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  ABA   



Showboats updated roster - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jackson Showboats are climbing the ABA Power Rankins, and their GM Grant Worsley has just sent to Usbasket.com the current Team Roster, that is as follows:

Chris Brand 6'10 F Starkville Ms
Mario Jointer 6'4 G Jackson Ms
Flawaan Flaags 6'1 G Jackson Ms
Horace Whitehead 6'7 G Clarksdale Ms
Marquise Mems 6'4 G Shelby Ms
Chris Leggett 6'7 F Meridian Ms
Trey Montgomery 6'4 G Destrehan La
Krayleon Winstin 6'2 G Jackson Ms
Dietric Slater 6'2 G Wayne County Ms
Terry Wade 6'2 G Hattiesburg Ms
Nick Stigger 6'9 F Memphis Tn

Dietric Slater (6'3''-G/F-84, college: Mississippi St.), Mario Jointer (6'3''-G-82, college: S.Alabama) and Flawaan Flaggs (6'1''-G, college: Miles) lead the team o the court. Flaags was Eurobasket Summer League all tourney in Atlanta, and now is the team's top scorer.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


KK Zadar interested in bringing back Marko Car and Vedran Morovic - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Sports director of KK Zadar Branko Skroce stated for the Croatian press that the Dalmatian club is interested in bringing back two of their former players, the Croatian players Vedran Morovic (183-PG-83, college: Olney Central CC) and Marko Car (188-SG-85).

Both players have made their name in the basketball world wearing KK Zadar's jersey. Morovic started playing basketball in Zadar youth categories and then joined the club again for 2009/10 season. He started the current season in Siroki Brijeg, but got fired by KK Siroki soon after the start of the season. He only appeared in one official game.

Marko Car has worn Zadar's jersey between 2009 and 2011, before he joined Cedevita. After the Aco Petrovic replaced coach Bozidar Maljkovic at the helm of the club, he is no longer in the plans for the team. He was sent to practice with the 2nd team and club wants to terminate his contract. If it happens, Zadar would like to sign him.

As Skroce explained, nothing has been decided yet, and the decision would depend on the clubs supervisory board and the new director. In any case, the two player will not be able to play for Zadar until the start of the 2nd part of the season of Adriatic league, since they already appeared this season for one of the clubs from the regional league.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   

ACC Standings

African Champions Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Libolo 5-0 
 2. Al Ittihad 4-1 
 3. ABC 2-2 
 4. Manga BB 2-2 
 5. MBC 1-4 
 6. Espoir 0-5 
Group B
 1. Petroleos 5-0 
 2. 1 De Agosto 4-1 
 3. ES Sahel 3-2 
 4. Al Ahly 1-4 
 5. Kano Pillars 1-4 
 6. Mazembe 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Dec. 4: Libolo - Espoir 92-74
Dec. 4: Al Ittihad - MBC 65-61
Dec. 4: ABC - Manga BB

B

Dec. 4: Petroleos - Mazembe 86-65
Dec. 4: 1 De Agosto - Al Ahly 86-56
Dec. 4: Kano Pillars - ES Sahel 63-70


Day 4 Round Up - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Petro de Luanda and Libolo remain unbeaten in the tournament, while the Egyptian Al Ahly met his first victory. On match of the day, Primeiro Agosto beat ES Sahel of Tunisia and is closer to confirm second place in Group B.

By winning ES Sahel by 79-63, Primeiro Agosto finally gave an air of grace. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) with 24 points and 10 rebounds, showed his quality, having taken from Armando Costa with 13 points and 4 assists, an excellent help from the guard spot. The Tunisian team, defending champion, is now far from repeating the feat.

Petro had a hard day, beating Kano Pillars by 80-77. Paulo Barros (195-F-89), with 17 points, was the top scorer of the Angolans, while the Nigerian international Stanley Gumut (197-F-86) was the man of the match with 21 points.

Libolo continues to rotate his players, slamming Mongomo, this time, by 71-59. Olimpio Cipriano, with 19 points, was the leader of the Angolans, while the Spaniard Miguel Montaana, even physically diminished, did a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Note also the first victory for Al Ahly, who won the 76-63.Islam Aly, with 16 points, was the best scorer of the match versus Mazembe.

Find match stats, here.



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  ANGOLA   


African Champions Cup: Libolo continue the winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Libolo - Espoir 92:74

Libolo continue the winning streak at the 2012 African Champions Cup for Men in Equatorial Guinea. The team reached 5-0 record on top of the group after 92:74 win over Espoir. The latter remained winless at the tournament.
Libolo started the game with 27-13 and never looked behind. The team from Rwanda however replied with 22-14 in the second frame to cut to 41:35 at the halftime. In the second half Angolian team added two victories and won the game by 18 points.
Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Edson Ndoniema notched 15. Mayzer Alexandre (186-G-84) delivered 13, while Edson Ferreira (183-G-86) added 9. Jean Habineza (192-F-83) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Olivier Muhizi (198-F-88) added 14. Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) and KAMI KABANGE tossed in 13 points each in a loss.

Libolo (ANG): Olimpio Cipriano 23, Edson Ndoniema (191-G-91) 15, Mayzer Alexandre 13, Edson Ferreira 9
Espoir (RWA): Jean Habineza 15, Olivier Muhizi 14, Aristide Mugabe 13, KAMI KABANGE 13



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 15-5 
 2. Penarol 14-5 
 3. Lanus 14-6 
 4. Libertad S. 13-6 
 5. Olimpico LB 13-9 
 6. Quimsa 12-9 
 7. Atenas 11-10 
 8. Argentino 11-10 
 9. Sionista 10-12 
 10. Wuber-Est.Bahia 9-10 
 11. Boca Jrs 9-11 
 12. GECR Indalo 9-12 
 13. Union Progr. 7-13 
 14. Obras 6-13 
 15. 9 de Julio 6-15 
 16. La Union 4-17 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Dec. 2: Libertad S. - Atenas 88-66
Dec. 2: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Union Progr. 87-67
Dec. 2: Quimsa - Olimpico LB 85-71
Nov. 28: Regatas C. - GECR Indalo 81-80
Dec. 3: Obras - 9 de Julio 78-79
Dec. 3: Boca Jrs - Argentino 71-70
Nov. 28: Sionista - Lanus 65-73
Nov. 28: Penarol - La Union 103-79

Second Stage: Round 9

Dec. 7: Boca Jrs - Sionista
Dec. 7: 9 de Julio - Libertad S.
Dec. 7: Olimpico LB - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Dec. 7: La Union - GECR Indalo
Dec. 7: Obras - Regatas C.
Dec. 7: Argentino - Quimsa
Dec. 7: Atenas - Penarol
Dec. 7: Union Progr. - Lanus


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.6 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras18.1 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.6 
 4. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union17.5 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.3 
 7. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.17.0 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.15.4 
 10. McGowan, Olimpico.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.12.2 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.6 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.9.0 
 5. Fierro, Atenas8.1 
 6. Sanchez, Libertad.8.0 
 7. Seawright, GECR I.7.9 
 8. Lewis, La Union7.6 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 10. Nelson, 9 de Julio7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.1 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.0 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 8. Labaque, Atenas3.7 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.5 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Ciorciari, GECR I.2.1 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB2.1 
 4. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 5. Aguirre, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 7. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.6 
 8. Boccia, Lanus1.5 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.5 
 10. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 4. Mata, Penarol1.0 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.0.9 
 7. Moss, Union Progr.0.8 
 8. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 9. Calderon, Regat.0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.7 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 11-0 
 2. Estudian.Con. 9-2 
 3. Obera TC 6-5 
 4. Instituto Cor. 6-5 
 5. San Isidro 5-5 
 6. Atl.Echague 4-7 
 7. Sarmiento 4-7 
 8. Alvear 4-7 
 9. La Union 3-7 
 10. Union Sunch 3-8 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 8-3 
 2. Sport Club 7-4 
 3. Ciclista 7-4 
 4. Quilmes MP 6-5 
 5. San Lorenzo Ch. 6-5 
 6. Rocamora 5-6 
 7. MH Basket 4-7 
 8. Huracan 4-7 
 9. Banda Norte 4-7 
 10. Bragado 3-8 

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 30: San Isidro - Union Sunch 96-84
Dec. 2: Ciclista - Quilmes MP 95-72
Nov. 30: La Union - Obera TC 93-73
Nov. 30: Estudian.Con. - Sarmiento 86-78
Nov. 30: Rocamora - Bragado 77-80
Nov. 30: Alvear - Atl.Echague 77-79
Dec. 1: Instituto Cor. - San Mart.C. 71-78
Dec. 3: Alianza Viedma - MH Basket 71-66
Nov. 30: Banda Norte - San Lorenzo Ch. 70-75
Nov. 30: Sport Club - Huracan 66-59

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 7: Estudian.Con. - La Union
Dec. 7: Sarmiento - Instituto Cor.
Dec. 7: San Mart.C. - Alvear
Dec. 7: Atl.Echague - San Isidro
Dec. 7: Union Sunch - Obera TC
Dec. 7: Alianza Viedma - Sport Club
Dec. 7: MH Basket - Banda Norte
Dec. 7: San Lorenzo Ch. - Rocamora
Dec. 7: Bragado - Ciclista
Dec. 9: Quilmes MP - Huracan


South American League 2012: Flamengo erupts in the second half to stun Penarol - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Penarol 79:78

Flamengo erupts in the second half to stun Penarol at the Final stage of the South American League 2012. The team trailed 26 points, but managed to seal 1-point win, 79:78.
Penarol took the control of the game from the first minutes and won the opening period 29-17. They added 20-12 for 49:29 massive lead at the halftime. Moreover their advantage reached 26 points, but they could not win the game. Flamengo replied with 27-17 in the third quarter and then erupted with 23-12 in the last quarter.
Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) added 19. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) delivered 18 and Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) notched 9. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) brought 16. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) scored 14, whilst Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) tossed in 13.
Tomorrow, Flamengo will take on Uniceub / BRB, while Penarol will face host Regatas Corrientes to close the day.

Flamengo: Olivinha Rodriguez 23+15 rebs, Marquinhos Vieira 19, Caio Silveira 18, Vitor Benite 9
Penarol: David Teague 18, Facundo Campazzo 16, Leonardo Gutierrez 14, Thomas Terrell 13



South American League 2012: Regatas Corrientes successfully open the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes-Uniceub BRB 74:61

Regatas Corrientes successfully open the Finals of South American League 2012. The Argentinean team overcame Uniceub BRB 74:61 in their opener.
Regatas Corrientes started with 23-15 and never looked behind after. They added 16-14 rally in the second period and led 10 points at the halftime. Moreover the team from Argentina erupted with 25-11 in the third period and did not mind a lot about the last stanza. Uniceub BRB managed to win the last period 21-10 and reduced to 13 points at the end.
Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia) led the way with 22 points and Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) netted 21. Miguel Gerlero (194-G/F-88) delivered 9, while Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) tossed in 8. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 16 points, while Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Alirio Alves (208-C-77) had 10 each.

Regatas Corrientes: Jerome Meyinsse 22, Paolo Quinteros 21, Miguel Gerlero 9, Tony Washam 8
Uniceub BRB: Welington Dos Santos 16, Alex Ribeiro 10, Alirio Alves 10



TNA round 5 - by Facundo Iatzky

San Martin Corrientes won again and now it's looking to beat the record of more straight wins in the history of TNA. This time they were one of the three teams that could win on the road this round, after defeating Instituto 78-71. the other teams that got it were Echague Parana against Alvear and San Lorenzo against Banda Norte. San Martin keeps in the first position in the northern zone, two points above of Estudiantes Concordia. In the southern group, sport club is the leader, but Alianza viedma and san lorenzo follow them very closely.
Best performance of the round: Roberto Lopez (199-F/C-76) of sport club: 16 pts 14 reb 9 ass
other remarkable performances:
Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) of Huracan: 23 pts 19 reb
Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82) of La union: 20 pts 12 reb
Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) of Alianza viedma: 19 pts 11 reb
Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90) of Echague: 23 pts 2 reb



LigaA Round 8 (Second Stage): Regatas Corrientes keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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 had a very big importance for second-ranked Regatas Corrientes as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Regatas Corrientes edged 9th ranked GECR Indalo at home 81-80. GECR Indalo was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Regatas Corrientes, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 62.7 percent from the field. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded GECR Indalo 32-16 including a 25-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Paolo Quinteros (190-79) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. The former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) replied with 15 points and 4 assists for GECR Indalo. Regatas Corrientes (15-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. GECR Indalo will play next round against La Union trying to get back on the winning streak. Regatas Corrientes will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Obras in Buenos Aires.
LigaA top team - Lanus (14-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Sionista (10-12) in Parana 73-65. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds and Robert Battle who added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Lanus have a solid four-game winning streak. Despite that victory Lanus went down to third position due to points difference. Sionista lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Lanus will play against Union Progresista (#13) in Villa Angela in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#11) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Olimpico de La Banda (13-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Quimsa (12-9). Quimsa defeated Olimpico de La Banda 85-71 on Sunday. The winners were led by James Williams who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Quimsa's coach Fabio Demti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by Sam Clancy did not help to save the game for Olimpico de La Banda. Quimsa maintains sixth position with 12-9 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Quimsa will meet Argentino (#8) in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Argentino (11-10) to twelfth ranked Boca Juniors (9-11) 71-70 on Monday evening. The best player for the winners was Daniel Santiago who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Boca Juniors moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Argentino keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sionista (#9) in Parana and it may be quite challenging game.
Important game to mention about took place in Buenos Aires. Fifteenth ranked 9 de Julio (6-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Obras (6-13) 79-78 on Monday evening. Enzo Ruiz saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. 9 de Julio maintains fifteenth position with 6-15 record. Loser Obras keeps the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. 9 de Julio will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Atenas was smashed by Libertad S. on the road 88-66. Wuber-Est.Bahia destroyed Union Progr. on its own court 87-67. Bottom-ranked La Union was outscored by Penarol in Mar del Plata 103-79.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 20 points and 18 rebounds by Darren Phillip of Union Progr..


Obras - 9 de Julio 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Buenos Aires. Fifteenth ranked 9 de Julio (6-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Obras (6-13) 79-78 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Obras. Four Obras players scored in double figures. 9 de Julio maintains fifteenth position with 6-15 record. Loser Obras keeps the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. 9 de Julio will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
9 de Julio: E.Ruiz 23+5reb, M.Garcia 22+1reb+1ast, E.Nelson 15+9reb+2ast, G.Torre 7+6reb+5ast, R.Hornsby 5+2reb, D.Gerbaudo 3+5reb+3ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 20+13reb+4ast, R.Humphrey 13+7reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 13+5reb, A.Konsztadt 10+4reb+3ast, M.Osimani 7+3reb+5ast, T.Field 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 189434


Boca Jrs - Argentino 71-70

A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Argentino (11-10) to twelfth ranked Boca Juniors (9-11) 71-70 on Monday evening. Argentino was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 15-6 charge of Boca Juniors, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Argentino to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and Fernando Funes (192-83) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boca Juniors moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Argentino keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sionista (#9) in Parana and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: D.Santiago 15+9reb+1ast, P.Hopson 13+2ast, F.Migliori 12+1reb+2ast, F.Van Lacke 11+7reb+4ast, J.DeGroat 9+10reb, M.Stanic 9+3reb+3ast
Argentino: F.Funes 18+2reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 12+7reb, K.Lytch 12+9reb+3ast, B.Carlwell 10+4reb, C.Amicucci 8+6reb+2ast, A.Weigand 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 189430


Quimsa - Olimpico LB 85-71

The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Olimpico de La Banda (13-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Quimsa (12-9). Quimsa defeated Olimpico de La Banda 85-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quimsa dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpico de La Banda's 36. They outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 38-21 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American center James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Quimsa's coach Fabio Demti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) did not help to save the game for Olimpico de La Banda. Swingman Ariel Pau (186-84) added 19 points and 4 assists for the guests. Five Quimsa and four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Quimsa maintains sixth position with 12-9 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Quimsa will meet Argentino (#8) in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Williams 21+10reb, N.Aguirre 15+4reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 14+4reb+1ast, J.Mojica 14+10reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 12+5reb+5ast, R.Stanton 8+2reb+1ast
Olimpico LB: A.Pau 19+1reb+4ast, S.Clancy 18+6reb+1ast, F.Ramirez 15+2reb+2ast, C.McGowan 15+4reb+2ast, F.Malara 2+2reb+1ast, H.Salles 2+2reb+5ast
gschID: 189433


Libertad S. - Atenas 88-66

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales (13-6) crushed at home 8th ranked Atenas (11-10) 88-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Atenas was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Libertad Sunchales made 34-of-40 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game, while Atenas only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Atenas was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. American swingman William Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. The former international center Diego Guaita (202-83) replied with 23 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fourth place. Loser Atenas dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face 9 de Julio (#15) in Rio Tercero in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Atenas will play at home against the league's second-placed Penarol (#2) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Sanchez 15+15reb+1ast, D.Garcia 15+2reb+1ast, W.Graves 13+5reb+1ast, J.Treise 12+1reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 11+3reb+1ast, J.Giordana 8+3reb+2ast
Atenas: D.Guaita 23+2reb, M.Lescano 9+1reb+1ast, J.Aprea 9+4reb+1ast, A.Elsener 9+6reb+1ast, N.Zurschmitten 5+3reb+1ast, F.Barroso 3+4reb
gschID: 189429


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Union Progr. 87-67

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Union Progresista (7-13) was smashed by eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-10) in Bahia Blanca 87-67 on Sunday. Wuber-Est.Bahia outrebounded Union Progresista 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. International center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Federico Ferrini (194-83) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Christian Schoppler (185-86) added 20 points in the effort for Union Progresista. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to tenth place. Newly promoted Union Progresista keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Union Progresista will play against Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Manuel Torres 20+12reb+2ast, L.Nailon 13+4reb, L.Faggiano 13+4reb+3ast, L.Blanchard 13+4reb, F.Ferrini 12+6reb+4ast, J.Williams 8+5reb+4ast
Union Progr.: C.Schoppler 20+3reb, D.Phillip 18+9reb+3ast, C.Avalle 11+2reb+1ast, A.Zago 8+7reb, A.Carabajal 5+2reb, A.Moss 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 189428


Penarol - La Union 103-79

Very predictable result when third ranked Penarol (14-5) rolled over bottom-ranked La Union (4-17) in Mar del Plata 103-79 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. La Union was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol shot 64.1 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The former international Marcos Mata (201-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Four Penarol and five La Union players scored in double figures. La Union's coach Carlos Romano gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Penarol have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Penarol will face Atenas (#7) in Cordoba in the next round where they are favorite. La Union will play at home against GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R..
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 21+6reb, M.Mata 20+5reb+4ast, F.Campazzo 16+2reb+7ast, M.Leiva 11+4reb+1ast, T.Terrell 9+6reb+4ast, D.Teague 9+1reb+2ast
La Union: T.Shannon 20+6reb, N.Gianella 19+5reb+2ast, A.Marin 11, G.Lewis 11+5reb+2ast, J.Brussino 10+4reb+3ast, F.Peruchena 2
gschID: 189432


Regatas C. - GECR Indalo 81-80

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Regatas Corrientes as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Regatas Corrientes edged 9th ranked GECR Indalo at home 81-80. GECR Indalo was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Regatas Corrientes, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 62.7 percent from the field. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded GECR Indalo 32-16 including a 25-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Paolo Quinteros (190-79) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. The former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) replied with 15 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) added 17 points in the effort for GECR Indalo. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes (15-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. GECR Indalo will play next round against La Union trying to get back on the winning streak. Regatas Corrientes will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Obras in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 25+1reb+3ast, T.Washam 17+3reb+1ast, F.Kammerichs 15+7reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 8+5reb+1ast, J.Martinez 6+6reb+4ast, N.Romano 6+3reb
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 17+2reb+1ast, K.Seawright 15+4reb+4ast, J.Robinson 14+2reb+1ast, D.Romero 13+3reb, M.Byro 10+2reb+1ast, S.Scala 4
gschID: 189431


Sionista - Lanus 65-73

LigaA top team - Lanus (14-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Sionista (10-12) in Parana 73-65. Sionista was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 28-11 third quarter run of Lanus. Strangely Sionista outrebounded Lanus 47-31 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Alejandro Zilli (200-82) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Lanus have a solid four-game winning streak. Despite that victory Lanus went down to third position due to points difference. Sionista lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Lanus will play against Union Progresista (#13) in Villa Angela in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#11) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lanus: W.McFarlan 21+7reb+1ast, R.Battle 17+8reb+3ast, N.Laprovittola 11+3reb+7ast, P.Prato 10+2reb, C.Schattmann 6+4reb, F.Martina 4+1reb+1ast
Sionista: J.Pittman 15+2reb, N.Miller 15+9reb, L.Cequeira 10+3reb+2ast, A.Zilli 9+8reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 7+1reb, J.Lloreda 7+8reb
gschID: 189427



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Asceric found a new home - by Stefan Heinrich

Neno Asceric (agency: Promotex ) has been named the new head coach of the Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The 47-year-old Austrian will ink a contract for the remainder of this current season. Asceric was born in Croatia, moved to Austria in the early 90s and played for St. Poelten until 1998. In the following years he took his game to France, Serbia and moved back to St. Poelten, where he started his career as a coach in 2006. In 2011 he led the Oberwart Gunners to an Austrian championship and was named Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Coach of the Year. Since 2008 Asceric is also serving as the head coach of the Austrian Men's National Team.
The Rockets had sacked Marko Simic in early November, following a mediocre start into the team's first Pro A season.



Austrian A Bundesliga round 10 best performance: Florian Trmal - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked BC Vienna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Arkadia (#11, 0-9) with 25-point margin 104-79. It allowed BC Vienna to consolidate first place in the Austrian A Bundesliga. BC Vienna has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Trmal turned to be BC Vienna's top player in his first season with the team. Florian Trmal has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 59.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another BC Vienna's star - 34-year old former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency). Stazic had a very good evening with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Trmal he helped BC Vienna with another comfortable win outscoring Arkadia (#11, 0-9) 104-79. Of course BC Vienna still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Stazic is well-known at BC Vienna and together with Florian Trmal are proven team's leaders.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Reinhard Lanegger (196-F-81) of UBSC Graz (#7). Lanegger showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of UBSC Graz, leading his team to a 98-69 easy win against Oberwart (4-5). The chances of UBSC Graz ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lanegger could help UBSC Graz to bring them higher in the standings. Lanegger has a great season in Austria. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 1.2apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darnell Gant (203-F-89) of Oberwart - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86) of Kapfenberg - 25 points and 10 rebounds
6. Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of Gmunden - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of Gussing - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of UBSC Graz - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joshua Brown (187-PG-88) of Gmunden - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

A

Dec. 11: Galil Gilboa - Mornar Bar

B

Dec. 5: Rilski Sportist - Teodo Tivat
Dec. 5: OKK Beograd - Kavala

Round 6

Dec. 6: Levski Sofia - Galil Gilboa

Round 8

Dec. 4: Kumanovo - Galil Gilboa 74-66



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Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Ventspils 8-0 
 2. Siauliai 6-2 
 3. Naglis Palangos 3-4 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-3 
 5. TTU 1-6 
 6. Rapla 1-6 
Group B
 1. TU/Rock 8-1 
 2. Lietkabelis 6-2 
 3. Juventus 4-4 
 4. Jelgava 4-4 
 5. Liepaja 2-7 
 6. Valga 1-7 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 9-0 
 2. Tarvas 5-3 
 3. Sakalai 4-4 
 4. Barons kvartals 3-5 
 5. Nevezis 3-6 
 6. Tln Kalev 1-7 
Group D
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 4-2 
 3. Valmiera 3-4 
 4. Parnu 2-3 
 5. LSU-Baltai 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 4: Naglis Palangos - Siauliai 47-86
Dec. 5: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo
Dec. 6: TTU - Barsy Atyrau
Dec. 8: Rapla - Barsy Atyrau


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.2 
 3. Gulbis, Barons k.18.0 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.0 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.17.0 
 6. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 7. Orelikas, Rudupis16.0 
 8. Bergmanis, Barons15.0 
 9. Leonard, Juventus14.9 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.0 
 2. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.8.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 8. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 9. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.2 
 10. Leonard, Juventus7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.2 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.6 
 4. Artamonov, Siauliai4.5 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.4.4 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.3 
 7. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.1 
 8. Laane, Rapla4.0 
 9. Cunda, Valga4.0 
 10. Ezerskis, Liepaja4.0 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.0 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.3 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Mockevicius, Nagli.2.0 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 6. Brown, Naglis P.2.0 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.9 
 9. Labuckas, Rudupis1.8 
 10. Maceina, Pieno Z.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.8 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.5 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.3 
 8. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 10. Matyukevych, Bar.1.0 



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 9-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 7-2 
 3. Rubon 6-3 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 4-5 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 3-6 
 6. Svisloch 2-8 
 7. Borisfen 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 4: Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel 90-78
Dec. 4: Svisloch - Borisfen 82-66
Dec. 4: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki-Minsk II 75-70

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Grodno-93
Dec. 7: Borisfen - Rubon
Dec. 7: Sozh Gomel - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel25.9 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.22.3 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.8 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch15.8 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.15.3 
 6. Akulich, Rubon14.9 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.14.7 
 8. Konuyshenko, Grod.13.9 
 9. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.13.8 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.1 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.0 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 5. Mishukov, Grodn.6.7 
 6. Sharipov, Svisloch6.4 
 7. Yafremov, Grodn.6.3 
 8. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.6.2 
 9. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.1 
 10. Sharamet, Borisfen5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.5.9 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.3 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch4.9 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.6 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.5 
 6. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.1 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen2.9 
 9. Sapegin, Rubon2.9 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.3 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.9 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch2.4 
 5. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.4 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon2.4 
 7. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 8. Charykau, Sozh G.2.3 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.3 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 10. Syrovatko, Grodn.0.0 


EuroChallenge: Tsmoki-Minsk win the dramatic game in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Apollon- Tsmoki-Minsk 72:81

Tsmoki-Minsk win the dramatic game in Cyprus. The teams exchanged the rallies in the second half, while the guests were more confident about their run and sealed an 81:72 victory. The team from Belarus improved to 3-2 record with one game remaining.
Both teams scored 14 points in the first period and then Tsmoki-Minsk needed some threes for 36:33 halftime advantage. When Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) increased to 59:50 is seemed that Minsk would win the game. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) however closed the quarter at 53:59 and then Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) closed a massive run at 65:59. Tsmoki-Minsk meanwhile replied with an 11-0 run and took 70:65 with 4 minutes to go. Apollon had no chance to catch up with the guests and allowed them to steal a 9-point win.
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Dzianis Korshuk posted 16. JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) delivered 15, while Lashkevich and Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) had 11 each. Brandon Brown answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Gerald Robinson (202-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) and Dorde Lelic (197-SF-89) posted 13 apiece. Diego Kapelan followed them with 11 points in a loss.

Apollon: Brandon Brown 17+11 rebs, Gerald Robinson 13, Dorde Lelic 13, Diego Kapelan 11
Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 19, Dzianis Korshuk 16, JaJuan Smith 15, Lashkevich 11, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 11



Premier League Round 10: Derby game ends with Impuls BGUIR's defeat of Tsmoki-Minsk II - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Impuls BGUIR (#5) and Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4). Impuls BGUIR (3-6) won against visiting Tsmoki-Minsk II (4-5) 75-70. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Impuls BGUIR forced 48 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Impuls BGUIR 54-20 including a 42-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 24 rebounds for Tsmoki-Minsk II. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Impuls BGUIR maintains fifth position with 3-6 record. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Impuls BGUIR are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Grodno-93 (9-0) which hosted in Grodno their biggest opponent Sozh Gomel (7-2). Top-ranked Grodno-93 managed to get a 12-point victory 90-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sozh Gomel. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Artem Malkov chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Undefeated Grodno-93 have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) on the road in the next round. Sozh Gomel will play against Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Svisloch managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Borisfen in Osipovichi 82-66. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Svisloch is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Pavel Shuleyko notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by Artsiom Sharamet did not help to save the game for Borisfen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Svisloch (2-8) moved-up to sixth place. Borisfen lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Svisloch will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk.



Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki-Minsk II 75-70

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Impuls BGUIR (#5) and Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4). Impuls BGUIR (3-6) won against visiting Tsmoki-Minsk II (4-5) 75-70. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Impuls BGUIR forced 48 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Impuls BGUIR 54-20 including a 42-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 24 rebounds and forward Yaraslau Kurapau (200-91) added 15 points in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk II. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Impuls BGUIR maintains fifth position with 3-6 record. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Impuls BGUIR are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: H.Zakhar 19+4reb+1ast, K.Volodkin 14+3reb+1ast, A.Kuzmitski 10+1reb, A.Matveyeu 9+3reb+1ast, D.Azaare 9+7reb+3ast, K.Stsiapanau 8+1ast
Tsmoki-Minsk II: R.Rutkauskas 20+24reb+1ast, Y.Kurapau 15+4reb, E.Sugonyako 9+7reb, V.Krisevich 5+3reb, S.Kazlou 4+3reb, A.Vashkevich 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 204719


Svisloch - Borisfen 82-66

Bottom-ranked Svisloch managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Borisfen in Osipovichi 82-66. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Svisloch is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Svisloch. Borisfen managed to win fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Svisloch forced 21 Borisfen turnovers. Forward Pavel Shuleyko (200-88) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Ilya Sharipov (198-91) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Svisloch players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) did not help to save the game for Borisfen. Andrei Aheyenka (194-92) added 18 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Svisloch (2-8) moved-up to sixth place. Borisfen lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Svisloch will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: P.Shuleyko 22+10reb+2ast, I.Sharipov 13+5reb+3ast, A.Hrumiantsau 11+5reb, P.Pronin 10+4reb+2ast, M.Strukau 8+2reb+3ast, M.Shustau 7+3reb+5ast
Borisfen: A.Aheyenka 18+3reb+1ast, A.Sharamet 13+11reb, F.Kryukov 12+3reb+3ast, S.Tatur 7+4reb+1ast, G.Usovich 7+2reb, E.Batvenkov 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 204718


Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel 90-78

An interesting game for Grodno-93 (9-0) which hosted in Grodno their biggest opponent Sozh Gomel (7-2). Top-ranked Grodno-93 managed to get a 12-point victory 90-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sozh Gomel. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Sozh Gomel was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sozh Gomel 42-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Grodno-93 players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-86) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Grodno-93 have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) on the road in the next round. Sozh Gomel will play against Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 21+8reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 16+4reb+2ast, K.Yafremov 14+5reb+2ast, A.Malkov 12+5reb+7ast, V.Korzh 11+2reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 7+10reb+4ast
Sozh Gomel: S.Dadukin 22+10reb+3ast, K.Sitnik 21+2reb+1ast, S.Miakinin 20+9reb+1ast, I.Kaliayev 7+1reb+1ast, S.Charykau 4+6reb+8ast, A.Stankevich 2
gschID: 204717



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EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois advanced to Last 16 after a road win - by Eurobasket News

Mons-Hainaut- Paris-Levallois 89:90 OT

Paris-Levallois advanced to Last 16 after a road win over Mons-Hainaut. The French side took 90:89 win and improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. The Belgian side fell at 2-3 record on the third position.
Mons-Hainaut started with 30-19 lead and led 9 points at the halftime. It was not however enough to win the game. Paris-Levallois responded with 21-14 in the third period and won the fourth quarter 21-14 to tie the game at 82:82 after regulation. Cage gave the hosts 89:88 lead, but Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) ensured the victory for the guests.
Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) erupted with 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) added 19. Jawad Williams netted 14 and John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) scored 7 points. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) ended up with 25 points and 10 boards, whilst Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had 16 and Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) collected 16 points and 13 caroms. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) followed them with 14 points in a loss.

Mons-Hainaut: Quincy Taylor 25+10 rebs, Josh Bostic 16, Brian Qvale 16+13 rebs, Jonathan Wallace 14
Paris-Levallois: Sean May 31+11 rebs, Andrew Albicy 19, Jawad Williams 14, John Cox 7



EuroChallenge: Pitesti shock Aalstar in Romania - by Eurobasket News

Pitesti - Aalstar 89:77

Pitesti shock Aalstar in Romania in EuroChallenge Round 5. The Romanian team led from the beginning until the end to a valuable 89:77 victory. Pitesti improved to 1-4 record, while Aalstar fell at 3-2.
The Romanian team started with a 6-0 run and then enjoyed a 18-4 lead. They won the first period 27-19 and led 6 points at the halftime. Moreover Pitesti did not give up and posted two narrow victories in the second half. They produced a 26-21 rally in the third period and finished the game with 19-18 in the last stanza.
Donte Gennie (185-PG-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia South) and Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with 19 points each to lead all the winners. Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) scored 17, while Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) added 15. Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) answered with 17 points in the losing case and Larry Anderson (195-G-89, college: Long Beach St.) notched 16. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) scored 12, while Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) poured in 10.

Pitesti: Donte Gennie 19, Marcel Jones 19, Damien Kinloch 17, Pankracije Barac 15
Aalstar: Derek Raivio 17, Larry Anderson 16, Christopher Young 12, Jason Clark 10



EuroCup: Lukoil get important road win over Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Belgacom Spirou - Lukoil Academik 61:79

Lukoil Academik registered the second win in EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Belgacom Spirou in Belgium tonight to stay alive in the fight for Last 16 appearance. Lukoil improved at 2-3 record in Group B. Spirou fell at 0-5 record after the loss.
Lukoil marked their ambitions in the opening quarter. They silenced the hosts with a massive 29:13 rally in the starting period. Lukoil kept Spirou at bay throughout the second term. The Bulgarian team accounted for a 47:28 halftime advantage. Belgacom Spirou narrowed the distance in the third term. The hosts held Lukoil at 13 points in the period to get within 11 points. But Lukoil answered with a 19:12 surge in the fourth term to seal the victory. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds for Spirou. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points for the winners. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) answered with 14 points for Spirou. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) provided 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Belgacom Spirou: Matt Walsh 14, Derrick Allen 12
Lukoil Academik: Devin Green 22, Mohammed Abukar 16, Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) 14



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Bavcic is back at KAO Dramas - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) signed 28-year old Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (209-110kg-84, agency: Beo Basket). Its actually his comeback to Dramas as he played here before. Bavcic already started the season at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProB. In 7 games this season he had just 2.6ppg and 2.1rpg. The last season Bavcic also was tested (but did not play any official game) by Mapooro Cantu (previous name Bennet Cantu) in Italian SerieA. He also played at KAO Dramas earlier that season. In 18 A1 games last year he recorded 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg. The other team Bavcic played shortly was Vanoli Cremona (previous name Vanoli-Br. CR) in SerieA. In three games he recorded 3.0ppg and 3.7rpg. The most of 10/11 season he spent at Aris. In 17 A1 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Another team Bavcic played shortly that season was Khimik in Ukrainian league. In 5 EuroChallenge games he recorded 10.2ppg and 5.2rpg. He also played 22 games in Ukrainian Superleague where he recorded 9.3ppg and 5.2rpg.
In 2006 Bavcic was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall).
His team won Slovenian Cup in 2010.
Bavcic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Forward of the Year back in 2006 and 2007. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 2.4rpg.
Bavcic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln 99ers), Turkey (Kepez Bld), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 8 RESULTS! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 8 RESULTS!
RESULTS - SREBRENIK: Gradina - Spars (Sarajevo) 54:76 (13:19, 12:23, 14:21, 15:13), EPCE: Orlovik - Bosniak 80:76 (14:18, 27:14, 14: 16, 14:21 - 11:7), ILIDA: Play off - Spars (Mostar), 95:90 (23:24, 27:18, 17:31, 28:17), TUZLA: Freedom MCO - MCO Steel 95: 66 (25:20, 28:18, 22:12, 20:16), Student - Limometal 117:75 (23:22, 27:12, 31:10, 36:31), Brcko: BD - Lower Vakuf 84:70 (21:15, 26:21, 25:16, 12:18)

TABLE

Spars (Sarajevo) 8 7 1 695:530 15

MCO Freedom 8 7 1 15 675:522

Play Off 8 7 1 15 709:571

Fort 8 5 3 13 572:543

Brcko District 8 4 4 12 636:591

MCO Steel 8 4 4 12 631:644

Student 8 4 4 12 606:621

Spars (Mostar) 8 3 5 629:635 11

Bosnjak 8 3 5 11 653:677

Orlovik 8 3 5 11 519:606

Limometal 8 1 7 9 600:842

Lower Vakuf 8 0 8 8 563:706

In 9th Steering (8./9.XII) meet - CAZIN: Limometal - Castle, HADINI: Bosnjak - Student TRAVNIK: Lower excel - Orlovik, ZENICA. MCO Steel - BD, MOSTAR: Spars - MCO Freedom, SARAJEVO: Spars - Play Off

GRADINA 54
spars (S) 76
(13:19, 12:23, 14:21, 15:13)

SREBRENIK - Sports Hall. Spectators 200th Judges: Noinovic and Lasetovic (Tuzla), Palo (Sarajevo)

GRADINA: Buljubaic 11, I. Hasic 6, erifovic 2, Horozic 9, Nurkanovic 2, 4 Gopo, Topalovic 10, R 10 Hasic, Djonlic. Coach: Vladimir Micanovic

SPARS: Zahiragic 2, Nikolic, 11, Vrabac 2, Halilbegovic 6, 7 Karic, 12 Bulic, Buza 10, Glogovac 6, Salic 20th Coach: Mark Trbic

ORLOVIK 80
BONJAK 76
(14:18, 27:14, 14:16, 14:21 - 11:7)
EPCE - Sports Hall. Spectators 100th Judges: Pasalic, Pripoljac, Pelja (Zenica)
ORLOVIK: Malicbegovic 21, Berbic 2, Mujkic 2, Skopljak 32, Ljubovic 23rd Coach: Senad Preldic
BONJAK: Damjanovic 26, Mujan 5, 7 Dafic, Foric 9, Dragovic 5, 8 Guhdija Dizdar 2, Residovic 14th Coach: Amir Residovic
PLAY OFF 95
spars (M) 90
(23:24, 27:18, 17:31, 28:17)
ILIDA - SKC Hall. Spectators 50th Judges: Biscevic, Obradovic, Korjenic (Sarajevo)
PLAY OFF: N. Salcin 12, Delalic 2, Kurtagic 2, Dovadija 17, Bravo 20, 20 Tarcin, K. Kalamujic 22nd Coach: Admir Prasovic
spars MOSTAR: E. Safra 1, 3 Hodzic, Djelmo 20, 11 Tanovic, Idriz 12, 11 Vujicic, Rahimic 32nd Coach: Denan Suta

FREEDOM 95 MCO
MCO STEEL 66
(25:20, 28:18, 22:12, 20:16)
TUZLA - Hall Mejdan. Attendance: 500 Judges: Kunosic (Tuzla), and Palo Mrkovic (Sarajevo).
FREEDOM: Ibracevic 11, Arnautalic 5, 10 Radic, Ahmedic 6, 9 Zekavicic, Marijan 1, 3 Latifagic, Tanasilovic 28, Andelija 2, Pejic
6, Hujdurovic 14th Coach: Adnan Hodzic.
STEEL: Andjelic 13, A. Merdanovica 5, 12 E. Merdanovica, Mehtic 6, 8 Begagic, Arnaut 1, Suljic 21st Coach: Nedzad Hodzic.

STUDENT 117
LIMOMETAL 75
(23:22, 27:12, 31:10, 36:31)
TUZLA - University Hall. Spectators 200th Judges: Aliehovic (Tuzla), corp (Brcko), Beganovic (Srebrenik)
STUDENT: Ibricic 18, Duric 6, Alibaic 26, Terzic 3, 2 Avdic, Kaletovic 10, Sarajlic 27, Mehinovic 12, Suljagic 5, Kikic 7th Coach:
Elvir Music
LIMOMETAL: Aljilji 23, Kostadinovic 6, Damjanic 2, Kapic 18, Topic 5, Tatarevic 21.Trener: Saud Terzic

DISTRIKT 84
LOWER VAKUF 70
(21:15, 26:21, 25:16, 12:18)
BRCKO - Mechanical Hall School. Spectators 100th Judges: Niksic (Sarajevo), and Efendic Avdic (Tuzla)
DISTRIKT: 9 Nesic, Josic 9, Mikic 1, Christmas 12, 12 Ahmetbaic, arenac 4, Vidakovic 2, Guzonjic 16, Islamovic 19th
Coach: Azur Hadovic
LOWER VAKUF: Alic 2, Mustafic 8, Husetic 10, Caluk 8, Dzihan 6, 8 rings, 3 Gradacevic M. Pando 3, A. Pando 20, Vincevic
second Coach: Suad Hodzic



KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 7! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 7!
F Ramo Rizvic had another excellent performance for KK BOSNA in a win scoring 20pts shooting 7-13 from the field 5-9 from 3 and added 5 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals and a block. Ramo has been by far the best player on KK BOSNA this season so far.
F Sead Hadzifejzovic had an amazing performance in a win with Kakanj scoring 29 points and going a perfect 11-11 from two and adding 13 rebounds 4 assists and 2 steals.
C Igor Bjelic had an excellent game for Mladost in a win scoring 23 points going 7-11 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line and added 9 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals and 4 blocks in a win.
G Armin Hot had the first triple double I can remember in KSBiH scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He almost had a nearly impossible quadruple double by adding a spectacular 8 steals! Armin has been the most exciting player in Bosnia since Mirza Teletovic used to play with the defunct legendary club Sloboda Dita Tuzla.
F Bozo Durasovic went 10-19 from the field scored 25 points with 8 rebounds 4 assists and a block shot in a win.
CO-MVPs: Armin Hot and Igor Bjelic



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South American League 2012: Flamengo erupts in the second half to stun Penarol - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Penarol 79:78

Flamengo erupts in the second half to stun Penarol at the Final stage of the South American League 2012. The team trailed 26 points, but managed to seal 1-point win, 79:78.
Penarol took the control of the game from the first minutes and won the opening period 29-17. They added 20-12 for 49:29 massive lead at the halftime. Moreover their advantage reached 26 points, but they could not win the game. Flamengo replied with 27-17 in the third quarter and then erupted with 23-12 in the last quarter.
Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) added 19. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) delivered 18 and Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) notched 9. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) brought 16. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) scored 14, whilst Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) tossed in 13.
Tomorrow, Flamengo will take on Uniceub / BRB, while Penarol will face host Regatas Corrientes to close the day.

Flamengo: Olivinha Rodriguez 23+15 rebs, Marquinhos Vieira 19, Caio Silveira 18, Vitor Benite 9
Penarol: David Teague 18, Facundo Campazzo 16, Leonardo Gutierrez 14, Thomas Terrell 13



South American League 2012: Regatas Corrientes successfully open the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes-Uniceub BRB 74:61

Regatas Corrientes successfully open the Finals of South American League 2012. The Argentinean team overcame Uniceub BRB 74:61 in their opener.
Regatas Corrientes started with 23-15 and never looked behind after. They added 16-14 rally in the second period and led 10 points at the halftime. Moreover the team from Argentina erupted with 25-11 in the third period and did not mind a lot about the last stanza. Uniceub BRB managed to win the last period 21-10 and reduced to 13 points at the end.
Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia) led the way with 22 points and Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) netted 21. Miguel Gerlero (194-G/F-88) delivered 9, while Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) tossed in 8. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 16 points, while Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Alirio Alves (208-C-77) had 10 each.

Regatas Corrientes: Jerome Meyinsse 22, Paolo Quinteros 21, Miguel Gerlero 9, Tony Washam 8
Uniceub BRB: Welington Dos Santos 16, Alex Ribeiro 10, Alirio Alves 10



Alex Passilongo goes to Suzano - by Paulo Freire

The Suzano/Campestre/Instituto Rato team announced one more reinforcement for the dispute of the NBB. The new player hired by the paulista team is the center Alex Passilongo (211-C-85) of 2.12 m tall and 27 years old.

Alex comes from the team of Lajeado, from Rio Grande do Sul State, where he was state champion there last week. In Suzano/Campestre/Instituto Rato team Alex will be the third center of the team in the NBB. Last season he played in the competition for the team of Bauru and in the third edition of the NBB the player defended the Vitoria.

Alex has played 31 games in the NBB with averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.4 minutes of the court.



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EuroCup: Lukoil get important road win over Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Belgacom Spirou - Lukoil Academik 61:79

Lukoil Academik registered the second win in EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Belgacom Spirou in Belgium tonight to stay alive in the fight for Last 16 appearance. Lukoil improved at 2-3 record in Group B. Spirou fell at 0-5 record after the loss.
Lukoil marked their ambitions in the opening quarter. They silenced the hosts with a massive 29:13 rally in the starting period. Lukoil kept Spirou at bay throughout the second term. The Bulgarian team accounted for a 47:28 halftime advantage. Belgacom Spirou narrowed the distance in the third term. The hosts held Lukoil at 13 points in the period to get within 11 points. But Lukoil answered with a 19:12 surge in the fourth term to seal the victory. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds for Spirou. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points for the winners. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) answered with 14 points for Spirou. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) provided 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Belgacom Spirou: Matt Walsh 14, Derrick Allen 12
Lukoil Academik: Devin Green 22, Mohammed Abukar 16, Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) 14



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Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (8-8) to beat the New Orleans Hornets (5-11). Mbah a Moute recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks were crushed 102-81 on the road by the Hornets. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 7.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg in the two games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team one years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany). He led New Yorker Phantoms to a victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (2-9) 76-65 in the German BBL last Saturday. NaNa scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (4-7) is placed 15th in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year NaNa has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 59.5%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland). He led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the third-ranked TuNMKY (6-5) 81-77 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. Towa was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 15 rebounds. Towa also added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division B. Kerava Energia Team (8-3) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. Towa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 13.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1bpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 57.8%(78-135), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 54.9%. Towa played for the Cameroonian national team one years ago.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #4. Point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in a victory against the closely-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (2-2) 83-67 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He recorded only 3 points in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (3-1) is placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Curti's first season with the team. This year Curti's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Curti used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #5. International power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Miami, FL's victory against the University of Massachusetts 75-62 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Miami, Florida has conference record this season. Kadji's total stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #6. Power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help Shiga L-Stars (8-8) in their last game. Despite Aboya's good performance the seventh-placed Shiga L-Stars were edged 73-70 at home by the second-ranked Shimane Magic in the Western group. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 22 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Aboya's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He is international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team one years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #7. International power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chorale de Roanne (3-6) in their game against JDA Dijon (4-5) in the French ProA. Samnick scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. The bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne lost 61-71 in JDA Dijon to the much higher-ranked (#9) JDA Dijon. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Samnick has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #8. Forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Al Wakrah (1-7) crushing them 98-78 in the Qatari D1 in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Moliva also added 5 assists in 40 minutes. Qatar Sports Club Doha (3-5) is placed sixth in the D1. The Regular Season already ended. Moliva is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 10.0rpg. He also averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. Moliva used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #9. International forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest in their game against the University of Nebraska (0-0) in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Wake Forest was badly defeated 79-63 on their home court in Winston-Salem, NC by the University of Nebraska. Arnaud Adala has reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

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

   #1. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to a Energy Invest's victory against the fifth-ranked Kutaisi (5-2) 67-60 in the Georgian Superleague on Friday night. Toudjani recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. This year Toudjani's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in the seven games he played so far.

   #2. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in a Kerava Energia Team's victory against the third-ranked TuNMKY (6-5) 81-77 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) last Sunday. Mua recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division B. Kerava Energia Team (8-3) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mua has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5bpg and 1.8spg.

   #3. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) helped Dalhousie University win their game against the Huskies (7-0) 75-69 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS in Wednesday night's game. Yengue scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Dalhousie University has a solid 5-2 record this season. Yengue has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 7.0rpg.

   #4. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (3-7) to beat Montepaschi Siena (8-2). Biligha cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. Air Avellino was crushed 101-65 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Montepaschi Siena. This year Biligha averages just 2.3ppg in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #5. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help Lille Metropole (5-7) in their game against Chalons-Reims (8-4) in the French ProB (second division). MBida cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lille Metropole was defeated 67-55 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#4). It was Lille Metropole's fifth consecutive loss in a row. MBida has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #6. Johann Mpondo (203-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wright St., currently plays in Qatar) helped Al Sadd win their game against the closely-ranked Al Gharafa 75-65 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 on Tuesday night. Mpondo scored 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. Mpondo has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 9.9rpg in the seven games.

   #7. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Santa Clara in their game against the Utah State University in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points. His team was edged in an overtime 80-78. Atanga has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 9.9rpg.

   #8. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Harvard in their game against the University of Vermont in the NCAA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Moundou-Missi recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team lost 78-85. Moundou-Missi has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 9.9rpg in the seven games.

   #9. Serge Angounou (202-F-83, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Japan) managed to help Chiba Jets to win against the ninth-ranked Sendai 89ers 85-76 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points. Angounou has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #10. Brice Kofane (203-F-92, is currently at the American university) helped Providence win their game against the Mississippi State University 73-63 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes. Kofane has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 10 games.



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Carl English's 39 points make him top Canadian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carl English
Carl English
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory over the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (5-5) crushing them 89-66 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. English was MVP of the game. He recorded 39 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 31 minutes on the court. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (6-4) is placed eighth in the ACB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's English's first year with the team. English is the league's top scorer with 20.2ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 45.3%(29-64) and FT: 88.1% in the 10 games he played so far. English played for the Canadian senior national team one years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (1-3) 82-77 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Landry recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Triumph Lyubertsy (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. Landry belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 7.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.3ppg, 2FGP: 58.1%(18-31) and FT: 62.5% in the four games. Landry played for the Canadian national team in 2009.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-14) in their last game. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 79-89 on the road to the Detroit Pistons. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Thompson also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Thompson has relatively good stats this year: 8.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 44.5% and FT: 58.8% in the 18 games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #4. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Khimik (11-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Joseph's very good performance Khimik was defeated 92-85 at home by the lower-ranked Cherkasy (#9). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Joseph also added 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. It's Joseph's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. Joseph used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #5. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) was the major contributor in Leiden's victory against the closely-ranked Groningen (8-4) crushing them 70-48 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (11-2) is placed first in the Eredivisie. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bekkering has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #6. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (7-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance CSM Bucuresti was defeated 96-88 on their home court in Bucuresti by the lower-ranked Rovinari (#4). He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Shepherd also added 7 rebounds. Shepherd is currently second on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Shepherd averages: 21.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg. He is international player as he played for the Canadian senior team one years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #7. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks (8-8) in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-8) in the NBA. Dalembert cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks lost 85-95 in Minnesota to the Timberwolves. This year Dalembert's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
   #8. Center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in their last game on Sunday. Despite Morrison's very good performance Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was defeated 89-82 in Weissenfels by the much lower-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#16). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Morrison also added 9 rebounds. Morrison is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg. Morrison used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #9. U19 international point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boston Coll. win their game against the The Pennsylvania State University 73-61 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Boston College has conference record this season. Hanlan's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team last year.

Mike Tuck
Mike Tuck
   #10. Forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Sheffield One Health Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats (3-9) 88-73 in the British BBL on Sunday night. Tuck was the best player in that game. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes. Sheffield One Health Sharks (3-8) is placed ninth in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Tuck averaged so far 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently studies in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the Bradley University 74-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Stauskas scored 22 points. Stauskas' stats this season are: 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team last year.

   #12. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, is currently at the American university) helped UNLV win their game against the University of California-Irvine crushing them 85-57 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Bennett is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). This year he has very good stats: 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games. Bennett used to play for the Canadian U17 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former University international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, currently plays in Germany) helped SC Rasta Vechta win their game against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha 86-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Doerksen was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Doerksen averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3spg in the nine games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

   #14. International forward Murphy Burnatowski (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Colgate in their last game on Saturday. Despite Burnatowski's very good performance the Colgate was defeated 70-63 in Ithaca, NY by the Cornell University. He scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Burnatowski averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

   #15. International forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Carl English in the Spanish ACB last game. Kendall couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against Asefa Estudiantes. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 23 points 89-66. Kendall is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 14.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

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

   #1. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs (14-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 105-100 on the road by the Miami Heat. Bonner recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Bonner has been at the team for seven years. This season he averages: 4.2ppg and 1.6rpg. Bonner is a naturalized American.

   #2. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Orlando Magic (7-10) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (11-5) in the NBA. Despite his good performance in Friday night's game He recorded 12 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Nicholson averages: 6.6ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #3. Dwight Powell (208-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Stanford to a victory against the Denver University 71-58 in the NCAA last Sunday. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Stanford University has conference record this season. Powell's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg in the 11 games he played so far.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (7-6) in their game against NH Ostrava (12-2) in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Muirhead also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Muirhead is currently third on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Justin Edwards (190-G-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to Maine's surprising victory against the Northeastern University 76-73 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. The University of Maine has conference record this season. Edwards' stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the 12 games.

   #6. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the closely-ranked Start Gdynia 76-69 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. Wright recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. This year Wright's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.0rpg in the 10 games.

   #7. Juevol Myles (185-G-89, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis crushing them 88-68 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Myles' total stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #8. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Rotterdam 88-70 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Sihota averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.

   #9. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Southern Mississippi 68-60 in the NCAA last Saturday. Mullings recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Mullings averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #10. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Texas Tech win their game against the Jackson State University 84-75 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and made 5 blocks. Kravic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Serbian and Canadian nationalities.



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Standings - DIMAYOR

Liga Nacional Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Dep.Espanol 4-0 
 2. Boston Coll. 3-1 
 3. Los Leones 2-2 
 4. Sagrados 2-2 
 5. Osorno Basq. 1-2 
 6. Dep.Castro 1-3 
 7. Providencia 0-4 
Places 9-12
 1. AB Ancud 7-5 
 2. Dep.Valdivia 2-9 
 3. Puente Alto 2-9 
 4. Las Animas 1-10 
 5. Stadio Italiano 1-10 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Dec. 2: Boston Coll. - Los Leones 97-80
Dec. 2: Dep.Castro - Osorno Basq. 80-77
Dec. 2: Providencia - Sagrados 70-76
Dec. 2: AB Ancud - Dep.Espanol 66-87


Dimayor Finals: Liceo won Game 4 - by Daniel Valencia

The 2012 Dimayor Finals will have a game 5. Overcoming a 13 point deficit and winning the fourth quarter 33-13, CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes defeated to CD Universidad de Concepcion 79-71. Led by Claudio Gallardo (180-G-87), who scored 19 points, and with the help from Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) and Jonathon Avery (201-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: IUPUI) who combined for 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, Liceo forced a decisive game 5. For Universidad de Concepcion the scoring leader was Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia Tech) with 16 points (14 rebounds).

Game 4

CD Universidad de Concepcion 71 - CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 79
Ucon: Terrell Taylor 16 pts. 14 reb. Evandro Arteaga 15 pts. 7 reb. Eduardo Marechal 14 pts. 7 ast. 6 reb. Diego Osses 10 pts. 3 ast.
Lic: Claudio Gallardo 19 pts. 8 reb. 7 ast. Jonathon Avery 18 pts. 5 reb. Bayo Arigbon 15 pts. 11 reb. Patricio Briones 12 pts. 7 reb.



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Standings - CBA

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Dec. 4: Qingdao E. - Jilin NE T. 84-95
Dec. 4: Zhejiang CB - Guandong ST 124-126 OT
Dec. 5: Guangsha L. - Foshan LL
Dec. 5: Jiangsu D. - Fujian QB
Dec. 5: Beijing Ducks - TianJin S.
Dec. 5: Shanxi Zh. - Bayi R.
Dec. 5: Xinjiang FT - Shanghai S.
Dec. 5: Shandong FB - Liaoning H.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Josh-Emmanuel AKOGNON
  Liaoning.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Akognon, Liaoning.35.3 
 2. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.8 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.30.8 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.30.7 
 5. Spencer, Jilin N.29.0 
 6. Hudson, DongGuan27.3 
 7. Yi, Guandong ST26.2 
 8. McGrady, Qingd.25.5 
 9. Thornton, Guangsh.25.5 
 10. Jeter, Shandong24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Jiangsu D.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Harris, Jiangsu D.15.7 
 2. Harvey, TianJin S.14.3 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang CB13.5 
 5. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.5 
 6. Ju, Foshan LL13.3 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB13.3 
 8. Li, Liaoning H.12.7 
 9. Diogu, Guandong ST12.5 
 10. White, Shanghai S.12.5 
Assists Per Game
 Stephon MARBURY
  Beijing .
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Marbury, Beijing8.3 
 2. Daghles, TianJin S.8.0 
 3. Hudson, DongGuan6.8 
 4. McGrady, Qingd.5.0 
 5. Yang, Liaoning H.4.7 
 6. Williams, Guandong.4.6 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.5 
 8. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.3 
 9. Lee, Beijing Ducks4.3 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Abbas, Shandong FB4.3 
 2. Marbury, Beijing2.7 
 3. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.5 
 4. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Han, Bayi R.2.5 
 6. Sun, Shandong FB2.0 
 7. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 8. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.0 
 9. Morris, Beijing Du.2.0 
 10. Zhu, Guandong ST2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.5.5 
 2. Siler, Jiangsu D.4.0 
 3. Mbenga, Qingdao E.2.3 
 4. Yi, Guandong ST2.0 
 5. Yan, Shanxi Zh.2.0 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.1.8 
 7. Wang, Bayi R.1.8 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 9. Tang, Xinjiang FT1.5 
 10. Boone, Zhejiang1.5 


Interview with Ike Diogu - by Jerome Knoepffler

Ike Diogu had a busy summer leading the nigerian national team at the Olympics in London. Waiting for a guaranteed contract in NBA, he only had the opportunity to make the training camp with the Suns before being cut. He decides to sign in China but is fully expecting to make a come back in NBA.

Why did you decide to sign with the Guangdong Tigers ?

Well I decided to sign with them because its a good team and they wanted me and I didn't wanna sit around and wait. Besides, Yi is on the team and so is Terrence Williams so that's 3 nba players on one team.

Did you receive some others offers from euroleague teams ?

yes I did receive some offers, many offers in fact but it just never happened.

You'll play with ex nba players such as Terrence Williams and Yi Jianlian, does it influence you to sign there ?

Yes it did influence me because we are all legit nba players who can play the game and we should all be in the nba right now so I think when we all have a good season we will be back next season.

You'll team up with Yi Jianlian in the paint, what do you think about this ? In your mind, you're the best inside combination of the chinese league ?

Yi is an unbelievable talent and I have been very impressed with him. He is a hard worker and he is really good. He makes my job easier and yes I believe we have the best tandem in the paint we both can go inside and out and rebound.

What can you say about your head coach Li Chunjuang ?

he is a great coach players coach he really tries to make you feel like your part of the family and his resume speaks for itself 7championships.

After a great run at the olympics, you've made the training camp with the Suns. Were you disappointed when you ve been cut ? Did you receive some other offers from nba teams ?

Yes I was very disapointed because everyone knew i deserved to not only be on the team but be playing i worked to hard not to get a fair shot but thats life i will be back in the nba because all who have seen me play know how talented I am and yes I had offers from chicago dallas and boston but I ended up choosing phoenix which looking back probably wasn't the best decision but still I definitively should have made the team

What's the goal for you personnaly this year ? Did you intend to try to come back in NBA after the CBA finishes ?

Yes I do intend to try to come back I'm only 29 and the future is bright for me in the nba. I have the best basketball ahead of me so i am excited about the chances I will have after china many players did this last season so I'm looking to do the same.



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NEW PROJECT OF TWO LEAGUES IN 2013, STARTING ON FEBRUARY 22 - by Victor Garcia

A new proposal proposal for the pro-Basketball competitions has been released by the National Federation.
The Colombian National Federation has releases a new proposal in alliance with Go Sports for the development of two Leagues since the year 2013.
The proposal includes a first Championship to start on February 22 and 4 months long, theres not a schedule yet or a certain number of teams confirmed, but according insiders teams like Bukaros, Piratas and Cafeteros are making its arrangements to compete in this tournament.
A second tournament will be played in the second semester of the year, also 4 months and starting on August.
For the first tournament Go Sports announces a sponsorship from Directv.
There are several questions yet about the new organization, some questions as follows:
1-What will be the role of the teams in the board of directives?: the teams made public months ago their will to make a Clubs Association.
2-How is the league going to avoid the teams withdrawal within the league?, one of the most important concerns since many teams has withdraw from the cup before the end of the competions..
3-Will the regulations include a salaries policies or salaries cap?
4-Will the player remain as free agents after the end of the tournament?
Despite the questions , the proposal opens a new hope about the development of the professional Basketball in the country.




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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 7-0 
 2. Dubrava 5-1 
 3. Sanac Karl. 5-2 
 4. Samobor 4-2 
 5. Zrinjevac 4-3 
 6. Gorica 3-2 
 7. Maksimir 3-3 
 8. Rudes 2-4 
 9. Bosco 1-5 
 10. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
 11. Kaptol 0-6 
 12. Mladost Z.(C) 0-6 
Group East
 1. Belisce 7-0 
 2. Vinkovci 6-1 
 3. Meteor D. 4-2 
 4. Vukovar 4-2 
 5. Vrijednosnice 2-3 
 6. Zupanja 2-4 
 7. Pozega 1-5 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 1-6 
 9. Virovitica 0-4 
Group North
 1. Mladost D.(N) 7-1 
 2. Graficar 6-2 
 3. Medjimurje C. 6-2 
 4. Bjelovar 5-3 
 5. Podravac Virje 5-3 
 6. Cakovec 5-3 
 7. Petar Zrinski 3-5 
 8. Radnik 3-5 
 9. Vindija V. 3-5 
 10. Ivancica 2-6 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 1-7 
 12. Koprivnica 0-8 
Group South
 1. Kastela 8-0 
 2. Puntamika 8-0 
 3. GKK Sibenik 7-1 
 4. Jazine 4-4 
 5. Sukosan 4-4 
 6. Solin 4-4 
 7. Policnik 4-4 
 8. Cetina 2-6 
 9. Metkovic 2-6 
 10. Omis Galeb 2-6 
 11. DOSK 2-6 
 12. Trogir 1-7 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 5-1 
 2. Crikvenica 5-2 
 3. Pula 1981 5-2 
 4. Stoja Pula 4-2 
 5. Kastav 4-2 
 6. Zamet 3-3 
 7. Otocac 1-4 
 8. Ucka 0-1 
 9. Rovinj 0-5 
 10. Ghia Staff 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

Center

Dec. 8: Mladost Z.(C) - Kaptol
Dec. 8: Sus.-Moslavina - Sanac Karl.
Dec. 8: Bosco - Zrinjevac
Dec. 8: Rudes - Gorica
Dec. 8: Maksimir - Samobor
Dec. 8: Hermes Anal. - Dubrava

East

Dec. 8: Vukovar - Belisce
Dec. 8: Meteor D. - Virovitica
Dec. 8: Vinkovci - Vrijednosnice
Dec. 8: Zupanja - Pozega

North

Dec. 8: Vindija V. - Cakovec
Dec. 8: Medjimurje C. - Graficar
Dec. 8: Radnik - Mladost D.(N)
Dec. 8: Bjelovar - Podravac Virje
Dec. 8: Rudar-Cimper - Koprivnica
Dec. 8: Petar Zrinski - Ivancica

South

Dec. 8: Puntamika - Metkovic
Dec. 8: Trogir - Policnik
Dec. 8: Kastela - GKK Sibenik
Dec. 8: Solin - Sukosan
Dec. 8: Cetina - Jazine
Dec. 8: DOSK - Omis Galeb

West

Dec. 8: Ghia Staff - Rovinj
Dec. 8: Zamet - Stoja Pula
Dec. 8: Skrljevo - Kastav
Dec. 8: Crikvenica - Ucka
Dec. 8: Pula 1981 - Otocac
Dec. 4: Kastav - Otocac


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

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

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain. He could not help Unicaja Malaga (6-2) in their last game. Despite Zoric's very good performance the second-placed Unicaja Malaga was badly defeated 91-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Montepaschi Siena in the group B of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Zoric also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was Unicaja Malaga's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Zoric has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 71.4% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lithuania). Popovic led Zalgiris to a victory over the eighth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-1) 90-79 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Popovic scored 20 points and added 3 assists. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) is placed second in the LKL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Popovic averages: 10.0ppg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 75.0%, 3FGP: 33.3%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Simon, who plays in Spain. He was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (6-2) in their last game. Despite Simon's very good performance Unicaja Malaga (#2) was badly defeated 91-72 in Siena by the lower-ranked (#3) Montepaschi in the group B of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Simon also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. It's Simon's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 89.7% in the eight games. Simon is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #4. Center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cajasol (1-9) 78-64 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (6-4) is placed sixth in the ACB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Tomic is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team last year.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #5. Former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Khimky's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-4) 80-69 in the VTB United League last Monday. He recorded 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (6-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Loncar's overall stats are: 8.7ppg and 2.5rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #6. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the fifth-ranked Un.Olimpija (2-6) 80-72 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Ukic scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (5-3) is placed third in group A. 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 is very crucial. Ukic has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #7. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to Krka's victory against the leader Karsiyaka (4-1) 80-74 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. Lalic scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (3-2) is placed third in group A. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Lalic's stats this year are: 11.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #8. Center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Kresimir Loncar in the VTB United League last game. Radosevic, who plays in Lithuania was not able to secure a victory for Lietuvos rytas (3-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Lietuvos rytas (#6) was defeated 80-69 in Khimki by the leading Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. Radosevic was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Radosevic's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2010.

Zoran Vrkic
Zoran Vrkic
   #9. International guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Ikaros' victory against the closely-ranked Kolossos (3-5) crushing them 86-66 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. Vrkic was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. Ikaros Kallitheas (5-3) is placed sixth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Vrkic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4apg in the five games. He used to play for the Croatian national team last year.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #10. Point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (6-4) 94-79 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Draper recorded 7 points and added 3 passes. Real Madrid (10-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Draper's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper is international player as one years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #11. International swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Assignia Manresa crushing them 83-63 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Pilepic recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. This year Pilepic averages only 3.2ppg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Armani Milano (5-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Armani Milano lost 80-86 in Sassari to the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna. Stipcevic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Stipcevic's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 1.3rpg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. U19 international swingman Mario Hezonja (202-95, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Tomic. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Hezonja managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the third-ranked Besiktas crushing them 78-48. He scored 5 points. It was his first game for Regal FC Barcelona this season. Hezonja used to play for the Croatian U19 national team last year.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to Kormend's victory against the fourth-ranked Timisoara 97-86 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. Buljan also added 4 assists in 36 minutes. Buljan belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3 with 21.0ppg. This year his other stats are: 7.6rpg and 3.2apg in the five games. Buljan used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. However that was another game of his team in VTB United League which brought him to that list. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked CEZ Nymburk crushing them 90-70. He recorded 5 points. Delas has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Maribor Messer (5-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maric's very good performance Maribor Messer was defeated 85-78 on the road by the second-ranked Helios. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Maric also added 6 rebounds. Maric averaged so far 10.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Experienced Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Geoplin Slovan (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Paravinja's very good performance Geoplin Slovan was edged 66-63 in Sostanj by the higher-ranked Elektra (#5). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Paravinja also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Paravinja has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #3. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to secure a victory for Tajfun (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Primorac's very good performance Tajfun was defeated 89-81 at home by the leading Zlatorog. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Primorac is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 12.7ppg and 7.4rpg.

   #4. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to an easy victory against the Seattle University crushing them 87-64 in the NCAA last Sunday. Drmic scored 25 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. The Boise State University has conference record this season. Drmic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8 with 12.7ppg. This year he also averages: 7.4rpg in the seven games he played so far. Drmic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #5. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Pitesti to a victory against the second-ranked Okapi Aalstar (3-2) 89-77 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. BCM U Pitesti (1-4) is placed fourth in group E. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Barac has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg.

   #6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) led UBSC Graz to a victory over the closely-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart crushing them 98-69 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Monday night. Stegnjaic was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Stegnjaic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 7.2rpg. This year his other stats are: 16.1ppg in the nine games.

   #7. Kristijan Krajina (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 1-point Mt.St.Mary's' victory against the Binghamton University 71-70 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Krajina scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg in the nine games.

   #8. Ivan Jurkovic (213-C-90, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jurkovic's good performance the FIU (#5) was defeated 79-68 on their home court in Miami, FL by the University of South Alabama. He scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Jurkovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg.

   #9. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau in their game against Crailsheim Merlins in the German ProA (second division). Buljevic scored 8 points. His team was defeated 82-67. He averaged so far 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. Buljevic has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite his Croatian passport, Buljevic previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #10. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help LTHcast Mercator in their game against Rogaska in the Slovenian Telemach League. He recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. His team was edged 71-70. Soldo has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games.



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Keravnos lost a game of its own but still has chances for the next round in Eurochallenge - by Chris Mammides

The team of Coach Yiannaras, Keravnos Strovolou is officially the only Cyprus team which has some chances to qualify in the next round of the Eurochallenge Cup since tonight and in a game which just ended, the Strovolos team lost by five points while last week, Keravnos won the game by six, so Joensunn Kataja fell one point short of booking a place in the EuroChallenge Last 16 as they edged out Group B rivals Keravnos 71-66.
Keravnos had started the better of the two teams, but two three-pointers from Antti Kanervo highlighted an 18-2 run that turned a 16-9 Kataja deficit into a 27-18 lead in the second quarter. Kataja would lead most of the way from there, but Keravnos kept it close to the finish.
Kataja might look at the final score and see it as being agonisingly close, but given the spot they were in with two minutes left in the game, they should be happy to still be alive at all.Any win would have seen Keravnos join Krasnye Krylia in the next round, and they were looking good when Lawrence Kinnard's dunk put them up 66-62 with 2:10 left to go.
But those would prove to be their final points of the night for the team of Keravnos as it reamin pointless for the next 2:10 while the home team with a solid 9-0 record nearly overscored or even balance the score of the first round.Kataja's 9-0 run to the finish, earning them a victory which denied Keravnos qualification on the night, but Kataja needed to win by six points or more to make the place theirs.Instead, the battle will now to go the final night of group action next week.
The last 2 minutes were dramatic as Petri Virtanen was fouled attempting a three and hit all his free throws to make it a one-point game, and Jerald Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) then hit a jump-shot to put Kataja on top. The turnovers and misses were mounting for Keravnos Strovolou and Kataja kept on taking advantage, with Jerald Fields closing it out from the free-throw line as he hit four more in the final 52 seconds..

Jerald Fields led Kataja with 19 points while Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, college: Winona St.) had 16 and Kanervo 11.
Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) led Keravnos with 25 points while Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) added 13 in his best game with Keravnos jersey.



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CEZ Nymburk Lands Tweety Carter - by Surujh Roopnarine

Looking to strengthen their roster as they continue their heavy three-league schedule, nine-time reigning Czech champions CEZ Nymburk have signed third-year point guard Tweety Carter (180-PG-86, college: Baylor). The move, also necessitated by the fact that A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) is back in the USA indefinitely due to family reasons, brings in the 5-11 Carter, a former Baylor University standout to the fold of Nymburk. He began this season with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, appearing in three Eurocup games as well as eight Adriatic League contests. During play in the latter competition he averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 37.9% on two-point field goals and an impressive 12-28 from three. In his third season professionally, the New Orleans, Louisiana native has played in the NBA D-League as well as internationally for BK Ventspils (Latvia, 2010-11) and Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (Israel, 2011-12). Last season in Israel's top competition Carter averaged 20.7 points (#3), 2.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists (#3) while earning All-Star honors for his efforts and being named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention. A very smart scoring point guard Carter will help handle the pressures of running the team and support Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) in the backcourt as well.


David Jelinek selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Jelinek could not help Olin Edirne (2-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Olin Edirne was edged 81-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Turk Telekom (#9). Jelinek scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Jelinek's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 82.8%. Jelinek is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky was not able to help Cajasol (1-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cajasol was defeated 78-64 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked Regal FC (#6). Satoransky recorded 13 points. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Satoransky's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.9apg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 73.7%. Satoransky is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to secure a victory for Planasa NV (3-6) in their game against Lobe Huesca (3-6) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Starosta scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. But Planasa NV was defeated 68-59 at home by the lower-ranked Lobe_Huesca (#12). It was Planasa NV's fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Starosta is the league's best rebounder. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.5%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #4. Center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Balvin managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla in a victory against the closely-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (1-3) 84-78. He recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (2-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. This year Balvin averages: 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg in the three games he played so far. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #5. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point River Andorra's victory against the 11th-ranked Caceres Basket (3-6) 71-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Hampl scored only 2 points and blocked 2 blocks. 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. Hampl belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3. His overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1bpg. Hampl plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Rovinari's victory against the closely-ranked CSM Bucuresti (7-3) 96-88 in the Romanian Division A in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (7-3) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Steffel is the league's best rebounder with 9.6rpg. He also averaged so far 15.9ppg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg in the 10 games he played so far.

   #2. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni (7-4) 83-67 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and added 6 passes in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AZS Koszalin (7-3) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Skibniewski's first season with the team. Skibniewski is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 5.2apg. This year his other stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2spg in the 10 games.

   #3. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Komarno's victory against the closely-ranked Nitra (8-4) 73-61 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (9-2) is placed first in the Extraliga. This year Kratochvil averages: 5.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games.

   #4. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Tulane's victory against the Loyola, LA (3-6) 69-57 in a derby game in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 13 minutes. The Tulane University has conference record this season. Bruha has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games.

   #5. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Cyprus could not help the league outsider Etha (0-5) to beat Tofas (3-2). He scored 6 points. The fourth-placed Etha was crushed 87-54 on the road by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge. So far Etha lost all five games in the Regular Season. Englicky's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Englicky's overall stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #6. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Olimpi Tbilisi in a victory against the closely-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi 84-79 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. This year Hoger's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games.



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  DENMARK   


Chanan Colman selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola, currently plays in Israel). He managed to help Maccabi Bazan Haifa in a victory against the league leader Maccabi Ashdod (5-0) 80-74 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Colman recorded 5 points in 16 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Maccabi Haifa this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Winner League. It was Maccabi's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Colman has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish senior national team four years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Arizona St. to a victory against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 67-54 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Gilling scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was his first game for Arizona St. this season. His team has conference record this season. Gilling played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, currently studies in the States). He contributed to a 1-point G.Washington's victory against the James Madison University 54-53 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Larsen scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for G.Washington this season. His team has conference record this season. It's Larsen's first year with the team. He is also a member of the Danish U20 national team.

Anton Larsen
Anton Larsen
   #4. Power forward Anton Larsen (213-88, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the ODU (0-1) to beat the University of Richmond (0-0). Larsen scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. The ODU was crushed 80-53 at home by the University of Richmond. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Larsen is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in ODU's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the seven games he played so far. Larsen used to play for the Danish national team back in 2008.

Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
   #5. U20 international center Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help the league outsider Etha (0-5) in their game against Tofas (3-2) in the EuroChallenge. He did not beat the league record on Tuesday evening. Bergstedt scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fourth-placed Etha was crushed 87-54 on the road by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge. So far Etha lost all five games in the Regular Season. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Bergstedt averages: 3.3ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team last year.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #6. Forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Fair Dickinson in their game against the Lehigh University (0-0) in the NCAA. Seilund cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Fair Dickinson was crushed 102-62 in Bethlehem, PA by the Lehigh University. This year Seilund's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 4.5rpg in the four games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Danish team two years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Tenchev's very good performance the bottom-ranked U20 was defeated 86-80 at home by the higher-ranked Euroins Cherno More (#6). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Tenchev also added 6 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Tenchev's first season with the team. Tenchev has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) plays for KK Split in Croatian A1
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 4: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-95
Dec. 5: Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S.
Dec. 6: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC
Dec. 6: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Douglas-R., Texas27.8 
 2. Goudelock, Sioux F.23.7 
 3. Jones, Canton C.23.5 
 4. Joseph, Maine RC21.7 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 6. Downs, Maine RC20.5 
 7. Summers, Idaho S.20.5 
 8. Hudson, Sioux F.19.7 
 9. Wright, Maine RC19.5 
 10. Mays, Springfield19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JONES
  Canton C.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Jones, Canton C.13.0 
 2. Mays, Springfield13.0 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.12.6 
 4. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.11.2 
 5. Orton, Tulsa 66ers11.0 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.11.0 
 7. Miller-Scott, Iowa10.7 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.10.3 
 9. Adrien, Rio G.10.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Wright, Iowa E.8.0 
 2. Liggins, Tulsa 66e.7.0 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.8 
 4. Mack, Maine RC6.3 
 5. Uzoh, Springfield6.3 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 7. Machado, Rio G.5.8 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.5 
 9. Johnson-Odom, Los5.3 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moon, Los A.2.8 
 2. Scott, Springfield2.7 
 3. Murry, Rio G.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Rio G.2.5 
 5. Greene, Los A.2.5 
 6. Kennedy, Erie B.2.3 
 7. Thompson, Erie B.2.3 
 8. Holiday, Idaho S.2.3 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.2.3 
 10. Downs, Maine RC2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.5.7 
 2. Reed, Springfield3.3 
 3. Moon, Los A.3.3 
 4. Flowers, Los A.2.8 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.8 
 6. Eyenga, Texas L.2.8 
 7. Sullivan, Austin T.2.3 
 8. Daniels, Santa C.2.3 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.2.3 
 10. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 


Rick Jackson claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Rick Jackson (206-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Austin T. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Idaho S. (#8, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 97-82. Austin T. maintains the 5th position in D-League. Austin T. 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 2-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Jackson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rick Jackson averages just after three games 11.0ppg and 7.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Travis Leslie (193-G-90) of Santa Cruz W.. Leslie impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Santa Cruz W. lost that game 95-102 to slightly higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#2, 3-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Santa Cruz W. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 2-1 record is not bad at all. Leslie is a newcomer at Santa Cruz W. 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 Austin T.'s star - Canadian Cory Joseph (190-PG-91). Joseph showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, ten rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Austin T., helping his team with a 97-82 easy win against Idaho S. (#8, 0-4). Austin T. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Joseph has a great season in D-L. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Jenkins (193-G-91) of Bakersfield J. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mike Davis (205-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S. - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Idaho S. - 26 points and 9 rebounds
8. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of Bakersfield J. - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cliff Tucker (198-G/F) of Springfield A. - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Turkish team Banvit BK to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-4) 95-88 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Mejia recorded 15 points and added 5 passes. 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 will be critical. It's Mejia's first season with the team. Mejia is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mejia averages: 20.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 78.8%(26-33), 3FGP: 53.8%(7-13). He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (8-10) 84-82 in the NBA last Wednesday. Ariza scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 2-13 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ariza has relatively good stats this year: 8.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 25.6% and FT: 84.0% in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help G.Canaria 2014 (7-3) to beat Valencia Basket (8-2). Baez recorded 7 points in 21 minutes. G.Canaria 2014 lost 65-79 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Baez's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 68.6%(24-35) and FT: 75.0% in the eight games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. An experienced swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 14th-ranked Sluc Nancy (3-6) 72-66 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Greer scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. Strasbourg IG (5-4) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Greer is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). This year his total stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg in the nine games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #5. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Assignia Manresa (1-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Assignia Manresa was badly defeated 83-63 on the road by the second-ranked Gescrap BB. Asselin was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Asselin has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg and 3.3rpg in the 10 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team six years ago. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #6. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Francis Xavier (4-3) in their game against the Axemen (5-1) in the Canadian university league CIS, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Madera was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But the St.Francis Xavier (#4) lost 71-84 in Wolfville, NS to the Axemen. Madera has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.3rpg in the three games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team five years ago.

   #7. Former U17 international guard Rayner Moquete (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Binghamton in their game against the University of Pennsylvania (0-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night Moquete scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Moquete's stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a 3-point victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-9) 94-91 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Horford also added 6 assists and 3 blocks in 42 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have a solid 9-5 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horford averages: 15.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1bpg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #2. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Detroit Pistons' victory against the Phoenix Suns (7-12) crushing them 117-77 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Villanueva scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have not so impressive 6-13 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Villanueva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Pistons' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 7.5ppg and 2.9rpg in the eight games. Villanueva has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic passport, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to an overtime victory over the tenth-ranked Blancos de Rueda (5-5) 104-102 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Feldeine was MVP of the game. He recorded 31 points (!!!) and added 4 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Feldeine's third season in pro basketball. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (2-8) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Feldeine is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Sacramento Kings (4-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Garcia's good performance the Sacramento Kings were defeated 97-92 on the road by the Indiana Pacers. He recorded 12 points. Garcia has been at the team for eight years. This season Garcia averages only 3.4ppg.

   #5. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 14th-ranked Sluc Nancy (3-6) 72-66 in the French ProA last Saturday. Greer scored 6 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Strasbourg IG (5-4) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Greer is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) helped FIATC Joventut win their game against the closely-ranked CB Canarias 92-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points. This season Quezada has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help AS Apollon Patras to win against one of league's weakest teams Ilysiakos crushing them 94-72 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Turner scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Turner has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 3.5rpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Wollongong Hawks in their game against Cairns Taipans in the Australian NBL. He scored 6 points in 22 minutes. His team lost 66-76. Deleon is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in the nine games.

   #9. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Stetson in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Perez's very good performance the Stetson was crushed 92-56 in Richmond, VA by the Virginia Commonwealth University. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Perez has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg.

   #10. Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A couldn't help AEL (1-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Guillandeaux's good performance AEL was defeated 85-72 at home by the higher-ranked Etha (#3). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Guillandeaux also added 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. Guillandeaux is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. Guillandeaux holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 4: Valga - Tarvas 67-69
Dec. 4: Rapla - Tln Kalev 65-73
Dec. 7: Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi
Dec. 7: Valga - TU/Rock


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Tamm, Tarvas16.5 
 2. Lindmets, Tarvas16.3 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.6 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.8 
 5. Pilk, Rapla14.1 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.0 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu13.9 
 8. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas13.3 
 10. Arnold, TTU12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu12.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.5 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla7.4 
 5. Grim, Valga7.4 
 6. Cunda, Valga7.2 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 8. Trumm, Hito/Johvi7.0 
 9. Grafs, Valga7.0 
 10. Tambre, Hito/Johvi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Erik KEEDUS
  TTU
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Keedus, TTU4.9 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas4.7 
 3. Cunda, Valga4.6 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.2 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.9 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.3.8 
 8. Pilk, Rapla3.0 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.3 
 10. Akenparg, TTU2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tamm, Tarvas2.6 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 3. Akenparg, TTU2.2 
 4. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 5. Cunda, Valga1.7 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.5 
 8. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
 9. Laksa, Tarvas1.4 
 10. Raap, Parnu1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 2. Saarmets, TTU1.2 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.9 
 4. Raadik, Parnu0.9 
 5. Grim, Valga0.7 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.7 
 7. Kitsing, Parnu0.5 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu0.5 
 9. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 10. Uuekula, Hito/Joh.0.4 


EuroChallenge: Gaz Metan Medias open Round 5 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias- Tartu Rock 81:58

Gaz Metan Medias open Round 5 with the win over Tartu Rock in EuroChallenge. The Romanian team improved to 4-1 record on top and ensured the Last 16 birth with 81:58 win. Tartu Rock fell at 2-3 record in the group and will have their last chance in the last round.
Both teams scored 18 points in the first period and then the control of the game took the hosts. They won the second frame 20-13 and added 23-15 in the second period. Moreover they needed a 20-12 end in the last quarter to seal the victory. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) closed the game for the total success of his team.
Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Aleksandar Mladenovic added 18. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) and Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) delivered 15 points apiece. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) scored 14 in defeat and Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) posted 11.

Gaz Metan Medias: Ivan Ivanovic 20+12 rebs, Aleksandar Mladenovic 18, Slobodan Dundjerski 15, Deven Mitchell 15
Tartu Rock: Justin Ingram 14, Ivan Nelyubov 11



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Karsiyaka 4-1 
 2. Tofas 3-2 
 3. Krka 3-2 
 4. Etha 0-5 
Group B
 1. Krasnie Krilya 4-0 
 2. Kataja 3-2 
 3. Keravnos 2-3 
 4. Ploiesti 0-4 
Group C
 1. Ventspils 5-0 
 2. Sodertalje 2-3 
 3. Norrkoping 2-3 
 4. Pyrinto 1-4 
Group D
 1. Gaz Metan 4-1 
 2. Khimik 3-2 
 3. TU/Rock 2-3 
 4. Dijon 1-4 
Group E
 1. Paris-Levallois 4-1 
 2. Aalstar 3-2 
 3. M.Hainaut 2-3 
 4. Pitesti 1-4 
Group F
 1. EWE Baskets 5-0 
 2. Kormend 2-3 
 3. Szolnok 2-3 
 4. Timisoara 1-4 
Group G
 1. Gravelines 3-2 
 2. Nancy 3-2 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk 3-2 
 4. Apollon 1-4 
Group H
 1. Telekom Baskets 3-1 
 2. Hapoel Holon 3-1 
 3. Antwerp 3-2 
 4. Armia 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Dec. 4: Tofas - Etha 87-54
Dec. 4: Krka - Karsiyaka 80-74

B

Dec. 4: Kataja - Keravnos 71-66
Dec. 5: Krasnie Krilya - Ploiesti

C

Dec. 4: Ventspils - Pyrinto 79-59
Dec. 4: Sodertalje - Norrkoping 67-62

D

Dec. 4: Gaz Metan - TU/Rock 81-58
Dec. 4: Khimik - Dijon 79-74

E

Dec. 4: M.Hainaut - Paris-Levallois 89-90
Dec. 4: Pitesti - Aalstar 89-77

F

Dec. 4: Szolnok - Kormend 83-94
Dec. 4: Timisoara - EWE Baskets 66-76

G

Dec. 4: Apollon - Tsmoki-Minsk 72-81
Dec. 4: Gravelines - Nancy 69-71

H

Dec. 4: Antwerp - Armia 87-54
Dec. 5: Hapoel Holon - Telekom Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Brown, Apollon22.2 
 2. Shaw, Kormend22.0 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.21.0 
 4. Buljan, Kormend21.0 
 5. Flowers, Kataja19.6 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.3 
 7. Millage, Armia18.4 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp18.2 
 9. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.8 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.5 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut10.2 
 3. Bader, Szolnok10.2 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp10.2 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 6. Elonu, Tofas9.4 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje9.0 
 8. Brown, Apollon8.8 
 9. Wilson, Armia8.4 
 10. Kinloch, Pitesti8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.8.0 
 2. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 3. Dixon, Karsiyaka7.2 
 4. Joyce, EWE Baskets5.6 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.4 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.4 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto5.2 
 8. Dundjerski, Gaz M.5.2 
 9. Rujak, Kormend5.0 
 10. Raivio, Aalstar4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.8 
 2. Owens, Dijon3.0 
 3. Harris, Dijon3.0 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.3.0 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.2.8 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos2.4 
 8. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 9. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.2 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos2.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.8 
 4. May, Paris-Levallo.1.8 
 5. Goodridge, Khimik1.8 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.6 
 7. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 8. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.3 
 9. Balashov, Krasni.1.3 
 10. Fields, Kataja1.2 


Group B: Keravnos Strovolou is still alive! - by Chris Mammides

The team of Coach Yiannaras, Keravnos Strovolou is officially the only Cyprus team which has some chances to qualify in the next round of the Eurochallenge Cup since tonight and in a game which just ended, the Strovolos team lost by five points while last week, Keravnos won the game by six, so Joensunn Kataja fell one point short of booking a place in the EuroChallenge Last 16 as they edged out Group B rivals Keravnos 71-66.
Keravnos had started the better of the two teams, but two three-pointers from Antti Kanervo highlighted an 18-2 run that turned a 16-9 Kataja deficit into a 27-18 lead in the second quarter. Kataja would lead most of the way from there, but Keravnos kept it close to the finish.
Kataja might look at the final score and see it as being agonisingly close, but given the spot they were in with two minutes left in the game, they should be happy to still be alive at all.Any win would have seen Keravnos join Krasnye Krylia in the next round, and they were looking good when Lawrence Kinnard's dunk put them up 66-62 with 2:10 left to go.
But those would prove to be their final points of the night for the team of Keravnos as it reamin pointless for the next 2:10 while the home team with a solid 9-0 record nearly overscored or even balance the score of the first round.Kataja's 9-0 run to the finish, earning them a victory which denied Keravnos qualification on the night, but Kataja needed to win by six points or more to make the place theirs.Instead, the battle will now to go the final night of group action next week.
The last 2 minutes were dramatic as Petri Virtanen was fouled attempting a three and hit all his free throws to make it a one-point game, and Jerald Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) then hit a jump-shot to put Kataja on top. The turnovers and misses were mounting for Keravnos Strovolou and Kataja kept on taking advantage, with Jerald Fields closing it out from the free-throw line as he hit four more in the final 52 seconds..

Jerald Fields led Kataja with 19 points while Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, college: Winona St.) had 16 and Kanervo 11.
Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) led Keravnos with 25 points while Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) added 13.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. CEZ Nymburk 3-1 
 2. Budivelnyk 2-2 
 3. Rudupis 2-2 
 4. Hapoel J-M 1-3 
Group B
 1. Gescrap BB 4-0 
 2. Buducnost 3-1 
 3. Lukoil Academik 2-3 
 4. Spirou 0-5 
Group C
 1. Triumph 4-0 
 2. Le Mans 2-2 
 3. VEF Riga 2-3 
 4. Art.Dragons 1-4 
Group D
 1. Valencia 3-1 
 2. Banvit BK 3-1 
 3. s.Oliver Baskets 2-2 
 4. Azovmash 0-4 
Group E
 1. Galatasaray 4-1 
 2. Lokomotiv 3-1 
 3. BC Donetsk 1-3 
 4. Trefl Sopot 1-4 
Group F
 1. Unics 4-0 
 2. Stelmet ZG 2-2 
 3. Oostende 2-2 
 4. Panionios 0-4 
Group G
 1. Spartak SP 4-0 
 2. Ratiopharm 2-2 
 3. Cholet 2-2 
 4. Cibona 0-4 
Group H
 1. Crvena Zvezda 4-0 
 2. Cajasol 2-2 
 3. Banco di Sard. 1-3 
 4. Orleans 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Dec. 5: Hapoel J-M - Rudupis
Dec. 5: Budivelnyk - CEZ Nymburk

B

Dec. 4: Spirou - Lukoil Academik 61-79
Dec. 5: Buducnost - Gescrap BB

C

Dec. 4: VEF Riga - Art.Dragons 83-72
Dec. 5: Triumph - Le Mans

D

Dec. 5: Banvit BK - Valencia
Dec. 5: Azovmash - s.Oliver Baskets

E

Dec. 4: Galatasaray - Trefl Sopot 103-82
Dec. 5: Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk

F

Dec. 5: Unics - Stelmet ZG
Dec. 5: Panionios - Oostende

G

Dec. 5: Ratiopharm - Cholet
Dec. 5: Spartak SP - Cibona

H

Dec. 5: Orleans - Crvena Zvezda
Dec. 5: Cajasol - Banco di Sard.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 22
 1. Rakocevic, Crvena22.0 
 2. Thornton, Banco d.21.5 
 3. McKee, Triumph21.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios21.0 
 5. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.3 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK20.0 
 7. Asbury, Cajasol20.0 
 8. Davis, Banvit BK19.5 
 9. Green, Orleans18.3 
 10. Baron, Lokomotiv18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks MARIC
  Lokomotiv
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Maric, Lokomotiv8.8 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.3 
 3. Harris, Azovmash8.0 
 4. Landry, Triumph7.8 
 5. Urbutis, Rudupis7.8 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm7.3 
 7. Stimac, Banvit BK7.3 
 8. Fells, Hapoel J-M7.3 
 9. Drozdov, Budivelnyk7.0 
 10. Easley, Banco d.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Diener, Banco d.9.3 
 2. Everett, Cholet8.0 
 3. Greer, Azovmash6.3 
 4. Zisis, Gescrap BB6.0 
 5. Calathes, Lokom.5.5 
 6. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.5 
 7. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.2 
 8. Eidson, Unics5.0 
 9. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
 10. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Unics
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Chatman, Unics2.8 
 2. Pappas, Panionios2.5 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.5 
 4. Mejia, Banvit BK2.3 
 5. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 6. Pullen, Hapoel J-M2.3 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.0 
 8. Hervelle, Gescr.2.0 
 9. Green, Orleans2.0 
 10. Kovacevic, Cibona2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.3 
 3. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.3 
 4. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 5. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 6. Zaytsev, Azovmash1.0 
 7. Pietrus, Valencia1.0 
 8. Balvin, Cajasol1.0 
 9. Vougioukas, Unics1.0 
 10. King, Art.Dragons1.0 


CEZ Nymburk Lands Tweety Carter - by Surujh Roopnarine

Looking to strengthen their roster as they continue their heavy three-league schedule, nine-time reigning Czech champions CEZ Nymburk have signed third-year point guard Tweety Carter (180-PG-86, college: Baylor). The move, also necessitated by the fact that A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) is back in the USA indefinitely due to family reasons, brings in the 5-11 Carter, a former Baylor University standout to the fold of Nymburk. He began this season with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, appearing in three Eurocup games as well as eight Adriatic League contests. During play in the latter competition he averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 37.9% on two-point field goals and an impressive 12-28 from three. In his third season professionally, the New Orleans, Louisiana native has played in the NBA D-League as well as internationally for BK Ventspils (Latvia, 2010-11) and Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (Israel, 2011-12). Last season in Israel's top competition Carter averaged 20.7 points (#3), 2.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists (#3) while earning All-Star honors for his efforts and being named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention. A very smart scoring point guard Carter will help handle the pressures of running the team and support Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) in the backcourt as well.


Travis Diener sets new Eurocup assists record - by Diamadis Farmakis

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari guard Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) set a new Eurocup single-game assists record Wednesday with 15 against Crvena Zvezda Diva at Hala Pionir in Belgrade, where Crvena Zvezda won the high-scoring affair 116-104. Diener delivered 7 first half assists. and 5 more in the third quarter to move within reach of the record

He tied the mark two-and-a-half minutes into the fourth quarter with a dish to Tony Easley for a dunk, as Easley was also the recipient of the record-breaking pass midway through the fourth quarter

The competitions assist record was 14, shared by three players - Roko Ukic was the first to record that many assists in a January 2004 game for KK Split.

Christain Dalmau matched that number when he played for Besiktas in the 2007-08 season and Krsitaps Valters notched 14 assists two seasons later when he played for DKV Joventut.

Dieners effort wasnt the only record set in that game. Crvena Zvezdas 38 two-point baskets made marked the most ever scored in a regulation Eurocup game and tied Lukoil Academic for the most. Academic set the record in a triple-overtime win in November 2003. And Sassaris 18 three-pointers made tied for the second-most made in a Eurocup game. That record is 20.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Chalon inks Cedrick Banks - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He already started the season at Turk Telekom in Turkish TBL league. In four games this season he had 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. The last season Banks also played at Entente Orleans 45. In 35 ProA games last year he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Banks team made it to the French Cup final in 2011.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year back in 2006.
Banks has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon) and France (Sluc Nancy and Besancon).
He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Problem with Perperoglou - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Olympiacos started its preparation for the forthcoming game against Cedevita for the 9th day of Euroleague with a significant absence. Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) suffers from stomach flu and his participation in the match of Zagreb is still in doubt.
The Greek international forward did not present at the yesterday's training and his chances to be at the Reds' roster on Thursday's game are few. After today's training it will be decided by coach Giorgos Bartzokas whether Stratos Perperoglou will be able to travel with the rest Reds at Croatia.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Dec. 1: Kauhajoki - Kataja 84-69
Dec. 4: FoKoPo - Lapua 83-115
Dec. 1: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons 72-92
Dec. 1: Salon Vilpas - KTP 72-85

Regular Season: Round 16

Dec. 7: KTP - FoKoPo
Dec. 7: Namika Lahti - Salon Vilpas
Dec. 7: Korihait - Kauhajoki
Dec. 8: Kataja - Kouvot
Dec. 8: Nilan Bisons - Pyrinto
Dec. 8: Lapua - LrNMKY


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.3 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.22.3 
 3. Conley, LrNM.21.6 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot19.0 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua18.1 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.4 
 8. Flowers, Kataja17.1 
 9. Hester, Kouvot17.1 
 10. Smith, Kataja16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.9 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.0 
 3. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.5 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 5. Giles, KTP8.1 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua8.1 
 7. Ford, Kauhajoki8.1 
 8. Logins, LrNM.8.0 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Johnson, Namika7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.3 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.1 
 4. Burgess, FoKoPo4.4 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.4.2 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.9 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.9 
 8. Watson, Kauhajoki3.6 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Kataja
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Kataja2.6 
 2. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Conley, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.2.1 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 7. Ford, Kauhajoki1.8 
 8. Williams, KTP1.8 
 9. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.7 
 10. Watson, Kauhajoki1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto1.2 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.2 
 5. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 8. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.9 


KORISLIIGA: Lapua scored 115 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 14: One contest tonight. FoKoPo (Forssa) suffered fourth loss in a row as Korikobrat (Lapua) came, scored 115 points and won. The difference was huge, 32 points: 83-115 (39-62). Quarters: 24-31, 15-31, 20-28, 24-25. Lapua won all four quarters and shot with 57% (17/30) accuracy from behind the arc. Lapua had six players in double digits. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) led Korikobrat (4-10) with 20 points. Dominique Coleman (190-G-84, college: Colorado) had also a big night: 19pts/7rbs/5a/6s in 32:31 minutes. FoKoPo (3-11) has it difficult right now. The Christmas break is coming and Team FoKoPo has a lot to think about. Team "D" needs at least big improvement.
FoKoPo - Lapua 83-115 (39-62). (Andrais Thornton 20/7, Jahmar Thorpe 13, Markus Molenius 10 - Samuel Haanpaa 20/7, Dominique Coleman 19/7/5a/6s, Dwight Tolbert 19. A: 303).



EuroChallenge: Joensuun Kataja beat Keravnos by 5 points - by Eurobasket News

Joensuun Kataja- Keravnos 71:66

Joensuun Kataja overcame Keravnos by 5 points in Round 5 of EuroChallenge. The Finnish side improved to 3-2 record after a 71:66 win. The team from Cyprus meanwhile dropped at 2-3 record.
Joensuun Kataja lost to Keravnos also by 5 points in Round 2 away from home. That time the team from Cyprus enjoyed a 72:67 victory.
Joensuun Kataja started tonights game with 22-18 and led 1 point at the halftime. Both teams scored 15 points each in the third period and then the hosts added 17-13 for the final success.
Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) nailed 16. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) tossed in 11, whilst Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) had 8. Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) answered with 25 points in defeat and Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) brought 13. Antonio Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) ended up with 9 points and Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) delivered 8.

Joensuun Kataja: Jerald Fields 19, Jonte Flowers 16, Antti Kanervo 11, Petri Virtanen 8
Keravnos: Bobby Maze 25, Andre Owens 13, Tony Crocker 9, Julian Vaughn 8



EuroChallenge: Ventspils wins Group C - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Pyrinto 79:59

Ventspils wins Group C of EuroChallenge. The team ensured the appearance in the last 16 stage last week and today clinched the top place in the group with 1 round remaining. The Latvian side overcame Pyrinto 79:59 for 5-0 record. The Finnish side lost all the chance and dropped at 1-4 record.
Ventspils was the favorite of the game and started with 15-12 rally. The hosts erupted with 31-16 in the second period and led 46:28 at the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 21-9 in the third quarter and did not mind 12-22 push from the guests in the last stanza.
Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Martins Meiers (208-C-91) notched 13. Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) and Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) ended up with 10 points each in a win. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) posted 12 points in the losing efforyt and Antero Lehto (184-G-84) as well as Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) tossed in 10 apiece. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Ventspils: Arturs Berzins 19, Martins Meiers 13, Martins Laksa 10, Folarin Campbell 10
Pyrinto: Kenneth Lowe 12, Antero Lehto 10, Jesse Niemi 10, Carl Lindbom 8



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Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 9-1 
 2. Souffel 8-3 
 3. Cognac 8-3 
 4. Quimper 8-3 
 5. Blois 7-3 
 6. Vichy 7-4 
 7. Sorgues 6-4 
 8. Rueil 5-6 
 9. La Rochelle 5-6 
 10. Monaco 4-5 
 11. Angers BC 49 4-6 
 12. Chartres 4-6 
 13. Rennes 3-7 
 14. Challans 3-8 
 15. St Chamond 3-8 
 16. CFBB 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 4: Blois - Cognac 96-80
Dec. 4: Sorgues - La Rochelle 88-77
Dec. 4: Monaco - St Chamond 88-74
Dec. 4: Challans - Quimper 85-94
Dec. 4: Orchy - Souffel 80-64
Dec. 4: Chartres - CFBB 76-54
Dec. 4: Angers BC 49 - Rueil 71-78

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 8: Cognac - Angers BC 49
Dec. 8: CFBB - Rennes
Dec. 8: St Chamond - Blois
Dec. 8: La Rochelle - Chartres
Dec. 8: Quimper - Orchy
Dec. 8: Souffel - Monaco
Dec. 8: Vichy - Sorgues


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jarryd COLE
  La Rochelle
  (204-F-88)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Cole, La Rochelle18.3 
 2. Zamroz, Sorgues18.2 
 3. Petrovic, Orchy18.0 
 4. Kaunisto, Blois17.9 
 5. Inglis, CFBB17.3 
 6. Herard, Challans17.0 
 7. Hill, Angers BC 4916.9 
 8. Raji, Quimper16.9 
 9. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.0 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.2 
 2. Caskill, Cognac9.3 
 3. Calasan, Monaco8.9 
 4. Raji, Quimper8.7 
 5. Inglis, CFBB8.5 
 6. Sall, Rennes7.7 
 7. Diame, Rueil7.5 
 8. Tornato, Blois7.5 
 9. Cole, La Rochelle7.3 
 10. Avramovic, Chart.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Christophe, Monaco6.8 
 2. Fellah, Angers B.6.1 
 3. Cherry, Quimper5.9 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.8 
 5. Barbry, Orchy5.2 
 6. Thomas, Vichy5.0 
 7. Saounera, Rueil4.8 
 8. Brochard, Blois4.7 
 9. Boivin, Chartres4.7 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. El Amrani, Vichy3.1 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.4 
 3. Saounera, Rueil2.2 
 4. Mouillard, Cognac2.0 
 5. Lessort, Vichy2.0 
 6. Pene, Rennes1.9 
 7. Gueye, Sorgues1.9 
 8. Cazenobe, Souffel1.9 
 9. Herard, Challans1.9 
 10. Landu-Bongo, St1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Davis, Blois1.9 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.8 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.5 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 7. Rinna, St Chamond1.2 
 8. Ben Driss, Rennes1.1 
 9. Traore, Angers B.0.9 
 10. Kaunisto, Blois0.9 


NM1 Round 12: Cognac is upset by Blois - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Blois between third ranked Cognac (8-3) and sixth ranked Blois (7-3) on Tuesday night. Cognac was defeated by Blois on the road 96-80. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. Cognac managed to win second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cognac 38-22 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Cognac's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) chipped in 18 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Sadio Doucoure (195-92) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds. Blois moved-up to fifth place. Cognac at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with Quimper and Souffel. Blois are looking forward to face Saint Chamond (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Angers BC 49 (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Orchies. First ranked Orchesien BC faced second-best Souffelweyersheim. Host Orchesien BC (9-1) defeated guests from Souffel. (8-3) 80-64. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Emilien Barbry contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Souffelweyersheim. Orchesien BC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Cognac and Quimper. Orchesien BC will play against Quimper UJAP (#4) on the road in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play against Monaco and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-54 loss to twelfth ranked Chartres (4-6) in Chartres on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Ljubomir Avramovic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Chartres' coach Raphael Gaume felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Damien Inglis with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Chartres have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Loser CFBB still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Chartres will meet higher ranked La Rochelle (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Union Rennes (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Rest of the games of round 12 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
La Rochelle was defeated by Sorgues in a road game 88-77. Challans was beaten by Quimper at home 85-94. St Chamond lost to Monaco on the opponent's court 74-88. Angers BC 49 unfortunately lost to Rueil in a home game 71-78.


Sorgues - La Rochelle 88-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked La Rochelle's (5-6) road loss to seventh ranked Sorgues (6-4) 77-88 on Tuesday. 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 88-77. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists and swingman Waly Gueye (191-89) who added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) with 31 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Faycal Sahraoui (188-79) scored 12 points. Five Sorgues and four La Rochelle players scored in double figures. Sorgues have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 6-4 record. Newly promoted La Rochelle keeps the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Rueil. Sorgues will meet higher ranked JA Vichy (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Rochelle will play against Chartres and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: J.Cole 31+7reb, F.Sahraoui 12+4reb+2ast, A.Thomson 11+1reb+1ast, D.Sylla 10+4reb+1ast, S.Soliman 5+6reb+2ast, L.Iglesias 3+2reb+1ast
Sorgues: A.Thinon 18+3reb+4ast, R.Zamroz 15+1reb+3ast, X.Pasut 14+3reb+1ast, C.Mansare 12+2reb+2ast, W.Gueye 11+9reb+4ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 11+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184798


Chartres - CFBB 76-54

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-54 loss to twelfth ranked Chartres (4-6) in Chartres on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Chartres. CFBB managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 26. Chartres looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Julien Sauret (184-81) who added 8 points and 11 assists during the contest. Chartres' coach Raphael Gaume felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Damien Inglis (203-95) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Charly Pontens (189-95) scored 5 points. Chartres have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Loser CFBB still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Chartres will meet higher ranked La Rochelle (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Union Rennes (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: D.Inglis 11+10reb+3ast, P.Rigot 8+4reb, L.Dussoulier 7+3reb+1ast, E.Ory 6+1reb+4ast, A.Paquentin 6+2reb, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 6
Chartres: M.Vasic 16+2reb+1ast, L.Avramovic 15+13reb+2ast, Z.Bojovic 14+4reb+1ast, G.Lemon 9+3reb+3ast, J.Sauret 8+4reb+11ast, V.Mendy 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 184800


Challans - Quimper 85-94

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Quimper UJAP (8-3) defeated on the road 13th ranked Vendee Challans (3-8) 94-85 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 33-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 assists and Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who added 26 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) with 11 points and 6 assists and Bosnian-Canadian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cognac and Souffel. Loser Vendee Challans dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. They share it with St Chamond. Quimper UJAP will meet at home league's leader Orchesien BC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vendee Challans will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Challans: S.Cherasse 15+1reb+2ast, B.Bakovic 14+3reb+4ast, N.Gouacide 13+1reb, J.Rathieuville 11+4reb+6ast, F.Herard 9+4reb+1ast, J.Geay 8+3reb+7ast
Quimper: C.Cherry 34+2reb+11ast, C.Raji 26+12reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 15+5reb+2ast, J.Moupegnou 10, O.Kolb 5+2reb, W.Molas 4+1ast
gschID: 184799


Orchy - Souffel 80-64

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Orchies. First ranked Orchesien BC faced second-best Souffelweyersheim. Host Orchesien BC (9-1) defeated guests from Souffel. (8-3) 80-64. The game without a history. Orchesien BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jerome Cazenobe (202-89) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Cognac and Quimper. Orchesien BC will play against Quimper UJAP (#4) on the road in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play against Monaco and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Souffel: A.N'Diaye 20+6reb, M.M'Bodji 12+3reb+1ast, J.Cazenobe 11+5reb+1ast, F.Broliron 10+3reb, J.Alingue 6+8reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 4+1reb+2ast
Orchy: D.Petrovic 22+6reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 14+3reb+5ast, E.Barbry 10+7reb+5ast, A.Belkessa 7, R.Brocheray 7+4reb+4ast, T.Stanley 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 184795


Monaco - St Chamond 88-74

Very expected game when 15th ranked Saint Chamond (3-8) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Monaco (4-5) 88-74 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-74. Monaco forced 20 Saint Chamond turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (205-85, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Anthony Christophe (190-83) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Marqus Ledoux (203-80, college: Tulsa) with 24 points and 4 assists and swingman Nicolas Wachowiak (198-91) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Monaco moved-up to tenth place. Saint Chamond lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Challans. Monaco will meet league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Chamond will play against Blois (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: M.Ledoux 24+3reb+4ast, N.Wachowiak 11+10reb, J.Rinna 9+2reb+1ast, R.Deal 8+3reb+1ast, J.Landu-Bongo 8+1reb, E.Sadiku 6+3reb+2ast
Monaco: N.Calasan 23+6reb+2ast, O.Bardet 13+3reb+3ast, A.Christophe 13+5reb+7ast, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 11+4reb, T.Bennett 7+11reb+2ast, M.Diallo 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 184794


Blois - Cognac 96-80

The most important game in the last round took place in Blois between third ranked Cognac (8-3) and sixth ranked Blois (7-3) on Tuesday night. Cognac was defeated by Blois on the road 96-80. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. Cognac managed to win second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cognac 38-22 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Cognac's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) chipped in 18 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Sadio Doucoure (195-92) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Blois moved-up to fifth place. Cognac at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with Quimper and Souffel. Blois are looking forward to face Saint Chamond (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Angers BC 49 (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cognac: S.Doucoure 20+6reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 17+1reb+5ast, D.Sencanski 11+2reb+1ast, I.Caskill 10+8reb+2ast, V.Mouillard 8+2ast, J.Ludon 6+1reb+1ast
Blois: V.Kaunisto 33+17reb+2ast, D.Davis 18+3reb+9ast, J.Tornato 17+6reb+3ast, M.Sy 11+4reb+1ast, W.Aka 8+5reb+4ast, K.Morlende 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 184793


Angers BC 49 - Rueil 71-78

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Rueil (5-6) beat on the road 9th ranked Angers BC 49 (4-6) 78-71 on Tuesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 35-17. But Angers BC 49 won second period 18-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rueil won last quarter 19-14. Rueil shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Angers BC 49 only scored ten points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Mali point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and forward SyPir Traore (204-85) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Rueil moved-up to eighth place, which they share with La Rochelle. Angers BC 49 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. They share it with Chartres. Rueil will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Angers BC 49 will play against Cognac (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: A.Hill 22+8reb, S.Traore 17+6reb, M.Chupin 9+4reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 8+6reb+5ast, L.Gunnarsson 5+6reb+7ast, T.Trauttmann 4+4reb+1ast
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 18+5reb+1ast, I.Saounera 17+4reb+4ast, D.Gentil 11+3reb+1ast, M.Diame 9+10reb+1ast, A.Desespringalle 8+5reb+2ast, S.Ricard 8+2reb
gschID: 184792



Chalon inks Cedrick Banks - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He already started the season at Turk Telekom in Turkish TBL league. In four games this season he had 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. The last season Banks also played at Entente Orleans 45. In 35 ProA games last year he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Banks team made it to the French Cup final in 2011.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year back in 2006.
Banks has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon) and France (Sluc Nancy and Besancon).
He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Brion Rush claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Montenegrin Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Paris-Levallois (#4, 5-4) 91-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Chalon to jump to the first place in the French ProA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Chalon has a very solid 7-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Rush had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. Brion Rush averages this season 14.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Anthony Smith (196-G-86) of Poitiers. Smith impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 5 rebounds. It was enough for Poitiers to edge the higher-ranked ASVEL (#7, 5-4) by 6 points 78-72. This victory allowed Poitiers to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Smith is a newcomer at Poitiers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois (#4). May showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite May's great performance Paris-Levallois lost 79-91 to #1 ranked Chalon. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Paris-Levallois needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. May has a great season in France. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82) of Strasbourg - 27 points and 9 rebounds
5. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 28 points and 4 rebounds
6. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. D.J. Thompson (173-PG-85) of Le Havre - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Juby Johnson (196-G-81) of Gravelines - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83) of Chalon - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Cam Long (193-G-88) of Le Mans - 20 points and 2 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)



NM2: Kaysersberg got their second loss - by Jean Pierre

The most surprising game of NM2 round 11 (Group D) took place at Union STE Marie/Metz, where leader AS Kaysersberg Ammerschwihr BCA (9-1) was defeated by eight ranked hosts (5-5). Home team performed great defense in fourth quarter and won last 10min by 26:9. That was the key to the victory. "We lost the game cause at the end some of our players made bad choices" - summarized Fabian Drago, coach of Kayserberg.
It was a fifth win in last 6 games for Metz Basket. However, the team from Alsace region remains in the first place of group D.
Top scorers:
Sainte-Marie Metz: Diawara 16, Fernandez 16
KABCA: Yanders 20, Benjamin 13



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois advanced to Last 16 after a road win - by Eurobasket News

Mons-Hainaut- Paris-Levallois 89:90 OT

Paris-Levallois advanced to Last 16 after a road win over Mons-Hainaut. The French side took 90:89 win and improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. The Belgian side fell at 2-3 record on the third position.
Mons-Hainaut started with 30-19 lead and led 9 points at the halftime. It was not however enough to win the game. Paris-Levallois responded with 21-14 in the third period and won the fourth quarter 21-14 to tie the game at 82:82 after regulation. Cage gave the hosts 89:88 lead, but Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) ensured the victory for the guests.
Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) erupted with 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) added 19. Jawad Williams netted 14 and John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) scored 7 points. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) ended up with 25 points and 10 boards, whilst Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had 16 and Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) collected 16 points and 13 caroms. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) followed them with 14 points in a loss.

Mons-Hainaut: Quincy Taylor 25+10 rebs, Josh Bostic 16, Brian Qvale 16+13 rebs, Jonathan Wallace 14
Paris-Levallois: Sean May 31+11 rebs, Andrew Albicy 19, Jawad Williams 14, John Cox 7



EuroChallenge: Nancy beat Gravelines to stay on track - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Nancy 69:71

Nancy beat Gravelines to stay on track for the Last 16 ticket in EuroChallenge. The team grabbed 71:69 win over the rivals Gravelines as both teams are with 3-2 records in Group G.
Nancy won the opening tip 6:0, while Bokolo tied the game at 8:8. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) made the same at 16:16 at the end of the first period, while Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) gave his side 10-point advantage at the halftime. The third period however belonged to the guests that erupted with 19-8 for 49:48 lead. Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80) scored for 69:65, while Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) scored 4 in a row for 69:69 with 20 seconds to go. Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) was the man of the match and brought the win with a jump shot for 71:69 success.
Claude Marquis paced all the winners with 16 points and Souleyman Diabate added 15. Herve Toure (202-F-82) delivered 11, whilst Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) and Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) had 9 each.
Dwight Buycks ended up with 19 points in the losing case and Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) produced 18. Abdoulaye M'Baye finished the game with 10, while Ousmane Camara brought 6.

Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 19, Juby Johnson 18, Abdoulaye M'Baye 10, Ousmane Camara 6
Nancy: Claude Marquis 16, Souleyman Diabate 15, Herve Toure 11, Torrell Martin 9, Marcellus Sommerville 9+10 rebs



EuroChallenge: Khimik outlevel Dijon in Yuzhniy - by Eurobasket News

Khimik - Dijon 79:74

Khimik outlevel Dijon in Yuzhniy for 3-2 record in EuroChallenge Group D. The Ukrainian team needed a 79:74 win to jump to the second place in the group. Dijon fell at 1-4 record and lost all the chances to advance to the next stage.
Khimik started with 23-18, but could not win the first half. The French outfit replied with 26-18 and took 3-point lead at the halftime. They still led 1 point entering the final stanza but could not cope with the hosts final push. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) made two free throws for 75:72 and then he scored another two for 77:74. Sehovic ensured the final score in the game also from the free throw line.
Willie Deane and Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) stepped up with 17 points each, while Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) added 9. David Melody (184-G-77) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland). scored 14. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) delivered 10 and Larry Owens (201-G/F-83, college: ORU) tossed in 9.

Khimik: Willie Deane 17, Devoe Joseph 17, Sava Lesic 9
Dijon: David Melody 15, T.J. Campbell. 14, Jeremy Leloup 10, Larry Owens 9



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Balkan League: Kumanovo hand first loss to Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Galil Gilboa 74:66

Kumanovo earned the fourth win in the Balkan League Group A. They held off visiting Galil Gilboa to improve at 4-2 record. The Israeli team suffered the first defeat in the season and slipped at 4-1 record.
Kumanovo jumped to a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. They dominated throughout the second term. The Macedonian team ensured a 44:29 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa turned things around however in the third term. The defending champions went on a 25:10 run to level things up at 54 into the final term. Kumanovo opened the fourth term on a 10:2 run to take a 64:56 lead. The margin grew at 13-point mark soon and Kumanovo cruised to the victory at the end. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) posted 19 points and 12 boards for Kumanovo. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) added 15 points in the winning effort. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) answered with 18 points for Galil Gilboa. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) netted 13 points in defeat.

Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 19+12 boards, Marjan Janevski 15, Aleksandar Kostoski 14
Galil Gilboa: Mitchell Watt 18, Dagan Yavzuri 13



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Gotha: Neno Asceric stayed only a couple of days - by Moritz Korff

Chaos has hit 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Gotha Rockets. Less than one week ago the Rockets proudly announced the signing of Neno Asceric (agency: Promotex) as their new head coach, today they unveiled that the 47-year-old Austrian has left again. Asceric asked to terminate his contract probably to accept an offer from an Adria League team, the club told. The Rockets bosses agreed and decided to let him go. The Gotha team is currently sitting in 15th place in the Pro A after claiming the Pro B championship in this past season.


Myles Hesson (Weissenhorn) I Was Happy With My Game Against Frankfurt, But You Can Always Play Better - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Myles Hesson (195-F-90, agency: Two Points) is a 20 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that is playing his first season in Germany in the PRO B fort he Weissenhorn youngsters. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. This past summer, he was a member of the British national team taking part in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also took part at the British 3x3 Mixed and menTeam for World Championships in Greece in 2012. He spoke to eurobasket after the convincing 83-56 win against the Fraport Skyliners juniors last weekend.

Congrats on the 83-56 win. Was the win as easy as it looked?

We played very well. We knew that some of their best players were missing, but we wanted to play with the same intensity for 40 minutes and we did that. We were clearly the better team.

When I say 65 of 85 was missing, do you know what I mean?

No.

65 of the 85 points that the Fraport Skyliners average per game were missing. That made it a lot easier for Weissenhorn. But you didnt take them lightly did you?


Even if they were shorthanded, any team can win on any day. All it takes is for some players to get hot. But we played very well throughout and played good defense keeping them at 56 points.


Weissenhorn led 39-23 at halftime. What was key for having the lead at halftime?

We played tough defesne and got running on the break which led too many fast break points.


What did head coach Tim Lewis tell the team to do better in the second half?

Get more offensive rebounds and keep them off the glass. Frankfurt got too many offensive rebounds in the first half.

German Kai Guasa hit a big shot near his own free throw line. How important was this shot for stopping the momentum of the Skyliners run at the end of the third quarter?

The Skyliners hit three buckets in a row heading into the third quarter. The shot by Guasa was big and just helped us stay focused and go positive into the fourth quarter.

When was the last time that you saw a shot like Kai Gausa go in?

I saw a shot like that last season. I hit one like that for Liverpool in the BBL in England where we came back to win the game.


In the fourth quarter, Weissenhorn picked up their game even more and led as much as 31 points. Did the Fraport Skyliners juniors get tired?


I dont think that they got tired physically, but more mentally. We were just too good for them and they made silly mistakes.

What was key for keeping the Fraport Skyliners to 56 points?

They never found their rhythm. On the pick and role we did a good job getting help on the baseline. They had difficulty running their offense.

You had a monster game with 25 points, monster dunks and blocks. How happy were you with your own game?

I was happy with my game against Frankfurt, but you can always play better. I want to thank my teammates for getting me the ball on the fast break.

You had so many dunks today. I counted three. Have you ever dunked more?

The most dunks that I had in a game was seven. This season I had five dunks.

Who is your dunk hero?

I always liked Vince Carter. He brought flair to dunking. I remember him winning the NBA dunk contest with that 360 windmill.


Who wins a one on one in practice you or Til Joscha Joehnke?

We actually had one the other day and the game was 1-1. He is a very good one on one player.


Can he become a second like Per Guenther in Ulm?

I think that he can. He plays with so much heart. He plays every possession as if it is his last and never gives up. That resonates for the whole team.


Why is he such an incredible rebounder averaging seven per game?

He has an incredible eye for the ball and always goes to the basket for the rebound.


You practiced with the British national team. What impressed you most about NBA player Luo Deng?

I really liked his professionalism and always takes each practice seriously. He is always early to practice and the last to leave. He goes hard each possession.


You practice with ratiopharm Ulm each day. Which player do you respect most?

I like Allan Ray. He brings no fear flair to the game.

How far are you from the Beko BBL?

I hope I can play in the Beko BBL next season with ratiopharm Ulm. If that doesnt happen, my dream is to play somewhere in a top league.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Man on fire with Denzel Washington.

Thanks Myles for the chat.





EuroCup: VEF Riga tame Artland Dragons to stay alive in Group C - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Artland Dragons 83:72

VEF Riga clinched a crucial victory to stay alive in the race for EuroBasket Last 16 race. They held off visiting Artland Dragons in Riga to improve at 2-3 record in Group C. Artland slipped at 1-4 record. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 19 points to pace the Latvian team.
VEF Riga aggressively entered the game. They knocked down 27 points to account for an 8-point lead at the first break. VEF Riga stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:34 halftime lead. Artland Dragons tried to take over in the third quarter. The German team got as close as 7 points at the final break. The Dragons cut the deficit at 6-point mark in the fourth stanza however Kristaps Janicenoks made sure VEF Riga avoided nervous final seconds and seal the victory at the end. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) and Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) provided 12 points each for VEF Riga. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) answered with 15 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) netted 14 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 19, Will Daniels 12, Earl Rowland 12
Artland Dragons: Demond Mallet 15, Bryce Taylor 14



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets upset Timisoara in Romania - by Eurobasket News

Timisoara - EWE Baskets 66:76

EWE Baskets kept their perfect in EuroChallenge Group F. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) scored 15 points to pace Oldenburg to the fifth straight win. They knocked down Timisoara away from home.
Timisoara opened the game on an 11:0 run. The hosts accounted for an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. EWE Baskets slowly came back to life in the second quarter. The German side tied things up at 32 at halftime. EWE Baskets pulled ahead in the third term. The visitors claimed a 55:47 lead with ten minutes to go. EWE Baskets stretched the margin to 11 points midway through the final term. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) delivered 14 points, while Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) added 11 points for Oldenburg. Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) netted 14 points for Timisoara. Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell), Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) had 11 points each in the loss.

Timisoara: Bogdan Popescu 14, Ivan Jelenic 11, Zlatko Jovanovic 11, Robert Sarovic 11
EWE Baskets: Rickey Paulding 15, Julius Jenkins 14, Robin Smeulders 11



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Bavcic is back at KAO Dramas - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) signed 28-year old Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (209-110kg-84, agency: Beo Basket). Its actually his comeback to Dramas as he played here before. Bavcic already started the season at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProB. In 7 games this season he had just 2.6ppg and 2.1rpg. The last season Bavcic also was tested (but did not play any official game) by Mapooro Cantu (previous name Bennet Cantu) in Italian SerieA. He also played at KAO Dramas earlier that season. In 18 A1 games last year he recorded 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg. The other team Bavcic played shortly was Vanoli Cremona (previous name Vanoli-Br. CR) in SerieA. In three games he recorded 3.0ppg and 3.7rpg. The most of 10/11 season he spent at Aris. In 17 A1 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Another team Bavcic played shortly that season was Khimik in Ukrainian league. In 5 EuroChallenge games he recorded 10.2ppg and 5.2rpg. He also played 22 games in Ukrainian Superleague where he recorded 9.3ppg and 5.2rpg.
In 2006 Bavcic was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall).
His team won Slovenian Cup in 2010.
Bavcic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Forward of the Year back in 2006 and 2007. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 2.4rpg.
Bavcic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln 99ers), Turkey (Kepez Bld), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



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

30-year old power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (200-F/C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for PAOK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat AGOR (#5, 5-3) in overtime 91-85. PAOK maintains the 4th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. PAOK will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Margaritis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Evaggelis Margaritis averages this season 5.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83, agency: FCM) of Panelefsiniakos. He is a guard in his first season at Panelefsiniakos. In the last game Liakopoulos recorded impressive 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Panelefsiniakos lost that game 73-81 to the higher-ranked Panionios (#2, 7-1). Panelefsiniakos is still second from the bottom in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Panelefsiniakos managed to get this year. Liakopoulos is a newcomer at Panelefsiniakos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#3). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83) of Apollon Patras (#7). Klaiber scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Apollon Patras, leading his team to a 94-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Ilysiakos (#13, 1-7). Apollon Patras needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Klaiber has a very solid season. In 7 games in Greece he scored 12.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) of Ikaros - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. LaRon Dendy (205-C-88) of Kolossos - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84) of PAOK - 23 points and 5 assists
7. Andrew Jones (208-F-87) of Ilysiakos - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Anthony Grundy (189-PG-79) of Kavala - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Olympiacos - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Apollon Patras - 21 points

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)



2013 TURKISH AIRLINES EUROLEAGUE F4 LONDON TICKETS ON SALE - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague Basketball has announced that tickets for the 2013 TURKISH AIRLINES EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOUR LONDON will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 30 at 10:00 CET (09:00 GMT).

Tickets will be available through the competition's official ticketing website, www.f4tickets.com, to be sold by AXS.com (AEGs ticketing company) the official ticketing partner for the event

Travel packages will also be made available online through Detur the official travel agency of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four

It will also be possible to re-sell and purchase the tickets through Viagogo, the official secondary ticketing partner of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, or to secure ticket options through Ticket2Final in case your team eventually qualifies for the Final Four. At a later stage, each one of the four qualified teams will be allotted approximately 1,000 tickets to be distributed by them amongst their fans. Any other ticket seller for the event is considered illegal, and, fans holding tickets from illegal sellers will not be allowed to enter the arena.

The 2013 TURKISH AIRLINES EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOUR LONDON will be played on the second weekend in May at The O2 arena, with a basketball capacity of over 18.000 spectators.

80% of the capacity will be sold to the public, whilst the other 20% of seats is reserved for media, sponsors, authorities and teams. The sales process will be divided into two rounds, the first one starting on Friday, November 30 at 10:00 CET (09:00 GMT). The second round will begin as soon as all four qualified teams are known. Tickets will be sold by category, and fans will be grouped at a later stage according to their team preferences, to ensure the safety and fun of the event.

Each ticket will be sold as a four-game package: two semifinals on Friday, May 10, plus third-place and title games on Sunday, May 12. Tickets for the signature event of the season will range from 160 to 595. The number of available tickets in the lowest-price category has been almost doubled compared to the recent editions of the event, making it accessible and affordable for more basketball fans.

You can find all purchasing information at www.f4tickets.com



Problem with Perperoglou - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Olympiacos started its preparation for the forthcoming game against Cedevita for the 9th day of Euroleague with a significant absence. Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) suffers from stomach flu and his participation in the match of Zagreb is still in doubt.
The Greek international forward did not present at the yesterday's training and his chances to be at the Reds' roster on Thursday's game are few. After today's training it will be decided by coach Giorgos Bartzokas whether Stratos Perperoglou will be able to travel with the rest Reds at Croatia.



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 8-1 
 2. De Groene 8-2 
 3. Cangeroes 8-2 
 4. Rotterdam 2 5-4 
 5. Almonte 5-4 
 6. De Hoppers 5-4 
 7. Leiden 2 5-5 
 8. BC Apollo 2 4-5 
 9. Binnenland 4-5 
 10. Red Giants 4-5 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 3-6 
 12. Punch 3-7 
 13. Almere P. 2-7 
 14. UBALL 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 4: De Groene - UBALL 83-59
Dec. 4: Almonte - De Hoppers
Dec. 4: Rotterdam 2 - MSV/Zeemacht
Dec. 4: Orca's Urk - Almere P.
Dec. 4: Binnenland - Red Giants



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EuroChallenge: Kormend beat Szolnok in Hungarian derby - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Kormend 83:94

Kormend earned an important road win over Szolnok in EuroChallenge Group F. Both teams are now tied at 2-3 record in the second position in the ladder. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) and Vincent Simpson (185-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Hampton) delivered 20 points each for the winners.
Szolnok stormed into the game. The hosts dropped 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Kormend slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. They trimmed the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 45:49. Szolnok dropped 22 points in the third quarter to stay in charge. The hosts entered the final stanza up by 6 points. But the final term turned things upside down. Kormend went on a 13:2 run to take an 81:77 lead. Soon the visitors ignited an 8:0 run to boost the gap at 8-point mark 89:81. Kormend never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Matt Shaw (203-F-88, college: UNLV) provided 18 points for the visitors. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) and Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) dropped 20 points each for Szolnok.

Szolnok: Ernests Kalve 20, Akos Horvath 20
Kormend: Zvonko Buljan 20, Vincent Simpson 20, Matt Shaw 18



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Powerade Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Powerade Cup is the main Cup in Iceland (National Cup) It starts with 32 teams usually. here are some results from first round.
Stjarnar 84 Skallagrimur 78. Thwo top league teams met here in a close game from beginning, game could go either way but Stjarnar stronger in last minutes
Top scorers for Stjarnan. Marvin Valdimarsson 18. Brian Mills 17. Jovan Zdravevski 16. Justin Shouse 15. For Skallagrimur. Caerlod Medlock 28. Haminn Quantance 28.

KR-B which are old KR players mostly 75. Breidablik Div 1 team 73. Big win for the old guys that did hire Danero Thomas to play that game. Thomas had been released from KR senior team weeks ago. He sent some message that he can play with 28 points. Halldor Ulriksson 21 also for KR -B. Hugi Holm 17 year old kid made tyhe winning basket ona buzzer lay-up.
Keflavik B 64 Njardvik 130. Keflavik B are former players. Looks like they did not have ebergy to play full game. Elentinus Margeirsson led Keflavik B with 15.
Hjortur Einarsson 22 for the winner.

IR 103 Njardvik B 66. Easy win for IR against the old Njardvik players. Erik Palm 20 Isacc Miles 17 for IR.
Tindastoll 67 Snaefell 82. Tindastoll still struggling even the won Lengjan Cup week ago. Throstur Johannsson 26. George Valentine 21 for Tindastoll.
Jon Olafur Jonsson 17 for Snaefell.
FSU 80 Haukar 105. Ari Gylfason 18. Svavar Stefansson 17 for FSU. Haukur Oskarsson 28. David Hermannsson 25 for Haukar.
KR 71 Keflavik 77. KR loosing streak goes on but Keflavik has been winning lately.
Brynjar Bjornsson 19 for KR. Magnus Gunnarsson (MG!=) was icecold in first half but put up a show in second half when he made 6 three pointers and ended with 27 points.




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Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 10-1 
 2. UCC Demons 8-2 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 6-4 
 4. DCU Saints 4-6 
 5. Killester 4-7 
 6. Moycullen 3-6 
 7. UCD Marian 3-7 
 8. Ballon Inter 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 14: Ballon Inter - Moycullen
Dec. 15: Killester - B.Gais Neptune
Dec. 15: DCU Saints - UL Eagles
Dec. 16: UCC Demons - UCD Marian


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles23.4 
 2. Sullivan, Moycullen22.9 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.22.5 
 4. Galvin, UCD Marian22.3 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons20.0 
 6. Glover, DCU Saints17.8 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles16.6 
 8. Statkus, Ballon I.15.7 
 9. Coughlan, UCC D.15.0 
 10. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.5 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.12.1 
 3. Sullivan, Moycullen12.0 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.4 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons10.3 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.9 
 7. Statkus, Ballon I.8.7 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian7.2 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen7.1 
 10. Quill, DCU Saints7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.8 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.8 
 3. Coughlan, UCC D.5.1 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.5 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.4 
 6. O''Sullivan, UCC D.4.0 
 7. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.1 
 8. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.0 
 9. Lyons, Moycullen3.0 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Salvador CAMPS
  Moycullen
  (178-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Camps, Moycullen2.8 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 4. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.3 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Kinevane, UL Eagl.2.0 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.2.0 
 8. Quill, DCU Saints1.9 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.1.8 
 10. Drumm, UCD Marian1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.8 
 2. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 3. Trimmer, DCU S.1.7 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.7 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles1.6 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.1.5 
 7. Walker, UCC Demons1.2 
 8. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 
 9. Statkus, Ballon I.0.7 
 10. O''Brien, Killester0.7 



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Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 4: Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi K/B 94-59
Dec. 4: Maccabi K/G - Kiryat Tivon 91-79
Dec. 4: Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel Afula 86-89
Dec. 4: Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Kazrin 82-56
Dec. 4: Hapoel K/S - Ironi K-A 80-73
Dec. 4: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Ramla 79-66
Dec. 4: Ironi Nahariya - Elitzur Yavne 65-103

Round 6

Dec. 1: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne 98-78
Dec. 1: Maccabi K/G - Hapoel Afula 92-94

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 11: Hapoel Afula - Hapoel K/S
Dec. 11: Maccabi K/B - Macc.B.Yaakov
Dec. 11: Elitzur Yavne - Maccabi K/G
Dec. 11: Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi Nahariya
Dec. 11: Elitzur Ramla - Hod Hasharon
Dec. 11: Ironi K-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Dec. 11: Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Ramat Gan


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Ironi N.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Clemente, Ironi N.21.6 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.9 
 3. Govens, Ironi K-A20.5 
 4. Iram, Macc.B.Y.20.4 
 5. Westbrook, Hapoel20.1 
 6. Durham, Hapoel A.20.0 
 7. Laing, Macc.B.Y.19.6 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.19.4 
 9. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.3 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel Af.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.16.0 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.13.3 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.12.3 
 4. Joyner, Maccabi11.1 
 5. Wright, Elitzur Ra.11.0 
 6. Clemente, Ironi N.10.4 
 7. Jefferson, Maccabi10.2 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.9 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.9.8 
 10. Constantine, Hapo.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon BROOKS
  Hapoel K/S
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brooks, Hapoel K/S7.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.0 
 3. Golan, Ironi Nahar.6.8 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.5 
 5. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.9 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.4.9 
 7. Govens, Ironi K-A4.8 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.5 
 9. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.4 
 10. Walker, Hod H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.9 
 2. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 3. Clemente, Ironi N.2.4 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.3 
 5. McGhee, Elitzur2.3 
 6. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.1 
 7. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 8. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.2.0 
 10. Blair, Ironi N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Maccabi .
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jefferson, Maccabi2.4 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A1.9 
 3. Constantine, Hapoe.1.7 
 4. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.4 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.1 
 7. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.1 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.0.9 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.0.9 
 10. Gonshor, Maccabi0.9 


National League Round 8: Ironi Nes-Ziona keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ironi Nes-Ziona defeated 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla in Nes Ziyona 79-66. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Nes-Ziona made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) who added 18 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Ironi Nes-Ziona's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona (7-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Elitzur Ramla lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with six games lost. They share the position with Maccabi K/G and Macc.B.Yaakov. Elitzur Ramla will play next round against Hod Hasharon trying to get back on the winning streak. Ironi Nes-Ziona will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata on the road.
Very significant was Elitzur Yavne's (#4) 38-point road victory against 5th ranked Ironi Nahariya 103-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The winners were led by American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored that evening 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Noam Matalon supported him with 25 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even 21 points by American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Ironi Nahariya. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Elitzur Yavne (6-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against Hapoel Kazrin (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-2) against eighth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (4-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ironi Kiryat Ata was defeated by Hapoel Kfar Saba in a tough game in Kfar Saba 73-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Adam Constantine who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Darrin Govens produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Hapoel Kfar Saba have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 4-4 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Hapoel Kfar Saba will meet higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nes Ziyona. Second ranked host Ironi Nes-Ziona (7-1) smashed one of their biggest challengers Elitzur Yavne (6-2) 98-78. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Bilal Benn orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ironi Kiryat Ata on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat.
Important game to mention about took place in Kiryat Gat. Third ranked Hapoel Afula (6-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (2-6) 94-92 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Worth to mention a great performance of Allen Durham who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Hapoel Afula have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Maccabi K/G lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi K/G will play against Elitzur Yavne.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Maccabi K/B was destroyed by Ironi Ramat Gan on the opponent's court 94-59. Macc.B.Yaakov unfortunately lost to Hapoel Afula in a home game 86-89. Hapoel Kazrin was rolled over Hod Hasharon on the road 56-82. Maccabi K/G defeated Kiryat Tivon on its own court 91-79.


Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi K/B 94-59

Very expected game when 13th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-7) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (5-3) 94-59 on Tuesday. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 21 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers and outrebounded them 43-26 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. American forward Dallis Joyner (201-90, college: Stony Brook) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Eshed Gtoe (180-77) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. 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. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Loser Maccabi Kiryat Bialik dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Kiryat Tivon (#13) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play at home against Beer Yaakov.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Joyner 25+6reb+1ast, S.Labanowski 8+4reb, E.Gtoe 8+5reb, M.Menashe 6+2reb, M.Alexander 3+3reb+4ast, T.Parselani 3+2reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 27+15reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 20+9reb, A.Tamir 15+5reb+1ast, I.Mayor 10+1reb+4ast, D.Assaf 8+3reb+5ast, I.Grinboim 5+4ast
gschID: 229925


Hapoel K/S - Ironi K-A 80-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-2) against eighth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (4-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ironi Kiryat Ata was defeated by Hapoel Kfar Saba in a tough game in Kfar Saba 73-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 19 points. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Ivory Clark (198-85) added 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for the guests. Hapoel Kfar Saba have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 4-4 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Hapoel Kfar Saba will meet higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 22+5reb+4ast, I.Clark 16+12reb+1ast, C.Watson 10+5reb, K.Izik 7+5reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 5+1ast, N.Laish 5+1reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: B.Brooks 19+4reb+3ast, A.Constantine 16+17reb, E.Rotemberg 16+4reb+2ast, R.Elbaz 15+4reb+1ast, O.Cohen 6+1reb+1ast, O.Lev 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 197787


Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel Afula 86-89

Very predictable result when third ranked Hapoel Afula (6-2) edged on the road 11th ranked Beer Yaakov (2-6) 89-86 on Tuesday. Beer Yaakov was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hapoel Afula made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Beer Yaakov was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 20 points and 8 assists during the contest. Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hapoel Afula and four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Beer Yaakov dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Beer Yaakov will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: A.Eliyahu 21+1reb+4ast, I.Iram 20+8reb+2ast, J.Hall 19+12reb, B.Laing 12+8reb+5ast, I.Simin 9+2ast, Z.Volfer 5+3reb+3ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 20+1reb+8ast, A.Durham 19+9reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 16+8reb, D.Davidi 12+2reb+1ast, L.Ariely 12, E.Eliyah 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 197791


Ironi Nahariya - Elitzur Yavne 65-103

Very significant was Elitzur Yavne's (#4) 38-point road victory against 5th ranked Ironi Nahariya 103-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nahariya was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Yavne dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya's 32. Elitzur Yavne had a 35-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Ironi Nahariya's players. The winners were led by American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored that evening 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) supported him with 25 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Even 21 points by American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Ironi Nahariya. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) added 17 points and 6 rebounds 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. Elitzur Yavne (6-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against Hapoel Kazrin (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: A.McCoy 21+3reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 17+6reb+1ast, R.Clemente 10+8reb, N.Golan 6+5reb+2ast, O.Ben Hemo 5+1reb, A.Matta 3+5reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: N.Matalon 25+2reb+4ast, M.McGhee 24+9reb+6ast, J.Sztarkman 16+2reb+4ast, Y.Lioutrine 14+6reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 8+6reb, E.Hofman 6+4reb+8ast
gschID: 197790


Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Kazrin 82-56

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (3-5) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Hod Hasharon (6-2) 82-56 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Hod Hasharon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hod Hasharon outrebounded Hapoel Kazrin 39-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who added 17 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. American guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) responded with 22 points and naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hod Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hapoel Kazrin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Hod Hasharon will face Elitzur Ramla (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: L.Westbrook 22+4reb, I.Nir 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Strauss 7+1reb+1ast, A.Kazarnovski 7+6reb+4ast, L.Schwartzwalt 5+4reb+2ast, M.Marcy 4
Hod Hasharon: E.Asante Asare 20+5reb+7ast, B.Walker 19+8reb, C.Odiakosa 17+12reb+3ast, A.Skverer 10+2reb+6ast, O.Hover 8+3reb+1ast, G.Dotan 6+2ast
gschID: 197789


Maccabi K/G - Kiryat Tivon 91-79

Everything could happen in Kiryat Gat at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Maccabi K/G and 13th ranked Kiryat Tivon had identical 1-6 record. This time Maccabi K/G used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kiryat Tivon 91-79 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi K/G. Kiryat Tivon was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Maccabi K/G won last quarter 23-13. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds and forward Elad Knafo (197-89) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Wright attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Four Maccabi K/G players scored in double figures. American forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Maccabi K/G (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla and Macc.B.Yaakov. Kiryat Tivon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Maccabi K/G will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#6).
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: T.Darby 21+10reb+4ast, G.Murray 20+8reb+2ast, S.Farine 17+3reb+1ast, N.Levy 8+3reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 7+3reb+3ast, R.Yavzuri 6+1reb
Maccabi K/G: A.Wright 28+9reb+3ast, E.Knafo 18+8reb+2ast, C.Rum 11+5reb+3ast, D.Peterson 11+5reb+2ast, T.Pisecki 8+3reb+1ast, H.Gonshor 8+2reb+10ast
gschID: 197786


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Ramla 79-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ironi Nes-Ziona defeated 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla in Nes Ziyona 79-66. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Nes-Ziona made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) who added 18 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds and guard Or Zinderman (188-89) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona (7-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Elitzur Ramla lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with six games lost. They share the position with Maccabi K/G and Macc.B.Yaakov. Elitzur Ramla will play next round against Hod Hasharon trying to get back on the winning streak. Ironi Nes-Ziona will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata on the road.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 25+20reb+1ast, O.Zinderman 11+5reb+3ast, I.Rejwan 8+3reb, A.Guterman 8+10reb, D.Tamir 7+8reb+2ast, O.Cohen 3+2reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 23+12reb+10ast, G.Blair 22+12reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 18+17reb+3ast, T.Karpels 10+2reb+1ast, G.Amitay 6+4reb+1ast, U.Garmizo 0
gschID: 197788


Round 6
Maccabi K/G - Hapoel Afula 92-94

Important game to mention about took place in Kiryat Gat. Third ranked Hapoel Afula (6-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (2-6) 94-92 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-92. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 22 points and 5 assists during the contest. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Elad Knafo (197-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Maccabi K/G players scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Maccabi K/G lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi K/G will play against Elitzur Yavne.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: A.Wright 19+4reb+3ast, W.Harris 16+7reb+3ast, E.Knafo 14+11reb+1ast, H.Gonshor 12+1reb+3ast, T.Pisecki 10+3reb, D.Peterson 9+3reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 32+20reb+5ast, A.Fisher 22+3reb+5ast, O.Blayzer 19+7reb+1ast, D.Davidi 9+4reb+2ast, E.Eliyah 7+4reb+4ast, L.Ariely 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 229440


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne 98-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nes Ziyona. Second ranked host Ironi Nes-Ziona (7-1) smashed one of their biggest challengers Elitzur Yavne (6-2) 98-78. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Elitzur Yavne took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Nes-Ziona had a 23-6 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Yavne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-98. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated on the defensive end, holding Elitzur Yavne to just 6 points in second quarter. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Elitzur Yavne. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona and five Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ironi Kiryat Ata on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: N.Matalon 19+2reb+4ast, M.McGhee 12+12reb+4ast, Y.Lioutrine 11+4reb, E.Hofman 11+4reb+2ast, P.Paelay 10+2reb, I.Nesterenko 6+4reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 28+8reb+5ast, T.Michael Dunne 24+8reb+3ast, T.Karpels 16+6reb+3ast, G.Blair 13+3reb+2ast, E.Engel 6+1reb+2ast, G.Amitay 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 229439



Derrick Caracter joins Bnei Hasharon, ex Guaynabo - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (Winner League) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Derrick Caracter (206-125kg-88, college: UTEP). He played last summer at Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 5 games he had 12.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at Idaho Stampede in D-League that season. In four games last season he recorded 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. The other team Caracter played shortly was Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League. In 5 games last year he recorded 11.2ppg and 5.4rpg. Another team he played shortly was D-Fenders in D-League. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Another team Caracter played shortly were the Lakers in NBA.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 5 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.0bpg.
Two years ago Caracter was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Univ.of Texas at El Paso star is in his third season in pro basketball.
Caracters team won C-USA Regular Season in 2010.
He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team in 2010 at his college time.
Caracter was a member of USA U18 National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Lakers) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Balkan League: Kumanovo hand first loss to Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Galil Gilboa 74:66

Kumanovo earned the fourth win in the Balkan League Group A. They held off visiting Galil Gilboa to improve at 4-2 record. The Israeli team suffered the first defeat in the season and slipped at 4-1 record.
Kumanovo jumped to a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. They dominated throughout the second term. The Macedonian team ensured a 44:29 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa turned things around however in the third term. The defending champions went on a 25:10 run to level things up at 54 into the final term. Kumanovo opened the fourth term on a 10:2 run to take a 64:56 lead. The margin grew at 13-point mark soon and Kumanovo cruised to the victory at the end. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) posted 19 points and 12 boards for Kumanovo. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) added 15 points in the winning effort. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) answered with 18 points for Galil Gilboa. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) netted 13 points in defeat.

Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 19+12 boards, Marjan Janevski 15, Aleksandar Kostoski 14
Galil Gilboa: Mitchell Watt 18, Dagan Yavzuri 13



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  ITALY   


Andrea Renzi signs at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (SerieA) landed 23-year old former international power forward Andrea Renzi (209-105kg-89, agency: Players Group). He has played for the last two years at Tezenis Verona (Lega2). In 28 games last season he averaged 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Renzi also played at Tezenis that season. In 28 Lega2 games last season he had 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg.
His team made it to the SerieA Semifinals in 2009.
Renzi received also Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team award in 2011.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Renzi played for Italian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006. He represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games three years ago.
Renzi has played previously for two other Italian teams: Benetton Treviso and Livorno.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 7-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 6-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 4-6 
 4. BK Almaty 3-4 
 5. BK Kapshagay 1-1 
 6. Tobol 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 4: BC Astana - BK Almaty 84-76
Dec. 5: BC Astana - BK Almaty



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EuroCup: VEF Riga tame Artland Dragons to stay alive in Group C - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Artland Dragons 83:72

VEF Riga clinched a crucial victory to stay alive in the race for EuroBasket Last 16 race. They held off visiting Artland Dragons in Riga to improve at 2-3 record in Group C. Artland slipped at 1-4 record. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 19 points to pace the Latvian team.
VEF Riga aggressively entered the game. They knocked down 27 points to account for an 8-point lead at the first break. VEF Riga stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:34 halftime lead. Artland Dragons tried to take over in the third quarter. The German team got as close as 7 points at the final break. The Dragons cut the deficit at 6-point mark in the fourth stanza however Kristaps Janicenoks made sure VEF Riga avoided nervous final seconds and seal the victory at the end. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) and Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) provided 12 points each for VEF Riga. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) answered with 15 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) netted 14 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 19, Will Daniels 12, Earl Rowland 12
Artland Dragons: Demond Mallet 15, Bryce Taylor 14



EuroChallenge: Ventspils wins Group C - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Pyrinto 79:59

Ventspils wins Group C of EuroChallenge. The team ensured the appearance in the last 16 stage last week and today clinched the top place in the group with 1 round remaining. The Latvian side overcame Pyrinto 79:59 for 5-0 record. The Finnish side lost all the chance and dropped at 1-4 record.
Ventspils was the favorite of the game and started with 15-12 rally. The hosts erupted with 31-16 in the second period and led 46:28 at the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 21-9 in the third quarter and did not mind 12-22 push from the guests in the last stanza.
Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Martins Meiers (208-C-91) notched 13. Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) and Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) ended up with 10 points each in a win. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) posted 12 points in the losing efforyt and Antero Lehto (184-G-84) as well as Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) tossed in 10 apiece. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Ventspils: Arturs Berzins 19, Martins Meiers 13, Martins Laksa 10, Folarin Campbell 10
Pyrinto: Kenneth Lowe 12, Antero Lehto 10, Jesse Niemi 10, Carl Lindbom 8



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Standings

Liga Sudamericana Final Stage Standings
Group G
 1. Brasilia 0-0 
 2. Flamengo 0-0 
 3. Penarol 0-0 
 4. Regatas C. 0-0 
Stage Two Standings

Finals: Round 11

Dec. 4: Flamengo - Penarol 79-78
Dec. 4: Regatas C. - Brasilia 74-61

Finals: Round 12

Dec. 5: Brasilia - Flamengo
Dec. 5: Penarol - Regatas C.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.23.0 
 2. Meyinsse, Regat.22.0 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.21.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo19.0 
 5. Teague, Penarol18.0 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo18.0 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.16.0 
 8. Campazzo, Penarol16.0 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.0 
 10. Terrell, Penarol13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.15.0 
 2. Santos, Flamengo9.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.9.0 
 4. Meyinsse, Regat.8.0 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.8.0 
 6. Mata, Penarol7.0 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo7.0 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol6.0 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.0 
 10. Romano, Regatas5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol9.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.0 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.4.0 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.4.0 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.0 
 7. Rodriguez, Flame.3.0 
 8. Ibarra, Penarol3.0 
 9. Ferreyra, Regat.3.0 
 10. Kammerichs, Regat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcio CIPRIANO
  Brasilia
  (201-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cipriano, Brasilia3.0 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo3.0 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 4. Teague, Penarol2.0 
 5. Brussino, Regat.2.0 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 7. Benite, Flamengo2.0 
 8. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.0 
 10. Silva, Brasilia1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Paolo QUINTEROS
  Regat.
  (190-G/F-79)
  Avg: 1
 1. Quinteros, Regat.1.0 
 2. Reis, Brasilia1.0 
 3. Cipriano, Brasilia1.0 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.0 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 
 6. Terrell, Penarol1.0 
 7. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 8. Leiva, Penarol1.0 
 9. Gerlero, Regatas C.1.0 
 10. Goncalves, Brasil.0.0 


Final Stage in Corrientes. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - Brasilia 74-61
Regatas Corrientes successfully open the Finals of South American League 2012. The Argentinean team overcame Uniceub BRB 74:61 in their opener. Regatas Corrientes started with 23-15 and never looked behind after. They added 16-14 rally in the second period and led 10 points at the halftime. Moreover the team from Argentina erupted with 25-11 in the third period and did not mind a lot about the last stanza. Uniceub BRB managed to win the last period 21-10 and reduced to 13 points at the end. Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia) led the way with 22 points and Quinteros Paolo netted 21. Miguel Gerlero (194-G/F-88) delivered 9, while Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) tossed in 8. Welington Dos Santos answered with 16 points, while Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Alves Alirio had 10 each.

Flamengo - Penarol 79-78
Flamengo erupts in the second half to stun Penarol at the Final stage of the South American League 2012. The team trailed 26 points, but managed to seal 1-point win, 79:78. Penarol took the control of the game from the first minutes and won the opening period 29-17. They added 20-12 for 49:29 massive lead at the halftime. Moreover their advantage reached 26 points, but they could not win the game. Flamengo replied with 27-17 in the third quarter and then erupted with 23-12 in the last quarter. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) added 19. Silveira Caio delivered 18 and Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) notched 9. Teague David finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) brought 16. Gutierrez Leonardo scored 14, whilst Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) tossed in 13. Tomorrow, Flamengo will take on Uniceub / BRB, while Penarol will face host Regatas Corrientes to close the day.



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 7-0 
 2. Zalgiris 4-0 
 3. Neptunas 4-3 
 4. Siauliai 4-3 
 5. Juventus 4-3 
 6. Lietkabelis 4-3 
 7. Nevezis 4-4 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 3-1 
 9. Pieno Zvaigzdes 3-4 
 10. LSU-Baltai 2-5 
 11. Sakalai 1-5 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 4: Lietkabelis - LSU-Baltai 89-71
Dec. 5: Neptunas - Sakalai


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis19.0 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.1 
 3. Samenas, Siauliai15.9 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.0 
 5. Dia, Siauliai14.6 
 6. Gailius, Neptunas14.3 
 7. Sragauskis, LSU-B.13.9 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.13.1 
 9. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.13.0 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.7 
 2. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.6 
 4. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 5. Dia, Siauliai6.9 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.6.7 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.1 
 8. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
 9. Gailius, Neptunas5.9 
 10. Varnelis, Juventus5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis4.1 
 3. Broadus, Neptunas3.9 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas3.6 
 5. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.5 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.4 
 7. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.3 
 8. Stasys, LSU-Baltai3.1 
 9. Viskontas, Juvent.3.0 
 10. Leonard, Juventus2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.3 
 2. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.2.2 
 3. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 5. Dambrauskas, Sakal.1.7 
 6. Runkauskas, Neptu.1.6 
 7. Mockevicius, Nagli.1.6 
 8. Ivanauskas, Rudup.1.6 
 9. Girdziunas, Nevezis1.6 
 10. Jackson, Siauliai1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai3.3 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.1 
 3. McClure, Neptunas1.3 
 4. Kieza, Siauliai1.2 
 5. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.1 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 8. Dia, Siauliai1.0 
 9. Cipruss, Lietkabel.0.9 
 10. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.9 


Some changes in NKL - by Evaldas Ceilytkas

As season goes on so teams decided to make changes in rosters. KK Akademija Vilnius cut of guard Paulius Lescinskas (188-G-93) who scored 6.2ppg and 1.8 rpg and signed with power forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-F-87) from Ezerunas-Karys Moletai Sugintas averaged 9.3ppg, 5.9rpg.
Moletai signed forward Lukas Bankieta (198-F-92), who played in amateur league in Vilnius.
Dovis Bickauskis (188-G-93) from KK Radviliskis-Juodeliai signed Perlas-MRU Vilnius to replace released Lukas Poniskaitis (190-G).



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Vladimir Dasic left Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

24-year old Montenegrin international power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-107kg-88) left Besiktas Istanbul (TBL). In 8 Euroleague games he played this season he had 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.0apg. Dasic also played 3 games in TBL where he recorded 7.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0spg.
The last season he played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 13 Adriatic League games last year he recorded 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg (in top 3). Dasic also played 14 games in Slovenian Telemach League where he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Dasic also played at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA that season. In 8 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1spg (in top 3).
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention in 2011.
Dasic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has played for Senior National Team since 2008 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007. Dasic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 15.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-5(2.5spg), FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 76.5%.
Dasic has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid and Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 12-4 
 2. Brooklyn N. 11-6 
 3. Philadelph.76 10-8 
 4. Boston C. 9-8 
 5. Toronto R. 4-14 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 9-9 
 2. Chicago B. 8-8 
 3. Milwaukee B. 8-8 
 4. Detroit P. 6-13 
 5. Cleveland C. 4-14 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 12-4 
 2. Atlanta H. 9-5 
 3. Charlotte B. 7-9 
 4. Orlando M. 7-10 
 5. Washington W. 2-13 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 15-4 
 2. Denver N. 9-9 
 3. Utah Jazz 9-10 
 4. Minnesota T. 8-8 
 5. Portland TB 8-10 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 11-6 
 2. Golden St.W. 10-7 
 3. LA Lakers 8-10 
 4. Phoenix Suns 7-12 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-12 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 14-4 
 2. Memphis G. 13-3 
 3. Houston R. 9-8 
 4. Dallas M. 8-9 
 5. N.Orleans H. 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 35

Dec. 4: Philadelph.76 - Minnesota T. 88-105
Dec. 4: Chicago B. - Indiana P. 76-80
Dec. 4: Brooklyn N. - Oklah.City T. 111-117
Dec. 4: Memphis G. - Phoenix Suns 108-98 OT
Dec. 4: Houston R. - LA Lakers 107-105
Dec. 4: Washington W. - Miami Heat 105-101

Regular Season: Round 36

Dec. 5: Charlotte B. - New York K.
Dec. 5: Indiana P. - Portland TB
Dec. 5: Boston C. - Minnesota T.
Dec. 5: Atlanta H. - Denver N.
Dec. 5: Detroit P. - Golden St.W.
Dec. 5: Cleveland C. - Chicago B.
Dec. 5: N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers
Dec. 5: San Antonio S. - Milwaukee B.
Dec. 5: Utah Jazz - Orlando M.
Dec. 5: Sacramento K. - Toronto R.
Dec. 5: LA Clippers - Dallas M.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 2. Anthony, New Y.26.6 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.5 
 4. James, Miami Heat24.8 
 5. Harden, Houston R.23.6 
 6. Irving, Cleveland22.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..20.9 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.8 
 9. Mayo, Dallas M.20.2 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.15.4 
 2. Randolph, Memph.13.3 
 3. Asik, Houston R.12.1 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers11.3 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 6. Jefferson, Utah J.10.5 
 7. Faried, Denver N.10.5 
 8. Duncan, San A.10.1 
 9. Monroe, Detroit P.9.9 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.9 
 2. Holiday, Philadel.9.3 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 4. Williams, Brooklyn8.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.7 
 6. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.7 
 7. Calderon, Toron.7.3 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.7.2 
 9. Teague, Atlanta H.7.1 
 10. Parker, San A.7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Jennings, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 4. Kidd, New York K.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.1 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.2.0 
 8. Wallace, Brooklyn1.9 
 9. Matthews, Portland.1.9 
 10. Ariza, Washingt.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.3 
 2. Hibbert, Indiana P.3.1 
 3. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.7 
 5. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.5 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.3 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix2.1 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.2.0 


Haslem sets Heat rebounding record - by Diamadis Farmakis

Haslem Becomes Heat Rebounding Leader. Some basketball history was made in the Heat-Bucks game. Miami's Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) grabs two rebounds against the Bucks and passes Alonzo Mourning for the franchise record in Heat rebounds.

Haslem's second rebound on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks was the 4,808th of his career, one more than Alonzo Mourning grabbed in his tenure with the Heat

Haslem has spent all 10 of his pro seasons in Miami, and is the first undrafted player to lead an NBA franchise in total rebounds - Among undrafted players in NBA history, only Moses Malone, Ben Wallace and Brad Miller have more rebounds than Haslem, a native of Miami.

The Heat prepared an in-game video to commemorate Haslem's record. He reached the mark in his 606th career game, which is also a franchise record, one ahead of Heat co-captain Dwyane Wade.



Washington pulls a shocker with 105-101 upset of defending champion Miami - by Eurobasket News

Washington W. - Miami Heat 105-101
Roughly four minutes into their game against the defending champion Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards had to feel as if they were second-class - or lower - residents in their own building. Two people who don't play for the team received the loudest recognition from the Verizon Center crowd - Heat forward LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III - and the Wizards were something like an afterthought in their presence. By the end of the night, however, the Wizards had flipped the script, knocking off the Heat by keeping their composure in the crucial moments and recording a stunning 105-101 victory. 'I told the guys, the only people that really think you have a chance is us here, right in this locker room,' Coach Randy Wittman said. 'I said we needed to have a statement game. What better opportunity to come and play in front of the fans that we knew were going to be here and to beat this team? And they took it to heart.' The Wizards (2-13) never trailed after the first quarter and set season-highs in assists (31), field goal percentage (48.1), points in regulation. They even showed a little attitude with less than two minutes and remaining and James, the three-time MVP, at the foul line with the Wizards leading by four. Reserve guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) walked directly in front James, clapping his hands to distract him. 'Make him think about it a little bit,' Crawford said afterward. It was a scene reminiscent of the 2006 playoffs when James, then with Cleveland, once tapped Gilbert Arenas across the chest, psyching him out of two free throws that resulted in a series-ending loss for the Wizards. James missed both free throws on Tuesday, which meant that fans would get free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches (any time an opposing player misses two straight free throws in the fourth quarter, the promotion kicks in), but they were also excited because the Wizards were closing in on the improbable. After so-many close calls this season, the downtrodden team displayed some cockiness and a little gamesmanship. 'Confidence is key,' Crawford said after posting team highs with 22 points and six assists. 'It's easy to get pumped for this, a game against the best players and I think it's going to help us for the rest of the season, because everybody is gaining confidence in themselves and making us a better team.' Miami's all-star trio of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 70 points, but the Wizards helped keep the rest of the Heat players in check. The Heat (12-4) also struggled from beyond the three-point line, missed 20 of its 28 attempts from long distance, including five in a row after former Wizard Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) made a three-pointer that brought his team within 97-95 with 4 minutes 16 seconds left. James had his first triple-double of the season with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists but he missed a three-pointer that could've tied the score with 3.9 seconds remaining. Nene clinched the victory by grabbing the rebound and making a free throw. 'We know that every team is going to come playing their very best. They're going to make shots they normally don't make,' said James, who learned how much the tides have turned since he became an NBA champion, as he received the loudest cheers of any player; unusual for a player once despised in Washington during some infamous playoff battles with the Wizards between 2006-08. 'Did you hear the announcements? They call LeBron's [name], it's like, Geez,' We won on the road at home. How crazy is that?' said Martell Webster, who scored 13 points off the bench and defended James after starter Trevor Ariza went down with a strained left calf early in the third quarter. 'In this locker room, we have to believe in each other.' Kevin Seraphin came off the bench after starting the previous three games to score 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Wizards truly had to earn the support of their home fans. Early in the first quarter, center Emeka Okafor went to the foul line and the crowd erupted to raucous applause - but only because Griffin was casually making his way to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis's courtside seats. As Griffin grabbed a seat, one fan shouted, 'Suit up!' Griffin received a standing ovation after he was formally introduced and the Wizards closed the first period on a 22-15 run with him looking on. The Wizards led the rest of the way and showed they had learned some hard lessons from those disappointing defeats in overtime and fourth-quarter collapses. 'I'm happy for those guys,' Wittman said. 'That was a complete game for us; from start to finish.' The Wizards hope the victory will help them turn around a season that already seems lost. 'If we keep it up, we'll be above .500 in no time,' Webster said. Courtesy of: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Houston R. - LA Lakers 107-105
The Lakers let a double-digit lead slip away to lose to the Houston Rockets on the road, 107-105. With an early 17-point lead, the Lakers let the Rockets slowly catch up until a late surge put Houston ahead by two with eight seconds left. The Lakers got a clean look from three-point range for Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) but he couldn't connect. Metta World Peace grabbed the offensive rebound but missed on a short jump shot. Antawn Jamison's tip-in attempt came up well short and time expired. Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) scored a career-high 21 points for the Rockets including two clutch free throws with 15.7 seconds left. Toney Douglas (6'1''-PG-86, college: Florida St.) led Houston with 22, but missed one of two free throws, his first miss in 29 attempts this season, with 8.8 seconds to give the Lakers a shot at the win or a tie. The Rockets shot just 37.6% from the field getting just four points from Jeremy Lin (2-8 shooting) and 15 from James Harden (3-19). Bryant led all scorers with 39 points, but only two other Lakers scored in double figures (Dwight Howard with 16 and Jamison with 15). The Rockets (9-9) stalled the game by intentionally fouling Howard, who hit 8-16 from the line for the game. While Howard hit enough free throws down the stretch to give the Lakers a chance, the team's defense wasn't up to that challenge. For the sixth time this season, the number of missed Lakers' free throws exceeded the team's losing margin. Lakers 83- Rockets 73 (end of third quarter) The Rockets were able to cut into the Lakers' lead, but Kobe Bryant's fade-away in the corner kept his team up by 10 after three quarters. The Lakers shooting percentage dipped slightly to 49.2% for the game and the Rockets climbed to 35.4%. Houston has kept the game close by controlling the offensive glass (18 to the Lakers' 10) and by forcing turnovers (14-9). Bryant led all scorers with 31 points. Dwight Howard has a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards along with three blocked shots. The Rockets got a big third quarter from Chandler Parsons, up to 13 for the game. Toney Douglas was high-man for Houston at 14. Carlos Delfino also chipped in 13. Lakers 58- Rockets 45 (halftime) The Lakers scored 28 points against the Rockets in the second quarter, shooting 50% from the field again, to take a 13-point halftime lead. Houston stayed alive by virtue of their offensive rebounding (15 to the Lakers' eight) but struggled to hit shots (32.1%). Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 21 points. New starter Antawn Jamison scored 12. James Harden struggled, hitting just 1-10 shots for four points. Jeremy Lin hit just 1-5 for two points. The Rockets were led by Toney Douglas off the bench with 14. The Lakers have held a lead since Bryant hit a jumper 21 seconds into the game. The largest margin was 17. Lakers 30 - Rockets 22 (end of first quarter) Kobe Bryant scored 14 first-quarter points to give the Lakers an early lead in Houston. In the team's first game without Pau Gasol (tendinitis in both knees), the Lakers offense seemed to show no ill-effects. Antawn Jamison scored five points in his place and seldom-used forward Earl Clark (6'10''-F-88, college: Louisville) scored four. The Lakers shot 50% from the field as a team while holding the Rockets to just 32%. Toney Douglas led Houston with seven points. James Harden struggled, shooting 1-7 from the field for four points. Pregame When the Lakers (8-9) visit the Rockets (8-8) on Tuesday night in Houston, they'll do so without Pau Gasol who is sitting to rest his sore knees (tendinitis). The Rockets are a potent team offensively, averaging 103.5 points a night. The Lakers are better defensively, but Houston is a difficult squad to beat at home (6-3). The Lakers have yet to prove they're a capable road team (1-4). Antawn Jamison is expected to start for Gasol. Coach Mike D'Antoni is also believed to be promoting Chris Duhon, adding a veteran to the starting group instead of second-year guard Darius Morris. While Morris has shown flashes, consistency has been an issue. Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com

Memphis G. - Phoenix Suns 108-98 OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 38 points and 22 rebounds, setting season highs in both categories, to carry the Memphis Grizzlies down the stretch for a 108-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns in overtime Tuesday night. Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field and he dominated in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and early minutes of overtime. He also recorded three blocks, two in overtime, as Memphis outscored the Suns 14-4 in the extra period, with all the Suns' points coming at the foul line. Quincy Pondexter had a season-high 16 points for Memphis, while Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 14 apiece. Mike Conley had 11 points and five assists for the Grizzlies, but went 2 of 9 from the field. Gay shot 5 for 12. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) led the Suns with 19 points and seven assists. Luis Scola scored 16 and grabbed eight rebounds. Jared Dudley finished with 13 points and Jermaine O'Neal scored 12 for Phoenix, which lost its fourth straight. O'Neal missed a 20-footer as regulation expired, sending the game to overtime tied at 94. It was Memphis' second consecutive overtime game. The Grizzlies lost 99-95 at San Antonio on Saturday night. Phoenix, which led by as many as 16, saw its lead vanish in the last 1:10 of regulation. The game was tied at 94 after Gay connected on a 12-foot floater with 15.9 seconds left, and O'Neal's shot at the buzzer was off the mark. Conley connected on a 3-pointer to open overtime, then Randolph hit three straight buckets, leading the Memphis crowd to its feet, chanting "Z-Bo, Z-Bo, Z-Bo!" The 10-point lead, reached on Conley's two free throws with 50.9 seconds left, was Memphis' largest of the game. Memphis had a terrible time on offense in the first half. Phoenix was getting in the passing lanes and swatting balls away in the post. The result was Memphis committing 12 turnovers before the break. Meanwhile, Phoenix had only five turnovers and was shooting at a 51 percent clip to carry a 52-45 lead into halftime. The Suns led by as many as 16 in the first half, the largest deficit of the season for Memphis. No Suns were in double figures at the break, but 10 players scored, four of them with eight points apiece. Randolph had 16 points while Pondexter added 14, going 2 for 3 outside the arc. Their play at the end of the half made the deficit manageable. Memphis tried to cut into the lead, but the Suns wouldn't relinquish the advantage. Phoenix continued its balanced scoring with Dragic running the show and scoring along with contributions from Scola and Dudley. Marcin Gortat's jumper near the end of the third gave the Suns a 72-68 advantage entering the final period. Phoenix held the lead between four and six points through much of the fourth, stretching it to eight at one point. Memphis tied the game at 91 on Randolph's rebound basket. Then a steal by Conley led to a clear-path foul on Scola. Conley made one of two free throws for a 92-91 lead with 1:10 left for Memphis' first lead since midway through the first quarter. Scola's 11-foot hook shot gave the Suns the lead back at 93-92 with 37 seconds left. NOTES: Phoenix closed out a six-game road trip, its longest of the season, with a 1-5 record. . Memphis is now 5-0 with at least two days' rest. The Grizzlies last played on Saturday in the loss at San Antonio. . The Suns have trailed by double digits in 15 of 19 games this season. ... Suns F Jermaine O'Neal, who missed Sunday's game against the Knicks with a right quad strain, returned to action against the Grizzlies. Courtesy of: http://seattletimes.com

Chicago B. - Indiana P. 76-80
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 80-76 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Roy Hibbert added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which closed a four-game trip with three victories. The Bulls, who failed to win three straight for the first time this season, were able to keep David West, Indiana's leading scorer, in check - but George picked up the slack. George scored 10 points in the first quarter, highlighted by a thunderous dunk as George Hill's 3-point attempt bounced up off the back of the rim. It was George's best performance since scoring a career-high 37 points Nov. 21 against New Orleans. George went scoreless Saturday against Golden State, missing all seven of his shots. Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) fired up the crowd with a trio of baskets on successive possessions midway through the fourth quarter. His 3-pointer brought the Bulls within 65-64, then a pair of driving layups gave Chicago its first lead since early in the third, but the Bulls could not pull it out. Robinson scored 19 of the 25 points the Bulls got from their reserves. Carlos Boozer notched his seventh double-double in nine games with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. Boozer beat West on consecutive possessions to start the game, but the Pacers responded with a 10-0 run that ended when Kirk Hinrich hit a 3-pointer. West reached double-digits for a ninth straight game, but his 10 points were a far cry from the 23.0 he had averaged over his last six games, including eclipsing the 30-point mark twice. West has a history of struggling against Chicago, averaging just over 11 points his last five games against the Bulls. Indiana shot 31.6 percent from the floor in the first half, including 1 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc. The Pacers continued to struggle from long range, hitting just 2 of 10 attempts, but tightened up inside, shooting over 40 percent in the second half. Chicago shot 38.4 percent from the floor for the game. Both teams struggling from the field was little surprise, as Indiana (90.9 points allowed per game) and Chicago (94.4) came into the contest boasting two of the top-five defenses in the NBA. Chicago forced seven first-half turnovers en route to a two-point advantage at the break. Hinrich stripped Hibbert and fed Marco Belinelli for a breakaway layup to break a 35-35 tie just before the half. Hibbert had little offensive impact in the first half, scoring just two points, but used his size to take over in the third quarter when Indiana outscored Chicago 25-18. Belinelli scored a modest six points with an assist and a turnover in his first start for Chicago, playing in place of the injured Richard Hamilton. Hamilton is out indefinitely after suffering a torn plantar fascia in his left foot during Saturday's 93-88 win over Philadelphia. Hamilton's injury left the Bulls even thinner at the guard position, with former MVP Derrick Rose still sidelined due to surgery in May to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. The Pacers are in the middle of a nine-game stretch in which Chicago is its only Eastern Conference opponent. NOTES: Rose was seen shooting around at the United Center earlier Tuesday, but Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau remained stalwart in his preseason resolution to avoid talking about Rose's rehab at length. "Derrick's focused on his rehab, we're focused on our improvement and our opponent. So he's doing fine," Thibodeau said. ... Pacers head coach Frank Vogel acknowledged F/C Tyler Hansbrough's struggle to adjust to decreased minutes. Hansbrough came in averaging just 6.5 points per game and went scoreless on Saturday against Golden State, missing all five field goal attempts. "He's got to figure it out," Vogel said. Courtesy of: http://seattletimes.com

Brooklyn N. - Oklah.City T. 111-117
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets on the road, 117-111. The Thunder used great shooting throughout the affair, shooting 60.6% on the night, to build an early lead that put the hometown Nets on the defensive. Up 16 points in the 3rd, the Thunder looked to have things in hand when the Nets went on a big run in the 3rd quarter to narrow the lead to a single basket. The Thunder managed to do just enough the rest of the way to never surrender the lead, and in the end OKC was able to hit enough free throws to send them to their 15th win of the season. The Thunder were led by Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), who scored 32 points, including 12-12 from the free throw line. Durant also collected 6 assists and 5 rebounds on the night. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), who was locked up in a great point guard duel with Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) most of the night, scored 25 while handing out 9 assists. The Thunder got unexpected contribution from Thabo Sefolosha, who finished with 14 points on the night, including 2-3 from 3-point range. The Nets were led by Williams, who finished with 33 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal. He was aided by Andray Blatche, who finished with a huge 19 points and 11 rebounds, 8 of which were offensive. What is your initial reaction to tonight's result? I went into this game with the mindset that this was the kind of talented team that the Thunder really needed to play well against to determine whether their recent winning streak was worth its salt. When OKC went up 16, I thought that they were finally matching the level of play the Miami Heat had been maintaining, especially since the Heat beat the Nets two nights before by 13 points. While a double-digit win would have been nice, I think that winning a close affair like this one, especially in the Nets' new home stadium, serves the team better in the long run. The early lead was fun as the Thunder were shooting the lights out through two and a half quarters, but then the Nets made their run and showcased why they are a completely remade team. Their starting 5 have a lot of offensive firepower. Brooklyn made their run on the strength of outstanding 3-point shooting and OKC entered the 4th staggering. However, OKC righted themselves, regained their balance, and then methodically moved through the 4th quarter (12 of their 27 4th quarter points came at the free throw line). It wasn't a flashy close-out, but the Thunder have learned enough about themselves to be able to produce the points they need when it matters most. What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won? The Thunder were able to build up a big enough lead that they could sustain the Nets' 3rd quarter charge. Between Deron Williams, who played his best offensive game of the season, Gerald Wallace, who had 4 3-pointers in the 3rd, and even ageless veteran Jerry Stackhouse, the Nets brought the heat in the 3rd in a big way and erased the huge deficit to pull within two points. The tide was turning. With one final possession left in the 3rd, Kevin Durant re-entered the game with 15 seconds left on the clock. Durant drove the ball from the top of the key and finished with his left hand at the rim to push the lead back to 4 points. It was a strong move by an increasingly strong player, and Durant was giving notice that he was not going to bend to the Nets' onslaught. The key sequence in the 4th quarter came in the first 3 minutes when the Nets were still trying to sieze the momentum. Afte Durant's quarter-ending play, the Thunder resumed their control by finally solving the Nets' perimeter defense. Backup PG Eric Maynor, who entered the game because Westbrook picked up his 4th foul with over 10 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, finally played crucial minutes in a close game and came through in a big way. He hit Nick Collison with a beautiful feed for a dunk, nailed a deep 3-pointer, and then assisted Collison on a second layup to help push the lead back to 9 points. From there on out, the Thunder continuously worked the ball into Westbrook and Durant's hands, and the pair delivered. After Collison's last layup, Durant and Westbrook combined for 16 of the team's final 19 points. What was a key statistic to understanding the game? The Thunder shot 60.6% from the floor for the game, 50% (7-14) from the 3-point line, and 30-34 from the free throw line. As amazing as those team statistics are, the frustrating thing is that they needed every bit of it because they were dominated on the glass by the Nets, and that was without starting center Brook Lopez. The Nets outrebounded the Thunder 40-33, which is bad enough, but the real pain came from the offensive glass. The Nets grabbed 16 offensive rebounds on the night, which led to a staggering 25 additional shots taken by Brooklyn. Specifically, the Nets got 8 huge offensive rebounds from Blatche, who consistently confounded the Thunder big men. For whatever reason, Blatche looked like a reincarnated Hakeem Olajuwon, pulling down rebounds, shooting jumpers, and unleashing all sorts of head fakes and up-and-under moves that led to 19 points. Defensively, the Thunder kept the Nets shooting under 43% for the game, but that work was largely undone by giving up so many offensive rebounds. By letting Brooklyn stay close, the Nets' 3-point barrage in the 3rd quarter was enough to turn the affair into a single possession game. Williams in particular, who has clearly struggled early this season, finally found his mojo by getting 13 points in the 3rd and hit 2 quick 3-pointers in the 4th. As amazing as Williams was, we have to give huge props for Sefolosha's play in the game. After Williams hit his 2nd 3-pointer in the 4th, OKC decided to make a change. Westbrook had been guarding Williams, but Scott Brooks elected to move defensive specialist Sefolosha onto Williams for the remainder of the game. The result? Williams did not make another basket the rest of the way. What does this game mean to the Thunder tonight and going forward? This game was a great test for the Thunder because unlike their losses against the Hawks and Celtics, they did not lose their composure when the game was close in the 4th quarter. Courtesy of: http://www.welcometoloudcity.com

Philadelph.76 - Minnesota T. 88-105
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - His team winning in a laugher, Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) could afford to have some fun on the bench. While most visiting players give a death stare to the kiss cam, Love leaned over and tried to hug it out with Lou Amundson. Love didn't quite get the affection returned. But that was OK. About everything else went Minnesota's way in their biggest win of the season. Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double in more than three years to lead the Timberwolves to a 105-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Alexey Shved hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Timberwolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half and never looked back. Love had six points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota on a night where he was hardly needed to turn in his usual dominant double-double performance. Jose Barea came off the bench and finished with 11 points and 10 assists, and three other Minnesota reserves also reached double figures. The Timberwolves made 11 of their first 19 3-point attempts after coming in shooting a woeful 27 percent from long range this season. They shot a season-high 53 percent from the floor and scored more than 100 points for the second time this season. "We always made a shot. We kept getting stops," coach Rick Adelman said. "That's the biggest thing." Howard had his best game since joining the Timberwolves last month. Howard averaged 8.7 points last season in Utah, but needed a minor surgery on his left knee during the season. It's the same knee in which he tore the ACL in 2010, an injury that slowed him for nearly two seasons. Howard said the knee is feeling good now - and he looked great in 29 minutes against the Sixers, shooting 7 of 12 and making two 3-pointers. He hit five of his first seven shots and scored 10 points in the first quarter to help Minnesota build a quick 13-point lead. He was impressive from mid-range and showed why he's been in the starting lineup for the last three games. Howard had his first double-double since he had one for Dallas on April 10, 2009, and made sure the Timberwolves keep a comfortable lead. "We didn't want to give them any life," Adelman said. "For the most part, we did that." Howard appears in shape and ready to help push Minnesota (8-8) over .500. The Timberwolves have been banged up by injuries all season with Love (illness), Malcom Lee (groin) and Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) all missing games or practice. Ricky Rubio just returned to practice for the first season this season as he recovers from a surgically repaired left knee. The Timberwolves can give Rubio all the time he wants to come back if they keep playing like this. Luke Ridnour ended a brief Sixers spurt with a 3 in the third. Howard hit a 3 to make it 80-63 and Shved followed with another for an 18-point lead. Shed made his first three 3-pointers before slowing down. "You aren't always going to play like we did tonight," Barea said. "I think we're doing a good job of staying aggressive and it's working out for us." Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) led the Sixers with 19 points. What was left of an already sparse crowd booed the Sixers off the court after this listless performance. While Minnesota hit 3 after 3 to build a lead, the Sixers missed a whopping 15 of 20 attempts. Jason Richardson scored 14 points and Jrue Holiday had 13 points and nine assists. "We have to fight. We have to compete," coach Doug Collins said. "We're not gonna run up and down the sidelines here. That's not going to work. This team hasn't been through anything together. So I don't know who we are." The Sixers are loaded with new players after a big offseason overhaul and Collins is still looking for a locker room leader. Richardson tried to stay positive after their second straight loss. "We try to stay together, that's the main thing," Richardson said. "We were outplayed. Yes, we are a very new team, we don't know each other real well, but we have a 10-8 record." Courtesy of: http://www.knoxnews.com



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St. John Mill Rats Acquire Pair in DeAndre Taylor and Joe Posey - by Surujh Roopnarine

The 4-6 St. John Mill Rats announced today that the club had signed DeAndre Taylor (6'5''-G-89, college: N.Michigan), pending clearance, as well as Joe Posey (6'5''-G-85, college: JMU), while releasing Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) and deactivating Modibo Diarra (6'10''-C/F-80, college: Memphis).

DeAndre Taylor is a 23-year old shooting guard who will be beginning his professional career in the NBL after being released by the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League prior to the start of their season. A two-year starter at Northern Michigan (NCAA DII), Taylor, 6-5, averaged 14.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.1 steals last season in 26 games.
Joe Posey, 27, is a 6-5 guard out of Southern Polytechnic (NCAA DII) who played last season in the American Basketball Association for the NoVa Wonders.
Antonio Anderson, a former standout guard for the Memphis Tigers (NCAA) appeared in eight contests for the Mill Rats, averaging 2.5 points on 8-24 shooting from the field.
The 6-10 Modibo Diarra appeared in seven games averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds.



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Top 25 - Men

A-Sun Standings
 1. Florida Gulf Coast 0-0 (6-4) 
 2. Mercer 0-0 (4-4) 
 3. Jacksonville 0-0 (4-5) 
 4. N.Florida 0-0 (3-5) 
 5. USC Upstate 0-0 (3-5) 
 6. E.Tenn.St. 0-0 (2-3) 
 7. Stetson 0-0 (2-3) 
 8. Kennesaw St. 0-0 (1-7) 
 9. N.Kentucky 0-0 (0-6) 
 10. Lipscomb 0-1 (3-4) 

Regular Season: Round 26

Dec. 4: Cal-Irvine - San Diego Chr. 94-52
Dec. 4: Army - Marist 91-57
Dec. 4: UALR - St.Gregory 91-30
Dec. 4: Northwestern St. - Louisiana Tech 89-83
Dec. 4: Minnesota - S.Dakota St. 88-64
Dec. 4: Kentucky - Samford 88-56
Dec. 4: Florida A&M - Edward Waters 87-69
Dec. 4: Iowa - S.Dakota 87-63
Dec. 4: Wisconsin - Nebraska-Omaha 86-40
Dec. 4: Iowa St. - Florida Gulf Coast 83-72
Dec. 4: Arkansas - Oklahoma 81-78
Dec. 4: Missouri - SE Missouri St. 81-65
Dec. 4: USF - St.John's 81-65
Dec. 4: Lehigh - Fordham 81-63
Dec. 4: Pacific - Nevada 78-72 OT
Dec. 4: Winthrop - Brevard 77-54
Dec. 4: Tennessee St. - Drexel 76-66
Dec. 4: Bucknell - Kent St. 76-60
Dec. 4: Murray St. - Bethel, TN 76-54
Dec. 4: Liberty - S.Virginia 76-51
Dec. 4: Texas Tech - N.Kentucky 75-69
Dec. 4: George Mason - UMBC 74-63
Dec. 4: Michigan - W.Michigan 73-41
Dec. 4: Bradley - G.Washington 72-68
Dec. 4: Illinois - W.Carolina 72-64
Dec. 4: Purdue - Lamar 72-39
Dec. 4: Elon - Dartmouth 71-49
Dec. 4: Baylor - Northwestern 70-74
Dec. 4: Seton Hall - NJIT 68-59
Dec. 4: Delaware - Radford 68-59
Dec. 4: Illinois St. - Wyoming 67-81
Dec. 4: Northeastern - Massachusetts 66-72
Dec. 4: Connecticut - N.Carolina St. 65-69
Dec. 4: Tulane - Nicholls St. 65-48
Dec. 4: Georgetown - Texas 64-41
Dec. 4: Boston Coll. - Harvard 63-79
Dec. 4: Arizona - S.Mississippi 63-55
Dec. 4: Georgia Tech - Georgia 62-54
Dec. 4: Lafayette - St.Francis, PA 61-58
Dec. 4: Portland - UNLV 60-68
Dec. 4: Campbell - Robert Morris 58-61
Dec. 4: St.Bonaventure - Siena 58-43
Dec. 4: N.C.Central - E.Kentucky 57-63
Dec. 4: Coppin St. - St.Joseph''s 55-67
Dec. 4: Howard - American 55-50
Dec. 4: ODU - Richmond 53-80
Dec. 4: S.Utah - San Diego 53-67
Dec. 4: Mississippi St. - UTSA 53-42
Dec. 4: S.Alabama - N.Mexico St. 52-58
Dec. 4: TCU - Houston 48-54
Dec. 4: Hofstra - Wagner 44-52
Dec. 4: Charleston - Louisville 38-80
Dec. 4: E.Carolina - St.Andrews 111-59
Dec. 4: Charleston So. - Citadel 101-73
Dec. 4: Belmont - Lipscomb 100-66

Regular Season: Round 27

Dec. 5: Davidson - Charlotte
Dec. 5: Pittsburgh - Duquesne
Dec. 5: St.Louis - N.Texas
Dec. 5: Quinnipiac - Colgate
Dec. 5: St.Peter's - Iona
Dec. 5: La Salle - Penn St.
Dec. 5: Virginia - Tennessee
Dec. 5: Butler - IUPUI
Dec. 5: JMU - E.Tenn.St.
Dec. 5: Memphis - Ohio
Dec. 5: Morehead St. - N.Dakota St.
Dec. 5: Wofford - Gardner-Webb
Dec. 5: Albany - St.Francis, NY
Dec. 5: Ball St. - Holy Cross Coll.
Dec. 5: Vermont - Towson
Dec. 5: Maryland - Md-E Shore
Dec. 5: Monmouth - Navy
Dec. 5: Sacred Heart - Holy Cross
Dec. 5: Bryant - Yale
Dec. 5: Detroit Mercy - Toledo
Dec. 5: Florida St. - Florida
Dec. 5: Wake Forest - High Point
Dec. 5: W.Virginia - Marshall
Dec. 5: Loyola, MD - Niagara
Dec. 5: New Hampshire - Cent.Conn.St.
Dec. 5: N.Iowa - N.Colorado
Dec. 5: N.Dakota - UMKC
Dec. 5: Michigan St. - Ark.-Pine Bluff
Dec. 5: NC-Wilmington - Coker
Dec. 5: N.Illinois - SIU Edwardsville
Dec. 5: Cent.Arkansas - Tenn-Martin
Dec. 5: E.Illinois - W.Illinois
Dec. 5: Texas A&M - SF Austin
Dec. 5: Ill.-Chicago - Roosevelt
Dec. 5: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Buffalo
Dec. 5: Austin Peay St. - Oakland City
Dec. 5: Chicago St. - De Paul
Dec. 5: Texas St. - ORU
Dec. 5: Middle Tenn.St. - UAB
Dec. 5: W.Kentucky - S.Illinois
Dec. 5: Evansville - Miami, OH
Dec. 5: Tulsa - Missouri St.
Dec. 5: Drake - St.Mary's, CA
Dec. 5: Valparaiso - IPFW
Dec. 5: Arizona St. - Hartford
Dec. 5: Utah - Boise St.
Dec. 5: N.Arizona - Loyola Mary
Dec. 5: BYU - Utah St.
Dec. 5: Denver - Mercer
Dec. 5: Alabama - Dayton
Dec. 5: Oklahoma St. - S.Florida
Dec. 5: Villanova - Temple
Dec. 5: Weber St. - Utah Valley
Dec. 5: N.Mexico - USC
Dec. 5: Pepperdine - Cal-Riverside
Dec. 5: San Jose St. - Cal-Davis
Dec. 5: Colorado - Colorado St.
Dec. 5: CS Northridge - Vanguard
Dec. 5: Washington St. - Gonzaga


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Deshaun THOMAS
  Ohio St.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 21
 1. Thomas, Ohio St.21.0 
 2. Paul, Illinois17.8 
 3. Burke, Michigan17.0 
 4. Appling, Michigan16.1 
 5. Talley, Nebraska15.6 
 6. Hardaway Jr., Mich.15.6 
 7. Zeller, Indiana15.0 
 8. Berggren, Wisco.14.9 
 9. Newbill, Penn St.14.7 
 10. Marshall, Penn St.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ben BRUST
  Wisconsin
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Brust, Wisconsin7.8 
 2. Travis, Penn St.7.7 
 3. Zeller, Indiana7.6 
 4. Watford, Indiana7.5 
 5. Payne, Michigan.7.1 
 6. Evans, Wisconsin7.1 
 7. Nix, Michigan St.7.0 
 8. Ubel, Nebraska6.9 
 9. Robinson, Michigan6.8 
 10. Berggren, Wisco.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Burke, Michigan7.1 
 2. Ferrell, Indiana4.8 
 3. Appling, Michigan4.4 
 4. Craft, Ohio St.4.3 
 5. Sobolewski, Northw.4.2 
 6. Hulls, Indiana4.0 
 7. Scott, Ohio St.4.0 
 8. Paul, Illinois3.9 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota3.6 
 10. Newbill, Penn St.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Austin HOLLINS
  Minnesota
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hollins, Minnesota2.4 
 2. Dawson, Michigan.2.4 
 3. Oladipo, Indiana2.3 
 4. Marshall, Penn St.2.0 
 5. Scott, Ohio St.1.8 
 6. Richardson, Illino.1.8 
 7. Brust, Wisconsin1.8 
 8. Craft, Ohio St.1.7 
 9. Coleman, Minnesota1.7 
 10. Appling, Michigan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Adreian PAYNE
  Michigan.
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Payne, Michigan.1.9 
 2. Almeida, Nebraska1.9 
 3. Williams, Minnesota1.9 
 4. Berggren, Wisco.1.7 
 5. Basabe, Iowa1.6 
 6. Graham, Penn St.1.6 
 7. Eliason, Minnesota1.6 
 8. Williams, Ohio St.1.5 
 9. Zeller, Indiana1.4 
 10. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.3 



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  AUS
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mills, AUS21.5 
 2. Durant, USA20.3 
 3. Ginobili, ARG19.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.1 
 5. Scola, ARG18.0 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS17.5 
 7. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
 8. Deng, ENG15.8 
 9. Parker, FRA15.7 
 10. Batum, FRA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  (212-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN10.0 
 3. Diogu, NGR9.0 
 4. Ben Ghnia, TUN8.6 
 5. Nene, BRA8.0 
 6. Love, USA7.9 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 8. Kirilenko, RUS7.5 
 9. Varejao, BRA7.0 
 10. Freeland, ENG6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (190-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.5 
 2. Huertas, BRA6.0 
 3. Shved, RUS5.9 
 4. James, USA5.6 
 5. Jasikevicius, LTU5.3 
 6. Paul, USA4.9 
 7. Kalnietis, LTU4.8 
 8. Deng, ENG4.6 
 9. Dellavedova, AUS4.5 
 10. Diaw, FRA4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, USA2.6 
 2. Aminu, NGR2.0 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.9 
 4. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 5. Nielsen, AUS1.8 
 6. Ben Ghnia, TUN1.8 
 7. De Colo, FRA1.7 
 8. Durant, USA1.7 
 9. Ginobili, ARG1.6 
 10. James, USA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mejri, TUN3.4 
 2. Yi, CHN2.2 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.8 
 4. Batum, FRA1.5 
 5. Seraphin, FRA1.3 
 6. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 7. Ibaka, ESP1.3 
 8. Jankunas, LTU1.0 
 9. Nene, BRA1.0 
 10. Kaun, RUS0.8 



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Meralco .
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Mercado, Meralco18.8 
 2. Caguioa, Barang.18.6 
 3. Santos, Petron B.17.2 
 4. Miller, Global Port16.9 
 5. Castro, Talk N Te.16.9 
 6. Cardona, Meralco16.6 
 7. Chan, Rain or Shine16.6 
 8. Yap, San M.16.1 
 9. Lutz, Petron Blaze15.2 
 10. Tubid, Barako Bull15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.0 
 2. Kramer, Barako B.11.7 
 3. Abueva, Alaska Ac.10.5 
 4. Pingris, San M.9.9 
 5. de Ocampo, San M.9.0 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine8.8 
 7. Maierhofer, Barang.8.7 
 8. Williams, Talk N.8.3 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.7.6 
 10. Salvador, Global7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Miller, Global Port6.4 
 2. Mercado, Meralco6.2 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.5.3 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.9 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.6 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.4 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.4.1 
 9. Miranda, Petron B.4.0 
 10. Casio, Alaska Ac.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Calvin ABUEVA
  Alaska Aces
  (--88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.8 
 2. Reyes, Talk N Text1.6 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.3 
 4. Urbiztondo, Barako1.3 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 6. Custodio, Air21 E.1.1 
 7. Hodge, Meralco1.1 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.1 
 9. Santos, Petron B.1.1 
 10. Fonacier, Talk N.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Santos, Petron B.1.6 
 2. Hodge, Meralco1.2 
 3. Devance, San M.1.0 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.