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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-1 
 2. Cedevita 13-4 
 3. Buducnost 13-5 
 4. Partizan 12-6 
 5. Union Olimpija 11-7 
 6. Siroki WWin 10-8 
 7. Radnicki K. 9-9 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 9-9 
 9. Cibona 9-9 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 6-11 
 11. Hemofarm 5-13 
 12. Helios 5-13 
 13. Krka 4-14 
 14. Zlatorog 2-16 


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  ANGOLA   


Barreirense will be in Angola - by Bruno Baltazar
Barreirense CEPSA the portuguese team was invited to come to Benguela,Angola to participate in the next February the 3rd and 4th the tournament name is the International tournament 4th of February,besides Barreirense CEPSA ,the other teams are 1 de Agosto ,coached by the portuguese coach Mario Palma, Interclube de Luanda coached by Jose Carlos Guimaraes ( former athlet of Benfica and Porto) and the provincial selection team will be the complete list of teams in this tournament!

Antonio Liborio ,
Barreirense CEPSA manager told us that its a great honor to the portuguese team to participate and being invited to this tournament ,its a sign that teams outside Portugal recognize the team work by them,this year the work is being specially recognized due to their campaign so far in the portuguese league.
Barreirense CEPSA is the 3rd team in the portuguese basketball with more history in terms of wins and trophies and right now they are in 4th place in the league,Liborio also said that he is aware of the risk of a trip to outside the country in the middle of the season but he also thinks thats the only way to add more experience to their young roster ,giving them international experience making them better,all of the portuguese players in the team represented the national team and 4 already played for the higher of the portuguese NT team.

The team coached by Antonio Herrera will meet in the first game the Benguela selection,the next day the games will be splitted by the winners and losers of the previous day ,all games will be on television,strategy to give more recognition to the portuguese project,games will be played in the Acacias Rubras arena,same place that 10 days later will host the 1st phase of the Supercup Compal between Porto,CAB,Petro,Recriativo do Libolo,1 de Agosto and Maxaquene of Mozambique.
Barreirense CEPSA was also autorized to delay the game that was supposed to be February the 5th to Feb.19th against Academica.

The portuguese team will also participate in schools and other projects in the comunity in Angola when they arrive to the country,making it a social project as well in Benguela,Antonio Liborio also said he is more then happy to participate in recieving/hosting and interchanging possibilities not only sports wise but also cultural since they are a embassor of the city of Barreiro in Portugal as well.Their coach will also participate in a clinic for coaches there,their phisioteraupist will also speak on other ocasions,referees the same ,so it will be a chance to change ideas and open relations between both countries and both competitions that are still like a lost brother and sister in terms of countries and relations.


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA: Round 18 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Obras (15-3) in Mar del Plata on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixteenth ranked Quilmes MP (5-13) 80-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-74. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Obras. Quilmes MP moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with San Mart.C. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Quilmes MP is looking forward to face higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Obras will play at home against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Libertad Sunchales (13-5) which played in Parana against one of their biggest challengers Sionista (12-6). Fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales had an easy win 81-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sionista. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Jonatan Treise chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) with 14 points and 4 assists. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to third place. Sionista at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales will play against La Union (#9) in Formosa in the next round where they are favorite. Sionista will play at home against Quilmes MP (#14) in Mar del Plata and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Buenos Aires was also quite interesting. Second ranked Penarol (14-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Boca Juniors (8-10). Penarol managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86 on Sunday. Leonardo Gutierrez notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 24 points by Larry O'Bannon did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 14-4 record behind leader Obras. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. They share the position with La Union and Quimsa. Penarol will meet at home bottom-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-10) and GECR Indalo (7-11), which took place in Comodoro R.. 9th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia lost to twelfth ranked GECR Indalo in a road game 76-84. The best player for the winners was Diego Ciorciari who scored 24 points. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. GECR Indalo maintains twelfth position with 7-11 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Another upset was a game between Atenas (11-7) and La Union (8-10), which took place in Cordoba. Higher ranked Atenas was outleveled at home by tenth ranked La Union 93-64 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a good game for Joe Smith who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. La Union moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Boca Jrs and Quimsa. Loser Atenas keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. La Union will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atenas will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Regatas C. beat Olimpico LB on the road 69-62. Lanus destroyed Club 9 on its own court 80-58. Quimsa managed to outperform San Mart.C. in Santiado Estero 75-70.


Boca Jrs - Penarol 86-91
The game in Buenos Aires was also quite interesting. Second ranked Penarol (14-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Boca Juniors (8-10). Penarol managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Penarol shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even 24 points by American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. His fellow American import power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 14-4 record behind leader Obras. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. They share the position with La Union and Quimsa. Penarol will meet at home bottom-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.O'Bannon 24+3reb+3ast, D.Alston 15+6reb+4ast, A.Diez 12+7reb, M.Stanic 10+4reb+4ast, W.Graves 9+7reb+2ast, J.Brussino 5+2ast
Penarol: K.Lamonte 20+2reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 18+6reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 18+4reb+4ast, S.Safar 13+2reb, M.Leiva 8+9reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 7+1reb
gschID: 141284


Quilmes MP - Obras 80-74
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Obras (15-3) in Mar del Plata on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixteenth ranked Quilmes MP (5-13) 80-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-74. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Obras. Quilmes MP moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with San Mart.C. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Quilmes MP is looking forward to face higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Obras will play at home against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 18+12reb+5ast, T.Washam 17+6reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 13+1reb, M.Osimani 9+3reb, D.Fells 8+5reb+1ast, A.Elsener 5+2ast
Quilmes MP: A.Weigand 19+6reb, P.McHopson 19+6reb+7ast, N.Ferreyra 14+4reb+3ast, L.Truscott 10+5reb, C.Matthews 9+5reb, M.Smith 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141285


Sionista - Libertad S. 64-81
Another interesting game for Libertad Sunchales (13-5) which played in Parana against one of their biggest challengers Sionista (12-6). Fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales had an easy win 81-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sionista. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Sionista was better in second period 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sionista to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Libertad Sunchales shot 62.7 percent from the field. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) with 14 points and 4 assists and American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to third place. Sionista at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales will play against La Union (#9) in Formosa in the next round where they are favorite. Sionista will play at home against Quilmes MP (#14) in Mar del Plata and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sionista: A.Zilli 14+3reb+4ast, H.Rollins 12+7reb+1ast, J.Villegas 12+5reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 10+1reb+2ast, F.Ferrini 6+2reb, R.Iglesias 6+7reb+4ast
Libertad S.: J.Treise 18+4ast, A.Alloatti 14+6reb, J.Pittman 13+6reb+4ast, R.Battle 10+11reb+1ast, F.Calvi 9+3reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 141286


Olimpico LB - Regatas C. 62-69
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (10-8) beat on the road bottom-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (4-13) 69-62 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lanus. Loser Olimpico de La Banda dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against the league's second-placed Penarol (#2) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Amicucci 16+7reb, G.Grays 15+1reb+1ast, E.Villares 12+1ast, J.DeGroat 8+7reb, A.Jackson 4+5reb, J.Machuca 3+1reb+1ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 15+3reb+4ast, D.Kante 13+6reb, R.DuPree 10+8reb, J.Martinez 7+10reb+7ast, P.I. Calderon 7+7reb, L.Roe 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141279


GECR Indalo - Wuber-Est.Bahia 84-76
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-10) and GECR Indalo (7-11), which took place in Comodoro R.. 9th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia lost to twelfth ranked GECR Indalo in a road game 76-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wuber-Est.Bahia won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when GECR Indalo won last quarter 27-20. 33 personal fouls committed by Wuber-Est.Bahia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored 24 points. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who recorded 22 points and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) added 12 points respectively. GECR Indalo maintains twelfth position with 7-11 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Ignacio Sanchez 22+2reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 12+2reb+1ast, A.Zago 9+2reb, F.Aguerre 8+3reb, L.Faggiano 8+3reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 6+5reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: D.Ciorciari 24+4reb+3ast, E.Nelson 16+3reb+1ast, C.McGowan 13+5reb+1ast, D.Davis 13+9reb, R.Gabini 7+7reb+2ast, D.Romero 6+1reb
gschID: 141280


Lanus - Club 9 80-58
Very expected game when 13th ranked Club 9 (6-12) was smashed by sixth ranked Lanus (10-8) in Buenos Aires 80-58 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-58. Lanus made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Lanus outrebounded Club 9 40-23 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 11 points in the effort for Club 9. Lanus maintains sixth position with 10-8 record, which they share with Regatas C. Loser Club 9 keeps the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Lanus will face San Martin Corrientes (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Cowan 23+5reb, J.Ayarza 11+2reb+1ast, S.Clancy 8+6reb, D.Gerbaudo 7+4reb+2ast, G.Luchino 6, E.Martina 3
Lanus: M.Byro 16+2reb, D.Guaita 13+11reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 13+2reb+3ast, J.Levy 12+7reb+1ast, F.Giorgi 7+4reb, S.Orresta 5
gschID: 141281


San Mart.C. - Quimsa 70-75
Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Quimsa (8-10) won against on the road 14th ranked San Martin Corrientes (5-13) 75-70 on Sunday. San Martin Corrientes was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Quimsa, which allowed them to win the game. San Martin Corrientes was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points in the effort for San Martin Corrientes. Quimsa moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Boca Jrs and La Union. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Quimsa will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. San Martin Corrientes will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 16+4reb, J.Michael Martinez 15+9reb+5ast, F.Ramirez 14+5reb, A.Eslava 9+4reb, M.Maciel 7+2reb, A.Carabajal 5+1ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 18+4reb+1ast, B.Robinson 15+2reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 11+3reb, S.Vega 10+4reb+2ast, J.Williams 8+10reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 141282


Atenas - La Union 64-93
Another upset was a game between Atenas (11-7) and La Union (8-10), which took place in Cordoba. Higher ranked Atenas was outleveled at home by tenth ranked La Union 93-64 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-64. La Union made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Atenas was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Ariel Pau (186-84) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five La Union players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) replied with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Facundo Sucatzky (176-72) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Atenas. La Union moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Boca Jrs and Quimsa. Loser Atenas keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. La Union will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atenas will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Lescano 12+5reb+4ast, B.Labaque 11+3reb+1ast, F.Sucatzky 9+5reb+4ast, J.Lloreda 8+5reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 7+2reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 6+5reb+1ast
La Union: A.Pau 22+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 20+5reb+8ast, G.Mikulas 15+7reb+2ast, G.Lewis 14+9reb, L.Perez 12+5reb+3ast, A.Marin 6+2reb+1ast


Ciorciari's 24 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-PG-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for GECR Indalo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 24 points adding four rebounds and three assists for GECR Indalo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11, 7-10) 84-76. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings. GECR Indalo maintains the 12th position in Argentinian league. GECR Indalo is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Ciorciari had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Diego Ciorciari averages this season 7.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of top-ranked Obras. He is naturalized Italian forward in his second season at Obras. In the last game Gutierrez recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Obras lost that game 74-80 to the lower-ranked Quilmes MP (#14, 5-13). Obras managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. It was just his team's 3rd loss in Second Stage, while they won 15 other games. Gutierrez is well-known at Obras and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Phillip McHopson (188-G-87) of Quilmes MP (#14). McHopson showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Quilmes MP, leading his team to a 80-74 win against the higher-ranked Obras (#1, 15-3). Quilmes MP can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for McHopson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McHopson has a very solid season. In 28 games in Argentina he scored 15.9ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 3.0apg and FGP: 51.2%. Phillip McHopson has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83) of Boca Jrs - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joe Smith (193-G-77) of La Union - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of San Mart.C. - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Axel Weigand (200-C-85) of Quilmes MP - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Diego Guaita (204-C-83) of Lanus - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 10 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ariel Pau (186-G-84) of La Union - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1 North
 1. Union Progr. 2-0 
 2. Obera TC 1-1 
 3. San Isidro 1-1 
 4. Estudian.Con. 1-2 
 5. Alvear 1-2 
TNA1 South
 1. Argentino 3-0 
 2. Alianza Viedma 2-1 
 3. Ciclista 1-2 
 4. Huracan 1-2 
 5. Banda Norte 0-3 
TNA2 North
 1. A.Espanola 2-0 
 2. A.Italiana 2-1 
 3. Union Sunch 1-1 
 4. Atl.Echague 1-2 
 5. Tomas Rocam. 0-2 
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 2-0 
 2. Bragado 2-1 
 3. Sport Club 1-1 
 4. San Mart.MJ 0-2 


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Crocs at crossroads - by Eurobasket News
They can cry and scream 'like four-year-old girls' or hit back and prove their NBL championship claims are legitimate.

Chief Crocodiles motivator, injured skipper Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.), has played in teams that have reacted childishly to the sort of thrashing that was dished out to Townsville on Saturday.

But the Crocs, he said, were made of sterner stuff.

Townsville returned to training yesterday, reliving horror footage of the 32-point pasting dished out by Perth. 'We can use this as a useful tool, we can utilise this to our advantage,' Hinder said of the 87-55 defeat.

'We can go one of two ways; we can fall in a hole, feel sorry for ourselves and act like little four-year-old girls or we can take it as the lesson that it was and see where we have to get to if we want to be great.

'All roads lead through Perth if you want to win (the championship), so we'll use it as a learning tool.'

Since breaking his leg in September, ruling him out for the entire season, Hinder has taken on a huge motivational role.

The 32-year-old's composed but emotional team addresses at training and on game days have become a thing of legend. But when asked what he might say yesterday or later this week to the hurting Crocodiles to pick them up from yet another Perth humbling, Hinder wasn't even sure that his words would be needed.

The result, he said, would only increase the Crocs' desire and belief, not deflate their campaign.

'That's not in our make-up, it's not in our DNA - I don't see any of that in this team,' Hinder said.

'I've been on teams before where if you have a 35-point loss ... then it was the end of the world. But this is not the end of the world, this is a really good wake-up call ... we'll make this an aberration.

'We can use this as a crummy day at the office and I really believe that is what the guys will do.'

In three days the Crocs will have the chance to prove it. Things don't get any easier in a road trip to Cairns on Friday, with the Taipans equally hungry after being thrashed by Gold Coast, followed by a home clash with the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday.

'You've got to look at the grand scheme of the season - 28 games is a long season,' Hinder said.

'So you don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water, because we've been going along fairly nicely - showing a lot of character.

'Did we play our best basketball in our four-game (unbeaten) stand? No.

'But we eked out wins, there was no quit in us. 'We're a smart group, we're well coached, with some good veterans and great leaders on this team.

'So that's what we do - we'll go back to work and get better.'

Townsville remain in third place on the NBL ladder with a 10-win, seven-loss record.

Courtesy of www.townsvillebulletin.com.au


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Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 6-1 
 2. Rilski Sportist 4-3 
 3. Mornar Bar 4-3 
 4. Timisoara 3-4 
 5. OKK Beograd 2-5 
 6. Torus Skopje 2-5 
Group B
 1. Levski Sofia 7-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 5-2 
 3. Feni Indistrija 4-3 
 4. Napredak 3-4 
 5. Ulcinj 1-6 
 6. Zrinjski HT 1-6 


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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 in talks with Frank Elegar - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 continue to look for the ways to improve their roster. They are reportedly in talks with Frank Elegar (206-C-86, college: Drexel). The centre spent the pre-season in Argentina with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda. The player from US Virgin Islands then moved to Europe. Frank Elegar signed with Marousi BC. He tallied 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in A1 League. Last season the centre spent in France. Frank Elegar played for Vichy. He tallied 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per appearance. Frank Elegar also had stints in Turkey, Germany. He is the member of US Virgin Islands National Team. The centre participated at 2010 Centrobasket in Santo Domingo. His stats read 10.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.



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EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons fire past Antwerp - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons - Antwerp Giants 81:71

Artland Dragons celebrated the fourth straight win in EuroChallenge Group L. They held off visiting Antwerp to keep their record spotless. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. The Giants slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Dragons eked out a17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But the German team speeded things up in the second frame. The Dragons poured in 24 points to take an 11-point halftime advantage. Antwerp tried to return into the game as they narrowed the margin to 8 points at the end of the third frame. Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) put the Belgian team within 5 points early in the fourth quarter but Artland answered with six unanswered points and ran away for good. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) finished with 16 points, while David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) had 11 points in the victory. Michael Roll responded with 15 points for Antwerp. Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) registered 13 points in defeat.

Artland Dragons: Nathan Peavy 21, Anthony King 16, David Holston 11
Antwerp Giants: Michael Roll 15, Timothy Black 13



EuroChallenge: Antwerp Giants lose 81-71 at Artland Quakenbrueck - by Bert Larsimont
In front of a nice attendance of 1700 basketball fans, Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck defeated Port of Antwerp Giants 81-71 (41-30 at the half) on the fourth day of the FIBA EuroChallenge Last 16 Group L action. The Giants' loss is the third one in four games played in the group. Meanwhile, the German team of Artland Quakenbrueck clinched EuroChallenge playoff berth and has now a 4-0 record in Group L. After having taken the lead 11-15, the Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels could not avoid a crucial Dragons' 16-2 run (27-17 on the scoreboard) with Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami, FL) as leading scorers for the German team. The Giants responded well and played a tough defense (22 personal fouls in this game) but it was not enough to reduce the 11-points deficit at half-time. The beginning of the third quarter looked much better for the visitors who came closer and closer: 70-65. Nevertheless, the German side played at a higher tempo. The home team reached + 16 in the third quarter and finally won the game 81-71 despite an excellent Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Giants in this game. Nathan Peavy finished the game as top scorer with 21 points and also grabbed 4 rebounds. The German side rode strong first twenty minutes performance and secured playoff berth in this competition mainly thanks to a great long range percentage. The Dragons recorded 9/15 from three-point range in tonight's game.

On fibaeurope.com, Giants' coach Eddy Casteels commented the game: 'I think we matched up very well with the Dragons, in a competitive way. I saw my team creating a lot more stuff against the Dragons than most other teams do.'
Also on fibaeurope.com, Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch added: 'I am very, very happy and satisfied. We reached the Quarter-Finals after only four games in this group. And this is the first time the club has reached that stage in a European competition. The guys can be really proud.'

Best scorers:

Artland Quankenbrueck: Anthony King 16, David Holston 11, Nathan Peavy 21.
Port of Antwerp Giants: Michael Roll 15, Darnell Wilson 12, Julian Vaughn 12, Timothy Black 13.

See also: http://www.eurobasket.com/Germany/basketball.asp?NewsID=258195




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Round 18 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 18 of the Bosnian D1 for men was played last weekend.
The top ranked Igokea managed to register another win for 16-1 record in the league. This time Igokea handed 67-89 home loss to Borac Nektar. Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) led the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Darko Kastratovic (189-PG-88, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 21 points for the hosts.
The second ranked Bosna ASA BHT grabbed 72-73 thriller win against Leotar in Trebinje for 13-3 record. Armin Avdibegovic (188-PG-84) shined in this very exciting meeting with 20 points.
Capljina Lasta cruised past Zrinjski on the road 70-104. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) registered double-double of 17 points and 13 rebs for the guests. Capljina improved to 13-4 and kept third position in the league.
Round 19 is scheduled for the next weekend.

Regular Season - Round 18
Jan. 28, 2012 Varda HE-Celik 110-77
Jan. 29, 2012 Borac Nektar-Igokea 67-89
Jan. 29, 2012 Zrinjski HT-Capljina 70-104
Jan. 28, 2012 Mladost-Brotnjo 82-70
Jan. 28, 2012 Leotar-Bosna 72-73
Jan. 28, 2012 Vogosca-Hercegovac 91-87

D1 Standings
1. Igokea 16-1
2. Bosna 13-3
3. Capljina 13-4
4. Varda HE 10-6
5. Leotar 10-7
6. Mladost 9-8
7. Hercegovac 7-9
8. Servitium 7-9
9. Borac Nektar 5-11
10. Celik 5-12
11. Zrinjski HT 5-12
12. Brotnjo 4-13
13. Vogosca 4-13


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SCBBC concludes MLK tournament with presentation - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI-- Milton McLean held a brief ceremony on Saturday January 28, 2012 on the basketball court in Sea Cows Bay to draw to a close the Martin Luther King Junior Knockout Tournament held the previous weekend.

Although a personal preference is to award the trophies the same night as the Championship, Mr. Milton McLean has to be applauded for his efforts in getting the youths constructively occupied through sport. Despite a lack of respect being shown by some of the players, McLean has promised to keep on instilling the twin pillars of discipline and respect during every tournament and the SCBBC hosts.

His sentiments were echoed by Maurice Wattley the coach of the winning team and also coach of Another Level. He had made sure his squad was in attendance by bringing them himself to the occasion.

Tournament MVP of the Runners Up, District 3s Akeem Nibbs wasnt there to pick up his trophy and the MVP of the Champions, District 5s Jamie McKoy was also absent.

Trophies for the runners up and champions were also presented by Milton McLean.

The Championship Game had been a tense, close affair until Jamie McKoy made some decisive scores to give his side the edge.

We expected more teams, but the tournament was still a great success, commented McLean. The final was very competitive until the last 3 minutes. Then Jamie McKoy hit a game changing 3 pointer and made a great assist to give his team a 7 point lead. From there they were able to withstand some intense pressure and run out worthy winners.

Final Results:

Championship Game: District 5: 53 District 3: 40
For D-5 Jamie McKoy; 11 points, 1 rebound, Rasheed 11 points, 1 rebound, Terique Wattley 8 points, 1 rebound and Vincent 8 points, 1 rebound

For District 3 Akeem Nibbs 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists, Deondre Smith 12 points and Thomas Richardson 11 points, 1 assist


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NBL Round 16: Levski Sofia hands first defeat to Lukoil Academik - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated Lukoil Academik (15-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Levski Sofia (13-3) 92-77. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia outrebounded Lukoil Academik 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Lukoil Academik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Defending champion Lukoil Academik still keeps top place with one game lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Balkan (#6) in Botevgrad in the next round. Lukoil Academik will play on the road against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rilski Sportist (10-6) against fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (9-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Rilski Sportist was defeated by Tundja Yambol in a tough game in Yambol 66-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. Worth to mention a great performance of American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Stanislav Govedarov contributed with 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Asen Velikov (188-86) replied with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Rilski Sportist. Tundja Yambol maintains fourth position with 9-7 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Tundja Yambol will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Burgas supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (2-14). Euroins Cherno More defeated Chernomorets 94-78 on Monday. Worth to mention a great performance of Aleksandar Yanev who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Atanas Penev responded with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth position with 8-8 record. Chernomorets lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Spartak Pleven. Euroins Cherno More will meet at home higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chernomorets will play against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 16 bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven was defeated by Balkan in Botevgrad 77-71.



Lukoil Academik - Levski Sofia 77-92

Undefeated Lukoil Academik (15-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Levski Sofia (13-3) 92-77. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia outrebounded Lukoil Academik 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Lukoil Academik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Defending champion Lukoil Academik still keeps top place with one game lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Balkan (#6) in Botevgrad in the next round. Lukoil Academik will play on the road against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 19+4reb+3ast, V.Evtimov 19+16reb+3ast, J.Howell 18+3reb+8ast, D.Anguelov 12+4reb+1ast, M.Hall 7+1reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 6+1reb+1ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 24+5reb+2ast, T.Stoykov 18+4reb+2ast, B.Heath 12+4reb+6ast, L.Mack 11+5reb+1ast, B.Avramov 8+1reb+3ast, A.Owens 3+1reb+1ast
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Chernomorets - Cherno More 78-94

The game in Burgas supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (2-14). Euroins Cherno More defeated Chernomorets 94-78 on Monday. The game without a history. Euroins Cherno More led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Euroins Cherno More outrebounded Chernomorets 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) who added 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Euroins Cherno More's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) responded with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 19 points. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth position with 8-8 record. Chernomorets lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Spartak Pleven. Euroins Cherno More will meet at home higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chernomorets will play against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 30+12reb+2ast, S.Iliev 18+4reb+7ast, N.Kolev 14+9reb+1ast, G.Davidov 10+3reb+1ast, J.Hunt 9+3reb+5ast, T.Zhelev 8+6reb+5ast
Chernomorets: D.Dunovic 19+2reb+1ast, D.Roshmanov 15+4reb+3ast, K.Koev 12+3reb, A.Penev 10+9reb+7ast, A.Saraliyski 7+1reb+1ast, K.Pavlovski 7+5reb+2ast
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Balkan - Spartak Pleven 77-71

There was no surprise in Botevgrad where 8th ranked Spartak Pleven (2-14) was defeated by sixth ranked Balkan (5-11) 77-71 on Saturday. Spartak Pleven trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-77 at the end of the game. Balkan dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Pleven to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 26. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) responded with 28 points and forward Simeon Tsenov (196-82) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Balkan maintains sixth position with 5-11 record. Spartak Pleven lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Chernomorets. Balkan will meet league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak Pleven will play against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: D.Marintchechki 20+9reb+1ast, L.Lilov 20+4reb+1ast, D.Filipov 11+3reb+2ast, S.Marinov 8+6reb+6ast, I.Kasabov 6+1reb+1ast, I.Martin 5+9reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: V.Georgiev 28+1reb, I.Stankov 16+7reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 13+11reb+5ast, A.Dyakovski 6+3reb+2ast, S.Slaveykov 6+7reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 139992


Tundja Yambol - Rilski Sportist 74-66

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rilski Sportist (10-6) against fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (9-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Rilski Sportist was defeated by Tundja Yambol in a tough game in Yambol 66-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The game without a history. Tundja Yambol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) contributed with 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Asen Velikov (188-86) replied with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) added 18 points in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Tundja Yambol maintains fourth position with 9-7 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Tundja Yambol will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 25+3reb+5ast, J.Ofoegbu 19+14reb+1ast, M.Durchev 11+5reb+6ast, M.Jefferson 7+3reb+1ast, T.Gugino 5+4reb+1ast, S.Petkov 4+5reb
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 18+4reb, B.Mirkovic 16+3reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 11+7reb+3ast, A.Velikov 8+9reb+5ast, M.Marinov 7+2ast, A.Bilobrk 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 139993




Bulgarian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
4 Denis Petkov 171-PG-96 Balkan Bulgaria
5 Dimitar Dobrev 187-SG-96
6 Rosen Ivanov 195-SG-96 Tundja Yambol Bulgaria
7 Rahim Haliminski 184-G-96
8 Nikolay Pehlivanov 185-SG-96 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
9 Nikolay Kolev 204-F/C-88 Cherno More Bulgaria
11 Maksim Aleksiev 188-PG-96 Etar-2004 Bulgaria
12 Alex Ouandie 193-SF-96 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
13 Alexander Iliev 190-PG-96 Overgas Bulgaria
14 Kosyo Velikov 186-SG-96 Tundja Yambol Bulgaria
15 Andrey Ivanov 202-F-96 Tundja Yambol Bulgaria
23 Rumen Vasilev 200-C-96
24 Martin Gorunov 197-PF-96 Balkan Bulgaria



Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 15-1 
 2. Levski Sofia 13-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 10-6 
 4. Tundja Yambol 9-7 
 5. Cherno More 8-8 
 6. Balkan 5-11 
 7. Chernomorets 2-14 
 8. Spartak Pleven 2-14 


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Guangsha lost to Fujian - by Robert Wang
The only game that played tonight is the game between Guangsha and Fujian. But the Guangsha lost to Fujian at 125: 132 at home. They played 2 times overtime. Wilson Chandler received 36 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 turnovers. Peter Ramos got 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 turnovers. While Fujian team, big mc Donald got 33 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony got 36 points and 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Abass got 25 points and 24 rebounds.

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LF Baskets signs Matija Poscic - by Eurobasket News
Matija Poscic (205-C-85, college: De Paul) will continue his career in Sweden. The Croatian big guy penned a deal with LF Basket for rest of the season. Actually, Poscic already made debut for his new team last weekend. He had 8 points and 9 rebounds in a game against Eco Orebro. Matija Poscic started this season with Svjetlost Salvonski Brod. He appeared 11 times in Croatian league averaging 12.1 points and 7 rebounds. Last season Poscic spent with Kvarner Rijeka. There he had 7.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 27 games. In 2009/10, the player was a member of Trogir ZP. Matija Poscic is a product of De Paul University, where he graduated in 2009. He transferred to De Paul in 2007 from the Highland CC.

A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 11-3 
 2. Jolly 10-4 
 3. KK Split 10-4 
 4. Zabok 8-5 
 5. Svjetlost 6-7 
 6. Borik 6-8 
 7. Kvarner 2010 6-8 
 8. Alkar Sinj 5-8 
 9. Darda 5-8 
 10. Krizevci 5-9 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


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NBL Round 25: BK Prostejov is upset by BK Decin - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL.

The game between second ranked BK Prostejov (20-5) and fourth ranked BK Decin (18-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. BK Prostejov was defeated by BK Decin in Decin 75-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 47-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Decin dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Prostejov to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) chipped in 19 points. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 26 points for lost side. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. BK Decin have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 18-7 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. BK Decin are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov will play against B&W Opava and is hoping to win this game.
Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked USK Praha (14-11) 84-77. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ladislav Sokolovsky contributed with 23 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds for USK Praha. CEZ Nymburk (24-1) have an impressive series of twenty three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. USK Praha at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against NH Ostrava (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. USK Praha will play against Levharti Chomutov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Usti nad Labem, where 8th ranked Levice (10-15) lost to eleventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (7-18) in a road game 63-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Levice. Thaddeus McFadden stepped up and scored 29 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. At the losing side Dior Lowhorn responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Levice's coach Peter Balint tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains eleventh place with 7-18 record. Loser Levice keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will meet bottom-ranked BK Loko Plzen (#14) on the road in the next round. Levice will play against Inter Bratislava (#12) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pardubice. Local BK Pardubice (19-6) outscored 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-17) 87-64. Marcus Arnold nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice maintains third place with 19-6 record having five points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Levharti Chomutov lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. BK Pardubice's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#4) on the road. Levharti Chomutov will play against USK Praha (#6).

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Plzen was defeated by BC Kolin in a road game 86-69. Inter Bratislava beat B&W Opava at home 75-64. Svitavy lost to NH Ostrava on the opponent's court 76-84. Bottom-ranked Plzen unfortunately lost to Levice in a home game 85-89.



Usti n/Labem - Levice 71-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Usti nad Labem, where 8th ranked Levice (10-15) lost to eleventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (7-18) in a road game 63-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Levice. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Levice won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) stepped up and scored 29 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Spanish forward Brad Reese (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) chipped in 23 points. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Levice's coach Peter Balint tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains eleventh place with 7-18 record. Loser Levice keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will meet bottom-ranked BK Loko Plzen (#14) on the road in the next round. Levice will play against Inter Bratislava (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Levice: D.Lowhorn 19+6reb+1ast, K.Grant 14+5reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 11+6reb, E.Sanchez 8+2reb+3ast, S.Stemberger 6+2reb, M.Sykora 5+4reb
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 29+5reb+6ast, B.Reese 23+1reb, J.Fohler 7+5reb, T.Gottselig 5+9reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 4+1reb+1ast, J.Holanda 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 136742


BC Kolin - Plzen 86-69

There was no surprise when 14th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-20) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked BC Kolin (17-8) 86-69. It looked good early as BK Loko Plzen took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Kolin had a 25-12 second period charge getting the lead and BK Loko Plzen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-86. BC Kolin made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward David Machac (204-80) nailed 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) accounted for 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) came up with 17 points and Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) added 15 points respectively for BK Loko Plzen in the defeat. BC Kolin maintains fifth place with 17-8 record. BK Loko Plzen lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be Basketbal Svitavy (#9) on the road. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#11).
Top scorers:
Plzen: S.Vrubl 17+1reb+2ast, M.Kozlik 15+3reb+2ast, M.Norwa 7+5reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 7+2reb+1ast, L.Pecka 7+7reb+2ast, L.Toth 6+4reb
BC Kolin: D.Machac 23+7reb+1ast, R.Field 20+6reb+5ast, R.Marko 14+1reb+3ast, S.Zuzak 10+1reb+3ast, J.Nemecek 7+1reb, U.Benacek 5+1reb
gschID: 136743


BK Decin - BK Prostejov 75-59

The game between second ranked BK Prostejov (20-5) and fourth ranked BK Decin (18-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. BK Prostejov was defeated by BK Decin in Decin 75-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 47-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Decin dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Prostejov to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) chipped in 19 points. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 26 points and the other American import center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. BK Decin have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 18-7 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. BK Decin are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov will play against B&W Opava and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 26+3reb+3ast, T.Peterson 7+5reb+1ast, M.Venta 6+2reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 6+5reb, J.Prasil 6+2reb, A.Eitutavicius 6+2reb+1ast
BK Decin: L.Stria 19+3reb+2ast, P.Houska 14+10reb+2ast, L.Sanders 14+4reb+5ast, A.Alic 9+1ast, J.Houska 7+3reb+1ast, J.Boyer 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 136740


Inter Bratislava - B&W Opava 75-64

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Inter Bratislava and 12th ranked B&W Opava had identical 5-19 record. This time Inter Bratislava used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Opava 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by Inter Bratislava. B&W Opava was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slovakian forward Tomas Durana (198-89) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) accounted for 12 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. Four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Martin Vanak (200-87) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for B&W Opava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava (6-19) moved-up to twelfth place. B&W Opava at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Inter Bratislava's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 15+10reb, M.Kolovrat 15+2reb+2ast, M.Vanak 14+7reb+1ast, R.Klecka 8+5reb+3ast, J.Sirina 6+4reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 4+4reb
Inter Bratislava: T.Durana 18+5reb, A.Kuffa 15+3reb+1ast, M.Trivunovic 13+1reb+5ast, E.Ubilla 12+3reb+6ast, M.Pesic 6+8reb+2ast, M.Zilik 6+7reb
gschID: 136741


NH Ostrava - Svitavy 84-76

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (9-16) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked NH Ostrava (13-12) 84-76. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-14 Basketbal Svitavy's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-76 at the end of the game. Strangely Basketbal Svitavy outrebounded NH Ostrava 44-30 including 25 on the offensive glass. American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) accounted for 20 points. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Basketbal Svitavy's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for NH Ostrava. They maintain seventh place with 13-12 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BC Kolin (#5).
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 18+15reb+1ast, P.Mroz 13+8reb+1ast, M.Deloach 10+5reb+7ast, T.Macela 8+1reb+1ast, L.Horak 6+8reb+2ast, R.Kramny 6
NH Ostrava: D.Wright 24+3reb+10ast, J.Hughes 20+4reb+2ast, R.Luettgerodt 17+6reb, L.Jurecka 15+1reb+2ast, S.Manousos 6+11reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136737


USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk 77-84

Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked USK Praha (14-11) 84-77. USK Praha was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-41 second half run of CEZ Nymburk. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) contributed with 23 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha. CEZ Nymburk (24-1) have an impressive series of twenty three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. USK Praha at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against NH Ostrava (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. USK Praha will play against Levharti Chomutov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 28+6reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 14+1reb+6ast, S.Votroubek 14+10reb+1ast, V.Hruban 7+4reb+3ast, V.Cvek 7+3reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 3+2reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: L.Sokolovsky 23+4reb+1ast, A.Naymick 19+12reb+1ast, A.Abrams 18+3reb+1ast, M.Kremen 11+8reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 6+3reb+2ast, R.Necas 3+2reb
gschID: 136738


BK Pardubice - Chomutov 87-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pardubice. Local BK Pardubice (19-6) outscored 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-17) 87-64. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Levharti Chomutov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) added 15 points respectively for Levharti Chomutov in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice maintains third place with 19-6 record having five points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Levharti Chomutov lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. BK Pardubice's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#4) on the road. Levharti Chomutov will play against USK Praha (#6).
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Pope 15+1reb+3ast, J.Krakovic 13+6reb+3ast, R.Lowery 10+6reb, J.Jones 8+3reb, Basta 6+1reb, F.Sahan 5+4reb
BK Pardubice: O.Peterka 16+4reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 15+4reb, M.Hampton 13+3reb+6ast, M.Arnold 11+11reb+4ast, Z.Pospisil 9+3reb+2ast, J.Cernosek 7+4reb
gschID: 136739


Round 23
Plzen - Levice 85-89

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Levice (10-15) beat on the road bottom-ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-20) 89-85. The guests were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-19 BK Loko Plzen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-85 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Loko Plzen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) nailed 20 points for the winning side and Slovakian power forward Jozef Vojtek (203-85) accounted for 17 points. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) came up with 25 points and Filip Smid (194-92) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BK Loko Plzen in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Levice. They maintain eighth place with 10-15 record. BK Loko Plzen lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava (#12) at home. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Usti nad Labem.
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Toth 25+4reb+2ast, M.Kozlik 13+2reb+2ast, P.Frana 9+4reb+2ast, L.Pecka 8, M.Norwa 8+6reb, F.Smid 8+8reb+3ast
Levice: K.Grant 20+3reb+3ast, J.Vojtek 17+3reb+1ast, E.Sanchez 11+1reb+2ast, R.Klein 10+5reb, S.Modric 8+4reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 167174




EuroCup: Valencia silence Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Valencia 71:80

Valencia earned the third straight win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They defeated Nymburk in Czech Republic tonight to stay on top of Group I. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) exploded with 32 points to lead the winners. Nymburk slipped at 2-1 record after the loss.
Valencia marked their ambitions early in the game. The visitors outscored Nymburk in the first frame to enjoy a 20:12 advantage. Valencia boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Spaniards stretched the margin to as many as 15 points 45:30 at the interval. Nymburk however were not about to give up easily. The hosts went on a comeback rally in the third frame. Nymburk narrowed the deficit at just 3 points at the final intermission 56:59. But Valencia did not allow their opponents to take over completely. Nando De Colo and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) came up for the visitors in the final frame leading Valencia to the victory. Niklas Caner-Medley and Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) finished with 14 points each in the win. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) nailed 20 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) delivered 17 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 20, Pavel Pumprla 17
Valencia: Nando De Colo 32, Niklas Caner-Medley 14, Victor Claver 14



Opava Brings in Zrinko Gudelj to Replace Departed Bruno Celebija - by Surujh Roopnarine
After mutually agreeing to part ways with Croatian forward Bruno Celebija (202-F-86), BK Opava signed 25-year old Zrinko Gudelj (199-G/F-84). Celebija joined Opava in November and appeared in 13 games, averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 40.2% from the field. After averaging nearly 28 minutes a game in November and December, Celebija saw his minutes dwindle down to 11.3 per game in January. Zrinko Gudelj, 6-7, began this season in Croatias second division with KK Bosco, but has foreign experience having played with Komarno of Slovakia during the 2009-10 season. In 21 games that season he averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 45.8% on two-point field goals and making 25 of 75 three-point attempts.

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LA D-Fenders Rout Canton Charge 127-87 on Monday Night - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Los Angeles D-Fenders set a new D-League record for margin of victory with a resounding 127-87 victory over the visiting Canton Charge last night in El Segundo. The win bested the previous record for margin of victory (32) that the D-Fenders set on November 28, 2011 against the Reno Bighorns. After a relatively close first quarter, Los Angeles (18-10) went on to outscore Canton (12-15) by 31 combined points in the second and third quarter before starting the final quarter up by 43, completely in control. Three D-Fenders players scored 20 or more points, led by Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB)'s game-high 27. The D-Fenders shot 55.7% as a team from the field and blocked a season-high nine shots. Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP), on assignment from the Los Angeles Lakers, tallied a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the home team. Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) came off the bench to pace Canton with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
CHARGE: Tyrell Biggs (14pts+8reb), TJ Campbell (14pts+6ast), Frank Hassell (11pts+7reb), Manny Harris (10pts+5reb)
D-FENDERS: Elijah Millsap (27pts+5reb), Gerald Green (24pts+5reb), Brandon Costner (20pts), Derrick Caracter (16pts+14reb), Mardy Collins (10pts+10ast)



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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt add another two victories - by Eurobasket News
Egypt add another two victories at the Turk Telekom Tournament for U16 teams.
In Day 3 the only African representative overcame Serbia U16 66:57. They started with 22-11 and had 19-17 in the second period. Moreover Egypt added 15-12 in the third period and did not mind 10-17 in the last stanza. Ehab Saleh poured in 15 points to lead the charge and Ahmed Soliman posted 11. Stefan Peno replied with 16 points in defeat and Nikola Pavlovic notched 12.
In Day 4 Egypt destroyed Slovenia 101:53 winning all the quarters. Egypt started with massive 30-11 and never looked behind. The African team added 23-14 in the second period and had 18-15 in the third period. Another 30-13 in the last stanza gave them three digit victory. Moataz Hosny collected 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Ehab Saleh nailed 16. Aljaz Slutej ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, while Domen Janc and Nejc Zupan added 9 apiece.


Egyptian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
4 Ehab Mohamed 185-G-95 Sporting Egypt
5 Ziad Nabil 193-F/G-95 Saint Mark Egypt
6 Mohamed Hesham 189-SF-95 Al Ittihad Egypt
7 Ahmed Mohamed 202-F/C-95 Ahly Egypt
8 Walid Ahmed 185-F/G-95 Gezira Egypt
9 Omar Abdeen 180-PG-95 Sporting Egypt
10 Ahmed Mahran 184-PG-96 Somouha Egypt
11 Wessam Emad 197-F/C-95 Zamalek Egypt
12 Mohamed Elsayed 192-C-96 Somouha Egypt
13 Omar Manasterly 194-F-95 Sporting Egypt
14 Anas Osama 203-F-95 Zamalek Egypt
15 Moataz Hosny 201-C-95 Al Ittihad Egypt



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BRIEF SITDOWN WITH ANDRAIS THORNTON - by Peedu Goldenbeck
Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Andrais Thornton (203-C-85, college: NW Missouri St.), currently on a brief stopover in Estonia. The saavy international player had the chance to sit with us briefly and discuss his travels lately in Spain with Plasencia, in the LEB Silver.

EU: Dre, how have you found the season thus far?

AT: I have found it to be the most interesting of my career so far I never imagined that communication could influence the success of a team that much. I always thought, that basketball was a universal language.

I started training with a club here in Tallinn, then moved to Spain to play LEB. While in Spain, I witnessed something for the first time - the head coach was fired after four games into the season. I think he was a good coach but a lot of his tactics and philosophies werent as clear as they should have been. Some really important things got lost in translation. The second coach took over and changed everything. After trying to do things their way, I decided that this situation wasnt a good fit for me. The club and I decided that it was best for us to part ways.

EU: How would you map your progression from Germany to Estonia, then on to Portugal and now Spain this season? Any marked differences in the leagues?

AT: Ive had positive progress over the years. I have been fortunate enough to have coaches that are teachers of the game in each country. In Germany I learned the fundamentals of playing offense like a European player. Estonia, with its slower style of play, taught me to be more efficient and precise. Portugal showed me, that less is more meaning to be a successful and consistent player, all you need is a move to the left, a move to the right and a counter move in each direction. Playing the Spanish way, which is the fastest and most efficient style of play Ive experienced, magnified the fact that your balance and core strength can make you unguardable.

The biggest difference in all the leagues Ive played in, is the intensity level. In some countries the national players just play harder. The intensity was the highest in Spain because every team had several players that have played in the ACB.

EU: From your statistics, it is very clear that you had established yourself as the season progressed, playing your best basketball vs. the bigger clubs. Namely, your double double against Regal Barca with 14 pts 10 rebs and shotting 100% from the Free Throw line. How did the game in Spain differ from any of the other countries?

AT: The Spainsh way was more focused on set plays and playing faster in the half court. The offense I played in was mostly based on reads. If you set a pick, you need to know when to pop, roll, slip or hold. The offense was all reads and the style was to do it as fast as possible. When I was given an opportunity and when my number was called, I produced. Every player knows, that when you play against the biggest teams, then you have to push harder. If you are a competitor, then the name alone will get you going.

EU: Please outline for us briefly, what has brought you back to Estonia at this point in time and what's on the horizon for you in the very near future.

AT: Estonia is now my second home because of my Estonian life partner. I love living here - I enjoy the culture and I'm actively learning the very difficult Estonian language. Another deciding factor for me was, since I wished to play basketball in Europe, it's easier to stay here in case an opportunity opens up for me.

EU: With the second half of the season set to tip off, do you have any preferred destination?

AT: I dont have a preferred destination. Im humble and Im ready! I just want to play and finish the season strong.

EU: Having led the Estonian Champions League in scoring and rebounding in the past, what do you think about the league here in Estonia?

AT: I think the league here is solid. Like in other countries, there are typcial teams with big budgets and everybody else fighting for third. In Estonia, the young national players show a lot of promise. Because of this, in a couple of years, the league here will be more respected. Players like Martin Jurtom, Rauno Nurger, Janar Soo and Rannar Raap will make the league stronger, if they dont go abroad.

EU: It appears that your versatility is posing match-up problems for opponents being able to post up due to your size & strength, but also being able to shoot the ball 48% from the field and getting 70% from the free throw line. Is this going to allow you to help a club qualify for the playoffs and or win a title?

AT: I believe I can help a club with my ability to provide an inside/outside presence on offense and defense. Also, unlike the stereotypical American player, I can and want to play defense. My versatility on offense, my rebounding and defense are the three things that would enhance a clubs chance to make the playoffs and/or win the title.

EU: Anything to share or say to your family or fans back home in the US?

AT: To all my family and friends back home in the US: I Love you guys and I miss you.
To my fans: I am always amazed by the kind of support you show. I appreciate it a great deal to see the fans in the stands and the players on the court come and share their love for the game and feed off each others' energy. So I want to thank each fan who comes and cheers for me at basketball games - it gives us, the players, a huge boost to play our best!

EU: WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO THANK DRE THRONTON FOR CHATTING WITH US. WE ALSO WISH DRE A STRONG FINISH TO THE 2nd HALF OF THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST WISHES DRE!



KML Round 18: Derby game ends with Kalev/Cramo's defeat of TTU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and TTU/Kalev (#5). TTU/Kalev was defeated at home 69-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 47-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds for TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo (12-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion (12-1) moved-up to second place. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Tln Kalev.
An interesting game for Tartu Ulikool (15-2) which hosted in Tartu 3rd ranked BC Rakvere (12-5). First ranked Tartu Ulikool managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Marek Doronin chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool maintains first position with 15-2 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play at home against Rapla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Valga supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Rapla (9-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (3-15). Rapla smashed Valga/CKE 104-77 on Tuesday. Janar Soo notched 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Veljo Vares did not help to save the game for Valga/CKE. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rapla moved-up to fourth place. Loser Valga/CKE stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Parnu. Rapla will meet at home Tln Kalev (#6) in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 Parnu was smashed by Tarvas on the road 113-88.



Tarvas - Parnu 113-88

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BC Rakvere (12-5) crushed at home 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-15) 113-88 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. KK Parnu managed to win fourth quarter 34-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. BC Rakvere forced 22 KK Parnu turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by KK Parnu's players. Forward Janis Vahter (195-86) notched 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Viljar Veski (215-86) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by center Toomas Raadik (202-90) did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) added 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Rakvere have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Loser KK Parnu keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Valga/CKE. BC Rakvere will meet at home Rapla (#4) in the next round. KK Parnu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 26+5reb, R.Raap 18+6reb+3ast, R.Karner 15+5reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 14+1reb+1ast, S.Joosep 8+4reb+2ast, K.Voolaid 7+3reb
Tarvas: J.Vahter 30+8reb+2ast, R.Hallik 18+4reb, V.Veski 17+8reb, R.Sirsnins 14+1reb+4ast, O.Metsalu 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ehte 8+4reb+2ast
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TTU/Kalev - Kalev/Cramo 69-83

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and TTU/Kalev (#5). TTU/Kalev was defeated at home 69-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 47-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo (12-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion (12-1) moved-up to second place. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Tln Kalev.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 24+8reb+3ast, K.Makke 13+2reb, A.Arnold 10+4reb, K.Akenparg 7+6reb+2ast, E.Keedus 6+4reb+4ast, M.Kaja 5+4reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 14+2reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 12+6reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 9+3reb, K.Kitsing 9+4reb+1ast, B.Fall 9+7reb+1ast, J.Toome 8+2reb
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Tartu Ulikool - Tarvas 82-71

An interesting game for Tartu Ulikool (15-2) which hosted in Tartu 3rd ranked BC Rakvere (12-5). First ranked Tartu Ulikool managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Rakvere was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Viljar Veski (215-86) scored 15 points. Tartu Ulikool maintains first position with 15-2 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play at home against Rapla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 28+9reb, V.Veski 15+2reb, V.Kriisa 10+3reb+2ast, J.Vahter 7+4reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 5+2reb, R.Sirsnins 4+4reb+3ast
Tartu Ulikool: V.Allingu 15+11reb, S.Leppik 15+3reb+1ast, M.Doronin 13+6reb+1ast, B.Amis 13+4reb, R.Veideman 13+4reb+2ast, S.Sokk 6+1reb+3ast
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Valga/CKE - Rapla 77-104

The game in Valga supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Rapla (9-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (3-15). Rapla smashed Valga/CKE 104-77 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Rapla led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Rapla forced 23 Valga/CKE turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Swingman Janar Soo (199-91) notched 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (180-93) supported him with 11 points, 8 assists and 7 steals. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) did not help to save the game for Valga/CKE. Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rapla moved-up to fourth place. Loser Valga/CKE stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Parnu. Rapla will meet at home Tln Kalev (#6) in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: V.Vares 20+6reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 18+1reb+2ast, L.Blaus 15+7reb+4ast, K.Pullisaar 7+1reb+4ast, A.Vasar 5+2reb, A.Tagamets 4+2reb+1ast
Rapla: J.Soo 38+6reb+4ast, R.Ringmets 13+5reb+2ast, R.Laane 11+3reb+8ast, S.Kaldre 11+2reb+3ast, A.Parn 10+2reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 9+4reb+1ast
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Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Valencia 3-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 2-1 
 3. VEF Riga 1-2 
 4. Gravelines 0-3 
Group J
 1. Khimky 3-0 
 2. BC Donetsk 2-1 
 3. Aris 1-2 
 4. ASVEL 0-3 
Group K
 1. Spartak SP 3-0 
 2. Banvit BK 2-1 
 3. Buducnost 1-2 
 4. Krka 0-3 
Group L
 1. Lokomotiv 2-1 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 2-1 
 3. Benetton TV 2-1 
 4. ALBA 0-3 


Tomas signs for Aris - by Uygar Karaca
Looking for a replacement after the departure of Dominic James to Partizan, Aris signed Croatian guard Ivan Tomas (193-G-81). According to sport24.gr; Coach Alexandris have stated that the team needs experienced players and Tomas would be a good replacement considering that. The older brother of Marko Tomas, who plays for Fenerbahce currently, Ivan know about Greek league from his experience with PAOK and Panellinios between 2005-2007. He made the headlines with the interesting news about his will to play for Cibona without being paid and he spent the beginning of this season at Croatia with KK Zabok. At 10 games, he made 10.1 pts and 3.2 asist average.

Eurocup Round: 3 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
CEZ Nymburk - Valencia 71-80
Valencia earned the third straight win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They defeated Nymburk in Czech Republic tonight to stay on top of Group I. Nando De Colo exploded with 32 points to lead the winners. Nymburk slipped at 2-1 record after the loss. Valencia marked their ambitions early in the game. The visitors outscored Nymburk in the first frame to enjoy a 20:12 advantage. Valencia boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Spaniards stretched the margin to as many as 15 points 45:30 at the interval. Nymburk however were not about to give up easily. The hosts went on a comeback rally in the third frame. Nymburk narrowed the deficit at just 3 points at the final intermission 56:59. But Valencia did not allow their opponents to take over completely. Nando De Colo and Niklas Caner-Medley came up for the visitors in the final frame leading Valencia to the victory. Niklas Caner-Medley and Victor Claver finished with 14 points each in the win. Chester Simmons nailed 20 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla delivered 17 points and 6 boards in the loss.

VEF Riga - Gravelines 78-61
VEF Riga resurrected their EuroCup campaign with a home win over Gravelines. The victory opened the win count for the Latvian team in Last 16 round Group I. VEF Riga improved at 1-2 record, while Gravelines fell at 0-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. VEF Riga entered the game full throttle. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the first quarter to take a 9-point lead. Gravelines slowed VEF Riga down in the second quarter. The visitors managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 38:45. VEF Riga however stressed defence after the big break and held their opponents to just 12 points in the third quarter. VEF Riga headed into the final frame up by 11 points 61:50 and made it look easy cruising to the victory at the end. Dairis Bertans accounted for 13 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters provided 9 points in the win. Ludovic Vaty and Cyril Akpomedah answered with 14 points each in the loss.

Group J
Aris - ASVEL 77-60
Ronald Davis scored 19 points as Aris toppled ASVEL at home court tonight. The win moved Aris at 1-2 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. ASVEL in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row. Aris pulled ahead early and ensured a 22:14 lead at the end of the first quarter. ASVEL reacted with a 20:13 run in the second quarter to narrow the gap at a single point 34:35. Aris stepped on the gas again in the third quarter. They knocked down 21 points and boosted the margin back to 8 points 56:48 with ten minutes remaining. ASVEL managed just 12 points in the fourth term and had to yield at the end. Dan Mavraides notched 18 points, while Dimitris Verginis added 11 points for the winners. Kim Tillie answered with 17 points and 6 boards for ASVEL. Dijon Thompson and Phil Goss had 10 points each in defeat.

Khimky - BC Donetsk 68-55
Khimky toppled visiting BC Donetsk for the third straight win in EuroCup Last 16 round Group J. The win kept Khimky undefeated in the tournament. BC Donetsk fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Kresimir Loncar knocked down 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Kresimir Loncar was the key player for Khimky in the first half. The Croatian centre scored 10 points to ensure the hosts got the upper hand in the first part of the encounter. The Russian team led by 6 points 17:11 after ten minutes but BC Donetsk managed to narrow the gap to 4 points 32:36 at the interval. But Khimky did not allow their opponent to take a sigh of relief after the big break. The home team stiffened their defence and boosted the gap to 10 points 54:44 heading into the fourth frame. BC Donetsk got within 7 points but Vitaly Fridzon and Thomas Kelati silenced the visitors and brought another win for Khimky. Zoran Planinic accounted for 16 points, while Vitaly Fridzon had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Viacheslav Kravtsov responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for BC Donetsk. Ramel Curry had 11 points in the losing effort.

Group K
Banvit BK - Buducnost 68-61
Banvit prevailed against Buducnost in Round 3 of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Turkish team celebrated their second win at this stage of the tournament. Lance Williams was instrumental in the victory scoring 21 points. Buducnost fell at 1-2 record after the loss. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Banvit enjoyed a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin a bit in the second quarter. Banvit established a 31:27 halftime advantage. The Turkish team cleared off in the third period. The hosts limited Buducnost to 9 points in the quarter and ensured a 17-point margin heading into the fourth quarter. The Montenegrin side went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame scoring 25 points but Banvit hang on to escape with the win at the end. Charles Davis finished with 12 points, while Serkan Erdogan added 10 in the victory. Bojan Dubljevic and Cedomir Vitkovac answered with 14 points each for Buducnost.

Krka - Spartak SP 68-81
Spartak SP extended their winning run in EuroCup season. The Russian powerhouse registered the third straight win in Last 16 round and stayed undefeated at the tournament. Loukas Mavrokefalidis scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Krka fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Spartak felt like home in Slovenia tonight. The visitors quickly pulled ahead and established a 20:13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Russian team maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Spartak built a 39:28 halftime advantage. The Saint Petersburg team controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 13-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Krka never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Patrick Beverley finished with 13 points, while Vladimir Dragicevic added 12 points in the victory. Smiljan Pavic top-scored with 15 points for Krka. Afik Nissim, Zoran Dragic and Jure Balazic came up with 11 points each.

Group L
Lietuvos rytas - ALBA 86-75
Lietuvos Rytas posted the second win in EuroCup Group L. They held off visiting ALBA Berlin to join Benetton and Lokomotiv Kuban on top of the standings at 2-1 record. Aleksandar Rasic led the hosts with 16 points. ALBA suffered the third loss in a row and practically dropped out of the race for the playoffs. Lietuvos Rytas surged ahead in the first frame and recorded a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But ALBA bounced back in the second quarter. The visitors outscored Lietuvos Rytas to narrow the margin at just 2 points at halftime 38:40. ALBA finally pulled ahead in the third frame. The German team eked out a narrow 63:59 advantage before the final frame. However the gap proved insufficient for the visitors. Lietuvos Rytas adjusted their offence and poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to turn out winners. Mindaugas Katelynas knocked down 13 points, while Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the home team. Derrick Allen answered with 16 points for ALBA. DaShaun Wood finished with 14 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv - Benetton TV 70-71
Benetton executed a stunning comeback in the last minutes of the road game against Lokomotiv to clinch the second win in EuroCup Group L. Jobey Thomas drained a three-pointer late in regulation to seal the victory for the Italian team. Benetton thus caught up with Lokomotiv Kuban at 2-1 record in the ladder. Jobey Thomas top-scored for Benetton with 22 points. Lokomotiv opened the game confidently. The hosts piled up a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter as Lokomotiv kept their opponents at distance. However Benetton went out of the dressing room a different team. The visitors limited Lokomotiv to 10 points in the third period posting a 2-point lead before the fourth frame. Lokomotiv quickly regained the lead but Benetton went on a stunning rally capped by a three-pointer from Jobey Thomas and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Sani Becirovic posted 17 points, while Vlad Moldoveanu and Benjamin Ortner had 12 points each in the win. Ali Traore answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. K.C. Rivers finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.



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Reeves Nelson leaves Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas decided to split ways with Reeves Nelson (204-F-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: UCLA). The Kaunas team released the player. Reeves Nelson joined Zalgiris in December. It was the first pro contract for the player. The forward averaged 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in VTB League. In Euroleague Reeves Nelson posted 4.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance. The forward also tallied 4.4 points, 3.7 rebounds in LKL. Reeves Nelson started the season in NCAA. He played for UCLA. The forward notched 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bruins.


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EuroCup: VEF Riga back in business after win over Gravelines - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Gravelines 78:61

VEF Riga resurrected their EuroCup campaign with a home win over Gravelines. The victory opened the win count for the Latvian team in Last 16 round Group I. VEF Riga improved at 1-2 record, while Gravelines fell at 0-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
VEF Riga entered the game full throttle. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the first quarter to take a 9-point lead. Gravelines slowed VEF Riga down in the second quarter. The visitors managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 38:45. VEF Riga however stressed defence after the big break and held their opponents to just 12 points in the third quarter. VEF Riga headed into the final frame up by 11 points 61:50 and made it look easy cruising to the victory at the end. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) accounted for 13 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) provided 9 points in the win. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) and Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) answered with 14 points each in the loss.

VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 23, Dairis Bertans 13, Sandis Valters 9
Gravelines: Ludovic Vaty 14, Cyril Akpomedah 14



EuroCup: Aris hold off ASVEL - by Eurobasket News
Aris - ASVEL 77:60

Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 19 points as Aris toppled ASVEL at home court tonight. The win moved Aris at 1-2 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. ASVEL in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row.
Aris pulled ahead early and ensured a 22:14 lead at the end of the first quarter. ASVEL reacted with a 20:13 run in the second quarter to narrow the gap at a single point 34:35. Aris stepped on the gas again in the third quarter. They knocked down 21 points and boosted the margin back to 8 points 56:48 with ten minutes remaining. ASVEL managed just 12 points in the fourth term and had to yield at the end. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton) notched 18 points, while Dimitris Verginis (193-G-87, agency: FCM) added 11 points for the winners. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) answered with 17 points and 6 boards for ASVEL. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) had 10 points each in defeat.

Aris: Ronald Davis 19, Dan Mavraides 18, Dimitris Verginis 11
ASVEL: Kim Tillie 17, Dijon Thompson 10, Phil Goss 10



Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 16-3 
 2. Limoges 15-4 
 3. Chalons-Reims 13-6 
 4. Fos Ouest 13-6 
 5. Maurienne 11-8 
 6. Bordeaux 11-8 
 7. Lille 11-8 
 8. St Vallier 10-9 
 9. Boulogne 10-9 
 10. Nantes 9-10 
 11. Bourg 9-10 
 12. Evreux 8-11 
 13. Le Portel 8-12 
 14. Denain 8-12 
 15. Antibes 7-12 
 16. Rouen 6-13 
 17. Quimper 4-15 
 18. Vichy 3-16 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


ASVEL signs Dimitris Haritopoulos - by Eurobasket News
Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-F/C-83, agency: FCM) is a new member of ASVEL. The Greek big guy left Marousi Athens yesterday. Haritopoulos appeared 14 times in Greek league this season averaging 12.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. He spent last season with Marousi as well. At that time he had 7.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 29 games. Before Marousi, Dimitris Haritopoulos played one season for Panionios Athens. There he had 4.6 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 27 games. From 2006 to 2009, Haritopoulos was a member of PAOK Thessaloniki. He also has experience from Aris. In 2005, Haritopoulos played for the Greek NT at Mediterranean Games.

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Latest Superleague transactions - by Eurobasket News
Lirija reinforced its roster recently with five new players. The team landed Dime Tasovski (200-F-80), Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80), Maurice Carter (183-G-83, college: Robert Morris), Ivan Sazdov (180-G-83) and Sazan Ibraimaj. All of them played last weekend in Round 17 of the FYROM Superleague. Lirija outplayed Rabotnicki 94-74.
Rabotnicki penned a deal with Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency). He also made a debut last weekend in a game against Lirija.
Kozuv added three new players. The new members of the team are Mario Hasanov (198-F-86), Slobodanco Hadzivasilev (208-C-81) and Petre Cvetkov.
Also Vardar signed a new player. It is Igor Ivanovic.


Reynolds number one in FYR Macedonia for round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Torus Skopje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Feni Indistrija (#1, 13-2) 77-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Torus Skopje maintains the 3rd position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Torus Skopje will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Reynolds turned to be Torus Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi star has very solid stats this year. Reynolds is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.9rpg) and averages impressive 54.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Montenegrin Miko Golubovic (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Kozuv. Golubovic had a very good evening with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Kozuv cruised to a 91-80 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Vardar (#7, 4-11). Kozuv's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Kozuv managed to get this year. Golubovic is a newcomer at Kozuv, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo (#6). Lukovic scored 24 points. He was a key player of Kumanovo, leading his team to a 129-64 easy win against the lower-ranked ABA Strumica (#9, 2-14). The chances of Kumanovo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lukovic could help Kumanovo to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Lukovic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Feni Indistrija - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo - 22 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79) of Rabotnicki - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Lirija - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marjan Mladenovic (180-G-88) of Kumanovo - 4 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80) of Kozuv - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Aleksandar Stefanovski (200-G/F-87) of Vardar - 22 points and 5 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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Pascal Roller Dunks One Last Time as The Fraport Skyliners Overcome The Pascal Roller Allstars 85-80 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the BCM training facility, it is never rare to see a bunch of Fraport Skyliner players practicing each day working on how they will beat their next opponent and seeing people of all ages going after a basketball. However once in a while, there are special occasions where the ultimate best enter the gym like in the last years with the German national team, NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki or ex NBA players like Alex Acker, Marcus Brown, Marcus Fizer, Charles Smith, Mario Kasun or current NBA players like Carlos Arroyo, Jon Leuer, Lavoy Allen or Justin Harper. With the Pascal Roller (180-G-76) farewell game that was held on January 28th, the Skyliner legend invited back some of his ex teammates like Stefano Garris, Jukka Matinen, Dennis Wucherer, Robert Maris or Gerrit Terdenge to battle on the court. The BCM court may not be as big as the Fraport arena, but there is a special aura in the building that gives the impression that extra ordinary players have stepped on the court for years. The BCM brings back special memories. I have left a lot of sweat and tears on this court. I always enjoyed practicing here and have only positive memories, expressed current KTP Basket Kotka forward Jukka Matinen. Nino Garris who will always cherish the ad he did on top of the Deutsche Bank tower in 2005 with Pascal Roller (180-G-76) also will never forget the BCM. This is one of the best gyms in Europe. Every team wants a facility like this. I was lucky to be able to work in this building for three years, added Nino Garris. For rookie Michael Thompson, the BCM is like a candy shop, becuas eits always open. This place is always open, and there are so many rims that one can always shoot. I like to be here in my free time working on my shooting and ball handling. I have the luxury to be able to walk here, stressed Michael Thompson.

Pascal Roller (180-G-76) played 11 seasons in Frankfurt playing 406 Beko BBL games amassing 4,021 points, winning the cup in 2000 and German championship in 2004, reaching the Beko BBL final in 2005 and 2010 and strapping on the German national jersey 122 times. The Pascal Roller (180-G-76) Allstars gave a spirited performance, but in the end were unable to get by the Fraport Skyliners who won 85-80. The game consisted of three quarters with 11 minutes each and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) even kidnapped Jimmy Mckinney and Marius Nolte for his team in the second and third quarters. Skyliner Justin Gray was unable to participate, but had had the chance to play against Roller some years ago in a test game as he was playing in Belgium and between taking snap shots of his son found some time to reflect on the ex German national player. I have gotten to know Pascal this season. Our kids play together. Pascal is a genuine good person and just wants that everything works well for everyone. As a player, he was a leader, a very good player that you could always count on. He was a very special player and it was good to have this tribute for him, added Justin Gray. Even though the game didnt count for anything except for memories down the road, players on both teams had only thumbs up about the 33 minute game. This game was a lot of fun.For the guys who arent playing anymore, this was a game for fun, but we still had the competitive feeling on the court, added 2005 European championships Silver medalist winner Nino Garris. For Skyliner Devin Gibson who is used to the competitive NCAA and now Beko BBL enjoyed this different kind of game. This was like any other game in that we had fun. It was fun playing against the old Skyliners. We had to give our best to win. We made plays at the end when we needed to, added Texas native Devin Gibson. This was a lot of fun. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) paved the way for young guys like me, explained Michael Thompson.

Even though the farewell game for Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was not played in the Fraport arena, the atmosphere felt very much like any other game day in the main arena. Mascots Dunking Kong and Rookie were on hand as well as Sky girl who was back again after a longer absence. Both teams were very much relaxed in the pregame shooting. The Fraport Skyliners were back from a six day holiday and didnt seem rusty at all. Ex teammates Robert Maris and Jukka Matinen who won the 2004 Beko BBL title were having a chilled conversation on the bench while Domonic Bahiense De Mello who played with Roller from 2005-2011 was also on hand getting the day off from EWE Baskest Oldenburg head coach Predrag Krunich. Beko BBL boss Jan Pommer was also on hand to watch the last game of Pascal Roller (180-G-76) as was German basketball federation boss Ingo Weiss. The Fraport Skyliners fan club Skybembels also had a gift for the ex captain and made him an honorary member of the fan club. When the game then finally did start, it was the Pascal Roller (180-G-76) Allstars who got on the score board first with a lay in from Robert Maras. However the Fraport Skyliners didnt leave their energy on the plane, but quickly bounced back with a 14-0 run to lead 14-2. Jimmy Mckinney, Michael Thompson and Jacob Burtschi nailed three three pointers, Jermareo Davidson scored inside and Thompson connected again from down town. Maris continued to be the only scoring option scoring inside too more times including a fancy pick and roll with Roller. Frankfurt continued to shoot very well as Mckinney dropped two three pointers and German national player Tim Ohlbrecht made a tip as Frankfurt led 24-10. However the Pascal Roller (180-G-76) allstars started a come back in the last minutes closing out the first quarter with a 12-5 run to trail only 29-22 after 11 minutes. The Roller allstars got needed points inside as ex Giessen 46er Gerrit Terdenge scored, 2000 cup winner Robin Grey and Garris got their team back. Nino Garris closed out the first quarter with a crushing dunk that might have gotten a slight twitch and grin from Quantez Robertson. A enjoyable thing to see was dunking kong playing with the son of Justin Gray during a time out and trying to show him how to throw a free throw.

The Fraport Skyliners started the second quarter with a bang going on a 6-0 run to lead 34-22. Thompson snuck inside for a bucket as did Davidson including making a jumper. The game was very entertaining for the fans even if the word defense was about as distant for the players as is the word poverty for Paris Hilton. Both teams were playing a lax zone defense. Mckinney now swapped jerseys joining the Roller team. The roller allstars continued to stay in the game going on a 5-0 run as Roller hit his first three pointer of the game and current FC Bayern Munich assistant coach Dennis Wucherer scored inside showing his still present aggressiveness as they trailed 35-29. The Roller allstars continued to scrap there way back cutting the Frankfurt lead to 43-41 getting big three pointers from Mckinney and Matinen. Wucherer showed again that he still has a quick first step tip toeing past Davidson on the base line and scoring. Two consecutive Davidson jumpers didnt faze the Roller allstars as Roller took the command into his own hands as he did so often in his long career tying the score at 47-47 with a bomb from outside. As quickly as Roller tied the score, Frankfurt was able to escape on a 5-o run to lead 52-47 as Johannes Herber hit a long distance three and Davison made a left handed dunk. We had problems with their press defense, stated Gerrit Terdenge. Garris who had gained 20 kilos and lost them again as he started to play in the Regionaliga looked very much in game shape nailing a step back jumper over Paderboen native Marius nOlte. After Mckinney and Ohlbrecht traded dunks, it was De Mello that connected on a three pointer to tie the score at 54-54. After a Nolte free throw, Garris closed out the third quarter with a fade away jumper as the Pascal Roller (180-G-76) allstars led 56-55.

The team battery of the Pascal Roller (180-G-76) allstars seemed to run out in the third quarter as the Fraport Skyliners quickly jumped on them going on a 19-4 run to lead 74-60. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte changed teams going to the Roller allstars. Thompson started the run with an open three pointer. Davidson scored inside which was followed by two consecutive lay ins by Ohlbrecht. De Mello kept the score from getting too much out of hand getting two lay ins as Frankfurt led only 66-60. However the Fraport Skyliners reeled off a lightening 8-0 run to make the score 74-60 as Robertson found his touch from outside with two three pointers and Thompson scored inside. Despite time running out the energy of the Pascal Roller (180-G-76) allstars seeming to run out, they still gave all they had even if the two traded players Mckinney and Nolte gave the needed production with the allstars trailing only 77-69. It seemed like Robertson may have sealed the game with another three pointer 80-68, but it was Roller who answered back with a timely three pointer cutting the Frankfurt lead to only 80-71. Thompson then hit another three pointer as Frankfurt led 83-71. The allstars seemed to save their best for last starting a last comeback as Garris hit a big three pointer and Wucherer made an ally-op lay in off a nice feed from Garris as the Roller allstars trailed only 85-78. With less than a minute to play, Roller scored his last bucket with a cute dunk with a body assist from Marius Nolte. Roller was quick to point out after the game that that was not his first dunk ever. I once dunked twice in a game, smiled Pascal Roller (180-G-76). The Roller dunk was great. A teammate helping out another teammate, said Devin Gibson. The game ended with Roller dribbling the ball and sporting his so likeable million euro smile as the classic Whitney Houston ballad One moment in time was being played in the BCM with one or the other fan displaying a tear. No teams showed defense in this game, because it was for fun. We got the necessary defensive rebounds at the end and hit three pointers which got us the win, stressed Michael Thompson. The Skyliners could have won by more, but it was nice that they kept the game close at the end. The key was their three pointers, added Jukka Matinen.

The Fraport Sklyiners were led by Michael Thompson with 18 points. Jermareo Davidson added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Quantez Robertson contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Tim Ohlbrecht produced 10 points and eight rebounds. The Pascal Roller (180-G-76) allstars were led by Stefano Garris and Dennis Wucherer with 13 points a piece. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) added 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. It was a great evening for the fans and the proceeds of the night were given to the project Basketball macht schule. After the game, Roller had cameras and lights in his face one more time and his big smile accompanying his last steps on the BCM floor. I was a little nervous at the start, because it had been a while since my last game. It was nice seeing that some of my ex teammates are still in good form. I had fun and so did the fans, expressed Pascal Roller (180-G-76). The Fraport Skyliners go back to work on Febraury 4th in Ludwigsburg.




EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas edge ALBA in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - ALBA 86:75

Lietuvos Rytas posted the second win in EuroCup Group L. They held off visiting ALBA Berlin to join Benetton and Lokomotiv Kuban on top of the standings at 2-1 record. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 16 points. ALBA suffered the third loss in a row and practically dropped out of the race for the playoffs.
Lietuvos Rytas surged ahead in the first frame and recorded a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But ALBA bounced back in the second quarter. The visitors outscored Lietuvos Rytas to narrow the margin at just 2 points at halftime 38:40. ALBA finally pulled ahead in the third frame. The German team eked out a narrow 63:59 advantage before the final frame. However the gap proved insufficient for the visitors. Lietuvos Rytas adjusted their offence and poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to turn out winners. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) knocked down 13 points, while Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the home team. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 16 points for ALBA. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Aleksandar Rasic 16, Mindaugas Katelynas 13, Jonas Valanciunas 12
ALBA: Derrick Allen 16, DaShaun Wood 14



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons fire past Antwerp - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons - Antwerp Giants 81:71

Artland Dragons celebrated the fourth straight win in EuroChallenge Group L. They held off visiting Antwerp to keep their record spotless. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. The Giants slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Dragons eked out a17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But the German team speeded things up in the second frame. The Dragons poured in 24 points to take an 11-point halftime advantage. Antwerp tried to return into the game as they narrowed the margin to 8 points at the end of the third frame. Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) put the Belgian team within 5 points early in the fourth quarter but Artland answered with six unanswered points and ran away for good. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) finished with 16 points, while David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) had 11 points in the victory. Michael Roll responded with 15 points for Antwerp. Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) registered 13 points in defeat.

Artland Dragons: Nathan Peavy 21, Anthony King 16, David Holston 11
Antwerp Giants: Michael Roll 15, Timothy Black 13



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) BBC Bayreuth Was Unable To Keep Up The Intensity Or Pace For 40 Minutes With Such A Short Rotation - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket after the 74-52 win against BBC Bayreuth

congrats on the 74-52 win against BBC Bayreuth. ratiopharm Ulm is 5-0 in new arena. Do you feel the team gets a bit stronger with each home game?

We have had great fan support each game this season, they continue to sell out the arena to come see us and that makes for a great atmosphere. We are trying to build each game till the end of the season and we took a step last night against Bayreuth.

You kept BBC Bayreuth to 15 points in the second and third quarters. What was the biggest strength defensively in these 20 minutes?

To be honest they were undermanned this game with some injuries and I dont think that they could keep the intensity or pace for 40 minutes with such a short rotation.

ratiopharm Ulm kept Osvaldo Jenaty and Beckham Wyrick combined to 4/23 shooting. Not many teams can do this. How key was this in win?

With a short bench for the game we knew that a few guys could hurt us if they got hot, I think we did a decent job of making them take tough shots.

Ratiopharm Ulm has so many weapons, but who was the unsung hero yesterday on the floor for your team?

I think that Per Gunther gave us a big lift knocking down some outside shots when no one else could throw it in the ocean.

Are you surprised how tight the Southwest division is with the Spurs and co teams?

Not really, seems like every 3rd game there is a drop in performance and teams lose a game you dont think they should.

The Atlantic division is weak. Will the Celtics be able to compete with the 76ers this season for that title?

They have looked older and slower this season, the 76ers are younger and have improved from last season.

What is always the worst thing when waiting 2 weeks for the Super Bowl to commence?

No games to watch this Sunday.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Warrior, great movie.

Thanks Dane for the chat.




Ex Ilian Evtimov Teammate Jordan Collins Back In Germany With The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A club Mitteldeutscher BC have gotten help on the center position with Jordan Collins (208-PF-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and given him a contract until the end of the season. Collins is a 29 year old 208 cm center from Hyattsville,Maryland. This season, he played with Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus) but left in November 2011. Collins is a basketball European traveler having played in countries like Cyprus, Switzerland, Holland and Germany. The American played at North Carolina State from 2002-2005 where he was a teammate of ex Skyliner Ilian Evtimov. In his senior year, he played : 32 games: 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 26ast, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50%, 3Pts: 46.2%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for Doug Spradley in the Beko BBL playing 34 games: 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 32.1%, FT: 64.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for Sdent BBC Nyon (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 22 games: 15.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 66.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 14.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg, then moved to West-Brabant Giants Bergen op Zoom (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 82.4%. In 2009-2010, he played for World Class Aviation Academy Giants (Holland-Eredivisie): 40 games: 9.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 76.4%. Last season, he played for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 15 games: 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 77.4%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been ACC Tournament Finalist -03, AC Regular Season Runner-Up -04, ACC Tournament Semifinals -04, 05, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 -05, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention -08, Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals -09, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -10, Dutch Cup Semifinals -10, and Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention -11. Collins will give his debut this weekend against Leitershofen.



Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) When The Goettingen Fans Are Around, Its Going To Be Loud - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 246year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. In 2007-2008, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. He played at BG Goettingen from 2008-2011 winning the Eurochallenge in 2010. He is playing his first season with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. He spoke to eurobasket following the 63-53 win in Goettingen

Congrats on the 63-53 win in Goettingen. What was your impression of the Sparkassen arena. It isnt the Lokhalle, but I can imagine that it was loud.

Yeah if there is one thing I know, it's that when the Gottingen fans are around it's going to be loud. I didn't have the 'coming home' feeling because, like you said, the Sparkasse Arena is not the Lokhalle. I don't think I've ever been in any other arena that compares.

BG Goettingen had the 11-9 lead after 10 minutes. Is it hard getting used to these type of lacrosse scores after a quarter that Wurzburg has been having recently?

The week without a game definitely showed. Both teams were a little rusty on offense in the beginning and it didn't help that both teams were working very hard on defense.


The game was tight going into the fourth quarter. what was key in getting the win in Goettingen?


We hit some big shots down the stretch and got some key stops. Ivan Elliot carried us for the majority of the game, but Chester Frazier and John Little really stepped it up late.


Jermaine Bucknor has joined the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. You played against him last season. What has been your impression of his game?

He's a very smart player and hard worker. He can be a great asset on both offense and defense once he understands our system a little bit better.

Ivan Elliot had a huge game with 25 points. How potent will Elliot/Bucknor be at the four position?

With both guys being so versatile on offense and defense it's going to force defenders to play defensive positions they don't want to. Which, if utilized properly, should free up everyone else in the process

Carmelo Anthony will sit out next two games including game against the Miami Heat. He said that all the funk is taking a toll on his game. Are we going to see more players sit out games due to the tough schedule?

On the years where I played internationally in the Eurochallenge and Eurocup we traveled as far as Russia and had 2-3 games a week. And that was only for 3-4 months. I couldn't imagine the toll this NBA season is going to take on their bodies. I hope that's not the case, but can't imagine guys' bodies holding up that long with that kind of schedule.


Where would a 4th Super Bowl ring place Tom Brady with the alltime greats and where would you rate a Eli Manning if he got his second ring?

The Patriots are going to lose so it's no point in discussing where Brady would end up. I think the better question is whether or not Eli would go down as a better QB than Peyton when he gets #2?

What Super bowl commercial needs to be made that hasnt been made yet?

I would like to see a apollokidz commercial

Thanks Jason for the chat.



EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils edged EWE Baskets in the top game of Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-EWE Baskets 74:61

BK Ventspils edged EWE Baskets in the top game of Round 4 of EuroChallenge to tie both records at 2-2 in Group I. The Baltic State won 74:61 in Latvia.
The German team took early 6-1 run and led 11:8 midawy through the opening period. The hosts from Latvia pushed the tempo later in the frame and Abernethy scored for 19:13 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) scored for 27:19 and Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) brought 31:22. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers at 33:28. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Ventspils produced a 25-15 surge to take 58:43 after thirty minutes. Steven Gray later closed a 7-0 run for 67:52 and Abernethy brought 72:59. The latter also made the last two free throws in the game for the final success.
Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Steven Gray netted 14. Martins Meiers and Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) followed them with 11 points each in a win.Bobby Brown finished the night with 21 points for the visiting side and Adam Chubb collected 18 points and 11 caroms.

BK Ventspils: Jahmar Young 18, Steven Gray 14, Martins Meiers 11, Ronalds Zakis 11
EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) 21, Adam Chubb 18+11 rebs




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Eurocup - Last 16: Aris - Asvel 77-60! - by Chris Mammides
with a great performance from the Greek American Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton) in his best game since he arrived in Greece wearing the yellow jersey of Aris, the team of Coach Alexandris beat the French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket with 17 points difference with more or less half of his team members as Tsartsaris was injured and didn't play Tapoutos was injured and didn't play while Dominic James is off the team, so with the three key elements off the team the leading figures changed and Davis, Mavraides, Verginis and Muldrow took over and lead the team of Thessalonikis into a great victory and with very good difference as the 17 points is a solis difference for the repeat game of next Tuesday.

In regards to the game now, the hoem team started quite aggressively no matter if the 'big guns' of the team were off the court, with Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) in the leading role and Mavraides following, Aris took an early lead of ten points to finally close the first period with 22-14.

In the second period, the difference was increased to 12 points (31-19) 7.08' before the end of the first quarter but right after the time out of the French head Coach Pierre Vincent, a great come back took place and the French with Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) in the leading role succeed an amasing 0-13 and brough the game to 31-32, 3.37' before the end of the first half. From then and on the two teams were going basket to basket for the first half to end with one point for Aris 35-34.

The 3rd period, started with a balance game before a three pointer comes from Eleftherios Bochoridis (194-G-94) to give a 6 points lead to Aris. Davis and Verginis scored 5 unanswered points and the score went to double digits 50-40 and 4.59' before the end of the third quarter. The French with Kim Tillie (210-F-88, college: Utah) were able to cut the deficit to 8 with the end of the third quarter 56-48.


The fourth period found the French with Paul Lacombe (194-G-90) to cut the deficit to just 4 points (56-52) but from then and on and the remaining nine minutes, the French players of Asvel scored only eight points for the remaining 9.17' and that was the stepping stone of tehir 'tough' defeat. Aris scored 21 points in the last 9.17' whiel due to the solid defence of Mavraides and Muldrow the French scored only 8 points.

MVP of the game was Dan Mavraides with 18 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists while from a colse distance was the American Ronald Davies with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Verginis scored 11 points, Kerusch 8 while Muldrow scored 6 points but he dashed down 11 rebounds and gave 2 block shots in the most crucial period.

Asvel: Kim Tillie 17, Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) 10, Thompson 10





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Szolnoks wins in Eurochallenge Cup - by Balazs Radics
SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - ELAN-CHALON (francia) 90-81 (13-22, 30-18, 19-21, 28-20)
Szolnok, 1500 Att.. Ref: Giansanti (ITA), Demetriu (CYP), Dodds (SCO)
SZOLNOK: Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 18/9, Horvath A. 15/6, Mills 8, Nikolov 13, Bader 6. sub: Fodor M. 6/6, Gay 18/12, Grebenar 2, Trepak 2, Soos 2
CHALON: Tchicamboud 5, Delaney 10/3, Schilb 20, Aminu 15, Evtimov 13/9. sub: Lauvergne, Baptiste-Adolphe 13, Lang 5/3, Smith, Aboudou.
score. 2. min.: 4-5. 6. m.: 5-16. 9. m.: 5-20. 13. m.: 20-22. 18. m.: 34-35. 20. m.: 38-37. 24. m.: 53-42. 26. m.: 53-50. 28. m.: 60-50. 35. m.: 75-64. 38. m.: 83-68. 40. m.: 85-79.



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D1 Round 13: Breidablik is upset by Hamar - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Breidablik (7-6) and fourth ranked Hamar (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Breidablik was crushed by Hamar in Hamar 77-57. The game was mostly controlled by Hamar. Breidablik managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamar moved-up to third place. Breidablik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Hamar are looking forward to face FSU (#8) in Selfoss in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Breidablik will play against IG (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Egilsstadir was also quite interesting. 5th ranked IA (6-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Hottur (6-6). Hottur defeated IA 75-65 on Thursday. Hottur moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated IA. Hottur will meet bottom-ranked Armann (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. IA will play against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur (#2) in Borgarnes and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 13 Thor AK defeated IG in Akureyri 99-81. Skallagrimur beat FSU at home 101-83.



IG - Thor AK 81-99

There was no surprise when 9th ranked IG (4-9) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Thor AK (5-7) 99-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Thor AK. IG managed to win third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thor AK have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 5-7 record. IG lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with FSU. Thor AK will meet at home league's leader KFI in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IG will play against Breidablik (#4) in Kopavogur and hope to secure a win.
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Hottur - IA 75-65

The game in Egilsstadir was also quite interesting. 5th ranked IA (6-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Hottur (6-6). Hottur defeated IA 75-65 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hottur moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated IA. Hottur will meet bottom-ranked Armann (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. IA will play against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur (#2) in Borgarnes and hope to secure a win.
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Hamar - Breidablik 77-57

The game between third ranked Breidablik (7-6) and fourth ranked Hamar (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Breidablik was crushed by Hamar in Hamar 77-57. The game was mostly controlled by Hamar. Breidablik managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamar moved-up to third place. Breidablik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Hamar are looking forward to face FSU (#8) in Selfoss in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Breidablik will play against IG (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
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KFI - Armann 20-0

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Skallagrimur - FSU 101-83

No shocking result in a game in Borgarnes where second ranked Skallagrimur (9-3) defeated 8th ranked FSU (4-9) 101-83 on Friday. The game without a history. Skallagrimur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Skallagrimur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record having six points less than leader KFI. Loser FSU keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with IG. Skallagrimur will meet IA (#5) in the next round. FSU will play against Hamar and hope to secure a win.
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Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 13-1 
 2. Skallagrimur 9-3 
 3. Hamar 7-5 
 4. Breidablik 7-6 
 5. IA 6-6 
 6. Hottur 6-6 
 7. Thor AK 5-7 
 8. FSU 4-9 
 9. IG 4-9 
 10. Armann 2-11 


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NBL Round 21: No surprise as #1 Satria Muda defeats Muba Hangtuah - by Eurobasket News
NBL top team - Satria Muda (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (7-6) in Pandang 67-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Muba Hangtuah. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Muba Hangtuah managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda forced 19 Muba Hangtuah turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Muba Hangtuah helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Welyanson Situmorang (188-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Ary Sapto (188-80) with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Muba Hangtuah's coach Nathaniel Canson rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda maintains first place with 12-1 record. Muba Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Stadium Jak.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fifth ranked CLS Knights (9-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (3-11) by 21 points 79-58, which is the biggest margin this round. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Tony Agus accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Garuda. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. CLS Knights will play against Stadium Jakarta (#6) on the road in the next round. Comfort Mobile will play against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 21 Pacific Caesar won against NSH GMC Riau on the opponent's court 67-62. Aspac managed to outperform Stadium Jak. in a home game 84-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 14 rebounds by Eko Sasmito of Pacific Caesar.



NSH GMC Riau - Pacific Caesar 62-67

Rather expected game when 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-12) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (4-9) 67-62. It looked good early as NSH GMC Riau took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pacific Caesar had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and NSH GMC Riau was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-67. Pacific Caesar forced 24 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Strangely NSH GMC Riau outrebounded Pacific Caesar 48-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Center Eko Sasmito (188-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and forward Gege Nagata (185-88) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. Center Max Yanto (215-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Febriyan (194-87) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for NSH GMC Riau in the defeat. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pacific Caesar maintains ninth place with 4-9 record. NSH GMC Riau lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 23+14reb+1ast, G.Nagata 20+5reb, M.Fauzia 7+1reb+2ast, D.Galih 7+7reb+7ast, H.Listiyono 5+3reb+1ast, H.Saputro 3+3ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 13+12reb, R.Febriyan 10+10reb+2ast, R.Israelli 9+8reb+3ast, S.Agustinus 7+1reb+1ast, M.Yesyurun 6+2reb, B.Damanik 6+5reb+1ast
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Muba Hangtuah - Satria Muda 56-67

NBL top team - Satria Muda (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (7-6) in Pandang 67-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Muba Hangtuah. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Muba Hangtuah managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda forced 19 Muba Hangtuah turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Muba Hangtuah helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Welyanson Situmorang (188-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Ary Sapto (188-80) with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Mei Joni (188-89) scored 11 points. Muba Hangtuah's coach Nathaniel Canson rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda maintains first place with 12-1 record. Muba Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Stadium Jak.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: V.Michel 13+3reb+4ast, W.Situmorang 12+13reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 12+8reb+1ast, B.Siregar 10+5reb, A.Wisnu 8+5reb, F.Julius Ahmad 6+1reb+3ast
Muba Hangtuah: M.Joni 11+3reb+1ast, A.Sapto 11+8reb+2ast, A.Sigar 8+2reb+2ast, T.Wilopo 7+2reb+3ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 6+7reb+2ast, H.Hardianus 5+5reb+2ast
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Aspac - Stadium Jak. 84-67

Rather predictable result when second ranked Aspac (11-2) defeated at home 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (7-6) 84-67. The game without a history. Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 38. Aspac forced 25 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 55-34 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-89) accounted for 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Aspac players scored in double figures. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) came up with 24 points and forward Daniel Iskandar (190-71) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Stadium Jakarta in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-2 record behind leader Satria Muda. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Muba Hangtuah. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Comfort Mobile.
Top scorers:
Aspac: R.Effendi 18+2reb, P.Regowo 18+19reb, O.Wira Sanjaya 15+6reb+5ast, D.Gerungan 13+8reb+4ast, I.Thoyib 8+6reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 6+2reb+1ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 24+4reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 10+6reb+5ast, F.Budianto 7+1reb, R.Ariestedes 7+9reb, D.Leonardo 6+2reb+2ast, A.Arifin 4+1reb
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CLS Knights - Comfort Mobile 79-58

Fifth ranked CLS Knights (9-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (3-11) by 21 points 79-58, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Comfort Mobile was better in fourth quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights forced 28 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Comfort Mobile was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Tony Agus (191-86) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) added 9 points and 4 steals respectively for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Garuda. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. CLS Knights will play against Stadium Jakarta (#6) on the road in the next round. Comfort Mobile will play against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: A.Ekayana 16+9reb+1ast, S.Febiansyakh 12+5reb+2ast, T.Agus 11+7reb+1ast, D.Haryoko 6+2reb+1ast, F.Freddy 6+4reb+1ast, R.Utomo 6+2reb+1ast
Comfort Mobile: A.Sabara 19+7reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 9+1reb+3ast, R.Rudini 6+4reb, R.Ongkowijoyo 5+2reb, H.Herlusdityo 5+3reb, H.Kurniawan 4+3reb+1ast
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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 16: Hod Hasharon defeats Kiryat Tivon in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the National League took place in Hod Hasharon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Kiryat Tivon (8-8) to seventh ranked Hod Hasharon (8-8) 77-75 in the game for the fifth place. Kiryat Tivon cut a 21-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) who added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. Hod Hasharon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Kiryat Tivon. Kiryat Tivon lost third consecutive game. Hod Hasharon is looking forward to face league's leader Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Yavne. 3rd ranked host Elitzur Yavne (11-5) lost to first ranked Beer Yaakov (14-2) 91-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. The winners were led by American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds and Jermaine Hall supported him with 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. Beer Yaakov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Beer Yaakov will play against Hod Hasharon (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nes Ziyona was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (7-8). Hapoel Tel-Aviv defeated Ironi Nes-Ziona 70-58 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. Curtis Kelly fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Tal Michael Dunne produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet at home Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Nahariya. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-9) to ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-9) 73-72 in the fight for the eighth place. It was a very good performance for Mark Dawson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to eighth place. Ironi Nahariya lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Ramla where 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-10) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-11) 88-84 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Marshall Moses who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Kfar Saba maintains thirteenth position with 5-11 record. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba will face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 16 Hapoel Afula won against Hapoel Y/M on the opponent's court 83-70. Ironi Ramat Gan outscored Lev Hasharon in a home game 88-68.



Elitzur Yavne - Macc.B.Yaakov 86-91

The game between Top Four teams took place in Yavne. 3rd ranked host Elitzur Yavne (11-5) lost to first ranked Beer Yaakov (14-2) 91-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 28-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Beer Yaakov shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The winners were led by American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) supported him with 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) added 22 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Beer Yaakov will play against Hod Hasharon (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 23+5reb+2ast, E.Hofman 22+7reb+3ast, K.Wilson 20+12reb+1ast, N.Golan 11+1reb+4ast, Z.Volfer 6+8reb+3ast, E.Engel 2+2reb+3ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 32+12reb+2ast, J.Hall 22+12reb+2ast, I.Simin 14+3reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 13+2reb+12ast, C.Watson 6+2reb+1ast, I.Buchman 4+3reb
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Hapoel Y/M - Hapoel Afula 70-83

Very expected game when 14th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (4-12) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Hapoel Afula (10-6) 83-70 on Tuesday. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Afula especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) who added 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel Afula maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Loser Hapoel Yokneam/Megido stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Lev Hasharon (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: R.Turner 26+9reb+1ast, T.Sanders 10+7reb+3ast, I.Eiram 8+4reb+2ast, H.Barbi 7+3reb, Z.Ben-Zvi 7+2reb+6ast, O.Ida 6+2reb+1ast
Hapoel Afula: R.LeMelle 22+7reb+1ast, E.Eliyah 13+6reb+3ast, G.Thondique 12+10reb+5ast, O.Blayzer 12+3reb, Y.Deri 9+5ast, H.Shifman 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 145298


Ironi Ramat Gan - Lev Hasharon 88-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (6-10) smashed at home 11th ranked Lev Hasharon (6-10) 88-68 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Lev Hasharon was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ironi Ramat Gan won last quarter 32-14. Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Lev Hasharon 41-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Yariv Yatzkan (199-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 21 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Ramat Gan will face higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 21+2reb, O.Shmidt 15+4reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 15+8reb+3ast, U.Gur 5+1reb+1ast, 4+7reb, S.Vered 4
Ironi Ramat Gan: Y.Yatzkan 22+5reb+1ast, D.Davidi 19+1reb+3ast, R.Webb 14+12reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 11+8reb+1ast, A.Tamir 11+7reb+2ast, T.Bannister 7+3reb+12ast
gschID: 145299


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel T-A 58-70

The game in Nes Ziyona was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (7-8). Hapoel Tel-Aviv defeated Ironi Nes-Ziona 70-58 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. The game without a history. Hapoel Tel-Aviv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 22 Ironi Nes-Ziona turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) chipped in 17 points. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet at home Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 23+6reb+2ast, G.Blair 12+14reb, D.Assaf 6+5ast, B.Benn 5+4reb+1ast, D.Bank 5+1reb+3ast, T.Karpeles 4+1reb
Hapoel T-A: A.Zelkovits 17+3reb+1ast, C.Kelly 13+15reb+1ast, G.Eytan 10+1reb+2ast, D.Stitt 10+6reb, C.Carr 9+2reb+1ast, B.Timor 4+4reb
gschID: 145294


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel K/S 84-88

An interesting game took place in Ramla where 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-10) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-11) 88-84 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 33-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Kfar Saba forced 22 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. Elitzur Ramla was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who added 26 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Ohad Cohen (193-87) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Kfar Saba maintains thirteenth position with 5-11 record. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba will face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: O.Cohen 15+4reb+4ast, R.Bacon 15+7reb+1ast, M.Badalov 15+6reb, S.Moragne 12+7reb+4ast, I.Rejwan 6+3reb, A.Guterman 6+2reb
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 26+10reb+2ast, M.Moses 22+19reb+1ast, H.Karni 14+3reb+3ast, A.Harush 9+2reb+3ast, A.Deri 8+2reb+2ast, S.Kleimintz 4+3ast
gschID: 145295


Hod Hasharon - Kiryat Tivon 77-75

The most exciting game of round 16 in the National League took place in Hod Hasharon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Kiryat Tivon (8-8) to seventh ranked Hod Hasharon (8-8) 77-75 in the game for the fifth place. Kiryat Tivon cut a 21-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) who added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) scored 24 points and 4 assists. Hod Hasharon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Kiryat Tivon. Kiryat Tivon lost third consecutive game. Hod Hasharon is looking forward to face league's leader Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: J.Gomes 24+3reb+4ast, K.Izik 16+6reb+3ast, R.Clemente 14+18reb, Z.Silverman 7+4reb, N.Yanay 5+3reb+4ast, B.Hagbi 5+4reb+2ast
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 18+15reb+2ast, A.Sukar 18+7reb+8ast, A.Skverer 14+5reb+1ast, A.Johnson 13+7reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 6+1reb+4ast, C.Dewhurst 4+1reb
gschID: 145296


Ironi Nahariya - Ironi K-A 72-73

A very interesting game took place in Nahariya. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-9) to ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-9) 73-72 in the fight for the eighth place. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 20-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American power forward Mark Dawson (206-83, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) replied with 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Avi Eliyahu (175-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to eighth place. Ironi Nahariya lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 24+2reb, O.Ben Hemo 14+4reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 11+5reb+6ast, M.Ginyard 9+7reb+2ast, L.Shvarzvald 5+2reb+2ast, E.Saudai 5
Ironi K-A: T.Younger 18+4reb, M.Dawson 18+12reb, I.Nanikashvili 15+3reb+8ast, A.Nanikashvili 9+4ast, R.Elbaz 6+2reb+3ast, L.Moran 5+1reb+1ast
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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 12-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 9-5 
 3. Hapoel Holon 9-5 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 8-5 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 8-6 
 6. Hapoel J-M 8-6 
 7. B.C. Habikaa 6-7 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 5-8 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 4-9 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 3-11 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-11 


Premier League Round 15: Leader Maccabi T-A loses to Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Maccabi T-A (12-2) recorded its second loss in Tel-Aviv on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-8) 78-73. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Maccabi T-A. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-73. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Tal Burstein (198-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who recorded 14 points and 4 steals. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eighth place with 5-8 record. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top position with two games lost. Maccabi Ashdod are looking forward to face higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#6) in Jerusalem in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Holon. Third ranked Hapoel Holon faced second-best Galil Gilboa. Host Hapoel Holon (9-5) defeated guests from Galil (9-5) 89-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. It was a good game for the former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds, 15 assists and 4 steals. Bryant Dunston contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) answered with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Galil Gilboa. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Holon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Galil Gilboa. Hapoel Holon will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#5) on the road in the next round. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (8-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Ashkelon managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Marco Killingsworth who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Carlos Powell with 21 points. Maccabi Haifa's coach Mickey Gorke tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ironi Ashkelon maintains fifth place with 8-6 record, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Haifa lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rishon Le-Zion. Local Maccabi Rishon (8-5) beat 10th ranked Bnei Hasharon (3-11) 90-80. It was a quality performance for Adrian Uter who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Galil Gilboa on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against B.C. Habikaa (#7).

In the last game of round 15 Elitzur Netanya was defeated by Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem 88-83.



Maccabi Rishon - Bnei Hasharon 90-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Rishon Le-Zion. Local Maccabi Rishon (8-5) beat 10th ranked Bnei Hasharon (3-11) 90-80. They outrebounded Bnei Hasharon 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a quality performance for Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) accounted for 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) came up with 22 points and 9 assists and the other American import guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) added 22 points respectively for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Galil Gilboa on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against B.C. Habikaa (#7).
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 25+4reb+4ast, A.Uter 23+15reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 22+9reb+5ast, A.Ben David 12+4reb+1ast, O.Solomon 4+4reb, I.Nesterenko 2
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 22+3reb+9ast, L.Dunn 22+4reb, I.Rosefelt 12+11reb+2ast, J.Williams 11+2reb+2ast, E.Katz 9+6reb+2ast, D.Alexander 4+2ast
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Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa 89-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Holon. Third ranked Hapoel Holon faced second-best Galil Gilboa. Host Hapoel Holon (9-5) defeated guests from Galil (9-5) 89-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 20-16 last quarter charge of Galil Gilboa cut the lead to 89-80 at the end of the game. Hapoel Holon players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Galil Gilboa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds, 15 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) answered with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) added 9 points and 6 assists in the effort for Galil Gilboa. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Holon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Galil Gilboa. Hapoel Holon will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#5) on the road in the next round. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: B.Dunston 21+10reb+1ast, R.Lewis 19+4reb+3ast, M.Roth 16+5reb+15ast, T.Mitchell 14+4reb+3ast, P.Sullivan 11+7reb, S.Daniel 8+1reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 19+7reb+6ast, C.Thomas 13+2reb+4ast, C.Fells 11+4reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 9+4reb+6ast, J.Jones 9+4reb, J.Martin 8+2reb+1ast
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Maccabi Haifa - Ironi Ashkelon 80-81

Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (8-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Ashkelon managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ironi Ashkelon made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) with 21 points and the other American import forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa's coach Mickey Gorke tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ironi Ashkelon maintains fifth place with 8-6 record, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Haifa lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: M.Killingsworth 24+6reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 15+2reb+5ast, R.Limonad 15+5reb+6ast, T.Skinn 9+1reb+2ast, J.Skeen 7+5reb+1ast, A.Simhon 5+2reb
Maccabi Haifa: C.Powell 21+4reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 14+1reb+3ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+4ast, T.Wilkerson 13+9reb, J.Jackson 10+5reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 137358


Hapoel J-M - Elitzur Netanya 88-83

There was no surprise in Jerusalem where 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-9) was defeated by sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (8-6) 88-83. It looked good early as Elitzur Netanya took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel J-M had a 28-13 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Netanya was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-88. 26 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Netanya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Brian Randle (203-85) who led the winners and scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Eric Hicks (198-83, college: Cincinnati) added 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Elitzur Netanya in the defeat. Five Hapoel J-M and four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ironi Ashkelon. Elitzur Netanya lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#8) on the road. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: Y.Naimy 15+4reb+2ast, R.Bradley 14+1reb+3ast, D.Strawberry 12+2reb+1ast, B.Randle 11+7reb+4ast, E.Kadir 11+6reb, J.Thomas 10+9reb
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 20+2reb, E.Hicks 18+7reb+1ast, B.Asbury 17+13reb+2ast, L.Lifshitz 10+3reb, L.Segev 8+2reb+4ast, Y.Orland 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137359


Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 73-78

Top ranked Maccabi T-A (12-2) recorded its second loss in Tel-Aviv on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (5-8) 78-73. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Maccabi T-A. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-73. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Tal Burstein (198-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who recorded 14 points and 4 steals and international power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 13 points respectively. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eighth place with 5-8 record. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top position with two games lost. Maccabi Ashdod are looking forward to face higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#6) in Jerusalem in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 30+7reb, M.Tapiro 12+5reb+11ast, D.Hagag 11+4reb+2ast, A.Tyus 10+5reb, J.Carter 8+10reb+2ast, A.Shoutvin 5+2reb
Maccabi T-A: T.Burstein 14+4reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 13+3reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 10+4reb+4ast, D.Blu 9+3reb+1ast, G.Pnini 9+1reb+3ast, D.Mallet 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137360




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Vanoli-Braga Cremona inks Jason Rich - by Giovanni Bargna
Cremona, after Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) has left the team, announced Jason Rich (191-G-86) for the rest of the current season.
Rich spent four seasons with Florida State University improving his stats year by year until averaging 14.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg in his last NCAA season (2007-2008).
After the college experience was signed by another Italian team joining Bennet Cantu where he spent season 2008-2009 playing 30 games.
Then the US guard flew to Israel inked by Maccabi Haifa before joining Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in summer 2010.
He started current season at Telenet Oostende in Belgium where he averaged 15.7 ppg in the league and 13.3 ppg in the Eurocup.
Jason Rich is going to join his new teammates soon and will have his debut against Sassari in the next italian league round.


EuroCup: Benetton steal victory in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban - Benetton Treviso 70:71

Benetton executed a stunning comeback in the last minutes of the road game against Lokomotiv to clinch the second win in EuroCup Group L. Jobey Thomas (194-G-80, college: Charlotte) drained a three-pointer late in regulation to seal the victory for the Italian team. Benetton thus caught up with Lokomotiv Kuban at 2-1 record in the ladder. Jobey Thomas top-scored for Benetton with 22 points.
Lokomotiv opened the game confidently. The hosts piled up a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter as Lokomotiv kept their opponents at distance. However Benetton went out of the dressing room a different team. The visitors limited Lokomotiv to 10 points in the third period posting a 2-point lead before the fourth frame. Lokomotiv quickly regained the lead but Benetton went on a stunning rally capped by a three-pointer from Jobey Thomas and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) posted 17 points, while Vlad Moldoveanu (206-F/C-88, college: American) and Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) had 12 points each in the win. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Ali Traore 22, K.C. Rivers 15+10 boards
Benetton Treviso: Jobey Thomas 22, Sani Becirovic 17, Vlad Moldoveanu 12, Benjamin Ortner 12



Virtus Roma lands Jarvis Varnado - by Eurobasket News
Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) officially became a new member of Virtus Roma. The 23-year-old American arrived to Roma from Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, where he started this season. He appeared 12 times in Israeli Premier league averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. Varnado also added 8.3 ppg and 5 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. Hapoel and Varnado parted ways recently. Last season Jarvis Varnado spent with Tuscany Tissue Pistoia. He shined in Lega Due with 15.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.8 spg and 3.1 bpg in 33 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -11. It was his rookie season. Varnado graduated at the Mississippi State University in 2010. He had 13.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 4.7 bpg for his school as a senior. In the past, Varnado played for the USA U21 and University National Teams.

Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 15-6 
 2. Trieste 14-7 
 3. Perugia 10-11 
 4. Firenze 7-14 
 5. Comsum.it SI 7-14 
 6. Santarcangelo 5-16 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 19-2 
 2. Torino 14-7 
 3. Treviglio 13-8 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 12-9 
 5. Pavia 10-11 
 6. Castelletto 8-13 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 11-10 
 2. Recanati 11-10 
 3. Bari 10-11 
 4. San Severo 8-13 
 5. Fabriano 7-14 
 6. Ruvo 3-18 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 17-4 
 2. Orlandina 13-8 
 3. Ferentino 13-8 
 4. Matera 10-11 
 5. Latina Basket 9-12 
 6. Anagni 7-14 


Banca Tercas release Donnie McGrath - by Eurobasket News
Banca Tercas Teramo released Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence). The guard arrived to the team in December. He signed a short-term deal with Banca Tercas. The Irish-US player averaged 4.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in SeriaA. Teramo decided not to prolong the deal with Donnie McGrath and released the player today. The guard started the season in France. He played for Cholet. His stats read 2.7 points and 2.0 assists in ProA. In EuroCup Donnie McGrath averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had stints in Greece and Italy. He was the member of Irish National Team in 2006/08 seasons.


Nazionale A Round 21: Leader Chieti loses to Pavia - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Chieti (11-10) recorded its tenth loss on the court of fifth ranked Pavia on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Pavia 71-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chieti. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pavia forced 25 Chieti turnovers. Strangely Chieti outrebounded Pavia 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Luca Furlanetto (197-81) who scored 24 points and 4 steals. Power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Pavia's coach Massimiliano Baldiraghi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Pavia (10-11) moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Chieti still keeps top position with ten games lost. They share it with Recanati. Pavia is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Chieti will play against Treviglio (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Trieste. Second ranked Trieste (14-7) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Recanati (11-10) 63-60 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for forward Luca Gandini (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 8 points and 16 rebounds. Innocenzo Ferraro contributed with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Marco Ceron (195-92) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Recanati. Trieste maintains second place with 14-7 record behind leader Omegna, which they share with Torino. Recanati at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. They share it with Chieti. Trieste will play against Fabriano (#5) in the next round. Recanati will play against Perugia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bari (10-11) against fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (12-9) on Sunday night. Visiting Bari was defeated by Casalpusterlengo in a tough game in Casalpusterlengo 82-87. Giampaolo Ricci stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Antonio Ruggiero with 32 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Casalpusterlengo maintains fourth place with 12-9 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Casalpusterlengo will meet higher ranked Ferentino (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bari will play against Santarcangelo in Sant'Arcangelo and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Trento. First ranked Trento faced 4th placed Latina Basket. Host Trento (15-6) smashed guests from Latina (9-12) 98-42. Marco Pazzi nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trento maintains first place with 15-6 record. Latina Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Trento's next round opponent will be Anagni (#6) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Latina Basket will play against Pavia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Torino. Second ranked Torino faced second-best Orlandina. Host Torino (14-7) defeated guests from Orlandina (13-8) 70-57. The best player for the winners was Cristiano Masper who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Torino maintains second place with 14-7 record behind leader Omegna, which they share with Trieste. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the second position with eight games lost. Torino will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Orlandina will play at home against Castelletto (#6).

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Anagni was defeated by Omegna in a road game 77-64. Castelletto was beaten by Napoli at home 70-81. Ruvo won against Comsum.it SI on the opponent's court 87-81. Perugia managed to outperform San Severo in a home game 78-69. Fabriano recorded a loss to Firenze on the road 69-54. Santarcangelo was defeated by Matera on its own court 65-76. Ferentino was beaten by Treviglio in a road game 72-65.
The best stats of 21th round was 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Bernardo Musso of Napoli.



Trento - Latina Basket 98-42

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Trento. First ranked Trento faced 4th placed Latina Basket. Host Trento (15-6) smashed guests from Latina (9-12) 98-42. The game without a history. Trento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Latina Basket to just 7 points in second quarter. Trento dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Latina Basket's 26. Trento forced 19 Latina Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 44-19 including a 33-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Trento players scored in double figures. Forward Giulio Gazzotti (202-91) came up with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) added 6 points respectively for Latina Basket in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trento maintains first place with 15-6 record. Latina Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Trento's next round opponent will be Anagni (#6) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Latina Basket will play against Pavia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 18+13reb+2ast, L.Conte 14+2reb, S.Fiorito 14+3reb, M.Spanghero 12+1reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 12+7reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 11+11reb+3ast
Latina Basket: G.Gazzotti 10+6reb, T.Milani 6+4reb, M.De Angelis 5+1reb+1ast, T.Plateo 5+2reb+1ast, R.Serena 5+3ast, A.Quarisa 4+4reb
gschID: 135810


Omegna - Anagni 77-64

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Anagni (7-14) was defeated on the road by first ranked Omegna (19-2) 77-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Anagni was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna forced 22 Anagni turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Paolo Paci (200-90) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Omegna players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Massimo Baroncelli (199-89) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) added 10 points respectively. Omegna have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Loser Anagni dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Omegna will face league's leader Napoli on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anagni will play against the league's leader Trento.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 14+2reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 12+8reb+1ast, P.Paci 12+6reb+1ast, P.Picazio 12+1reb+3ast, M.Bertolazzi 9+2reb+5ast, M.Toure 6+1reb
Anagni: M.Baroncelli 17+5reb, D.Corral 10+4reb, L.Ciribeni 8+1reb, V.Circosta 7+3reb+2ast, A.Zanelli 7+2reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135811


Castelletto - Napoli 70-81

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Napoli (17-4) defeated on the road 6th ranked Castelletto (8-13) 81-70 on Sunday. Castelletto was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-14 charge of Napoli, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five Napoli players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) who recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Napoli have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 17-4 record. Castelletto lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Napoli will face league's leader Omegna at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Castelletto will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napoli: B.Musso 28+8reb+6ast, N.Rizzitiello 19+8reb, S.Lenardon 11+2reb+2ast, A.Iannilli 11+6reb+4ast, S.Gatti 10+5reb, P.Rotondo 2+4reb
Castelletto: S.Ferrarese 19+5reb+4ast, A.Piazza 18+1ast, S.Cotani 10+8reb+4ast, M.Raminelli 8+7reb+1ast, M.Terzaghi 6+4reb+1ast, A.Iannone 6+2ast
gschID: 135812


Torino - Orlandina 70-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Torino. Second ranked Torino faced second-best Orlandina. Host Torino (14-7) defeated guests from Orlandina (13-8) 70-57. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 44-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Torino dominated on the defensive end, holding Orlandina to just 4 points in third quarter. They also forced 20 Orlandina turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized San Marino Federico Tassinari (195-77, agency: Players Group) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Torino players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) who recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) added 13 points respectively. Torino maintains second place with 14-7 record behind leader Omegna, which they share with Trieste. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the second position with eight games lost. Torino will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Orlandina will play at home against Castelletto (#6).
Top scorers:
Torino: C.Masper 18+5reb, L.Fontecchio 13+3reb, F.Conti 10+3reb+1ast, F.Tassinari 10+7reb, D.Parente 7+2reb+4ast, M.Giadini 5+3reb+2ast
Orlandina: L.Bisconti 13+3reb, N.Crow 12+7reb, G.Zampolli 10+3reb, A.Benevelli 9+5reb, F.Zanelli 6+3reb+2ast, M.Cardinali 3+2reb
gschID: 135813


Comsum.it SI - Ruvo 81-87

There was a minor upset in Siena where 4th placed Comsum.it SI (7-14) was defeated by sixth ranked Ruvo (3-18) 87-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 32-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ruvo made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Comsum.it SI turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Christian Villani (200-82) who scored 31 points and 9 rebounds. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and center Amedeo Tessitori (205-94) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ruvo maintains sixth place with 3-18 record. Loser Comsum.it SI keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Ruvo will face league's second-placed Torino at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Comsum.it SI will play against Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: C.Villani 31+9reb, M.Tagliabue 13+10reb, T.Laquintana 11+3reb+2ast, D.Bonacini 10+1reb+1ast, F.Emejuru 7+4reb, G.Tomasiello 6+1ast
Comsum.it SI: S.Simeoli 21+10reb+1ast, N.Mei 17+2reb+3ast, A.Tessitori 14+11reb, C.Bianconi 11+3reb, M.Cucco 8, G.Spizzichini 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135814


Perugia - San Severo 78-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Perugia's (10-11) home victory over 4th placed Mazzeo San Severo (8-13) 78-69 on Sunday. 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 78-69. Perugia forced 20 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. Mazzeo San Severo was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) chipped in 16 points. Four Perugia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Riccardo Marzoli (190-89) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) added 18 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Perugia maintains third place with 10-11 record having five points less than leader Omegna, which they share with 3 other teams. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Perugia will face league's second-placed Recanati on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Comsum.it SI in Siena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perugia: F.Baldi Rossi 16+4reb, T.De Min 15+1reb, M.Caroldi 13+4reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 10+12reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 8+1reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 6+2reb
San Severo: G.Rugolo 18+3reb, R.Marzoli 17+7reb, F.Amoroso 13+3reb, G.Fattori 9+5reb, F.Candido 8+3reb, I.Scarponi 4+5reb
gschID: 135815


Trieste - Recanati 63-60

Important game to mention about took place in Trieste. Second ranked Trieste (14-7) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Recanati (11-10) 63-60 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Recanati took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Trieste had a 14-8 second period charge getting the lead and Recanati was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-63. Trieste forced 19 Recanati turnovers and outrebounded them 45-30 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Luca Gandini (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 8 points and 16 rebounds. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Trieste players scored in double figures. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Marco Ceron (195-92) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Recanati. Trieste maintains second place with 14-7 record behind leader Omegna, which they share with Torino. Recanati at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. They share it with Chieti. Trieste will play against Fabriano (#5) in the next round. Recanati will play against Perugia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Carra 16+3reb+2ast, I.Ferraro 12+12reb, M.Ruzzier 11+1reb, D.Mastrangelo 10+3reb, L.Gandini 8+16reb+2ast, L.Bonetta 2+1reb
Recanati: M.Ceron 15+5reb+2ast, A.Pierini 13+5reb, P.Chiarello 8+2reb, A.Cecchetti 6+2reb, R.Fossati 6+2reb, F.Gilardi 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 135804


Firenze - Fabriano 69-54

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Fabriano (7-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Firenze (7-14) 69-54 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Firenze. Fabriano was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Firenze shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Fabriano only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Fabriano 40-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Fabriano was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. Firenze's coach Riccardo Paolini used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-84, agency: Players Group) who recorded 15 points and 5 assists and power forward Luca Usberti (201-73) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Firenze moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Fabriano. Firenze will face Matera (#4) on the road in the next round. Fabriano will play against the league's second-placed Trieste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: A.Amici 19+8reb+4ast, D.Scodavolpe 16+2reb+4ast, A.Capitanelli 8+15reb+1ast, F.Bellina 8+5reb+1ast, A.Giampaoli 7+2ast, D.Monaldi 6+2reb+1ast
Fabriano: N.Manuel Stanic 15+2reb+5ast, L.Usberti 13+6reb, C.Fontani 9+1reb+2ast, G.Castelletta 8+5reb, G.Sgobba 6+2reb, M.Gigena 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 135805


Santarcangelo - Matera 65-76

Everything went according to plan in Sant'Arcangelo where fourth ranked Matera (10-11) won against 6th ranked Santarcangelo (5-16) 76-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Matera. Santarcangelo was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) who scored 22 points. Power forward Cristiano Grappasonni (204-72) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Matera's coach Francesco Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Santarcangelo players scored in double figures. Matera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Santarcangelo keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Matera will face Firenze (#4) at home in the next round. Santarcangelo will play against Bari.
Top scorers:
Matera: S.Vico 22+2reb+1ast, A.LaGioia 17+1ast, C.Grappasonni 12+6reb, G.Cantagalli 8+5reb, L.Tardito 7+5reb, A.Pilotti 5+1reb
Santarcangelo: G.Broglia 17+9reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 12+1reb, E.Rivali 10+8reb, L.Pesaresi 10+1reb+1ast, J.Silimbani 8+3reb, A.Ancellotti 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 135806


Casalpusterlengo - Bari 87-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bari (10-11) against fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (12-9) on Sunday night. Visiting Bari was defeated by Casalpusterlengo in a tough game in Casalpusterlengo 82-87. Bari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Casalpusterlengo made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game, while Bari only scored five points from the stripe. Casalpusterlengo forced 21 Bari turnovers and outrebounded them 47-29 including a 24-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (200-91) stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) with 32 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and center Domenico Morena (210-70) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo maintains fourth place with 12-9 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Casalpusterlengo will meet higher ranked Ferentino (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bari will play against Santarcangelo in Sant'Arcangelo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 22+8reb+2ast, G.Ricci 22+9reb+2ast, M.Contento 17+3reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 12+8reb+3ast, M.Venuto 8+2reb+3ast, P.Biligha 4+10reb
Bari: A.Ruggiero 32+3reb+1ast, D.Morena 14+8reb+1ast, D.Barozzi 10+2reb, M.Cardillo 8+5reb, M.Bona 7+3reb+5ast, F.Mian 5
gschID: 135807


Treviglio - Ferentino 72-65

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Ferentino (13-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked Treviglio (13-8) 72-65 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ferentino won fourth quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Treviglio forced 20 Ferentino turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who recorded 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Treviglio moved-up to second place, which they share with Ferentino and Orlandina. Treviglio will face league's leader Chieti on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferentino will play against Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: G.Zanella 18+7reb, A.Fabi 17+5reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 10+5reb+6ast, M.Planezio 10+10reb, T.Marino 9+1reb+3ast, J.Borra 6+5reb+2ast
Ferentino: F.Gagliardo 14+4reb, F.Guarino 14+1reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 10+7reb+1ast, S.Parrillo 10+4reb, A.Iannuzzi 7+9reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135808


Pavia - Chieti 71-60

Top ranked Chieti (11-10) recorded its tenth loss on the court of fifth ranked Pavia on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Pavia 71-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chieti. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pavia forced 25 Chieti turnovers. Strangely Chieti outrebounded Pavia 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Luca Furlanetto (197-81) who scored 24 points and 4 steals. Power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Pavia's coach Massimiliano Baldiraghi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Pavia (10-11) moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Chieti still keeps top position with ten games lost. They share it with Recanati. Pavia is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Chieti will play against Treviglio (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pavia: L.Furlanetto 24+2reb+3ast, R.Cazzaniga 10+6reb, R.Maggio 10+2reb+4ast, F.Maiocco 7+3reb+2ast, I.Cisse 7+4reb+2ast, R.Pederzini 6+1ast
Chieti: A.Raschi 14+9reb+2ast, F.Gialloreto 13+4reb+1ast, E.Rossi 11+14reb+1ast, R.Feliciangeli 10+9reb+4ast, A.Porfido 7+3ast, M.Diomede 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135809




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  JORDAN   


Olympic Qualifying Tournament : Jordan, Greece and Puerto Rico in Group A - by Omar Shafaamri
Caracas the capital of Venezuela hosted today the Draw of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) which will be played in Venezuela (2-8 July 2012) with the participation of 12 Teams from 5 Continents.

Jordan National Team was pooled in the First 'Tough' Group along with Greece and Puerto Rico, Nashama will begin their campaign against Puerto Rico on the 3rd of July and Greece on the following day. The Groups are as follows:

'A'
Greece
Puerto-Rico
Jordan

'B'
Lithuania
Venezuela
Nigeria

'C'
Russia
Dominican Rep.
Korea

'D'
Macedonia
New Zealand
Angola

*two teams from each group will qualify to the 2nd round.



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Tobol add two victories to their record - by Eurobasket News
Tobol earned two more wins in D1 championship. The Kostanay team upset Kaspiy twice to improve at 7-9 record.
Tobol opened back-to-back games with an 84:74 win. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) exploded with 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Tobol and Kaspiy were tied at 38 at halftime but the hosts stepped on the gas in the second half and ran away with a comfortable win at the end. Timur Sultanov (180-G-81) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Artem Valov (205-F-86, college: Three Rivers CC) responded with 19 points for Kaspiy.
Kaspiy entered the second game aggressively. The visitors piled up a 19:9 lead after ten minutes. But Tobol erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 37:32 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second half but Tobol managed to hung on snatching a 72:67 win at the end. Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83) delivered 20 points for Tobol. Pavel Mikheev added 18 points in the win. Kyle William Pape (183-G, college: Colorado Mines) replied with 24 points for Kaspiy.



Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 12-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 9-5 
 3. Tobol 7-9 
 4. BK Almaty 5-5 
 5. Kaspiy Aktau 5-7 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-12 


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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: The Baltic State lost twice in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
The Baltic State lost twice in Turkey and dropped to 0-4 record in Group A. Latvia U16 first lost to Turkey U16 and then was defeated by Serbia U16.
In Day 3 Turkey U16 rolled over Latvia U16 94:69. A tough first quarter brought 23-22 in the game, while the hosts added 27-22 for 6-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Turkey won the third and the last quarters respectively to seal the victory. Mert Cevik (195-G-96) paced all the winners with 23 points, while Berk Ibrahim Ugurlu scored 13. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Ervins Meznieks (185-F-96) notched 13.
In Day 4 Serbia U16 edged Latvia U16 88:75. Trailing 19-23 after the first period, the Serbian side produced 20-13 in the second frame to take the halftime advantage. Moreover Serbia added 22-18 in the third quarter and never looked behind after. Nikola Pavlovic top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Ivan Daskalovic (199-SG-96) posted 18. Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) delivered 18 points for the Baltic side and Rauls Avenitis notched 14.




Standings

GROUP A
GP
W
L
+
-
P
1.
Egypt ( U17 )
4
4
0
333
252
8
2.
Turkey
4
3
1
295
252
7
3.
Serbia
4
3
1
292
254
7
4.
Poland
4
2
2
244
252
6
5.
Latvia
4
0
4
284
335
4
6.
Slovenia
4
0
4
232
335
4

GROUP B
GP
W
L
+
-
P
1.
Russia
4
4
0
291
222
8
2.
France
4
3
1
264
180
7
3.
Montenegro
4
2
2
248
228
6
4.
Germany
4
2
2
217
212
6
5.
Ukraine
4
1
3
226
258
5
6.
Bulgaria
4
0
4
190
336
4


Courtesy of: tbf.org.tr





EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils edged EWE Baskets in the top game of Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-EWE Baskets 74:61

BK Ventspils edged EWE Baskets in the top game of Round 4 of EuroChallenge to tie both records at 2-2 in Group I. The Baltic State won 74:61 in Latvia.
The German team took early 6-1 run and led 11:8 midawy through the opening period. The hosts from Latvia pushed the tempo later in the frame and Abernethy scored for 19:13 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) scored for 27:19 and Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) brought 31:22. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers at 33:28. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Ventspils produced a 25-15 surge to take 58:43 after thirty minutes. Steven Gray later closed a 7-0 run for 67:52 and Abernethy brought 72:59. The latter also made the last two free throws in the game for the final success.
Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Steven Gray netted 14. Martins Meiers and Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) followed them with 11 points each in a win.Bobby Brown finished the night with 21 points for the visiting side and Adam Chubb collected 18 points and 11 caroms.

BK Ventspils: Jahmar Young 18, Steven Gray 14, Martins Meiers 11, Ronalds Zakis 11
EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) 21, Adam Chubb 18+11 rebs




EuroCup: VEF Riga back in business after win over Gravelines - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Gravelines 78:61

VEF Riga resurrected their EuroCup campaign with a home win over Gravelines. The victory opened the win count for the Latvian team in Last 16 round Group I. VEF Riga improved at 1-2 record, while Gravelines fell at 0-3. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
VEF Riga entered the game full throttle. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the first quarter to take a 9-point lead. Gravelines slowed VEF Riga down in the second quarter. The visitors managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 38:45. VEF Riga however stressed defence after the big break and held their opponents to just 12 points in the third quarter. VEF Riga headed into the final frame up by 11 points 61:50 and made it look easy cruising to the victory at the end. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) accounted for 13 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) provided 9 points in the win. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) and Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) answered with 14 points each in the loss.

VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 23, Dairis Bertans 13, Sandis Valters 9
Gravelines: Ludovic Vaty 14, Cyril Akpomedah 14



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  LITHUANIA   


EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas edge ALBA in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - ALBA 86:75

Lietuvos Rytas posted the second win in EuroCup Group L. They held off visiting ALBA Berlin to join Benetton and Lokomotiv Kuban on top of the standings at 2-1 record. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 16 points. ALBA suffered the third loss in a row and practically dropped out of the race for the playoffs.
Lietuvos Rytas surged ahead in the first frame and recorded a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But ALBA bounced back in the second quarter. The visitors outscored Lietuvos Rytas to narrow the margin at just 2 points at halftime 38:40. ALBA finally pulled ahead in the third frame. The German team eked out a narrow 63:59 advantage before the final frame. However the gap proved insufficient for the visitors. Lietuvos Rytas adjusted their offence and poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to turn out winners. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) knocked down 13 points, while Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the home team. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 16 points for ALBA. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Aleksandar Rasic 16, Mindaugas Katelynas 13, Jonas Valanciunas 12
ALBA: Derrick Allen 16, DaShaun Wood 14



Reeves Nelson leaves Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas decided to split ways with Reeves Nelson (204-F-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: UCLA). The Kaunas team released the player. Reeves Nelson joined Zalgiris in December. It was the first pro contract for the player. The forward averaged 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in VTB League. In Euroleague Reeves Nelson posted 4.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance. The forward also tallied 4.4 points, 3.7 rebounds in LKL. Reeves Nelson started the season in NCAA. He played for UCLA. The forward notched 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bruins.


Some transactions - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
There are some changes in Lithuanian second league NKL. Garg�dai decided to change their head coach. Rytas Vaisvila joined team. Last season he begin in China. Former coach Mindaugas Bugys will remain in team. He will be assistant coach. Also Gargzdai strenghtened their front court. Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-F-88) joined team. He began season in Silute where he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.8rpg.
Marijampole Suduva added Paulius Knyza (190-G-91) to their roster. Knyza began season in Marijampole ZSM-Mantinga-Juodeliai. He averaged 15.8ppg.



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Athleta post the fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News
Athleta had to work hard to keep their record spotless in the National championship standings. The league leaders held off pesky Loyola 70:56 for the fourth consecutive victory. Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) accounted for 16 points to pace the winners. Athleta enjoyed a 7-point halftime lead 35:28. But Loyola cut the margin to just 2 points at the final intermission 44:42. Athleta however exploded with 26 points in the final stanza and cleared off for the win at the end. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) accounted for 13 points, while Naudi finished with 14 in the win. David Camilleri answered with 28 points for Loyola. Rashanti Harris (203-F) had 21 points in the fourth straight loss for Loyola.
Luxol gained the third win as they held off Depiro Mtarfa 72:69. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, college: St.Peter's) knocked down 33 points in the winning case. Marco Mercieca (184-G-83) had 15 points for Luxol. Depiro answered with 25 points from Greg Hamlin (201-F-86, college: E.Tenn.St.).
Siggiewi accounted for Floriana 79:70 behind 29 points from Marko Matijevic (200-F-78). Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) knocked down 25 points in the loss.



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LNBP: Halcones Rojos is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News
Fourth games of the LNBP Semifinals were played last night. Halcones Rojos grabbed 91-97 OT win against Pioneros ending the series with perfect 4-0. It means that Halcones Rojos became the first finalist and now will wait for the winner of Fuerza Regia - Toros series. The score is 2-2 now, after yesterday's 79-96 road victory by Fuerza Regia. Two teams will meet again today.

Pioneros - Halc.Rojos 91-97 OT (0-4)
The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-11. Halcones Rojos made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Paul Stoll (178-G-85) who helped to win the game recording 32 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) replied with 28 points and Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Pioneros. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 28+1reb+2ast, J.Millsap 19+7reb+2ast, S.Soriano 12+3reb+3ast, A.Garcia 11+15reb+5ast, C.Hernandez 8+3reb, E.Moreno 6+1reb
Halc.Rojos: P.Stoll 32+3ast, L.Bethelmy 17+3reb+1ast, N.Alonzo 15+2reb, C.Rivera 12+7reb+1ast, D.Cortes 9+2reb, H.Carrillo 5+1reb
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Toros - Fuerza Regia 79-96 (2-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Toros was better in second period 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Puerto Rican point guard Alvin Cruz (186-82, college: Niagara, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) contributed with 8 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Toros. Toros' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 32+10reb+1ast, R.Perez 14+1reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 14+5reb+1ast, W.Pagan 7+4reb+7ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 6+2ast, E.Manuel Guzman 4+5reb+2ast
Fuerza Regia: T.Shannon 25+4reb, A.Cruz 22+5reb+7ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 14+2reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 12+5reb+4ast, K.Rhymer 11+4reb, D.Smith 8+15reb+7ast


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EuroCup: Lance Williams leads Banvit past Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Buducnost 68:61

Banvit prevailed against Buducnost in Round 3 of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Turkish team celebrated their second win at this stage of the tournament. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) was instrumental in the victory scoring 21 points. Buducnost fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Banvit enjoyed a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin a bit in the second quarter. Banvit established a 31:27 halftime advantage. The Turkish team cleared off in the third period. The hosts limited Buducnost to 9 points in the quarter and ensured a 17-point margin heading into the fourth quarter. The Montenegrin side went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame scoring 25 points but Banvit hang on to escape with the win at the end. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) finished with 12 points, while Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 10 in the victory. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points each for Buducnost.

Banvit: Lance Williams 21, Charles Davis 12, Serkan Erdogan 10
Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 14, Cedomir Vitkovac 14



Montenegrin U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
4 Milos Andelic 176-PG-96
5 Lazar Pavicevic 184-G-96 Mornar Bar Montenegro
6 Aleksandar Novosel 185-PG-96 Buducnost Montenegro
7 Petar Popovic 188-PG-96 Lovcen Montenegro
8 Nemanja Vuksanovic 190-PG-96 Mornar Bar Montenegro
9 Danijel Kalezic 189-PG-97 KK Podgorica Montenegro
10 Feda Durisic 191-SF-96 Mornar Bar Montenegro
11 Brajan Kecojevic 194-SF-96 KK Podgorica Montenegro
12 Mihailo Radunovic 199-SF-96 KK Podgorica Montenegro
14 Novica Scekic 201-C-96
15 Aleksandar Dozic 199-F-96 Buducnost Montenegro
20 Emir Hadzibegovic 200-C-96 Centar BP Montenegro
21 Vasilije Knezevic 200-C-96 Rudar Montenegro



Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 13-1 
 2. Lovcen 10-4 
 3. Sutjeska 10-4 
 4. Teodo Tivat 8-6 
 5. Mogren 7-6 
 6. KK Podgorica 6-7 
 7. Ulcinj 5-8 
 8. Jedinstvo 4-9 
 9. Danilovgrad 3-11 
 10. ABS Primorje 2-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Balsa Radunovic signs with Lirija Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) will continue his career in FYROM. The 31-year-old Montenegrin penned a deal with Lirija Skopje for rest of the season. Actually, Radunovic already made debut for his new team. He had 14 points and 9 rebounds last weekend against Rabotnicki. Lirija won that game 94-74. Balsa Radunovic started the season on Cyprus. He was a member of AEL Limassol, but parted ways with them in January. Radunovic was fourth scorer of the league and third rebounder last season on Cyprus. He had 16.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1.4 apg for 16 games with his team ENAD. Before ENAD, Radunovic played for Elektra, Achilleas, APOEL, Cherkassy, AEL Limassol, Gravelines, Pivovarna Lasko and Buducnost. He won two Cypriot league titles in his career and was named Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Bosman Player of the Year -05.

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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 12-1 
 2. RSB Berkane 10-3 
 3. WAC Casabl. 8-4 
 4. PCS Plazza C. 8-5 
 5. MAF Fez 7-6 
 6. CRA Hoceima 6-5 
 7. FUS Rabat 4-8 
 8. IRT Tanger 4-9 
 9. KAC 2-11 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-11 


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D1 Top 25 ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Shorter
 2. Robert Morris
 3. Oklah.Baptist
 4. Georgetown, KY
 5. So.Poly State
 6. Rogers St.
 7. Biola, CA
 8. Lindsey Wilson
 9. Martin Methodist
 10. Master's
 11. Texas Wesleyan
 12. Westmont
 13. Montana St.-Northern
 14. S.Nazarene
 15. Mountain St.
 16. Azusa Pacific
 17. Lee
 18. Concordia Irvine
 19. Xavier, LA
 20. Montana-Western
 21. Columbia, MO
 22. MidAmerica Nazarene
 23. Pikeville
 24. Tougaloo
 25. Union, TN


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Monday's games review (9): Rose scores 35 to lead Bulls over Wizards 98-88 - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Portland TB 93-89
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz used a 13-0 fourth-quarter run to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-89 on Monday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) led Portland with 25 points, including 14 in the third quarter as the Blazers built an 11-point lead. But the Jazz fought back, even without starting center Al Jefferson and guard Raja Bell, who did not play because of injuries. The loss was the eighth in 11 road games for the Blazers, who had beaten Utah three consecutive times. Wesley Matthews' runner pulled Portland to 90-89 with 5.6 seconds left before C.J. Miles made one of two free throws. Gordon Hayward, who started 0 of 8 from the field, grabbed the rebound of Miles' miss and sank a pair of foul shots for the final margin. Hayward finished with 12 points. Josh Howard had 11 points and seven rebounds in his first start for the Jazz. The Blazers took three of four from their Northwest Division rivals last season. They appeared to be headed toward another win Monday night, especially with Utah shooting 27.3 percent at one point in the second quarter. Aldridge scored 14 of his team's first 18 points in the third, hitting his first six shots as Portland built its lead to 63-52 with 5:32 left. But the Jazz came charging back with a 10-0 run behind point guard Devin Harris. He hit a long jumper, sank a free throw, then stole the ball from Jamal Crawford and fed Millsap for a jam that cut Portland's lead to 63-59 with 2:58 left in the quarter. Harris capped the run with a short jumper off a fast break. Hayward hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 65 with 1:26 left in the quarter. The Jazz went on a 13-0 spurt in the fourth to take an 87-79 lead with 4:13 remaining. Earl Watson scored on a fast-break layup and 19-foot jumper, and sent an alley-oop pass to Jeremy Evans for a dunk. Aldridge ended a 6-minute Blazers scoring drought with a hook shot, and Nicolas Batum followed with a 3-pointer to pull Portland to 87-84. But Millsap hit a jumper for a five-point Jazz lead with 1:43 left. The Blazers twice got within a point after that, but couldn't get the big play when they needed it at the end. Jefferson, bothered by inflammation in his right ankle, missed his third game in two seasons with the Jazz. Bell had started every game this season but strained his right adductor Saturday against Sacramento. The Blazers led 26-20 after the first quarter, with a 16-4 advantage on points in the paint. They also shot 54.5 percent, compared to just 33.3 percent (7 of 21) for the Jazz. Portland went on an early 6-0 run, fueled by its defense. The Blazers bumped their lead to 10 points after opening the second quarter on a 6-2 run, fueled by baskets from Craig Smith, Matthews and Kurt Thomas. By that point the Jazz were shooting 29 percent (9 of 31). It fell even lower, to 27.3 percent (9 of 33), but Utah was winning the rebounding battle. Portland led by as many as 11 in the second quarter before the Jazz went on a 7-0 run, including four points on tip-ins by Derrick Favors and Watson's layup off yet another miss by Hayward. The Blazers led 45-39 at halftime even though the Jazz were shooting just 30.4 percent (14 of 46). Utah held a 27-18 rebounding edge. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Washington W. - Chicago B. 88-98
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored a season-high 35 points, Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 18 and Kyle Korver added 17 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 98-88 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. One day after a four-point loss in Miami, the Bulls rebounded to improve their Eastern Conference-leading record to 18-5. They had lost two of their last three. Meanwhile, the Wizards have lost 16 of 20. Washington won two of its previous three games - both against the woeful Charlotte Bobcats, who have the worst record in the NBA. Rose, who was 10 for 20 from the field and 14 of 15 from the free-throw line, had 34 points in his previous two games. He had 13 in the first quarter for the Bulls, who never trailed. John Wall led the Wizards with 20 points, while Nick Young had 17 and JaVale McGee scored 16. Chicago quickly opened up a 21-10 lead and had a 26-16 advantage after the first quarter. Midway through the second, the Wizards scored seven straight to cut the lead to 36-30, but the Bulls stretched their lead to 51-40 at halftime. Korver had 14 in the first half, including four 3-pointers. Chicago ran off 11 straight points in the third quarter to take a 70-49 lead with 5:24 left. Rose had 15 of the Bulls' 25 points in the third. Rose was upset about Chicago's loss on Sunday - when he missed a pair of key throws and a potential tying jumper in the final 30 seconds - and vowed not to let it happen again before Monday's game. 'If I ever get in that position again, I know it will be totally different. Yesterday isn't going to do anything but make me stronger as a player,' Rose said. Against Washington, Rose came out quickly - hitting six of eight from the field in the first quarter. When the teams last met on Jan. 11, the Wizards scored just 64 points - fewest in franchise history. They lost that game by 14. This game was slightly more competitive for Washington, but it never seriously challenged in the second half. Early in the fourth, the Bulls led by 19, but Washington cut it to eight with 6:50 to play. Boozer hit three straight baskets, and Chicago led 92-78. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Minnesota T. 108-120
Adelman has mostly good memories from his years in Houston, and his new team delivered one more on Monday night. Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored 34 points, Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) had 18 points and 11 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Rockets 120-108 in Adelman's return to Houston. Kevin Love had 29 points for the Timberwolves, who blew open a close game with a franchise-record 42 points in the third, also a season high for any quarter. The 6-foot-10 Beasley, in just his third game back after missing 11 games with a sprained right foot, set a franchise record for single-game points by a reserve. He went 10 for 14 from the field and 12 for 12 from the free-throw line to finish just eight points shy of his career high. 'That's what I've got to do,' Beasley said. 'I've got to penetrate, use my athleticism.' Minnesota shot a season-best 58 percent (43 of 74) from the field and eclipsed its previous high point total for the season by 14. And it could've hardly happened on a better night for Adelman, who turned down the Rockets' offer to renew his contract after last season because of philosophical differences with owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey. 'We didn't try to attack on one pass, we moved the ball from side to side,' Adelman said. 'I thought we could get to the basket if we did that. It was a really good team win. A lot of guys played and a lot of guys contributed.' Adelman revealed more about the reasons for his departure before the game, half-joking that he was still awaiting a phone call from Alexander. Adelman said he read in a local newspaper column that he was to blame for the communication breakdown between the two during his tenure. 'I didn't think anything of it, until I saw the stuff about how I never listened to anything,' he said. 'I'm not real smart, but I'm going to listen to my boss. That just kind of turned me the wrong way.' Morey walked up and shook Adelman's hand during pregame warmups, and the two had a brief, apparently cordial conversation. Adelman seemed more animated on the sideline than usual, though, especially once the second half began. The Timberwolves opened the second half with a 12-4 burst, capped by Love's second 3-pointer for a 66-60 lead. Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin answered with 3-pointers, and Lowry turned a steal into a breakaway layup to tie it at 68. Minnesota then pushed the tempo and poured it on, finishing the quarter with a 19-6 spurt. The Wolves hit 15 of 24 shots, including four 3-pointers, and went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line to put together the highest scoring quarter against Houston this season. 'It was just like we were sitting there and we could never find any kind of rhythm defensively,' Houston coach Kevin McHale said. 'We never got many consecutive stops, we never really dug in and got things.' Rubio, Beasley and Love led the scoring barrage, with 32 points in the third on 10-for-12 shooting. Minnesota led 96-81 heading to the fourth, and the Rockets hardly challenged the rest of the way. 'It's fun basketball when you're that efficient,' Love said. 'We got open shots, set good picks and we just did the little things that helped us have a big third quarter.' Martin scored 29 points after missing two games with inflammation in his right heel. The Rockets lost for only the second time in 11 games. 'Just felt like one of those games when we were stuck in the mud,' McHale said. Minnesota finished 28 of 31 from the free-throw line and dished out 18 assists. The Timberwolves have won six of nine to get within one game of .500, and they're starting to get excited about the possibilities this season. 'We know we can go on big runs,' Love said. 'It's just the case of not getting down so much and not having to fight back from such a large deficit.' Chase Budinger scored 13 for Houston, also outrebounded 40-34. The Rockets beat Minnesota 107-92 a week ago in McHale's first game back in his home state since he succeeded Adelman last June. The teams play again in Minneapolis on Saturday. *Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 73-83
Matt Bonner (6'9''-F-80, college: Florida) scored 15 points, going 5 of 9 from outside the arc, and Tim Duncan added 14 points as the San Antonio Spurs sent Memphis to its fourth straight loss with an 83-73 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night. Rookie Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid. Richard Jefferson scored 13 points, while Danny Green finished with 11 points. O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 17 points, shooting 7 of 11. Mike Conley had 15 points for Memphis, and Marreese Speights scored 10, all in the first quarter. But Memphis was held to 37 percent shooting on the night, primarily because Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances), the Grizzlies' two leading scorers, were a combined 3 of 18 from the field. Gay finished with one point, missing all seven of his shots. Gay was held scoreless in three games his rookie season. The Spurs built the lead to 17 points in the first half, and Memphis never got it under double-digits after halftime. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-37, including 14 offensive boards, and held a 32-28 advantage in the paint. It was the Spurs' first trip to Memphis since the Grizzlies ousted them in the first round of last season's playoffs. Despite losing Sunday night at Dallas, the Spurs had energy from the start, and Memphis looked every bit like a team coming off a four-game road trip, playing lethargic and out of sync. Memphis was getting beaten on the boards and outhustled for loose balls. The Spurs were the aggressors on both ends of the floor. San Antonio built the lead to as many as 17 in the second quarter as Memphis started the period 4 of 14 from the field. The Spurs shot 5 of 10 from outside the arc in the half as Bonner hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first half. Bonner's nine points and eight by Leonard led the Spurs to a 45-35 lead at the break, but it took San Antonio going scoreless over the final 3:34 of the half for the Grizzlies to get that close. Speights and Conley had 10 apiece for Memphis, but the most glaring stat was the anemic shooting of Gasol and Gay, who went a combined 1 of 9 from the field as Memphis struggled, shooting only 37 percent in the half. Gay, in fact, only took three shots. Memphis didn't start the second half much better. The Spurs extended the lead, but Tony Allen was able to put a bit of a charge into Memphis' play with steals. However, every time Memphis got close to pulling within double-digits, the Spurs would answer with a couple of baskets. A 3-pointer by Bonner gave San Antonio a 64-47 lead, matching the Spurs' largest at that point. The lead would reach 20 when Gay received a technical arguing a no call. Tony Parker's free throw made it 67-47. By the time the game reached the end of the third, San Antonio was up 70-50. Memphis cut into the lead opening the fourth with seven unanswered points, a streak stopped by yet another 3-pointer from Bonner, and Memphis never threatened the rest of the way. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Phoenix Suns - Dallas M. 99-122
Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 21 points against a Phoenix team that's still paying him, helping the Dallas Mavericks to a 122-99 rout of the Steve Nash-less Suns on Monday night. Nash, the NBA assists leader, was out with a bruised left thigh after taking a knee from Marc Gasol in the final seconds of Phoenix's victory over Memphis on Saturday night. Carter became a free agent last month after the Suns bought out his contract. Dallas was without starting point guard Jason Kidd for the second game in a row because of a strained right calf. But the Mavs' offense rolled right along without him, amassing a season-high in points for a half (66) as well as for a game. Delonte West scored 25 on 9 of 12 shooting, including 5 of 6 3-pointers, in the Mavericks' eighth straight win over Phoenix. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

LA Clippers - Oklah.City T. 112-100
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 26 points and 14 assists, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Oklahoma City 112-100 Monday night, snapping the Thunder's four-game winning streak in a matchup of division leaders. Caron Butler also had 22 points, Chauncey Billups scored 13, Mo Williams 12 and DeAndre Jordan had 11 with 11 rebounds as the Pacific-leading Clippers dunked with high-flying abandon against the team with the NBA's best record at 16-4. The Clippers won their third in a row to follow up a 109-105 victory at Denver a night earlier that began a stretch of five games in seven nights. Kevin Durant had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 31 for the Northwest-leading Thunder, whose league-best road record dropped to 8-3. *Courtesy of www.koco.com

Philadelph.76 - Orlando M. 74-69
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the surprising Philadelphia 76ers to their third straight win, 74-69 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The Sixers raced to their best start in nearly a decade by taking advantage of a soft schedule for the first third of the season, but it gets tough from here. Orlando was the first opponent in a long run of games against winning teams that includes home games this week against Chicago and Miami. Led by Iguodala's burst in the third quarter, the Sixers (15-6) outlasted the stumbling Magic and won despite posting their lowest point total of the season. Dwight Howard's 17 points and 11 rebounds weren't enough in Orlando's fourth straight loss. Howard wants out of Orlando and criticized his teammates Friday for not playing hard enough in a loss to New Orleans. He missed eight of 13 free throws overall against Philadelphia and the Magic missed 14 of 17 shots from the floor in the third. Ryan Anderson had 14 points and 20 rebounds. The Magic missed nine straight shots during a 6-minute stretch in the third that allowed the Sixers to build a double-digit lead. Jodie Meeks hit a 3-pointer for a 53-40 lead and the 76ers withstood three late 3s by Orlando that trimmed the final margin. The Magic scored only nine points in the third quarter. Howard had all three baskets. With 6 minutes left in the game, the Magic had yet to reach 50 points. Long the fourth pro team in Philadelphia, the improved Sixers are winning back fans one victory at a time. They improved to 11-2 at home in front one of their largest crowds of the season (16,299). Heading into a timeout in the third, the Atlantic Division leaders walked off toward the huddle to a standing ovation. Coming off a triple-double against Detroit on Saturday, Iguodala fell four assists shy of a repeat effort. The rest of the Sixers struggled to score, but Philadelphia didn't need to do much against an Orlando team that has completely unraveled. Sixers first year CEO Adam Aron conducted as he mingled with fans and the team's retro theme song was blasted for the enthusiastic crowd. Aron and the new ownership group have overhauled the game-night atmosphere, but the biggest change has come on the court. They'll need more than a catchy tune to get through the next two weeks. After Chicago and Miami, the Sixers play Saturday at Atlanta. They return home next week for games against the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers. Fans yelled 'On the list!' at Howard, a reference to placing the Sixers on his short list of teams where he'd like to be traded. Before the game, Howard walked around the locker room with a brick in each hand, playfully swinging them around and yelling, 'I'm going to knock somebody in the head!' He shot more bricks from the free throw line, not a total surprise considering he shoots 46 percent from the line. Evan Turner scored 12 points for the Sixers and Thaddeus Young had 10. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Miami Heat - N.Orleans H. 109-95
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) each scored 22 points, Mike Miller added 14 off the bench and the Miami Heat shook off a slow start to run away from the New Orleans Hornets 109-95 on Monday night. James added 11 rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which won for the eighth time in nine games and ended up with six players in double figures. Chris Bosh and Norris Cole each scored 12 for the Heat, and Mario Chalmers added 11. Miami was down 45-33 midway through the second quarter, then outscored New Orleans 76-50 the rest of the way. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry each scored 14 for New Orleans, which lost for the 17th time in 19 games after a 2-0 start. Emeka Okafor scored 13 points and Greivis Vasquez added 11 for the Hornets, who only managed 25 rebounds - the lowest total in the NBA this season. Miami had 39 rebounds, and James had more by himself than any two Hornets combined. There were all sorts of indicators suggesting that Miami would get off to a less-than-ideal start. It was Miami's third game in four nights, though all were at home. Monday's tip-off came about 24 hours after Sunday's down-to-the-wire epic against Chicago, where the Heat win wasn't secure until 0.1 seconds remained. And the second night of back-to-backs have been trouble all season for Miami, which had been 3-3 in those contests - including both of its home defeats, those coming against Atlanta and Milwaukee. So sure enough, the Heat started slowly - and found themselves in a 12-point hole against a team with the worst record in the Western Conference. New Orleans made 10 of its first 11 shots, then used a 16-6 run in the second quarter to build what was a 45-33 lead after Xavier Henry connected on a 3-pointer. With that, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called time-out. Whatever he said in that huddle worked wonders. When play resumed, Wade got going, and the game changed for good. Wade scored 11 straight Miami points to erase the deficit almost single-handedly - 13 out of 15 points as well, assisting a basket by James to account for the other two - and the Heat went into halftime up 51-49. They were just getting started. Less than a minute into the third quarter, Hornets coach Monty Williams was calling time-out, sensing the game was slipping away. And it was. Miami scored the first nine points of the third, stretching the lead to 60-49 and capping what was a 27-4 run over a span of less than eight minutes. James scored 14 points in the quarter, Chalmers made all three of his shots - all from 3-point range - and the Miami lead was up to 87-68 by the end of the period. By then, the only drama left was whether James would get his 33rd career triple-double. Instead, he got the fourth quarter off. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Milwaukee B. - Detroit P. 103-82
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) had 21 points, reserve Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) added a season-high 20 on 8-of-10 shooting and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 103-82 victory over the skidding Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Drew Gooden shot 7 of 9 and scored 16 points for Milwaukee, including seven straight early in the third quarter during a decisive 12-2 run to open the second half. Detroit, which has lost five straight and nine of 10, never led in falling to 4-18. Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points, and Greg Monroe added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee has won four of six after losing three straight. Jennings scored nine points in the first 7 1/2 minutes, helping the Bucks to a 30-16 lead after the first quarter. He added 12 in the third period. Milwaukee, led by Gooden, opened the third on a 12-2 run to turn a 47-41 halftime lead into a 59-43 advantage. Detroit got within 10 points in the third, but the Bucks sealed it by making nine of 10 shots spanning the third and fourth quarters - with the only miss being a three-quarters-court try by Jennings at the end of the third - to extend the lead to 75-60. Milwaukee led by as many as 23 points in the fourth. The Bucks got off to a strong start, shooting 68.8 percent in the first quarter (11 of 16). They led by as many as 18 in the second, but the Pistons rallied, closing the half on a 9-1 run to pull to within six at halftime. Stuckey had 11 in the period for Detroit, which outscored Milwaukee 25-17. One second-quarter possession, however, pretty much summed up the Pistons' struggles. It started positively, with Stuckey's steal, but Damien Wilkins missed an easy breakaway layup. Stuckey then missed two point-blank follows, but Detroit got another chance - before Monroe picked up a charge as he ran over Ersan Ilyasova on his way to the basket. Jennings came in averaging 20 points per game and has scored 20 or more in eight of the Bucks' last nine games. The only time he didn't during that stretch was Milwaukee's 100-89 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. He had 12 points and seven assists in that game. Milwaukee shot 10 of 17 on 3-pointers and 51.4 percent overall for the game. Detroit was 1 for 9 on 3s - connecting for the only time with less than a minute left - and shot just 38.6 percent for the game. Tayshaun Prince had 14 points for Detroit, which dropped to 1-10 on the road. Milwaukee is 6-2 at home. Detroit, which entered with the second-worst record in the NBA behind Charlotte, was without Ben Gordon (sore left shoulder), Charlie Villanueva (sore right ankle) and Will Bynum (strained right foot). All three are day-to-day. In their first meeting on Jan. 12 - a 102-93 Bucks win at Detroit - Monroe had a season-high 32 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com




Andray blatche could miss 3-5 weeks with strained calf - by Eurobasket News
Wizards big man Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) could miss a month or more with a strained calf, interim head coach Randy Wittman announced Monday. Blatche left Saturday's win over the Bobcats early after experiencing tightness in the calf, and the resulting MRI revealed the severity of the injury.

'He's probably looking at, after the doctors looked at an MRI, maybe 3-5 weeks with a strain,' Wittman said before Washington's home game against the Bulls. 'He tweaked it pretty good in Charlotte, and obviously there's a lot of bleeding in there, which leads to the inflammation in the calf. We've got to get that out of there first, and then we'll have a better idea what we're looking at.'

Blatche has struggled this year, averaging just 10.3 points while shooting just 38 percent from the field after averaging 16.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting last year. The Wizards, who have won only four of 20 games this season, play 18 games over the next five weeks.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


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Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Middlebury
 2. Hope, MI
 3. Va.Wesleyan
 4. WiscKing.-Whitew.
 5. MIT
 6. Amherst
 7. Cabrini
 8. Franklin & Marshall
 9. Mary Hardin Baylor
 10. Whitworth
 11. Birm.Southern
 12. Claremont-Mudd
 13. Wisc.-Stevens Point
 14. Wooster
 15. Augustana, IL
 16. Williams
 17. Emory
 18. Transylvania
 19. New York U.
 20. William Pater.
 21. Randolph-Macon
 22. Oswego St.
 23. Wheaton, IL
 24. Illinois Wesleyan
 25. Wash.-St.Louis


UW-Stevens Point tops UW-Whitewater - by Eurobasket News
Tyler Tillema (6'3''-G) led four Pointers in double figures as No. 16 Wisconsin-Stevens Point knocked off second-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater 71-60 at Kachel Gym on Wednesday evening.

After the Warhawks scored on their opening possession, Jordan Giordana knocked down consecutive three-pointers giving the Pointers a 6-2 advantage.

UWW then went on a 10-0 run, capped off by a three by Eric Bryson, to put the Warhawks up 12-6.

With 7:38 remaining in the half, Trevor Hass jump-started a 16-5 run with a three, giving UWSP a 35-24 advantage. UWW hit two free-throws near the end of the half and the Pointers took a 35-26 lead into the half.

The Warhawks opened the second half on a 21-5 run to claim the lead at 45-40 with the last six points coming from the foul line.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Dan Tillema (6'4''-G/F) and Joe Ritchay began a 14-3 run for UWSP, bringing the score to 57-48 with 5:42 remaining in the game.

UWW could only come within five points on two occasions, the last one with just under a minute to go, but UWSP connected on 8-of-8 free throws to close out the game, completing the 71-60 upset.

T. Tillema scored a game-high 16 points and tallied five assists while Hass and D. Tillema chipped in with 12 and 11, respectively. Jordan Brezinski recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Alex Merg led UWW with 12 point while Alex Edmunds helped with 11 and Luke Knoble and WIAC leading scorer Chris Davis each tallied 10.

For the game, the Pointers shot 50 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three and 85 percent from the line compared to the Warhawks 38.3 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from three and 78.3 percent from the line. UWSP also won the turnover battle, 13-9, while holding a 16-8 advantage on points off turnovers.

With the victory, UWSP moves into a first-place tie with UWW and the Pointers currently holds the tie breaker, coming out on top of both games against the Warhawks this season.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


No.10 Mary Hardin-Baylor tops HPU - by Eurobasket News
No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor dominated the second half and cruised to an 83-62 victory against Howard Payne Thursday night. The Cru improved to 17-1 overall and 13-1 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Howard Payne to 8-10 overall and 6-8 in the ASC on the season.

Howard Payne grabbed an early lead before back-to-back three pointers from Marlon Miller (5'11''-G) gave the Cru a 16-11 edge with 14:05 left in the first half. UMHB pushed the lead to as many as eight before the Yellow Jackets clawed back to take a 32-31 halftime lead. UMHB opened the second half with a 13-0 run to build an early double-digit lead, but Howard Payne once again answered.

The Yellow Jackets closed to within 50-48 with 11:57 to play in the game, but the Cru responded with a 12-4 run to take the lead back to double figures and UMHB stretched it out from there. UMHB had struggled early in its last two games and mounted furious second-half rallied in contest at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry last week.

Marlon Miller topped the Cru with 20 points. James Allen (6'0''-G) added 13 and Kitrick Bell (6'4''-F) scored 12 for UMHB. Greg Wiernas posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Cru shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 45 percent for the game. UMHB was just 3-17 from 3-point range, but out rebounded the Yellow Jackets 52-37.

Brandon Irwin (6'1''-G) led all scorers with 23 points for Howard Payne and he had 13 of those in the first half. Joshua Dada added 13 points and Ja'Kalan Gayden pulled down 12 rebounds. HPU shot 38 percent from the field and went 4-9 from 3-point range.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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Sauk Valley Predators sign new player, Mike Rose - by Eurobasket News
January The Sauk Valley Predators announce a new player to their organization, Mike Rose (6'4''-G/F-87, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky), a shooting guard from Eastern Kentucky. At 65 and 200 lbs. Mike was in the top 20 in two categories in the NCAA (scoring and 3 point percentage). He was also 16th in the nation in scoring at 20.2 ppg and from the 3-point land. Mikes strengths are his shooting ability, his understanding of the game and his athletic ability. He had huge games his last year for the 12-9 Eastern Kentucky team. He scored 33 points and 9 rebounds vs. Cevenant, 31 points and 5 rebounds vs. Tennessee State. His double-double was against Tennessee-Martin where he scored 24 points with 11 rebounds.

Mike went to Neuquavilley High School in Naperville, IL and went on to win the Conference championship as a junior and senior and was names all-state, all-conference and all-area while playing high school ball. He was recruited by UNLV, Washington State, many local colleges and of course Eastern Kentucky. Mike made a wise choice in selecting a school that could best showcase his talent and prepare him for the next level at Eastern Kentucky.

At Eastern Kentucky Mike averaged 20.4 points per game, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting 49% from the 3-point line. He is an excellent shooter who has been productive throughout his career. Scores the ball within the offense and doesnt force shots. Has the ability to play the point guard position but is not a true point guard.

Were really excited to have Mike join our team, and he already fits into the environment, he was able to get the feel of our home game crowd within the first two days, stated Leah Grenoble, Owner and Director of Operations. His host family was ready and willing to get him into their home and start following his talent.

The Sauk Valley Predators next game is away on Friday night vs. the Chicago Muscle. Individual and season tickets can be purchased online at www.saukvalleypredators.com. You can also view the other Predator players and full schedule.

The Predators are part of the Premier Basketball Leagues Central Division along with the following teams; Chicago Muscle, Central Illinois Drive, Indiana Diesels and the St. Louis Phoenix. The PBLs Eastern Division includes the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers, Dayton Air Strikers and the Rochester Razorbacks. For more information please visit www.thePBL.com.

Courtesy of www.thepbl.com


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Asseco Prokom add Robert Witka - by Michal Koza
Asseco Prokom Gdynia bolstered their roster. They signed a deal with Robert Witka (205-F-81). Last year he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in 35 games averaging 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist. The 30-year old forward had stints with PGE Turow and Anwil Wloclawek.

Polish U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Artur Wlodarczyk
Wlodarczyk
Filip Pruefer
Pruefer
Marek Zywert
Zywert
Michal Marek
Marek
Grzegorz Kulka
Kulka
#e#5
4 Artur Wlodarczyk 176-PG-96 Wisla AWF Kr. Poland
5 Filip Pruefer 208-C-96 PBG Basket Poland
6 Jakub Niziol 183-G-96 Slask Wroclaw Poland
7 Adam Kadej 198-F-96
8 Marek Zywert 181-G-96 AZS II Polit.W-wa Poland
9 Kamil Zywert 183-PG-96 AZS II Polit.W-wa Poland
10 Michal Marek 204-PF-96 Pyra Poznan Poland
11 Piotr Lucka 192-F-96 LKS Lodz Poland
12 Marcin Skorek 200-C-96 Slask Wroclaw Poland
13 Igor Wadowski 195-F-96 W-wa Ochota Poland
14 Grzegorz Kulka 198-PF-96 Polonia Poland
15 Wojciech Majchrzak 200-C-96 AZS II Polit.W-wa Poland

Arkadius Miloszewski Head Coach AZS II Polit.W-wa Poland


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Poland wins and loses in Ataturk arena - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 is with 2-2 record at the Turk Telekom Tournament for U16 teams. The team lost and won over the last two days.
In Day 3 Poland U16 overcame Slovenia U16 76:64. Slovenia carefully qualified the chances in the second quarter; they achieved to decrease the margin and tied the game by Zupan's points, 37:37. Later Poland took control of the game and won it. Artur Wlodarczyk (176-PG-96), Michal Marek (204-PF-96) and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each.
In the last game of Day 4 Turkey U16 edged Poland U16 59:43. The hosts limited the visiting side for only 4 points in the first period. Moreover they made the same in the third quarter after another 18-4. Egemen Guven led the way with 21 points and Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) netted 12. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) answered with 14 points in the losing case.


Standings

GROUP A
GP
W
L
+
-
P
1.
Egypt ( U17 )
4
4
0
333
252
8
2.
Turkey
4
3
1
295
252
7
3.
Serbia
4
3
1
292
254
7
4.
Poland
4
2
2
244
252
6
5.
Latvia
4
0
4
284
335
4
6.
Slovenia
4
0
4
232
335
4

GROUP B
GP
W
L
+
-
P
1.
Russia
4
4
0
291
222
8
2.
France
4
3
1
264
180
7
3.
Montenegro
4
2
2
248
228
6
4.
Germany
4
2
2
217
212
6
5.
Ukraine
4
1
3
226
258
5
6.
Bulgaria
4
0
4
190
336
4

Courtesy of: tbf.org.tr




Edwards' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Anwil and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out AZS Koszalin (#8, 10-12) in overtime 80-79. Anwil is placed at 3rd position in Polish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Anwil will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. Edwards turned to be Anwil's top player in his first season with the team. Central Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Edwards is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was John Turek (205-F/C-83) of top-ranked Trefl Sopot. He is American forward in his first season at Trefl Sopot. In the last game Turek recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Trefl Sopot to edge slightly lower-ranked PGE Turow (#2, 15-6) by 1 point 87-86. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Trefl Sopot consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 17-5 record. Turek is a newcomer at Trefl Sopot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#9). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Michal Michalak (194-G-93) of LKS Lodz (#13). Michalak got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Michalak's great performance LKS Lodz lost 76-105 to the higher-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#9, 10-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. LKS Lodz can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Michalak he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Michalak as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) of Energa Czarni - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84) of Zastal ZG - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) of PBG Basket - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Adam Waczynski (199-F-89) of Trefl Sopot - 19 points
8. John Edwards (213-C-81) of PGE Turow - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of AZS Koszalin - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Josh Miller (169-PG) of Siarka Jezioro - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Gomes number one in Portugal for round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Cape Verdean forward Joao Gomes (199-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Benfica, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Ginasio (#12, 0-14) with 33-point margin 94-61. It allowed Benfica to consolidate first place in the Cape Verdean LPB. Benfica has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Gomes as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Joao Gomes averages this season 10.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica. Hallman had a very good evening with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Academica to edge slightly higher-ranked CAB Madeira (#5, 8-6) 84-82. This victory allowed Academica 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 6-8 record. Hallman is a newcomer at Academica and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Austin Kenon (180-G) of CAB Madeira (#5). Kenon scored 27 points. Despite Kenon's great performance CAB Madeira lost 82-84 to slightly lower-ranked Academica (#7, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing CAB Madeira needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Kenon has a great season in Portugal. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (8th best) and assists with 4.1apg (7th best). He also has 2.4spg and and 3PT: 41.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Johnson (203-C/F-81) of Porto Ferpinta - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. David Jackson (201-F-88) of Barreirense - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Brian Morris (205-F-87) of Vitoria SC - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75) of Benfica - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Vitoria SC - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) of Barreirense - 21 points and 3 assists
10. Mohamed Camara (196-F-83) of Lusitania - 14 points, 13 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)


Jefferson number one in Portuguese Proliga for round 12 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Deantre Jefferson (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Oliveirense, receiving a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Povoa (#12, 2-10) 79-69. Oliveirense is placed at 8th position in Portuguese Proliga. Oliveirense is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-7 record. Jefferson turned to be Oliveirense's top player in his first season with the team. Former Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga star has very solid stats this year. Jefferson leads league in rebounds with 13.1rpg. Jefferson is in league's top in and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Cape Verdean Mario Neves (190-G/F-77) of Electrico FC. Neves had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Electrico FC to edge slightly higher-ranked Fisica (6-6) 79-77. This victory allowed Electrico FC to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Neves is a newcomer at Electrico FC, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) of Maia Basket (#9). Diamantino scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maia Basket, leading his team to a 78-41 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Gaeirense (#11, 3-9). The chances of Maia Basket ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Diamantino could help Maia Basket to bring them higher in the standings. Diamantino has a very solid season. In 4 games in Portugal he scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rui Quintino (196-F-83) of Galitos-Tley - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Vladimir Teixeira (180-G-84) of Povoa - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Flavio Gomes (194-G/F-89) of Angra - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Odair Conceicao (197-F-84) of Guifoes - 12 points and 16 rebounds
9. Jose Almeida (199-F-86) of Guifoes - 11 points and 15 rebounds
10. Joao Vicente (203-C-86) of Alges - 21 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)


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Arroyo to miss one more game due to injury: - by Luis Modestti
Puerto Rican guard Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) is expected to miss his next game with Besiktas due to a left calf injury.

The injury, suffered in practice, requires five to six days of resting to heal in order to work again in the court.

The guard missed the game (TBL) on January 28 against Bandirma and he will also miss the Eurochallenge game against BK Pardubice tomorrow. He could play this Saturday against Karsiyaka as part of the Turkish League.

Arroyo is averaging 10.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists in the Turkish League. In the Eurochallenge he averages 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists.



San German signs Marlon Garnett: - by Luis Modestti
Atlticos de San German announced the signing of shooting guard Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara). He will occupy the Latin-American spot in the roster since he has a passport from Belize.

Garnett has experience in the NBA, ABA, CBA, Spain, Italy, Croatia and other important leagues.

San German expects to have Harris Mike (198-F-83, college: Rice) from day one and Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) could join later in the season.

The team is already practicing under coach Nelson Colon. Filiberto Rivera, Raul Orta, Joel Nieves and Manuel De Jesus are already practicing.



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EuroCup: Benetton steal victory in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban - Benetton Treviso 70:71

Benetton executed a stunning comeback in the last minutes of the road game against Lokomotiv to clinch the second win in EuroCup Group L. Jobey Thomas (194-G-80, college: Charlotte) drained a three-pointer late in regulation to seal the victory for the Italian team. Benetton thus caught up with Lokomotiv Kuban at 2-1 record in the ladder. Jobey Thomas top-scored for Benetton with 22 points.
Lokomotiv opened the game confidently. The hosts piled up a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter as Lokomotiv kept their opponents at distance. However Benetton went out of the dressing room a different team. The visitors limited Lokomotiv to 10 points in the third period posting a 2-point lead before the fourth frame. Lokomotiv quickly regained the lead but Benetton went on a stunning rally capped by a three-pointer from Jobey Thomas and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) posted 17 points, while Vlad Moldoveanu (206-F/C-88, college: American) and Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) had 12 points each in the win. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Ali Traore 22, K.C. Rivers 15+10 boards
Benetton Treviso: Jobey Thomas 22, Sani Becirovic 17, Vlad Moldoveanu 12, Benjamin Ortner 12



EuroCup: Spartak SP bring victory from Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Spartak SP 68:81

Spartak SP extended their winning run in EuroCup season. The Russian powerhouse registered the third straight win in Last 16 round and stayed undefeated at the tournament. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Krka fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Spartak felt like home in Slovenia tonight. The visitors quickly pulled ahead and established a 20:13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Russian team maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Spartak built a 39:28 halftime advantage. The Saint Petersburg team controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 13-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Krka never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) finished with 13 points, while Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) added 12 points in the victory. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) top-scored with 15 points for Krka. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Dragic and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) came up with 11 points each.

Krka: Smiljan Pavic 15, Afik Nissim 11, Zoran Dragic 11, Jure Balazic 11
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 20, Patrick Beverley 13, Vladimir Dragicevic 12


EuroChallenge: Triumph steal road win over Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka - Triumph 77:79

Triumph snatched a road win over Pinar Karsiyaka in the fourth round of EuroChallenge Last 16 stage. The victory propelled Triumph at 1-3 record in Group L, while Karsiyaka slipped at 2-2 record. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) nailed 26 points to lead the charge.
Triumph entered the game with their backs against the wall. They surged ahead early on and managed to establish a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Triumph continued to dominate in the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 42:31 halftime advantage. Pinar Karsiyaka stepped on the gas in the third term. They poured in 25 points but Triumph almost matched the effort staying 9 points ahead at the final break 65:56. Karsiyaka used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to narrow the gap at three points 65:68. Artem Kuzyakin and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) restored a 9-point buffer in a while and Triumph hung on to snatch a narrow win at the end. Kyle Landry notched 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) provided 18 points in the victory. Karsiyaka answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds from Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA). Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points in the loss.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 24, Goran Ikonic 16
Triumph: Artem Kuzyakin 26, Kyle Landry 24+10 boards, Dmitry Kulagin 18



EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada opened Round 4 successfully - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod -Fuenlabrada 70:78

Fuenlabrada opened Round 4 successfully to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroChallenge. The Spanish representative overcame Nizhny Novgorod 78:70 in Russia.
Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) scored the first four points in the game, but Russian team grabbed 18:15 after the first period. With no victories in the Second Round, the hosts had the last chance to remain alive in the group. They improved to 27:19, while Mainoldi cut it to 39:37 at the halftime. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) brought the guests 42:41 lead and he increased to 57:47 later in the period. Jon Cortaberria (200-F-82) nailed three for 67:57 and Hall closed the game with a jump shot.
Saul Blanco led the winners with 16 points for perfect 4-0 record. Jon Cortaberria and Adrian Laso followed them with 10 points each. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) notched 15. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) netted 11, whilst Semen Antonov (202-F-89) added 8.

Nizhny Novgorod: Aliaksandr Pustahvar 17, Artem Yakovenko 15, Michal Ignerski 11, Semen Antonov 8
Fuenlabrada: Saul Blanco 16, Jon Cortaberria 10, Adrian Laso 10




Russian U16 National Team - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Aleksandr Gavrilov
Gavrilov
Aleksandr Zuev
Zuev
Pavel Afanasev
Afanasev
Andrey Korolyatin
Korolyatin
Maxim Morozov
Morozov
#e#5
4 Aleksandr Gavrilov 192-PG-96 CSKA Russia
5 Kirill Pisklov 190-PG-96
6 Dmitry Popov 200-PF-96 Khimky Russia
7 Daniil Klenkov 185-SG-96
8 Aleksandr Zuev 189-SG-96
9 Nikita Konyashin 202-PF-96
10 Pavel Afanasev 194-SG-96
11 Anton Prokopovich 202-PF-96
12 Andrey Korolyatin 200-PF-96 CSKA Russia
13 Vladimir Ivanov 190-SF-96 CSKA Russia
14 Vladislav Egorov 200-F-96 Spartak SP Russia
15 Maxim Morozov 202-PF-96



EuroCup: Another win for Khimky in Group J - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - BC Donetsk 68:55

Khimky toppled visiting BC Donetsk for the third straight win in EuroCup Last 16 round Group J. The win kept Khimky undefeated in the tournament. BC Donetsk fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Kresimir Loncar was the key player for Khimky in the first half. The Croatian centre scored 10 points to ensure the hosts got the upper hand in the first part of the encounter. The Russian team led by 6 points 17:11 after ten minutes but BC Donetsk managed to narrow the gap to 4 points 32:36 at the interval. But Khimky did not allow their opponent to take a sigh of relief after the big break. The home team stiffened their defence and boosted the gap to 10 points 54:44 heading into the fourth frame. BC Donetsk got within 7 points but Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Thomas Kelati silenced the visitors and brought another win for Khimky. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) accounted for 16 points, while Vitaly Fridzon had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for BC Donetsk. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 17, Vitaly Fridzon 17, Zoran Planinic 16
BC Donetsk: Viacheslav Kravtsov 17, Ramel Curry 11



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Stojanovic's 29 points give him B League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Srdjan Stojanovic put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak and receives a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Spartak in his team's victory, helping them to beat Vojvodina (#12, 5-10) 83-78. Spartak is placed at 4th position in Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spartak will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. It's Stojanovic's second year at Spartak and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Srdjan Stojanovic averages this season 14.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) of Viva Basket. He is a guard in his second season at Viva Basket. In the last game Bjelica recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 13 assists. Of course Viva Basket cruised to a 99-90 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Radnicki Stud. (#14, 4-11). This victory allowed Viva Basket to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Bjelica is well-known at Viva Basket and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.1ppg (#1). He also recorded 6.9 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Viva Basket's star - forward Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management). Vuletic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Viva Basket, helping his team with a 99-90 win against the lower-ranked Radnicki Stud. (#14, 4-11). The chances of Viva Basket ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vuletic could help Viva Basket to bring them higher in the standings. Vuletic has a great season in Serbia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 62.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Skoko (190-G-85) of Vojvodina - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Dukanac (199-F-80) of Mladost Cacak - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Miodrag Dinic (197-G-80) of Spartak - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Bojan Mihajlovic (198-F-88) of Viva Basket - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Srboljub Samailovic (194-G-82) of Radnicki Stud. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rados Vukolic) of Spartak - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Predrag Brankovic (185-G-83) of Jedinstvo NB - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Serbia improved to 3-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Serbia improved to 3-1 record at the Turk Telekom Tournament for U16 teams. The European team lost to Egypt but then won over Latvia in the last day of January.
In Day 3 the only African representative overcame Serbia U16 66:57. They started with 22-11 and had 19-17 in the second period. Moreover Egypt added 15-12 in the third period and did not mind 10-17 in the last stanza. Ehab Saleh poured in 15 points to lead the charge and Ahmed Soliman posted 11. Stefan Peno (190-G-97) replied with 16 points in defeat and Nikola Pavlovic (204-PF-96) notched 12.
In Day 4 Serbia edged Latvia 88:75. Trailing 19-23 after the first period, the Serbian side produced 20-13 in the second frame to take the halftime advantage. Moreover Serbia added 22-18 in the third quarter and never looked behind after. Nikola Pavlovic top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Ivan Daskalovic (199-SG-96) posted 18. Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) delivered 18 points for the Baltic side and Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) notched 14.



Stevan Jelovac shines in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) demonstrated great performance in Round 16 of the Turkish top division. The 23-year-old Serbian registered double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds against Turk Telekom. Unfortunately, his team lost that game 88-94. Jelovac participated in 3-point shootout contest at the TBL All-Star Game recently. He reached the finals, but was not able to beat Jonathan Gibson. This is the first season abroad for Stevan Jelovac. He averages 13.3 points and 4.1 rebounds (16 games). Jelovac has impressive 45% from behind the arc. He split the last season between Crvena Zvezda and Mega Vizura. Jelovac played for U18 and U20 Serbian National Teams in the past.

Nemanja Jelesijevic moves to Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) is a new member of Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje. He signed a deal for rest of the season. The experienced big guy already made debut for his new team. He had 17 points and 8 rebounds last weekend against Lirija. Rabotnicki lost that game on the road 94-74. Nemanja Jelesijevic started the season with Kumanovo. He averaged 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 14 games with them. Jelesijevic played in FYROM last season as well. He split it between Ovce Pole and Torus. In 2009/10, the center played for Olympique Antibes in French ProB. There he had 8.6 ppg and 3 rpg for 13 games. Jelesijevic also has experience from Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel and Germany. In Serbia, he played for Crvena Zvezda, Partizan, Sloga and Masinac.

Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Konstantin 11-3 
 2. Mladost Zemun 10-4 
 3. Jagodina 9-6 
 4. Spartak 9-6 
 5. Radnicki OB 9-6 
 6. Mladost Cacak 8-6 
 7. Crnokosa 7-8 
 8. Viva Basket 7-8 
 9. Napredak A. 7-8 
 10. Beovuk 72 6-9 
 11. Sabac 6-9 
 12. Vojvodina 5-10 
 13. Jedinstvo NB 5-10 
 14. Radnicki Stud. 4-11 


Serbian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Stefan Peno
Peno
Jovan Starincevic
Starincevic
Nikola Pavlovic
Pavlovic
Vasilije Vucetic
Vucetic
Ivan Daskalovic
Daskalovic
#e#5
4 Stefan Peno 190-G-97 OKK Beograd Serbia
5 Stefan Lazarevic 193-SG-96 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
6 Marko Stajkovski 200-SF-96
7 Gojko Dokovic 203-SF-96 Hemofarm Serbia
8 Radovan Dokovic 193-G-97 Mega Vizura Serbia
9 Jovan Andelkovic 188-PG-96 Mladost Za. Serbia
10 Jovan Starincevic 188-PG-96
11 Andrija Matic 202-F-97 Mega Vizura Serbia
12 Nikola Pavlovic 204-PF-96 Hemofarm Serbia
13 Jovan Grujic 205-C-97 Partizan Serbia
14 Vasilije Vucetic 206-PF-96 Union Olimpija Slovenia
15 Ivan Daskalovic 199-SG-96 Crvena Zvezda Serbia



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Rolling!!!!! - by Anthony Jones
Last time I wrote on here I think we were in 4th or 5th place and was really starting to improve as a team. Now we have won 7 of our last 8 games including the last two games against the #1 and #2 teams in the league. Both games were very tough and close games but we prevailed in the end. At the beginning of the season we just were unable to win on the road now we have some quality wins on the road and at home we have always been great. Individually I am still #1 in scoring and now #1 in assists. I try every single practice and every single game to make my teammates better and try to get them easy shots. I really notice the change in the defenses focusing on me even more now so I think my assists can go up even more, because my teammates have been playing great. We are in 3rd place, but it is a tight race and no one will know until the last regular season game how the playoffs will look like. We are looking to finish the last 6 games strong and be in a great rhythm for the playoffs and hopefully have home court advantage for the 1st two rounds. I don't think many people expected Handlova to be in the top 3 towards the end of the season so I am doing everything I can to continue to surprise people. We are heading into the cup games this week in Nitra and it should be fun as all of the teams will play and the Championship will be on the final day. They also have a 3point contest and dunk contest would should be a lot of fun.
I have to mention our fans and the fans in general in Slovakia. They are amazing! Everyone is so into the games, and cheers every single game. Ever since the 1st preseason game the fans were at the game and it was almost sold out so I knew they were special here. They chant your name, make signs and cheer hard every game. Some of them come to the practices so as a player that is great to see that appreciation. The derby game that we have against Prievidza is unbelievable and a blessing to get to play in a game like that. I wish every game was a derby/rivalry game. Fans are screaming at one another, the games are sold out completely, and they are there over an hour before the game. When I walk into the gym I have a tingling feeling all over my body and I am immediately ready to play. I have so much energy and anticipation built up inside , I wish it would never end. But this is the end of this blog, Ciao World!!!


People can contact by e-mail, (ajbball21@gmail.com)

AJ #15 MBK Handlova!

Stay Tuned!



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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Slovenia lost another two - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia lost another two games at Turk Telekom Tournament for U16 teams. The team was beaten by Poland in Day 3 and smashed by Egypt tonight.
In Day 3 Poland U16 overcame Slovenia U16 76:64. Slovenia carefully qualified the chances in the second quarter; they achieved to decrease the margin and tied the game by Nejc Zupan's points, 37:37. Later Poland took control of the game and won it. Artur Wlodarczyk (176-PG-96), Michal Marek (204-PF-96) and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each.
In Day 4 Egypt destroyed Slovenia 101:53 winning all the quarters. Egypt started with massive 30-11 and never looked behind. The African team added 23-14 in the second period and had 18-15 in the third period. Another 30-13 in the last stanza gave them three digit victory. Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) collected 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Ehab Saleh nailed 16. Aljaz Slutej (191-PG-96) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, while Domen Janc (180-G-96) and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) added 9 apiece.




EuroCup: Spartak SP bring victory from Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Spartak SP 68:81

Spartak SP extended their winning run in EuroCup season. The Russian powerhouse registered the third straight win in Last 16 round and stayed undefeated at the tournament. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Krka fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Spartak felt like home in Slovenia tonight. The visitors quickly pulled ahead and established a 20:13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Russian team maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Spartak built a 39:28 halftime advantage. The Saint Petersburg team controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 13-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Krka never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) finished with 13 points, while Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) added 12 points in the victory. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) top-scored with 15 points for Krka. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Dragic and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) came up with 11 points each.

Krka: Smiljan Pavic 15, Afik Nissim 11, Zoran Dragic 11, Jure Balazic 11
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 20, Patrick Beverley 13, Vladimir Dragicevic 12


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 12-2 
 2. Elektra 11-3 
 3. Zlatorog 10-4 
 4. Sentjur 9-5 
 5. Rogaska 7-7 
 6. Polzela 7-7 
 7. Maribor Messer 7-8 
 8. Geoplin Slovan 6-8 
 9. Parklji 1-13 
 10. LTHcast Mercator 1-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


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Liga Endesa: Pablo Laso named Coach of the Month (January) - by Eurobasket News
Pablo Laso is the winner of Liga Endesa monthly award. The Spanish specialist and his team Real Madrid were unbeaten in January registering all five wins. Xavier Pascual of Regal Barca and Alfonso Alonso of Lagun Aro GBC share the second place with four wins and one defeat. Hose Luis Abos of CAI Zaragoza follows them with 3-2 record in January. Real Madrid currently has 15-3 score. They share the first place in the league with Barcelona. In the next round, Real will meet Gersrap Bilbao. The game will be played in Madrid. Barca also goes to Madrid, but for the game against Estudiantes. Both, Real and Barca, will play their Euroleague games tomorrow and on Thursday.

EuroCup: Valencia silence Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Valencia 71:80

Valencia earned the third straight win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They defeated Nymburk in Czech Republic tonight to stay on top of Group I. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) exploded with 32 points to lead the winners. Nymburk slipped at 2-1 record after the loss.
Valencia marked their ambitions early in the game. The visitors outscored Nymburk in the first frame to enjoy a 20:12 advantage. Valencia boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Spaniards stretched the margin to as many as 15 points 45:30 at the interval. Nymburk however were not about to give up easily. The hosts went on a comeback rally in the third frame. Nymburk narrowed the deficit at just 3 points at the final intermission 56:59. But Valencia did not allow their opponents to take over completely. Nando De Colo and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) came up for the visitors in the final frame leading Valencia to the victory. Niklas Caner-Medley and Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) finished with 14 points each in the win. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) nailed 20 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) delivered 17 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 20, Pavel Pumprla 17
Valencia: Nando De Colo 32, Niklas Caner-Medley 14, Victor Claver 14



EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada opened Round 4 successfully - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod -Fuenlabrada 70:78

Fuenlabrada opened Round 4 successfully to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroChallenge. The Spanish representative overcame Nizhny Novgorod 78:70 in Russia.
Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) scored the first four points in the game, but Russian team grabbed 18:15 after the first period. With no victories in the Second Round, the hosts had the last chance to remain alive in the group. They improved to 27:19, while Mainoldi cut it to 39:37 at the halftime. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) brought the guests 42:41 lead and he increased to 57:47 later in the period. Jon Cortaberria (200-F-82) nailed three for 67:57 and Hall closed the game with a jump shot.
Saul Blanco led the winners with 16 points for perfect 4-0 record. Jon Cortaberria and Adrian Laso followed them with 10 points each. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) notched 15. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) netted 11, whilst Semen Antonov (202-F-89) added 8.

Nizhny Novgorod: Aliaksandr Pustahvar 17, Artem Yakovenko 15, Michal Ignerski 11, Semen Antonov 8
Fuenlabrada: Saul Blanco 16, Jon Cortaberria 10, Adrian Laso 10




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Eliassson number one in Swedish Basketettan for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Jesper Eliassson (202-F-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Solna Branten, receiving a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 17-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Brahe Basket (#4, 11-6) 74-71. Solna Branten is placed at 7th position in Swedish Basketettan. Solna Branten is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-9 record. It's Eliassson's second year at Solna Branten and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jesper Eliassson has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.9rpg) and averages impressive 53.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackeberg. Bergstrom had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackeberg lost that game 82-91 to slightly higher-ranked Orongo (#5, 9-7). This loss caused Blackeberg to drop to 7th position in North. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bergstrom is one of the most experienced players at Blackeberg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#3). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Derlin Kumbi (191-F-89) of Akropol (#4). Kumbi scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Kumbi's great performance Akropol lost 76-79 to the lower-ranked Uppsala KFUM (#9, 5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Akropol needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Kumbi has a very solid season. In 16 games in Sweden he scored 9.4ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83) of Brahe Basket - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Richard Hartmann (201-F-89) of Akropol - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84) of Hoganas - 30 points and 3 rebounds
7. Rikard Flink (200-F-83) of Helsingborg - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Mathias Liljeqvist (196-F-92) of Nassjo - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) of Orongo - 24 points and 8 rebounds
10. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Eagles - 14 points, 7 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)


LF Baskets signs Matija Poscic - by Eurobasket News
Matija Poscic (205-C-85, college: De Paul) will continue his career in Sweden. The Croatian big guy penned a deal with LF Basket for rest of the season. Actually, Poscic already made debut for his new team last weekend. He had 8 points and 9 rebounds in a game against Eco Orebro. Matija Poscic started this season with Svjetlost Salvonski Brod. He appeared 11 times in Croatian league averaging 12.1 points and 7 rebounds. Last season Poscic spent with Kvarner Rijeka. There he had 7.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 27 games. In 2009/10, the player was a member of Trogir ZP. Matija Poscic is a product of De Paul University, where he graduated in 2009. He transferred to De Paul in 2007 from the Highland CC.

Mark Tyndale leaves DniproAzot, joins Sundsvall Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Mark Tyndale (196-G-86, college: Temple) is no longer the player of DniproAzot. The guard was released by the Ukrainian team. Mark Tyndale joined DniproAzot in January for a tryout period. He appeared in three Superleague games. His stats read 3.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in those appearances. Mark Tyndale quickly found a new team. He signed a deal with the Sundsvall Dragons from Sweden. Last season the guard played in Germany. Mark Tyndale was the member of Telekom Bonn squad. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per EuroChallenge game. In Bundesliga he notched 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Previously Mark Tyndale has stints in Australia and D-League.


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 15-0 
 2. Taby 13-3 
 3. LF Future 11-4 
 4. Akropol 11-5 
 5. Orongo 9-7 
 6. Haga Haninge 9-7 
 7. Blackeberg 8-8 
 8. Talje 6-10 
 9. Uppsala KFUM 5-11 
 10. Jarva Devils 5-11 
 11. Eskilstuna 2-14 
 12. BG Lulea 1-15 
South
 1. Malbas 15-1 
 2. Nassjo 14-2 
 3. Hoganas 12-3 
 4. Brahe Basket 11-6 
 5. Srbija 10-6 
 6. Helsingborg 7-8 
 7. Solna Branten 5-9 
 8. Hogsbo 5-11 
 9. Fryshuset 5-11 
 10. Sanda 4-12 
 11. Eos 3-12 
 12. Norrkoping BK 2-12 


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Selcuk Univ. 16-4 
 2. Genc Telekom 15-5 
 3. Optimum TED 15-5 
 4. Akhisar Bld 14-6 
 5. Gaziantep 14-6 
 6. Final Genclik 14-6 
 7. Maliye Milli 14-6 
 8. Vestel 11-9 
 9. Istanbul B.B. 10-10 
 10. Pamukkale 9-11 
 11. Darussafaka 9-11 
 12. Baskent Genclik 8-12 
 13. Balikesir 8-12 
 14. Pertevniyal 8-12 
 15. Tire Gucu 8-12 
 16. Gelisim 7-13 
 17. Istanbulspor 6-14 
 18. Orman Genc 6-14 
 19. Usak 6-14 
 20. TED Istanbul 2-18 


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Turkey U16 reached the third straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 reached the third straight victory at the Turk Telekom Tournament for U16 teams. The home side celebrated the latest two victories for 3-1 record in Group A.
In Day 3 Turkey U16 rolled over Latvia U16 94:69. A tough first quarter brought 23-22 in the game, while the hosts added 27-22 for 6-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Turkey won the third and the last quarters respectively to seal the victory. Mert Cevik (195-G-96) paced all the winners with 23 points, while Berk Ibrahim Ugurlu scored 13. Rauls Avenitis ended up with 14 points in defeat and Ervins Meznieks (185-F-96) notched 13.
In the last game of Day 4 Turkey U16 edged Poland U16 59:43. The hosts limited the visiting side for only 4 points in the first period. Moreover they made the same in the third quarter after another 18-4. Egemen Guven led the way with 21 points and Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) netted 12. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) answered with 14 points in the losing case.


Standings

GROUP A
GP
W
L
+
-
P
1.
Egypt ( U17 )
4
4
0
333
252
8
2.
Turkey
4
3
1
295
252
7
3.
Serbia
4
3
1
292
254
7
4.
Poland
4
2
2
244
252
6
5.
Latvia
4
0
4
284
335
4
6.
Slovenia
4
0
4
232
335
4

GROUP B
GP
W
L
+
-
P
1.
Russia
4
4
0
291
222
8
2.
France
4
3
1
264
180
7
3.
Montenegro
4
2
2
248
228
6
4.
Germany
4
2
2
217
212
6
5.
Ukraine
4
1
3
226
258
5
6.
Bulgaria
4
0
4
190
336
4

Courtesy of: tbf.org.tr




TB2L Round 21: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

TB2L round 21 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Genc Telekom (15-5) against nineteenth ranked Usak (6-14) 78-76 was the most important game of the last round. Genc Telekom was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Usak made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Genc Telekom helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Cem Coskun (209-C-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Panamanian guard Ruben Douglas (193-79, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Genc Telekom. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Usak moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Istanbulspor and Orman Genc. Genc Telekom at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Optimum TED. They were replaced at the leadership position by Selcuk Univ.. Genc Telekom will play next round against Maliye Milli trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara - Maliye Milli. Usak will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Gaziantep on the road.
Eleventh-ranked Darussafaka (9-11) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Selcuk Universitesi (16-4) in Istanbul. The visitors from Konya managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Mustafa Gucyetmez chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was center Dogukan Sonmez (206-92) with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Darussafaka's coach Aziz Bekir rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Selcuk Universitesi have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Darussafaka lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pamukkale. Selcuk Universitesi will play against Istanbul B.B. (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Darussafaka will play against Pertevniyal in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Optimum TED (15-5) which hosted in Ankara 4th placed Final Genclik (14-6). Third ranked Optimum TED had an easy win 104-68. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Final Genclik. Olumuyiwa Famutimi nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Esat Sinanoglu came up with 13 points and 6 assists for Final Genclik in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Optimum TED. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Genc Telekom. Loser Final Genclik keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Optimum TED's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Orman Genc.
Tire Gucu (#13) forced the game against Vestel (#8) into an overtime, but lost by four points 73-77. The game took place in Tire. But the guests from Manisa were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Hadi Ozdemir who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Vestel's coach Murat Askin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Vestel maintains eighth place with 11-9 record. Tire Gucu lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Vestel's next round opponent will be Istanbulspor (#17) at home and are hoping to win another game. Tire Gucu will play against TED Istanbul (#20).
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Gaziantep (14-6) and Balikesir (8-12), which took place in Balikesir. Higher ranked Gaziantep lost to fourteenth ranked Balikesir in a road game 68-79 on Saturday. It was a good game for Charles Jackson who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Balikesir moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Gaziantep dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Balikesir will face Baskent Genclik (#12) in Ankara in the next round. Gaziantep will play at home against Usak (#19).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Orman Genc was beaten by Maliye Milli on the road 84-74. Akhisar Bld won against Baskent Genclik on its own court 75-59. Istanbul B.B. managed to outperform Istanbulspor in a road game 81-71. Gelisim managed to beat TED Istanbul at home 72-64. Pamukkale was defeated by Pertevniyal on the opponent's court 97-92.


Darussafaka - Selcuk Univ. 77-78
Eleventh-ranked Darussafaka (9-11) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Selcuk Universitesi (16-4) in Istanbul. The visitors from Konya managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 20-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and guard Mustafa Gucyetmez (188-80) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was center Dogukan Sonmez (206-92) with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Muhammed Baygul scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Darussafaka's coach Aziz Bekir rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Selcuk Universitesi have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Darussafaka lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pamukkale. Selcuk Universitesi will play against Istanbul B.B. (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Darussafaka will play against Pertevniyal in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: M.Gucyetmez 18+2reb+3ast, E.Turetken 18+4reb+1ast, H.Antwan Dobie 14+1ast, M.Ufuk Kacar 12+3reb+2ast, I.Cevik 6+2reb, O.Aydin 6+7reb+1ast
Darussafaka: M.Baygul 21+3reb, D.Sonmez 17+6reb+1ast, G.Sunter 13+3reb, B.Selen 10+7reb, J.Carter 6+2reb+4ast, J.Dollard 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148700


Maliye Milli - Orman Genc 84-74
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Maliye Milli (14-6) beat 18th ranked Orman Genc (6-14) in Ankara 84-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Maliye Milli. Orman Genc was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Orman Genc 40-28 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Orman Genc was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Four Maliye Milli players scored in double figures. Forward Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) answered with 17 points and Sinan Ozgur added 14 points in the effort for Orman Genc. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maliye Milli moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Orman Genc dropped to the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Maliye Milli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Genc Telekom.
Top scorers:
Maliye Milli: C.Erdeniz 20+5reb+2ast, A.Johnson 18+6reb+1ast, T.Tekinalp 11+7reb, F.Aydemir 11+1reb+3ast, O.Altinmakas 7+5reb+1ast, M.Kabakci 7+2reb+1ast
Orman Genc: A.Erhan Kocamis 17+4reb+2ast, S.Ozgur 14+3reb+2ast, H.Karabulut 11+2reb, U.Aksoy 8+7reb+1ast, Y.Poturoglu 5+3reb+1ast, T.Yener 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 148696


Akhisar Bld - Baskent Genclik 75-59
Very expected game when 12th ranked Baskent Genclik (8-12) lost on the road to sixth ranked Akhisar Bld (14-6) 75-59 on Saturday. The hosts 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 75-59. Akhisar Bld dominated on the defensive end, holding Baskent Genclik to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a good game for American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Levent Demirci (190-76) contributed with 7 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Goktug Ezel Akgor (193-84) added 14 points in the effort for Baskent Genclik. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akhisar Bld moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Baskent Genclik keeps the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Akhisar Bld will face Pamukkale (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Baskent Genclik will play against Balikesir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 26+12reb+1ast, C.Terzioglu 13+1ast, O.Bugra Dag 8+4reb, L.Demirci 7+6reb+1ast, G.Esmer 6+1reb+1ast, M.Eken 6+3reb+1ast
Baskent Genclik: M.Gray 18+8reb+2ast, G.Ezel Akgor 14+4reb+1ast, B.Demirci 10+1reb, R.Ozturk 7+4reb+3ast, T.Orge 3+2reb+1ast, M.Sevda 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148697


Tire Gucu - Vestel 73-77 OT
Tire Gucu (#13) forced the game against Vestel (#8) into an overtime, but lost by four points 73-77. The game took place in Tire. But the guests from Manisa were better at the end. Tire Gucu was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Vestel, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-9. Vestel outrebounded Tire Gucu 47-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Azizcan Ozdemir (201-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Vestel's coach Murat Askin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Cemal Bayraktar (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Tire Gucu players scored in double figures. Vestel maintains eighth place with 11-9 record. Tire Gucu lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Vestel's next round opponent will be Istanbulspor (#17) at home and are hoping to win another game. Tire Gucu will play against TED Istanbul (#20).
Top scorers:
Vestel: A.Ozdemir 18+8reb, H.Ozdemir 15+13reb+2ast, S.Topcu 9+4reb+4ast, C.Erdogan 9+3reb+4ast, H.Erol 9+9reb+3ast, H.Cantopcu 6+2reb
Tire Gucu: J.Carter 23+7reb+4ast, C.Bayraktar 16+4reb+4ast, T.Boswell 10+3reb, A.Yolcu 10+4reb+2ast, A.Cetinkaya 5+1reb+1ast, A.Yuce 4+11reb
gschID: 148698


Usak - Genc Telekom 78-76
TB2L round 21 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Genc Telekom (15-5) against nineteenth ranked Usak (6-14) 78-76 was the most important game of the last round. Genc Telekom was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Usak made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Genc Telekom helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Cem Coskun (209-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Panamanian guard Ruben Douglas (193-79, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Genc Telekom. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Usak moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Istanbulspor and Orman Genc. Genc Telekom at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Optimum TED. They were replaced at the leadership position by Selcuk Univ.. Genc Telekom will play next round against Maliye Milli trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara - Maliye Milli. Usak will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Gaziantep on the road.
Top scorers:
Usak: C.Coskun 24+11reb+1ast, R.Douglas 11+5reb+2ast, N.Pastal 10+6reb, M.Erol 9+4reb, V.Volkan Basaran 8+4reb+3ast, E.Algin 6+4reb
Genc Telekom: N.Delic 22+6reb+1ast, S.Ekmen 15+2reb+2ast, H.Avci 8+4reb+1ast, C.Ugur Ogut 8+5reb+7ast, M.Goerur 8+6reb+2ast, K.Cipa 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148699


Istanbulspor - Istanbul B.B. 71-81
Very predictable result when tenth ranked Istanbul B.B. (10-10) won against on the road 16th ranked Istanbulspor (6-14) 81-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Istanbul B.B.. Istanbulspor was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Istanbulspor 35-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Sezgin Eris (185-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Guard Umutcan Ozyildirim (196-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Istanbul B.B.'s coach Hakan Kocakurt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kerem Ulukaya (-90) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Istanbulspor. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Istanbul B.B.. They moved-up to ninth place. Loser Istanbulspor dropped to the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Istanbul B.B. will face league's leader Selcuk Universitesi in Konya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Istanbulspor will play on the road against Vestel (#8) in Manisa.
Top scorers:
Istanbul B.B.: S.Eris 19+2reb+5ast, C.Mumcuogullari 14+2reb, R.Dogrusoez 12+2reb+3ast, U.Ozyildirim 10+7reb+1ast, M.Kolaric 8+10reb, U.Yanar 6+2reb+2ast
Istanbulspor: K.Ulukaya 18+5reb+3ast, K.Barber 17+6reb, O.Sonsirma 14+3reb+5ast, H.Uskuplu 12+1reb+3ast, T.Barnies 9+3reb, A.Kan 1+1reb+4ast
gschID: 148693


Balikesir - Gaziantep 79-68
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Gaziantep (14-6) and Balikesir (8-12), which took place in Balikesir. Higher ranked Gaziantep lost to fourteenth ranked Balikesir in a road game 68-79 on Saturday. Gaziantep was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Yunus Akcay (-89) contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) answered with 30 points and 9 rebounds and center Umut Durmus (206-80) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Gaziantep. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Balikesir moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Gaziantep dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Balikesir will face Baskent Genclik (#12) in Ankara in the next round. Gaziantep will play at home against Usak (#19).
Top scorers:
Balikesir: Y.Akcay 17+1reb+2ast, C.Jackson 16+8reb+2ast, A.Uruk 10+1reb+2ast, S.Akyol 9+1reb+3ast, O.Bostanci 7+4reb+2ast, M.Ozdogan 7+1ast
Gaziantep: A.Waller 30+9reb+2ast, M.Ademoglu 9+5reb+1ast, H.Dogan 9+4reb, U.Durmus 8+7reb, E.Eryuz 6+3reb+2ast, A.Kaplan 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 148694


Optimum TED - Final Genclik 104-68
An interesting game for Optimum TED (15-5) which hosted in Ankara 4th placed Final Genclik (14-6). Third ranked Optimum TED had an easy win 104-68. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Final Genclik. The game without a history. Optimum TED led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Final Genclik's 24. Optimum TED forced 28 Final Genclik turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Optimum TED especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-Canadian swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84, college: Arkansas) nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Ali Kavaklioglu (186-86) accounted for 18 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. point guard Esat Sinanoglu (188-82) came up with 13 points and 6 assists and guard Onur Aksoy (192-84) added 12 points respectively for Final Genclik in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Optimum TED. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Genc Telekom. Loser Final Genclik keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Optimum TED's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Orman Genc.
Top scorers:
Optimum TED: O.Famutimi 23+6reb+2ast, A.Kavaklioglu 18+3reb+9ast, N.Ozbakir 17+5reb+4ast, O.Orcun Gollu 16+2reb+6ast, H.Yapar 14+4reb+3ast, C.Amasyali 5+1reb
Final Genclik: E.Sinanoglu 13+3reb+6ast, O.Aksoy 12+4reb+1ast, U.Yilmaz 11, C.Tate 11+3reb, O.Sungur 10+3reb+1ast, O.Okkali 3+2reb
gschID: 148695


Gelisim - TED Istanbul 72-64
Not a big story in a game when 20th ranked TED Istanbul (2-18) lost to seventeenth ranked Gelisim (7-13) in Izmir 64-72 on Friday. TED Istanbul trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-72 at the end of the game. Gelisim made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for power forward Eren Ocakturk (204-87, agency: 1x1 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Ozgun Onver (195-82) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Gelisim players scored in double figures. American forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) answered with 7 points and 14 rebounds and Ahmet Demirhan (-87, agency: EM-PA) added 13 points in the effort for TED Istanbul. TED Istanbul's coach Zafer Cavusoglu let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gelisim moved-up to sixteenth place. TED Istanbul lost their sixteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Gelisim will face higher ranked Final Genclik (#6) in Bursa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TED Istanbul will play at home against Tire Gucu (#15).
Top scorers:
Gelisim: E.Ocakturk 18+9reb, O.Onver 13+6reb+6ast, S.Gursu 12+4reb+3ast, D.Williams 10+5reb+1ast, K.Isbilen 9+5reb, D.Vaughn Washington 5+1reb
TED Istanbul: A.Demirhan 13+2reb+2ast, C.Uzun 10+2reb+2ast, A.Ozer 8+6reb+2ast, G.Sonmez 7+3reb+1ast, N.Evans 7+2reb+1ast, S.Taggart 7+14reb+1ast
gschID: 148691


Pertevniyal - Pamukkale 97-92
There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Pertevniyal (8-12) defeated higher ranked Pamukkale (9-11) in Istanbul 97-92 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pertevniyal dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Pamukkale's 42. Pamukkale was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Burak Can who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Center Ramazan Tekin (212-93) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Goekhan Senol (183-84) answered with 23 points and 7 assists and center Ismail Esmeray (-86) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pamukkale. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Pertevniyal moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Pamukkale dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Pertevniyal's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: B.Can 23+15reb+1ast, R.Tekin 22+6reb+1ast, S.Yikilmaz 21+2reb+2ast, T.Erulku 13+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 8+4reb, C.Osman 5+1reb
Pamukkale: G.Senol 23+1reb+7ast, I.Esmeray 19+10reb+1ast, G.Baybora 19+2reb+2ast, W.Caudle 13+9reb+4ast, A.Bozdag 7+3reb, A.Sevda 5
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EuroChallenge: Triumph steal road win over Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka - Triumph 77:79

Triumph snatched a road win over Pinar Karsiyaka in the fourth round of EuroChallenge Last 16 stage. The victory propelled Triumph at 1-3 record in Group L, while Karsiyaka slipped at 2-2 record. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) nailed 26 points to lead the charge.
Triumph entered the game with their backs against the wall. They surged ahead early on and managed to establish a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Triumph continued to dominate in the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 42:31 halftime advantage. Pinar Karsiyaka stepped on the gas in the third term. They poured in 25 points but Triumph almost matched the effort staying 9 points ahead at the final break 65:56. Karsiyaka used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to narrow the gap at three points 65:68. Artem Kuzyakin and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) restored a 9-point buffer in a while and Triumph hung on to snatch a narrow win at the end. Kyle Landry notched 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) provided 18 points in the victory. Karsiyaka answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds from Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA). Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points in the loss.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 24, Goran Ikonic 16
Triumph: Artem Kuzyakin 26, Kyle Landry 24+10 boards, Dmitry Kulagin 18



EuroCup: Lance Williams leads Banvit past Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Buducnost 68:61

Banvit prevailed against Buducnost in Round 3 of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Turkish team celebrated their second win at this stage of the tournament. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) was instrumental in the victory scoring 21 points. Buducnost fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Banvit enjoyed a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin a bit in the second quarter. Banvit established a 31:27 halftime advantage. The Turkish team cleared off in the third period. The hosts limited Buducnost to 9 points in the quarter and ensured a 17-point margin heading into the fourth quarter. The Montenegrin side went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame scoring 25 points but Banvit hang on to escape with the win at the end. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) finished with 12 points, while Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 10 in the victory. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points each for Buducnost.

Banvit: Lance Williams 21, Charles Davis 12, Serkan Erdogan 10
Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 14, Cedomir Vitkovac 14



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EuroCup: Another win for Khimky in Group J - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - BC Donetsk 68:55

Khimky toppled visiting BC Donetsk for the third straight win in EuroCup Last 16 round Group J. The win kept Khimky undefeated in the tournament. BC Donetsk fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Kresimir Loncar was the key player for Khimky in the first half. The Croatian centre scored 10 points to ensure the hosts got the upper hand in the first part of the encounter. The Russian team led by 6 points 17:11 after ten minutes but BC Donetsk managed to narrow the gap to 4 points 32:36 at the interval. But Khimky did not allow their opponent to take a sigh of relief after the big break. The home team stiffened their defence and boosted the gap to 10 points 54:44 heading into the fourth frame. BC Donetsk got within 7 points but Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Thomas Kelati silenced the visitors and brought another win for Khimky. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) accounted for 16 points, while Vitaly Fridzon had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for BC Donetsk. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 17, Vitaly Fridzon 17, Zoran Planinic 16
BC Donetsk: Viacheslav Kravtsov 17, Ramel Curry 11



Mark Tyndale leaves DniproAzot, joins Sundsvall Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Mark Tyndale (196-G-86, college: Temple) is no longer the player of DniproAzot. The guard was released by the Ukrainian team. Mark Tyndale joined DniproAzot in January for a tryout period. He appeared in three Superleague games. His stats read 3.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in those appearances. Mark Tyndale quickly found a new team. He signed a deal with the Sundsvall Dragons from Sweden. Last season the guard played in Germany. Mark Tyndale was the member of Telekom Bonn squad. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per EuroChallenge game. In Bundesliga he notched 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Previously Mark Tyndale has stints in Australia and D-League.


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
 1. Avantazh-Pol. 14-2 
 2. VolinBasket 13-3 
 3. Musson 12-4 
 4. Aviastar 11-5 
 5. Pulsar 9-7 
 6. BK Kremen 8-8 
 7. Koksokh-Stal 5-9 
 8. Sportlitsey 3-13 
 9. Vinnitsky Zubry 1-11 
 10. Ternopil 0-14 


Ukrainian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Nikita Voievoda
Voievoda
Maksym Miroshnychenko
Miroshnychenko
Oleksandr Kobets
Kobets
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Mykhailiuk
Sergiy Pryymak
Pryymak
#e#5
4 Nykyta Karkishchenko 182-SG-96 BC Odessa Ukraine
5 Illya Sydorov 183-PG-96
6 Nikita Voievoda 180-PG-96
7 Maksym Miroshnychenko 175-PG-96
8 Nikita Ruslov 188-SF-96
9 Oleksandr Kobets 192-SF-96
10 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 194-SG-97
11 Vadym Golyk 188-SF-96
12 Sergiy Pryymak 199-SF-96 Khimik Ukraine
13 Anton Roskoshnyy 197-C-96 KTU Krivyi Rih Ukraine
14 Olexandr Tarasenko 198-C-96 Dynamo DN Ukraine
15 Yaroslav Ambrosiyehuk 200-C-96 BC Odessa Ukraine



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Flawless Flournoy awarded Molten BBL Coach Of The Month For January - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles� player coach Fabulous Flournoy has been awarded the accolade of Molten BBL Coach Of The Month For January after a sensational start to the new calendar year.



The north-east club has been in superb form of late and are unbeaten during 2012 after winning all six games during the period.



This has ensured they have not only maintained their status as BBL Championship frontrunners but also meant they scooped the first piece of silverware this season by romping to victory against UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at the BBL Cup Final.



Flournoy showed why he is renowned as an inspirational leader by throwing away his crutches which he had been utilising due to a painful foot injury in the lead up to the game so he could lead by example both on and off the court.



Along with assistant coach Dave Forrester, the duo have got the team playing their trademark tenacious defence and with both Charles Smith and Joe Chapman in blistering shooting form and with the energetic Paul Gause pulling the strings to great effect, the Eagles have been dominant.



They won their six games by a combined margin of 95 points with only two of their opponents even managing to get within single digits of the league leaders.



Flournoy winning the award completes a Newcastle Eagles double with Charles Smith being crowned Molten BBL Player Of The Month For January.



However the pair won�t have time to celebrate ahead of what is a crunch weekend for the Eagles who face One Health Sharks Sheffield in the first leg of the BBL Trophy semi-finals on Friday. They then hit the road again to face fellow title challengers Worcester Wolves on Saturday and will no doubt be eager to avenge their only league loss of the season so far.


Smith appointed Molten BBL Player Of The Month For January - by Paul Nilsen
Even for a BBL veteran who has enjoyed so much success down the years, January 2012 was a truly special month for the swashbuckling �Prince� Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider).



The Newcastle Eagles forward produced one of the most dazzling performances in British Basketball League history with his record breaking display in the BBL Cup Final which helped his team overpower UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.



Not surprisingly, his stellar 39 point contribution resulted in him being deservedly crowned MVP of the Final. However, this was merely the jewel in the crown of what has been a sensational month for Smith who can now add another accolade to his bulging resume after being appointed Molten BBL player Of The Month For January.,



In addition to his thrilling exploits at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Smith produced an array of other fantastic performances whilst in league action during a month when he poured in 150 points across six games - an average of 25 points per game.



In the main, it has been his outside shooting which has been particularly impressive since he has not only led the BBL in scoring during the month but also three-point shooting. Smith converted 19 of his 38 attempts during the period and that kind of blistering offensive potency has helped Newcastle Eagles maintain their stranglehold at the top of BBL Championship as well as securing the first piece of BBL silverware this season.



Not bad for a player who quit at the end of the season but reversed his decision - much to the relief of Eagles fans and much to the dismay of other BBL supporters who continue to watch Smith torch their respective teams with his outstanding scoring ability.


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New import players for Plaza and Defensor Sporting - by Hector Lopez
Three new import players were announced for Plaza and Defensor Sporting, to play the Super Liga, the LUB second stage. Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) and Randall Orr (207-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) will be joining Plaza, from Nueva Helvecia, after the two other import players left the team, Jospeh Harris nd Derrick Miller. Defensor Sporting announced the arrival of Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.), who already played in uruguay for Salt uruguay and Malvin. He will be replacing Rashad Chase.

Plaza and Anastasia won for the LUB 2nd stage - by Hector Lopez
Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) netted 19 points leading Anastasia to beat Aguada 77-71 for the Uruguayan League second stage, while Plaza defeated Bigua 88-59, with 26 points by Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb).
Anastasia 77 - Polk 19 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 16 points 12 rebounds.
Aguada 71- Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84) 24 points Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 13 points 11 rebounds, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 7 points
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Plaza 88 - Jennings 26 points 10 rebounds 7 assists 1 block, Mauricio Trasante (183-G-86) 10 points 8 rebounds
Bigua 59 - Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) 13 points 10 rebounds, DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: CS Monterey) 13 points 12 rebounds


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Twelve chasing two - by Jonathan Leon
CARACAS (Olympic Qualifying Tournament) - An important step on the road to this summer's London Games will be taken on Tuesday Jan 31 with the draw for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Caracas, Venezuela.

Twelve teams will do battle in the Venezuelan capital from 2-8 July as they aim to book the three remaining places on offer for the Olympics.

Going into the hat for Tuesday's draw are: Angola, Dominican Republic, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Greece, Jordan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Russia and hosts Venezuela.

These 12 national sides will find out their opponents for the Preliminary Round of the OQT, which consists of four groups of three teams and is played in a round robin format.

The two best-placed teams in each Preliminary Round group will advance to the Quarter-Finals. The winners of the two Semi-Finals will automatically qualify for London, while the two losing Semi-Finalists will play for the third and final Olympic berth on offer.

The draw will take place at 17:00 local time (22:30 CET) and you can follow it live on draws.fiba.com and watch it on fibatv.

The schedule for the OQT will be:
2-4 July: Preliminary Round
5 July: Rest day
6 July: Quarter-Finals
7 July: Semi-Finals
8 July: Finals

The nine teams already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament are: hosts Great Britain, 2010 FIBA World Champions USA, along with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Spain and Tunisia who qualified through the 2011 FIBA Continental Championships.



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Minsk-2006 in talks with Frank Elegar - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 continue to look for the ways to improve their roster. They are reportedly in talks with Frank Elegar (206-C-86, college: Drexel). The centre spent the pre-season in Argentina with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda. The player from US Virgin Islands then moved to Europe. Frank Elegar signed with Marousi BC. He tallied 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in A1 League. Last season the centre spent in France. Frank Elegar played for Vichy. He tallied 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per appearance. Frank Elegar also had stints in Turkey, Germany. He is the member of US Virgin Islands National Team. The centre participated at 2010 Centrobasket in Santo Domingo. His stats read 10.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.



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WABA Final Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. Zob Ahan 3-1 
 3. Petrochimi 2-2 
 4. Al Riyadi Am. 1-3 
 5. Al Tilal 0-4 
Group B
 1. Mahram 4-0 
 2. Champville 3-1 
 3. Moutahed 2-2 
 4. Duhok 1-3 
 5. ASU 0-4 


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Olympic Qualifying Tournament : Jordan, Greece and Puerto Rico in Group A - by Omar Shafaamri
Caracas the capital of Venezuela hosted today the Draw of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) which will be played in Venezuela (2-8 July 2012) with the participation of 12 Teams from 5 Continents.

Jordan National Team was pooled in the First 'Tough' Group along with Greece and Puerto Rico, Nashama will begin their campaign against Puerto Rico on the 3rd of July and Greece on the following day. The Groups are as follows:

'A'
Greece
Puerto-Rico
Jordan

'B'
Lithuania
Venezuela
Nigeria

'C'
Russia
Dominican Rep.
Korea

'D'
Macedonia
New Zealand
Angola

*two teams from each group will qualify to the 2nd round.





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Flames face crucial clash with in-form Rangers - by Eurobasket News
The Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames face a crucial clash with an in-form Dandenong Rangers outfit as the race for the 2011/2012 WNBL play-offs continue at SUSAC on Friday.

Currently on the bubble of the play-offs, Friday's clash with a resurgent Rangers is yet another must win encounter for the Flames as they look to return to post season play after narrowly missing out last year.

A resounding win over arch rivals Canberra last week kept Sydney Uni in the finals hunt, but there is no respite with perhaps the form team of the competition flying into town for Friday's nationally televised game.

Dandenong recorded an important win over competition leaders Adelaide a fortnight ago and then consolidated with a win over the AIS on Sunday, moving them a spot in the top five.

Led by skipper and point guard Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) and with veteran Ranger Allison Downie having a career year, Dandenong is deep, athletic and has plenty of scoring punch across the board.

MacLeod leads the WNBL in assists with just over seven per outing and her combination with former junior team running mate Jenna O'Hea provides the Rangers with a talented one-two punch.

Downie continues to provide spark and toughness for Coach Mark Wright and her willingness to do the little things makes her a crucial cog in the Rangers machine.

For the Flames, last week's win at home heralded a return to the ball movement and creativity that punctuated the team's 7-0 start to the year, with Opals star Belinda Snell at her brilliant best.

Snell led the game in scoring and assists, with young Sydney Uni centre Ellyce Ironmonger (193-F/C-89, college: Oregon) benefitting from that creativity with a WNBL career high 18 points.

Ironmonger faces a stern challenge on Friday against former University of Michigan stand-out and Rangers import Krista Phillips, who anchors the Dandenong front-line.

Flames coach Karen Dalton said the team knew it had to build on the forward steps from the Australia Day clash.

'There were a lot of positives for our group last week, but it will mean little if we don't come out on Friday and play with intensity and purpose,' she said.

'Obviously every game is so crucial and Dandenong comes in with some very good form and like us, are desperate to win.'

'The Rangers are well-coached, have a lot of different scoring options and play hard, so the challenge for us is to match that intensity for 40 minutes,' she added.

Friday's game tips-off at the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre at 7.10pm and will be replayed in full on ABC-Television at 1pm on Saturday.

Tickets are available at the door, with the curtain raiser game between the Manly-Warringah and Bankstown Under 12 girls commencing at 5.15pm.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


West Coast Waves advertise for Head Coach Position - by Eurobasket News
The Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves today advertised the Head Coach position as a result of David Herbert's two year contract soon to expire. Herbert will coach the team until the end of the 2011/12 season in accordance with his contract.

Basketball WA CEO Rick Smith complimented David Herbert on the advancements he had made with the Waves over the past two years.

'David has performed admirably with limited resources. He has provided expert coaching to some of the young WA talent and developed a number of players to another level.

�David is an excellent technical and tactical coach and we have been very fortunate to have him coach the team over the past two seasons in addition to undertaking his very busy employed role with Basketball WA,� Smith said.

Employed as the High Performance Coach/Manager with Basketball WA and coaching the Waves on a volunteer basis, Herbert has been encouraged to reapply for the position should he wish to.

Download and view the Position Descrption here.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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UBBC surprise BK Duchess on the road - by Eurobasket News
UBBC Herzogenburg recorded quite unexpected road win over BK Duchess in the second stage of AWBL season. Maria Laterza (190-C-89, college: Marist) scored 22 points to pace Herzogenburg to a 68:61 win. The victory propelled the visitors to a 7-7 record. BK Duchess in the meantime fell at 12-2. The hosts seemed well in control after a 19:14 first quarter. But UBBC erased the deficit and tied things up at 30 after twenty minutes. Herzogenburg pulled in front in the second half and eventually stole a narrow win at the end. Katrin Bock (168-G-92) nailed 18 points for the winners. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) answered with 22 points for BK Duchess.
Vienna 87 overwhelmed UBI Graz 74:48 away from home. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) nailed 15 points to lead the charge. Vienna 87 piled up a 35:24 halftime lead and never looked back in the second part of the game. Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) responded with 16 points for UBI Graz.



Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 12-1 
 2. BK Duchess 12-2 
 3. BC Vienna 9-5 
 4. UBBC 7-7 
 5. TI Sparkasse 4-9 
 6. UBI Graz 3-11 


D2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
B Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gratkorn 2-0
 2. Kammer 1-0
 3. DBBC Graz 0-1
 4. Kos Flames 0-2


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D1 Round 16: Declercq Stortbeton is defeated by Houthalen - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Waregem between third ranked Declercq Stortbeton (11-4) and ninth ranked Houthalen (4-12) on Saturday night. Declercq Stortbeton was defeated by Houthalen in a tough game at home 54-58. The game without a history. Houthalen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Wendy Bas (180-86) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international Jana Raman (186-91) responded with 17 points. Declercq Stortbeton's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Houthalen maintains ninth position with 4-12 record. Defending champion Declercq Stortbeton dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Sint Katelijne. Houthalen are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Castors Braine (#12) at home in the next round. Declercq Stortbeton will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#8) in Charleroi and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kangoeroes-B. (13-3) against sixth ranked Point Chaud (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Kangoeroes-B. was crushed by Point Chaud in Sprimont 85-65. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kangoeroes-B.. The winners were led by American forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) who scored that evening 23 points and 8 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) and Noemie Mayombo supported her with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by the former international center Dana Boonen (197-79, college: Rutgers) did not help to save the game for Kangoeroes-B.. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point Chaud have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 9-7 record. Kangoeroes-B. at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Point Chaud will play against higher ranked Blue Cats (#3) in Ieper in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kangoeroes-B. will play on the road against Basket Groot in Willebroek and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Castors Braine managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Castors Braine edged tenth-ranked Tulikivi 69-66. Soana Lucet fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Evelien Maes produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Castors Braine maintains twelfth position with 2-14 record. Loser Tulikivi keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Willebroek. Castors Braine will meet higher ranked Houthalen (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tulikivi will play against Sint Kateline Waver having rather not much hope for a victory.
D1 top team - Dexia Namur (16-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked R.Spirou Monceau (5-11) in Charleroi 73-67. It was a very good performance for Biljana Pavicevic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dexia Namur's coach Daniel Goethals allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Dexia Namur have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. R.Spirou Monceau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Dexia Namur's next round opponent will be Jeugd Gentson (#7) at home where they are favorite. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Declercq Stortbeton in Waregem.
The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Blue Cats (12-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Jeugd Gentson (6-10). Blue Cats managed to secure a 9-point victory 69-60 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Emma Meesseman who helped to win the game recording 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Jeugd Gentson's coach Benny Mertens let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Blue Cats have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Jeugd Gentson keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Blue Cats will face Point Chaud (#6) in Sprimont in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play on the road against the league's leader Dexia Namur.

In the last game of round 16 Willebroek was destroyed by Sint Katelijne on the opponent's court 80-57.


Castors Braine - Tulikivi Deerlijk 69-66

Bottom-ranked Castors Braine managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Castors Braine edged tenth-ranked Tulikivi 69-66. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Castors Braine forced 22 Tulikivi turnovers. New Caledonian forward Soana Lucet (186-87, college: Arizona) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. French guard Isis Arrondo (166-89) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. Center Evelien Maes (184-80) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Eline Verbeest (186-86) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Tulikivi players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Castors Braine maintains twelfth position with 2-14 record. Loser Tulikivi keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Willebroek. Castors Braine will meet higher ranked Houthalen (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tulikivi will play against Sint Kateline Waver having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Castors Braine: S.Lucet 21+9reb, J.Burks-Wiley 11+2reb, A.Halin 10+2reb+2ast, L.Foerster 8, I.Arrondo 7+8reb, C.Ippersiel 5+1reb
Tulikivi Deerlijk: E.Maes 15+7reb, E.Verbeest 15+5reb, M.Versavel 13+1reb, A.Boucherie 12+4reb+2ast, M.Remmerie 4, E.Vanfleteren 2+1reb
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Spirou Monceau - Dexia Namur 67-73

D1 top team - Dexia Namur (16-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked R.Spirou Monceau (5-11) in Charleroi 73-67. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But R.Spirou Monceau won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dexia Namur had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin forward Biljana Pavicevic (191-80, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-95) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Dexia Namur's coach Daniel Goethals allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward April Phillips (183-87, college: Xavier, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Krystel Ballau (168-84, agency: LBM Management) added 16 points in the effort for R.Spirou Monceau. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dexia Namur have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. R.Spirou Monceau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Dexia Namur's next round opponent will be Jeugd Gentson (#7) at home where they are favorite. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Declercq Stortbeton in Waregem.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: H.Ben Abdelkader 15+6reb+2ast, B.Pavicevic 14+10reb, C.Jones 13+7reb+1ast, L.VanMalderen 13+8reb, O.Agabalova 6+2reb+1ast, C.Lebrun 5+1reb
Spirou Monceau: A.Phillips 17+10reb+1ast, K.Ballau 16+3reb+3ast, V.Michiels 10+6reb+1ast, A.Mai 10+5reb+2ast, C.Myers 6+4reb, M.Hamaide 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147656


Waregem - Houthalen 54-58

The most important game in the last round took place in Waregem between third ranked Declercq Stortbeton (11-4) and ninth ranked Houthalen (4-12) on Saturday night. Declercq Stortbeton was defeated by Houthalen in a tough game at home 54-58. The game without a history. Houthalen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Wendy Bas (180-86) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international Jana Raman (186-91) responded with 17 points and American swingman Kayla Tetschlag (182-89, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Houthalen maintains ninth position with 4-12 record. Defending champion Declercq Stortbeton dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Sint Katelijne. Houthalen are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Castors Braine (#12) at home in the next round. Declercq Stortbeton will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#8) in Charleroi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: W.Bas 21+5reb, A.Blommaers 21+7reb+1ast, C.Custermans 5+4reb, N.Smolders 4+3reb, A.Salvi 4+2reb, E.Vandistel 2+7reb
Waregem: J.Raman 17+1reb+2ast, J.Vanloo 12+3reb+1ast, K.Tetschlag 8+10reb+1ast, K.Vercauteren 8+3reb+3ast, T.Van Respaille 4+5reb, N.Deyaert 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 147657


Jeugd Gentson - Blue Cats 60-69

The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Blue Cats (12-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Jeugd Gentson (6-10). Blue Cats managed to secure a 9-point victory 69-60 on Sunday. Blue Cats made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Emma Meesseman (192-93) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American power forward Latoya Drake (188-86, college: Miami, FL) who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Julie Vermeire (183-89) responded with 16 points and American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (182-89, college: Biola, CA) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Jeugd Gentson's coach Benny Mertens let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Blue Cats have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Jeugd Gentson keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Blue Cats will face Point Chaud (#6) in Sprimont in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play on the road against the league's leader Dexia Namur.
Top scorers:
Blue Cats: E.Meesseman 22+3reb, J.Rosseel 15+2reb+2ast, L.Drake 14+11reb, C.Lemmens 5+2reb, L.Lentacker 5+6reb, L.Breughe 2+3reb
Jeugd Gentson: J.Vermeire 16+3reb+1ast, J.Conicelli 12+7reb, V.Kara 11+2reb, L.Platteau 7+3reb+2ast, L.Delvaux 6+1reb+1ast, L.Schmitz 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 147653


Sint Katelijne - Willebroek 80-57

Very expected game in Sint Katelijne where 10th ranked Basket Groot (3-13) was crushed by fifth ranked Sint Kateline Waver (11-4) 80-57 on Sunday. Sint Kateline Waver shot 60.4 percent from the field. Sint Kateline Waver outrebounded Basket Groot 38-19 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Miete Celus (175-91) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the former international Sara Leemans (178-88) who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Sarah Dochez (181-89) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and center Trui Bijnens (187-84) scored 11 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. Sint Kateline Waver moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Waregem. Loser Basket Groot keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Sint Kateline Waver will face Tulikivi (#10) in Deerlijk in the next round where they are favorite. Basket Groot will play at home against the league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom.
Top scorers:
Sint Katelijne: M.Celus 24+2ast, A.Winkelmans 12+7reb+2ast, S.Leemans 11+6reb+7ast, F.Mertens 9+2reb+1ast, A.Verelst 8+1reb, J.Maes 6+5reb
Willebroek: H.Adams 13, T.Bijnens 11+3reb, N.Poffyn 10+3reb, S.Dochez 8+5reb+3ast, K.Hendrickx 7+1reb, I.Beaurang 4+1reb
gschID: 147654


Point Chaud - Kangoeroes-B. 85-65

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kangoeroes-B. (13-3) against sixth ranked Point Chaud (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Kangoeroes-B. was crushed by Point Chaud in Sprimont 85-65. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kangoeroes-B.. The game was mostly controlled by Point Chaud. Kangoeroes-B. was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point Chaud made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Point Chaud outrebounded Kangoeroes-B. 31-15 including a 27-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) who scored that evening 23 points and 8 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) and international point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-91, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by the former international center Dana Boonen (197-79, college: Rutgers) did not help to save the game for Kangoeroes-B.. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) added 17 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point Chaud have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 9-7 record. Kangoeroes-B. at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Point Chaud will play against higher ranked Blue Cats (#3) in Ieper in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kangoeroes-B. will play on the road against Basket Groot in Willebroek and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: M.Greene 23+8reb, E.Mayombo 18+4reb+2ast, N.Mayombo 18+7reb+4ast, A.Bernard 6+3reb+2ast, J.Allemand 5+5reb+1ast, N.Doppee 5+3reb+1ast
Kangoeroes-B.: S.Hendrickx 17+4reb, D.Boonen 16+5reb, E.Lauwers 8+1reb, E.Decroos 7+1reb+2ast, I.Meylemans 7+1ast, L.Malfait 4+1reb
gschID: 147655




Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia Namur 16-0 
 2. Kangoeroes-B. 13-3 
 3. Blue Cats 12-4 
 4. Sint Katelijne 11-4 
 5. Waregem 11-4 
 6. Point Chaud 9-7 
 7. Jeugd Gentson 6-10 
 8. Spirou Monceau 5-11 
 9. Houthalen 4-12 
 10. Tulikivi Deerlijk 3-13 
 11. Willebroek 3-13 
 12. Castors Braine 2-14 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


RMU Banovici signs Jelena Gojkovic - by Eurobasket News
RMU Banovici got a new reinforcement for rest of the season. The team penned a deal with forward Jelena Gojkovic (177-F-89). The 22-year-old Gojkovic already played three games for her new team and it is clear she will have a very important role. In the latest game Gojkovic had 20 points and 11 rebounds against Mladost. Banovici won that game at home 70-51. In a game against Borac, Gojkovic had 14 points and 15 rebs. Banovici won 58-56. Jelena Gojkovic joined Banovici from Trocal Jedintsvo Tuzla, where she spent last few years. Gojkovic played for U18 Bosnian National Team in the past. In the next round, Banovici will meet Rudar in another home game.

Zeljeznicar jumps to 9-1, Banovici too strong for Mladost - by Eurobasket News
Round 11 of the Bosnian D1 for women started last weekend. There was no surprise as Zeljeznicar registered another victory. This time the Sarajevo team outplayed the second ranked Rudar Sport as a guest 64-73. Zeljeznicar stays No.1 in the league with 9-1 record, while Rudar dropped to 6-3 after this derby game.
Also in the last round, RMU Banovici was too strong for Mladost 70-51. Azra Becirovic (182-F-80, agency: Data Plus Group) exploded for the hosts with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Jelena Gojkovic (177-F-89) followed her with 20 points and 11 boards. In the loosing squad, Sedina Halimic (195-C-83) collected 14 points and 11 boards. Banovici improved to 4-5, while Mladost slipped to 3-7.
In the last game of the round, Borac will host Jedinstvo. That game is scheduled for Wednesday.


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WCBA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Liaoning - Guangdong 72-65

The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 15-8 Guangdong Dolphins' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-65 at the end of the game. Liaoning Hengye dominated on the defensive end, holding Guangdong Dolphins to just 7 points in first quarter. The former international forward Xiaoli Chen (193-82) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) supported her with 18 points and 4 assists. Four Liaoning Hengye players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by international center Wei Wei (207-89) did not help to save the game for Guangdong Dolphins. point guard Siyue Qiu (177-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: M.Zengyu 18+4reb+4ast, C.Xiaoli 17+8reb+3ast, Y.BanBan 12+1reb+5ast, C.Xiaoxue 11+4reb+4ast, R.Ruth 6+7reb, Z.Yu 3
Guangdong: W.Wei 17+4reb+2ast, Q.Siyue 12+6reb+1ast, C.Swin 12+5reb+1ast, G.Xin 9+1reb, H.Hongpin 6+6reb+2ast, Y.Dong 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168184


Shanghai - Jiangsu 81-77

Jiangsu Phoenix was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-39 second half run of Shanghai Octopus. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Jiangsu Phoenix was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) notched a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Jing Huang (183-87) supported her with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Even 27 points and 6 rebounds by international point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Phoenix. International center Xu Nuo (197-87) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: L.Camille 46+13reb+1ast, H.Jing 11+9reb+3ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 11+1reb+1ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 6+9reb+2ast, D.Shay 5+2reb, J.Amanda 2+1reb+2ast
Jiangsu: C.Xiaojia 27+6reb+2ast, N.Xu 15+8reb, Z.Jun Shan 14+5reb, H.Huan 10+6reb+2ast, X.Hou 4+2reb+1ast, J.Meng 4+1ast
gschID: 168185


Zhejiang - Shenyang 83-88

The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. International guard LiJie Miao (180-81) scored 37 points (!!!) and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Liwei Song (190-85) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures. American center Katie Mattera (202-82, college: Liberty) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and the former international forward Lan Bian (185-86) scored 13 points and 9 assists.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: M.LiJie 37+3reb+4ast, S.Liwei 17+7reb+2ast, L.Dan 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Han Lan 10+4reb+2ast, S.Zhao 10+2reb+5ast, L.Qiu 2+1reb
Zhejiang: M.Katie 39+15reb, D.Xue-Mei 16+7reb+2ast, B.Lan 13+4reb+9ast, S.Tong 7+3reb+5ast, S.Binbin 4+1reb+2ast, G.Jun 4+2reb
gschID: 168182


Beijing - Heilongjiang 89-79

The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Great Wall. Heilongjiang Chenneng was better in fourth quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Great Wall made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. American center Nicky Anosike (190-86, college: Tennessee) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and international forward Fan Zhang (188-84) supported her with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Beijing Great Wall players scored in double figures. Even 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international swingman YanYan Ji (182-85) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang Chenneng. The former international center JiaCen Liu (193-89) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Beijing: A.Nicky 21+7reb+2ast, Z.Fan 19+8reb+2ast, Z.Lin 17+4reb+1ast, Z.Yu 14+3reb+1ast, K.Yeong-Ok 9+2reb+3ast, Z.Hui 4+1reb
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 30+8reb+4ast, L.JiaCen 16+7reb+2ast, J.Rashidat 14+8reb, Z.He 8+3reb+4ast, G.Song 4+6reb+3ast, C.Liqing 4
gschID: 168183




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  CYPRUS - Women  


Round 12: AEL Limassol and Keravnos celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Round 12 of the Cypriot top division for women was played on January 27 and 29. There were no surprises as AEL Limassol and Keravnos blasted their rivals. The top ranked AEL Limassol destroyed University of Cyprus 75-44 on Friday. The Limassol team jumped to 10-0 record in the league. At the same time, the University of Cyprus dropped to 6-4. Keravnos smashed Akademia 105-30 for 10-1 record. Visitors remain the only winless team in the league with 0-10. Also in this round, Olympos celebrated 28-58 road victory against Achilleas. Olympos has 5-6 record now, while Achilleas dropped to 1-8. Round 13 is scheduled for the next weekend.

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  DENMARK - Women  


Kielpinski's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Rebecca Kielpinski (188-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lemvig and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
She had a double-double of 28 points and 19 rebounds, while her team beat Horsens (#3, 10-6) 76-70. Lemvig maintains the 8th position in Danish Dameligaen. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 12 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Kielpinski had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Lemvig, through which he has constantly improved. University of Alaska at Anchorage graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kielpinski is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.7rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Julie Kongeskov (173-F-83) of top-ranked SISU. She is a forward in her first season at SISU. In the last game Kongeskov recorded impressive 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead SISU to another comfortable win 82-63 over the lower-ranked Amager (#6, 4-12) being unquestionably team leader. Of course SISU still keep the league's top spot. She plays for the best team in the league and SISU managed to win all 16 games keeping perfect record. Kongeskov is a newcomer at SISU and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jaimie McFarlin (180-F-89) of Vaerlose (#4). McFarlin showcased her all-around game by recording 13 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite McFarlin's great performance Vaerlose lost 68-76 to #2 ranked Horsholm. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Vaerlose needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. McFarlin has a great season in Denmark. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.3rpg (2nd best) and assists with 2.5apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lauren Beckley (181-F/C-91) of Horsholm - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Trenice Fuller (193-C-87) of Falcon - 24 points and 10 rebounds
6. Mathilde Gilling (186-C/F-93) of Horsholm - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Emely Hatch (F-89) of Lemvig - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Brittany Bowen (177-G/F-88) of Horsens - 33 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Courtney Coryea (185-F) of Aabyhoj - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Catharina Jensen (183-G/F-89) of Amager - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 15-0 
 2. Esperides 12-3 
 3. Panionios 10-5 
 4. Asteras 9-5 
 5. Panathinaikos 9-5 
 6. FEA Neas 8-7 
 7. DAS Ano Liosa 8-7 
 8. Kronos AD 6-9 
 9. Aris 4-11 
 10. PAOK 4-11 
 11. Apollon Kal. 2-13 
 12. Apollon Ptol. 2-13 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 13-4 
 2. ProBuild Lions 13-4 
 3. Grasshoppers 9-5 
 4. CTO 8-7 
 5. Lekdetec.nl 7-7 
 6. HLB Account. 2-13 
 7. Eurosped 2-14 
 8. Wereldtickets.nl 0-0 


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American Kelli Valentine (180-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Grasshoppers and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and eleven rebounds, while her team lost the game against ProBuild Lions (#2, 13-4) 44-50. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Grasshoppers maintains the 3rd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Grasshoppers will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 9-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Valentine as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Valentine is in league's top in assists (6th best: 3.2apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Eline Kasius (188-F-92) of league's best team Binnenland. Kasius impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Of course she lead Binnenland to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked HLB Account. (#6, 2-13) 77-56. Of course Binnenland still keep the league's top spot. Her team has currently 13-4 record. Kasius is one of the most experienced players at Binnenland and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) of Eurosped (#7). Van der Hoek scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Van der Hoek's great performance Eurosped lost 70-78 to the higher-ranked CTO (#4, 8-7). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Eurosped can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Van der Hoek she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Van der Hoek has individually a great season in Holland. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) of CTO - 8 points and 12 rebounds
5. Randell van der Lee (180-G-91) of HLB Account. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) of Eurosped - 10 points and 15 rebounds
7. Molly McDowell (178-G-81) of ProBuild Lions - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zera Butter (179-G-92) of CTO - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jantine Kraak (193-C-89) of Binnenland - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) of CTO - 12 points and 6 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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A Round 18: Top-ranked MKB Euroleasing wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

A League top team - MKB Euroleasing (18-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Bajai NKK (7-10) in Sopron 89-57. MKB Euroleasing dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bajai NKK's 26 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bajai NKK 36-21 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. MKB Euroleasing looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Bajai NKK's players. 29 personal fouls committed by Bajai NKK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). International center Dora Horti (195-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Bettina Bozoki (190-89) replied with 9 points and 6 rebounds for Bajai NKK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated MKB Euroleasing have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Bajai NKK lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. MKB Euroleasing are looking forward to face Nanette FTC (#5) in Budapest in the next round. Bajai NKK will play at home against Pecs 2010 and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between DKSK (5-13) and BSE-FCSM (2-16), which took place in Budapest. 8th ranked DKSK lost to eleventh ranked BSE-FCSM in a road game 67-78. Guard Dora Szondy (173-88) scored 19 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Andrea Karolyi chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Brankica Hadzovic (175-81) with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. BSE-FCSM maintains eleventh position with 2-16 record. DKSK lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. BSE-FCSM will play against bottom-ranked BEAC-Ujbuda (#12) in Budapest in the next round. DKSK will play at home against Cegledi EKK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between ninth ranked Cegledi EKK (6-12) and 12th ranked BEAC-Ujbuda (1-17) in Cegled on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Cegledi EKK outscored guests from Budapest 93-57. Katarzyna Cymmer notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort. Even 14 points by Emese Szasz did not help to save the game for BEAC-Ujbuda. 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. Cegledi EKK moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Vasas. BEAC-Ujbuda lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Cegledi EKK will meet DKSK (#9) in the next round. BEAC-Ujbuda will play against BSE-FCSM in Budapest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Vasas was beaten by ZTE on the road 68-60. Atomeromu were destroyed by UNI SEAT on its own court 64-88. Nanette FTC unfortunately lost to Pecs 2010 in a road game 59-73.



BSE-FCSM - DKSK 78-67

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between DKSK (5-13) and BSE-FCSM (2-16), which took place in Budapest. 8th ranked DKSK lost to eleventh ranked BSE-FCSM in a road game 67-78. The game without a history. BSE-FCSM led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Dora Szondy (173-88) scored 19 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Andrea Karolyi (183-75) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Brankica Hadzovic (175-81) with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Jelena Budimir (192-85, college: Bethel, TN) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. BSE-FCSM maintains eleventh position with 2-16 record. DKSK lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. BSE-FCSM will play against bottom-ranked BEAC-Ujbuda (#12) in Budapest in the next round. DKSK will play at home against Cegledi EKK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSE-FCSM: D.Szondy 19+2reb+5ast, V.Orso 11+5reb+2ast, A.Karolyi 10+8reb+2ast, D.Mihaczi 9+2reb+2ast, M.Bagi 9+7reb, Z.Sonyak 8+3ast
DKSK: B.Hadzovic 21+7reb+4ast, O.Farkasinszki 12+3reb+1ast, J.Budimir 11+12reb+1ast, M.Skoric 9+7reb+1ast, D.Reiner 6+5reb+1ast, B.Ocsenas 6+1reb
gschID: 147319


ZTE - Vasas 68-60

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked ZTE (14-4) beat 7th ranked Vasas (6-12) in Zalaegerszeg 68-60 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Vasas won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ZTE made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Forward Judit Szelesy (184-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international forward Anna Vida (184-85, agency: TSS Management) supported her with 7 points and 6 rebounds. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) did not help to save the game for Vasas. Power forward Anna Mansare (188-92) added 14 points. Vasas' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ZTE have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-4 record. Vasas at the other side keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Cegledi EKK. ZTE will meet Atomeromu (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Vasas will play against the league's second-placed UNI SEAT in Gyor and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ZTE: J.Szelesy 22+6reb+1ast, T.Czukor 9+1reb+3ast, A.Vida 7+6reb+2ast, V.Szalay 6+1reb+3ast, S.Ambrus 6+2reb+1ast, Z.Varga 6+4reb+1ast
Vasas: A.Teilane 15+6reb+2ast, A.Mansare 14+4reb+3ast, V.Bajnoczi 6+1reb+1ast, L.Adamecz 6+2reb+2ast, S.Pal 4+2reb+3ast, F.Szabo 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 147316


UNIQA Eurol. - Bajai NKK 89-57

A League top team - MKB Euroleasing (18-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Bajai NKK (7-10) in Sopron 89-57. MKB Euroleasing dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bajai NKK's 26 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bajai NKK 36-21 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. MKB Euroleasing looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Bajai NKK's players. 29 personal fouls committed by Bajai NKK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). International center Dora Horti (195-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Bettina Bozoki (190-89) replied with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Maja Scekic (170-87) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Bajai NKK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MKB Euroleasing have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Bajai NKK lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. MKB Euroleasing are looking forward to face Nanette FTC (#5) in Budapest in the next round. Bajai NKK will play at home against Pecs 2010 and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
UNIQA Eurol.: Z.Fegyverneky 21+4reb+5ast, F.Szabo 14+4reb+1ast, D.Horti 10+10reb, P.Vagvolgyi 8+1reb, H.Zavecz 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Licskai 8+4reb
Bajai NKK: A.Theodoran 10+2ast, B.Bozoki 9+6reb+2ast, P.Szabo 9+1ast, G.Szepsi 9+1reb, D.Kalocsai 7+2reb, M.Scekic 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 147317


Atomeromu - UNI SEAT 64-88

Very expected game when 10th ranked Atomeromu (4-13) was smashed by second ranked UNI SEAT (17-1) in Szekszard 88-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. UNI SEAT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. UNI SEAT forced 27 Atomeromu turnovers. The former international forward Nora Nagy (185-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and international forward Rita Rasheed (180-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) supported her with 14 points and 4 steals. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by forward Reka Balint (182-91) did not help to save the game for Atomeromu. The former international forward Reka Fejes (186-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 14 points and 7 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. UNI SEAT have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-1 record behind leader UNIQA Eurol. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. UNI SEAT will meet at home Vasas (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Atomeromu will play against ZTE in Zalaegerszeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
UNI SEAT: N.Nagy 21+11reb+5ast, R.Rasheed 14+4reb+3ast, B.Semsei 14+2reb+1ast, G.Ori 9+4reb+2ast, I.Ciglar 9+4ast, V.Vincze 9+4reb
Atomeromu: R.Balint 19+9reb+2ast, R.Fejes 14+7reb, A.Demeter 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Hajdu 7+2reb, D.Tamis 5+5reb+2ast, D.Zele 4+3reb
gschID: 147318


Cegledi EKK - ELTE-BEAC 93-57

The game between ninth ranked Cegledi EKK (6-12) and 12th ranked BEAC-Ujbuda (1-17) in Cegled on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Cegledi EKK outscored guests from Budapest 93-57. The game without a history. Cegledi EKK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cegledi EKK outrebounded BEAC-Ujbuda 42-22 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BEAC-Ujbuda's players. Polish guard Katarzyna Cymmer (172-89) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Polish forward Marta Dobrowolska (181-89) supported her with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Cegledi EKK players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by guard Emese Szasz (170-88) did not help to save the game for BEAC-Ujbuda. Guard Eniko Horvath (174-88) added 9 points and 7 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. Cegledi EKK moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Vasas. BEAC-Ujbuda lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Cegledi EKK will meet DKSK (#9) in the next round. BEAC-Ujbuda will play against BSE-FCSM in Budapest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cegledi EKK: M.Dobrowolska 15+6reb+2ast, Z.Ruttner 14+7reb+1ast, A.Serban 13+6reb+2ast, K.Orban 13+4reb+5ast, K.Cymmer 11+9reb+12ast, C.Sosnowska 8+1reb+3ast
ELTE-BEAC: E.Szasz 14+4reb+2ast, E.Horvath 9+7reb, B.Rakolczai 7, V.Havasi 7+1reb, S.Katona 6+1reb+3ast, N.Kovats 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147314


Pecs 2010 - Nanette FTC 73-59

Rather predictable result when third ranked Pecs 2010 (16-2) won against at home 5th ranked Nanette FTC (11-7) 73-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Pecs 2010. Nanette FTC managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pecs 2010 dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Nanette FTC's 26. They outrebounded Nanette FTC 40-20 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Krisztina Raksanyi (180-91) notched 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American guard Allie Quigley (180-86, college: De Paul) supported her with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Pecs 2010 players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by the former international forward Hajnalka Szlimak (182-82) did not help to save the game for Nanette FTC. The former international guard Orsolya Englert (170-80) added 8 points and 4 assists. Pecs 2010 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 16-2 record having just two points less than leader UNIQA Eurol. Nanette FTC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost. Pecs 2010 will meet Bajai NKK (#6) on the road in the next round. Nanette FTC will play against the league's leader MKB Euroleasing in Sopron and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pecs 2010: K.Raksanyi 18+7reb+4ast, S.Lynn Murphy 14+5reb+2ast, A.Quigley 14+10reb+3ast, E.Laczi 10+4reb, A.Szamosi 6+7reb, N.Sarok 5+1ast
Nanette FTC: H.Szlimak 16+4reb+2ast, R.Tamas 10+3reb, K.Sule 8+1reb, O.Englert 8+4reb+4ast, N.Turoczi 6+2reb+2ast, R.Hegedus 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147315




Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. UNIQA Eurol. 18-0 
 2. UNI SEAT 17-1 
 3. Pecs 2010 16-2 
 4. ZTE 14-4 
 5. Nanette FTC 11-7 
 6. Bajai NKK 7-10 
 7. Vasas 6-12 
 8. Cegledi EKK 6-12 
 9. DKSK 5-13 
 10. Atomeromu 4-13 
 11. BSE-FCSM 2-16 
 12. ELTE-BEAC 1-17 


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D1 Round 15: Leader Maccabi Ashdod loses to Hap.Petah Tikva - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-3) recorded its third loss on the court of sixth ranked Hap.Petah Tikva on Monday night. Visitors were edged by Hap.Petah Tikva 62-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Kaili McLaren (188-88, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds. Forward Chastity Reed (185-89, college: UALR) chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Hap.Petah Tikva maintains sixth place with 6-7 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Hap.Petah Tikva are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ramat Hasharon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Elitzur Netanya and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ramla. Third ranked Ramat Hasharon faced second-best Elitzur Ramla. Guests from Hasharon (10-4) defeated host Elitzur Ramla (10-4) 80-73. It was a good game for American forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Amber Holt contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) answered with 20 points and 4 assists for Elitzur Ramla. Ramat Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Elitzur Ramla. Ramat Hasharon will play against Hap.Petah Tikva (#6) at home in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play against Elitzur Holon (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (5-9). Maccabi Ramat Hen defeated Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 87-77 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Sequoia Holmes who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Jori Davis with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Maccabi Ramat Hen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-4 record. Loser Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Maccabi Ramat Hen will meet at home Bnot Hasharon (#7) in the next round. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (2-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked B.C. Habikaa (9-5) in Kiryat Ono. B.C. Habikaa managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for Amanda Thompson who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 23 rebounds. Newly promoted B.C. Habikaa maintains fifth place with 9-5 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. B.C. Habikaa will have a break next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play at home against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#8).

In the last game of round 15 Elitzur Holon was defeated by Bnot Hasharon in Hertzeliya 68-59.



H.R. Le-Zion - Maccabi R.Hen 77-87

The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (5-9). Maccabi Ramat Hen defeated Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 87-77 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Sequoia Holmes (185-86, college: UNLV, agency: Merit Sports) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) helped adding 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ramat Hen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Jori Davis (175-89, college: Indiana, agency: Merit Sports) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-87, college: California) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Maccabi Ramat Hen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-4 record. Loser Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Maccabi Ramat Hen will meet at home Bnot Hasharon (#7) in the next round. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi R.Hen: S.Holmes 23+8reb+2ast, D.Robinson 22+1reb+2ast, S.Tzairi 20+3reb+4ast, K.Griffin 16+9reb+2ast, L.Peleg 3+3reb+2ast, A.Rachel Lux 3+2ast
H.R. Le-Zion: V.Dunlap 22+7reb+1ast, A.Gray-Lawson 19+5reb+7ast, J.Davis 17+13reb+3ast, B.Spears 8+6reb, K.Nechama 7+1reb, R.Ross 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 153728


B.C. Habikaa - Hapoel T-A 79-77

Eleventh-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (2-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked B.C. Habikaa (9-5) in Kiryat Ono. B.C. Habikaa managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. B.C. Habikaa made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. B.C. Habikaa outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 51-36 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 23 rebounds. Center Jenna Smith (191-88, college: Illinois) accounted for 23 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Guard Sherill Baker (174-82, college: Georgia) came up with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and swingman Tanesha Washington (184-88, college: S.Mississippi) added 18 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the defeat. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Newly promoted B.C. Habikaa maintains fifth place with 9-5 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. B.C. Habikaa will have a break next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play at home against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#8).
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: J.Smith 23+9reb, A.Thompson 19+23reb+3ast, D.Yahalomi 9+3reb+1ast, N.Stevenson 8+3reb+2ast, C.Degraffenreid 8+5reb+3ast, L.Buchris 7+5reb+8ast
Hapoel T-A: S.Baker 24+9reb+7ast, T.Washington 18+12reb+1ast, B.Ford 16+5reb, A.Hornbuckle 14+5reb+6ast, B.Levi 3+3reb+1ast, J.Gosschalk 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 153729


Elitzur Ramla - Ramat Hasharon 73-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ramla. Third ranked Ramat Hasharon faced second-best Elitzur Ramla. Guests from Hasharon (10-4) defeated host Elitzur Ramla (10-4) 80-73. Elitzur Ramla was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Ramat Hasharon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Ramat Hasharon outrebounded Elitzur Ramla 48-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Her fellow American import swingman Amber Holt (183-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and American Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (188-86, college: Purdue, agency: LBM Management) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ramat Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Elitzur Ramla. Ramat Hasharon will play against Hap.Petah Tikva (#6) at home in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play against Elitzur Holon (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: A.Holt 21+8reb+3ast, A.Clark 19+10reb+3ast, J.Perkins 18+5reb+3ast, M.Reid 13+10reb+5ast, J.Fleisher 5+8reb+1ast, J.Breland 2+5reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: S.Doron 20+1reb+4ast, T.Wright 16+2reb+3ast, L.Wisdom-Hylton 15+6reb+3ast, L.Selwyn 10+2reb+6ast, K.Levitsky 8+10reb+2ast, A.Turcinovic 2+7reb
gschID: 153726


Bnot Hasharon - Elitzur Holon 68-59

There was no surprise in Hertzeliya where 10th ranked Elitzur Holon (3-11) was defeated by seventh ranked Bnot Hasharon (6-8) 68-59. Elitzur Holon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 21-8 third quarter run of Bnot Hasharon. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Karima Christmas (182-89, college: Duke) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) accounted for 8 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Guard Brittani Shells (170-89, college: Richmond, agency: Merit Sports) came up with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Marcedes Walker (191-86, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Merit Sports) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Elitzur Holon in the defeat. Bnot Hasharon maintains seventh place with 6-8 record. Elitzur Holon lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Bnot Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Holon will play against Elitzur Ramla (#3).
Top scorers:
Bnot Hasharon: K.Christmas 21+5reb, K.Agassi 11+3reb, S.Gigi 9+2reb+1ast, K.Gardin 8+13reb+4ast, S.Levi 8+3reb+2ast, K.Swanier 6+4reb+8ast
Elitzur Holon: M.Walker 20+7reb+1ast, B.Shells 18+6reb+5ast, T.Robinson 8+2reb+2ast, T.Jenkins 6+14reb, B.Gilinsky 5+7reb+1ast, H.Gutin 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 153727


Hap.Petah Tikva - Maccabi Ashdod 62-60

Top ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-3) recorded its third loss on the court of sixth ranked Hap.Petah Tikva on Monday night. Visitors were edged by Hap.Petah Tikva 62-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Kaili McLaren (188-88, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds. Forward Chastity Reed (185-89, college: UALR) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and Ashley Shields (180-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Hap.Petah Tikva maintains sixth place with 6-7 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Hap.Petah Tikva are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ramat Hasharon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Elitzur Netanya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hap.Petah Tikva: K.McLaren 22+19reb+2ast, C.Reed 17+12reb, K.Ristic 11+3reb+4ast, S.Lynette Sam 5+8reb+4ast, T.Ben-Ishay 4+1ast, T.Ankona 3+1reb
Maccabi Ashdod: T.Young 18+7reb+3ast, A.Shields 14+10reb+3ast, B.Denson 9+13reb+2ast, N.Kolodny 7+4reb+2ast, M.Dori 6, B.Elohim 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 153725




Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 11-3 
 2. Ramat Hasharon 10-4 
 3. Elitzur Ramla 10-4 
 4. Maccabi R.Hen 9-4 
 5. B.C. Habikaa 9-5 
 6. Hap.Petah Tikva 6-7 
 7. Bnot Hasharon 6-8 
 8. H.R. Le-Zion 5-9 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 4-9 
 10. Elitzur Holon 3-11 
 11. Hapoel T-A 2-11 


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LSBL Round 20: RTU-Merks beat TTT Juniores in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#3) and TTT Juniores (#6). TTT Juniores were smashed at home by 19 points 54-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-14 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. RTU-Merks dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Juniores to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. RTU-Merks held TTT Juniores to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.3 percent accuracy of the winners. RTU-Merks forced 19 TTT Juniores turnovers and had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Ieva Vitola (187-85) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Laura Audere (180-84) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Paula Langina (180-94) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. RTU-Merks maintains third position with 12-6 record having seven points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Juniores lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. RTU-Merks are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kolibri/U-16 (#8) in Riga in the next round where they are favorite. TTT Juniores will play at home against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and Kolibri/U-16 (#8). Kolibri/U-16 was smashed at home by 61 points 43-104 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Center Liga Surkusa (194-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Ieva Krastina contributed with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. point guard Kate Kreslina (178-96) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Kolibri/U-16. Kolibri/U-16's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-1 record. Newly promoted Kolibri/U-16 still closes the standings. TTT Riga will play against Liepajas (#4) at home in the next round. Kolibri/U-16 will play against RTU-Merks (#3) in Riga and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 20 TTT Juniores was crushed by Cesis in a road game 84-59.



TTT Juniores - RTU-Merks 54-73

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#3) and TTT Juniores (#6). TTT Juniores were smashed at home by 19 points 54-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-14 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. RTU-Merks dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Juniores to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. RTU-Merks held TTT Juniores to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.3 percent accuracy of the winners. RTU-Merks forced 19 TTT Juniores turnovers and had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Ieva Vitola (187-85) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Laura Audere (180-84) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four RTU-Merks players scored in double figures. Forward Paula Langina (180-94) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and center Ruta Veidere (188-94) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. RTU-Merks maintains third position with 12-6 record having seven points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Juniores lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. RTU-Merks are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kolibri/U-16 (#8) in Riga in the next round where they are favorite. TTT Juniores will play at home against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: P.Langina 11+7reb, A.Fomina 8+4reb+2ast, R.Veidere 8+9reb+1ast, P.Tomsone 7+6reb+1ast, G.Melnace 6+4reb, K.Epnere 6+5reb+2ast
RTU-Merks: I.Vitola 23+6reb, L.Audere 16+7reb+4ast, I.Malkevica 13+6reb+5ast, D.Lazdeniece 13+7reb, L.Lisnere 4+8reb+2ast, L.Bebre 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 167031


Cesis - TTT Juniores 84-59

There was no surprise when 6th ranked TTT Juniores (7-11) were crushed on the road by second ranked Cesis (13-5) 84-59. The game was mostly controlled by Cesis. TTT Juniores was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cesis dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to TTT Juniores' 30. Cesis forced 23 TTT Juniores turnovers. Guard Agnija Reke (175-86, college: Lamar, agency: Data Plus Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Anete Horelika (177-87) contributed with 7 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Cesis players scored in double figures. Forward Paula Langina (180-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and forward Sigita Dzarcane (181-95) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TTT Juniores. TTT Juniores' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cesis have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-5 record having six points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Juniores lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Cesis will play against Daugavpils Universitate (#5) on the road in the next round. TTT Juniores will play against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: P.Langina 17+14reb, P.Tomsone 11+6reb, K.Epnere 11+3reb, S.Dzarcane 9+7reb+1ast, L.Sarja 3+2reb, G.Melnace 2+2reb+1ast
Cesis: A.Reke 22+6reb+2ast, I.Bundule 13+4reb, Z.Lapsina 13+3reb+1ast, A.Eibele 13+4reb+4ast, I.Jakobsone 8+4reb+3ast, A.Horelika 7+13reb+7ast
gschID: 167029


Kolibri/U-16 - TTT Riga 43-104

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and Kolibri/U-16 (#8). Kolibri/U-16 was smashed at home by 61 points 43-104 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kolibri/U-16's 26 and made 36-of-44 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while Kolibri/U-16 only scored five points from the stripe. TTT Riga forced 30 Kolibri/U-16 turnovers and outrebounded them 48-32 including a 28-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kolibri/U-16 was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Liga Surkusa (194-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). International swingman Ieva Krastina (175-90, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. point guard Kate Kreslina (178-96) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Marta Bergmane (178-96) added 6 points in the effort for Kolibri/U-16. Kolibri/U-16's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-1 record. Newly promoted Kolibri/U-16 still closes the standings. TTT Riga will play against Liepajas (#4) at home in the next round. Kolibri/U-16 will play against RTU-Merks (#3) in Riga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kolibri/U-16: K.Kreslina 21+5reb+1ast, M.Bergmane 6+3reb+1ast, D.Strautmane 4+5reb, P.Luke 4+5reb+1ast, L.Magone 2+1reb, I.Spigule 2+2reb+2ast
TTT Riga: L.Surkusa 25+9reb+2ast, I.Krastina 24+4reb+3ast, D.Rozenberga 12+9reb+1ast, E.Pavlovska 11+11reb+4ast, A.Aizsila 10+7reb+3ast, S.Dukate 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 167030




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Hibs Melita defend Louis Borg Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Hibs Melita Gardens celebrated the fourth straight Louis Borg Cup title. They overcame Luxol in two-leg Final. Hibs earned a 59:45 win in the first game. The second encounter turned a tougher battle but the outcome remained the same. Hibs Melita posted a 49:46 win and clinched the trophy. Luxol never threatened the margin as Hibs Melita cruised to the seventh Louis Borg Cup title ever. Lena Gipson (182-F) knocked down 34 points in two games to pace Hibs Melita. Joselle Cardona (183-F-87) and Lucienne Bezzina (174-F-79) added 23 points each in two outings. Murphy answered with 33 points in double-header. M Sciortino combined for 24 points in the games.


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Top 25 - Women
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Baylor
 2. Notre Dame
 3. Connecticut
 4. Stanford
 5. Duke
 6. Kentucky
 7. Miami, FL
 8. Tennessee
 9. Maryland
 10. Wisc.-Green Bay
 11. Ohio St.
 12. Delaware
 13. Rutgers
 14. Louisville
 15. Purdue
 16. Nebraska
 17. Georgetown
 18. Texas A&M
 19. Penn St.
 20. Gonzaga
 21. Georgia
 22. BYU
 23. N.Carolina
 24. Georgia Tech
 25. Texas Tech


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Hawaii Pacific upsets Grand Canyon - by Eurobasket News
Hawaii Pacific wrapped up its three game road swing on a high note with a 70-59 victory against No. 11 Grand Canyon. Mana Hopkins was again the catalyst with 25 points and nine rebounds.

The first half was very close, with neither team building more than a six point lead. The game was tied for the seventh time with: 33 left in the first half, and then a Melody Ladrido layup gave HPU the lead heading to the break. Coming out of the locker room, HPU scored the first eight points, leading 43-33. With strong defense and good shooting, HPU never let the lead slip below six. HPU led by as many as 14.

Despite playing with an illness, Taiyande Huskey played 39 minutes. She scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds, passed out four assists and ripped five steals. Paris Gravely hit three three-pointers as a part of her 15 points. Hopkins also had a team-high nine rebounds and hit three triples.

HPU shot 46 percent (23-50) for the game but limited GCU to a 27 percent (9-23) shooting performance in the second half. HPU was also good from long range, hitting 9-18. The Sea Warriors were nearly perfect at the line going 15-16.

It was a physical game yet HPU escaped with its first win in Arizona since March of 2010. Hopkins scored 20 or more points for the eighth time this season.

Grand Canyon is now 13-2 overall and 5-2 in the PacWest, they were led by Maylinn Smith's 18 points. HPU improved to 11-7.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Harding upsets No. 9 Arkansas Tech - by Eurobasket News
Kristen Celsor scored a career-high 27 points to lead Harding past No. 9 Arkansas Tech 77-69 on Monday night. The Lady Bisons improved to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the GAC.

The win by HU snapped an ATU 42-game home-win streak. It was the longest active winning streak in NCAA Division II. The win was the first time the Lady Bisons have defeated the Golden Suns in Russellville.

Celsor made a career-high eight field goals (8-15) and also made a career-high four 3-pointers (4-6). She was 7-12 from the free throw line.

Two other Lady Bisons finished in double-figure scoring. Sierra Rollins finished with 18 points, making six of 11 from the field and six of seven from the free throw line. Tabitha Haney scored 13 points for HU, hitting three 3-pointers. She also had a career-high five assists.

The Lady Bisons had a strong first half as they shot 57 percent from the field, including 53 percent from behind the 3-point line. Harding took a 49-38 lead into halftime. It was the most points scored in the first half by the Lady Bisons this season.

Arkansas Tech tied the game at 66 when Jessica Weatherford hit a lay-up for the Golden Suns with 2:59 left to play. Haney then hit a big 3-pointer for the Lady Bisons to give HU a three-point lead. Arkansas Tech went 1-4 from the field in the last minutes as Harding made six of seven free throws to seal the victory.

Arkansas Tech (11-3 overall, 2-3 GAC) was led by Natalia Santos who had 24 points. Jessica Weatherford went 8-12 from the field and finished with 17 points. Katie Horsman made five 3-pointers and ended with 15 points. Roselis Silva had 11 assists for the Golden Suns.

The Lady Bisons out-rebounded the Golden Suns 41-30.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Top 25 Rankings
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Cal-San Diego
 2. Edinboro
 3. Metro St.
 4. Wayne St., NE
 5. Clayton St.
 6. Ashland
 7. Fort Lewis
 8. Alaska-Anch.
 9. Bentley
 10. Northeastern St.
 11. Washburn
 12. Pittsburg St.
 13. Arkansas Tech
 14. Rollins
 15. Grand Canyon
 16. S.Carol.-Aiken
 17. Indiana, PA
 18. Florida Southern
 19. Lander
 20. Shaw
 21. Dowling
 22. Emporia St.
 23. Delta St.
 24. Wisc.-Parkside
 25. Augustana (SD)


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Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Amherst
 2. Chicago Univ.
 3. George Fox
 4. Calvin
 5. DePauw
 6. Rochester
 7. Lewis & Clark
 8. William Pater.
 9. Mary Washington
 10. Mt.Union
 11. Bowdoin
 12. Wisc.-Stevens Point
 13. Franklin
 14. Wash.-St.Louis
 15. Lebanon Valley
 16. Hope, MI
 17. Thomas More
 18. Babson
 19. Centre
 20. Wisc.-Eau Claire
 21. Kean
 22. Williams
 23. John Hopkins
 24. Illinois Wesleyan
 25. Wisc.-River Falls


No. 1 Amherst runs past Williams - by Eurobasket News
Top-ranked Amherst closed the first half on a 30-7 run en route to an 80-58 win against 21st-ranked Williams on Wednesday.

Caroline Stedman (5'9''-G) scored a game-high 22 points and Megan Robertson added 16 to help Amherst (18-0) defeat Williams (16-3) for the ninth time in as many tries, as the Lord Jeffs increased their overall win streak to 37 games.

Amherst took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Shannon Finucane (5'3''-G) in the early going, but neither team led by more than four points until midway through the opening half. Williams applied full-court pressure and didn't let the Jeffs shoot from long range early on, but the visitors found their rhythm and hit five of their first eight attempts from beyond the arc.

Stedman knocked down a pair of triples and scored eight points during a 10-2 run that gave Amherst some breathing room at 27-17 with eight minutes to play in the half. Kim Fiorentino and Stedman hit threes on back-to-back possessions to cap off a 16-4 run, making it a 33-19 game with 5:47 on the clock.

Williams senior Jill Greenberg stopped the bleeding with a jumper, but Amherst accounted for the final 12 points of the half. Marcia Voigt and Bridget Crowley came off the bench to help the Jeffs pull away, with Voigt closing out the scoring on a jumper that beat the buzzer and brought the score to 45-21.

Amherst was incredibly efficient in all facets of the game in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 5-for-10 from behind the arc and 10-for-10 at the line. The Jeffs turned the ball over only three times and got 14 points off 11 Eph turnovers.

Robertson gave Amherst the first bucket of the second half, but the Ephs would score the next 10 points of the game. Lisa Jarlis had five of those 10, making it a 47-31 game in favor of the visitors. The Jeffs would quickly push their lead back to 20, however, as Stedman stole the ball and coasted in for an easy two points with 15:26 to play.

Lem Atanga McCormick scored six consecutive points to give Amherst a 60-34 advantage, and the Jeffs� lead would fluctuate between 21 and 27 points for the final 13:27.

Stedman finished with five rebounds, three blocks and two steals to go along with her 22 points, while Robertson added 10 rebounds -- seven offensive -- for her third double-double of the season.

Voigt chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in an efficient performance off the bench. Fiorentino finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, as the Jeffs held a 47-32 advantage on the glass.

Ellen Cook had 12 points and Grace Rehnquist added 10 for the Ephs, who shot 35 percent from the field and were 17-for-29 at the line.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


No. 12 Juniata survives upset bid - by Eurobasket News
Juniata shot just 39 percent from the field compared to Drew's 48 percent, but managed to eke out a 58-54 Landmark Conference win against the Rangers on Friday night at Baldwin Gym.

The Eagles, ranked 12th in the USA Today/ESPN poll and 13th in the D3hoops.com ranking, improved to 18-1 overall with the victory, and remained undefeated in Landmark play with an 8-0 mark.

Juniata overcame four ties and eight lead changes in the see-saw game, with the Eagles finally getting the decisive bucket with just 2:05 left in the game. Alyssia Gordon's layup gave Juniata a 55-54 lead.

A pair of missed 3-pointers by the Rangers eventually resulted in the ball finding its way to Ashton Bankos, who hit a jumper to extend the Juniata lead to three points. Bankos was fouled on the shot, and converted the traditional three-point play to give the Eagles what turned out to be the final score at 58-54.

Drew took four more attempts at the basket, including a pair of treys, but all were wide of the mark as Juniata hung on for the win.

Juniata had trailed Drew much of the first half, with Rangers taking a seven-point lead, 23-16, on a Danielle Barber jumper with 7:19 left in the half. The Eagles outscored the Rangers 13-6 over the remainder of the opening half, tying the game with 48 seconds left in the frame on a pair of Kate McDonald free throws.

Gordon led the Eagles with 20 points, largely built on a 9-of-16 mark from the field. McDonald logged a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds; the 13 boards matches her season high.

Bankos tallied seven points and dished out four assists in the win. Jordan Hileman had eight points off the bench for the Eagles.

Drew (6-13, 2-6 Landmark) was paced offensively by Barber with 24 points, including four 3-pointers in her 9-of-15 effort from the field. Victoria Ault netted 14 points in the losing cause for the Rangers.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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BoaViagem clinch Federation Cup title - by Eurobasket News
BoaViagem - AD Vagos 61:58

BoaViagem celebrated the Federation Cup title. They overcame AD Vagos in Alges to clinch the trophy. Corin Adams (170-G-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Morgan St.) knocked down 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. She was named the MVP after the game.
AD Vagos entered the game aggressively. They established a 21:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But BoaViagem slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They limited them to just 4 points in the frame and narrowed the gap to a single point 24:25. AD Vagos got some breathing space in the third term. They established a 43:38 advantage with one quarter remaining. But BoaViagem went on a 23:15 run in the fourth stanza and snatched a tough win at the end. Celia Simoes (168-G/F-85) and Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple) notched 12 points each in the victory. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) accounted for 23 points for AD Vagos. Flavia Santos (187-C-82) notched 14 points in the loss.

BoaViagem: Corin Adams 24+11 boards, Celia Simoes 12, Lady Comfort 12
AD Vagos: Daniela Domingues 23, Flavia Santos 14


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Tijana Cukic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News
Talented Tijana Cukic (96) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vrbas and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 15-year old had the game-high 12 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Vrbas in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Loznica (#12, 3-14) with 46-point margin 99-53. Vrbas maintains the 3rd position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vrbas will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Cukic as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Tijana Cukic averages this season 6.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Jelena Marinkov (185-C-90) of Proleter. Marinkov impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Proleter lost that game 49-78 to the higher-ranked Stara Pazova (#8, 6-11). Proleter managed to keep the same 11th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Proleter managed to get this year. Marinkov is one of the most experienced players at Proleter and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Tamara Petkovic (170-G-89) of second-ranked Jagodina 2001. Petkovic scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Jagodina 2001, leading her team to a 84-80 win against the lower-ranked Celarevo (#6, 8-9). Jagodina 2001 is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 14-2 record is not that bad... Petkovic has a great season in Serbia. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mirjana Velisavljevic (188-C-78) of Sabac - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) of Jagodina 2001 - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Sonja Maric (185-F-85) of Celarevo - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Vukovic (170-G-91) of Stara Pazova - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Natasa Mijatovic (190-F-89) of Vrbas - 15 points and 14 rebounds
9. Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79) of Jagodina 2001 - 13 points and 9 rebounds
10. Tamara Rajic (182-G/F-93) of Vrbas - 17 points, 9 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)


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Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
 1. Good Angels 15-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 13-2 
 3. Poprad 9-7 
 4. Samorin 8-7 
 5. Dannax Sport 4-11 
 6. Roznava 4-12 
 7. Cassovia K. 1-15 


Extraliga: Round 18 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 18 of the Slovakian Extraliga for women was played last weekend. Here are the results:

Dannax Sport Kosice - ZBK Whirlpool Poprad 45:57 (15:13, 6:15, 12:15, 12:14)
Beata Simova (184-F-87) top-scored for Poprad with 18 points. Dagmar Chlebovcova (171-PG-84) and Alexandra Baburova (183-F/G-91) followed her with 12 points each.

MBK Ruzomberok - BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice 117:55 (28:10, 24:14, 33:16, 32:15)
Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) shined for the hosts with 20 points. Veronika Cernakova (175-G-90) had 17, while Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) added 16 pts.

Good Angels Kosice - MBK Region Roznava 110:42 (33:5, 23:12, 28:7, 26:18)
Good Angels got 29 points from Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU). Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) scored 19 and Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) helped with 14 pts. God Angels stay the top-ranked team in the league with 15-0 record.

Round 19 is scheduled for the next weekend.

Extraliga Standings
1. Good Angels 15-0
2. MBK Ruzomb. 13-2
3. Poprad 9-7
4. Samorin 8-7
5. Dannax Sport 4-11
6. Roznava 4-12
7. Cassovia K. 1-15


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WKBL Round 28: KB Stars defeat leader S-Birds - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked S-Birds (22-6) in Seoul on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked KB Stars (14-15) 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by KB Stars. S-Birds managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Danbi Kim (180-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for S-Birds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KB Stars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-15 record. Defending champion S-Birds still keep top place with six games lost. KB Stars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. S-Birds will play at home against Cool Cats in Bucheon and are hoping to win this game.

The most impressive performance of 28th round was 24 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals by Yeon-Ha Beon of KB Stars.


KB Stars - S-Birds 82-62

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked S-Birds (22-6) in Seoul on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked KB Stars (14-15) 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by KB Stars. S-Birds managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four KB Stars players scored in double figures. International forward Danbi Kim (180-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Youn-Ah Choi (170-85) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of her seven free throws) in the effort for S-Birds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KB Stars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-15 record. Defending champion S-Birds still keep top place with six games lost. KB Stars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. S-Birds will play at home against Cool Cats in Bucheon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KB Stars: S.Jung 19+7reb, S.Jung 17+7reb, Y.Beon 16+3reb+5ast, A.Kang 14+5reb+4ast, S.Kim 8+2reb+1ast, S.Park 4+6reb+5ast
S-Birds: D.Kim 18+11reb+1ast, Y.Kang 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Choi 12+7reb+4ast, E.Ha 8+2reb, G.Kim 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Lee 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146876


Cool Cats - Woori Hansae 66-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Woori Hansae (5-23) beat 5th ranked Cool Cats (10-18) in Bucheon 77-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Woori Hansae. Cool Cats was better in fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cool Cats 48-25 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for center Ji-Hee Yang (186-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Hye-Yoon Bae (182-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Woori Hansae players scored in double figures. International guard Ji-Yoon Kim (170-76) replied with 16 points and 8 assists and the former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cool Cats. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Woori Hansae maintains sixth position with 5-23 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Woori Hansae will face league's second-placed Winnus in Guri in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cool Cats will play on the road against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: J.Yang 18+9reb+3ast, H.Park 16+5reb+2ast, Y.Lim 16+4reb+5ast, H.Bae 14+14reb+1ast, A.Go 7+10reb+3ast, E.Lee 2+2reb+2ast
Cool Cats: J.Kim 16+1reb+8ast, J.Kim 15+6reb+1ast, Y.Heo 13+5reb+4ast, H.Park 8+3reb, S.Jin 6+3reb+1ast, J.Gang 4+3reb
gschID: 146877


KB Stars - Bichumi 79-73 OT

KB Stars needed overtime to beat Bichumi 79:73.Beon stepped up with 24 points and Jung added 21.

Top scorers:
KB Stars: Y.Beon 24+7reb+12ast, S.Jung 21+7reb+1ast, A.Kang 16+5reb+4ast, S.Jung 12+9reb, S.Park 3+1reb+1ast, S.Kim 3+4reb+1ast
Bichumi: J.Park 25+6reb+5ast, T.Park 12+6reb+1ast, K.Roberson 11+8reb+1ast, S.Lee 10+8reb, K.Kim 9+5reb+4ast, Y.Lee 4+5reb


gschID: 146878


Winnus - S-Birds 75-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when top-ranked S-Birds (22-6) lost to second ranked Winnus (19-10) in Guri 67-75 on Monday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Eun Joo Cho (180-83) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. International forward Youn-Hoa Lee (178-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Youn-Ah Choi (170-85) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for S-Birds. Four Winnus and five S-Birds players scored in double figures. Winnus maintains second position with 19-10 record having just two points less than leader S-Birds. Defending champion S-Birds still keep top place with six games lost. Winnus will face bottom-ranked Woori Hansae (#6) in Chuncheon in the next round. S-Birds will play at home against Cool Cats (#5) in Bucheon.
Top scorers:
Winnus: E.Joo Cho 29+4reb+3ast, J.Ja Sin 15+13reb+3ast, B.Kim 10+5reb+2ast, C.Han 10+8reb+1ast, J.Kim 7+1reb+1ast, J.Won 2+1reb
S-Birds: Y.Choi 14+5reb+4ast, Y.Lee 14+10reb+4ast, D.Kim 11+6reb+2ast, Y.Kang 11+6reb+2ast, E.Ha 10+4reb, S.Seon 4+3reb
gschID: 146879




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Helios bring in Karen Twehues - by Eurobasket News
Helios strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati). The guard started the season in Italy. She played for Alcamo in A2 League. Karen Twehues tallied 5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. It was the fifth straight season for Karen Twehues in the Apennines. She also had spells for Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni and Reggio Emilia. Karen Twehues is the member of Swiss National Team. She participated at 2011 European Championship Qualifying Round in Division B. The guard notched 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for Switzerland. Karen Twehues is expected to debut for Helios on Wednesday when they take on Fribourg.


LNA Round 15: Riva Basket beats Fribourg in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riva San Vitale. Third ranked Riva Basket faced second-best Fribourg. Host Riva Basket (11-3) defeated guests from Fribourg (11-2) 76-61. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fribourg. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Riva Basket forced 22 Fribourg turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon McCallum (177-G-87, college: Charlotte) who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Judit Jakab (178-89) chipped in 18 points. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 26 points and 9 rebounds. Riva Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-3 record having just one points less than leader Helios. Defending champion Fribourg keeps the second position with two games lost. Riva Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fribourg will play at home against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Helios delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Highflyers (3-10) 99-58 in Luzern. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Shyra Ely (188-83, college: Tennessee, agency: Merit Sports) who led her team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Whitney Boddie contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Guard Janae Young (183-87, college: Pacific) answered with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Highflyers. Undefeated Helios (13-0) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Highflyers at the other side keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Helios will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Highflyers will play against Basel (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Pully was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Nyon (4-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Pully (4-9). Pully managed to secure a 6-point victory 68-62 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Alendra Brown who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Pully's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Tiffany Benson with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Pully moved-up to sixth place. Nyon lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Pully will meet higher ranked Hope-GBA (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nyon will play against Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Basel was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Hope-GBA (6-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Basel (6-6). Basel managed to secure a 6-point victory 53-47. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hope-GBA. It was an exceptional evening for Megan Skouby who led the winners and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Basel moved-up to fourth place. Hope-GBA at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Basel's next round opponent will be Highflyers (#8) in Luzern. Hope-GBA will play at home against Pully and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Pully - Nyon 68-62

The game in Pully was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Nyon (4-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Pully (4-9). Pully managed to secure a 6-point victory 68-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-62. Pully forced 41 Nyon turnovers. It was a great evening for American power forward Alendra Brown (191-86) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) helped adding 23 points and 11 steals. Pully's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Tiffany Benson (185-88, college: William & Mary) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Melissa Favre (184-92) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Pully moved-up to sixth place. Nyon lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Pully will meet higher ranked Hope-GBA (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nyon will play against Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pully: A.Brown 24+10reb+3ast, D.Diouf 23+3reb+2ast, A.Gavin 9+3ast, A.Budowski 4+6reb+1ast, L.Martin 3+1reb+2ast, C.Michaux 2+1ast
Nyon: T.Benson 17+13reb, M.Favre 13+8reb+2ast, A.Toumi 9+3reb+1ast, S.Pognon 9+4reb+4ast, J.Muellauer 6+2reb+1ast, O.Kaltenrieder 3+1ast
gschID: 145596


Basel - Hope-GBA 53-47

The game in Basel was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Hope-GBA (6-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Basel (6-6). Basel managed to secure a 6-point victory 53-47. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hope-GBA. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hope-GBA won fourth quarter 11-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. International power forward Eva Moldovanyi (183-87) accounted for 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Forward Sarah Cavin (178-92) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Rosalie Grobet (185-92) added 4 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Hope-GBA in the defeat. Basel moved-up to fourth place. Hope-GBA at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Basel's next round opponent will be Highflyers (#8) in Luzern. Hope-GBA will play at home against Pully and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basel: M.Skouby 24+7reb+3ast, R.Machler 14+1reb+2ast, E.Moldovanyi 6+13reb+4ast, C.Hart 4+5reb+6ast, V.Vigil 3+1reb, S.Lisi 2+1reb+1ast
Hope-GBA: S.Cavin 14+7reb+1ast, A.Rieder 7+2reb+1ast, M.Kolly 6+5reb+1ast, L.Cutunic 6+5reb+1ast, R.Grobet 4+9reb, R.Stojanovic 4+8reb
gschID: 145597


Highflyers - Helios 58-99

Undefeated leader Helios delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Highflyers (3-10) 99-58 in Luzern. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Highflyers' 30 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Helios forced 26 Highflyers turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Shyra Ely (188-83, college: Tennessee, agency: Merit Sports) who led her team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Whitney Boddie (173-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Five Helios players scored in double figures. Guard Janae Young (183-87, college: Pacific) answered with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Savannah Werner (185-85, college: Toledo) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Highflyers. Helios (13-0) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Highflyers at the other side keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Helios will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Highflyers will play against Basel (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Helios: S.Ely 25+9reb+2ast, C.Turin 16+2reb+1ast, A.Rol 15+4reb+3ast, S.Kershaw 14+2reb+3ast, W.Boddie 13+5reb+10ast, J.Michaux 10+10reb
Highflyers: J.Young 24+7reb+6ast, S.Werner 16+8reb+2ast, S.Eisenring 5+2reb, D.Milenkovic 5+2reb, B.Subasic 2+4reb+2ast, K.Milenkovic 2
gschID: 145598


Riva Basket - Fribourg 76-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riva San Vitale. Third ranked Riva Basket faced second-best Fribourg. Host Riva Basket (11-3) defeated guests from Fribourg (11-2) 76-61. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fribourg. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Riva Basket forced 22 Fribourg turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Judit Jakab (178-89) chipped in 18 points. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 26 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Jerica Watson (183-80, college: Iowa) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Riva Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-3 record having just one points less than leader Helios. Defending champion Fribourg keeps the second position with two games lost. Riva Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fribourg will play at home against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Riva Basket: S.McCallum 31+8reb+3ast, J.Jakab 18+1reb, M.Broggini 11, R.McKenzie 8+8reb+1ast, L.Travaini 3+4reb+1ast, S.Franscella 3
Fribourg: C.Trahan 26+9reb, J.Watson 15+7reb+3ast, V.Dorestant 7+4reb, D.Bozovic 4+7reb+2ast, L.Mazzocchi 4, B.Mueller 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145595




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  UBA - Women  


WUBA Standings
WUBA Standings
Northern Conference
 1. Queen City G. 4-0 
 2. Seven Hills F. 2-2 
 3. Cinncinatti S. 1-2 
 4. Sharonville F. 1-2 
Southern Conference
 1. GIE Disciples 5-1 
 2. Southern G. 5-1 
 3. Metro A. Sparks 1-2 
 4. Tennessee D. 1-3 
 5. Atlanta A. 0-4