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  ABA   



Mcphearson Drops 40 in a loss for the (JT Focus Mgt) Cleveland Am Proers sponsored by (Leff Electric) - by Vance Marbury

Sunday December 2, 2012 (JT Focus Mgt) Cleveland Am Pro'ers sponsored by (Leff Electric) loses to Indiana State Warriors 141 - 129

Cleveland Am Pro'ers who added 5 new players to the mix for the first time this season faced an Indiana St. Warriors team that was in attack mode from the beginning of the game. After being down 22 at one point, the Cleveland Am Pro'ers fought back and cut the lead to 2 pts, with 5 minutes remaining in the game. But with no player taller than 62 the Indiana St. Warriors continued to attack the basket and finish at the front of the rim or driving, kicking, and making three point jump shots.

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers were led by Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) who finished with 40 pts 6 rebs 5 ast. Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) is averaging 30 ppg in the ABA so far and is continuing his scoring effort regardless of who else is out there playing with him. Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) a 6'2" combo guard who starred at Vermilion CC and Lindsey Wilson college should not be with the Cleveland Am Pro'ers much longer, he should definitely be headed overseas, to fill some team's void.

Cleveland Am Pro'ers recent addition Emmanuel Jackson (6'2''-G-86, college: Seton Hill) added 35 pts 5 rebs 4 ast. Darvel Harris (5'6''-G-83) added 11 pts 5 rebs. Canton, Ohio native Darrell Parker (6'2''-G-87) contributed 16 pts 6 rebs 2 ast. Local Cleveland Ohio Product Stephan Brown added 22 pts 4 rebs.

The Indiana St. Warriors were led by Deshaun Wright who totaled 38 pts. Cordeo Bennett added 26 pts. Kyle Smith added 15 pts.

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers next game is this Saturday in Chicago, vs the Chicago Steam!!



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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 3-2 
 4. Manga BB 2-3 
 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 60-50

B

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 6

9-12 Place

Dec. 6: Espoir - Kano Pillars
Dec. 6: Mazembe - MBC

Quarterfinal

Dec. 6: Manga BB - Petroleos
Dec. 6: ES Sahel - Al Ittihad
Dec. 6: Al Ahly - Libolo
Dec. 6: ABC - 1 De Agosto


Day 5 Round Up - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Already found the eight teams that will contest the quarter-finals of the African Champions Cup. Al Ahly and Manga were the last sets to confirm a place among the best in African basketball.

The three Angolan teams present in the group phase made a distinctive run. Libolo added a fifth win, 92-74, over Espoir. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82), with 24 points and 5 rebounds, was once again the MVP. Petro de Luanda also finished with five wins, the last one by 86-65, opposite Mazembe. Carlos Morais, with 19 points and 10 rebounds, was again decisive in the victory of his team.

Finally, Primeiro Agosto had a broad victory over Al Ahly, 86-56.Felizardo Ambrosio with 13 points, was the leading scorer of the team, also giving signs of a growing way to the finals.

The quarter-finals will be played this Thursday, with the following matches:
Libolo Al Ahly
Al Ittihad ES Sahel
Petro Manga
Primeiro de Agosto - ABC



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  ANGOLA   


African Champions Cup: 1 De Primero topple Al Ahly - by Eurobasket News

1 De Primero - Al Ahly 86:56

1 De Primero clinched the fourth victory at the African Champions Cup in Equatorial Guinea. They marched past Al Ahly for 4-1 record in Group B. The Angolan team thus claimed the second position in the pool. They will now take on ABC in the quarterfinals. Al Ahly also made into playoffs despite the loss. They occupied the fourth position at 1-4 record and would try to challenge Libolo on Thursday.
1 De Primero held their opponents at just 8 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. The Angolan team accounted for a 6-point lead after the starting quarter. 1 De Primero extended the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 39:26 halftime advantage. Al Ahly tried to increase the tempo in the third term but 1 De Primero easily matched the effort and entered the fourth frame up by 14 points. The Angolan powerhouse ignited a 26:10 rally in the final period to seal a comfortable victory. Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87) connected for 13 points. Francisco Machado (205-F/C-81), Cedric Isom (188-G-84, college: E.Texas Baptist) and Agostinho Coelho (198-F-90) added 10 points each for the winners. Karim Deef Allah (180-G-86) answered with 16 points for Al Ahly. Mohamed Adly (212-C-87) chipped in 12 points in defeat.

1 De Primero: Felizardo Ambrosio 13, Francisco Machado 10, Cedric Isom 10, Agostinho Coelho 10
Al Ahly: Karim Deef Allah 16, Mohamed Adly 12



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  ARGENTINA   


Mata's 20 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Penarol and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 20 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Penarol in his team's victory, helping them to crush La Union (#16, 4-17) with 24-point margin 103-79. Penarol is placed at 2nd position in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Penarol will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. Mata has many years of experience at Penarol, through which he has constantly improved. Marcos Mata averages this season 13.2ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was James Williams (204-C-79, agency: Dream Team Management) of Quimsa. He is American center in his first season at Quimsa. In the last game Williams recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Quimsa to another comfortable win 85-71 over slightly higher-ranked Olimpico LB (#5, 13-9) being unquestionably team leader. Quimsa's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is a newcomer at Quimsa and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras (#14). Gutierrez showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Gutierrez's great performance Obras lost 78-79 to slightly lower-ranked 9 de Julio (#15, 6-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Obras not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gutierrez could try to bring Obras' a little bit higher in the standings. Gutierrez has individually a great season in Argentina. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.6rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 43.5%. Juan Gutierrez has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Union Progr. - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80) of Regatas C. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) of Libertad S. - 15 points and 15 rebounds
9. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Boca Jrs - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86) of GECR Indalo - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL All-Star starters announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

The National Basketball League has announced the starters for the 2012 NBL All-Star Game to be played in Adelaide on 22 December, with Cairns Taipans big man Cameron Trigger Tragardh set to lead the North All-Stars after receiving the most fan votes of any iiNet NBL Championship player.

NBL fans have been voting for the past month on the players they want to see line-up for the North and South All-Stars at the leagues showcase event at Adelaide Arena on Saturday 22 December. Each fan has been allowed to submit one ballot in an on-line poll based on player positions, with the top two vote-getting guards, two forwards and one centre for both the North and the South automatically selected to be starters in Adelaide.

Cameron Tragardh led all players with 1,401 fans voting for him to start for the North at the centre slot. Sydney King star Ben Madgen (863 votes) and Wollongong Hawks import Adris 2Hard2Guard Deleon (856) will start at the guard slots for the North, while Sydney Kings import Darnell Lazare (740) and Wollongong Hawks captain Oscar Forman (663) will start at forward.

For the South All-Stars, New Zealand Breakers import Cedric Action Jackson polled the most votes with 1,125, and will be joined by Perth Wildcats star Kevin Lisch (1,008) in the backcourt guard spots. Jacksons Breakers teammate Tom Abercrombie (960) and Melbourne Tigers import Seth Scott (881) will fill the starting forward positions for the South, while Adelaides Daniel Johnson (650) will start at centre.

Perths Matt Knight was originally voted as a South starter by the fans with 816 votes, but will be unable to participate due to injury and has therefore been replaced by Johnson.

Townsvilles Gary Ervin actually received more votes than both Lazare and Forman for the North, but missed out on starting as the guard slots had already been filled by Madgen and Deleon with a higher number of votes. Ervin remains a strong chance to still be included in the All-Star Game however with the league set to announce its selections for the five bench players for each team shortly.

New Zealands Andrej Lemanis will coach the South All-Stars, while Wollongongs Gordie McLeod will coach the North due to the pair having the best records in the NBL after Round Nine.

South: Cedric Jackson, Kevin Lisch, Thomas Abercrombie, Seth Scott, Daniel Johnson.
North: Adris Deleon, Ben Madgen, Oscar Forman, Darnell Lazare, Cam Tragardh.



36ers release Massingale - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Adelaide 36ers made the difficult decision to release CJ Massingale (191-G-82, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Metro St.) from his contact today.

Head Coach Marty Clarke advised 36ers management of his recommendation to let Massingale go.

The Coachs recommendation was then taken to the Adelaide 36ers board where it was approved.

Massingale came to the Adelaide 36ers from SEABL team, the Knox Raiders.

Head Coach Marty Clarke said that it was in the best interests of the team to part ways.

"CJ showed promise at the pre-season tournament, but the intensity of the game increases throughout the regular season and we have a goal to achieve. The club has set a firm objective for the team this season which is to be in the top 4 come April and it is my job to ensure this happens."

Adelaide 36ers CEO Leeanne Grantham said that the Club would like to thank CJ for his time at the 36ers.

"We wish CJ and his family all the best for the future. This decision was not something that was taken lightly and we were guided by Martys recommendation."

The Club is currently weighing up options on a replacement player.

Adelaide will play Perth at Adelaide Arena on Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm, as the two teams fight it out for the Cattalini Cup.

Both Martin Cattalini and Paul Rogers will be in attendance at the game to present the Cup and to award the game MVP with the Paul Rogers medal.



NBL All-Star starters announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

The National Basketball League has announced the starters for the 2012 NBL All-Star Game to be played in Adelaide on 22 December, with Cairns Taipans big man Cameron Trigger' Tragardh set to lead the North All-Stars after receiving the most fan votes of any iiNet NBL Championship player.

NBL fans have been voting for the past month on the players they want to see line-up for the North and South All-Stars at the league's showcase event at Adelaide Arena on Saturday 22 December. Each fan has been allowed to submit one ballot in an on-line poll based on player positions, with the top two vote-getting guards, two forwards and one centre for both the North and the South automatically selected to be starters in Adelaide.

Cameron Tragardh led all players with 1,401 fans voting for him to start for the North at the centre slot. Sydney King star Ben Madgen (863 votes) and Wollongong Hawks import Adris 2Hard2Guard' Deleon (856) will start at the guard slots for the North, while Sydney Kings import Darnell Lazare (740) and Wollongong Hawks captain Oscar Forman (663) will start at forward.

For the South All-Stars, New Zealand Breakers import Cedric Action' Jackson polled the most votes with 1,125, and will be joined by Perth Wildcats star Kevin Lisch (1,008) in the backcourt guard spots. Jackson's Breakers teammate Tom Abercrombie (960) and Melbourne Tigers import Seth Scott (881) will fill the starting forward positions for the South, while Adelaide's Daniel Johnson (650) will start at centre.

Perth's Matt Knight was originally voted as a South starter by the fans with 816 votes, but will be unable to participate due to injury and has therefore been replaced by Johnson.

Townsville's Gary Ervin actually received more votes than both Lazare and Forman for the North, but missed out on starting as the guard slots had already been filled by Madgen and Deleon with a higher number of votes. Ervin remains a strong chance to still be included in the All-Star Game however with the league set to announce its selections for the five bench players for each team shortly.

New Zealand's Andrej Lemanis will coach the South All-Stars, while Wollongong's Gordie McLeod will coach the North due to the pair having the best records in the NBL after Round Nine.

South: Cedric Jackson, Kevin Lisch, Thomas Abercrombie, Seth Scott, Daniel Johnson.
North: Adris Deleon, Ben Madgen, Oscar Forman, Darnell Lazare, Cam Tragardh.



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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 4-1 
 2. Rilski Sportist 4-2 
 3. Kavala 3-2 
 4. Kozuv 3-4 
 5. OKK Beograd 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 7

A

Dec. 11: Galil Gilboa - Mornar Bar

B

Dec. 5: Kavala - Kozuv 87-77
Dec. 5: Rilski Sportist - Teodo Tivat 87-67

Round 6

Dec. 6: Levski Sofia - Galil Gilboa

Round 8

Dec. 4: Kumanovo - Galil Gilboa 74-66



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

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 5-2 
 3. Valmiera 3-4 
 4. Parnu 2-4 
 5. LSU-Baltai 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 5: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 60-73
Dec. 4: Naglis Palangos - Siauliai 47-86
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, Parnu18.3 
 3. Gulbis, Barons k.18.0 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.0 
 5. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis16.0 
 7. Bergmanis, Barons15.0 
 8. Leonard, Juventus14.9 
 9. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.7 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.2 
 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.4.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.6 
 4. Artamonov, Siauliai4.5 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.4.4 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.3 
 7. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.1 
 8. Cunda, Valga4.0 
 9. Ezerskis, Liepaja4.0 
 10. Laane, Rapla4.0 
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. Brown, Naglis P.2.0 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 6. Mockevicius, Nagli.2.0 
 7. Leppik, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 9. McLeod, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 10. Labuckas, Rudupis1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.2 
 2. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Barons k.1.8 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.5 
 6. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.3 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 8. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 10. Galdikas, Siauliai1.0 



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  BELARUS   


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

24-year old forward Pavel Shuleyko (200-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Svisloch and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Borisfen (#7, 1-8) with 16-point margin 82-66. Svisloch is placed at 6th position in Belarusian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Shuleyko had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Pavel Shuleyko averages this season 8.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of league's second-best Sozh Gomel. He is Ukrainian forward in his first season at Sozh Gomel. In the last game Dadukin recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Sozh Gomel lost that game 78-90 to league's leader Grodno-93 (#1, 9-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sozh Gomel still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Dadukin is a newcomer at Sozh Gomel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4). Rutkauskas scored 20 points and grabbed twenty four rebounds (!!!). Despite Rutkauskas' great performance Tsmoki-Minsk II lost 70-75 to slightly lower-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 3-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tsmoki-Minsk II 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, Rutkauskas could help Tsmoki-Minsk II to bring them higher in the standings. Rutkauskas has a great season in Belarus. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86) of Sozh Gomel - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) of Grodno-93 - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Grodno-93 - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Artsiom Sharamet (207-C-93) of Borisfen - 13 points and 11 rebounds
8. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Igor Konuyshenko (196-G/F-86) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 4: CEP Fleurus - Gembo BBC 97-85
Dec. 2: Oudenaarde - Houthalen 93-97
Nov. 29: Excelsior - Point Chaud 89-81
Dec. 2: Giants II - Essor Charleroi 84-74
Dec. 2: Waregem - Sint-Jan Ant. 75-56
Dec. 2: Tongeren - St-Niklase 71-82
Nov. 30: M.Hainaut II - Kangor.-Boom 104-96

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 7: Point Chaud - Gent Dragons
Dec. 8: St-Niklase - Oudenaarde
Dec. 8: Sint-Jan Ant. - Excelsior
Dec. 8: Kangor.-Boom - Giants II
Dec. 9: Essor Charleroi - Tongeren
Dec. 9: Gembo BBC - M.Hainaut II
Dec. 9: Houthalen - CEP Fleurus


EuroChallenge: Antwerp Giants move closer to Last 16 - by Eurobasket News

Antwerp Giants- Armia 87:54

Antwerp Giants move closer to Last 16 of EuroChallenge. The Belgian team overcame Armia 87:54 for 3-2 record in Group H. Antwerp Giants will need another win in the last round over Hapoel in order to advance. The Georgian team fell at 0-5 record in the bottom of the group.
The hosts jumped into 22-13 early in the game and dominated the first half. They added a 13-0 run that began with a big three from Hopkins. Armia held their own in the third period but had run out of steam by the fourth as the Giants pulled further clear even with several reserves seeing extended action. Antwerp Giants won the third period 22-21 and finished the game with 18-11 in the last period.
Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) led the way with 16 points and Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) tossed in 13. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) delivered 11, while Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) and Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89, agency: Court Side) scored 10 apiece. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) as well as Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) had 8 apiece.

Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 16, Timothy Black 13, Ralph Biggs 11, Gregg Thondique 10, Jean-Marc Mwema 10
Armia: Joakim Kjellbom 14, Giorgi Gamqrelidze 8, Lamayn Wilson 8



EuroCup: Panionios edge Oostende on Giankovits' three-pointer - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Oostende 101:100 (OT)

Vlantimir Giankovits drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to propel Panionios to a hard-fought home win over Oostende. The hosts thus improved at 1-4 record in EuroCup Group F. The victory also meant Stelmet ZG booked their Last 16 appearance, while Oostende were left without EuroCup in the second part of the season.
Oostende had to win this one and started aggressively. The Belgian side were up by five after the starting quarter. Panionios narrowed the gap and eventually surged ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the third term. They led by six point before the fourth term. However Oostende fired 30 points in the final period and forced overtime. The visitors seemed en route to the victory after two free throws from Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket). But Giankovits drained an impressive buzzer-beater and sealed the win for the hosts. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Maryland) delivered 26 points, while Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) contributed 16 points for Panionios. Dusan Djordjevic answered with 20 points and 8 assists for Oostende. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Panionios: Landon Milbourne 26, Christopher Booker 16, Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) 14
Oostende: Dusan Djordjevic 20, Matt Lojeski 18



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Capljina 6-1 
 2. Mladost 6-1 
 3. Radnik B. 5-2 
 4. Borac Nektar 4-3 
 5. Bosna 4-4 
 6. Kakanj 3-4 
 7. Leotar 3-4 
 8. Varda HE 3-4 
 9. Zrinjski HT 3-5 
 10. Servitium 2-4 
 11. Vogosca 2-5 
 12. Posusje 1-5 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 8: Bosna - Mladost
Dec. 8: Servitium - Varda HE
Dec. 8: Capljina - Kakanj
Dec. 8: Radnik B. - Posusje
Dec. 8: Zrinjski HT - Vogosca
Dec. 8: Borac Nektar - Leotar


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan BAKOVIC
  Posusje
  (197-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Bakovic, Posusje22.5 
 2. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.21.6 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar21.0 
 4. Tuljkovic, Vogosca20.3 
 5. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.20.0 
 6. Peljto, Kakanj19.4 
 7. Hot, Vogosca18.5 
 8. Bjelica, Capljina18.4 
 9. Rizvic, Bosna17.4 
 10. Bijelic, Mladost17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ermin JAZVIN
  Zrinjski HT
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT9.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca9.0 
 3. Knezevic, Leotar8.8 
 4. Djurasovic, Leotar8.7 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.8.4 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.7.7 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost6.9 
 8. Goranovic, Radnik6.8 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik6.3 
 10. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja KOVACEVIC
  Capljina
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Kovacevic, Capljina6.4 
 2. Hot, Vogosca6.2 
 3. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.9 
 4. Peljto, Kakanj5.4 
 5. Kascelan, Leotar5.1 
 6. Radovanovic, Radni.5.0 
 7. Bakovic, Posusje4.3 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.1 
 9. Loncar, Borac N.3.8 
 10. Jukic, Posusje3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hot, Vogosca4.0 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.6 
 3. Hodzic, Bosna2.1 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.9 
 5. Cutura, Posusje1.8 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.1.7 
 7. Lovric, Posusje1.7 
 8. Peljto, Kakanj1.6 
 9. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.6 
 2. Buza, Bosna1.5 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 4. Mustapic, Posusje0.8 
 5. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.7 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.0.7 
 7. Popovic, Capljina0.6 
 8. Loncarevic, Radnik0.6 
 9. Leric, Bosna0.6 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar0.5 



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Raheem Blyden's Game-Winner Sets Fire To 6th District B'ball Tourney - by David Edole

Sea Cows Bay sent an early message as they defeated defending champions Belle Vue, 63-60 behind Raheem Blyden's game-winning three-pointer to end an opening weekend of exciting games in the Sixth District Christmas Basketball League.

The two teams faced off on the Baugher's Bay basketball court on Sunday, December 2.

Both teams were reluctant to allow the other to run away as the game was kept close throughout. However, with 6 seconds remaining in the game, Belle Vue's Kishawn Fahie was fouled and made one of his two free throw attempts to level the scores at 60 points.

With 1.3 seconds remaining on the clock, Akeem 'Chunky' Titley called time out for Sea Cows Bay. When play resumed, Titley connected on the inbound pass with Blyden who made no mistake on the walk off shot to seal the win for Sea Cow's Bay by three points.

Sea Cows Bays Dru Philips led all scorers with 23 points while Blyden added 17 points. The lead scorers for Belle Vue were Asheild Frett with 15 points followed by Jamari Benjamin with 14 points.

When the league opened on Saturday, November 1, Sea Cows Bay took down Baughers Bay 60-57. Sea Cows Bay's lead scorer was Raheem Blyden with 16 points while Titley chipped in with 12 points.

The lead scorer for Baughers bay was Nathaniel Malone with 14 points.

Belle Vue ended the weekend with a 1-1 record. Their lone victory came from their opening game on Saturday, 57-45, against Purcell Estate. The lead scorers for the defending champs were Frett with 16 points and Roger 'Hardy' Farrington with 15 points.

Top scores for Purcell were Nichols Charles with 11 points and Romain Minott with 8 points.

Baughers Bay bounced back on Sunday by defeating Huntums Ghut, 66-54. Malone led the way with 21 points for Baugher's Bay while Jeremy Telemaque added 16 points for Huntums Ghut.

Upcoming Games

Friday 7th December

Huntums Ghut Vs Sea Cows Bay - 7pm
Baughers Bay Vs Purcell Estate - 9pm

Saturday 8th December

Sea Cow's Bay Vs Purcell Estate - 6pm
Huntums Ghut Vs. Bell Vue - 8:30pm

Sunday 9th December

Baughers Bay Vs Belle Vue -5pm
Purcell Vs Huntums Ghut - 7pm



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Balkan League: Rilski Sportist cruise past KK Teodo - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - KK Teodo 87:67

Rilski Sportist clinched the fourth win in Balkan League Group B. They knocked down Teodo Tivat handing those the initial loss of the season. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) unloaded 19 points to pace the Bulgarian side.
Rilski cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 26:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They kept KK Teodo at bay throughout the second quarter. Rilski ensured a 48:36 halftime advantage. The hosts controlled the tempo in the second half. Rilski piled up a 15-point lead before the fourth quarter. They kept Teodo Tivat at bay throughout the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Anthony Gugino (188-F) had 17 points and 11 boards, while Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) added 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Teodo. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) and Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 19, Anthony Gugino 17+11 boards, Hristo Zahariev 14
KK Teodo: Savo Djikanovic 18, Manuel Johnson 11, Aleksandar Radulovic 11



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  CANADA   


British-Canadian Forward joins the Worcester Wolves - by Greg

After finally seeing the arrival of point guard Sherrad Prezzie-Blue last weekend, Worcester Wolveshave now received a further boost with the signing of former Cheshire standout Kai Williams (190-88, college: South Dakota State).

Williams played in 17 games for Cheshire late last season, picking up 14 points and six rebounds per game, and playing a key part in their quarter-final playoff defeat of the Wolves.

The 6'6' inch British-Canadian small forward graduated from South Dakota State in 2010, before making his professional debut in the top division of French basketball for Blois Basket.

After his stint at Cheshire he played briefly this season in Cyprus, averaging seven points and four rebounds a game for Apollon.

Worcester Director of Basketball Paul James is thrilled to have 24-year-old Williams on board, saying: 'Kai played against us several times last season, so I know his game quite well. He can drive strongly to the basket, is a threat from the outside, and can also rebound well.'

James is eagerly looking forward to how the latest additions to his squad should improve Wolves' performances, commenting: 'Now that we have Prezzie back to take over the playmaker position I am really excited at the prospect of Alex Owumi being freed up to express himself more, and to also now have Kai here to give us even more versatility.'

The Wolves organisation also confirmed that they have released forward Stuart Thomson from their roster, placing on record their appreciation for his input during his time at the club and wishing him well for the future.

by WorcesterWolves



MIRACLES SIGN MICAH BRAND - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com THe Moncton Miracles have announced today that they have released 6-3 guard Jeremy Alleyne, Miracles management want to thank JEREMY for his contribution to the team this season and wish him well in his future career.The Miracles had an opportunity to improve their roster with the addition of Micah Brand. Micah a 6-10 center will be the Canadian newcomer to the Miracles roster. Brand played his college ball at the University of Massachusetts and began the season with the Saint Johns Mill Rats.


Sheray Thomas agreed terms with Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old former international forward Sheray Thomas (203-84, college: Kentucky). He played recently at Montreal Jazz (NBL Canada). In 7 games this season he recorded 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. The last season Thomas also was tested by Kebs de Laval (previous name Quebec Kebs).
The previous (10-11) season he also played at Starwings in Swiss LNA. In only one game last year he had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Thomas team made it to the Swiss League Cup final in 2008.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Thomas was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. Thomas represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) five years ago.
He has played previously for Swiss team: Boncourt.
Thomas attended University of Kentucky until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sheray Thomas agreed terms with Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old former international forward Sheray Thomas (203-84, college: Kentucky). He played recently at Montreal Jazz (NBL Canada). In 7 games this season he recorded 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. The last season Thomas also was tested by Kebs de Laval (previous name Quebec Kebs).
The previous (10-11) season he also played at Starwings in Swiss LNA. In only one game last year he had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Thomas team made it to the Swiss League Cup final in 2008.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Thomas was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. Thomas represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) five years ago.
He has played previously for Swiss team: Boncourt.
Thomas attended University of Kentucky until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Dec. 5: Xinjiang FT - Shanghai S. 95-99
Dec. 5: Beijing Ducks - TianJin S. 87-96
Dec. 4: Qingdao E. - Jilin NE T. 84-95
Dec. 4: Zhejiang CB - Guandong ST 124-126 OT
Dec. 5: Shandong FB - Liaoning H. 117-101
Dec. 5: Guangsha L. - Foshan LL 111-98
Dec. 5: Jiangsu D. - Fujian QB 111-95
Dec. 5: Shanxi Zh. - Bayi R. 102-90

Regular Season: Round 6

Dec. 7: Jiangsu D. - Foshan LL
Dec. 7: Jilin NE T. - Xinjiang FT
Dec. 7: Zhejiang CB - Fujian QB
Dec. 7: Beijing Ducks - Shandong FB
Dec. 7: Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S.
Dec. 7: DongGuan L. - Guandong ST
Dec. 7: Bayi R. - Guangsha L.
Dec. 7: Qingdao E. - Liaoning H.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Josh-Emmanuel AKOGNON
  Liaoning.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Akognon, Liaoning.35.3 
 2. Harris, Jiangsu D.33.3 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.6 
 4. Spencer, Jilin N.29.0 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.27.8 
 6. Hudson, DongGuan27.3 
 7. Yi, Guandong ST26.2 
 8. Thornton, Guangsh.25.5 
 9. McGrady, Qingd.25.5 
 10. Jeter, Shandong24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.15.8 
 2. Harris, Jiangsu D.15.5 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.5 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang CB13.5 
 5. Abbas, Shandong FB13.3 
 6. Ju, Foshan LL13.3 
 7. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.12.8 
 8. Li, Liaoning H.12.7 
 9. White, Shanghai S.12.6 
 10. Diogu, Guandong12.5 
Assists Per Game
 Stephon MARBURY
  Beijing .
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Marbury, Beijing7.5 
 2. Daghles, TianJin S.7.3 
 3. Hudson, DongGuan6.8 
 4. McGrady, Qingd.5.0 
 5. Yang, Liaoning H.4.7 
 6. Williams, Guandong.4.6 
 7. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.3 
 8. Lu, Shanxi Zh.4.3 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.2 
 10. Abbas, Shandong4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Abbas, Shandong FB4.3 
 2. Marbury, Beijing3.0 
 3. Co, Xinjiang FT2.8 
 4. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.5 
 5. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 6. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 7. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 8. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.0 
 9. Li, Liaoning H.2.0 
 10. Johnson, Liaoning.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.6 
 2. Siler, Jiangsu D.3.3 
 3. Mbenga, Qingdao E.2.3 
 4. Yan, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 5. Morris, Beijing Du.2.0 
 6. Yi, Guandong ST2.0 
 7. Haislip, DongGuan.1.8 
 8. Wang, Bayi R.1.8 
 9. White, Shanghai S.1.8 
 10. Tseng, Shanghai1.6 


Eddy Curry could agree terms with Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank - by Eurobasket News

Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (CBA) is close to land 30-year old American power forward Eddy Curry (211-134kg-82) who played last time at Dallas Mavericks. In two NBA games this season he averaged 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg. Curry also spent pre-season at the Spurs in NBA earlier that year. The last season he also played at the Heat in NBA. In 14 games last year he had just 2.1ppg. Part of last season he spent at the Timberwolves in NBA. The other team Curry played shortly were the Knicks in NBA.
In 2001 Chicago Bulls selected him as fourth overall pick in NBA draft.
Curry has played also professionally in NBA (New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves).

By Eurobasket Data Center



CBA Round 5: Shanghai Sharks keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of CBA and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for fourteenth-ranked Shanghai Sharks as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Shanghai Sharks defeated 4th placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi 99-95. The guests trailed by 17 points after three quarters before their 31-30 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Xinjiang Flying Tige's 32. American forward D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International point guard Wei Liu (190-80) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with TianJin S. and Fujian QB. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play next round against Jilin Tigers trying to get back on the winning streak. Shanghai Sharks will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Beijing Ducks (3-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by TianJin Steel (3-2) 96-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Beijing Ducks. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-2 record before this meeting. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and GuiJun Xu chipped in 30 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 32 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. TianJin Steel keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Xinjiang FT and Fujian QB. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. TianJin Steel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against the league's second-placed Shandong Bulls (#2) in Jinan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Fujian QB were beaten by Jiangsu D. on the road 111-95. Shandong FB won against Liaoning H. on its own court 117-101. Bayi R. unfortunately lost to Shanxi Zh. in Taiyuan 90-102. Guangsha L. managed to beat Foshan LL at home 111-98. Jilin NE T. defeated Qingdao E. on the opponent's court 95-84.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 41 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 blocks by Mike Harris of Jiangsu D..


Jiangsu D. - Fujian QB 111-95

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (1-3) beat higher ranked Fujian (3-2) in Nanjing 111-95 on Wednesday. Jiangsu Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 22 and made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Jiangsu Dragons forced 22 Fujian turnovers. Fujian was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). His fellow American import center Garret Siler (213-86, college: Augusta St.) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. International Zhelin Wang (215-94) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) added 25 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fujian. Four Fujian players scored in double figures. Fujian's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Jiangsu Dragons left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place. Loser Fujian still keeps top position with two games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face higher ranked Foshan (#13) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#8) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: M.Will 25+7reb, W.Zhelin 21+9reb+3ast, G.Sundiata 20+10reb+1ast, L.Yi Ting 13+2reb+2ast, Z.QiXin 7+4reb, Z.TaiLong 4+2reb+2ast
Jiangsu D.: H.Mike 41+15reb+1ast, M.Da 20+6reb+3ast, S.Garret 19+9reb+1ast, Y.Li 8+3reb+3ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 8+1reb+5ast, H.XueFeng 8+3reb+1ast
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Xinjiang FT - Shanghai S. 95-99

The game had a very big importance for fourteenth-ranked Shanghai Sharks as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Shanghai Sharks defeated 4th placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi 99-95. The guests trailed by 17 points after three quarters before their 31-30 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Xinjiang Flying Tige's 32. American forward D.J. White (206-86, college: Indiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International point guard Wei Liu (190-80) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. The former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and international point guard Tal Co (191-91) added 30 points and 7 steals in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with TianJin S. and Fujian QB. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play next round against Jilin Tigers trying to get back on the winning streak. Shanghai Sharks will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: C.Tal 30+3reb+1ast, T.ZhengDong 25+13reb, Z.QinPeng 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Changdong 9+4reb, M.Bateer 6+3reb+1ast, M.Lati 2+6reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: W.D.J. 34+13reb+1ast, L.Wei 24+7reb+9ast, T.Wen-Ting 11+2reb+1ast, M.Lingyuan 10+1reb+4ast, C.Liang 7+3reb+3ast, L.Ziqui 5
gschID: 228549


Shandong FB - Liaoning H. 117-101

Very expected game when 6th ranked Liaoning Hunters (2-2) lost to leader Shandong Bulls (5-0) in Jinan 101-117 on Wednesday. Shandong Bulls shot 60.3 percent from the field. Shandong Bulls outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 44-26 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward JingYu Li (198-91) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Shandong Bulls' coach XiaoBin Gong used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Dejun Han (215-89) answered with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Liaoning Hunters. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Shandong Bulls went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Liaoning Hunters dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Shandong Bulls will face Beijing Ducks (#4) on the road in the next round. Liaoning Hunters will play against Qingdao Eagles.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 26+2reb+3ast, H.Dejun 23+9reb+3ast, J.Alexander 21+10reb+2ast, H.TianJu 15+2reb, L.Wei 7, G.Ailun 5+1reb
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 31+5reb+6ast, L.JingYu 19+6reb, S.Jie 17+1reb+1ast, Y.Ding 13+4reb+6ast, V.Jackson 9+4reb+1ast, A.Zaid 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 228550


Shanxi Zh. - Bayi R. 102-90

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (2-2) won against higher ranked Bayi Rockets (2-3) in Taiyuan 102-90 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Shanxi Zhongyu made 21-of-21 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Bayi Rockets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Marcus Williams (200-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward ZhaoBao Bao (212-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach Francisco Aurioles used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (215-77) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Ke Mo (210-82) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Rockets. Four Shanxi Zhongyu and five Bayi Rockets players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Bayi Rockets dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Shanghai Sharks (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bayi Rockets will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#11) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: W.ZhiZhi 23+7reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 18+3reb+3ast, M.Ke 18+7reb+1ast, C.Yan 17+1reb+1ast, W.Lei 10+7reb+4ast, Z.Bo 2+2reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 32+6reb+5ast, B.ZhaoBao 17+13reb, G.Charles 16+9reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 14+2reb+1ast, L.XiaoMing 11+2reb+8ast, Y.PengFei 8+11reb
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Beijing Ducks - TianJin S. 87-96

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Beijing Ducks (3-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by TianJin Steel (3-2) 96-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Beijing Ducks. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-2 record before this meeting. TianJin Steel made 21-of-21 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. TianJin Steel outrebounded Beijing Ducks 55-40 including a 42-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and forward GuiJun Xu (202-80) chipped in 30 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 32 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and international forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-93) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. TianJin Steel keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Xinjiang FT and Fujian QB. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. TianJin Steel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against the league's second-placed Shandong Bulls (#2) in Jinan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 32+5reb+5ast, Z.YanXi 12+5reb, G.Li 11+1reb, Z.Xiaochuan 10+9reb+1ast, M.Randolph 9+10reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 7+7reb
TianJin S.: X.GuiJun 30+6reb, H.Donnell 26+22reb+1ast, D.Osama 17+7reb+5ast, N.Hamady 9+9reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 6+2reb, Z.Nan 4+3reb+1ast
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Guangsha L. - Foshan LL 111-98

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Foshan (2-3) lost to thirteenth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (2-3) in Hangzhou 98-111 on Wednesday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 25-of-25 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Foshan's players. Foshan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Al Thornton (203-83, college: Florida St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. American swingman Rashad McCants (193-84, college: N.Carolina) answered with 42 points (!!!) (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward KangMing Song (208-87) added 14 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Foshan. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Foshan. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Bayi Rockets (#12) in Ningbo in the next round.
Top scorers:
Foshan LL: M.Rashad 42+1reb+2ast, S.KangMing 14+16reb+1ast, J.Mingxin 9+5reb, R.Junwei 8+6reb+1ast, Z.LingXu 7+5reb+6ast, Z.Zhun 6+7reb
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 32+15reb+2ast, T.Al 30+11reb+5ast, Z.Wei 17+3reb+4ast, L.Chih-Chieh 13+1reb+8ast, W.Zirui 8+6reb+4ast, S.HoMan 5+2reb+1ast
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Qingdao E. - Jilin NE T. 84-95

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Jilin Tigers and bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles had identical 0-4 record. But Qingdao Eagles were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Changchun 95-84 on Tuesday night. Qingdao Eagles were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Jilin Tigers made 20-of-20 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Qingdao Eagles were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Liberian power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 30 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American swingman Tracy McGrady (203-79) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Congolese-Belgian center Ilunga Mbenga (214-80) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Qingdao Eagles. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jilin Tigers (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place. It was Qingdao Eagles' fifth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Jilin Tigers will face league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Qingdao Eagles will play at home against Liaoning Hunters (#5) in Yingkou and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: M.Tracy 21+8reb+6ast, M.Ilunga 18+12reb+1ast, X.YuYang 14+5reb, %PlayerNameByLink% 8+3reb+1ast, Y.GengLin 8+3reb+1ast, Z.YongGang 7+2reb+1ast
Jilin NE T.: S.Dewarick 30+2reb+4ast, H.Samuel 24+14reb, Z.Biao 10+2reb, L.Yao 9+2reb+3ast, L.Xudong 7+1reb+3ast, L.Wei 5+1reb
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Zhejiang CB - Guandong ST 124-126 OT


Guandong needed an overtime 126:124 win over Zhejiang. Terrence stepped up with 29 points, while Quincy posted 26 in defeat.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: D.Quincy 28+6reb+11ast, G.SongLin 20+2reb+2ast, J.Peng 17+2reb+1ast, D.JinHui 15+7reb+2ast, B.Josh 15+10reb+1ast, C.Fei 14+3reb+3ast
Guandong ST: W.Terrence 29+4reb+4ast, D.Ike 23+19reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 23+7reb+5ast, Y.Jianlian 22+10reb+1ast, Z.Peng 15+5reb, R.JunFei 6


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  COSTA RICA   

Standings - D1

LBS Standings
 1. Barva 3-0 
 2. Grupo Babel 2-1 
 3. Limon 2-1 
 4. Sanatura-Escazu 2-1 
 5. Coopenae-USJ 2-2 
 6. Grecia 0-3 
 7. Liceo 0-3 



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Krajnovic resigned at head coach position ! - by Dani Erceg

Krunoslav Krajnovic resigned from head coach position of Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod. Despite many injury probems in team he managed to achieve solid 4-4 record in Croatian League. Before taking up head coach position in Slavonski Brod, he worked in Slovakia 6 seasons, where he won National Championship and Cup.


EuroCup: Spartak Saint Petersburg dismantle Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Cibona 93:60

Spartak Saint Petersburg recorded yet another victory in the EuroCup regular season. They fired past Cibona for 5-0 record on top of Group G. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Russian team. Cibona in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament.
Spartak dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 12-point lead at the first break. The hosts mounted the pressure in the second quarter. Spartak went on a 25:9 run to establish a 51:23 halftime advantage. The Russian team stayed dominant after the big break. They rallied into the fourth stanza up by 33 points and never looked back en route to the win. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) produced 12 points, while Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) and Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) added 11 points each for the winners. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances), Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) and Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-G-86) chipped in 10 points each in the loss.

Spartak SP: Vasili Zavoruev 15, Janis Strelnieks 12, Zack Wright 11, Vladimir Dragicevic 11
Cibona: Ante Masic 10, Justin Hamilton 10, Hrvoje Kovacevic 10



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EuroCup: Budivelnyk stun Nymburk in first half, hold on for victory - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Nymburk 72:62

Budivelnyk celebrated the third win in EuroCup season. The Kyiv team overcame visiting Nymburk to gain 3-2 record in Group A. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up with 28 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the hosts.
It was all about Budivelnyk in the first half. The hosts grabbed an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The Kyiv outfit got away in the second quarter. They held Nymburk to just 9 points to accumulate a massive 43:24 halftime advantage. Nymburk started to show some signs of recovery in the second half. The Czech champions narrowed the deficit at 16-point mark before the final term. Nymburk went on an 8:0 run in the fourth period to get within 10 points. The visitors trailed by just 8 points but Malcolm Delaney went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the hosts. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) posted 9 points, while Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) added 8 points each for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Nymburk. Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.) had 13 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 28, Michailis Anisimovas 9, Leo Lyons 8, Georgi Tsintsadze 8
Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 17+10 boards, Michael Taylor 13



Emmanuel Ubilla Joins BC Kolin - by Surujh Roopnarine

Veteran point guard Emmanuel Ubilla (188-G-86, college: Fair Dickinson) and BC Kolin have agreed to terms on a contract for the remainder of this season as well as the 2013-14 campaign. The 26-year old Ubilla will begin his fourth season in the NBL, after having played with BK Inter Bratislava last season as well as the 2008-09 and 2012-11 seasons with Novy Jicin. The 6-2 Ubilla replaces point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-PG-89, college: N.Carolina St.) who parted ways with the team in November. Ubilla, American-Puerto Rican appeared in 22 games last season for Inter Bratislava, bringing stability to a dysfunctional season for the Slovak club. He averaged 14.0 points, 3.7 assists, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals. A standout at Fairleigh Dickinson (the same university attended by BK Prostejov and Czech Republic National Team forward Kamil Svrdlik), Ubilla was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 2nd Team after his rookie 2008-09 season with Novy Jicin.


BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec Agree to Terms With Zack Atkinson - by Surujh Roopnarine

Due to an extended absence of forward Michal Frohde (203-F-90) (4.6ppg, 3.1rpg) due to injury, the management of BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec have agreed to terms with American forward/center Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Cal-Irvine). Atkinson, 6-9, is in his third professional season with experience playing in Spain, Japan, New Zealand and Colombia. A quick and athletic big man, Atkinson's best statistics came in New Zealand's NBL with the Harbor Heat last season where in 16 games he averaged 14.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 blocks while shooting 49.2% from the field. A product of Cal-Irvine (NCAA), Atkinson, who is the club's first ever American import signing, will make his debut with the team this Saturday at home versus BC Kolin at 18:30.


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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 13-0 
 2. Bakken 12-1 
 3. Horsens IC 10-4 
 4. SISU 9-4 
 5. Naestved 7-6 
 6. Aarhus BC 5-9 
 7. Horsholm 4-9 
 8. Randers 3-10 
 9. Vaerlose 3-11 
 10. Aalborg 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Dec. 5: Aalborg - Horsens IC 71-85
Dec. 5: Vaerlose - Aarhus BC 104-97 2OT
Dec. 6: Randers - Bakken
Dec. 6: SISU - Horsholm
Dec. 6: Svendborg - Naestved


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Colas, Randers24.9 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.8 
 3. Ocana, Randers21.9 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.8 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC20.2 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose19.5 
 8. Walker, Naestved19.3 
 9. Tomko, Bakken19.2 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Colas, Randers14.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.6 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.5 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.5 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.3 
 7. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 8. Thomann, Horse.7.6 
 9. Baker, Vaerlose7.5 
 10. Sorensen, Aalborg7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.1 
 2. Ortega, Randers6.2 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.5 
 4. Murphy, Naestved5.3 
 5. Jonsson, Aarhus BC5.1 
 6. Nielsen, SISU5.0 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.8 
 8. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 9. Jakobsen, Bakken4.5 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.2 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.5 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC2.2 
 5. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 7. Rungby, Horsens IC1.9 
 8. Ortega, Randers1.9 
 9. Walker, Naestved1.8 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Svend.2.4 
 2. Colas, Randers2.4 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 6. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 7. Smith, SISU1.0 
 8. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 9. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 10. Rutherford, Svend.0.7 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Sioux Falls S. 4-0 
 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 3-1 
 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. 101-110
Dec. 6: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC
Dec. 6: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers


Dominique Johnson is a newcomer at Canton Charge - by Eurobasket News

Canton Charge strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Dominique Johnson (191-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific). He played recently at Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League). The last season Johnson also played at Texas Legends (D-League). In 45 D-League games last year he recorded 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Idaho Stampede.
Two years ago Johnson was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall).
He attended Azusa Pacific University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Johnson played in the final of NAIA D1 in 2010.
He received also All-NAIA D1 1st Team award in 2010 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EGYPT   


African Champions Cup: 1 De Primero topple Al Ahly - by Eurobasket News

1 De Primero - Al Ahly 86:56

1 De Primero clinched the fourth victory at the African Champions Cup in Equatorial Guinea. They marched past Al Ahly for 4-1 record in Group B. The Angolan team thus claimed the second position in the pool. They will now take on ABC in the quarterfinals. Al Ahly also made into playoffs despite the loss. They occupied the fourth position at 1-4 record and would try to challenge Libolo on Thursday.
1 De Primero held their opponents at just 8 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. The Angolan team accounted for a 6-point lead after the starting quarter. 1 De Primero extended the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 39:26 halftime advantage. Al Ahly tried to increase the tempo in the third term but 1 De Primero easily matched the effort and entered the fourth frame up by 14 points. The Angolan powerhouse ignited a 26:10 rally in the final period to seal a comfortable victory. Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87) connected for 13 points. Francisco Machado (205-F/C-81), Cedric Isom (188-G-84, college: E.Texas Baptist) and Agostinho Coelho (198-F-90) added 10 points each for the winners. Karim Deef Allah (180-G-86) answered with 16 points for Al Ahly. Mohamed Adly (212-C-87) chipped in 12 points in defeat.

1 De Primero: Felizardo Ambrosio 13, Francisco Machado 10, Cedric Isom 10, Agostinho Coelho 10
Al Ahly: Karim Deef Allah 16, Mohamed Adly 12



African Champions Cup: Al Ittihad advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over MBC - by Eurobasket News

Al Ittihad-MBC 65:61

Al Ittihad advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over MBC at the African Champions Cup. The team from Egypt celebrated a 65:61 victory to finish group with 4-1 record. MBC meanwhile ended up with 1-4 record on the fifth place.
Mongomo started with 18-11 lead but could not win the game. The team from Egypt replied with 23-14 in the second period and took 34:32 halftime advantage. Moreover Al Ittihad added 20-10 in the third period and enjoyed 12-point lead after three quarters. Mongomo managed to win the last period 19-11 but reduced only to final 4 points.
Mouhanad ElSabagh (180-PG-88) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ashraf Rabih (207-C-83) added 12. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) posted 10, whilst Ziad Warda had 6. Christopher McGrew (206-C, college: Salisbury St.) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort and Miguel Montanana (206-F/C-80) scored 12. Diego Elolo produced 11, while Angel Manana (186-G) notched 8.

Al Ittihad: Mouhanad ElSabagh 15, Ashraf Rabih 12, Haytham Kamal 10, Ziad Warda 6
MBC: Christopher McGrew 21, Miguel Montanana 12, Diego Elolo 11, Angel Manana 8



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  EL SALVADOR   


Bukele named Fesabal President - by Jaime Arevalo

The ex pro player and former Liga Elite President Yamil Bukele is the new President of El Salvador Baketball Federation (Fesabal). Bukele has been named at the end of an Extraordinary Assembly held by Fesabal over the past weekend.
Bukele staff will be formed by has been named Roberto Calderon, secretary, Juan Pablo Samour , treasurer, Fidel Fuentes, Ana Maria Ruano and Ricardo Gamero, counsillors. They all will stay in charge until December 2016.
Just after being elected, Bukele stated that he will try to make more easy all the process of organizing and playing basketball in the country.



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African Champions Cup: Al Ittihad advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over MBC - by Eurobasket News

Al Ittihad-MBC 65:61

Al Ittihad advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over MBC at the African Champions Cup. The team from Egypt celebrated a 65:61 victory to finish group with 4-1 record. MBC meanwhile ended up with 1-4 record on the fifth place.
Mongomo started with 18-11 lead but could not win the game. The team from Egypt replied with 23-14 in the second period and took 34:32 halftime advantage. Moreover Al Ittihad added 20-10 in the third period and enjoyed 12-point lead after three quarters. Mongomo managed to win the last period 19-11 but reduced only to final 4 points.
Mouhanad ElSabagh (180-PG-88) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ashraf Rabih (207-C-83) added 12. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) posted 10, whilst Ziad Warda had 6. Christopher McGrew (206-C, college: Salisbury St.) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort and Miguel Montanana (206-F/C-80) scored 12. Diego Elolo produced 11, while Angel Manana (186-G) notched 8.

Al Ittihad: Mouhanad ElSabagh 15, Ashraf Rabih 12, Haytham Kamal 10, Ziad Warda 6
MBC: Christopher McGrew 21, Miguel Montanana 12, Diego Elolo 11, Angel Manana 8



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  ESTONIA   


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

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (3-7) crushing them 101-65 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Kangur was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (8-2) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kangur's first year with the team. This season Kangur averages: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(10-17), 3FGP: 51.6%(16-31) in the 10 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Lithuania. Vene could not help Rudupis (2-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Rudupis was crushed 90-66 on the road by the leading CEZ Nymburk. Vene was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 16.7%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). Talts was not able to help Cimberio Varese (9-1) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (6-4) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. The league leader Cimberio Varese lost 87-91 in Roma to the lower-ranked (#6) Lottomatica. They ended the series of nine consecutive victories. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Talts' overall stats are: 2.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 84.6% in the 10 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #4. Point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to Olimpi's victory against the closely-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (3-3) 84-79 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Sokk recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Olimpi Tbilisi (5-1) is placed fourth in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sokk belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. His total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.8apg and 1.5spg. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Palma (3-5) in their game against La Palma (2-7) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division), despite his good performance last Saturday. Veski was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes. But Palma was edged 75-74 in La Palma by the lower-ranked (#14) La Palma. This year Veski's total stats are: 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #6. Power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Namika Lahti (4-10) in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto (0-0) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino scored only 4 points. Namika Lahti was crushed 92-66 in Tampere by the much higher-ranked en Pyrinto. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Vaino has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.6rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Reimo Pahn (202-F-87, currently plays in Finland) managed to help Kerava Energia Team in a victory against the fifth-ranked HBA-Marsky (5-5) crushing them 105-84 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Pahn recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (8-3) is placed second in Division B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Pahn has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games he played so far.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for U-Mobitelco in Romanian Division A
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #1. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Hoverla's victory against the league outsider Dnipro (4-13) 91-81 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (11-6) is placed fifth in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Dykes' first season with the team. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in the 17 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
   #2. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in LrNMKY's surprising victory against Forssan Koripojat 93-87 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. Conley recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Lappeenranta NMKY (8-5) is placed sixth in the Korisliiga. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Conley is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Conley averages: 21.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg. Worth to mention Conley played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Last summer he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Union Monaco.

Terrance Woodbury
Terrance Woodbury
   #3. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87, college: Georgia, currently plays in Japan) led Okinawa GK to a victory over the fifth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-7) crushing them 100-68 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Woodbury recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (14-0) is placed first in Western group. So far his team won all fourteen games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Woodbury belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4 with 19.5ppg. This year his other stats are: 5.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 12 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Two years ago Woodbury played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #4. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (5-5) crushing them 89-66 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Granger recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (6-4) is placed eighth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 he attended the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #5. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany) led TBB Trier to a victory over the closely-ranked EWE Baskets (7-4) 74-67 in the German BBL last Sunday. Linhart was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. TBB Trier (7-3) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Linhart's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in the 10 games he played so far. He played in 2009at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Dublin.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #6. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BC Kolin to a victory over the ninth-ranked USK Praha (6-8) crushing them 81-60 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Bolds was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BC Kolin (8-6) is placed fourth in the NBL. Bolds is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bolds averages: 17.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.4apg and 2.3spg. He attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Chicago.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #7. P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia) led Jekabpils to a victory over the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (4-6) 92-85 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game. Hill jr. was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hill jr.'s third season in pro basketball. BK Jekabpils (6-6) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hill jr. is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hill jr. averages: 17.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Venice at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.

Allen Durham
Allen Durham
   #8. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Afula to a 2-point victory over the 12th-ranked Maccabi K/G (2-6) 94-92 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Saturday. Durham was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 20 rebounds. Durham also added 5 assists. Hapoel Afula (6-2) is placed fourth in the National League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Durham is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Durham averages: 20.0ppg, 13.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. He played last year at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Lugano.

Lawrence Blackledge
Lawrence Blackledge
   #9. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Marquette, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Iwate Big Bulls (11-5) in their last game. Despite Blackledge's very good performance the second-placed Iwate Big Bulls lost 79-84 at home to the leading Shinshu BW in the Eastern group. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Blackledge also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Blackledge is currently second on the list of best blockers with 3.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games he played so far. He attended in 2008 the ESL camp in Salt Lake City.

Justin Knox
Justin Knox
   #10. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Vestel (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Vestel was defeated 88-83 on the road by the second-ranked Usak. Knox was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks. Knox is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Knox averages: 18.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3bpg. Worth to mention Knox played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Cologne, Germany last year.



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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 5-0 
 2. Kataja 3-2 
 3. Keravnos 2-3 
 4. Ploiesti 0-5 
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. Hapoel Holon 4-1 
 2. Telekom Baskets 3-2 
 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. 5: Krasnie Krilya - Ploiesti 97-72
Dec. 4: Kataja - Keravnos 71-66

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 75-70

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Dec. 11: Krka - Tofas
Dec. 11: Karsiyaka - Etha

B

Dec. 11: Ploiesti - Keravnos
Dec. 11: Krasnie Krilya - Kataja

C

Dec. 11: Ventspils - Sodertalje
Dec. 11: Pyrinto - Norrkoping

D

Dec. 11: Dijon - Tartu Ulikool
Dec. 11: Khimik - Gaz Metan

E

Dec. 11: M.Hainaut - Pitesti
Dec. 11: Paris-Levallois - Aalstar

F

Dec. 11: Szolnok - Timisoara
Dec. 11: Kormend - EWE Baskets

G

Dec. 11: Gravelines - Apollon
Dec. 11: Nancy - Tsmoki-Minsk

H

Dec. 11: Antwerp - Hapoel Holon
Dec. 11: Armia - 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. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.6 
 7. Millage, Armia18.4 
 8. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.2 
 9. Hopkins, Antwerp18.2 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Thondique, Antwerp10.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut10.2 
 4. Bader, Szolnok10.2 
 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: 7.8
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.8 
 2. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 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. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.4.8 
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. Clark, Aalstar2.2 
 9. Ulmer, Pyrinto2.2 
 10. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
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. Goodridge, Khimik1.8 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.1.8 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.6 
 7. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.3 
 8. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 9. Fields, Kataja1.2 
 10. Love, Antwerp1.2 


Regular Season Round 5 Full Recap - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Tofas - Etha 87-54
Tofas outgun visiting Etha in Round 5 of EuroChallenge. The Turkish side grabbed 3-2 record and remains alive for Last 16 stage. The team from Cyprus remains without victories at the tournament. Tofas opened the game with 22-9, but had difficulties in the second period. The guests bounced back with 22-12 and reduced to 3 points at the halftime. The second half however was decisive in the game and brought dominance for the home side. Tofas won the third period 31-12 and added 22-11 in the last stanza. Ismail Gulmez (191-SG-94) brought the final points for the winners that celebrated their third win. Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Burtt Steven as well as Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) added 15 each. Altintig Can delivered 12 points in the winning effort. Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) answered with 17 points and Adegboye Ogooluwa brought 10.

Krka - Karsiyaka 80-74
Krka remains alive for Last 16 stage after the win over Karsiyaka. The Slovenian side improved to 3-2 record after 80:74 win and handed the Turkish team their first loss. Krka needed the win more than the finish needs water and started with 20-17 in the first period. They led three points after the halftime as the teams posted 20 points each in the second frame. Another quarters brought the same difference on the board and only due to the last stanza Krka won the game. The Slovenian team finished the game with 21-18 and clinched a necessary win. Muric Edo and Jure Lalic (210-C-86) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Lucic Uros added 9. Matej Rojc (198-G-93) followed them with 7 points in a win. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) answered with 24 points in defeat and Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) scored 16. Aminu Alade and Kentli Ayhan Onur tossed in 11 points each in a loss.

Group B
Krasnie Krilya - Ploiesti 97-72
Krasnye Krylia continue their winning streak as they won Group B even with one game remaining. The Russian side overcame CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 97:72 for 5-0 record. The Romanian team lost all the chances to advance to the last 16 and dropped at 0-5 record. Krasnye Krylia started the game with 24-10 and showed their best in the whole game. They won the second frame 24-20 and led 18 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added 26-15 in the third quarter and enjoyed the big lead after 30 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti managed to close the game with 27-23 rally to reduce to the final 97:72 score. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Thomas Omar notched 15. Vasiliev Yuri, Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) and Massey Jeremiah delivered 11 points each in a win. Robert Nyakundi (203-F-89, college: SMU) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Tica Vladimir posted 14. Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) added 12, while Timermanis Ivars notched 7.

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 tonight's 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 top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Jermaine Flowers nailed 16. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) tossed in 11, whilst Virtanen had 8. Bobby Maze answered with 25 points in defeat and Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) brought 13. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) ended up with 9 points and Vaughn delivered 8.

Group C
Sodertalje - Norrkoping 67-62
Sodertalje won over Norrkoping 67:62 in Round 5 of EuroChallenge. Both Swedish teams are with 2-3 records in Group C before the final day that will bring one more ticket to Last 16 from the group. The Kings opened the game with 22-17 lead and then added 16-12 in the second period. Norrkoping replied with 19-15 in the third quarter and reduced to 5 points at the end of 30 minutes. Both teams later scored 14 points each for the final score in the game. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) reduced to 63:62, but then Roberson and Bizaca Toni made 4 free throws for the final success. Bizaca Toni top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Simms Kenneth added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Pahlmblad Martin delivered 13 and Dino Pita (192-SG-88) notched 12. Jeromanovs Edgars ended up with 20 points in the losing effort, while Pavel Ermolinskij had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) notched 12, while Anton Saks (200-SF-89) posted 5.

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. Laksa Martins and Campbell Folarin 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. Lindbom Carl followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Group D
Gaz Metan - TU/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. Dundjerski and Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) delivered 15 points apiece. Ingram scored 14 in defeat and Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) posted 11.

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 Joseph Devoe 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 Campbell T.J. scored 14. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) delivered 10 and Owens Larry tossed in 9.

Group E
M.Hainaut - Paris-Levallois 89-90
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 Cox John scored 7 points. Taylor Quincy ended up with 25 points and 10 boards, whilst Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had 16 and Qvale Brian 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.

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. Gennie Donte 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 Barac Pankracije added 15. Raivio Derek answered with 17 points in the losing case and Anderson Larry notched 16. Young Christopher scored 12, while Clark Jason poured in 10.

Group F
Timisoara - EWE Baskets 66-76
EWE Baskets kept their perfect in EuroChallenge Group F. Rickey Paulding 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 netted 14 points for Timisoara. Ivan Jelenic, Zlatko Jovanovic and Robert Sarovic had 11 points each in the loss.

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 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 and Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) dropped 20 points each for Szolnok.

Group G
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. Camara Ousmane 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. Toure Herve delivered 11, whilst Martin Torrell and Sommerville Marcellus had 9 each. Dwight Buycks ended up with 19 points in the losing case and Johnson Juby produced 18. Abdoulaye M'Baye finished the game with 10, while Camara Ousmane brought 6.

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 however closed the quarter at 53:59 and then Kapelan 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. Ja Juan Smith delivered 15, while Lashkevich and Trastsinetski 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 posted 13 apiece. Kapelan followed them with 11 points in a loss.

Group H
Hapoel Holon - Telekom Baskets 75-70
Hapoel Holon closed Round 5 with the victory over Telekom Baskets and advanced to Last 16 Stage of the EuroChallenge. The Israeli team improved to 4-1 record after 75:70. Both teams scored 18 points each in the first period. Trailing 32:34 at the end of the second frame, the hosts needed a 6-0 run for 38:34 at the halftime. Hapoel Holon led in the whole third period and enjoyed 59:52 advantage after 30 minutes. Telekom Baskets answered with 18-16 in the last period but could not spoil the night for the winners. Dyson Jerome scored 4 last points from the free throw line for the final result. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Hill Lawrence collected 17 points and 11 boards. Dyson Jerome added 14 and Rosen Zack tossed in 12. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) ended up with 19 points, while Jordan Jared, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Veikalas Benas had 10 apiece in defeat.

Antwerp - Armia 87-54
Antwerp Giants move closer to Last 16 of EuroChallenge. The Belgian team overcame Armia 87:54 for 3-2 record in Group H. Antwerp Giants will need another win in the last round over Hapoel in order to advance. The Georgian team fell at 0-5 record in the bottom of the group. The hosts jumped into 22-13 early in the game and dominated the first half. They added a 13-0 run that began with a big three from Hopkins. Armia held their own in the third period but had run out of steam by the fourth as the Giants pulled further clear even with several reserves seeing extended action. Antwerp Giants won the third period 22-21 and finished the game with 18-11 in the last period. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) led the way with 16 points and Black Timothy tossed in 13. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) delivered 11, while Thondique Gregg and Mwema Jean-Marc scored 10 apiece. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Gamqrelidze Giorgi as well as Wilson Lamayn had 8 apiece.



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

28-year old forward Sean May (206-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Paris-Levallois and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out M.Hainaut (#3, 2-3) 90-89. It allowed Paris-Levallois to consolidate first place in the EuroChallenge group E. Paris-Levallois have a solid 4-1 record. May turned to be Paris-Levallois' top player in his first season with the team. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. May is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.0ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 65.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lawrence Hill (203-F-87) of top-rankedHapoel Holon. He is American forward in his first season at Hapoel Holon. In the last game Hill recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Hapoel Holon to edge slightly lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#2, 3-2) by 5 points 75-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group H. Hapoel Holon consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Hill is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Hapoel Holon's star - forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88). Hassell scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Hapoel Holon, helping his team with a 75-70 win against #2 ranked Telekom Baskets. Hapoel Holon confirms their top position in group H Hassell has a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87) of Kormend - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Karsiyaka - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) of Norrkoping - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) of Krka - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of M.Hainaut - 16 points and 13 rebounds
10. Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Dec. 5: Hapoel J-M - Rudupis 92-79
Dec. 5: Budivelnyk - CEZ Nymburk 72-62

B

Dec. 5: Buducnost - Gescrap BB 66-68
Dec. 4: Spirou - Lukoil Academik 61-79

C

Dec. 4: VEF Riga - Art.Dragons 83-72
Dec. 5: Triumph - Le Mans 77-68

D

Dec. 5: Azovmash - s.Oliver Baskets 71-82
Dec. 5: Banvit BK - Valencia 70-84

E

Dec. 5: Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk 64-71
Dec. 4: Galatasaray - Trefl Sopot 103-82

F

Dec. 5: Unics - Stelmet ZG 76-91
Dec. 5: Panionios - Oostende 101-100 OT

G

Dec. 5: Spartak SP - Cibona 93-60
Dec. 5: Ratiopharm - Cholet 69-71

H

Dec. 5: Cajasol - Banco di Sard. 76-85
Dec. 5: Orleans - Crvena Zvezda 75-85

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Dec. 11: Rudupis - Budivelnyk
Dec. 11: CEZ Nymburk - Hapoel J-M

B

Dec. 11: Lukoil Academik - Buducnost
Dec. 11: Gescrap BB - Spirou

C

Dec. 11: Art.Dragons - Triumph
Dec. 11: Le Mans - VEF Riga

D

Dec. 11: Valencia - Azovmash
Dec. 11: s.Oliver Baskets - Banvit BK

E

Dec. 11: BC Donetsk - Galatasaray
Dec. 11: Trefl Sopot - Lokomotiv

F

Dec. 11: Stelmet ZG - Panionios
Dec. 11: Oostende - Unics

G

Dec. 11: Cholet - Spartak SP
Dec. 11: Cibona - Ratiopharm

H

Dec. 11: Banco di Sard. - Orleans
Dec. 11: Crvena Zvezda - Cajasol


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.6 
 2. Thornton, Banco d.21.4 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena20.8 
 4. McKee, Triumph20.6 
 5. Pappas, Panionios19.6 
 6. Asbury, Cajasol19.2 
 7. Mejia, Banvit BK18.6 
 8. Baron, Lokomotiv18.0 
 9. Ray, Ratiopharm18.0 
 10. Karasev, Triumph17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks MARIC
  Lokomotiv
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Maric, Lokomotiv8.6 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm8.0 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.0 
 4. Milosevic, Buducno.8.0 
 5. Harris, Azovmash8.0 
 6. Landry, Triumph7.4 
 7. Urbutis, Rudupis7.4 
 8. Fells, Hapoel J-M7.2 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray7.0 
 10. Stimac, Banvit BK7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Diener, Banco d.9.4 
 2. Everett, Cholet7.4 
 3. Greer, Azovmash6.2 
 4. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.4 
 5. Zisis, Gescrap BB5.4 
 6. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.2 
 7. Pellin, Orleans5.2 
 8. McKee, Triumph5.2 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.0 
 10. San Miguel, Valen.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Unics
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chatman, Unics2.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios2.6 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 5. Kovacevic, Cibona2.3 
 6. Hervelle, Gescr.2.2 
 7. Pullen, Hapoel J-M2.2 
 8. Fells, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.0 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.6 
 2. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.2 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 4. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.2 
 5. Fischer, BC Donet.1.2 
 6. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.1.0 
 8. Dozier, Cajasol1.0 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 10. Vougioukas, Unics1.0 


Day 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Budivelnyk - CEZ Nymburk 72-62
Budivelnyk celebrated the third win in EuroCup season. The Kyiv team overcame visiting Nymburk to gain 3-2 record in Group A. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up with 28 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the hosts. It was all about Budivelnyk in the first half. The hosts grabbed an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The Kyiv outfit got away in the second quarter. They held Nymburk to just 9 points to accumulate a massive 43:24 halftime advantage. Nymburk started to show some signs of recovery in the second half. The Czech champions narrowed the deficit at 16-point mark before the final term. Nymburk went on an 8:0 run in the fourth period to get within 10 points. The visitors trailed by just 8 points but Malcolm Delaney went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the hosts. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) posted 9 points, while Leo Lyons and Georgi Tsintsadze added 8 points each for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Nymburk. Michael Taylor had 13 points in the loss.

Hapoel J-M - Rudupis 92-79
Hapoel Jerusalem stays in the fight for EuroCup Last 16 spot. They overcame Rudupis at home court tonight to improve at 2-3 record in highly-contestant Group A. Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Hapoel. The Jerusalem team maintained a high pressure on their opponents from the starting minutes. The hosts grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. Hapoel stretched the lead in the second quarter. The hosts enjoyed a 51:39 halftime advantage. Prienai could not match the effort after the big break. Hapoel cleared off to a 16-point lead at the final intermission. Rudupis exploded with 23 points in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 15 points, while Josh Duncan had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) reacted with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Prienai. Arturas Milaknis chipped in 14 points in defeat.

Group B
Buducnost - Gescrap BB 66-68
Gescrap Bilbao secured a narrow road win over Buducnost in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. The Basque team now holds 5-0 record on top of Group B. Buducnost fell at 3-2 record after the loss. The hosts led by a single point with 13 seconds remaining in regulation when Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) converted a three-point play and brought victory to the visitors. Bilbao Basket led by one 24:23 after ten minutes. The visitors extended the lead in the second frame. The Basque team gained a 43:39 halftime advantage. However Buducnost turned things around in the third quarter. The Montenegrin team held their opponents at 9 points and surged ahead for a 57:52 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth frame before Lamont Hamilton sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Nikolaos Zisis and Lamont Hamilton posted 14 points each for Gescrap Bilbao. Alex Mumbru netted 12 points and collected 8 boards in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic netted 14 points in defeat.

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 provided 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group C
VEF Riga - Art.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 answered with 15 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor netted 14 points in the loss.

Triumph - Le Mans 77-68
Triumph stayed on the winning track in the EuroCup regular season. The Russian team overcame Le Mans to improve at 5-0 record. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) delivered 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners. Triumph gave little chance for the visitors in the starting period. The Russian side accounted for a 25:11 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Triumph piled up a 43:28 halftime advantage. Le Mans started to wake up in the third term. The French team held the hosts to 12 points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark. But Triumph did not allow the visitors to challenge the margin. The hosts stayed calm and executed the victory to perfection in the fourth frame. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 17 points, while Kyle Landry notched 10 points in the win. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 18 points for Le Mans. Charles Kahudi added 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Banvit BK - Valencia 70-84
Valencia are through to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Spanish powerhouse toppled Banvit on the road tonight to book their ticket into the next stage of the tournament. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) stepped up with 27 points to pace the visitors. Banvit holds nice chances of qualifying despite the loss. They slipped at 3-2 record and would have to win in Wuerzburg next week to advance. Valencia stole a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 42:34 halftime advantage. Banvit took over late in the third term. The hosts surged ahead for a 61:57 lead after three quarters of action. Justin Justin Doellman stepped up with some key points midway through the fourth term as Valencia pulled in front 69:65. They completed a 17:2 run to a comfortable lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) finished with 18 points, while Rafael Martinez had 12 points and 6 assists for the visitors. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) responded with 16 points for Banvit. Vladimir Stimac had 14 points in the loss.

Azovmash - s.Oliver Baskets 71-82
s.Oliver Baskets gained the third victory in Group D of EuroCup regular season. They outlasted Azovmash in Mariupol to improve at 3-2 record. Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 boards to pace Wuerzburg. Azovmash remained winless at 0-5 record. The German side exploded with 27 points in the starting quarter to take a 4-point lead. s.Oliver Baskets kept Azovmash at distance in the second quarter. Wuerzburg recorded a 50:37 halftime advantage. The hosts picked up the tempo in the third term. They outgunned Wuerzburg to narrow the deficit at 6-point mark. But s.Oliver Basket were back in control in the fourth quarter. Wuerzburg held the hosts to 14 points and rallied to a key victory on the road. LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) provided 12 points, while Oliver Clay had 10 points for the winning side. Oleksandr Kolchenko (194-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer notched 15 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Group E
Galatasaray - Trefl Sopot 103-82
Galatasaray clinched the fourth win in EuroCup Group E. They held off Trefl Sopot in Istanbul to clinch the Last 16 stage birth. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) came up with 14 points to lead the hosts. Trefl Sopot slipped at 1-4 record and lost chances to qualify to the next round. Galatasaray dropped 25 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. The hosts went for a 31-point haul in the second term to ensure a 56:36 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot stepped on the gas in the third quarter. The Polish team fired 26 points and cut the deficit at 14-point mark before the final stanza. But Galatasaray accounted for 27 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Seven players scored in double digits for the hosts. Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) provided 13 points, while Jamont Gordon and Engin Atsur added 12 points each for the winners. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 17 points for Trefl Sopot. Sime Spralja and Przemyslaw Zamojski had 11 points apiece in defeat.

Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk 64-71
BC Donetsk resurrected their EuroCup regular season campaign with a tough road win over Lokomotiv in Krasnodar tonight. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) delivered 12 points each to pace the visitors. BC Donetsk improved at 2-3 record just one win away from Lokomotiv in the ladder now. BC Donetsk eked out a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Lokomotiv took over in the second quarter. The hosts erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:27 halftime lead. But BC Donetsk stuck around. The visitors got within 4 points with ten minutes remaining 47:51. BC Donetsk exploded with a 24:13 run in the fourth quarter to silence the fans at the Krasnodar Basket-Hall. Radenovic and Stojanovski netted 10 points each for the winners. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 18 points for Lokomotiv. Nick Calathes had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group F
Unics - Stelmet ZG 76-91
Stelmet Zielona Gora celebrated the key victory in EuroCup Group F. They defeated Unics in Kazan to step closer to the Last 16 stage. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) was pivotal with 27 points and 7 assists for the Polish team. Unics suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 4-1 record. The visitors opened the game with a 10:2 run. Unics narrowed the deficit but still trailed by three points at the first intermission 18:21. Stelmet Zielona Gora stretched the margin to 4 points at halftime 45:41. The visitors stayed in charge throughout the third term. Stelmet Zielona Gora posted a 70:61 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Polish team unloaded 21 points in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) connected for 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) responded with 21 points and 11 boards for Unics. Chuck Eidson had 15 points in the loss.

Panionios - Oostende 101-100 OT
Vlantimir Giankovits drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to propel Panionios to a hard-fought home win over Oostende. The hosts thus improved at 1-4 record in EuroCup Group F. The victory also meant Stelmet ZG booked their Last 16 appearance, while Oostende were left without EuroCup in the second part of the season. Oostende had to win this one and started aggressively. The Belgian side were up by five after the starting quarter. Panionios narrowed the gap and eventually surged ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the third term. They led by six point before the fourth term. However Oostende fired 30 points in the final period and forced overtime. The visitors seemed en route to the victory after two free throws from Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket). But Giankovits drained an impressive buzzer-beater and sealed the win for the hosts. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Maryland) delivered 26 points, while Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) contributed 16 points for Panionios. Dusan Djordjevic answered with 20 points and 8 assists for Oostende. Matt Lojeski chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group G
Spartak SP - Cibona 93-60
Spartak Saint Petersburg recorded yet another victory in the EuroCup regular season. They fired past Cibona for 5-0 record on top of Group G. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Russian team. Cibona in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament. Spartak dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 12-point lead at the first break. The hosts mounted the pressure in the second quarter. Spartak went on a 25:9 run to establish a 51:23 halftime advantage. The Russian team stayed dominant after the big break. They rallied into the fourth stanza up by 33 points and never looked back en route to the win. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) produced 12 points, while Zack Wright and Vladimir Dragicevic added 11 points each for the winners. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances), Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) and Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-G-86) chipped in 10 points each in the loss.

Ratiopharm - Cholet 69-71
Cholet Basket made a huge step towards EuroCup Last 16 stage. They overcame Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany to climb at 3-2 record in Group G. Ulm are now at 2-3 record before the final round of regular season action. Ulm were up by a single point after two free throws from Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) with 1 second left in regulation. However Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) drained a buzzer-beating triple to seal a dramatic win for Cholet. Cholet Basket led by six points after ten minutes 21:15. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The French team posted a 38:29 halftime advantage. But Ratiopharm Ulm went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to a single point. Ulm pulled ahead in the fourth frame and seemed to have the victory sealed after free throws from Allan Ray. But Rudy Jomby sank a last-second bomb and Cholet snatched a crucial road win. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) led the visitors with 12 points each. Rudy Jomby added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Ulm. Allan Ray had 18 points in the loss.

Group H
Cajasol - Banco di Sard. 76-85
Sassari clinched a vital victory in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Cajasol to stay alive in the race for Last 16 qualification. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) posted 31 points and 9 rebounds for the Italian team. Sassari are now 2-3 record with Cajasol slipping at 3-2. Banco di Sardegna stunned Cajasol in the opening quarter. The visitors grabbed a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Sassari extended the margin in the second term. The Italian side enjoyed a 47:31 halftime advantage. Cajasol started to claw their way back into this one after the big break. They cut the deficit at 13-point mark into the fourth frame. Cajasol fired 27 points in the fourth term but Sassari stayed calm and secured the winning outcome at the end. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) provided 21 points for the visitors. Travis Diener contributed 11 points and 10 assists for Sassari. Latavious Williams (202-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky had 13 points in the loss.

Orleans - Crvena Zvezda 75-85
Crvena Zvezda clinched the EuroCup Last 16 appearance with a road win over Orleans in Group H tonight. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) nailed 24 points to pace the Serbian powerhouse. Orleans suffered the fourth defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Crvena Zvezda enjoyed a 22:19 lead at the first break. Orleans picked up the tempo in the second stanza. The French outfit went on a brisk 24:15 run to take a 43:37 halftime lead. But the visitors struck right back. The Serbs answered with a massive 31:15 rally in the third term to gain a 10-point advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Crvena Zvezda coasted to the win. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 16 points each for the winners. Savovic added 15 points for the visitors. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 25 points for Orleans. Christopher Hill netted 17 points in the loss.



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Fotis Katsikaris may become new head coach of Russian NT - by Eurobasket News

Russian Basketball Federation is rumoured to be in talks with Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ). The Greek specialist is the main candidate for head coach job. The federation is now looking for the specialist to take helm at the National Team after the departure of David Blatt. Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) is actually not new to the country. He worked in Russia back in 2005/2007 seasons. The Greek coach guided Dynamo Saint Petersburg. Most recently Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) has been working with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao in Spain. He also was at helm in AEK Athens, Pamesa Valencia and Aris.
Some reports also mention Zeljko Obradovic as possible candidate for the job. Zeljko Obradovic left Panathinaikos before the start of the season and is currently unemployed.



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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: KTP scored 113 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 15: One contest tonight. KTP (Kotka) crushed UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki 113-64 (51-26). Quarters: 23-14, 28-12, 27-24, 35-14. Korihait has still players on injured list and KTP made it season's biggest victory. The hosts had six players in double figures. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) led KTP (10-4) with 22 pts. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) added 17 pts. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double 16pts/12rbs. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) led Korihait (3-12) with 16 pts. Only two players were over 10 pts.
KTP - Korihait 113-64 (51-26). (Antwine Williams 22/5a, Timo Heinonen 17, Devonne Giles 16/12 - Pyry Rainamaa 16, Ramon Dyer 12, Mikko Jalonen 9. A: 956).



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

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

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (0-5) 59-55 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Lee recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (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 Lee's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and FT: 68.4% in the four games he played so far. Lee is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France). He led Blois to a victory over the closely-ranked Cognac (8-3) 96-80 in the French NM1 (third division) last Tuesday. Kaunisto was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 17 rebounds. ADA Blois Basket (7-3) is placed fifth in the NM1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kaunisto is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 17.9ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 59.6%(62-104), 3FGP: 22.6% and FT: 59.6%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League). Salin contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (4-7) 87-82 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 22 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (5-6) is placed ninth in the Adriatic League. Salin is currently second on the league's list of most steals with 1.9spg. This year his other stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 71.4% in the 10 games. Salin is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. Point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Rannikko, who plays in Slovenia could not help Un.Olimpija (2-6) to beat Panathinaikos (5-3). He scored 5 points. The fifth-placed Un.Olimpija was defeated 80-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#3) in the group A of Euroleague. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 2.5apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Solna Vikings (8-7) in their last game. Despite Ahonen's very good performance Solna Vikings lost 76-91 in Norrkoping to the higher-ranked (#4) Dolphins. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 31 minutes. This year Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.7apg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #6. Forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Delaware crushing them 88-50 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Murphy scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Duke University has conference record this season. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #7. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Vanoli Cremona in a victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (3-7) 92-88 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Huff recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Vanoli Cremona (3-7) is placed 11th in the SerieA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Huff's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.1rpg in the 10 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #8. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the closely-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (4-3) 84-72 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Caven scored 8 points. CB Prat Juventud (4-4) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Caven's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team.

Kilian Cato
Kilian Cato
   #9. U20 international forward Kilian Cato (201-92, currently studies in the States) helped Maine win their game against the Northeastern University 76-73 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Cato scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. The University of Maine has conference record this season. This year Cato's total stats are: 7.3ppg and 2.7rpg in the seven games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #10. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the UTPA in their game against the University of Texas at Arlington (0-0) in the NCAA. Toivonen cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The UTPA was defeated 60-51 at home by the University of Texas at Arlington. Toivonen has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He is university international player as one years ago he still played for the Finnish national team.



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

30-year old power forward Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kataja and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Kauhajoki (#5, 9-5) 69-84. Kataja maintains the 3rd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 9-4 record. Fields turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. Jerald Fields averages this season 15.8ppg and 10.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Dominique Coleman (190-G-84) of Lapua. He is American guard in his first season at Lapua. In the last game Coleman recorded impressive 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Lapua to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked FoKoPo (#11, 3-11) 115-83. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Lapua managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Lapua managed to get this year. Coleman is a newcomer at Lapua and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of league's second-best Nilan Bisons. Zeno showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Nilan Bisons, leading his team to a 92-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Kouvot (#7, 6-8). Nilan Bisons needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Zeno has a great season in Finland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.9apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of KTP - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Troy Barnies (200-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Kauhajoki - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86) of Lapua - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89) of Kouvot - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Trey Hampton (203-F-87) of Lapua - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - 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
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.9 
 3. Petrovic, Orchy17.5 
 4. Inglis, CFBB17.3 
 5. Raji, Quimper17.2 
 6. Cole, La Rochelle17.0 
 7. Hill, Angers BC 4916.8 
 8. Herard, Challans16.4 
 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. Calasan, Monaco8.9 
 3. Raji, Quimper8.8 
 4. Caskill, Cognac8.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB8.5 
 6. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 7. Sall, Rennes7.6 
 8. Tornato, Blois7.5 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.7.1 
 10. Cole, La Rochelle7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Christophe, Monaco6.8 
 2. Rathieuville, Chal.5.7 
 3. Fellah, Angers B.5.6 
 4. Cherry, Quimper5.6 
 5. Saounera, Rueil5.1 
 6. Barbry, Orchy4.9 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 8. Boivin, Chartres4.8 
 9. Brochard, Blois4.7 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. El Amrani, Vichy3.0 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.4 
 3. Lessort, Vichy2.2 
 4. Saounera, Rueil2.2 
 5. Mouillard, Cognac2.0 
 6. Pene, Rennes1.9 
 7. Gueye, Sorgues1.9 
 8. Cazenobe, Souffel1.9 
 9. Rathieuville, Chal.1.8 
 10. Christophe, Mona.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Davis, Blois1.9 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 4. Inglis, CFBB1.5 
 5. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 8. Ben Driss, Rennes1.1 
 9. Traore, Angers B.1.0 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.9 


Tony Parker's 30 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to an overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (13-3) 99-95 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 43 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 14-4 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.1apg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 74.5% in the 16 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). He led Portland Trail Blazers to an overtime victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-9) 118-112 in the NBA last Monday. Batum recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 7 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have 8-10 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 82.4%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (10-8) 93-88 in the NBA on Saturday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 7 assists in 41 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 8-8 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah has very impressive stats this season: 13.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 4.2apg, 2.3bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.3% and FT: 78.1% in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French national team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in France.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #4. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw, 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. Diaw scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It's Diaw's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.5apg. Diaw is also French national team player.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #5. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the 16th-ranked Assignia Manresa (1-9) crushing them 83-63 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 13 points in 21 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (8-2) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Moerman's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #6. Small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Cedevita (2-6) in their game against Anadolu Efes (5-3) in the Euroleague. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night Gelabale was the second best scorer with 18 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gelabale has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #7. International center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Miami Heat (12-4) 105-101 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Seraphin had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 2-13 record this season. Seraphin has very impressive stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 14 games. He is also French national team player.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #8. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers edge the Los Angeles Lakers (8-10) 79-77 in the NBA last Tuesday. Mahinmi recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers have 9-9 record this season. Mahinmi's total stats this year are: 4.8ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the French national team last year.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #9. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Polish team PGE Turow edge in an overtime the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (3-4) 83-81 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Cel had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-5) is placed ninth in group A. Cel is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.4rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.9ppg in the seven games. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team five years ago.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #10. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Caja Laboral edge the fourth-ranked Armani Milano (3-5) 64-62 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He scored 11 points and added 5 passes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-6) is placed sixth in group C. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.0apg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Banvit BK 84-70 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Pietrus scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 5.2ppg and 4.6rpg in the five games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Causeur helped Caja Laboral edge the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC 71-69. He recorded 9 points. Causeur has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. International point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Beaubois scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. His team were crushed by 23 points 101-78 in the NBA. Beaubois has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.7apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the French national team last year.

   #14. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Partizan in their game against Igokea in the Adriatic League. Westermann was the second best scorer with 7 points in 26 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 73-50. Westermann has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the French U20 national team.

   #15. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Los Angeles Clippers to win against the Sacramento Kings crushing them 116-81 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Turiaf scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Turiaf has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 3-point Hapoel Eilat's victory against the closely-ranked GreenTops Netanya (5-3) 68-65 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Nissim scored 10 points and added 9 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (1-1) is placed third in the Winner League. Nissim has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Israeli team Hapoel J-M to a victory against the closely-ranked Rudupis (2-3) 92-79 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Kadir scored 15 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (2-3) is placed third in the Eurocup. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kadir has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #3. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help USK Praha (13-0) in their last game. Despite Meno's very good performance the league leader USK Praha was crushed 81-60 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) BC Kolin. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Meno also added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Meno belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 18.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg in the 14 games he played so far. He has both Congolese and French nationalities.

   #4. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (6-4) in the Spanish ACB. Tillie recorded 7 points in 20 minutes. his team was crushed 85-58 in Malaga by the much lower-ranked (#9) Unicaja. Tillie has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg in the 10 games. He also holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #5. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s surprising victory against the University of South Alabama (2-0) 58-52 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Sy recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. The New Mexico State University has conference record this season. Sy has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg. Sy holds both Mali and French passports.

   #6. Jonathan Sztarkman (188-PG-91, also represented by Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) helped Elitzur Yavne win their game against the seventh-ranked Ironi Nahariya crushing them 103-65 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored 16 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes. Sztarkman has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 1.7apg in the three games. He has French and Israeli nationalities. Despite Sztarkman's French passport, he currently plays for the Israeli U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the French team.

   #7. John Wilkins (206-G-89, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Illinois St. in their last game. Despite Wilkins' good performance the Illinois St. lost 67-81 at home to the University of Wyoming. He scored 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. Wilkins has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 1.7apg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #8. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Naglis Palangos in their game against Siauliai in the Baltic League. He scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 39 points 86-47. Konate has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #9. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Lugano Tigers win their n overtime game against the league outsider Starwings 89-79 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points in 25 minutes. Fergerson has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Fergerson used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.

   #10. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro in their game against SAIE3 BO in the Italian SerieA. He recorded only 4 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 76-58. Bryan has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.6rpg. He holds both French and Italian passports.



EuroCup: Cholet snatch win in Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Cholet 69:71

Cholet Basket made a huge step towards EuroCup Last 16 stage. They overcame Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany to climb at 3-2 record in Group G. Ulm are now at 2-3 record before the final round of regular season action. Ulm were up by a single point after two free throws from Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) with 1 second left in regulation. However Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) drained a buzzer-beating triple to seal a dramatic win for Cholet.
Cholet Basket led by six points after ten minutes 21:15. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The French team posted a 38:29 halftime advantage. But Ratiopharm Ulm went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to a single point. Ulm pulled ahead in the fourth frame and seemed to have the victory sealed after free throws from Allan Ray. But Rudy Jomby sank a last-second bomb and Cholet snatched a crucial road win. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) led the visitors with 12 points each. Rudy Jomby added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Ulm. Allan Ray had 18 points in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 24+10 boards, Allan Ray 18
Cholet Basket: Marcus Goree 12, Travon Bryant 12, Rudy Jomby 11



EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda seal Last 16 birth with win in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Orleans - Crvena Zvezda 75:85

Crvena Zvezda clinched the EuroCup Last 16 appearance with a road win over Orleans in Group H tonight. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) nailed 24 points to pace the Serbian powerhouse. Orleans suffered the fourth defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
Crvena Zvezda enjoyed a 22:19 lead at the first break. Orleans picked up the tempo in the second stanza. The French outfit went on a brisk 24:15 run to take a 43:37 halftime lead. But the visitors struck right back. The Serbs answered with a massive 31:15 rally in the third term to gain a 10-point advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Crvena Zvezda coasted to the win. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 16 points each for the winners. Savovic added 15 points for the visitors. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 25 points for Orleans. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Michigan St.) netted 17 points in the loss.

Orleans: Jahmar Young 25, Christopher Hill 17
Crvena Zvezda: Bojan Subotic 24, Rasko Katic 16, Igor Rakocevic 16



EuroCup: Triumph shoot down Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Le Mans 77:68

Triumph stayed on the winning track in the EuroCup regular season. The Russian team overcame Le Mans to improve at 5-0 record. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) delivered 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners.
Triumph gave little chance for the visitors in the starting period. The Russian side accounted for a 25:11 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Triumph piled up a 43:28 halftime advantage. Le Mans started to wake up in the third term. The French team held the hosts to 12 points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark. But Triumph did not allow the visitors to challenge the margin. The hosts stayed calm and executed the victory to perfection in the fourth frame. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 17 points, while Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) notched 10 points in the win. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 18 points for Le Mans. Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points in the loss.

Triumph: Tywain McKee 18, Sergey Karasev 17, Kyle Landry 10
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 18, Charles Kahudi 12



Carlos Cherry claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Spanish Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an amazing game in the last round for Quimper and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 33-year old playmaker got a double-double of 34 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Challans (#14, 3-8) 94-85. Quimper maintains the 4th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quimper will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Cherry had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Quimper's top player in his first season with the team. Cherry has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.9apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) of Blois. Kaunisto impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Blois to another comfortable win 96-80 over slightly higher-ranked Cognac (#3, 8-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Blois to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kaunisto is well-known by Blois fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#4). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Quimper's star - Nigerian Corey Raji (198-F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Raji scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Quimper, helping his team with a 94-85 win against the lower-ranked Challans (#14, 3-8). Quimper needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Raji has a great season in France. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) of La Rochelle - 31 points and 7 rebounds
5. Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) of Chartres - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nemanja Calasan (205-C-85) of Monaco - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Blois - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Rueil - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Ibrahim Saounera (178-PG-87) of Rueil - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Julien Sauret (184-PG-81) of Chartres - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 11 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: Anthony Grundy leads Kavala past Kozuv - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Kozuv 87:77

Anthony Grundy (189-PG-79, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 17 points as Kavala rolled past Kozuv for the 3rd win in Balkan League Group B. Kozuv slipped at 3-4 record after the defeat.
Kozuv ensured a confident start to the game. The Macedonian team enjoyed a 25:22 lead ten minutes into the game. Kavala however erased the deficit and tie things up at 45. Kavala pulled finally in front in the third quarter. The hosts scored 21 points to pile up a 6-point lead at the third break. Kavala kept Kozuv at bay throughout the fourth term and marched to the victory. William Coleman (206-F-88, college: Memphis) had 14 points and 10 boards, while Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) and Steve Panos (206-C-88, college: Weber St.) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 12 points for Kozuv. Darko Radulovic (192-G-80) notched 11 points in the loss.

Kavala: Anthony Grundy 17, William Coleman 14+10 boards, Yannis Gagaloudis 12, Steve Panos 12
Kozuv: Igor Mijajlovic 12, Darko Radulovic 11



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African Champions Cup: ABC defeat Manga - by Eurobasket News

ABC - Manga 60:50

ABC wrapped up their African Champions Cup preliminary round campaign with victory. They held off Manga to clinch the third position in Group A. Abidjan will now take on 1 De Agosto in the quarterfinal stage. Manga slipped at the fourth position in the pool and would Petroleos in the playoffs tomorrow.
The Gabonese team led three points ten minutes into the game 15:12. But ABC stopped the rot and surged ahead for a 30:29 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued after the big break as Manga retained the lead. They pulled in front for a narrow 46:45 advantage with ten minutes remaining. But ABC held their opponents at 4 points in the fourth term and surged ahead for a tough victory at the end. Stephane Konate (187-G-80) notched 21 points to pace ABC. Asseh Kokoun (193-F-85) chipped in 12 points in the winning case. Darlyse Obango (88) responded with 14 points for Manga. Jean Michael Kouzou chipped in 9 points in defeat.

ABC: Stephane Konate 21, Asseh Kokoun 12, Kouame Kader Abo (199-PF-80) 10
Manga: Darlyse Obango 14, Jean Michael Kouzou 9



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

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

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). He led FIATC Joventut to a victory over the closely-ranked CB Canarias (2-8) 92-81 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Fisher was MVP of the game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and added 5 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fisher's second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (5-5) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Fisher's first year with the team. Fisher is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 77.8%. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague). Sanikidze contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (6-2) 91-72 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 18 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (5-3) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sanikidze's first season with the team. This year Sanikidze averages: 4.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 38.5% and FT: 73.3% in the eight games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. Markoishvili could not help Cantu (2-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Cantu was crushed 77-53 on the road by the second-ranked Khimky in the group A of Euroleague. Markoishvili was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Cantu's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Markoishvili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cantu's roster. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 88.9% in the eight games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #4. Point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Israel was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Hapoel J-M (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Pullen's very good performance Hapoel J-M was defeated 84-77 in Kyiv by the second-ranked Budivelnyk. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Pullen also added 3 assists and 4 steals. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. This season Pullen has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg and 2.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is also Georgian national team player. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #5. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) faced previously mentioned Jacob Pullen in the Eurocup last game. Tsintsadze contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel J-M (2-3) 84-77. He recorded 12 points and added 5 passes (made all of his five free throws) in 29 minutes. Tsintsadze's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. Tsintsadze has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in the five games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #6. Center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-9) 94-91 in the NBA last Wednesday. Pachulia scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks have a solid 9-5 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pachulia's overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #7. International center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a victory against the fifth-ranked Chalon/Saor (2-6) 78-73 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Shermadini scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (6-2) is placed first in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. This year Shermadini's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the eight games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #8. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to secure a victory for Kirovograd (5-7) in their game against Koksokh-Stal (4-8) in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division). He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Kirovograd lost 59-67 in Alchevsk to the lower-ranked (#7) Koksokh-Stal. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Maisuradze's total stats are: 8.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Turkey could not help Karsiyaka (4-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Karsiyaka lost 74-80 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Krka in the group A of EuroChallenge. Thomas was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Karsiyaka's first loss after four consecutive victories. Thomas' team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg in the five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the league leader Unics Kazan (4-1) 91-76 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Hosley scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (3-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Hosley is currently fourth on the list of most steals. This season he has very good stats: 13.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.2apg and 2.4spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Sigma Barcellona (6-3) in their game against AcegasAps TR (5-4) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Sanders scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Sigma Barcellona was defeated 76-61 in Trieste by the lower-ranked AcegasAps TR (#8). It was Sigma Barcellona's first loss after four consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Sanders' stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sanders has never played in Georgia.



Nikoloz Tskitishvili joins Champville - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Division A) added to their roster 29-year old Georgian ex-international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-105kg-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports). He already started the season at Foolad Mahan in Iranian Superleague. The last season Tskitishvili also played at Mahram in Superleague. He helped them to win the league title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team.
The previous (10-11) season Tskitishvili played at Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in Spanish ACB. In 24 games last year he had 5.3ppg and 2.6rpg.
In 2002 he was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) as #5 pick overall.
Tskitishvili was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. He played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. Tskitishvili also represented Georgia at the WABA Club Championships this year.
He is quite experienced player. Tskitishvili has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios), Italy (BancaTercas), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Slovenia, NBA (New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns) and Spain (Cajasol and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada).

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: Antwerp Giants move closer to Last 16 - by Eurobasket News

Antwerp Giants- Armia 87:54

Antwerp Giants move closer to Last 16 of EuroChallenge. The Belgian team overcame Armia 87:54 for 3-2 record in Group H. Antwerp Giants will need another win in the last round over Hapoel in order to advance. The Georgian team fell at 0-5 record in the bottom of the group.
The hosts jumped into 22-13 early in the game and dominated the first half. They added a 13-0 run that began with a big three from Hopkins. Armia held their own in the third period but had run out of steam by the fourth as the Giants pulled further clear even with several reserves seeing extended action. Antwerp Giants won the third period 22-21 and finished the game with 18-11 in the last period.
Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) led the way with 16 points and Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) tossed in 13. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) delivered 11, while Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) and Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89, agency: Court Side) scored 10 apiece. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) as well as Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) had 8 apiece.

Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 16, Timothy Black 13, Ralph Biggs 11, Gregg Thondique 10, Jean-Marc Mwema 10
Armia: Joakim Kjellbom 14, Giorgi Gamqrelidze 8, Lamayn Wilson 8



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EuroCup: s.Oliver Baskets celebrate important win in Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash - s.Oliver Baskets 71:82

s.Oliver Baskets gained the third victory in Group D of EuroCup regular season. They outlasted Azovmash in Mariupol to improve at 3-2 record. Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 boards to pace Wuerzburg. Azovmash remained winless at 0-5 record.
The German side exploded with 27 points in the starting quarter to take a 4-point lead. s.Oliver Baskets kept Azovmash at distance in the second quarter. Wuerzburg recorded a 50:37 halftime advantage. The hosts picked up the tempo in the third term. They outgunned Wuerzburg to narrow the deficit at 6-point mark. But s.Oliver Basket were back in control in the fourth quarter. Wuerzburg held the hosts to 14 points and rallied to a key victory on the road. LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) provided 12 points, while Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) had 10 points for the winning side. Oleksandr Kolchenko (194-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) notched 15 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Azovmash: Oleksandr Kolchenko 17, Lynn Greer 15
s.Oliver Baskets: Alex King 21, LaMont McIntosh 12, Oliver Clay 10



EuroCup: Cholet snatch win in Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Cholet 69:71

Cholet Basket made a huge step towards EuroCup Last 16 stage. They overcame Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany to climb at 3-2 record in Group G. Ulm are now at 2-3 record before the final round of regular season action. Ulm were up by a single point after two free throws from Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) with 1 second left in regulation. However Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) drained a buzzer-beating triple to seal a dramatic win for Cholet.
Cholet Basket led by six points after ten minutes 21:15. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The French team posted a 38:29 halftime advantage. But Ratiopharm Ulm went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to a single point. Ulm pulled ahead in the fourth frame and seemed to have the victory sealed after free throws from Allan Ray. But Rudy Jomby sank a last-second bomb and Cholet snatched a crucial road win. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) led the visitors with 12 points each. Rudy Jomby added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Ulm. Allan Ray had 18 points in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 24+10 boards, Allan Ray 18
Cholet Basket: Marcus Goree 12, Travon Bryant 12, Rudy Jomby 11



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

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

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (8-9) in their last game. Despite Kaman's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 100-98 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaman also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kaman's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaman averages: 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 81.1% in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German senior national team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Hawaii in their last game on Saturday. Despite Standhardinger's very good performance the Hawaii was defeated 77-63 in Las Vegas, NV by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. Standhardinger also added and 3 steals. Standhardinger has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger played for the German U20 national team in 2009.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 2-point Caja Laboral's victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (1-9) 71-69 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Pleiss recorded 6 points in only 7 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (7-3) is placed fourth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Pleiss' first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34) and FT: 83.3% in the seven games. Pleiss is also a member of the German senior national team.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #4. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt in their last game. Despite Bright's good performance the Vanderbilt lost 52-62 at home to the Villanova University. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Bright also added 4 assists in 37 minutes. This year Bright's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #5. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL couldn't help Levanga Hokkaido (2-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was defeated 92-77 in Osaka by the higher-ranked Panasonic Trians (#3). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Klette also added 7 rebounds. This season Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg and 6.9rpg. He used to play for the German U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Michael Kessens
Michael Kessens
   #6. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, is currently at the American university) led Longwood to a victory against the Central Pennsylvania College (11-4) 88-75 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Kessens recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 3 steals. The Longwood College has conference record this season. It's Kessens' first year with the team. Kessens has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg. He is U20 international player as he played for the German team one years ago.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #7. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Pacific 85-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Harris scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. Harris has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. Harris is also German national team player.

Thomas Reuter
Thomas Reuter
   #8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's surprising victory against the California State University, Fullerton 79-75 in the NCAA last Friday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Eastern Washington University has conference record this season. It's Reuter's first year with the team. Reuter has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2010.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #9. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Boston Coll.'s shocking victory against the The Pennsylvania State University 73-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. The Boston College has conference record this season. Heckmann has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg. He is also in the roster of the German national team.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #10. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (6-4) in their game against Real Madrid (10-0) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 79-94 in Madrid to the leading Real. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Toppert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the German senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #11. Former U18 international center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Bakken Bears to win against the closely-ranked Vaerlose crushing them 82-62 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Dejworek recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dejworek has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team seven years ago.

   #12. U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their game against the David Lipscomb University in the NCAA. Ogbe recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 80-64. Ogbe has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg in the three games. He used to play for the German U20 national team last year.

   #13. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the The University of Buffalo 54-39 in the NCAA last Wednesday. DiLeo scored 5 points and added 3 passes. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg. DiLeo is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago. Interesting that DiLeo has never played in Germany.

   #14. U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the Stephen F. Austin State University in the NCAA. He scored 6 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 51-56. Kramer has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team last year. However he has never played in Germany.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA. Martens scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. His team was edged 64-63. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games. Martens used to play for the German U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) led Regatas Corrientes to a victory over the closely-ranked Lanus (14-6) 75-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Kammerichs was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regatas Corrientes (15-5) is placed first in the LigaA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.6apg. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Bnei Hasharon (2-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 86-91 on the road to the second-ranked Maccabi Haifa. Rice was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. It was Bnei Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster. Rice has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.

   #3. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Belgium was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Stojic's very good performance Base Oostende was crushed 85-61 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet ZG. He was the top scorer with 16 points (made all of his six free throws). Stojic's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Stojic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 2.8rpg. Stojic has both Croatian and German nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania was not able to secure a victory for Timisoara (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Timisoara lost 86-97 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Kormend in the group F of EuroChallenge. Sarovic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Timisoara's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Sarovic's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the five games. Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #5. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni (7-4) in their game against AZS Koszalin (7-3) in the Polish TBL. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Energa Czarni was badly defeated 83-67 in Koszalin by the second-ranked AZS Koszalin. It's Tomaszek's first season with the team. Tomaszek's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg. He holds both German and Polish passports.

   #6. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help LF Basket (6-8) in their last game. Despite Igbavboa's very good performance LF Basket was edged 84-83 at home by the second-ranked Uppsala Basket. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Igbavboa also added 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Igbavboa is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 16.7ppg. This year he also averages: 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. Igbavboa is a naturalized American. He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #7. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to a 3-point Alaska Aces' victory against the fifth-ranked Meralco Bolts 88-85 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. Thoss scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Thoss is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 10 games. Thoss has German and Filipino nationalities.

   #8. Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-12) in their last game. Despite Lockett's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 92-65 in Chester by the higher-ranked (#8) Cheshire Jets. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lockett also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Lockett has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg in the three games. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Maine's surprising victory against the Northeastern University 76-73 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Mesghna scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mesghna has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg. He holds both German and Eritrean passports.

   #10. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Wachsmann scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 87-70. Wachsmann belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg.



The Oettinger Baskets Gotha Name Christoph Nicol Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the sudden departure of Neo Asceric, the Oettinger Baskets Gotha didn't waste anytime finding a replacement by naming Christoph Nicol head coach this afternoon. Nicol is a very young coach at 23 and had had the function of interim coach and also had been coach of the Gotha second team. "This is a big challenge for me as well as a big chance. I think that are current place in the standings doesnt show the talent that is in the team. This has to be changed and I will work on it with the guys in the next weeks", stressed Christoph Nicol.

Source: Oettinger Baskets Gotha




The Oettinger Baskets Gotha Name Christoph Nicol Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the sudden departure of Neo Asceric, the Oettinger Baskets Gotha Didint waste anytime finding areplacement by naming Christoph Nicol head coach this afternoon. Nicol is a very young coach at 23 and had had the function of interim coach and also had been coach of the Gotha second team. "This is a big challenge for me as well as a big chance. I think that are current place in the standings doesnt show the talent that is in the team. This has to be changed and I will work on it with the guys in the next weeks", stressed Christoph Nicol.


Alex King (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Seven Is A Charm! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isnt typical that every basketball player can do everything perfect on the floor as most players have a flaw or flaws in their game like a Shaq who was never at home at the free throw line often coughing up an air ball as easily as a John Bryant from ratiopharm Ulm gobbles up an offensive rebound and makes a put back or Charlotte Bobcat Ramon Sessions who doesnt have the word defense in his vocabulary and cant stop guard penetration. It had been no secret back in the day when German s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg forward Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) was playing for the Frankfurt Skyliners that his three point shot was about as weak as Maradonas right foot, but then again his left foot was so good it didnt matter using his right or the left foot of English striker Michael Owen who had no left foot.

In his first years in Frankfurt, one could often see head coach Murat Didin cringe on the sidelines when Alex King set up in the corner for a three pointer and helped increase his wrinkles on his stern when he missed. It was never officially stated, but it wouldnt have surprised anyone if Turkish head coach Murat Didin had given Alex King a veto on taking three pointers. In his first full season 2004-2005, King played 35 games and shot 14,8% from outside at 4/27. In his second season 2005-2006, it got a bit better as he played 28 games averaging 28,6% from the parking lot at 6/21. However in his last two seasons in Frankfurt, it got worse as he shot 12,5% 1/8 and in 2007-2008 had the big goose egg of 0% at 0/8. Witnessing an air ball from him wasnt uncommon either. It was peculiar, because he could hit 30 shots in a row from the free throw line in practice, but once he got a few feet back behind the three point land, his shooting accuracy took a nose dive.

In 2008, he moved to the Telekom Baskets Bonn and with increased shooting practice from outside, his three point shooting percentage also rose even if not until his third season. In 2010-2011, he had his best three point shooting percentage ever as he averaged 30,8%. Last season with Wurzburg, he shot 23,7%. It seems like King simply wasnt born to be like a Reggie Miller from downtown, where his strength lies in other areas like under the basket, using his athletic ability and playing defense. He may never ever reach 40% from outside or that big game and confidence builder has been missing to get him mentally over the three point hump. Last night, Alex King got that confidence booster and became the least likely player to break a three point shooting record of 7/7 in a 82-71 win against Azovmash getting 21 points and hauling down six rebounds as the s. oliver Baskets Wurzburg got their third victory in Eurocup play. He broke the record of four players Henry Domercant, Tutku Acik, Martin Colussi and Jobey Thomas that had six in a game previously. American teammate Jimmy Mckinney who is the complete opposite to King in that he can hit a window on the 38th floor of the Empire State building played with King from 2006-2008 in Frankfurt and witnessed his shooting woes, but always had confidence in his shooting abilities. Alex can really shoot the ball. His shooting has improved in the last years. He hit from all over tonight and I am very proud of him, stressed Jimmy Mckinney. His ex teammate Nino Garris who played with King from 2005-2008 in Frankfurt was excited about his shooting performance. I praise and have a lot of respect for Alex. It was really about time that he would make a statement on offense. After all these years now we know that he can do it and get his 20 points plus. 7/7 from outside is sensational and not something that is done daily. Keep it up Alex, expressed Nino Garris. If King will be the first option from downtown in the future for Wurzburg head coach Marcel Schroeder before a Mckinney, Mcintosh or Anderson is unlikely, but at least he will have something to tell his grand children something which many three point snipers wont. One usually says three is a charm, but for Alex King seven is a charm and his number seven jersey proved to be his lucky number.




Frank Menz Named German National Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the successful summer where the German national team had a spotless 8-0 record in 2013 European championships qualifying, it was hoped that head coach would Svetislav Pesic would continue, but as soon as FC Bayern Munich let go Yannis Christopolous, there was quick speculation that the Serb would be appointed there and was. The German basketball federation didnt waste anytime finding a replacement by naming Frank Menz new German national coach. Menz is an experienced coach that has been an important coach the last years for the German youth program. His last duty was head coach of the U-20 German team. "Frank Menz has taken a great development at the DBB and is suited for this job. He has experience as head coach in the BBL and was coach of the year. He then did great work in our youth programs from the U-16 to the German national team. He also achieved two fifth place finishes at the European championships. He has been occupied with the German national team for years and knows the players and has personally coached the players. We knew the next German national coach would be Frank Menz. We stayed our concept loyal- He is the right man for this not easy job, but we have full confidence in him", stressed German basketball federation president Ingo Weiss.

Menz started his head coaching job in 1997 for Weissenfels where he coached until 2001. He then got further coaching experience coaching TuS Jena from 2002-2006.In 2006-2007 he was with BBV Leipzig (2. Regionalliga) - did not coach (help to cretae new professional structures in mens basketball. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Head Coach: German A2 National Team -05-07, Coach Assistant: German University National Team -05, World University Games in Izmir -05, German 2.Bundesliga (Group South) Runner-Up -06, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Head Coach: German University National Team -07, 11, Head Coach: German U16 National Team -09, Coach Assistant: German A2 National Team -09, European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) -09, Head Coach: German U17 National Team -09-10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) -10, Head Coach: German U20 National Team -11-12, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11, Coach Assistant: German National Team -12, and European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12. "I am happy about getting the trust. I know this is no easy job, but I am excited to make the most of it. Now I will quickly find the contact to the players that I already know. It is also importnat in the next weeks to find the fitting summer program that we can go well suited into the European championships", stressed Frank Menz.

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Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) I Learned So Much From Marius Nolte - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball recently.

What was the main reason for the slow start of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the start of the season?

We played against three good teams, but that is no excuse. We were just flat and didnt start the games well. Bamberg outplayed us, against Wurzburg we couldnt hit a shot for our life and against Ulm, we hit shots, but didnt get stops. What we fixed one game didnt work in the next.

You missed a dunk against the Fraport Skyliners in Bremerhaven. Has that happened often in your basketball career?

I have missed dunks before in practice. Danilo Barthel was running with me and I wanted to make the sure dunk since I remembered him blocking me afew times last season in practice.


On what player does Fraport Skyliner Ted Scott remind you with?

He reminds me of a David Bell of Hagen. He has the ability to score very much. He can light up the scoreboard and he is a threat at all times for the defense.

You are playing your first season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. How do you like it?

I like that it is small. It has that small town feeling that I know about coming from Oklahoma.

You dont have any big spaces of water in Oklahoma. What has been the coolist thing that you have seen at the sea?

I have really had the chance to be at the sea, but I am very amazed about all the big ships that come in and out of the harbor.


Doug Spradley practiced calling all the new players on the phone to get to know of them. What was your first impression of him?

I already had known about him from ex teammates who had had him as head coach. I think it is great that he took the time to contact us instead of having it done over agents or general managers. I got sold to coming to Bremerhaven with that. It is just great that he reaches out like that and asks how our summer is and just wanting to reach out and touch base.

What is your most diffiuclt task as captain?

I dont really consider myself the lone captain, but we have so many experienced players on the team that I see it more as captain by committee. I try to get everyone ready in practice and for games and just keep all focused.

How intense is your relationship to Doug Spradley?

We have a good relationship and his office door is always open for everyone. Sometimes we break down tape together. He is always ready to take advice as well as give it. He is a players coach.

What does Stanley Burrell have as a point guard that others dont have in the Beko BBL?

His physicality sets him apart from the rest. He is fast, can get to the cup, hit the mid range and distribute the ball like others, but he is so strong which helps his game more.

What does Stefan Jackson give to the team besides his brilliant shooting?

His energy is so important. He is probably our quickest player on the team. He is very athletic and he does a great job getting us on transition what we need more of.

German national player Philipp Zwiener seems to be like a silent leader. How does he make you laugh?

He is actually a pretty funny guy. You dont see it as first. He can make us laugh during practice or when we are all in a restaurant and is very good with one liners.

Can Scott Morrison become a dominating big man in the Beko BBL?

He is a force that has great foot work and hands. He could become a strong player in this league. He has the tools for it.

Justin Stommes is known as a deadly shooter. Many see him as one dimensional. What is a hidden strength in his game?

He is very good with the dribble pull up and getting to the cup, but what many dont see is that he is a very good defender especially against smaller guys. He does a good job staying in front of his man.


What captain skill would you like to have from Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte?

There are so many that I would like to have. I learned so much from him. The great thing with Marius is that he is always supporting us. He knows how to get the team going even when they are in a funk. He is always the first guy off the bench cheering and always gives 110%.


Have you found a replacement for Mai Thai restaurant in Bremerhaven?

Not yet. That place is tough to beat. I really miss it, but there are some good places to eat here.

What do you like most about the German language?

It is so frustrating to learn it. I have problems with the ch. I really want to be able to learn it so I can go to the mall or grocery store and just be able to use it.


Can Tez dunk over you?

I was never known as a shot blocker I think he could, but to stop that I would just take in and take the charge.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Takin 2. It wasnt as good as the first one, but it was good.

Thanks Jake for the chat.




James Washington Joins BG Topstar Leitershofen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It may be somewhat of a downgrade from the Beko BBL and TBB Trier, but a job is a job as James Washington (182-G-87, agency: FCM, college: Middle Tenn.St.) has joined PRO B team BG Topstar Leitershofen. Washington had been searching for a team and sometimes the waiting pays off. Washington is a 24 year old 182cm guard from St Louis. The buddy of s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Jimmy Mckinney last season played for TBB Trier (Germany-BBL, starting five): 23 games: 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 80.0%. "We thought very intensive at what position we needed the most help. Since our injured center Richard Frohlich is returning to practice next week, we decided to get a player at the smaller positions. We have more variation at the position one, two and three. The German players will get their time. Of course, we know that only three Americans can be on the court at once. I don't see a problem since most teams play with three Americans. In the past both our Americans played too much in which they didn't have enough energy at the end", stressed Leitershofen head coach Stefan Goschenhofer. Washington started his absketball career in 2006 for W.Illinois (NCAA) where he played until 2008. He then finsihed his NCAA career at Middle Tenn.St. (NCAA) Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: Missouri Class 5A title, Sun Belt East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -10, Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -11, All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 24 1st Team -11

Source: BG Topstar Leitershofen





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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Pappas, Panionios19.1 
 2. Kiritsis, Ikaros18.6 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.5 
 4. Dendy, Kolossos15.9 
 5. McGrath, PA.15.4 
 6. Kakaroudis, KAOD14.0 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros13.8 
 8. Knowles, KAOD13.8 
 9. Tsaldaris, Kolossos13.8 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, PAOK7.9 
 3. Asimakopoulo., Aris7.0 
 4. Kanonidis, Periste.6.9 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.9 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.8 
 7. Faye, Ikaros6.6 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.6.4 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK6.3 
 10. Tsiakos, Panele.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.5 
 4. Grundy, Kavala4.3 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK3.8 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos3.8 
 7. Tsochlas, AGOR3.6 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.4 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.4 
 10. Sloukas, Olympiac.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.3 
 2. Grundy, Kavala2.2 
 3. Palmer, KAOD2.1 
 4. Petway, AGOR2.0 
 5. Papanikolaou, Olym.2.0 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.9 
 7. Grant, Apollon1.9 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.8 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.6 
 10. Batis, Panionios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Petway, AGOR2.1 
 2. Coleman, Kavala1.9 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.8 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.1.4 
 5. Michel, KAOD1.3 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.1 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.0 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Wyatt, Ikaros0.9 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos0.8 


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

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Spanish team Gescrap BB to a victory over the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (2-3) crushing them 82-60 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Vasiliadis was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points in 21 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (5-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Vasiliadis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 66.7% and FT: 83.3% in the four games he played so far. Vasiliadis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (1-6) 95-83 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Calathes recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 13 passes. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-2) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Calathes is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). This season he has very high stats. Calathes averages: 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.1%(36-62) and FT: 52.4%. He is a naturalized American. Calathes is in the roster of the Greek senior national team. He used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. Vougioukas could not help Unics Kazan (4-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Unics Kazan lost 76-91 on the road to the second-ranked Stelmet ZG. Vougioukas had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 37 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Vougioukas' team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Vougioukas has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 74.4%(32-43) and FT: 81.0% in the five games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Zisis was the main contributor in a 2-point Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-2) 68-66. He was the best player in that game. Zisis scored 14 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (5-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. Zisis is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 5.4apg. Zisis is also Greek national team player.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #5. International center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a 3-point Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (2-3) 77-74 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He was the top player that evening. Mavrokefalidis recorded 19 points in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Spartak St.Petersburg (5-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.4apg in the five games. He used to play for the Greek national team last year.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #6. Power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. However that was another game of his team in VTB United League which brought him to that list. Kaimakoglou contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (4-3) 69-56. He was the top player that evening. Kaimakoglou recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Unics Kazan (5-2) is placed third in group A. This season Kaimakoglou has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg and 2.0spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #7. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point Denver Nuggets' victory against the Toronto Raptors (4-15) 113-110 in the NBA last Monday. Koufos recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. The Denver Nuggets have 9-10 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Koufos' overall stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6bpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos used to play for the Greek national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Galiotos
Giorgos Galiotos
   #8. Center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to help Euroins Cherno More (5-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Euroins Cherno More was crushed 100-66 in Sofia by the lower-ranked Levski (#3). Galiotos was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Galiotos' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Galiotos is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 7.8rpg. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team back in 2009.

Ioannis Papapetrou
Ioannis Papapetrou
   #9. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Texas' surprising victory against the University of Texas at Arlington 70-54 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. The The University of Texas have conference record this season. This year Papapetrou's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.8apg and 1.5spg in the six games. He is also in the roster of the Greek U18 national team.

Stavros Toutziarakis
Stavros Toutziarakis
   #10. Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Nassjo (2-13) crushing them 88-61 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Toutziarakis scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 25 minutes. Solna Vikings (8-7) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. Toutziarakis is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.7rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.9ppg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. Toutziarakis is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano in their game against Caja Laboral in the Euroleague. He scored 5 points. His team was edged 64-62. Fotsis' total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. An experienced former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help C.de Latte BRE (5-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Barlos' good performance C.de Latte BRE was crushed 97-72 in Capo d'Orlando by the one of league's weakest teams Upea CdO (#14). He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Barlos has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #13. U20 international small forward Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Angelico Biella in their game against Sutor Montegranaro in the Italian SerieA. Chrysikopoulos recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team lost 75-82. This year Chrysikopoulos' total stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games. He is also Greek U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias in their game against FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB. Lampropoulos recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 92-81. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

   #15. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Olin Edirne in their game against Turk Telekom in the Turkish TBL. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team was edged 81-78. Tapoutos has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg in the five games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory against the ninth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-5) 91-86 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Calathes scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (6-2) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 9.4rpg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg in the eight games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS could not help the University of Toronto (4-3) in their last game. Despite Hill's very good performance the University of Toronto (#3) lost 82-87 on the road to the Marauders. He was the top scorer with 33 points. Hill also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was University of Toronto's third consecutive loss in a row. Hill is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers with 20.4ppg. This year his other stats are: 6.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg in the eight games. Hill has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian.

   #3. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in an Uppsala Basket's victory against the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (4-11) crushing them 85-54 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. He scored 16 points in a mere 18 minutes. Uppsala Basket (11-4) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nakos' fourth season with the team. This year Nakos' overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 1.8apg in the 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #4. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to Olimpi's victory against the closely-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (3-3) 84-79 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. Sokk recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Olimpi Tbilisi (5-1) is placed fourth in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sokk belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. His overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.8apg and 1.5spg. Sokk has both Greek and Estonian nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Lokomotiv (3-2) in their game against BC Donetsk (2-3) in the Eurocup. Savrasenko cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lokomotiv was defeated 71-64 at home by the lower-ranked BC Donetsk (#3). Savrasenko's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. Savrasenko's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Russian.

   #6. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the league leader BV Chemnitz 99 76-69 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Livas scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. Livas is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 8.4rpg. This year he also averages: 10.3ppg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the eight games. Livas is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #7. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) helped Chalons-Reims win their game against the 13th-ranked Lille Metropole 67-55 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 12 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Tsagarakis averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games. He has Greek and French nationalities. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #8. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Oakland in their last game on Saturday. Despite Petros' good performance the Oakland was defeated 76-72 in Kalamazoo, MI by the Western Michigan University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Petros averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #9. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) helped Akropol win their game against the third-ranked Umea 90-71 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He had a triple-double by scoring 16 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and passing 12 assists in 30 minutes. Koutras has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 10.8apg and 3.0spg in the five games. Koutras holds both Greek and Swedish passports. Despite his Greek nationality, Koutras previously played for the Swedish U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #10. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Air Avellino in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA. He recorded 7 points. His team was crushed by 36 points 101-65. Mavraides has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.



Balkan League: Anthony Grundy leads Kavala past Kozuv - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Kozuv 87:77

Anthony Grundy (189-PG-79, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 17 points as Kavala rolled past Kozuv for the 3rd win in Balkan League Group B. Kozuv slipped at 3-4 record after the defeat.
Kozuv ensured a confident start to the game. The Macedonian team enjoyed a 25:22 lead ten minutes into the game. Kavala however erased the deficit and tie things up at 45. Kavala pulled finally in front in the third quarter. The hosts scored 21 points to pile up a 6-point lead at the third break. Kavala kept Kozuv at bay throughout the fourth term and marched to the victory. William Coleman (206-F-88, college: Memphis) had 14 points and 10 boards, while Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) and Steve Panos (206-C-88, college: Weber St.) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 12 points for Kozuv. Darko Radulovic (192-G-80) notched 11 points in the loss.

Kavala: Anthony Grundy 17, William Coleman 14+10 boards, Yannis Gagaloudis 12, Steve Panos 12
Kozuv: Igor Mijajlovic 12, Darko Radulovic 11



EuroCup: Panionios edge Oostende on Giankovits' three-pointer - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Oostende 101:100 (OT)

Vlantimir Giankovits drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to propel Panionios to a hard-fought home win over Oostende. The hosts thus improved at 1-4 record in EuroCup Group F. The victory also meant Stelmet ZG booked their Last 16 appearance, while Oostende were left without EuroCup in the second part of the season.
Oostende had to win this one and started aggressively. The Belgian side were up by five after the starting quarter. Panionios narrowed the gap and eventually surged ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the third term. They led by six point before the fourth term. However Oostende fired 30 points in the final period and forced overtime. The visitors seemed en route to the victory after two free throws from Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket). But Giankovits drained an impressive buzzer-beater and sealed the win for the hosts. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Maryland) delivered 26 points, while Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) contributed 16 points for Panionios. Dusan Djordjevic answered with 20 points and 8 assists for Oostende. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Panionios: Landon Milbourne 26, Christopher Booker 16, Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) 14
Oostende: Dusan Djordjevic 20, Matt Lojeski 18



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 9-1 
 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. 2-8 
 14. UBALL 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 4: De Groene - UBALL 83-59
Dec. 4: Orca's Urk - Almere P. 81-79
Dec. 7: Rotterdam 2 - MSV/Zeemacht
Dec. 5: Binnenland - Red Giants



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Asceric agreed with Szolnok - by Tamas Deri

Rumors say, that the head coach of Austrian NT Neno Asceric (agency: Promotex ) agreed with the management of Szolnok. The 47 years old Asceric signed with Kormend during the summer, but the management asked him for breaking the contract because of the financial situation of the club. Asceric used to be a professional basketball player and spent several seasons in Austria, France and the countries of Ex-Yugoslavia before getting a coach in 2008. He won the Austrian Championship in 2011 with the Oberwart Gunners and has been the head coach of the Austrian National Team for 5 years.


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Powerade cup - round of 16 - by Snorri Arnaldsson

There will be some interesting match ups in the round of 16 in the Powerade cup, which was drawn today. The current champions, Keflavik will play 1st division leader Hamar and there will be at least two matchups between Dominos league clubs, with a possibility of the third if KFI Reykjavik beats U.M.F. Laugdlir next Saturday.

The games are as follows:
Valur Reykjavik - KR Reykjavik B team
Haukar - IR Reykjavik
U.M.F. Grindavik - Fjolnir Reykjavik
Stjarnan - U.M.F. Laugdlir/KFI Reykjavik
Haukar B team - UMFN Njardvik
Keflavik - Hamarr
Augnablik - Reynir Sandgerdi
Ungmennafelagio Snaefell - Thor Thorl

The interesting part is that Ungmennafelagio Snaefell and Thor Thorl, U.M.F. Grindavik and Fjolnir Reykjavik, Stjarnan and KFI Reykjavik will all meet in gameweek 10 in the Dominos league, which will be played 3 days prior to the cup games.



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Basketball Ireland Weekend Review - by Patrick Maher



Basketball Ireland Weekend Review

This weekend in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, UL Eagles maintained their top of the table position while Killester, Bord Gais Neptune and DCU Saints all enjoyed wins on their home courts.

UL Eagles entered their game against Moycullen confident after two strong wins the weekend previous. However, the young resilient Galway side made sure last years champions had to work hard for the win.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach of UL Eagles, Mark Keenan, was disappointed with his teams performance, That was a scrappy game, we didnt play at our full potential but a win is a win.

Keenan continued, Coming down the stretch, experience was a huge factor in the game and we were lucky it was on our side. It was not a good performance on our part at all but everyone chipped in to pull us over the line and come away with the win.

Meanwhile in Dublin, Killester saw off UCC Demons on a score-line of 85-77. With Killesters Assistant Coach, Tom Doherty, stepping in to call the shots this weekend and with new signing, Michael Bonaparte lacing up, Killesters new shape clearly caused the Cork side problems.

The northsiders entered the game off a weekend of mixed results as they fell to Moycullen on the road but regained composure the following evening to see off UCD Marian. Using these results as motivation they were ready to challenge the number two spot holders, Demons.

Killesters manager, Rachel OConnell, enthused, We are delighted to come away with the win this evening. Bonaparte did a great job for us, he fits in well with the team so it made sense to bring him in.

OConnell highlighted the importance of the win, Its been a tough week for everyone here but the guys worked together and things are starting to shape up nicely for us. Atmosphere is great in the camp and we are all looking forward to the cup game next weekend.

Staying in Dublin, DCU Saints overcame newcomers, Dublin Inter, after the game went into overtime. With both teams struggling to find momentum this season the northsiders welcomed the much needed win.

Head Coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly admitted, We had to take it right back to basics this weekend if we wanted to overcome Dublin Inter and we did that, especially on defence.

Offensively, Eoin Quill hit some big shots to keep us in the game. We were lucky to make it into overtime but we made great plays down the stretch that paid off and saw us come out the better side of a close game.

In Cork, Bord Gais Neptune outworked UCD Marian to record another win over the Dublin side. As Neptunes injury issues begin to subside the team are coming into form nicely as the season progresses.

Speaking about his side, Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell, credited the win on character, We came out strong in the second half and really put in a solid team performance. Our energy down the stretch allowed us to break away and enjoy another win on our home court. Both Townes and Noonan lead the team very well in that game and the younger guys are enjoying getting involved.

Scannell continued, Thats two on the bounce for us now so the mood is good within the team, we are healthy and on form at the moment so looking forward to the cup game next weekend.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results

Friday November 30th

Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup

Killester: 70 (38) (C. Roe 12, M. Deegan 21, A. Colfer 14) Dublin Raiders: 60 (36) (L. Murphy 22, A. Bartley 19, B. ONeill 8)

Saturday December 1st

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Killester: 85 (33) (M. Boneparte 12, C. Roe 12, M. Westbrooks 11, R. Clarke 11) UCC Demons: 77 (36) (C. O'Sullivan 22, K. Walker 22, S. Colgan 16, N. O'Reilly 14)

Bord Gais Neptune:77 (44) (D. Townes 26, I. McLaughlin 17, G. Noonan 13) UCD Marian: 70 (44) (J. Galvin 24, K. Foley 13, D. James 9)

DCU Saints: 78 (30) (E. Quill 20; M. Provizors 17; K. Anderson 17) Dublin Inter: 72 (28) (M Tamusauskas 22; G Trakauskas 14; A Statkus 12)

UL Eagles: 88 ( 41) (J. Killeen 28, R. Taylor 24, N. Campbell 14) Moycullen: 72 (36) (P. O' Brien 16, S. Camps 14, C. Nihill 9)

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Team Left Bank Kilkenny: 63 (33) (J. O'Keeffee 17; J. Bulter 15; P. Morrissey 10) Team Garveys St Marys: 73 (35) (J. Teahan 20; D. Wall 15; N. Fitzpatrick 14)

Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup

Belfast Star: 86 (37) (O. Kerlin 25, C. Quinn 23, A. Quinn 14) Titans: 74 (50) (T. Fabriciuss 25, Brockman 20, Echefu 7)

Templeogue Azzurri: 94 (46) (L.Thompson 44, T.Swiatowy 14, B.Morrisson 9) UCC Demons: 40 (48) (L.Carmody 9, D.Olden 8, L.O'Mahony 6)

Sunday December 2nd

Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup

Ballincollig: 81 (44) (J. O'Keeffe 16, S. Caughlan 14, D. Manning 9) Tolka Rovers: 42 (22) (H. Netstyanwa 9, K. Fleming 8, M. Buggle 8)

Courtesy .... Elaine Caffrey .... www.basketballireland.ie


Patrick Sullivan (201-F, college: Hamilton)



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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
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.9 
 2. Govens, Ironi K-A20.5 
 3. Iram, Macc.B.Y.20.4 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.1 
 5. Durham, Hapoel A.20.0 
 6. Clemente, Ironi N.19.7 
 7. Laing, Macc.B.Y.19.6 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.19.4 
 9. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.3 
 10. McCoy, Ironi N.19.2 
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.11.9 
 4. Wright, Elitzur Ra.11.0 
 5. Joyner, Maccabi10.5 
 6. Jefferson, Maccabi10.2 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.10.0 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.8 
 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.6.0 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.5 
 5. Benn, Ironi N.4.9 
 6. Govens, Ironi K-A4.8 
 7. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.8 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.5 
 9. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.4 
 10. Hofman, Elitzur4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.9 
 2. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.3 
 4. Clemente, Ironi N.2.2 
 5. McGhee, Elitzur2.1 
 6. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.1 
 7. Zelkovits, Ironi N.2.0 
 8. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.2.0 
 10. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
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.1.4 
 7. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.1 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.0.9 
 9. Gonshor, Maccabi0.9 
 10. Dunne, Ironi N.0.9 


Bnei Hertzelia released Herb Pope - by Idan Seggev

Bnei Hertzelia announced Herb Pope (203-F-89, college: Seton Hall) yesterday that he was released by the club and he can find himself a new club. After a good pre season of him, the staff expressed their disappointment from the 23-years-old center, who has an average of 9.6 pts & 5.3 rbs so far. He didn't score in the first match of the season and suffers from inconsistant. his best game was against GreenTops Netanya, when he finished with 21 pts & 12 rbs. Hertzelia is also looking for another guard who will replace Milton Palacio (193-G-78, college: Colorado St.) who was also released by the club last week. The club will face a crucial week after 4 losses in a raw, when they'll play Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa on Monday and 3 days later vs. Elizur Ashkelon.


EuroCup: Hapoel too good for Rudupis - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel - Rudupis 92:79

Hapoel Jerusalem stays in the fight for EuroCup Last 16 spot. They overcame Rudupis at home court tonight to improve at 2-3 record in highly-contestant Group A. Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Hapoel.
The Jerusalem team maintained a high pressure on their opponents from the starting minutes. The hosts grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. Hapoel stretched the lead in the second quarter. The hosts enjoyed a 51:39 halftime advantage. Prienai could not match the effort after the big break. Hapoel cleared off to a 16-point lead at the final intermission. Rudupis exploded with 23 points in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 15 points, while Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) reacted with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Prienai. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) chipped in 14 points in defeat.

Hapoel: Courtney Fells 25, Elishay Kadir 15, Josh Duncan 12+10 boards
Rudupis: Siim-Sander Vene 18, Arturas Milaknis 14



Israeli National League round 8 best performance: Allen Durham - by Eurobasket News

American forward Allen Durham (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hapoel Afula, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Maccabi K/G (#12, 2-6) 94-92. Thanks to this victory Hapoel Afula moved-up to the 4th position in the Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Hapoel Afula will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Durham turned to be Hapoel Afula's top player in his first season with the team. Former Grace Bible College star has very solid stats this year. Durham is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.3rpg) and averages impressive 53.6% FGP. Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Johndre Jefferson (207-F-88) of Elitzur Ramla. Jefferson had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Elitzur Ramla lost that game 66-79 to the higher-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1, 7-1). This loss caused Elitzur Ramla to drop to 11th position in . 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Elitzur Ramla managed to get this year. Jefferson is a newcomer at Elitzur Ramla, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of league's top team Ironi Nes-Ziona. Benn showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Ironi Nes-Ziona, leading his team to a 79-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#11, 2-6). Ironi Nes-Ziona confirms their top position in Benn has a great season in Israel. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (9th best) and assists with 4.9apg (5th best). Benn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabe Blair (203-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 22 points and 12 rebounds
5. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 27 points and 15 rebounds
7. Adam Constantine (206-F-88) of Hapoel K/S - 16 points and 17 rebounds
8. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of Elitzur Yavne - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Noam Matalon (197-G-87) of Elitzur Yavne - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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EuroCup: Sassari edge Cajasol to stay alive - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Sassari 76:85

Sassari clinched a vital victory in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Cajasol to stay alive in the race for Last 16 qualification. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) posted 31 points and 9 rebounds for the Italian team. Sassari are now 2-3 record with Cajasol slipping at 3-2.
Banco di Sardegna stunned Cajasol in the opening quarter. The visitors grabbed a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Sassari extended the margin in the second term. The Italian side enjoyed a 47:31 halftime advantage. Cajasol started to claw their way back into this one after the big break. They cut the deficit at 13-point mark into the fourth frame. Cajasol fired 27 points in the fourth term but Sassari stayed calm and secured the winning outcome at the end. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) provided 21 points for the visitors. Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) contributed 11 points and 10 assists for Sassari. Latavious Williams (202-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) had 13 points in the loss.

Cajasol: Latavious Williams 16+12 boards, Tomas Satoransky 13
Sassari: Drake Diener 31, Marvis Thornton 21, Travis Diener 11+10 assists



Dan Mavraides joins Caserta - by Antonello Varallo

Juve Caserta agreed terms with Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton). The 24 years old guard, born in Boston to Greek parents, joins Caserta after a first part of the season played with Scandone Avellino. Mavraides has played 9 games in Italian Serie A during 2012-2013, averaging 7.7 ppg (season high of 14 against Bologna) with 1.8 apg, 55.6% from 2 and 28.6% from 3. He is a great defender (Defender of the Year 2005 during his High School Career), and a good shooter (always better than 35% from 3 during his College Career). He spent last season with Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1), playing 25 games in Greek A1 (3.8 ppg, season high of 12 against KAOD), and 12 games (6 ppg) in Eurocup.


All Star Game: the roster of the All Star team! - by Armando Caporaso

Some days ago were announced the italian players that will play against the best foreign players of this first part of season in the 2012/2013 All Star Game (16 December in Lauretana Forum, Biella). Now has been completed the roster of the opponents that the young Italian national team will face in 10 days. Thanks the votes of fans were chosen the 5 players that will start the game in the starting five. These are:

Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) Banco di Sardegna Sassari
Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) Enel Brindisi
Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) Enel Brindisi
Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) chebolletta Cantu'
Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) Cimberio Varese

while the coach of Siena Banchi chose, in according with the Legabasket, the other 7 players who complete the team for this wonderful event:

Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) Montepaschi Siena
Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) EA7 Milano
Donnel Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia
Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) Vanoli Cremona
Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) SAIE3 Bologna
Craig Brackins (208-F-87, college: Iowa St.) Angelico Biella
Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, college: Georgia Tech) Acea Roma

Head coach: Luca Banchi (Montepaschi Siena)



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African Champions Cup: ABC defeat Manga - by Eurobasket News

ABC - Manga 60:50

ABC wrapped up their African Champions Cup preliminary round campaign with victory. They held off Manga to clinch the third position in Group A. Abidjan will now take on 1 De Agosto in the quarterfinal stage. Manga slipped at the fourth position in the pool and would Petroleos in the playoffs tomorrow.
The Gabonese team led three points ten minutes into the game 15:12. But ABC stopped the rot and surged ahead for a 30:29 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued after the big break as Manga retained the lead. They pulled in front for a narrow 46:45 advantage with ten minutes remaining. But ABC held their opponents at 4 points in the fourth term and surged ahead for a tough victory at the end. Stephane Konate (187-G-80) notched 21 points to pace ABC. Asseh Kokoun (193-F-85) chipped in 12 points in the winning case. Darlyse Obango (88) responded with 14 points for Manga. Jean Michael Kouzou chipped in 9 points in defeat.

ABC: Stephane Konate 21, Asseh Kokoun 12, Kouame Kader Abo (199-PF-80) 10
Manga: Darlyse Obango 14, Jean Michael Kouzou 9



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 8-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 6-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 4-6 
 4. BK Almaty 3-5 
 5. BK Kapshagay 1-1 
 6. Tobol 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 5: BC Astana - BK Almaty 99-81
Dec. 4: BC Astana - BK Almaty 84-76

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 18: BK Kapshagay - BC Astana
Dec. 19: BK Kapshagay - BC Astana
Dec. 19: Tobol - BK Almaty
Dec. 20: Tobol - BK Almaty



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 5: Liepaja - Turiba 88-73
Dec. 5: LU - Valmiera 66-75
Dec. 6: Jelgava - Barons kvartals


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.22.9 
 2. Peiners, LU18.6 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils17.2 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.3 
 5. Porzingis, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.4 
 7. Metra, Barons k.14.3 
 8. Apsitis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera13.5 
 10. Sokolovs, Turiba13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.1 
 2. Dargais, LU9.0 
 3. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.7 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera8.5 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala8.3 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava8.0 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.5 
 8. Rozitis, Barons k.7.2 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.6 
 10. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Liepaja
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 3. Silavs, Jelgava3.9 
 4. Metra, Barons k.3.9 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.4 
 6. Brown, Jurmala3.3 
 7. Peiners, LU3.2 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmiera2.9 
 9. Krumins, Valmiera2.9 
 10. Miezis, Barons k.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Barons k.
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miezis, Barons k.2.3 
 2. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.0 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Virsis, Jekabpils1.6 
 8. Ate, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Brown, Jurmala1.5 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 2. Ziedins, Valmiera1.1 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala0.9 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava0.8 
 10. Gulbis, Barons k.0.7 


Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 5: BK VEF-LSPA - RSU 80-58
Dec. 5: Gulbene - DSN 76-79
Dec. 5: Ridzene - ViA 74-86
Dec. 5: Liepaja-2 - Kvele 69-75
Dec. 6: VeA - Jelgava/LLU
Dec. 6: VEF skola - Saldus
Dec. 6: Livani - Valmiera BSS
Dec. 8: Saldus - RSU



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Amchit part ways with Pape Sow and Austin Johnson. - by Rabih Khoury

After the two consecutive losses against Moutahed and Riyadi, Amchit management decided to part ways with Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) and Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma). Amchit coaching staff is under negotiations with many players in order to sign 2 in the near future. Some rumors spread that the foreigners will be in the SF and the C position. In few hours the new names should be announced by the club. Johnson will not continue his 3rd straight year in Lebanon, while Sow will not continue his 1st season.


Nikoloz Tskitishvili in Champville. - by Rabih Khoury

After long negotiations, Champville management agreed to terms with Georgian power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports). Nikoloz will replace Dwayne Jones and will be the second import next to Reyshawn Terry. Nikoloz was just released from Foolad Mahan in Iran last week.
Nikoloz had a tremendous performance where he played as a swingman against his former team Mahram where he scored 17 pts and the buzzer beater 3 point shot who won the game for them. You can see the performance online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBbfA3tYoHA.

Nikoloz won Iranian League with a no defeat record with Mahram and WABA title in 2012 averaging 17.2ppg, Reb-5 (9.9rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 75.0%




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Standings

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

Finals: Round 12

Dec. 5: Brasilia - Flamengo 85-74
Dec. 5: Penarol - Regatas C. 58-65

Finals: Round 13

Dec. 6: Brasilia - Penarol
Dec. 6: Regatas C. - Flamengo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paolo QUINTEROS
  Regat.
  (190-G/F-79)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Quinteros, Regat.19.5 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 3. Silveira, Flamengo16.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Flame.16.0 
 5. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.0 
 6. Mata, Penarol14.5 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol13.5 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasil.12.0 
 9. Meyinsse, Regat.12.0 
 10. Goncalves, Brasil.10.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regat.
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.12.5 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.12.5 
 3. Mata, Penarol9.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Penarol7.0 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.6.5 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo6.5 
 7. Santos, Flamengo6.0 
 8. Meyinsse, Regat.6.0 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.4.5 
 10. Vieira, Flamengo4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.5 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Martinez, Regat.6.0 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.5 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo2.5 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.2.5 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.2.5 
 8. Benite, Flamengo2.5 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.2.5 
 10. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vitor BENITE
  Flamengo
  (190-F/G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Benite, Flamengo2.5 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo2.0 
 3. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 4. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.0 
 5. Goncalves, Brasilia2.0 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.5 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 8. Romano, Regatas C.1.0 
 9. Teague, Penarol1.0 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regat.
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.1.5 
 2. Leiva, Penarol1.0 
 3. Gutierrez, Penarol1.0 
 4. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 5. Meyinsse, Regat.0.5 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.5 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.5 
 8. Terrell, Penarol0.5 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.0.5 
 10. Gerlero, Regatas0.5 



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 7-0 
 2. Neptunas 5-3 
 3. Zalgiris 4-0 
 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 1-6 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 4: Lietkabelis - LSU-Baltai 89-71
Dec. 5: Neptunas - Sakalai 106-80

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 8: Sakalai - Lietkabelis
Dec. 8: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Nevezis
Dec. 9: Siauliai - LSU-Baltai
Dec. 9: Juventus - Rudupis


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, Neptunas15.9 
 5. Gailius, Neptunas14.9 
 6. Dia, Siauliai14.6 
 7. Sragauskis, LSU-B.13.9 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.13.1 
 9. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.13.0 
 10. Sinica, Sakalai12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.7 
 2. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.9 
 3. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.0 
 5. Sinica, Sakalai7.6 
 6. Dia, Siauliai6.9 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.6.7 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.6.1 
 9. Gailius, Neptunas5.9 
 10. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
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, Neptunas3.8 
 5. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.5 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.4 
 7. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.3 
 8. Stasys, LSU-Baltai3.1 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai3.0 
 10. Viskontas, Juven.3.0 
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. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 5. Dambrauskas, Sakal.1.7 
 6. Ivanauskas, Rudup.1.6 
 7. Jackson, Siauliai1.6 
 8. Girdziunas, Nevezis1.6 
 9. Mockevicius, Nagli.1.6 
 10. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai3.3 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.1 
 3. Kieza, Siauliai1.2 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.1.1 
 5. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. McClure, Neptunas1.1 
 7. Dia, Siauliai1.0 
 8. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 9. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.9 
 10. Cipruss, Lietkabe.0.9 


EuroCup: Hapoel too good for Rudupis - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel - Rudupis 92:79

Hapoel Jerusalem stays in the fight for EuroCup Last 16 spot. They overcame Rudupis at home court tonight to improve at 2-3 record in highly-contestant Group A. Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Hapoel.
The Jerusalem team maintained a high pressure on their opponents from the starting minutes. The hosts grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. Hapoel stretched the lead in the second quarter. The hosts enjoyed a 51:39 halftime advantage. Prienai could not match the effort after the big break. Hapoel cleared off to a 16-point lead at the final intermission. Rudupis exploded with 23 points in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 15 points, while Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) reacted with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Prienai. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) chipped in 14 points in defeat.

Hapoel: Courtney Fells 25, Elishay Kadir 15, Josh Duncan 12+10 boards
Rudupis: Siim-Sander Vene 18, Arturas Milaknis 14



LKL Round 12: Neptunas crush Sakalai by record 26 points - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game with biggest result difference took place in Klaipeda. Local Neptunas (5-3) outscored 11th ranked Sakalai (1-6) 106-80 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Sakalai managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 44 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Neptunas forced 19 Sakalai turnovers and had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). International forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Neptunas' coach Kazys Maksvytis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Neptunas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Sakalai lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Neptunas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sakalai will play at home against Lietkabelis (#6) in Panevezys and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.

In the last game of round 12 LSU-Baltai was defeated by Lietkabelis in Panevezys 89-71.


Neptunas - Sakalai 106-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Klaipeda. Local Neptunas (5-3) outscored 11th ranked Sakalai (1-6) 106-80 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Sakalai managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 44 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Neptunas forced 19 Sakalai turnovers and had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). International forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. Neptunas' coach Kazys Maksvytis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Justas Sinica (203-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Neptunas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Sakalai lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Neptunas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sakalai will play at home against Lietkabelis (#6) in Panevezys and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: L.Mikalauskas 26+9reb, M.Mazeika 22+2ast, D.Gailius 19+6reb+2ast, E.Dainys 13+5reb+5ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+4reb, R.Broadus 7+2reb+4ast
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 19+8reb+3ast, J.Sinica 12+5reb+2ast, E.Baniulis 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Sestokas 10+2reb+2ast, E.Seskus 9+2reb+3ast, R.Matulis 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 194300


Lietkabelis - LSU-Baltai 89-71

There was no surprise in Panevezys where 10th ranked LSU-Baltai (2-5) was defeated by eighth ranked Lietkabelis (4-3) 89-71 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. LSU-Baltai managed to win fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietkabelis shot 23 for 34 from the free-throw line, while LSU-Baltai only scored six points from the stripe. Lietkabelis had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by LSU-Baltai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and center Tomas Urbonas (215-92) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Lietkabelis moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Siauliai and Juventus. LSU-Baltai at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Lietkabelis is looking forward to face Sakalai (#11) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LSU-Baltai will play on the road against Siauliai and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: M.Kupsas 19+11reb, K.Babkauskas 12+5reb+5ast, D.Griskenas 12+6reb, A.Drungilas 11+7reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 10+5reb+2ast, K.Cipruss 9+2reb+1ast
LSU-Baltai: Z.Skucas 22+9reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 15+3reb, T.Urbonas 13+11reb, A.Vasiliauskas 6+1reb, A.Sakalauskas 6+2reb+1ast, M.Stasys 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 194299



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Standings

Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 2-1 
 2. Siggiewi 2-1 
 3. Floriana 2-1 
 4. Bupa 2-1 
 5. Depiro 1-2 
 6. Loyola 0-3 



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EuroCup: Bilbao nip Buducnost in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Gescrap Bilbao 66:68

Gescrap Bilbao secured a narrow road win over Buducnost in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. The Basque team now holds 5-0 record on top of Group B. Buducnost fell at 3-2 record after the loss. The hosts led by a single point with 13 seconds remaining in regulation when Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) converted a three-point play and brought victory to the visitors.
Bilbao Basket led by one 24:23 after ten minutes. The visitors extended the lead in the second frame. The Basque team gained a 43:39 halftime advantage. However Buducnost turned things around in the third quarter. The Montenegrin team held their opponents at 9 points and surged ahead for a 57:52 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth frame before Lamont Hamilton sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Lamont Hamilton posted 14 points each for Gescrap Bilbao. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) netted 12 points and collected 8 boards in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points in defeat.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 15, Dusko Bunic 14
Gescrap Bilbao: Nikolaos Zisis 14, Lamont Hamilton 14, Alex Mumbru 12



Balkan League: Rilski Sportist cruise past KK Teodo - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - KK Teodo 87:67

Rilski Sportist clinched the fourth win in Balkan League Group B. They knocked down Teodo Tivat handing those the initial loss of the season. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) unloaded 19 points to pace the Bulgarian side.
Rilski cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 26:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They kept KK Teodo at bay throughout the second quarter. Rilski ensured a 48:36 halftime advantage. The hosts controlled the tempo in the second half. Rilski piled up a 15-point lead before the fourth quarter. They kept Teodo Tivat at bay throughout the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Anthony Gugino (188-F) had 17 points and 11 boards, while Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) added 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Teodo. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) and Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 19, Anthony Gugino 17+11 boards, Hristo Zahariev 14
KK Teodo: Savo Djikanovic 18, Manuel Johnson 11, Aleksandar Radulovic 11



Rilski Sportist gave no chance to Teodo and won at home - by Dragan Scepanovic

BC Rilski Sportist (Samokov, BUL) recorded its fourth win in group B of EUROHOLD Balkan League. The team handed KK Teodo (Tivat, MNE) first loss of the competition after winning 87-67. This victory puts Rilski with 4-2 record while now Teodo has 4-1. The hosts played better defense that stopped their opponents and it won the game. Next week Teodo will visit KK Kozuv in Gevgelija while Rilski is playing at OKK Beograd on December 18th.
Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) was the top scorer with 19 points as Anthony Gugino (188-F) added 17 and 11 rebounds.
For the visitors Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) had 18 points and 11 apiece added Manuel Johnson and Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84).



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 36

Dec. 5: Indiana P. - Portland TB 99-92
Dec. 5: Charlotte B. - New York K. 98-100
Dec. 5: Detroit P. - Golden St.W. 97-104
Dec. 5: Utah Jazz - Orlando M. 87-81
Dec. 5: N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 87-103
Dec. 5: Cleveland C. - Chicago B. 85-95
Dec. 5: LA Clippers - Dallas M. 112-90
Dec. 5: San Antonio S. - Milwaukee B. 110-99
Dec. 5: Atlanta H. - Denver N. 108-104
Dec. 5: Sacramento K. - Toronto R. 107-100
Dec. 5: Boston C. - Minnesota T. 104-94

Regular Season: Round 37

Dec. 6: Miami Heat - New York K.
Dec. 6: Phoenix Suns - Dallas M.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 28
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.0 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.5 
 3. Anthony, New Y.26.4 
 4. James, Miami Heat24.8 
 5. Harden, Houston R.23.6 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..20.9 
 7. Aldridge, Portland.20.7 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat19.8 
 9. Mayo, Dallas M.19.7 
 10. Lillard, Portland.19.3 
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 Lakers11.2 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 6. Jefferson, Utah J.10.7 
 7. Faried, Denver N.10.4 
 8. Duncan, San A.10.1 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.10.1 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.7 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.5 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.9.3 
 4. Williams, Brooklyn8.8 
 5. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.7 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.7 
 7. Parker, San A.7.3 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.7.2 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.1 
 10. Felton, New Y.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.7 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 3. Jennings, Milwauke.2.4 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.1 
 6. Lawson, Denver N.2.1 
 7. Kidd, New York K.2.1 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.2.0 
 9. Ariza, Washingt.1.9 
 10. Lin, Houston R.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.2.9 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.8 
 5. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.5 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.3 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 9. Lopez, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 10. Gortat, Phoenix2.1 


LeBron, Durant Named Players Of The Month For November - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat's LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and the Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.
James led the Heat to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 (.786) mark, matching the teams best start through 14 games. In the Eastern Conference, James ranked second in scoring (25.0 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.533), sixth in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and eighth in assists (6.5 apg).
Durant helped the Thunder to a 13-4 (.765) record and a four-game cushion in the Northwest Division. Durant ranked second overall in scoring (26.5 ppg) while shooting .510 from the field, .433 from behind the three-point line and .893 from the charity stripe. Additionally, Durant contributed 8.8 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.65 bpg. He recorded his first career triple-double 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in a 119-109 win over Golden State on Nov. 18.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Pau Gasol out with knee tendinitis - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers much-discussed search for a way to make Mike D'Antoni offense work with Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80), or to make Gasol effective next to Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), is on hold. Gasol, who had been benched at the end of recent games including Sundays loss to the Magic, will be out tonight against the Rockets because of tendinitis in both knees. The former All-Star who had been dealt to the Rockets in a trade later vetoed a year ago this week, had been struggling with the injury and the Lakers switch to an up-tempo offense in which he was usually at the high post, rather than inside. He was playing hurt, DAntoni said. In this league, you just cant do that. They got to get him healthy, whatever it takes, one game, two games, 10 games, day-to-day, I dont know. But hes got to get healthy. It wasnt fair. He was trying to battle through some stuff. In this league, you just cant do it.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Bryant Eclipses 30,000, Lakers Beat Hornets 103-87, other 10 games recap - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento K. - Toronto R. 107-100
Kings 107, Raptors 100 With strong fourth quarter efforts from their two young cornerstone players, the Kings withstood a spectacular second-half by Kyle Lowry to end their three-game losing streak. DeMarcus Cousins posted team highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) had 23 points, including back-to-back three pointers to give the Kings (5-12) a 101-95 lead in the fourth quarter. Cousins had seven points in the fourth quarter. Evans had 10 points in the fourth. Lowry finished with 34 points and 11 assists for Toronto (4-15). Lowry had 29 points and six assists in the second half. THIRD QUARTER Kings 76, Raptors 74 Kyle Lowry has taken over the game and Mickael Pietrus is right there with him. Now the Kings find themselves in a close game. Lowry has 20 points and 10 assists with 15 points and five assists coming in the third. Pietrus has 17 points as Toronto has overcome it's poor shooting in the second quarter. DeMarcus Cousins has 18 points and eight rebounds for the Kings. Jason Thompson has 11 points and nine rebounds. But the Kings aren't getting the play needed from Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU). Evans is shooting 4 of 12 and just 5 of 10 from the foul line for 13 points. Thornton has taken only four shots with one make. The Kings shot 6 of 17 in the third. HALFTIME Kings 55, Raptors 57 The Kings continued to shoot well while the Raptors cooled off considerably. Toronto shot 5 of 25 in the second quarter to fall behind. DeMarcus Cousins (14 points, five rebounds) and Jason Thompson (11 points, seven rebounds) have been too much on the frontline for the Raptors. The Kings have outscored Toronto 36-12 in the paint. The Kings also have 15 fast break points. It's been a slow start for Tyreke Evans after missing two games with a bruised left knee. He's missed made 2 of 8 shots for seven points. Mickael Pietrus has 11 points to lead Toronto. FIRST QUARTER Kings 29, Raptors 29 The game is moving at a face pace with both teams shooting well. DeMarcus Cousins had made 6 of 9 shots for 12 points to lead the Kings. Sacramento is shooting 52.2 percent (12 of 23). Toronto is shooting 13 of 26 (50 percent). Cousins has been defended by a rookie (Jonas Valanciunas) and Amir Johnson, who doesn't have the size to keep Cousins from his spots on the floor. It's the kind of frontline that could help Cousins find his game again. DeMar DeRozan has eight points to lead Toronto. Kyle Lowry has five assists. The Kings have already forced five turnovers. In their blowout loss last Saturday to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Kings forced five turnovers the entire game. Courtesy of: www.sacbee.com

Charlotte B. - New York K. 98-100
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) hit an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the New York Knicks a 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Smith's buzzer-beater came after the Knicks inbounded with 3.4 seconds remaining. They went directly to Smith, and he nailed a fallaway over the outstretched arms of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The basket capped a comeback after the Knicks trailed by eight with 3:50 left. They outscored the Bobcats 8-0 the rest of the way, holding the Bobcats scoreless on their last seven possessions. Smith also had a key steal on the Bobcats' last possession to set up the game-winner. The win was the Knicks' fourth in a row and moved them to an Eastern Conference-best 13-4. The Bobcats fell to 7-19 and lost their fifth consecutive game. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) led the Knicks with 23 points but scored only three in the second half and was not on the court for the final play. Tyson Chandler scored 18 with 17 rebounds, and Raymond Felton scored 17. Smith finished with 13. Jason Kidd returned after missing four games with lower back spasms and had seven points in 25 minutes. Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 25 points. Gerald Henderson scored 18, Ben Gordon 17 and Kidd-Gilchrist 12. NOTES: The Knicks played without Marcus Camby, who missed his second consecutive game with a sore left foot, and they continue to be without Iman Shumpert (torn left ACL) and Amar'e Stoudemire (left knee debridement). The Bobcats were without Tyrus Thomas (left calf strain). The Knicks were coming off a 106-99 win over Phoenix on Sunday, and they beat Washington and Milwaukee during their winning streak. Anthony's 34 points Sunday marked the fifth time this season he has scored 30 or more. He did it 14 times last season. Anthony was second in the NBA in scoring coming into the game at 26.6 points per game. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) led the league at 27.9 ppg. The visit to Charlotte marked the start of a three-game road trip for the Knicks. They will play at Miami on Thursday and at Chicago on Saturday. The Bobcats closed out a three-game homestand. They'll play at Milwaukee on Friday. The Bobcats had lost at Oklahoma City, at Atlanta and to Philadelphia and Portland during their skid. They blew an 18-point lead in the final six minutes in their 118-112 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday. Gordon's 29 points against Portland allowed him to surpass 10,000 points in his career. He set a Bobcats franchise record with eight 3-pointers in the game. Chandler came into the game leading the NBA in field-goal percentage at .713. Walker led the Bobcats in scoring coming into the game at 16.6 ppg and was fourth in the league in steals at 2.13 per game. Courtesy of: http://lindyssports.com

Cleveland C. - Chicago B. 85-95
CLEVELAND - Hours before Wednesday's tipoff, Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) reclined on the Bulls' bench and lamented the difficult loss from the previous night. "But that's in the past and the next game is the most important, right?" Marco Belinelli said. Similar to what played out at Quicken Loans Arena in the Bulls' 95-85 victory over the Cavaliers, Marco Belinelli proved on target. The much-maligned shooting guard had fallen out of Tom Thibodeau's rotation as recently as four games ago. But starting his second game for the injured Richard Hamilton, Marco Belinelli scored a game- and season-high 23 points to power the Bulls to their 10th straight victory in this series. Next up on the two-game trip? The Pistons, whom the Bulls have defeated 15 straight times. Marco Belinelli also posted season-highs in minutes after playing 39 minutes, 39 seconds and shots with 15. "He never got discouraged," Joakim Noah said. "He kept playing hard. You see that as a player, someone who is passionate about the game. I'm happy it's paying off for him." How much did Marco Belinelli have it rolling? Thibodeau brought Jimmy Butler in for Luol Deng instead of Marco Belinelli at Butler's customary first-quarter rotation slot. It's the first time all season Deng, who added 22 points, has sat in the opening period. "I'm feeling more and more comfortable," Marco Belinelli said. "Of course I struggled at first and maybe I lost a little confidence. But I work and work because I want to help the team win." In the battle of the flowing locks, Noah's double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds outshined Anderson Varejao's 11 points and 15 rebounds. Varejao, the league's leading rebounder, extended his double-double streak to 10 games and has grabbed 15 or more rebounds in 10 straight. "He's a hard-playing dude," Noah said. "You have to give credit where credit is due. Do I like playing against him? No. He never takes a play off. I really respect him." Just like their last visit here on Nov. 2, the Bulls built a 16-point, first-quarter lead with sizzling shooting. Like the Bulls, the Cavaliers played without their starting backcourt as Kyrie Irving and rookie Dion Waiters sat with injuries. "The first quarter was huge, getting off to a quick start," Thibodeau said. "Marco was terrific. (Kirk) Hinrich (eight assists) running the team was outstanding." Though a once-robust, 18-point lead dwindled to five at one point in the third quarter, the Bulls remained in command throughout. They also played at a faster pace than in recent games, posting 20 fast-break points. That's their highest total since recording 21 in the third game of the season. Courtesy of: http://www.chicagotribune.com

N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 87-103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) added 18 points and five blocked shots for the Lakers, who trailed 48-47 at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20 in the fourth. Ryan Anderson scored 31, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers for the Hornets, who were playing their ninth straight game without top overall draft choice Anthony Davis. Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) added 16 points, while Robin Lopez scored 15 points and blocked five shots. Antawn Jamison scored 15 and Metta World Peace 11, and Chris Duhon had 10 assists for Los Angeles, which is playing without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol and won for only the second time on the road this season. The Hornets fell to 3-7 at home and lost for the 10th time in 12 games overall. The Hornets led from early in the first quarter until halftime, going up by as many as eight points when Al-Farouq Aminu slammed down an alley-oop lob from Vasquez, energizing the largest crowd of the season at the New Orleans Arena. Bryant helped the Lakers trim their deficit after that, hitting five free throws and his milestone on 3-foot jumper in the last 2:15 of the second quarter. Jamison opened the third-quarter onslaught with 3, Howard followed with a fast-break layup and Bryant had two straight fast-break dunks, one of which he created himself with a steal. Howard finished the surge with a layup. Anderson's shooting helped the Hornets pull to 70-62 late in the third period, but Bryant hit an 18-footer and Jodie Meeks added one of his three 3-pointers to give Los Angeles a 13-point lead heading into the final period. Meeks and Darius Morris then added 3s early in the period and New Orleans could not recover. Notes: NBA Commissioner David Stern attended the game and said he was happy to be in attendance for Bryant's milestone moment, even if the scheduling was pure coincidence. Stern was making a regularly scheduled visit with first-year Hornets owner Tom Benson, who is also the owner of the NFL's Saints, to see how Benson's plans for the NBA franchise were taking shape. Stern visited Saints headquarters, where new construction has begun on additions that will also accommodate Hornets offices and practice courts. Stern said he wanted to shake hands with Bryant after the game. "As a talent, a competitor, I think that he is up there on the pedestal with Michael Jordan. He is one of the greatest." ... Stern also discussed the possibility of a team name change, something Benson has said he wants since buying the club last spring. Stern says the club has not yet applied for a name change but that the league would likely accept whatever name the Hornets want and expedite the transition. Courtesy of: http://www.npr.org

Detroit P. - Golden St.W. 97-104
In a battle of young backcourts, the Golden State Warriors were an easy winner over the Detroit Pistons. Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) (27 points) and Stephen Curry (22) outscored Detroit's Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler 49-7, and Golden State posted a 104-97 victory Wednesday night. Singler and Knight went a combined 2 for 16 from the floor, while their Warrior counterparts hit 16 of 28, including nine 3-pointers. ''The numbers tell a big part of the story. Your guards get outscored 49-7, it is going to be tough to win,'' Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. ''That's just a bad night.'' The Warriors, starting a seven-game road trip against the Eastern Conference, snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak at home. Golden State has now won two straight games in Detroit after losing 25 of 29. ''That was a great effort, especially in the second half to play it out,'' Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. ''We had some breakdowns at the end, but we ended up with a victory. We'll learn from those, but I'd much rather be learning from a win rather than a loss.'' Curry added 10 assists, his fourth straight 20-10 game, while David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. ''What I love right now is that Steph is in total control out there on the floor,'' Jackson said. ''When things get crazy, I don't feel like I need to call a timeout, because I'm so comfortable with his ability to run this basketball team.'' Tayshaun Prince was the only Pistons starter to reach double figures, but four reserves scored at least 10, including 17 from Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) and 15 points and 12 rebounds from rookie Andre Drummond in a career-high 31 minutes. ''We knew that Golden State had great shooters on their team, so if you leave them open for a split second, they are going to knock the shot down,'' Drummond said. ''We let some things slip away and played out of character. Moving forward, we have to nip some of that in bud.'' Golden State looked like it would take control early, jumping out to a 19-7 lead, but neither team could shoot well enough to hang on to any sustained advantage in the first half. The Warriors hit 35 percent from the floor in the half, but that was better than Detroit's 33.9 percent and enough to take a slim 40-38 advantage into the intermission. The Warriors, though, scored 27 points in the first eight minutes of the third. Thompson scored 14 points in the burst, and Curry added nine. Thompson kept it going, finishing the period by blocking Greg Monroe's jumper from behind, then hitting a 3-pointer to give Golden State a 79-61 advantage going into the fourth. ''A 39-point quarter is just unacceptable,'' Frank said. ''We let two really good shooters get comfortable, and you saw what happened. We did too many things on both ends of the floor that were nothing that we've ever rehearsed in practice.'' Thompson thought the run had more to do with Golden State's offensive pace than Detroit's defense. ''We played their pace a little bit in the first half, but we started playing at our tempo in the third quarter,'' he said. ''We got fast-break points and early offense. I was making shots and my teammates kept finding me. I just played catch and shoot.'' Two dunks by Drummond got Detroit within 83-72, but Thompson answered with a long jumper. Detroit appeared out of the game, but the Pistons hit seven straight shots to pull within 98-95 with a minute to play. Golden State, though, put the game away from the free throw line. ''We didn't do our best job of closing out that game - we have to put the final nail in the coffin,'' the Warriors' Jarrett Jack said. ''There are teams that are going to be able to come back when we let them linger around.'' Notes: Knight, Singler and Stuckey were 0 for 9 in the first half. ... Wednesday marked the 90th birthday of William Davidson, who owned the Pistons from 1974 until his death in 2009. Davidson built the Palace of Auburn Hills, which opened in 1989, with private funds. In 2004, his teams, the Pistons, Detroit Shock and Tampa Bay Lightning, simultaneously held the NBA, WNBA and NHL championships. Davidson's son held a party at Wednesday's game in his father's honor. One of the guests was Tom Wilson, former CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment, who now holds a similar job with Mike Ilitch's Olympia Entertainment. Courtesy of: http://msn.foxsports.com

San Antonio S. - Milwaukee B. 110-99
SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) poured in 22 points and had 10 assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 110-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night at the AT&T Center. Tied at 76 going into the fourth quarter, San Antonio went on a 16-2 run to open the quarter. The Spurs Big Three - Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili - watched bench players Matt Bonner, Nando De Colo, James Anderson, Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) on the floor lead them on the improbable run. It was Splitter's layup with 7:56 put the Spurs on top 92-78, and gave them a double-digit lead. Parker's tear drop with four minutes gave them a 17 point lead, after trailing by as much as eight points in the third quarter. The Bucks would make a final run when Monta Ellis hit a bucket with 1:30 to cut the lead to nine 106-97, but could not get any closer. Gary Neal also had 22 points, and Tim Duncan 17 with 10 rebounds. Tiago Splitter added 15 and Manu Ginobili 11. Matt Bonner also grabbed 12 rebounds as San Antonio moved to 15-4. The Bucks were led by Monta Ellis 21 points and 11 assists. Ersan Ilyasova also scored 17 in the first half, as the Bucks fell to 8-9. Marquis Daniels added 12 Brandon Jennings had 14 and Samuel Dalembert scored eight. Howver, the Bucks were 24 of 29 from the free-throw line (83 percent). Behind 55 percent first half shooting, Milwaukee took a 58-52 halftime lead into the locker room. San Antonio struggled out of the gate, going 0-for-11 on their first shots of the game. Duncan kept them in the game, scoring 15 points in the first half. NOTES: Spurs guards Danny Green and Patty Mills sat out because of injuries. Green (sore left hamstring) was averaging 9.8 points per game in the small forward position in the absence of Kawhi Leonard (left knee tendinitis) and Stephen Jackson (broken right finger). Mills, who tweaked his right ankle, has a 4.9-point average through 15 games. Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy was scratched from the lineup. He is nursing a bruised left knee. 'It was really sore after the game the other night. He couldn't really go in practice,' coach Scott Skiles said. Dunleavy, who was hurt in the Bucks' 102-81 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night, is averaging 10.8 points a game. San Antonio recalled second-year guard Cory Joseph form the NBA Development League's Austin Toros. The Spurs entered the night ranked first in assists in the NBA, averaging 24.3 a game, their highest figure since 1992-93 season. Courtesy of: http://lindyssports.com

Atlanta H. - Denver N. 108-104
Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds on his 27th birthday. Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ty Lawson paced Denver with a season-high 32 points. Corey Brewer had 19. Two free throws by Danilo Gallinari with 2:34 remaining gave Denver its first lead of the final period at 98-97. Lawson's 3-pointer gave the Nuggets a 101-99 advantage before Horford hit a tying jumper. Following a missed jumper by Denver's Kenneth Faried, Lou Williams made two free throws. Smith then stole the ball from Lawson and completed a fast break with a dunk over Brewer, who was called for a foul. Smith added the free throw for a 106-101 lead. The Nuggets were without center Kosta Koufos, who remained at the team hotel with the flu. Timofey Mozgov had six points and 13 rebounds in his first start of the season. Gallinari had 16 points and JaVele McGee added 11 for Denver. Williams scored 16 points and Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) had 12 for Atlanta. The Hawks had first-half success with their big lineup, with Zaza Pachulia at center and Horford shifting from center to power forward. The big lineup usually benefits Horford, who has room for more scoring opportunities away from the basket. Pachulia also thrived with extended playing time, scoring all 11 of his points in the second quarter as the Hawks took a 55-51 halftime lead. The Hawks' biggest lead was 73-62 at the end of a 10-0 run in the third period. NOTES: The Hawks ended a four-game losing streak in the series with their first win over the Nuggets since Nov. 7, 2009. ... Hawks G Kyle Korver was away from the team and with his wife, who is expecting the couple's first child. The team recalled rookie G John Jenkins from its Bakersfield NBA Development League affiliate. Jenkins did not play. Courtesy of: http://www.macon.com

Utah Jazz - Orlando M. 87-81
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Jefferson got hurt while corralling his final rebound. He went down clutching his back with 1:29 left and had to be helped off the court in obvious pain. Team officials said he had back spasms. Jefferson had just eight points at halftime but scored 17 in the third quarter and was the difference down the stretch as the Jazz held off a furious Orlando comeback attempt. Orlando trailed by 14 in the first half and by 11 entering the fourth but took a 79-78 lead on Glen Davis' powerful jam. Randy Foye's 3-pointer and back-to-back jumpers by Jefferson sealed the win for Utah. Davis led Orlando with 18 points. Jameer Nelson had 17 and Arron Afflalo added 16. The Magic managed just 15 points in the first quarter and 34 in the first half, but fought back behind Davis. His three-point play pulled Orlando to 76-72 with 5:41 remaining and J.J. Redick's three-point play off a driving layup with 4:20 left had the Magic within 78-77. Davis' powerful dunk over two defenders gave Orlando a 79-78 lead with 3:33 left. Foye, who started 0 for 5, countered with a 3-pointer to put the Jazz back on top 81-79 with 3:11 remaining, and Jefferson's 5-footer bumped it to 83-79. Jefferson finished 13 of 20 from the field with two assists and a steal. He started with a hot hand in the third quarter, but the Jazz quickly cooled off after taking a 56-45 lead following Jefferson's 5-footer in the lane. Orlando scored the next eight points, including a pair of baskets by Redick, as the Magic pulled to 56-53. Utah closed the quarter on a 12-4 run to lead 68-57, with Jazz reserves providing the spark defensively. DeMarre Carroll had a pair of steals and helped force a backcourt violation. Jefferson was Utah's offense with a 17-point quarter on 6-of-9 shooting Overall the Magic shot slightly better but Utah's only 3-pointer of the night, by Foye, made the difference. The Jazz held Orlando to 15 points in the first quarter and 34 in the first half, limiting the Magic to 36 percent shooting and forcing a dozen turnovers. Utah also held a huge advantage on points in the paint (30-14) in the first half, with Jefferson and Paul Millsap doing much of the damage. Jefferson had six points, seven rebounds and an assist in the first quarter. Millsap, meanwhile, had surpassed his season average (13.9 points) by halftime, with 11 of his 16 first-half points coming in the second quarter when he shot 4 of 6. He also had three blocks, a pair of assists and a steal in the half. Despite the mistakes, the Magic pulled within five in the second quarter on a layup by Andrew Nicholson. But the Jazz went on an 11-4 run, with backup point guard Earl Watson and Millsap pushing the pace. Millsap scored seven straight points for Utah and Marvin Williams capped the run with a layup off a nice pass from Jefferson. The Jazz led by as many as 14 late in the second quarter and held a 45-34 lead at the break - the 34 points being an opponent first-half season low for Utah. Utah got an early boost from Williams, back in the starting lineup after missing the previous three games with concussion-like symptoms. He had been averaging 10.4 points a game and finished with eight. NOTES: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups received a warning from the NBA on Wednesday about flopping for a call late in Monday's game against the Jazz when he kicked out his feet on a 3-pointer and drew a foul from Mo Williams. Billups sank two of three free throws with 1:14 left in an eventual one-point Jazz loss. "It does us a lot of good now, the game's over," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "I thought we might have been right; we were right." ... Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was drafted in the first round (No. 27) by the Jazz in 1997. He played in 224 games with the Jazz during his first four seasons. ... Jazz shot-blocking specialist Derrick Favors missed his third straight game because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. ... Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward went 0 for 6. Courtesy of: http://www.knoxnews.com

Boston C. - Minnesota T. 104-94
BOSTON (AP) - Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) sure looked as though he wanted to remind the Minnesota Timberwolves what they've been missing these last five years. Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Boston Celtics beat the Timberwolves 104-94 on Wednesday night in Rajon Rondo's return from a two-game suspension. The Celtics improved to 10-0 against Minnesota since they acquired Kevin Garnett from the Timberwolves during the summer of 2007. They also won for the 11th straight time against Minnesota. Asked if Kevin Garnett still liked to play against his old team, Boston coach Doc Rivers didn't hesitate. What do you think?'' he said. When the reporter answered yes,'' Rivers smiled and replied: That's a good answer.'' Celtics teammate Paul Pierce, who scored 18 points, downplayed all that, saying Kevin Garnett just likes to face good young players such as Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. I think he just accepts the challenges of playing against some of the top players in the game,'' Pierce said. Minnesota is the only other team Kevin Garnett has played for in his 17-year career. Kevin Garnett looked motivated from start to finish, even coming out and swiping the ball out of Love's hands in front of Boston's bench early in the final quarter. We established the post, I thought, early on. I thought defensively we played with a lot of energy,'' Kevin Garnett said. We made them go to their second and third options, which is something they don't like to do.'' Love could see Kevin Garnett's energy sparked Boston's other players. He's intense,'' Love said. He's K.G. He's a guy that defensively, he'll clamp down on you. He didn't leave me out there more than once tonight, really clamped in.'' Boston went 1-1 without Rondo, suspended for his role in a scuffle during a game against the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday. Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists. Jason Terry scored 17 and Brandon Bass 12. Love led the Timberwolves with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic had 14 with nine boards. Minnesota went just 6 for 19 from 3-point range one night after hitting a season-high 13 3s in a win over Philadelphia. The Timberwolves also went 14 for 30 from the free throw line. We're not going to win if we miss 16 free throws or whatever it was. That's terrible,'' Minnesota guard Jose Barea said. Boston, which led by seven entering the final quarter, scored 11 of the initial 14 points in the fourth and opened a 90-75 lead on Terry's 3 from the left wing with 7:50 to play. The Timberwolves went nearly 5 minutes without a basket. The Celtics maintained between a 14 and 12-point lead over the next 3 minutes, keeping the Timberwolves from making a run by nailing a handful of free throws before a spinning, crowd-pleasing basket by Rondo made it 100-85 with 3 minutes left. The Celtics used a 9-0 run over 2 minutes to open a 67-61 lead on Terry's 3-pointer midway into the third. Minnesota, coming off a 17-point win in Philadelphia on Tuesday, scored the last five points of the half to grab a 51-47 edge at the break. The Celtics opened the game 10 for 13, but cooled off late in the first quarter, missing six of their last nine shots and trailed 30-27 after one. Love headed to the bench early when he picked up his second foul - both on offense - with 2:27 left in the first quarter. NOTES: Minnesota held its opponents under 90 points in three of the previous four games - all wins. It's a commitment to defense that coach Rick Adelman saw at the beginning of the season. We've had a great work ethic,'' he said. The guys are working hard on it.'' The Timberwolves entered having allowed the fourth-fewest points in the NBA. ... Boston G Avery Bradley, sidelined since shoulder operations at the end of last season, said he expects to be able to practice in one to two weeks.'' ... Rivers compared Love's ability to rebound to that of Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. I played with, I think, one of the greatest rebounders all-time - Dennis Rodman,'' he said. I watched him at the (London) Olympics and said, He seems to know where the ball is going when it's in the air.''' Love then went out and grabbed an offensive rebound on Minnesota's first shot of the game. ... Rondo got a loud ovation when he was introduced in the starting lineups. ... Kevin Garnett played his 1,273rd game, one behind Minnesota assistant Terry Porter for 17th all-time. Courtesy of: http://www.boston.com


Clippers - Dallas 112-90
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 14 points and 13 assists, propelling the Los Angeles Clippers to their fourth straight victory, 112-90 over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) had 20 points, Caron Butler scored 16 and DeAndre Jordan 12 for the Clippers, who shot 50 percent and dominated the entire game, keeping Dallas owner Mark Cuban glued to his seat with his chin cupped in his left hand.

Vince Carter scored 16 points off the bench. Derek Fisher added 15 points, and Shawn Marion and Chris Kaman had 14 points apiece for the Mavericks, who fell to 2-7 on the road.

Courtesy of: bigstory.ap.org

Indiana P. - Portland TB 99-92
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A few different versions of Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) have been showing up lately for the Indiana Pacers. The dominant one made an appearance Wednesday night against Portland. George scored 22 points to help Indiana beat the Trail Blazers 99-92 on Wednesday night. George, Indiana's No. 2 scorer this season, has been inconsistent. He scored four points at Sacramento and went scoreless at Golden State before exploding for 34 points at Chicago on Tuesday night. He followed that by scoring 14 of his 22 points in the second half against the Trail Blazers. The question remains whether the talented 22-year-old is just teasing the Pacers with the back-to-back strong efforts. "You just watch him and some of the shots that he's making and you think, 'Boy, if he could ever stabilize and do this on a consistent basis,'" Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. George doesn't worry about the consistency issue as much as Vogel does. "I don't look at it like that anymore," George said. "I just come out and play. I feel like I'm preparing myself well enough to just go out and play, take the shots that are there and be confident in those shots." George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) added 18 points and David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (10-9) , who have won four of five and moved above .500 for the first time since a 2-1 start. Indiana, the league leader in scoring defense, held the Blazers to 43 percent shooting. "We guarded," Vogel said. "We try to take pride in being the best defensive team in the NBA and we got after it. By getting stops we were able to get out and break a little bit and get some easy baskets." Damian Lillard led Portland (8-11) with 23 points. Though the Pacers were strong defensively overall, they had no answer for the rookie, who constantly blew past his defenders. "He was the focal point of our defense tonight," Vogel said. "We knew we had to contain Lillard and he still got off on us. He had a great night and he's a special talent and he has a bright future ahead of him." Wesley Matthews scored 19, LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Portland was solid in the first half then played poorly in the third quarter before finishing strong. "We've been playing up and down, kind of going through spurts," Aldridge said. "If I knew why we were playing like that, I could fix it." Indiana outscored Portland 31-14 in the third quarter to take control. The Trail Blazers made a push in the fourth but could get no closer than four. "It seemed like we were on our heels and weren't aggressive," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "They were much more aggressive." Hickson's tip-in at the buzzer gave the Blazers a 50-48 lead at halftime. Lillard had 14 points at the break for Portland. Indiana opened the second half on a 6-0 run to take a 54-50 lead. A 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by George gave the Pacers a 67-60 edge, and Ian Mahinmi's basket in close pushed Indiana's lead to nine and forced Portland to call a timeout. A fast-break layup by George out of the break bumped Indiana's lead to double digits, and a free throw by D.J. Augustin closed out the 10-0 run. During that three-minute stretch, the Trail Blazers went 0-for-3 from the field and committed three turnovers. West's putback in the final seconds of the third quarter gave Indiana a 79-64 lead entering the fourth. Indiana held Portland to 7-for-19 shooting in the third. George, who had eight points in the first half, scored nine in the quarter. George picked up where he left off, draining a 3-pointer from the corner in the opening minute of the fourth to give the Pacers an 18-point lead. Portland battled back in the early minutes of the fourth. Matthews hit two free throws to trim Indiana's lead to 85-79 and Lillard added a layup to make it 85-81. But Indiana regrouped. A drive by George and a last-second dish for a dunk by Hill gave Indiana a 93-86 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Portland had a chance to cut Indiana's lead to three, but Hibbert blocked Hickson's shot and pulled in the rebound with 50 seconds to play. "It was a nice effort at the end, but we just can't put ourselves in those positions," Stotts said. The Pacers, who struggled out of the gate, are starting to look like the team that pushed Miami in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season. "A lot of things are starting to come together," George said. "We're starting to knock down shots, we're starting to see the open man. We're starting to play the style that we played last year." Notes: Pacers F Danny Granger remains out with left patellar tendinosis. ... Hibbert entered the game second in the league with 3.06 blocks per contest. He had three more on Wednesday. ... West was issued a technical foul in the second quarter. ... Lillard was named Western Conference rookie of the month on Wednesday. ... Mahinmi scored a season-high 12 points to help Indiana's reserves outscore Portland's 31-13. ... Portland fell to 2-5 on its road trip. Courtesy of: http://www.statesmanjournal.com



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Sheray Thomas agreed terms with Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old former international forward Sheray Thomas (203-84, college: Kentucky). He played recently at Montreal Jazz (NBL Canada). In 7 games this season he recorded 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. The last season Thomas also was tested by Kebs de Laval (previous name Quebec Kebs).
The previous (10-11) season he also played at Starwings in Swiss LNA. In only one game last year he had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Thomas team made it to the Swiss League Cup final in 2008.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Thomas was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. Thomas represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) five years ago.
He has played previously for Swiss team: Boncourt.
Thomas attended University of Kentucky until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 0-0 (8-0) 
 2. Louisville 0-0 (7-1) 
 3. Kentucky 0-0 (5-3) 
 4. Ohio St. 0-0 (5-0) 
 5. Michigan 0-0 (8-0) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 0-0 (4-2) 
 7. Kansas 0-0 (6-1) 
 8. Duke 0-0 (7-0) 
 9. Syracuse 0-0 (6-0) 
 10. Florida 0-0 (7-0) 
 11. Arizona 0-0 (6-0) 
 12. N.Carolina 0-0 (6-2) 
 13. UCLA 0-0 (5-3) 
 14. Michigan St. 0-0 (7-1) 
 15. Creighton 0-0 (7-1) 
 16. Memphis 0-0 (5-2) 
 17. Missouri 0-0 (7-1) 
 18. Baylor 0-0 (5-3) 
 19. UNLV 0-0 (6-1) 
 20. San Diego St. 0-0 (5-1) 
 21. Wisconsin 0-0 (6-2) 
 22. Gonzaga 0-0 (9-0) 
 23. Notre Dame 0-0 (7-1) 
 24. Florida St. 0-0 (4-4) 
 25. Texas 0-0 (5-3) 

Regular Season: Round 27

Dec. 5: Evansville - Miami, OH 94-68
Dec. 5: Weber St. - Utah Valley 89-56
Dec. 5: Austin Peay St. - Oakland City 88-63
Dec. 5: Cent.Arkansas - Tenn-Martin 87-86
Dec. 5: Butler - IUPUI 87-55
Dec. 5: N.Arizona - Loyola Mary 86-92 OT
Dec. 5: New Hampshire - Cent.Conn.St. 84-87
Dec. 5: Middle Tenn.St. - UAB 84-64
Dec. 5: Memphis - Ohio 84-58
Dec. 5: La Salle - Penn St. 82-57
Dec. 5: Ill.-Chicago - Roosevelt 81-43
Dec. 5: Detroit Mercy - Toledo 79-73
Dec. 5: Sacred Heart - Holy Cross 78-83
Dec. 5: Texas St. - ORU 77-86
Dec. 5: Albany - St.Francis, NY 77-73
Dec. 5: Alabama - Dayton 76-81
Dec. 5: N.Iowa - N.Colorado 76-59
Dec. 5: Ball St. - Holy Cross Coll. 76-57
Dec. 5: Utah - Boise St. 76-55
Dec. 5: Michigan St. - Ark.-Pine Bluff 76-44
Dec. 5: N.Mexico - USC 75-67
Dec. 5: Drake - St.Mary's, CA 73-88
Dec. 5: Arizona St. - Hartford 71-63
Dec. 5: Wake Forest - High Point 71-60
Dec. 5: N.Dakota - UMKC 70-73
Dec. 5: Colorado - Colorado St. 70-61
Dec. 5: JMU - E.Tenn.St. 70-45
Dec. 5: Davidson - Charlotte 69-73
Dec. 5: Washington St. - Gonzaga 69-71
Dec. 5: W.Virginia - Marshall 69-59
Dec. 5: Denver - Mercer 69-40
Dec. 5: St.Louis - N.Texas 67-63
Dec. 5: Quinnipiac - Colgate 67-56
Dec. 5: Monmouth - Navy 66-85
Dec. 5: Pittsburgh - Duquesne 66-45
Dec. 5: N.Illinois - SIU Edwardsville 65-54
Dec. 5: Chicago St. - De Paul 64-74
Dec. 5: Cal-Davis - San Jose St. 64-73
Dec. 5: Vermont - Towson 64-68
Dec. 5: St.Peter''s - Iona 64-62
Dec. 5: Valparaiso - IPFW 63-52
Dec. 5: Bryant - Yale 62-64
Dec. 5: Texas A&M - SF Austin 62-54
Dec. 5: Wilmington - Coker 62-47
Dec. 5: NC-Wilmington - Coker 62-47
Dec. 5: Pepperdine - Cal-Riverside 62-40
Dec. 5: Villanova - Temple 61-76
Dec. 5: Loyola, MD - Niagara 61-62
Dec. 5: Oklahoma St. - S.Florida 61-49
Dec. 5: Tulsa - Missouri St. 61-42
Dec. 5: W.Kentucky - S.Illinois 58-57
Dec. 5: Morehead St. - N.Dakota St. 57-69
Dec. 5: Wofford - Gardner-Webb 54-42
Dec. 5: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Buffalo 52-72
Dec. 5: Florida St. - Florida 47-72
Dec. 5: Virginia - Tennessee 46-38
Dec. 5: E.Illinois - W.Illinois 45-57
Dec. 5: CS Northridge - Vanguard 120-69
Dec. 5: Maryland - Md-E Shore 100-68

Regular Season: Round 28

Dec. 6: William & Mary - Howard
Dec. 6: UMBC - American
Dec. 6: Providence - Rhode Island
Dec. 6: Co.Carolina - Boston U.
Dec. 6: Maine - Fisher
Dec. 6: Oakland - Rochester, MI
Dec. 6: Cincinnati - UALR
Dec. 6: Stetson - Florida Atlantic
Dec. 6: Youngstown St. - Geneva
Dec. 6: Xavier - Vanderbilt
Dec. 6: S.Dakota St. - Dakota St.
Dec. 6: Syracuse - Long Beach St.
Dec. 6: Nebraska - Creighton
Dec. 6: Tenn Tech - Green Bay
Dec. 6: Montana St. - Montana Tech
Dec. 6: E.Washington - Idaho
Dec. 6: Fresno St. - San Diego Chr.
Dec. 6: San Diego St. - UCSB
Dec. 6: CS Fullerton - CSU Bakersfield


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Kyle VINALES
  Cent.Con.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Vinales, Cent.Con.25.9 
 2. Green, Virginia Te.24.9 
 3. McCollum, Lehigh24.4 
 4. Kinney, San J.23.4 
 5. Foster, Santa Clara22.6 
 6. Crabbe, California22.4 
 7. Cotton, Providence22.1 
 8. White, Campbell21.9 
 9. Niles, ORU21.6 
 10. Canaan, Murray St.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cole DICKERSON
  USF
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Dickerson, USF13.8 
 2. Anosike, Siena13.3 
 3. Hagins, Delaware12.2 
 4. Daniel, Murray St.11.7 
 5. Iverson, Colorado.11.6 
 6. Roberson, Colorado11.5 
 7. Kessens, Longwood11.4 
 8. Muscala, Bucknell11.4 
 9. Moreland, Oregon S.11.3 
 10. Cooley, Notre Da.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Michael CARTER-WILLIAMS
  Syrac.
  (198-G-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Carter-W., Syrac.9.5 
 2. Drew, UCLA8.5 
 3. Nelson, New O.8.3 
 4. Kane, Marshall8.2 
 5. Brickman, LIU B.8.0 
 6. Collins, S.Florida7.9 
 7. Bateman, SF Austin7.2 
 8. Burke, Michigan7.1 
 9. Doolin, USF7.0 
 10. Cooper, Ohio6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Oregon
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kazemi, Oregon3.7 
 2. Foster, Santa Clara3.7 
 3. Carter-W., Syrac.3.7 
 4. Thompson, Florid.3.2 
 5. Simms-E., Bradley3.1 
 6. Kinney, San J.3.1 
 7. Seeley, CS Fulle.3.1 
 8. Smith, Louisiana T.3.0 
 9. Weber, VCU3.0 
 10. Gray, Texas Tech3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff WITHEY
  Kansas
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Withey, Kansas5.7 
 2. Bachynski, Arizona4.8 
 3. Marshall, Akron4.5 
 4. Obekpa, St.John''s4.2 
 5. Gray, Delaware St.4.1 
 6. Maxey, Texas A.3.5 
 7. Eargle, Youngsto.3.4 
 8. Sturdivant, Texas3.3 
 9. Smith, Savannah.3.2 
 10. Horton, Austin P.3.1 


N.C. State 69, Connecticut 65 - by Milord Nikolic

C.J. Leslie collected 16 points and 13 rebounds and Lorenzo Brown scored 16 as the Wolfpack held off the Huskies at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden. Richard Howell chipped in 13 points and 10 boards and Scott Wood hit all four of his free throws in the final 31 seconds en route to 13 points for North Carolina State (5-2), which bounced back from a loss at Michigan last week. Shabazz Napier scored 19 points and Ryan Boatright had 18 for Connecticut (6-2), which led by as many as 11 at 20-9 in the first half. The Wolfpack closed the period on a 21-11 run and took the lead into the break when Brown buried a jumper with four seconds left. The Huskies kept it tight in the second half and were tied at 51 after Boatrights layup with 6:33 to play. But Connecticut went over three minutes without a point as North Carolina State took control, going up 59-53 and forcing a timeout when Brown stole the ball and fed Leslie for a transition dunk. The Huskies made it a one-possession game again but Howell converted a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw but the Wolfpack got the rebound and ate another 25 seconds off the clock before sealing it at the free throw line in the final minute.


Burke Nets 20 as Wolverines Thump Broncos - by Eurobasket News

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP/No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) trounced Western Michigan, 73-41, behind three double-digit scoring performances on Tuesday (Dec. 4) inside Crisler Center. Sophomore guard Trey Burke (6'0''-G-92) (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a game-high 20 points, while freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and freshman forward Mitch McGary (6'10''-F-92) (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Michigan shot 29-of-58 (50 percent) from the floor while holding Western Michigan to just 13-of-45 (29 percent) from the floor and 2-of-17 (12 percent) from behind the arc in the game. Eighteen of U-M's 29 baskets were assisted, and 36 of its 73 points were scored in the paint.

Leading, 38-26, four minutes into the second half, McGary and Burke threw down back-to-back dunks to start a 13-2 run for Michigan. Staukas continued the run with a triple, before freshman guard Glenn Robinson (6'6''-F) III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Burke scored on consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays. Western Michigan responded with a 6-0 run of its own to cut its deficit to 17 (51-34) at the 10:43 mark, but U-M scored 10 straight to produce a 61-34 advantage with seven minutes remaining.

Then, with just under five minutes to play, the Wolverines took a 30-point lead off a three-pointer by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior). Burke and senior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) followed Hardaway's lead, knocking down triples of their own to extend U-M's advantage to its largest of the game, 73-36, and skated to victory.

Seven minutes into the game, each team had only registered nine points. The slow start ended when Robinson passed it off to Hardaway for a one-handed slam. Stauskas picked up a steal on the other end and followed it up with two makes at the free throw line to put the Wolverines up, 12-9, at the 12:16 mark.

Western Michigan answered with a bucket, but Michigan then went on a 6-0 run, forcing the Broncos to call a timeout. After an exchange of baskets by both teams, Hardaway put together an old-fashioned three-point play, igniting another 15-2 run, holding WMU scoreless for 4:31 in the process, to give U-M the 35-17 advantage with 1:45 remaining in the opening half. After back-to-back triples by freshman guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) and Stauskas, Hardaway found McGary in the lane for a layup to cap the run.

The Broncos scored two baskets down the stretch to cut Michigan's lead to 14 (35-21) at the half. U-M shot 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the floor in the half and forced WMU into 13 turnovers, off which the home side scored 17 points.

The Wolverines will return to the hardwood on Saturday (Dec. 8), looking to improve to 9-0 as they host Arkansas. Tipoff is slated for noon and the game will be televised on CBS.
Courtesy of: http://www.mgoblue.com



No. 5 Louisville Dominates College of Charleston, 80-38 - by Eurobasket News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino couldn't have asked for better trip South. He spent time with friends, got to visit his daughter and watched his fifth-ranked Cardinals play the defense he's been seeking all season.

Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points and Louisville turned up the defensive pressure throughout to blow past the College of Charleston, 80-38, on Tuesday night. The Cardinals (7-1) had a season-high 18 steals and forced the Cougars (5-3) into 27 turnovers, 11 more than they'd averaged coming in.

"It's the best we've looked this year on defense, Pitino said. "We worked on it all week."

It sure paid off at the sold-out TD Arena. The Cougars had hoped to rekindle the success of 2010 when they defeated ninth-ranked North Carolina here in overtime, 82-79. But Louisville never gave them a chance at the upset, pulling away with a 22-7 run midway through the opening period and eventually stretching the lead to 42 points.

Blackshear said the players watched film of some of Louisville's past, best defensive teams and brought that mentality into the game. Still, Pitino wasn't sure his players had absorbed the lessons and asked them before the game if they wanted to play zone defense or man-to-man against Charleston.

"I think we just all wanted to play man to show him we could get out there and play it well," Blackshear said.

Things turned Louisville's way for good in the opening half as Blackshear hit a 3-pointer to begin the decisive run. Russ Smith made seven of eight free throws and Peyton Siva had six points in the surge as the Cardinals led 36-16 at the half.

The Cougars scored the first five points after the break to cut the lead to 15 before Louisville got going again with five straight baskets.

Blackshear hit the second of three 3-pointers to increase the margin to 51-26 with 15:38 to go. Blackshear's last long-range basket some 11 minutes later made it 73-36.

"They are a great team if they get into a half-court set and that was our main key not to let them," Siva said. "Our goal was to pressure their guards and it worked tonight."

Smith finished with 13 points and Siva 12. The two combined for nine steals and held Charleston's backcourt of Andrew Lawrence (6'1''-G-90) and Anthony Stitt to 3-of-13 shooting, nine turnovers and 10 points, 14 fewer than their average coming in.

Adjehi Baru (6'9''-F/C-91) had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Cougars.

Chane Behanan had 10 points, Louisville's fourth player in double figures.

Louisville had looked shaky its past two games without junior center Gorgui Dieng, who fractured his wrist in a win over Missouri on Nov. 23. Since then, the Cards lost to Duke (76-71) and hung on in a win over Illinois State (69-66) last Saturday.

This time, Louisville pushed the pace early and the Cougars couldn't stand up to its stifling defense. The Cardinals were up 12-3 less than seven minutes in, holding Charleston to 1-of-6 shooting and forcing five turnovers.

Blackshear's 3-pointer began the 22-7 run for Louisville over the final 8 minutes of the half. Smith made seven of eight foul shots in the run while Siva had 6 points.

Louisville had nine steals in the half as its pressing defense rarely let up.

Charleston finished the period with 16 turnovers, the amount it had averaged its first seven games.

The game was the 20th sellout in the TD Arena's five seasons and the Cougars had hoped to rekindle the success it had in 2010 when it rallied past then-No. 9 North Carolina here for an 82-79 overtime victory.

But that game's hero, ex-Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock, is in the NBA now and the Cougars had no one who could keep pace with Siva and Smith.

"We tried to simulate their pressure yesterday in practice. Their length and strength is pretty impressive," Cougars coach Doug Wojcik said. "It was a tough night for us. We never put them on their heels."

These played last year in Louisville and when then-Cougars coach Bobby Cremins stepped down last year, he urged Cardinals coach Rick Pitino to honor the trip South.

Why wouldn't he? Pitino said if he were going back to college, he'd put Charleston in his top three. It must run in the family since Pitino's daughter, Jacqueline, is a junior majoring in education at Charleston. He also spent time with Cremins and another ex-Cougars coach who's a friend in John Kresse, the man who the floor here in named for.

"I got to spent a little time with John Kresse, a little time with Bobby Cremins, I got to see my daughter, and we played great," he said. "It couldn't have gone any better."
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



Porter, Lubick Lead No. 15 Georgetown Past Texas, 64-41 - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK - Georgetown University sophomore forward Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 14 points and had eight rebounds and junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) tied a career-high with 13 points as the 15th-ranked Hoyas used a strong defensive effort to beat Texas, 64-41, in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.

It was the third-straight win for Georgetown, ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches' poll, who improves to 6-1 overall. Texas falls to 5-3.

Porter hit 7-of-16 shots from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, with three blocks, three steals and two assists to lead the Hoyas, while Lubick hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor, grabbed four rebounds, had three assists and a career-high three steals. Junior guard Markel Starks (6'2''-G) (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) chipped in 11 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds.

The Hoyas broke open an eight-point game with a 12-2 run early in the second half to take an 18-point lead on a layup from sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends). Georgetown held the Longhorns without a field goal for 9:28 during the second half.

A free throw from freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) pushed the lead to 20 points, 47-27, with 9:02 to play and the Hoyas lead did not get below 18 points the rest of the way. The team's largest lead, 23 points (62-39) came on a dunk from junior guard Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F) (Jacksvonville, Fla./QEA) with one minute to play in the game.

The Blue & Gray led by 13 points at the half, 30-17, but Texas used a 7-2 spurt over the opening 3:55 and cut the lead to single digits, 32-24, on a three-pointer from Shelden McClellan. The Hoyas responded with a three from Starks followed by baskets from Lubick and Porter as the lead grew back to 39-25.

That started a 12-2 run over a span of 3:58 as the Georgetown lead grew to 18 points, 44-26, on the driving layup from Trawick with 11:51 to play.

The Hoyas jumped out to a 13-point lead at the half (30-17), connecting on 48.3 percent of their field goals (14-of-29) and holding the Longhorns to 28.6 percent shooting (8-of-28) while forcing 12 turnovers.

Georgetown scored the first nine points of the game, with Porter and Starks each hitting baskets followed by back-to-back layups from Lubick, who scored 10 points in the opening 20 minutes. A three and a jumper from Sheldon McClellan cut the lead to six points, 11-5, but the Hoyas used a 15-4 run over 7:10 pushed the GU lead to 17 points, 26-9, on a three-pointer from Smith-Rivera with 6:27 to play.

Led by a stingy defense, the Hoyas held Texas without a field goal for 4:08 during that run. Jumpers from Porter (28-11) and Starks (30-13) kept the lead at 17 points before baskets in the final two minutes gave GU a 13-point halftime lead.

The Hoyas connected on 41.0 percent of their field goals (25-of-61), hit 22.2 percent of their three-pointers (4-of-18) and were 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-of-16). GU held a 41-35 advantage on the glass, handed out 17 assists, blocked six shots and recorded 13 steals, the most since 14 against Appalachian State on Dec. 12, 2010.

Georgetown is back in action this weekend, playing the first of four-straight home games. The Hoyas start the homestand on Saturday, Dec. 8,hosting Towson. Tip-off time at Verizon Center is slated for noon and the game will be shown live on MASN. It can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.
Courtesy of: http://www.guhoyas.com



No. 8 Arizona Downs Southern Miss, 63-55 - by Eurobasket News

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Johnson (6'3''-G) jumped up and winged a skip pass over the defense, hoping to hit an open shooter on the other side of the floor.

The ball got over the defense all right - along with the shooter he was aiming for, the rest of his teammates on the bench and the coaches, landing about five rows into the stands.

Ugly? Yes it was, but the Arizona Wildcats managed to overcome that miscue and many more, pulling out a win that could go a long way later in the season.

Johnson scored 23 points, Kevin Parrom (6'6''-G/F) had 13 of his 14 in the second half and the eighth-ranked Wildcats overcame a season-high 27 turnovers to hold off Southern Mississippi 63-55 Tuesday night.

"Anytime you have 27 turnovers against a good team at home is unacceptable," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "Having said that, to be able to win and have all those turnovers, that's a completely different story."

Struggling against Southern Miss' zone, Arizona (6-0) spent most of the night throwing passes that had no hope of being completed, bumbling away others, giving the ball back seconds after forcing a turnover on defense.

The Wildcats survived behind their defense and veteran leadership.

Picking up the defensive pressure, Arizona forced Southern Miss into 17 second-half turnovers and gave the Golden Eagles no room to shoot, inside or out.

Faced with a tight game, Miller stuck with his proven players instead of the talented youngsters for most of the second half and they came through.

Johnson had 13 points in the first half and hit some big baskets while leading the turnover-creating charge at the top of Arizona's defense.

Parrom gave the Wildcats a release valve to Southern Miss' zone in the second half with his passing out of the high post and scored seven points during a key stretch.

Fellow senior Solomon Hill overcome a rare quiet night offensively with sturdy defense in the post and the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer in front of Arizona's bench that gave the Wildcats a 57-51 lead with 1:49 left.

All those turnovers and the Wildcats still managed to pull out a victory, giving them confidence that could carry over in tight games later in the season, not to mention their best start since opening the 1999-2000 season with six straight wins.

"We pulled this one out, but we also got the experience factor to learn how to play in close games, how to take good shots," Johnson said. "I think that will help us."

Southern Miss (6-2) gave Arizona all kinds of trouble with its swarming zone, forcing 13 turnovers while building an eight-point halftime lead. The Golden Eagles kept forcing the Wildcats into mistakes in the second half, but couldn't overcome their own.

Southern Miss missed all eight of its 3-pointers in the second half and had turnovers on eight consecutive possessions to nearly quadruple its total from the first half, spoiling what was a superb defensive effort.

Neil Watson led Southern Miss with 17 points and Michael Craig added 10 with seven rebounds. Southern Miss leading scorer Dwayne Davis didn't play because of the flu.

"Both defenses were going after the ball, both teams were playing hard," Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall said. "You have to credit the defense; they were forcing turnovers. I thought few of ours were unforced, though."

This game was strength vs. strength: Arizona's offense against Southern Miss' defense.

The Golden Eagles had the advantage in the first half, turning Arizona's 13 turnovers - two fewer than it had in a win over Texas Tech on Saturday - into 18 points and a 35-27 lead.

The Wildcats turned the turnover table around in the second half.

Playing more aggressively, Arizona forced Southern Miss into 11 turnovers in the first eight minutes.

Of course, the Wildcats weren't exactly taking care of the ball, so the game stayed close until the closing minutes.

That's when Arizona's upperclassmen took over.

Parrom got it started with two baskets inside and a 3-pointer in transition. Hill followed with his spirit-sapping 3-pointer and Arizona's defense did the rest, keeping the Golden Eagles from making a run.

"We felt like we had the game in our hands and within our grasp, but coming into the second half we started getting loose," Watson said. "Arizona has a tight defense. They're No. 8 and in the second half, they showed us why they are No. 8."
Courtesy of: http://www.arizonawildcats.com



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Saints sign Tait - by Hugh McAuliffe

Are the Wellington Saints assembling their best-ever squad?

That question will be answered on the court next year but yesterdays capture of Lindsay Tait (190-G-82, agency: Duran International) on a three-year deal means it is certainly up for discussion.

The Tall Blacks point guard joins fellow internationals Corey Webster, Casey Frank and Dillon Boucher on Pero Cameron's star-studded roster, while the Saints still have two import slots open should they choose to fill them.

2013 squad so far: Lindsay Tait, Dillon Boucher, Arthur Trousdell, Jordan Mills, Damien Ekenasio, Casey Frank, and Corey Webster.



NBL All-Star starters announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

The National Basketball League has announced the starters for the 2012 NBL All-Star Game to be played in Adelaide on 22 December, with Cairns Taipans big man Cameron Trigger' Tragardh set to lead the North All-Stars after receiving the most fan votes of any iiNet NBL Championship player.

NBL fans have been voting for the past month on the players they want to see line-up for the North and South All-Stars at the league's showcase event at Adelaide Arena on Saturday 22 December. Each fan has been allowed to submit one ballot in an on-line poll based on player positions, with the top two vote-getting guards, two forwards and one centre for both the North and the South automatically selected to be starters in Adelaide.

Cameron Tragardh led all players with 1,401 fans voting for him to start for the North at the centre slot. Sydney King star Ben Madgen (863 votes) and Wollongong Hawks import Adris 2Hard2Guard' Deleon (856) will start at the guard slots for the North, while Sydney Kings import Darnell Lazare (740) and Wollongong Hawks captain Oscar Forman (663) will start at forward.

For the South All-Stars, New Zealand Breakers import Cedric Action' Jackson polled the most votes with 1,125, and will be joined by Perth Wildcats star Kevin Lisch (1,008) in the backcourt guard spots. Jackson's Breakers teammate Tom Abercrombie (960) and Melbourne Tigers import Seth Scott (881) will fill the starting forward positions for the South, while Adelaide's Daniel Johnson (650) will start at centre.

Perth's Matt Knight was originally voted as a South starter by the fans with 816 votes, but will be unable to participate due to injury and has therefore been replaced by Johnson.

Townsville's Gary Ervin actually received more votes than both Lazare and Forman for the North, but missed out on starting as the guard slots had already been filled by Madgen and Deleon with a higher number of votes. Ervin remains a strong chance to still be included in the All-Star Game however with the league set to announce its selections for the five bench players for each team shortly.

New Zealand's Andrej Lemanis will coach the South All-Stars, while Wollongong's Gordie McLeod will coach the North due to the pair having the best records in the NBL after Round Nine.

South: Cedric Jackson, Kevin Lisch, Thomas Abercrombie, Seth Scott, Daniel Johnson.
North: Adris Deleon, Ben Madgen, Oscar Forman, Darnell Lazare, Cam Tragardh.



NBL All-Star starters announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

The National Basketball League has announced the starters for the 2012 NBL All-Star Game to be played in Adelaide on 22 December, with Cairns Taipans big man Cameron Trigger Tragardh set to lead the North All-Stars after receiving the most fan votes of any iiNet NBL Championship player.

NBL fans have been voting for the past month on the players they want to see line-up for the North and South All-Stars at the leagues showcase event at Adelaide Arena on Saturday 22 December. Each fan has been allowed to submit one ballot in an on-line poll based on player positions, with the top two vote-getting guards, two forwards and one centre for both the North and the South automatically selected to be starters in Adelaide.

Cameron Tragardh led all players with 1,401 fans voting for him to start for the North at the centre slot. Sydney King star Ben Madgen (863 votes) and Wollongong Hawks import Adris 2Hard2Guard Deleon (856) will start at the guard slots for the North, while Sydney Kings import Darnell Lazare (740) and Wollongong Hawks captain Oscar Forman (663) will start at forward.

For the South All-Stars, New Zealand Breakers import Cedric Action Jackson polled the most votes with 1,125, and will be joined by Perth Wildcats star Kevin Lisch (1,008) in the backcourt guard spots. Jacksons Breakers teammate Tom Abercrombie (960) and Melbourne Tigers import Seth Scott (881) will fill the starting forward positions for the South, while Adelaides Daniel Johnson (650) will start at centre.

Perths Matt Knight was originally voted as a South starter by the fans with 816 votes, but will be unable to participate due to injury and has therefore been replaced by Johnson.

Townsvilles Gary Ervin actually received more votes than both Lazare and Forman for the North, but missed out on starting as the guard slots had already been filled by Madgen and Deleon with a higher number of votes. Ervin remains a strong chance to still be included in the All-Star Game however with the league set to announce its selections for the five bench players for each team shortly.

New Zealands Andrej Lemanis will coach the South All-Stars, while Wollongongs Gordie McLeod will coach the North due to the pair having the best records in the NBL after Round Nine.

South: Cedric Jackson, Kevin Lisch, Thomas Abercrombie, Seth Scott, Daniel Johnson.
North: Adris Deleon, Ben Madgen, Oscar Forman, Darnell Lazare, Cam Tragardh.



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African Champions Cup: ES Sahel rally past Kano Pillars - by Eurobasket News

ES Sahel - Kano Pillars 70:63

ES Sahel finished the African Champions Cup preliminary round on a high note. They knocked down Kano Pillars to improve at 3-2 record in Group B. ESS will now take on Al Ittihad in the quarterfinal stage. Kano Pillars fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
ES Sahel started the game strong. They ensured a 17:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The Tunisian team stretched the lead in the second quarter. ESS built a 35:22 halftime lead. Kano Pillars tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. The Nigerian side cut the deficit at 10 points. Kano Pillars got even closer in the fourth term but ESS hung on to clinch a tough win at the end. Zied Toumi (192-PG-85) provided 21 points and 6 boards for ESS. Omar Mouhli (190-G-86) connected for 11 points for the winners. Kano Pillars responded with 12 points from Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86). Stanley Gumut (197-F-86) had 11 points in the loss.

ES Sahel: Zied Toumi 21, Omar Mouhli 11, Atef Maoua (200-SF-81) 9, Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) 9
Kano Pillars: Aboubakar Usman 12, Stanley Gumut 11



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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