas (4-11) was outscored at home by seventh ranked Zanavykas (10-5) with the biggest margin this round 95-65 on Friday night. Zanavykas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta Universitetas' 36. Zanavykas forced 27 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Vilius Sumskis (213-84, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zanavykas players scored in double figures. Zanavykas' coach Giedrius Zibenas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Haroldas Venskus (180-91) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Zanavykas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Nafta Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Silute and Birstono. Zanavykas will meet at home S.Marciulionio (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Nafta Universitetas will play against Statyba (#7) in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: V.Sumskis 23+5reb+1ast, E.Stanionis 17+7reb+2ast, L.Valantinas 13+4reb+1ast, R.Ostreika 13+2reb, M.Uzupis 9+7reb+4ast, V.Vaiksnis 8+4reb+2ast
Nafta Universitetas: H.Venskus 20+3reb+4ast, V.Chodosovskis 16+6reb, D.Anuzis 9+6reb+5ast, D.Zvinklys 6+1reb, T.Mazelis 4+5reb+1ast, V.Tarolis 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201279


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Statyba 87-81

There was no surprise in Kaunas where 8th ranked Statyba (10-5) was defeated by sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (10-5) 87-81 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Statyba won fourth quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zalgiris-Sabonio made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Tomas Dimsa (195-94) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists respectively. Five Zalgiris-Sabonio and four Statyba players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Statyba. Zalgiris-Sabonio will meet Birstono (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Statyba will play against Nafta Universitetas (#15) in Klaipeda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: A.Gudaitis 25+7reb, T.Dimsa 20+3reb+1ast, M.Grigonis 13+6reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 11+4reb+3ast, V.Kariniauskas 10+1reb+7ast, J.Tamulis 5+3reb
Statyba: D.Tarvydas 26+6reb+3ast, K.Brusokas 15+5reb, O.Varanauskas 13+5reb+9ast, V.Luksa 13+2reb+1ast, M.Paliukenas 5+3reb+3ast, A.Zarskus 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 201272



Augustinas Vitas signs at Perlas-MRU Vilnius - by Eurobasket News

Perlas-MRU Vilnius (NKL) landed 30-year old center Augustinas Vitas (210-109kg-82, college: Birm.Southern). He played most recently at Naglis Palangos (LKL). In 5 Baltic League games last season he averaged 8.2ppg and 4.2rpg. Vitas also played 5 games in LKL where he had 10.8ppg and 6.0rpg. He also played at Naglis Palangos (NCAA Div.III) that season.
Vitas was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game back in 2008.
He was a member of Lithuanian U18 National Team in 2000.
Vitas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Latvia (Liepaja), Poland (Kotwica), Ukraine (Azovmash, Sumykhimprom Sumy and DniproAzot), Sweden (Sodertalje Kings) and Bulgaria (Euroins Cherno More).
Vitas attended Birmingham-Southern College until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Depiro's Shawn Morgan and League's Leading Scorer is out this weekend! - by Steve Dolan

Shawn Morgan 6'6" G/F (Arkansas State NCAA 1) Depiro from all reports will not be in the line-up this weekend vs Luxol. This is a huge game for Depiro coming up to get back on track after two tough losses. Morgan will miss the game due to an injury that took place early on in the Shield Championship game last weekend. Morgan should return to the line-up next weekend when Depiro takes on Loyola. Morgan at this moment is consider the best player in Malta currently avg 27.2ppg (1st), 8.6rpg (8th), 4.8apg (2nd), 3.6spg (1st) currently. Luxol and their Star Stephen Shackleford have not beaten Depiro during the match-ups through the preseason and the Shield due to the play of Morgan and Depiro but should be able to get a pretty easy win this weekend which may be key for Luxol when making a run for the playoffs at the end of the season.


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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 24-3 
 2. Soles 22-5 
 3. Halc.Rojos 20-7 
 4. Toros 19-7 
 5. Pioneros 19-8 
 6. Panteras 18-8 
 7. Fuerza Regia 15-11 
 8. Abejas 15-12 
 9. Huracanes 14-12 
 10. Barreteros 11-15 
 11. Corr.Victoria 10-17 
 12. Guerreros 8-19 
 13. Lechugueros 8-19 
 14. Gansos 5-23 
 15. Osos 4-23 
 16. Gigantes 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

Nov. 29: Pioneros - Halc.Xalapa 87-79
Nov. 29: Gigantes - Abejas 81-93
Nov. 29: Soles - Halc.Rojos 80-67
Nov. 29: Osos - Lechugueros 78-87
Nov. 29: Gansos - Corr.Victoria 109-94
Nov. 29: Guerreros - Huracanes 105-115
Nov. 30: Toros - Barreteros
Nov. 30: Fuerza Regia - Panteras

Round 8

Nov. 27: Huracanes - Fuerza Regia 80-94


Paul Stoll selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the league leader Maccabi Ashdod (4-0) 80-74 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Stoll was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points in 32 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (5-2) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in