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  ANGOLA   



African Champions Cup: Petroleos cruise past Manga into semis - by Eurobasket News

Petroleos - Manga 84:66

Petroleos became the first semifinalists of the African Champions Cup in Equatorial Guinea. They fired past Manga in the first quarterfinal of the day. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Petroleos led by a single point after a highly-contestant first quarter 18:17. Manga pulled in front in the second term. The Gabonese team stunned the favourites taking a 39:34 halftime lead. Petroleos needed a big break to shake off sloppiness. The Angolan powerhouse went on a 29:12 rally in the third term to gain a 12-point lead into the fourth frame. Petroleos controlled the tempo in the final period and rolled to the victory at the end. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) finished with 17 points, while Paulo Barros (195-F-89) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lyvann Obame (201-F/C, college: Monroe Coll.) answered with 16 points for Manga. Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82) netted 12 points in the loss.

Petroleos: Leonel Paulo 20, Carlos Morais 17, Paulo Barros 14+10 boards
Manga: Lyvann Obame 16, Fabien Bissielou 12



African Champions Cup: Al Ahly shock Libolo and take their place in the semis - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahly- Libolo 69:64

Al Ahly shock Libolo and take their place in the semis of the African Champions Cup. The team from Cairo handed Libolo their first loss at the tournament and sent them out of Final Four after 69:64 win.
Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo won all five games in the Preliminary Round and was the favorite of the game. The team from Angola started with 19-13 lead, but failed in the second frame. Al Ahly needed a 23-12 surge to take 36:31 halftime advantage. Both teams later exchanged the narrow victories in the third and the fourth period for the final result.
Tarek El Ghanam erupted with 27 points for the winners and Ibrahim ElGamal (188-G-88) added 13. Deef Allah Karim and Darren Kelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) followed them with 8 points each. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Mayzer Alexandre (186-PG-84) brought 12. Francisco Sousa (F) and Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) each scored 11.

Al Ahly: Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78) 27, Ibrahim ElGamal 13, Deef Allah Karim 8, Darren Kelly 8
Libolo: Olimpio Cipriano 14, Mayzer Alexandre 12, Francisco Sousa 11, Tommie Eddie 11



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  ARGENTINA   


South American League 2012: Flamengo edge Regatas to no avail - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Regatas Corrientes 82:81

Regatas Corrientes have become the Liga Sudamericana champions. They clinched the crown despite the loss to Flamengo in the final game of the tournament. Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) stepped up with 24 points to pace Regatas. He was named the tournmants MVP after the game.
Flamengo entered the game looking for a 13+ point victory to claim the trophy. But Regatas stayed in charge as they posted a 20:18 lead after the starting quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Regatas accounted for a 37:35 halftime lead. Flamengo stepped on the gas in the third quarter. The Rio de Janeiro team surged ahead for a 61:58 advantage at the final break. Flamengo extended the margin to 8 points in the fourth frame but Regatas did not allow their opponents to get any further away. The hosts stopped the bleeding and secured the needed result at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) provided 21 points for Flamengo. Shilton Santos (198-F/C-82) added 15 points for the winners. Javier Martinez (189-G/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 20 points for Regatas. Meyinsse netted 18 points in the loss.

Flamengo: Vitor Benite 21, Shilton Santos 15, Caio Silveira 12, Olivinha Rodriguez 12
Regatas Corrientes: Paolo Quinteros 24, Javier Martinez 20



South American League 2012: Regatas beat Penarol to improve at 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Regatas - Penarol 65:58

Regatas Corrientes made another step towards gaining 2012 Liga Sudamericana title. They knocked down Penarol to improve at 2-0 record at the Final Stage of the tournament. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80) stepped up with 14 points and 16 boards for the winners. Regatas will take on Flamengo for the title later tonight.
Regatas Corrientes held to a narrow 19:18 lead after the starting quarter. They boosted the gap to 2 points at the interval 33:31. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Regatas managed to secure a 2-point lead heading into the fourth period. The hosts held Penarol to 12 points in the final frame and escaped with a tough victory at the end. Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) delivered 18 points, while Nicolas Romano (199-F/C-87) netted 11 points for Regatas Corrientes. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Penarol. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) posted 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Regatas Corrientes: Paolo Quinteros 18, Federico Kammerichs 14+16 boards, Nicolas Romano 11
Penarol: Marcos Mata 20+11 boards, Leonardo Gutierrez 13



South American League 2012: Uniceub/BRB roll past Penarol - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Penarol 87:77

Uniceub/BRB finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a high. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) fired 32 points to pace the Brazilian team past Penarol. Uniceub/BRB finished in the second place just behind the new champions Regatas Corrientes.
Uniceub/BRB strongly started the game. They unloaded 32 points in the opening frame to take a 12-point lead. Penarol slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The Argentinean team got within 11 points at the interval. Brasilia regained control in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 12 points. Penarol outscored Brasilia 14:12 in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) provided 18 points, while Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) contributed 10 points for the winners. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) answered with 28 points for Penarol. Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Welington Dos Santos 32, Alex Ribeiro 18, Arthur Silva 10
Penarol: Facundo Campazzo 28, Thomas Terrell 12



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 4-2 
 2. Kumanovo 4-2 
 3. Levski Sofia 3-1 
 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 87-79

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. Barsy Atyrau 3-3 
 4. Naglis Palangos 3-4 
 5. Rapla 1-6 
 6. TTU 1-7 
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. 6: TTU - Barsy Atyrau 73-81
Dec. 5: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 60-73
Dec. 4: Naglis Palangos - Siauliai 47-86
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.16.7 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis16.0 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.4 
 8. Bergmanis, Barons15.0 
 9. Leonard, Juventus14.9 
 10. Wilkinson, Kalev/.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.2 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Matyukevych, Bars.9.7 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.8.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.7 
 8. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.3 
 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. Ezerskis, Liepaja4.0 
 9. Cunda, Valga4.0 
 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. Matyukevych, Bar.1.0 


Barsy Atyrau bring in Tony White - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Tony White (183-PG-88, college: Charleston). The point guard spent the previous season with South Carolina Warriors in ABA League. Tony White participated at the ABA League All-Star Game. He was voted into 2011/12 All-United States Awards 3rd Team. Previously the guard played in Germany for Braunschweig and BSV Wulfen.


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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 10-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 7-2 
 3. Rubon 6-3 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 4-6 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 3-6 
 6. Svisloch 2-8 
 7. Borisfen 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Grodno-93 70-91
Dec. 7: Borisfen - Rubon
Dec. 7: Sozh Gomel - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel25.9 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.3 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.8 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch15.8 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.15.3 
 6. Akulich, Rubon14.9 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.14.3 
 8. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.13.8 
 9. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.1 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.0 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 5. Mishukov, Grodn.6.5 
 6. Sharipov, Svisloch6.4 
 7. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.6.2 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.6.1 
 9. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.1 
 10. Sharamet, Borisfen5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.5.9 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.3 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch4.9 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.6 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.5 
 6. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.1 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 8. Sapegin, Rubon2.9 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen2.9 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.3 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.9 
 3. Sapegin, Rubon2.4 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 5. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.4 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.4 
 7. Charykau, Sozh G.2.3 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.3 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anton LAGUNOVSKIY
  Impuls B.
  (192-F-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lagunovskiy, Impul.0.0 
 2. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 6-1 
 2. Oostende 4-3 
 3. M.Hainaut 4-3 
 4. Spirou 4-3 
 5. Liege 4-4 
 6. Antwerp 3-4 
 7. Leuven 3-5 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 6: Liege - Leuven 75-85
Dec. 7: Spirou - Aalstar
Dec. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Oostende
Dec. 8: M.Hainaut - Antwerp


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.0 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende17.7 
 3. Aleksandrov, Vervi.17.6 
 4. Thompson, Aalstar17.6 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.7 
 6. Mukubu, Liege15.5 
 7. Green, Verviers.15.3 
 8. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 9. Aska, Leuven14.0 
 10. Wallace, M.Hainaut13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.7 
 2. Gillet, Liege7.5 
 3. Aska, Leuven6.6 
 4. Aleksandrov, Vervi.6.6 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Walsh, Spirou6.4 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 9. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Wright, Oostende5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Anderson, Verviers.6.0 
 2. Bosco, Liege4.8 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.5 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven4.4 
 5. Raivio, Aalstar4.3 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 7. Walsh, Spirou3.6 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ioannis IAROCHEVITCH
  Liege
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Iarochevitch, Liege2.3 
 2. Biggs, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.0 
 4. Green, Verviers.2.0 
 5. Katnic, Oostende1.8 
 6. Anderson, Verviers.1.7 
 7. Anderson, Aalstar1.7 
 8. Marnegrave, Leuven1.6 
 9. Hopkins, Antwerp1.6 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 2. Ferguson, Verviers.1.4 
 3. Young, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp0.9 
 6. Dukes, Leuven0.9 
 7. Aska, Leuven0.9 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende0.7 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege0.5 
 10. Mukubu, Liege0.5 


Division II - Round Thirteen - by Bert Larsimont

Gembo BBC vs. Gent Dragons: 89-81

Gembo quickly left the Dragons behind (17-3 after a few minutes in this game). Despite efforts by Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) who had a great day for the visitors, Gembo and his succesful coach Stefan Sappenberghs managed to keep the lead even when the Dragons came closer at 51-46, 55-51, 64-60 and even 73-69. The Gembo guys, again under the lead of their top-scorer Domien Loubry (186-G-85), remained concentrated and finished strongly in the fourth quarter.
Score evolution: 23-12, 51-38, 70-62 and 89-81.
Best scorers:
Gembo: N/A
Dragons: J. Jones 2, B. Heinle 6, R. Spaens 11, L. Tielens 3, F. Lait 29, T. Van De Vondel 16, L. Enobakhare 9, M. Detiege 3, C. Thsimuanga 2.

Excelsior Brussels vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 89-81

Nice win for the Brussels' team! Playing Point Chaud Sprimont is never easy and, again, the visitors proved it by taking the lead in the first quarter (11-16 after 8 minutes). Especially efficient from long range, Point Chaud Sprimont remained in front until the end of the first quarter. Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92) first and Joris De Schepper (187-G/F-83) in the second half managed to hit crucial three-pointers to put Excelsior on the right track. Even if Point Chaud took the lead again in the third quarter after a series of three consecutive three-pointers hit by Gilles Vrancken (192-PF), Max De Puydt (3/4 from two-point range, 5/6 from three-point range and 1/1 from the free-throw line in this game), Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84) and Jo De Schepper readjusted their shot which made their Excelsior mates believe in a well-deserved success this time. The Brussels' squad (without Mampuya, Kabangu and Pelle who are on the injured reserve list) did not give up in the last quarter and the whole Excelsior staff could enjoy a nice win indeed.
Score evolution: 18-19, 42-34, 67-63 and 89-81.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 2, M. Depuydt 22, J. Van Haevermaet 5, G. De Pooter 12, L. Maesfrancx 11, J. De Schepper 18, R. Oveneke 9, S. Smijejero 2.
Sprimont: N/A

Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 84-74

Both teams, with most players also involved in the BDL-Belgian Development League, are currently in the lower Division II rankings. The Giants II of Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports), one of the Division II best scorers, won this game played last Saturday in Merksem. Essor Charleroi clearly remains an experimental team linked with the Spirou Charleroi youth program. The idea is to give some playing time to young Spirou talents who, for some of them, played in Regional I or II divisions last season.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 75-56

The Jantjes always trailed behind in this game. Even when Sint-Jan came closer at 46-41, Thomas Foucart (195-F-84), Olivier Foucart (195-G-84) and Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) were able to raise their level of play. With their mates, they had great sequences and managed to keep the lead until the end of the game. The fourth and fifth (technical) fouls called against BS Waregem's playmaker Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) did not change anything.
Score evolution: 20-10, 35-25, 59-46 and 75-56.
Best scorers:
BS Waregem: O. Foucart 18, T. Foucart 12, A. Steinbach 11, A. Gueye 11, B. Samaey 10, L. De Lepeleire 7, S. Dhondt 5, Loontiens 1.
Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 17, A. Druwez 12, M. Brown 9, N. El Khounchar 5, V. Verbeeck 3, S. Geukens 3, P. Smulders 2, B. Raes 2, M. Goethaert 2, V. Kesteloot 1.

BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Cuva Houthalen: 93-97

Coaching duo Sam Verstraete (185-SG-81) and Johan Meirlaen have worked hard last week to correct some of the weaknesses their team had in the previous regular season games. They could nevertheless not do much at rebounding against an excellent team of Houthalen with top-rebounder Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU). The Limburgers could go back home with a nice win last Saturday night. Coach Brian Lynch's Cuva Houthalen will welcome CEP Fleurus next Sunday.

BasKet Tongeren vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 71-82

The hosts of BasKet Tongeren started poorly in offense in the first quarter but, under the lead of Karim Doukmani (178-G-83), managed to come back before half-time. The visitors of coach Steve Ibens managed to stay in front in the second half and eventually recorded a win by 11 points.
Score evolution: 15-24, 43-46, 53-59 and 71-82.

Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 104-96

The young players of coach Patrick Verdun work hard every week. They earn not only some playing time in Ethias League on a regular basis but also start to get excellent results in Division II. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95), Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) and mates surprisingly defeated the Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe who had never imagined how it turned out at the mons.arena last Friday. Efforts in offense by Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83), Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85) and former Belfius Mons Hainaut player Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) were not sufficient for the Kangoeroes: Belfius Mons Hainaut II eventually defeated their guests by 8 points.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 31, L. Giancaterino 28, G. Vlamynck 7, L. Schwartz 22, K. Tumba 1, T. Traversin 3, A. Gorgemans 12.
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 22, S. Hemeleers 2, W. Dobbelaere 21, D. Souveryns 28, W. Van Schil 11, D. Dhaens 4, A. Mollekens 8.

CEP Fleurus vs. Gembo BBC: 97-85

Gembo started very fast in this game played on Tuesday. CEP Fleurus' coach Paul Vervaeck probably knew that his team had to limit Gembo's star Domien Loubry to less than 20 points in offense in order to keep a good chance in this match-up. When Loubry nevertheless hit a three-pointer right before the break to make 40-46, several CEP supporters could have had doubts. But the CEP players remained confident and hit a grand total of 14 three-pointers in this game! Led by their valiant captain Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) who scored 32 points, CEP Fleurus could also count on the hard work of Sead Muric (205-C-81), Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88). Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) also played very well and hit crucial shots in what could be considered by many local observers as the best game played by CEP Fleurus so far this season. Ilongo hit a shot to give the lead to his team at 70-69 in the fourth quarter. With Yannick Desiron (204-C-92) and Nick Celis (194-G-88) having four fouls in this final quarter, Gembo never came back in this game. Domien Loubry finished with 19 points for Gembo.
Score evolution: 19-24, 40-46, 66-67 and 97-85.
Best scorers:
CEP F: C. Ilongo 32, K. Jonniaux 19.
Gembo: D. Loubry 19, N. Celis 13, T. Goethaert 10, E. Van Aken 14, W. Lemaire 2, A. Goetgeluck 4, L. Jansen 2, Y. Desiron 13, P. Van Rillaer 8.





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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Dec. 6: Paulistano - Pinheiros/Sky 89-88
Dec. 6: S.Jose/Unimed - Limeira 84-76
Dec. 6: Basquete Cearense - Liga Sorocaba 71-62
Dec. 6: Mogi das Cruzes - Joinville 68-70
Dec. 6: Vila Velha - Palmeiras 68-59
Dec. 6: Franca - Tijuca TC 101-75
Dec. 6: Minas - Suzano 100-78

Regular Season: Round 6

Dec. 8: Franca - Flamengo
Dec. 8: Brasilia - Liga Sorocaba
Dec. 8: Basquete Cearense - Bauru
Dec. 8: Mogi das Cruzes - Limeira
Dec. 8: S.Jose/Unimed - Joinville
Dec. 8: Minas - Palmeiras
Dec. 8: Uberlandia - Tijuca TC
Dec. 8: Vila Velha - Suzano

Round 2

Dec. 10: Pinheiros/Sky - Limeira
Dec. 10: Uberlandia - Brasilia


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Min.
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Nardi Duarte, Min.21.5 
 2. Brown, Palmeiras20.3 
 3. Holloway, Liga S.20.2 
 4. Stefanelli, S.Jose.18.7 
 5. Day, Uberlandia18.3 
 6. Gruber, Uberlandia18.3 
 7. Ramon, Limeira17.5 
 8. Telo, Joinville17.2 
 9. Fischer, Bauru16.8 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.5 
 2. Alves, Bauru8.0 
 3. Probst, Joinville7.8 
 4. Ribeiro, Basque.7.7 
 5. Agba, Bauru7.5 
 6. Toyloy, Paulistano7.4 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.3 
 8. Lima, Palmeiras7.3 
 9. Cipolini, Uberland.7.0 
 10. Soares, Suzano7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Helinho GARCIA
  Uberlandia
  (186-G-75)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Garcia, Uberlandia6.7 
 2. Bresolin, Basque.5.7 
 3. Brugger, Paulistano5.2 
 4. Aleo, Joinville5.0 
 5. Ramon, Limeira4.8 
 6. Lima, Limeira4.8 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 8. Brown, Palmeiras4.3 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.4.3 
 10. Figueroa, Franca4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Leandro DA SILVA
  Limeira
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 0
 1. Da Silva, Limeira0.0 
 2. Agba, Bauru0.0 
 3. Costa, Basque.0.0 
 4. Lemes, S.Jose/U.0.0 
 5. Costa, Vila Velha0.0 
 6. Langsdorff, Tijuca0.0 
 7. Cortez, Mogi d.0.0 
 8. Kurtz, Franca0.0 
 9. Corazza, Paulistano0.0 
 10. Jemmott, Vila Vel.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan Pablo FIGUEROA
  Franca
  (184-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Figueroa, Franca3.4 
 2. Nery, Suzano2.7 
 3. Brown, Palmeiras2.7 
 4. Garner, Joinville2.7 
 5. Lima, Limeira2.5 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.5 
 7. Carvalho, Paulista.2.0 
 8. Roberson, Tijuca TC2.0 
 9. Aleo, Joinville1.8 
 10. Borders, Minas1.8 


South American League 2012: Uniceub/BRB roll past Penarol - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Penarol 87:77

Uniceub/BRB finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a high. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) fired 32 points to pace the Brazilian team past Penarol. Uniceub/BRB finished in the second place just behind the new champions Regatas Corrientes.
Uniceub/BRB strongly started the game. They unloaded 32 points in the opening frame to take a 12-point lead. Penarol slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The Argentinean team got within 11 points at the interval. Brasilia regained control in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 12 points. Penarol outscored Brasilia 14:12 in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) provided 18 points, while Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) contributed 10 points for the winners. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) answered with 28 points for Penarol. Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Welington Dos Santos 32, Alex Ribeiro 18, Arthur Silva 10
Penarol: Facundo Campazzo 28, Thomas Terrell 12



South American League 2012: Uniceub/BRB topple Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Flamengo 85:74

Uniceub/BRB registered the first win at the Final Stage of Liga Sudamericana. They held off their Brazilian rivals Flamengo for 1-1 record. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 18 points to pace the winners.
Flamengo jumped to a 22:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Uniceub/BRB cut the deficit in the second period. They got within a single point at halftime 39:40. Uniceub/BRB surged ahead in the third term. They accounted for a 62:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Uniceub/BRB fired 23 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Isaac Goncalves (193-F/G-90) recorded 16 points for the winners. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 14 points each for Uniceub/BRB. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) answered with 18 points for Flamengo. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) delivered 14 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Guilherme Giovannoni 18, Isaac Goncalves 16, Arthur Silva 14, Welington Dos Santos 14
Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 18, Caio Silveira 14+11 boards



South American League 2012: Flamengo edge Regatas to no avail - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Regatas Corrientes 82:81

Regatas Corrientes have become the Liga Sudamericana champions. They clinched the crown despite the loss to Flamengo in the final game of the tournament. Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) stepped up with 24 points to pace Regatas. He was named the tournmants MVP after the game.
Flamengo entered the game looking for a 13+ point victory to claim the trophy. But Regatas stayed in charge as they posted a 20:18 lead after the starting quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Regatas accounted for a 37:35 halftime lead. Flamengo stepped on the gas in the third quarter. The Rio de Janeiro team surged ahead for a 61:58 advantage at the final break. Flamengo extended the margin to 8 points in the fourth frame but Regatas did not allow their opponents to get any further away. The hosts stopped the bleeding and secured the needed result at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) provided 21 points for Flamengo. Shilton Santos (198-F/C-82) added 15 points for the winners. Javier Martinez (189-G/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 20 points for Regatas. Meyinsse netted 18 points in the loss.

Flamengo: Vitor Benite 21, Shilton Santos 15, Caio Silveira 12, Olivinha Rodriguez 12
Regatas Corrientes: Paolo Quinteros 24, Javier Martinez 20



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Levons leads Might Mighty Scatliffe to BD Basketball glory! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Althea Scatliffe Primary School held of a concerted challenge from St George's Primary to lift the BD Basketball Inter Primary School Championship with a 25-23 win on Saturday December 1, 2012.

Despite starting as pre game favourites the Althea Scatliffe team found the shorthanded St George's, who only had five players and no replacements, tenaciously clinging onto to their own dreams of victory. They even had a chance to send the game into overtime when with 7.3 seconds left on the clock the unfortunate Kiandre Clarke missed two free throws that would have tied the game at 25-25.

During the game, each time ASPS pulled ahead St George's hit back to stay in contention.

The score at the end of the 1st quarter was 9-5 to ASPS, by half time it was just 11-9 and by the start of the final period the score was 15-14.

With the clock showing just 1.42 left, ASPS had pulled ahead to 21-17. Clarke then hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it a 3 point game. Daundre Penn nailed 2 free throws with 50.9 left to make it 22-20 and the ASPS nerve ends jangled.

Levons then silenced the warning bells by hitting both his free throws with 48.5 remaining to open a safety margin at 23-20 and despite an exchange of points at both ends, including Isiah Thomas two for two effort from the free throw line ASPS were able to hold on for the victory, but only just.

It was a very exciting final, we have been trying to get the kids playing at a higher level and I think we achieved that commented Rhennie Phipps, who is one of the BD organising committee members. It was disappointing St George's only had five, but they played a beautiful game and I hope they come back encouraged next year.

Phipps had also been very pleased with the way the season had unfolded , but noted they still had improvements to make. We had some really good games, both parents and coaches have been m ore involved, which we need to see more of, but its been a great season.

The Opening Game back in early November saw Alexandrina Maduro downed by St. George's 25-14 with Jaheem Chadwick leading the way for St George's with 5 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals. Chadnick Evans scored 7 points with 3 rebounds and 4 steals for AMPS. St George's then made it 2 wins in a row with a 25-17 win against ASPS with Penn scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Edrick Matthew notched 7 points for ASPS.

Willard Wheatley opened their campaign with a 20-18 win over Francis Lettsome Primary thanks to 10 points from Kyle Penn and 8 from Shaqueal Frett. Jason Potter finished with 8 points and 6 steals for WWPS.

ASPS then recorded their first win, 21-14, against AMPS with Elroy Bollers scoring 7 points and Levons adding 6 and 5 steals. Gemoric Brumont had 11 points for the Baughers Bay outfit as well as 4 rebounds.

Next up for St Georges was Joyce Samuel Primary and despite 11 points from Malachi Thomas, St George's ran out 25-16 winners. Penn scored 10 and Clare 9 with both players picking up 9 rebounds for St George's.

WWPS took care of Ebenezer Thomas Primary 21-10 on the Back of 9 points and 10 rebounds from Penn. Frett added 8 points and for ETPS Malaki Smith scored 6 points.

FLPS beat AMPS 21-7 with Potter notching 7 points and 5 rebounds whilst Makimbe Fahie scored 6 points. For AMPS, Brumont scored 10 points with 6 steals.

ASPS had a narrow 15-14 win over JSPS, again thanks to Levons who scored 6 and Bollers who finished with 4. Thomas top scored for JSPS with 6 points and 5 rebounds.

WWPS then proved too strong for Enis Adams Primary recording a 21-9 rout with Frett scoring 13 with 6 steals whilst Keven Nisbett picked up 9 rebounds. For EAPS Cletis Bannis scored 4 points with 14 rebounds and Jevone Bannis 4 points.

FLPS took care of ETPS 18-12 and then ETPS bounced back with a 14-11 win against EAPS. Shameik Lettsome finished with 4 points and 9 rebounds and Miquel Marshall scored 8 points for EAPS. Friday November 16.

Into the Play Offs, ASPS beat WWPS 28-25 with JQuna Bodkin scoring 11 points and Milique Malone 6. Frett scored 15 for WWPS and Penn 8 with 6 steals for WWPS.

St George's won by forfeit against FLPS.



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The team of Pini Gershon one step closer to EuroChallenge Top 16 - by Vladi Lazarova

Big night for Israeli bronze medalist for 2011/2012 Hapoel Holon and for former Bulgarian National team coach Pini Gershon in EuroChallenge. The club of Holon, which Gershon is leading as General manager since the summer of 2011 secure a home victory over German Telekom Bonn 75:70 in Group H of the the tournament.

This is the fourth win for Hapoel Holon in the group and now the team is one step closer to qualify for Top 16 of the tournament. Only a losss with more than 23 points next week against Antwerp in Belgium can stop the squad from participating in the eliminations of EuroChallenge.

203 cm tall American forward Frank Hassell was the big leader of Holon against Bonn with double-double 22 points and 12 rebounds.

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Balkan League: Levski shoot down Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Galil Gilboa 87:79

Levski celebrated the third victory in the Balkan League season. They toppled visiting Galil Gilboa. The Israeli team in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat in the season. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) came up with 32 points to pace the Bulgarian side.
Levski opened an 11-point lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the gap in the second quarter. Levski gained a 46:31 halftime advantage. Levski dominated in the third term. They dropped 25 points to secure a 17-point lead at the final break. Galil Gilboa went on a desperate rescue run in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) finished with 14 points, while Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for Levski. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) answered with 17 points for Galil Gilboa. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) had 15 points in defeat.

Levski: Marko Marinovic 32, Dimitar Dimitrov 14, Chavdar Kostov 11
Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 17, Mitchell Watt 15



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 7-0 
 2. Acadia 6-0 
 3. UPEI 4-2 
 4. St.Francis X. 4-3 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-5 
 6. Dalhousie 2-5 
 7. St.Mary's 2-5 
 8. Memorial 0-8 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 8-2 
 2. Victoria 7-3 
 3. UFV 7-3 
 4. UNBC 5-5 
 5. TRU 4-5 
 6. TWU 3-7 
 7. Mount Royal 2-8 
 8. UBC Okanagan 1-8 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 9-1 
 2. Winnipeg 7-3 
 3. Manitoba 6-4 
 4. Saskatchewan 6-4 
 5. Lethbridge 5-5 
 6. Calgary 4-6 
 7. Regina 3-7 
 8. Brandon 2-8 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 8-0 
 2. Carleton 7-1 
 3. Ottawa 7-1 
 4. Queen's 6-2 
 5. Laurentian 5-3 
 6. York 4-4 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-6 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 5-2 
 2. Lakehead 3-4 
 3. Brock 2-5 
 4. Guelph 2-5 
 5. Laurier 2-5 
 6. McMaster 2-5 
 7. Western 1-6 
 8. Waterloo 0-7 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 3-1 
 2. Concordia 3-2 
 3. Bishop's 2-1 
 4. Laval 2-3 
 5. UQAM 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 1: UBC - Lethbridge 96-84
Dec. 1: UNBC - Saskatchewan 93-90
Dec. 1: Lakehead - York 93-58
Dec. 1: Ryerson - McMaster 92-68
Dec. 1: Winnipeg - TRU 90-68
Dec. 1: Guelph - Laurentian 88-78
Dec. 1: New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 83-95
Dec. 1: Manitoba - UBC Okanagan 79-68
Dec. 1: Toronto Univ. - Brock 78-88
Dec. 5: Winnipeg - Manitoba 74-71
Dec. 1: Brandon - TWU 73-75
Dec. 1: Dalhousie - UPEI 73-74
Dec. 1: Waterloo - Ottawa 72-82
Dec. 1: Victoria - Calgary 72-68
Dec. 1: Laurier - Carleton 72-100
Dec. 1: Mount Royal - Alberta 70-81
Dec. 1: Regina - UFV 68-82
Dec. 1: Queen's - Western 114-76

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 3: Brock - McMaster
Jan. 3: Windsor - Laurier
Jan. 3: Guelph - Western
Jan. 4: Waterloo - Lakehead
Jan. 4: Laurentian - Carleton
Jan. 4: York - Ottawa
Jan. 4: Laval - UQAM


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.25.8 
 2. Dorsey, Cape Bret.25.7 
 3. Allin, Laurier23.7 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.2 
 5. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.4 
 6. Scrubb, Carleton20.3 
 7. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.1 
 8. Thomas, St.Franc.19.6 
 9. Freeman, UFV19.4 
 10. Parchment, UFV19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Klassen, Acadia13.0 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 3. Allin, Laurier11.3 
 4. Phillip, Windsor10.4 
 5. Kamen, UBC10.0 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead9.6 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 8. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
 9. Moses, Calgary8.7 
 10. Waldner, Lethb.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.8 
 2. Jones, Ryerson5.6 
 3. Pasquale, Laure.5.2 
 4. Walton, Manitoba5.0 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.4.9 
 6. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 7. York, UFV4.9 
 8. Hebert, Regina4.8 
 9. Bonhomme, Brandon4.8 
 10. Johnson, Lethbri.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.7 
 2. Daley, New Brunsw.3.4 
 3. Perrin, TWU3.0 
 4. Baker, Alberta2.8 
 5. Evans, Victoria2.8 
 6. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 7. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.7 
 8. Parchment, UFV2.5 
 9. Pink, St.Mary''s2.5 
 10. Plumb, UBC2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew CHESSON
  Laurier
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Chesson, Laurier2.7 
 2. Salhia, Lakehead2.1 
 3. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 4. O''Brien, New B.2.0 
 5. Dewar, Alberta1.8 
 6. Duke, UPEI1.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.7 
 8. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 9. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.7 
 10. Coldea, York1.5 


CIS Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game of round 14 in the CIS was only two-point a home defeat of 8th ranked Bobcats (2-8) to seventh ranked Spartans (3-7) 75-73 in the game for the sixth place. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spartans outrebounded Bobcats 55-43 including a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Bobcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Justin Bakuteka (183) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mark Perrin chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Spartans' coach Scott Allen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak (201) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Spartans moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Regina. Bobcats lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Mount Royal. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Winnipeg, MB. Third ranked Wesmen (7-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Bisons (6-4) 74-71 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bisons. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Andrew Cunningham supported him with 13 points and 11 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by guard Kevin Oliver (201) did not help to save the game for Bisons. Wesmen moved-up to second place, which they share with UFV and Victoria. Bisons at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Saskatchewan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Prince George, BC (derby !!!) between Timberwolves and Huskies. Fifth ranked Timberwolves (5-5) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Huskies (6-4). Timberwolves managed to escape with a 3-point win 93-90 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Huskies. The best player for the winners was Jose Araujo who scored 33 points (!!!). Stephon Lamar produced 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Timberwolves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Lethbridge. Loser Huskies dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Manitoba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Halifax, NS. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Tigers (2-5) to fourth ranked Panthers (4-2) 74-73 in the fight for the third place. Terrence Brown saved the victory by scoring 20 points and 4 steals. Panthers' coach Tim Kendrick allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Panthers moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Tigers. Tigers at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Waterloo, ON. One of their biggest challengers host Golden Hawks (2-5) were smashed by second ranked Ravens (7-1) 100-72. Philip Scrubb scored 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Ryerson, which they share with Ottawa. Golden Hawks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. Ravens will face Voyageurs (#5) in Sudbury, ON in the next round. Golden Hawks will play on the road against the league's leader Lancers in Windsor, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Western was destroyed by Queen's on the opponent's court 114-76. Guelph managed to outperform Laurentian in a home game 88-78. Brock managed to beat Toronto Univ. on the road 88-78. Lakehead crushed York on its own court 93-58. Ottawa beat Waterloo in Ottawa, ON 82-72. Ryerson destroyed McMaster at home 92-68. UBC Okanagan unfortunately lost to Manitoba on the opponent's court 68-79. Winnipeg rolled over TRU in a home game 90-68. Cape Breton defeated New Brunsw. on the road 95-83. Victoria beat Calgary on its own court 72-68. Lethbridge lost to UBC in Vancouver, BC 84-96. Regina unfortunately lost to UFV at home 68-82. Alberta managed to beat Mount Royal on the opponent's court 81-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 21 rebounds by Brylle Kamen of UBC.


Winnipeg - Manitoba 74-71

Important game to mention about took place in Winnipeg, MB. Third ranked Wesmen (7-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Bisons (6-4) 74-71 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bisons. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It looked good early as Bisons took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Wesmen had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Bisons were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-74. Wesmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) supported him with 13 points and 11 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by guard Kevin Oliver (201) did not help to save the game for Bisons. Forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) added 19 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Wesmen moved-up to second place, which they share with UFV and Victoria. Bisons at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Saskatchewan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: Y.Ozsayiner 19+4reb+1ast, K.Oliver 17+11reb+1ast, S.Walton 13+5reb+5ast, D.Joseph 10+5reb+3ast, J.Huertas 5+2reb+2ast, C.Noel 2+1reb+1ast
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 21+13reb, A.Cunningham 13+4reb+11ast, N.Gooding 11+6reb+4ast, B.Iko 10+9reb+1ast, J.Clennon 8+4reb+3ast, T.Krahn 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 190489


Queen's - Western 114-76

Rather expected game in Kingston, ON where 7th ranked Mustangs (1-6) were crushed by fifth ranked Golden Gaels (6-2) 114-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Gaels. Mustangs was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Forward Greg Faulkner (193) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Sukhpreet Singh (188) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Five Golden Gaels players scored in double figures. Forward Greg Morrow (190) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Peter Scholtes (196) scored 15 points. Mustangs' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Golden Gaels moved-up to fourth place. Loser Mustangs keep the seventh position with six games lost. Golden Gaels will have a break next round. Mustangs will play on the road against Gryphons (#4) in Guelph, ON.
Top scorers:
Western: G.Morrow 19+5reb+2ast, P.Scholtes 15+1reb+1ast, A.Van Camp 10+4reb, Q.Henderson 9+4reb+2ast, A.Vandervoort 8+1reb+1ast, C.Drouin 7+3reb+2ast
Queen''s: S.Singh 21+1reb+3ast, G.Faulkner 17+10reb+5ast, R.Roberts 15+2reb, J.Asefa 11+1reb+1ast, A.Mavety 10, J.Lenz 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190476


Laurier - Carleton 72-100

The game between Top Four teams took place in Waterloo, ON. One of their biggest challengers host Golden Hawks (2-5) were smashed by second ranked Ravens (7-1) 100-72. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Golden Hawks was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Golden Hawks' 28 and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Golden Hawks 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Ravens especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. International guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) scored 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Five Ravens players scored in double figures. Guard Maxwell Allin (193) responded with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jamar Forde (190) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Ryerson, which they share with Ottawa. Golden Hawks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. Ravens will face Voyageurs (#5) in Sudbury, ON in the next round. Golden Hawks will play on the road against the league's leader Lancers in Windsor, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laurier: M.Allin 28+5reb+4ast, J.Forde 12+3reb, W.Coulthard 12+1reb+1ast, A.Walters 6+1reb, M.Chesson 4+8reb, P.Donnelly 4+2reb
Carleton: P.Scrubb 28+5reb+1ast, T.Hinz 20+4reb+1ast, K.Blain 16+6reb+3ast, T.Scrubb 11+7reb, D.Penner 10+7reb+1ast, C.Springer-Williams 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190481


Guelph - Laurentian 88-78

There was a small surprise in Guelph, ON where sixth ranked Gryphons (2-5) defeated 4th ranked Voyageurs (5-3) 88-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gryphons. Voyageurs was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Gryphons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Voyageurs were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Zachary Angus (185) scored 32 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Charles Amponsah (185) chipped in 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) responded with 31 points and Nelson Yengue scored 12 points. Gryphons moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Voyageurs dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Gryphons will face Mustangs (#7) in London, ON in the next round. Voyageurs will play at home against the league's second-placed Ravens in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 31+4reb+2ast, N.Yengue 12+4reb+1ast, A.Ratte 10+5reb+2ast, T.Carter-Newman 9+3reb+2ast, G.Serresse 8+6reb+2ast, J.Weldon 7+7reb+1ast
Guelph: Z.Angus 32+6reb, C.Amponsah 16+3reb+2ast, M.Clark 9+4reb+3ast, A.Kemp 9+3reb, T.Armstrong 6+8reb+1ast, D.Thompson 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 190479


Toronto Univ. - Brock 78-88

Not a big story in a game in Toronto, ON where 7th ranked Blues (2-6) were defeated by fifth ranked Badgers (2-5) 88-78 on Saturday. Badgers outrebounded Blues 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 73.1 percentage. Forward Tshing Kasamba (196) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Badgers' coach Brad Rootes used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Arun Kumar (183) responded with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four Blues players scored in double figures. Badgers moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Blues lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. Badgers will face Marauders (#6) in Hamilton, ON in the next round.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 24+4reb+3ast, A.Hill 20+7reb+3ast, B.Garvin 18+2reb+1ast, A.Plummer 10+6reb+1ast, L.Schuetz 6+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 0
Brock: T.Kasamba 29+4reb+1ast, J.Tipping 21+1reb+4ast, I.Egueh 14+7ast, B.John 11, M.Gibson 6+13reb+1ast, M.Luby 4+12reb
gschID: 190482


Lakehead - York 93-58

Everything went according to plan in Thunder Bay, ON where second ranked Thunderwolves (3-4) outscored 6th ranked Lions (4-4) 93-58 on Saturday. Thunderwolves dominated on the defensive end, holding Lions to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 25 Lions turnovers. Thunderwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Lions' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thunderwolves made 7 blocks. Guard Greg Carter (178-90) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ben Johnson (-88) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Thunderwolves players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Tulloch (196) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderwolves maintains second position with 3-4 record having eight points less than leader Ryerson. Loser Lions keep the sixth place with four games lost. Thunderwolves will face Warriors (#8) in Waterloo, ON in the next round where they are favorite. Lions will play at home against Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
York: N.Tufegdzich 8+5reb, D.Tulloch 8+5reb+1ast, R.Iheadindu 7+3reb+1ast, I.Akeem 7+1ast, R.Isaac 6+1reb+2ast, D.Tyndale 6+5reb+1ast
Lakehead: J.Jones 17, B.Johnson 15+2reb+3ast, R.Thomson 13+5reb+2ast, J.Hart 11+4reb, G.Carter 10+6reb+4ast, Y.Salhia 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 190480


Waterloo - Ottawa 72-82

There was no surprise in Waterloo, ON where bottom-ranked Warriors (0-7) were defeated by third ranked Gee-Gees (7-1) 82-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gee-Gees. Warriors was better in second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Warren Ward (196-89) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Forward Kyrie Coleman responded with 27 points and Denham Buchanan scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gee-Gees have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Carleton. Loser Warriors still closes the standings with seven games lost. Gee-Gees will face Lions (#6) in Toronto, ON in the next round. Warriors will play at home against the league's second-placed Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: K.Coleman 27+3reb+3ast, D.Buchanan 9+6reb+3ast, W.Bridge 8+4reb+3ast, Z.Angelini 6+2reb, M.Helsby 5+6reb+5ast, B.Davis 4+5reb
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 22+2reb+2ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 17+3reb+2ast, W.Ward 13+9reb+3ast, V.Gill 8+2reb+4ast, C.Agada 8+7reb, R.Evans 4
gschID: 190478


Ryerson - McMaster 92-68

No shocking result in a game in Toronto, ON where top-ranked Rams (8-0) outleveled 4th ranked Marauders (2-5) 92-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Rams led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Guard Aaron Best (193) scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jordon Gauthier (191) chipped in 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Nathan Pelech (193) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and center Taylor Black (201) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Marauders players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rams have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Loser Marauders dropped to the third place with five games lost. Rams' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto, ON to the arena .
Top scorers:
McMaster: A.Presutti 13+1reb+2ast, S.Laws 12+1reb+3ast, T.Black 12+7reb, N.Pelech 12+8reb+2ast, J.Rocca 10+2reb+1ast, R.Boney 4+5reb+1ast
Ryerson: A.Best 34+6reb+4ast, J.Gauthier 16+11reb+4ast, B.Michaelsen 14+6reb+3ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 9+9reb, J.Jones 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Walcott 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190477


Manitoba - UBC Okanagan 79-68

Very expected game in Winnipeg, MB where 8th ranked Heat (1-8) was defeated by second ranked Bisons (6-4) 79-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bisons. Heat was better in fourth quarter 24-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Bisons forced 19 Heat turnovers. Forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Xavier Smith (188) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Five Bisons players scored in double figures. Guard Anwar Faza (193) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Mitch Goodwin (188) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Bisons went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Saskatchewan. Heat lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: A.Faza 18+8reb+4ast, M.Goodwin 15+5reb+1ast, G.Gill 10+9reb, L.Ndayitwayeko 9+2reb+1ast, D.Mackay 6+7reb+1ast, J.Asselstine 6+3reb
Manitoba: X.Smith 16+3reb, Y.Ozsayiner 13+14reb+1ast, S.Walton 13+2reb+2ast, J.Huertas 12+2reb+2ast, D.Joseph 11+5reb+1ast, K.Oliver 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190474


Winnipeg - TRU 90-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Wesmen's (7-3) home victory over 4th ranked Wolfpack (4-5) 90-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wesmen. Wolfpack was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Wolfpack 33-21 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Wesmen shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Wolfpack's players. American forward Benny Iko (198) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Wesmen players scored in double figures. Blaz Bozinovic responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Brett Rouault (193) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wesmen moved-up to second place, which they share with UFV and Victoria. Loser Wolfpack dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TRU: B.Bozinovic 16+9reb+1ast, B.Rouault 10+5reb+2ast, A.Pierre 9, Z.Usherwood 7, K.Pribilsky 7+1reb+6ast, B.Parker 5
Winnipeg: T.Krahn 23+3ast, B.Iko 18+7reb+2ast, S.Wesley 12+9reb+6ast, N.Gooding 11+2reb+3ast, A.Cunningham 10+2reb+11ast, J.Clennon 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 190473


Dalhousie - UPEI 73-74

A very interesting game took place in Halifax, NS. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Tigers (2-5) to fourth ranked Panthers (4-2) 74-73 in the fight for the third place. Tigers were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of Panthers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Panthers forced 19 Tigers turnovers. Guard Terrence Brown (186) saved the victory by scoring 20 points and 4 steals. Guard Joe Kendrick (193-85) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Panthers' coach Tim Kendrick allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Simon Marr (203) replied with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Devon Stedman added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tigers. Four Panthers and five Tigers players scored in double figures. Panthers moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Tigers. Tigers at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: S.Marr 18+9reb+2ast, J.Mullings 16+1ast, H.Abdullahi 14+3reb+5ast, D.Stedman 10+9reb+4ast, C.Fox 10+2reb, N.Smith 4+3reb
UPEI: T.Brown 20+4reb+3ast, G.Doane 16+6reb, J.Kendrick 16+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+7reb, J.Duke 2+5reb+4ast, B.Ofori 2
gschID: 190471


New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 83-95

Not a big story in a game in Fredericton, NB where 5th ranked Varsity Reds (3-5) were defeated by top-ranked Capers (7-0) 95-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Varsity Reds was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Varsity Reds were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) scored 20 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Shaquille Keith (196) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Guard Daniel Quirion (183) responded with 28 points and 4 assists and Matthew Daley (175) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capers have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Varsity Reds keep the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: D.Quirion 28+4reb+4ast, W.Mc Fee 13+5reb, N.Clarke 11+1reb+1ast, M.Daley 10+5reb+6ast, R.Smith 8+7reb+2ast, A.O'Brien 7+2reb
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 20+4reb+5ast, S.Keith 19+4reb+1ast, C.Kasongo 18+4reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 12+4reb, K.Devereaux 8+4reb, K.Mayers 8+1reb
gschID: 190470


UNBC - Saskatchewan 93-90

A very close game took place in Prince George, BC (derby !!!) between Timberwolves and Huskies. Fifth ranked Timberwolves (5-5) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Huskies (6-4). Timberwolves managed to escape with a 3-point win 93-90 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Huskies. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-90. Timberwolves shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized Salvadorean guard Jose Araujo (186-86) who scored 33 points (!!!). Guard Charles Barton (193) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) produced 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists and forward Matthew Forbes (198) added 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Timberwolves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Lethbridge. Loser Huskies dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Manitoba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 34+3reb+4ast, M.Forbes 20+7reb, E.Ostertag 19+1reb, B.Baker 8+9reb, T.Severinski 4+4reb, J.Karwacki 3
UNBC: J.Araujo 33+3reb+1ast, F.Rowe 14+4reb+4ast, C.Barton 12+9reb+1ast, S.Raphael 9+5reb+2ast, J.Rybachuk 9+4reb+5ast, D.Stark 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 190488


Victoria - Calgary 72-68

Everything went according to plan in Victoria, BC where second ranked Vikies (7-3) beat 6th ranked Dinos (4-6) 72-68 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dinos won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Michael Acheampong scored 12 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Terrell Evans chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Thijin Moses (201) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Vikies maintains second position with 7-3 record behind leader Ryerson, which they share with Winnipeg and UFV. Loser Dinos keep the sixth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 20+5reb+5ast, J.Gill 14+2reb, T.Moses 10+7reb+1ast, J.Owen-Thomas 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ligertwood 6+5reb, M.Letkeman 4+3reb+1ast
Victoria: T.Evans 13+6reb+1ast, M.Acheampong 12+2reb+6ast, R.Erikson 11+3reb, K.Peterson 9+2reb+3ast, B.Taylor 8+1reb+2ast, P.Anderson 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190487


UBC - Lethbridge 96-84

There was no surprise in Vancouver, BC where 5th ranked Pronghorn (5-5) was defeated by first ranked Thunderbirds (8-2) 96-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Pronghorn was better in fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderbirds dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pronghorn's 36 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Pronghorn 39-21 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward David Wagner (206-92) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Chaz Johnson (183) responded with 13 points and 7 assists and guard Julian Chief-Morris (193-89) scored 17 points. Four Thunderbirds and five Pronghorn players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderbirds maintains first position with 8-2 record. Loser Pronghorn dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: J.Chief-Morris 17+2reb+3ast, A.Fletcher 17+2reb+2ast, C.Johnson 13+2reb+7ast, D.Waldner 12+5reb, L.Reiter 10+1ast, M.Duce 5+2reb+2ast
UBC: D.Wagner 28+6reb+1ast, B.Kamen 26+21reb+1ast, D.Plumb 16+6reb+9ast, T.Nixon 10+1reb+1ast, O.Wallace 8+2ast, C.Morgan 6+3reb
gschID: 190486


Regina - UFV 68-82

No shocking result in a game in Regina, SK where third ranked Cascades (7-3) won against 7th ranked Cougars (3-7) 82-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cascades led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kevon Parchment had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Cascades players scored in double figures. Forward Paul Gareau (201) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Frank Brown (188) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Cascades have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Winnipeg and Victoria. Loser Cougars dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Regina: F.Brown 15+6reb, D.Mole 14+4reb+3ast, P.Gareau 11+10reb+1ast, J.Zver 8+1reb, C.Burns 6+10reb, B.Hebert 5+2reb+9ast
UFV: K.Parchment 23+12reb+3ast, K.Grewal 18+11reb+6ast, S.Freeman 14+4reb+1ast, J.York 11+6reb+7ast, N.Kendall 9+4reb+1ast, J.Blackman 7+2reb
gschID: 190485


Mount Royal - Alberta 70-81

Very expected game in Calgary, AB where 6th ranked Mount Royal (2-8) was defeated by first ranked Golden Bears (9-1) 81-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-70. Golden Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Mount Royal's 24. Golden Bears forced 21 Mount Royal turnovers and had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Mount Royal was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) scored 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Forward Nick Loewen (196) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Awet Abraha (183) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Golden Bears have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Mount Royal lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mount Royal: N.Loewen 15+7reb+1ast, A.Abraha 12+2reb+4ast, K.Wilson 11+1reb+1ast, M.Akwl 9+3reb+2ast, J.Gardener 7+3ast, D.Awak 6+3reb+2ast
Alberta: J.Baker 26+6reb+3ast, K.Otieno 18+5reb+2ast, R.Dewar 12+5reb+3ast, A.Weir 10+5reb, Y.Ouahrig 10+3reb+4ast, S.Saffa 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190484


Brandon - TWU 73-75

The most interesting game of round 14 in the CIS was only two-point a home defeat of 8th ranked Bobcats (2-8) to seventh ranked Spartans (3-7) 75-73 in the game for the sixth place. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spartans outrebounded Bobcats 55-43 including a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Bobcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Justin Bakuteka (183) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mark Perrin chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Spartans' coach Scott Allen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak (201) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jordan Reaves produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Spartans moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Regina. Bobcats lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Mount Royal. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brandon: A.Benabdelhak 23+10reb, J.Reaves 17+10reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 11+6reb+7ast, J.Elias 8+6reb, K.Ramsey 6+2reb+1ast, T.Scott 6+1ast
TWU: J.Bakuteka 25+6reb+2ast, M.Perrin 18+11reb+1ast, D.McDonald 11+2reb, T.Linttell 9+14reb+1ast, T.Heinrichs 8+10reb+2ast, E.Mara 4+6reb
gschID: 190483



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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 108-95
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: 33
 1. Akognon, Liaoning.33.0 
 2. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.6 
 3. Harris, Jiangsu D.30.7 
 4. Spencer, Jilin N.29.2 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.27.8 
 6. Hudson, DongGuan27.3 
 7. Thornton, Guangsh.26.4 
 8. Yi, Guandong ST26.2 
 9. Jeter, Shandong FB26.0 
 10. McGrady, Qingd.24.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.15.8 
 2. Harris, Jiangsu D.15.7 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang CB13.5 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.12.8 
 6. White, Shanghai S.12.6 
 7. Diogu, Guandong ST12.5 
 8. Siler, Jiangsu D.12.3 
 9. Wang, Fujian QB11.8 
 10. Ju, Foshan LL11.6 
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.5.2 
 5. Lin, Guangsha L.4.6 
 6. Williams, Guandong.4.6 
 7. Yang, Liaoning H.4.5 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.3 
 9. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.3 
 10. Lu, Shanxi Zh.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Abbas, Shandong FB3.5 
 2. Marbury, Beijing3.0 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.8 
 4. Co, Xinjiang FT2.8 
 5. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 6. Sun, Shandong FB2.0 
 7. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.0 
 8. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.0 
 9. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.0 
 10. Yi, Jiangsu D.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.4.0 
 3. Yan, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 4. Yi, Guandong ST2.0 
 5. Morris, Beijing Du.2.0 
 6. Mbenga, Qingdao E.2.0 
 7. Haislip, DongGuan.1.8 
 8. Wang, Bayi R.1.8 
 9. White, Shanghai S.1.8 
 10. Tseng, Shanghai1.6 


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

29-year old forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for Jiangsu D. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 41 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Fujian QB (#6, 3-2) with 16-point margin 111-95. Jiangsu D. is placed at 14th position in Chinese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Jiangsu D.'s top player in his first season with the team. Rice University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is in league's top in points (2nd best: 33.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 15.5rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was D.J. White (206-F-86) of Shanghai S.. He is American forward in his first season at Shanghai S.. In the last game White recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Shanghai S. to edge the higher-ranked Xinjiang FT (#1, 3-2) by 4 points 99-95. Despite this victory Shanghai S. slide down in the standings to 16th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. White is a newcomer at Shanghai S. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L. (#11). Ramos got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . He was a key player of Guangsha L., leading his team to a 111-98 easy win against Foshan LL (2-3). The chances of Guangsha L. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ramos could help Guangsha L. to bring them higher in the standings. Ramos has a great season in China. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S. - 26 points and 22 rebounds
5. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Guandong ST - 23 points and 19 rebounds
6. Stephon Marbury (188-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Al Thornton (203-F-83) of Guangsha L. - 30 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marcus Williams (200-F/G-86) of Shanxi Zh. - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Zhejiang CB - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
10. ZhengDong Tang (213-C-84) of Xinjiang FT - 25 points and 13 rebounds

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



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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Kvarner 2010 8-1 
 2. KK Zagreb 7-2 
 3. Jolly 6-3 
 4. Alkar Sinj 5-4 
 5. Darda 4-5 
 6. Zabok 4-5 
 7. Djuro Djakovic 4-5 
 8. Krizevci 4-5 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 2-7 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 12: Dubrovnik - KK Zagreb
Jan. 12: Jolly - Kvarner 2010
Jan. 12: Osjecki Sokol - Darda
Jan. 12: Zabok - Djuro Djakovic
Jan. 12: Krizevci - Alkar Sinj


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ross, Jolly22.1 
 2. Lez, Zabok20.0 
 3. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.17.7 
 5. Sundov, Osjecki17.7 
 6. Peraica, Darda17.2 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci16.3 
 8. Skific, Kvarner15.1 
 9. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  Osjecki .
  (221-C-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sundov, Osjecki8.3 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20108.2 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.2 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.6 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb6.1 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.1 
 8. Matic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.6 
 10. Skific, Kvarner5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.7 
 5. Panduric, Darda3.6 
 6. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.4 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.2 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.3.0 
 10. Lez, Zabok2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  KK Zagreb
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 2. Ross, Jolly2.3 
 3. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.7 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.6 
 5. Maric, Zabok1.4 
 6. Skific, Kvarner1.4 
 7. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 8. Glavinic, Darda1.4 
 9. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 10. Radic, Kvarner 20.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.7 
 2. Najev, Dubrovnik1.2 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly1.0 
 4. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.9 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.9 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok0.6 
 8. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 9. Diminic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Sundov, Osjecki0.5 


EuroLeague: Olympiacos Piraeus takes 7-2 record in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita Zagreb - Olympiacos Piraeus 62:84

Olympiacos Piraeus takes 7-2 record in Group C of EuroLeague. The Greek side overcame Cedevita Zagreb 84:62 away from home in the start of Round 9. The Croatian side fell at 2-7 record.
Olympiacos Piraeus started the game with 21-18 rally and won the first half by three points. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 24-11 surge for the visiting team. Moreover the Greek side added 20-14 in the last stanza for the final result.
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) added 12. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) notched 11, whilst Kyle Hines (198-F-86) scored 10. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) tossed in 11. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) brought 9 points in the losing effort.

Cedevita Zagreb: Vlado Ilievski 14, Bracey Wright 11, Predrag Suput 9
Olympiacos Piraeus: Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Georgios Printezis 11, Kyle Hines 10



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Changing of the (Point) Guard for SLUNETA Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

A busy period of changes has continued for last-place SLUNETA Usti nad Labem as the club has brought in Serbain guard Nikola Radojicic (196-G-86, agency: ProSportsCareers) as a replacement for American point guard Albert Nolen (185-G-89, college: Minnesota). Radojicic joins Usti nad Labem after having played last season in Cyprus with Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia where he averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 assists in 11 games before leaving in January. Though just 26-years old Radojicic is very experienced having played in Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Georgia, Macedonia, Syria and Montenegro during his career. He is with the club on a try-out basis and if everything goes well will be signed for the remainder of the season. The departure of Nolen marks the third change in the roster in the past two weeks following Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans) and Kamil Kudlacek (192-G-88) along with the addition of new Head Coach Peter Balint . Nolen, in his second year out of the University of Minnesota appeared in 13 games, averaging 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 33.3% from the field and 38.9% from three while going 39-59 from the free-throw line. His departure was also hastened by an injury he sustained this past weekend against BK JIP Pardubice which would have forced him to miss some time. SLUNETA Usti nad Labem is currently 3-10 on the season and will play this Saturday at home against coach Balint's old club BK Prostejov which is currently 8-6 and in third position in the standings.


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Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Dec. 6: Svendborg - Naestved 78-96
Dec. 6: SISU - Horsholm 76-71
Dec. 5: Aalborg - Horsens IC 71-85
Dec. 6: Randers - Bakken 111-81
Dec. 5: Vaerlose - Aarhus BC 104-97 2OT

Regular Season: Round 18

Dec. 11: SISU - Randers
Dec. 12: Naestved - Aarhus BC
Dec. 13: Horsens IC - Vaerlose
Dec. 13: Bakken - Svendborg
Dec. 15: Naestved - Horsens IC
Dec. 15: Randers - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Donald RUTHERFORD
  Svend.
  (199-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Rutherford, Svend.24.8 
 2. Colas, Randers24.6 
 3. Ocana, Randers22.6 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.8 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC20.2 
 7. Walker, Naestved19.6 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose19.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.7 
 10. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.6 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.5 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.3 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.2 
 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, Randers6.7 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.6 
 4. Murphy, Naestved5.5 
 5. Jonsson, Aarhus BC5.1 
 6. Nielsen, SISU5.0 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.6 
 8. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 9. Jakobsen, Bakken4.3 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.2 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC2.2 
 5. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 6. Ortega, Randers1.9 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 8. Rungby, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. Walker, Naestved1.8 
 10. Ocana, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.5 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 8. Smith, SISU1.0 
 9. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 10. Rutherford, Svend.0.7 


Ligaen Round 17: Svendborg loses their first game against Naestved - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Svendborg (13-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Naestved (8-6) 96-78. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Svendborg. Naestved dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Svendborg's 42. They outrebounded Svendborg 40-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Naestved looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Canadian guard Alexander Murphy (183-88) chipped in 19 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved maintains fifth place with 8-6 record. Svendborg at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Naestved are looking forward to face Aarhus BC (#6) at home in the next round. Svendborg will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 14 rebounds by Bonell Colas of Randers.


Svendborg - Naestved 78-96

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Svendborg (13-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Naestved (8-6) 96-78. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Svendborg. Naestved dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Svendborg's 42. They outrebounded Svendborg 40-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Naestved looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Canadian guard Alexander Murphy (183-88) chipped in 19 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Naestved and four Svendborg players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved maintains fifth place with 8-6 record. Svendborg at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Naestved are looking forward to face Aarhus BC (#6) at home in the next round. Svendborg will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Darboe 17+5reb+7ast, M.Plannthin 11+2reb+3ast, G.Washington 11+6reb+2ast, K.Gertz 10+1reb+3ast, C.Magaard 9+7reb, R.Christensen 9+1reb
Naestved: C.Walker 23+7reb+3ast, A.Murphy 19+2reb+8ast, N.Brasas 15+5reb+1ast, J.Benjamin 15+9reb+1ast, Q.Doggett 10+8reb+1ast, M.Hoirup 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195288


SISU - Horsholm 76-71

Rather expected game in Copenhagen where 7th ranked Horsholm (4-10) was defeated by fourth ranked SISU (10-4) 76-71 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Horsholm won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Damon Smith (200-88, college: Mary) stepped up and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Bojan Marinkovic (209-84) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Brenton Butler (190-87, college: Fordham) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. SISU have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Horsens IC. Loser Horsholm keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. SISU will face Randers (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Horsholm will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: B.Marinkovic 23+6reb, B.Butler 19+5reb+1ast, C.Hesseldal 7+7reb, R.Fields 7+3reb+4ast, Z.Jukic 6+5reb, A.Bak 5+3reb+1ast
SISU: D.Smith 24+5reb+1ast, M.Dennis 19+6reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 16+5ast, M.Flowers 9+7reb, Z.Moritz 6+7reb+2ast, P.Jorgensen 2+3reb
gschID: 195287


Randers - Bakken 111-81

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Randers (4-10) smashed at home second-ranked Bakken (12-2) 111-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Randers. Bakken was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Randers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Bakken's 38. They outrebounded Bakken 44-30 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Randers looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Forward Damian Ocana (198-86) stepped up and scored 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) chipped in 22 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Randers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Horsholm. Defending champion Bakken keeps the second position with two games lost. Randers will face higher ranked SISU (#4) in Copenhagen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bakken will play at home against the league's leader Svendborg and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bakken: M.Sahlertz 15+6reb+2ast, C.Lindberg 14+2reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 12+2reb+2ast, C.Tomko 10+2reb+5ast, H.Falsvig 10+4reb+3ast, N.Iversen 8+7reb+4ast
Randers: D.Ocana 32+5reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 23+7reb+3ast, B.Colas 22+14reb+3ast, M.Ortega 12+2reb+13ast, C.Jorgensen 8+1reb+4ast, P.Nielsen 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 195286


Vaerlose - Aarhus BC 104-97 2OT

J.Baker fired 31 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Vaerlose to a double-overtime thrilling victory over Aarhus. R.Delk contributed 31 points for the hosts as they improved at 3-11 record in the ladder. Dezouvre responded with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Aarhus.
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: R.Dezouvre 28+9reb+1ast, R.Laier 16+5reb+1ast, C.Funches 14+11reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 13+1ast, A.Jonsson 13+1reb+7ast, G.Valentinusson 7+2reb
Vaerlose: J.Baker 31+19reb, R.Delk 31+8reb+2ast, P.Moller 19+6reb+3ast, N.Christensen 11+7reb+4ast, A.Karason 6+6reb+3ast, A.Holm-Weber 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 195285


Aalborg - Horsens IC 71-85

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Aalborg (1-13) was defeated at home by third ranked Horsens IC (10-4) 85-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Aalborg was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Darko Jukic (198-90) stepped up and scored 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners and American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Mads Rasmussen (195-88) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Rob Delaney (194-89, college: Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Horsens IC maintains third place with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Svendborg, which they share with SISU. Aalborg lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Horsens IC will face Naestved (#5) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: M.Rasmussen 19+5reb+1ast, R.Delaney 17+5reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 11+1reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 10+9reb+5ast, N.Andreasen 6+2reb+1ast, A.Jorgensen 3+5reb
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 30+7reb+5ast, S.Bowlin 19+6reb+6ast, F.Rungby 14+12reb+1ast, K.Thomann 11+8reb, L.Varga 5+2reb+1ast, M.Sakne 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195284



Danish Ligaen round 17 best performance: Darko Jukic - by Eurobasket News

International guard Darko Jukic (198-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Horsens IC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Aalborg (#10, 1-13) 85-71. Horsens IC maintains the 3rd position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Horsens IC will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Jukic had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Horsens IC's top player in his first season with the team. Darko Jukic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.2ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg,2.2spg and 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers. Colas had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Randers to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Bakken (#2, 12-2) 111-81. Randers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Randers managed to get this year. Colas is a newcomer at Randers, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#2). He also registered 14.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Justin Baker (203-F-89) of Vaerlose (#9). Baker got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds . He was a key player of Vaerlose, leading his team to a 104-97overtime win against the higher-ranked Aarhus BC (#6, 5-9). Vaerlose can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Baker he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Baker has individually a great season in Denmark. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (9th best). Baker attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bojan Marinkovic (209-C-84) of Horsholm - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Richard Delk (193-G-86) of Vaerlose - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Christian Nielsen (201-F-86) of Randers - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Caleb Walker (193-G-89) of Naestved - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Alexander Murphy (183-G-88) of Naestved - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 8 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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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Sioux Falls S. 4-0 
 2. Maine RC 3-2 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 2-1 
 4. Springfield A. 2-1 
 5. Erie Bay H. 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 3-2 
 3. Texas L. 3-2 
 4. Austin T. 2-2 
 5. Los Angeles D. 2-2 
 6. Rio Grande VV 2-3 
 7. Reno B. 0-2 
 8. Idaho S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 6: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 99-87
Dec. 6: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 111-113
Dec. 4: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-95
Dec. 5: Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 101-110

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 7: Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA
Dec. 7: Sioux Falls S. - Erie Bay H.
Dec. 7: Iowa E. - Texas L.
Dec. 7: Idaho S. - Austin T.
Dec. 7: Los Angeles D. - Santa Cruz W.
Dec. 7: Reno B. - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Douglas-R., Texas27.8 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers26.0 
 3. Goudelock, Sioux F.25.0 
 4. Jones, Canton C.23.5 
 5. Downs, Maine RC21.8 
 6. Joseph, Maine RC21.7 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 8. Summers, Idaho S.20.5 
 9. Mays, Springfield19.0 
 10. Wright, Iowa E.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MAYS
  Springfield A.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Mays, Springfield13.0 
 2. Jones, Canton C.13.0 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.12.6 
 4. Adrien, Rio G.11.2 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.11.2 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.11.0 
 7. Miller-Scott, Iowa10.7 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.10.3 
 9. Wright, Maine RC10.0 
 10. Sacre, Los A.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Wright, Iowa E.8.0 
 2. Liggins, Tulsa 66e.7.0 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.8 
 4. Uzoh, Springfield6.3 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 6. Machado, Rio G.5.8 
 7. Mack, Maine RC5.8 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.5 
 9. Johnson-Odom, Los5.3 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moon, Los A.2.8 
 2. Scott, Springfield2.7 
 3. Murry, Rio G.2.6 
 4. Greene, Los A.2.5 
 5. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.2.4 
 6. Downs, Maine RC2.4 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.2.3 
 8. Thompson, Erie B.2.3 
 9. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.2.3 
 10. Holiday, Idaho S.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.5.0 
 2. Reed, Springfield3.3 
 3. Moon, Los A.3.3 
 4. Flowers, Los A.2.8 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.8 
 6. Eyenga, Texas L.2.8 
 7. Daniels, Santa C.2.3 
 8. Sullivan, Austin T.2.3 
 9. Melo, Maine RC2.2 
 10. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.0 


Raptors assign Quincy Ace to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have assigned forward Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90, college: Baylor) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Acy will continue to be included on the Raptors roster and will be placed on the teams inactive list. Acy has appeared in three games with the Raptors. He has played 21 minutes, averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. The club selected Acy with the 37th choice in the 2012 NBA Draft. Acy is the sixth Raptor to be assigned to the NBA D-League. Solomon Alabi was designated on four occasions, three times to the Erie BayHawks (November 2010, January 2011 and March 2011) and once to Bakersfield (January 2012). Ed Davis was assigned to Erie for two games in December 2010. Nathan Jawai was designated on two occasions in the 2008-09 season to the Idaho Stampede. P.J. Tucker was assigned twice to the Colorado 14ers during the 2006-07 season and Pape Sow was assigned to the Arkansas Rimrockers in the 2005-06 campaign. Bakersfield, led by Head Coach Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ), has been appointed as Torontos NBA D-League affiliate for the 2012-13 season.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Canton Charge keeps Franklin for another season - by Eurobasket News

Canton Charge re-signed 24-year old forward Travis Franklin (200-98kg-88, college: Colorado State). He played there last season. In 35 D-League games last year he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Last year Franklin was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) as #2 pick overall.
He attended Colorado State until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Franklin received NABC Division I All-District 17 2nd Team award in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



D-League Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 99-87
The Tulsa 66ers fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 99-87, on Thursday night at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, with Oklahoma City Thunder assignment Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scoring 22 points. Lamb, who has played three games for Tulsa, has averaged 26.0 points. Tulsa guard Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central) collected 22 points along with 10 rebounds and three steals. OKC assignee Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) scored six points with five boards and two blocked shots. Tulsa (3-2) got behind early, trailing Rio Grande Valley (2-3) 33-19 at the end of the first quarter. The Vipers controlled the remainder of the half, leading 54-43 at the mid-game break. Trailing 58-43 with just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Tulsa spurred a 21-3 run in a five-minute span to take a 64-61 lead. The game became a back-and-forth contest before the Vipers ended the game on an 11-0 run. The 66ers had four players grab five or more boards, but were outrebounded by the Vipers, 44-42. Tulsa forced 18 RGV turnovers, including nine off of steals. Tulsa and Rio Grande Valley face off two more times this weekend, this time at the SpiritBank Event Center. The 66ers host the Vipers on Saturday night at 7:00 and Sunday afternoon at 4:00. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 111-113
The Erie BayHawks welcomed the Maine Red Claws to town for a Thursday evening soiree and the Red Claws snuck out of Erie Insurance Arena with a two point victory, 113-111. Maine (3-2) held a three point advantage following the first frame. Erie (2-2) battled back and took a one point lead into the break, thanks to Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland)'s 11 second quarter points. The BayHawks kept their one point lead through three quarters before Maine finished with a flurry of points in the final five minutes. The game featured six lead changes and ten ties. Maine led by as many as 11 points while the BayHawks held an eight point advantage in the fourth quarter prior to a 20-5 run by the Red Claws. A total of six BayHawks reached double figures in the scoring department, led by Benson's 23 point and 11 rebound effort. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) chipped in with a solid all-around performance, collecting 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Maine was paced by the sharp-shooting Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), who poured in a game high 27 points, including five three-pointers. Guard Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) also added 23 points, connecting on all 14 of his free throws. The BayHawks will travel to Sioux Falls to square off against the unbeaten Skyforce tomorrow night. Maine returns home on Saturday to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-95
The Bakersfield Jam won their game in a row Tuesday night knocking off the L.A. D-Fenders 109-95. The Jam used a huge second quarter in which they outscored the D-Fenders 34-16 to blow the game open. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt), playing in the second game with the Jam, scored a game-high 29 points on 10-21 shooting. Jenkins hit 3-8 from beyond-the-arc and was a perfect 6-6 at the free throw line. Former Hawks draft pick Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) turned in a solid performance with 19 points and 13 boards. Second-round pick Mike Scott is on assignment along with Jenkins but didn't play in the game because of an illness. Phoenix Suns' first-round pick Kendall Marshall started at point guard and logged a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. The Defenders were led by Gary Flowers (6'8''-F-86, college: S.Mississippi) who put down 25 points and also grabbed 12 boards. Jarrid Famous finished with 15 points, 15 boards to go along with five blocks. Courtney Fortson chipped in 15 points and eight assists. The Jam are now off until Friday when they will play a back-to-back against the Reno Bighorns. Courtesy of: peachtreehoops.com

Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 101-110
Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) scored 29 points and Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 23 as the Skyforce kept their perfect record with a 110-101 win over Tulsa on Wednesday. Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) added 17 points and nine rebounds for Sioux Falls (4-0). For Tulsa, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III (6'11''-F-91, college: Baylor), Oklahoma City Thunder assignees, scored 23 and 21 points, respectively. Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) had 21 points and five rebounds. Sioux Falls rallied from a 13-2 deficit in the first quarter and led 26-25 at the start of the second quarter. The Skyforce host Erie on Friday and Texas on Saturday. Courtesy of: argusleader.com



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African Champions Cup: Al Ittihad enter the Semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

ES Sahel-Al Ittihad 61:75

Al Ittihad enter the Semifinal stage of the African Champions Cup. The team from Egypt overcame Tunisian representative 75:61.
Both teams scored 13 points each in the first period and they posted the same number of points in the second frame. After 16-16 in it the board showed 29:29 at the halftime. Al Ittihad however started to play better in the second half and won the third and the last quarters. They won the third period 18-12 and finished the game with 28-20 in the last quarter.
Torrington Cox (201-F-85, college: King) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) added 14. Ahmed ElSabagh (191-F/G-85) delivered 12, whilst Mouhanad ElSabagh (180-PG-88) brought 11. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) finished the game with 18 points in defeat, while Andre Smith (188-G-80, college: NC-Asheville), Ben Romdhane Macram and Brahim Naddari (173-PG-82) delivered 12 points apiece.

ES Sahel: Mohamed Hadidane 18, Andre Smith 12, Ben Romdhane Macram 12, Brahim Naddari 12
Al Ittihad: Torrington Cox 17+10 rebs, Haytham Kamal 14, Ahmed ElSabagh 12, Mouhanad ElSabagh 11



African Champions Cup: Al Ahly shock Libolo and take their place in the semis - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahly- Libolo 69:64

Al Ahly shock Libolo and take their place in the semis of the African Champions Cup. The team from Cairo handed Libolo their first loss at the tournament and sent them out of Final Four after 69:64 win.
Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo won all five games in the Preliminary Round and was the favorite of the game. The team from Angola started with 19-13 lead, but failed in the second frame. Al Ahly needed a 23-12 surge to take 36:31 halftime advantage. Both teams later exchanged the narrow victories in the third and the fourth period for the final result.
Tarek El Ghanam erupted with 27 points for the winners and Ibrahim ElGamal (188-G-88) added 13. Deef Allah Karim and Darren Kelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) followed them with 8 points each. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Mayzer Alexandre (186-PG-84) brought 12. Francisco Sousa (F) and Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) each scored 11.

Al Ahly: Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78) 27, Ibrahim ElGamal 13, Deef Allah Karim 8, Darren Kelly 8
Libolo: Olimpio Cipriano 14, Mayzer Alexandre 12, Francisco Sousa 11, Tommie Eddie 11



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  EUROCUP   


Quinn leaves Valencia - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American point guard Chris Quinn (188-79kg-83, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) left Valencia Basket (ACB). In four games he played this season he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. Quinn also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 5.2ppg and 1.2rpg. He also spent pre-season at the Jazz in NBA earlier that year.
The last season Quinn played at Khimky in Russian PBL. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games last year he had 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quinn also played 2 games in Euroleague where he had very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team winning the Eurocup championship. Quinn also played 18 games in VTB United League where he had 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The most of 10/11 season Quinn spent at the Spurs in NBA. In 38 games he had just 2.1ppg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team winning the Southwest Division title. Quinn was tried-out by the 76ers in NBA that season.
In 2006 he was drafted by Butte Daredevils (CBA) in second round (12th overall).
The former University of Notre Dame standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Quinn received All-Big East 1st Team award back in 2006 at his college time.
Quinn has played previously for four other NBA teams: Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fells number one in Eurocup for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American Courtney Fells (198-SF-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hapoel J-M, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Rudupis (2-3) 92-79. Hapoel J-M is placed at 3rd position in Eurocup group A. Hapoel J-M is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Fells had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hapoel J-M's top player in his first season with the team. Former North Carolina State University star has very solid stats this year. Fells is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 54.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of league's second-best Budivelnyk. Delaney had a very good evening with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Budivelnyk cruised to a 72-62 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked CEZ Nymburk (3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group A. Budivelnyk consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Delaney is a newcomer at Budivelnyk, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) of league's second-best Banco di Sard.. Diener got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Banco di Sard., leading his team to a 85-76 win against #3 ranked Cajasol. The chances of Banco di Sard. ranking at the top of group H, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Diener could help Banco di Sard. to bring them higher in the standings. Diener has a great season in Eurocup. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85) of Unics - 21 points and 11 rebounds
6. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Oostende - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 24 points and 10 rebounds
8. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Lukoil Academik - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Real Madrid 6-3 
 2. Khimky 5-3 
 3. Panathinaikos 5-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 4-4 
 5. Cantu 3-6 
 6. Un.Olimpija 2-6 
Group B
 1. Maccabi T-A 7-2 
 2. Unicaja 7-2 
 3. Montepaschi 5-3 
 4. ALBA 4-5 
 5. Chalon 2-6 
 6. Asseco Prok. 1-8 
Group C
 1. Olympiacos 7-2 
 2. Zalgiris 6-2 
 3. Anadolu Efes 5-3 
 4. EA7 Armani 3-5 
 5. Caja Laboral 2-6 
 6. Cedevita 2-7 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 9-0 
 2. CSKA 8-1 
 3. Besiktas 4-5 
 4. Brose Bask. 2-6 
 5. Partizan 2-7 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 9

A

Dec. 6: Cantu - Real Madrid 76-70
Dec. 7: Un.Olimpija - Khimky
Dec. 7: Panathinaikos - Fener.Ulker

B

Dec. 6: Asseco Prok. - Maccabi T-A 73-89
Dec. 6: ALBA - Unicaja 63-74
Dec. 7: Chalon - Montepaschi

C

Dec. 6: Cedevita - Olympiacos 62-84
Dec. 7: EA7 Armani - Zalgiris
Dec. 7: Anadolu Efes - Caja Laboral

D

Dec. 6: CSKA - Besiktas 87-72
Dec. 6: Partizan - FCB Regal 67-68
Dec. 7: Lietuvos rytas - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.3 
 2. Weems, CSKA16.9 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.6 
 4. Jerrells, Besiktas16.1 
 5. Langford, EA7 A.16.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.8 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.15.5 
 8. Aradori, Cantu15.4 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu15.1 
 10. Page, Un.Olimpija15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija10.0 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.4 
 3. Williams, Chalon8.1 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA6.8 
 5. Gordon, Partizan6.7 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.6.6 
 7. Bjelica, Caja Labo.6.5 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos6.2 
 9. Zirbes, Brose Bask.6.1 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.6 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani5.4 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.3 
 6. Blassingame, Assec.5.2 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi5.1 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.9 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 10. Koszarek, Asseco4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hickman, Maccabi2.2 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 4. Lucic, Partizan1.7 
 5. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 7. Schilb, Chalon1.5 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu1.5 
 9. Planinic, Khimky1.4 
 10. McCalebb, Fener.U.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.4 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.8 
 3. Falker, Besiktas1.6 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.4 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 6. Thompson, ALBA1.3 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 
 10. Tyus, Cantu1.1 


Darjus Lavrinovic to miss today's game - by Eurobasket Center

According to our sources Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) is going to miss today's Euroleague game in Milano against EA7 Armani. 33-year old big man is struggling with family problems.

Darjus Lavrinovic has a very solid Euroleague season as his is averaging 11.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 8 games for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas this season.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 12

A

Dec. 6: Ura Basket - Huima 85-80
Dec. 6: SayRi - ToPo 76-96
Dec. 6: Pyrinto II - Porvoon Tarmo 65-79

B

Dec. 6: KaU Koris - JyWe 84-66
Dec. 6: Jarvenpaa - TuNMKY 83-67
Dec. 6: Espoo Basket - Kerava ET 69-89
Dec. 6: BC Jyvaskyla - HBA-Marsky 103-88

Regular Season: Round 13

A

Dec. 8: Tapiolan Honka - Oulun NMKY
Dec. 9: Porvoon Tarmo - Oulun NMKY
Dec. 9: Tapiolan Honka - SayRi
Dec. 9: Huima - Pyrinto II
Dec. 9: ToPo - BC Nokia

B

Dec. 9: JyWe - Jarvenpaa
Dec. 9: Kerava ET - BC Jyvaskyla
Dec. 9: TuNMKY - Espoo Basket


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia26.3 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.25.0 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.22.3 
 4. Pederson, SayRi21.9 
 5. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.1 
 6. Young, Porvoon19.9 
 7. Tate, Porvoon19.9 
 8. Salminen, TuNM.19.9 
 9. Pyykkonen, JyWe19.9 
 10. Coleman, ToPo19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.1 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.9 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 6. Coleman, ToPo11.2 
 7. Salminen, TuNM.11.1 
 8. Stephens, Huima10.9 
 9. Young, Porvoon10.7 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.2 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.5.1 
 3. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.5 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.4.3 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.0 
 6. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.9 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.9 
 8. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.8 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.5 
 10. Little, Kerava ET3.5 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.5 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.3 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 5. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.2 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.1 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 8. Andersen, Espoo B.1.9 
 9. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 10. Pederson, SayRi1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.5 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Young, Porvoon1.5 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.5 
 7. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.2 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET1.1 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.1.1 
 10. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.0 


Ura Basket signs Paul Harrison, ex BSW Sixers - by Eurobasket News

Kaarinan Ura Basket (1st Division) signed 23-year old American center Paul Harrison (203-120kg-89, college: N.Greenville). He already started the season at BSW Sixers in German ProB. In 9 games this season he had 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg. The last season Harrison also played at North Greenville University in Conference Carolinas in the NCAA2. A very impressive season as he was named to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team.
He just graduated from North Greenville University and it is his first season as a pro.
Harrison won NCAA D2 Independent championship title in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



1. DIVISION: Ura Basket wins first time - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1A, round 11: Basketball on Independent Day. Finland today 95 yo. Three games, and in one of them Ura Basket (Kaarina) winning first time this season. Ura Basket (1-10) defeats at home Huima (Aanekoski) 85-80 (41-37). Newcomer Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) helped at once by scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Bobby Nash (198-G/F-84) had a double-double 23pts/11rbs. Nolan Richardson (188-G-84, college: Midwestern St.) had a new role and gave nine assists. Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) led Huima (4-6) with 17 pts.
Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) made a visit to Central Finland and won on the road Riento at Saynatsalo 76-96 (47-39). ToPo (7-4) won also the rebounds (31-51) and had six out of seven players in double digits. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led again ToPo with 23pts/16rbs. C.J. Collins (180-G-88, college: McNeese St.) scored 19 pts for the hosts.
Tarmo (Porvoo) had to work this time harder to win in Tampere. Tough home team Pyrinto II lost finally vs Tarmo 65-79 (37-40). Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) (Pyrinto) netted game high 29 points, Joni Harjula (189-G-83) added 17 pts, but the rest were under six points. Tarmo's three American players combined 64 points and 24 rebounds. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) led Tarmo (10-1) with 26 pts. Jerrah Young (201-F-85, college: Toledo) added 22 pts and took nine rbs.

Ura Basket - Huima 85-80 (41-37). (Bobby Nash 23/11, Paul Harrison 23/8, Nolan Richardson 12/9a - Andre Stephens 17/9, DeAndre Mays 17, Kent Tribbett 15/10).
SayRi - ToPo 76-96 (47-39). (CJ Collins 19, Nicholas Pederson 18, Eryk Thomas 13 - HL Coleman 23/16, Devin Ginty 17, Mikko Jamsa 15).
Pyrinto II - Tarmo 65-79 (37-40). (Topias Palmi 29, Joni Harjula 17/9, Jari Pulkkinen 6/7/5b - Vernon Taylor 26, Jerrah Young 22/9, Isaiah Tate 16/9).



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  FRANCE   


Boulogne signs Mamadou Sy - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) signed 27-year old Mali ex-international forward Mamadou Sy (200-85, college: Cloud County CC). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Sy played most recently at Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (ProB). In 5 games last season he had just 2.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0spg. Sy also represented Mali at the African Championships in Madagascar last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg.
Sy has played previously for three other French teams: ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket, Stade Clermont and Boulazac Basket.
He attended Cloud County CC until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dragan Ceranic joins Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News

JSA Bordeaux Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 36-year old Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-115kg-76, agency: Beo Basket). He already started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In two games this season he had 9.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Ceranic also played 1 game in EuroChallenge where he recorded just 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The last season he played at KAO Dramas in Greek A1. In 24 games last year he recorded 8.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season Ceranic played at Trefl Sopot in Polish TBL. In 33 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ceranic also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded only 2.0ppg and 3.0rpg.
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team back in 2003.
Ceranic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, Italy, Latvia (Barons kvartals), Ukraine, France (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket) and Greece (Panellinios, Kolossos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Kavala).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at Bordeaux.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 5-1 
 2. Kumanovo 4-2 
 3. ABA Strumica 4-2 
 4. Kozuv 4-2 
 5. Rabotnicki 3-3 
 6. Lirija 3-3 
 7. Vardar 1-5 
 8. Pelister Bitola 0-6 
Play in international cups:
 1. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 8: Lirija - Pelister Bitola
Dec. 8: Kumanovo - ABA Strumica
Dec. 8: Feni Indistrija - Kozuv
Dec. 8: Rabotnicki - Vardar


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo21.5 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.20.0 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.19.7 
 4. Bratic, Feni I.16.0 
 5. Dimcevski, Kuman.15.5 
 6. Jevdic, ABA S.15.3 
 7. Sharper, Rabotnicki15.2 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.15.2 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar14.7 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.5 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.4 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.8.8 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.8.0 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija6.8 
 6. Dimcevski, Kuman.6.3 
 7. Amoke, Rabotnicki6.0 
 8. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.8 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.5.6 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.5.7 
 2. Karadzovski, Kozuv4.2 
 3. Sokolov, Feni I.3.3 
 4. Pilcevic, Feni I.3.0 
 5. Pekovic, Kozuv2.8 
 6. Samardziev, Feni I.2.8 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija2.8 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.2.8 
 9. Petkovski, Pelist.2.7 
 10. Janjusevic, ABA S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar UGRINOVSKI
  Lirija
  (--)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ugrinovski, Lirija2.2 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.2.0 
 3. Stajic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 5. Bratic, Feni I.1.8 
 6. Blazevski, Kozuv1.8 
 7. Jevdic, ABA S.1.8 
 8. Balazs, ABA S.1.7 
 9. Pajic, Vardar1.5 
 10. Marjanovikj, Peli.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 4. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 5. Radojevik, Lirija0.7 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Bozovic, Kozuv0.6 
 8. Amoke, Rabotnicki0.5 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar0.5 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija0.5 



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  GABON   


African Champions Cup: Petroleos cruise past Manga into semis - by Eurobasket News

Petroleos - Manga 84:66

Petroleos became the first semifinalists of the African Champions Cup in Equatorial Guinea. They fired past Manga in the first quarterfinal of the day. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Petroleos led by a single point after a highly-contestant first quarter 18:17. Manga pulled in front in the second term. The Gabonese team stunned the favourites taking a 39:34 halftime lead. Petroleos needed a big break to shake off sloppiness. The Angolan powerhouse went on a 29:12 rally in the third term to gain a 12-point lead into the fourth frame. Petroleos controlled the tempo in the final period and rolled to the victory at the end. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) finished with 17 points, while Paulo Barros (195-F-89) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lyvann Obame (201-F/C, college: Monroe Coll.) answered with 16 points for Manga. Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82) netted 12 points in the loss.

Petroleos: Leonel Paulo 20, Carlos Morais 17, Paulo Barros 14+10 boards
Manga: Lyvann Obame 16, Fabien Bissielou 12



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  GERMANY   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Goettingen 9-3 
 2. Karlsruhe 9-3 
 3. Duesseldorf 9-3 
 4. Vechta 7-4 
 5. Cuxhaven 7-5 
 6. Jena 7-5 
 7. Heidelberg 6-5 
 8. Chemnitz 6-6 
 9. Ehingen 6-6 
 10. Finke Baskets 6-6 
 11. NBC 5-7 
 12. Crailsheim 4-8 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 4-8 
 14. Kirchheim 4-8 
 15. Gotha 3-9 
 16. Leipzig 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 8: Gotha - NBC
Dec. 8: Vechta - Crailsheim
Dec. 8: ETB Wohnbau - Leipzig
Dec. 8: Jena - Ehingen
Dec. 8: Kirchheim - Duesseldorf
Dec. 8: Cuxhaven - Heidelberg
Dec. 8: Finke Baskets - Goettingen
Dec. 8: Chemnitz - Karlsruhe


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Cuxhaven
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.5 
 2. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau19.8 
 3. Williams, Vechta19.1 
 4. Brazelton, NBC18.9 
 5. Barker, Jena17.7 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven17.3 
 7. Alexander, Kirchhe.17.3 
 8. Adams, Finke B.16.4 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.6 
 10. Khartchenkov, Lei.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Gadley, Leipzig11.9 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.0 
 3. Livas, Goettingen8.4 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.2 
 5. Henley, ETB W.7.9 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.8 
 7. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau7.6 
 8. Adomaitis, Jena7.6 
 9. Richardson, Karls.7.3 
 10. Thompson, NBC7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Williams, Vechta7.6 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets7.5 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.8 
 5. Jeka, Jena4.9 
 6. Brazelton, NBC4.9 
 7. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 8. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.6 
 9. Bynum, Chemnitz4.6 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Vechta3.1 
 2. Matthews, Ehingen2.8 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 5. Bynum, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz1.6 
 8. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.5 
 9. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.5 
 10. Moore, Crailsheim1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.7 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.3 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.2 
 6. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz1.1 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen0.9 
 9. Menck, Karlsruhe0.8 
 10. Maier, Kirchheim0.8 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 9-1 
 2. Rist Wedel 8-2 
 3. Herten Lions 7-3 
 4. Dorsten 5-5 
 5. BSW Sixers 5-5 
 6. Recklinghausen 5-5 
 7. MTV Wolfenbuettel 4-6 
 8. Hannover 4-6 
 9. Oldenburg 4-6 
 10. Wulfen 3-7 
 11. Stahnsdorf 3-7 
 12. SU Medien 3-7 
Group South
 1. Dragons 10-0 
 2. Weissenhorn 7-3 
 3. Hanau 6-4 
 4. Langen 6-4 
 5. Licher Baeren 6-4 
 6. Fraport SKY II 5-5 
 7. Noerdlingen 5-5 
 8. Bayer Giants 5-5 
 9. Konstanz 3-7 
 10. Dresden 3-7 
 11. Leitershofen 3-7 
 12. TSV Troester 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

North

Dec. 8: Rist Wedel - Hannover
Dec. 8: Recklinghausen - Oldenburg
Dec. 8: Schwelm - BSW Sixers
Dec. 8: SU Medien - Stahnsdorf
Dec. 8: Wulfen - Dorsten
Dec. 8: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Herten Lions

South

Dec. 7: Dresden - Fraport SKY II
Dec. 8: Hanau - Licher Baeren
Dec. 8: Weissenhorn - Langen
Dec. 8: TSV Troester - Konstanz
Dec. 9: Bayer Giants - Noerdlingen
Dec. 9: Leitershofen - Dragons


Tim Schwartz claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jena and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Leipzig (#16, 3-9) 97-90. Jena is placed at 6th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jena will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. It's Schwartz's second year at Jena and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tim Schwartz averages this season 9.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American forward Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) of Duesseldorf. Flomo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Duesseldorf lost that game 89-94 to slightly lower-ranked Cuxhaven (#5, 7-5). This loss caused Duesseldorf to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Flomo is well-known by Duesseldorf fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Israeli Guy Aud (188-G-89) of Finke Baskets (#10). Aud showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, six rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Finke Baskets, leading his team to a 86-81 win against the higher-ranked Heidelberg (#7, 6-5). Finke Baskets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Aud has a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.5apg (2nd best). Guy Aud has also German passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player. Aud attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Harry Marshall (183-G-88) of Leipzig - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Scott Thomas (200-F-89) of Cuxhaven - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Jeremy Black (203-F-85) of Karlsruhe - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Chris Gadley (207-C-87) of Leipzig - 20 points and 14 rebounds
9. Cornelius Adler (195-G/F-89) of NBC - 21 points and 10 rebounds
10. Monyea Pratt (195-F-85) of Cuxhaven - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 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)



German ProB round 10 best performance: Martinis Woody - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Martinis Woody (201-F/C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Langen, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat TSV Troester (#12, 1-9) 75-67. Langen is placed at 4th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Langen will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Woody as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Martinis Woody averages this season 11.3ppg and 8.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-SF-91) of SU Medien. Sant-Roos had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course SU Medien cruised to a 75-63 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked BSW Sixers (#5, 5-5). SU Medien's 12th position in North has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Sant-Roos is well-known at SU Medien and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 6.4rpg and 4.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Blake Poole (195-C-88) of Dorsten (#4). Poole scored 15 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Dorsten, leading his team to a 82-78 win against the lower-ranked MTV Wolfenbuettel (#7, 4-6). Dorsten needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Poole has a great season in Germany. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Parnell Smith (200-F-84) of Leitershofen - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) of Weissenhorn - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Patrick Carney (185-G-85) of Recklinghausen - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Geddes Robinson (195-PF-87) of Dragons - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Adrian Bowie (189-G-89) of Herten Lions - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lindsey Hughey (190-G-89) of Leitershofen - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Chris Heinrich (208-C-77) of Oldenburg - 18 points and 12 rebounds

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



EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga stole the show from O2 World - by Eurobasket News

Alba Berlin - Unicaja Malaga 63:74

Unicaja Malaga stole the show from O2 World in Berlin and improved to 7-2 record. The Spanish side overcame local Alba 74:63 in Round 9 of EuroLeague.
Alba Berlin opened the game with 18-14, but allowed the guests to taste the lead at the halftime. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) closed the half with a lay-up for 36:35 lead. Unicaja Malaga however needed more than two minutes in the start of the third period to score another points. They trailed 38:44 midway through the period but needed a final push for 59:51 after 30 minutes. Moreover the guests added 15-12 in the last stanza for the final success.
Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) topped all scorers with 16 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 11. James Gist (205-F-86) notched 9, while Krunoslav Simon posted 8. Sven Schultze (208-C-78) finished the game with 12 points for the hosts and Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) notched 11. Yassin Idbihi (209-PF-83, college: Buffalo) ended up with 11 points, whilst Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) notched 8.

Alba Berlin: Sven Schultze 12, Derrick Byars 11, Yassin Idbihi 11, Nihad Djedovic 8
Unicaja Malaga: Marcus Williams 16, Luka Zoric 11, James Gist 9, Krunoslav Simon 8



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EuroLeague: Olympiacos Piraeus takes 7-2 record in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita Zagreb - Olympiacos Piraeus 62:84

Olympiacos Piraeus takes 7-2 record in Group C of EuroLeague. The Greek side overcame Cedevita Zagreb 84:62 away from home in the start of Round 9. The Croatian side fell at 2-7 record.
Olympiacos Piraeus started the game with 21-18 rally and won the first half by three points. The third quarter became decisive in the game and brought 24-11 surge for the visiting team. Moreover the Greek side added 20-14 in the last stanza for the final result.
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) added 12. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) notched 11, whilst Kyle Hines (198-F-86) scored 10. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) tossed in 11. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) brought 9 points in the losing effort.

Cedevita Zagreb: Vlado Ilievski 14, Bracey Wright 11, Predrag Suput 9
Olympiacos Piraeus: Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Georgios Printezis 11, Kyle Hines 10



December's free agent list - by Chris Mammides

We are just three weeks from the year 2013 and the A1 league is towards its ninth week with Olympiakos being dominant in all the courts (in both Europe and Greek courts) while Panathinaikos recovering from the total recall suffered last summer, and with the addition of Jason Kapono (officially is joining forces with the Greens early next week) and the possible comeback of Antonis Fotsis (rumors do bring the Greek international forward to be just a step away from Panathinaikos) will be ready to the top 16 where is officially entered after the difficult victory over the Slovenians of Ljubljana. Panionios has officially eliminated from the next round of the Eurocup even though its first positive result came only 2 days ago with the amazing 101-100 over the Belgians of Oostende had no real outcome since the first three negative results suffered eliminates the Greek team from its European duties which obviously could have gone better if at least one player from the free agent list was a member of the specific roster, obviously Coach Sferopoulos will announce at least 2 players in the next two weeks as he was able to identify the weakness of the team. Kavala which performs very good in the Balkan league added its first victory in the Greek league and is now with 1-7 record breathing a bit better with the latest additions in its roster (Gagaloudis, Nikolaidis and Grundy). Other than that, all the other teams that do not have any other European obligations other than the Greek league are not doing very well and this is obvious as this week we had another three players leaving their teams after mutual agreement since their performances were not the expected ones. Nevertheless, this week we had the signatures of some of the players being in the list like Trian Iliadis in Wildcats Australia, Marios Matalon in OFI Crete, Dan Mavraides in Juve Caserta while Nic Livas returned to his team after the injury suffered a month ago, while within the next couple of days we do expect another couple of names in our list to find their new team

So, the Free agent list at this stage is as follows:

Guards
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77)
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86)
Adonis Chatzicharalambous
Gregory Ktistou
Michael Bizoukas
Nicolas Blanas (183-PG-80, college: Toronto Uni.)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Milos Pavlisevic (196-SG-82)

Forwards
Panagiotis Vassilopoulos
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)
Demtri Harris (198-SF-90, college: St.Marys)
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Milos Sakota (204-F-84)
Marios Skamnakis (200-F-89)

Centers
Dimos Dikoudis
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 11-2 
 2. Den Bosch 11-2 
 3. Groningen 9-4 
 4. M.Magixx 8-4 
 5. Zwolle 7-6 
 6. Leeuwarden 6-7 
 7. Den Helder K. 6-7 
 8. Weert 4-8 
 9. Amsterdam 1-12 
 10. Rotterdam 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 6: Groningen - Zwolle 86-65
Dec. 6: Rotterdam - Leeuwarden 86-106
Dec. 6: Den Bosch - Amsterdam 85-56
Dec. 8: M.Magixx - Zwolle
Dec. 8: Groningen - Den Bosch
Dec. 8: Den Helder K. - Rotterdam
Dec. 8: Leeuwarden - Weert
Dec. 9: Amsterdam - Leiden
Dec. 11: Weert - M.Magixx



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Szeged adds Anthony Jones - by Levente Szabo

American guard Anthony Jones (191-G-84, college: Indiana Tech) joined Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged today after signing a contract for the rest of the season with the club.

The 6'3" guard will join the team after parting ways with Turkish team Baskent Genclik Ankara where he played 3 games in the Turkish 2nd division. Anthony Jones had his breakout season in Euroope last year when he played in Slovakia for MBK Handlova. Filling up the statsheet night by night he averaged 27.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 7.1apg and 2.4spg (FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 79.9%) in 35 games and was the best player of the entire league. After a successfull season in Slovakia he was selected by eurobasket.com as the Guard of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Player of the Year. He was selected to the All-Imports Team and League 1st Team too.

After Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged replaced American PG John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) with Serbian-Hungarian dual citizen Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket), the management of the team gained one available import spot in their roster so it was just a question of time when will they add another player. With the addition of Anthony Jones they gained a very versatile player, a pure shooter and scorer who can play multiple positions in coach Joszef Molnar 's team.



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Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 11-0 
 2. Kenosha B. 7-2 
 3. St.Louis T. 6-3 
 4. Rockford RD 4-6 
 5. Battle Creek K. 3-5 
 6. Holland Dream 2-5 
 7. Gary Splash 2-6 
 8. Lansing C. 0-2 
 9. Springfield X. 0-2 
 10. Lake County S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 7: Battle Creek K. - Lansing C.
Dec. 8: Holland Dream - Battle Creek K.
Dec. 8: Rockford RD - Kenosha B.
Dec. 8: Gary Splash - St.Louis T.
Dec. 9: Kankakee S. - Kenosha B.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 6: Snaefell - Skallagrimur 98-81
Dec. 6: IR - Fjolnir 86-88
Dec. 6: Njardvik - Tindastoll 80-86
Dec. 6: Stjarnan - KR 73-84
Dec. 7: Grindavik - KFI
Dec. 7: Thor Thorl - Keflavik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Benjamin SMITH
  Thor Thorl
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Smith, Thor Thorl27.0 
 2. Palm, IR26.0 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.24.0 
 4. Jonsson, Snaefell23.3 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan23.1 
 6. Zeglinski, Grindav.23.0 
 7. Broussard, Grind.22.9 
 8. Latinovic, KFI21.2 
 9. Craion, Keflavik20.3 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Van, Njardvik16.1 
 2. Craion, Keflavik12.9 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.11.0 
 4. Mills, Stjarnan10.4 
 5. Diggs, Thor Thorl10.0 
 6. Spicer, Fjolnir9.8 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.4 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.9.0 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan8.9 
 10. Miller-W., KFI8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan11.1 
 2. Threatt, Snaefell9.8 
 3. Williams, IR7.2 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.9 
 5. Ragnarsson, Thor T.5.0 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.4.9 
 7. Quaintance, Skalla.4.6 
 8. Smith, Thor Thorl4.6 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.3.8 
 10. Tomasson, Fjolnir3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darri HILMARSSON
  Thor T.
  (191-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.1 
 2. Quaintance, Skalla.3.0 
 3. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.5 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.3 
 5. Lewis, Keflavik2.3 
 6. Williams, IR2.2 
 7. Threatt, Snaefell2.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.2.1 
 9. Smith, Thor Thorl2.0 
 10. Viggosson, Tindas.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DIGGS
  Thor Thorl
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.1 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.9 
 4. Craion, Keflavik1.6 
 5. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.3 
 6. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 7. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.1 
 8. Eiriksson, Skallag.0.9 
 9. Van, Njardvik0.9 
 10. Thorsteinsso., Gr.0.9 


Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 6: Hottur - Hamar 73-88
Dec. 7: Thor AK - Augnablik
Dec. 7: Haukar - Reynir S.
Dec. 7: FSU - Breidablik
Dec. 7: IA - Valur


Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the tenth-ranked White Eagles (4-11) 71-66 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (13-2) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 17.0ppg. He also averaged so far 2.9rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(43-76), 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 92.5%(49-53) in the 14 games he played so far. Sigurdarson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Sweden. He could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (2-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ermolinskij's very good performance the third-placed Norrkoping Dolphins was defeated 67-62 on the road by the second-ranked Sodertalje Kings in the group C of EuroChallenge. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Ermolinskij also added 6 assists. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Ermolinskij averages: 5.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, 3FGP: 7.1% and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain). Stefansson was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (6-4) in their game against Real Madrid (10-0) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 8 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 79-94 in Madrid to the leading Real. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Stefansson's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 85.7% in the 10 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #4. Forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Baeringsson contributed to a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the tenth-ranked White Eagles (4-11) 71-66. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Baeringsson is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 9.3rpg and 3.4apg. Baeringsson is also Icelandic national team player.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #5. International point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (190-88, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Mitteldeutscher BC's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 89-82 in the German BBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Vilhjalmsson scored 17 points and added 6 assists in 25 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (4-8) is placed 16th in the BBL. This year Vilhjalmsson's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Arnar Jonsson
Arnar Jonsson
   #6. Guard Arnar Jonsson (183-83, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Aarhus BC (5-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Jonsson's good performance Aarhus BC was defeated in a double overtime (!!!) 104-97 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Vaerlose (#5). He scored 13 points, made 7 passes and 4 steals. Jonsson belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.5spg. Jonsson is a former international player as he played for the Icelandic senior team six years ago.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #7. International small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen couldn't help Vaerlose (5-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vaerlose was badly defeated 82-62 in Aarhus by the second-ranked Bakken. Karason was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 36 minutes. Karason has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 14 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #8. Shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France) couldn't help Angers BC 49 (4-6) in their game against Rueil (5-6) in the French NM1 (third division). Gunnarsson scored 5 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Angers BC 49 was defeated 78-71 at home by the higher-ranked Rueil (#8). It was Angers BC 49's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Gunnarsson's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.9apg. Gunnarsson plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #9. International small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa (1-9) in their game against Gescrap BB (8-2) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Palsson recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Assignia Manresa was badly defeated 83-63 in Bilbao by the second-ranked Gescrap BB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Palsson has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the nine games. He is also in the roster of the Icelandic national team.

Gudni Valentinusson
Gudni Valentinusson
   #10. Center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85, currently plays in Denmark) is a teammate of previously mentioned Arnar Jonsson and both played together in the last Danish Ligaen game. Valentinusson couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Aarhus BC (5-9) in their game against Vaerlose (5-6). He scored 7 points. Aarhus BC was defeated in a double overtime (!!!) 104-97 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Vaerlose (#5). Valentinusson has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a former U20 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Icelandic national team.



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Bimasakti 0-0 
 2. CLS Knights 0-0 
 3. Dell Aspac 0-0 
 4. Garuda 0-0 
 5. Hangtuah 0-0 
 6. NSH GMC Riau 0-0 
 7. Pacific Caesar 0-0 
 8. Pelita Jaya 0-0 
 9. Satria Muda 0-0 
 10. Satya Wacana 0-0 
 11. Stadium Jak. 0-0 
 12. Tonga BSC 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 12: Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau
Jan. 12: Stadium Jak. - Satya Wacana
Jan. 12: Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya
Jan. 12: CLS Knights - Tonga BSC



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

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He led PAOK to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked AGOR (5-3) 91-85 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. McGrath was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 5 passes in 39 minutes on the court. PAOK Thessaloniki (6-2) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's McGrath's first year with the team. McGrath has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(28-44), 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 76.2% in the eight games he played so far. McGrath is a naturalized American. He played for the Irish senior national team four years ago. Strangely McGrath has never played in Ireland.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). He managed to help UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to win against the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves (7-7) crushing them 87-65 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. O'Reilly recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (8-3) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season O'Reilly has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(53-85), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 87.5%. O'Reilly played for the Irish national team in 2009.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). He contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the 13th-ranked Lille Metropole (5-7) 67-55 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Mullins scored only 3 points, had 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls in 27 minutes. Chalons-Reims (8-4) is placed fourth in the ProB. This year Mullins' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 57.9% in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Mullins played for the Irish national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

Sean McCarthy
Sean McCarthy
   #4. Center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the NJIT to beat the Seton Hall University (0-0). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. McCarthy scored only 1 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. The NJIT lost 59-68 on the road to the Seton Hall University. This year McCarthy's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He used to play for the Irish U16 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Oviedo CB's victory against the ninth-ranked Cafes Aitona (2-5) 57-51 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Hanley also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (4-3) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver. It's Hanley's first year with the team. Hanley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hanley averages: 17.4ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hanley has never played in Ireland.

   #2. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (5-5) to beat Asefa Estudiantes (6-4). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Blusens Monbus was crushed 89-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Asefa Estudiantes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kendall is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 14.4ppg. This year his other stats are: 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games he played so far. Kendall has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.

   #3. Owen McNally (203-F-87, college: Spring Hill, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Glasgow Rocks to win against one of league's weakest teams Manchester Giants (3-9) 83-77 in the British BBL on Friday night. McNally recorded 5 points and blocked 2 blocks. Glasgow Rocks (6-4) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. McNally's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Yaniv Strauss (190-F-92, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Kazrin (3-5) in their game against Hod Hasharon (6-2) in the Israeli National League (second division). Strauss scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. Hapoel Kazrin was crushed 82-56 in Hod Hasharon by the higher-ranked (#5) Hod Hasharon. It was Hapoel Kazrin's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Strauss' first season with the team. This year he averages only 2.9ppg in the eight games.

   #5. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for AEL (1-5) in their game against Etha (4-2) in the Cypriot Division A. Pesic scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. AEL was defeated 85-72 at home by the higher-ranked Etha (#3). It was AEL's fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Pesic's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.5ppg and 7.0rpg. Pesic is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Serbian.

   #6. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help Starwings (1-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Starwings lost in an overtime 79-89 on their home court in Basel to the higher-ranked (#5) Lugano Tigers. McCrory scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in the nine games. McCrory has both Canadian and Irish nationalities.

   #7. Orel Lev (195-SG-93, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kfar Saba's surprising victory against the second-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata 80-73 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Lev's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.



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EuroLeague: Maccabi Electra erupts in the last period in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Maccabi Electra 73:89

Maccabi Electra erupts in the last period in Gdynia of EuroLeague Round 9. The Israeli team needed a strong 29-8 finish to beat Asseco Prokom 89:73.
Asseco Prokom Gdynia looked outstanding for three quarters and felt the support of almost 5000 local fans. They started with 19-15 in the first period and added 23-20 in the second frame. Maccabi Electra woke up with 25-23 in the third period and reduced to 65:60 after three quarters. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85) closed an 11-0 run early in the last period and then Maccabi led the game to a 16-point victory.
Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) paced all the winners with 20 points and Lior Eliyahu notched 16. Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) delivered 14, while David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) had 12. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) as well as Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) tossed in 13 apiece. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) and Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) brought 10 points apiece in a loss.

Asseco Prokom Gdynia: Rasid Mahalbasic 14, Jerel Blassingame 13, Mateusz Ponitka 13, Lukasz Koszarek 10, Ryan Richards 10
Maccabi Electra: Ricky Hickman 20, Lior Eliyahu 16, Yogev Ohayon 14, David Logan 12



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

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

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-15) in their last game. Despite Casspi's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were edged in a double overtime (!!!) 118-117 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. It was Cavaliers' third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Casspi averages: 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 36.7%, 3FGP: 48.6%(18-37) and FT: 56.5% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Tyus was not able to help Cantu (6-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cantu was edged in an overtime 76-74 in Caserta by the lower-ranked Juvecaserta (#10). Tyus recorded 11 points and blocked 2 shots. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Tyus' first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 73.1%(38-52) and FT: 54.8%. Tyus is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Eurocup). He managed to help Triumph Lyubertsy to win against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (2-3) 82-77 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Naimy recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Triumph Lyubertsy (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. It's Naimy's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 27.8%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 66.7%. Naimy is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Start Gdynia (3-7) in their game against Anwil (6-4) in the Polish TBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Rothbart also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Start Gdynia lost 69-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Anwil. Rothbart belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.2spg in the nine games. Rothbart has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. He is also Israeli national team player.

Jeremiah Kreisberg
Jeremiah Kreisberg
   #5. U20 international center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Yale to a victory against the Bryant University 64-62 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 14 points. The Yale University has conference record this season. Kreisberg's overall stats this year are: 9.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #6. Shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (5-6) in their game against ALBA Berlin (7-2) in the German BBL. Halperin scored only 4 points and added 5 assists in 24 minutes. Bayern Muenchen lost 70-82 in Berlin to the much higher-ranked (#3) ALBA. It was Bayern Muenchen's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Halperin's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in the 11 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Tom Maayan
Tom Maayan
   #7. U18 international guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Seton Hall's victory against the New Jersey Institute of Technology 68-59 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Maayan scored only 2 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals. The Seton Hall University has conference record this season. Maayan's total stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Israeli U18 national team last year.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Boras Basket's victory against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (3-12) 103-88 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. He scored 21 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 27 minutes. Boras Basket (11-4) is placed third in the Basketligan. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) led Finke Baskets to a victory against the fourth-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg 86-81 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 12 passes. Aud also added 6 rebounds and 3 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Finke Baskets Paderborn (6-6) is placed tenth in the ProA. Aud is currently second on the league's list of best passers. This season he has very good stats: 12.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.5apg and 1.3spg. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention Aud played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #3. Haran Shifman (183-G-84, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked MOSiR Krosno (7-5) 95-79 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) in Wednesday night's game. Shifman scored 18 points and added 7 passes in 27 minutes. MKS Budimpex Polonia Przemysl (6-6) is placed eighth in the 1Liga. Shifman belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 5.0apg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the eight games. Shifman is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.



Balkan League: Levski shoot down Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Galil Gilboa 87:79

Levski celebrated the third victory in the Balkan League season. They toppled visiting Galil Gilboa. The Israeli team in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat in the season. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) came up with 32 points to pace the Bulgarian side.
Levski opened an 11-point lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the gap in the second quarter. Levski gained a 46:31 halftime advantage. Levski dominated in the third term. They dropped 25 points to secure a 17-point lead at the final break. Galil Gilboa went on a desperate rescue run in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) finished with 14 points, while Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for Levski. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) answered with 17 points for Galil Gilboa. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) had 15 points in defeat.

Levski: Marko Marinovic 32, Dimitar Dimitrov 14, Chavdar Kostov 11
Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 17, Mitchell Watt 15



Vernon Teel agreed terms with Elitzur Ramla, ex Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Ramla (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM). He played recently at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In four games this season he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5spg. Teel also played 4 games in Baltic League where he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg and 2.5spg. The last season he played at London Leopards in British EBL D1. In 22 games last year he was the best scorer with impressive 22.5ppg and had 4.0rpg, 5.0apg (leader !!!) and 3.0spg (leader !!!). Teel won British EBL Division One championship title.
He received Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Player of the Year award in 2012.
Teel graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @FCMbasketball)



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EuroLeague: Mapooro Cantu upset Real Madrid in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Mapooro Cantu - Real Madrid 76:70

Mapooro Cantu upset Real Madrid in Italy to leave the last spot in Group A of EuroLeague. The Italian team grabbed a 76:70 win for 3-6 record. Real meanwhile dropped at 6-3 record and could be caught up by Fener or Khimky tomorrow.
Mapooro Cantu opened the game with 20-18 and continued their push in the whole half. They won the second frame 22-17 and reached 7-oint advantage at the halftime. Real seemed to be awake in the third quarter and replied with 21-13 in it for 56:55 lead after Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80)s shot. Mapooro Cantu however needed a 21-14 surge to win the last quarter and the game.
Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Jonathan Tabu (184-SG-85) delivered 14. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) brought 11 and Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) poured in 10. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) ended up with 24 points in the losing case, whilst Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) netted 17. Felipe Reyes tossed in 11 and Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) had 6.

Mapooro Cantu: Manuchar Markoishvili 23, Jonathan Tabu 14, Maarten Leunen 11, Marco Cusin 10
Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 24, Sergio Llull 17, Felipe Reyes 11, Sergio Rodriguez 6



Marco Belinelli selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-15) 95-85 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Belinelli was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points in 40 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have 9-8 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Belinelli's first year with the team. This season Belinelli averages: 6.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 83.9% in the 16 games he played so far. He played for the Italian senior national team one years ago.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Danilo Gallinari (205-88, agency: Players Group, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Gallinari could not help the Denver Nuggets (9-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets were edged 106-105 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. Gallinari was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Gallinari has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 28.4% and FT: 81.2%. Gallinari is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-85, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (4-15) in their last game. Despite Bargnani's very good performance the Toronto Raptors were edged 113-110 in Denver by the Nuggets. He was the second best scorer with 23 points. Bargnani also added 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Bargnani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Raptors' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 16.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 83.3% in the 18 games. Bargnani played for the Italian national team one years ago.

Christian DiGiuliomaria
Christian DiGiuliomaria
   #4. Power forward Christian DiGiuliomaria (209-79, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Lugano Tigers in a victory in overtime against the league outsider Starwings (1-8) 89-79 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. DiGiuliomaria scored only 3 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. Lugano Tigers (5-4) are placed fifth in the LNA. DiGiuliomaria has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in the two games. He used to play for the Italian national team back in 2008.

Amedeo Della Valle
Amedeo Della Valle
   #5. Former U18 international guard Amedeo Della Valle (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Northern Kentucky University crushing them 70-43 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Della Valle scored only 3 points. The Ohio State University has conference record this season. This year Della Valle has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Italian U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) led his Brazilian team Brasilia to a victory over the leader Flamengo (1-1) 85-74 in the Liga Sudamericana in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Giovannoni scored 18 points and added 5 passes (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (1-1) is placed third in group G. Giovannoni has been at the team for four years. He is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). Giovannoni has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #2. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Besiktas (4-5) crushing them 78-48 in the Euroleague last Friday. Huertas scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 15 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (8-0) is placed first in group D. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg in the eight games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian.

   #3. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85, currently plays in Brazil) was the main contributor in Uberlandia's victory against the closely-ranked Bauru (2-2) 82-81 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Gruber was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Unitri/Universo Uberlandia (2-1) is placed fourth in the NBB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Gruber is currently third on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gruber averages: 18.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3bpg. Similarly like Huertas and Giovannoni above he has both Italian and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Daniel Werner (203-F-87, college: Florida, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Ferro-ZNTU's victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Kyiv (4-13) 83-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. Werner had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (13-4) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Werner has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Werner used to play for Canadian Solar Bologna in Italian league.

   #5. 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 last Saturday. Granger recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (6-4) is placed eighth in the ACB. Granger has been at the team for seven years. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. Granger also holds two passports: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #6. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Aguada in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Aguada lost 63-74 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Trouville in the Capital group. Garcia Morales was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 4 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 38 minutes. Garcia Morales has very impressive stats this year: 27.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg in the 17 games. He has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #7. Experienced Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help one of league's weakest teams AGOR (5-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kommatos' good performance AGOR was defeated in an overtime 91-85 in Thessaloniki by the higher-ranked PAOK (#4). He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kommatos' overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg.

   #8. Samuel Cricelli (200-F-85, college: Caldwell, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Surrey Heat's victory against one of league's weakest teams Manchester Giants 83-71 in the British BBL last Saturday. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Cricelli has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg in the 10 games. He holds both Italian and British passports.

   #9. Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Cordon's surprising victory against the second-ranked Malvin 88-84 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Saturday night. Bertolini was the best player in that game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and blocked 4 blocks. Bertolini has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. He has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #10. Dominic Calegari (208-F/C-87, college: Cal-Davis, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto 87-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Calegari was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. Calegari also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3spg in the eight games. Calegari is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Italy.



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

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

Souleyman Diabate
Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in EuroChallenge). Diabate was the major contributor in a 2-point Sluc Nancy's victory against the leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (3-2) 71-69 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (3-2) is placed second. Diabate's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Diabate averages: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.8apg, 2.2spg, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 86.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Diabate is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Adjehi Baru
Adjehi Baru
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Charleston (1-0) in their last game. Despite Baru's very good performance the Charleston was crushed 80-38 at home by the University of Louisville. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. Baru also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Baru's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.8apg, 2.2spg, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 86.7% in the five games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Ivorian senior national team.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Kale was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (5-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Leyma Basquet was edged 71-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#5). Kale recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kale has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 64.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Kale played for the Ivorian national team one years ago.

Herve Toure
Herve Toure
   #4. Forward Herve Toure (202-82, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Souleyman Diabate. But that was another game of his team in French ProA which we would like to mention. Toure, who plays in the French ProA was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy (3-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sluc Nancy lost 66-72 in Strasbourg to the much higher-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG. Toure scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. This year Toure's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 4.4rpg in the nine games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Toure used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #5. International guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC, currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint Vallier (6-6) in their game against Denain Voltaire (4-8) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance on Friday night He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Craven also added 7 rebounds. It's Craven's first season with the team. Craven is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 7.4apg and 2.8spg. Craven also holds two passports: Ivorian and American. He used to play for the Ivorian national team last year.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #6. Swingman Charles Abouo (195-89, college: BYU, currently plays in Spain) led Lobe Huesca to a victory over the closely-ranked Planasa NV (3-6) 68-59 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Abouo was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Abouo's first season in pro basketball. CB Lobe Huesca (3-6) is placed 12th in the LEB Gold. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Abouo is currently fourth on the list of most steals. This season he has very good stats: 10.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.0spg. Abouo is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team two years ago.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #7. International guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (3-6) in their game against JDA Dijon (4-5) in the French ProA, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne lost 61-71 in JDA Dijon to the much higher-ranked (#9) JDA Dijon. This year Amagou has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.4apg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Amagou is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #8. Forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno (1-8) 95-78 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. N'Diaye scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. BC Boncourt Red Team (5-4) is placed sixth in the LNA. N'Diaye has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #9. An experienced international swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cognac (8-3) 96-80 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (7-3) is placed fifth in the NM1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Aka has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg in the nine games. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #10. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (4-5) in their game against STB Le Havre (4-5) in the French ProA. Zerbo scored only 4 points. Limoges CSP Elite was crushed 88-60 in Le Havre by the higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#8). Zerbo has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Guy Landry Edi (198-86, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Pacific 85-67 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Edi scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Edi has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in France could not help one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (2-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Mans lost 68-77 on the road to the leading Triumph Lyubertsy. Koffi scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Koffi averages: 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Omegna's victory against one of league's weakest teams Mirandola (3-10) 66-63 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Saturday night's game. Toure recorded 20 points, 3 assists and 3 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. Paffoni Omegna (6-6) is placed eighth in the Nazionale A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Toure has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian nationality, he currently plays for the Italian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Concordia University (4-1) in their game against the Rouge et Or (2-3) in the Canadian university league CIS. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Eyitayo also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. Eyitayo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Concordia University's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.6bpg.

   #4. Patrick Konan (198-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Hampshire to a victory against the Brown University 63-50 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Konan scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The University of New Hampshire has conference record this season. Konan has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg.



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

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Indiana Pacers (10-9) in their last game. Despite Hibbert's very good performance the Indiana Pacers lost 92-103 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. He scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. Hibbert is currently second on the list of best blockers with 3.1bpg. He also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 38.5% and FT: 61.4% in the 19 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican senior national team two years ago.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland). Yates was the major contributor in Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Monthey (6-3) 81-64 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. Yates also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (8-1) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Yates has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 64.1% in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr.
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-84, college: Georgetown, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Germany. He was not able to help Telekom Baskets (3-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ewing Jr.'s very good performance the second-placed Telekom Baskets was defeated 82-78 at home by the lower-ranked Antwerp Giants (#3) in the group H of EuroChallenge. He was the second best scorer with 17 points (made all of his five free throws). Ewing Jr.'s team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Ewing Jr.'s first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 39.3%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 76.9%. Ewing Jr. is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #4. Point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Pioneros' victory against the league leader Halcones UV Xalapa (24-4) 87-79 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Thursday night's game. Scott scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 20 minutes. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. This year Scott has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in the 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott is also Jamaican national team player.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #5. International guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Fuerza Regia (15-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Fuerza Regia was edged 92-90 on their home court in Monterrey by the higher-ranked Panteras (#5). Efejuku was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.2apg. Efejuku has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. He plays currently for the Jamaican national team.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #6. Power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (3-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne was defeated 71-61 in JDA Dijon by the much higher-ranked JDA Dijon (#9). Reid was the second best scorer with 11 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Reid's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Reid is international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team one years ago.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #7. Former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an Aishin Sea Horses' victory against the closely-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-9) 71-57 in the Japanese JBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Aishin Sea Horses (15-3) are placed second in the JBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Young's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 7.3rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #8. Power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-15) in their game against the Chicago Bulls (9-8) in the NBA. Samuels cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points in 3 minutes on the court. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost 85-95 in Chicago to the Bulls. It was Cavaliers' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Samuels' total stats are: 3.1ppg and 1.7rpg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Jamaican national team.

Vashil Fernandez
Vashil Fernandez
   #9. International forward Vashil Fernandez (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Valparaiso University to win against the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne 63-52 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 2 points. The Valparaiso University has conference record this season. Fernandez has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Fernandez is also in the roster of the Jamaican national team.

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

   #1. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Maccabi Rishon (4-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Uter's very good performance Maccabi Rishon was defeated 86-81 at home by the lower-ranked Hapoel J-M (#7). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Uter also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Uter is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Uter averages: 16.3ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2.1bpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Mexico) led Abejas to a victory against the league outsider Gigantes (2-26) 93-81 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Thursday. Mattis scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Abejas de Guanajuato (15-13) is placed ninth in the LNBP. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mattis is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.4bpg. This year he also averages: 15.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.5spg in the 21 games he played so far. Mattis is a naturalized American.

   #3. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to help BK Pardubice (7-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance BK Pardubice was edged 87-85 on the road by the second-ranked NH Ostrava. Muirhead was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Muirhead belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for BBC Bayreuth (6-5) in their last game. Despite Bailey's good performance BBC Bayreuth was edged 77-75 in Hagen by the lower-ranked (#10) Phoenix. He scored 10 points in 27 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Bailey has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.2apg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Le Portel (8-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gay's good performance Le Portel was crushed 86-65 on their home court in Le Portel by the lower-ranked SPO Rouen (#10). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Gay also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gay is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Ford Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). McDermott scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team was crushed by 31 points 93-62. McDermott is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.6rpg. This year he also averages: 10.3ppg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the nine games. McDermott is a naturalized American.

   #7. Sebastian Douglas (193-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Cleveland St.'s victory against the The University of Toledo 78-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. Douglas scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Douglas' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 7.3rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TBB Trier to win against the closely-ranked EWE Baskets 74-67 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Bucknor scored only 4 points. Bucknor has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 2.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #9. Alex Lubsey (198-F, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the E.Illinois in their game against the Central Arkansas in the NCAA. Lubsey scored 6 points in only 3 minutes. His team was edged 74-72. Lubsey has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 2.3rpg in the 10 games.

   #10. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Brahe Basket in their game against Boras II in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). He recorded 6 points in only 14 minutes. His team was edged 60-58. Robinson is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.5bpg. He also averaged so far 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 10 games.



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Akita Happinets cut Cummings - by Eurobasket News

Akita Northern Happinets (BJ League) cut 31-year old American forward T.J. Cummings (205-101kg-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports). In 12 BJ League games he played this season he was sixth best scorer with impressive 19.3ppg and recorded 7.7rpg and 1.7apg.
The last season Cummings played at Oita Heat Devils. In 51 BJ League games last year he was fifth best scorer with impressive 21.1ppg and averaged 9.6rpg and 1.3apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-BJ League Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season Cummings played at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL. In 47 games he had 6.3ppg and 3.0rpg.
Three years ago (five years after he left the college) Cummings was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in fourth round (50th overall).
The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star is in his ninth season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals in 2008.
Cummings is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), China, Puerto Rico (Maratonistas), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks) and D-League (New Mexico Thunderbirds, Springfield Armor, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Anthony Mason agreed terms with Akita Happinets, ex Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Akita Northern Happinets (BJ League) inked 25-year old American forward Anthony Mason (201-93kg-87, college: St.Johns). He already started the season at Cholet Basket in French ProA. Mason ended the last season at Al Hala in Bahrain Premier League. But the most of that year he spent at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 45 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg. Mason played in the final of Gulf Club Championships.
He received All-Big East Honorable Mention award back in 2008 at his college time.
Mason graduated from St.Johns University in 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Barsy Atyrau tabs Dmitry Sviridov - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau (D1) inked 27-year old Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85). He has played for the last three years at Hopsi Polzela in Slovenian Telemach League. In 28 games last season he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Slovenian League All-Star Game.
Sviridovs team won Belarusian Cup in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Belarus (Vitalyur-RGUOR and BK Grodno-93).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Armon Johnson joins BC Astana - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Armon Johnson (190-88kg-89, college: Nevada). He already started the season at Orlando Magic in the NBA. The last season Johnson also played at Brooklyn Nets (previous name New Jersey Nets) in NBA. In 8 games last year he had 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg. The other team he played shortly were the Trail Blazers in NBA. In only one game he recorded just 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. Another team Johnson played briefly was Idaho Stampede in D-League. In 6 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.8apg and 1.5spg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (34th overall). The former University of Nevada staris in his third season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in WAC in 2010.
Johnson was also voted NABC Division I All-District 6 1st Team in 2010 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



Barsy Atyrau bring in Tony White - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Tony White (183-PG-88, college: Charleston). The point guard spent the previous season with South Carolina Warriors in ABA League. Tony White participated at the ABA League All-Star Game. He was voted into 2011/12 All-United States Awards 3rd Team. Previously the guard played in Germany for Braunschweig and BSV Wulfen.


BC Astana register two victories against BK Almaty - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana continue to pile up scalps in D1 championship. The defending champions handed BK Almaty back-to-back defeats.
Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) scored 22 points to lead BC Astana to an 84:76 victory in the first game of the series. BC Astana found themselves trailing by 4 points after ten minutes. But they picked up the tempo in the second quarter and established a 48:41 halftime lead. BK Almaty got within 4 points at the final break but the hosts went on an 18:14 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. David Simon posted 21 points, while Rustam Yargaliev (195-G/F-86) added 11 points in the win. Vadym Norenko (204-F-88) answered with 24 points for BK Almaty. Ivan Gilyevych (205-F/C-82) had 15 points in the loss.
Next game was an easier affair for BC Astana. The Kazakh champions built a 51:40 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Rawle Marshall delivered 27 points for the winners. Kolesnikov added 16 points for BC Astana. Vadym Norenko and Valery Gandlin (200-G-86) answered with 12 points each in the defeat.



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Trepca registers Kinney - by Dren Shporta

The champions after the last defeat against Peja, have decided to strengthen more by importing another american player.

They recently registered in Basketball Federation swingman, Ronald Kinney (200-G/F, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Walsh, OH), who has recently played for Clevelenad Am-Pro.

This will be Kinneys first adventure in Europe, while Trepca will play versus Sigal Prishtina and if coach Neven Plantak see's him as ready, he could play in the big derby.



KB Bashkimi Prizren Land Jermont Horton - by Surujh Roopnarine

The management of KB Bashkimi Prizren have announced the signing of 29-year old guard Jermont Horton (198-G-83, college: Rutgers-Newark). KB Bashkimi Prizren, currently 7-3 and in third place in the SuperLeague standings will have Horton available for this weekend's critical showdown with 9-1 league co-leaders KB Peja. Horton, a native of Newark, New Jersey is a 6-6 shooting guard who attended NCAA3 Rutgers-Newark from 2003-2007. Since leaving college Horton has played professionally Romania, Turkey, Kuwait and France. Last season he split time between France and Turkey, finishing the season with Baskent Genclik Ankara (Turkey-TB2L). In 16 games there he averaged 7.1 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 55.9% from the field and 38.2% from three. A lights-out three point shooter, Horton brings excellent athleticism and ball-handling skills for a big guard and should be a nice addition to the club.


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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. Barons kvartals 5-6 
 8. Liepaja 4-6 
 9. Jelgava 4-7 
 10. Turiba 3-9 
 11. U18 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 14

Dec. 5: Liepaja - Turiba 88-73
Dec. 6: Jelgava - Barons kvartals 66-83
Dec. 5: LU - Valmiera 66-75

Regular Season: Round 15

Dec. 8: Jurmala - Valmiera
Dec. 9: Turiba - Barons kvartals
Dec. 9: Jelgava - Jekabpils
Dec. 9: LU - Ventspils
Dec. 12: LU - Jekabpils


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.22.7 
 2. Peiners, LU18.6 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils17.2 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.3 
 5. Porzingis, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.4 
 7. Apsitis, Turiba13.8 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera13.5 
 9. Metra, Barons k.13.5 
 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, Jelgava7.8 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.5 
 8. Rozitis, Barons k.6.8 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.7 
 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. Metra, Barons k.3.8 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons3.7 
 5. Silavs, Jelgava3.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.5 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.3 
 8. Peiners, LU3.2 
 9. Plavnieks, U182.9 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmie.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. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 6. Virsis, Jekabpils1.6 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
 8. Ate, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Brown, Jurmala1.5 
 10. Ginters, U181.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 2. Ziedins, Valmiera1.1 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 8. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava0.7 
 10. Apsitis, Turiba0.6 


Standings - LBAL

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

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 69-75
Dec. 6: VEF skola - Saldus 48-46
Dec. 6: Livani - Valmiera BSS 107-96
Dec. 8: Saldus - RSU


LBL Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 14 in LBL was guest Barons kvartals' (5-6) easy road victory over 7th ranked Jelgava (4-7) 83-66 on Thursday evening. The game without a history. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 30. Barons kvartals forced 19 Jelgava turnovers and outrebounded them 52-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Jelgava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Spanish forward Aigars Skele (192-92) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) produced 22 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barons kvartals moved-up to seventh place. Jelgava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Barons kvartals are looking forward to face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play against Jekabpils and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. First ranked Valmiera faced second-ranked Latvijas Universitate. Guests from Valmiera (9-3) defeated host Latvijas Universitate (7-5) 75-66. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. Janis Berzins contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-3 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Jurmala. Valmiera will play against Jurmala (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jekabpils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Turiba was defeated by Liepaja in a road game 88-73.


Jelgava - Barons kvartals 66-83

The biggest surprise of round 14 in LBL was guest Barons kvartals' (5-6) easy road victory over 7th ranked Jelgava (4-7) 83-66 on Thursday evening. The game without a history. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 30. Barons kvartals forced 19 Jelgava turnovers and outrebounded them 52-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Jelgava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Spanish forward Aigars Skele (192-92) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) produced 22 points and forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barons kvartals moved-up to seventh place. Jelgava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Barons kvartals are looking forward to face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play against Jekabpils and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 22+4reb, L.Mizis 11+6reb, A.Duselis 8+4reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 8+4reb+4ast, S.Silavs 7+3reb+2ast, S.Haynes 5+1reb+1ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 21+8reb, A.Skele 17+6reb, A.Selakovs 9+8reb+1ast, A.Epners 7+3reb, D.Zonne 6+1reb+1ast, S.Metra 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 198022


Liepaja - Turiba 88-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Turiba's (3-9) road loss to ninth ranked Liepaja (4-6) 73-88. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja. Turiba was better in fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 30. Liepaja forced 19 Turiba turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Point guard Ingus Jakovics (185-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard Kristaps Miglinieks (197-90) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) added 14 points and 4 steals in the effort for Turiba. Five Liepaja and four Turiba players scored in double figures. Liepaja moved-up to eighth place. Turiba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play at home against Barons kvartals (#7) in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Turiba: K.Apsitis 15+2ast, M.Rudmiezis 14+4reb+1ast, V.Veinbergs 12+1ast, J.Kalnins 10+10reb+1ast, G.Sipolins 6+3reb, M.Sokolovs 5+2reb+3ast
Liepaja: I.Jakovics 19+2reb+3ast, K.Miglinieks 16+5reb+2ast, G.Plater 12+3reb+5ast, P.Pastusena 11+6reb+1ast, A.Bricis 10+6reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 9+8reb
gschID: 198021


LU - Valmiera 66-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. First ranked Valmiera faced second-ranked Latvijas Universitate. Guests from Valmiera (9-3) defeated host Latvijas Universitate (7-5) 75-66. Latvijas Universitate was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 42-32 second half run of Valmiera. They made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Valmiera outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 50-36 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Latvijas Universitate was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-3 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Jurmala. Valmiera will play against Jurmala (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jekabpils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 19+3reb, M.Vitols 18+2reb+1ast, K.Dargais 13+11reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 7+3reb, M.Dargis 2+1reb+1ast, K.Brigmanis 2+1reb+2ast
Valmiera: A.Butjankovs 20+17reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 16+5reb, J.Berzins 14+7reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 9+3reb+4ast, K.Krumins 8+1reb, J.Kaufmanis 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 198020



Best players of Latvian LBL round 14 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91, agency: FCM) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Valmiera and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 21-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat LU (#2, 7-5) 75-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Valmiera to consolidate first place in the Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valmiera has a very solid 9-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Butjankovs' second year at Valmiera and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Butjankovs has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) of Barons kvartals. Gulbis impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Barons kvartals to another comfortable win 83-66 over slightly lower-ranked Jelgava (#9, 4-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Barons kvartals to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Gulbis is a newcomer at Barons kvartals and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.7ppg (#1). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Barons kvartals' star - Spanish Aigars Skele (192-F-92). Skele scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Barons kvartals, helping his team with a 83-66 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Jelgava (#9, 4-7). The chances of Barons kvartals ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Skele could help Barons kvartals to bring them higher in the standings. Skele has a very solid season. In 10 games in Latvia he scored 4.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavels Pastusena (220-C-90) of Liepaja - 11 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93) of Liepaja - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Andris Justovics (200-F-89) of Jelgava - 22 points and 4 rebounds
7. Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kristaps Dargais (198-G-90) of LU - 13 points and 11 rebounds
9. Matiss Rudmiezis (190-F-91) of Turiba - 14 points and 4 rebounds
10. Artis Ate (191-G-89) of Liepaja - 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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

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

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Serbian team Partizan to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (1-7) 75-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Bertans was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (2-7) is placed fifth in group D. Bertans' team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Bertans' first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 23.5%, 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 62.5% in the nine games he played so far. Bertans is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League). He was the major contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the sixth-ranked Tln Kalev (1-7) 95-85 in the Baltic League last Saturday. Umbrasko scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BC Rakvere Tarvas (5-3) is placed second in group C. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Umbrasko has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 39.7%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2008.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Eurocup). Strelnieks led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (0-5) crushing them 93-60 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points in 21 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. This year Strelnieks' overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 27.3% in the five games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #4. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Hungary could not help Szolnok (2-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kalve's very good performance the third-placed Szolnok was defeated 94-83 at home by the second-ranked Kormend in the group F of EuroChallenge. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Kalve also added 7 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. This season Kalve has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg and 6.4rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #5. Former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juris Umbrasko and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Laksa led his Estonian team BC Rakvere to a victory against the sixth-ranked Tln Kalev (1-7) 95-85. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. Laksa has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 4.3rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Latvian national team nine years ago.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #6. Shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (3-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite Blums' good performance Lietuvos rytas (#6) was defeated 80-69 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Blums' total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #7. Former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania was not able to secure a victory for Lietkabelis (6-2) in their last game. Despite Cipruss' good performance Lietkabelis (#2) was crushed 99-69 in Tartu by the leading TU/Rock in the group B of Baltic League. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. Cipruss is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.3rpg. He also averaged so far 10.6ppg and 1.4apg in the eight games. Cipruss used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #8. Point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Sweden couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins (2-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) was defeated 67-62 in Sodertalje by the second-ranked Kings in the group C of EuroChallenge. Jeromanovs was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Jeromanovs' team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. Jeromanovs averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.8spg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Kaspars Vecvagars
Kaspars Vecvagars
   #9. International point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. But that was another game of his team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Vecvagars contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valga (1-7) 75-58. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes. Panevezys Lietkabelis (6-2) is placed second in group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Vecvagars' total stats are: 6.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg in the eight games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #10. Swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy) led Prima Veroli to a victory over the closely-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (3-6) 69-64 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Jurevicus was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Prima Veroli (3-6) is placed 11th in the Lega2. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Jurevicus has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg. Jurevicus is international player as one years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the tenth-ranked Blancos de Rueda 104-102 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 15 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada this season. Valters used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international center Andris Biedrins (213-86, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Denver Nuggets 106-105 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored only 2 points. Biedrins has averaged so far 0.6ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the fourth-ranked KK Parnu 73-60 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game. Skele scored 9 points, had 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 5 balls in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. Skele is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help Valga (5-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Valga was edged 69-67 on their home court in Valga by the second-ranked BC Rakvere. Grafs was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Grafs averaged so far 12.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc crushing them 95-69 in the Romanian Division A on Friday night. Timermanis recorded 8 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. Timermanis has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) led Dragons Rhoendorf to a victory against the eighth-ranked Bayer Giants (5-5) 75-71 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Tukiss recorded 11 points and blocked 2 shots. Dragons Rhoendorf (10-0) is placed first in Group South. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. Tukiss averaged so far 11.1ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #2. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help Marso NYKK (3-7) to beat Albacomp (8-2). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. Marso NYKK was crushed 81-53 on the road by the second-ranked Albacomp. It was Marso NYKK's third consecutive loss in a row. Berkis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in the 10 games he played so far.

   #3. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Duquesne's surprising victory against the University of Maine 87-73 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Abele scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Duquesne has conference record this season. This year Abele has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Horsens IC in a victory against the league outsider Aalborg (1-13) 85-71 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. Sakne scored only 4 points in 22 minutes. Horsens IC (10-4) is placed third in the Ligaen. Sakne has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games.



Barons kvartals sign Tyler Cain - by Eurobasket News

BK Barons Kvartals Riga (LBL) signed 24-year old American forward Tyler Cain (203-110kg-88, college: S.Dakota). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga (LBL). In 19 games last year he had 8.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com League All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. He also played 5 games in Baltic League where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg. 
Cain was voted All-GWC Player of the Year and All-GWC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 at his college time.
Cain graduated from University of South Dakota in 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jelgava tabs Shedrick Haynes - by Eurobasket News

BK Zemgale Jelgava (LBL) inked 24-year old American guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88). He just graduated from Tarleton State University (NCAA2). 
The previous (10-11) season Haynes at the University of South Florida in Big East Conference in the NCAA. But in 25 games last season he recorded only 1.1ppg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Haynes received NJCAA D2 All-American 2nd Team award in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Barons kvartals ink Andrejs Selakovs - by Eurobasket News

BK Barons Kvartals Riga (LBL) signed 24-year old Latvian international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-88, agency: Players Group). He played last season at CB Tarragona in Spanish LEB Silver. In 32 games last year he had 6.5ppg and 5.1rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Selakovs played at VEF Riga. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 16 LBL games he recorded 6.1ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Selakovs also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 1.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he recorded only 2.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Selakovs also played 4 games in VTB United League where he recorded only 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
He was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game in 2010.
Selakovs has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has played for Senior National Team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Selakovs represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 3.9rpg.
Selakovs has played also professionally in Latvia (BK VEF-LSPA, ASK/Juniors, ASK Riga and BA Riga).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Talks resume over basketball lockout - by Eurobasket News

Talks aimed at ending the Lebanese basketball lockout have resumed, two people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, claiming the conflicting sides have made great strides toward a settlement, as the stalemate enters its second week. The discussions began quietly Saturday, and are expected to continue through the week, sources told The Daily Star on the condition of anonymity because the talks were intended to remain confidential. The talks between the five objecting clubs and the Lebanese Basketball Federation are centered on a tentative deal which suggests the formation of a committee tasked to manage the top league division. Head of the basketball union Robert Abu Abdallah revealed late Monday that the league would resume Friday, announcing that the newly elected federation had agreed on launching a committee with even representation between both sides. However, Tamam Jaroudi, director of Riyadi, one of the five objecting teams, informed The Daily Star that the five clubs havent approved the statement of Abu Abdallah and that they are still holding out for their demands of forming a neutral committee comprised of the five members he said. Having said that, that does not mean we havent made a step forward, actually we are making some progress towards a solution and obviously each side has to give up a little of their demands for the sake of Lebanese basketball he added. Our main demand right now is that this committee have full power to manage the league, under the supervision of the federation, and with an assurance from the federation that they wont start planning for next years Super league, Jaroudi said. The season has been on hold since Nov. 24 and it is likely to be postponed for another week.
Courtesy of: www.dailystar.com.lb



Amchit inks Rashad Anderson - by Rabih Khoury

After releasing their 2 imports, Amchit signed with American scorer Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). Anderson, winner of the NCAA With UCONN in 2004 will have his second straight season in the middle east after playing in iran last year. Rashad have a big experience in Europe and NBDL where he was leading the scoring in many legues.. Last year in Iran, he played with Foolad Mahan in the Iranian League and Zob ahan in waba. The second foreigner might be Dalibor Bagaric.


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Standings

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

Finals: Round 13

Dec. 6: Brasilia - Penarol 87-77
Dec. 6: Regatas C. - Flamengo 81-82


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paolo QUINTEROS
  Regat.
  (190-G/F-79)
  Avg: 21
 1. Quinteros, Regat.21.0 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.20.7 
 3. Vieira, Flamengo15.7 
 4. Campazzo, Penarol15.7 
 5. Silveira, Flamengo14.7 
 6. Rodriguez, Flame.14.7 
 7. Meyinsse, Regat.14.0 
 8. Benite, Flamengo13.7 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia12.0 
 10. Martinez, Regat.10.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regat.
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.3 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.9.0 
 3. Mata, Penarol7.7 
 4. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.6.7 
 6. Meyinsse, Regat.5.7 
 7. Santos, Flamengo5.7 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol5.0 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.4.7 
 10. Dos Santos, Brasi.4.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.3 
 3. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.3 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.0 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.3.3 
 6. Benite, Flamengo3.0 
 7. Mensah, Flamengo2.3 
 8. Vieira, Flamengo2.3 
 9. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 10. Leiva, Penarol2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vitor BENITE
  Flamengo
  (190-F/G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Benite, Flamengo2.3 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.0 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol2.0 
 4. Goncalves, Brasilia1.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo1.3 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.3 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.3 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.3 
 9. Romano, Regatas C.1.3 
 10. Teague, Penarol1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regat.
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.1.7 
 2. Leiva, Penarol1.0 
 3. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 4. Silveira, Flamengo1.0 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.0.7 
 6. Gutierrez, Penarol0.7 
 7. Washam, Regatas C.0.7 
 8. Gerlero, Regatas C.0.3 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.3 
 10. Terrell, Penarol0.3 


Regatas Corrientes clinch the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - Flamengo 81-82
Regatas Corrientes have become the Liga Sudamericana champions. They clinched the crown despite the loss to Flamengo in the final game of the tournament. Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) stepped up with 24 points to pace Regatas. He was named the tournmants MVP after the game. Flamengo entered the game looking for a 13+ point victory to claim the trophy. But Regatas stayed in charge as they posted a 20:18 lead after the starting quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Regatas accounted for a 37:35 halftime lead. Flamengo stepped on the gas in the third quarter. The Rio de Janeiro team surged ahead for a 61:58 advantage at the final break. Flamengo extended the margin to 8 points in the fourth frame but Regatas did not allow their opponents to get any further away. The hosts stopped the bleeding and secured the needed result at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) provided 21 points for Flamengo. Shilton Santos added 15 points for the winners. Javier Martinez (189-G/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 20 points for Regatas. Meyinsse netted 18 points in the loss.

Brasilia - Penarol 87-77
Uniceub/BRB finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a high. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) fired 32 points to pace the Brazilian team past Penarol. Uniceub/BRB finished in the second place just behind the new champions Regatas Corrientes. Uniceub/BRB strongly started the game. They unloaded 32 points in the opening frame to take a 12-point lead. Penarol slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The Argentinean team got within 11 points at the interval. Brasilia regained control in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 12 points. Penarol outscored Brasilia 14:12 in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) provided 18 points, while Arthur Silva contributed 10 points for the winners. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) answered with 28 points for Penarol. Thomas Terrell chipped in 12 points in the loss.



Final Stage in Corrientes. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Brasilia - Flamengo 85-74
Uniceub/BRB registered the first win at the Final Stage of Liga Sudamericana. They held off their Brazilian rivals Flamengo for 1-1 record. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 18 points to pace the winners. Flamengo jumped to a 22:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Uniceub/BRB cut the deficit in the second period. They got within a single point at halftime 39:40. Uniceub/BRB surged ahead in the third term. They accounted for a 62:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Uniceub/BRB fired 23 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Isaac Goncalves recorded 16 points for the winners. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 14 points each for Uniceub/BRB. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) answered with 18 points for Flamengo. Caio Silveira delivered 14 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Penarol - Regatas C. 58-65
Regatas Corrientes made another step towards gaining 2012 Liga Sudamericana title. They knocked down Penarol to improve at 2-0 record at the Final Stage of the tournament. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80) stepped up with 14 points and 16 boards for the winners. Regatas will take on Flamengo for the title later tonight. Regatas Corrientes held to a narrow 19:18 lead after the starting quarter. They boosted the gap to 2 points at the interval 33:31. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Regatas managed to secure a 2-point lead heading into the fourth period. The hosts held Penarol to 12 points in the final frame and escaped with a tough victory at the end. Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) delivered 18 points, while Nicolas Romano netted 11 points for Regatas Corrientes. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Penarol. Leonardo Gutierrez posted 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.



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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-PF-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Neptunas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 27-year old power forward had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Neptunas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sakalai (#11, 1-6) with 26-point margin 106-80. Neptunas is placed at 2nd position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Neptunas will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. It's Mikalauskas' second year at Neptunas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Laurynas Mikalauskas averages this season 11.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) of Lietkabelis. Kupsas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Lietkabelis to another comfortable win 89-71 over the lower-ranked LSU-Baltai (#10, 2-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Lietkabelis to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kupsas is a newcomer at Lietkabelis 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.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai (#11). Kiausas scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Kiausas' great performance Sakalai lost 80-106 to the higher-ranked Neptunas (#2, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sakalai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kiausas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kiausas has a very solid season. In 7 games in Lithuania he scored 8.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martynas Mazeika (191-G-85) of Neptunas - 22 points and 2 assists
5. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) of LSU-Baltai - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Tomas Urbonas (215-C-92) of LSU-Baltai - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) of Neptunas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of Lietkabelis - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Evaldas Dainys (180-PG-82) of Neptunas - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Karolis Babkauskas (186-PG-91) of Lietkabelis - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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)



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

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

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Aris (2-6) crushing them 100-65 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Gecevicius scored 14 points in 20 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (8-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Gecevicius averages: 8.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 76.9%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 88.9% in the seven games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team one years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in VTB United League). Zavackas led his Latvian team VEF Riga to a victory over the tenth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (0-7) crushing them 98-73 in the VTB United League last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Zavackas recorded 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. VEF Riga (5-2) is placed fourth in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Zavackas has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 45.7%(16-35) and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team in 2000.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague). Jasikevicius contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Besiktas (4-5) crushing them 78-48 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 22 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (9-0) is placed first in group D. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Jasikevicius' first season with the team. This year Jasikevicius' overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 63.6%, 3FGP: 16.7% in the nine games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #4. Swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the sixth-ranked Un.Olimpija (2-6) 80-72 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Maciulis scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (5-3) is placed third in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Maciulis has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Martynas Pocius
Martynas Pocius
   #5. International shooting guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (6-4) 94-79 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points. Real Madrid (10-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pocius' total stats this year are: 7.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #6. Center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Toronto Raptors (4-15) to beat the Denver Nuggets (9-10). Valanciunas recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. The Toronto Raptors were edged 113-110 on the road by the Nuggets. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Valanciunas has reliable stats this year: 8.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg in the 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #7. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Budivelnyk (12-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Salenga's good performance Budivelnyk was defeated 102-98 at home by the leading Ferro-ZNTU. He scored 12 points. Salenga's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team seven years ago.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #8. Small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (1-6) 95-83 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Jasaitis recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-2) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jasaitis' total stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #9. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dainius Salenga. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Anisimovas was the major contributor in Budivelnyk's victory against the league leader CEZ Nymburk (3-2) 72-62. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (3-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. Anisimovas has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

Evaldas Zabas
Evaldas Zabas
   #10. Point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in a BK Pardubice's victory against one of league's weakest teams BK Usti nad Labem (3-10) crushing them 92-68 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Zabas was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls in 23 minutes. BK JIP Pardubice (7-6) is placed sixth in the NBL. Zabas is currently third on the list of top scorers with 18.2ppg. This year he also averages: 3.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg in the 12 games. Zabas is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to a 3-point KK Parnu's victory against the closely-ranked Valmiera 94-91 in the Baltic League on Friday night. He was the top player that evening. Peciukevicius recorded 26 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. He averaged so far 14.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.7spg. Peciukevicius used to play for the Lithuanian university national team last year.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Stelmet ZG in their game against PGE Turow in the Polish TBL. He recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes. His team lost 84-99. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #13. Former international point guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the closely-ranked Start Gdynia 76-69 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. Eitutavicius recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. Eitutavicius used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis crushing them 99-69 in the Baltic League on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. Dimsa has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.3rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2009.

   #15. International power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Ukraine couldn't help BC Donetsk (3-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the seventh-placed BC Donetsk was edged in an overtime 83-81 in Zgorzelec by the lower-ranked (#9) PGE Turow in the group A of VTB United League. Songaila recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes. Songaila is ranked third on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.7spg. This year he also averages: 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg in the six games. Songaila is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Belgium could not help Okapi Aalstar (3-2) in their last game. Despite Young's good performance the second-placed Okapi Aalstar lost 77-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Pitesti in the group E of EuroChallenge. He scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 22 minutes. Young's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Young's total stats are: 9.4ppg and 6.8rpg in the five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Young has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) led Juvecaserta to an overtime victory against the fourth-ranked Cantu (6-4) 76-74 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Jonusas recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. JuveCaserta (5-5) is placed tenth in the SerieA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Jonusas has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Michigan to a victory against the Bradley University 74-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 22 points in 36 minutes. The University of Michigan has conference record this season. Stauskas averaged so far 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he currently plays for the Canadian U19 national team and is not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #4. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Worcester Wolves (7-7) in their last game. Despite Masiulis' very good performance Worcester Wolves was crushed 87-65 in Plymouth by the higher-ranked (#4) Raiders. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Masiulis also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. Masiulis averaged so far 12.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 13 games.

   #5. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Germany was not able to secure a victory for Telekom Baskets (3-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Telekom Baskets (#2) lost 70-75 in Holon to the leading Hapoel in the group H of EuroChallenge. Veikalas scored 10 points in 15 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Veikalas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg in the five games.

   #6. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to Dartmouth's victory against the Longwood College 61-53 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maldunas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #7. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Romania) contributed to an overtime CSU Sibiu's victory against the closely-ranked Gaz Metan 98-93 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Griskenas averaged so far 11.7ppg and 5.6rpg in the 11 games.

   #8. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Svendborg 96-78 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Brasas has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #9. Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89, currently plays in Sweden) led Hoganas to a victory over the tenth-ranked Sanda Basket crushing them 88-64 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Kuksta recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kuksta is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kuksta averages: 16.5ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4bpg.

   #10. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Svisloch in their game against Sozh Gomel in the Belarusian Premier League. Despite his very good performance on Friday night He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kamarunas also added 5 rebounds. Kamarunas is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg.



Darjus Lavrinovic to miss today's game - by Eurobasket Center

According to our sources Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) is going to miss today's Euroleague game in Milano against EA7 Armani. 33-year old big man is struggling with family problems.

Darjus Lavrinovic has a very solid Euroleague season as his is averaging 11.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 8 games for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas this season.



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Chris Gradnigo may agree terms with T 71 Dudelange, ex Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

T 71 Dudelange (Diekirch League) is close to ink 23-year old American forward Chris Gradnigo (200-89, college: Co.Carolina) who played last time at Redwell Gunners Oberwart. In 6 A Bundesliga games this season he averaged impressive 17.7ppg and 3.7rpg. The last season Gradnigo also played at Coastal Carolina College in Big South Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games last year he had 14.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the conference (Big South Conf.). A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Big South Conference 2nd Team.
Gradnigo just graduated from Coastal Carolina College and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His team won Big South Conference Regular Season in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Boulogne signs Mamadou Sy - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) signed 27-year old Mali ex-international forward Mamadou Sy (200-85, college: Cloud County CC). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Sy played most recently at Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (ProB). In 5 games last season he had just 2.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0spg. Sy also represented Mali at the African Championships in Madagascar last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg.
Sy has played previously for three other French teams: ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket, Stade Clermont and Boulazac Basket.
He attended Cloud County CC until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 25-4 
 2. Soles 24-5 
 3. Toros 22-7 
 4. Halc.Rojos 22-7 
 5. Panteras 21-8 
 6. Pioneros 19-10 
 7. Huracanes 16-12 
 8. Fuerza Regia 16-13 
 9. Abejas 15-14 
 10. Barreteros 12-17 
 11. Corr.Victoria 11-18 
 12. Lechugueros 9-20 
 13. Guerreros 8-21 
 14. Osos 5-24 
 15. Gansos 5-25 
 16. Gigantes 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Dec. 6: Barreteros - Guerreros 99-91
Dec. 6: Lechugueros - Fuerza Regia 88-106
Dec. 6: Abejas - Toros 83-89
Dec. 6: Corr.Victoria - Soles 79-82
Dec. 6: Huracanes - Pioneros 76-74
Dec. 6: Panteras - Gansos 117-91
Dec. 6: Halc.Xalapa - Gigantes 101-79
Dec. 6: Halc.Rojos - Osos 100-89

Regular Season: Round 30

Dec. 8: Corr.Victoria - Pioneros
Dec. 8: Huracanes - Soles
Dec. 8: Panteras - Guerreros
Dec. 8: Barreteros - Gansos
Dec. 8: Lechugueros - Toros
Dec. 8: Abejas - Fuerza Regia
Dec. 8: Halc.Rojos - Gigantes
Dec. 8: Halc.Xalapa - Osos


LNBP Round 29: Soles defeat Correcaminos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Eleventh-ranked Correcaminos (11-18) gave a tough game to second ranked Soles (24-5) in Ciudad Victoria on Thursday. The visitors from Mexicali managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Correcaminos were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Soles forced 21 Correcaminos turnovers. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and his fellow American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Soles have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-5 record behind leader Halc.Xalapa. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Soles are looking forward to face Huracanes (#7) in Tampico in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Correcaminos will play at home against Pioneros (#6) in Cancun and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Tampico. Seventh ranked Huracanes (16-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Pioneros (19-10) 76-74 on Thursday evening. The former international swingman Miguel Ayala (198-82, college: UTEP) nailed 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Marcus Morrison accounted for 19 points. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Pioneros in the defeat. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Huracanes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 16-12 record. Pioneros at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Huracanes will play against league's second-placed Soles in Mexicali in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pioneros will play on the road against Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria and hope to get back on the winning track.
LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (25-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Gigantes (2-27) 101-79. The best player for the winners was LeRoy Hickerson who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Angel Gonzalez felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jermaine Johnson produced 25 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains first place with 25-4 record. Gigantes lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 27 lost games. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet at home Osos (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Gigantes will play against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and hope to secure a win.
Fifth ranked Panteras (21-8) crushed at home 15th ranked Gansos (5-25) by 26 points 117-91, which is the biggest margin this round. Jorge Alfredo Casillas orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panteras have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 21-8 record. Newly promoted Gansos keep the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. Panteras' next round opponent will be Guerreros (#13) and are hoping to win another game. Gansos will play against Barreteros in Zacatecas.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Osos lost to Halc.Rojos on the opponent's court 89-100. Abejas unfortunately lost to Toros in a home game 83-89. Fuerza Regia managed to beat Lechugueros on the road 106-88. Barreteros defeated Guerreros on its own court 99-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 6 rebounds by Babacar Camara of Lechugueros.


Halc.Xalapa - Gigantes 101-79

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (25-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Gigantes (2-27) 101-79. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Gigantes managed to win second period 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Gigantes' players. The best player for the winners was American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Angel Gonzalez felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-85, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains first place with 25-4 record. Gigantes lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 27 lost games. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet at home Osos (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Gigantes will play against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 25+9reb+5ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 19+2reb+5ast, F.Harris 16+2reb+3ast, D.Pearson 14+8reb+3ast, P.Meza 8+1reb+6ast, L.Mata 7+5reb+2ast
Gigantes: J.Johnson 25+5reb+2ast, A.Grant 20+5reb+1ast, J.Almanson 11+5reb+1ast, M.Munoz 8+5reb+3ast, J.Avalos 7+4reb+2ast, E.Swanson 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 188650


Halc.Rojos - Osos 100-89

Very expected game in Veracruz where 14th ranked Osos (5-24) were defeated by fourth ranked Halcones Rojos (22-7) 100-89. Osos were ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 32-11 charge of Halcones Rojos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Curtis Stinson (191-83, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) added 15 points and 9 assists in the effort for Osos. Halcones Rojos moved-up to third place, which they share with Toros. Newly promoted Osos keep the fourteenth position with 24 games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) which should be an easy win for them. Osos will play against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 26+9reb+1ast, D.Pinnock 13+4reb+3ast, M.Mitchell 13+4ast, C.Stinson 13+3reb+8ast, F.Cruz 12+4reb+3ast, L.Davis 11+2reb+1ast
Osos: O.McCullough 29+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 18+6reb+2ast, N.Stallings 15+3reb+9ast, M.Helton 7+1reb+1ast, G.Moron 7+2reb+1ast, J.Camacho 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188649


Abejas - Toros 83-89

Very predictable result in Guanajuato where third ranked Toros (22-7) defeated 9th ranked Abejas (15-14) 89-83. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Abejas won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Abejas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) answered with 28 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Abejas. Five Toros and four Abejas players scored in double figures. Toros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-7 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa, which they share with Halc.Rojos. Abejas at the other side keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be Lechugueros (#12) in Leon and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play at home against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: R.Rougeau 20+5reb+3ast, J.Lopez 15+4reb, I.Ofoegbu 15+6reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 12+5reb+2ast, W.Pagan 12+3reb+1ast, A.Henning 7+3reb+1ast
Abejas: M.Mattis 28+9reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 17+5reb+4ast, V.Buelna 15+5reb+2ast, E.Phelps 11+8reb+2ast, C.Castillo 6+1reb, R.Andrade 6+1ast
gschID: 188648


Lechugueros - Fuerza Regia 88-106

Not a big story in a game in Leon where 12th ranked Lechugueros (9-20) were defeated by eighth ranked Fuerza Regia (16-13) 106-88. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.9 percent from the field. Fuerza Regia forced 19 Lechugueros turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago-American point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn) answered with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 11 assists and Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) added 27 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Lechugueros. Fuerza Regia maintains eighth place with 16-13 record. Lechugueros at the other side keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Fuerza Regia's next round opponent will be Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato. Lechugueros will play at home against Toros in Nuevo Laredo.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: O.Efejuku 27+1reb+4ast, L.Allred 22+8reb+3ast, S.Monreal 10+2reb+3ast, E.Little 9+3reb+6ast, G.Giron 9+1reb+2ast, G.Stokes 8+2ast
Lechugueros: I.Young 37+1reb+11ast, B.Camara 27+6reb+3ast, C.Turley 11+7reb, G.Preer 4+3reb+2ast, E.Cuen 3+3reb, E.Ruiz 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188647


Barreteros - Guerreros 99-91

Everything went according to plan in Zacatecas where tenth ranked Barreteros (12-17) beat 13th ranked Guerreros (8-21) 99-91. Guerreros were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 27-11 third quarter run of Barreteros. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Barreteros outrebounded Guerreros 41-30 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Guerreros' players. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Ramiro Loera Almanza (196-81, college: Cameron) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) added 22 points in the effort for Guerreros. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guerreros' coach Marcelo Elusich tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Barreteros maintains tenth place with 12-17 record. Guerreros lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Barreteros' next round opponent will be Gansos (#15) which should be theoretically an easy game. Guerreros will play against Panteras in Aguascalientes.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: J.Habel 30+9reb+1ast, R.Loera Almanza 20+6reb+4ast, C.Silva 13+5reb+2ast, S.Escobar 12+4reb+2ast, T.George 11+7reb, A.Donzella 7+2ast
Guerreros: K.Gayden 23+7reb+2ast, A.Alamo 22+4reb, M.Hunter 16+2reb+2ast, T.Gabbidon 16+6reb, G.Williams 4+4reb+1ast, D.Toralva 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 188646


Panteras - Gansos 117-91

Fifth ranked Panteras (21-8) crushed at home 15th ranked Gansos (5-25) by 26 points 117-91, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Panteras. Gansos was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panteras shot 60.8 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Gansos' players. The former international swingman Jorge Alfredo Casillas (196-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Royce Gaye (193-88, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gansos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panteras have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 21-8 record. Newly promoted Gansos keep the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. Panteras' next round opponent will be Guerreros (#13) and are hoping to win another game. Gansos will play against Barreteros in Zacatecas.
Top scorers:
Panteras: R.Melendez 25+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 23+4reb, A.Villalobos 20+3reb+1ast, D.Huertas 15+3reb+2ast, E.Ayileke 9+5reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 7+3reb+3ast
Gansos: S.Shorter 34+8reb+2ast, R.Gaye 25+5reb+1ast, J.Perez 13+6reb+1ast, N.Nweke 6+6reb+1ast, G.Edson 5+3ast, C.Duran 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 188645


Huracanes - Pioneros 76-74

Important game to mention about took place in Tampico. Seventh ranked Huracanes (16-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Pioneros (19-10) 76-74 on Thursday evening. Pioneros were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 16-11 charge of Huracanes, which allowed them to win the game. The former international swingman Miguel Ayala (198-82, college: UTEP) nailed 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 19 points. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Stephen Soriano (201-84, college: Colorado Mesa) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Pioneros in the defeat. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Huracanes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 16-12 record. Pioneros at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Huracanes will play against league's second-placed Soles in Mexicali in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pioneros will play on the road against Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: M.Morrison 19+3reb, M.Ayala 15+7reb+1ast, O.Quintero 8+4reb+3ast, E.Basden 8+8reb+5ast, D.Little 7+7reb+3ast, R.Zamora 6+1reb
Pioneros: J.Smith 19+7reb, S.Soriano 15+8reb, H.Hernandez 12+3reb, J.Villanueva 10+4reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 10+2reb+2ast, M.Williams 7+3reb
gschID: 188644


Corr.Victoria - Soles 79-82

Eleventh-ranked Correcaminos (11-18) gave a tough game to second ranked Soles (24-5) in Ciudad Victoria on Thursday. The visitors from Mexicali managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Correcaminos were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Soles forced 21 Correcaminos turnovers. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and his fellow American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American power forward Genesis Maciel (205-89, college: Hartford) scored 16 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Soles have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-5 record behind leader Halc.Xalapa. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Soles are looking forward to face Huracanes (#7) in Tampico in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Correcaminos will play at home against Pioneros (#6) in Cancun and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Horne 20+2reb, C.Elliott 20+2reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 13+9reb+1ast, R.Martinez 11+3reb, J.Griffin 10+2reb+1ast, S.Aguirre 3+1reb
Corr.Victoria: G.Maciel 16+3reb+2ast, B.Robinson 14+4reb, M.Allen 13+5reb+4ast, B.Heredia 13+2reb+1ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 10+6reb, J.Dartez 6+4reb
gschID: 188643



Jamelle Horne agreed terms with Soles, ex Ironi K-A - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Jamelle Horne (200-95kg-88, college: Arizona). He played recently at Ironi Kiryat Ata in Israeli National League. The most of last season Horne spent at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 18 games last year he recorded 6.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He also played at Trefl Sopot in Polish TBL earlier that season. In 11 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg.
Hornes team won Pac-10 Regular Season in 2011.
He graduated from University of Arizona in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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Brewton-Parker Edges Benedict, 70-68 - by Eurobasket News

COLUMBIA, S.C. Warren LaBeuf hit a pair of free throws with six seconds left as Brewton-Parker College shocked the Benedict College Tigers 70-68 on Wednesday night in the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena.

Brewton-Parker, an NAIA school from Mt. Vernon, Ga., entered the game with a 1-9 record and riding an eight-game losing streak, but they stayed toe-to-toe with the Tigers for the entire game. The largest lead of the game was six points, by the Barons in the first half. The largest lead in the second half was just four points. The game was tied 12 times, and there were 22 lead changes.

Benedict falls to 4-2 on the season.

The Tigers had a 60-56 lead with 3:52 to play on a pair of free throws by Brennan Reynard, but the Barons tied the game at 60 on a jumper by LaBeauf with 2:31 on the clock. The Barons capped off the 8-0 run with a pair of free throws by Darrie Stephens (6'7''-F) with 1:22 remaining for a 64-60 lead.

With Brewton-Parker holding a 66-62 lead, Brennan Reynard hit two free throws with 53 seconds left. Xavier Collier stole the ball from LaBeauf and fed the ball to Cassius Bell to tie the game with 43 seconds left. Bell was fouled, but missed the free throws and potential three-point play.

Stephens, who led the Barons with 30 points, including going 15-of-15 from the line, sank two more free throws with 38 seconds to go to put the Barons back ahead by two points. Reynard drove the lane for a layup to tie the game again with 17 seconds to go.

After LaBeauf's two free throws with six seconds left, the Tigers had a last chance with an inbounds play with less than two seconds on the clock. They tried to throw a lob pass to Tydran Beaty, but the throw was broken up by the Barons.

Lynden Davis led the Tigers with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Collier added 13 points, and Reynard had 10 points and six assists.

The Tigers shot just 37.9 percent for the game, but were especially cold from behind the arc. Benedict made just seven of 27 3-point attempts (25.9 percent), including 1-of-9 (11 percent) in the second half.

We shot the ball extremely bad tonight, Benedict head coach Fred Watson said. We got the shots we thought we were going to get. We had 16 more shots than they did. We just didn't make shots.

The Tigers close out their December schedule on Saturday, traveling to face Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Fla.
Courtesy of: http://benedicttigers.com



OCU Stars Beat Northwood 103-63 - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City, OK -
Oklahoma City University defeated Northwood (Texas) 103-63 Wednesday at Abe Lemons Arena.

The Stars posted their first 100-point performance since a 109-48 win over Baptist Bible (Mo.) on Nov. 13, 2010 at Abe Lemons Arena. OCU, ranked 22nd in NAIA Division I men's basketball, improved to 6-1.

OCU also recorded its highest point total under coach Dionne Phelps . OCU previously had scored 85 points in its 85-63 win over Southwestern Adventist (Texas) on Saturday and a 90-85 overtime loss to Oklahoma Baptist on March 1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.

Terry Johnson, a junior from Chicago, led six Stars in double figures with 20 points. Troynell Adams, a senior from Chicago, produced 18 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Shawn Grant (6'4''-G-91), a senior from San Jose, Calif., contributed 13 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers for OCU.

Ivan Matip (6'3''-G-92) scored 12 points, while Elhadji Wade pitched in 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field for the Stars. Charlton Jones had 11 points, seven assists and four steals for OCU. The Stars' Kaleb Smith notched game highs with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Stars sank 58.9 percent of its shots from the field in the game, 65.9 percent in the second half. Shawn Grant's 3-pointer gave the Stars their largest margin of the contest at 44 points, 103-59 with 1:12 to go.

OCU reeled off a 12-0 run early in the second half. Tim Morton's putback pushed OCU's advantage to 59-37 to cap the spree at the 14:50 mark. Johnson spurred the run on with a trey and a transition bucket, while Adams chipped in a 3-point play.

The Stars hold a rematch against Northwood at 3 p.m. Dec. 20 in Cedar Hill, Texas.
Courtesy of: http://www.newson6.com



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 14-4 
 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 12-5 
 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 7-13 
 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. 9-10 
 5. N.Orleans H. 5-12 

Regular Season: Round 37

Dec. 6: Phoenix Suns - Dallas M. 94-97
Dec. 6: Miami Heat - New York K. 92-112

Regular Season: Round 38

Dec. 7: Philadelph.76 - Boston C.
Dec. 7: Indiana P. - Denver N.
Dec. 7: Brooklyn N. - Golden St.W.
Dec. 7: Atlanta H. - Washington W.
Dec. 7: Detroit P. - Chicago B.
Dec. 7: N.Orleans H. - Memphis G.
Dec. 7: Minnesota T. - Cleveland C.
Dec. 7: Milwaukee B. - Charlotte B.
Dec. 7: San Antonio S. - Houston R.
Dec. 7: Utah Jazz - Toronto R.
Dec. 7: Oklah.City T. - LA Lakers
Dec. 7: Sacramento K. - Orlando 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 Heat25.2 
 5. Harden, Houston R.23.6 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..20.9 
 7. Aldridge, Portland.20.7 
 8. Mayo, Dallas M.19.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat19.4 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..8.7 
 6. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.7 
 7. Parker, San A.7.3 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.7.2 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.1 
 10. Williams, Utah Ja.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. Walker, Charlott.2.1 
 5. Kidd, New York K.2.1 
 6. Lawson, Denver N.2.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.2.0 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix2.0 
 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. Gortat, Phoenix2.1 
 10. Lopez, N.Orleans2.1 


Knicks and Mavericks post victories on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns - Dallas M. 94-97
Coming off a fourth loss in the last five games following Wednesday night's 112-90 defeat in Los Angeles to the Clippers, two things were clear to Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after seeing his squad fall for a third time by at least 22 points during that stretch. Understandably alarmed by the Mavericks' 22 turnovers, which led to 26 Clippers points as the Dallas team began its three-game road trip, Carlisle also made it clear that two things were missing from his players in the lopsided loss: toughness and competitiveness. 'I'm big on toughness. As a coach in this league, you always want more toughness on your team. I'm big on competitiveness, and when things go the way they did last night, there's going to be stretches where you don't look very competitive and that's not good,' the coach admitted. 'And so, you know, that's something that we talked about this morning in our meeting - being competitive, being physical. Even if we're not a particularly physical team, it does not prevent us from getting in front of people and helping each other and doing the right things on the floor. We've got to do better with that.' The coach then led his team into the U.S. Airways Center in search of a much-needed road win against the Phoenix Suns, making a change to his starting unit to add both toughness and competitiveness to the first unit. And with two of his main contributors going down with injuries, the coach would would see just how tough it team truly is, as the Mavs improved to 9-10 on the season after a hard-fought 97-94 win. Inserting small forward Dahntay Jones and big man Elton Brand at center to a front line that already featured four-time All-Star Shawn Marion, Carlisle also continued to use the backcourt of 38-year-old Derek Fisher and leading scorer O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC). The Mavs then looked to bring an end to their three-game road losing streak entering the night. But the new-look lineup would struggle from the opening tipoff, falling behind 11-1 out of the gates after missing the first five shots of the night. The Mavs would settle down, however, behind the play of their reserves. And with backup big man Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) pitching in six of team's 14 bench points, the Mavs found themselves even with the Suns after one quarter of play at 23-all. Led by reserve point guard Darren Collison and big man Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina), the Mavs would quickly assume their first lead of the night at 26-25 early in the second stanza. The Suns (7-13) would again begin to pull away, though, before Mayo took charge for the Mavericks with an array of shots on the offensive end to keep the two teams even on the scoreboard. Still, with Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas) dominating the interior, the Suns surged ahead to take a 44-40 edge at the halftime intermission to overshadow Mayo's 10 first-half points to lead all scorers. Led by Mayo and Kaman, the Mavericks outshot the Suns through the first two quarters, 41.5 percent to 40.9 percent. But the Suns' 24-14 margin in points in the paint and 15-10 separation in second-chance points paced the home team to the slight lead, bolstered by a 25-21 rebounding advantage. Looking to ride the hot hand, Carlisle again made a change to his lineup to start the second half, sitting Brand in favor of Kaman. The strategy would work for the Mavericks as the big man continued to find success inside, while Marion and Mayo extended helping hands to power the team to control of the scoreboard. With Marion sidelined with a strained right groin, however, it would be Mayo that would catch fire from the outside during a 21-2 Dallas run while the Suns' offense grew stagnent. And with the Mavs going 9-of-11 from the field during the run to lead by as much as 15, the visiting team escaped into the fourth with a 69-62 margin under its belt. Despite their hot shooting during the dominate third quarter, the Mavs lead by just four, 71-67, with 10:54 remaining after a score by Sebastian Telfair. The Mavericks would then take another hit when Kaman came down with a left ankle sprain from a fall under the basket, limping to the sideline before heading to the locker room himself to end his night. Still, with Wright assuming Kaman's scoring duties in the paint, the Mavericks would maintain the upper hand, regaining a double-digit lead at 81-71 midway through the last period. Wright's steal of Luis Scola then lead to a clear-path foul on Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86), sending Collison to the lead for two free throws to put the Mavs up 85-80 with 1:58 remaining. But after a 3-pointer by Morris answered Wright's tip-in, a Dallas turnover and foul by Collison in the backcourt sent Shannon Brown to the line, where calmly tied the game at 87-al with 48.5 ticks left for the Mavs to respond. Out of a timeout, Carlisle drew up a play for Mayo, who patiently awaited his opportunity before draining a contested mid-range jumper to put his team up two with 34.6 seconds still on the clock. Collison then cashed in with two free throws with 19.3 seconds left after Dragic misfired on a drive around Mayo, leading to a foul by Brown. The two teams then exchanged free throws before Carter put the finishing touches on the win at the charity stripe with 12.8 seconds remaining. But the Mavs still weren't out of the woods after Brown connected on a 3-pointer before fouling Collison with 3.2 second left. And after the lead guard connected on two clutch free throws, the Suns' last attempt would come up short after misfired from 3 as the final buzzer sounded. Leading five Mavericks in double figures with 23 points was Mayo, who finished with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 3-of-5 from 3. Meanwhile, Wright reached a season-high with 16 points, matching Collison's point total while Kaman added 15 points and Marion pitched in 10 points before sustaining injuries. Dragic and Morris led five Suns in double figures with 15 points apiece, but the Mavericks finished the night outshooting the Suns on the night, 47.4 percent to 39.5 percent. The Mavs also collected a 44-42 rebounding edge. Courtesy of: mavsfastbreak.com

Miami Heat - New York K. 92-112
Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) scored a season-high 27 points, and the New York Knicks connected on 18 3-pointers to more than offset the absence of Carmelo Anthony while topping Miami for the second time this season, beating the Heat 112-92 on Thursday night. Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) scored 18 points, J.R. Smith added 13 and Tyson Chandler scored 13 for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight and moved 1 1/2 games clear of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks made eight 3-pointers in the third quarter alone, the most by any NBA team in any quarter so far this season. Anthony sat out, one night after needing five stitches to close a cut on the middle finger of his left hand. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) nearly picked up his second straight triple-double - 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists - in Miami's second straight loss. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 13 points, Chris Bosh had 12 and Udonis Haslem added 10 for the Heat, who fell to 8-1 at home. Rasheed Wallace scored 12 and Jason Kidd added 11 for the Knicks, who finished 18 for 44 from 3-point range. It was tied at 53 at the half, and the third quarter changed everything for the Knicks. Kidd made a 3-pointer, Felton followed with consecutive 3s and New York was up by nine with 9:42 left in the period and the Heat seemed stunned. New York was only getting started. In all, it was an eight-3-pointers-in-eight-minutes barrage that decided this one, with five different players getting in on the act for the Knicks. Smith hit the last of them with 3:25 left in the third, and a pair of free throws by Chandler moments later gave New York - again, without its best player - an 18-point lead on the road against the reigning NBA champions. There was one run late in the third, a 13-3 burst by Miami that got the Heat within eight in the final seconds of the quarter. It was the last - and really, the only - gasp for Miami, as the Knicks just kept firing away in the fourth. Felton finished 10 for 20 from the floor, adding seven assists and four rebounds. He was 6 for 10 from beyond the arc, Novak was 4 for 9, while Smith and Kidd were each 3 for 8 from long range. Miami had two field goals in the first seven minutes of the final quarter, and when New York decided to put it away, it was with 3-pointers, of course. Novak made one for a 100-84 lead, another to stretch the margin to 19 and then Chandler got all alone for a dunk to push the lead to 109-88 and send most of the building's occupants to the exits. Smith hit a 3-pointer with 3:04 left to play, gestured toward the Heat bench, and the benches were cleared moments later. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com



Raptors assign Quincy Ace to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have assigned forward Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90, college: Baylor) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Acy will continue to be included on the Raptors roster and will be placed on the teams inactive list. Acy has appeared in three games with the Raptors. He has played 21 minutes, averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. The club selected Acy with the 37th choice in the 2012 NBA Draft. Acy is the sixth Raptor to be assigned to the NBA D-League. Solomon Alabi was designated on four occasions, three times to the Erie BayHawks (November 2010, January 2011 and March 2011) and once to Bakersfield (January 2012). Ed Davis was assigned to Erie for two games in December 2010. Nathan Jawai was designated on two occasions in the 2008-09 season to the Idaho Stampede. P.J. Tucker was assigned twice to the Colorado 14ers during the 2006-07 season and Pape Sow was assigned to the Arkansas Rimrockers in the 2005-06 campaign. Bakersfield, led by Head Coach Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ), has been appointed as Torontos NBA D-League affiliate for the 2012-13 season.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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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 (7-0) 
 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 (8-1) 
 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 (6-1) 
 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: 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 29

Dec. 7: Prairie View A&M - Dallas Christian
Dec. 7: Fairfield - Canisius
Dec. 7: ODU - VCU
Dec. 7: S.Carolina - Jacksonville
Dec. 7: Fair Dickinson - Lafayette
Dec. 7: Mt.St.Mary's - Navy
Dec. 7: Siena - Rider
Dec. 7: Connecticut - Harvard
Dec. 7: Marist - Manhattan
Dec. 7: Iowa - Iowa St.
Dec. 7: Wisc.-Milwaukee - N.Illinois


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Kevin FOSTER
  Santa Clara
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Foster, Santa Clara22.6 
 2. Ireland, Loyola M.21.1 
 3. Haws, BYU20.9 
 4. Parker, USF19.7 
 5. Davies, BYU18.8 
 6. Dellavedova, St.Ma.18.4 
 7. Harris, Gonzaga16.8 
 8. Jackson, Pepperdi.16.3 
 9. Hamilton, Loyola M.15.7