EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/2/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



Wuber-Est.Bahia inks Lee Nailon - by Eurobasket News (T)

Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (LigaA) signed 37-year old American power forward Lee Nailon (205-100kg-75, college: TCU). He just played at Goyang Orions in South Korean KBL league. But in 7 games this season he had only 1.4ppg.
His college team made it to the Israel Cup final in 2007.
Nailon was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Forward of the Year in 2007 and 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Nailon has played also in China, Dominican Rep., Hungary (Atomeromu), Iran (Mahram), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Mexico (Panteras), Puerto Rico (Ponce and Indios), Russia, Venezuela (Marinos), Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and Dominican Republic (Metros).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at Wuber-Est.Bahia.
Nailon attended Texas Christian University until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Argentino lands Kennel Sanchez - by Eurobasket News (T)

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) landed 29-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) swingman Kennel Sanchez (195-100kg-83, college: Drexel). He played recently at Club Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional.
His team won Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season in 2011.
Sanchez has played also professionally in Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Caciques, Carolina, Brujos and Indios) and Argentina (Union de Sunchales).
He attended Drexel University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia won the title! - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand-Australia 49:66

Australia won the title at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side overcame New Zealand 66:49 in the Final game to clinch the gold medals.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and rightfully struggled for the first place. New Zealand surprised the hosts with 16-10 surge in the first period but failed later in the game. Australia won the second period 16-8 and led 2 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 17-7 and finished the game with 23-18 in the last stanza.
Dejan Vasiljevic top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Kyle Clark notched 11. Darryl Mcdowell-White and William Mcdowell-White delivered 10 points each in the winning effort. Jack Salt answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Jayden Bezzant had 13. Denhym Brooke collected 6 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Raymond Penny added 5.

New Zealand: Jack Salt 15+12 rebs, Jayden Bezzant 13, Denhym Brooke 6+12 rebs, Raymond Penny 5
Australia: Dejan Vasiljevic 13, Kyle Clark 11, Darryl Mcdowell-White 10, William Mcdowell-White 10



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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Round 11: Estonian clash ends with BC Rakvere's defeat of Tln Kalev - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game of round 11 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. The game took place in Tallinn where second ranked BC Rakvere won against host Tln Kalev (1-7) 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Tln Kalev managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for BC Rakvere especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) answered with 27 points for Tln Kalev. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-3 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Tln Kalev lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Valga. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 11 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius where leader Rudupis outleveled host Sakalai (4-4) 85-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sakalai. It was a great evening for guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Arnas Labuckas helped adding 14 points. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-94) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Undefeated Rudupis (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Sakalai at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Jelgava and Juventus. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 11 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kaunas where leader Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled host LSU-Baltai (0-7) 92-71. It was an exceptional evening for Paulius Beliavicius who led the winners and scored 15 points. Sarunas Vingelis came up with 24 points for LSU-Baltai in the defeat. 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 seventh consecutive win for Pieno Zvaigzdes. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. LSU-Baltai lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Estonian TU/Rock (8-1) which hosted in Tartu second-ranked Lithuanian Lietkabelis (6-2). First ranked TU/Rock had an easy win 99-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lietkabelis. The best player for the winners was Timo Eichfuss who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Coach Gert Kullamae's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for TU/Rock. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Lietkabelis at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Baltic League top team - Latvian Ventspils (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Estonian Rapla (1-6) 76-57. Martins Meiers orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. Rapla will play at home against Barsy Atyrau (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 11 Nevezis was beaten by Barons kvartals on the road 78-74. Juventus won against Liepaja on its own court 84-68.


Tln Kalev - Tarvas 85-95

The most interesting game of round 11 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. The game took place in Tallinn where second ranked BC Rakvere won against host Tln Kalev (1-7) 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Tln Kalev managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for BC Rakvere especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) answered with 27 points and forward Janis Vahter (193-86) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-3 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Tln Kalev lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Valga. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: J.Umbrasko 23+6reb, R.Tamm 23+5reb+2ast, M.Laksa 20+7reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 10+6reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 8+5reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 6+2reb+1ast
Tln Kalev: M.Campbell 27+4reb+2ast, J.Vahter 19+6reb+1ast, M.Paiste 11+5reb+2ast, E.Luts 9+2reb+1ast, I.Okoye 7+7reb, M.Parn 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 198296


Barons kvartals - Nevezis 78-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Latvian Barons kvartals (3-5) beat 4th placed Lithuanian Nevezis (3-6) in Riga 78-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Nevezis were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nevezis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barons kvartals moved-up to fourth place. Nevezis lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+4reb+1ast, A.Brunins 14+3reb+2ast, S.Metra 13+9reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 11+4reb, A.Epners 8+3reb, N.Miezis 7+3reb+3ast
Nevezis: T.Bishop 15+5reb+1ast, A.Aleksandrovas 14+5reb, R.Jakstas 13+3reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 13+3reb+4ast, V.Jasikevicius 7+4reb+4ast, S.Kulevicius 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 198295


Sakalai - Rudupis 61-85

One of the most interesting games of round 11 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius where leader Rudupis outleveled host Sakalai (4-4) 85-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sakalai. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Arnas Labuckas (203-87) helped adding 14 points. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-94) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Justas Sinica (203-85) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Rudupis (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Sakalai at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Jelgava and Juventus. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 16+2ast, A.Labuckas 14+3reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 10+2reb+2ast, S.Vene 9+4reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 8+10reb+5ast, G.Orelikas 8+8reb
Sakalai: J.Gintvainis 14+6reb+3ast, R.Matulis 10+8reb+1ast, E.Baniulis 8+6reb+1ast, J.Sinica 8+8reb+3ast, E.Jezukevicius 8+4reb+1ast, E.Seskus 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198294


Juventus - Liepaja 84-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Latvian Liepaja's (2-7) road loss to fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (4-4) in Utena 68-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-68. Juventus dominated on the defensive end, holding Liepaja to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Liepaja 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Greg Plater (185-89, college: Long Beach St.) answered with 18 points and the other American import guard Teddy Archer (191, college: St.Thomas) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Liepaja. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Juventus moved-up to third place, which they share with Jelgava and Sakalai. Liepaja lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: D.Gvezdauskas 19+2reb+3ast, K.Petrukonis 17+11reb+1ast, D.Leonard 15+6reb+4ast, G.Matulis 11+6reb+1ast, P.Morkeliunas 9+3reb, L.Kisielius 7+2reb+3ast
Liepaja: G.Plater 18+3reb+3ast, I.Jakovics 12+3reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 10+6reb+2ast, T.Archer 10+7reb+4ast, A.Ate 7+2reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 6+2reb
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Ventspils - Rapla 76-57

Baltic League top team - Latvian Ventspils (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Estonian Rapla (1-6) 76-57. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rapla was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 26. They outrebounded Rapla 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Center Martins Meiers (208-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) answered with 7 points and 6 assists and forward Indrek Kajupank (200-88) added 15 points in the effort for Rapla. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. Rapla will play at home against Barsy Atyrau (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: A.Berzins 13+5reb+2ast, F.Campbell 13+8reb, M.Meiers 12+8reb+2ast, R.Zakis 10+5reb+1ast, D.Sims 9+1reb, S.Valters 7+5ast
Rapla: I.Kajupank 15+2reb, R.Ringmets 10+4reb, K.Traumann 9+1reb, R.Laane 7+4reb+6ast, I.Pilk 5+4reb+2ast, A.Parn 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 198292


LSU-Baltai - Pieno Zvaigzdes 71-92

One of the most interesting games of round 11 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kaunas where leader Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled host LSU-Baltai (0-7) 92-71. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. LSU-Baltai managed to win fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 38. It was an exceptional evening for guard Paulius Beliavicius (193-88) who led the winners and scored 15 points. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) came up with 24 points and Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for LSU-Baltai in the defeat. 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 seventh consecutive win for Pieno Zvaigzdes. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. LSU-Baltai lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: P.Beliavicius 15+3reb+3ast, E.Kairys 13+4reb+2ast, T.Hughes 13+6reb+2ast, T.Biggs 12+2reb, B.Woodfox 9+1reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 8+5reb+2ast
LSU-Baltai: S.Vingelis 24+1reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 17+3reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 9+10reb+2ast, M.Stasys 8+2reb+4ast, V.Sragauskis 6+2reb, T.Urbonas 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 198291


TU/Rock - Lietkabelis 99-69

An interesting game for Estonian TU/Rock (8-1) which hosted in Tartu second-ranked Lithuanian Lietkabelis (6-2). First ranked TU/Rock had an easy win 99-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lietkabelis. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. TU/Rock forced 24 Lietkabelis turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Center Joosep Toome (208-85) chipped in 12 points. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Coach Gert Kullamae's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for TU/Rock. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Lietkabelis at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: K.Saage 13+2reb+2ast, J.Toome 12+4reb+2ast, T.Eichfuss 12+8reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 10+1reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 10+4reb+2ast, R.Veideman 10+2reb+3ast
Lietkabelis: D.Griskenas 19+8reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 12+4reb+1ast, K.Cipruss 12+10reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 9+2reb+2ast, V.Ginevicius 8+1reb, K.Vecvagars 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198290



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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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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NBL Round 7: Rilski Sportist beats Tundja Yambol by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NBL took place in Samokov. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Tundja Yambol (4-3) to second ranked Rilski Sportist (5-2) 83-82 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International Martin Durchev (204-87) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Tundja Yambol. Rilski Sportist have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik, which they share with Levski Sofia. Tundja Yambol at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tundja Yambol will play at home against Levski Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Beroe (2-4) in Sofia 90-61. It was a great evening for American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists. Pavel Marinov helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) responded with 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Lukoil Academik. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Beroe will play at home against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U20 is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Balkan (4-4) 91-65 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Jordan Bozov who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Deyan Karamfilov came up with 12 points and 4 assists for U20 in the defeat. 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. Balkan moved-up to fifth place. U20 lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Balkan will meet at home league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U20 will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Chernomorets (3-4) and Spartak Pleven (2-5), which took place in Pleven. 6th ranked Chernomorets lost to ninth ranked Spartak Pleven in a road game 80-84. Dimitar Marintchechki fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Spartak Pleven maintains ninth place with 2-5 record. Chernomorets at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Spartak Pleven's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beroe (#8) in Stara Zagora and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between fourth ranked Levski Sofia (5-2) and 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (3-4) in Sofia on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Levski Sofia outscored guests from Varna 100-66. It was a very good performance for Dimitar Anguelov who helped to win the game recording 20 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. Levski Sofia moved-up to second place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Loser Euroins Cherno More dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Levski Sofia will face Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against U20 in Sofia.

The most impressive performance of 7th round was 20 points and 9 rebounds by Bogdan Boev of Chernomorets.


Balkan - U20 91-65

Bottom-ranked U20 is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Balkan (4-4) 91-65 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Balkan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. Balkan outrebounded U20 37-24 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International Ivan Lilov (196-88) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) came up with 12 points and 4 assists and forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) added 12 points respectively for U20 in the defeat. 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. Balkan moved-up to fifth place. U20 lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Balkan will meet at home league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U20 will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Balkan: J.Bozov 17+10reb+5ast, U.Petrovic 14+2reb, I.Lilov 13+5reb+7ast, L.Paskov 13+3reb+2ast, T.Todorov 12+5reb, A.Santos 11+7reb+2ast
U20: D.Karamfilov 12+1reb+4ast, A.Simeonov 12+2reb+2ast, V.Galabov 9+4reb+1ast, T.Tenchev 9, K.Atanasov 6+2reb+3ast, N.Grozev 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 192849


Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 83-82

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NBL took place in Samokov. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Tundja Yambol (4-3) to second ranked Rilski Sportist (5-2) 83-82 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International Martin Durchev (204-87) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tundja Yambol. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik, which they share with Levski Sofia. Tundja Yambol at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tundja Yambol will play at home against Levski Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 22+5reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 17+9reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 11+6reb+4ast, T.Gugino 9+11reb+1ast, S.Slaveykov 9+3reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 6+2ast
Tundja Yambol: N.Milosevic 19+8reb+1ast, M.Durchev 15+6reb+8ast, S.Govedarov 15+4reb, B.Ormon 11+9reb+1ast, J.Radionov 7+2reb+4ast, P.Aleksiev 6+2ast
gschID: 192848


Spartak Pleven - Chernomorets 84-80

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Chernomorets (3-4) and Spartak Pleven (2-5), which took place in Pleven. 6th ranked Chernomorets lost to ninth ranked Spartak Pleven in a road game 80-84. It looked good early as Chernomorets took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spartak Pleven took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They also forced 27 Chernomorets turnovers. Strangely Chernomorets outrebounded Spartak Pleven 41-26 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (184-86) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. Bogdan Boev (196-82) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak Pleven maintains ninth place with 2-5 record. Chernomorets at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Spartak Pleven's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beroe (#8) in Stara Zagora and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: D.Marintchechki 24+6reb+2ast, I.Stankov 18+6reb, R.Sofroniev 14+4reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 13+3reb+9ast, V.Georgiev 6+1reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 6+4reb+2ast
Chernomorets: B.Boev 20+9reb+1ast, K.Koev 15+6reb, K.Raykov 13+10reb+2ast, J.Tyler 12+10reb+1ast, P.Rakovic 9+2reb, K.Hristov 9+2reb
gschID: 192847


Lukoil Academik - Beroe 90-61

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Beroe (2-4) in Sofia 90-61. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Beroe was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 26 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Lukoil Academik forced 19 Beroe turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists. International Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) responded with 16 points and the other American import guard Will Walker (183, college: De Paul) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 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. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Lukoil Academik. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Beroe will play at home against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: P.Marinov 16+4reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 15+4reb+1ast, D.Green 12+5reb+3ast, T.Stoykov 10+1reb+3ast, B.Heath 10+4reb+10ast, D.Watkins 8+7reb+1ast
Beroe: R.Holmes 16+1reb+1ast, V.Aleksandrov 9+1reb+1ast, B.Milenkov 8+1reb+1ast, W.Walker 8+5reb+4ast, A.Radev 6+2reb+1ast, M.Hart 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 192846


Levski Sofia - Cherno More 100-66

The game between fourth ranked Levski Sofia (5-2) and 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (3-4) in Sofia on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Levski Sofia outscored guests from Varna 100-66. The game without a history. Levski Sofia 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 Euroins Cherno More's 36. Levski Sofia forced 30 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international Dimitar Anguelov (203-79, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (210-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Greek center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. 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. Levski Sofia moved-up to second place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Loser Euroins Cherno More dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Levski Sofia will face Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against U20 in Sofia.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: D.Anguelov 20+2reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 17+5reb, C.Kostov 11+4reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 11+1reb+5ast, D.Filipov 9+1reb+4ast, S.Georgiev 8+1reb
Cherno More: G.Galiotos 15+9reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 11+6reb, A.Velikov 9+3reb+5ast, S.Stoev 8+7reb, D.Vutev 8+5reb+1ast, L.Radev 6+3reb
gschID: 192845


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Holmes, Beroe19.6 
 2. Abukar, Lukoil A.17.8 
 3. Lilov, Balkan17.6 
 4. Tyler, Chernomo.17.1 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.9 
 6. Smith, Rilski S.16.7 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.16.4 
 8. Petrovic, Balkan15.4 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.1 
 10. Marinovic, Levski15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.12.9 
 2. Ormon, Tundja Y.9.7 
 3. Agre, Spartak9.5 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.4 
 5. Galiotos, Cherno M.7.8 
 6. Simeonov, U207.0 
 7. Dupree, Rilski S.6.7 
 8. Dimitrov, Beroe6.4 
 9. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.3 
 10. Varbanov, Levski6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Walker, Beroe6.9 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.7 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.4 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.5.3 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.6 
 7. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.3 
 8. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.0 
 9. Karamfilov, U203.8 
 10. Lilov, Balkan3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bozhidar AVRAMOV
  Lukoil A.
  (196-PG-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.0 
 3. Velikov, Cherno M.2.9 
 4. Holmes, Beroe2.6 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.6 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja2.6 
 7. Green, Lukoil A.2.6 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.3 
 10. Raykov, Chernomo.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.2.7 
 2. Hart, Beroe2.0 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.9 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.4 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.3 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Varbanov, Levski S.0.9 
 9. Simeonov, U200.8 
 10. Watkins, Lukoil A.0.7 


Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 7-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 5-2 
 3. Levski Sofia 5-2 
 4. Tundja Yambol 4-3 
 5. Balkan 4-4 
 6. Cherno More 4-4 
 7. Chernomorets 3-4 
 8. Beroe 2-4 
 9. Spartak Pleven 2-5 
 10. U20 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 29: U20 - Cherno More 80-86
Dec. 8: Beroe - Spartak Pleven
Dec. 8: Tundja Yambol - Levski Sofia
Dec. 8: Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist
Dec. 8: Balkan - Lukoil Academik



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Moussignac comes back to Concordia - by Eurobasket News (T)

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



Laroche is back at Concordia - by Eurobasket News (T)

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



Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak joins Brandon - by Eurobasket News (T)

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 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)



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CBA Season recap - by Alex Yam

The season has officially kicked off, and 2 teams are undefeated, no surprise that the Beijing Ducks are undefeated at 3-0 but maybe a little of a shock, is the Shangdong club is undefeated at 3-0. The team was one of the worse teams last season, thus they are afforded an extra Asian import. Guangdong, who boasts a team of 3 former NBA lottery picks and 5 NT members stands at 2-1 with their lone loss coming on the road vs perennial juggernaut XInjiang, who is also 2-1 after a surprising loss at Foshan.

Qingdao who made the 1st big signing splash of the offseason when they inked Tracy McGrady, is a paltry 0-3, with McGrady doing all he can, but unable to secure a win yet, due to the lack of local talent. Shanghai who was a surprise last season, and one of the top defensive clubs, is 0-3 after releasing Elijah Millsap and opting to sign Gilbert Arenas, who played less then a quarter and has missed the past 2 games, due to a strain muscle in his leg. Shanghai has been blown out in each of their 3 losses, DJ White has been struggling as well, as teams focus on him defensively since Shanghai is playing with 1 import.

The early season MVP is clearly Yi Jianlian, as he has completely dominated the competition.



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)



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Mario Kasun leaves Montepaschi due to family problems - by Eurobasket News (T)

Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) will be without 32-year old Croatian ex-international center Mario Kasun (213-118kg-80). Both sides agree to end the contract due to player's family problems. In 9 SerieA games Kasun played this season he recorded 6.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Kasun also played 8 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
In 2002 he was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Kasun played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup).
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 2nd Team in 2012.
Kasun was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2000. Kasun represented Croatia at the European Championships in Poland three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Kasun is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Koeln 99ers), Spain (Regal FC Barcelona), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cibona) and NBA (Orlando Magic).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adriatic League: Radnicki outgun KK Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki - KK Zadar 92:79

Radnicki opened the 11th Round of Adriatic League regular season with victory. They knocked down visiting KK Zadar. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) knocked down 18 points each to pace the hosts. KK Zadar fell at 3-8 record after the loss.
Radnicki unloaded 28 points in the first quarter to clear off. The hosts piled up a 6-point lead at the first break. Radnicki maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Serbian team arrived at halftime up by 7 points 49:42. The hosts kept Zadar at bay throughout the third term. Radnicki entered the fourth term up by 13 points 72:59. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Radnicki held on to win the clash. Mark Worthington (202-PF-83, college: Metro St.) and Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) notched 13 points each for the winners. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) answered with 14 points for KK Zadar. Barisa Krasic (203-C-78) and Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) had 11 points apiece in the losing effort.

Radnicki: Aleksandar Capin 18, Terrico White 18, Mark Worthington 13, Stefan Sinovec 13
KK Zadar: Romeo Travis 14, Barisa Krasic 11, Goran Vrbanc 11



Adriatic League: Split eke out win over Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Split - Buducnost 71:69

Split celebrated the fifth victory in the Adriatic League season. They snatched a tough home win over Buducnost. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) posted 20 points to pace the hosts.
Buducnost started strong. The Montenegrin team jumped to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Split however struck back in the second quarter. The Croatian team went on a 20:10 run to ensure a 34:32 halftime lead. Split maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts accounted for a 6-point lead at the final intermission 52:46. Buducnost got within striking distance in the fourth period but Split wisely sealed the victory at the end. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15 points, while Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) and Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) added 13 points apiece in the winning case. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) responded with 14 points for Buducnost. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) had 11 points in the loss.

Split: Nikola Vujcic 20, Filip Kruslin 15, Srdan Subotic 13, Vedran Vukusic 13
Buducnost: Aleksa Popovic 14, Gerald Lee 11



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A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Allen, Omonia22.4 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia18.0 
 3. Aleksic, AEL16.7 
 4. Diggs, Omonia16.6 
 5. Brown, Apollon16.2 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos16.0 
 7. Outerbridge, AEL15.7 
 8. Panteli, AEK14.5 
 9. Williams, Etha14.2 
 10. Detrick, Apollon14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos9.0 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia9.0 
 3. Outerbridge, AEL8.2 
 4. Diggs, Omonia7.8 
 5. Kaskiris, ENAD7.8 
 6. Brown, Apollon7.8 
 7. Kinnard, Keravnos7.2 
 8. Aleksic, AEL6.5 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.4 
 10. Visockis, Omonia6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Omonia
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Diggs, Omonia6.4 
 2. Maze, Keravnos4.6 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel4.4 
 4. Adegboye, Etha4.2 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 6. Aleksic, AEL3.8 
 7. Guillandeaux, AEL3.5 
 8. Kounas, ENAD3.2 
 9. Demertzis, Kerav.3.0 
 10. Allen, Omonia3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apoel
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Stiggers, Apoel2.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon2.4 
 3. Panteli, AEK2.3 
 4. Diggs, Omonia2.2 
 5. Palalas, AEL2.0 
 6. Allen, AEL2.0 
 7. Mokongo, Apoel1.8 
 8. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 9. Adegboye, Etha1.7 
 10. Lee-Ingram, Omon.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos2.0 
 2. Morrison, Apoel1.6 
 3. Harrison, AEK1.5 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 5. Outerbridge, AEL1.2 
 6. Jefferson, Apollon1.0 
 7. Baker, Omonia1.0 
 8. Hart, AEK0.6 
 9. Chan, Apoel0.6 
 10. Lee-Ingram, Omon.0.6 



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NH Ostrava loses to BK Prostejov in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Third ranked host BK Prostejov (8-6) smashed second-ranked NH Ostrava (12-2) 95-65. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NH Ostrava to just 7 points in fourth quarter. BK Prostejov made 36-of-46 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game, while NH Ostrava only scored nineteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 41-23 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by NH Ostrava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) responded with 14 points. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BK Prostejov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-6 record having six points less than leader CEZ Nymburk, which they share with BC Kolin. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. BK Prostejov is looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against Levharti Chomutov (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (14-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (4-10) 93-55. American guard Michael Taylor (188-86, college: Iowa St.) notched 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Lukas Palyza supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) did not help to save the game for Basketbal Svitavy. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: bottom-ranked J.Hradec lost to Chomutov on the opponent's court 79-84. B&W Opava outscored Levice in a home game 83-55. Usti n/Labem was rolled over BK Pardubice on the road 92-68. BC Kolin crushed USK Praha on its own court 81-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 8 rebounds by John Fields of Chomutov.


Chomutov - J.Hradec 84-79

Very expected game when 13th ranked BK Lions Hradec (3-11) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Levharti Chomutov (6-8) 84-79. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. BK Lions Hradec was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 25-13 third quarter run of Levharti Chomutov. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) notched 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Showron Glover (180-87) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by center Radim Kramny (215-85) did not help to save the game for BK Lions Hradec. Forward Roman Zachrla (200-87) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. BK Lions Hradec's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with USK Praha and Levice. BK Lions Hradec lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will play against league's second-placed NH Ostrava on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Lions Hradec will play against BC Kolin (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: R.Kramny 18+11reb, J.Tomanec 17+7reb+3ast, R.Zachrla 17+9reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 10+2reb, O.Dygryn 9+5reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 5+4reb
Chomutov: J.Fields 30+8reb+1ast, P.Bosak 17+2reb+3ast, S.Glover 16+6reb+3ast, Z.Hanzlik 7+1reb, A.Zampach 4+1ast, P.Stanek 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 183011


B&W Opava - Levice 83-55

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked B&W Opava (5-9) smashed at home 8th ranked Levice (6-8) 83-55. The game was mostly controlled by B&W Opava. Levice was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B&W Opava forced 19 Levice turnovers. Levice was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) supported him with 12 points and 8 assists. Five B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) did not help to save the game for Levice. American guard David Kyles (190-89, college: Wichita St.) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Levice's coach Oleg Meleschenko already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. B&W Opava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 5-9 record. Levice at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with USK Praha and Chomutov. B&W Opava will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#11) at home in the next round. Levice will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Levice: S.Nuhanovic 17+9reb, D.Kyles 15+8reb+1ast, R.Grznar 8+2reb+2ast, J.Simmons 6+7reb, F.Lehman 4+2reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 4+1reb
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 15+4reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 15+4reb+2ast, L.Sokolovsky 14+11reb+1ast, J.Dihel 13+2reb, J.Sirina 12+2reb+8ast, M.Miklosik 7+7reb
gschID: 183014


BK Pardubice - Usti n/Labem 92-68

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (3-10) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked BK Pardubice (7-6) 92-68. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Pardubice outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 42-25 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) notched 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the former international power forward Zbynek Pospisil (206-81) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for BK Usti nad Labem. The former international forward Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) added 18 points for the guests. Despite that victory BK Pardubice went down to sixth position due to points difference. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. BK Pardubice will play against higher ranked BK Decin (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Prostejov (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: S.Licartovsky 18+2reb+2ast, B.Reese 17+5reb+1ast, L.Horak 14+7reb, T.Hruby 7+5reb, A.Nolen 7+1reb+1ast, V.Hejl 3+2reb
BK Pardubice: E.Zabas 18+5reb+5ast, O.Peterka 13+2reb, P.Bohacik 13+6reb, T.Nelson 11+8reb, M.Peterka 9+3reb, C.Muirhead 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 183013


BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 95-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Third ranked host BK Prostejov (8-6) smashed second-ranked NH Ostrava (12-2) 95-65. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NH Ostrava to just 7 points in fourth quarter. BK Prostejov made 36-of-46 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game, while NH Ostrava only scored nineteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 41-23 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by NH Ostrava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) responded with 14 points and power forward Martin Gniadek (201-90) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BK Prostejov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-6 record having six points less than leader CEZ Nymburk, which they share with BC Kolin. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. BK Prostejov is looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against Levharti Chomutov (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: R.Ames 14+2reb+1ast, A.Ciz 12+4ast, M.Gniadek 10+7reb, J.Stehlik 8+3reb, F.Zbranek 6+2reb+2ast, R.Pelikan 6+1reb
BK Prostejov: A.Dufault 17+4reb+2ast, V.Bratcenkov 17+3reb, K.Svrdlik 15+6reb+3ast, O.Kohout 12+5reb+1ast, P.Slezak 12+1reb+4ast, D.Pandula 11+10reb+4ast
gschID: 183012


BC Kolin - USK Praha 81-60

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked BC Kolin (8-6) outscored at home 7th ranked USK Praha (6-8) 81-60. The game without a history. BC Kolin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. BC Kolin outrebounded USK Praha 41-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Stanislav Zuzak (203-80, college: Cal-Irvine) supported him with 17 points. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five BC Kolin players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for USK Praha. Forward Michal Vocetka (198-89) added 13 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Kolin moved-up to third place, which they share with BK Prostejov. USK Praha lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Chomutov and Levice. BC Kolin will play against bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec (#13) in J.Hradec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play at home against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 18+11reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 13+2reb+1ast, M.Mares 10+2reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 7, L.Festr 6+2reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 4+5reb+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 22+7reb+2ast, S.Zuzak 17+4reb+3ast, D.Machac 14+5reb, R.Field 13+9reb+2ast, D.Radulovic 10+4reb+6ast, M.Kriz 3+3reb
gschID: 183010


Svitavy - CEZ Nymburk 55-93

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (14-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (4-10) 93-55. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 34. They outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 55-30 including a 43-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Michael Taylor (188-86, college: Iowa St.) notched 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and forward Lukas Palyza (201-89) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) did not help to save the game for Basketbal Svitavy. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) added 12 points 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: J.Jelinek 12+4reb, P.Mroz 10+9reb+1ast, T.Teply 7+1reb+3ast, M.Deloach 6+6reb+4ast, L.Sindelar 4+1reb, L.Moravec 4+2reb
CEZ Nymburk: L.Palyza 18+6reb, M.Taylor 15+6reb+5ast, R.Rancik 12+7reb+3ast, J.Welsch 10+2reb+4ast, R.Necas 9+7reb+2ast, P.Houska 9+3reb
gschID: 183009



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

23-year old forward Kevin Jones (203-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Canton C. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Erie Bay H. (#2, 2-1) 91-80. Thanks to this victory Canton C. moved-up to the 8th position in the D-League league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Canton C.'s top player in his first season with the team. West Virginia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Terrence Jones (205-F-92) of Rio Grande VV. He is a forward in his first season at Rio Grande VV. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Rio Grande VV was edged by league's leader Tulsa 66ers (#1, 3-0) 97-94. This loss caused Rio Grande VV to drop to 6th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Rio Grande VV managed to get this year. Jones is a newcomer at Rio Grande VV and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#2). He also registered 17.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of league's leader Sioux Falls S.. Varnado scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Sioux Falls S., leading his team to a 118-111 win against the lower-ranked Springfield A. (#6, 1-1). Sioux Falls S. has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Varnado also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Varnado has a very solid season. In 2 games in D-L he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) of Los Angeles D. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) of Tulsa 66ers - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Erie Bay H. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kent Bazemore (195-G/F-89) of Santa Cruz W. - 27 points and 9 rebounds
8. Xavier Silas (195-G-88) of Maine RC - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83) of Reno B. - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Deandre Liggins (198-G-88) of Tulsa 66ers - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Atlanta Hawks assign John Jenkins and Mike Scott to D-League - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Atlanta Hawks have assigned guard John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) and forward Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) to the Bakersfield Jam, their NBA Development League affiliate, Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Jenkins, the 6-foot-4 guard from Vanderbilt, has appeared in four games this season, scoring six points in 13 minutes. Scott, a 6-foot-8 forward from Virginia, has played 16 minutes in five games and totaled two points and four rebounds. Jenkins was selected with the 23rd overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft while Scott was selected with the 43rd overall pick by the Hawks.
Both players will be available for the Jams next game on Monday night against Santa Cruz.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Estonian KML round 8 best performance: Renato Lindmets - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American forward Renato Lindmets (200-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat TTU (#6, 5-5) 76-61. Tarvas maintains the 2nd position in American KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Lindmets turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Former Westfield State University star has very solid stats this year. Lindmets is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.1rpg) and averages impressive 60.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu. Raadik had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Parnu to another comfortable win 73-54 over the higher-ranked Rapla (#4, 5-4) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Parnu slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Raadik is a newcomer at Parnu, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Erik Keedus (198-F-90) of TTU (#6). Keedus showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of TTU, leading his team to a 75-62 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Hito/Johvi (#8, 1-9). TTU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Keedus has a great season in Estonia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.1rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.9apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of Rapla - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) of Parnu - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) of TTU - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tarvas - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Juan Antonio Orenga takes the helm of Spanish National Team - by Eurobasket News

Juan Antonio Orenga takes the helm of Spanish National Team. He replaced Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) who stepped down from the position.
Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) took over the Spanish NT back in 2009. He led the team to two EuroBasket titles in 2009 and 2011. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) also guided Spain to the second position at 2012 World Olympic Games in London. Scariolo has claimed personal reasons for making this decision.
Juan Antonio Orenga was the head coach of the U20 team on three occasions since 2007, only taking time out in summers when his obligations with the senior team did not allow him to be in charge.
Under Orenga, Spain took silver at the U20 European Championship in 2007, bronze in 2010 and reached the top of the podium in 2011 in the same competition. Also he was a Head Coach of Adecco Estudiantes Madrid (ACB) and MMT Estudiantes Madrid junior team.



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Fiji clinched Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Guam-Fiji 65:70

Fiji clinched Bronze at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team overcame Guam 70:65 in the game for the 3rd-4th places.
Fiji opened the game with 19-7 lead, but allowed the opponents to tie the game after 13-25 in the second frame. Guam tied it at 32:32 at the halftime and even took 4-point advantage entering the last stanza. Fiji however needed a strong 22-13 surge in the last stanza to win the game.
Mataika Koyamainavure top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Ulaiasi Koroi delivered 12. Pita Sowakula posted 11, while Filimoni Vulimailaucala added 9. Valiant Borja replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Bruce Merrill tossed in 11. Samuel Sotelo and Maksever Kepwe followed them with 9 points in a loss.
Guam made 33 Total Rebounds versus 32 of Fiji.

Guam: Valiant Borja 16, Bruce Merrill 11, Samuel Sotelo 9, Maksever Kepwe 9
Fiji: Mataika Koyamainavure 26, Ulaiasi Koroi 12, Pita Sowakula 11, Filimoni Vulimailaucala 9



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KORISLIIGA: Matthew Gibson The Player of November - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga: American Guard Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) has been named The Player of November. Gibson led his team YMCA Lappeenranta into 4-2 record in six games in November. Gibson himself was averaging 24,3 ppg (1 - 81,0%, 2 - 57,4%, 3 - 43,8%) - 5,5 rpg - 4,5 apg and 1,8 spg. Gibson is playing the second season in Finland and Lappeenranta. The Player of October was American Forward Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (Pyrinto, Tampere).


KORISLIIGA: Karhu beat Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 14: Karhu (Kauhajoki) beat Kataja (Joensuu) tonight 84-69 (37-34). Both teams have players on injured list. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) scored 24 points for Karhu. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cent.Michigan) added 19 pts. Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) led Kataja with a double-double 25pts/14rbs. Bisons from Loimaa visited at Kouvola and defeated Kouvot 72-92 (31-43). Bisons key players again Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (26 pts) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (15 pts). Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot with 24 pts. At Salo local Vilpas suffered a 72-85 (41-46) loss to KTP (Kotka). Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) and Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) combined 21+21=42 points for KTP.
Karhu - Kataja 84-69 (37-34). (J'Nathan Bullock 24, Giordan Watson 19/5a, Tremaine Ford 12 - Jerald Fields 25/14, Jonte Flowers 17, Johnell Smith 12. A: 628).
Kouvot - Bisons 72-92 (31-43). (Gilberto Clavell 24, Chris Hester 17, Aleksi Akpaso 11 - Martin Zeno 26/9, Jeb Ivey 15/5a, Ryan McDade 12. A: 872).
Vilpas - KTP 72-85 (41-46). (Troy Barnies 22, Adam Brown 12, Eero Lehtinen 11 - Devonne Giles 21/10, Bojan Sarcevic 21, Antwine Williams 12. A: 810).

In Division 1A (round 10) BC Nokia scored 31 points more than visitor YMCA Oulu: 99-68 (42-36). Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (21pts/10rbs) and Timo Riihela (193-G-80) (21pts) were the key players for BC Nokia.
BC Nokia - YMCA Oulu 99-68 (42-36). (Brian Moultrie 21/10, Timo Riihela 21, Shawn Hopkins 15 - Dwight Coleman 18, Henri Vihavainen 14, Josh Nofflet 11/10).



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)



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)



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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 Quentin 6-6 
 9. St Vallier 6-6 
 10. Rouen 5-7 
 11. Bourg 5-7 
 12. Fos Ouest 5-7 
 13. Lille 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
Dec. 1: Bourg - St Quentin 79-96
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

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 7: Rouen - Bordeaux
Dec. 7: Fos Ouest - Denain
Dec. 7: St Quentin - Maurienne
Dec. 7: Evreux - Lille
Dec. 7: Nantes - Bourg
Dec. 7: Chalons-Reims - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Dec. 8: St Vallier - Le Portel
Dec. 8: Boulogne - Hyeres-Toulon
Dec. 7: Antibes - Charleville


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. Monds, Bourg18.2 
 8. Boddicker, Pau-La.18.1 
 9. Wood, Evreux17.8 
 10. Humphrey, Bordea.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julien LESIEU
  St Quentin
  (201-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Lesieu, St Quentin10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.3 
 3. McKines, Rouen10.2 
 4. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 6. Jackson, Pau-La.9.8 
 7. Kitts, Denain9.2 
 8. Monds, Bourg8.3 
 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. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel5.5 
 4. Denave, Pau-Lacq.5.4 
 5. Huffman, Antibes5.4 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.3 
 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, Bourg1.9 
 5. Wilson, Le Portel1.8 
 6. Jackson, Pau-La.1.8 
 7. Hannah, Evreux1.8 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.1.8 
 9. Siggers, Lille1.8 
 10. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
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. Henry, Nantes1.0 
 8. Williams, St Quent.0.9 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 10. Flowers, Denain0.8 


ProB Round 12: ALM Evreux loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 12 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Pau where host Pau-Lacq-Orthez (10-2) edged league's leader ALM Evreux (9-3) 79-78 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. Pau-Lacq-Orthez made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Hawaii-Pacific) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Tunisian swingman Sami Driss (194-82) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Antibes. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ALM Evreux will play next round against Lille Metropole trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Chalons-Reims on the road.
The game in Aix-les-Bains was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Olympique Antibes (9-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-5). Olympique Antibes managed to secure a 6-point victory 81-75. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. Anthony Hilliard contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Aix-Maurienne. Olympique Antibes moved-up to second place, which they share with Evreux. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Boulogne. Olympique Antibes will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against Saint-Quentin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Charleville, where higher ranked Nantes (5-7) lost to fifteenth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (4-8) in a road game 76-86 on Friday. Worth to mention a great performance of Patrick Sanders who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was James Mathis with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Charleville-Mezieres maintains fifteenth position with 4-8 record, which they share with Denain. Loser Nantes dropped to the tenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Charleville-Mezieres will meet league's second-placed Olympique Antibes on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nantes will play against JL Bourg (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Denain, where higher ranked Saint Vallier (6-6) lost to sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (4-8) in a road game 83-90. The winners were led by John Flowers who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds. Saint Vallier's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Denain Voltaire moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Charleville. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#12) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
An interesting game took place in Le Portel, where higher ranked Le Portel (8-4) was outleveled at home by fourteenth ranked SPO Rouen (5-7) 86-65 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Le Portel. The best player for the winners was Wendell McKines who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. SPO Rouen moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Le Portel keeps the fourth position with four games lost. SPO Rouen will face bottom-ranked Bordeaux (#18) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against Saint Vallier (#9).

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
St Quentin defeated Bourg in Saint-Quentin 96-79. Hyeres-Toulon was smashed by Fos Ouest at home 72-91. Boulogne won against Bordeaux on the opponent's court 101-93. Lille unfortunately lost to Chalons-Reims in a home game 55-67.
The best stats of 12th round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Corey McIntosh of Hyeres-Toulon.


Bourg - St Quentin 79-96

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Saint-Quentin and 9th ranked JL Bourg had identical 5-6 record. But JL Bourg was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Saint-Quentin 96-79 on Saturday night. JL Bourg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded JL Bourg 45-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Olivier Romain (182-88) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint-Quentin (6-6) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with St Vallier. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Saint-Quentin will face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#7) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JL Bourg will play on the road against Nantes.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Monds 20+6reb, M.Sonko 14+8reb+4ast, A.Tanghe 11+8reb+1ast, L.Williams 10+2reb, J.Sanchez 7+2reb+1ast, P.Braud 6+2reb+3ast
St Quentin: R.Wright 19+2reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 17+13reb+4ast, O.Romain 16+8reb+4ast, K.Bichard 12+4reb+1ast, J.Ball 9+1reb+4ast, D.Williams 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 179335


Charleville - Nantes 86-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Charleville, where higher ranked Nantes (5-7) lost to fifteenth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (4-8) in a road game 76-86 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Nantes managed to win fourth quarter 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Nantes turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who added 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Terrance Henry (208-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Nantes players scored in double figures. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Charleville-Mezieres maintains fifteenth position with 4-8 record, which they share with Denain. Loser Nantes dropped to the tenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Charleville-Mezieres will meet league's second-placed Olympique Antibes on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nantes will play against JL Bourg (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: T.Henry 13+6reb+2ast, L.Corbett 12+5reb+2ast, J.Mathis 12+9reb+1ast, N.Gayon 11+4ast, K.Idomenee 10+1reb+4ast, E.Mendy 7+1reb+1ast
Charleville: P.Sanders 30+7reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 20+8reb+2ast, D.Pistre 9+1reb+1ast, N.Racon 6+2reb+1ast, C.Guillarme 5+5reb+2ast, F.Calvez 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 179339


Hyeres-Toulon - Fos Ouest 72-91

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Fos Ouest (5-7) smashed on the road 17th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (3-9) 91-72 on Friday. The game without a history. Fos Ouest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St.) who recorded 30 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Fos Ouest moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the seventeenth position with nine games lost. Fos Ouest will face Denain Voltaire (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hyeres-Toulon will play against SO Maritime Boulogne and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: C.McIntosh 30+7reb+3ast, G.Radonjic 14+7reb, J.Newson 13+7reb+1ast, B.Niang 9+6reb, D.Cook 4+2reb, J.Begarin 2
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 15+8reb+4ast, J.Williamson 15+3reb+1ast, K.Atamna 14+4reb+1ast, C.Davis 13+3reb+4ast, M.Dia 13+5reb+1ast, P.Haquet 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179338


Denain - St Vallier 90-83

An interesting game took place in Denain, where higher ranked Saint Vallier (6-6) lost to sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (4-8) in a road game 83-90. It looked good early as Saint Vallier took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Denain Voltaire took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. 31 personal fouls committed by Saint Vallier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Xavier Gaillou (192-89) supported him with 20 points and 4 steals. Even 23 points by American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) did not help to save the game for Saint Vallier. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint Vallier's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Denain Voltaire moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Charleville. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#12) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: R.Booker 23+4reb+1ast, E.Craven 14+7reb+2ast, C.Rouse 10+7reb+1ast, H.Disy 10+6reb+2ast, I.Koma 9+3reb, J.Hoyaux 6
Denain: J.Flowers 24+6reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 20+3reb+2ast, R.Lopez 11+6reb+1ast, C.Cairo 10+4reb+2ast, M.Kitts 9+11reb+1ast, L.Humphrey 7+2reb
gschID: 179337


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Evreux 79-78

Round 12 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Pau where host Pau-Lacq-Orthez (10-2) edged league's leader ALM Evreux (9-3) 79-78 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. Pau-Lacq-Orthez made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Tunisian swingman Sami Driss (194-82) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Antibes. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ALM Evreux will play next round against Lille Metropole trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Chalons-Reims on the road.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Reed 26+11reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 16+2reb, C.Hannah 10+3reb+6ast, J.Wood 8+7reb, G.Florimont 7, G.Costentin 6+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Mendy 16+3reb+1ast, C.Jackson 13+9reb+3ast, R.Lesca 10+2ast, S.Driss 10+5reb+6ast, J.Morency 9+9reb+2ast, I.Ordin 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 179336


Bordeaux - Boulogne 93-101

Very expected game when 18th ranked Bordeaux (2-10) was defeated at home by seventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (7-5) 101-93 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bordeaux won third quarter 29-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. SO Maritime Boulogne outrebounded Bordeaux 38-22 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) who scored 23 points and 8 assists. American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Thomas Coleman (205-88, college: N.Carolina A&T) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 21 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bordeaux's coach Jean-Marc Dupraz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maurienne. Loser Bordeaux stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Hyeres-Toulon (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bordeaux will play against SPO Rouen.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: M.Humphrey 21+1reb+2ast, T.Coleman 19+9reb+1ast, M.Guichard 18+6ast, G.Darrigand 15+2reb+7ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 8+2reb+4ast, R.Dardaine 4+4reb
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 23+1reb+8ast, V.Bigote 22+3reb+2ast, K.Cunningham 20+8reb+4ast, M.Jaiteh 12+7reb, A.Rowland 9+7reb+5ast, K.Horton 8+5reb
gschID: 179334


Le Portel - Rouen 65-86

An interesting game took place in Le Portel, where higher ranked Le Portel (8-4) was outleveled at home by fourteenth ranked SPO Rouen (5-7) 86-65 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Le Portel. The game without a history. SPO Rouen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) who recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. SPO Rouen moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Le Portel keeps the fourth position with four games lost. SPO Rouen will face bottom-ranked Bordeaux (#18) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against Saint Vallier (#9).
Top scorers:
Le Portel: R.Taylor 20+5reb+4ast, S.Gay 13+5reb+3ast, D.Wilson 12+1reb+3ast, M.N'Diaye 9+3reb, C.Bronchard 7+6reb+1ast, A.Charles 2+4reb+2ast
Rouen: W.McKines 27+7reb+1ast, O.Bassett 16+8reb+5ast, T.Wesley 15+8reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 14+2reb+2ast, F.Ateba 8+2reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 2+5reb+5ast
gschID: 179333


Lille - Chalons-Reims 55-67

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Chalons-Reims (8-4) beat on the road 12th ranked Lille Metropole (5-7) 67-55 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Lille Metropole was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lille Metropole to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Kevin Corre (202-85) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nicolas Taccoen (203-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Chalons-Reims moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Portel. Lille Metropole lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Chalons-Reims will face league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Lille Metropole will play against ALM Evreux (#3).
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Smith 13+6reb+1ast, J.Siggers 12+5reb+3ast, N.Taccoen 11+13reb+3ast, L.Akono 7+1reb+4ast, A.Rigaux 4+2reb+1ast, J.MBida 3+4reb+1ast
Chalons-Reims: T.Johnson 19+5reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 12+1reb+2ast, K.Corre 11+6reb+3ast, K.Joss-Rauze 8+2reb+1ast, P.Poupet 7+3reb, J.Burrell 4+6reb
gschID: 179332


Maurienne - Antibes 75-81

The game in Aix-les-Bains was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Olympique Antibes (9-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-5). Olympique Antibes managed to secure a 6-point victory 81-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Aix-Maurienne won second period 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aix-Maurienne 40-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds and Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 4 steals in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Olympique Antibes moved-up to second place, which they share with Evreux. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Boulogne. Olympique Antibes will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against Saint-Quentin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 26+8reb+1ast, W.Chism 17+4reb, G.Clerc 9+4reb+5ast, S.Darnauzan 8+2reb+5ast, M.Houmounou 6+4reb+2ast, T.Yvrande 4+4reb+2ast
Antibes: T.Blue 26+16reb+2ast, A.Hilliard 24+6reb+3ast, T.Huffman 18+2reb+5ast, B.Monclar 4+3reb+1ast, M.Badiane 4+5reb+1ast, L.Louves 2+3reb
gschID: 179331



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Sloboda Uzice signs Nemanja Temelkovski, ex MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News (T)

KK Sloboda Uzice (A League) signed FYR Macedonian Nemanja Temelkovski). He played last season at the junior team of MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Temelkovski also played at MZT Skopje in Prva Liga that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adriatic League: MZT Skopje rally past Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Szolnok 87:53

MZT Skopje posted another win at the Adriatic League season. They stormed past visiting Szolnok in the Macedonian capital. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points as the hosts climbed at 6-5 record in the ladder. The Hungarian team slipped at 2-9 record.
The hosts marked their dominance in the opening quarter. MZT Skopje earned a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. The Macedonian side boosted the lead in the second quarter. MZT Skopje arrived at halftime up by 26 points 47:21. Szolnok could not change the complexion of the game in the second half. The hosts built a 30-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Stojanvoski provided 15 points, while Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) answered with 15 points for Szolnok. Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Todor Gecevski 20, Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) 15, Uros Nikolic 13
Szolnok: Sead Sehovic 15, Zoltan Trepak 9, Akos Horvath 9



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.22.2 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi20.8 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.18.3 
 4. Bowie, Rustavi17.9 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.17.8 
 6. Fatsatsia, Olimpi17.0 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.15.6 
 8. Kadaria, Sokhumi15.0 
 9. Nelson, Rustavi14.7 
 10. Nanitashvili, Bat.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi12.2 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.11.8 
 3. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.3 
 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. Gamqrelidze, Armia6.8 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.8 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.3 
 5. Gaprindashvi., Sam.4.8 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.4.7 
 7. Lezhava, Dinamo T.4.7 
 8. Baakashvili, Sokhu.4.2 
 9. Bakradze, TSU T.4.1 
 10. Bowie, Rustavi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  MIA A.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Vaughn, MIA A.3.2 
 2. Bowie, Rustavi3.1 
 3. Beruashvili, TSU T.2.5 
 4. Dzidziguri, STU T.2.5 
 5. Millage, Armia2.4 
 6. Ramishvili, Batumi2.3 
 7. Dvalishvili, Olimpi2.2 
 8. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 9. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.7 
 10. Bakradze, TSU T.1.7 
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. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 4. Kobidze, TSU T.1.2 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.2 
 6. Nazmiev, Sokhumi1.0 
 7. Kvelashvili, Batumi1.0 
 8. Kjellbom, Armia1.0 
 9. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 10. Aselaini, TSU T.1.0 


Superleague Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The biggest surprise of round 7 in Superleague was guest Energy Invest's (6-1) road victory over their biggest opponent Kutaisi (5-2) 67-60 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kutaisi. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energy Invest outrebounded Kutaisi 43-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev (188-83) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Energy Invest have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Kutaisi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Energy Invest are looking forward to face Armia (#3) in Tbilisi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kutaisi will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#4) and TSU (#7). TSU was crushed at home by 29 points 65-94 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Zviad Babiashvili (200-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Lasha Parghalava contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Davit Khizanishvili (202-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for TSU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (5-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Olimpi. TSU at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Batumi. Armia will play against league's second-placed Energy Invest in Rustavi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#5) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#6). Dinamo Tbilisi was defeated at home 79-84 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It was a great evening for Stevan Milosevic who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Olimpi's coach George Kazanjian used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Ioseb Lezhava responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Olimpi (5-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Armia. Loser Dinamo Tbilisi keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Sokhumi can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Tbilisi, where they defeated STU (0-6) 86-75. It was an exceptional evening for Vakhtang Kadaria who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokhumi maintains ninth place with 1-5 record. It was STU's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Bottom-ranked Samedicino-Academia (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-73 loss to eighth ranked Batumi (2-5) in Batumi on Friday evening. Lasha Keshelava fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Batumi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Loser Samedicino-Academia still closes the standings with six games lost. Batumi will face bottom-ranked STU (#11) in Tbilisi in the next round. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.


STU Tbilisi - Sokhumi 75-86

Sokhumi can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Tbilisi, where they defeated STU (0-6) 86-75. It looked good early as STU took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sokhumi had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and STU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-86. Sokhumi shot 27 for 41 from the free-throw line, while STU only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded STU 54-43 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokhumi brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by STU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Irakli Chlaidze (199-89) accounted for 24 points for the winning side. Forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for STU in the defeat. Four STU players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokhumi maintains ninth place with 1-5 record. It was STU's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: I.Chlaidze 24+4reb+2ast, V.Kadaria 19+13reb, G.Kopaliani 9+6reb, R.Nazmiev 8+6reb+5ast, D.Kankia 6+4reb+1ast, G.Shvangiradze 5+5reb+4ast
STU Tbilisi: G.Pirvelashvili 17+8reb+3ast, V.Janashia 12+3reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 11+3reb, L.Minashvili 10+5reb+2ast, T.Chachibaia 9+8reb+1ast, Z.Machaladze 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 205003


TSU Tbilisi - Armia 65-94

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#4) and TSU (#7). TSU was crushed at home by 29 points 65-94 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Armia. TSU was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 28. Armia forced 19 TSU turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by TSU's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Zviad Babiashvili (200-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Davit Khizanishvili (202-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Serzhi Aselaini added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for TSU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (5-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Olimpi. TSU at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Batumi. Armia will play against league's second-placed Energy Invest in Rustavi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Armia: Z.Babiashvili 14+11reb+4ast, G.Sharabidze 12+4reb, L.Parghalava 11+6reb+3ast, C.Millage 11+1reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 10+1reb, L.Wilson 9+4reb+4ast
TSU Tbilisi: D.Khizanishvili 14+10reb, G.Bakradze 11+6ast, V.Chkareuli 10+2reb+2ast, S.Aselaini 9+9reb, V.Beruashvili 8+4reb+1ast, L.Nozadze 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 205002


Dinamo Tbilisi - Olimpi 79-84

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#5) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#6). Dinamo Tbilisi was defeated at home 79-84 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Olimpi's coach George Kazanjian used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side point guard Ioseb Lezhava (185-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and American forward Flynn Clayman (206-88, college: Cumberlands) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpi (5-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Armia. Loser Dinamo Tbilisi keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: N.Tutus 14+2reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 13+4reb+4ast, A.Dvalishvili 11+2reb, S.Milosevic 11+9reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 10+10reb+2ast, S.Sokk 8+5reb+7ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: F.Clayman 18+7reb+3ast, I.Lezhava 16+7reb+10ast, T.Niniashvili 13+4reb, B.Chikviladze 11+4reb+3ast, D.Ioseliani 10+5reb, L.Karim 9+6reb+4ast
gschID: 205001


Kutaisi - Rustavi 60-67

The biggest surprise of round 7 in Superleague was guest Energy Invest's (6-1) road victory over their biggest opponent Kutaisi (5-2) 67-60 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kutaisi. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energy Invest outrebounded Kutaisi 43-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev (188-83) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Energy Invest have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Kutaisi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Energy Invest are looking forward to face Armia (#3) in Tbilisi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kutaisi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 19+5reb+3ast, K.Nelson 12+9reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 11+3reb+5ast, T.Toudjani 7+8reb+3ast, M.Chochua 7+7reb, M.Abaishvili 5+3reb
Kutaisi: Z.Pashayev 16+5reb+6ast, G.Barbakadze 13+2reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 10+9reb+4ast, R.Didia 9+2reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 6+3reb+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 2+8reb
gschID: 205000


Batumi - Samedicino 82-73

Bottom-ranked Samedicino-Academia (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-73 loss to eighth ranked Batumi (2-5) in Batumi on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Samedicino-Academia won fourth quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Samedicino-Academia 49-37 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Samedicino-Academia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivane Maisuradze (194-85) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Batumi players scored in double figures. Center Giorgi Revazashvili (208-91) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Levan Eliadze (197-92) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Batumi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Loser Samedicino-Academia still closes the standings with six games lost. Batumi will face bottom-ranked STU (#11) in Tbilisi in the next round. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
Batumi: L.Keshelava 21+13reb+1ast, G.Nanitashvili 16+5reb+3ast, N.Ramishvili 15+5reb+4ast, I.Maisuradze 15+7reb+4ast, A.Eliashvili 8+5reb+1ast, G.Kvelashvili 7+13reb
Samedicino: G.Revazashvili 16+5reb+1ast, Z.Maisuradze 15+2reb, L.Eliadze 10+8reb+2ast, G.Periashvili 9+8reb, G.Gaprindashvili 6+2reb+5ast, L.Revazashvili 6+4reb
gschID: 204999


Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 30: Batumi - Samedicino 82-73
Dec. 1: Dinamo Tbilisi - Olimpi 79-84
Dec. 1: STU Tbilisi - Sokhumi 75-86
Dec. 1: TSU Tbilisi - Armia 65-94
Nov. 30: Kutaisi - Rustavi 60-67

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 7: Rustavi - Armia
Dec. 8: STU Tbilisi - Batumi
Dec. 8: MIA Academy - Olimpi
Dec. 8: Dinamo Tbilisi - Sokhumi
Dec. 8: TSU Tbilisi - Samedicino



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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 form 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 recently 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%.





Bryan Bailey And Beckham Wyrick Remain In Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

Sometimes campains and wanting to keep that player in town no matter what can do wonders as German basketball fans witnessed the last weeks with BBC Bayreuth. BBC Bayreuth didnt have the financial stability to hold Americans Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell) and Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) and instead of giving up and saying farewell, numerous campaigns were started to try to find the needed capital of 120,000 euro to keep the players and it all worked because both players have signed on the dotted line to remain until the end of the season. Campaigns like the 11-42 party, support from cook Alexander Herrmann and the support of the fans who gave money for the jersey raffles. "What has happened in the last weeks is just impressive. This was anything but self evident and this result just shows the togetherness and effort of the BBC community. My hope that the great result of the campaign has a positive result in the game in Hagen", stressed BBC Bayreuth CEO Manfred SChottner.

Source: BBC Bayreuth





Julius Zurna Joins BG Aschersleben Tigers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)


BG Aschersleben Tigers have announced that Julius Zurna (188-PG-86) has got a two week try out with the Regionaliga team. Zurna is a 26 yera old 188cm point guard from Lithuvania. Last season he played for Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL): Baltic League: 16 games: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 80.0%; Lithuanian League: 21 games: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 34.3%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 82.4%. "He is exactly the player we desired. He is a versatile point guard that can score but also find his teammates. We will give him the needed time to find himself", stated Tigers head coach Michael Opitz. He started his basketball career in 2003 with Nafta/Univer./Laivite Klaipeda (LKAL). In 2008-2009, he played for Silute (NKL, starting five): 25 games: 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 59.2%. He then played two seasons for Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL, starting five). "I am happy for the chance that the Tigers are giving me. This is the first place outside my country. I will do all to help the team win and hope the fans will support me", stated Julius Zurna. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Lithuanian NKL Regular Season Champion -06, Lithuanian NKL Finalist -06, Lithuanian NKL Champion -07, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Newcomers Team -10, Lithuanian Cup Semifinals -11, Baltic League Challenge Cup Semifinals -11, and Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Champion -12

Source: BG Aschersleben Tigers e.V.



BSW Sixers bring in Theron Jenkins - by Moritz Korff (T)

After parting company with two players during this past week, the BSW Sixers have filled one of the open spots by the signing of Theron Jenkins (198-F). The 23-year-old swing man spent his college career at Itawamba Community College, NCAA D1 school Texas Tech and transfered to the University of North Alabama (NCAA D2) for his senior season. Jenkins averaged 16.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 steals per contest for the Lions throughout the 2011-12 season. He will make his debut for the BSW Sixers against Braunschweig on Saturday.


Crailsheim Merlins land veteran Stevie Johnson - by Moritz Korff (T)

34-year-old veteran Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) has agreed to terms with 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Crailsheim Merlins. He will replace Haakim Johnson (201-G-87, college: Pikeville), who left the team recently.
Stevie Johnson turned pro in the year 2000 following a college career at NCAA D1 program Iowa State. In his first years in Europe he dominated the Icelandic league, averaging more than 30 points in his two seasons for Thor AK and Haukar. He then took his game to Spain, where he stayed from 2003 to 2011. During the 2010-11 season Johnson appeared in 25 games, averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds amd 2.8 assists for LEB Gold side CB Penas Huesca. Johnson is a two-time Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year (2009 and 2010). He started this past campaign playing for Libertad Sunchales of Argentina, but left in October 2011.



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A.G.O Rethymno Aegean lands Paris Horne - by Eurobasket News (T)

A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) tabbed 25-year old American guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.Johns). He already started the season at Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA.
He has played also professionally in Germany (BG Goettingen).
Horne attended St.Johns University until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ikaroi Serron lands Kostas Papazarias - by Eurobasket News (T)

AOK Ikaroi Serron (A2) tabbed 23-year old forward Kostas Papazarias (199-89). He has played for the last two years at M.Alexandros (C). Papazarias also played at Megas Alexandros that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 9-0 
 2. Filathlitikos 8-1 
 3. Koroivos 7-2 
 4. Trikalla 7-2 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 6-3 
 6. Lavrio 6-3 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 5-4 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 4-4 
 9. Pagrati 3-5 
 10. Irakleio 2-6 
 11. Arkadikos 2-7 
 12. Doxa Lefkadas 1-8 
 13. OFI 1-8 
 14. Niki Volou 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 1: OFI - Agia Paraskevis 85-88
Dec. 1: Ermis Lagkada - Trikalla 82-83
Dec. 1: Arkadikos - Filathlitikos 81-88
Dec. 1: Nea Kifisia - Irakleio 79-42
Dec. 1: Doxa Lefkadas - Pagrati 72-73
Dec. 1: Koroivos - Ikaroi Serron 68-64
Dec. 1: Niki Volou - Lavrio 67-76

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 8: Pagrati - Ermis Lagkada
Dec. 8: Trikalla - Koroivos
Dec. 8: Ikaroi Serron - Nea Kifisia
Dec. 8: Irakleio - OFI
Dec. 8: Lavrio - Doxa Lefkadas
Dec. 8: Filathlitikos - Niki Volou
Dec. 8: Agia Paraskevis - Arkadikos


A2: Round 8 - Kifisia kept its unbeaten record - by Chris Mammides

Koroivos Amaliadas was the winner of the major derby in the 8th week for the A2 league as Coach Nipergialis troops beat Ikaroi Serron with 68-64 in a game which the first 32 minutes the home team domianted in all edges with the difference going up to +20 (49-29 at 23). The visitors reacted in the last period and with an amazing 1-16 cut the deficit to just three points and the last minute was quite dramatic with the home team finally winning the game.
With Nikos Nikos Katsares (190-G-83) being the man of the match, Trikala succeeded a gread road win in Lagkadas after beatingthe home team of Ermis with 84-82, with the the LAgkada people and management complained for the last scene of the game as Nikos Katsares according to them had a false ball (steps) Ermis had the initiatives with Giorgos Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) scoring from allover (he end the game with 30 points) Trikala though speed up at the end and with a crucial 8-0 took the game. Nea Kifisia is keep continuing its unbeaten record after thrashing Irakleio with 79-42. Agia Paraskevi continue its winning stake after last week's initial win, this time it was OFI to suffer the home team in a closed game which ended with 85-8
Pagrati succeeded a crucial road win over Doxa LEfkadas of the newcomer Head Coach Dimitris Papadopoulos with 72-73 even if the Lefkada players controling the game and had the initiative PAgrati did an amazing comeback at the end and with a three pointer by Fotiou ended the game with a road win. Filathlitikos took another road win, this time against Arkadikos with 81-88. Takis Zivas team started the game quite strongly getting a serious difference from the start with 26-17, this score minute by minute was increasing and for most of the game the difference was in double digits. Arkadikso did his coemback and reshaped the score from 64-81 to 81-88 which was the final one.

Finally, Lavrio added another road win, this time over Niki Volou in Volos with 67-74 since the home team of Coach Zafeiroudis team was amazingly bad from the charity line and even though they could win the game at the end the psychology and the charity line's low percentage gave teh victory to Lavrio

The games in a numeric analysis were as follows:

OFI - KAP 85-88
Periods: 20-25, 35-48, 60-70, 85-88
Top scorers:

OFI: Papadakis 11 and 9 rebounds, Traianos 15, Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) 29 with 7 of 11 three pointers, Balafas 14
KAP: Kouris 15, Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) 22, Vardavas 18 and Psileas 19

Nea Kifisia - Irakleio 79-42
Periods: 18-10, 37-27, 57-37, 79-42
Top scorers:

Nea Kifisia: Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81, agency: FCM) 21, Psathas 10.
Irakleio: Giannis Stefanakis (185-PG-80) 13

Nikis Volou - Lavrio 67-76
Periods: 20-20, 41-43, 55-66, 67-76
Top Scorers:
Niki: Mavrogiannis 14, Giannis Maltesios (206-C-85) 20
Lavrio: Giorgos Psomaderis (190-G-80) 23, Pashalis 20.

Arkadikos - Filathlitikos 81-88
Periods: 17-26, 33-50, 56-70, 81-88
Top Scorers:
Arkadikos: Tsiotras 20 and 7 assists, Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) 21, Govas 11, Sigkounas 10
Filathlitikos: Adetokoubo 11, Gikas 13, Christos Saloustros (201-F-90) 16, Georgiadis 12, Giannoulakos 15

Koroivos Amaliadas - Ikaroi Serron 68-64
Periods: 22-10, 40-23, 56-45, 68-64
Top Scorers:
Koroivos: Athanasios Karydas (182-G-79) 17, Tomic 12, Tsocic 16
Ikaroi: Totsios 17, Nikoloudis 18, Filipp Simeonidis (204-F-80, agency: Court Side) 19

Ermis Lagkada - Trikala BC 82-83
Periods: 26-27, 47-45, 66-69, 82-83
Top Scorers:
Ermis: Kamariotis 13, Giorgos Anagnostopoulos 30, Paritsis 16
Trikala: Nikos Katsares 16, Tsoutsos 12, Kaklamanos 10, Harismidis 14, Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) 20

Doxa Lefkadas - Pagrati 72-73
Periods: 22-15, 35-31, 59-50, 72-73
Top Scorers:
Doxa: Vagenas 14, Manousos 17, Darko Matic (192-G-84) 24
Pagrati: Vassilopoulos 11, Th. Vassilopoulos 13, Dimitris Georgaros (187-G-75) 13, Sklavos 11, Pavlovic 12


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Giorgos ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
  Ermis L.
  (207-C-80)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Anagnostopou., Erm.21.8 
 2. Karaboulas, Nea K.21.1 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.19.9 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.9 
 5. Psileas, Agia P.16.8 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos16.0 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos15.3 
 9. Kaklamanos, Trikal.15.0 
 10. Tsiakas, Agia P.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.6 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.9.1 
 3. Cubrilo, Arkadikos8.8 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.8.4 
 5. Doychinov, OFI7.9 
 6. Papachristos, Trik.7.1 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI7.1 
 8. Charismidis, Trika.6.7 
 9. Pelkic, Irakleio6.6 
 10. Pavlovic, Pagrati6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.7 
 2. Karydas, Koroivos5.6 
 3. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.6 
 4. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.0 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos4.0 
 6. Saloustros, Filath.4.0 
 7. Katsares, Trikalla3.8 
 8. Cosic, Koroivos3.6 
 9. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.5 
 10. Papadakis, OFI3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Katsares, Trikalla3.5 
 2. Onasoglou, Ermis L.2.3 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos2.1 
 4. Gikas, Filathlitik.2.1 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.1 
 6. Kapiniaris, Ikaroi1.9 
 7. Sakellarakis, Irak.1.9 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.9 
 9. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 10. Ioakeimidis, Ermi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.3 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.1.3 
 3. Sigounas, Arkadikos1.0 
 4. Doychinov, OFI1.0 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.9 
 6. Pelkic, Irakleio0.9 
 7. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.9 
 8. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.8 
 9. Georgitsis, Ermis0.6 
 10. Sakellarakis, Ira.0.6 



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Fiji clinched Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Guam-Fiji 65:70

Fiji clinched Bronze at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team overcame Guam 70:65 in the game for the 3rd-4th places.
Fiji opened the game with 19-7 lead, but allowed the opponents to tie the game after 13-25 in the second frame. Guam tied it at 32:32 at the halftime and even took 4-point advantage entering the last stanza. Fiji however needed a strong 22-13 surge in the last stanza to win the game.
Mataika Koyamainavure top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Ulaiasi Koroi delivered 12. Pita Sowakula posted 11, while Filimoni Vulimailaucala added 9. Valiant Borja replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Bruce Merrill tossed in 11. Samuel Sotelo and Maksever Kepwe followed them with 9 points in a loss.
Guam made 33 Total Rebounds versus 32 of Fiji.

Guam: Valiant Borja 16, Bruce Merrill 11, Samuel Sotelo 9, Maksever Kepwe 9
Fiji: Mataika Koyamainavure 26, Ulaiasi Koroi 12, Pita Sowakula 11, Filimoni Vulimailaucala 9



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Giurgiu welcomes back Sims, ex Szedeak - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSS Giurgiu (Division A) inked 24-year old American guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane). Its actually his comeback to Giurgiu as he played here before. Sims already started the season at Szedeak in Hungarian A Division.
Sims team made it to the Icelandic Powerade Cup final in 2011.
He received also USBasket.com All-UBA Honorable Mention award in 2012.
Sims is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Morocco (ASS Sale), Iceland (Grindavik), MBEL (Clinton Kings) and UBA (Atlanta Titans).
Sims attended Tulane University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adriatic League: MZT Skopje rally past Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Szolnok 87:53

MZT Skopje posted another win at the Adriatic League season. They stormed past visiting Szolnok in the Macedonian capital. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points as the hosts climbed at 6-5 record in the ladder. The Hungarian team slipped at 2-9 record.
The hosts marked their dominance in the opening quarter. MZT Skopje earned a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. The Macedonian side boosted the lead in the second quarter. MZT Skopje arrived at halftime up by 26 points 47:21. Szolnok could not change the complexion of the game in the second half. The hosts built a 30-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Stojanvoski provided 15 points, while Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) answered with 15 points for Szolnok. Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Todor Gecevski 20, Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) 15, Uros Nikolic 13
Szolnok: Sead Sehovic 15, Zoltan Trepak 9, Akos Horvath 9



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Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 8 - by Eurobasket News

American David Jackson (201-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thor Thorl and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Tindastoll (#12, 0-7) with 16-point margin 101-85. Thor Thorl is placed at 4th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Thor Thorl will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Thor Thorl's top player in his first season with the team. David Jackson averages just after two games 20.5ppg and 8.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Brian Mills (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Stjarnan. Mills impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 35 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Stjarnan to another comfortable win 98-84 over the lower-ranked Skallagrimur (#7, 3-4) being unquestionably team leader. Stjarnan's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Mills is a newcomer at Stjarnan 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 another Thor Thorl's star - American Benjamin Smith (178-G-87). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was another key player of Thor Thorl, helping his team with a 101-85 easy win against Tindastoll (#12, 0-7). Thor Thorl needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Smith has a great season in Iceland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.6apg (7th best). He also has FGP: 50.7% and 3PT: 46.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 21 points and 16 assists
6. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 15 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
7. George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) of Stjarnan - 18 points and 12 rebounds
9. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of KFI - 37 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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League leaders - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

After 5 round of Iran Superleague , we have summerized league Scoring and Rebound leaders. We have summerized this stats from stats in IRIBF official website.
Scoring Leaders :
1- Samad Nik Khahbahrami (199-F-83) : 26.8 PPG
2- Iman Zandi (188-G-81) : 25 PPG
3- Yonas Lalehzadeh (195-G-89, college: Cal-Irvine) : 22 PPG
4- Diego Fajardo (208-C-76, agency: Players Group) : 21.2 PPG
5- Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) : 21.2 PPG
6- Mohammad Hassanzadeh (201-F-90) : 20 PPG
7- Mojtaba Bani Aghil (190-G-81) : 19.8 PPG

Rebound Leaders :
1- Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh) : 12 RPG
2- Diego Fajardo : 11.2 RPG
3- Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) : 10.25 RPG
4- Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) : 9.4 RPG
5- Mohammad Hassanzadeh : 8.75
RPG



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Mario Kasun leaves Montepaschi due to family problems - by Eurobasket News (T)

Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) will be without 32-year old Croatian ex-international center Mario Kasun (213-118kg-80). Both sides agree to end the contract due to player's family problems. In 9 SerieA games Kasun played this season he recorded 6.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Kasun also played 8 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
In 2002 he was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Kasun played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup).
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 2nd Team in 2012.
Kasun was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2000. Kasun represented Croatia at the European Championships in Poland three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Kasun is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Koeln 99ers), Spain (Regal FC Barcelona), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cibona) and NBA (Orlando Magic).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Aesh Dabbas: Jordanian Abroad joins Riyadi - by Omar Shafaamri (T)

Riyadi Amman Club agreed the terms with Aesh Dabbash (196-G/F-85) to represent the Club team in the upcoming Jordanian League which will begin next Month, Aesh is a holder of American and Jordanian nationality being born to a Jordanian father.

Aeshrraff is a quick and versatile guard/forward who is capable of handling and coping in all kinds of situations. With a very high vertical leap, he has participated in dunk contests throughout his career, and has quite the finish due to his physical capability during game time. He is also capable of shooting from around the arc, and has good response to transition attacks.

Aesh played in his college career with CSU Monterey Bay in the NAIA League where his stats were as follows: 2004-2007: CSU Monterey Bay (NAIA): 14.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 62.0%



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#12 Ravens Outlast Pratt, Advance to Juco Elite 8 Title Game - by Eurobasket News

In an aggressive defensive battle, the #12 ranked Coffeyville Red Ravens outlasted the Pratt Beavers 67-55 on Friday night in the second round of the Juco Elite 8 tournament. With the win, the Ravens will advance to the Juco Elite 8 championship game on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Nellis Hall. The Ravens will play MSU-West Plains who advanced to the championship by holding off Quakerdale Prep 84-72 in overtime.

Coffeyville and Pratt both shot just 34% from the floor on Friday night. However, the Ravens made 7-of-23 three-point attempts while the Beavers connected on just 3-of-22. The Ravens also held a free throw advantage, making 16-of-26 attempts to the Beavers 10-of-18.

Montel James led the Ravens in scoring with 15 points. James also had a team high eight rebounds. Mike Martin came off the bench to score 12 points, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Lucas Stivrins was the leading scorer for Pratt with nine points. Aaron Abrams (6'4''-G-80, college: Hawaii-Pacific) was a beast inside, hauling in a game-high 11 rebounds.

November 30, 2012
Game 5: Cowley 81, Dodge City 48 [Box]
Game 6: Moberly 90, Seminole State 67 [Box]
Game 7: MSU-West Plains 84, Quakerdale Prep 72 (OT) [Box]
Game 8: Coffeyville 67, Pratt 55 [Box]

December 1, 2012
7th Place Game: Dodge City vs. Seminole State, 1 p.m.
5th Place Game: Cowley vs. Moberly, 3 p.m.
3rd Place Game: Quakerdale Prep vs. Pratt, 5 p.m.
1st Place Game: MSU-West Plains vs. Coffeyville, 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.coffeyville.edu



Pioneers ease to 99-62 win in final SAC tune-up - by Eurobasket News

Matt Garnett would love to be put in the position to make the kind of decision he did Friday night at the tail end of every game.

With his hot-shooting Pioneers comfortably ahead of Dallas Christian College, the Wayland coach ignored last-second pleas from WBU's student fans for their team to try to top the century mark, instead instructing his players to run out the clock. As a result, Wayland wound up with a 99-62 victory over the Crusaders.

Had the Pioneers (6-4) reached 100 points, it would have been the first time since Wayland defeated Barclay College (Kan.), 121-38, early in the 2007-08 season. Still, it was, by 13 points, Wayland's highest point total of the season, topping an 84-55 final over Barclay.

The Pioneers ended with nine 3-pointers, eight of which came before halftime when Wayland was in command, 55-24.

We got ourselves started by playing solid defense, which was our main focus, Garnett said. I thought we had great defensive effort and great defensive focus, and when you do that it allows you to get an offensive rhythm started and play with confidence on offense.

The Pioneers did that the entire evening. All 13 Wayland players scored, led by Chance Billups' 16 points, Reggie Fondren (6'3''-G-90) 's 15 and Eric Milam's 11. Tanner Hazelbaker and Byron Randle (6'3''-G) just missed double digits with nine apiece.

The Crusaders (1-12) put only one player in double figures, Malcolm McCarty with 20.

Billups came off the bench and was sizzling in the first half, nailing a trio of 3-pointers as Wayland mounted a comfortable advantage. Billups' bombs all came in a 3-minute span, with the last one putting the Pioneers up 30-9 with 11 minutes left before intermission.

Fondren also nailed three first-half 3s, although his were more spread out. Fondren scored all but two of his 15 points in the first half, while Billups netted all but five of his 16 before intermission.

The Pioneers, whose largest lead was 47 points, reached 99 on a bucket by Joshua Cox with 2:48 left.

For the game, Wayland shot 60 percent (42-of-70) from the field, including 9-of-25 (36 percent) from long range. The Pioneers outrebounded DCC, 46-30, with Fondren's seven pacing the team. WBU ended with only 10 turnovers and had 26 assists, led by Travis Payton with six and Kevin Williams with five.

Garnett said the Pioneers took good rhythm shots. The ball was moving, and that allowed our (shooting) percentage to be as good as it was.

The win sends the Pioneers into their Sooner Athletic Conference opener on a high note. Wayland's next outing is 8 p.m. Tuesday at rival Lubbock Christian in the back end of a doubleheader with the Queens.

Our focus shifts immediately to Tuesday, Garnett said. You play all these non-conference games to try to learn from the good and the bad in an effort to get ready for conference.

The Chaparrals are 5-4 on the season, with a pair of wins over Our Lady of the Lake University and, most recently, an 83-76 victory over Eastern New Mexico.

They've had some big wins, Garnett said of LCU. They're a good team and it will be a big test for us. We have to prepare the next three days and be focused on what we need to do.
Courtesy of: http://www.wbuathletics.com



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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.



Real test for american duo of champions - by Dren Shporta

After replacing Canadian duo Keaton Cole and Paul Campbell with American duo Dennis Mims and Jerome LaGrange (190-G-78, college: Livingstone), 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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Augustinas Vitas signs at Perlas-MRU Vilnius - by Eurobasket News (T)

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.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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



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CSU Sibiu lands Christopher Lee, ex Guerreros - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Division A) tabbed 28-year old American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: South Carolina State, agency: Duran International). He played recently at Guerreros in Mexican Regional. In 12 games this season he averaged 13.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Portuguese League in 2010.
Lee received also Eurobasket.com Portuguese League All-Defensive Team award in 2000 and 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Lee has played also professionally in Chile (Espanol de Talca), Germany (Giants and Ludenscheid), Spain (Planasa Navarra), Uruguay (Malvin) and Portugal (Ovarense and Esgueira).
He attended South Carolina State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



LNBP Round 27: Pioneros defeat leader Halcones UV Xalapa - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (24-3) in Cancun on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Pioneros (19-8) 87-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-79. Pioneros made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Halcones UV Xalapa 42-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Halcones UV Xalapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Mike Williams (201-F/C-85, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds for Halcones UV Xalapa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panteras. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Pioneros is looking forward to face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play on the road against the league's second-placed Soles in Mexicali and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Monterrey. Sixth ranked Panteras (19-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Fuerza Regia (15-12) 92-90 on Friday evening. Panteras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pioneros. Fuerza Regia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Abejas. Panteras will play against higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Barreteros (#10) in Zacatecas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Soles (22-5) which hosted in Mexicali 3rd placed Halcones Rojos (20-7). Second ranked Soles managed to get a 13-point victory 80-67. It was an exceptional evening for Kentrell Gransberry who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Luis Bethelmy came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Halcones Rojos in the defeat. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles maintains second place with 22-5 record having just two points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Loser Halcones Rojos keep the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Toros. Soles will meet at home league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones Rojos will play against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Correcaminos (10-17) and Gansos (5-23), which took place in . Higher ranked Correcaminos lost to fifteenth ranked Gansos in a road game 94-109. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Correcaminos. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Shannon Shorter who scored 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gansos moved-up to fourteenth place. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Gansos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#9) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between fourth ranked Toros (20-7) and 10th ranked Barreteros (11-16) in Nuevo Laredo on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Toros beat guests from Zacatecas 100-84. It was a good game for Ike Ofoegbu who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toros moved-up to third place, which they share with Halc.Rojos. Barreteros lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Toros will face Panteras (#5) in Aguascalientes in the next round. Barreteros will play on the road against Fuerza Regia (#7) in Monterrey.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Lechugueros beat Osos on the road 87-78. Bottom-ranked Gigantes lost to Abejas on its own court 81-93. Huracanes managed to outperform Guerreros in Tampico 115-105. Huracanes recorded a loss to Fuerza Regia at home 80-94.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Marcus Morrison of Huracanes.


Gansos - Corr.Victoria 109-94

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Correcaminos (10-17) and Gansos (5-23), which took place in . Higher ranked Correcaminos lost to fifteenth ranked Gansos in a road game 94-109. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Correcaminos. It looked good early as Correcaminos took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gansos had a 24-13 second period charge getting the lead and Correcaminos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 94-109. Gansos players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who scored 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Swingman Royce Gaye (193-88, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Gansos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gansos moved-up to fourteenth place. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Gansos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#9) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 25+13reb, M.Allen 23+6reb+6ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 16+4reb+1ast, L.Robinson 14+5reb+1ast, L.Keeler 9+1ast, B.Heredia 4+2reb
Gansos: S.Shorter 35+8reb+9ast, G.Silva 21+2reb+3ast, A.Zarco 20+6reb+2ast, R.Gaye 15+9reb+5ast, N.Nweke 8+4reb+1ast, J.Perez 5+3reb
gschID: 188630


Osos - Lechugueros 78-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked Lechugueros' (8-19) road victory over 14th ranked Osos (4-23) 87-78 on Thursday. Osos trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. Lechugueros made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Osos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international forward Conor Turley (200, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) answered with 12 points and the other American import swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) added 14 points in the effort for Osos. Four Osos players scored in double figures. Lechugueros moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Guerreros. Osos lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. Lechugueros will face bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) in the next round. Osos will play against Abejas in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Osos: E.Zuniga 16+1ast, O.McCullough 14+4reb+1ast, N.Stallings 12+4reb+3ast, J.Smith 10+3reb, M.Helton 9+3reb, J.Camacho 9+2reb+3ast
Lechugueros: B.Camara 24+13reb, I.Young 18+1reb+2ast, C.Turley 16+4reb+2ast, B.Matheus 13+5reb+3ast, E.Cuen 9+5reb+2ast, G.Preer 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188634


Toros - Barreteros 100-84

The game between fourth ranked Toros (20-7) and 10th ranked Barreteros (11-16) in Nuevo Laredo on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Toros beat guests from Zacatecas 100-84. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Barreteros was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Toros looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Barreteros' players. It was a good game for American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Four Toros players scored in double figures. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Barreteros. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toros moved-up to third place, which they share with Halc.Rojos. Barreteros lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Toros will face Panteras (#5) in Aguascalientes in the next round. Barreteros will play on the road against Fuerza Regia (#7) in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: J.Habel 28+11reb+2ast, J.Horton 11+3reb+6ast, R.Navarro 10+2reb+1ast, T.George 9+2reb+1ast, R.Loera Almanza 8+2reb+1ast, C.Silva 6+2reb
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 29+12reb, L.Ellis Vasquez 17+2ast, W.Pagan 16+6reb+12ast, Q.Gonzalez 11+1reb+4ast, J.Lopez 10+10reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 8+5reb+9ast
gschID: 188631


Fuerza Regia - Panteras 90-92

Important game to mention about took place in Monterrey. Sixth ranked Panteras (19-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Fuerza Regia (15-12) 92-90 on Friday evening. Panteras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pioneros. Fuerza Regia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Abejas. Panteras will play against higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Barreteros (#10) in Zacatecas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 188632


Gigantes - Abejas 81-93

Very expected game when 16th ranked Gigantes (2-25) lost at home to eighth ranked Abejas (15-12) 93-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Gigantes was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Abejas dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Gigantes' 38. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jermaine Johnson (201-85, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) added 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for Gigantes. Five Gigantes players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Abejas. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Gigantes lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Abejas will face Osos (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gigantes will play against Lechugueros in Leon.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: J.Johnson 22+6reb, J.Almanson 19+5reb+4ast, Z.Alvidrez 12+1ast, J.Avalos 11+4reb+4ast, A.Grant 11+6reb+6ast, E.Flores 6+2reb+1ast
Abejas: S.Pettigrew 27+4reb+3ast, E.Phelps 21+7reb+3ast, M.Mattis 21+9reb, A.Sandoval 9, C.Castillo 6, V.Buelna 5+2ast
gschID: 188633


Guerreros - Huracanes 105-115

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Huracanes (14-12) won against on the road 12th ranked Guerreros (8-19) 115-105 on Thursday. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Guerreros' 52 and made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Guerreros were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) answered with 32 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American point guard Michael Hunter (178, college: Cal-Irvine) added 30 points in the effort for Guerreros. Five Huracanes and four Guerreros players scored in double figures. Guerreros' coach Marcelo Elusich let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Huracanes maintains ninth place with 14-12 record. Newly promoted Guerreros keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Huracanes will face Gansos (#14) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guerreros will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guerreros: A.Alamo 32+3reb+2ast, M.Hunter 30+2reb+3ast, T.Gabbidon 18+5reb+5ast, K.Gayden 18+11reb+1ast, G.BURRIS 3+3reb, Y.Castro 2+1ast
Huracanes: M.Morrison 28+5reb+3ast, E.Basden 22+8reb+6ast, R.Zamora 18+5reb+1ast, M.Ayala 18+4reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 14+3reb+2ast, D.Little 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188629


Soles - Halc.Rojos 80-67

An interesting game for Soles (22-5) which hosted in Mexicali 3rd placed Halcones Rojos (20-7). Second ranked Soles managed to get a 13-point victory 80-67. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-67. It was an exceptional evening for American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) accounted for 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Five Soles players scored in double figures. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington) added 14 points respectively for Halcones Rojos in the defeat. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles maintains second place with 22-5 record having just two points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Loser Halcones Rojos keep the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Toros. Soles will meet at home league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones Rojos will play against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: D.Pinnock 14+1reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 13+7reb, F.Cruz 7+5reb+1ast, N.Alonzo 6+1reb+2ast, F.Rivera 6+5reb+2ast, A.Solares 5
Soles: K.Gransberry 22+12reb, R.Martinez 19+9reb+4ast, C.Elliott 15+1reb+4ast, J.Vargas 13+13reb+3ast, J.Griffin 11+1reb+1ast, M.Lizarraga 0+3reb
gschID: 188628


Pioneros - Halc.Xalapa 87-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (24-3) in Cancun on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Pioneros (19-8) 87-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-79. Pioneros made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Halcones UV Xalapa 42-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Halcones UV Xalapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) added 15 points in the effort for Halcones UV Xalapa. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panteras. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Pioneros is looking forward to face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play on the road against the league's second-placed Soles in Mexicali and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: O.Mendez-Valdez 29+7reb+3ast, D.Pearson 15+4reb+1ast, L.Hickerson 13+4reb+3ast, V.Mariscal 10+4reb+1ast, S.Monroe 7+2reb, V.Avila 3+1reb
Pioneros: M.Williams 32+8reb+1ast, J.Smith 13+5reb+2ast, A.Scott 10+2reb+4ast, F.Fisher 9+4reb+1ast, S.Soriano 8+7reb+4ast, J.Villanueva 7+2reb
gschID: 188627


Round 8
Huracanes - Fuerza Regia 80-94

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Huracanes (14-12) lost to seventh ranked Fuerza Regia (15-12) in Tampico 80-94 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Huracanes was better in fourth quarter 33-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Huracanes' 40. It was a good game for American forward Mo Charlo (201-83, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Huracanes. Fuerza Regia maintains seventh place with 15-12 record, which they share with Abejas. Loser Huracanes keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Fuerza Regia will face Barreteros (#10) in Zacatecas in the next round. Huracanes will play against Gansos.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: M.Morrison 35+10reb+5ast, J.Gonzalez 12+3reb+1ast, E.Basden 11+7reb+5ast, M.Sosa 9+2ast, D.Little 7+3reb+1ast, R.Zamora 4+1reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: M.Charlo 21+9reb+1ast, L.Allred 19+11reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 12+2reb+2ast, G.Stokes 11+1ast, G.Giron 10+5reb+3ast, O.Efejuku 9+1ast
gschID: 229429



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EBL Round 7: Teodo defeated Sutjeska at home and returned on the Top - by Darko Pekic (T)

In the most important game of Round 7, Teodo at home defeated Sutjeska (62:54) and secured again the first place along with Sutjeska and Mornar (all three teams had only one defeat so far). The game was nervous on both sides and basketball fans in Zupa Hall (which was by the way full once again) did not enjoy in a great basketball show but at the end of the night Teodo got a deserved win and its the only thing that counts. The two towers of Teodo Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) and Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) scored 18 points each while in the away team Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) scored 14 points.

Mornar won in Bar against Lovcen (74:62). Mornar had a lead during the whole game and kept it until the end. The points were well distributed and only Pranas Skurdauskas (211-C-88, agency: Interperformances) scored in double figures (10 points). For te guests Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) scored 19 points.

Danilovgrad got an important win at home against Centar, the only club in the League with no wins (75:56). The young center Vladimir Mrdak (206-C-94) scored 23 points for the home team and Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) added 17 points. Centar was represented by two Americans- Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) (12 pts, 8 rbs) and Aaron Mitchell (187-G, college: Longwood) (10 pts)

Jedinstvo, with its new faces, won at home against Primorje, one of the weakest squads in the league (70:61). Nikola Korac (185-G-86) dominated the game with 32 points and 7 rebounds while the guests were led by Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) who scored 19 points.

Ibar lost at home against Ulcinj (76:98). Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) and Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) scored 19 points each while for the guests the newcomer Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) shined once again with 28 points and helped his team to win this game.


Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 6-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-1 
 3. Sutjeska 6-1 
 4. Lovcen 4-3 
 5. Ulcinj 4-3 
 6. Danilovgrad 3-4 
 7. Jedinstvo 3-4 
 8. Ibar Rozaje 2-5 
 9. Primorje 1-6 
 10. Centar BP 0-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 1: Ibar Rozaje - Ulcinj 76-98
Dec. 1: Danilovgrad - Centar BP 75-56
Dec. 1: Mornar Bar - Lovcen 74-62
Dec. 1: Jedinstvo - ABS Primorje 70-61
Dec. 1: Teodo Tivat - Sutjeska 62-54

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 8: Primorje - Centar BP
Dec. 8: Lovcen - Danilovgrad
Dec. 8: Ulcinj - Mornar Bar
Dec. 8: Sutjeska - Ibar Rozaje
Dec. 8: Jedinstvo - Teodo Tivat


Adriatic League: Split eke out win over Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Split - Buducnost 71:69

Split celebrated the fifth victory in the Adriatic League season. They snatched a tough home win over Buducnost. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) posted 20 points to pace the hosts.
Buducnost started strong. The Montenegrin team jumped to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Split however struck back in the second quarter. The Croatian team went on a 20:10 run to ensure a 34:32 halftime lead. Split maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts accounted for a 6-point lead at the final intermission 52:46. Buducnost got within striking distance in the fourth period but Split wisely sealed the victory at the end. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15 points, while Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) and Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) added 13 points apiece in the winning case. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) responded with 14 points for Buducnost. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) had 11 points in the loss.

Split: Nikola Vujcic 20, Filip Kruslin 15, Srdan Subotic 13, Vedran Vukusic 13
Buducnost: Aleksa Popovic 14, Gerald Lee 11



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Evangels rout Southwestern Christian, 83-55 - by Eurobasket News

Bethany, Okla. -- After squeaking out a 90-87 win over the Southwestern Christian University Eagles in the 2012-13 season opener, the Mid-America Christian University Evangels made sure there were no dramatics in this one by routing the Eagles 83-55 at the SCU Classic tonight (Nov. 30) in Bethany, Okla.

The Evangels never trailed after the first three minutes of the game and led by as many as 28 in the second half.

Charlie Shorter led a balanced MACU scoring attack with a game-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds. Angelo Lewis and Reggie Davis each scored 12 points, with Lewis pulling down seven boards and Davis recording three steals. Josh Minner also reached double-figure scoring with 10 points and Josh Young grabbed seven boards.

Reggie Sloan was the lone Eagle with double-digit scoring with 10 points and also tied for the team-lead with four rebounds.

The Evangels (3-3) limited the Eagles to only a 30.2 percent (19-of-63) shooting clip from the field and forced 20 turnovers. MACU also held a whopping 54-41 edge over SCU on the glass.

MACU will continue action at the SCU classic tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 1) against Johnson & Wales University (Colo.) at 4 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.macuathletics.com



Lions hang on to win physical battle over Tougaloo - by Eurobasket News

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Injuries have made the early part of the 2012-13 season a bit of an adjustment for the Freed-Hardeman Lions.

While the adjustments are still taking place, some progress is also taking place as the Lions (6-5) won their second straight game with an 85-82 overtime thriller against Tougaloo (Miss.) College on Friday night in the Brewer Sports Center.

The Lions played tonight without three opening day starters - Kyle Teichmann (6'6''-F), Jonathan Milewski (6'0''-G) and Daniel Gravatt - all of whom are out various lengths of time due to injuries.

FHU looked to have the game sewn up in regulation, but the Bulldogs' Rodney McKay banked in a 3-pointer from near the left baseline as time expired to force overtime after a long rebound was tipped to him.

The Lions scored first in overtime on a dunk from Isaiah Harrison and Tougaloo's Juan Gray followed with a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs what would turn out to be their final lead of the game - largely because of Orlando Bass.

Bass scored FHU's next eight points, knocking down back-to-back 3's and converting a pass in the paint from Michael Young to put the Lions up 83-76 with three minutes left.

Gray answered with another 3, and Tougaloo still had a chance to make it a one-possession game after Verkeneo Mann uncharacteristically missed two free throws. But Gray returned the favor on the Bulldogs' next possession, and neither team would be able to score for the next two minutes.

Damion Wooten made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Lions an 85-79 lead before McKay managed to make another buzzer-beating 3-pointer from just about the same spot - except this time he shot the ball over his head with his back almost entirely to the basket.

FHU battled back from a 12-point first half deficit, using an 8-0 run early in the second half to reclaim the lead. The Lions pushed that lead to nine points as late as the 4:56 mark but only made one field goal - a dunk by Chandler Mack (6'7''-G/F) - from that point until the end of regulation and didn't help their case at the line, making only 3-of-6 in the final five minutes.

For the fourth time this season Bass sent a new career high, this time with 30 points. In his first career start, Harrison posted his second straight double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Damion Wooten also added a career-high 13 points off the bench and Vinnie Dotson tied his career high with four blocked shots.

The Lions finish out their 2012 home schedule on Monday hosting Cumberland (Tenn.) University.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.fhu.edu



William Carey takes down Truett McConnell, 100-83 - by Eurobasket News

CLEVELAND, Ga. - William Carey University led from start to finish as they improve to 3-0 in SSAC play with a 100-83 win over Truett McConnell College, Friday night in Cleveland.

Kelvin Nixon (6'2''-G) led WCU with 22 points. Jeremiah Dunnings (5'11''-G) added 19 points, Daron Bell finished with 18 points and Guy Payne chipped in with 17 points for the Crusaders. The Bears Anthony Dorsey led all scorers with 34 points.

In the first half Bell, Payne and Nixon had their way on the offensive end as they trio combined for 35 points as WCU raced to a 58-42 lead at the break.

In the second half WCU couldnt buy a bucket to start the half and Truett McConnell made their move cutting the lead to 61-58 with 13:51 to play. Jeremiah Dunnings halted the Truett McConnell run with a three point basket as WCU reeled off an 18-3 run to extended the lead back to 18 points at 79-61.

Truett McConnell made one last push trimming the lead to eight points with 3:45 to play but back to back three point baskets from Dunnings ended the Bears run as WCU pulled away.

WCU returns to action tomorrow as they travel to Central, SC, to take on Southern Wesleyan University in SSAC action.
Courtesy of: http://www.tallahassee.com



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Review of 10 games on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Indiana P. 103-92
Indiana coach Frank Vogel came into Saturday's game feeling as though swingman Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) was performing like one of the top three perimeter defenders in the league. Vogel may have left Oracle Arena feeling as though he needs to cast an All-Star vote for Klay Thompson. The Warriors' guard torched George for 22 points, connecting on eight of his first 14 shots and leading Golden State to a 103-92 victory over the Pacers in front of a crowd of 18,623. Thompson missed his last nine shots, but that was after it was pretty clear that the Warriors (10-6) had already wrapped up their first three-game winning streak of the season. Indiana (8-9) had won four of its past five games, including consecutive games to start this four-game road trip. Thompson made two of his four three-pointers at the start of the third quarter, and the Warriors eventually led by as many as 16 points in the frame. Indiana trimmed it to 82-76 in the fourth quarter, but Jarrett Jack made a floater and then found Carl Landry for a dunk that pushed the lead right back to double digits. Jack had his second straight 18-point performance off the bench, and super sub Landry added 16. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) had 20 points and 11 assists, and David Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Pacers were led by David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) (23 points) and George Hill (19 points). Roy Hibbert had 15 points, Ian Mahinmi added 10, and George was held scoreless on seven field-goal attempts. Since Thompson's rookie season was truncated by the lockout, he was playing in his 82nd game Saturday - the length of a typical NBA season. He seems to be coming into own, picking opportune times to vary his jumper and drives to the hoop. Thompson has scored at least 20 points six times this season, including four times in the past five games. He was coming off a game in which he added a career-high nine rebounds to his 21 points against Denver on Thursday. Indiana was playing without Warriors-killer Danny Granger, who has patellar tendinosis in his left knee. Curry picked up two fouls in the opening 2:59 while trying to defend Hill. Curry was switched to Lance Stephenson and was able to stay in the game for the next five minutes without picking up his third foul. Thompson kept the Warriors in the game during a first quarter, which was otherwise hampered by sloppy offensive play. The Warriors turned it over six times against Indiana, which entered the game having forced the league's least amount of turnovers, but Thompson scored nine first-quarter points to end the frame tied 20-20. The Warriors used a 19-7 run spanning the first and second quarters to build a 30-23 lead. During the stretch, they collapsed their defense into the lane and forced Indiana into missing 11 of 12 jumpers. Landry scored eight points in nine points, and Jack had four points, two rebounds and three assists as the Warriors' reserves build a 37-29 lead. But their entire starting lineup returned with 7:04 remaining in the half and gave up the lead in less than 4 1/2 minutes. Hill's jumper with 2:37 left gave Indiana a 42-41 lead before the Warriors regrouped. Lee grabbed a steal and found Curry ahead of the pack for a layup that capped an 8-0 run and sent the Warriors into the locker room with a 51-44 lead. Courtesy of: sfgate.com

LA Clippers - Sacramento K. 116-81
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 17 points off the bench, leading seven Clippers in double-digit scoring, and Los Angeles rested all of its starters in the fourth quarter of a 116-81 blowout of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. The Clippers beat Sacramento for the fourth straight time. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 14 points and nine rebounds, Chris Paul had 14 points and five assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and six boards. The 35-point margin of victory was the Clippers' largest ever against the Kings' franchise, four more than the previous best on April 10, 2009, at Staples Center. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 20 points for the Kings, and Jason Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tyreke Evans missed his second straight contest with a bruised left knee. Sacramento is 0-6 on the road-the club's worst start since 2007-08, when the Kings lost their first nine to tie a franchise record. The league's only other winless road team is Washington (0-7). Chauncey Billups scored only six points in his second game since recovering from a torn left Achilles' tendon that sidelined him for the final 38 games of last season and the first 14 this season. But the Clippers outscored the Kings 41-22 while he was in the game. DeMarcus Cousins finished with eight points and six rebounds in just 18 minutes after sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters. The Kings are 1-7 in head-to-head matchups between Cousins and Griffin. In the seven previous meetings, Griffin averaged 20.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and was shooting 60.2 percent from the field while Cousins averaged 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 35.7 percent shooting. Los Angeles led 58-34 at halftime-with no one scoring in double digits. The bench had 25 points in the half, including nine by Matt Barnes, who made his first five shots and finished 5 for 7 with 12 points. The Clippers opened the game with a 17-6 run, led by Jordan's six points and four rebounds. Paul went to the bench after picking up his second foul with 5:15 left in the first quarter, but backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and the rest of the reserves held Sacramento in check-building the lead up to 46-24 by the time Paul reported back in with 6:25 left in the half. Coach Vinny Del Negro sat his entire starting unit to begin the second quarter, and Crawford gave the Clippers a 37-21 lead on a 3-pointer with 9:33 left in the half. It was his first basket of the game after starting out 0 for 4. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Dallas M. - Detroit P. 92-77
On "Seats for Soldiers" night in Dallas, the Mavericks finally gave their fans a reason to get up out of their seats, as they would overpower the struggling Detroit squad 50-29 in the second half en route to a 92-77 victory, snapping a three game losing streak. Dallas, who improved to 6-3 at the American Airlines Arena, honored wounded veterans before the game in a touching gesture that had season ticket holders in the front row vacate their seats. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC), who was a bit wounded himself after twisting his ankle earlier in the week, displayed his patriotism by putting on a show, and breaking out of a mini-slump in the process. However, the game was not quite the breeze the final score might indicate. It began in the first quarter with Dallas unveiling their newest addition, point guard Derek Fisher. Fisher would grab a rebound in the first possession of the game, but remained largely silent after. Chris Kaman scored the Mavs' first six points, and was even asserting himself on the glass by taking advantage of the height mismatch with Detroit's frontcourt of Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) and Jason Maxiell. Kaman would also, however, pick up two early fouls and check out midway through the first. O.J. Mayo, who did not come out of the gate shooting particularly well but did have a pair of nice-looking assists, also earned two fouls, as well as a technical, and would have to join Kaman on the bench. Detroit, meanwhile, gifted with 12 first quarter free throws, would stay in the game, and after 9 lead changes Detroit would end the quarter on a 9-2 run to go ahead 27-24. The second quarter saw Dallas go cold from the field, and Brandon Knight, a day shy of his 21st birthday, would torch Dallas defenders to the tune of 18 first half points. Chris Kaman would check back in and try to stop the bleeding, but would pick up his third foul on a charge call, and return to the bench. Detroit would stretch the lead to 11 before a mini run by Dallas made the halftime score a more respectable 6 point deficit, 48-42. Dallas went to the locker room shooting 37% to Detroit's 40%, giving you the impression that a better opponent would have likely opened this game wide already. True to form, Dallas began the second half with troublesome malaise, turning the ball over on four straight possessions. However, the fourth turnover was quickly undone by a Shawn Marion steal, who would get the ball to an open O.J. Mayo just beyond the three point line. With 9:29 left, Mayo would drain the shot, cutting a 9 point lead to 6, and suddenly the light turned back on. In a five minute stretch Mayo would score 16 of Dallas' 17 points, giving Dallas their first lead since the early 2nd quarter and the only one they'd need. A pair of Vince Carter threes completed the turnaround for Dallas, who ended the third up by 8, a 17 point turnaround in the third period alone. In a fourth, another struggling Maverick came to life, as Elton Brand would begin scoring like former All-Star Mavericks fans had envisioned, putting together easily his finest game of the season. Brand crashed the offensive glass, hit baseline jumpers, and even had a few drives to the basket, prompting Derek Harper to state it was the quickest he'd seen Brand in a Dallas uniform. Brand also did work on the defensive end, blocking four shots, stymying Greg Monroe to a 4-17 night and helping lower the Piston's shooting percentage to a meager 34%. A pair of Mayo threes added the final punch, as a cheering Dirk Nowitzki looked on. Courtesy of: mavsmoneyball.com/

San Antonio S. - Memphis G. 99-95 OT
Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) scored 30 points, Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs shook off a "disappointing" $250,000 fine by the NBA to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-95 in overtime Saturday night. Coach Gregg Popovich said before the win he doesn't know if the Spurs will appeal the NBA's stiff penalty for sending Duncan, Parker and two others home to rest Thursday instead of them suiting up against the Miami Heat in a nationally televised game. Popovich said he was disappointed by Commissioner David Stern's decision. He also didn't rule out sitting out players again in the future. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) led Memphis with 20 points. The unprecedented fine announced Friday overshadowed the first meeting this season between two of the West's winningest teams. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Milwaukee B. - Boston C. 91-88
A fast start, a forgettable finish. Boston (9-8) led by as many as 17 points in the first half, only to see that early dominance go to waste as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 91-88 win. A 3-pointer by Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) with 24 seconds to play put the Bucks ahead 90-88, and a free throw by Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU) proved to be the game's final point of the night. Jennings had 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Boston had multiple chances to force overtime, but both Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) and Jason Terry's 3-point attempts hit the back of the rim before rolling out. They finished with 19 and 15 points, respectively. Terry also had a game-high 11 assists. Seconds into the fourth quarter, the Bucks got back-to-back baskets from Luc Mbah a Moute, who was seeing his first action of the season, that gave Milwaukee a four-point lead which was their largest of the game at that point. The first couple of minutes had the C's looking like a team on the verge of unraveling while Milwaukee's confidence only grew as their lead increased. Milwaukee led by as many as six in the fourth, but the Celtics roared back and cut the Bucks lead to just a single point on a dunk by Kevin Garnett. A Bucks turnover put the ball back in the C's hands. That's all Paul Pierce needed as he canned a short jumper that put the Celtics back on top. From there, the two teams treated the lead like a ping-pong ball with neither team gaining any type of significant leverage or control. The game's ending didn't seem likely considering how Boston controlled the first five or six minutes. The Celtics looked very much in the mood for another blowout win as they opened the game with a 17-2 run. But then Kevin Garnett took a break, and from there we saw once again a breakdown in the Celtics defense. Knowing how the C's go into their offensive funks most nights when Garnett leaves the floor, there was sense that the game was shifting away from Boston's defense fueling their offense. Milwaukee continued to chip away at the Celtics lead with an improved effort on the boards which led to second-chance opportunities, and of course a slew of timely shots from their backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings who had nine and 10 points, respectively, at the half. The Bucks also got a huge lift from Ersan Ilyasova who hasn't been nearly as effective this season as he was a year ago. Making an impact was not an issue on Saturday with him scoring 11 first-half points to lead all Bucks scorers. He finished with 17 points. Boston was getting a nice boost from its bench as Jeff Green had 11 points for the Celtics, a similarly strong first-half performance akin to what he did when he tallied a season-high 19 points against Portland on Friday night. He had another solid night offensively for the Celtics, finishing with 18 points. Courtesy of: csnne.com

Houston R. - Utah Jazz 124-116
The Rockets did not need a lot of defense, not the way their offense was rolling, but they did need a minute or two spent stopping the Jazz. The Rockets could score wildly, shooting as well as they have in a game all season and repeatedly scoring in threes, whether by shooting from beyond the arc or with six three-point plays. They could not put away the Jazz, however, until they mixed in just a few minutes of defense. When Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) blocked consecutive shots and Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86) swatted another, the Rockets had their stops. Down the stretch, Patterson hit a corner 3, Jeremy Lin finished consecutive drives and Asik added a three-point play with blood gushing as the Rockets pulled away from the Jazz, 124-116, Saturday at Toyota Center. The Rockets had seven players score at least 13 points, and shot a season-best 55.4 from the floor. Patterson led the Rockets with 20 points, Lin added 19 with eight assists. Chandler Parsons capped the late surge with a 3-pointer to give him 19. With the Rockets' return home, the offense was back in gear from the start, at least when the Rockets did not get in their own way early in the game. The Rockets hit 6 of 18 shots in the first quarter, enough to come back from a nine-point deficit to a 28-28 tie, but also enough to know that they could have scored much more if they had taken care of the ball. The Rockets committed seven mostly unforced turnovers in the first eight minutes, keeping them from taken advantage of an offense on the roll. When they began taking care of the ball in the second quarter, they repeatedly found Omer Asik cutting to the rim and got a jolt of scoring from Parsons, who scored 10 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter. James Harden mixed in a powerful jam over Gordon Hayward and Lin added a corner and the Rockets led by as much as 10 late in the half. The Rockets, however, had approached the night as a defense-optional game. That allowed the Jazz to open the game getting good looks on their way to a nine-point lead. The Rockets opened the second half the same way, allowing Utah to move the ball to the same open looks that had built the early lead. This time, it erased a 10-point Rockets lead, and when Randy Foye ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer, the Jazz led, 86-85. With 5:40 remaining, the Rockets led by one, but had four-consecutive awful possessions as Rockets head coach went to a time out. That was enough to get a flurry of defense, and that was enough for the Rockets offense to take it from there. Courtesy of: chron.com

N.Orleans H. - Oklah.City T. 79-100
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 19 and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had a double double as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed their back-to-back by defeating the New Orleans Hornets. The Thunder led by only 10 at halftime, but outscored the Hornets 30-13 in the third to go up by 27 entering the fourth quarter. Scott Brooks decided to rest the starters in the final quarter as the Thunder match their season high win streak of 5 games. The Thunder defeated the Hornets 110-95 just 15 days ago. The Hornets, who were without Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, were lead by Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) who has 21 and 10 rebounds, and Robin Lopez who had 12 points. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 20 points on 7-13 shooting. While, OKC began the game a little sluggish, the Thunder came out of halftime focused and ended any thought of an upset tonight. The Thunder were able to continue their trend this season of point distribution, and better than expected defense in order to blow this game wide open in the third. Once again the Thunder let their younger players play for the entire fourth quarter, as both squads let their talented young gain some experience. The Thunder once again showed just how much their defense has improved over last year holding the Hornets to 37%, while only committing 10 turnovers before the bench took over the game. Despite the starters not playing the final quarter, OKC also had 5 different players score in double figures. New Orleans, who was missing their two best players, had to rely on their frontcourt to put up any resistance to OKC's defense, but were unable to. The Thunder have put together another impressive defense performance, holding the Hornets to 37% FG on the night. While the Thunder were able to shoot 51%. OKC were able to distribute the ball fairly well throughout the nice once again. Five thunder players had double figures and even Kendrick Perkins went for 10 against the young up and comer Robin Lopez. The Thunder will have a few days off before beginning a challenging couple of games against the Nets, and then at home against the Lakers. Chances are a week from now we will have a lot better idea just how good this new lineup really is. Courtesy of: welcometoloudcity.com

Cleveland C. - Portland TB 117-118 2OT
The Cavaliers have modest goals, for now, while they're still learning, still so young, and still without the injured reigning Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving. Little things. You know, like winning two games in a row. It's something the Cavaliers haven't done since March 2012. That's not only nine months ago, but also an entirely different season ago. And it's something that came tantalizingly close to happening on Saturday against Portland at The Q, but will have to wait, again, after two overtimes and standout Blazers rookie Damian Lillard and a game-winning 3-pointer from Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) proved too much as Portland held on for a 118-117 victory. Batum sank a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining in double overtime to give the Blazers the victory in a contest that was frustrating in the slew of mistakes on both sides, from both teams. "With all the mistakes we made, that game never should have went to the first overtime," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "We were lucky and played with fire the whole night. But we got burned." Not only did the Cavaliers lose the game, but they lost rookie guard Dion Waiters in the second overtime. Waiters, who had struggled with his shooting all night only to hit two key baskets in the first overtime period, sprained his left ankle after landing on fellow rookie Tyler Zeller's foot. X-rays on Waiters' ankle were negative, but he sat the final 1:49. All of it came one night after the Cavaliers had finally closed out a game, taking a two-point victory over Atlanta thanks to a put-back at the buzzer by Alonzo Gee. As soon as the team walked off the court, Scott told his team to savor the feeling. "And let's bring a winning streak to Detroit," he told them. In between Cleveland's game in Detroit on Monday, the Cavaliers had to first face a stumbling Trail Blazers squad, which limped in after losing four straight on an East Coast trip. The Blazers still had the best rookie currently playing in the NBA, Damian Lillard, and versatile big man LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas). The Cavaliers, armed with Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) 's recent string of double-doubles, saw that number increase to eight straight as Varejao netted 19 points and 17 rebounds. But the outcome hinged on miscues in the final quarter and the two overtime periods. Such as the shot-clock violation with 12.8 seconds remaining when the Cavaliers had a chance to take the final shot when the game was knotted, 91-91. Or a key goaltending call on Tristan Thompson on a shot attempt by Aldridge that evened the score at the end of regulation, in the first place. There were the times Lillard and Wesley Matthews were left open to shoot 3-pointers in the first overtime. Or Zeller getting called for traveling with 19 seconds left in the second overtime, marring what had been a sparkling final period for the rookie in which he scored eight points and had a key block on J.J. Hickson. "I thought our guys played hard," Scott said. "I didn't think we played very smart, but I thought we played hard. We went against a lot of principles we talk about doing on a day to day basis. We had about 30 mistakes that we talk about defensively." The result was 24 points and 11 assists for Lillard, while Batum had 22 points and Aldridge netted 21 on 10-of-21 shooting. Gee led the Cavaliers with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while Zeller recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: cleveland.com

Miami Heat - Brooklyn N. 102-89
More than four hours before game time, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) was alone on the Miami Heat practice court, just getting some shots up by himself. No coaches around, no teammates, no trainers, just him, a ball and his thoughts. It sparked his best scoring effort of the season. Wade scored 34 points, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) added 21 and the Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89 on Saturday night to remain atop the Eastern Conference. "I knew this was a big game for us, to come in versus a team that's been playing very well," Wade said. "And I wanted to sure I came out ready. So I wanted to get in early and made sure I did everything possible." Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 13 and Norris Cole finished with 12 for the Heat, who won their sixth straight. Miami trailed by 14 points in the second quarter and was down by nine at halftime, before outscoring Brooklyn 52-30 in the second half. Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) scored 20 points for Brooklyn, which had won five in a row. Gerald Wallace had 13 points, Joe Johnson added 12 and Deron Williams finished with 10 points and 12 assists. The Nets were 10 for 31 from the field in the second half and lost to Miami for the 12th straight time. "Just a tale of two halves," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "We just seemed to have worn down a little bit. We made some mistakes there that's not our team. It's uncharacteristic of us. We're a team that takes care of the ball." Wade added seven assists and shot 14 for 20 for Miami. He reached the 30-point mark for the first time this season when he took an alley-oop pass from Allen and slammed the ball for a 90-81 edge with 5:14 left. He added a 10-footer on Miami's next possession for the Heat's first double-digit edge of the game, helping the reigning NBA champions move to 8-0 at home this season. "This was a step-forward game for us," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It was good to see our guys connected again. We didn't necessarily play our best basketball in the first half, but in some ways, it was our best win." Miami has made a living off fourth-quarter comebacks this season, already winning six games where it trailed at some point in the final 12 minutes. The latest Heat rally came a quarter earlier than usual. Down 73-65 with 4:41 left in the third after trailing all night long, Miami ran off 10 straight points, and needed just 93 seconds to make it all happen. Wade scored to get the Heat within two, then had a steal and dunk that tied the game. James had another steal-and-slam to give the Heat their first edge, 75-73 with 3:08 left in the period. James set up Mike Miller for a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:51 left for an 80-75 edge, capping a 15-2 Miami burst. And then Miami slammed the door with defense. Brooklyn had just one field goal in the first 9:06 of the final quarter, missing 10 of 11 shots in that stretch as Miami - despite shooting 5 for 16 over the same stretch - pulled away. "We're a veteran ballclub and we understand that in order for us to win ballgames, in order for us to compete and defend our title, we have to defend," James said. "It was good to see we took care of that tonight." The Heat won by 30 the first time these teams met this season. It took the Nets only a few minutes to show this matchup would be much different. Midway through the first quarter, Brooklyn was already holding a 15-4 lead. James had two fouls by the end of the quarter - the second coming on the offensive end in the final seconds - and the Nets were up 24-16 after the opening 12 minutes, holding Miami 10 points below its first-quarter average for the season. Brooklyn continued to control the game in the second, going up 35-21 early in the quarter and still leading by 13 after Spoelstra got whistled for a technical foul, apparently upset with a no-call where Wade was knocked to the floor on a drive. The Heat seemed sparked by Spoelstra's technical, getting within five, but the Nets survived a brief Miami flurry and took a 59-50 lead into halftime, helped in large part by Johnson connecting on three jumpers in the span of about a minute. "I think we are just as good as them," Wallace said. "We know what we've got to do offensively. You all watched the game. I think we were in the game until we pretty much until we started with unforced turnovers and started giving them easy baskets, but other than that I think we controlled this game, we had an opportunity to win and we should have won." Courtesy of: wsj.com



Atlanta Hawks assign John Jenkins and Mike Scott to D-League - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Atlanta Hawks have assigned guard John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) and forward Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) to the Bakersfield Jam, their NBA Development League affiliate, Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Jenkins, the 6-foot-4 guard from Vanderbilt, has appeared in four games this season, scoring six points in 13 minutes. Scott, a 6-foot-8 forward from Virginia, has played 16 minutes in five games and totaled two points and four rebounds. Jenkins was selected with the 23rd overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft while Scott was selected with the 43rd overall pick by the Hawks.
Both players will be available for the Jams next game on Monday night against Santa Cruz.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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LA Tech Cruises to 86-68 Win Behind Appleby's Career-high 34 Points - by Eurobasket News

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Louisiana Tech (7-1) men's basketball team fell behind early in the game 14-7, but the Bulldogs cruised to their seventh straight win behind guard Raheem Appleby's career-high 34 points in an 86-68 final over Georgia State (3-4) on Friday night at the GSU Sports Arena.

GSU's guard R.J. Hunter opened the game with seven of the Panthers first nine points. After the first media timeout was called with 13:29 to go in the first stanza, the Bulldogs erupted for a 34-16 run to close the half and take the lead going into the locker room 44-30.

The scoring combo of Appleby and Cordarius Johnson (6'5''-G-92) accounted for 33 of the 'Dogs first half points, including four three-pointers by Johnson.

"We try to stay positive and say we are getting great looks," said head coach Michael White. "The same looks just started to fall. Cordarius Johnson really got us going. Raheem Appleby started getting his in-between game shots off of close outs because the ball kept moving versus their matchup zone."

The relentless Bulldogs jumped on the Panthers right out of the gates in the second half, breaking through the different zone looks by Georgia State and building a quick 10-0 run in just 1:18 to force a timeout by the opponent.

LA Tech continued their pressure on GSU, increasing their lead by as much as 28 points, 64-36, at the 14:57 mark in the second stanza, and controlled the game the rest of the way to start the season 7-1 for only the second time in the last 20 years.

Appleby would have the hot-hand on the night finishing 14-of-19 from the field, setting another new career-high in field goals made while also adding a season-high seven rebounds on the defensive side.

"Once my first couple went down, my first couple of floaters, I was in a rhythm and I just stayed in a rhythm the rest of the game," said Appleby.
The shooting rhythm by the reigning WAC Player of the Week was certainly something coach White took notice of and was impressed with.

"[Raheem Appleby] has just a terrific basketball sense and feel for the game," said White. "He just knows when to go and when to stop, and when to change directions. He had an unbelievable game."

Guard Kenneth Smith (6'3''-G) chipped in with a season-high 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and dished out six assists, making it the seventh game this season he has had at least five assists in each game.

Hunter led the Panthers with a team-high 23 points and also tallied seven rebounds and four steals.

The Bulldogs will stay on the road and travel to Natchitoches, La. on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, where they will face Northwestern State at 7:30 p.m. CT. at the Prather Coliseum.
Courtesy of: http://www.latechsports.com



Orange Knocks Off Razorbacks,91-82 - by Eurobasket News

Fayeteville, Ark. The #6/5 Orange (5-0) knocked off Arkansas (3-3), for its 47th consecutive regular season non-conference victory. The Orange put an end to the Razorback's 25-game non-conference winning streak at home with a 91-82 triumph in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday evening.

Senior James Southerland (6'8''-F-90, college: Syracuse) led the Orange offense with a career-high 35 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the field and 9-of-13 in three point shooting. His nine threes ties Gerry McNamara and Andy Rautins for the most threes in a game in SU history. He is the first Orange player to score more than 30 points in a game, as Wes Johnson had 31 points against Gonzaga in 2010.

Senior Brandon Triche (6'4''-G-91) totaled 17 points and four steals while sophomore Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Sophomore C.J. Fair recorded 12 points and four rebounds.

Trailing the Razorbacks 7-10, the Orange responded with a 10-0 unanswered run in the first half, led by Southerland, who had two threes for six points during the streak, to regain a seven point advantage with 14:22 remaining in the opening frame.

Southerland hit his fifth three-pointer of the opening frame to give SU a 15 point lead, its largest of the half at 30-15, just 10 minutes into the game.

Syraucse held Arkansas to .387 field goal shooting (24-of-62) and .208 three point shooting (5-of-24), holding a 43-35 rebounding advantage over the Razorbacks.

Losing momentum, Arkansas got within nine points of the Orange at 33-24, following a bucket by BJ Young with 9:13 left in the half. Inching closer, Arkansas made it a five-point game at 33-28, but a free throw from DaJuan Coleman and Southerland's sixth three pointer of the half put the Orange back up 37-28.

The Razorbacks cut it back to five points after a dunk from Young set the score at 41-36, but the Orange stunted the scoring streak as he was called for a technical foul. Southerland responded with two free throws, matching his career-high mark of 22 points to give the Orange a 43-36 lead, before rounding out the opening frame with a 43-38 advantage.

Arkansas jumped within three points of the Orange lead, coming out the locker room with a pair of free throws, making it 43-40. SU responded with a 12-0 run to bring the score back to 57-42, led by Southerland, who hit his seventh and eighth three-balls of the game for six points.

Unable to settle into a rhythm, Arkansas got within five two more times in the second half, leading 59-54, before senior Brandon Triche helped the Orange storm back, hitting back-to-back three's to give the Orange a 67-56 lead with 10:34 remaining in the final frame.

Pulling away, Southerland hit his ninth three of the game, to give the Orange an 82-70 advantage, before finishing off the Razorbacks, 91-82.
Courtesy of: http://www.suathletics.com



WAC Men's Basketball Recaps - Nov. 30 - by Eurobasket News

Louisiana Tech 86, Georgia State 68

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Louisiana Tech (7-1) men's basketball team fell behind early in the game 14-7, but the Bulldogs cruised to their seventh straight win behind guard Raheem Appleby's career-high 34 points in an 86-68 final over Georgia State (3-4) on Friday night at the GSU Sports Arena.

GSU's guard R.J. Hunter opened the game with seven of the Panthers first nine points. After the first media timeout was called with 13:29 to go in the first stanza, the Bulldogs erupted for a 34-16 run to close the half and take the lead going into the locker room 44-30.

The scoring combo of Appleby and Cordarius Johnson (6'5''-G-92) accounted for 33 of the 'Dogs first half points, including four three-pointers by Johnson.

Utah 74, Texas State 69

San Marcos, Texas Texas State (3-4) men's basketball dropped a 74-69 decision to Utah (5-2) tonight at Strahan Coliseum. Joel Wright (6'7''-F) scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats couldn't pull off the victory.

Senior Matt Staff (6'10''-F) also recorded a double-double. The big man finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Vonn Jones chipped in 16 points.

Tonight's game was a back and forth battle with seven lead changes and 10 ties. The last tie came with eight minutes to go in the game when Corey Stern drained a three-pointer from the top of the arc. Texas State then took a one point lead on a V. Jones free throw. It would be the last lead for the home team however, as the Utes led by as many as 11 points with 22 seconds remaining.
Courtesy of: http://www.wacsports.com



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Midwestern uses big second half surge to cage Cards - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO -- Midwestern State pulled more second half magic in its sixth straight road game Thursday night at McDermott Center.

The Mustangs overcame a 16-point first half deficit to claim a 74-69 win over Incarnate Word in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams.

"What a tough road victory for us in our first conference game," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "Those guys came out on fire in the first half. They made 3s and layups and their offense was moving."

Lyn'Dale Brown fired in 17 of his game-high 23 points in the opening half to help the Cardinals out to a 43-27 lead after he connected on a pair of free throws 1:20 before halftime.

But the Mustangs turned up the heat and crashed the boards to make a turnaround in the second half.

Incarnate Word shot 62.5 percent from the field in the opening half then were limited to 9-of-24 shooting (37.5 percent) in the second half. The Mustangs also controlled a 24-13 edge on the glass in the second half as they turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a 72-62 lead when Monzaigo Williams hit a runner in the lane with 3:30 to play.

"We did a better job in the second of not letting those guys make plays for each other," Haggerty said. "We stepped up and made big plays when we needed to. We did a great job of retaining the glass and hitting the boards in the second half. That was big time for us."

Incarnate Word whittled the lead back to three before MSU senior forward Corbin Thomas (6'6''-F-91) canned a pair of free throws to seal the win with 5 seconds remaining.

Sophomore guard Keith Spellman paced the Mustangs with 19 points. Williams added 13 points and seven assists while Thomas notched a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Midwestern State continues on the road Saturday at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Tipoff at Steinke Center is set for 3 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://msumustangs.com



Pope's 23 Points Leads Concordia to an 87-81 Victory over Goldey-Beacom - by Eurobasket News

Bronxville, N.Y. The Concordia men's basketball team took on Goldey-Beacom College on Friday evening in a rematch of last season's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Quarterfinals game. The Clippers would fight their way to an 87-71 victory over the Lightning, their first in the history of the series between the two teams according to historical records.

Goldey-Beacom would begin the game with an early 9-2 advantage. Concordia would slowly battle back to tie the game at 24-24 with 7:19 left in the opening half. The Clippers would end the final 5:30 with a 17-11 run to take a 43-39 lead into the locker room which included a three-point basket with time running out in the half by senior Douglas Soutar (6'3''-G) (Hartford, Conn.).

In the second half the Lightning would take the lead in the first few minutes until eight unanswered points by Concordia gave the team a 67-60 advantage with 9:59 left on the clock. Goldey-Beacom would attempt to tie the score in the final 10 minutes of play but the Clippers would not relinquish their lead as the fans in the Meyer Athletic Center would help give Concordia the momentum in the closing minutes. A three-point play by junior Norman Pope (Washington, D.C.) with 1:29 remaining gave the Clippers an 83-77 lead and would help secure the victory, their third of the season.

Pope recorded a game-high 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and a 10-of-11 performance from the foul line for Concordia. Senior Argelix Gil (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds while sophomore Kyle Kube (6'5''-F) (West Babylon, N.Y.) came off the bench with a season-high 15 points as five players finished in double-figures for the Clippers. Concordia made a season-best 28 free throws as they committed a season-low six turnovers, their lowest since Feb. 2, 2008.

The Clippers (2-6, 0-3 CACC) will be on the road for their next nine games. Concordia will play at Nyack in a CACC game this Tuesday, Dec. 4th with tip-off set for 8pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.concordiaclippers.com



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Strong defensive effort leads Wheaton to 54-37 victory over Calvin - by Eurobasket News

Wheaton, Ill.- Something had to give in Friday night's battle of unbeatens between Wheaton and Calvin College in the CCIW-MIAA Classic. That something would not be Wheaton's defense. Wheaton held the Knights to just 29.4% shooting and held Calvin without a field goal for a stretch of six minutes and 25 seconds in the second half as Wheaton improved to 5-0 on the season with a 54-37 victory.

Wheaton used a hot shooting start to open up an early lead on the Knights. After Calvin scored the game's opening basket. Michael Berg hit a three-pointer from the corner to give Wheaton a lead at 3-2 that they would never reliquish. A pair of threes from Michael Kvam preceded a three by Brayden Teuscher (6'3''-G) that gave the Thunder a five-point lead just over five minutes into the match. A thunderous dunk by Peter Smith (6'6''-F) highlighted a 10-0 run by the Thunder that put lead into double-digits for the first time at 19-7.

The Thunder remained hot from the three-point line throughout the first half shooting 70% (7-10) and putting the hosts up 32-20 at the intermission. Wheaton shot 12-24 (50%) from the field in the first half and was 1-2 from the free throw line.

Offense continued to be hard to come by in the second half but Wheaton utilized a 10-0 run over a four minute span in the middle of the second half to build their biggest lead of the night at 22 points. After their field goal at the 12:43 mark in the second half, Calvin was held without a basket until just 6:18 remained in the game.

Wheaton's defense held Calvin to just 7-25 (28%) from the field in the second half including 1-7 (14.3%) from the three-point line as the Thunder coasted down the stretch to a 54-37 victory.

Wheaton finished shooting 20-47 (42.6%) from the field and 8-15 (53.3%) from the three-point line. The Thunder were 6-8 from the free throw line.

Peter Smith led the Thunder with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Tyler Peters was Wheaton's leading scorer with 13 points, Nathan Haynes snagged 10 rebounds for the Orange and Blue, and freshman Michael Berg had a season-high five blocks for the Thunder.

Wheaton will face Hope College on Saturday afternoon at 3 PM in King Arena in the final game of the CCIW-MIAA Classic. Earlier today Hope defeated Carthage 82-70. Carthage will face Calvin at 1 PM tomorrow afternoon.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Aboonas Career Night Sends No. 10 Washington U. Past Wilmington 73-62 - by Eurobasket News

St. Louis, Mo., November 30, 2012 Junior guard Alan Aboona scored a career-high 26 points and connected on a tournament record 14-of-14 free-throws to lead the No. 10 ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team to a 73-62 win over Wilmington College Friday in the opening round of the 29th Annual Lopata Classic.

Aboona tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and added five assists in the win, recording the second double-double of his career. Aboona leads NCAA Division III connecting on 23-of-23 free-throws in 2012-13, and broke the single-game tournament record of free-throws made (13) set by Scott Fiedler in 1990 vs. Rhodes College.

"It was really just [that] breaking their press was our offense. They almost sold out on their press, so once we broke the press, we had other options available," Aboona said. "We didn't really run much of our offense today, which is something we're not really used to, but once we headed down, I feel like we found their gaps and really exposed them.

Junior forward Chris Klimek (6'5''-F-91) added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, and upped his conference-best field goal percentage to .742 (46-62). Sophomore forward Matt Palucki chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds in the win.

Washington U. shot 52.4 percent (22-42) from the field and 77.1 percent (27-35) from the foul line in the win. The Bears outrebounded Wilmington 43-18, and is plus 18.3 through the first six games of the season.

Washington University (6-0) advances to the Lopata Classic championship game to take on No. 7 ranked Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday at 8 p.m. Illinois Wesleyan (5-1) scored the last 12 points of the game en route to a 71-62 over Tufts University in the opening contest. Brady Zimmer (6'4''-G) had 15 points to lead IWU, while Kevin Reed added 12 points and nine boards off the bench.

Wilmington (1-3) jumped out 11-4 in the opening five minutes of play, forcing five turnovers by Washington U. with its full court press and 11-man rotation. A three-pointer by Klarke Ransome (6'1''-PG-91) gave the Quakers a 19-13 lead, as Wilmington scored 11 of its first 19 points off WUSTL turnovers.

A three-pointer from the corner by Malcolm Heard II and a jumper by R.J. Leppert pushed Wilmington's advantage to its largest of the game at 28-17 with 7:55 to play. The Bears mounted a comeback on the back of Klimek, whose three-point play got the deficit under double digits at 28-20.

Washington U. scored the final five points of the first half on a pair of free-throws by junior guard Kevin Bischoff and a deep three-pointer by Aboona at the buzzer to tie the score at 37-37. The Bears shot 61.9 percent (13-21) in the first half and outrebounded Wilmington 16-7. The Quakers converted on 12 turnovers by Washington U. in the first half for 16 points. Klimek had 15 points and Aboona added 11.

The Bears quickly got the lead to five (45-40) following back-to-back lay-ups by junior guard Tim Cooney, which forced a timeout by Wilmington. The lead grew to 11 (55-44) with 11:19 to play on consecutive buckets by Palucki, but the Quakers would not go away.

Tyler Jordan's dunk cut the lead to four (59-55), and then after a turnover by Washington U., a pair of free-throws by Dwight Johnson made it a two-point ball game. Another turnover by Washington U. gave Wilmington a chance to tie, but Jordan made 1-of-2 free-throws to keep it a one-point game at 59-58 with 4:36 remaining.

That would be as close at Wilmington would get as a three-point play by Aboona got the lead back to six (64-58) with 3:00 left. Aboona made six-straight free-throws in the final minute and gathered a rebound on a missed three-pointer by Heard with 37 seconds left to record his double-double.

Heard (13), Brandon Candella (13) and Ranson (10) all scored in double figures for Wilmington, who forced 23 turnovers in the loss. The Quakers had a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers but connected on just 6-of-17 from the foul line

Bear Notebook: This was the first meeting between Washington U. and Wilmington The Bears have won 27-straight games in the Lopata Classic, and have not lost since an 81-75 setback against Illinois Wesleyan in 1998 Washington U. is 2-0 at home in this season, and an 81-11 (.880) record dating back to the 2005-06 season The Bears have outrebounded all six of their opponents this season.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com
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Buena Vista Men Hand Northwestern College (MN) Their First Loss, 94-73 - by Eurobasket News

The Buena Vista men's basketball team shot nearly 59 percent from the field and had four players finish in double figures on Friday night, to help it reach 90 points for the second straight contest and pick up a 94-73 non-conference road victory at Northwestern College (MN).

BVU was on fire from the field right out of the gate, shooting better than 54 percent in the first half and over 63 percent in the second.

Senior Troy Ticknor (6'1''-G) (Adel, Iowa/ADM), who finished with a season-high four three-point buckets in the contest, nailed one from downtown to give the Beavers a seven-point lead at 21-14. Junior Michael Kaufmann (Harlan, Iowa/Harlan), who chipped in with three long range buckets of his own in the game, added another to extend the margin to 11 midway through the first half.

A three-pointer by freshman Nick Clark (Fort Dodge, Iowa/St. Edmond), followed by a layup from Kyle Hooks (6'2''-G) (North Sioux City, S.D./Dakota Valley) increased the margin to 14 with six minutes remaining in the opening half before Ticknor and senior Wes Nordquist (6'7''-F-90) (Adel, Iowa/ADM) combined to score the team's final nine points down the stretch to give the Beavers a 44-29 lead the half.

BV then drilled its first six shots of the second half, including four three-pointers, to quickly build its largest lead of the night (27) with less than four minutes gone by.

The Eagles, who hit just 2-of-10 three-point attempts in the first half, caught fire from beyond the arc in the second, connecting on 9-of-17 attempts, to help them get back within 13 with over six minutes left to play.

Sophomore Cole Darrow (Glenwood, Iowa/Glenwood) then made a pair of buckets, sandwiched around three-pointers from Kaufmann and senior Max Burgeson (Milford, Iowa/Okoboji), and the lead went back up to 17 with four-and-a-half on the clock. A pair of free-throws from Kaufmann later extended the advantage back to 21 with just more than two minutes to play to help secure the win.

Nordquist turned in his fourth straight 20-point game, finishing with 20 points and eight rebounds. He came into the contest leading the Iowa Conference in both categories. Ticknor finished with a season-high 18 points and two steals, while Kaufmann and Darrow followed with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Darrow also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, as Kaufmann, Nordquist and sophomore Alex Savage (Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) each dished out four assists. As a team, BVU dished out 22 assists on 38 made field goals, and turned the ball over just eight times.

The Eagles, who suffered their first loss of the year (5-1), bounced back to shoot 54 percent in the second half and 49 percent for the game.

Both teams combined to shoot only 14 free-throws the entire game. BVU out-rebound Northwestern, 35-26.

The Beavers improve to 3-3 overall and will look to make it three straight wins when they travel to Crown College on Saturday afternoon for a 4:00pm tip-off.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Loic Meztdorf leads New Caledonia over Samoa - by Eurobasket News

New Caledonia-Samoa 86:63

Loic Meztdorf leads New Caledonia over Samoa in the Playoff for 5th and 6th places at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. He scored 22 points as his team overcame the opponent 86:63.
Samoa surprised New Caledonia with 16-15 in the first period, but then could not match them in the rest of the game. New Caledonia bounced back with 24-13 and took 10-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with 25-19 in the last quarter.
O'Bryan Martin collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicolas Cedare-Wimian notched 12. Joan Delaunay-Belleville delivered 11 points in a win. Sapeti Tufuga ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Ene Togia added 15. Theordore Mcfarland collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Fagaloia Vaetoe notched 7.

New Caledonia: Loic Meztdorf 22, O'Bryan Martin 16+10 rebs, Nicolas Cedare-Wimian 12, Joan Delaunay-Belleville 11,
Samoa: Sapeti Tufuga 16, Ene Togia 15, Theordore Mcfarland 12+12 rebs, Fagaloia Vaetoe 7



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia won the title! - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand-Australia 49:66

Australia won the title at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side overcame New Zealand 66:49 in the Final game to clinch the gold medals.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and rightfully struggled for the first place. New Zealand surprised the hosts with 16-10 surge in the first period but failed later in the game. Australia won the second period 16-8 and led 2 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 17-7 and finished the game with 23-18 in the last stanza.
Dejan Vasiljevic top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Kyle Clark notched 11. Darryl Mcdowell-White and William Mcdowell-White delivered 10 points each in the winning effort. Jack Salt answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Jayden Bezzant had 13. Denhym Brooke collected 6 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Raymond Penny added 5.

New Zealand: Jack Salt 15+12 rebs, Jayden Bezzant 13, Denhym Brooke 6+12 rebs, Raymond Penny 5
Australia: Dejan Vasiljevic 13, Kyle Clark 11, Darryl Mcdowell-White 10, William Mcdowell-White 10



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Chinedu Onyeuku, Former Nigerian National Player Shot Dead While Robbing A Home In Texas - by Eurobasket

A former Nigerian national basketball player was shot dead in a botched burglary in Texas before Thanksgiving, it has been revealed.
Chinedu Onyeuku (191-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Illinois St.), 29, was trying to break into a home in Plano on November 21 and was shot and killed by the homeowner, police say.
Onyeuku had played for the Nigerian team that qualified for this summers Olympic Games in London.
According to the Dallas News, Onyeuku and another person allegedly tried to break into a residence on Rio Grande Street in Plano, Texas the night of November 21.
The homeowner told Plano police that he saw multiple people approaching the house.
The two apparently entered the residence by breaking a glass patio door.
The homeowner shot Onyeuku, killing him instantly. His accomplice ran away without injury. Police are still trying to track the second burglar.
Chinedu Onyeuku joined the Nigerian basketball team, DTigers, in 2009. His last appearance with the team was in December 2011
No one inside the home was injured in the burglary.
Upon their arrival, EMT workers pronounced him dead at the scene.
It is unclear why Onyeuku and his companion were trying to burglarize the residence.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation posted a statement saying that the 29-year-old athlete played basketball for the team that qualified for the London 2012 Olympics.
However, Onyeuku was not on the Olympic roster and did not actually compete.
The statement reads: '[His] passion for playing with DTigers was deep-seated and he will be greatly missed. The federation joins his family and team mates to mourn a departed son, father, husband and great patriot.'
According to online sports records, Onyeuku was born in the Nigerian capital of Lagos in 1983.
He moved to the United States at age six.
He played college basketball at Illinois State University and then went semi-pro for awhile, playing for the Arlington Bulldogs, in the American Basketball Association.
In 2009, he was invited to play for the DTigers, a national squad in Nigeria.
It also said that Onyeuku lived in Omaha, Nebraska.



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Standings - 1Div.

1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 8-0 
 2. Varden 3-4 
 3. Fyllingen BBK 3-4 
 4. Hoybraten 3-4 
 5. Persbraaten 2-3 
 6. Sverresborg 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 1: Hoybraten - Miners 54-67
Dec. 8: Hoybraten - Varden
Dec. 9: Fyllingen BBK - Varden
Dec. 9: Sverresborg - Persbraaten



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Michael Hicks selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, agency: Court Side, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy). He led Tuscany Pistoia to an overtime victory over the sixth-ranked Novipiu Casale (5-3) 93-91 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Hicks was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!), made 4 passes and 3 steals in 42 minutes on the court. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (7-1) is placed first in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Hicks' first year with the team. Hicks is currently seventh on the list of top scorers with 18.9ppg. He also averaged so far 5.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 83.9% in the eight games he played so far. Hicks played for the Panamanian senior national team one years ago.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA. He could not help Sionista (9-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lloreda's good performance Sionista was defeated 88-73 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams 9 de Julio (#15). He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(32-54) and FT: 55.2%. Former Magnates de Calidonia starter played for the Panamanian national team in 2011.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA. He was not able to help 9 de Julio (5-14) in their last game. Despite Ayarza's very good performance 9 de Julio was crushed 88-66 at home by the second-ranked Regatas Corrientes. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Ayarza also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It's Ayarza's first year with the team. This season Ayarza has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 66.7% in the eight games. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia
   #4. Power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan, currently plays in Mexico) led Panteras to a victory against the closely-ranked Pioneros (19-8) 85-76 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game. Garcia recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals. Panteras de Aguascalientes (18-8) is placed sixth in the LNBP. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Garcia's first season with the team. Garcia is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 11.2rpg and 3.5apg. Garcia used to play for the Panamanian national team last year.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #5. International guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Halcones Rojos' victory against the closely-ranked Toros (19-7) 82-69 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Saturday. He scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (20-7) is placed third in the LNBP. Pinnock has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Pinnock plays currently for the Panamanian national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #6. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan) helped Kyoto Hannaryz win their game against the eighth-ranked Takamatsu FA (4-8) 98-88 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. Pomare had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 24 minutes. Kyoto Hannaryz (6-8) is placed seventh in Western group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pomare's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Pomare is international player as he played for the Panamanian senior team one years ago. He used to play for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #7. International forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to secure a victory for Shiga L-Stars (7-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gomez Camargo's good performance the sixth-placed Shiga L-Stars were defeated 77-72 in Mikawa by the higher-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (#4) in the Western group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Gomez Camargo's stats this season are: 11.6ppg and 7.1rpg. He used to play for the Panamanian national team last year.

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #8. Small forward Levour Warren (196-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Sidigas Avellino to win against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (4-5) 81-71 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Warren scored only 1 points. Sidigas Avellino (3-6) is placed 12th in the SerieA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Warren's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Warren used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2005. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

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

   #1. Gabriel Giron (192-G-88, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Fuerza Regia's victory against the closely-ranked Huracanes (14-12) 94-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Tuesday night. Giron scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (15-11) is placed seventh in the LNBP. Giron's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican.

   #2. Jamaal Levy (206-C-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda in a victory against the 14th-ranked Obras (5-12) crushing them 90-70 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. Levy scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Olimpico de La Banda this season. His team is placed fourth in the LigaA.

   #3. Jordan Henriquez (211-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Kansas St. to beat the University of Michigan. Henriquez scored 8 points and blocked 3 blocks in 16 minutes. The Kansas St. lost 57-71 on the road to the University of Michigan. Henriquez is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kansas St.'s roster. This season his overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg in the five games he played so far. Henriquez is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Panama.



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Papua New Guinea finished 7th in Victoria - by Eurobasket News

Tahiti-Papua New Guinea 57:67

Papua New Guinea finished 7th in Victoria at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team overcame Tahiti 67:57 in the Playoff for 7th and 8th places as the latter ended up on the 8th spot.
Papua New Guinea opened the game with 20-18 in the first period, but led only 1 point at the halftime. Both teams scored 17 points each in the third quarter, while Papua New Guinea needed the final push to escape the last place. They erupted with 17-8 in the last stanza for the final success.
Moses Lune top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Emmanuel Parapa netted 12. Bomai Muri delivered 10, while Obert Muri tossed in 9. Vehiarai Thunot produced 14 points in a loss, whilst Natua Ariipeu and Byron Vahapata had 10 each.
Tahiti made 48 Rebounds versus 44 from Papua New Guinea. The latter however had more Assists 23 against 14.

Tahiti: Vehiarai Thunot 14, Natua Ariipeu 10, Byron Vahapata 10
Papua New Guinea: Moses Lune 14+17 rebs, Emmanuel Parapa 12, Bomai Muri 10, Obert Muri 9



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2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: November 30-December 1, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo


Heres some unsolicited advice for former (and probably soon-to-return) PBA player Japeth Aguilar dont come back.

Or, at least, not to the PBA, where youll probably languish on the bench (any bench) again.

Heres my call play in China, play in Australia, or play for Gilas.

Actually JUST PLAY FOR GILAS.

Yes, Chot Reyes benched you for most of your stint with TNT, but I think the team is so desperate for talent, size, and international experience right now that theyd play you to your hearts content.

And think about the talent surrounding you, too. Youll have familiar frontline partner Marcus Douthit patrolling the lanes. Youll probably have talented young bigs Greg Slaughter and Ian Sangalang backing you up. Youll have guys like Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena complementing your athleticism and running with you on the break. Itll be awesome, Japeth, and youll have a shot at helping the country get into the FIBA effin World Cup.

So come home, big fella. Come home, don the national colors, and prove you belong.

Game Recaps:
MERALCO BOLTS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS, 85-73

This time, the Meralco Bolts made sure things were under control down the stretch.

The Bolts turned to stifling defense in the fourth period to hold off Barako Bull, 85-73, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The first guy who always panics when we lose a big lead is me, Gregorio quipped after the game. If I show panic, my players will mirror my actions. But I was barely breathing, just to keep the acting job going.

Composure proved to be a key factor for the Bolts, who saw a 19-point third quarter lead cut to just six points before pulling off the victory.

Barako Bull was down 64-45 in the third quarter before coming to within striking distance, 73-67, with 8:11 left in the game. But the Bolts tightened up the screws on the defensive end, holding their rivals without a basket for five minutes, leading into a 9-0 run triggered by Reynel Hugnatan.

The lessons were all worth it. Its OK for us to have heartbreaking losses as long as we learned our lessons, said Gregorio.

Tonight, we showed how to react. We have to be composed and at this time, composure is what were still trying to learn in our team.

Meralco improved its win-loss record to 7-6 with one game remaining in its schedule. Barako Bull lost its fourth straight game with a 3-9 record.

We have a 10-day rest, but we will be up against San Mig Coffee next, said Gregorio.

MER 85- Nabong 12, Mercado 11, Hugnatan 11, Salvacion 11, Hodge 8, Buenafe 7, Ross 6, Reyes 6, Cardona 6, Sharma 6, Borboran 1.
BAR 73- Tubid 20, Alvarez 12, Seigle 11, Najorda 8, Kramer 7, Pennisi 6, Ballesteros 4, Anthony 3, Cruz 2, Co 0, Yap 0.
QS: 25-19, 42-30, 67-57, 85-73

BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 99-76

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel came out with all guns blazing, putting together its finest performance of the PBA Philippine Cup in a 99-76 demolition of Air 21 Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings trailed only once 1-0 on a free throw by Express center Noy Baclao before totally dominating the ball game for their fifth straight win. Ginebra retained fourth place in the standings with a 7-5 win-loss record, bringing it just a game behind Rain or Shine.

The final score does not indicate just how lopsided the game was.

The first quarter ended with Ginebra up big, 28-9, and it only got worse for Air 21 after that. The Gin Kings began the second quarter with a 10-1 run en route to a 55-29 halftime lead.

So dominant was Ginebra that it did not lead by less than 20 points the rest of the way. The Gin Kings advantage ballooned to as much as 34 points, 81-47, at the end of the third quarter.

Chris Ellis led the charge for Ginebra with 18 points, four rebounds, and a sensational highlight dunk in the second half that seemed to break the Express spirits.

It was Air 21s fourth straight loss, and ninth in 13 games. The Express hold a half-game lead for the final playoff spot over Barako Bull, which lost earlier in the evening.

GIN 99- Ellis 18, Tenorio 15, Hatfield 11, Helterbrand 9, Mamaril 8, Caguioa 8, Raymundo 8, Wilson 7, Maierhofer 4, Espiritu 3, Taha 2, Jensen 2, Maliksi 2, Labagala 2.
A21 76- Arboleda 17, Omolon 12, Canaleta 11, Ritualo 8, Wilson 7, Cortez 7, Isip 4, Sena 3, Baclao 3, Reyes 2, Andaya 2, Atkins 0, Custodio 0.
QS: 28-9, 55-29, 81-47, 99-76

ALASKA ACES over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 101-95

The Alaska Aces took care of business in Dipolog City Saturday, downing a tough GlobalPort side, 101-95, for their second straight win in the Philippine Cup.

Calvin Abueva led Alaska with 21 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back from illness, which has coincided with the Aces return to their winning ways after four straight defeats.

The result took the Batang Pier officially out of contention after suffering their 11th loss in 12 games, while giving the Aces a better chance at finishing in at least sixth to avoid a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the quarterfinals.

But Alaska had to survive a late scare from GlobalPort, which rode on the hot hand of Rey Guevarra to cut a 12-point fourth quarter deficit down to just two points, 79-77. The Aces responded with seven straight points to gain more breathing room.

The Batang Pier still had plenty of fight in them, as Guevarra strung four straight points to keep within striking distance, 86-81, with two minutes left. Steady free throw shooting by JVee Casio and Tony Dela Cruz, however, put the game out of reach late despite a spree of three-point shooting from Willie Miller.

Alaskas win-loss record improved to 7-6 to tie Meralco at fifth and sixth spots, one game ahead of seventh-placed Petron.

Placing at least sixth is crucial for any team, since the seventh- and eighth-place teams have to beat twice the second- and first-place teams, respectively, to advance to the semifinals. The third-place team faces the sixth-place team while the fourth- and fifth-placer battle in best-of-three quarterfinals series.

ALA 101- Abueva 21, Casio 18, Baguio 11, Dela Cruz 11, Baracael 11, Espinas 10, Jazul 7, Eman 4, Reyes 2, Hontiveros 2, Thoss 2, Belasco 2, Laure 0.
GLO 95- Miller 22, Guevarra 17, Manuel 16, David 7, Salvador 6, Mandani 6, Deutchman 5, Yee 4, Vanlandingham 4, Antonio 3, Lingganay 2, Vergara 2, Al-Hussaini 1, Crisano 0.
QS: 28-25, 46-40, 73-61, 101-95

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




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David Logan selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Euroleague). Logan was the major contributor in a Maccabi T-A's victory against the fifth-ranked Chalon/Saor (2-6) 78-73 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (6-2) is placed first in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Logan's first season with the team. Logan has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 64.3%. He is a naturalized American. Logan played for the Polish senior national team three years ago. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marcin Gortat (211-84, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Gortat could not help the Phoenix Suns (7-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were edged 104-101 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. Gortat was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Gortat has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 69.0% in the 17 games he played so far. Gortat is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to a 2-point victory against the fourth-ranked Armani Milano (3-5) 64-62 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Lampe recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-6) is placed sixth in group C. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Lampe has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 44.8% and FT: 72.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Lampe is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #4. Swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St., currently plays in Spain) led Valencia Basket to a 3-point victory against the tenth-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (5-4) 81-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 15 points in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Valencia Basket this season. His team is placed third in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kelati is another player who holds two passports: Eritrean and Polish. He is also Polish national team player.

Michal Ignerski
Michal Ignerski
   #5. International forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Italy) led Banco di Sardegna Sassari to a 2-point victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (2-7) 80-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Ignerski recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (7-2) is placed second in the SerieA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ignerski has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg and 5.8rpg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #6. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) led Torino to a 3-point victory over the 15th-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (4-8) 78-75 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Wojciechowski was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds. PMS Torino (10-2) is placed second in the Nazionale A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Wojciechowski has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1spg. Wojciechowski is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Michal Hlebowicki
Michal Hlebowicki
   #7. An experienced former international center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76, currently plays in Latvia) led Jekabpils to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Jelgava (4-5) 104-103 in the Latvian LBL on Sunday night. He scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. BK Jekabpils (5-6) is placed sixth in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hlebowicki's overall stats are: 7.4ppg and 5.8rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Polish national team ten years ago.

Przemyslaw Karnowski
Przemyslaw Karnowski
   #8. Center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Lewis-Clark State College (4-5) crushing them 104-57 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Karnowski scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. Karnowski's total stats this year are: 7.4ppg and 5.8rpg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #9. International center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Umana Venezia (3-6) in their game against Angelico Biella (3-6) in the Italian SerieA. Szewczyk scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Umana Venezia lost 59-68 in Biella to the higher-ranked (#11) Angelico. This year Szewczyk's total stats are: 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the seven games. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

Cezary Trybanski
Cezary Trybanski
   #10. Center Cezary Trybanski (218-79, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Dzukija (11-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Trybanski's good performance the league leader Dzukija was defeated 77-71 in Vilnius by the much lower-ranked S.Marciulionio (#9). He scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and made 5 blocks. Trybanski is the league's best rebounder and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 10.6rpg and 3.8bpg. Trybanski is a former international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Polish senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Karol Gruszecki (196-89, currently studies in the States) led Texas Arlington to a victory against the University of North Texas 72-59 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Gruszecki averaged so far 11.7ppg, 10.6rpg and 3.8bpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international center Pawel Mroz (215-84, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL couldn't help Basketbal Svitavy (3-10) in their last game. Despite Mroz's good performance Basketbal Svitavy was crushed 93-55 in Nymburk by the leading CEZ Nymburk. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Mroz also added 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Mroz averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team back in 2002.

   #13. U20 international forward Tomasz Gielo (206-93, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Liberty in their last game on Thursday. Despite Gielo's good performance the Liberty was defeated 67-62 at home by the Morgan State University. He scored 11 points. Gielo's stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Polish U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Olek Czyz (200-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Lottomatica Roma in their game against SAIE3 BO in the Italian SerieA. Czyz cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team lost 79-85. Czyz has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 3.8rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U18 international center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Nassjo (2-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lukasiak's good performance the bottom-ranked Nassjo was edged 70-69 on their home court in Nassjo by the much higher-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#5). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lukasiak also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lukasiak has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.6rpg. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) led EWE Baskets to a victory over the 11th-ranked Phoenix Hagen (4-6) crushing them 113-62 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Wysocki had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 31 minutes. 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. It's Wysocki's first year with the team. This season Wysocki averages: 9.1ppg and 4.1rpg in the 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and German.

   #2. Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (11-4) in their last game. Despite Kovalenko's good performance Khimik lost 85-92 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Cherkasy. He scored 11 points in 24 minutes. This year Kovalenko's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 2.5rpg in the 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Ukrainian.

   #3. Dominik Malinowski (198-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Hannover Tigers (4-5) crushing them 101-79 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Malinowski scored 9 points and added 4 assists. SG Schwelmer Baskets (8-1) is placed first in Group North. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Malinowski has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg. He has both Polish and German nationalities. Despite Malinowski's Polish passport, he previously played for the German U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #4. Daniel Motyka (180-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in an IK Eos' victory against the sixth-ranked Hoganas (4-5) crushing them 99-70 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. Motyka scored 15 points in a mere 18 minutes. IK Eos (9-0) is placed first in South group. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. Motyka has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 1.7rpg in the nine games.

   #5. Jakub Kusmieruk (224-C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Idaho St. in their game against the Central Michigan University in the NCAA. He recorded 7 points and blocked 2 shots. The Idaho St. was edged 54-52 on the road by the Central Michigan University. Kusmieruk has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #6. Experienced Jose Mackiewicz (201-F-79, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Atletico Tabare in a 3-point victoryagainst the 12th-ranked Atletico Welcome 104-101 in the Uruguayan LUB on Saturday night. He scored 5 points in 3 minutes. Mackiewicz has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.4rpg in the 17 games. He also holds two passports: Polish and Uruguayan.

   #7. Marek Olesinski (203-F, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Air Force in their game against the University of Colorado in the NCAA. Olesinski cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 89-74. Olesinski has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Olesinski has never played in Poland.

   #8. Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Fjolnir crushing them 92-67 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Thursday. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes. Baginski has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.3rpg in the eight games. He holds both Polish and Icelandic passports. Despite Baginski's Polish nationality, he currently plays for the Icelandic U18 national team and cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #9. Kamil Parzych (190-G, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Mansfield, PA in their game against the The University of Buffalo in the PSAC. Parzych cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 76-57 in the PSAC. Parzych has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.3rpg.



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Alges ink Jamarkus Holt - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sport Alges e Dafundo (LPB) agreed terms with American forward Jamarkus Holt (205-116kg, college: Delta State). He played last season at Texas Cyclones (UBA) in the U.S.. In 7 games last year he had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg and 8.9rpg.
He was voted USBasket.com All-UBA 3rd Team in 2012.
Holt graduated from Delta State in 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Argentino lands Kennel Sanchez - by Eurobasket News (T)

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) landed 29-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) swingman Kennel Sanchez (195-100kg-83, college: Drexel). He played recently at Club Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional.
His team won Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season in 2011.
Sanchez has played also professionally in Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Caciques, Carolina, Brujos and Indios) and Argentina (Union de Sunchales).
He attended Drexel University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jose Juan Barea selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jose Juan Barea
Jose Juan Barea
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jose Juan Barea (181-84, college: Northeastern, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (7-7) 95-85 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Barea recorded 15 points and added 5 assists in 31 minutes on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 7-8 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Barea has relatively good stats this year: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 90.9%(20-22) in the 10 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Peter John Ramos
Peter John Ramos
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Peter John Ramos (222-85, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese CBA. He could not help Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (1-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ramos' very good performance Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were defeated 91-86 on the road by the higher-ranked DongGuan Leopards (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 22 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Ramos' first year with the team. Ramos is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ramos averages: 23.0ppg, 15.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 74.4%(32-43). He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Ramos is in the roster of the Puerto Rican senior national team. He used to play for Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rican league.

Wilfredo Pagan
Wilfredo Pagan
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, currently plays in Mexico). Pagan contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Barreteros (11-16) 100-84 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Friday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 12 passes. Pagan also added 6 rebounds. Toros Nuevo Laredo (20-7) is placed third in the LNBP. Pagan's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 79.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Pagan played for the Puerto Rican national team ten years ago. He used to play for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican league.

Alexander Galindo
Alexander Galindo
   #4. Forward Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Malvin (17-5) in their last game. Despite Galindo's very good performance the first-placed Malvin was edged 70-67 in a derby game by the much lower-ranked (#8) Montevideo BC in the Capital group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 27 minutes. It's Galindo's first season with the team. This year Galindo has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg and 4.8rpg in the 18 games. He is also Puerto Rican national team player.

Angel Alamo
Angel Alamo
   #5. International power forward Angel Alamo (206-85, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Guerreros (0-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Alamo's very good performance Guerreros was defeated 115-105 at home by the lower-ranked Huracanes (#9). He was the top scorer with 32 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Alamo belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. This season he has very high stats. Alamo averages: 21.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. He has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Alamo used to play for the Puerto Rican national team last year. He played also for Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rican league.

Angel Luis Figueroa
Angel Luis Figueroa
   #6. Swingman Angel Luis Figueroa (196-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB couldn't help Cordon (5-16) in their last game. Despite Figueroa's very good performance Cordon (#14) lost 75-87 in a derby game to the second-ranked Bigua in the Capital group. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Figueroa also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Figueroa has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg in the 10 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Puerto Rican senior team five years ago.

David Huertas
David Huertas
   #7. International swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Mexico) led Panteras to a victory over the closely-ranked Pioneros (19-8) 85-76 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game. Huertas was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points. Panteras de Aguascalientes (19-8) is placed fifth in the LNBP. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Huertas has very high stats. He averages: 25.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg. Huertas is also Puerto Rican national team player.

Andres Rodriguez
Andres Rodriguez
   #8. Point guard Andres Rodriguez (184-81, college: American, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (5-4) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (7-2) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points and added 12 assists. Blusens Monbus was edged 78-76 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked G.Canaria 2014. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Rodriguez is currently first on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 7.2apg. Rodriguez plays currently for the Puerto Rican national team.

John Holland
John Holland
   #9. International swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Cajasol (1-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Holland's good performance Cajasol was defeated 71-63 on their home court in Sevilla by the leading Real Madrid. He scored 12 points. Holland has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Holland used to play for the Puerto Rican national team last year. He played also for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

Ricardo Sanchez
Ricardo Sanchez
   #10. Center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Libertad Sunchales (12-6) in their game against Union Progresista (7-12) in the Argentinian LigaA. Sanchez scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Libertad Sunchales lost 94-98 in Villa Angela to the much lower-ranked (#13) Union Progresista. Sanchez's stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Javier Mojica (190-84, also represented by Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St., currently plays in Argentina) was the main contributor in Quimsa's victory against the league outsider La Union 76-74 in the Argentinian LigaA in Sunday night's game. Mojica was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points. Mojica's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Mojica used to play for the Puerto Rican national team last year. He played also for Fajardo in Puerto Rican league.

   #12. International power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League couldn't help Toyama Grouses (10-6) in their last game. Despite Garcia's very good performance Toyama Grouses (#2) lost 76-88 on their home court in Toyama to the lower-ranked (#4) Niigata Albirex in the Eastern group. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. Garcia has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican national team.

   #13. International center Daniel Santiago (216-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA couldn't help Boca Juniors (7-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Santiago's good performance Boca Juniors was defeated 78-72 in La Banda by the much higher-ranked Olimpico de (#4). He scored 12 points. Santiago's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Santiago is also Puerto Rican national team player. He used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Michael Alvarado (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Manhattan's victory against the Fordham University 65-58 in a derby game in the NCAA on Thursday night. Alvarado scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 18 games. Alvarado used to play for the Puerto Rican U18 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U21 international forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St., currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga couldn't help Kouvot (6-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Kouvot was defeated 81-68 in Kotka by the higher-ranked KTP-Basket (#4). Clavell was the top scorer with 20 points. Clavell belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4. This season he has very high stats. Clavell averages: 18.6ppg and 5.7rpg. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U21 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Polish team Stelmet ZG to a victory over the closely-ranked Base Oostende (2-2) crushing them 85-61 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Hodge was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and added 6 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (2-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hodge is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Maurice Harkless (203-G/F-93, college: St.John's, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (5-10) to beat the Brooklyn Nets (11-4). Harkless recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Orlando Magic lost 86-98 on the road to the Nets. It was Magic's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Harkless averages: 4.8ppg and 4.5rpg in the 12 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Strangely Harkless has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #3. best in steals with 3.0spg. This year he also averages: 14.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.7apg in the six games. Hughes has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #4. Paul Graham (192-G-85, college: Florida Atlantic, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-9) crushing them 106-64 in the Romanian Division A last Friday. He scored 10 points and added 6 assists in 23 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (7-3) is placed fourth in the Division A. Graham has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.4apg in the 10 games. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Graham used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

   #5. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in an Ironi Nahariya's victory against one of league's weakest teams Kiryat Tivon (1-6) 84-70 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Clemente had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Ironi Nahariya (5-2) is placed fifth in the National League. Clemente is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 21.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.4spg in the five games. Clemente holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. He used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

   #6. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Panteras' victory against the closely-ranked Pioneros 85-76 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. Melendez scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Melendez is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Melendez averages: 25.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division was not able to help ZTE KK (4-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ZTE KK was badly defeated 95-78 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Kaposvari. Copeland was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 assists in 36 minutes. Copeland is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.5apg. He also averaged so far 17.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0spg in the six games. Copeland holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. He used to play for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rican league.

   #8. Devon Collier (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Oregon St. in their last game. Despite Collier's good performance the Oregon St. lost 78-84 in Lawrence, KS to the University of Kansas. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Collier has very impressive stats this year: 18.6ppg and 5.7rpg in the 13 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Strangely Collier has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #9. Denis Clemente (183-PG-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro in their game against Juvecaserta in the Italian SerieA. He scored 5 points in 26 minutes. His team lost 63-77. This year Clemente's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3spg in the four games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Clemente used to play for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

   #10. Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Kotwica in their game against PGE Turow in the Polish TBL. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 96-80. This year Han averages only 3.3ppg in the three games. He holds both Puerto Rican and Polish passports.



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Seck number one in Qatar for round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Oumar Seck put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Qatar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The -year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Al Wakrah (#9, 0-7) with 20-point margin 98-78. Qatar maintains the 6th position in Qatari D1. Qatar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. It's Seck's second year at Qatar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Oumar Seck has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.8ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 51.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Kayode Ayeni (196-F-87) of Al Wakrah. Ayeni had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Al Wakrah lost that game 78-98 to the higher-ranked Qatar (#6, 3-4). Al Wakrah are still at the very bottom. 7 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Ayeni is a newcomer at Al Wakrah, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#3). He also registered 13.3 boards per game. Former St.Francis College (NY) star Ayeni is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Qatar's star - American swingman Chauncey Leslie (183-G/F-81). Leslie got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and six assists. He was another key player of Qatar, helping his team with a 98-78 easy win against Al Wakrah (#9, 0-7). The chances of Qatar 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, Leslie could help Qatar to bring them higher in the standings. Leslie has a great season in Qatar. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 5.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gaston Moliva (202-F-85) of Qatar - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
5. William Byrd (201-G/F-85) of Al Arabi - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Abdulai Jalloh (188-G-86) of Al Arabi - 29 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Yasseen Ismail Musa (204-F/C-80) of Al Rayyan - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85) of Al Gharafa - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Youla Mohammed) of Al Ahli - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Boney Watson (183-PG-78) of Al Rayyan - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 11 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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Giurgiu welcomes back Sims, ex Szedeak - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSS Giurgiu (Division A) inked 24-year old American guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane). Its actually his comeback to Giurgiu as he played here before. Sims already started the season at Szedeak in Hungarian A Division.
Sims team made it to the Icelandic Powerade Cup final in 2011.
He received also USBasket.com All-UBA Honorable Mention award in 2012.
Sims is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Morocco (ASS Sale), Iceland (Grindavik), MBEL (Clinton Kings) and UBA (Atlanta Titans).
Sims attended Tulane University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CSU Sibiu lands Christopher Lee, ex Guerreros - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Division A) tabbed 28-year old American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: South Carolina State, agency: Duran International). He played recently at Guerreros in Mexican Regional. In 12 games this season he averaged 13.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Portuguese League in 2010.
Lee received also Eurobasket.com Portuguese League All-Defensive Team award in 2000 and 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Lee has played also professionally in Chile (Espanol de Talca), Germany (Giants and Ludenscheid), Spain (Planasa Navarra), Uruguay (Malvin) and Portugal (Ovarense and Esgueira).
He attended South Carolina State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Division A Round 10: Timisoara is defeated by Craiova - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Craiova between second ranked Timisoara (7-3) and ninth ranked Craiova (7-3) on Saturday night. Timisoara was defeated by Craiova in a tough game on the road 76-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Timisoara. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Timisoara won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Craiova forced 21 Timisoara turnovers. Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT, agency: TSS Management) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Darko Habus (186-82) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Craiova moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Timisoara. Craiova is looking forward to face Rovinari (#4) on the road in the next round. Timisoara will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked U-Mobitelco (7-3) against sixth ranked Targu Mures (7-3) on Friday night. Visiting U-Mobitelco was defeated by Targu Mures in Mures 82-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of U-Mobitelco. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) notched 18 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and Matija Ceskovic supported him with 19 points and 5 assists. Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Sean Barnette (198-86, college: Wingate) did not help to save the game for U-Mobitelco. Targu Mures moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated U-Mobitelco. Targu Mures will play against league's leader Oradea on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U-Mobitelco will play against the league's second-placed CSM Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division A top team - Oradea (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Farul Const. (0-11) in Constanca 101-57. Milos Pesic fired 20 points for the winners. Robin Wallace produced 15 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oradea have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Newly promoted Farul Const. still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Oradea will meet at home Targu Mures (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Farul Const. will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Timba Timosoara (3-7) 100-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordan Glynn who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). 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. Newly promoted Timba Timosoara maintains thirteenth position with 3-7 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Timba Timosoara's next round opponent will be higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#11) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Giurgiu (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
CSU Sibiu (4-6) outlasted Gaz Metan (7-4) in overtime by five points 98-93 on Saturday night. The game took place in Medias. But the guests from Sibiu were better at the end. Christopher Lee had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. CSU Sibiu maintains eleventh position with 4-6 record, which they share with Giurgiu. Loser Gaz Metan dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. CSU Sibiu will face Timba Timosoara (#13) in Timisoara in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Pitesti lost to Giurgiu on the opponent's court 74-78. CSM Bucuresti unfortunately lost to Rovinari in a home game 88-96. Miercurea Ciuc was rolled over Ploiesti on the road 69-95.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by Louis Darby of Rovinari.


Giurgiu - Pitesti 78-74

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Pitesti (5-6) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Giurgiu (4-6) 78-74 on Saturday. Pitesti trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. American guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTPA) scored 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American point guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia South, agency: TSS Management) responded with 14 points and Bosnian center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) scored 15 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Giurgiu moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with CSU Sibiu. Loser Pitesti keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Giurgiu will face CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#15) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Giurgiu: P.Petty 19+4reb+2ast, K.Sims 17+1reb+2ast, C.Vlaicu 14+3reb+1ast, T.Harvey 10+6reb+2ast, B.Burrell 10+1reb+1ast, D.Thomas 6+2reb+1ast
Pitesti: D.Albijanic 15+2reb, D.Gennie 14+4reb, D.Kinloch 12+5reb, S.Popovic 12+2reb, P.Barac 11+2reb+1ast, M.Jones 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 178517


Timba Timis. - Dinamo B. 100-70

Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Timba Timosoara (3-7) 100-70. The game was mostly controlled by Timba Timosoara. CS Dinamo Bucuresti was better in third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Timba Timosoara dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 30. They outrebounded CS Dinamo Bucuresti 43-18 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Timba Timosoara players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by CS Dinamo Bucuresti's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Canadian point guard Alex Johnson (178-88, college: N.Carolina St., agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Four Timba Timosoara players scored in double figures. Forward Andrei Petica (192-93) replied with 16 points and forward Leonard Filip (200-93) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CS Dinamo Bucuresti. 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. Newly promoted Timba Timosoara maintains thirteenth position with 3-7 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Timba Timosoara's next round opponent will be higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#11) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Giurgiu (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Timba Timis.: J.Glynn 26+16reb+2ast, B.Grubisic 12+1reb+2ast, A.Johnson 11+5reb+10ast, R.Huckaby 10+2reb+2ast, A.Andries 9+1reb+1ast, C.Kickingstallionsims 8+5reb+1ast
Dinamo B.: A.Petica 16+2reb, L.Filip 11+5reb+1ast, C.Mihai 10+6reb, V.Mihai 9+1reb, A.Sipos 6+1reb, I.Pirlog 6+1ast
gschID: 178516


Craiova - Timisoara 83-76

The most important game in the last round took place in Craiova between second ranked Timisoara (7-3) and ninth ranked Craiova (7-3) on Saturday night. Timisoara was defeated by Craiova in a tough game on the road 76-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Timisoara. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Timisoara won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Craiova forced 21 Timisoara turnovers. Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT, agency: TSS Management) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Darko Habus (186-82) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Craiova and five Timisoara players scored in double figures. Craiova moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Timisoara. Craiova is looking forward to face Rovinari (#4) on the road in the next round. Timisoara will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Craiova: R.Dzambic 24+5reb+4ast, D.Habus 21+2reb+2ast, T.Bureau 12+4reb+2ast, L.Seals 12+3reb+2ast, I.Dragusin 8+3reb, I.Orbeanu 4+5reb
Timisoara: R.Sarovic 15+5reb+3ast, I.Jelenic 15+2ast, Z.Jovanovic 13+3reb+3ast, D.Johnson 13+6reb, D.Archie 11+7reb+6ast, M.Derasimovic 5+1reb
gschID: 178514


Gaz Metan - CSU Sibiu 93-98 OT

CSU Sibiu (4-6) outlasted Gaz Metan (7-4) in overtime by five points 98-93 on Saturday night. The game took place in Medias. But the guests from Sibiu were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-24 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. CSU Sibiu made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Gaz Metan turnovers. American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: Duran International) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Devon Austin (198-87, college: Manhattan) chipped in 29 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian guard Slobodan Dundjerski (188-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four CSU Sibiu and five Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. CSU Sibiu maintains eleventh position with 4-6 record, which they share with Giurgiu. Loser Gaz Metan dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. CSU Sibiu will face Timba Timosoara (#13) in Timisoara in the next round.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: D.Austin 29+4reb+1ast, C.Lee 19+18reb+4ast, A.Gruev 18+4reb+6ast, M.Griskenas 17+6reb+1ast, M.Paul 7+3reb+8ast, K.Knutson 4+1reb
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 22+11reb+3ast, P.Graham 21+3reb+2ast, S.Dundjerski 14+7reb+8ast, I.Ivanovic 14+3reb+5ast, A.Mladenovic 10+5reb, T.Nicoara 10+6reb
gschID: 178513


CSM Bucuresti - Rovinari 88-96

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Rovinari (7-3) defeated on the road one of their biggest challengers CSM Bucuresti (7-3) 96-88 on Friday. CSM Bucuresti trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-96 at the end of the game. CSM Bucuresti was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 28 points and 7 assists and Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Five Rovinari and four CSM Bucuresti players scored in double figures. CSM Bucuresti's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rovinari have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated CSM Bucuresti. Rovinari will face Craiova (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. CSM Bucuresti will play against U-Mobitelco (#6) in Cluj.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: L.Darby 20+7reb+7ast, D.Steffel 20+11reb, F.Lapuste 16+4reb, S.Atanackovic 14+5reb+3ast, S.Nikolic 14+3reb+5ast, R.Giles 5+1ast
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 28+3reb+7ast, J.Shepherd 22+7reb+1ast, V.Carutasu 12+10reb+2ast, D.Kandic 12+3reb+2ast, M.Pupovic 9+2reb+1ast, S.Sir 5+4reb
gschID: 178520


Targu Mures - U.Mobitel.CN 82-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked U-Mobitelco (7-3) against sixth ranked Targu Mures (7-3) on Friday night. Visiting U-Mobitelco was defeated by Targu Mures in Mures 82-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of U-Mobitelco. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) notched 18 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81) supported him with 19 points and 5 assists. Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Sean Barnette (198-86, college: Wingate) did not help to save the game for U-Mobitelco. The former international Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Five Targu Mures and four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. Targu Mures moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated U-Mobitelco. Targu Mures will play against league's leader Oradea on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U-Mobitelco will play against the league's second-placed CSM Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: M.Ceskovic 19+4reb+5ast, B.Cuic 18+4reb+9ast, T.Jucan 13+5reb, T.Adebayo 11+1reb, V.Peciukas 10+9reb+6ast, L.Dumitru 7+1reb+1ast
U.Mobitel.CN: S.Barnette 16+6reb+2ast, M.Silvasan 16+6reb+2ast, D.Wright 11+1reb+4ast, H.Nikolov 11+4reb+1ast, C.Baciu 7+2reb, S.Ross 6+9reb
gschID: 178519


Farul Const. - Oradea 57-101

Division A top team - Oradea (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Farul Const. (0-11) in Constanca 101-57. The game without a history. Oradea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.7 percent from the field and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Oradea outrebounded Farul Const. 37-18 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Farul Const.'s players. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) fired 20 points for the winners. Australian swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Four Oradea players scored in double figures. Robin Wallace produced 15 points and American guard Jeremi Booth (195-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 14 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oradea have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Newly promoted Farul Const. still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Oradea will meet at home Targu Mures (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Farul Const. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Pesic 20+4reb+1ast, D.Dillon 16+6reb+2ast, I.Stefanovic 15+7reb, S.Lupusavei 14+2reb+6ast, S.Topchov 9+5reb, N.Maric 9+5reb+8ast
Farul Const.: R.Wallace 15+1reb, J.Booth 14+1ast, D.Petronic 8+5reb, M.Mathis 8+5reb+1ast, E.Olteanu 5+3ast, A.Santana 5+3reb
gschID: 178518


Ploiesti - Miercurea Ciuc 95-69

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Miercurea Ciuc (1-10) was rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Ploiesti (7-3) 95-69 on Friday. The game without a history. Ploiesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Miercurea Ciuc's 34. They outrebounded Miercurea Ciuc 28-14 including a 22-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ploiesti looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Miercurea Ciuc's players. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-89) responded with 13 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Croatian forward Franko Filipovic (203-87) scored 12 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. Ploiesti have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams. Miercurea Ciuc lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: V.Stanescu 23+4reb, V.Tica 12+2reb+1ast, C.Burlacu 11+4reb+5ast, A.Vlahovic 10+1reb+8ast, D.Hargrove 9+4reb+4ast, V.Negoitescu 8+5reb
Miercurea Ciuc: M.Hajdic 13+1reb+4ast, J.Dupre 12+2reb, F.Filipovic 12+4reb+2ast, F.Bubalo 9+1reb+3ast, Z.Henifin 8+1reb+1ast, V.Corpodean 5+2reb
gschID: 178515



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  RUSSIA   


Alexey Shved selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alexey Shved
Alexey Shved
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (7-7) 95-85 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Shved recorded 16 points and added 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 7-8 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Shved has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 86.8% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.

Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Andrei Kirilenko (209-81, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alexey Shved. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kirilenko led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory against the Sacramento Kings (4-11) 97-89. He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and made 3 blocks. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 7-8 record this season. It's Kirilenko's first year with the team. Kirilenko has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.4apg, 1.8bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 71.4%. Kirilenko is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Russian senior national team. Kirilenko used to play for CSKA Moscow in Russian league.

Ivan Nelyubov
Ivan Nelyubov
   #3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was University international center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Estonian team TU/Rock to a victory over the sixth-ranked Valga (1-7) crushing them 98-66 in the Baltic League in Friday night's game. Nelyubov was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (8-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Baltic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Nelyubov's first season with the team. Nelyubov's overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(37-63) and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Russian university national team one years ago.

Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov
   #4. Center Timofey Mozgov (215-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Denver Nuggets (8-9) to beat the Los Angeles Lakers (8-8). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets were badly defeated 122-103 on the road by the Lakers. It was Nuggets' third consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Mozgov's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also Russian national team player.

Teymuraz Babunashvili
Teymuraz Babunashvili
   #5. Former U18 international guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Kutaisi Kutaisi to win against the fourth-ranked Olimpi (5-1) 97-81 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. He scored only 2 points, had 4 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Kutaisi Kutaisi (1-0) is placed in the Superleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Babunashvili's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Georgian. Babunashvili used to play for the Russian U18 national team four years ago.

Stanislav Dikiy
Stanislav Dikiy
   #6. Forward Stanislav Dikiy (201-88, agency: New Trend Agency, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Ferro-ZNTU's victory against the closely-ranked Budivelnyk (11-5) 102-98 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He scored only 4 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (12-4) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Dikiy averages just 1.7ppg in the 14 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Russian team six years ago.

Aleksandr Fomin
Aleksandr Fomin
   #7. University international forward Aleksandr Fomin (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help the league outsider Tsmoki-Minsk (0-7) in their game against VEF Riga (5-2) in the VTB United League. Fomin recorded 5 points. The tenth-placed Tsmoki-Minsk was crushed 98-73 in Riga by the second-ranked VEF Riga in the group B of VTB United League. So far Tsmoki-Minsk lost all seven games in the Regular Season. Fomin's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Russian university national team last year.

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

   #1. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, currently plays in Greece) led PAOK to a victory over the 11th-ranked Aris (2-5) 72-63 in a derby game in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Papadopoulos recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (5-2) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Papadopoulos is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 3.7apg. This year his other stats are: 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1bpg in the seven games he played so far. Papadopoulos has a dual citizenship: Russian and Greek.

   #2. Raul Lopez (183-PG-80, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-3) crushing them 82-60 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Lopez recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Lopez's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg in the two games.

   #3. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87, currently plays in Belarus) was the main contributor in Rubon's victory against one of league's weakest teams Svisloch (1-8) 77-63 in the Belarusian Premier League on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Indrikov scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. BK Rubon Vitebsk (6-3) is placed third in the Premier League. Indrikov's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg.

   #4. Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an overtime USC Leipzig's victory against the closely-ranked Kirchheim Knights (4-7) 96-94 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Khartchenkov scored 33 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. Uni-Riesen Leipzig (3-8) is located at the very bottom in the ProA. Khartchenkov is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 16.9ppg. He also averaged so far 4.2rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games. Khartchenkov is another player who holds two passports: Russian and German. Despite his Russian nationality, Khartchenkov previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.

   #5. Dmitry Flis (203-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 2-point River Andorra's victory against the 11th-ranked Caceres Basket (3-6) 71-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Flis scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Flis is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.3ppg and 4.2rpg in the nine games. Flis has both Russian and Spanish nationalities.

   #6. Aleksey Adediran (204-C-82, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Mykolaiv's victory against the league outsider BC Odessa 82-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Adediran's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.9rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and Russian.

   #7. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hapoel Kazrin (3-4) in their last game. Despite Kazarnovski's good performance Hapoel Kazrin was crushed 94-58 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Ironi Nes-Ziona. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kazarnovski also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.6apg in the seven games. Kazarnovski holds both Russian and Israeli passports. Despite his Russian nationality, Kazarnovski previously played for the Israeli university national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.

   #8. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help the league outsider Tsmoki-Minsk in their game against VEF Riga in the VTB United League. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was crushed by 25 points 98-73. Pustahvar's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He has Russian and Belarusian nationalities.

   #9. Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-C-86, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a 3-point Musson's victory against the closely-ranked Tornado 64-61 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Lipovtsev was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. Lipovtsev is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Lipovtsev averages: 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2.2bpg and 1.3spg in the 11 games.

   #10. Roman Legonkov (201-G-89, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dmitri Lipovtsev. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Higher League which we would like to mention. Legonkov contributed to Musson's victory against the seventh-ranked VolinBasket 70-56. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Legonkov's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg in the nine games.



Grigoriy Andreev joins Sojuz Zaretchny - by Eurobasket News (T)

BC Sojuz Zaretchny (Superlaegue) added to their roster 22-year old swingman Grigoriy Andreev (193-80kg-90). Andreev managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). He played last season at Triumph (PBL). In 15 Baltic League games he had 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Baltic League Elite Division. Andreev also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Andreev also played 9 games in PBL but he recorded only 0.7ppg. He also played at Triumph Lyubertsy that season. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Andreev had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 Baltic League games he recorded 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded only 1.2ppg and 1.1apg. Andreev also played 9 games in PBL but he recorded only 0.7ppg. The other team he played shortly was Triumph Lyubertsy U23. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Andreev represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.7ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Andreev has played previously for two other Russian teams: Ural Ekaterinburg and RVK Moscow.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Loic Meztdorf leads New Caledonia over Samoa - by Eurobasket News

New Caledonia-Samoa 86:63

Loic Meztdorf leads New Caledonia over Samoa in the Playoff for 5th and 6th places at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. He scored 22 points as his team overcame the opponent 86:63.
Samoa surprised New Caledonia with 16-15 in the first period, but then could not match them in the rest of the game. New Caledonia bounced back with 24-13 and took 10-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with 25-19 in the last quarter.
O'Bryan Martin collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicolas Cedare-Wimian notched 12. Joan Delaunay-Belleville delivered 11 points in a win. Sapeti Tufuga ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Ene Togia added 15. Theordore Mcfarland collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Fagaloia Vaetoe notched 7.

New Caledonia: Loic Meztdorf 22, O'Bryan Martin 16+10 rebs, Nicolas Cedare-Wimian 12, Joan Delaunay-Belleville 11,
Samoa: Sapeti Tufuga 16, Ene Togia 15, Theordore Mcfarland 12+12 rebs, Fagaloia Vaetoe 7



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Boniface Ndong's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Senegalese players playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Lokomotiv (3-1) crushing them 76-52 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Ndong had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (3-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ndong's first season with the team. Ndong is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. He also averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2FGP: 53.6% in the four games he played so far. Ndong played for the Senegalese senior national team three years ago.

Papa Dia
Papa Dia
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL. He could not help Siauliai (4-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dia's very good performance Siauliai was badly defeated 96-78 on the road by the leading Rudupis. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Dia is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.4%(36-65), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 65.2%. Dia played for the Senegalese national team in 2011.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to a 1-point Ikaros' victory against the league outsider Kavala (0-7) 83-82 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. Faye recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks in 27 minutes. Ikaros Kallitheas (4-3) is placed sixth in the A1. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Faye is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 2.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 5.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 30.4%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 71.4% in the seven games. Faye played for the Senegalese national team one years ago.

Babacar Camara
Babacar Camara
   #4. Center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in Mexico) led Lechugueros to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Osos (4-23) 87-78 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Camara recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. Lechugueros de Leon (8-19) is placed 13th in the LNBP. Camara belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Camara averages: 18.1ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2005.

Bamba Fall
Bamba Fall
   #5. Former international center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the fifth-ranked LSU-Baltai (0-7) 73-61 in the Baltic League last Tuesday. Fall recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in a mere 16 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (4-2) is placed second in group D. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Fall belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 1.5bpg. This year he also averages: 9.0ppg and 6.5rpg in the six games. Fall used to play for the Senegalese national team five years ago.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #6. Forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's victory against the closely-ranked ALM Evreux (9-3) 79-78 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Mendy scored 16 points and had 3 steals in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (10-2) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mendy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg in the 12 games. Mendy is a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team three years ago.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #7. International guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Mazzeo San Severo (4-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Mazzeo San Severo was edged 78-75 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Torino. Gueye was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Gueye is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Gueye averages: 16.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg and 2.8spg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team last year.

Mouhamed Sene
Mouhamed Sene
   #8. Center Mouhamed Sene (213-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-8) in their game against Gescrap BB (8-2) in the Spanish ACB. Sene scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 86-83 in Bilbao by the second-ranked Gescrap BB. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Sene's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 5.2rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2010.

Pape Sow
Pape Sow
   #9. Former international forward Pape Sow (207-81, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A couldn't help Amchit (3-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Sow's very good performance Amchit was crushed 88-60 at home by the second-ranked Al Riyadi. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sow is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 10.5rpg and 3.5spg. Sow used to play for the Senegalese national team three years ago.

Aziz N'Diaye
Aziz N'Diaye
   #10. Center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Washington's victory against the Saint Louis University 66-61 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The The University of Washington has conference record this season. N'Diaye's total stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 5.0bpg. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Babacar Toure (205-85, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked BBC Nyon crushing them 86-66 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Toure scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Toure is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4bpg. Toure used to play for the Senegalese national team last year.

   #12. International forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman, currently plays in France) managed to help Paris-Levallois in a victory against the closely-ranked Strasbourg IG 89-72 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 23 minutes. This year N'Doye's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 2.9rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team last year.

   #13. Former international forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help FIATC Joventut in their game against CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish ACB. Savane scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 77-57. He has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.3rpg in the seven games. Savane used to play for the Senegalese national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Papa Mbaye (209-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams FCB Regal II in their game against CB Clavijo in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Mbaye scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 94-74. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 4.4rpg in the nine games. Mbaye used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former international power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC, currently plays in France) couldn't help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Quimper UJAP in the French NM1 (third division). He was the second best scorer with 9 points. N'Diaye also added 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. His team was defeated 56-52. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.3bpg. N'Diaye used to play for the Senegalese national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Michel Diouf (208-C-89, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in 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. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (6-3) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Diouf is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 10.3ppg and 7.7rpg.

   #2. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oklahoma to a victory against the West Virginia University (0-1) 77-70 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. M'Baye scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. The The University of Oklahoma has 1-0 conference record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. M'Baye has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg and 7.7rpg in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. Despite M'Baye's Senegalese passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #3. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Hyeres-Toulon (3-9) crushing them 104-54 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Badiane recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks and 3 steals. Olympique Antibes (9-3) is placed second in the ProB. Badiane is the league's best blocker. His overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg and 2.7bpg. Badiane is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French.

   #4. Hamady N'Diaye (213-C-87, college: Rutgers, currently plays in China) contributed to a TianJin Steel's victory against the 15th-ranked Jilin Tigers (0-3) 89-83 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. He scored 6 points, had 8 rebounds and made 8 blocks in 30 minutes. TianJin Steel (2-1) is placed eighth in the CBA. This year N'Diaye's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 5.0bpg in the three games.

   #5. Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-3) crushing them 82-60 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Samb recorded only 1 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Samb averages just 1.3ppg in the four games. He has both Senegalese and Spanish nationalities.

   #6. Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Qatar), who plays in the Qatari D1 could not help Al Gharafa (3-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite N'Diaye's very good performance Al Gharafa was defeated 75-65 in a derby game by the leading Al Sadd. He was the top scorer with 29 points. N'Diaye also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. N'Diaye is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. N'Diaye averages: 18.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg and 2.2spg. He also holds two passports: Senegalese and Qatari.

   #7. Experienced Mamadou Dia (202-C/F-78, currently plays in France) helped Fos Ouest win their game against one of league's weakest teams Hyeres-Toulon 91-72 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dia has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both Senegalese and French passports.

   #8. Alioune Ndoye (199-F-86, currently plays in Qatar) led Al Jaysh to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Al Arabi 73-71 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Ndoye recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Ndoye has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1spg. He holds both Senegalese and Qatari passports.

   #9. Oumar Seck helped Qatar Sports Club win their game against the league outsider Al Wakrah crushing them 98-78 in the Qatari D1 on Wednesday night. Seck had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Seck belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.8ppg, 17.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2bpg and 2.0spg in the six games.

   #10. Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-F/G-81, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Quimper UJAP in the French NM1 (third division). M'Bodji was the top scorer with 9 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team was defeated 56-52. M'Bodji has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.7apg. He has dual citizenship: Senegalese and French.



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Milos Teodosic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the fourth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-6) 97-89 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Teodosic scored 19 points and added 9 passes in 33 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (7-1) is placed second in group D. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Teodosic has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 29.7% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nenad Krstic (212-83, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milos Teodosic and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Krstic led his Russian team CSKA Moscow to a victory against the fourth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-6) 97-89. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Krstic has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 65.4%(34-52) and FT: 68.4%. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup). Stimac contributed to an overtime Banvit BK's victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-4) 95-88 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (3-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Stimac's first season with the team. Stimac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43) and FT: 52.6% in the four games. Stimac is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Milovan Rakovic
Milovan Rakovic
   #4. Center Milovan Rakovic (208-85, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-3) crushing them 82-60 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Rakovic's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 6.0rpg in the four games. He is also Serbian national team player.

Nemanja Nedovic
Nemanja Nedovic
   #5. International point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas was edged 75-74 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Partizan in the group D of Euroleague. Nedovic was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 passes in 25 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. Nedovic has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Milan Macvan
Milan Macvan
   #6. Power forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Lokomotiv (3-1) crushing them 76-52 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Macvan recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (3-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. Macvan's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #7. Former University international power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) led Azovmash to a victory over the 12th-ranked Dnipro (4-12) crushing them 89-63 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. Dragicevic was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Azovmash Mariupol (11-4) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Dragicevic's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team three years ago.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #8. Power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the fifth-ranked Cedevita (2-6) 81-73 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Savanovic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (5-3) is placed third in group C. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. Savanovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Aleksandar Rasic
Aleksandar Rasic
   #9. International point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (6-2) 91-72 in the Euroleague last Friday. Rasic scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (5-3) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. This year Rasic averages only 4.0ppg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

Cedomir Vitkovac
Cedomir Vitkovac
   #10. Forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a 2-point Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked Radnicki KG (6-5) 80-78 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Vitkovac recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (6-5) is placed fifth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vitkovac has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg. He is a former university international player as five years ago he still played for the Serbian national team.

   #11. Former University international power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Halychyna (9-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Halychyna was edged 70-69 in Dniprodzerzhynsk by the lower-ranked (#11) DniproAzot. Vukosavljevic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds in 33 minutes. His stats this year are: 14.1ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 16 games. Vukosavljevic used to play for the Serbian university national team five years ago.

   #12. International center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tadija Dragicevic. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Raduljica contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked BC Donetsk 86-69. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Raduljica averaged so far 13.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1bpg in the 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

   #13. University international guard Slobodan Dundjerski (188-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for Gaz Metan (7-4) in their last game. Despite Dundjerski's good performance Gaz Metan lost in an overtime 93-98 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) CSU Sibiu. He recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 37 minutes. Dundjerski belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 5.2apg. He also averaged so far 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 11 games. Dundjerski used to play for the Serbian university national team last year.

   #14. Former University international guard Djordje Micic (195-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Kotwica 96-80 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. He scored 14 points and added 6 assists. Micic averaged so far 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2007.

   #15. International guard Uros Tripkovic (197-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blancos de Rueda (5-5) in their last game. Despite Tripkovic's good performance Blancos de Rueda was edged in an overtime 104-102 in Madrid by the lower-ranked (#15) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He recorded 14 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes. Tripkovic averaged so far 11.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team last year.

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

   #1. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania could not help Gaz Metan (3-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Gaz Metan was defeated 83-79 on the road by the lower-ranked JDA Dijon (#4) in the group D of EuroChallenge. Mladenovic was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mladenovic has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a PGE Turow's victory against the ninth-ranked Kotwica (3-7) 96-80 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Zigeranovic scored 19 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (7-2) is placed first in the TBL. Zigeranovic's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 5.2rpg.

   #3. Nikola Gacesa (205-F-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Slovenia) led Helios to a victory against the closely-ranked Maribor Messer (5-2) 85-78 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Gacesa recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds (made all of his five free throws); quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Helios Domzale (5-2) is placed second in the Telemach League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gacesa belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gacesa averages: 16.0ppg and 7.8rpg.

   #4. Milos Pesic (205-F-84, currently plays in Romania) led Oradea to a victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (4-6) 80-70 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Pesic scored 21 points, had 9 rebounds, passed 8 assists and added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. CSM Oradea (9-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Pesic is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers with 18.4ppg. He also averaged so far 6.0rpg and 3.8apg in the nine games he played so far.

   #5. Experienced Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help TED Kolejliler (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Stanojevic's very good performance TED Kolejliler was defeated 93-89 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Antalya (#15). He was the top scorer with 25 points. Stanojevic also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Stanojevic is currently second on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Stanojevic averages: 18.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 3.7apg.

   #6. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Base Oostende crushing them 85-61 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Stevic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2 with 8.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.0ppg and 1.3spg in the four games.

   #7. Damir Latovic (204-C-80, currently plays in Greece) contributed to AGOR's victory against the closely-ranked Apollon Patras 77-71 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Latovic recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #8. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Russia) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the eighth-ranked Unics Kazan 79-64 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. Micov recorded 5 points in 15 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg in the three games.

   #9. Uros Lucic (207-C-83, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a 3-point Krka's victory against the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija 79-76 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Lucic recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. Lucic has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 4.5rpg in the 10 games.

   #10. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in Falco-Szova's victory against the ninth-ranked Marso NYKK 96-83 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Ivosev scored 26 points (!!!), made 4 passes and 3 steals. Ivosev is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Ivosev averages: 16.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg.



Sloboda Uzice signs Nemanja Temelkovski, ex MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News (T)

KK Sloboda Uzice (A League) signed FYR Macedonian Nemanja Temelkovski). He played last season at the junior team of MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Temelkovski also played at MZT Skopje in Prva Liga that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adriatic League: Radnicki outgun KK Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki - KK Zadar 92:79

Radnicki opened the 11th Round of Adriatic League regular season with victory. They knocked down visiting KK Zadar. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) knocked down 18 points each to pace the hosts. KK Zadar fell at 3-8 record after the loss.
Radnicki unloaded 28 points in the first quarter to clear off. The hosts piled up a 6-point lead at the first break. Radnicki maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Serbian team arrived at halftime up by 7 points 49:42. The hosts kept Zadar at bay throughout the third term. Radnicki entered the fourth term up by 13 points 72:59. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Radnicki held on to win the clash. Mark Worthington (202-PF-83, college: Metro St.) and Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) notched 13 points each for the winners. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) answered with 14 points for KK Zadar. Barisa Krasic (203-C-78) and Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) had 11 points apiece in the losing effort.

Radnicki: Aleksandar Capin 18, Terrico White 18, Mark Worthington 13, Stefan Sinovec 13
KK Zadar: Romeo Travis 14, Barisa Krasic 11, Goran Vrbanc 11



A League Round 11: Mega Vizura beats Radnicki Basket by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Radnicki Basket (5-6) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Mega Vizura (10-1) in Beograd on Saturday. The visitors from Vizura managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But Radnicki Basket won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mega Vizura won last quarter 23-22. Mega Vizura outrebounded Radnicki Basket 37-23 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mega Vizura looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). point guard Vasilije Micic (191-94, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Mega Vizura's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89) answered with 18 points for Radnicki Basket. Mega Vizura have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Mega Vizura maintains first place with 10-1 record. Radnicki Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Mega Vizura is looking forward to face Tamis (#9) in Pancevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Vrsac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Valjevo. Eighth ranked Metalac (6-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Konstantin (6-5) 73-70 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Konstantin. It was a great evening for swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Stefan Zivanovic helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Vladimir Velickovic (178-89) responded with 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Metalac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vrsac and Konstantin. Metalac will play against Smederevo Vizura (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Konstantin will play against OKK Beograd (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Vojvodina (9-2) against tenth ranked Tamis (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Vojvodina was defeated by Tamis in Pancevo 93-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vojvodina. It was an exceptional evening for Slobodan Lalic who led the winners and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Tamis' coach Nebojsa Biro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ognjen Kuzeta came up with 14 points for Vojvodina in the defeat. Tamis moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Vojvodina keeps the second position with two games lost. Tamis will meet league's leader Mega Vizura on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vojvodina will play against Borac in Cacak and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Sloga managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against twelfth-ranked KK Jagodina in Kraljevo 87-77. The best player for the winners was Mitar Trivunovic who scored 26 points and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sloga maintains fourteenth place with 2-9 record. KK Jagodina lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Sloga's next round opponent will be higher ranked BKK Radnicki (#7) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vrsac (6-5) and OKK Beograd (5-6), which took place in Beograd. 4th placed Vrsac lost to eleventh ranked OKK Beograd in a road game 113-122 on Saturday. Aleksej Nesovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 8 assists. Vrsac's coach Oliver Popovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OKK Beograd moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Vrsac lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. OKK Beograd will face higher ranked Konstantin (#5) in Nis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vrsac will play at home against Radnicki Basket in Beograd.

In the last two games of round 11 Smederevo was beaten by Sloboda Uzice on the road 84-80. BKK Radnicki won against Borac on its own court 90-86.


Tamis - Vojvodina 93-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Vojvodina (9-2) against tenth ranked Tamis (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Vojvodina was defeated by Tamis in Pancevo 93-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vojvodina. The game without a history. Tamis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Dejan Majstorovic (196-88) accounted for 22 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winning side. Tamis' coach Nebojsa Biro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ognjen Kuzeta (194-87) came up with 14 points and power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Vojvodina in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tamis moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Vojvodina keeps the second position with two games lost. Tamis will meet league's leader Mega Vizura on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vojvodina will play against Borac in Cacak and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tamis: D.Majstorovic 22+2reb+1ast, S.Lalic 22+6reb+1ast, D.Perak 14+1ast, B.Jereminov 11+4reb+9ast, V.Zivkovic 8+2reb, S.Pejovic 4+2reb+1ast
Vojvodina: O.Kuzeta 14+4reb+3ast, D.Zekovic 13+6reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 12+5reb+2ast, R.Markovic 11+3reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 9+4reb, V.Ivelja 7+2reb
gschID: 198548


Radnicki Basket - Mega Vizura 83-86

Seventh-ranked Radnicki Basket (5-6) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Mega Vizura (10-1) in Beograd on Saturday. The visitors from Vizura managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But Radnicki Basket won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mega Vizura won last quarter 23-22. Mega Vizura outrebounded Radnicki Basket 37-23 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mega Vizura looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). point guard Vasilije Micic (191-94, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Mega Vizura's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89) answered with 18 points and guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Radnicki Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mega Vizura have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Mega Vizura maintains first place with 10-1 record. Radnicki Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Mega Vizura is looking forward to face Tamis (#9) in Pancevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Vrsac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: B.Marjanovic 25+20reb+1ast, V.Micic 17+3reb+8ast, M.Lukovic 14+7reb, S.Avramovic 10+2reb+4ast, N.Dangubic 8+6ast, G.Cakic 6+3reb+2ast
Radnicki Basket: D.Djokic 18+2ast, N.Markovic 18+3reb+2ast, P.Stamenkovic 12+5reb+6ast, M.Sturanovic 10+2reb, M.Bojovic 9+1reb+3ast, M.Stojadinovic 8
gschID: 198547


Metalac - Konstantin 73-70

Important game to mention about took place in Valjevo. Eighth ranked Metalac (6-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Konstantin (6-5) 73-70 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Konstantin. It looked good early as Konstantin took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Metalac had a 30-12 second period charge getting the lead and Konstantin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-73. Konstantin was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Guard Stefan Zivanovic (196-89) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Vladimir Velickovic (178-89) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and forward Danilo Tasic (202-93) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Metalac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vrsac and Konstantin. Metalac will play against Smederevo Vizura (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Konstantin will play against OKK Beograd (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Metalac: D.Kruscic 21+3reb+1ast, S.Zivanovic 14+7reb+1ast, B.Bakic 10+3reb, D.Marojevic 9+8reb, V.Mijovic 6+2reb+4ast, S.Balmazovic 6+1ast
Konstantin: V.Velickovic 12+3reb+4ast, D.Tasic 11+2reb+3ast, F.Pejovic 8+4reb, B.Petrovic 7+1reb, N.Gudzic 6+5reb, G.Ostojic 5
gschID: 198545


Sloboda Uzice - Smederevo 84-80

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Sloboda (7-4) beat 13th ranked Smederevo Vizura (3-8) in Uzice 84-80 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Aleksandar Vasic (185-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Swingman Marko Ljubojevic (202-84) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Sloboda players scored in double figures. Sloboda's coach Vladimir Djokic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) answered with 27 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and point guard Marko Popadic (190-89) added 28 points in the effort for Smederevo Vizura. Sloboda moved-up to third place. Loser Smederevo Vizura dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Sloboda will face KK Jagodina (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against Metalac in Valjevo.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: A.Vasic 25+1reb+2ast, M.Ljubojevic 17+3reb, N.Jevtovic 14+6reb, S.Stefanovic 10+6reb+1ast, M.Dikovic 5+3reb, N.Arnautovic 5+4reb
Smederevo: M.Popadic 28+1reb+2ast, S.Djordjevic 27+4reb, V.Vlaskovic 14+5reb, M.Dimitrijevic 4+3ast, P.Sparovic 4+1reb+2ast, M.Radenkovic 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 198544


Sloga - Jagodina 87-77

Bottom-ranked Sloga managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against twelfth-ranked KK Jagodina in Kraljevo 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Sloga. KK Jagodina was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sloga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to KK Jagodina's 34. The best player for the winners was guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-77) who scored 26 points and 6 assists. Naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Rajko Kljajevic (204-85, agency: BeoExcell) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin swingman Vasilije Seferovic (193-85) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. 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. Sloga maintains fourteenth place with 2-9 record. KK Jagodina lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Sloga's next round opponent will be higher ranked BKK Radnicki (#7) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sloga: M.Trivunovic 26+3reb+6ast, A.Marelja 18+7reb, M.Popovic 16+5reb+7ast, N.Otovic 12+2reb+1ast, S.Mijajlovic 8+7reb+3ast, D.Vuletic 5+4reb
Jagodina: V.Seferovic 20+1reb+2ast, R.Kljajevic 16+6reb+1ast, M.Puzic 12+2reb+3ast, N.Vujicic 11+4reb, N.Filipovic 9+1reb, A.Mirkovic 5
gschID: 198543


BKK Radnicki - Borac 90-86

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Borac (5-6) lost to ninth ranked BKK Radnicki (5-6) in Beograd 86-90 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 46-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BKK Radnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Borac's 44. Guard Marko Boltic (193-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 assists. point guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-92) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nemanja Prolovic (188-87) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 8 assists and power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Borac. Five BKK Radnicki and four Borac players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for BKK Radnicki. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Borac. BKK Radnicki will face bottom-ranked Sloga (#14) in Kraljevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: M.Boltic 24+4reb+9ast, L.Igrutinovic 22+5reb+1ast, N.Siladji 14+5reb+1ast, N.Gacic 11+6reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 11+2reb+2ast, M.Ilic 6+2reb
Borac: N.Prolovic 35+3reb+8ast, S.Mitrovic 13+2reb+1ast, N.Todorovic 12+5reb+3ast, D.Radovic 11+7reb, M.Trtic 9+5reb+2ast, M.Zocevic 4+1reb
gschID: 198542


OKK Beograd - Vrsac 122-113

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vrsac (6-5) and OKK Beograd (5-6), which took place in Beograd. 4th placed Vrsac lost to eleventh ranked OKK Beograd in a road game 113-122 on Saturday. OKK Beograd forced 19 Vrsac turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Vrsac's players. Vrsac was plagued by 40 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Bosnian point guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 8 assists. Stanoje Knezevic (202-89) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-78) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-90) added 22 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Vrsac. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vrsac's coach Oliver Popovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OKK Beograd moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Vrsac lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. OKK Beograd will face higher ranked Konstantin (#5) in Nis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vrsac will play at home against Radnicki Basket in Beograd.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: A.Nesovic 31+4reb+8ast, N.Jeftic 21+7reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 19+8reb+2ast, S.Knezevic 16+8reb+9ast, M.Pavlovic 13+9reb, V.Popovic 10+1reb+5ast
Vrsac: V.Vuksanovic 25+5reb+2ast, A.Mitrovic 22+3reb+3ast, N.Radovic 18+9reb, J.Novak 12+4reb+4ast, N.Nikolic 11+2reb+3ast, M.Selakovic 8
gschID: 198546



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Jason Davis has quit in Handlova - by Michal Duchovic

The squad of MBK Banik Handlova has lost one important member of their squad. Jason Davis (196-G/F-85, college: Sacramento St.) was released from his contract. The reason for the termination of his contract were paper things, because he didnt deliver the necessary papers to stay in Slovakia after 90 days. Davis was a member of starting five, he started in 9 games with an average of 16.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.7 apg. Now he is searching for a new club outside Slovakia.


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Jaka Stemberger joins Litija - by Eurobasket News (T)

KK Litija (2SKL) agreed terms with 20-year old domestic Jaka Stemberger (92). He just played at Helios (Telemach League). The last season Stemberger also played at Helios.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - 1A

Telemach League Standings
 1. Zlatorog 6-1 
 2. Helios 5-2 
 3. Rogaska 5-2 
 4. Maribor Messer 5-2 
 5. Elektra 4-3 
 6. Tajfun 3-4 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 3-4 
 8. Grosuplje 2-5 
 9. LTHcast Mercator 2-5 
 10. Krka 0-0 
 11. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 12. Parklji 0-2 
 13. Polzela 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 1: Helios - Maribor Messer 85-78
Dec. 1: Tajfun - Zlatorog 81-89
Dec. 1: Grosuplje - Polzela 79-61
Dec. 1: LTHcast Mercator - Rogaska 70-71
Dec. 1: Elektra - Geoplin Slovan 66-63

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 8: Rogaska - Geoplin Slovan
Dec. 8: Maribor Messer - Elektra
Dec. 8: Polzela - Helios
Dec. 8: Un.Olimpija - Grosuplje
Dec. 8: LTHcast Mercator - Tajfun


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog19.3 
 2. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.4 
 3. Pelc, Tajfun16.4 
 4. Tomic, LTHcast16.0 
 5. Gacesa, Helios16.0 
 6. Span, Geoplin Slov.15.9 
 7. Vasl, Polzela15.6 
 8. Pelko, Maribor14.4 
 9. Lapornik, Zlatorog13.4 
 10. Rizvic, Maribor13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.1 
 2. Martin, Polzela8.1 
 3. Hannibal, Polzela8.1 
 4. Kolarevic, LTHcas.8.0 
 5. Gacesa, Helios7.8 
 6. Primorac, Tajfun7.4 
 7. Collins, Elektra7.0 
 8. Djugum, Zlatorog6.6 
 9. Rizvic, Maribor6.4 
 10. Sebic, Tajfun6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan JOVANOVIC
  Maribo.
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.9 
 2. Tomic, LTHcast5.8 
 3. Zagorc, Elektra4.6 
 4. Udrih, Zlatorog4.2 
 5. Ferme, Tajfun4.0 
 6. Pelc, Tajfun3.9 
 7. Antonijevic, Grosu.3.7 
 8. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.5 
 9. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.4 
 10. Korosec, Polzela3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog2.5 
 2. Rebec, Helios1.9 
 3. Mlakar, Geoplin1.9 
 4. Gavric, Maribor1.8 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.8 
 6. Tomic, LTHcast1.7 
 7. Zagorc, Elektra1.6 
 8. Miljkovic, Rogaska1.6 
 9. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.6 
 10. Podvrsnik, Elektra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor TRATNIK
  Grosuplje
  (206-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.7 
 2. Martin, Polzela1.6 
 3. Hannibal, Polzela1.4 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun1.3 
 5. Collins, Elektra1.1 
 6. Kolarevic, LTHcas.0.9 
 7. Atanackovic, Elekt.0.9 
 8. Miljkovic, Grosupl.0.8 
 9. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.7 
 10. Morina, Helios0.7 


Telemach League Round 7 - by Zeljko Zule

HElios-Maribor 85-78: The eight-point lead wat the largest lead of the game for either team. The home team enjoyed an eight-point lead in the second quarter 28-20. Matic Rebec hit a 3-pointer for he home team to go ahead 68.62 into the game, but Jure Pelko and Bojan Jovanovic responded with a consective 3-pointres to tied at 68 and sent the game into the overtime. Helios opened the extra-period with a 8-2 run and seal the win. Matic Rebec scored 26 points including five 3-pointers, Nikola Gacesa off the bench for 21 points and 12 rebounds, Gezim Morina posted 17 points and Miha Fon added 13 points. Maribor was led by Esmir Rizvic with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Igor Maric scored 17 points, Jure Pelko added 15 and Igor Josipovic added 12 points.
Tajfun-Zlatorog 81-89: The home team had their largest lead of the game at 51-43 in the third quarter, but Zlatorog went on a 7-0 run to take a lead 70-63 with 6:22 remaining and never looked bach from there. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) had 30 points and 9 assists, Ziga Dimec added 15 points of the bench, Jaka Brodnik posted 12 points of shooting 4-of-4 behind the 3-point line and Uros Zadnik scored 10 points. Sentjur was led by Anze Pelc with 20 points, Mladed Primorac collected 19 points and 12 rebounds and Tadej Ferme added 18 points,.
LTH Castings Mercator-Rogaska Crystal 70-71: After trailing 59-66 with 4:40 remaining, Rogaska scored 9 straight points to go ahead 68-66 with 24 seconds to go. Boban Tomic missed his first free throw while Dejan Milasinovic made a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to give his team a 70-67 lead. Robert Abramovic hit just one free throw for LTH and Semir Samjlovic made first free throw to secure the win with 3 seconds left. Semir Smajlovic finished with 17 points, Tadej Kostomaj added 15 and Miro Petorovic came off the bench for 10 points and 7 rebounds. LTH was led by Robert Abramovic with 24 game-high points, Jan Demsar collected 11 points and 9 rebounds, Boban Tomic had 10 points and 9 rebounds and Gregor Jakhel Kolarevic posted 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Elektra-Slovan 66-63: Despite erasing a 12-point third quarter deficit and even taking the 60-59 lead with 2:36 remaining, Slopvna couldn't hold off the home team. Eletra scored five straght points to go ahead 64-60 with 35 seconds to go. Vjekoslav Petrovic hit 3-pointer to cut the deficit the one, but Mensud Julevic made a pair of free throws for Elektra with 19 seconds left.


Grosuplje-Hopsi 79-61: After leading by one, 57-56, early in the final quarter, Grosuplje scored dozen straight points and its defense held held Hopsi scoreless for a 5:27 span. Igor Tratnik finished with 23 points and Matija Trampus and Nemanja Miljkovic both added 11 points. Hopsi was led by Miha Vasl with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Isiah Martin scored 13 points and Marko Vranjkovic added 10 points.



Beno Udrih selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Beno Udrih (194-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (7-7) in their last game. Despite Udrih's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 88-102 on the road to the New York Knicks. He was the second best scorer with 18 points in 25 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Udrih has relatively good stats this year: 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0% in the 13 games he played so far. He played for the Slovenian senior national team two years ago.

Gasper Vidmar
Gasper Vidmar
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. Vidmar was not able to help Besiktas (4-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Besiktas was crushed 78-48 at home by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group D of Euroleague. Vidmar was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Vidmar's first season with the team. This year Vidmar averages: 7.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(25-41) and FT: 25.7%. He played for the Slovenian national team in 2010.

Sasha Vujacic
Sasha Vujacic
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Sasha Vujacic (201-84, currently plays in Euroleague). Vujacic was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the fifth-ranked Cedevita (2-6) 81-73 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 17 points in 31 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (5-3) is placed third in group C. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Vujacic has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 56.7%(17-30) and FT: 72.2% in the eight games. He played for the Slovenian national team three years ago.

Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic
   #4. Point guard Goran Dragic (190-86, currently plays in NBA) led Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-12) 91-78 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Dragic was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The Phoenix Suns have 7-10 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Dragic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.6apg and 2.0spg. Dragic used to play for the Slovenian national team last year.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #5. Former international small forward Emir Preldzic (205-87, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey was not able to secure a victory for Fenerbahce Ulker (4-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Fenerbahce Ulker (#4) was badly defeated 77-61 in Madrid by the leading Real in the group A of Euroleague. Preldzic was the second best scorer with 10 points in 26 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Preldzic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Fenerbahce Ulker's roster. This season his overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg in the eight games. Preldzic has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Turkish. He used to play for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

Bojan Krivec
Bojan Krivec
   #6. Guard Bojan Krivec (188-87, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in a 2-point Kvarner 2010's victory against the sixth-ranked KK Zabok (4-5) 76-74 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. Krivec was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points. KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka (8-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Krivec is currently first on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg. Krivec is a former U18 international player as he played for the Slovenian team seven years ago.

Uros Slokar
Uros Slokar
   #7. International power forward Uros Slokar (210-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams G.Canaria 2014 (7-3) in their game against Valencia Basket (8-2) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Slokar also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But G.Canaria 2014 lost 65-79 on their home court in Las Palmas to the higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Slokar's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in the five games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team last year.

Bostjan Nachbar
Bostjan Nachbar
   #8. Forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-6) in their game against CSKA Moscow (7-1) in the Euroleague. Despite his very good performance last Thursday Nachbar scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Nachbar is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Nachbar averages: 16.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

Aleksandar Capin
Aleksandar Capin
   #9. Former international point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a Radnicki KG's victory against one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (3-8) 92-79 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Capin was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and added 8 assists. Radnicki Kragujevac (6-5) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. Capin is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg. Capin used to play for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

Primoz Brezec
Primoz Brezec
   #10. Power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod win their game against the seventh-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-3) 67-62 in the VTB United League last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Brezec scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-2) is placed fifth in group B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Brezec has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg and 6.2rpg in the six games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. International swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga in their game against Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB. Dragic scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 90-79. Dragic has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team last year.

   #12. International power forward Miha Zupan (205-82, currently plays in Turkey) helped Turk Telekom win their game against the 14th-ranked Olin Edirne 81-78 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Zupan had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. Zupan's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team last year.

   #13. International power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Regal FC Barcelona in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish ACB. Lorbek scored only 4 points. His team was edged 81-78. Lorbek averaged so far 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team last year.

   #14. International center Mirza Begic (217-85, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Emir Preldzic in the Euroleague last game. Begic managed to help Real Madrid to win against the fourth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker 77-61. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. Begic has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team last year.

   #15. Former U20 international center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help Levice in their game against B&W Opava in the Czech Republic NBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Nuhanovic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 38 minutes. But his team was crushed by 28 points 83-55. Nuhanovic belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 1.6bpg. This year he also averages: 11.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 13 games. Nuhanovic used to play for the Slovenian U20 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Poland could not help Asseco Prokom Gdynia (1-7) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Asseco Prokom Gdynia (#6) was edged 67-64 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) ALBA Berlin in the group B of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was Asseco Prokom Gdynia's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. Mahalbasic has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 5.8rpg in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian.

   #2. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Cedevita (2-6) in their game against Anadolu Efes (5-3) in the Euroleague. Ilievski scored 7 points in 26 minutes. Cedevita (#5) lost 73-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes in the group C of Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. Ilievski has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg in the eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.

   #3. Uros Benacek (206-C-92, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BC Kolin (8-5) in their game against CEZ Nymburk (13-0) in the Czech Republic NBL. He recorded 8 points. BC Kolin was crushed 94-67 on their home court in Kolin by the leading CEZ Nymburk. Benacek has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.

   #4. Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81, agency: World Sport Agency, currently plays in Georgia) couldn't help Armia (5-1) in their game against MIA (6-0) in the Georgian Superleague. He scored 8 points in 24 minutes. Armia lost 69-80 in a derby game to the leading MIA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Boisa has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg in the four games. He has both Slovenian and Georgian nationalities.

   #5. Rene Zvan (182-PG-87, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Nitra (8-4) in their game against Komarno (9-2) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Zvan recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. Nitra lost 61-73 on their home court in Nitra to the leading Komarno. It was Nitra's first loss after five consecutive victories. Zvan has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg in the nine games.

   #6. Jure Balazic (204-F-80, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Erdemirspor Eregli to win against the closely-ranked Aliaga 71-61 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Balazic has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #7. Nejc Strnad (190-PG-83, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 1-point Ikaros' victory against the league outsider Kavala 83-82 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. This year Strnad averages just 1.3ppg in the seven games.

   #8. Mladen Loncarevic (209-C/F-91, college: Weatherford JC, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to a 2-point KK Radnik Bijeljina's victory against the ninth-ranked Leotar 67-65 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. He scored only 1 points and added 3 passes. Loncarevic has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He also holds two passports: Slovenian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #9. Marko Milicevic (204-F-82, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ikaroi Serron in their game against Koroivos in the Greek A2 (second division). Milicevic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost 64-68. Milicevic has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg in the eight games. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Slovenian.

   #10. Aleksandar Rac couldn't help Nassjo in their game against LF Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. Rac recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 40 points 98-58. Rac has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.3rpg in the four games.



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Juan Antonio Orenga takes the helm of Spanish National Team - by Eurobasket News

Juan Antonio Orenga takes the helm of Spanish National Team. He replaced Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) who stepped down from the position.
Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) took over the Spanish NT back in 2009. He led the team to two EuroBasket titles in 2009 and 2011. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) also guided Spain to the second position at 2012 World Olympic Games in London. Scariolo has claimed personal reasons for making this decision.
Juan Antonio Orenga was the head coach of the U20 team on three occasions since 2007, only taking time out in summers when his obligations with the senior team did not allow him to be in charge.
Under Orenga, Spain took silver at the U20 European Championship in 2007, bronze in 2010 and reached the top of the podium in 2011 in the same competition. Also he was a Head Coach of Adecco Estudiantes Madrid (ACB) and MMT Estudiantes Madrid junior team.



LEB Silver Round 8: Leader CB Guadalajara loses to Lan Mobel ISB - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked CB Guadalajara (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Lan Mobel ISB (5-2) 86-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CB Guadalajara. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lan Mobel ISB shot 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while CB Guadalajara only scored eight points from the stripe. Strangely CB Guadalajara outrebounded Lan Mobel ISB 45-31 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Antonio Pantin (203-88) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lance Kearse (198-F, college: Eckerd) chipped in 19 points. Lan Mobel ISB's coach Iurgi Caminos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Jose Balmon (204-81) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 20 rebounds for the hosts. Lan Mobel ISB moved-up to second place, which they share with Guadalajara. Lan Mobel ISB is looking forward to face Cafes Aitona (#9) in San Sebastian in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CB Guadalajara will play on the road against Castello (#10) in Castellon and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Aurteneche M. (4-3) against eighth ranked Prat Juventud (4-4) on Saturday night. Host Aurteneche M. was defeated by Prat Juventud in Vitoria-Gasteiz 84-72. Power forward Gerbert Marti (203-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Alejandro Suarez contributed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alex Arcelus (196-85) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Aurteneche M.Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Prat Juventud have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Aurteneche M. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Avila and Oviedo CB. Prat Juventud will play against higher ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#6) in Avila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aurteneche M. will play on the road against Palma in S'Arenal and hopes to get back on the winning track.
La Palma can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Palma (3-5) 75-74 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Samuel Dominguez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Ivan Matemalas responded with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. La Palma maintains eleventh position with 1-6 record. Newly promoted Palma keeps the eighth place with five games lost. La Palma will meet higher ranked Oviedo CB (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Palma will play against Aurteneche M. and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last two games of round 8 Oviedo CB defeated Cafes Aitona in a road game 57-51. Castello was beaten by Clinicas Rincon at home 72-77.


La Palma - Palma 75-74

La Palma can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Palma (3-5) 75-74 on Saturday. Palma was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of La Palma, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Palma to just 7 points in first quarter. La Palma forced 20 Palma turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Samuel Dominguez (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Cristian Diaz (185-92) who added 17 points during the contest. Forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) responded with 18 points and Estonian center Viljar Veski (215-86) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. La Palma maintains eleventh position with 1-6 record. Newly promoted Palma keeps the eighth place with five games lost. La Palma will meet higher ranked Oviedo CB (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Palma will play against Aurteneche M. and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Palma: I.Matemalas 18+3reb+3ast, V.Veski 12+5reb+1ast, M.Corbacho 10+3reb+1ast, A.Garcia 8+3reb+1ast, R.Joseph 7+6reb, L.Llompart 5+8reb
La Palma: S.Dominguez 21+13reb+1ast, C.Diaz 17+3reb+2ast, F.Santana 8+1reb+3ast, A.Cruz 7+4reb, B.Konate 6+6reb+1ast, B.Stolk 6+2reb
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Aurteneche M. - Prat Juventud 72-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Aurteneche M. (4-3) against eighth ranked Prat Juventud (4-4) on Saturday night. Host Aurteneche M. was defeated by Prat Juventud in Vitoria-Gasteiz 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Prat Juventud. Aurteneche M. was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aurteneche M. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Gerbert Marti (203-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Power forward Alejandro Suarez (205-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alex Arcelus (196-85) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Mick Hedgepeth (205-89, college: Belmont) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Aurteneche M.Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Prat Juventud have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Aurteneche M. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Avila and Oviedo CB. Prat Juventud will play against higher ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#6) in Avila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aurteneche M. will play on the road against Palma in S'Arenal and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aurteneche M.: M.Hedgepeth 14+7reb, A.Arcelus 12+7reb+3ast, J.Uriarte 9+8reb+1ast, D.Forbes 8+4reb+4ast, A.Carrera 8+2reb+2ast, J.Manuel Alvarado 7+1reb+2ast
Prat Juventud: G.Marti 20+15reb+1ast, A.Suarez 18+10reb, A.Ros 16+1reb+5ast, J.Caven 8+2reb, F.Bassas 6+1reb+2ast, A.Homs 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 187386


Cafes Aitona - Oviedo CB 51-57

There was no surprise in San Sebastian where 9th ranked Cafes Aitona (2-5) was defeated by sixth ranked Oviedo CB (4-3) 57-51 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (200-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Victor Perez (193-82) who added 19 points during the contest. Guard Carlos Martinez (192-78, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Xabier Perez (198-91) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Cafes Aitona players scored in double figures. Oviedo CB moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Avila and Aurteneche M. Cafes Aitona lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Castello. Oviedo CB will meet at home bottom-ranked La Palma (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cafes Aitona will play against the league's second-placed Lan Mobel ISB in Azpeitia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cafes Aitona: X.Perez 12+8reb+1ast, J.Aramburu 11+6reb, C.Martinez 10+11reb+4ast, G.Clavell 10+10reb, J.Santamaria 2+1reb+2ast, U.Fernandez 2+1reb
Oviedo CB: V.Perez 19+3reb, W.Hanley 16+10reb, F.Cardenas 10+1reb+7ast, D.Sanchez 5+6reb, H.Macia 4+4reb+1ast, A.Macia 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 187384


Guadalajara - Lan Mobel ISB 74-86

Top ranked CB Guadalajara (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Lan Mobel ISB (5-2) 86-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CB Guadalajara. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lan Mobel ISB shot 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while CB Guadalajara only scored eight points from the stripe. Strangely CB Guadalajara outrebounded Lan Mobel ISB 45-31 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Antonio Pantin (203-88) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lance Kearse (198, college: Eckerd) chipped in 19 points. Five Lan Mobel ISB players scored in double figures. Lan Mobel ISB's coach Iurgi Caminos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Jose Balmon (204-81) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 20 rebounds and point guard Sergio Llorente (188-90) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Lan Mobel ISB moved-up to second place, which they share with Guadalajara. Lan Mobel ISB is looking forward to face Cafes Aitona (#9) in San Sebastian in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CB Guadalajara will play on the road against Castello (#10) in Castellon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guadalajara: S.Llorente 21+3reb+2ast, A.Casas 15+5reb+2ast, J.Balmon 12+20reb+1ast, T.Fernandez 8+1reb, M.Rodriguez 7+1reb+2ast, V.Arteaga 7+7reb
Lan Mobel ISB: L.Kearse 19+4reb+2ast, G.Justo 15+1reb+2ast, A.Pantin 15+9reb+4ast, L.Lasa 14+1reb+2ast, J.Ibargutxi 11+4reb+1ast, I.Guridi 4+1reb
gschID: 187383


Castello - Clinicas Rincon 72-77

No shocking result in a game in Castellon where second ranked Clinicas Rincon (6-2) defeated 10th ranked Castello (2-5) 77-72 on Saturday. Clinicas Rincon have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Castello dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. They share the position with Cafes Aitona. Clinicas Rincon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Castello will play against CB Guadalajara (#3) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 187382



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McKnight number one in Sweden for round 14 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) had a great game in the last round for Boras, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Eco Orebro (#10, 3-11) 103-88. Boras maintains the 3rd position in Swedish Basketligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boras will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game McKnight had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Boras, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Akron star has very solid stats this year. McKnight is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.9rpg) and averages impressive 60.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Keith Wright (203-F-89) of league's second-best Uppsala. Wright had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Uppsala to another comfortable win 85-72 over the lower-ranked 08 (#6, 8-6) being unquestionably team leader. Uppsala's second position in Round 8 has not changed. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Wright is a newcomer at Uppsala, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Boras' star - American center Michael Palm (209-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy). Palm scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Boras, helping his team with a 103-88 easy win against the lower-ranked Eco Orebro (#10, 3-11). Boras needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Palm has a great season in Sweden. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 60.9%. Michael Palm has also Swedish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anton Saks (200-SF-89) of Norrkoping - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Keith Wright (203-F-89) of Uppsala - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jason Thomas (191-G-82) of Boras - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) of Sundsvall - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kodi Augustus (203-F-87) of 08 - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Solna - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Henry Dugat (183-G-87) of LF Basket - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Papua New Guinea finished 7th in Victoria - by Eurobasket News

Tahiti-Papua New Guinea 57:67

Papua New Guinea finished 7th in Victoria at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team overcame Tahiti 67:57 in the Playoff for 7th and 8th places as the latter ended up on the 8th spot.
Papua New Guinea opened the game with 20-18 in the first period, but led only 1 point at the halftime. Both teams scored 17 points each in the third quarter, while Papua New Guinea needed the final push to escape the last place. They erupted with 17-8 in the last stanza for the final success.
Moses Lune top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Emmanuel Parapa netted 12. Bomai Muri delivered 10, while Obert Muri tossed in 9. Vehiarai Thunot produced 14 points in a loss, whilst Natua Ariipeu and Byron Vahapata had 10 each.
Tahiti made 48 Rebounds versus 44 from Papua New Guinea. The latter however had more Assists 23 against 14.

Tahiti: Vehiarai Thunot 14, Natua Ariipeu 10, Byron Vahapata 10
Papua New Guinea: Moses Lune 14+17 rebs, Emmanuel Parapa 12, Bomai Muri 10, Obert Muri 9



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Balashov number one in Ukraine for round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) had a great game in the last round for BC Odessa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. BC Odessa maintains the 14th position in Ukrainian Superleague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 12 games and recorded just three victories. Balashov has many years of experience at BC Odessa, through which he has constantly improved. Stanislav Balashov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Australian Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Dnipro. Kickert had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Dnipro lost that game 81-91 to the higher-ranked Hoverla (#5, 11-5). Dnipro is still second from the bottom in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Dnipro managed to get this year. Kickert is a newcomer at Dnipro, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) of Azovmash (#3). Greer scored 20 points and passed nine assists. He was a key player of Azovmash, leading his team to a 86-69 easy win against the lower-ranked BC Donetsk (#9, 7-8). Azovmash needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Greer has a great season in Ukraine. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Randy Culpepper (182-G-89) of Ferro-ZNTU - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Budivelnyk - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Azovmash - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cameron Moore (208-F-90) of Ferro-ZNTU - 21 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ryan Pearson (198-F-90) of Hoverla - 22 points and 10 rebounds
9. James Florence (185-G-88) of Kryvbasbasket - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Budivelnyk - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Trouville won 11 games in a row - by Hector Lopez

Trouville won its 11th game in a row after beating Aguada 74-63 for the Uruguayan League 23th round, with 28 points and 9 rebounds by Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) and 15 points and 6 rebounds by Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois). Also for Trouville Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 4 points and 7 rebounds. For Aguada, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 28 points and 6 assists, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 8 points 6 rebounds 2 blocks, Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 6 points 6 rebounds.
Other results:
Union Atletica 83 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 29 pts 5 reb. 3 assists, Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 15 pts 11 reb. 4 blocks, Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) 5 pts 2 reb., Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 11 pts. 17 reb. 1 block 2 assists
Nacional 73 - Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 24 pts. Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 14 pts 13 reb. Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) 8 pts 4 reb.
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Sayago 73 - Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) 21 pts. 6 reb. 4 assists, Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 19 pts. 9 reb. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 14 pts 11 reb.
Hebraica 71 - Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) 23 pts. 14 reb. 2 blocks, Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) 7 pts. 5 reb. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 15 pts. 4 reb. 10 assists.




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Women News


Market news from Celik, Sloboda, Vojvodina and Vozdovac - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Alma Kovacevic (186-F/C-83) and Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) has left Bosnican champion Celik Zenica to join Bulgarian side Haskovo 2012. Kovacevic averaged 9.4 points (2P 55%, FT 93%), 2.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.3 blocks over 22 minutes in in 9 Adriatic League games. Mehmedic appeared in 9 Adriatic League games and poured in 7.6 points (54%, 3P 18%, FT 100%), 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals per game.
Celik already signed Zivana Jankovic (174-G-83) for the remainder of the season and Aleksandra Vujovic (184-G-80, agency: LBM Management) and Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80, agency: LBM Management) till end of the year. All three Montenegrin players arrives from Roling. Jankovic averaged 11.0 points (2P 63%, FT 50%), 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.5 steals over 30.5 minutes in 2 Montenegrin League games this season. Vujovic poured in 9.0 points (2P 45%, 3P 20%, FT 100%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.0 blocks over 36.5 minutes in 2 Montengrin League games and Pavlovic averaged 10.5 points (2P 63%, FT 100%), 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.5 blocks over 30.5 minutes in 2 Montenegrin League games
Sloboda inked experienced Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Gagic started the season with Celik, where she averaged 7.6 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.2 steals in 5 Adriatic League games, and later moved to Serbia, where she played just one game for Jagodina, scoring 25 points, pulling 1 rebound and dishing out 6 assists in 35 minutes.
Vojvodina fortified its roster by adding Irena Matovic (186-F-88) and Neda Djuric (172-PG-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Rhode Island). Matovic last season played for Laveyron, where she averaged 11.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assist in just 4 France LF2 games. Djuric started the 2011-12 season with Elitzur Ramla and later moved to Serbia, where she averaged 3.5 pioints, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 6 Serbian League games for Partizan.
Ana Radovic (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management) parted ways with Vozdovac for whom she averaged 12.9 points (2P 51%, 3P 33%, FT 72%), 8.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks over 31 minutes in 9 Adriatic League games.



Korac ride big run to win over Vozdovac (Round 11) - by Zeljko Zule

Radivoj Korac-Vozdovac 82-60: The home team trailed just one possession, 0-1, and took its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-20 in the middle of the second quarter. Vozdovac cut the deficit to 52-54 late in the third period, but Korac answered with 19 straight points and its defense held Vozdovac scoreless for more than 9 minutes. Snezana Colic came off the bench for 16 points and 5 assists, Tina Jovanovic had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Tamara Kapor scored 12 points and Ivana Brajkovic added 10 points. Vozdovac had 25 free throws to Korac's 12, but they missed 11 of them. Nina Djokovic collected 16 points and 8 rebounds and Natasa Kovacevic scored 16 points.
Athlete Celje-Sloboda 60-67: After trailing 21-26 early in the second quarter, Sloboda scored 11 consecutive points to take a lead 32-26 and never looked back from there. Celje tied at 32, but it was ahead 55-65 early in the final period. They cut the deficit to seven, 60-67, with five minutes to go and both teams were held scoreless through the end of the game. Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 30 points on shooting 13-od-24 from the field on her debut with Sloboda, Dragana Stankovic added 18 points and Ljiljana Latinovic 10. Celje are stil winless at home this season. Sanja Orozovic had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, Rebeka Abramovic scored 13 points and Eva Lisec grabbed 9 rebounds.
Vojvodina-Subrina Ilirija 80-45: After tying at 4, Vojvodina jumped out to a 27-7 first quarter lead and extended their lead to 42-12 at halftime. Natasa Bucevac finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals in just 25 minutes, Jovana Popovic scored 16 points, Diana Sesnic 12, Sandra Boskovic and Sedina Halimic both added 10 points. Ilirija's lone scorer in double-digits was Teja Kropivsek with 13 points, Anja Klavzar grabbed 10 rebounds while Sasa Panic had 12 turnovers.
Mladi Krajisnik-Celik 20-0 w.o.
Partizan-Vrsac 02/12



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Standings - WNBL

WNBL Standings
 1. Bendigo S. 10-1 
 2. Dandenong R. 10-2 
 3. Adelaide 7-4 
 4. Bulleen B. 6-6 
 5. Townsville F. 5-6 
 6. Canberra C. 5-6 
 7. Logan T. 4-7 
 8. Sydney UF 2-9 
 9. West Coast 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 1: Dandenong R. - Canberra C. 91-72
Nov. 30: Adelaide - Townsville F. 90-75
Dec. 1: Sydney UF - Logan T. 81-67
Dec. 1: West Coast - Townsville F. 65-78
Dec. 1: Bulleen B. - Bendigo S. 61-73
Nov. 30: Canberra C. - Logan T. 59-74

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 7: Sydney UF - Canberra C.
Dec. 7: Townsville F. - Logan T.
Dec. 7: Bulleen B. - West Coast
Dec. 8: Adelaide - West Coast
Dec. 8: Bendigo S. - Dandenong R.


WNBL Round 9: Bulleen Boomers lose to Bendigo Spirit in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Melbourne. 4th placed host Bulleen Boomers (6-6) lost to first ranked Bendigo Spirit (10-1) 73-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bulleen Boomers. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-61. Bendigo Spirit dominated on the defensive end, holding Bulleen Boomers to just 7 points in third quarter. American forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and center Gabrielle Richards (191-84, college: Oregon) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds. Bendigo Spirit's coach Bernie Harrower used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international center Elyse Penaluna (193-88) with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Bendigo Spirit have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Bulleen Boomers at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Bendigo Spirit are looking forward to face league's second-placed Dandenong Rangers at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bulleen Boomers will play against West Coast Waves in Perth and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Sydney Uni Flames managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Logan Thunder 81-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Logan Thunder. Guard Kate Ebzery (177-90) nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Alicia Poto accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American guard Laurie Koehn (173-82, college: Kansas St.) came up with 16 points for Logan Thunder in the defeat. Sydney Uni Flames (2-9) moved-up to eighth place. Logan Thunder at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Sydney Uni Flames will play against higher ranked Canberra Capitals (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Logan Thunder will play against Townsville Fire and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Dandenong Rangers (10-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Canberra Capitals (5-6) by 19 points 91-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Jenna O'Hea who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Brigitte Ardossi who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dandenong Rangers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bendigo S. Canberra Capitals lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Townsville F.. Dandenong Rangers will meet league's leader Bendigo Spirit on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Canberra Capitals will play against Sydney Uni Flames (#8) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Townsville F. won against West Coast on the opponent's court 78-65. Adelaide managed to outperform Townsville F. in a home game 90-75. Logan T. managed to beat Canberra C. on the road 74-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks by Suzy Batkovic-Brown of Adelaide.


Dandenong R. - Canberra C. 91-72

Second ranked Dandenong Rangers (10-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Canberra Capitals (5-6) by 19 points 91-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-72. Dandenong Rangers made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Canberra Capitals turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international Jenna O'Hea (185-87) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Sara Blicavs (188-93) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dandenong Rangers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Brigitte Ardossi (188-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Samantha Norwood (188-89, college: Stony Brook) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dandenong Rangers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bendigo S. Canberra Capitals lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Townsville F.. Dandenong Rangers will meet league's leader Bendigo Spirit on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Canberra Capitals will play against Sydney Uni Flames (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Canberra C.: B.Ardossi 13+8reb, A.Bunton 13+4reb+1ast, N.Hunt 8+4ast, S.Norwood 8+10reb+1ast, V.Ogoke 8+4reb, M.Cosier 7+2reb+2ast
Dandenong R.: J.O'Hea 22+5reb+7ast, S.Blicavs 17+6reb+2ast, K.Phillips 14+6reb, K.Macleod 11+4reb+5ast, M.Wright 8+5reb+2ast, S.Cumming 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 187644


West Coast - Townsville F. 65-78

Rather expected game in Perth where 9th ranked West Coast Waves (2-10) were defeated by sixth ranked Townsville Fire (5-6) 78-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Townsville Fire. West Coast Waves managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Mia Newley (184-88) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Olivia Thompson (185-93) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Townsville Fire players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was New Zealand power forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Melissa Marsh (209-85) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Townsville Fire moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Canberra C. West Coast Waves lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Townsville Fire will meet at home Logan Thunder (#7) in the next round. West Coast Waves will play against Adelaide Lightning and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
West Coast: L.Wallbutton 17+6reb+1ast, M.Marsh 13+4reb+3ast, D.Garbin 10+4reb+1ast, A.Edmondson 7+2reb+3ast, A.Todhunter 6+7reb+5ast, N.Burton 6+5reb
Townsville F.: M.Newley 17+6reb+2ast, K.Standish 15+6reb, O.Thompson 14+8reb+1ast, R.Flanagan 10+5reb+2ast, M.Cocks 6+1reb+1ast, J.Foley 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 187647


Bulleen B. - Bendigo S. 61-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Melbourne. 4th placed host Bulleen Boomers (6-6) lost to first ranked Bendigo Spirit (10-1) 73-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bulleen Boomers. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-61. Bendigo Spirit dominated on the defensive end, holding Bulleen Boomers to just 7 points in third quarter. American forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and center Gabrielle Richards (191-84, college: Oregon) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds. Four Bendigo Spirit players scored in double figures. Bendigo Spirit's coach Bernie Harrower used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international center Elyse Penaluna (193-88) with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and international Rachel Jarry (185-91) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Bendigo Spirit have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Bulleen Boomers at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Bendigo Spirit are looking forward to face league's second-placed Dandenong Rangers at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bulleen Boomers will play against West Coast Waves in Perth and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Bulleen B.: E.Penaluna 11+11reb+2ast, R.Jarry 10+8reb, H.Florance 9+6reb, T.Madgen 9+4reb+4ast, A.Kunek 8+2reb+1ast, E.Randall 6+5reb+1ast
Bendigo S.: K.Griffin 20+10reb+2ast, K.Harrower 13+4reb+3ast, G.Richards 13+13reb+2ast, R.Camino 10+4reb, K.Wilson 4+2reb+2ast, R.Herrick 4+1reb
gschID: 187646


Sydney UF - Logan T. 81-67

Bottom-ranked Sydney Uni Flames managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Logan Thunder 81-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Logan Thunder. Logan Thunder was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 52-32 second half run of Sydney Uni Flames. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Logan Thunder's 30. They outrebounded Logan Thunder 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Guard Kate Ebzery (177-90) nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and international guard Alicia Poto (166-78) accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five Sydney Uni Flames players scored in double figures. American guard Laurie Koehn (173-82, college: Kansas St.) came up with 16 points and New Zealand forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Logan Thunder in the defeat. Sydney Uni Flames (2-9) moved-up to eighth place. Logan Thunder at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Sydney Uni Flames will play against higher ranked Canberra Capitals (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Logan Thunder will play against Townsville Fire and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: L.Koehn 16+3reb+2ast, L.Laur 13+4reb, N.Taylor 11+5reb+2ast, K.Veal 9+5reb+4ast, K.Barnes 8+5reb+1ast, E.Langford 5+4reb
Sydney UF: K.Ebzery 19+7reb+5ast, A.Sykes 15+4reb, A.Poto 13+6reb+4ast, E.Manou 12+5reb, R.Cox 12+6reb+2ast, J.Kennedy 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 187645


Adelaide - Townsville F. 90-75

Rather predictable result when third ranked Adelaide Lightning (7-4) defeated at home 6th ranked Townsville Fire (5-6) 90-75 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-75. Adelaide Lightning made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Adelaide Lightning outrebounded Townsville Fire 38-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Adelaide Lightning made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-80) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. New Zealand-Italian guard Angela Marino (166-86) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Jess Foley (182-83, college: Duke) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists and guard Mia Newley (184-88) added 13 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Adelaide Lightning maintains third place with 7-4 record having just three points less than leader Bendigo S. Loser Townsville Fire dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Canberra C.. Adelaide Lightning will meet at home bottom-ranked West Coast Waves (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Townsville Fire will play against Logan Thunder (#7) in Loganholme and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Townsville F.: J.Foley 20+4reb+5ast, M.Newley 13+4reb+2ast, N.Romeo 11+2ast, K.Standish 10+4reb+1ast, M.Cocks 6+1reb+2ast, O.Thompson 6+4reb
Adelaide: S.Batkovic-Brown 25+11reb+2ast, A.Lewis 14+5reb+1ast, A.Marino 14+1reb+9ast, L.Hodges 13+6reb+3ast, N.Payne 10+3reb, J.Hill 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187643


Canberra C. - Logan T. 59-74

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Canberra Capitals (5-6) were defeated at home by seventh ranked Logan Thunder (4-7) 74-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Logan Thunder. Canberra Capitals managed to win third quarter 19-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Logan Thunder forced 22 Canberra Capitals turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Kristen Veal (176-81) who scored 13 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. American forward Lindsay Laur (182-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Jessica Bibby (169-79) who recorded 14 points and power forward Samantha Norwood (188-89, college: Stony Brook) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Canberra Capitals' coach rotated eleven players saving starting five for next games. Logan Thunder maintains seventh place with 4-7 record. Canberra Capitals lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Townsville F.. Logan Thunder will meet higher ranked Townsville Fire (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Canberra Capitals will play against Sydney Uni Flames and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Canberra C.: J.Bibby 14+4reb+2ast, B.Ardossi 13+3reb+1ast, C.Wilson 9+1reb+1ast, S.Norwood 8+8reb+1ast, N.Hunt 6+6reb+2ast, M.Cosier 5+7reb+1ast
Logan T.: L.Koehn 16+3reb, K.Veal 13+4reb+8ast, L.Laur 12+6reb+2ast, K.Barnes 10+1reb, N.Taylor 8+3reb+2ast, E.Langford 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 187642


Stats Leaders - WNBL

Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.21.5 
 2. Harrower, Bendi.19.1 
 3. Sykes, Sydney UF18.9 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.17.8 
 5. Koehn, Logan T.16.6 
 6. Richards, Bendi.15.5 
 7. Langford, Logan T.14.5 
 8. Standish, Townsvil.14.1 
 9. Jarry, Bulleen B.13.8 
 10. Taylor, Logan T.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.10.3 
 2. Richards, Bendi.9.6 
 3. Phillips, Dandenon.7.6 
 4. Ardossi, Canberra.7.5 
 5. Jarry, Bulleen B.7.3 
 6. Standish, Townsvil.6.6 
 7. Cosier, Canberra C.6.6 
 8. Norwood, Canberra.6.4 
 9. Penaluna, Bulleen6.4 
 10. Florance, Bulleen6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jenna O''HEA
  Dandenong R.
  (185-SF-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. O''Hea, Dandenong6.5 
 2. Poto, Sydney UF5.8 
 3. Macleod, Dandenon.5.8 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.5.8 
 5. Madgen, Bulleen B.5.6 
 6. Veal, Logan T.5.1 
 7. Marino, Adelaide4.8 
 8. Screen, Adelaide4.6 
 9. Hunt, Canberra C.3.3 
 10. Jarry, Bulleen B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alicia POTO
  Sydney UF
  (166-G-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Poto, Sydney UF2.9 
 2. Veal, Logan T.2.0 
 3. Langford, Logan T.1.7 
 4. Cox, Sydney UF1.6 
 5. Hill, Adelaide1.5 
 6. O''Hea, Dandenong1.5 
 7. Downie, Dandenon.1.5 
 8. Taylor, Logan T.1.4 
 9. Ebzery, Sydney UF1.3 
 10. Norwood, Canberra.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.2.6 
 2. Penaluna, Bulleen1.5 
 3. Newley, Townsville1.4 
 4. Florance, Bulleen1.3 
 5. Standish, Townsvil.1.1 
 6. Jarry, Bulleen B.1.0 
 7. O''Hea, Dandenong0.9 
 8. Cox, Sydney UF0.9 
 9. Wallbutton, West C.0.8 
 10. Burton, West Coa.0.8 


2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia edge New Zealand to clinch the crown - by Eurobasket News

Australia - New Zealand 67:49

Australia celebrated the title at the Pacific Youth Championships. The hosts overcame their archrivals New Zealand in the championship game tonight. Bridget OBrien came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
The Emerging Junior Tall Ferns stayed in charge in the opening quarter. New Zealand grabbed a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Australia bounced back with an aggressive defence in the second frame. They limited the Kiwis at 4 points in the period and ensured a 28:21 halftime advantage. The home team went on a 27:14 run in the third quarter. The Aussies ensured a 20-point lead before the final frame. New Zealand outscored the hosts in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Morgan Yaeger netted 14 points, while Georgia Pineau and Alexandra Sharp added 12 points apiece for the winners. Charlotte Elley answered with 12 points for the Emerging Junior Tall Ferns. Ah Kiong Aaliyah had 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Bridget OBrien 16, Morgan Yaeger 14, Georgia Pineau 12, Alexandra Sharp 12
New Zealand: Charlotte Elley 12, Ah Kiong Aaliyah 10



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - AWBL

AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 8-0 
 2. BK Duchess 6-2 
 3. BC Vienna 3-5 
 4. Basket Flames 2-6 
 5. UBI Graz 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 1: Fl.Foxes - BK Duchess 94-64
Dec. 1: UBI Graz - Basket Flames 61-74

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 8: UBI Graz - Fl.Foxes
Dec. 8: BC Vienna - BK Duchess



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  BOSNIA   


Gagic is back at Sloboda - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sloboda Novi Grad (Division I) signed 31-year old Bosnian guard Zvjezdana Gagic (169-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Its actually her comeback to Novi Grad as she played here before. Gagic just played at Jagodina 2001 in Serbian A League. In only one game this season she recorded very impressive stats: 25 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists and 1 steal.
Gagic won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2006 and 2010.
She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Honorable Mention in 2012. Gagic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.8ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5(2.8apg), 2.3spg.
Gagic has played also professionally in Israel (Elitzur Holon), FYR Macedonia (ZKK Struga 2009) and Bosnia (Jedinstvo, Zeljeznicar, Celik and ZHKK Brotnjo 94 Citluk).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   


Justine Colley claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented international guard Justine Colley (175-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader St.Mary's and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 21-year old guard had the game-high 37 points adding six rebounds and four assists for St.Mary's in her team's victory, helping them to crush Dalhousie (#3, 4-2) with 21-point margin 85-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed St.Mary's to consolidate first place in the Canadian CIS. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and St.Mary's still have not lost a single game, getting all 7 victories. Colley has many years of experience at St.Mary's, through which he has constantly improved. Colley has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.3ppg. Colley is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg,4.2spg and 46.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old guard Lindsay Harris (178-G) of second-ranked Acadia. Harris impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Acadia was edged by slightly lower-ranked St.Francis X. (#4, 4-3) 74-73. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Acadia still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just her team's 1st loss this season, while they won 5 other games. Harris is one of the most experienced players at Acadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Kolbi Roper (185-C) of St.Francis X. (#4). Roper scored 21 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of St.Francis X., leading her team to a 74-73 win against #2 ranked Acadia. St.Francis X. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Roper has a great season in Canada. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emily Nkosi) of Acadia - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F) of Saskatchewan - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kendra Asleson (183-F-91) of Alberta - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Kiera Lyons (178-F) of Saskatchewan - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Megan Robinson (165-G) of Memorial - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kim Devison (175-G-89) of Memorial - 12 points and 4 assists
10. Emily Kaehn) of UNBC - 10 points, 11 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)



CIS Round 13: UBC hands first loss to undefeated Calgary - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Calgary (8-1) in Vancouver on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked UBC (6-3) 70-58. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Calgary. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. UBC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UBC outrebounded Calgary 42-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for UBC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UBC made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of center Leigh Stansfield (190) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kris Young (178-92) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jessica Franz (183) answered with 13 points and 4 steals for Calgary. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UBC moved-up to second place, which they share with Victoria. Calgary at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Regina. UBC is looking forward to face Lethbridge (#4) at home in the next round. Calgary will play against Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Lethbridge beat Victoria on the road 72-66. Regina won against TWU on its own court 72-63. UFV outscored Brandon in Abbotsford 74-35. Queen's lost to undefeated Windsor at home 64-72. Brock defeated Ryerson on the opponent's court 60-57. Toronto Univ. was beaten by McMaster in a home game 56-64. Ottawa won against Laurier on the road 65-53. Winless Waterloo was outscored by Carleton on its own court 57-76. Concordia recorded a loss to Laval in Quebec City 50-49. Lakehead crushed Laurentian at home 73-48. York was smashed by Guelph on the opponent's court 73-48.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 27 points by Kayli Santori of UFV.


UBC - Calgary 70-58

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Calgary (8-1) in Vancouver on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked UBC (6-3) 70-58. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Calgary. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. UBC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UBC outrebounded Calgary 42-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for UBC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UBC made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of center Leigh Stansfield (190) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kris Young (178-92) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jessica Franz (183) answered with 13 points and 4 steals and guard Tamara Jarrett (168-91) added 13 points in the effort for Calgary. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UBC moved-up to second place, which they share with Victoria. Calgary at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Regina. UBC is looking forward to face Lethbridge (#4) at home in the next round. Calgary will play against Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBC: L.Stansfield 21+10reb, K.Young 18+9reb+1ast, M.Sundberg 8+2reb+2ast, A.Binns 6+4reb+3ast, C.Knievel 6+1reb+2ast, A.Parkin 5+9reb+4ast
Calgary: T.Jarrett 13+1reb+2ast, J.Franz 13+4reb+1ast, K.Craig 7+2reb, E.Romanow 6+2reb+2ast, K.Sheils 5+3reb+4ast, A.Hirons 4+2reb
gschID: 190925


Victoria - Lethbridge 66-72

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Lethbridge (5-4) beat on the road much higher ranked Victoria (6-3) 72-66 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for forward Kimberley Veldman (188) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Katlyn Olsen (168) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Debbie Yeboah (168) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Cassandra Goodis (170) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Victoria. Victoria's coach Richard Chambers rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lethbridge moved-up to third place, which they share with Alberta. Loser Victoria keeps the second position with three games lost. Lethbridge will face league's second-placed UBC in Vancouver in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Victoria will play at home against the league's leader Calgary in Exshaw and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: K.Veldman 20+6reb+1ast, A.Cameron 15+3reb+1ast, S.Inman 12+4reb, E.Skippon 9+4reb+1ast, K.Olsen 8+10reb+2ast, D.Sheen 3+1reb+1ast
Victoria: D.Yeboah 23+6reb+3ast, C.Goodis 13+5reb+8ast, J.Lewis 7, J.Renfrew 7+6reb+1ast, T.Rennie 6+8reb, N.Karstein 4+3reb
gschID: 190924


Regina - TWU 72-63

Very expected game when 8th ranked Trinity Western (1-8) lost on the road to second ranked Regina (8-1) 72-63 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Trinity Western won third quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regina dominated on the defensive end, holding Trinity Western to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Trinity Western 54-32 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trinity Western was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Michelle Clarke (170-88, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Jennilea Coppola (190-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Regina players scored in double figures. Forward Holly Strom (180) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Emily Knauff (180-87) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Trinity Western. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Regina have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Calgary. Loser Trinity Western keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Regina will face league's leader UFV in Abbotsford in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trinity Western will play on the road against Brandon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regina: M.Clarke 13+8reb+4ast, L.Ledingham 13+7reb+1ast, J.Coppola 11+11reb, M.Docherty 11+2reb+1ast, B.Read 9+9reb, D.Schmidt 6+4reb
TWU: H.Strom 18+7reb+2ast, E.Knauff 15+10reb, S.Cleveland 14+2reb+1ast, C.Martin 6+3reb+2ast, C.Olsen 5+4reb, K.Ford 3+1reb
gschID: 190923


Brandon - UFV 35-74

Very predictable result when leader UFV (9-0) rolled over on the road bottom-ranked Brandon (0-9) 74-35 on Friday. The game without a history. UFV led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brandon to just 4 points in third quarter. UFV dominated down low during the game scoring 34 of its points in the paint compared to Brandon's 14. UFV forced 28 Brandon turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Kayli Santori (182) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Forward Sarah Wierks (188) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Carrera Lamoureux (173) answered with 13 points and guard Maegan Mackay (178) added 6 points and 4 steals in the effort for Brandon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. UFV have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Loser Brandon still closes the standings with nine games lost. UFV will face league's second-placed Regina on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brandon will play against Trinity Western (#8) in Langley and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
UFV: K.Santori 27+3reb+3ast, S.Wierks 11+5reb+1ast, C.Bartel 7+2reb+2ast, A.Luyken 7+2reb+3ast, N.Wierks 6+4reb+1ast, J.Singh 6+1reb
Brandon: C.Lamoureux 13+2reb+1ast, M.Mackay 6+2reb+2ast, S.Dobie 3+2reb, A.McDonald-Okoro 3+4reb, C.Gaslard 3+3reb+2ast, E.Langill 2+3reb
gschID: 190922


Queen''s - Windsor 64-72

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Queen's (3-4) lost to leader Windsor (7-0) in Kingston 64-72 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Windsor dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Queen's' 14. Windsor forced 28 Queen's turnovers. It was a very good performance for French forward French forward Jessica Clemencon (188-89) (188-89) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. point guard point guard Miah-Marie Langlois (176-91) (176-91) contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Windsor's coach Chantal Vallee used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. French forward French forward Jessica Clemencon (188-89) (188-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and point guard point guard Miah-Marie Langlois (176-91) (176-91) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for Queen's. Windsor have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record, which they share with St.Mary's. Loser Queen's dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Windsor will have a break next round. Queen's will play at home against Western (#3) in London and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Windsor: J.Clemencon 21+8reb, L.Mullins 10+3reb+1ast, M.Langlois 10+4reb+6ast, T.Kreiger 10+5reb, B.Kovacevic 9+9reb+1ast, K.Williams 7+5reb+4ast
Queen''s: L.Boag 18+1reb+2ast, G.Bullard 16+2reb+1ast, H.Koposhynska 10+2reb, J.Wright 6+6reb+1ast, N.Morse 5, R.Urosevic 3+1ast
gschID: 190921


Ryerson - Brock 57-60

Everything went according to plan when leader Brock (6-0) edged 6th ranked Ryerson (2-5) in Toronto 60-57 on Friday. Ryerson trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 22-8 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 57-60 at the end of the game. Brock dominated on the defensive end, holding Ryerson to just 6 points in first quarter. They also forced 28 Ryerson turnovers and had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for forward Nicole Rosenkranz (185) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Jenalyn Yumol (173) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Cassandra Nofuente (175) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kelsey Wright (170) added 23 points in the effort for Ryerson. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Brock have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-0 record behind leader UFV. Ryerson lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. Brock will have a break next round. Ryerson will play at home against McMaster (#7) in Hamilton and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brock: N.Rosenkranz 14+13reb+1ast, J.Yumol 12+5reb+2ast, K.Santilli 11+3reb+2ast, S.Dejong 7+5reb+1ast, B.Ozimok 4+3reb, A.Polischuk 4+6reb+3ast
Ryerson: K.Wright 23+2reb, C.Nofuente 18+5reb+2ast, S.Jez 5+4reb+1ast, D.Gechkova 5+1reb+1ast, K.Pingue-Giles 4+2reb+1ast, A.Sokoloff 2+9reb+1ast
gschID: 190920


Toronto Univ. - McMaster 56-64

There was an upset when much higher ranked Toronto (4-3) lost at home to seventh ranked McMaster (2-4) 64-56 on Friday. Toronto trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 18-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 56-64 at the end of the game. McMaster dominated on the defensive end, holding Toronto to just 2 points in second quarter. They also forced 22 Toronto turnovers. It was a very good performance for guard Danielle Boiago (170) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 steals. American forward Hailey Milligan (190-89, college: Canisius) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julie Longauer (180) answered with 13 points and guard Melissa Frederick (170) added 6 points in the effort for Toronto. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. McMaster moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lakehead. Toronto lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with three games lost. McMaster will face Ryerson (#6) in Toronto in the next round.
Top scorers:
McMaster: D.Boiago 20+4reb, H.Milligan 14+8reb+2ast, S.Truelove 7+4reb+1ast, V.Bonomo 5+6reb+4ast, R.Holmes 5+1reb+1ast, E.Burns 4+1reb+1ast
Toronto Univ.: J.Longauer 13+3reb+2ast, V.Wallace 8+4reb, R.Sider 8+2reb+1ast, L.Bailey 7+3reb, M.Frederick 6+3reb+3ast, A.Lauzon 4+7reb
gschID: 190918


Laurier - Ottawa 53-65

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Ottawa (4-3) beat 4th placed Laurier (3-3) in Waterloo 65-53 on Friday. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 41-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ottawa outrebounded Laurier 43-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a very good performance for power forward Jenna Gilbert (183, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. International guard Kellie Ring (178-93) contributed with 5 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Whitney Ellenor (190-91, college: Canisius) answered with 13 points and guard Lee Anna Osei (157, college: Trinity Valley JC) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Laurier. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ottawa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with St.Francis X. and Toronto Univ. Loser Laurier keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Ottawa will face Waterloo (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Laurier will play against the league's leader Carleton (#1) in Ottawa.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: J.Gilbert 18+4reb+1ast, A.Lukan 14+3reb+3ast, K.Lemoine 7+2reb+2ast, J.Soriano 7+5reb, A.Lachance-Scantland 6+2reb, K.Ring 5+13reb+4ast
Laurier: W.Ellenor 13+1reb+3ast, L.Anna Osei 9+5reb+2ast, K.Schenck 9+4reb+1ast, A.Hillis 9+2reb+2ast, L.Doyle 5+2ast, K.Yeldon 4+7reb
gschID: 190917


Waterloo - Carleton 57-76

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Waterloo (0-6) was smashed at home by first ranked Carleton (5-2) 76-57 on Friday. The game without a history. Carleton led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Waterloo's 16. Carleton forced 24 Waterloo turnovers. Waterloo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Lindsay Shotbolt (180) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Alyson Bush (170) contributed with 13 points and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Laura Bossers (178) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Swedish guard Erika Persson (178-88) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Waterloo. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Carleton have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-2 record. Loser Waterloo still closes the standings with six games lost. Carleton will face Laurier (#5) in Waterloo in the next round. Waterloo will play at home against the league's second-placed Ottawa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Carleton: L.Shotbolt 19+10reb+2ast, A.Bush 13+2reb+2ast, K.Van Slingerland 7, L.Suprunchuk 7+5reb, E.Roach 6+5reb+5ast, K.Macleod 6+1reb+1ast
Waterloo: L.Bossers 12+5reb+1ast, K.Kuntze 11+3reb+1ast, J.Rodrigues 9+3reb+1ast, E.Persson 8+4reb+4ast, G.Spiropoulos 5+5reb, M.Lougheed 4+3reb
gschID: 190916


Laval - Concordia 50-49

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Laval (2-3) edged leader Concordia (4-1) in Quebec City 50-49 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Laval dominated on the defensive end, holding Concordia to just 5 points in third quarter. Laval had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Laval made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for the former international center Marie-Pascale Nadeau (188-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds and 7 blocks. Guard Elyse Jobin (180-90) contributed with 8 points for the winners. Laval's coach Linda Marquis used entire bench in such tough game. Marilyse Roy-Viau answered with 16 points and guard Ashley Clarke (165) added 5 points and 7 assists in the effort for Concordia. Laval maintains fourth place with 2-3 record. Loser Concordia still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laval: M.Nadeau 15+19reb+1ast, J.Jacques 9+4reb, G.Girard 8+3reb, E.Jobin 8+3reb+3ast, M.Ferland 4+4reb+3ast, M.Dion 4+4reb+4ast
Concordia: M.Roy-Viau 16+3reb+1ast, R.Gregoire 9+5reb, K.Barrett 7+6reb+1ast, C.Suissa 5, A.Clarke 5+3reb+7ast, A.Boudreau 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190915


Lakehead - Laurentian 73-48

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Laurentian (3-4) was outscored by sixth ranked Thunderwolves (2-4) in Thunder Bay 73-48 on Friday. The game without a history. Thunderwolves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Laurentian to just 6 points in third quarter. Thunderwolves held Laurentian to an opponent 23.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.2 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Laurentian 51-36 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thunderwolves made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for guard Ayse Kalkan (173-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Carolyn Fragale (168-89) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Adrienne Moreau (175) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Sasha Polishchuk added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Laurentian. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderwolves maintains sixth place with 2-4 record, which they share with McMaster. Loser Laurentian dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Thunderwolves will face York (#7) in Toronto in the next round. Laurentian will play on the road against Guelph and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: C.Fragale 20+6reb+3ast, K.Ulakovic 17+4reb+5ast, A.Kalkan 15+14reb+2ast, A.Randall 7+6reb+2ast, K.Bardsley 6+3reb+2ast, L.Inkila 2+5reb+1ast
Laurentian: E.Simpson 11+2reb, A.Moreau 9+8reb+1ast, E.Tymchuck 7+1reb+1ast, E.Decloe 6+2reb, D.Bryce 6+2reb, S.Polishchuk 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 190914


New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 62-58 OT

New Brunsw needed an overtime to beat Cape Breton 62:58. Colborne top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Campbell scored 21 in defeat.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: C.Colborne 22+6reb+5ast, C.Daly 9+4reb+6ast, R.Cleary 9+9reb, T.Ettinger 8+9reb+4ast, K.Mangold 7+5reb, C.Collette 3+1ast
Cape Breton: N.Campbell 21+9reb+1ast, T.McClurkin 11+1reb+4ast, B.Hollins 8+1reb+1ast, J.Skeir 6+3reb+2ast, C.Keane 5+8reb, S.Minicucci 3+3reb
gschID: 190913


Guelph - York 73-48

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Guelph (3-3) outplayed at home 7th ranked York (1-6) 73-48 on Friday. They outrebounded York 38-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guelph made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for forward Kayla Goodhoofd (180) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Center Jasmine Douglas (183) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. French guard Cyrielle Recoura (172-91) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nadia Qahwash (170) added 9 points in the effort for York. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guelph moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Laurier. Loser York keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Guelph will face Laurentian (#4) in Greater Sudbury in the next round. York will play on the road against Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guelph: K.Goodhoofd 17+4reb+2ast, J.Douglas 12+8reb+2ast, E.Mc Fadden 10+6reb+1ast, A.Beatty 9+3reb+1ast, K.Mactavish 7+5reb+2ast, K.Yallin 6
York: C.Recoura 10+6reb+3ast, N.Qahwash 9+2reb, E.Sarapnickas 8, I.Seupersadsingh 7+3reb+1ast, C.Osborne 5+5reb, K.Pangos 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 190919



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WCBA Round 11: Zhejiang Far East loses to Jiangsu Phoenix - by Eurobasket News

WCBA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between second ranked Zhejiang Far East (7-4) and tenth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (5-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Zhejiang Far East was defeated by Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing 87-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zhejiang Far East. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jiangsu Phoenix made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Zhejiang Far East turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Jiangsu Phoenix especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. International point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Xu Nuo (197-87) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 54 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for Zhejiang Far East. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bayi and Beijing. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Liaoning. Jiangsu Phoenix is looking forward to face Bayi Kylin (#8) in Yinzhou in the next round. Zhejiang Far East will play at home against Shanghai Octopus (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Liaoning Hengye (7-4) which hosted in Anshan 4th placed Qujing Yunnan (6-5). Third ranked Liaoning Hengye managed to get a 14-point victory 92-78. It was a great evening for Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Zengyu Ma helped adding 18 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Liaoning Hengye moved-up to second place, which they share with Zhejiang. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Shenyang and Shanghai. Liaoning Hengye will play against Beijing Great Wall (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Qujing Yunnan will play against Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
WCBA top team - Shanxi (9-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Beijing Great Wall (5-6) 83-75. It was a quality performance for Maya Moore who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Sophia Young came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Beijing Great Wall in the defeat. Shanxi have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Newly promoted Shanxi maintains first place with 9-2 record. Loser Beijing Great Wall dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Bayi and Jiangsu. Shanxi will meet Henan Elephants (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beijing Great Wall will play against Liaoning Hengye in Anshan and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Dandong. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Guangdong Dolphins (3-8) to seventh ranked Shenyang Golden Lions (6-5) 74-71 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was LiJie Miao who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Shenyang Golden Lions moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shanghai and Yunnan. Guangdong Dolphins at the other side keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions' next round opponent will be Qujing Yunnan (#4) on the road. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#12) in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Yinzhou. Eighth ranked Bayi Kylin (5-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-8) 81-78 on Saturday evening. Nan Chen orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bayi Kylin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jiangsu and Beijing. Loser Heilongjiang Chenneng stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Bayi Kylin will face Jiangsu Phoenix (#9) in Yixing in the next round. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play on the road against Guangdong Dolphins in Guangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 Shanghai beat Henan on the road 76-72.


Jiangsu - Zhejiang 98-87

The game between second ranked Zhejiang Far East (7-4) and tenth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (5-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Zhejiang Far East was defeated by Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing 87-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zhejiang Far East. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jiangsu Phoenix made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Zhejiang Far East turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Jiangsu Phoenix especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. International point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Xu Nuo (197-87) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 54 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zhejiang Far East. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bayi and Beijing. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Liaoning. Jiangsu Phoenix is looking forward to face Bayi Kylin (#8) in Yinzhou in the next round. Zhejiang Far East will play at home against Shanghai Octopus (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang: C.Elizabeth 54+11reb+1ast, J.Xiao 11+3reb+4ast, S.Tong 9+3reb+2ast, D.XueMei 8+4reb+1ast, Lin 4+1reb+1ast, S.Yi 1+2reb+2ast
Jiangsu: C.Xiaojia 34+10reb+5ast, N.Xu 23+2reb+3ast, L.ShanShan 15+1reb+8ast, Z.XiaoNi 11+3reb+2ast, T.Krystal 8+10reb, J.Meng 3+2ast
gschID: 227851


Bayi - Heilongjiang 81-78

Important game to mention about took place in Yinzhou. Eighth ranked Bayi Kylin (5-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-8) 81-78 on Saturday evening. Heilongjiang Chenneng trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 34-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-81 at the end of the game. Bayi Kylin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International center Nan Chen (197-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Lu Wen (188-90) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Bayi Kylin players scored in double figures. The former international guard YanYan Ji (182-85) answered with 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Yihong Ma (185-81) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Heilongjiang Chenneng. Bayi Kylin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jiangsu and Beijing. Loser Heilongjiang Chenneng stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Bayi Kylin will face Jiangsu Phoenix (#9) in Yixing in the next round. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play on the road against Guangdong Dolphins in Guangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 33+5reb+5ast, M.Yihong 20+7reb+6ast, H.Fang-yu 7+3reb+1ast, L.JiaCen 6+6reb, Z.Yongfu 5+3reb, Y.Jie 3+1reb
Bayi: C.Nan 25+10reb+1ast, W.Lu 14+5reb+6ast, S.Mengran 12+2reb, S.XiaoYun 11+2reb+5ast, Z.Jiayi 6+2reb+6ast, Z.Liting 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 227850


Liaoning - Yunnan 92-78

An interesting game for Liaoning Hengye (7-4) which hosted in Anshan 4th placed Qujing Yunnan (6-5). Third ranked Liaoning Hengye managed to get a 14-point victory 92-78. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hengye. Qujing Yunnan was better in third quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hengye shot 63.3 percent from the field. Liaoning Hengye outrebounded Qujing Yunnan 31-14 including a 24-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Huan Zhai (178-89) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liaoning Hengye moved-up to second place, which they share with Zhejiang. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Shenyang and Shanghai. Liaoning Hengye will play against Beijing Great Wall (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Qujing Yunnan will play against Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yunnan: T.Lindsay 21+6reb, Z.Huan 18+1reb+1ast, J.Yang 16+2reb+1ast, C.Betty 16+1reb+1ast, L.Xiao 3+1reb, L.XiaoLei 2+3reb+2ast
Liaoning: L.Yelena 20+14reb+2ast, M.Zengyu 18+3reb+4ast, Z.Wei 16+1reb+2ast, C.Xiaoli 14+1reb+3ast, W.TingTing 6+6reb+1ast, C.Feng 6+4reb
gschID: 227849


Henan - Shanghai 72-76

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-5) beat 9th ranked Henan Elephants (4-7) in Jiyuan 76-72 on Saturday. Henan Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Shanghai Octopus made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Henan Elephants turnovers. American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Jing Huang (183-85) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jayne Appel (193-88, college: Stanford) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Jie Sun (183-91) added 26 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Henan Elephants. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shenyang and Yunnan. Henan Elephants lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Shanghai Octopus will face league's second-placed Zhejiang Far East in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Henan Elephants will play at home against the league's leader Shanxi (#1) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Jayne 28+16reb+2ast, S.Jie 26+6reb+1ast, P.Li 6+1reb+3ast, W.Jing 5+1reb+1ast, M.Huan 4+3reb+1ast, J.Hua 3+4reb+1ast
Shanghai: L.Camille 32+8reb+3ast, H.Jing 18+6reb+1ast, J.Lan 18+5reb+1ast, Z.Ni 5+2ast, W.Jue 3+3reb+6ast, W.Xing 0+3reb
gschID: 227848


Shenyang - Guangdong 74-71

A very interesting game took place in Dandong. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Guangdong Dolphins (3-8) to seventh ranked Shenyang Golden Lions (6-5) 74-71 on Saturday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-11. But Guangdong Dolphins won second period 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shenyang Golden Lions won last quarter 15-14. The best player for the winners was international forward LiJie Miao (178-81) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Meng Li (185-95) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. American Tamika Catchings (186-79, college: Tennessee) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and point guard Siyue Qiu (177-91) added 8 points respectively for the guests. Shenyang Golden Lions moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shanghai and Yunnan. Guangdong Dolphins at the other side keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions' next round opponent will be Qujing Yunnan (#4) on the road. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#12) in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangdong: C.Tamika 29+7reb+1ast, Z.Dongxue 10+3reb, Q.Siyue 8+4reb+3ast, Y.LiWei 7+4reb, H.Hongpin 6+4reb, G.Xin 6+6reb
Shenyang: L.Meng 24+5reb+1ast, M.LiJie 24+6reb+6ast, L.Dan 12+7reb+1ast, Z.Shuang 9+1reb+1ast, H.Nan 3+3reb+1ast, W.Xiao Zhu 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 227847


Beijing - Shanxi 75-83

WCBA top team - Shanxi (9-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Beijing Great Wall (5-6) 83-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Beijing Great Wall won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for Spanish Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Center Xianmin Zheng (184-74) accounted for 8 points for the winning side. American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Fan Zhang (188-84) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Beijing Great Wall in the defeat. Four Beijing Great Wall players scored in double figures. Shanxi have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Newly promoted Shanxi maintains first place with 9-2 record. Loser Beijing Great Wall dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Bayi and Jiangsu. Shanxi will meet Henan Elephants (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beijing Great Wall will play against Liaoning Hengye in Anshan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: Z.Fan 18+5reb+1ast, Y.Sophia 17+8reb+2ast, S.XiaoYu 15, Z.Lin 11+4reb, K.Yeong-Ok 7+2reb+5ast, Q.Site 5+3reb+3ast
Shanxi: M.Maya 45+16reb+4ast, Z.Yu 11+3ast, Z.Xianmin 8+3reb+3ast, Z.Jun Shan 6+2reb, M.Liang 6+8reb, W.Jinzhu 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 227846



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APOP succeeded a crucial road win in APOEL's home court - by Chris Mammides

APOP Paphou succeed a great road win in Nicosia as Coach Kostas Karapittis and his troops beat Cytavision APOEL Nicosia in its home court for the fifth week of the first division league of the Cyprus Women's legue, with 42-45.

APOP's third victory in five games it's a fact as after a great game and with a solid game by Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) who was the MVP of the game, the biggest surprise took place in Nicosia. From Coach Biedov's team, Veatriki Akathiotou (166-G-95) was the top scorer for her team but her 12 points were not enough to bring the win for Apoel.


Quarters: 12-15, 29-23, 36-35, 42-45

Cytavision Apoel: Petridou, Veatriki Akathiotou 12, Alice Kazanjian (170-F-93), Athina Papagianni (176-F-95) 2, Valeria Sella (178-F-92) 9, Charalampous, Ioannou, Konstantina Koniali (171-G-89), Carlton 5, Chara Roussaki (179-F-89), Ashley Johnson (176-G-83, college: Colorado Coll.) 2, Margarita Koursari (179-F-86) 3.

APOP: Kerti (173-G-87) 2, Zoe Agapiou (182-F/C-83) 8, Konstantinou 2, Atalioti, Maria Savvidou (162-G-86), Michael, Eliza Ilieva 4, Natasa Efstathiou (171-G-92), Andriana Antoniou 22, Petrou.



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Fiji clinch Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Fiji - Guam 73:55

Fiji stepped onto the pedestal at the Pacific Youth Championships. They defeated Guam in the consolation final to claim the Bronze medals. Tiyana Kainamoli posted 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
Fiji eked out an 18:13 lead after the starting frame. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Fiji accounted for a 35:26 halftime advantage. Fiji stretched the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Fiji exploded with 22 points in the fourth period and celebrated victory at the end. Ro Naivaluvou netted 15 points, while Georgina Balenacagi had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Alina Bonto scored game-high 18 points for Guam. Kaelin Soriano netted 11 points in the loss.

Fiji: Tiyana Kainamoli 16+11 boards, Ro Naivaluvou 15, Georgina Balenacagi 12
Guam: Alina Bonto 18, Kaelin Soriano 11



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SM-sarja Round 17: Top-ranked Catz Lappeenranta wins another game - by Eurobasket News

SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked TuRi (3-10) 87-42. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TuRi. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Catz Lappeenranta forced 24 TuRi turnovers and outrebounded them 46-34 including 19 on the offensive glass. American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Russian power forward Jelena Reshetko (184-86) contributed with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Callan Taylor (182-90, college: Sacred Heart) answered with 8 points and 13 rebounds for TuRi. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Newly promoted TuRi keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Catz Lappeenranta are looking forward to face Forssan Alku (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TuRi will play against Torpan Pojat (#4) in Helsinki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Kerava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked HoNsU (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (4-8). HoNsU smashed Kerava Energia Team 93-67. American guard Brandi Davis (183-83, college: Oregon) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Minna Sten chipped in 26 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Earlysia Marchbanks (180, college: Oregon St., agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. HoNsU have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huima and Honka. Kerava Energia Team lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. HoNsU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kerava Energia Team will play on the road against the league's second-placed Peli-Karhut (#2) in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Aanekoski was also quite interesting. Third ranked Forssan Alku (9-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Aanekosken (7-6). Forssan Alku defeated Aanekosken 79-68 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. Secily Ray nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Forssan Alku's coach Jari Marjamaki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kenya Robinson came up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Aanekosken in the defeat. Forssan Alku have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Forssan Alku maintains third place with 9-3 record having four points less than leader Catz. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with HoNsU and Honka. Forssan Alku will meet at home league's leader Catz Lappeenranta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aanekosken's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Aanekoski Aanekosken.

In the last game of round 17 PeKa beat BC Nokia on the road 89-82.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Miriam McKenzie of PeKa.


Catz - TuRi 87-42

SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked TuRi (3-10) 87-42. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TuRi. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Catz Lappeenranta forced 24 TuRi turnovers and outrebounded them 46-34 including 19 on the offensive glass. American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Russian power forward Jelena Reshetko (184-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. American forward Callan Taylor (182-90, college: Sacred Heart) answered with 8 points and 13 rebounds and center Margaret Makela (181-90) added 8 points in the effort for TuRi. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Newly promoted TuRi keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Catz Lappeenranta are looking forward to face Forssan Alku (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TuRi will play against Torpan Pojat (#4) in Helsinki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
TuRi: M.Makela 8+4reb, C.Taylor 8+13reb, N.Nurmi 7+1reb, S.Pelander 6+2reb, B.Hedderson 6+4reb, C.Alander 3+1reb+1ast
Catz: L.Aaltonen 17+5reb, C.Jones 15+7reb+3ast, H.Vapamaa 12+6reb+2ast, J.Reshetko 11+12reb+2ast, A.Anderson 10+5reb+2ast, K.Summala 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 194842


Kerava - HoNsU 67-93

The game in Kerava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked HoNsU (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (4-8). HoNsU smashed Kerava Energia Team 93-67. The game without a history. HoNsU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 42. HoNsU had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Brandi Davis (183-83, college: Oregon) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and international forward Minna Sten (189-87) chipped in 26 points and 13 rebounds. Four HoNsU players scored in double figures. American guard Earlysia Marchbanks (180, college: Oregon St., agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and forward Roosa Lukkarinen (174-92) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. HoNsU have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huima and Honka. Kerava Energia Team lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. HoNsU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kerava Energia Team will play on the road against the league's second-placed Peli-Karhut (#2) in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kerava: E.Marchbanks 15+12reb+1ast, R.Lukkarinen 10+10reb, E.Raikkonen 10+1ast, R.Adzasu 9+2reb+5ast, S.Bramble-Donaldson 8+8reb, M.Vainio 5+3reb+2ast
HoNsU: B.Davis 28+15reb+5ast, M.Sten 26+13reb+2ast, N.Jackson 15+4reb+4ast, T.Lepisto 12+11reb+1ast, L.Lahtinen 8+1reb+1ast, K.Lind 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 194841


BC Nokia - PeKa 82-89

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Peli-Karhut (10-3) beat on the road 10th ranked BC Nokia (2-11) 89-82 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Peli-Karhut made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 BC Nokia turnovers. American guard Miriam McKenzie (177-90, college: Loyola, MD) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and her fellow American import swingman Korinne Campbell (182-88, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 17 points and 19 rebounds. American guard Amani Franklin (180-88, college: Kentucky) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Katri Menna (170-86) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for BC Nokia in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Peli-Karhut have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Catz. Newly promoted BC Nokia keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Peli-Karhut will meet at home Kerava Energia Team (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play against Honka in Espoo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: A.Franklin 22+11reb+1ast, K.Menna 19+5reb+5ast, N.Hyvarinen 14+3reb+4ast, N.Lakaniemi 11+1reb, S.Jones 9+9reb+4ast, E.Runsas 4+1reb+1ast
PeKa: M.McKenzie 25+14reb+4ast, R.Piipari 22+1reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 17+1reb+1ast, K.Campbell 17+19reb, A.Pounds 8+3reb+3ast, A.Sastamala 0
gschID: 194840


Huima - FoA 68-79

The game in Aanekoski was also quite interesting. Third ranked Forssan Alku (9-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Aanekosken (7-6). Forssan Alku defeated Aanekosken 79-68 on Saturday. Forssan Alku made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Secily Ray (180-90, college: Wake Forest) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Sarah Miles (170-89, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Forssan Alku's coach Jari Marjamaki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) came up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Swayze Black (190-89, college: LSU, agency: Merit Sports) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Aanekosken in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Forssan Alku have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Forssan Alku maintains third place with 9-3 record having four points less than leader Catz. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with HoNsU and Honka. Forssan Alku will meet at home league's leader Catz Lappeenranta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aanekosken's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Aanekoski Aanekosken.
Top scorers:
Huima: K.Robinson 18+9reb+4ast, S.Black 16+10reb+2ast, S.Viitanen 10+1reb, J.Holliday 10+5reb+2ast, R.Karkkainen 9+2reb+1ast, E.Lagerstedt 3+2reb
FoA: H.Salomaa 22+1reb, H.Koponen 19+2reb+2ast, S.Miles 15+9reb+3ast, S.Ray 15+10reb+2ast, L.Saarinen 8+9reb+4ast, S.Helenius 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 194843



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