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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA: Round 21 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, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Penarol (16-5) in Formosa on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked La Union (11-10) 99-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Penarol. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 54-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. La Union made 31-of-40 free shots (77.5 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Javier Caceres (201-F-85) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) contributed with 23 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Penarol. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Union have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 11-10 record. Defending champion Penarol still keeps top position with five games lost. La Union are looking forward to face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#10) in Bahia Blanca in the next round. Penarol will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#8) and is hoping to win this game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: bottom-ranked San Mart.C. was beaten by GECR Indalo on the road 102-89. Lanus won against Libertad S. on its own court 64-55. Club 9 unfortunately lost to Atenas in Cordoba 74-86. Boca Jrs recorded a loss to Sionista at home 66-77. Quimsa defeated Quilmes MP on the opponent's court 81-66. Regatas C. beat Wuber-Est.Bahia in a home game 87-81.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 25 points and 11 rebounds by John DeGroat of Olimpico LB.


GECR Indalo - San Mart.C. 102-89
No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked GECR Indalo (9-11) beat bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes (5-16) in Comodoro R. 102-89 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. San Martin Corrientes was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Roberto Gabini (198-75, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points for the winners. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for San Martin Corrientes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GECR Indalo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Wuber-Est.Bahia. San Martin Corrientes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. GECR Indalo will face higher ranked Sionista (#3) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.McGowan 23+5reb, R.Gabini 18+1reb+1ast, S.Scala 14+1reb+2ast, D.Davis 12+7reb, D.Romero 8+8reb+1ast, E.Nelson 8+4reb
San Mart.C.: J.Michael Martinez 21+14reb+2ast, J.Coronado 21+4reb, W.McFarlan 17+6reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 11+3reb, A.Carabajal 7+1reb+1ast, L.Victoriano 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141309


Lanus - Libertad S. 64-55
There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Libertad Sunchales (14-7) lost to sixth ranked Lanus (12-9) in Buenos Aires 55-64 on Thursday. Libertad Sunchales trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 16-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 55-64 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Libertad Sunchales 39-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) contributed with 7 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Marcos Saglietti (189-86) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Lanus maintains sixth place with 12-9 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Lanus will face Quimsa (#9) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Quilmes MP (#14) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Lanus: J.Levy 25+11reb+1ast, M.Byro 10+3reb+2ast, A.Boccia 7+13reb+3ast, N.Laprovittola 6+3reb+5ast, D.Roland 5+1reb, D.Guaita 4+3reb
Libertad S.: R.Battle 17+8reb+2ast, J.Treise 10+1reb, M.Saglietti 9+6reb, S.Ginobili 7+2ast, A.Alloatti 5+4reb, J.Johnson 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141310


Atenas - Club 9 86-74
Very predictable result when sixth ranked Atenas (12-8) won against 13th ranked Club 9 (7-14) in Cordoba 86-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Club 9 was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Diego Gerbaudo (182-89) added 14 points in the effort for Club 9. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas moved-up to fifth place. Club 9 at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Atenas will face league's second-placed Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Club 9 will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Lescano 22+2reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 18+2reb+2ast, F.Sucatzky 18+1reb+4ast, B.Labaque 12+7reb+7ast, M.Melvin 8+9reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 4+4reb
Club 9: J.Ayarza 15+4reb, J.Cowan 15+6reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 14+4reb+3ast, G.Luchino 11+2reb, S.Clancy 7+7reb+1ast, G.Torre 6+2reb
gschID: 141304


Boca Jrs - Sionista 66-77
Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Boca Juniors (8-12) lost to third ranked Sionista (15-6) in Buenos Aires 66-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Sionista outrebounded Boca Juniors 42-31 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 16 points and the other American import power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Boca Juniors' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sionista have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record behind leader Penarol. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Sionista will face GECR Indalo (#11) in Comodoro R. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boca Juniors will play at home against San Martin Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Villegas 26+9reb, R.Iglesias 13+5reb+3ast, H.Rollins 11+8reb+4ast, D.Hure 11+9reb+2ast, F.Ferrini 7+6reb+3ast, A.Zilli 5+4reb+4ast
Boca Jrs: W.Graves 16+3reb, L.O'Bannon 12+1reb+3ast, D.Alston 8+8reb+1ast, M.Delia 7+5reb, J.Brussino 6+1reb+2ast, M.Fierro 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141305


Quilmes MP - Quimsa 66-81
Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Quimsa (10-11) defeated 14th ranked Quilmes MP (6-15) in Mar del Plata 81-66 on Friday. It was a good game for the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. Quimsa moved-up to ninth place. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Quimsa will face higher ranked Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quilmes MP will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#4).
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 19+5reb+3ast, J.Williams 15+6reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 14+8reb, B.Robinson 8+5reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 6+5reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 6+7reb
Quilmes MP: A.Weigand 24+7reb, C.Matthews 14+5reb+1ast, P.McHopson 13+4reb+2ast, M.Smith 6+6reb+2ast, L.Truscott 4+5reb, N.Ferreyra 3+1reb+8ast
gschID: 141306


La Union - Penarol 99-89
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Penarol (16-5) in Formosa on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked La Union (11-10) 99-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Penarol. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 54-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. La Union made 31-of-40 free shots (77.5 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Javier Caceres (201-85) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 23 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Penarol. Five La Union and four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Union have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 11-10 record. Defending champion Penarol still keeps top position with five games lost. La Union are looking forward to face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#10) in Bahia Blanca in the next round. Penarol will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
La Union: J.Smith 23+2reb+3ast, J.Caceres 22+7reb+1ast, G.Lewis 15+11reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 15+4reb, A.Marin 12+3reb, A.Pau 5+1reb+2ast
Penarol: M.Mata 19+8reb, K.Lamonte 15+2reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+3reb+6ast, S.Safar 13+1ast, M.Leiva 9+6reb, L.Gutierrez 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141307


Olimpico LB - Obras 88-80 OT
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 25+11reb+3ast, E.Villares 18+1reb+2ast, G.Grays 16+1reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 12+11reb, P.Moldu 6+3reb+2ast, C.Romero 5
Obras: M.Osimani 19+4ast, D.Fells 14+9reb, J.Mazzaro 13+2reb, T.Washam 11+7reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 7+6reb, J.Gutierrez 6+9reb
gschID: 141308


Regatas C. - Wuber-Est.Bahia 87-81
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia's (9-11) road loss to eighth ranked Regatas Corrientes (11-11) 81-87 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Ariel Zago (203-85) answered with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 14 points in the effort for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains eighth place with 11-11 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face league's leader Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against La Union (#7) in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: N.Romano 23+6reb, J.Martinez 15+6reb+4ast, D.Kante 13+3reb, D.Cavaco 12+6reb+2ast, P.I. Calderon 12+8reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 7+2reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: A.Zago 15+4reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 14+3reb, R.Stanton 14+5reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 14+4reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 7+5reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 5+3reb+2ast


Levy's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lanus and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Libertad S. (#4, 14-7) 64-55. Lanus maintains the 6th position in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Lanus will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. Levy has many years of experience at Lanus, through which he has constantly improved. Jamaal Levy averages this season 7.1ppg and 5.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Olimpico LB. He is American forward in his first season at Olimpico LB. In the last game DeGroat recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Olimpico LB cruised to a 88-80 overtime win over the higher-ranked Obras (#2, 15-4). This victory allowed Olimpico LB to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 15th position in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Olimpico LB managed to get this Second Stage. DeGroat is a newcomer at Olimpico LB and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#6). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) of San Mart.C. (#16). Martinez scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Martinez's great performance San Mart.C. lost 89-102 to the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#11, 9-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. San Mart.C. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Martinez he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Martinez has individually a great season in Argentina. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.0apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) of Regatas C. - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Javier Caceres (201-F-85) of La Union - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of La Union - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Sionista - 26 points and 9 rebounds
9. Cristian Amicucci (201-F/C-85) of Olimpico LB - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Joe Smith (193-G-77) of La Union - 23 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. 3-1 
 2. Obera TC 2-2 
 3. Estudian.Con. 2-2 
 4. San Isidro 2-2 
 5. Alvear 1-3 
TNA1 South
 1. Alianza Viedma 3-1 
 2. Ciclista 3-2 
 3. Argentino 3-2 
 4. Banda Norte 1-4 
 5. Huracan 1-4 
TNA2 North
 1. A.Italiana 2-2 
 2. Tomas Rocam. 2-2 
 3. Atl.Echague 2-2 
 4. A.Espanola 2-2 
 5. Union Sunch 2-2 
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 4-0 
 2. Sport Club 2-2 
 3. Bragado 2-2 
 4. San Mart.MJ 1-3 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18
 1. Gutierrez, Obras18.0 
 2. Villegas, Sionista17.5 
 3. Smith, La Union16.8 
 4. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.4 
 5. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.16.1 
 7. McHopson, Quilm.15.9 
 8. Nelson, GECR I.15.8 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.7 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 2. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.7.7 
 7. Cowan, Club 97.4 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 9. Nelson, GECR I.6.9 
 10. DeGroat, Olimpico.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.7 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.3 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.1 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.9 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.6 
 9. Smith, La Union3.6 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB2.0 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 7. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 9. Pau, La Union1.4 
 10. Funes, GECR I.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.4 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 5. Ayarza, Club 91.0 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.0 
 7. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 
 10. Weigand, Quilm.0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 13-2 
 2. Ventspils 11-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 11-6 
 4. Triumph 10-4 
 5. Rudupis 10-5 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-8 
 7. Juventus 7-10 
 8. Kedainiai 6-9 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 6-12 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 3-12 
 11. Liepaja 3-14 
Challenge Cup
 1. Tarvas 8-2 
 2. Neptunas 6-3 
 3. Naglis Palangos 6-4 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-5 
 5. Jelgava 1-7 
 6. Techasas 8-2 
 7. Sakalai 8-3 
 8. Valmiera 8-4 
 9. TTU/Kalev 3-9 
 10. Rapla 2-8 
 11. Turiba 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas17.8 
 5. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas16.5 
 7. Pilk, TT.16.4 
 8. Soo, Rapla16.4 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.6 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.2 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 6. Galdikas, Neptunas7.8 
 7. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 9. Arnold, TT.7.7 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.8 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.6 
 5. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.4 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McKee, Triumph2.5 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 5. Akenparg, TT.1.8 
 6. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 7. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 8. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 9. Keedus, TT.1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.4 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.4 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.9 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 10. Joneliunas, Sakal.0.8 


Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Fifth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis won a double-overtime thriller against 3rd placed Russian Triumph Lyubertsy by five points 112-107 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. The best player for the winners was Adas Juskevicius who scored 30 points. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rudupis maintains fifth place in 1 with 10-5 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round. Triumph Lyubertsy will play at home against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 In 1 Kalev/Cramo was defeated by Baltai Kaunas in a road game 89-78. Siauliai beat Tartu Ulikool at home 91-82. Juventus lost to Ventspils on the opponent's court 71-84.


Baltai Kaunas - Kalev/Cramo 89-78

There was an upset when second-best Estonian Kalev/Cramo (11-6) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Lithuanian Baltai Kaunas (3-11) 89-78 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Baltai Kaunas. Kalev/Cramo was better in second period 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baltai Kaunas made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Mindaugas Kupsas (214-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points. Four Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Baltai Kaunas' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) added 15 points respectively. Baltai Kaunas maintains tenth place in 1 with 3-11 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo dropped to the third position with six games lost. Baltai Kaunas will face higher ranked Kedainiai (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kalev/Cramo will play against Triumph Lyubertsy (#4) in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: Z.Janavicius 17+3reb+1ast, J.Maciulis 16+2reb, M.Kupsas 13+11reb+1ast, M.Delas 10+8reb+1ast, U.Petrovic 8+1reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 8+1reb
Kalev/Cramo: R.Tamm 19+6reb+3ast, T.Sokk 15+3reb+2ast, G.Arbet 14+2reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 9+5reb, B.Fall 8+3reb, G.Dorbek 6+2ast
gschID: 168161


Rudupis - Triumph 112-107 2OT

Fifth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis won a double-overtime thriller against 3rd placed Russian Triumph Lyubertsy by five points 112-107 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime then Triumph Lyubertsy managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Rudupis who were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 11-11. They made 39-of-50 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game, while Triumph Lyubertsy only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 37 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who scored 30 points. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) chipped in 24 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who recorded 25 points and 5 assists and forward Sergey Karasev (200-93) added 20 points respectively. Five Rudupis and four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rudupis maintains fifth place in 1 with 10-5 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round. Triumph Lyubertsy will play at home against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 30+4reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 24+4reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 19+7reb+3ast, P.Butkevicius 17+11reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 14+3reb+1ast, A.Mazutis 8+1reb+4ast
Triumph: T.McKee 25+3reb+5ast, S.Karasev 20+2ast, D.Kulagin 13+4reb+4ast, A.Kuzyakin 13+3reb, K.Landry 10+4reb, V.Zvarykin 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168162


Siauliai - Tartu Ulikool 91-82

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (13-2) defeated at home 9th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (5-12) 91-82 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Siauliai made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Tartu Ulikool was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika 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 guard Kristo Saage (184-85) who recorded 23 points and swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Siauliai maintains first place in 1 with 13-2 record. Loser Tartu Ulikool keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Siauliai will face Kedainiai (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tartu Ulikool will play against Baltai Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: E.Ruzgas 23+1reb, V.Vasylius 18+6reb+1ast, R.Broadus 18+5reb+5ast, A.Siksnius 9+5reb, C.Long 8+3reb+4ast, M.Zukauskas 5+4reb+4ast
Tartu Ulikool: K.Saage 23+2reb+2ast, M.Doronin 13+8reb+1ast, V.Allingu 13+3reb+2ast, B.Amis 10+1reb+1ast, S.Leppik 8+2reb+5ast, V.Kriisa 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 168163


Ventspils - Juventus 84-71

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Lithuanian Juventus (7-9) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Latvian Ventspils (11-5) 84-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Juventus was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guinean-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Darius Pakamanis (193-81) added 12 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in 1. Loser Juventus dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. Juventus will play on the road against Liepaja (#11).
Top scorers:
Ventspils: J.Young 24+5reb+6ast, M.Diane 17+6reb+3ast, R.Zakis 16+3reb+1ast, M.Meiers 10+7reb, S.Gray 8+1reb+3ast, T.Abernethy 4+4reb+4ast
Juventus: K.Petrukonis 20+10reb+1ast, D.Pakamanis 12+3reb+2ast, G.Matulis 10+2reb+3ast, T.Gaidamavicius 8+3reb+3ast, R.Gumeniuk 6+3reb, Z.Urbonas 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 168876


Challenge Cup Quarterfinals
Tarvas - TTU/Kalev 83-62

BC Rakvere paved their way into the Challenge Cup semis. BC Rakvere (8-2) outscored at home 4th placed TTU/Kalev (3-9) 83-62 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-62. The best player for the winners was Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who recorded 16 points and power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: T.Oja 16+2reb, K.Cipruss 16+6reb+1ast, R.Hallik 15+7reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 13+6reb+5ast, J.Umbrasko 11+5reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 6+3reb+2ast
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 16+4reb+2ast, K.Makke 11+5reb+2ast, A.Arnold 10+6reb+1ast, M.Kaja 7+3reb, K.Keres 7+2reb+1ast, M.Saarmets 5
gschID: 167832


Naglis Palangos - Valmiera 77-53

Naglis Palangos grabbed a massive 24-point win over Valmiera at home court and punched the Challenge Cup semifinal ticket. The game was mostly controlled by Naglis Palangos. Valmiera was better in fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) who scored 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Naglis Palangos' coach Albertas Vilimas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, agency: Players Group) added 17 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: V.Peciukas 27+4reb+1ast, D.Johnson 15+7reb+3ast, M.Reminas 12+4reb+4ast, P.Kleiza 7+9reb+1ast, M.Mockevicius 4+1reb+2ast, R.Pickett 4+3reb+1ast
Valmiera: I.Bankevics 17+2reb+1ast, J.Porzingis 15+5reb, J.Lucas 13+7reb+3ast, A.Butjankovs 6+8reb, O.Virsis 2+4reb, E.Elksnis 0
gschID: 167833




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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 19: Okapi Aalstar loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 19 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Quaregnon where host Dexia Mons-Hainaut (9-7) crushed league's leader Okapi Aalstar (11-6) 97-74 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The game without a history. Dexia Mons-Hainaut 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 Okapi Aalstar's 30. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 37-22 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American guard Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) fired 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Warren Carter (205-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) produced 23 points for lost side. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Oostende. They were replaced at the leadership position by Spirou. Okapi Aalstar will play next round against Leuven Bears trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster on the road.

The best stats of 19th round was 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by La'Shard Anderson of Gent.


M.Hainaut - Aalstar 97-74
Round 19 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Quaregnon where host Dexia Mons-Hainaut (9-7) crushed league's leader Okapi Aalstar (11-6) 97-74 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The game without a history. Dexia Mons-Hainaut 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 Okapi Aalstar's 30. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 37-22 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) fired 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Warren Carter (205-85, college: Illinois) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) produced 23 points and American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Dexia Mons-Hainaut and four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Oostende. They were replaced at the leadership position by Spirou. Okapi Aalstar will play next round against Leuven Bears trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster on the road.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 23+4reb, C.Young 12+6reb, J.Holiday 10+2reb, J.Steinbach 10+3reb+3ast, A.Gaddefors 8+2reb, K.Kruger 8+1reb+6ast
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 22+4reb+4ast, W.Carter 17+12reb, A.Slaughter 12+2reb+5ast, A.Nivins 10+5reb, J.Hurtt 10+1reb+1ast, S.Bellin 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132406


Gent - Spirou 70-71 OT
OT win for Charleroi, who got 16 points and 6 rebounds from Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU). Charleroi 12-5, Gent 5-12.
Top scorers:
Gent: L.Anderson 19+6reb+7ast, M.Jenkins 17+3reb+2ast, M.Haynes 15+3reb, G.Brown 10+7reb+1ast, R.Chaney 5+5reb, B.Heinle 3+5reb+1ast
Spirou: D.Broyles 16+6reb, C.Green 14+11reb+1ast, J.Welsch 12+3reb+4ast, J.Hamilton 11+4reb+1ast, A.Wisniewski 9+5reb+2ast, B.Penninck 6+1reb
gschID: 132407


Antwerp - Verviers-Pep. 85-56
There was no surprise when 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (2-15) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (10-6) 85-56 on Friday. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants 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 VOO Verviers-Pepinster's 30. American forward Julian Vaughn (205-88, college: Georgetown) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 18 points. Coach Eddy Casteels's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants maintains fourth place with 10-6 record. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play at home against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#5) in Quaregnon.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Beal 15+5reb+4ast, B.Merriex 12+6reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 12+10reb, W.Boss Mukubu 11+9reb+1ast, S.Moris 3, J.Rahier 3+3reb+1ast
Antwerp: M.Roll 18+3reb+2ast, J.Vaughn 14+9reb+1ast, T.Black 10+4ast, B.Hopkins 10+3reb+1ast, R.Biggs 9+5reb+3ast, A.Wiggins 8+5reb
gschID: 132408


Leuven - Oostende 73-81
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Base Oostende's (11-6) road victory over 5th ranked Leuven Bears (9-7) 81-73 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-14. But Leuven Bears won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Base Oostende moved-up to second place, which they share with Aalstar. Loser Leuven Bears keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Base Oostende will face Optima Gent (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leuven Bears will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar.
Top scorers:
Leuven: N.Marnegrave 19+8reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 19+3reb+4ast, J.McLean 13+7reb, M.McGhee 10+2reb+1ast, I.Hanavan 10+10reb, J.Davis 2+1reb+1ast
Oostende: C.Booker 18+8reb+3ast, K.Winston 16+4reb+5ast, D.Drobnjak 15+4reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 12+5reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Wright 10+8reb+1ast


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 12-5 
 2. Aalstar 11-6 
 3. Oostende 11-6 
 4. Antwerp 10-6 
 5. M.Hainaut 9-7 
 6. Leuven 9-7 
 7. Liege 5-10 
 8. Gent 5-12 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.4 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Green, Spirou14.6 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.4 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende13.8 
 8. Tofi, Leuven13.7 
 9. Booker, Oostende13.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Brown, Gent8.2 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.6 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 5. McLean, Leuven6.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.5 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.3 
 8. Bostic, Liege5.9 
 9. Chaney, Gent5.8 
 10. Wright, Oostende5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 2. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 3. Waters, Liege3.6 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 6. Thompson, Verviers.3.1 
 7. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 8. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 9. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 10. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.3 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar1.9 
 7. Bostic, Liege1.9 
 8. Mukubu, Verviers.1.9 
 9. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 10. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.7 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.1 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 16-1 
 2. Capljina 13-4 
 3. Bosna 13-4 
 4. Varda HE 10-6 
 5. Leotar 10-7 
 6. Mladost 10-8 
 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 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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The Northwest College add some brazilian flavor - by Paulo Freire
The Northwest College basketball team announced for this season more brazilian flavor as coach Andy Ward turned his focus to sign four new brazilians prospects.

The Trapper head coach Ward announced the signing of Freshman's:

6'5 Guilherme Carabagiale from Chapeco, Brazil

6'4 Hudson Filho from Campo Grande, Brazil

6'0 Italo De Oliveira Machado from Sao Luis, Brazil

6'8 Pietro de Andrade (202-F-90) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

All four players are joing the remnant of last season roster, the 6'4 Sophomore Diego Pasos (194-F-87)



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One half enough for easy away win for Levski - by Valentin Anguelov
The Mens team of Levski won their last test before tha start of the Cup of Bulgaria for this season 2011/12. They played away in Pleven against Spartak and were able to recorded their victory number 15 in the championship after an easy 96-74 in their favor. At the half time Levski led by only a single point but after the break mini series of 16-0 was crucial for the final outcome. After that point Levski had all the control in the game and without any problems won with huge difference of plus 22 points. This was the final game for the club before the Cup of the country, which will start next Wednesday in Samokov. They rival in the first game will be Balkan Botevgrad, while most likely in the semifinals Levski will face the host of the tournament Rilski sportist from Samokov.

As usual the home team from Pleven rely for most of the time on their shooting from three-point area. They had 39 shots behind that line but only 10 of them were succesfull. On the opposite side Levski had 32 field goals for 2 points and also as team they showed a good percentage from the free throw line- - 20 of 26 successful attempts from the charity stripe. Thanks to the Vasil Evtimov Levski dominated on both ends of the floor - 40 vs. 28 rebounds in their favor and all those points were keys for another success of the visiting team.

Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) was the best scorer with his 21 points as he also grabbed 8 rebounds. Vasil Evtimov registered another double-double - 20 points and 13 rebounds while other two americans in blue uniform Jarrett Howell and Marcus Hall finished with 10 respectively 14 points.

For the hosts Iliya Stankov was top scorer with 17, Vesselin Georgiev added 16 and Tsvetoslav Ostrev ended with 15 points.

Immediately after the Cup of Bulgaria in Samokov Levski will visit Chernomorets in Burgas. The meeting is on February 25 in 'Boycho Branzov' hall in Burgas while right after that Levski will play at home versus Rilski Sportist Samokov.


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 17-1 
 2. Levski Sofia 15-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 10-8 
 4. Tundja Yambol 10-8 
 5. Cherno More 9-9 
 6. Balkan 6-12 
 7. Spartak Pleven 3-15 
 8. Chernomorets 2-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.8 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.20.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.9 
 5. Stankov, Spartak15.9 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja15.8 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.6 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.2 
 9. Pavlovski, Chernom.14.5 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.4 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.9 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 5. Georgiev, Levski S.7.1 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.3 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.1 
 8. Tsenov, Spartak6.0 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.5.9 
 10. Kolev, Cherno More5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.5 
 3. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.1 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.6 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan4.1 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.3 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.2 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.5 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.4 
 4. Harper, Levski S.2.0 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.8 
 8. Filipov, Balkan1.8 
 9. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.7 
 10. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.2 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.9 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 8. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.5 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More0.5 
 10. Marinov, Balkan0.5 


NBL Round 18: Rilski Sportist is defeated by Balkan - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Botevgrad between third ranked Rilski Sportist (10-8) and sixth ranked Balkan (6-12) on Saturday night. Rilski Sportist was defeated by Balkan on the road 72-58. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan. Rilski Sportist managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bogdan Boev (196-82) with 11 points. Balkan maintains sixth position with 6-12 record. Rilski Sportist lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Tundja Yambol. Balkan are looking forward to face higher ranked Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play at home against Spartak Pleven and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (17-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-9) in Sofia 96-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Brandon Heath supported him with 11 points and 11 assists. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Euroins Cherno More. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Chernomorets (2-16). Tundja Yambol defeated Chernomorets 95-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Martin Durchev who scored 28 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Konstantin Koev who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. Tundja Yambol moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet at home league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chernomorets will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Pleven supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (15-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (3-15). Levski Sofia smashed Spartak Pleven 96-74. It was a good game for Vasil Evtimov who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas where they are favorite. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov.



Chernomorets - Tundja Yambol 79-95

The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Chernomorets (2-16). Tundja Yambol defeated Chernomorets 95-79 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tundja Yambol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Tundja Yambol forced 27 Chernomorets turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Tundja Yambol especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Martin Durchev (200-87) who scored 28 points and 4 assists. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Tundja Yambol moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet at home league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chernomorets will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: K.Koev 16+7reb+3ast, D.Dunovic 14+3reb+4ast, K.Pavlovski 12+11reb, R.Aleksov 10+1reb, A.Penev 9+4reb+3ast, T.Zahariev 7+1reb
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 28+4reb+4ast, J.Ofoegbu 19+11reb+2ast, S.Govedarov 17+2reb+5ast, M.Jefferson 16+2reb+5ast, T.Gugino 7+7reb+1ast, S.Petkov 6+2reb
gschID: 139999


Spartak Pleven - Levski Sofia 74-96

The game in Pleven supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (15-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (3-15). Levski Sofia smashed Spartak Pleven 96-74. The game was mostly controlled by Levski Sofia. Spartak Pleven was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 18 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 40-28 including a 36-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) replied with 17 points and forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Levski Sofia have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas where they are favorite. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 17+4reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 16+5reb, T.Ostrev 15+2reb, A.Dyakovski 9+1reb+9ast, S.Tsenov 9+6reb+1ast, R.Sofroniev 4+1reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 21+8reb+3ast, V.Evtimov 20+13reb+2ast, M.Hall 14+4reb+1ast, J.Howell 10+4reb+1ast, D.Anguelov 9+2reb, H.Dimitrov 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140000


Lukoil Academik - Cherno More 96-89

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (17-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-9) in Sofia 96-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. It looked good early as Euroins Cherno More took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lukoil Academik had a 29-19 second period charge getting the lead and Euroins Cherno More was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-96. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 11 points and 11 assists. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Euroins Cherno More. The former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Lukoil Academik and four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 25+6reb, G.Davidov 18+5reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 13+4reb+1ast, N.Kolev 11+8reb, S.Iliev 8+7reb, J.Hunt 7+2reb+8ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 21+11reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 18+1reb+1ast, P.Marinov 16+3reb, L.Mack 13+7reb+1ast, B.Heath 11+3reb+11ast, B.Avramov 9+2reb+6ast
gschID: 140001


Balkan - Rilski Sportist 72-58

The most important game in the last round took place in Botevgrad between third ranked Rilski Sportist (10-8) and sixth ranked Balkan (6-12) on Saturday night. Rilski Sportist was defeated by Balkan on the road 72-58. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan. Rilski Sportist managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bogdan Boev (196-82) with 11 points and swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) scored 10 points. Balkan maintains sixth position with 6-12 record. Rilski Sportist lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Tundja Yambol. Balkan are looking forward to face higher ranked Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play at home against Spartak Pleven and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Boev 11+4reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 10+4reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 8+4reb+1ast, A.Velikov 7+4reb+1ast, S.Mijajlovic 7+2reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 5+3reb+1ast
Balkan: D.Marintchechki 17+12reb+2ast, S.Marinov 14+4reb+2ast, D.Marojevic 12+8reb+2ast, I.Kasabov 9+7reb, L.Lilov 8+2reb+2ast, I.Martin 6+4reb
gschID: 140002




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  CANADA   


Lien Phillip claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Vincentian forward Lien Phillip (203-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Windsor and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Waterloo (#8, 5-14) 85-90. Windsor maintains the 4th position in Vincentian CIS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Windsor will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 12-7 record. In the team's last game Phillip had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Windsor, through which he has constantly improved. Phillip has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.6rpg. Phillip is in league's top in and averages solid 53.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old forward Tory Fassett (F) of St.Mary's. Fassett impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as St.Mary's lost that game 77-88 to the higher-ranked Acadia (#3, 9-4). St.Mary's managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Fassett is well-known by St.Mary's fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#3). He also registered 7.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Kale Harrison (196-F) of second-ranked Laurier. Harrison scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Laurier, leading his team to a 100-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Guelph (#6, 8-11). Laurier is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-3 record is not that bad... Harrison has a very solid season. In 19 games in Canada he scored 17.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthew Buckley (215-C) of Laurier - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jerome Smith (G) of St.Mary's - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Srdjan Pejicic) of Waterloo - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cam Michaud (198-F) of McMaster - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Sean Stoqua (180-PG) of Acadia - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Thibaud Dezutter) of Laval - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Joel Friesen (193-G) of UFV - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Change at the top of the standings - 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. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

CIS round 28 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Vikies (13-4) against third ranked Thunderbirds (13-4) 68-52 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vikies. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Vikies managed to win second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderbirds dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Vikies' 24. Thunderbirds forced 23 Vikies turnovers. Strangely Vikies outrebounded Thunderbirds 44-32 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. International point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Vikies. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderbirds keep a position of league leader, which they share with Victoria. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leading Stingers (10-2) recorded its second loss in Montreal, QC. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Gaiters (2-9) 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stingers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tim Hunter (201) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and Sean Monplaisir who added 8 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gaiters maintains fifth position with 2-9 record. Stingers at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. Gaiters will play against higher ranked Citadines (#3) in Montreal, QC in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Stingers will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Toronto, ON: Rams (#3) and Lions (#6). Rams (11-8) won against visiting Lions (3-16) 91-76. The winners were led by Jordon Gauthier who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by Richard Iheadindu did not help to save the game for Lions. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Rams have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-8 record behind leader Saskatchewan. Lions lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Rams will meet at home Voyageurs (#4) in the next round. Lions' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto, ON to the arena Blues.
CIS top team - Huskies (14-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Bisons (8-11) in Saskatoon, SK 95-79. Jamelle Barrett fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Huskies have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-4 record. Bisons lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Huskies' next round opponent will be again Bisons (#5) in Winnipeg, MB.
CIS top team - Thunderwolves (17-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Badgers (9-10) in St.Catharines, ON 82-73. It was a very good performance for Venzal Russel who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Thunderwolves have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Badgers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round. Badgers will play again at home against the league's leader Thunderwolves (#1) in Thunder Bay, ON.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Regina were smashed by Lethbridge on the road 94-69. Calgary won against Winnipeg on its own court 99-86. Brandon was outscored by Alberta in Edmonton, AB 92-53. Queen's was rolled over Ottawa at home 61-93. Laurentian were defeated by Toronto Univ. on the opponent's court 104-88. Winless RMC lost to undefeated Carleton in a home game 43-115. Dalhousie lost to New Brunsw. on the road 59-77.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Johnny Berhanemeskel of Ottawa.



UBC - Victoria 68-52

CIS round 28 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Vikies (13-4) against third ranked Thunderbirds (13-4) 68-52 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vikies. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Vikies managed to win second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderbirds dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Vikies' 24. Thunderbirds forced 23 Vikies turnovers. Strangely Vikies outrebounded Thunderbirds 44-32 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. International point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Zac Andrus (180) added 10 points in the effort for Vikies. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderbirds keep a position of league leader, which they share with Victoria. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC: N.Yu 22+1reb+3ast, K.Burke 17+17reb+1ast, D.Plumb 8+4reb+1ast, G.Bath 6+2reb+2ast, B.Bains 6+1reb, T.Nixon 4+3reb+3ast
Victoria: R.Mackinnon 13+8reb+2ast, Z.Andrus 10+1reb+2ast, T.Evans 6+7reb, A.Kaila 6+6reb, C.McLaughlin 5+3reb+1ast, M.Berg 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 155920


Lethbridge - Regina 94-69

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Pronghorn (10-9) crushed 7th ranked Cougars (5-13) in Lethbridge, AB 94-69 on Friday. The game without a history. Pronghorn led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pronghorn forced 22 Cougars turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Julian Chief-Morris (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Dominyc Coward (198) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Pronghorn players scored in double figures. Guard Sterling Nostedt (185) replied with 18 points and forward Paul Gareau (201) added 11 points in the effort for Cougars. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pronghorn maintains third position with 10-9 record having just -2 points less than leader Saskatchewan. Cougars lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Pronghorn will face again Cougars (#7) in Regina, SK in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: J.Chief-Morris 17+5reb+2ast, M.Duce 14+1reb+4ast, D.Cooper 14+1reb+6ast, T.Blake 14+2reb+1ast, D.Coward 13+7reb+2ast, T.McIntyre 8+7reb+2ast
Regina: S.Nostedt 18+2reb+2ast, P.Gareau 11+4reb, V.Grujic 9+4reb, A.Tate 8+1reb+3ast, C.Burns 7+7reb, M.Campbell 6+3reb
gschID: 155917


Calgary - Winnipeg 99-86

Very expected game when 8th ranked Wesmen (4-15) lost to fourth ranked Dinos (9-10) in Calgary, AB 86-99 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Dinos. Wesmen was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Wesmen's 38 and made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jarred Ogungbemi (175-91) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Benny Iko (198) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Mark McNee (198) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Wesmen. Four Dinos and five Wesmen players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-10 record, which they share with Brock and Laurentian. Wesmen lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Dinos will face again Wesmen (#8) in Winnipeg, MB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Calgary: T.Fidler 30+7reb+1ast, J.Ogungbemi 24+4reb+3ast, B.Bakovic 19+5reb+1ast, K.Milburn 17+1reb+4ast, P.Walker 3+1reb, J.Owen-Thomas 2+1ast
Winnipeg: M.McNee 16+6reb, E.Zimmerman 16+2reb, B.Iko 13+7reb+3ast, A.Cunningham 12+2reb+2ast, D.Brown 10+4reb+2ast, T.Krahn 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155918


Alberta - Brandon 92-53

Rather predictable result when second ranked Golden Bears (13-6) rolled over 6th ranked Bobcats (7-12) in Edmonton, AB 92-53 on Friday. The game without a history. Golden Bears led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Bobcats' 20. They outrebounded Bobcats 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Bobcats were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Ali Mounir replied with 7 points and 9 rebounds and guard Michael Smith (188-89) added 9 points in the effort for Bobcats. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Bears have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-6 record having just -5 point less than leader Saskatchewan. Loser Bobcats keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Golden Bears will face again Bobcats (#6) in Brandon, MB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Alberta: D.Ferguson 19+5reb+4ast, J.Baker 16+6reb+2ast, M.Cardoza 12+4reb+2ast, S.Saffa 11+2ast, L.Taylor 6+8reb+2ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 6+4reb
Brandon: M.Smith 9+2reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 8+1reb+2ast, A.Mounir 7+9reb, D.Gayle 7+3reb+1ast, J.Elias 6+5reb, C.Oppong 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155919


Saskatchewan - Manitoba 95-79

CIS top team - Huskies (14-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Bisons (8-11) in Saskatoon, SK 95-79. The game without a history. Huskies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Bisons' 46. Huskies forced 21 Bisons turnovers and outrebounded them 46-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. International forward Michael Lieffers (203-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds. American guard Stephan Walton (175-87, college: Valdosta St.) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Kurtis Sansregret added 20 points respectively for lost side. Four Bisons players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Huskies have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-4 record. Bisons lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Huskies' next round opponent will be again Bisons (#5) in Winnipeg, MB.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: J.Barrett 37+6reb+10ast, M.Lieffers 24+19reb+1ast, P.Lomuro 17+2reb, B.Baker 6+3reb+1ast, M.Forbes 4+3reb+1ast, N.Foth 2
Manitoba: S.Walton 20+5reb+3ast, K.Sansregret 20+3reb+2ast, K.Omoerah 12+10reb+1ast, J.Huertas 11+2reb+1ast, T.Draward 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Ozsayiner 4+2reb
gschID: 155916


Queen's - Ottawa 61-93

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Golden Gaels (2-17) were outscored by second ranked Gee-Gees (12-7) in Kingston, ON 93-61 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-61. Gee-Gees dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Golden Gaels' 28. They outrebounded Golden Gaels 39-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Michael L'Africain contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. Mackenzie Simpson replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard James Asefa (193) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Golden Gaels. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gee-Gees maintains second position with 12-7 record having just -4 points less than leader Saskatchewan, which they share with Windsor. Loser Golden Gaels keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. Gee-Gees will face RMC (#8) in Kingston, ON in the next round where they are favorite. Golden Gaels will play at home against the league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 34+11reb+5ast, M.L'Africain 17+2reb+6ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 15+4reb+2ast, C.Anderson 15+5reb, J.Vig 4+2reb+3ast, V.Gill 3+4reb+1ast
Queen's: M.Simpson 16+9reb+1ast, M.Farine 8+1reb+4ast, M.Baker 7+1reb+2ast, J.Asefa 7+5reb+2ast, J.Lenz 5+3reb, R.Golden 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 155913


Brock - Lakehead 73-82

CIS top team - Thunderwolves (17-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Badgers (9-10) in St.Catharines, ON 82-73. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Badgers won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Matthew Schmidt (198-89) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mark Gibson (198) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and forward Tshing Kasamba (196) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Badgers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Thunderwolves have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Badgers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round. Badgers will play again at home against the league's leader Thunderwolves (#1) in Thunder Bay, ON.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: V.Russel 23+13reb+8ast, M.Schmidt 17+8reb, A.Johnson 15+3reb+1ast, B.Johnson 12+3reb+3ast, G.Carter 8+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 3
Brock: A.Ferguson 19+6reb, M.Gibson 17+16reb+2ast, T.Kasamba 15+8reb+3ast, A.Kraus 11+1reb+7ast, M.Williams 6+3reb+2ast, J.Fleming 3+1ast
gschID: 155914


Concordia - Bishop's 75-78

Leading Stingers (10-2) recorded its second loss in Montreal, QC. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Gaiters (2-9) 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stingers. Stingers were ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 47-36 second half run of Gaiters. They also forced 21 Stingers turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tim Hunter (201) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sean Monplaisir (188) who added 8 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Gaiters players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Evens Laroche (193) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gaiters maintains fifth position with 2-9 record. Stingers at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. Gaiters will play against higher ranked Citadines (#3) in Montreal, QC in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Stingers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bishop's: T.Hunter 20+9reb+2ast, O.Blackwood 14+1reb, M.Post 13+1reb, R.Aristil 11+4reb, S.Monplaisir 8+5reb+3ast, M.McLean 4+5reb
Concordia: K.Desmarais 18+7reb+4ast, E.Laroche 17+6reb+5ast, D.Krah 10+3reb+2ast, J.Moussignac 8+1reb+2ast, Z.Brisebois 8+5reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 155915


Toronto Univ. - Laurentian 104-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Blues (8-11) defeated one of their biggest challengers Voyageurs (9-10) in Toronto, ON 104-88 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Blues. Voyageurs was better in third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blues dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Voyageurs' 42. Quite impressive performance for center Andrew Wasik (201) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Four Blues players scored in double figures. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) replied with 35 points (!!!) and Alex Ratte added 26 points and 4 assists in the effort for Voyageurs. Blues maintains fifth position with 8-11 record, which they share with Guelph and Manitoba. Loser Voyageurs keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Blues' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Toronto, ON Lions.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 28+2reb+2ast, A.Kumar 22+1reb+8ast, A.Wasik 20+9reb+3ast, D.Glisic 17+7reb+2ast, J.Holmes 9+2reb+2ast, S.Nickel 6+3reb+2ast
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 35+3reb+1ast, A.Ratte 26+4reb+4ast, G.Serresse 11+5reb, N.Yengue 5+2reb, M.Hull 5+7reb, I.Pasquale 4+3reb
gschID: 155910


RMC - Carleton 43-115

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked RMC (0-19) was outleveled by top-ranked Ravens (19-0) in Kingston, ON 115-43 on Friday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RMC to just 7 points in first quarter. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 18 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded RMC 40-14 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for forward Kevin Churchill (198) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Dan Penner (201) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Ravens players scored in double figures. Alexandre Lavoie replied with 15 points and guard Connor Duke (191) added 12 points in the effort for RMC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive 19-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-0 record. Loser RMC still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Ravens will face Golden Gaels (#7) in Kingston, ON in the next round where they are favorite. RMC will play at home against the league's second-placed Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Carleton: T.Scrubb 17, E.Thompson 13+3reb+1ast, K.Churchill 12+9reb, P.Scrubb 12+1reb, T.Hinz 11+3reb+3ast, J.Shaver 11+5reb+1ast
RMC: A.Lavoie 15+4reb+2ast, C.Duke 12+2ast, M.Buss 9+2reb, J.Byun 3+1reb+3ast, T.Boettcher 2+4reb, J.Kim 2
gschID: 155911


Ryerson - York 91-76

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Toronto, ON: Rams (#3) and Lions (#6). Rams (11-8) won against visiting Lions (3-16) 91-76. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 56-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Rams especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The winners were led by Jordon Gauthier who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ola Adegboruwa (185) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by Richard Iheadindu did not help to save the game for Lions. Guard David Tyndale (180) added 11 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Rams have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-8 record behind leader Saskatchewan. Lions lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Rams will meet at home Voyageurs (#4) in the next round. Lions' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto, ON to the arena Blues.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 25+7reb, O.Adegboruwa 16+5reb+3ast, L.Staniscia 14+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+4reb+5ast, A.Best 9+2reb+3ast, B.Michaelsen 8+5reb
York: R.Iheadindu 21+8reb+2ast, A.Rados 12, D.Tyndale 11+4ast, M.Noble-Mohamed 10+1reb, R.Isaac 8+6reb+1ast, K.Buchanan 6+4reb
gschID: 155912


New Brunsw. - Dalhousie 77-59

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Varsity Reds (6-10) beat 5th ranked Tigers (6-9) in Fredericton, NB 77-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Varsity Reds. Tigers was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for guard Alex Desroches (193) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Daniel Quirion (183) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Ritchie Kanza Mata replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Bahamas forward Robert Nortmann (198) added 14 points in the effort for Tigers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Varsity Reds maintains seventh position with 6-10 record. Loser Tigers keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Varsity Reds will face again higher ranked Tigers (#5) in Halifax, NS in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: A.Desroches 20+7reb+3ast, D.Quirion 20+4reb+1ast, S.Amoah 14+4reb+4ast, J.Irvine 12+2reb, M.Fosu 6+2ast, M.Daley 3+8reb+7ast
Dalhousie: R.Kanza Mata 15+5reb+1ast, R.Nortmann 14+4reb+2ast, S.Williams 12+6reb, A.Arthur 10+6reb, W.Yengue 4+10reb+1ast, N.Smith 2
gschID: 155909




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Castro and Osorno play the fifth game for a ticket in the Finals - by Cristian Quiroga
Hoping to be in the final series against Boston College, Castro receives to Osorno this afternoon in Gimnasio Municipal of Castro. After winning their first two matches at home (76-66 and 77-74), Castro lost a dramatic 3rd game in Osorno on last saturday 73-72, and the day after Osorno played probably on of his best game of season defeating to Chiloe Island team 82-63.
So, tied 2-2 in a best of 5 series, both teams plays tonigh to get his place in the final. Osorno have some players with a little cold but they expect that wouldn't be an obstacle to give his best effort in this fifth game.
Too many fans of Osorno team are traveling to Castro to support his team, so expect a great atmosphere in Castro stadium today.


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Chinese CBA round 32 best performance: Mike Harris - by Eurobasket News
American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shanghai S., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 28 rebounds, while his team crushed Jiangsu D. (#17, 7-23) with 20-point margin 103-83. Shanghai S. is placed at 5th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shanghai S. will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shanghai S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Rice University star has very solid stats this year. Harris is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 12.2rpg) and averages impressive 54.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81) of Xinjiang F.T.. Pickett had a very good evening with a double-double of 45 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Xinjiang F.T. was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Guandong ST (#1, 26-4) 110-106. This loss caused Xinjiang F.T. to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pickett is one of the most experienced players at Xinjiang F.T. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.8ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 8.8rpg and 3.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin R. (#14). Harvey got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for twenty four rebounds . Despite Harvey's great performance TianJin R. lost 91-95 to slightly higher-ranked Shandong FB (#13, 14-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of TianJin R. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harvey could try to bring TianJin R.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Harvey has individually a great season in China. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Shandong FB - 25 points, 25 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Wilson Chandler (203-F-87) of Guangsha L. - 46 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kai Zhang (211-C-82) of DongGuan L. - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86) of Shanxi Zh. - 37 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cartier Martin (201-G/F-84) of Jilin NE T. - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stephon Marbury (188-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of Jiangsu D. - 26 points, 18 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)


Wilson Chandler to Return to the NBA's Denver Nuggets After the CBA Season Ends. - by Christian Arrington
Chandler Wilson (203-F-87, college: De Paul) (203-F-87, college: De Paul) of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will re-sign Denver Nuggets of the NBA after the CBA season and playoffs are over. Chandler Wilson has had a fantastic stastical season averaging over 26 ppg and 11 rpg with his Chinese team. Because Guangsha L is expected to make the playoffs, Chandler wont be able to return to the NBA until most likely the middle of March.


Chandler in the NBA is currently a restricted free agent. With Chandler re-signing with the Denver Nuggets for the remainder of the NBA season he will be able to become an unrestricted free agent after the NBA season is over thus being able to sign anywhere he wants.



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Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Dakota W. 112-102
The 2011 NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy got big efforts from Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) and Ben Strong (6'11''-C-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Guilford) as they defeated the Dakota Wizards 112-102 Friday night in Des Moines. Ehambe, who has been coming off the bench in recent games, reclaimed a spot in the Energy's starting lineup and delivered with 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Iowa in scoring. Strong, who also normally plays a reserve role, started at center and scored 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Iowa jumped out to a 23-18 lead early as Strong scored six early points. The Energy maintained their lead heading into the break as they led 57-52 at halftime. The Energy stormed out of the gates in the 3rd quarter, using an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 65-52. Iowa would increase the lead to 79-58 with 3:34 remaining in the 3rd quarter on a Brandon Ewing free throw. Dakota chipped into the lead in the 4th quarter, as a Maurice Baker free throw with 1:45 left in the game cut the Energy lead to just five at 100-95. With the game in the balance, Ehambe stepped up for Iowa, drilling a corner 3-pointer and a pull-up jumper on back-to-back possessions to put the game away for the Energy. Curtis Stinson (6'3''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) added 16 pints, 8 assists and 6 assists for Iowa, while Andrew Drevo scored 13 points. The win, coupled with Austin's loss, give Iowa the best record in the D-League at 19-8. Edwin Ubiles and Justin Johnson each scored 22 points for the Wizards, who fall to 13-14 on the season. Iowa shot 31 of 39 from the free throw line, while Dakota made 17 of 23 free throws. The Energy also made nine 3-pointers while the Wizards only made three in the game. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Tulsa 66ers 102-86
The Bakersfield Jam (14-14) put a stop to their four game skid behind an attack that featured seven players scoring in double figures, took the first lead of the game at the 11:48 mark of the first quarter on a 3-pointer, made another 3-pointer at the 10:12 mark for a 6-0 lead, and never looked back. There were no lead changes in the game, as the Jam went wire to wire for a 102-86 victory over the visiting Tulsa 66ers (15-16) on Friday night in Bakersfield. For the game, the Jam shot a phenomenal 63.6 % (14-22) from the 3-point line, while shooting a solid 52.9 % from the field overall. The Jam defense held the 66ers to 44% from the field, including 31.3% from threes. Tulsa didn't help their cause much from the free-throw line, going a woeful 7-16 (43.8%). The Jam also out-boarded the 66ers by a 46-38 margin. The Jam lead swelled to as much as 21 points (98-77), with 2:27 left in the game, and they just seemed to cruise throughout the contest. It was just one of those games where every time Tulsa would cut into the margin, the Jam would respond right back. Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) led the Jam scoring attack with 18 points, followed by Jamie Vanderbeken (6'11''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) 14 (4-4 from 3-point), Jeremy Wise 14, Osiris Eldridge 13, Juan Pattillo 13, and 10 rebounds, Adrian Thomas 13, and Mustapha Farrakhan 11. Tulsa was paced by Delroy James with 19 (off the bench), Marcus Lewis 18, and 12 rebounds, Larry Owens 14, and Jerome Dyson finished with 10. The Jam bench outscored the 66ers bench by 16 points (50-34), the same as the game's final margin of victory. The same two clubs will play again Saturday night (Feb 11) at the Jam Events Center in Bakersfield. On a side note, please subscribe to this column and stay updated on all future articles by hitting the subscribe link on this page (next to the profile), it's free and holds no obligations. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Reno B. - Los Angeles D. 101-108
Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) had another big night, scoring 29 points for the Reno Bighorns but it wasn't enough at the Los Angeles D-Fenders won, 108-101, on Friday at the Reno Events Center. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) added 20 points, while Christopher Ayer added 12, Terrance Thomas had 11 and Eric Devendorf 10. Ayer also pulled down nine rebounds for the Bighorns (16-14). Gerald Green scored 24 points and had nine rebounds for the D-Fenders (22-10). The teams play again at 7 p.m. today at the Events Center. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 106-85
The Mad Ants matched their longest losing streak of the season Friday in a 106-85 setback at Canton, Ohio. It was the fourth straight loss for the Ants (10-20), who lost four in a row Dec. 22-28, three of which were home games. The Mad Ants were out-rebounded by Canton (14-16), 51-25, including 17-5 on offensive rebounds. Frank Hassel, a 6-foot-8 forward for the Charge, had 16 rebounds to go along with his 12 points. Trailing by four points going into the final quarter, the Ants were outscored 35-18 in the final period. Antonio Graves (6'3''-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) led six players in double figures for Canton with 21 points. Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) led the Ants in scoring with 21 points, Darnell Lazare had 19 and reserve guard Devan Downey had 10. The Ants, whose last victory was Jan. 28 in Tulsa, Okla., return to Memorial Coliseum for a 6 p.m. game Sunday against Springfield, and face Erie at home on Thursday. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net

Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 106-103
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Idaho Stampede 106-103 Friday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. With both teams trying to turn their seasons around, the intensity level was high all night in a game that saw 19 lead changes. The contest was tight from the opening tip until Sioux Falls (8-22) went on the first run of the game to end the first quarter. Jake Anderson banked in a long two from the top of the key at the buzzer as the Skyforce finished the quarter on a 12-5 run to take a 31-23 lead after one. The lead was the largest of the game for either team. Trying to win their third game in a row, Idaho (10-17) swung the momentum back in their favor, beginning the second quarter with a 12-2 run to take a 35-33 lead less than five minutes into the quarter. The teams continued to exchange leads and Idaho held the slight advantage at half 54-53. Sioux Falls came out after half looking to build a lead, and led by five (64-59) early in the third until David Bailey knocked in consecutive 3-pointers and led Idaho on a 12-4 run to take a 71-68 lead. Trailing by five (96-91) with a little over five minutes left in the game, Sioux Falls looked to be headed for their seventh straight loss. However, a quick 7-2 run knotted the game at 98-98. Anthony Mason, Jr. knocked in two free throws after being fouled and Sioux Falls took a 100-98 lead. They never relinquished that lead in the final three minutes, holding on for the 106-103 victory. Despite being outscored in the paint significantly for a second straight game, Sioux Falls shot 10-of-14 from the 3-point line (.714) - their best percentage of the season - to lead them to a victory. Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) converted a season-high 6-of-8 3-pointers and finished with 21 points and nine assists. Trey Gilder led Sioux Falls in scoring with 23 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) had a season-high 21 points and Marcus Banks came off the bench to add 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Sioux Falls hosts Canton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CT in the Eighth annual Military Night game. Idaho continues their road trip at Iowa tomorrow at 6 p.m. MT. *Courtesy of www.keloland.com

Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 115-105
Markieff Morris (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas) led the Vipers with 22 points to defeat the Austin Toros 115-105 Friday night at the State Farm Arena. Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88, college: La-Lafayette) put up the first basket of the game with a jump shot for the Toros, but Morris got the offense going for the Vipers with a jump shot, followed by a pair of free throws and a 3-point shot to help the Vipers take a hold of a 10-6 lead. Throughout the first quarter, the Vipers built their lead to 8 points 25-17 with two minutes left. However, the Toros were able to get within one point of the Vipers 27-26 at the end of the first quarter. Stefan Welsh gave the Toros a 28-27 lead to start the second quarter. Johnson answered for the Vipers with a layup, but the Toros' Julian Sensley immediately came back with a 3-point shot. Marshall Brown helped the Vipers take the 34-31 lead on a shot from behind the arc that was assisted by Lee Humphrey. The Vipers built their lead to three points, 44-41 with 6:03 remaining in the quarter, but the Toros fought for control. The score tied at 51 points at the 2:31 mark before the Toros closed out the first half with the 60-55 lead. To begin the third quarter, the Toros' Da'Sean Butler started an offensive run with a 3-point shot. It was followed by a layup from Lyons that gave the Toros their largest lead of the game by 8 points, 65-57. The Toros maintained their lead throughout most of the third quarter until a 28' shot from behind the arc by Willie Warren tied the game at 83 points with 0:27.4 remaining on the clock. Sensley put up another layup for the Toros, however Stanly Asumnu knocked down two shots from the line to tie the game at 85 points at the end of the third quarter. Two free throws by Warren put the Vipers up 87-85 and the team never looked back. A shot from downtown from Kelvin Lewis gave the Vipers their largest lead of the game by 14 points, 109-95 with 3:23 remaining in the game. The Toros cut their deficit to 8 points, 111-103 with 1:52 left on the clock, but they could not close the gap. The Vipers took the game115-105. The Vipers had six players record double scoring. Morris led the team with 22 points, followed by Warren with 19 points and Greg Smith with 15 points. Lewis chipped in 13 points and Will Conroy tallied 11 points and 13 assists. Marshall Brown also scored 11 points for the Vipers. Lyons led the Toros with a double-double, 29 points and 16 rebounds, followed by Butler with 19 points. Justin Dentmon recorded 16 points and Sensley scored 11 points. The Vipers will host the Toros once again Saturday night at State Farm Arena at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 117-110
Dave Leitao wouldn't allow his Maine Red Claws to spin the tale of fatigue after losing 117-110 to the Erie BayHawks on Friday night. 'I just told them after the game if we use that as an excuse, we can't be anything that we're trying to be individually or collectively,' Leitao said. Maine (12-18) was concluding a four-game trip that started Feb. 2. The Red Claws were coming off a two-point win at Fort Wayne on Thursday night and had to face the rested BayHawks (14-15), who hadn't played since Monday. Even after adding up all those factors, Leitao told the Red Claws that they shouldn't be an excuse for losing. 'This is a league of challenges each and every day,' Leitao said. 'We've been on the road for 12 days. This is the second of three games in four days. If we come into a mind-set of 'hey, we're a little fatigued' or this or that, you can't even play in this league.' Maine finished 3-1 on the trip with all the wins coming at Fort Wayne. The Red Claws lost Friday despite shooting 51.1 percent from the field. 'We didn't play well on defense,' said Maine guard Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse). 'No excuses. We've got to play better. I know we're coming off a three-game win streak, but if we want to be one of the best teams in this league, we've got to learn how to play better D.' Former NBA point guard Mike James (6'1''-G-90) scored 26 points to lead the BayHawks, who were coming off their worst loss in franchise history -- a 138-107 road defeat Monday against the Los Angeles D-Fenders 'We stayed on the grind and so we were able to make plays,' James said. With president and general manager Jon Jennings in attendance, the Red Claws almost erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit. Harris scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Red Claws trimmed Erie's lead to 93-92 with 7:09 left. Harris had 10 points in a 17-2 run. 'Paul Harris did a great job of putting them on his back and really making tough shots,' Erie Coach Jay Larranaga said. 'If you look through the game when we made that run, we showed a spark. So obviously if we showed a spark, we couldn't have been that tired,' said Craig Brackins, who scored 24 points for the Red Claws. James had 11 points in the last four minutes to help the BayHawks regain control. His 3-pointer with 1:02 left gave Erie a 111-103 lead. 'Bottom line, he was the difference,' Harris said. 'He's a great player. Got a lot of respect for him.' The Red Claws trailed 55-54 at the half. Maine led by as many as eight points in the first half but Erie closed the second quarter on an 18-9 run. Brackins had 12 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting to lead the Red Claws, while Morris Almond had 10 points. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com




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BC Rakvere paved their way into the Challenge Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
BC Rakvere paved their way into the Challenge Cup semis. BC Rakvere outscored TTU/Kalev 83-62 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-62. The best player for the winners was Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Reinar Hallik chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) recorded 16 points and Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81, college: W.Illinois) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively in defeat.
Kalev/Cramo and Tartu Ulikool lost to the Lithuanian representative in Elite Division. Baltai Kaunas won over Kalev/Cramo 89:78, while Siauliai beat Tartu Ulikool 91:82. Tartu however responded with 75:65 win over Baltai tonight.


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Euroleague Week 4: Our thoughts.. - by Dimitris Katsionis
Let's take a look from what we saw this week at Euroleague's most important games..

Small ball


-There were a lot of people who believed that Unics wouldnt manage to respond at the first 'real difficult on the road-game' of top-16. Let me tell it clearly. The first on the road game with r-e-a-l pressure to win. At OAKA the game was one of those that coaches are calling 'easy',because you simply dont have any pressure to win. Those people vindicated by the result at the empty Mediolanum. Milano is clearly better team after the sign of J.R. Bremer . I watch them on Sunday at PalaMalaguti (or..Unipol Arena) against Bologna.Bremer brings to the table an 'a little bit of Nicholas' and a little bit of Cook combination with his ability to hit all the deep shots and create for his teammates. Omar Cook was the key for Sergio Scariolo with his almost perfectly prepared and executed defensive effort against one of the leagues hottest players,Henry Domercant. Cook is known for years as one of the best on the ball defenders on Europe . He used his physical strength to compete when Domercant tried to post and chased Unics scorer frantically around the screens,succeeding not to receive the ball in the spots that he wanted. That made the whole Domercants scoring effort very difficult finishing with 2/9 FG. Both teams went on their loved slow pace with very few mistakes. Scariolo played small ball having Cook-Bremer-Nicholas at the same lineup with Mancinelli and Rocca at the frontcourt at the last period. Italians closed and pressing defense revealed Unics offensive weaknesses while the Russians couldnt break down the opposite defense shooting 2/18 behind the arc and having troubles with Roccas & Fotsiss aggressiveness in the paint. Pashutins team finished with 19/57 FG showing striking weaknesses on offense in Domercants bad night. Otherwise Unicss luck will be identified at the home game against Panathinaikos. Milano saved its owner with the first win in the top-16. Too bad because its obvious that if they had Hairston healthy and Bremer from the start of this round they could be more competitive..

Strangulation..


-On the other hand I dont think that many people believed on that kind of outburst from Bilbao against Real Madrid. Both teams having something like a playoff series while they face each other for third time in a week. The thing is that this result stands decisive. Coach Katsikaris made a miracle showing at the crowed arena the character of the last years acb finalists. True passion,shine in the eyes,tremendous work physocologically from Bilbao s coaching stuff. It is not used for a team to perform like this for 40'. Bilbao isn't the most up tempo Spanish team. It's offense based on the half court and in set up situations (were Mumbru & Banic are very productive with their clever game) but Katsikaris's team can respond on a faster style too,especially when Aarron Jackson is on the court.The American point guard (one of the best one on one players in the league)put his high speed on the floor utilizing Fisher's and Hervelle's quick legs (on both transition & half court offense) and Vasiliadis shooting sharpness (5/6 3pt.) giving Bilbao a big early lead. The Basques were so agressive that they manage to put their enthusiastic fans completelly in the equation of the game. Real lost more than a game at Bilbao Arena. It lost the character that was building so hard all the season. Laso's team lost it's clear mind early in the game. The mind to defend and attack. Merenges won the battle of the rebounds (41-30) by taking 24 (!!!) offensive boards but their shooting percentages were dispiriting. Just 24/75 FG (16/50 2pt.) vs Basques's 35/53 FG (27/37 2pt.)..Coach Katsikaris strangulate Real by holding the best offense in the competition to 69 pts. and to those kind of percentages. The only encourage thing for Laso is Novica Velickovic performance 17pts. in less than 22'). Real now has to fight for the win at Palaestra to have serious chances to qualify to the playoffs. Contrary Gescrap BB normally will need one win for the dream. Qualifying for the playoffs would be a prize equal with last year's ACB performance..

Building faith


-Jamon Gordon starting his greek carrer with the refund of 120.000 $ at Marousi in Euroleague,2.5 years ago.Olympiakos signed him with a 250.000$ contract and lost him next year (although he was Reds's best player in the playoffs against Montepaschi) by Galatasaray which is thrilled that gave him 800.000$ (Greek media consider that his real refund is about 500.000$..) I don't know what would be Gordon's price on the market after those two extremelly performances in two top-16's close games,against Olympiakos and undefeated Csska Moscow. Gordon was huge again at the crunch time scoring crucial points.Coach Mahmuti had a brilliant tactic game.He manage to succeed in a point which no one did it before by intercepting Csska's inside game (12/32 2pt.) At the same time he took an outstanding performance from Joshua Shipp who lead his team on offense. Mahmuti didn't gave Shumpert a lot of time at ''4'' spot as usual due to the physical atributes of the Russians forwards but he risked with the 21 year-old Huseyin Koksal,giving him 19' and a perimeter defensive mission.Csska had a wired night.Bad transition defense which allowed important points easily to a team not exactly 'expert' on this.That means lack of concentration. Many coaches feel more 'comfortable' having 1-2 loses before they go to playoffs or the final4..Congratulation to Galatasaray's incredible fans and atmosphaire. The most important thing for their team after this big win is not granding.It's 1st) about making a great memory and 2nd) buildind their faith for the 'war' at Peace and Friendship Stadium against Olympiakos. Galatasaray can be a -mentally-stronger team if they use correctly the Thursday's game.

Old but gold..


-Details have huge importance on this level. And they usually separate great coaches from good or just talented. Olympiakos win against Anadolu was 100% Dusan Ivkovic's creation. Being for years one of the best coaches around in preparing his teams for big matches,the Serbian professor outscored Sarica from the first minute. The Reds imposed their tempo by playing freat defense with Jo Dorsey dominating the rim. Sarica tried to take the ball off Spanoulis hands by traping him with his centers in the corners but the Greek star quickly read the defense and create good looks for his teamates by moving the ball directly. This game is the largest proof about the change in the mode of Olympiakos which remains Spanoulis's team but it's able to win without his points. Everyone talks about Kostas Sloukas the last month but quietly Kostas Papanikolaou has been a big force for Ivkovic. The 22 year old forward was everywhere in the court at Sinan Erdem. The last couple of months Papanikolaou produces tones of energy and plays with great passion like a true warrior. It's obvious at Greek league's matches (in the most of which Olympiakos hasn't difficulties)how concentrate and competitive he is. He is trying to prove that he is the best forward in A1 at both ends of court. The Turkish team was simply bad especially at cooperation level. The last two minutes outburst was result of the survival instinct in front of a lost state. Even when they totally came back Sarica made mistakes and didn't pay attention to the details. They fouled Sloukas (the opponets most cold-bloud player) in a situation that seemed they didn't want to foul. Anadolu's players get back to the court after the time out without a clear plan. On their final attempt to win the game they choose -correctly-Lafayette for the game winner but they didn't plan a good situation for him to score. Clearly luck..

Fearless..


-After the previous game at PalaDesio everybody in the city of carpenters understood their big achievement. They had put fear to the team with-probably-the most fearless arena in the league. Coach Trinchieri's team has our fully respect. A group of hard workers with strong willingness and persistence fighting every game till the end. And that's what they do at Nokia Arena.Sticking to their plan and pass the ball inside to Shermadini,taking advantage that Schortsianitis was influenced from his recent injury. Gianluca Basile shined and Trinchieri based Cantu's offense to his stroke and personality. (that for what they brought him back to Italy) . I don't know what David Blatt told to his players about the 41 points they allowed to their defense. I imagine him clenches his hands into fists,hopping up and down screaming to weak them up. But he didi it.. Maccabi came out and play ''the perfect defense'' at the 3rd period,allowing only 5 points and neither a single field goal (0/11 for Cantu ). David Blue with some desicive shots warmed Nokia Arena and the whole game's challenge has changed since both teams had Cantu +8 in mind. Keith Langford was the go to guy when everything were on the line and Richard Hendrix was decisive at the rim. That's why Blatt is planning next year's team with those two pillars. The second half must lead Maccabi to the next day. This defensive effort is the key for a succesfull run from now on. A guide for the future. Cantu has its chances as faces Barcelona at PalaDesio next week. The Eagles will be there so the playoff qualification. A home win makes Trinchieri's team a favourite.Difficult but not impossible..



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KORISLIIGA: It was a thriller at Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 29: Three contests tonight and no big upsets. Anyway Karhu (Kauhajoki) had to fight untill the last moments and finally the victory stayed at home. YMCA Lappeenranta made the game a thriller as there were 16 lead changes and 12 ties before the final digits showed Karhu win 85-81 (43-40). It was American G Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) and American F-C Todd Hendley (206-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) with his four made FTs, who helped the hosting team during the last 1,5 minutes. Hannah scored 28 points for Karhu. Visitor's Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) netted 29 pts. In Tampere local Pyrinto defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 73-61 (40-28). At Loimaa local Bisons beat UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki 81-67 (34-29). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 pts for the Bisons and Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) 29 pts for Korihait.
Karhu - YMCA LPR 85-81 (43-40). (Clevin Hannah 28/6a, Todd Hendley 19, Kelly Beidler 15/11 - Tyler Tiedeman 29, DeAndre Haynes 15, Pasi Riihela 9. A: 636).
Pyrinto - Kouvot 73-61 (40-28). (Damon Williams 19, Kenneth Lowe 16, Antero Lehto 11 - Antoine Jordan 16/12, Anthony Brown 13/13. A: 822).
Bisons, Loimaa - Korihait 81-67 (34-29). (Martin Zeno 21, Mikko Koivisto 15, Ryan McDade 14/12 - Cory Johnson 29, Mikko Jalonen 15, Nigel Moore 9. A: 803).
1. Division:
Riento - FoKoPo 86-92 (41-45). (Bilal Abdullah 24/13, Sami Mantymaa 17, Eetu Nieminen 17 - Tracy Robinson 22, Sami Ikavalko 22, HL Coleman 20/13).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 24-5 
 2. Nilan Bisons 20-6 
 3. Pyrinto 18-10 
 4. Kauhajoki 18-11 
 5. ToPo 16-13 
 6. KTP 12-17 
 7. LrNMKY 11-18 
 8. Salon Vilpas 11-18 
 9. Korihait 10-18 
 10. Kouvot 10-19 
 11. Namika Lahti 7-22 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Blue, KTP22.4 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.0 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.19.0 
 5. Crocker, KTP18.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.2 
 8. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.0 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.0 
 10. Griffin, ToPo17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.7 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.10.6 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Newson, Kataja9.1 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.0 
 10. Brown, Kouvot7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.4 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 5. Moore, Namika L.1.8 
 6. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.2 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 6. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 10. Price, Kataja0.7 


Korisliiga Round 32: Top-ranked Joensuun Kataja wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The round 32 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (24-5) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Namika Lahti (7-22) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Namika Lahti managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Antti Kanervo (193-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots). American forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Namika Lahti. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 24-5 record. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (20-6) and 9th ranked UU-Korihait (10-18) in Loimaa ended with biggest points difference. Loimaan Korikonkarit beat guests from Uusikaupunki 81-67. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and Ryan McDade who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 29 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having seven points less than leader Kataja. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UU-Korihait will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: LrNMKY was beaten by Kauhajoki on the road 85-81. Pyrinto won against Kouvot on its own court 73-61. Salon Vilpas unfortunately lost to ToPo in Helsinki 79-83.



Kauhajoki - LrNMKY 85-81

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (18-11) beat 7th ranked LrNMKY (11-18) in Kauhajoki 85-81. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 29 points and guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) scored 15 points. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth position with 18-11 record. LrNMKY lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Kouvot (#10) in Kouvola in the next round where they are favorite. LrNMKY will play at home against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 28+5reb+6ast, T.Hendley 19+9reb, K.Beidler 15+11reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 11+3reb, J.Eskola 6+1ast, A.Huuskonen 6+1reb+1ast
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 29+2reb+1ast, D.Haynes 15+4reb+2ast, V.Vanjoki 9+3reb, L.Hamm 9+2reb+2ast, P.Riihela 9+7reb, M.Ojala 6+3reb
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Pyrinto - Kouvot 73-61

Very expected game when 10th ranked Kouvot (10-19) lost on the road to third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (18-10) 73-61. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 30. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who added 16 points during the contest. Guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 18-10 record having seven points less than leader Kataja. Kouvot lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kouvot will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 19+8reb+2ast, K.Lowe 16+2reb+3ast, A.Lehto 11+2reb+1ast, A.Williams 9+10reb+1ast, J.Niemi 8+2reb, A.Nikkila 6+5reb
Kouvot: A.Jordan 16+12reb+2ast, A.Brown 13+13reb+1ast, A.Perttu 10+1reb, A.Nikkarinen 9+1reb+4ast, T.Rintala 8+3reb+1ast, I.Seppala 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141782


Nilan Bisons - Korihait 81-67

The game between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (20-6) and 9th ranked UU-Korihait (10-18) in Loimaa ended with biggest points difference. Loimaan Korikonkarit beat guests from Uusikaupunki 81-67. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 20 UU-Korihait turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 29 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having seven points less than leader Kataja. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UU-Korihait will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 21+6reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 15+2ast, R.McDade 14+12reb+2ast, J.Ivey 12+1reb+9ast, M.Nuutinen 6+4reb+1ast, S.Latvala 6+1reb+1ast
Korihait: C.Johnson 29+7reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 15+6reb, N.Moore 9+6reb+2ast, J.Reaves 6+5reb+3ast, P.Rainamaa 4+3reb+1ast, N.Malinen 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141783


Namika Lahti - Kataja 71-82

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (24-5) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Namika Lahti (7-22) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Namika Lahti managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Antti Kanervo (193-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots). American forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sami Pekkola (200-83) added 15 points in the effort for Namika Lahti. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 24-5 record. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Price 19+5reb, A.Kanervo 15+7reb+2ast, P.Virtanen 14+2reb+4ast, S.Lehtoranta 11+9reb+1ast, B.Walker 11+2reb+4ast, J.Newson 7+3reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: B.Bailey 18+9reb, S.Pekkola 15+4reb+1ast, R.Brooks 14+4reb, M.Moore 9+4reb+6ast, R.Suonio 5+1reb+1ast, J.Korhonen 4
gschID: 141779


ToPo - Salon Vilpas 83-79

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (16-13) won against 8th ranked Salon Vilpas (11-18) in Helsinki 83-79. Salon Vilpas was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-11 third quarter run of Torpan Pojat. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who added 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Torpan Pojat have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-13 record. Salon Vilpas at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with LrNMKY. Torpan Pojat will play against UU-Korihait (#9) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ToPo: H.Mottola 19+10reb+2ast, C.Griffin 16+3reb+4ast, J.Wilson 13+2reb+3ast, J.Hawkins 12+4reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 10+4reb+2ast, C.Lindbom 6+3reb
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 18+6reb+7ast, A.Durham 17+10reb+1ast, J.Fields 17+12reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 6+1ast, J.Kataja 6+1reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 6+2reb
gschID: 141780




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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.0 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.6 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.3 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy17.1 
 5. Bluntt, Orchy17.0 
 6. Belser, Charleville16.4 
 7. Thomas, Roche16.4 
 8. Pearson, Angers B.16.4 
 9. Almanson, Challans16.3 
 10. Avramovic, Chart.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.9 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.5 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.5 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.4 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest8.2 
 7. Avramovic, Chart.8.2 
 8. Mendy, Lievin8.0 
 9. Toney, Charleville7.7 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.8 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.2 
 3. Ball, St Quentin4.8 
 4. Brochard, Blois4.8 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 6. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 7. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.2 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 10. Berquier, Chartres4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.9 
 5. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
 6. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 7. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 8. Cretaux, Lievin1.6 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Bassine, Sorgues1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian CASKILL
  Cognac
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Caskill, Cognac1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 5. Ipouck, Chartres1.2 
 6. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 7. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 8. Davis, Blois1.1 
 9. Toney, Charleville1.0 
 10. Morin, CFBB1.0 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 15-3 
 2. Gravelines 15-3 
 3. Paris-Levallois 13-5 
 4. Orleans 12-6 
 5. Nancy 12-6 
 6. Le Mans 12-6 
 7. ASVEL 10-8 
 8. Roanne 8-10 
 9. Dijon 8-10 
 10. Cholet 8-10 
 11. Strasbourg 7-11 
 12. Nanterre 7-11 
 13. Le Havre 5-13 
 14. Poitiers 5-13 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 5-13 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-16 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 16-5 
 2. St Quentin 16-5 
 3. Orchy 15-6 
 4. Souffel 14-7 
 5. Roche 14-7 
 6. Cognac 13-8 
 7. Blois 13-8 
 8. Challans 12-9 
 9. Sorgues 12-9 
 10. Lievin 11-10 
 11. Brest 10-11 
 12. Chartres 10-11 
 13. Angers BC 49 9-12 
 14. Rueil 9-12 
 15. Clermont 6-15 
 16. Le Puy 4-17 
 17. Montbrison 3-18 
 18. CFBB 2-19 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.7 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans19.2 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.5 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.5 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.2 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.7 
 7. Williams, Paris-.16.7 
 8. Cox, Le Havre16.2 
 9. Delaney, Chalon15.8 
 10. Holland, Roanne15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.6 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.7.9 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Aminu, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 7. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.1 
 8. Armstrong, AS.7.1 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 10. Harper, Strasbourg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.9 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.8 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre5.8 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Dixon, Dijon4.8 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Wise, Le Havre1.8 
 6. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.8 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 9. Fournier, Poitiers1.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Cholet
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 5. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 7. Jackson, Roanne1.0 
 8. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 9. Akpomedah, Grave.0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.9 


ProA Round 18: Gravelines-Dunkerque loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 18 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Le Mans where host Le Mans (12-6) edged league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-3) 85-83 in overtime on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gravelines-Dunkerque won fourth quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Gravelines-Dunkerque used huge pressure winning it 25-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-7. Le Mans made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85) who recorded 20 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nancy and Orleans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Chalon who have the same record. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play next round against Cholet trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Le Mans will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Chalon/Saor at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chalon/Saor as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Gravelines-Dunkerque) loss. Chalon/Saor smashed 4th ranked Entente Orleans 45 at home 94-62. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. It was a good game for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Alade Aminu contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw St.) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Entente Orleans 45. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Gravelines. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Le Mans and Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 will play next round against ASVEL trying to get back on the winning streak. Chalon/Saor will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Le Mans on the road.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Le Havre was defeated by Poitiers in a road game 82-64. Nanterre smashed Hyeres-Toulon at home 102-60. Roanne won against Cholet on the opponent's court 73-61. ASVEL managed to outperform Strasbourg in a home game 88-86. Dijon recorded a loss to Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road 59-57.
The best stats of 18th round was 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Adrien Moerman of Nancy.


Poitiers - Le Havre 82-64
There was a minor upset when 13th ranked STB Le Havre (5-13) was defeated on the road by fifteenth ranked Poitiers (5-13) 82-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Poitiers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to STB Le Havre's 34. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) added 17 points respectively. Poitiers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Le Havre and Pau-Lacq-Orthez. STB Le Havre lost third consecutive game. Poitiers will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: P.Badiane 15+9reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 14+5reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 14+2reb+4ast, P.Guillard 13+1reb+1ast, E.Fournier 8+5reb+4ast, K.Younger 8+7reb
Le Havre: N.Pope 17+4reb, B.Boddicker 14+5reb+3ast, J.Cox 8+4ast, N.Wise 8+6reb+2ast, O.Camara 7+5reb, G.Jenkins 6+2reb
gschID: 133630


Nanterre - Hyeres-Toulon 102-60
No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (7-11) smashed at home bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-16) 102-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.5 percent from the field. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 36-20 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hyeres-Toulon's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Diante Garrett (193-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 18 points. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds and center Louis Labeyrie (209-92) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Strasbourg. Hyeres-Toulon lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round. Hyeres-Toulon will play against JDA Dijon.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: R.Covile 18+4reb+1ast, W.Daniels 15+1reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 13+4reb, D.Garrett 13+5reb+6ast, M.Diarra 10+3reb+2ast, X.Corosine 8+1ast
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Terrell 16+1reb, P.Morlende 12+1reb+2ast, M.Faye 11+7reb+2ast, L.Labeyrie 10+8reb+1ast, S.Cisse 9+1reb, A.Julien 2+1reb
gschID: 133631


Cholet - Roanne 61-73
There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Cholet (8-10) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Chorale de Roanne (8-10) 73-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Cholet was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cholet 37-26 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) who recorded 22 points and 4 assists and American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Cholet. Chorale de Roanne will face higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Roanne: J.Holland 15+5reb+2ast, R.Jackson 11+8reb+1ast, M.Diabate 11+3reb+2ast, D.Page 9+8reb+4ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+7reb, R.Wright 7+1reb+3ast
Cholet: F.Causeur 22+3reb+4ast, D.Nelson 15+4reb+4ast, P.Christopher 8+1reb, R.Dozier 6+3reb, L.Vebobe 5+6reb, R.Falker 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133632


Le Mans - Gravelines 85-83 OT
Round 18 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Le Mans where host Le Mans (12-6) edged league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-3) 85-83 in overtime on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gravelines-Dunkerque won fourth quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Gravelines-Dunkerque used huge pressure winning it 25-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-7. Le Mans made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85) who recorded 20 points and international point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) added 16 points respectively. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nancy and Orleans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Chalon who have the same record. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play next round against Cholet trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Le Mans will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Chalon/Saor at home.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 19+6reb+8ast, A.Acker 16+6reb, M.Sommerville 16+9reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 13+6reb+4ast, C.Kahudi 8+10reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 7+2reb
Gravelines: Y.Bokolo 20+3reb+3ast, A.Albicy 16+3reb+3ast, R.Jomby 11+6reb+1ast, J.Edwards 8+4reb+3ast, P.Sy 7+3reb+1ast, D.Issa 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133633


ASVEL - Strasbourg 88-86
Rather predictable result in Villeurbanne where seventh ranked ASVEL (10-8) edged 10th ranked Strasbourg IG (7-11) 88-86 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won third quarter 33-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL shot 61.8 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four ASVEL and five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. ASVEL have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 10-8 record. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. ASVEL will face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Strasbourg IG will play against Poitiers (#14).
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 19+2reb+5ast, L.Westermann 14+4reb+2ast, P.Lacombe 14+3reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 14+8reb+1ast, K.Tillie 8+2reb+1ast, D.Thompson 7+1reb+4ast
Strasbourg: K.Anderson 20+1reb, R.Greer 18+5reb+5ast, C.Oliver 14+5reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 13+1ast, A.Ajinca 11+3reb+4ast, N.de Jong 6+1reb
gschID: 133626


Chalon - Orleans 94-62
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chalon/Saor as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Gravelines-Dunkerque) loss. Chalon/Saor smashed 4th ranked Entente Orleans 45 at home 94-62. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Entente Orleans 45 was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Entente Orleans 45 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw St.) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) added 14 points in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Gravelines. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Le Mans and Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 will play next round against ASVEL trying to get back on the winning streak. Chalon/Saor will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Le Mans on the road.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 26+6reb+8ast, A.Aminu 16+8reb, M.Delaney 11+1reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 10+2reb+8ast, J.Lauvergne 9+5reb+1ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+4reb+1ast
Orleans: C.Banks 16+2reb, A.Sy 14+4reb+2ast, G.Joseph 12+9reb, M.N'Doye 8+1reb+1ast, D.Monds 7+3reb+1ast, B.Greene 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 133627


Paris-Levallois - Nancy 99-93 OT
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 27+6reb+8ast, T.Meacham 21+4reb+2ast, J.Williams 16+3reb+3ast, M.Morandais 12+4reb+2ast, D.Noel 8+4reb+2ast, P.Da Silva 8+3reb+1ast
Nancy: A.Moerman 32+11reb+4ast, B.King 22+3reb+4ast, V.Samnick 12+4reb, A.Akingbala 8+8reb+3ast, J.Shuler 8+3reb+2ast, P.Amagou 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 133628


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Dijon 59-57
There was an upset when higher ranked JDA Dijon (8-10) was edged on the road by fifteenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-13) 59-57 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-13. But JDA Dijon won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Pau-Lacq-Orthez won last quarter 16-16. They also forced 19 JDA Dijon turnovers and outrebounded them 40-18 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. JDA Dijon was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Laurent Vila used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) who recorded 18 points and 4 steals and his fellow American import forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Le Havre and Poitiers. Newly promoted JDA Dijon keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: M.Maravic 17+10reb+2ast, A.Mendy 13+4reb+1ast, A.Ray 9+3reb+4ast, C.Elonu 8+12reb+1ast, T.Gipson 6+3reb+4ast, C.Marquis 6+8reb+1ast
Dijon: S.Marshall 18+2reb, Z.Moss 12+7reb, J.Leloup 8+5ast, A.Harris 8+3reb, B.Dixon 6+1reb+4ast, A.Christophe 3+2reb


NM1 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 and favorites losing the games.

NM1 round 21 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Saint-Quentin (16-5) against ninth ranked Vendee Challans (12-9) 69-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-PG-84) who saved his team from a defeat with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Nils Gouacide (208-84) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Saint-Quentin. Vendee Challans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sorgues. Saint-Quentin at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Charleville who have the same record. Saint-Quentin will play next round against Roche trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vendee Challans will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Blois on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Souffel.. Fifth ranked Souffelweyersheim (14-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Cognac (13-8) 69-68 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Jeremy Tschamber chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Roche. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Blois. Souffelweyersheim will play against Angers BC 49 (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sorgues was also quite interesting. Second ranked Charleville-Mezieres (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Sorgues (12-9). Charleville-Mezieres managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Saturday. Tafari Toney nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Samir Mekdad came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Sorgues in the defeat. Charleville-Mezieres keeps a position of league leader, which they share with St Quentin. Loser Sorgues keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Challans. Charleville-Mezieres will meet at home Chartres (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sorgues will play against Lievin Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Rueil. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Blois (13-8) to fourteenth ranked Rueil (9-12) 70-68 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The best player for the winners was Streten Cabarkapa who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Rueil moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Blois at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be higher ranked Orchesien BC (#3) in Orchies and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 16th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-17) and third ranked Orchesien BC (15-6) in Le Puy en Velay on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Orchies outscored Le Puy ASMB 85-52. It was a good game for Jahsha Bluntt who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Orchesien BC have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record behind leader Charleville. Le Puy ASMB lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Orchesien BC will face Rueil (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Puy ASMB will play against Cognac.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Clermont was beaten by Roche on the road 88-73. Bottom-ranked CFBB lost to Lievin on its own court 60-66. Angers BC 49 unfortunately lost to Brest in a road game 78-93. Chartres managed to beat Montbrison at home 81-68.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 22 points and 9 rebounds by Ville Kaunisto of Blois.


Le Puy - Orchy 52-85

The game between 16th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-17) and third ranked Orchesien BC (15-6) in Le Puy en Velay on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Orchies outscored Le Puy ASMB 85-52. The game without a history. Orchesien BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Le Puy ASMB's 16. They outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 43-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Guard Adrien Daube (193-89) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Guillaume Sene (197-86) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Le Puy ASMB. Orchesien BC have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record behind leader Charleville. Le Puy ASMB lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Orchesien BC will face Rueil (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Puy ASMB will play against Cognac.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 16+8reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 15+6reb+1ast, O.Gouez 12+7reb+1ast, D.Cilly 10+5reb, J.Verbeke 10+1reb+2ast, D.Hayes 8+2reb
Le Puy: A.Daube 15+5reb+3ast, G.Sene 10+4reb+4ast, Y.Smail 8+8reb, F.Bornerand 7+1reb, M.Gotagni 6+2reb+2ast, M.Zephir 3+1reb
gschID: 147097


Roche - Clermont 88-73

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Roche (14-7) beat at home 15th ranked Stade Clermont (6-15) 88-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. Stade Clermont was better in second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Stade Clermont was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) added 18 points in the effort for Stade Clermont. Five Roche and four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Roche. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Souffel. Stade Clermont lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Roche will face league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Roche: L.Simmons 19+6reb, B.Thomas 18+2reb+3ast, A.Toto N'Kote 16+6reb+2ast, M.Diallo 16+2reb+5ast, R.Pegon 11+9reb+1ast, P.Clerence 4+1reb
Clermont: B.Matanga 18+1reb+2ast, M.Jackson 13+9reb, J.Beugnot 10+4reb, S.Naydenov 10+5reb, X.Delarue 8+1reb+2ast, M.Diakite 7+2reb
gschID: 147098


Rueil - Blois 70-68

A very interesting game took place in Rueil. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Blois (13-8) to fourteenth ranked Rueil (9-12) 70-68 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Blois was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Rueil, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Center Moise Diame (206-86) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Rueil moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Blois at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be higher ranked Orchesien BC (#3) in Orchies and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Rueil: K.Gourari 17+4reb+3ast, M.Diame 16+7reb+1ast, G.Mdivani 15+6reb, M.Niakate 12+2reb+5ast, S.Cabarkapa 10+13reb+1ast, T.Chevigny 0
Blois: V.Kaunisto 22+9reb+1ast, G.Staelens 11+3reb+4ast, P.Brochard 9+5reb+6ast, J.Tornato 8+6reb+2ast, T.Sani 7+2reb+1ast, B.Recoura 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 147099


CFBB - Lievin 60-66

Very expected game when 18th ranked CFBB (2-19) lost to tenth ranked Lievin Basket (11-10) in Paris 60-66 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lievin Basket forced 20 CFBB turnovers. Strangely CFBB outrebounded Lievin Basket 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Simon Cretaux (190-89) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Guard Anthony Racine (190-94) answered with 16 points and power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) added 4 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lievin Basket maintains tenth place with 11-10 record. CFBB lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Lievin Basket will face higher ranked Sorgues (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Stade Clermont (#15).
Top scorers:
Lievin: S.Cretaux 17+3reb, V.Mendy 14+7reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 13+2reb, V.Lehut 6+1reb+1ast, T.Sanborn 5+4reb, J.Dessart 5+4reb+5ast
CFBB: A.Racine 16+3reb+2ast, B.Dallo 9+4reb+3ast, D.Inglis 9+5reb, Y.Morin 9+3reb, A.Chassang 7+4reb, L.Laporal 4+4reb
gschID: 147100


Sorgues - Charleville 76-85

The game in Sorgues was also quite interesting. Second ranked Charleville-Mezieres (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Sorgues (12-9). Charleville-Mezieres managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Sorgues won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Sorgues outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 44-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Sorgues in the defeat. Charleville-Mezieres keeps a position of league leader, which they share with St Quentin. Loser Sorgues keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Challans. Charleville-Mezieres will meet at home Chartres (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sorgues will play against Lievin Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Guillarme 17+5reb+2ast, N.Racon 16+2ast, T.Toney 16+13reb+1ast, F.Calvez 12+2ast, C.Belser 8+2reb+2ast, F.Bourdillon 7+3reb+5ast
Sorgues: S.Mekdad 17+8reb+5ast, Y.Bassine 15+5reb+4ast, A.Thinon 14+1reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 6+5reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 6+2reb+1ast, X.Pasut 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 147093


Brest - Angers BC 49 93-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Etendard de Brest and 12th ranked Angers BC 49 had identical 9-11 record. This time Etendard de Brest used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Angers 93-78 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Etendard de Brest. Angers BC 49 was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angers BC 49 39-24 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Etendard de Brest looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a good game for Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Spanish center Rafael Lopez (204-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Etendard de Brest's coach Freddy Masse used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) answered with 17 points and guard Etienne De Casabianca (188-93) added 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for Angers BC 49. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest maintains eleventh place with 10-11 record, which they share with Chartres. Loser Angers BC 49 dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Etendard de Brest will face Montbrison (#17) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angers BC 49 will play against Souffelweyersheim (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Brest: B.Vounang 19+6reb+2ast, Z.Alao 16+3reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 13+7reb+6ast, R.Lopez 12+14reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 11+1reb+7ast, J.Doreau 9+3reb+2ast
Angers BC 49: E.De Casabianca 19, T.Pearson 17+4reb+1ast, O.Sulpice 11+2reb+4ast, T.Lonzieme 11+2reb+3ast, A.Fellah 10+4reb+4ast, T.Ramphort 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 147094


Challans - St Quentin 69-68

NM1 round 21 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Saint-Quentin (16-5) against ninth ranked Vendee Challans (12-9) 69-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) who saved his team from a defeat with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Nils Gouacide (208-84) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) added 21 points and 4 steals in the effort for Saint-Quentin. Vendee Challans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sorgues. Saint-Quentin at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Charleville who have the same record. Saint-Quentin will play next round against Roche trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vendee Challans will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Blois on the road.
Top scorers:
Challans: S.Cherasse 17+7reb+4ast, N.Gouacide 16+8reb+1ast, J.Almanson 15+6reb+2ast, F.Herard 15+5reb+2ast, S.Girma 3+4reb, G.Renon 2+2reb
St Quentin: K.Bichard 21+1reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 15+8reb+1ast, D.Williams 9+3reb+1ast, O.Romain 7+1ast, G.Sylvain 7+3reb, K.Howell 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 147095


Souffel - Cognac 69-68

Important game to mention about took place in Souffel.. Fifth ranked Souffelweyersheim (14-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Cognac (13-8) 69-68 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. Cognac was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Souffelweyersheim and five Cognac players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Roche. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Blois. Souffelweyersheim will play against Angers BC 49 (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Tschamber 18+2reb+1ast, F.Broliron 15+2reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 11+7reb, J.Alingue 10+13reb+2ast, S.Kancel 9+2reb, J.Bach 3+3reb
Cognac: J.Godin 14+4reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 13+3reb+4ast, M.Bigote 13, A.Lema 10+3reb, I.Caskill 10+10reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 5+1reb
gschID: 147096


Chartres - Montbrison 81-68

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Montbrison (3-18) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Chartres (10-11) 81-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chartres. Montbrison was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Chartres players scored in double figures. Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Kevin Mondesir (203-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Montbrison. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chartres moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest. Montbrison at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. Chartres will face league's leader Charleville-Mezieres on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against Etendard de Brest (#11).
Top scorers:
Chartres: G.Merie 16+9reb+5ast, L.Avramovic 13+8reb+3ast, Z.Bojovic 11+5reb+2ast, W.Berquier 10+3reb+2ast, M.Vasic 9+2ast, G.Lemon 6+1reb
Montbrison: L.Biela 19+10reb, K.Mondesir 14+5reb+1ast, J.St Robert 10+1reb, B.Tillon 8+3reb+3ast, C.Pegon 6+3reb+3ast, F.Giraud 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147092




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Superleague Round 2: MZT Skopje keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Superleague. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked MZT Skopje as it allowed them to take a leadership position. MZT Skopje defeated 3rd ranked Torus Skopje at home 70-65. Torus Skopje was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 15-8 charge of MZT Skopje, which allowed them to win the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Torus Skopje 41-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. International swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MZT Skopje (15-3) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Torus Skopje will play next round against Fersped-Rabotnicki trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje - Fersped-Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 on the road.
Second ranked Feni Indistrija (15-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-10) by 17 points 87-70, which is the biggest margin this round. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) notched 23 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Dusan Knezevic supported him with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) did not help to save the game for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with MZT Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kumanovo. Feni Indistrija will play against Lirija (#4) in Skopje in the next round. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.

In the last game of round 2 Kumanovo lost to Lirija on the opponent's court 92-98.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Dime Tasovski of Lirija.



Lirija - Kumanovo 98-92

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Kumanovo 2009's (8-10) road loss to fourth ranked Lirija (11-7) 92-98. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Lirija made 42-of-53 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game, while Kumanovo 2009 only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Kumanovo 2009 was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) notched 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) by international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Serbian guard Darko Matic (192-84, agency: 011 Sports) added 23 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Five Lirija and four Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Lirija maintains fourth position with 11-7 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Rabotnicki. Lirija will play against league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kumanovo 2009 will play at home against the league's leader MZT Skopje and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lirija: D.Tasovski 35+6reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 17+6reb+2ast, T.Simic 15+5reb+1ast, C.Morban 14+5reb+6ast, S.Avramovski 11+5reb, B.Radunovic 6+3reb
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 23+5reb+6ast, D.Matic 23+9reb+1ast, D.Mikic 13+7reb+6ast, U.Lukovic 12+5reb, M.Petrovski 9+1reb, D.Stanimirovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168278


MZT Skopje - Torus Skopje 70-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked MZT Skopje as it allowed them to take a leadership position. MZT Skopje defeated 3rd ranked Torus Skopje at home 70-65. Torus Skopje was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 15-8 charge of MZT Skopje, which allowed them to win the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Torus Skopje 41-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. International swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 11 points and 5 steals. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MZT Skopje (15-3) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Torus Skopje will play next round against Fersped-Rabotnicki trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje - Fersped-Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 on the road.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: N.Vucurovic 16+9reb+4ast, T.Gecevski 14+7reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 12+8reb+2ast, N.Dahlman 12+5reb, I.Mijajlovic 12+3reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 2+5reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: I.Dimcevski 13+6reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 11+2reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 10+3reb, J.Boswell 8+5reb, K.Bradley 7+3reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 7+3reb+3ast
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Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 87-70

Second ranked Feni Indistrija (15-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-10) by 17 points 87-70, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Feni Indistrija outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 36-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) notched 23 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) did not help to save the game for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Guard Enes Hadzibulic (196-81) added 17 points for the guests. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with MZT Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kumanovo. Feni Indistrija will play against Lirija (#4) in Skopje in the next round. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: J.Frye 23+7reb+8ast, D.Radulovic 11+1reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 10+7reb+2ast, Z.Gocevski 9+3reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 7+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 7+3reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: N.Jelesijevic 26+5reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 17+2reb, M.Pavlovic 11+4reb, E.Bogoev 9+4reb+5ast, V.Zujovic 4+5reb+1ast, B.Bogeski 3
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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 15-3 
 2. Feni Indistrija 15-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 12-6 
 4. Lirija 11-7 
 5. Rabotnicki 8-10 
 6. Kumanovo 8-10 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 4-12 
 2. Kozuv 3-13 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dusan DOMOVIC
  Kozuv
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Domovic, Kozuv21.2 
 2. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 3. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 4. Golubovic, Kozuv18.5 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 6. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija16.7 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.8.5 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.8.4 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.7 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.2 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus6.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Cole, Rabotnicki6.3 
 10. Simic, Lirija6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jane PETROVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.7 
 2. Morban, Lirija3.6 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.5 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.3 
 6. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.0 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.6 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Filipovic, Lirija1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 7. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus1.1 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.1 
 10. Stajic, Lirija1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.7 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.0.7 


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Superleague Round 13: STU is defeated by MIA in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and STU (#6). STU was crushed at home by 38 points 59-97 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. MIA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 40. MIA forced 19 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 55-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) responded with 13 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. MIA (8-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Newly promoted STU keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Dinamo Tbilisi and TSU Tbilisi. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#7). Dinamo Tbilisi was crushed at home by 17 points 66-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. Swedish power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Ben Woodside accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for Dinamo Tbilisi in the defeat. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Armia. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with TSU Tbilisi and STU Tbilisi. Armia will play against Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Bottom-ranked Energy Invest (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to third ranked Kutaisi (9-3) 69-60 on Friday evening. Rezo Didia fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Luka Khmelidze produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Kutaisi maintains third place with 9-3 record having just one points less than leader Armia. Energy Invest lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home league's leader Armia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against TSU (#7) in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#4) and Samedicino-Academia (#9). Samedicino-Academia was crushed at home by 19 points 68-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of Lasha Parghalava who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokhumi maintains fourth place with 8-4 record, which they share with MIA Academy. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.

In the last game of round 13 Batumi was destroyed by TSU Tbilisi on the opponent's court 95-74.



Samedicino - Sokhumi 68-87

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#4) and Samedicino-Academia (#9). Samedicino-Academia was crushed at home by 19 points 68-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It looked good early as Samedicino-Academia took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sokhumi had a 18-12 second period charge getting the lead and Samedicino-Academia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-87. 25 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Nemanja Ilic (206-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Samedicino-Academia. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokhumi maintains fourth place with 8-4 record, which they share with MIA Academy. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 28+13reb+9ast, L.Patsatsia 21+10reb+5ast, V.Kadaria 10+10reb, S.Atuashvili 10+1reb, T.Chachibaia 9+4reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 7+2reb
Samedicino: A.Dvalishvili 18+8reb, N.Ilic 13+13reb+3ast, G.Shvangiradze 12+1reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 7+2reb+3ast, F.Samojlovic 6+1reb+3ast, M.Chochua 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 166591


STU Tbilisi - MIA Academy 59-97

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and STU (#6). STU was crushed at home by 38 points 59-97 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. MIA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 40. MIA forced 19 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 55-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) responded with 13 points and guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) scored 9 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. MIA (8-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Newly promoted STU keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Dinamo Tbilisi and TSU Tbilisi. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: T.Smith 35+17reb+3ast, L.Blair 23+6reb+10ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 13+9reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 8+4reb+2ast, M.Bokolishvili 8+4reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 5+5reb+1ast
STU Tbilisi: Z.Antadze 13+2reb+2ast, G.Khaniashvili 9+2reb+3ast, G.Kopaliani 9+1reb+3ast, A.Dzidziguri 7+1reb, Z.Machaladze 6+5reb+2ast, L.Nozadze 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 166592


Kutaisi - Rustavi 69-60

Bottom-ranked Energy Invest (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to third ranked Kutaisi (9-3) 69-60 on Friday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Energy Invest won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Energy Invest 44-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Kutaisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) added 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Kutaisi maintains third place with 9-3 record having just one points less than leader Armia. Energy Invest lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home league's leader Armia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against TSU (#7) in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Didia 23+4reb+6ast, D.Barbakadze 14+13reb+3ast, R.Matiashvili 14+8reb+6ast, G.Barbakadze 12+7reb+2ast, T.Babunashvili 3+5reb+3ast, R.Tukvadze 2+2reb
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 17+8reb+1ast, Z.Machavariani 10+2reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 10+3reb+2ast, T.Toudjani 8+11reb+4ast, R.Chachanidze 8+2reb+4ast, R.Baakashvili 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166588


TSU Tbilisi - Batumi 95-74

Rather expected game in Tbilisi where 10th ranked Batumi (1-11) was crushed by eighth ranked TSU (5-7) 95-74. The game without a history. TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TSU outrebounded Batumi 50-31 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for TSU especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. TSU's coach Nugzar Cheishvili felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) answered with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Levan Eliadze (197-92) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Batumi. Four Batumi players scored in double figures. TSU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dinamo Tbilisi and STU Tbilisi. Batumi lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. TSU's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi which should be theoretically another easy game. Batumi will play at home against Samedicino-Academia in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 21+8reb+5ast, V.Beruashvili 19+12reb+3ast, V.Chkareuli 13+2reb+3ast, S.Shermadini 8+6reb, T.Niniashvili 8+7reb, T.Tavamaishvili 7+1reb
Batumi: L.Eliadze 16+8reb, I.Mikeladze 13+6reb+9ast, N.Ramishvili 11+4reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 11+1reb+3ast, G.Revazashvili 9+5reb, L.Keshelava 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 166589


Dinamo Tbilisi - Armia 66-83

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#7). Dinamo Tbilisi was crushed at home by 17 points 66-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Dinamo Tbilisi's 34. They outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 38-25 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Armia players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Swedish power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Armia players scored in double figures. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for Dinamo Tbilisi in the defeat. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Armia. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with TSU Tbilisi and STU Tbilisi. Armia will play against Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Armia: J.Kjellbom 19+10reb+3ast, B.Woodside 18+5reb+7ast, J.Richardson 18+4reb+2ast, R.Atanelishvili 10+6reb, V.Minashvili 5+6reb, I.Sakvarelidze 4+3reb+3ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 25+13reb+2ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 12+3reb+4ast, I.Keidia 10+1reb+1ast, I.Lezhava 9+3reb+2ast, M.Oluic 7+4reb, G.Mekhrishvili 2
gschID: 166590




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Dane Watts (ratiopharmUlm) Pregame Thoughts To Brose Baskets Bamberg Game February 11th - 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 before the game against the Brose Baskets Bamberg February 11th.

Congrats on reaching the Beko BBL Top 4. How excited are you about playing in the Top 4 in March?

I am very happy that we qualified for the final 4 and I think the excitement will continue to build the closer it gets to the weekend.

ratiopharm Ulm was never really in trouble in this game, but gave another spirited 40 minute effort. What was the biggest Ulm strength on this day?

You said it yourself, 40 minutes of effort. We had big contributions from multiple positions on offense and defense.

Some were skeptical that Ulm might have problems without your services, but the team showed the advantages of having a deep team. How important has it been this season for the 11-12 man rotations that Thorsten Leibenath has inserted?

We have a couple guys playing out of position and doing what the teams needs right now. Not only does it speak well for the rotation but the mentality and attitude of the players, do whatever it takes/stepping up to get the job done.

On Saturday ratiopharm Ulm meet Bamberg. What is your memory of one of the few loses this season to Bamberg?

It was early in the season and a close game all the way until the last minute.

ratiopharm Ulm has an 8 game wining streak and Bamberg a 12 game winning streak, but ratiopharm Ulm is still unbeaten at home, a good omen? What will be key in getting the win?

The key will be limiting their easy baskets and finding their shooters in transition.

Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird on the Celtics alltime scoring list moving to second. Where will Pierce be seen in Celtics history one day when he is retired?

I dont know but I will always think of Larry Legend before Paul Pierce in regards to the Celtics.

Is there a Tom Brady curse set upon him by the Manning brothers?

Eli has a nice D line that gave the Pats fits both times, didnt think he would beat him twice but Manning proved me wrong.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

24 season 2

Thanks Dane for the chat.



John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Cant Get Discouraged When The Opponent Goes On A Run - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the game against FC Bayern Munich February 11th.


A tough 73-61 loss in Berlin last weekend. What was the most positive thing that the club could take out of the game?

Once again we showed that we can play with anyone in the BBL but we still can't get key stops and key baskets in key times of the game. We played solid for 36 minutes and then suddenly we have some bad offenses and we find ourselves down 6-8 points.


Nate Linhart told me that it is important that the team never lose focus and idea that they have been in so many games this season. How can the team transport that knowledge with good play on the court?

It is true what Nate is saying but I guess it's easier said than done. We really have to find a way to get it done because we need some wins, and what Nate said is a key component to being successful for our team.


The next game is against FC Bayern Munich? What is your memory of the loss earlier in the season?

It is a game we lost, I felt we lost the game and they didn't beat us. We played with them as well and let a game get away from us in Munich.

FC Bayern Munich is so talented, but not near the top. Why hasnt this team been able to be more at the top?

I just think it has to do with there play on the road. At home they have had success but they played without there best perimeter player foster for a while too and he does so much for them.

What will TBB Trier have to do better this time to get a win at home?

It sounds cliche but we have to not lose focus and play together at both ends of the court. Basketball is a game of runs at times and we need to not get discouraged if they go on one and we just have to play hard as well.

Duke beat North Carolina with a Austin Rivers buzzer beater who scored 29 points with his dad in attendance. Rivers is only a freshman. What is your impression of him so far?

I followed Rivers a lot in high school so to me this is no surprise. I did think he was going to be more consistent but at the same time, he is only a freshman and can only get better.

Is there a Tom Brady curse from the Manning brothers?

I won't say that there is a curse cause he beats Peyton all the time but he has trouble against Eli and the giants and by the way I know you saw how I predicted the score in your last interview.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Last DVD I saw was devil

Thanks John for the chat



Regionalliga stars: Tyrone Lewis - by Moritz Korff
Playing in the 1. Regionalliga does not necessarily mean that you are not good enough to make an impact in the 2. Bundesliga or even in the BBL. Far from it! Oftentimes those players who shine at the regional level just go under the radar, while nationwide attention would be appropriate. On the other hand side, in some cases a year or two in the Regionalliga have marked the beginning of a stellar career, as a number of example indicate, especially for players coming out off small colleges who took their first steps overseas on the way up at the regional level. So who's next? Maybe one of those current Regionalliga standouts that Eurobasket Germany will take a closer look at in the near future.

In March 2010, when Tyrone Lewis (180-PG-87, college: Niagara) completed his college career at Niagara University, Jonah Bronstein, a Niagara Gazette writer, sparked a discussion whether the guard from Bristol, Pa., could be listed among the best players ever to appear in the MAAC, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Lewis had record-breaking numbers in his favor as well as the best four-year stretch in Niagara history (86 wins). However, the regional reporter came to this conclussion: 'That's not to suggest he's the best player in league history. Not even Lewis biggest fan, Niagara coach Joe Mihalich, would say that. Neither could he claim to be the all-time greatest Purple Eagle, a title etched in stone by Calvin Murphy.' Murphy, who spent a 13-year career in the NBA following his Niagara days and who got inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, is a legend at the Catholic institution, located in Lewiston, New York. '[...]but if he's honored before a game at the Gallagher Center in 30 years, he'll likely evoke the same reverential reception that Murphy's recent visits did', Bronstein wrote about Lewis in his article.

Almost two years later, Lewis is spending his first full season overseas with the SC Itzehoe Eagles of the 1. Regionalliga North. Again his numbers are terrific. 'Normally a player with his capabilities is too good and doesn't belong in this league', Itzehoe coach Paul Larysz was cited in the Eagles' press release announcing Lewis' signing in July 2011. 'I feel like I just want it more than anyone out there. I'm playing for more than personal stats. If you look at my stats, I don't just score, I do a little bit of everything. Plus, it helps to have a pretty good supporting cast around to help take some of that pressure off', Lewis says.

So, let's take a look at his stats: In 14 games played this season, the 24-year-old has averaged a league-leading 25.9 points per contest (shooting 58.2% from the floor), to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.3 blocked shots. Considering his tremendous athletisism, that regularly will wow the crowd and remains in the back of the peoples' minds, is there any part of his game which does not receive the recognition that it deserves? Lewis: 'I would have to say my ability to set up other players. I'm very unselfish. I feel as though I'm a great passer. It's just that throughout my career I was always looked at as the one who finished the plays.' And as somebody who will put forth a solid defensive showing. As a junior at Niagara Lewis was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.

The questions remains: Why is a player like Lewis playing in the 1. Regionalliga then? Coming out of college, he has even been looked at by the Green Bay Packers and earned a work out with the NFL franchise. 'I wasn't thinking about playing pro football at all, it came as a surprise to me to even have a chance at the NFL after playing 4 years of college [basketball]. Football players don't even get the chance I got. But I have a very close friend who plays in the NFL and we had a talk about it. But my love for football wasn't the same love I have for basketball', Lewis says. He took his game to Israel to start his overseas basketball career, but was stopped by a torn ACL only a couple of weeks after his arrival: 'I had to have surgery first, then short after the surgery like a month I started building the muscle back up and I pushed myself everyday. I didn't follow the guides. If the paper said: do 5 reps, I did 10. I was trying to come back stronger and faster. So far that hard work has paid off.' But his plans and ambitions to play at the highest possible level in Europe had suffered a serious setback and Lewis had to start from scratch: 'I really didn't have a chance to really make a name for myself, so I knew once I went down, it was gonna very hard to come back and play. Plus, at the time with the lockout going on and NBA players playing over here, meant players like me may not even have a chance. I feel like my injury scared some teams away. Plus, not playing for over a year played a part too, but I stayed positive and am blessed the Eagles picked me up and gave me a shot', he explains.

So far, so good, looking at his Itzehoe experience. The Eagles are currently ranked third in the RLN (12 wins, 3 losses). Lewis: 'With seven games left I believe that our chances of winning the championship is pretty slim. We need a team with no loses to lose three games. But to finish up as runner-ups I would rate as pretty high right now. I think we just have to put our blinders on and take it one game at a time, worry about us and control what we can. Living in Itzehoe is great, because it was perfect for me this year, playing my first pro year here. There are not many distractions and the city of Hamburg is like 40 minutes away. The organization is great, Paul [Larysz] is a great coach. I'm thankful to have him and feel very blessed that they gave me a second life. I owe my pro career and whatever the future holds for me to Paul and the Itzehoe Eagles. I will never forget them. My plans [for the next season] are I hope to be playing somewhere, because it's not easy to get a job over the water, whether it's here in Germany again or somewhere else. I just hope to have a job next season.'


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Mitrovic and Jovovic ready to make their debut with Peristeri - by George Fragkos
Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) and Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) passed their medicals and they are ready to play with DASH Peristeri GS Athens against Kavala. The two Serbs agreed terms with the club from Athens during the week and after their medical examination, they are officially new players of Peristeri.

The truth is that only one of them, Aleksandar Mitrovic, was to join the club during the week alongside the American forward Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech). Though, the financial problems of the club obliged it to cancel their oral agreement with Singletary and choose Jovovic instead.

So far Jovovic was playing for Serbian A league team, Smederevo, which currently holds the ninth place on the table, with a record of 9 wins and 9 defeats. The 28 year-old power forward was one of the staring five, having 12.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.20.8 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.5 
 3. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.7 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.6 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK17.3 
 6. Petrovic-S., Apoll.17.0 
 7. Magounis, Panele.16.7 
 8. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.6 
 9. Pettas, Doxa L.16.6 
 10. Psileas, Lavrio16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.2 
 2. Toutziarakis, OFI8.2 
 3. Lolas, Amyntas8.0 
 4. Petrovic-S., Apoll.7.8 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.6 
 6. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.4 
 7. Sklavos, AEK7.4 
 8. Paschalis, Perama7.3 
 9. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.2 
 10. Macheras, Panery.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.2 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.6 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.4 
 4. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.0 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.3 
 7. Makris, Pagrati4.3 
 8. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.2 
 9. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.2 
 10. Iliadis, Ermis L.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Evaggelis MARGARITIS
  Ikaroi S.
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.9 
 2. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.9 
 3. Magounis, Panele.1.8 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 5. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 6. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.6 
 7. Iliadis, Ermis L.1.5 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
 9. Kallianotis, Paner.1.4 
 10. Lewis, OFI1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.1 
 2. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI0.9 
 4. Libaris-P., Doxa L.0.9 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 6. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 7. Psileas, Lavrio0.6 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 9. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.6 
 10. Koukounias, Nea0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 14-4 
 2. Apollon Patras 14-4 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 12-6 
 4. Arkadikos 11-7 
 5. AEK 10-8 
 6. Nea Kifisia 10-8 
 7. Lavrio 10-8 
 8. Doxa Lefkadas 9-9 
 9. OFI 9-9 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 9-9 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 8-10 
 12. Panerythraikos 8-10 
 13. Perama Ermis 8-10 
 14. Pagrati 6-12 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 6-12 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-18 


A2 Round 18: Panelefsiniakos keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Panelefsiniakos as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Panelefsiniakos defeated 5th ranked AEK in Eleusina 63-57. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 27 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) with 11 points and 7 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Apollon Patras. AEK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Lavrio and Nea Kifisia. AEK will play next round against strong Ikaroi Serron trying to get back on the winning streak. Panelefsiniakos will try to continue on its current victory against sixteenth ranked AEK/Argous on the road.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-18) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to second ranked Apollon Patras (14-4) 85-75. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) notched 22 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Ivan Krolo supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Apollon Patras' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. Apollon Patras have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Apollon Patras will play against Lavrio (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. AEK/Argous will play against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Athens supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (9-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Nea Kifisia (10-8). Nea Kifisia smashed Doxa Lefkadas 76-52 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Savas Nikitakis who scored 17 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Kostas Tsotsos who recorded 14 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. Nea Kifisia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with AEK and Lavrio. Doxa Lefkadas at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with OFI and Ermis Lagkada. Nea Kifisia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Amyntas Dafnis.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Periko/Arhelaos was destroyed by Ikaroi Serron on the opponent's court 76-56. Perama Ermis unfortunately lost to OFI in a home game 74-85. Pagrati recorded a loss to Panerythraikos on the road 74-80. Amyntas Dafnis was defeated by Ermis Lagkada on its own court 83-90. Lavrio was beaten by Arkadikos in Arkadia 81-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 7 rebounds by Giannis Kakiouzis of Lavrio.


Ikaroi Serron - Periko/Arhelaos 76-56
Very expected game in Serres where 15th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (6-12) was crushed by third ranked Ikaroi Serron (12-6) 76-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ikaroi Serron led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) chipped in 15 points. Four Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Giannis Maltesios (206-85) who recorded 17 points and forward Paraskeva Martzos (197-85, agency: FCM) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaroi Serron have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Panelefsiniakos. Loser Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Pagrati. Ikaroi Serron will meet AEK (#5) in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Perama Ermis (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: S.Kaberidis 15+2reb+3ast, K.Totsios 14+4reb+4ast, K.Pehlivanis 11+2reb, F.Simeonidis 10+6reb+1ast, H.Voivatopoulos 9+6reb+1ast, G.Theodorakos 7+2reb
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Maltesios 17+4reb+2ast, P.Martzos 10+5reb+1ast, T.Panaras 8+2reb+2ast, D.Marmarinos 7+2reb, K.Bechlivanis 6+2reb+4ast, G.Foutsitzis 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138460


Perama Ermis - OFI 74-85
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked OFI and 12th ranked Perama Ermis had identical 8-9 record. But Perama Ermis was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Heraklion 85-74 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by OFI. Perama Ermis managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Sakis Panagakis (191-83) chipped in 18 points. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Dimitris Tsarouchas (197-86) added 16 points respectively. Four Perama Ermis players scored in double figures. OFI (9-9) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and Doxa Lefkadas. Perama Ermis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis and Panerythraikos. OFI will meet at home Panerythraikos (#12) in the next round. Perama Ermis will play against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
OFI: S.Panagakis 18+1ast, S.Toutziarakis 18+9reb, D.Katiakos 11+8reb, A.Sizopoulos 10+1reb+1ast, D.Karadolamis 9+3reb+1ast, D.Lewis 8+4reb+3ast
Perama Ermis: D.Tsarouchas 16+3reb+1ast, A.Koronidis 13+2reb+4ast, M.Milicevic 11+6reb, K.Paschalis 11+10reb, L.Skoutaris 9+3reb+2ast, N.Michalos 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 138461


Panerythraikos - Pagrati 80-74
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Pagrati's (6-12) road loss to thirteenth ranked Panerythraikos (8-10) 74-80 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Panerythraikos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) who scored 22 points. Guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) who recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Panerythraikos moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis and Perama Ermis. Loser Pagrati keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Periko/Arhelaos. Panerythraikos will meet higher ranked OFI (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pagrati will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: G.Rodostoglou 22+2reb+3ast, T.Straganiotis 16+1reb+4ast, K.Macheras 11+4reb+1ast, S.Kontoudis 10+2reb+1ast, T.Kallianotis 9+4reb+1ast, N.Pritsos 7+6reb+1ast
Pagrati: A.Koutroulias 20+9reb+4ast, A.Antonakis 13+5reb, G.Dimakos 11+2reb+4ast, A.Sigounas 8+11reb+2ast, S.Veskoukis 8+3ast, A.Raptis 8+2reb
gschID: 138462


Amyntas Dafnis - Ermis Lagkada 83-90
Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Ermis Lagkada and 10th ranked Amyntas Dafnis had identical 8-9 record. But Amyntas Dafnis was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Lagadas 90-83 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ermis Lagkada made 37-of-44 free shots (84.1 percent) during the game. Ermis Lagkada outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Spyros Kekelis (181-80) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) who recorded 19 points and 4 steals and guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Ermis Lagkada and five Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Ermis Lagkada (9-9) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with OFI and Doxa Lefkadas. Loser Amyntas Dafnis dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Perama Ermis and Panerythraikos. Ermis Lagkada will meet at home Pagrati (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Nea Kifisia.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: S.Kekelis 24+4reb+2ast, S.Iliadis 17+7reb+9ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 13+6reb+4ast, S.Nisiotis 10+6reb+1ast, M.Gkonos 10+1reb, T.Onasoglou 8+3reb
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 19+1reb+3ast, G.Sourlis 14+4reb+2ast, F.Pagonis 13+3reb+4ast, D.Chilaris 13+4reb, K.Vardavas 12+7reb+2ast, D.Lolas 5+1reb
gschID: 138463


Nea Kifisia - Doxa Lefkadas 76-52
The game in Athens supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (9-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Nea Kifisia (10-8). Nea Kifisia smashed Doxa Lefkadas 76-52 on Saturday. The game without a history. Nea Kifisia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Nea Kifisia outrebounded Doxa Lefkadas 43-14 including a 31-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) who scored 17 points and 7 assists. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) who recorded 14 points and Serbian guard Marko Pekovic (193-81, agency: BeoExcell) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nea Kifisia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with AEK and Lavrio. Doxa Lefkadas at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with OFI and Ermis Lagkada. Nea Kifisia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: S.Nikitakis 17+2reb+7ast, F.Moschovitis 15+4reb+3ast, M.Kolokas 11+7reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 8+6reb, C.Petrodimopoulos 8+5reb+1ast, P.Koukounias 7+6reb+1ast
Doxa Lefkadas: K.Tsotsos 14+2reb, M.Pekovic 11+4reb, A.Vournas 10+2ast, V.Ekine 7+2reb, O.Matenidis 6+3reb+5ast, G.Skoufis 2+1reb
gschID: 138456


Arkadikos - Lavrio 81-71
Everything could happen in Arkadia at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Arkadikos and 6th ranked Lavrio had identical 10-7 record. This time Arkadikos used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lavrio 81-71 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadikos. Lavrio managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) who scored 24 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who recorded 29 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Cypriot guard Vassilis Kounas (195-84) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively. Arkadikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-7 record. Loser Lavrio dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with AEK and Nea Kifisia. Arkadikos will meet Doxa Lefkadas (#8) on the road in the next round. Lavrio will play against the league's second-placed Apollon Patras and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: M.Papadakis 24+4reb+7ast, A.Gizogiannis 22+9reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 9+1reb+1ast, S.Tosic 7+3reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 6+7reb, S.Gizogiannis 6+2reb
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 29+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 18+2reb+7ast, M.Perakis 10+3reb, D.Giannakopoulos 6+6reb+3ast, N.Psileas 4+3reb+1ast, K.Sinnis 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 138457


Apollon Patras - AEK/Argous 85-75
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-18) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to second ranked Apollon Patras (14-4) 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Apollon Patras. AEK/Argous was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Apollon Patras forced 20 AEK/Argous turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) notched 22 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-83) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Apollon Patras' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. Forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Apollon Patras will play against Lavrio (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. AEK/Argous will play against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 22+4reb, G.Petropoulos 18+2ast, I.Krolo 14+5reb+2ast, S.Daniil 9+7reb+3ast, D.Lyberis 6+6reb, G.Stamopoulos 6+3reb+4ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 24+5reb+4ast, G.Vavatsikos 18+6reb+1ast, S.Tsabis 15+3reb+2ast, G.Vourdoulas 10+8reb, G.Koukounias 5+2reb, V.Stateras 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 138458


Panelefsiniakos - AEK 63-57
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Panelefsiniakos as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Panelefsiniakos defeated 5th ranked AEK in Eleusina 63-57. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 27 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) scored 8 points and 4 assists. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Apollon Patras. AEK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Lavrio and Nea Kifisia. AEK will play next round against strong Ikaroi Serron trying to get back on the winning streak. Panelefsiniakos will try to continue on its current victory against sixteenth ranked AEK/Argous on the road.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: S.Magounis 23+11reb+1ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 14+3reb+2ast, C.Deligiannis 10+4reb, T.Nikou 8+7reb+3ast, N.Mantzioris 4+8reb, N.Voulgaris 2+2reb+1ast
AEK: D.Despos 11+7reb+1ast, A.Falekas 10+2reb+2ast, N.Kourtis 10+4reb+1ast, A.Mantzaris 9+3reb, F.Vasilopoulos 8+4reb+4ast, V.Sklavos 7+7reb+1ast


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 15-2 
 2. Kormend 15-3 
 3. Szolnok 14-3 
 4. Albacomp 13-4 
 5. Kecskemeti 11-7 
 6. Atomeromu 11-7 
 7. PVSK Pannon 9-9 
 8. Soproni 8-10 
 9. Kaposvari 7-11 
 10. Marso NYKK 6-12 
 11. Szedeak 5-13 
 12. Jaszberenyi 5-13 
 13. FS Debrecen 4-13 
 14. ZTE KK 1-17 


A Division Round 18: Kormend loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 18 in A Division means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Paks where host Atomeromu (11-7) crushed league's leader Kormend (15-3) 85-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kormend. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists. International swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who recorded 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Atomeromu moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kecskemeti. Kormend at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Falco-Szova. Kormend will play next round against strong Albacomp trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Atomeromu will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Jaszberenyi on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Albacomp (13-4) against fifth ranked Kecskemeti (11-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Albacomp was defeated by Kecskemeti in a tough game in Kecskemet 75-80. It was a good game for Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Krisztian Wittmann contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Albacomp. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kecskemeti have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-7 record, which they share with Atomeromu. Albacomp lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Kecskemeti will play against FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Albacomp will play against the league's second-placed Kormend (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kecskemet. Local Kecskemeti (11-7) outscored 8th ranked Kaposvari (7-11) 100-55 on Friday night. Marko Derasimovic scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Michael Fey with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kaposvari's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kecskemeti have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-7 record, which they share with Atomeromu. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Kecskemeti will meet FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play against ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Szedeak was defeated by Soproni in a road game 85-67. Bottom-ranked ZTE KK was beaten by Jaszberenyi at home 88-96. Kaposvari lost to PVSK Pannon on the opponent's court 78-83. Marso NYKK was outscored by Szolnok in a home game 71-104.


Soproni - Szedeak 85-67
There was no surprise when 11th ranked Szedeak (5-13) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Soproni (8-10) 85-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Soproni outrebounded Szedeak 42-24 including 18 on the offensive glass. American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) scored 26 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Soproni have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Szedeak lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. Soproni will meet higher ranked Szolnok (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Szedeak will play against the league's leader Falco-Szova (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Soproni: D.Thomas 26+2reb+8ast, J.Rubin 21+9reb+2ast, B.Egemonye 14+12reb+1ast, A.Molnar 12+9reb+3ast, N.Takacs 6+4reb+2ast, Z.Vesztergom 4+2reb
Szedeak: J.Levy 20+5reb, N.Dukic 14+4reb, A.Tanacs 12+3reb, R.Laslo 6+1reb, T.Ivosev 5+7reb+2ast, I.Nyilas 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146734


Kecskemeti - Albacomp 80-75
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Albacomp (13-4) against fifth ranked Kecskemeti (11-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Albacomp was defeated by Kecskemeti in a tough game in Kecskemet 75-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Albacomp won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and international power forward Akos Keller (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Albacomp. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kecskemeti have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-7 record, which they share with Atomeromu. Albacomp lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Kecskemeti will play against FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Albacomp will play against the league's second-placed Kormend (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 25+10reb+3ast, K.Wittmann 20+5reb+1ast, I.Vukadinov 10+3reb+1ast, G.Denes 8, Z.Bencze 7+4reb, I.Pap 5+5reb
Albacomp: D.Hollis 21+7reb+2ast, B.Simon 15+1ast, A.Keller 12+9reb, M.El Amin 11+1reb+2ast, W.Chism 7+5reb, F.Bodi 6+1reb
gschID: 146736


Atomeromu - Kormend 85-64
Round 18 in A Division means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Paks where host Atomeromu (11-7) crushed league's leader Kormend (15-3) 85-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kormend. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists. International swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who recorded 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Atomeromu moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kecskemeti. Kormend at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Falco-Szova. Kormend will play next round against strong Albacomp trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Atomeromu will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Jaszberenyi on the road.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 23+11ast, D.Vojvoda 13+7reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 13+2reb+3ast, A.Toth 10+3reb+1ast, F.Morgen 10+5reb+1ast, N.Williams 9+6reb+2ast
Kormend: D.Townes 19+2reb+1ast, R.Bell 14+5reb+1ast, K.Powell 8+8reb, C.Ferencz 7+7reb+3ast, D.Mladenovic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Rujak 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 146737


ZTE KK - Jaszberenyi 88-96
The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked Jaszberenyi's (5-13) road victory over bottom-ranked ZTE KK (1-17) 96-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Jaszberenyi outrebounded ZTE KK 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman David Gaspar (192-82) with 23 points and 5 assists and American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Jaszberenyi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Szedeak. ZTE KK lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion stay dead last with 17 lost games. Jaszberenyi will meet at home higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ZTE KK will play against Kaposvari (#9).
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: K.Austin 22+10reb+2ast, J.Hodges 22+6reb+4ast, B.Horti 18+3reb, R.Dramicanin 18+12reb+2ast, B.Sormaz 5+2reb+3ast, M.Medve 5+1reb+1ast
ZTE KK: D.Gaspar 23+3reb+5ast, T.Whitworth 22+7reb+1ast, C.Grimm 15+4reb, B.Perine 9+3reb+8ast, G.Toth 8+3reb+1ast, A.Vertetics 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 146738


PVSK Pannon - Kaposvari 83-78
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Kaposvari's (7-11) road loss to seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (9-9) 78-83 on Friday. Kaposvari was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of PVSK Pannon, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Kaposvari outrebounded PVSK Pannon 46-24 including a 19-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh position with 9-9 record. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. PVSK Pannon will meet Marso NYKK (#10) in the next round. Kaposvari will play against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 25+6reb+3ast, A.Ciric 20+5reb+5ast, P.Kovacs 13+3reb+1ast, N.Toth 12+4reb+1ast, N.Vasojevic 7+4reb+5ast, J.Eilingsfeld 6+2reb
Kaposvari: N.Raivio 26+13reb+2ast, K.Ahelegbe 14+3reb+2ast, J.Lekli 12+8reb, M.Fey 12+14reb+2ast, D.Koma 6+3reb, G.David 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146732


Marso NYKK - Szolnok 71-104
Very predictable result in Nyiregyhaza where fourth ranked Szolnok (14-3) outscored 10th ranked Marso NYKK (6-12) 104-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Szolnok 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 Marso NYKK's 44. They outrebounded Marso NYKK 49-28 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) with 18 points and Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84, agency: 011 Sports) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Szolnok have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Marso NYKK lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Szolnok will meet at home Soproni (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Marso NYKK will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: B.Gay 22+6reb, M.Bader 19+10reb+1ast, J.Mills 15+9reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 12+5reb, G.Soos 9+4reb, M.Fodor 8+1reb+2ast
Marso NYKK: B.Fields 18+2reb+1ast, E.Sitku 15+4reb+1ast, D.Kandic 12+8reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 7+4reb, S.Fekete 7+2reb+4ast, I.Miskovic 6+7reb
gschID: 146733


Round 13
Kecskemeti - Kaposvari 100-55
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kecskemet. Local Kecskemeti (11-7) outscored 8th ranked Kaposvari (7-11) 100-55 on Friday night. The game without a history. Kecskemeti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 65.5 percent from the field. Kecskemeti had a 27-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Ivan Vukadinov (193-81) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists during the contest. Five Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Kaposvari's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kecskemeti have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-7 record, which they share with Atomeromu. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Kecskemeti will meet FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play against ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 23+8reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 16+4reb, I.Vukadinov 14+3reb+7ast, T.Kelley 13+3reb+3ast, G.Denes 11+4reb+3ast, G.Hegedus 10+2reb+1ast
Kaposvari: M.Fey 15+8reb+3ast, J.Lekli 13+7reb, N.Raivio 12+4reb+4ast, K.Ahelegbe 7+4reb+1ast, S.Kovacs 6+1reb, B.Szoke 2+1reb+3ast


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.25.2 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak22.1 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.3 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.1 
 6. Doyne, PVSK P.20.4 
 7. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi19.5 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.0 
 10. Levy, Szedeak18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.5 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.9.2 
 4. Bader, Szolnok9.1 
 5. Townes, Kormend9.1 
 6. Fey, Kaposvari8.9 
 7. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.6 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.6 
 9. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.5 
 10. Ivosev, Szedeak8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.7 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok5.6 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.5 
 6. Fekete, Marso N.5.3 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.2 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.4 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.1 
 10. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gabor DRAHOS
  Szedeak
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Drahos, Szedeak2.8 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.2.6 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak2.4 
 5. Doyne, PVSK P.2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 7. Toth, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Hodges, Jaszberen.2.2 
 10. Chism, Albacomp2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.8 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni0.9 
 10. Miskovic, Marso N.0.9 


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Icelandic Express L. round 15 best performance: Giordan Watson - by Eurobasket News
American guard Giordan Watson (178-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Grindavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (40 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Tindastoll (#9, 6-9) 105-96. It allowed Grindavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Grindavik has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. In the team's last game Watson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Grindavik's top player in his first season with the team. Former Central Michigan University star has very solid stats this year. Watson is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.5apg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of Snaefell. Hankins-Cole had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Snaefell to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked IR (#8, 6-9) 97-74. Snaefell's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hankins-Cole is well-known at Snaefell and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan (#3). Shouse scored 28 points and passed four assists. Despite Shouse's great performance Stjarnan lost 87-89 to #2 ranked KR. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Stjarnan needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Shouse has a great season in Iceland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.6apg (best passer). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 50.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarryd Cole (200-F-88) of Keflavik - 22 points and 7 rebounds
5. Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar - 12 points and 19 rebounds
6. Curtis Allen (193-G-86) of Tindastoll - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Emil Barja (192-G-91) of Haukar - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joshua Brown (187-G-88) of KR - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Finnur Magnusson (206-C) of KR - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  LATVIA   


Ventspils have an impressive series of five victories in a row - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils have an impressive series of five victories in a row in Baltic League. The Latvian side won over Lithuanian Juventus 84:71 on Friday.
The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Juventus was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
The best player for the winners was Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87, college: Clemson) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Darius Pakamanis (193-G-81) added 12 points respectively.
Ventspils have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Ventspils will have a break next round.

Naglis Palangos meanwhile grabbed a massive 24-point win over Valmiera at home court and punched the Challenge Cup semifinal ticket.


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 19-2 
 2. Barons/Keizar. 18-2 
 3. Liepaja-2 18-3 
 4. Saldus 17-4 
 5. VEF Kadeti 12-8 
 6. Riga 12-8 
 7. RSU 12-9 
 8. VA 11-10 
 9. DSN 10-11 
 10. Ogres 7-13 
 11. Cesis 7-14 
 12. Livani 6-15 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 6-15 
 14. Gulbene 5-18 
 15. Valmiera U21 4-17 
 16. Ridzene 3-18 


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  LEBANON   


Character - by Aaron Mitchell
Hello basketball world this Coach A coming to you from Lebanon. The end of the season has arrived and very quickly i may add. For me it was a disappointing season filled with a million ups and downs. Unfortunately more downs than ups. We have perform to a max level for the amount of talented , experience players i have. To top it all off having the lowest budget , least experienced players , and lack of respect from the league made our task very hard. But as they say the show must go on. I have enjoyed my two years here in Antranik for the facts that i met great people as well as coach several good players in the league. My only wish was to bring the club back to its glory years of the past. My family has shown me tremendous support and understanding and that has carried me through this difficult time. But as the great Coach John Wooden said , ' DO NOT MEASURE YOURSELF BY WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED, BUT BY WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WITH YOUR ABILITY'!! COACH ' A' Aaron Mitchell (188-G-69, college: La-Lafayette)

Character - by Aaron Mitchell
Hello basketball world this Coach A coming to you from Lebanon. The end of the season has arrived and very quickly i may add. For me it was a disappointing season filled with a million ups and downs. Unfortunately more downs than ups. We have perform to a max level for the amount of talented , experience players i have. To top it all off having the lowest budget , least experienced players , and lack of respect from the league made our task very hard. But as they say the show must go on. I have enjoyed my two years here in Antranik for the facts that i met great people as well as coach several good players in the league. My only wish was to bring the club back to its glory years of the past. My family has shown me tremendous support and understanding and that has carried me through this difficult time. But as the great Coach John Wooden said , ' DO NOT MEASURE YOURSELF BY WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED, BUT BY WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WITH YOUR ABILITY'!! COACH ' A'

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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Tomas Urbonas - by Eurobasket News
Center Tomas Urbonas (218-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked LKKA-Atletas, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 19-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Radviliskis (#2, 21-12) 85-71. It allowed LKKA-Atletas to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. LKKA-Atletas has a very solid 22-11 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Urbonas had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at LKKA-Atletas, through which he has constantly improved. Tomas Urbonas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg) and averages impressive 2.9bpg and 66.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Remigijus Trakimas (205-C-87) of Mazeikiai. Trakimas had a very good evening with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Mazeikiai lost that game 69-79 to Delikatesas (20-13). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Trakimas is a newcomer at Mazeikiai, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) of S.Marciulionio (#11). Varnelis showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of S.Marciulionio, leading his team to a 89-71 easy win against ABRO-Univ. (#16, 7-26). The chances of S.Marciulionio ranking at the top of group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Varnelis could help S.Marciulionio to bring them higher in the standings. Varnelis has a very solid season. In 13 games in Lithuania he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, FGP: 52.3% and 3PT: 42.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) of Ezerunas-Karys - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Mantas Virbalas (203-F/C-88) of Perlas-MRU - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Eimantas Narusis (201-F-86) of Ezerunas-Karys - 19 points and 2 rebounds
8. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) of Delikatesas - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marius Pociukonis (190-G-82) of S.Marciulionio - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 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)


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. LKKA-Atletas 22-12 
 2. Nafta Universitetas 22-12 
 3. Radviliskis 21-12 
 4. Delikatesas 21-13 
 5. Triobet 19-15 
 6. Mazeikiai 19-15 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-14 
 8. Matinga-Juod. 18-15 
 9. Statyba 18-16 
 10. Ezerunas-Karys 18-16 
 11. Perlas-MRU 16-18 
 12. S.Marciulionio 15-19 
 13. Meresta 15-19 
 14. Silute 12-22 
 15. Gargzdai 9-25 
 16. ABRO-Univ. 7-27 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.16.4 
 2. Cepukaitis, Lietka.16.3 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.8 
 4. Urbonas, Juventus15.2 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas14.6 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 7. Vasylius, Siauliai14.5 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.3 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis14.0 
 10. Mikalauskas, Nept.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.2 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.8.1 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.7.8 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.6 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.4 
 7. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.6.3 
 10. Katelynas, Lietuv.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.2 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.9 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.8 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.0 
 7. Maceina, Juventus3.7 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.6 
 9. Kelys, Pieno Z.3.4 
 10. Salenga, Rudupis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.7 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.7 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 6. Long, Siauliai1.6 
 7. Collins, Zalgiris1.5 
 8. Dainys, Neptunas1.5 
 9. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.5 
 10. Weems, Zalgiris1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.1.1 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudup.0.9 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 10. Cepukaitis, Lietk.0.9 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.3 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.20.3 
 3. Rakauskas, Radvili.19.1 
 4. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 5. Birgelis, Matinga-.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.3 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 8. Brown, Mazeikiai16.5 
 9. Lengvinas, Nafta16.3 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.9.1 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.2 
 4. Urbonas, LK.8.1 
 5. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.8 
 6. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 7. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 8. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.3 
 9. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.3 
 10. Pikalavicius, Del.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.6 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.4 
 3. Semaska, Perla.5.1 
 4. Razutis, Silute5.0 
 5. Kulbis, Ezerunas.4.8 
 6. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.7 
 7. Vileita, Perla.4.5 
 8. Kuklierius, Mating.4.4 
 9. Pociukonis, S.Marc.4.4 
 10. Varanauskas, Sta.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Razutis, Silute2.6 
 2. Vileita, Perla.2.5 
 3. Brown, Mazeikiai2.4 
 4. Slivka, Meresta2.3 
 5. Jogela, Zalgir.2.3 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.9 
 7. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 8. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 9. Varanauskas, Stat.1.8 
 10. Kulbis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 5. Kalvelis, Matinga-.1.1 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 7. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 
 9. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.0 
 10. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.0 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 14-2 
 2. Zalgiris 13-0 
 3. Rudupis 13-3 
 4. Siauliai 10-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-6 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 8-7 
 7. Neptunas 6-9 
 8. Juventus 6-10 
 9. Kedainiai 4-11 
 10. Sakalai 4-12 
 11. Lietkabelis 3-12 
 12. Naglis Palangos 2-13 


NKL Round 4: Leader LKKA-Atletas lose to Nafta Universitetas - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in NKL just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked LKKA-Atletas (22-12) recorded its twelfth loss in Kaunas on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Nafta Universitetas (22-12) 89-79. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in . The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) fired 28 points for the winners. Guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Darius Gricius (195-86) produced 22 points for lost side. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to second place in Group A.
The game in Jonava was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Delikatesas (21-13) played at the court of 5th ranked Triobet (19-15). Delikatesas managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Mindaugas Keras contributed with 14 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Triobet. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas maintains fourth position in with 21-13 record. Triobet at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost.
The game in Mazeikiai was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Matinga-Juod. (18-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Mazeikiai (19-15). Mazeikiai defeated Matinga-Juod. 78-62 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Parrish Brown who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Aurimas Birgelis responded with 25 points. Mazeikiai moved-up to sixth place in . Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost.
A very interesting game took place in Silute. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 14th ranked Silute (12-22) to twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU (16-18) 78-75 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Gintautas Vileita who scored that evening 20 points and 4 steals. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place in . Silute at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Gargzdai, where higher ranked S.Marciulionio (15-19) lost to fifteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (9-25) in a road game 90-99 on Saturday. Tadas Mazelis fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena maintains fifteenth position in with 9-25 record. Loser S.Marciulionio dropped to the twelfth place with 19 games lost.

In the last two games of round 4 Ezerunas-Karys was defeated by Statyba in Vilnius 78-72. Bottom-ranked ABRO-Univ. was beaten by Meresta at home 72-85.
The best stats of 4th round was 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by Klym Artamonov of Meresta.


Group A
Triobet - Delikatesas 77-85

The game in Jonava was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Delikatesas (21-13) played at the court of 5th ranked Triobet (19-15). Delikatesas managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 27-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Delikatesas outrebounded Triobet 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Triobet was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Mindaugas Keras (200-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) added 14 points in the effort for Triobet. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas maintains fourth position in with 21-13 record. Triobet at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 21+3reb+1ast, V.Uzkuraitis 17+6reb+4ast, M.Keras 14+11reb+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 12+2reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 9+6reb+1ast, P.Klemas 7+7reb+2ast
Triobet: R.Cepanonis 20+8reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 14+4reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 12+4reb, M.Linkevicius 9+6reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 7+3reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168526


LKKA-Atletas - Nafta Universitetas 79-89

Top ranked LKKA-Atletas (22-12) recorded its twelfth loss in Kaunas on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Nafta Universitetas (22-12) 89-79. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in . The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) fired 28 points for the winners. Guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Darius Gricius (195-86) produced 22 points and center Tomas Urbonas (218-92) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Four LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to second place in Group A.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: A.Gudaitis 28+3reb, M.Kumpys 19+9reb+1ast, H.Venskus 13+4reb+7ast, J.Kazakauskas 9+6reb+4ast, V.Tarolis 8, D.Norkus 7+6reb+3ast
LKKA-Atletas: D.Gricius 22+3reb, M.Sapiega 16+2reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 11+11reb+1ast, S.Vingelis 10+2reb+3ast, T.Tamosiunas 8+1reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 4+3reb
gschID: 168527


Mazeikiai - Matinga-Juod. 78-62

The game in Mazeikiai was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Matinga-Juod. (18-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Mazeikiai (19-15). Mazeikiai defeated Matinga-Juod. 78-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-62. Mazeikiai forced 26 Matinga-Juod. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists and forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) responded with 25 points and center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) scored 11 points. Mazeikiai moved-up to sixth place in . Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 20+4reb+4ast, D.Vaitelis 20+5reb+1ast, C.Brock 10+4reb+1ast, M.Stasys 9+2reb+5ast, R.Trakimas 9+5reb, M.Norkus 6+3reb+1ast
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 25+1ast, M.Kalvelis 11+4reb+2ast, P.Gvazdaitis 6+2reb, K.Pupinis 6+8reb, P.Knyza 4+2reb+2ast, A.Majauskas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168525


Group B
Statyba - Ezerunas-Karys 78-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Vilnius where 9th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (18-16) was defeated by tenth ranked Statyba (18-16) 78-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) fired 24 points for the winners. Swingman Tadas Rinkunas (195-91) chipped in 20 points. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) produced 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Paulius Lescinskas (188-93) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Statyba moved-up to ninth place in Group B.
Top scorers:
Statyba: D.Tarvydas 24+4reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 20+3reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 10+2reb+9ast, R.Sugintas 9+2reb+1ast, G.Marciukaitis 6+3reb, M.Budzinauskas 4+7reb+1ast
Ezerunas-Karys: P.Lescinskas 20+1reb+2ast, R.Ambrulaitis 12+7reb+2ast, A.Slezas 11+9reb+6ast, E.Narusis 11+6reb, G.Kulbis 10+4reb+5ast, M.Kugauda 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168532


Silute - Perlas-MRU 75-78

A very interesting game took place in Silute. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 14th ranked Silute (12-22) to twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU (16-18) 78-75 on Saturday evening. Silute was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Perlas-MRU, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by guard Gintautas Vileita (193-75, college: Monmouth) who scored that evening 20 points and 4 steals and power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) supported him with 9 points and 14 rebounds. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds by center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) did not help to save the game for Silute. Guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-87, college: Weatherford JC) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Four Silute players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place in . Silute at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: G.Vileita 20+3reb+2ast, P.Semaska 14+2reb+4ast, K.Brusokas 12+6reb, M.Virbalas 9+14reb+1ast, T.Padegimas 8+5reb, M.Kazonas 6+2reb
Silute: A.Kaubrys 16+10reb, V.Pancerevas 13+5reb+5ast, D.Petravicius 12+1ast, A. Ramonaitis 10+3reb+2ast, M.Tamasevicius 10+6reb, I.Razutis 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 168529


ABRO-Univ. - Meresta 72-85

No shocking result in a game in Siauliai where thirteenth ranked Meresta (15-19) defeated bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-27) 85-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Meresta. ABRO-Universitetas was better in third quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to ABRO-Universitetas' 36. Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (183-93) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and center Agnius Gurklys (205-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Meresta and four ABRO-Universitetas players scored in double figures. Meresta maintains thirteenth position in with 15-19 record. Loser ABRO-Universitetas stay dead last with 27 lost games.
Top scorers:
Meresta: K.Artamonov 20+6reb+7ast, A.Maneikis 20+4reb+4ast, A.Galkauskas 18+7reb+1ast, D.Griskenas 14+9reb+4ast, L.Radavicius 13+4reb+1ast, D.Keburys 0+1reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: A.Gurklys 17+8reb+2ast, R.Giedraitis 17+4reb+1ast, V.Pikalavicius 15+12reb+1ast, N.Mika 13+2reb+4ast, I.Ramasauskas 4+4reb, E.Grikstas 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168530


Gargzdai - S.Marciulionio 99-90

We should mention about the upset which took place in Gargzdai, where higher ranked S.Marciulionio (15-19) lost to fifteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (9-25) in a road game 90-99 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-17. But S.Marciulionio won third quarter 28-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gargzdai-Bremena shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Swingman Tadas Mazelis (194-92) fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Mantas Martinkus (186-91) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Five Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds and center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena maintains fifteenth position in with 9-25 record. Loser S.Marciulionio dropped to the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: T.Mazelis 22+7reb+5ast, M.Martinkus 18+1reb+4ast, L.Lucinskas 15+5reb+1ast, D.Matutis 12+3reb+5ast, L.Jonuska 11+2reb, R.Jonelis 10+5reb+7ast
S.Marciulionio: N.Varnelis 28+6reb+2ast, E.Mockevicius 18+8reb+2ast, R.Bitinas 18+3reb+2ast, M.Pociukonis 9+3reb+4ast, V.Trepocka 8+3reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 168531




LKL Round 15: Rudupis defeat Naglis Palangos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Twelfth-ranked Naglis Palangos (2-13) gave a tough game to second ranked Rudupis (13-3) in Palanga on Friday. The visitors from Prienai managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Naglis Palangos outrebounded Rudupis 36-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Naglis Palangos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 assists. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Despite that victory Rudupis went down to third position due to points difference. Naglis Palangos lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face Lietkabelis (#11) in Panevezys in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Baltai Kaunas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Klaipeda. Sixth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Neptunas (6-9) 79-77 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 4 assists. Aurimas Kieza accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Evaldas Dainys (180-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) came up with 12 points and 5 assists for Neptunas in the defeat. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Neptunas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Neptunas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Zalgiris (#2) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LKL top team - Lietuvos rytas (14-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked Neptunas (6-9) in Klaipeda 91-85. The best player for the winners was Tyrese Rice who scored 14 points and 6 assists. Lietuvos rytas' coach Aleksandar Dzikic 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 Martynas Mazeika who recorded 19 points. Lietuvos rytas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Neptunas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Neptunas will play against the league's second-placed Zalgiris (#2) in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
The game in Klaipeda supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Zalgiris (13-0) played at the court of 7th ranked Neptunas (6-9). Zalgiris smashed Neptunas 90-67. It was a good game for Dainius Salenga who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 steals. 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 Zalgiris have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Neptunas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be Pieno Zvaigzdes (#5) in Pasvalys. Neptunas will play again on the road against the league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos lost to Juventus on the opponent's court 81-93. Rudupis managed to outperform Sakalai in a home game 80-70. Zalgiris managed to beat Kedainiai on the road 74-60. Sakalai defeated Juventus on its own court 85-70.



Neptunas - Lietuvos rytas 85-91

LKL top team - Lietuvos rytas (14-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked Neptunas (6-9) in Klaipeda 91-85. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Neptunas won fourth quarter 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos rytas made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Lietuvos rytas outrebounded Neptunas 31-19 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 14 points and 6 assists. International center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lietuvos rytas' coach Aleksandar Dzikic 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 guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 19 points and Latvian forward Arturs Brunins (198-82) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Neptunas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Neptunas will play against the league's second-placed Zalgiris (#2) in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Valanciunas 16+6reb, T.Rice 14+3reb+6ast, S.Babrauskas 14+3reb, A.Rasic 10+1reb+2ast, L.Roberts 10+5reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 8+9reb
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 19+3reb+3ast, A.Brunins 17+3reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 15+2reb, L.Mikalauskas 11, E.Dainys 10+2reb+6ast, M.Girdziunas 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 165825


Juventus - Naglis Palangos 93-81

Very expected game in Utena where 12th ranked Naglis Palangos (2-13) was defeated by eighth ranked Juventus (6-10) 93-81. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Naglis Palangos was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Juventus had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international guard Darius Pakamanis (193-81) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Juventus maintains eighth place with 6-10 record. Naglis Palangos lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Juventus' next round opponent will be higher ranked Siauliai (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naglis Palangos will play against Baltai Kaunas (#6).
Top scorers:
Juventus: D.Pakamanis 18+7reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 18+1reb, K.Petrukonis 12+10reb+2ast, G.Matulis 12+1reb+1ast, Z.Urbonas 10+3reb+1ast, G.Maceina 10+5reb+5ast
Naglis Palangos: P.Kleiza 16+6reb+4ast, M.Reminas 12+1reb+2ast, V.Peciukas 11+3reb+2ast, R.Pickett 11+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+7reb, A.Vitas 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 165822


Rudupis - Sakalai 80-70

Very predictable result in Prienai where second ranked Rudupis (13-3) defeated 10th ranked Sakalai (4-12) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Sakalai was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis forced 20 Sakalai turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 steals. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Sakalai. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sakalai's coach Kazys Maksvytis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Rudupis went down to third position due to points difference. Sakalai at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Rudupis' next round opponent will be Lietkabelis (#11) in Panevezys and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 20+3reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 15+5ast, P.Butkevicius 13+5reb+4ast, A.Milaknis 11+5reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 9+4reb, A.Mazutis 8+1reb+4ast
Sakalai: E.Baniulis 16+10reb+1ast, R.Matulis 15+6reb, A.Butkevicius 13+2reb+3ast, L.Samenas 13+7reb+5ast, A.Kiausas 7+4reb, J.Gintvainis 4+3reb
gschID: 165823


Neptunas - Zalgiris 67-90

The game in Klaipeda supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Zalgiris (13-0) played at the court of 7th ranked Neptunas (6-9). Zalgiris smashed Neptunas 90-67. It looked good early as Neptunas took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris had a 26-21 second period charge getting the lead and Neptunas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-90. Zalgiris forced 21 Neptunas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for the former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 steals. Serbian center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Forward Simas Galdikas (203-87) answered with 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Neptunas. Four Neptunas players 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. Zalgiris have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Neptunas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be Pieno Zvaigzdes (#5) in Pasvalys. Neptunas will play again on the road against the league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: D.Salenga 27+3reb+2ast, M.Rakovic 13+3reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 10+6reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 9+5reb+1ast, V.Lipkevicus 8+3reb+2ast, D.Collins 7+2reb+3ast
Neptunas: S.Galdikas 18+4reb+1ast, R.Danys 11, A.Valeika 10+5reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 10+7reb+1ast, E.Dainys 7+1reb+2ast, M.Girdziunas 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 165824


Neptunas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 77-79

Important game to mention about took place in Klaipeda. Sixth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Neptunas (6-9) 79-77 on Friday evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Evaldas Dainys (180-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) came up with 12 points and 5 assists and guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points respectively for Neptunas in the defeat. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Neptunas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Neptunas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Zalgiris (#2) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 19+1reb+4ast, A.Kieza 14+8reb+1ast, L.Nobles 12+2reb, D.Leonard 12+3reb, E.Bendzius 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Kelys 7+2reb+4ast
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 12+1reb+1ast, E.Dainys 12+1reb+5ast, S.Galdikas 10, A.Brunins 10+3reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 9+4reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165820


Kedainiai - Zalgiris 60-74

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Kedainiai (4-11) was defeated at home by leader Zalgiris (13-0) 74-60. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Kedainiai was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kedainiai to just 7 points in second quarter. Zalgiris forced 19 Kedainiai turnovers. It was a good game for the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 13 points. The former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 7 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kedainiai. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for Zalgiris. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Kedainiai at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be Neptunas (#7) in Klaipeda which should be theoretically an easy game. Kedainiai will play on the road against Sakalai in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kalnietis 13+2reb+3ast, M.Rakovic 13+2reb, D.Salenga 11+1reb, D.Collins 9+1reb+2ast, R.Javtokas 7+2reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 7+7reb+3ast
Kedainiai: V.Ginevicius 12, E.Dimsa 11+6reb+2ast, A.Adomaitis 8+4reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 8+3reb+2ast, V.Jasikevicius 6+5reb, V.Sulskis 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 165821


Naglis Palangos - Rudupis 92-94

Twelfth-ranked Naglis Palangos (2-13) gave a tough game to second ranked Rudupis (13-3) in Palanga on Friday. The visitors from Prienai managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Naglis Palangos outrebounded Rudupis 36-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Naglis Palangos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 assists. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Paulius Kleiza (195-88) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Rudupis went down to third position due to points difference. Naglis Palangos lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face Lietkabelis (#11) in Panevezys in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Baltai Kaunas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 24+1reb+5ast, G.Kadziulis 18+5ast, A.Labuckas 12+5reb, E.Zelionis 10+1reb, S.Buterlevicius 10+2reb+3ast, P.Butkevicius 10+7reb
Naglis Palangos: D.Johnson 19+12reb+2ast, M.Reminas 17+6reb+2ast, P.Kleiza 16+4reb+5ast, A.Vitas 12+5reb+1ast, R.Pickett 12+3ast, V.Peciukas 11+4reb+2ast
gschID: 165818


Sakalai - Juventus 85-70

There was a small surprise in Vilnius where tenth ranked Sakalai (4-12) beat 8th ranked Juventus (6-10) 85-70. Juventus was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Sakalai forced 19 Juventus turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. It was a good game for guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Juventus. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sakalai maintains tenth place with 4-12 record. Juventus lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Sakalai's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kedainiai (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: L.Samenas 26+6reb+7ast, E.Baniulis 15+2reb+1ast, R.Matulis 11+4reb, A.Kiausas 9+5reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 9+5reb+3ast, A.Gydra 8+4reb
Juventus: K.Petrukonis 14+9reb+1ast, Z.Urbonas 13+5reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+4reb+2ast, G.Maceina 7+5reb, D.Pakamanis 7+5reb+1ast, V.Volkus 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 165819




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ASEAN League: Westports Dragons thrash Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News
Westports Dragons - Thailand Slammers 106:72

Westports Dragons celebrated the fourth win in ASEAN League season. They became the first team in the season to reach 100-point mark in a comfortable win over the Slammers. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) and Patrick Cabahug (186-G) finished with 26 points each to lead the winners. The Slammers fell at 3-4 record after the loss.
Westports Dragons dominated from the early moments in the game. They grabbed a 21:13 lead at the first break. The Dragons stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They registered a 44:31 halftime advantage. The hosts did not slow down in the second half. The Dragons exploded with 62 points after the main break and raced to the victory at the end. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) and Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) delivered 13 points each in the win. DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) answered with 17 points for the Slammers. Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 26, Patrick Cabahug 26, Batumalai Guganeswaran 13, Yeo Seng John Ng 13
Thailand Slammers: DeAndre Thomas 17, Kenneth Walker 12



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LNBP Finals: Halcones Rojos celebrate in Game Three - by Eurobasket News
LNBP Finals, Game 3: Toros - Halcones Rojos 65-67 (1-2)

Game Three of the LNBP Finals was played last night. Halcones Rojos grabbed 65-67 road victory for 1-2 lead in the series. Two teams will meet tonight again. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-65. It was a good game for Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Venezuelan-Puerto Rican swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Toros. The series is best-of-seven. Toros will be the host in the next two meetings as well.

Toros: R.Perez 19+3reb+3ast, E.Manuel Guzman 15+12reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 10+6reb+1ast, W.Pagan 8+1reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 8+4reb+7ast, E.Nuncio 3+3ast
Halc.Rojos: C.Rivera 19+4reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 16+5reb, P.Stoll 11+5reb+3ast, N.Alonzo 10+2reb+3ast, D.Cortes 6+3reb, H.Carrillo 3+2reb


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EBL Round 15: Heavy weather conditions stopped the league in Montenegro. All games postponed! - by Darko Pekic
Due to he heavy weather conditions, Erste Basketball League comissioner decided this morning to postpone all the games scheduled for this weekend. The main roads are covered by snow and the country is under emergency so the decision seems reasonable The matches scheduled for this weekend were:

Danilovgrad -Ulcinj,
ABS Primorje -Mogren,
Lovcen -Teodo
Sutjeska -Podgorica,
Jedinstvo -Mornar

The new schedule will be determined later. Also the Adriatic League derby match Maccabi- Buducnost had to be postponed yesterday because Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) and his teammates did not catch the flight for Israel (the airport was blocked). That game wil be probably played as the last match of regular season because both Buducnost and Maccabi have a busy schedule in February.


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Friday's games review (12): Lin scores 38 to lead Knicks over Lakers 92-85 - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Oklah.City T. 87-101
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 28 points and Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) had 19 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 101-87 on Friday night. Thunder coach Scott Brooks will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the game on Sunday, Feb. 26, in Orlando, Fla. With Oklahoma City's win, the Thunder (21-6) have clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15. The Jazz seemed determined to limit Durant's offense - he had only 10 field goal attempts - but Westbrook found extra room to drive to the basket and created some fast breaks with five steals. Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kendrick Perkins added 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz's big men often helped on Westbrook and Durant, allowing the Thunder to out-rebound the Jazz 46-32. Al Jefferson led Utah with 20 points while Raja Bell and Gordon Hayward each had 13 points, but the Jazz dropped their fifth game in their past six. Once Utah's reserves drew within 78-73 early in the fourth quarter, the Thunder answered with a 7-0 run, capped by Nick Collison's driving layup. The Thunder finished their road trip with a 3-2 record. The Thunder trailed for much of the first half until Durant scored on both ends of a 10-0 run that gave the Thunder a 46-40 lead with 2:15 until halftime. Though they have played the most road games in the Western Conference, the Thunder have compiled a 12-5 away record and looked fresh in the fourth quarter, relentlessly crowding the Jazz on defense. Meanwhile, the Jazz have played 16 games at home (11-5) and the offense is beginning to sputter no matter where the Jazz are playing. The Jazz haven't reached 100 points in their past four outings and didn't get close Friday though the Thunder had given up at least 106 points on each of the other four games of the road trip. The Jazz took their last lead at 58-56 on Jefferson's jumper with 7:28 left in the third. But Westbrook scored six in a 16-4 run to boost the Thunder to a 72-62 lead. In a three-minute span in the first half, Earl Watson found C.J. Miles for three alley-oop dunks with Durant trailing the plays. But the Thunder found their defensive stride in the second half. The game marked one year since the abrupt resignation of longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and the hiring of Ty Corbin. Corbin is 21-32 as a head coach. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - New Jersey N. 109-92
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) and the Detroit Pistons were on the right side of this blowout. Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons routed the New Jersey Nets 109-92 Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Detroit has lost seven games by at least 20 points this season, but this equaled the team's most lopsided win. The Pistons are on their longest winning streak since a five-game run in December 2009. 'Our guys have a good rhythm,' Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. 'We have to continue to raise the bar, continue to do better, but we're playing with a good rhythm and a good spirit.' Detroit (8-20) spotted the Nets seven straight points to start the game, then answered with a 12-0 run. Jonas Jerebko scored 20 points for the Pistons and Rodney Stuckey added 19. Johan Petro scored 16 points for New Jersey (8-20), which lost its fifth straight. 'I didn't pay any attention to the score,' Petro said. 'I just tried to work hard on both ends of the floor and get something positive out of a bad night for the team.' After falling behind 7-0, the Pistons began asserting themselves inside. Monroe had a pair of tip-ins to give Detroit a 12-7 lead, and Stuckey began hurting the Nets with his ability to finish around the basket. Monroe finished 8 of 9 from the field and Stuckey was 7 of 10. Detroit shot 54 percent and enjoyed a 56-32 advantage in the paint. The Pistons led by as many as 30 in the third quarter. 'We were getting stops, and it led to easy buckets for us,' Stuckey said. 'We were getting out on the break a lot and getting easy baskets, but mainly it was defense.' The injury-plagued Nets did get some good news when rookie MarShon Brooks was able to play for the first time since Jan. 29. He'd been out with a broken toe on his right foot. Brooks scored seven points. New Jersey was still without Brook Lopez (broken right foot), Keith Bogans (left ankle), Damion James (right foot surgery), Mehmet Okur (sore lower back) and DeShawn Stevenson (sore right knee). 'We got off to a good start - we were up 7-0 - but they took control,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. 'They were hitting on every cylinder, and we didn't execute on either end.' The Pistons led 24-15 after the first quarter and 52-33 at halftime. They didn't let up in the third. Rookie Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 28, and Monroe's dunk made it 78-48. 'The Pistons have some confidence right now, and we have to get our confidence back,' Johnson said. 'In games like this, that makes a big difference.' Monroe was averaging 3.9 offensive rebounds per game coming into the night, and the second-year big man was more than the Nets could handle down low. He finished with five of Detroit's 15 offensive rebounds. 'We probably literally ran three plays for him, and we didn't score on any of those three,' Frank said. 'But he scored on offensive rebounds, rim runs, drive-and-dishes. You just figure it out.' Ben Gordon contributed 14 points for the Pistons, and Knight added 13. New Jersey's Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar scored 14 points apiece. *Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com

New York K. - LA Lakers 92-85
Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) outplayed Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), ended the mighty Lakers' dominance of the Knicks and then tried to pretend it was just another game. Wrong. This was the night that proved he's no one-week wonder, that he's got a real NBA career ahead of him. After all, Kobe's waiting for revenge next season. Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Bryant as New York held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85 on Friday night. Buried deep on the bench a little more than a week ago, Lin led the Knicks to their fourth straight win, tying their longest streak of the season. His two free throws with 52 seconds left amid booming 'MVP! MVP!' chants stopped the Lakers' final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the highest-scoring game by a Knicks player this season. 'I didn't try to see this game as any different,' Lin said. 'I just try to make sure that when I get there on the floor, I play as hard as I can and try to do everything I can to help the team win. 'The only thing we established tonight is four in a row. Now we try to go for five tomorrow. I'm not too worried about proving anything to anybody. As a team we're growing and trying to build on the momentum.' Iman Shumpert added 12 points for the Knicks, who are still without Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. But they have Lin, the point guard that two other teams gave up on in December and didn't get his chance in New York until three other players couldn't do the job. Bryant finished with 34 points, but he got off to a horrendous start and finished only 11 of 29 from the field. Pau Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds, but All-Star Andrew Bynum was only 1 of 8 for three points with 13 rebounds as the Lakers' nine-game winning streak against the Knicks was snapped. Four of those wins had come at Madison Square Garden, where fans used to roar for Bryant. They've got a new favorite now, and who could have ever predicted it'd be Lin? 'I think it's a great story,' Bryant said. 'I think it's a testament to perseverance and hard work. Good example for kids everywhere.' A night earlier, Bryant said he wasn't familiar with Lin's game. Now, he'll awake to headlines everywhere that Lin beat him at the 'world's most famous arena.' 'Enjoy it,' Bryant said. 'They'll receive judgment next season.' The most surprising story in the NBA came back into the game with 9:25 left after the Knicks' lead had been trimmed to three. Shumpert hit a jumper and blew by Bryant for a dunk before Lin knocked down a jumper to push the lead to 76-69 with about 8 minutes left. The lead was still eight before Lin nailed a long jumper, then was wide open after an offensive rebound for a 3-pointer from the wing, making it 84-71 as fans stood and screamed throughout the Lakers' timeout. 'What he's doing is amazing,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. 'He answered a lot of questions tonight. Can he make an outside shot? Can he pull the trigger in a big moment? He hit two 3s that just broke the game open. There's so much stuff that he's doing.' Lin followed his 28-point, eight-assist outing Monday in his first career start by scoring 23 points and handing out 10 assists Wednesday against Washington, becoming the first player since LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) in 2003 and just the sixth since 1970 to have at least 20 points and eight assists in his first two starts, according to research from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Knicks. He became an instant star in New York just as fans were ready to check out basketball after the Giants' Super Bowl run was over, and just when it appeared the Knicks might fall too far behind in the standings to salvage the season. Some Lin shirts sold out of one souvenir stand on the concourse level before the game even started were scattered throughout Madison Square Garden - though Spike Lee was still wearing Landry Fields' No. 2 in his courtside seat. Ratings on MSG network are up since Lin joined the lineup, and the NBA said some of its Asian TV partners have added Knicks games to their broadcast schedules so fans can see the league's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. Already drawing comparisons to Tim Tebow for his impact on teammates and the way he speaks of his faith afterward, the hype around him will only grow now after beating one of the league's marquee franchises in his first nationally televised game. A night after needing overtime to win at Boston, the Lakers had nothing to start the game, and Lin quickly jumped on them. He started 4 of 5 as the Knicks raced to a 13-4 lead, and it grew to 19-8 as Los Angeles missed 12 of its first 13 shots. Lin's four field goals in the first quarter matched the Lakers' total in 18 attempts (22 percent). 'I think that you can stop a player from not getting 38 points on you any night. I don't care how good he is, but I guess we didn't step up to the challenge as a team,' Gasol said. ' (We) overlooked him I guess. Obviously, he made big plays. Made big shots. You've got to give him credit.' The Lakers cut a 14-point deficit to five late in the half before Lin put the Knicks back in control. He had a turnaround jumper then spun around to leave Derek Fisher behind on his way to a layup, pushing it to 47-38 with 2:44 remaining. It was 49-41 at halftime. Bryant started 1 of 11 before hitting five of his next six shots. The record holder at the current arena with 61 points, he also grabbed 10 rebounds but got going far too late. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - Indiana P. 98-92
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points, Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) added a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Indiana Pacers 98-92 on Friday night. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley finished with 15 points each, Conley added six assists. O.J. Mayo added 13 for Memphis, which won its second straight. David West led the Pacers with 22 points on 8 of 13 from the field and 13 rebounds. Danny Granger had 19 points, and Dahntay Jones added 10 as a reserve, primarily on 7 of 8 from the free throw line. The game was close throughout with 18 lead changes and 17 ties. Neither team managed to hold a double-digit lead. The teams were tied at 86 with 4:30 left, but Memphis outscored Indiana 12-6 the rest of the way, including converting 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch. Indiana controlled the boards 48-37, including 16 offensive rebounds, helping the Pacers to 17 second-chance points. But Indiana committed 15 turnovers and shot only 39 percent, including Paul George missing 11 of his 13 shots, and Roy Hibbert going 1 for 7. The halftime score of 47-47 was representative of a first half that had 11 lead changes and 12 ties. Memphis held an early seven-point lead, but once the Pacers pulled back into it, the game settled into a tight matchup. The Pacers' biggest lead of the half was five points. Granger had 11 points and West 10 to lead Indiana. Speights had 14 points, hitting 6 of his 8 shots in the half, finishing the night 8 of 13. Neither team shot particularly well, and the Pacers might have extended their advantage a little more in the half, but they were an uncharacteristic 11 of 21 from the free throw line, part of Indiana going 26 for 37. Eight turnovers compared to three by Memphis didn't help Indiana either. West already had nine rebounds and George eight rebounds as the Pacers held a 28-19 advantage on the glass, including nine offensive rebounds leading to 12 second-chance points. The game remained close in the third was tied at 73 heading into the fourth. The teams were still even at 77 when Memphis scored nine unanswered points for its biggest lead of the game, 86-77 on Gay's 3-point play with 7:04 left. Indiana answered with a 9-0 run to make it 86-86, the 17th tie of the game. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

N.Orleans H. - Portland TB 86-94
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored a season-high 31 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game skid while handing New Orleans its eighth straight loss, 94-86 on Friday night. Raymond Felton (6'5''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 18 points, including four straight free throws in the final minute that gave the Blazers a 90-84 lead. Newly selected All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace each scored 14 points. Crawford, playing 30 minutes in a reserve role, scored 12 of his points during a 15-5 Portland run that began late in the third quarter and gave the Blazers a six-point lead early in the fourth. Trevor Ariza had 23 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which briefly led 78-77 in the middle of the fourth quarter before losing for the 23rd time in 25 games. Portland trailed for most of the second and third quarters, but surged into the lead with a 10-3 run to close the third. Crawford scored seven points during that pivotal spurt on a driving floater as he was fouled, a graceful driving scoop off the glass and a jumper. Crawford then opened the fourth quarter with two more jumpers and a technical free throw, giving him 12 of 14 Portland points and increasing the Blazers' lead to 75-69. Marco Belinelli's 3 sparked a 7-0 run that briefly gave New Orleans the lead once more at 78-77, and after Portland went back up by three on a pair of jumpers by Aldridge, Ariza's three-point play on a driving layup as he was fouled tied it at 81 with 4:11 left. The Hornets had trouble generating offense in crunch time as another close game slipped away. New Orleans briefly got as close as 86-84 on Al-Farouq Aminu's 3 with 48 seconds to go, but Aminu, who had 12 points off the bench, fouled out seconds later, sending Felton to the free throw line. New Orleans only scored two more points, and Portland hit six more free throws for the final margin. Accurate jump shooting helped Portland finish at nearly 52 percent from the field to go with 20 of 25 free throw shooting. That allowed the Blazers to overcome the Hornets 54-30 advantage in points inside. Crawford finished 10 of 16 from the field and 9 of 10 on free throws. Five of Crawford's six misses were from behind the 3-point arc. Emeka Okafor had 13 points and eight rebounds for New Orleans, while Belinelli added 12 points. Ariza had 15 of his points in the first half, and his free throws put the Hornets up by as many as nine at 38-29 in the second quarter. That was the largest lead for either team in a game that had six lead changes and nine ties. New Orleans led for the last eight minutes of the second quarter, with the help of efficient bench play. Hornets reserves combined to make 7 of 10 shots for 16 points in the first half, with Aminu scoring seven, including a dunk that made it 44-38 late in the second quarter. Crawford kept Portland close with 11 of his points in the first 24 minutes, hitting a pair of free throws to cut New Orleans' lead to 46-42 at halftime. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Toronto R. - Boston C. 86-74
The Boston Celtics had two reasons to be thankful Wednesday night: Their five-game losing streak was finally over and a scary fall by point guard Rajon Rondo resulted in only a sore right wrist. Rondo still led the Celtics with 21 points before leaving the game late in the third quarter of a 96-73 win over the Toronto Raptors, giving Boston its first win in two weeks. 'I got some wide open looks at the rim. I made some easy ones, I made some tough ones. I was just trying to stay aggressive,' said Rondo, who spent several frightening minutes on the floor after being levelled on a flagrant foul by Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, college: Missouri) with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Gingerly holding his right wrist, Rondo got up, made one of two foul shots, then slowly walked to the locker room. X-rays showed no break and Rondo said he wanted to return, but the Celtics didn't risk it. They didn't need to. The Celtics blew open the game in the third quarter and led by at least 20 for much of the final period, ending their slide while extending the Raptors' losing streak to six. Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) added 15 points and Paul Pierce had seven assists, five more than Rondo as the two made a surprise role reversal. 'His assists are going to happen because he's a great passer,' Boston coach Doc Rivers said of Rondo. 'Tonight was just one of those nights. He was basically just scoring and wasn't getting assists. But it was good for the team.' Reserves Mickael Pietrus and Brandon Bass also made big contributions for the Celtics. Pietrus made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and Bass had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. It was Boston's first win since beating New Jersey 89-70 on Jan. 4. 'This is our second-longest winning streak this year,' Rondo said with a slight smile. 'It's a positive vibe right now in our locker room.' Rondo said his wrist was still sore and described himself as day to day. The Celtics are at home again Friday night against Phoenix. Toronto was without centre Andrea Bargnani for the fourth straight game because of a calf strain and continued its slide, falling to 4-11 this season. Gary Forbes scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 11 for the Raptors, who couldn't overcome a slow start in the third period after keeping the Celtics close in the first half. 'We were both desperate, but they were the more desperate team,' Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. 'We knew they'd come out throwing haymakers. I thought we handled it in the first half, but didn't in the third quarter.' Boston pulled away during the third, then got a scare when Rondo was driving for a layup with 2:12 left in the period and was hit hard by Kleiza, who came down hard with his left arm and knocked Rondo to the floor. Rondo landed awkwardly on his back with his right hand and wrist getting crunched in between his body and the court. Kleiza was initially called for a flagrant 2 foul, but officials reduced it to a flagrant 1 after reviewing the play. The game was pretty much decided before then. After cutting a 15-point deficit to 44-38 at halftime, the Raptors struggled with their shots in the third, going without a field goal until Ed Davis' dunk 5:16 into the quarter. The Raptors had just three free throws up to that point as Boston opened up a 53-41 lead despite some sloppy play of its own. The Celtics sharpened up midway through the period with a 13-2 run, getting six points from Bass and 3-pointers by Pietrus and Ray Allen while opening up a 68-46 lead. The Raptors didn't seem to have much left after that, even with the Celtics going nearly 5 minutes into the fourth quarter without a field goal. 'Right now we're in a little bit of a slump the last six games,' Forbes said. 'It's something that's correctable. We're in every game pretty much in the third quarter. We've just got to get better.' *Courtesy of Yahoo

Philadelph.76 - LA Clippers 77-78
With some help from Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) came up huge when the Los Angeles Clippers needed it most. Paul had 24 points, including the game-winning 17-footer with 3.2 seconds left, Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 78-77 on Friday. On the Clippers' final possession, Paul sent a pass to Griffin, but the ball bounced through his legs. Griffin went on the floor, passed back to Paul, who somehow scored over the outstretched arm of Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala who is one of the best defenders in the league. 'That almost turned out to be ugly,' Paul said. 'I threw the ball between Blake Griffin's legs. I thought it would be a turnover, so thank you Blake Griffin for diving for the ball. Without him, we don't win the game.' Mo Williams added 14 points, Randy Foye had 10 and Reggie Evans added a season-high 10 rebounds for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers, who improved to 16-8. 'Reggie was great for us,' Griffin said. The Clippers are still coping with the loss of veteran guard Chauncey Billups, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear. Foye, who starred at nearby Villanova, received his second straight start and scored four points in the fourth quarter. But it was Paul who found a way to get it done at the end. 'Chris Paul made the big one,' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'We tried to open up the lane a little. He's going to make the right play. That's what great players do.' Elton Brand had 12 points and 10 rebounds while Iguodala added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists one day after being selected to the All-Star team as a reserve for the first time in his eight-year career. Lou Williams had 11 points while Jodie Meeks and Thaddeus Young had 10 each for the Sixers, who dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. 'It's disappointing to lose two straight at home,' Brand said. 'We've got to regroup, go on the road and keep growing.' The Sixers completed a tough seven-game stretch with a 4-3 mark. Philadelphia defeated Orlando, Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers at home with a road victory against Atlanta. The three losses came against Miami, San Antonio and the Clippers, all at home. The Sixers have a 13-5 record at home following a favorable schedule with only nine road games thus far. A sellout crowd of 20,539 was roaring - the third sellout on this homestand - and the fans were chanting 'Beat LA!' The noise reached a fever pitch following a pair of free throws by Williams with 18 seconds left, giving the Sixers a 77-76 advantage. 'We had chances,' Williams said. 'We kind of shots ourselves in the foot with mistakes and missed free throws.' But Paul responded with that difficult shot with 3.2 seconds left, sending the Clippers back on top 78-77. 'We had to grind it out,' Del Negro said. 'We didn't shoot it well, but we got out on them defensively and slowed them down.' The Sixers led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Clippers rallied thanks to Mo Williams and got within 43-41 at halftime. *Courtesy of wwww.aol.sportingnews.com

Cleveland C. - Milwaukee B. 112-113 OT
Scott Skiles knew the Bucks needed a spark. When none of his players stepped up, Milwaukee's coach ignited things himself. Skiles got himself ejected on purpose, picking up two quick technical fouls in the third quarter, and the Bucks rallied for a 113-112 win in overtime Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without rookie Kyrie Irving and lost center Anderson Varejao to a sprained wrist. 'I felt like it might get us going a little bit,' Skiles said of his strategy to get thrown out. 'Sometimes you do that and it works. Sometimes you do it and it doesn't. I'm not saying it did tonight. I'm just happy the guys hung in there and we got it done.' Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) had 24 points, including a big layup in overtime, and eight assists for the Bucks, who trailed by 10 late in the third period - right after Skiles was tossed. Drew Gooden scored 19 points and made two free throws with 4.4 seconds left in OT for Milwaukee, which is 5-2 in its past seven road games after an 0-8 start. Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) had a season-high 34 points and 11 rebounds, but the Cleveland forward missed two free throws - after a foul underneath on Gooden - with 3.7 seconds to go in regulation and the game tied. 'That's tough,' Cavs coach Byron Scott said of Jamison's late miscues. 'But if 'Twan doesn't play the way he played, we don't even have a chance.' Jamison scored seven straight points and nine overall as the Cavaliers closed the third quarter with a 12-4 run to take an 85-77 lead into the fourth. During Cleveland's run, Skiles got run. He had been waiting for the right moment to motivate his team, and when the officials didn't call a foul when Gooden was hit on a drive, Skiles went to work. The volatile coach stormed onto the floor, complaining to referee John Goble and punching the air with his fist before he was ejected with 2:46 left in the period and the Bucks down seven. 'Usually when Scott gets a tech, he might get another one,' Jennings said. 'Sometimes that fires a team up, it gets guys really wanting to win.' Ramon Sessions added 16 assists in his second start in place of Irving, who missed his second straight game with a concussion. The Cavaliers went just 4 of 14 from the field and 2 of 6 from the line in the final 8:04. Gooden scored Milwaukee's first four points in OT, and after the Cavs pulled to 108-106, Jennings drove the lane and dropped in his layup over rookie Tristan Thompson. Jennings later split a pair of free throws, keeping Cleveland's hopes alive, but Alonzo Gee made just 1 of 2 foul shots for the Cavs to make it 111-109 with 5.2 seconds left. Gooden was fouled and made his two free throws to give the Bucks a four-point lead before Gee drained a 3-pointer at the horn to close the scoring between two teams that could be in the mix for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. 'It was a crazy game,' Jennings said. 'We played horrible, but we got the win.' On Thursday, Jennings, who was miffed about not being named an All-Star reserve, caused some angst among Bucks fans by saying in an interview with ESPN.com that he was already doing his homework on big-market teams. He's eligible for free agency in two years. Before the game, Jennings tried to clarify his comments. 'It's nothing to be worried about,' said Jennings, who is under contract through next season. 'It kind of got blown out of proportion a little bit. I never said I was leaving. After being in this a couple years, I understand the business of basketball. 'I'm still going to be here playing hard every night and my focus is to get into the playoffs.' Skiles said he isn't thinking about Jennings' future. 'It's a long time before that (free agency) would happen,' Skiles said. 'He's still on his rookie deal. The system is the system. The players have a right to operate within the system. It doesn't bother me what he said. Players have options and the teams have options. If people don't like the system they probably should have changed it.' Irving missed his first game as a pro Wednesday after being diagnosed with concussion symptoms shortly before tip-off against the Clippers. He will also sit out Saturday's home game against Philadelphia, and won't play again until next Wednesday against Indiana - at the earliest. Under the league's new concussion guidelines, players are not permitted to do any physical activity until their symptoms go away completely. Irving complained of a headache earlier this week. The 19-year-old did nothing on Friday but watch the game from the end of Cleveland's bench smartly dressed in a charcoal gray suit instead of his usual white No. 2 jersey. Already without their best player, the Cavs lost Varejao early in the second half with a sprained right wrist. The Cavs said X-rays were negative on the center, who has been playing at an All-Star level. Cleveland can't afford to be without him for long. Varejao left the arena with a brace on his wrist. Scott said the team will know more Saturday about his condition. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - Dallas M. 97-104
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) and his smooth, soaring jump shot were in prime form. What truly made the Mavericks too tough for the sloppy Timberwolves to handle was the presence of their savvy old point guard, Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California). Nowitzki welcomed Kevin Love back from his two-game suspension with a season-high 33 points, winning the matchup of Western Conference All-Star power forwards and helping Dallas stave off a Minnesota in a 104-97 victory over on Friday. 'He makes the game so much easier for everyone,' said Jason Terry, the other part of the veteran trio that steadied the Mavericks down the stretch after a 19-5 run spurt by the Wolves brought them within 78-75 on Nikola Pekovic's putback to open the fourth quarter. Kidd, playing for the first time in seven games due to a strained right calf muscle, responded by swishing a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to six with 10:15 left. 'He's a big part of our heart and soul. When we're without him, we can win some games but we're not the same team,' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. Terry had nine of his 16 points in the final period. Kidd had eight points, 10 assists and five rebounds. The Mavericks blamed most of his eight turnovers on teammates unprepared for his slick passes, since they hadn't seen them in a while. Kidd joked it must've been fan appreciation night because of all the balls being thrown into the seats. He didn't have time to think about his big shot because he was huffing and puffing on the stationary bike behind the bench - riding all the way across the river to St. Paul, he joked - until entering the game 17 seconds before. 'Whatever I can do to help my team,' he said. Nowitzki topped 24 points for the fourth straight game by shooting 11 for 19 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Love finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds, going 14 for 14 from the free-throw line, but the Wolves missed a chance to sweep the season series from a Western Conference foe since beating the Memphis Grizzlies all three times in 2008-09. 'That is definitely vintage Dirk. He's a Hall of Fame player and when he decides he wants it, more often than not he's going to have success,' Love said. The Wolves had a season-high 28 turnovers and shot just 6 for 23 from 3-point range. 'Just being a youthful team, we're going to have lapses like that and unfortunately it was against a team that we beat a couple of times,' Love said. Love was punished for stepping on Luis Scola's face against the Houston Rockets last weekend. He was by far Minnesota's most productive player in his return, but his was still a rather quiet performance. He made nine of 12 shots from 3-point range over the Wolves' two previous wins over the Mavericks, but he went 0 for 3 behind the arc in this one. Nowitzki, named to his 11th straight All-Star game despite a relatively slow start to his 13th season, has clearly worked himself back into shape. After averaging less than 10 points over the three games prior to this spurt, Nowitzki is averaging 28 points in the last four games while shooting 60.5 percent. Though he lost his touch late, he seemed to have an extra edge against Love. The two of them bumped elbows and torsos in the post all night. 'He's been fun to watch. He's an animal on the glass. We all know that. He's tough to play,' Nowitzki said. The Wolves (13-14) still haven't had a record this good this late in a season in six years. The Mavericks (16-11) didn't have to be convinced. They were blown out in both of the first two meetings. But the league's oldest team still has plenty of pride - and championship rings on their fingers. They showed the Wolves, who were the second-youngest team in the NBA when this lockout-sliced season began, that they're still a team to be reckoned with in the top-heavy West. The Wolves made only two baskets outside the lane in the first quarter and fell behind 29-16; Love and Wes Johnson combined to shoot 1 for 8 in that frame. Nowitzki's first 3-pointer made it 11-6 Mavericks, and the Wolves didn't get back within five again until a flying putback dunk by Derrick Williams at the end of the third. 'We threw passes away when we worked hard defensively and got the ball back. We just threw it away like there was no value to the ball,' coach Rick Adelman said, lamenting what he called a lack of concentration. The Mavericks took advantage of the small Wolves backcourt by posting up Vince Carter often, and Nowitzki made them pay when they switched to a zone. 'His presence opens so much up for everyone else. That's called an All-Star presence, to me. It's not always about the numbers,' said Mavericks backup Delonte West, who had 10 points. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Charlotte B. - Chicago B. 64-95
No Derrick Rose? No problem. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 16 points and the Chicago Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP. The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain. Derrick Brown scored 10 points to lead the NBA-worst Bobcats, who shot 33 percent and lost their 13th straight game to fall to 3-23. Brown was the only Bobcats player to finish in double figures. Corey Maggette returned to action after missing the last 19 games with a strained hamstring and had four points on 2-of-7 shooting in 14 minutes. The Bulls led by 22 points at halftime before pouring it on in the third quarter, pounding the ball inside to Noah and Boozer, who seemingly scored at will against a Bobcats frontcourt lacking in size and experience. That's been a persistent problem all season for the Bobcats since they allowed center Kwame Brown to leave via free agency. Noah was dominant inside, hitting 7 of 9 shots as the Bulls' lead hovered around 30 for most of the second half. Rose injured his back earlier in the week and was limited in a 90-67 win over New Orleans on Wednesday. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose would be a game-time decision against the Bobcats and decided to hold him out after watching him in warm-ups. Clearly the Bulls didn't need him. C.J. Watson started in Rose's place and had seven points and five assists. All-Star selection Luol Deng scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter, including a pair of key 3-pointers, to set the tempo for the Bulls. John Lucas III added 11 points and Omer Asik had 12 rebounds. Prior to the game, Bobcats coach Paul Silas called the Bulls the most talented team in the league and they certainly left no doubt about this one early on. The Bulls held the Bobcats to 31 percent shooting in the first quarter, and Charlotte never mounted a rally after falling behind 30-16. The Bobcats even struggled from the free throw line with both Gana Diop and Bismack Biyombo shooting air balls from the stripe, drawing a mixture of chuckles and head-shaking disgust from the home crowd on NASCAR night. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Washington W. - Miami Heat 89-106
It might have been the quietest sellout crowd in the history of the NBA. Except when Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) made a spectacular play, of course, which was often. Wade carried the Miami Heat in the first half Friday at Verizon Center with breathtaking feats of athleticism. It was more than enough to dispatch the Washington Wizards, as Miami went on to win 106-89. Wade finished with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field to go along with five assists and three rebounds. He had 18 points in a first half that featured several of his best highlights of the season. The best of the best: Wade's first alley-oop to LeBron James started it off. For the dynamic transition duo, it was a no-frills play - an example of what Heat fans have grown spoiled from watching night after night. The second highlight was all Wade and might be a contender for play of the month. He split two Wizards defenders with a behind-the-back move before spinning around center JaVale McGee and flipping a shot over his head. It banked off the glass and into the basket to give the Heat a 36-27 lead in the second quarter. 'I'm just trying to pick my spots and be aggressive,' said Wade, who had a hand in 20 consecutive points between the second and third quarters. 'I've been doing that the last couple games, picking my spots at different times, being aggressive, and when my teammates know I'm going, they find a way to get me the ball.' The showstopper was another alley-oop, but it might best be described as a 'scoop-oop.' Wade rushed to the basket in transition before tossing underhanded over his head a pass that few other basketball players in this world could have gotten to besides James. James dunked it and the Wizards' fans jumped to their feet with loud approval. ' (Wade) basically threw it anywhere and I decided to go get it,' said James, who finished with 18 points and nine assists. ' (Dexter Pittman) thought it was for him for one split second and he looked at it and said, 'Nah, that's going to be too high for me.' ' Said Wade: 'I hear him trucking ... and I saw him take off. All I've got to do is throw it up there and he will take care of the rest.' Wade's greatness in the second quarter pushed the Heat's lead to 10 points by halftime, and a dunk by Chris Bosh put Miami ahead 60-48 with 8:49 left in the game. But the plucky Wizards weren't ready to roll over just yet. The East's worst team, if not for Charlotte, Washington charged back with an 11-0 run that helped cut the Heat lead to one point. Second-year point guard John Wall set the foundation for the comeback, and rookie forward Jan Vesely flashed signs of considerable potential. A 19-footer from Wall cut the Heat lead to 64-63 with 3:14 left in the period. It was as close as Washington came to taking the lead but it was viewed as a moral victory all the same. One reporter asked Heat coach Erik Spoelstra after the game if he was surprised the Wizards kept it close for three quarters. The fourth quarter was all Heat. Bosh had 10 points in the period and was 4 of 4 from the field. He finished with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting and also contributed 11 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. Three of his rebounds came on the offensive end. It was the first game since Wade returned from his ankle injury in which both Bosh and Wade have scored at least 20 points. 'I think my challenge is always finding a way to be aggressive each and every time that I'm on the court,' Bosh said. 'It's going to be a challenge every day and that's the great part of playing on this team: you can never get complacent because the game is always changing. It's something I really have to focus on - to be aggressive every game.' Heat starters Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony combined for only two points but Shane Battier had his best game with Miami, scoring 15 points off the bench. He was 6 of 9 from the field and 3 of 6 from three-point range. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a personal 5-0 run to give the Heat a 101-80 lead. 'I've re-evaluated how I've been playing, and I have not been happy,' Battier said. 'It comes down to when I play with energy I play better. Not that I wasn't playing hard, I could have played with more energy and when you play with energy good things happen.' *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com

Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 87-89 OT
There was something about playing Orlando last season that brought out the best in the Atlanta Hawks. That trend apparently has trickled into a new year. Using most of the same blueprint that allowed them to dominate the Magic in both the regular season and playoffs last season, the Hawks used their size and some timely free throw shooting late to grind out an 89-87 overtime victory Friday night. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) scored four of his 14 points in the extra period and added five assists for the Hawks, who won their fourth straight regular-season meeting with Orlando dating to last season. Atlanta won its second straight overall since snapping a three-game losing streak. 'This team knows our offensive and our defensive schemes, and we know their schemes. We just gotta try to outplay them,' Smith said. 'Tonight we were able to come in and play up to our ability and play with a certain kind of physicality.' Ryan Anderson led the Magic with 21 points, and Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds in Orlando's first meeting with the Hawks since being eliminated by them in last season's playoffs. The Magic dropped their second in three games and lost for the first time this season to a Southeast Division opponent. 'There's really not too much I can say other than we had opportunities and we could have executed a little better,' Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said. 'Obviously if we made some shots, it would have been a different story. But we played hard, I thought, and played together and stuck together.' Atlanta - much the way it did in the playoffs - enjoyed matchup advantages against Orlando at every position except center, and the Hawks continually pestered the Magic both inside and on the perimeter. With both Al Horford and Jason Collins out because of injuries, the Hawks' remaining big men managed to stay out of foul trouble throughout. The teams traded baskets to open the extra frame before two straight baskets by Johnson put the Hawks up 87-83. Anderson hit a 3-pointer from the wing to cut it to one and Smith threw it away on Atlanta's next touch. But Hedo Turkoglu missed a jumper from the corner and forced the Magic to start fouling with less than 24 seconds left. Marvin Williams hit 1 of 2 from the line, giving the ball back to the Magic with 15.8 seconds to play. Jason Richardson drove to the basket and was fouled but missed the second free throw. Zaza Pachulia won a scrum for the rebound and put the Hawks up 89-87 after his trip to the charity stripe. The Magic got two looks from 3-point range on their final possession - one by Nelson and another by Richardson - but Smith finally pulled down a rebound as the horn sounded. Was this the gutsiest win the Hawks have had this season? 'It was without a doubt,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. 'Coming in here a little short-handed and a little depleted, I thought our guys did a great job in just responding to the challenge. We really wanted to come in here and play with aggression ... I thought we really did a great job.' Atlanta carried a seven-point advantage into the fourth quarter and it grew as high as nine before a pair of free throws by Anderson cut it to 73-70 with less than 5 minutes left in regulation. That momentum was almost immediately halted, though, after three consecutive Magic possessions ended in turnovers. The Hawks capitalized on each and pushed their lead to 78-70. The Magic scored six straight points, including back-to-back layups by Nelson, to cut it to 78-76. Following a missed jumper by Smith on the other end, Orlando called a timeout with 12.2 seconds to play. Nelson drove to the basket and floated a layup attempt over Smith and Johnson that trickled of the rim, but Howard was there to dunk the rebound. The Hawks had 1.2 seconds to get off a shot, but Jeff Teague didn't release his jumper before the regulation buzzer. 'I don't think that our energy was very good at all, but we picked it up in the fourth,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'We just didn't play very well, that's the bottom line. We didn't play very well, but we stuck in there ... We just didn't get it done in the end.' Atlanta's schedule doesn't get any easier, with Friday starting a stretch that will see it play six of its next seven games on the road. The trip includes matchups with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago and surging New York. Forward Marvin Williams, who had 13 points and six rebounds, said that despite missing Horford's presence in the middle, the Hawks are still developing chemistry with the pieces they have. The Hawks started the season 7-4 with Horford and are 11-6 since he went down with a torn left pectoral in early January. 'I think we're just trying to keep our head above water,' Williams said. 'I think when Al went down everyone collectively tried to put forth just a little more effort. You can't really fill that void, but we're trying our best.' *Courtesy of www.chron.com




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NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 24-6 
 2. Quebec K. 20-11 
 3. Halifax R. 17-11 
 4. St.John M.R. 14-15 
 5. Oshawa P. 12-19 
 6. Summerside S. 11-20 
 7. Moncton M. 7-23 


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze too good for Saigon Heat - by Eurobasket News
Saigon Heat - Petron Blaze 62:85

Petron Blaze registered the fourth win in the season. They upset the Saigon Heat in Vietnam to keep the ASEAN league debutants winless. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Petron Blaze and Saigon Heat exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The teams were tied at 18 after ten minutes. Petron Blaze surged ahead in the second quarter. The Filipino team ensured a 38:34 halftime advantage. The Blaze stretched the lead in the third quarter. The visitors exploded with 29 points in the stanza and entered the final term up by 18 points 67:49. Saigon Heat managed just 13 points in the final quarter and had to surrender at the end. Douglas Thomas (206-F/C-83, college: Iowa) had 18 points, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) provided 16 points in the win. The Heat replied with 26 points from Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management). Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) finished with 23 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Jonathan Jones 26, Julius Hodge 23
Petron Blaze: Dalron Johnson 24, Douglas Thomas 18, Leo Avenido 16



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Brandon Hazzard officially signed with Polpharma - by Michal Koza
After successful tryout period, Brandon Hazzard (188-G-87, college: Troy) signed a deal with SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.. The 24 years old American guard spent his university career with Troy Trojans averaging 10.3 points and 1.2 assists in 21 minutes on the floor. This is his first trip to play in Europe. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. will keep him until the end of 2012/13 season. Brandon Hazzard will have his debut on the road against PGE Turow Zgorzelec. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. is currently 10th in the league standings with 8-15 record.

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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Timisoara 16-3 
 2. Gaz Metan 16-4 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 14-5 
 4. Oradea 13-7 
 5. CSM Bucuresti 13-7 
 6. Targu Mures 13-7 
 7. CSU Sibiu 12-7 
 8. Ploiesti 12-7 
 9. Rovinari 11-9 
 10. Pitesti 11-9 
 11. Craiova 6-13 
 12. Dinamo B. 6-14 
 13. Giurgiu 5-15 
 14. Perla Harghitei 3-16 
 15. Politehnica 0-21 
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 1. Otopeni 4-11 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  CSM B.
  (184-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Martinic, CSM B.24.2 
 2. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.8 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 4. Brown, Dinamo B.21.5 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.4 
 6. Ross, Craiova19.8 
 7. Tomic, Craiova19.6 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.1 
 9. Darby, Rovinari18.5 
 10. Kearse, CSU Sibiu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.5 
 3. Carutasu, CSM B.9.3 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.2 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.9.0 
 6. Steffel, Rovinari8.7 
 7. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.7 
 8. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.4 
 9. Vlaicu, Giurgiu8.2 
 10. Dies, Perla Hargh.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.6 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.3 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.3 
 6. Brown, Dinamo B.4.9 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.4.8 
 8. Cuic, Timisoara4.8 
 9. Nikolic, Rovinari4.7 
 10. Stojakovic, Giurg.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.4 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.9 
 3. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Nicolae, Politehni.2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.0 
 7. Hurjui, Politehnica1.9 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.8 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.8 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Rovinari
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 2. McKenzie, CSM B.1.8 
 3. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 4. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 5. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.5 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti1.5 
 7. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.3 
 8. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.3 
 9. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.2 
 10. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 


Div.A Round 21: Pitesti defeats leader Timisoara - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Timisoara (16-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Pitesti (11-9) 70-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Timisoara. Pitesti have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Rovinari. Timisoara at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Pitesti is looking forward to face higher ranked CSM Bucuresti (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Timisoara will play against Rovinari (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 21th consecutive match to eighth ranked CSU Sibiu (12-7) 102-71. American center Kaylone Riley (203-88, college: Warner Pacific) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winners and Cortney Scott chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Politehnica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. CSU Sibiu moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ploiesti. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 21 games lost. CSU Sibiu will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Politehnica will play at home against Ploiesti (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Oradea was also quite interesting. 4th placed Targu Mures (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Oradea (13-7). Oradea defeated Targu Mures 90-80 on Thursday. Milos Pesic nailed 35 points (!!!) (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Oradea's coach Christian Achim used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Virgil Stanescu came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Targu Mures in the defeat. Oradea moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Targu Mures and CSM Bucuresti. Oradea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Targu Mures will play against Craiova (#11) and hope to secure a win.
The game between 11th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-14) and second ranked Gaz Metan (16-4) in Bucuresti ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Medias outscored CS Dinamo Bucuresti 100-65. The best player for the winners was Deven Mitchell who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Timisoara. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Gaz Metan's next round opponent will be CSU Sibiu (#7) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Perla Harghitei (#14) in Miercurea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Perla Harghitei was beaten by Craiova on the road 79-70. CSM Bucuresti won against Giurgiu on its own court 81-76. Rovinari unfortunately lost to Ploiesti in a road game 64-78.



Politehnica - CSU Sibiu 71-102

Bottom-ranked Politehnica is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 21th consecutive match to eighth ranked CSU Sibiu (12-7) 102-71. The game was mostly controlled by CSU Sibiu. Politehnica was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSU Sibiu dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 40. They outrebounded Politehnica 50-32 including a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Kaylone Riley (203-88, college: Warner Pacific) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds. Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Constantin Amarghioalei (196-85) scored 15 points. Politehnica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. CSU Sibiu moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ploiesti. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 21 games lost. CSU Sibiu will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Politehnica will play at home against Ploiesti (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: K.Riley 28+11reb+2ast, C.Scott 22+11reb+1ast, C.Craciun 18+4reb, J.Wisseh 15+6reb+5ast, N.Khartchenkov 13+4reb+3ast, W.Funn 6+12reb+8ast
Politehnica: M.Nicolae 16+5reb+1ast, C.Amarghioalei 15+3reb+1ast, V.Cobzaru 7+3reb+2ast, V.Popovici 7+1ast, I.Hurjui 6+2reb, A.Botez 6+2reb+2ast
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Dinamo B. - Gaz Metan 65-100

The game between 11th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-14) and second ranked Gaz Metan (16-4) in Bucuresti ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Medias outscored CS Dinamo Bucuresti 100-65. The game without a history. Gaz Metan 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 CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 42. Gaz Metan players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by CS Dinamo Bucuresti's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Antonio Haymon (198-88, college: Lee) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Paul Nelson (208-88, college: Yale) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Timisoara. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Gaz Metan's next round opponent will be CSU Sibiu (#7) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Perla Harghitei (#14) in Miercurea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 23+10reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 15+3reb+1ast, I.Tomeljak 11+3reb+6ast, I.Ivanovic 10+2reb+5ast, T.Nicoara 10+12reb+1ast, I.Dragusin 10+6reb+3ast
Dinamo B.: A.Haymon 16+9reb+2ast, J.Blocker 14+3reb, P.Nelson 10+10reb, J.Johnson 8+3reb+1ast, S.Thompson 7+3reb+2ast, A.Badila 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 139025


Craiova - Perla Harghitei 79-70

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Craiova (6-13) beat at home 14th ranked Perla Harghitei (3-16) 79-70. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 Perla Harghitei's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-70 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was center Iulian Orbeanu (204-91) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ashley Champion (197-81, college: Chattanooga, agency: Court Side) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Perla Harghitei players scored in double figures. Craiova moved-up to eleventh place. Perla Harghitei at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Craiova's next round opponent will be higher ranked Targu Mures (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perla Harghitei will play against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: S.Ross 23+8reb+1ast, L.Seals 23+6reb+1ast, I.Orbeanu 17+19reb+1ast, D.Gennie 6+3reb+9ast, A.Belanovic 6+1reb+2ast, H.Codin 3+2reb+1ast
Perla Harghitei: A.Champion 19+7reb+2ast, E.Dies 13+7reb+1ast, E.Tucker 11+4reb+2ast, D.Erceg 10+8reb+2ast, C.Long 7+4reb+4ast, V.Pora 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139026


Oradea - Targu Mures 90-80

The game in Oradea was also quite interesting. 4th placed Targu Mures (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Oradea (13-7). Oradea defeated Targu Mures 90-80 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Targu Mures managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Targu Mures 35-22 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oradea looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84, agency: 011 Sports) nailed 35 points (!!!) (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side and point guard Silviu Lupusavei (183-81) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Oradea's coach Christian Achim used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech) added 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals respectively for Targu Mures in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oradea moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Targu Mures and CSM Bucuresti. Oradea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Targu Mures will play against Craiova (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Pesic 35+2reb+2ast, S.Lupusavei 17+7reb+3ast, M.Markovic 15+7reb+5ast, S.Topchov 14+7reb, L.Lazar 6+2reb+2ast, N.Maric 3+8reb+7ast
Targu Mures: V.Stanescu 19+8reb, M.Pekovic 18+2reb, J.Cooley 15+9ast, C.Watson 14+1reb+2ast, L.Dumitru 8+9reb, R.Paliciuc 3
gschID: 139019


CSM Bucuresti - Giurgiu 81-76

Very expected game when 13th ranked Giurgiu (5-15) lost on the road to seventh ranked CSM Bucuresti (13-7) 81-76. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 19 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 34-17 last quarter charge of Giurgiu cut the lead to 81-76 at the end of the game. CSM Bucuresti made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Giurgiu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. American center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. CSM Bucuresti's coach Hristu Sapera allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and center Catalin Vlaicu (203-86) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four CSM Bucuresti and five Giurgiu players scored in double figures. CSM Bucuresti moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oradea and Targu Mures. Giurgiu lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. CSM Bucuresti's next round opponent will be Pitesti (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Giurgiu will play against U-Mobitelco in Cluj.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: G.Gallimore 16+1reb+3ast, G.Martinic 16+2reb+4ast, B.McKenzie 11+11reb, V.Carutasu 10+8reb+2ast, B.Stancut 8+2reb, C.Fometescu 6+1reb+2ast
Giurgiu: Z.Milovic 21+6reb+1ast, C.Vlaicu 15+10reb+1ast, R.Kraemer 13+2reb+3ast, B.Burrell 12+6reb+1ast, K.Sims 11+2reb+4ast, D.Bivolaru 2+1ast
gschID: 139021


Timisoara - Pitesti 69-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Timisoara (16-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Pitesti (11-9) 70-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Timisoara. Pitesti have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Rovinari. Timisoara at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Pitesti is looking forward to face higher ranked CSM Bucuresti (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Timisoara will play against Rovinari (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 139022


Ploiesti - Rovinari 78-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Ploiesti's (12-7) home victory over 9th ranked Rovinari (11-9) 78-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. Rovinari was better in third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ploiesti brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 assists. Bosnian center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ploiesti. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with CSU Sibiu. Rovinari at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Ploiesti's next round opponent will be Politehnica (#15) in Iasi and are hoping to win another game. Rovinari will play at home against the league's leader Timisoara (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: A.Vlahovic 21+4reb+12ast, D.Albijanic 16+10reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 14+7reb, A.Capusan 14+6reb, D.Hargrove 9+4reb+2ast, V.Tica 2
Rovinari: B.Kabengele-Kalala 24+1reb+1ast, D.Steffel 15+17reb+1ast, L.Darby 12+11reb+4ast, P.Troupe 11+3reb+5ast, V.Mocanu 2+4reb, C.Alionescu 0
gschID: 139023




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  RUSSIA   


PBL Round 12: Lokomotiv loses to CSKA Moscow in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Moscow. First ranked host CSKA Moscow (9-1) defeated 4th ranked Lokomotiv (5-5) 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Lokomotiv managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Spartak SP and Spartak-Prim.. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face Triumph Lyubertsy (#3) in Lubertsy in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play at home against BC Nizhny Novgorod and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.

In the last two games of round 12 Unics lost to Triumph on the opponent's court 61-71. Spartak-Prim. unfortunately lost to Spartak SP in a home game 63-76.



Triumph - Unics 71-61

Rather expected game in Lubertsy where 6th ranked Unics Kazan (4-4) was defeated by third ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (6-3) 71-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Triumph Lyubertsy. Unics Kazan managed to win fourth quarter 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who added 15 points during the contest. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) with 11 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Petr Samoylenko (185-77) scored 10 points. Unics Kazan's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Triumph Lyubertsy have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-3 record having four points less than leader CSKA. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy are looking forward to face Spartak-Prim. (#6) in Vladivostok in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unics: L.Greer 11+4ast, M.Wilkinson 11+9reb, P.Samoylenko 10+2reb+3ast, V.Veremeenko 7+6reb, K.McCarty 6+2reb, H.Domercant 6+3reb+1ast
Triumph: D.Kulagin 21+4reb+3ast, T.McKee 15+4reb+2ast, S.Karasev 11+4reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 10+10reb+1ast, K.Landry 8+7reb+2ast, A.Kuzyakin 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 151219


CSKA - Lokomotiv 87-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Moscow. First ranked host CSKA Moscow (9-1) defeated 4th ranked Lokomotiv (5-5) 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Lokomotiv managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Nikita Shabalkin (205-86) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Spartak SP and Spartak-Prim.. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face Triumph Lyubertsy (#3) in Lubertsy in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play at home against BC Nizhny Novgorod and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: K.Rivers 14+9reb+3ast, N.Shabalkin 12+2reb+3ast, L.Chalmers 10+3reb+2ast, S.Bykov 9+3ast, R.Blakney 8+1reb, A.Zabelin 7+4reb
CSKA: A.Kirilenko 13+6reb, S.Kaun 12+4reb, A.Vorontsevich 11+8reb+4ast, A.Shved 9+1ast, R.Siskauskas 7+4ast, J.Gordon 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 151220


Spartak-Prim. - Spartak SP 63-76

There was a small surprise in Vladivostok where seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (5-5) defeated 5th ranked Spartak-Prim. (5-5) 76-63 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak St.Petersburg dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak-Prim.'s 28. Spartak St.Petersburg forced 21 Spartak-Prim. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) who added 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was U.S. Virgin Isl. Forward Cuthbert Victor (196-83, college: Murray St., agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) with 18 points and Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Spartak-Prim. and Lokomotiv. Spartak St.Petersburg is looking forward to face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Spartak-Prim. will play at home against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: C.Victor 18+3reb, S.Denison 14+2reb+3ast, T.Thomas 9+4reb+5ast, K.Nesterov 6+2reb, D.Polokhin 6+4reb+2ast, A.Savenkov 5+10reb+1ast
Spartak SP: L.Mavrokefalidis 18+3reb+2ast, A.Kashirov 16+5reb, P.Beverley 13+3reb+6ast, V.Likhodey 9+4reb+3ast, V.Dragicevic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151221




Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.7 
 2. Beverley, Spart.18.0 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.17.5 
 4. Mozgov, Khimky16.2 
 5. McKee, Triumph15.4 
 6. Rush, Krasnie Kril.15.3 
 7. Victor, Spartak-.15.1 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky14.5 
 9. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.14.4 
 10. Labovic, Krasnie14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Victor, Spartak-.8.8 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph8.7 
 3. Monya, Khimky7.0 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv6.7 
 5. Landry, Triumph6.5 
 6. Baxter, Enisey6.4 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 9. Savenkov, Spartak.5.8 
 10. Vorontsevich, CS.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.4 
 2. Halperin, Spart.5.1 
 3. Beverley, Spart.5.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.4 
 6. Samoylenko, Unics4.4 
 7. McKee, Triumph3.9 
 8. Planinic, Khimky3.8 
 9. Bremer, N.Novgorod3.5 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.7 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.2.2 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph2.1 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv2.1 
 5. Baburin, Spartak-.2.0 
 6. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 7. Halperin, Spart.1.8 
 8. Victor, Spartak-.1.7 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky1.6 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Jefferson, Triumph1.7 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.6 
 3. Savenkov, Spartak.1.1 
 4. Kirilenko, CSKA1.0 
 5. Planinic, Khimky1.0 
 6. Baxter, Enisey0.9 
 7. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.0.8 
 9. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 10. Savrasenko, Unics0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 9-1 
 2. Khimky 6-2 
 3. Triumph 6-3 
 4. Lokomotiv 5-5 
 5. Spartak SP 5-5 
 6. Spartak-Prim. 5-5 
 7. Unics 4-4 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 4-5 
 9. Enisey 1-8 
 10. N.Novgorod 1-8 


Triumph loses two-overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League
Rudupis - Triumph 112-107 2OT


Triumph loses two-overtime thriller in Baltic League. Lithuanian Rudupis beat Russian Triumph Lyubertsy by five points 112-107 on Thursday night.
It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime then Triumph Lyubertsy managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Rudupis who were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 11-11. They made 39-of-50 free shots during the game, while Triumph Lyubertsy only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 37 personal fouls down the stretch.
The best player for the winners was Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) who scored 30 points. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Tywain McKee who recorded 25 points and 5 assists and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) added 20 points respectively.
Rudupis maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost.



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


Ljubojevic is back at Vujic Metalac Valjevo - by Eurobasket Center
Vujic Metalac Valjevo signed 28-year old Serbian swingman Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84). It's actually Ljubojevic's comeback to Metalac as he played here before. In his first game he scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat Borac 77-65. Ljubojevic played most recently at CS Municipal Bucuresti (Romania). While playing 16 games for CSM Bucuresti this season he averaged 7.3ppg and 2.4rpg. Ljubojevic is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center


A League Round 19: BKK Radnicki edges OKK Beograd by one point - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 19 in the A League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked OKK Beograd (10-9) to second ranked BKK Radnicki (14-5) 69-68 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BKK Radnicki forced 24 OKK Beograd turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by OKK Beograd helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Marko Boltic (193-G-87) fired 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. BKK Radnicki's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (205-93, agency: Beo Basket) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for lost side. BKK Radnicki have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains second place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Vojvodina, which they share with Mega Vizura. OKK Beograd at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Sloga and Smederevo. BKK Radnicki is looking forward to face Napredak Rubin (#12) in Krusevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Mega Vizura (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Novi Sad. First ranked Vojvodina faced 4th placed Radnicki Basket. Host Vojvodina (16-3) defeated guests from Beograd (11-8) 96-80. Worth to mention a great performance of center Dusko Bunic (207-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Kalinic contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Radnicki Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vojvodina have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Newly promoted Radnicki Basket dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Borac. Vojvodina will play against Tamis (#4) in Pancevo in the next round. Radnicki Basket will play at home against Zeleznicar in Indjija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Twelfth-ranked Napredak Rubin (5-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Tamis (12-7) in Krusevac on Saturday. The visitors from Pancevo managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Marko Popadic who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side Slaven Cupkovic responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Napredak Rubin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tamis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Napredak Rubin keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Tamis will meet at home league's leader Vojvodina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Napredak Rubin will play against the league's second-placed BKK Radnicki (#2) in Beograd and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Valjevo, where 4th placed Borac (11-8) lost to eleventh ranked Metalac (7-12) in a road game 65-77. It was an exceptional evening for Bojan Bakic who led the winners and scored 15 points. Metalac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sloboda Uzice. Borac at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Metalac's next round opponent will be Sloboda (#10) in Uzice. Borac will play at home against Smederevo Vizura (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Zrenjanin. Local Proleter Naftagas (2-17) were outscored by third ranked Mega Vizura (14-5) 101-75 on Saturday night. Branko Milisavljevic fired 29 points for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mega Vizura moved-up to second place, which they share with BKK Radnicki. Proleter Naftagas lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Mega Vizura will face OKK Beograd (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Proleter Naftagas will play against Sloga (#8) in Kraljevo.

In the last two games of round 19 Sloga was crushed by Smederevo in a road game 84-61. Zeleznicar was beaten by Sloboda Uzice at home 71-76.


Proleter Naftagas - Mega Vizura 75-101
The game with biggest result difference took place in Zrenjanin. Local Proleter Naftagas (2-17) were outscored by third ranked Mega Vizura (14-5) 101-75 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Mega Vizura led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mega Vizura dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Proleter Naftagas' 48. Mega Vizura had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) fired 29 points for the winners. Guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Mega Vizura players scored in double figures. point guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-92) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Zoran Majkic (207-78, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mega Vizura moved-up to second place, which they share with BKK Radnicki. Proleter Naftagas lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Mega Vizura will face OKK Beograd (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Proleter Naftagas will play against Sloga (#8) in Kraljevo.
Top scorers:
Proleter Naftagas: L.Igrutinovic 15+7reb, S.Atanackovic 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Majkic 12+9reb, D.Bozovic 9+2reb+2ast, B.Obrenovic 8+7reb, N.Knezevic 6+2reb
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 29+2reb+3ast, N.Miljenovic 19+5reb+5ast, M.Lukovic 16+10reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 10+3reb+1ast, P.Reljic 7+2reb+2ast, S.Avramovic 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 147961


Smederevo - Sloga 84-61
There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Sloga (10-9) was crushed on the road by ninth ranked Smederevo Vizura (10-9) 84-61 on Saturday. Smederevo Vizura moved-up to seventh place, which they share with OKK Beograd and Sloga. Smederevo Vizura will face higher ranked Borac (#6) in Cacak in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 147962


Metalac - Borac 77-65
We should mention about the upset which took place in Valjevo, where 4th placed Borac (11-8) lost to eleventh ranked Metalac (7-12) in a road game 65-77. Borac was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-30 second half run of Metalac. They made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Borac turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Borac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Naturalized Montenegrin center Milovan Savic (205-87) accounted for 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Power forward Ilija Cvetkovic (207-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Drasko Radovic (198-90) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Borac in the defeat. Metalac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sloboda Uzice. Borac at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Metalac's next round opponent will be Sloboda (#10) in Uzice. Borac will play at home against Smederevo Vizura (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac: D.Radovic 12+6reb+1ast, I.Cvetkovic 12+7reb, F.Pajevic 11+5reb+2ast, N.Todorovic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Zocevic 7+7reb+3ast, N.Prolovic 7+1ast
Metalac: B.Bakic 15+2reb+1ast, M.Trtic 12+4reb, D.Djukanovic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Savic 9+8reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Kruscic 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 147963


Zeleznicar - Sloboda Uzice 71-76
No shocking result in a game in Indjija where tenth ranked Sloboda (7-12) defeated 13th ranked Zeleznicar (4-15) 76-71 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Zeleznicar won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zeleznicar was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Ivan Kuburovic (203-81) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Branko Andjic (201-82) chipped in 16 points. Forward Nenad Canak (204-76, agency: Beo Basket) produced 7 points and 10 rebounds and guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zeleznicar's coach Vinko Bakic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sloboda maintains tenth place with 7-12 record, which they share with Metalac. Zeleznicar lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Sloboda will face Metalac (#11) in Valjevo in the next round. Zeleznicar will play on the road against Radnicki Basket in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Zeleznicar: G.Bajic 12+6reb, M.Bojovic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 11+1reb+2ast, D.Djordjic 11+2reb+2ast, N.Canak 7+10reb+3ast, V.Jojic 6+4reb+2ast
Sloboda Uzice: I.Kuburovic 24+6reb+2ast, B.Andjic 16+3reb, M.Rakic 14+2reb+2ast, N.Jevtovic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Vasic 6+1reb, N.Marinkovic 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 147957


Vojvodina - Radnicki Basket 96-80
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Novi Sad. First ranked Vojvodina faced 4th placed Radnicki Basket. Host Vojvodina (16-3) defeated guests from Beograd (11-8) 96-80. It looked good early as Radnicki Basket took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vojvodina had a 29-15 second period charge getting the lead and Radnicki Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-96. Vojvodina dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki Basket's 40. Worth to mention a great performance of center Dusko Bunic (207-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91) added 12 points in the effort for Radnicki Basket. 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. Vojvodina have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Newly promoted Radnicki Basket dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Borac. Vojvodina will play against Tamis (#4) in Pancevo in the next round. Radnicki Basket will play at home against Zeleznicar in Indjija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Stojadinovic 19+5reb+1ast, M.Dimic 13+1ast, M.Milovanovic 12+4reb+1ast, P.Stamenkovic 10+3reb+2ast, D.Djokic 9+1ast, A.Dzakovic 6+1ast
Vojvodina: D.Bunic 20+7reb, N.Kalinic 14+6reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 11+2reb+1ast, D.Zekovic 10+6reb+2ast, B.Vujosevic 9+1reb+2ast, S.Dundjerski 8+4ast
gschID: 147958


Napredak - Tamis 73-75
Twelfth-ranked Napredak Rubin (5-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Tamis (12-7) in Krusevac on Saturday. The visitors from Pancevo managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 40-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for point guard Marko Popadic (190-89, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) helped adding 18 points. At the losing side Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Marko Puzic (198-85) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Napredak Rubin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tamis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Napredak Rubin keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Tamis will meet at home league's leader Vojvodina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Napredak Rubin will play against the league's second-placed BKK Radnicki (#2) in Beograd and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Napredak: S.Cupkovic 17+12reb+3ast, M.Puzic 16+3reb+1ast, A.Mandic 16+3ast, V.Radmanovac 10+5reb+1ast, S.Pejovic 6+1reb, K.Jones 4+2reb+1ast
Tamis: M.Popadic 21+5reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 18+2reb, B.Stanojevic 13+2reb+1ast, D.Habus 10+2reb, M.Radenkovic 5+2reb, N.Stanimirovic 4+4reb
gschID: 147959


OKK Beograd - BKK Radnicki 68-69
The most exciting game of round 19 in the A League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked OKK Beograd (10-9) to second ranked BKK Radnicki (14-5) 69-68 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BKK Radnicki forced 24 OKK Beograd turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by OKK Beograd helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Marko Boltic (193-87) fired 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. BKK Radnicki's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (205-93, agency: Beo Basket) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Stanoje Knezevic (202-89) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. BKK Radnicki have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains second place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Vojvodina, which they share with Mega Vizura. OKK Beograd at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Sloga and Smederevo. BKK Radnicki is looking forward to face Napredak Rubin (#12) in Krusevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Mega Vizura (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: N.Bezbradica 18+9reb+2ast, S.Knezevic 14+10reb+4ast, V.Malidzan 12+4reb+5ast, D.Mitrovic 8+6reb+6ast, F.Sepa 6+2reb+2ast, M.Kovac 6+4reb+1ast
BKK Radnicki: M.Boltic 21+3reb+6ast, S.Lalic 17+1reb+4ast, D.Kitanovic 11+4reb, A.Petrovic 8+9reb+1ast, Z.Osmokrovic 4+2reb, M.Tomic 3+2reb


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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Svit (#6) forced the game against Komarno (#3) into an overtime, but lost by one point 88-89 on Saturday night. The game took place in Svit. But the guests from Komarno were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Komarno have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-10 record having four points less than leader Prievidza. Svit at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Komarno will face league's leader Prievidza at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.

The best stats of 30th round was 32 points, 5 assists and 6 steals by Anthony Jones of Handlova.


Vahostav-Zilina - Handlova 65-74

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (6-20) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Handlova (16-11) 74-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Handlova forced 23 Vahostav-Zilina turnovers. Strangely Vahostav-Zilina outrebounded Handlova 36-17 including a 21-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Vahostav-Zilina was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) who scored 32 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. The other American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and guard Viliam Kosa (190-86) added 22 points respectively. Handlova have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-11 record. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Handlova will face Levice (#7) on the road in the next round. Vahostav-Zilina will play against SKP Banska Bystrica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: A.Jones 32+1reb+5ast, S.Hampton 16+1reb, O.Haviar 7, M.Golian 5+2reb+1ast, V.Ridzon 4+2reb+1ast, T.Mrvis 4+1reb
Vahostav-Zilina: V.Kosa 22+1reb+2ast, D.Stojanovic 11+13reb+1ast, J.Petras 10+3reb, M.Podhorsky 8+3reb+3ast, J.Zavodny 5+1reb+3ast, P.Tilandy 4+1reb
gschID: 139215


Nitra - Levice 75-48

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Nitra (18-9) smashed at home 7th ranked Levice (11-16) 75-48 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Nitra. Levice was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Levice to just 6 points in third quarter. Nitra dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 26. They outrebounded Levice 43-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was international guard Milan Ziak (190-88) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Robert Nuber (187-83) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Levice's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nitra maintains second position with 18-9 record behind leader Prievidza. Levice lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round. Levice will play at home against Handlova (#4).
Top scorers:
Nitra: M.Ziak 18+5reb+3ast, R.Nuber 13+8reb+2ast, B.Tomek 11+7reb, D.Silinskis 11+8reb, A.Majok 9+10reb+1ast, D.Clemente 7+2ast
Levice: M.Bernard 16+6reb, K.Bridgewaters 6+8reb+3ast, L.Lutovsky 6+2reb, P.Seman 6+1reb+2ast, R.Klein 5+3reb, C.Hallett 5+3reb
gschID: 139216


Prievidza - Nova Ves 79-65

Very expected game when 5th ranked Nova Ves (14-13) were defeated on the road by first ranked Prievidza (19-8) 79-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Prievidza. Nova Ves was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Prievidza forced 20 Nova Ves turnovers and outrebounded them 48-34 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Bobby Davis (200-87, college: Edinboro) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Andrew Jones (208-87, college: Penn St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists respectively. Prievidza maintains first position with 19-8 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Prievidza will face Komarno (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nova Ves' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Nova Ves Nova Ves.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: B.Davis 20+7reb+3ast, S.Phillips 19+10reb+3ast, D.Godbold 10+10reb+2ast, N.Livas 9+4reb, P.Guede 8+3reb+1ast, L.Potter 6+7reb
Nova Ves: M.Batka 14+3reb, S.Baldovsky 14+4reb+3ast, A.Jones 11+14reb+1ast, S.Becarik 10+1reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 6+6reb+10ast, J.Moupegnou 6+6reb
gschID: 139217


Svit - Komarno 88-89 OT

Svit (#6) forced the game against Komarno (#3) into an overtime, but lost by one point 88-89 on Saturday night. The game took place in Svit. But the guests from Komarno were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 23-14 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 9-8. The best player for the winners was Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Julian Mascoll (193-84) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively. Five Komarno and four Svit players scored in double figures. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Komarno have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-10 record having four points less than leader Prievidza. Svit at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Komarno will face league's leader Prievidza at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Komarno: J.Jones 18+3reb+5ast, S.Bilic 18+8reb+3ast, J.Kratochvil 16+5reb+2ast, L.Johnson 12+14reb+1ast, D.Keller 11+12reb+1ast, M.Bilik 9+1reb+1ast
Svit: P.Cosic 18+6ast, J.Mascoll 16+9reb+1ast, J.Jefferson 11+9reb+3ast, K.Henderson 10+3reb+2ast, M.Berkis 10+6reb+1ast, V.Polakovic 8+1reb
gschID: 139218


Round 17
Svit - Nitra 80-66

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Svit (13-14) beat at home second-best Nitra (18-9) 80-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-66. Strangely Nitra outrebounded Svit 48-33 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Vincent Polakovic (203-84, college: USF) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Svit players scored in double figures. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky 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 Branislav Tomek (205-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and Australian forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Svit maintains sixth position with 13-14 record. Nitra lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Svit: P.Cosic 14+4ast, V.Polakovic 13+5reb+1ast, J.Mascoll 12+2reb+2ast, K.Henderson 11+5reb, J.Jefferson 10+10reb, R.Findura 7+2reb
Nitra: D.Clemente 20+3reb+2ast, A.Majok 15+11reb, B.Tomek 13+14reb, R.Nuber 8+7reb+6ast, F.Lehman 3+6reb+2ast, J.Hasan 3+2reb
gschID: 164027




Prievidza bring in Nick Livas - by Eurobasket News
Prievidza strengthened their roster. They inked a deal with Nick Livas (198-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield). The guard started the season in the USA. He played for the Kankakee County Soldiers in the IBA. Later the Greek-US player moved to the Chicago Muscle in PBL. There he averaged 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per appearance. Last season Nick Livas spent in the United Kingdon. He played for the Glasgow Rocks. The guard notched 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in BBL. Eurobasket.com named Nick Livas into British BBL All-Bosmans team. Nick Livas spent his first pro season in Norway playing for Tromso Storm.


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Prievidza 19-8 
 2. Nitra 18-9 
 3. Komarno 16-10 
 4. Handlova 16-11 
 5. Nova Ves 14-13 
 6. Svit 13-14 
 7. Levice 11-16 
 8. B.Bystrica 7-19 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 6-20 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Jones, Handlova28.3 
 2. Clemente, Nitra19.4 
 3. Soska, Vahostav.18.9 
 4. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 5. Hampton, Handlova18.5 
 6. Roberson, Svit18.2 
 7. Vaden, Nitra17.4 
 8. Grznar, B.Bystrica17.1 
 9. Kitts, B.Bystrica16.8 
 10. Jones, Nova Ves16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jones, Nova Ves12.0 
 2. Kitts, B.Bystrica11.0 
 3. Dorazil, B.Bystrica9.1 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza8.4 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.0 
 6. Majok, Nitra7.9 
 7. Johnson, Komarno7.6 
 8. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.4 
 9. Batka, Nova Ves7.3 
 10. Petty, Vahostav.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jones, Handlova7.3 
 2. Jefferson, Nova V.7.1 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza5.8 
 5. Jones, Komarno5.5 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Grznar, B.Bystrica4.3 
 8. Clemente, Nitra3.9 
 9. Pelle, Prievidza3.0 
 10. Godbold, Prievidza2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.7 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.2.4 
 4. Mascoll, Svit2.2 
 5. Pelle, Prievidza2.2 
 6. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 7. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 9. Phillips, Prievidza1.8 
 10. Vaden, Nitra1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Majok, Nitra2.2 
 2. Silinskis, Nitra1.1 
 3. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 4. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.9 
 5. Golian, Handlova0.9 
 6. Roberson, Svit0.8 
 7. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.8 
 8. Prosper, Handlova0.8 
 9. Bernard, Levice0.7 
 10. Vaden, Nitra0.7 


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Helios, Elektra, Zlatorog, Sentjur to second stage (Round 16) - by Zeljko Zule
Helios, Elektra, Zlatorog and Sentjur advanced to the second stage of Telemach League, while Maribor, Rogaska, Hopsi, Slovan LTH and Parklji will play in relegation group.
Maribor-Slovan 75-61: Maribor never trailed and opened the game with a 16-2 run and its lead never dipped six points for the rest of the way. Jure Pelko scored 16 points, Sasa Mucic 13 and Ilija Zolotic 11. Nejc Buda had 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to lead Slovan and Miha Fon and Dejan Cigoja netted 11 points each.
LTH-Sentjur 73-84: Sentjur scored 9 straight points to go ahead 22-11. LTH cut the deficit to 60-62 early in the final quarter, but the visiting team responded with 10 consecutive points and its defense held LTH scoreless for a 5:06 span. Igor Maric finished with 21 points, Travis Nelson had 18 points and 8 rebounds, Tadej Ferme added 14 points including four 3-pointers and Ivan Drzic netted 10 points. LTH was led by Boris Bosnjak with 22 points, Blaz Mahkovic had 20 points and 9 rebounds and Tomo Cajic collected 19 points and 8 rebounds,
Hopsi-Parklji 96-61: Hopsi opened the game with a 11-2 run and they lead 41-15 in the second quarter. Miha Vasl (190-G-92) finished with 22 points on shooting 8-of-10 form the field, Uros Godler added 18 points, Andrej Podvrsnik came off the bench for 17 points including four 3-pointers and Matic Perger and Hannibal Jasson both scored 11 points. Hopsi shot 63-percent from the field (63-of-57) including 13-of-22 from 3-point range. Matej Luznar was lone Parklji's player in double digits with 20 points.




Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 13-2 
 2. Elektra 12-4 
 3. Zlatorog 11-4 
 4. Sentjur 11-5 
 5. Rogaska 8-8 
 6. Polzela 8-8 
 7. Maribor Messer 8-8 
 8. Geoplin Slovan 6-10 
 9. LTHcast Mercator 1-15 
 10. Parklji 1-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.8 
 2. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 3. Rizvic, Parklji16.5 
 4. Maric, Sentjur15.2 
 5. Prepelic, Helios14.9 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.1 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska13.9 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.7 
 9. Cajic, LTHcast13.4 
 10. Luznar, Parklji13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rizvic, Parklji9.3 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.9 
 3. Djugum, Geoplin7.8 
 4. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.7 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur7.4 
 6. Mucic, Maribor6.9 
 7. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.8 
 8. Maric, Sentjur6.3 
 9. Sviridov, Polzela6.2 
 10. Soldo, LTHcast6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.4 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 3. Rembert, Sentjur4.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 5. Hohler, Polzela3.7 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska3.4 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.3 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra3.3 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
 10. Gay, Helios3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.9 
 4. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.8 
 6. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 7. Gay, Helios1.6 
 8. Maric, Sentjur1.6 
 9. Lelic, Elektra1.5 
 10. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitry SVIRIDOV
  Polzela
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sviridov, Polzela1.3 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.3 
 3. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog0.9 
 5. Sebic, Sentjur0.9 
 6. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 7. Djugum, Geoplin0.8 
 8. Cresnar, Helios0.8 
 9. Primorac, Sentjur0.7 
 10. Rizvic, Parklji0.7 


Rogaska fire coach Tabak - by Zeljko Zule
Rogaska Crystal parted ways with interim coach Tihomir Tabak , who went 4-3 after Matej Baksic stepped down in mid December. Baksic had a 4-5 record. Tabak was replaced by assistant coach Peter Markovinovic for the remainder season.
Rogaska agreed terms with former U-20 national team coach Radomir Mijanovic in mid-week for a season and half, but he withdrew an arrangement. Accordin some rumors he will join Mehmet Becirovic as assistant coach of Iran national team.



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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sodertalje 18-9 
 2. Norrkoping 17-10 
 3. Solna 16-11 
 4. LF Basket 16-11 
 5. Sundsvall 16-12 
 6. Boras 16-12 
 7. Uppsala 14-14 
 8. 08 13-16 
 9. Jamtland 11-18 
 10. Eco Orebro 2-26 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.5 
 3. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.8 
 4. Krayem, Boras18.1 
 5. Palm, Boras18.1 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.0 
 7. Mbemba, LF Basket17.4 
 8. McKnight, Boras17.3 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland16.7 
 10. Gunnarsson, Solna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Palm, Boras10.8 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.1 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro10.0 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.5 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland8.8 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 8. Stamper, Jamtland8.3 
 9. McKnight, Boras8.1 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.1 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.4 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.0 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.8 
 5. Carter, Uppsala5.3 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 7. Beck, Solna4.1 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 10. Eriksson, Uppsala3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Carter, Uppsala2.6 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.1 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 6. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 7. Ramsey, LF Basket1.8 
 8. McDowell, Solna1.8 
 9. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket1.8 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala1.8 
 4. Gregory, Sundsvall1.4 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.2 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 8. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 9. Nystrom, 080.9 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping0.8 


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Boylan's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old swingman Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Monthey and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He got a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Boncourt (#7, 4-13) 83-74. Monthey maintains the 4th position in Swiss league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Monthey will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Boylan turned to be Monthey's top player in his first season with the team. Ian Boylan averages this season 14.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Danilo Mitrovic (208-C/F-84) of SAM Massagno. He is Montenegrin in his first season at SAM Massagno. In the last game Mitrovic recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as SAM Massagno lost that game 72-99 to the higher-ranked Lugano Tigers (#1, 16-1). SAM Massagno are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories SAM Massagno managed to get this year. Mitrovic is one of the most experienced players at SAM Massagno and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#3). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sean Barnette (195-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of Geneve Lions (#3). Barnette scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Geneve Lions, leading his team to a 73-55 easy win against the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#8, 2-15). Geneve Lions needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Barnette has a great season in Switzerland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (8th best). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 41.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rod Brown (186-PG-78) of Lugano Tigers - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78) of Fribourg - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) of Lugano Tigers - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Terry Smith (185-PG-86) of Monthey - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Boncourt - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ryan Dermody (206-F-87) of BBC Nyon - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Lionel Bobetso (194-G-88) of BBC Nyon - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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ASEAN League: Westports Dragons thrash Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News
Westports Dragons - Thailand Slammers 106:72

Westports Dragons celebrated the fourth win in ASEAN League season. They became the first team in the season to reach 100-point mark in a comfortable win over the Slammers. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) and Patrick Cabahug (186-G) finished with 26 points each to lead the winners. The Slammers fell at 3-4 record after the loss.
Westports Dragons dominated from the early moments in the game. They grabbed a 21:13 lead at the first break. The Dragons stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They registered a 44:31 halftime advantage. The hosts did not slow down in the second half. The Dragons exploded with 62 points after the main break and raced to the victory at the end. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) and Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) delivered 13 points each in the win. DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) answered with 17 points for the Slammers. Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 26, Patrick Cabahug 26, Batumalai Guganeswaran 13, Yeo Seng John Ng 13
Thailand Slammers: DeAndre Thomas 17, Kenneth Walker 12



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Gaziantepspor Buyuksehir Belediye lands Snow - by Eurobasket Center
Gaziantepspor Buyuksehir Belediye (TB2L) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Alvin Snow (188-G-81, college: E.Washington). In his first game he didn''t score any points. However his new team lost to Optimum TED 62-66. Snow played most recently at Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine). While playing 26 games for Kryvbasbasket this season he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. Snow is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Dominican Rep., Germany, Iceland, Israel, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine and USA. Snow graduated Eastern Washington University in 2004 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Fenerbahce Ulker far from the quarterfinal playoffs after 72-62 defeat against Panathinaikos - by Pervin Elgin
After a 72-62 defeat in Greece against Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce Ulker dropped to the last place in group G of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, and will need a miracle to make it to the quarterfinal playoffs. Panathinaikos led from start to finish, using tough defense to hold Ulker to 27 points in the first half and force many of Fenerbahces 21 turnovers. Bojan Bogdanovic led FB Ulker with 15 points, Roko Ukic added 13 and Curtis Jerrells 11. Mirsad Turkcan notched a game-high 13 rebounds.

Panathinaikos got off to a 10-4 lead in the first period. Baskets by Curtis Jerrells and Roko Ukic and a three-pointer by Bojan Bogdanovic closed the gap to 11-9, but after a 10-0 run by Panathinaikos Fenerbahce closed the first period 24-13 behind.

In the second period the hosts extended the margin to 29-13. Peker, Preldzic and Atsur trimmed the lead to 29-18, but Panathinaikos responded accordingly and made it 38-23 after 18 minutes of playing time. Ukic and Bogdanovic countered for Fenerbahce, but couldn't prevent a 40-27 halftime superiority for the Greek.

Tsartsaris and Diamantidis extended Panathinaikos's lead in the third period to 45-27. Ukic answered for Fenerbahce, but after 27 minutes of playing time, the difference had grown to 18 points: 55-37. Ulker scored 6 straight baskets, slicing the lead to 55-43, but the hosts secured a 58-43 lead at the end of the period.

The first 6 points of the quarter belonged to Fenerbahce, cutting the difference to single digits: 58-49 after 33 minutes. Panathinaikos answered with a 11-2 run to make it 69-51 after 37 minutes. Fenerbahce refused to fold, responded with a 9-point run and once again reduced the deficit to 9 points: 69-60 with 2:18 on the clock. Atsur missed a three-pointer to get closer Batiste erased any chance of a comeback by nailing a bomb from downtown with 50 seconds on the clock. Oguz Savas's basket put the final score on the board: 72-62. After the third defeat in Group G, Fenerbahce is close to being eliminated from making it to the quarterfinal playoffs.


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Puerto Rico will host the 2012 Centrobasket Championship - by David Edole
In a letter to the Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico, and its President Mr. Carlos Beltran, the Secretary General of FIBA Americas, Mr. Alberto Garcia, on behalf of Mr. Ruperto Herrera, President of CONCENCABA, announced today that Puerto Rico will be host of the upcoming 2012 Centrobasket Mens Championship, to be held from June 18 to 24.

The Centrobasket Championship basketball tournament is organized by FIBA through FIBA Americas with participating national teams of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Initially the tournament was played in odd years, every two years, with some exceptions, like the editions of 1981 and 1985 that were performed with an interval of four years because the 1979 and 1983 tournaments were not played. In 2003 and 2004 the tournament was held in consecutive years, but after this, the original format of a tournament every two years came back, but now in even years.

The 2012 Centrobasket qualifies four teams for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Puerto Rico hosted the Centrobasket Championship last in 1993, when it was held in the city of Ponce, in which they won the gold medal. The Puerto Ricans are in first place in the medal box score with 10 gold medals (21 medals in total), followed by Cuba, who has 4 gold medals (13 in total).

The latest edition of the Championship was held in Santo Domingo in 2010, in which Puerto Rico defeated Dominican Republic 89-80 in a thrilling final match. Panama finished in third place.

In the letter, the Secretary General of FIBA Americas also thanked the ADEMEBA, its president Mr. Modesto Robledo and Mexico for the offer and the interest shown in organizing the championship.




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Ballard named Eastern Conference player of the month - by Travis McAvene
Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87, college: USC Aiken) was recently named Eastern Conference player of the month for January. Ballard has averaged 30.0 ppg over the past four games leading the Cincinnati Slam to a 8-1 first place record in the East.

On Jan.28 in Dayton Ballard scored a season-high 41 points against the Dayton Gem City Hall of Famers. 'Cody has been playing great basketball lately and is deserving of this recognition, said Coach Travis McAvene .'

Ballard was also named to the UBA North All-Star team this past week as a reserve.


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Higher League Round 21: Leader Avantazh-Politekhnik gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Avantazh-Politekhnik delivered the seventeenth win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Sportlitsey (5-15) 97-52 in Bila Tserkva. The game without a history. Avantazh-Politekhnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sportlitsey's 26 and made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game, while Sportlitsey only scored five points from the stripe. Avantazh-Politekhnik had a 36-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-81) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Swingman Roman Olchovskiy (196-90) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Yaroslav Kuzmienko (185-93) who recorded 17 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. Avantazh-Politekhnik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-3 record. Sportlitsey at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Avantazh-Politekhnik are looking forward to face Musson (#3) in Symferopil in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sportlitsey will play on the road against Vinnitsky Zubry (#9) in Vinnytsya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ternopil-TNEU (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 114-62 loss to fourth ranked Aviastar (13-7) in Ternopil. It was a good game for center Olexandr Berhin (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Dimitri Vinogradski contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Sergyi Teleshko (209-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Ternopil-TNEU. Ternopil-TNEU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aviastar maintains fourth place with 13-7 record. Ternopil-TNEU at the other side still closes the standings. Aviastar will play against BK Kremen (#6) in Kremenchuk in the next round. Ternopil-TNEU will play on the road against the league's second-placed VolinBasket (#2) in Lutsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Alchevsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Musson (16-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Koksokh-Stal (6-12). Musson smashed Koksokh-Stal 100-72 on Sunday. Musson have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with VolinBasket. Koksokh-Stal lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Musson will meet at home league's leader Avantazh-Politekhnik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Koksokh-Stal will play against BC-93 Pulsar (#5) in Rovno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

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