EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/15/2012

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  ARGENTINA   


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. Ciclista 3-2 
 2. Alianza Viedma 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 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 5-1 
 2. KL Dragons 4-2 
 3. Petron Blaze 4-2 
 4. Singapore S. 4-3 
 5. Satria Muda 3-3 
 6. Thailand S. 3-4 
 7. Bangkok C. 2-4 
 8. Saigon H. 0-6 


Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 6 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (2-4) by seventh ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (3-3) who outscored them by 16 points 73-57. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Bangkok Cobras managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda moved-up to fifth place. Bangkok Cobras at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face higher ranked Petron Blaze (#3) in Manila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bangkok Cobras will play on the road against Saigon Heat (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Singapore. Second-best Singapore host Singapore Slingers (4-3) lost to first ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (5-1) 80-75. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Al Vergara supported him with 14 points. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks by American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) did not help to save the game for Singapore Slingers. Philippine Patriots have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Philippine Patriots will play against Thailand Slammers (#6) in Bangkok in the next round where they are favorite. Singapore Slingers will play on the road against the league's second-placed KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (4-2) 85-62 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Dalron Johnson who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Julius Hodge who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 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. Petron Blaze moved-up to second place, which they share with KL Dragons. Loser Saigon Heat still closes the standings with six games lost. Petron Blaze will meet Satria Muda (#5) in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against Bangkok Cobras and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (4-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-4) by 34 points 106-72, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thailand Slammers. KL Dragons moved-up to second place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Thailand Slammers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. KL Dragons' next round opponent will be Singapore Slingers (#4) at home. Thailand Slammers will play against the league's leader Philippine Patriots in Manila.



Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 62-85

Bottom-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (4-2) 85-62 on Saturday evening. Petron Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 40. Petron Blaze forced 28 Saigon Heat turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Dalron Johnson (206-81, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import power forward Douglas Thomas (206-83, college: Iowa) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was U.S. Virgin Isl.-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: I.D.S. Law) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 26 points and 8 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. Petron Blaze moved-up to second place, which they share with KL Dragons. Loser Saigon Heat still closes the standings with six games lost. Petron Blaze will meet Satria Muda (#5) in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against Bangkok Cobras and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: D.Johnson 24+12reb+3ast, D.Thomas 18+10reb, L.Avenido 16+1reb+1ast, A.Mangahas 11+1ast, B.Fernandez 7, J.Mar Fajardo 4+4reb
Saigon H.: J.Jones 26+8reb, J.Hodge 23+13reb+1ast, J.Smith 6+1reb+2ast, M.Trieu 3+1reb, R.Capati 2+8reb+2ast, D.Nguyen 1
gschID: 166924


Singapore S. - Philip.Patriots 75-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Singapore. Second-best Singapore host Singapore Slingers (4-3) lost to first ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (5-1) 80-75. Singapore Slingers were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 49-39 second half run of Philippine Patriots. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Singapore Slingers' 32. Philippine Patriots forced 24 Singapore Slingers turnovers. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Al Vergara (173-79) supported him with 14 points. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks by American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) did not help to save the game for Singapore Slingers. His fellow American import center Donald Little (211-78, college: Cincinnati) added 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Philippine Patriots have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Philippine Patriots will play against Thailand Slammers (#6) in Bangkok in the next round where they are favorite. Singapore Slingers will play on the road against the league's second-placed KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 26+6reb+2ast, A.Vergara 14+2reb+3ast, A.Raymundo 11+6reb, N.Miller 10+3reb, A.Ramos 9+4reb, W.Ybanez 4+2reb+3ast
Singapore S.: V.Canta 19+2reb, L.Graham 19+12reb+4ast, W.Long Wong 14+1reb+1ast, D.Little 10+12reb+3ast, D.Dulay 9+1reb+4ast, K.Huat Steven Khoo 4+1reb
gschID: 166925


Bangkok C. - Satria Muda 57-73

The most shocking disappointment of round 6 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (2-4) by seventh ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (3-3) who outscored them by 16 points 73-57. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Bangkok Cobras managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Filipino guard Marvin Cruz (173-84) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda moved-up to fifth place. Bangkok Cobras at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face higher ranked Petron Blaze (#3) in Manila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bangkok Cobras will play on the road against Saigon Heat (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 24+17reb+2ast, J.Smith 18+7reb+1ast, A.Salangsang 12+2reb, M.Wuysang 8+3ast, J.Uy 6+5ast, A.Prihantono 3+2ast
Bangkok C.: M.Cruz 14+2reb+1ast, G.Lewis 13+10reb+1ast, R.Kruatiwa 10+4reb, M.Earl 7+3reb, C.Klahan 5+1ast, D.Kongkum 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166926


KL Dragons - Thailand S. 106-72

Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (4-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-4) by 34 points 106-72, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thailand Slammers. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KL Dragons moved-up to second place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Thailand Slammers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. KL Dragons' next round opponent will be Singapore Slingers (#4) at home. Thailand Slammers will play against the league's leader Philippine Patriots in Manila.
gschID: 166923




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  AUSTRALIA   


Settled in the south - by Eurobasket News
A STRONG pre-season and a more settled line up are among the key areas Southern Tigers senior mens basketball coach Shaun Jennings hopes will propel his side up the ladder this season.

Jennings, in his second season as a non-playing coach at the Tigers, after a playing stint at Forestville, is aiming for a stronger effort from his side when it takes to the court on March 31 in the Central ABL season opener.

In recent seasons the Tigers mens side has languished in the bottom half of the ladder - with a lack of depth and rarely attracting too many star players.

Jennings said it had been an unsettling period when he took over at the start of last season.

Before I started there was a mass exodus of players which made it hard for us, he said.

Last year we were a very short team but weve added some height this year. Weve been able to keep most of our players.

Some of the ins for the Tigers, at this stage, include Tim Smyth (189-G-91) (Forestville), Daniel Peacock (197-F/C-89) (year off, South before that), Paul Carman (away, Forestville before that) and Mark Procter (Norwood).

Junior Samuel Johnson, who is training with the Adelaide 36ers and who has just made the Australian under-17 squad, is another on the in list for the Tiger seniors.

Joel Goodenough has retired while Scott OConnor is also out.

In the womens competition Willie Jennette will coach the side again. He said his squad was already showing good signs in the pre-season.

I think well surprise a few people, he said. I think we have girls who can score but we need a few rebounders.

The club has picked up Simone Nelson from South Adelaide and Dennelle Fawcett (Mildura), while losing Stephanie Gates (study).
Courtesy of: http://southern-times-messenger.whereilive.com.au


Locals to lift Warriors - by Eurobasket News
LOCALS, not necessarily big-gun recruits, will lift Woodville to the Central Australian Basketball League playoffs, mens coach Al Green says.

Green - an NBL championship winner with West Adelaide and the Adelaide 36ers and NBL MVP in 1982 - says though he will add a couple of new players by the start of the season, homegrown talent is key to the Warriors returning to the top of the league for the first time since 2005.

As it stands, the club is yet to recruit players to cover the losses of Josh Knight (194-F-80), who has gone to West Adelaide, and Greg Pascoe (retired).

Everything is looking where we need it to be, said second-year Warriors coach Green.

Weve got most of the guys back from last year, which is integral for what we are doing this season.

With me, Im going with my veterans ... my thinking is focusing on what we have and those senior guys.

If we get big years from them, we will be in the playoffs.

It is not a matter of replacing guys, it is finding places for guys.

Weve got about 16 guys for 10 positions, he said.

Woodville missed the finals by two wins last year and finished sixth.

But Green said big years from the likes of Adam Blight, Cameron Wilson and Jarrod Graves, as well as further development of youth league players Luke Stanbridge, and Chris and Ryan Clark, would ensure the club improved its results.

He said the club, based at St Clair, would finalise its roster with a US import and NBL player in the coming weeks but would not disclose who the Warriors were chasing.

Just like everyone else, we are going for guys available from the 36ers, Green said.

Thats no secret, we are no different ... you just have to wait for them.
Courtesy of: weekly-times-messenger.whereilive.com.au


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 13-3 
 2. Triumph 11-4 
 3. Ventspils 11-5 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 11-7 
 5. Rudupis 10-5 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-8 
 7. Kedainiai 7-9 
 8. Juventus 7-10 
 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 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Grodno-93 15-2 
 2. Minsk-2006 13-1 
 3. Rubon 9-7 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 7-9 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 6-10 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 5-11 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-15 


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  BELGIUM   


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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  BOSNIA   


Two more young Bosnian talents looking to Spain! - by Chris Mathieu
Two more young Bosnian talents looking to Spain! Spain is close to signing another young basketball talent following the previous signings of Bosnians Nedim Dedovic (Nihads younger and possibly more talented brothers) Sandro Gacic, Dino Muminovic, Gavrilo Markovic, Adnan Omeragic, Ogenjen Kuzmic, Dejan Todorovic and the recently Real Madrid brought in Edin Atic now add to the list Sandra Antunovic (born 1998 202cm) who is close to Barcelona. Spain has been seriously raiding young Bosnian talent for a few years now and it appears this approach from Spain wont end anytime soon.
Bosnia needs a law refusing to let minors leave the country before the age of 18 to work overseas without a special permit. They should refuse all transfers if there is an attempt by the foreigners to peel off these players for the National Team of any other nation besides Bosnia and Hercigovina. KSBiH officials have been working in a more positive professional manner lately and this appears to be the next logical step for Bosnian Basketball.



A fine night for Bosnians in Ukraine - by Miljan Veskovic
Since the arrival of coaching duo Zeljko Lukajic (agency: Beo Basket ) and Dusan Gvozdic in Politekhnika-Halychyna the team has made great progress and showed great spirit. After beating BC Kyiv on the road, now it was high ranked Khimik's turn. Politekhnika-Halychyna won by 81:72 in front of their own crowd, hosts were led by Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) who missed one rebound for the double double. He finished this match with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists while other Bosnian player Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) had only 3 points but made a crucial three pointer during the last minute of the game.

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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Rain delays SCBBC Championship Game - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI --After two weeks of exhilarating play it all came down to the Championship Game of the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Clubs 3rd District Inter District 13-16 League, but shortly before the scheduled start, showers made the court unplayable.

In the build up to the final, both Hannahs Fresh Dribblers and E and B Parsons had put in some superb performances.

The league had started on Friday February 3 with E&B Defenders routing Pockwood Pond Passers 42 28.Deondre Smith top scored with 13 points, adding 4 rebounds and 5 steals.

Akeem Nibbs contributed 9 points, 2 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and a block, whilst Llewellyn Dasent had 8 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Makeem Hastings recorded 6 points, 15 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 blocks.

For the Pockwood Passers Nathan Rodney netted 12 points with a massive 26 rebounds, along with 2 assists and 4 blocks. Carl Alexander Jr. had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.

In Game 2, the Defenders outclassed Hannah Fresh Dribblers 42- 28 with Hastings recording a double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. He also got 4 steals and 1 block. Deondre Smith added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.

For the Dribblers, Thomas Richardson Jnr. and Dominic Penn both scored 8 points. Richardson Jnr. also finished with 3 rebounds, 7 steals, 7 assists and 3 blocks.

On the following night, the Dribblers snuck past the Passers 39 37 with Richardson Jnr. again leading the way. He recorded 16 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals, 6 assists and a block. Luwayne Francis added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

Top scorers for the Passers were Shaquille Baptiste with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists and Rodney with 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists.

In Game 2, the Dribblers proved no match for the on fire Defenders going down to a crushing 56 19 defeat. Justin Solomon recorded a double of 22 points and 13 rebounds adding 6 steals, 5 assists and 1 block for good measure. Nibbs hit 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 8 assists, while Smith 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

Top scorer for the Dribblers was Malaki Smith with 5 points and 1 steal.
In the final round of group play, the Defenders booked their place in next Saturdays final with a 56 28 win over Pockwood Pond. Hastings doubled again with 13 points and 20 rebounds, Solomon also doubled with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Nibbs returned 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists and 1 block.
For Pockwood Pond, Milford Todman scored 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists and Rodney 9 points, 18 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists, 8 blocks.
In the second and last game, the Defenders secured a place in the final with a hard fought 33 28 win over the Dribblers. Solomon doubled with 16 points and 17 rebounds, adding 4 steals, 1 assist and 4 blocks. Nibbs scored 6 points with 17 steals and 5 assists. Dasent had 6 points, 6 steals, and 1 assist.

For the Dribblers, Malachi Lespirit hit 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Relondo Rogers scored 8 points with 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks and Chadwin George had 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal.

The Championship Game starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday February 17, 2012.


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  BULGARIA   


Young players to watch in Bulgarian Cup - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian Men's Cup starts Feb 15th and goes through Feb 18th. For the first time, all the games will be broadcasted at Sportmedia.tv. There are some youngsters worth watching in every of the 8 teams out there in Samokov.

Balkan Botevgrad - Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91), Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management)
Stanimir is probably the best young guard to receive playing time in a NBL team. 20 years at age, he has a great view on the floor, and can also shoot and penetrate.
Dimitar Marintchechki has emerged in the last month and so, with couple of double-double games, and has scored 15 and more in seven of Balkan Botevgrad last 8 games.

Rilski Sportist Samokov - Stanislav Vaklinov (207-PF-89, agency: Interperformances), Hristo Zahariev (200-G/F-90)
Stanislav Vaklinov is going up step by step, season after season, after long hours in the gym. He might not be there yet, but is one of the few young players of that size in Bulgarian NBL.
Hristo Zahariev is longer in the game, and had lots of ups and downs, but lately has been deciding games and really acting his age. Maybe this is the time for him to show his great ability.

Euroins Cherno More - Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances), Simeon Iliev (202-F-89, agency: Interperformances), Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90)
Aleksandar Yanev is the obvious choice one of the best players in the League, period. Aleksandar Yanev has been searching for his shot to go abroad, but is still the one to take Euroins Cherno More forward. Tall, lean, strong figure, can do all shoot, penetrate, rebound.
Also watch Simeon Iliev, who has some interesting moves by his own. Tihomir Zhelev, mostly forced to play at one, can now do both PG and SG, which gives him quite a range.

BC Spartak Pleven - Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86)
Veselin is having maybe the best year since he has gone out of the junior rankings. He is a unique three-point shooter, for sure one of the best in Bulgaria at all. One of the main reasons Spartak to still keep up.

Tundja Yambol - Martin Durchev (200-G-87)
For a second season in a row, Martin is the top scorer amongst Bulgarians in the League, behind only Aaron Harper. Prolific scorer, despite his young age. Durchev has a slender physique, but his one-time shooting drill is killing the opposing defense.

Chernomorets Burgas - Konstantin Koev (195-F-91)
Koev has a huge room to grow, and needs a lot of work. His potential though is visible to all, and when he wants, he makes it. Dimitar Roshmanov and Todor Zahariev have some spark too.

Lukoil Academik Sofia - Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances), Pavel Marinov (197-G-88, agency: Interperformances), Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87)
Both Bulgarian NT players have a lot on their plate since young age. So far, Avramov is the one to receive more playing time, and at times, does very good job. When its his day, he can pour threes, strong guard, could make both positions. Marinov is athletic, powerful, great first step makes him going to the basket good to watch. Damjan Stojanovski had huge summer with Macedonia, and is now beginning to show the same for Lukoil. Killer hand, can make any three-pointer.

Levski Sofia - Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91), Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93), Pavel Ivanov (200-F-88)
With Pavel Ivanov being the only under 25 player to actually play for Levski Sofia, its hard to name someone. Ivanov is not having his best season, but is doing good job in trying to be persistent. Petkov and Simeonov has both been included on the team sheet for some games but have played limited minutes. Petkov is actually having great games in the second tier in Bulgaria, so he would have helped a lot Levski Sofia, if chosen in the team, as well as Simeonov.

Bozhidar Avramov


Bulgarian Men's Cup: The time is now! - by Vladi Lazarova
The National Cup of Bulgaria for men opens tomorrow in Samokov. The tournament begins with quarterfinal games phase. Yambol vs Chernomorets (12:30), Levski vs Balkan (14:45), Rilski sportist vs Cherno More (17:00) and Lukoil Academic vs Spartak Pleven (19:00). The most interesting match starts at 17:00 when the host team Rilski sportist will fight for Final Four place against Cherno More.

Semifinals are on February 16. The winner of Levski - Balkan will face the winner of Rilski sportist - Cherno More and the winner of Lukoil Academic - Spartak will face the winner of Yambol - Chernomorets. Bronze medals will be decided on Saturday, February 17 and the big Cup final is on Sunday, 18 February.


Aaron Harper ready to bring the Cup for Levski - by Maria Mitzova
Levski Sofia topscorer and leader Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) received his fourth award for Player of the month. He was chosen number one in Bulgarian NBL for January, after nailing two 30+ games, and helping Levski Sofia to get first win in a dozen meetings against Lukoil Academik.
Now the next challenge is the Cup Final 8, and Aaron Harper believes Levski Sofia has grown enough to get that first major trophy in almost two years.


'I want to thank my teammates especially, because they are playing better and making my job easier. It's a new year, and I am trying to be the best I could be. It's nice to start the year with an award.'

Aaron Harper underlined the importance of time passed since the season started, with the team gelling better and now reaching a point where everyone knows each other better. The American guard had special praise for the captain Stefan Georgiev, who returned to the squad after injury, and also the game of Jarrett Howell and Vasil Evtimov.

'I feel really good about the Cup. We practice hard, but we also have fun. We have 10 guys, who are ready to go out, give our all and I think we are going to get the Cup. We are ready.'

'It's one of our goals to win the Balkan League. We feel good about where we are not and hopefully this year we can raise the cup.'

Aaron Harper didn't spare good words for his coach at Levski Sofia Titi Papazov, and was thankful that he always is 100% behind his back.

'I play this game to the best of my ability every night. I just work hard and these awards show that hard work pays off. I am proud of myself for getting the award, and hopefully I will be back here to get another one.'

VIDEO of the Award Ceremony


Listen to Aaron Harper Interview



Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 12-0 
 2. Academik PL 8-3 
 3. Overgas 7-5 
 4. Academik BL 7-5 
 5. Vidabasket 7-6 
 6. Cherno More U18 6-6 
 7. Dunav 2007 6-6 
 8. Chavdar 3-9 
 9. Balkan 2 2-9 
 10. Shumen 2-11 


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Montegranaro lands big guy Sean May - by Eurobasket News
Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) is a new member of Sutor Montegranaro. The American center left Zagreb to join the Italian squad. He had 11.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 9 Euroleague games with Zagreb. In Adriatic league, May registered 12.4 and 5.1 ppg for 17 games. Sean May spent last season with Fenerbahce Ulker helping them to win the TBL title. From 2005 to 2010 May played in the NBA. He spent four years with the Charlotte Bobcats and one with Sacramento Kings. His best NBA season came in 2006/07. At that time Sean May had 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games. He is a product of the North Carolina University, where he played until 2005. They won the NCAA title that season and Bobcats selected May as 13th overall pick after that.

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BayHawks make multiple roster moves - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks continue to shape their roster as they make a push for the post-season. On Monday, the team acquired two new players and released three others.

The BayHawks announced the signing of guard Tyrone Brazelton (6'1''-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) and forward Sharrod Ford (6'9''-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson). Ford was then traded to Canton in exchange for forward Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88, college: ODU). To open spots on the roster, the team released NBA veterans Mike James (personal reasons) and Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA) (released due to injury) as well as guard B.J. Jenkins (6'0''-G-88, college: Murray St.).

Brazelton (6-1, 180 lbs) attended Western Kentucky University where he averaged 14.4 points per game for the Hilltoppers during his senior season. He also played an instrumental roll in leading the team to a Sweet 16 appearance with wins over fifth seeded Drake and San Diego. Following his collegiate career, he played professionally in Poland and Latvia.

Hassell (6-9, 245 lbs) played collegiately for Old Dominion University. During his senior season with the Monarchs, he was named to the first-team All Colonial Athletic Association, CAA All-Defensive team and CAA tournament MVP. Following college, he played briefly in the Turkish Basketball league before receiving an invite to training camp with the San Antonio Spurs. After his release from San Antonio, he signed with the Canton Charge where he averaged 10.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in only 21.6 minutes per game.

Both Brazelton and Hassell are expected to join the team for Thursday's game in Fort Wayne and will make their home debuts on Saturday, February 18 when the Dakota Wizards come to town. Saturday night is Ladies Night, presented by Charisma Salon. Penelec will present an acrobatic performance by the widely renowned Anton Brothers.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Josh Selby joins Bighorns on NBA assignment - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have assigned rookie guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) to the Reno Bighorns, it was announced yesterday. This marks the third NBA player assigned to the Bighorns this season.

Selby has played in 18 games with the Grizzlies this season, averaging 2.9 points, 1.4 assists, 0.7 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 10.3 minutes per game. His time in the NBA was highlighted on December 30 against the Houston Rockets when he had nine points and seven assists in 26 minutes.

Drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kansas, Selby joins former Kansas Jayhawk center Paul Mokeski, head coach of the Bighorns. Selby played one year for the Jayhawks, averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 26 games.

In his senior year of high school, Selby attended Lake Clifton High School and averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals per game. He was ranked the top prospect out of high school by Rivals.com and was named the 2010-11 NCAA Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Fans can see Selby in action as the Bighorns take on the Austin Toros, NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, on February 14 at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Charge take chance in Hassell-for-Ford trade - by Eurobasket News
Its a change - from potential to proven, from physical banger to long, lean athlete.

And its a risk the Charge felt was necessary.

To get the shot blocker they craved, the Charge made a difficult move Monday. They traded 23-year-old rookie Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88, college: ODU) to Erie for 30-year-old veteran Sharrod Ford (6'9''-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson).

A month and a half ago, the Charge acquired the 6-foot-8 Hassell with their No. 1 waiver preference spot after the rugged forward had been in training camp with the San Antonio Spurs.

Monday, he was shipped to Erie, which claimed the talented Ford with the No. 3 waiver preference spot, then flipped him to Canton.

Hassell is a broad-shouldered player who bangs and rebounds. His offensive game needs a lot of polish, but the Old Dominion product has the physical attributes to be an NBA guy someday.

The 6-9 Ford is a longer athlete who will rebound, plus block shots and provide more finesse on the offensive end.

But there also is less security with a player such as Ford, a Clemson product, who has put together an impressive career abroad (and is worth a lot of money). He will have no shortage of teams eyeing him.

He could be gone quickly if a team overseas throws a lot of cash his way, or if an NBA team likes him enough. Hassell wasnt going to the NBA anytime soon, so the Charge could have counted on his services maybe for multiple seasons while he developed.

Decisions, decisions.

This was about our need for front-line athleticism, specifically more protection at the rim, Charge General Manager Wes Wilcox said. These decisions are difficult, and we think through them exhaustively. We understand the balance of how this could play out.

The Charge have eyed Ford for a while. Their parent club, the Cleveland Cavaliers, had him on their summer league team in 2006.

Ford has six seasons of international experience in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has received numerous honors overseas, including some all-defensive team nods, which the defensive-minded Charge surely like.

The Washington D.C. native played three games with the NBAs Phoenix Suns in 2005-06 before spending 15 games with the D-Leagues Fayetteville Patriots.

Ford played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Italys top league last season, averaging 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 30 games. He shot 55.6 percent from the field.

Hes a really good guy, who will fit in with what weve done in Canton, Wilcox said. Hes legitimately 6-foot-10 with shoes on and a good athlete with length. And thats translated historically on the defensive end for him.

Ford signed with a German team this year but left the team in the preseason.

He hasnt played competitively this season. He knows that takes time, Wilcox said. But hes a professional. Hes a veteran of NBA summer leagues, and hes been in NBA training camps. He understand this level.

The Charge acquired Hassell on Dec. 29. His play was inconsistent with the Charge, with foul problems plaguing him on many occasions.

However, he had come on strong of late, sporting double-doubles in three straight games.

During 20 games (two starts), Hassell averaged 10.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in 23.2 minutes a night. He shot 52.0 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the foul line.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Gerald Green named D-League Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Feb. 6-12, when the D-Fenders went 4-0.

Green, a 6-8, 200-pound forward, averaged 27.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the floor last week. He recorded back-to-back 30-plus point games, including a 35-point performance in a 138-107 win over the Erie BayHawks on Feb. 6, and a 31-point outing on Feb. 8, in a 110-98 win over the Tulsa 66ers.

For the season, Green is averaging 19.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19 games for the D-Fenders.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


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Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. New York W. 5-1 
 2. HV Hype 5-1 
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-3 
 4. Brooklyn P. 0-0 
 5. NYC Jaguars 0-4 
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 6-0 
 2. Washington M. 2-3 
 3. Winchester S. 2-4 
 4. NoVa Hawks 1-2 
 5. Harrisburg H. 0-4 


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Delgadense wins Division 2 - by Jaime Arevalo
This down are the scores of the two Salvadorean Second Division Finals, played on Saturday, February 11:

BIOMEDICAL-MAYDA/FELINOS, 97-93
It was a very hard fight, the two teams ended regulation at 80-80, Biomedical triumphed at the end winning 17-13 the overtime. With 23 points apiece, Geovanny Hernandez and Irving Urrutia led all the scorers at the winning side. Ivan Lopez scored 20 points for the Edwin Mayda coached team, and Mario Alfaro added 19.

HALCONES-DELGADENSE, 69-80
The team from Ciudad Delgado took the win, becoming the 2011-12 Division 2 Champion. Carlos Mendez scored 22 pts to lead the winners, and was named the Final MVP. Kevin Hernandez added 16 pts and Melvin Vasquez played very well in tha last quarter. At the losing side, the best was Cesar Alvarez, with 19 points.



Division 2 Awards and Titles - by Jaime Arevalo
See here down a resume of what happened the last weekend:

DIVISION 2 CHAMPION : DELGADENSE (PROMOTED TO FIRST DIVISION)

DIVISION 2 RUNNER-UP : HALCONES

DIVISION 2 THIRD PLACE : BIOMEDICAL BKB CLUB

FINALS MVP : Carlos Mendez

DIVISION 2 TOP SCORER : Ricardo Merlos 299 PUNTOS

DIVISION 2 SINGLE GAME BEST SCORING PERFORMANCE : Ricardo Merlos (73 PTS)

TEAM RELEGATED TO THIRD DIVISION : QUEZALTEPEQUE



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Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 78-77:Analysis and conclusions - by Dimitris Katsionis
Die hard..

Obviously the title refers to both teams. Great game yesterday in Piraeus. So extent justified by the Members of the Greek government were riveted on the screens shortly before the big vote for Greece.. Olympiakos took the lead for regular season's first place (which isn't so important necessary). The late history has taught us that Panathinaikos can win whenever wherever. Basketball is a strange sport .. The defeated Panathinaikos leaves Piece and friendship stadium psychologically unscathed so as the match unfolded. How different things would be if the Reds were able to prevail with a difference as that was the end of the third period?
An end similar to that of the first round. Let's go check some things that both teams showed us..

Panathinaikos

-Started with obvious purpose to put the ball at the post and from this area to start the effort for creating or scoring with either it's guards or the big mans. All the 5 Obradovic's starters could play very well in the post. After they ''felt'' Dorsey's presence at Olympiakos's good defense seemed very much-the lack of quality shooters had in recent years, Nicholas, and Fotsis, who would do any other team dripping blood in a similar case.

-Obradovic started with Romain Sato (1.94-G/F-81) on Spanoulis (1.93-G-82) and generally was obvious that Panathinaikos had worked a lot his defense on Kill-Bill. The frontcourt's pick and roll defenders came up with an aggressive defense by limiting the field of Spanoulis's action and seeking to remove the ball from his hands tou. All the others were ready to close up and defend his drive,even the guys from the strong side. Spanoulis started with 10 points in the first period but he didn't score a single point after this. Panathinaikos's coaching staff chose to risk Olympiakos's three point shots by floping on the paint and that's the reason that the Reds shooted the same number of two&three-pointers,for sure an unusual event but modern basketball on this level is sometimes what the opponent gives to you. Panathinaikos was not vindicated, since Olympiakos's 10/25 three-pointers probably considered the result but on what we've seen so far his strategy was correct.

Being down 19 at the start of the 4th,coach Obradovic had to make something to change the game's status. Panathinaikos was slow and predictable offensivelly. The Serbian present an undersized lineup with Sato & Perperoglou as forwards (exploiting the African's appeal at rebounding and ''Perpe's'' all araound offensive style that allows him to score quickly and automated in many ways), added imagination and ''madness'' in the group with Jasikevicius and put at ''5'' spot Vougioukas who did it very well. A special situation scheme, not unnatural but not the one Greens choose every night. Panathinaikos target to score in every offense's first seconds no matter what has happened in their previous defense bringing to light-after the game in Turkey against Efes- the Red's transition defense problem. At Sinan Erntem Olympiacos could not defend itself properly when the Turks in the last two minutes ran the court searching quick pointsTaking deeper maybe it is not so ''much'' defensive problem as a collection issue. At both games Olympiakos had many point difference in favour to defend.. It's a young team and they have to work on this..

-Continued from the previous .. Saras has all the ingredients to be the perfect ''game changer'' from the bench. He's got the personality, experience and is by far the best shooter at Panathinaikos roster.I think that was what the Greens had in mind when they signed him..

Olympiakos

-It is very important that the Reds finished a game like this with Sloukas and Mantzaris on the court. Evangelos Mantzaris (1.96-G-90) was game's X-factor with his 3/4 3-pointers. I am sure that Olympiakos's coaching staff had prepared him for those shots expecting that Diamantidis would be floping to help inside. And that's a huge advantage to give at Panathinaikos. Mantzaris's good long distance shots filed him with more energy. After this he will be more' ready for the upcoming big matches,like the one which follows at Moscow. It is an ideal stage to show what he can do ..

-The team was well prepared.. They worked and stick to their plan till the end. Big defensive pressure and points on transition,a style that can cheer up the fans in a full arena. And that's what they did plus they manage to hit the long shots. Joey Dorsey (2.06-C/F-83) was impressive for one more time.a A sky-jumping center whose 'above the rim' game has given the defensive entity at the Reds paint. It's fun watching him staying on top defending the opponent guard, chasing him up in and finally winning the ball. If Dorsey continues like this he has to expect a new contract with Olympiakos at least for the next season. His pick 'n roll defense is what Ivkovic looking for the past two years.

However, Ivkovic's obsession with the undersized centers vindicated in this match, especially in the last seconds when Hines 'stayed' in front of Diamantidis mading him losing his ballance, while Dorsey was exceptional every time he changed player at the pick n' roll defense,especially against Diamantidis. Finally for the foul or not to foul issue (i talk about the last play when Olympiakos was up with 3 and pick not to foul) it's clear that Ivkovic had to foul.Batiste would punish him if he weard a smaller number of shoes..

-Georgios Printezis made a big impact for one more time against Panathinaikos. It seems he's building a tradition in those games. Latelly Printezis -with an improved long distance shot- plays at the highest level,like one of the Euroleague's best forwards.

The emotions

Green '' ghosts'' appeared in Piece and Friendship Stadium again. Panathinaikos come backs for the win in difficult situations all these years are common and legendary. Olympiakos played the perfect game for 30 minutes,something beyong expectations,too good to be true. Although the big Red effort the Greens left Peiraous with a sly smile secret of style'' we will meet again ..''
The truth is that even if Panathinaikos has the court disadvantage remains the clear favorite to win the championship. But just a moment.. I think this fact is Olympiakos biggest weapon now..


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KORISLIIGA: Ville Makalainen joined the Bisons - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga (Top League) newcomer Bisons (Loimaa) has signed one more Finnish player. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) left Team # 11 YMCA Lahti (record 7-22) and joined # 2 Team Bisons with 20-6 record right now. Bisons Head Coach Greg Gibson is happy to have Makalainen on his roster as the toughest games are ahead and Makalainen has 10 years experience playing on top level (YMCA Lahti, KTP, Honka) in Finland. This season Makalainen averaged 14,2 ppg - 5,9 rpg in 25 games and 34 mpg. Makalainen will start with Bisons this week Wednesday as Bisons will meet Pyrinto on the road in Tampere.
Kouvot (Kouvola) is testing an American Guard Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy). Taylor will replace Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina), who has been on injured list (sprained ankle). Taylor played shortly this 2011-12 season in Lebanon and is now first time in Finland.


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The question - by Romain Leroy
Hey,

Theres one thing you dont really learn, when you grow up as a coach. One thing that comes along with experience. When I started coaching, and decided to do it as a full time job, the question how to get a deal for the upcoming season ? was not looking that important to me. I mean, I was coaching youth team in my local club before a coach came and offered me the opportunity to become his assistant.

It was in womens first division, 9 months of an experience quite weird : Interesting to learn the job with great and experienced players, but also very frustrating because of the lack of money the club had, and the bankrupt that finally came one game before the end of the season. It was 8 years ago. When the coach came to us and told us it was over, I realized how fragile was the business.

How to get a deal for the upcoming season ? is the question we, players, coaches, are used to ask to ourselves an our agents- quite often. The risk of beeing unemployed for a few months, and maybe more, is real, and it can happen to each of us. Then you realize how lucky you are to be able to get paid for your passion. Basketball is a business, but its a also lot more.

Actually, Im looking for an opening. I miss practice a lot, and coaching even more. Im still used to work on video analysis for a professionnal men team, so I can keep contact with a part of the assistant coachs duties. Its also important to stay focus on basketball, and also on the way to use the softwares, things like that.
The job market is going to move slowly in a few weeks, so well see if theres finally an answer to THE question

See you on the next blog!

PS1 : About finding a spot, good to know that my former player Christopher Grimm (207-F/C-84, college: Marquette) finally got a deal in Hungary, after a few weeks waiting in France and a crazy experience in Macedonia.

PS2 : In my last post here, I wrote about the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate training course. Two of my coachmates are also members of the Eurobasket.com blog squad : Tomas Bilek , from Czech Republic and coaching in Romania, and Remy de Wit , from Netherlands. Don't forgot to read their blogs. Basketball is a really small world, the Blue Nation is even smaller.



Back On Track - by Curtis Marshall
Well folks since my last post we had a minor setback. We lost a tough game against Evreux by 4 points. The loss ended our 8 game winning streak but we did not let it bring us down, we got back in the gym and prepared for the next match. Lille Metropole Basket Clubs is back on track now after a great win against SPO Rouen Basket. Even though SPO Rouen Basket is in 15th position, their record does not reflect their talent. They have tremendous athletes, are a dangerous team, and hard to beat. They gave us a run for our money. We were down by 13 points in the 1st quarter and down 9 points at halftime. After a hard fought game, we came out on top by 8 points. I want to give another shout out to my teammate Moussa Camara (196-SF-87, college: Binghamton); he was a big key to our victory. He came in the game on fire from behind the arc and there wasn't much the defenders could do to stop him. Moussa gave us the great boost we needed to win. He wasn't the only one that contributed in this game, everyone on the team helped get this win as well. I never mention Steve Smith (200-PF-81, college: Iona) even though he always does his thang on the court. There is nothing like having an inside player that can play inside the paint and shoot the 3 consistently. The last few weeks have really been a test for my team. Over these weeks almost everyone on my team got sick, including me. It's really hard to prepare for a game when everyone is not present and you don't have 10 players to practice with. Our determination overcame the sickness and we got the victory we needed.

Since the beginning of the season we have had a habit of starting games slow. On the other hand we also have been known as a comeback team, coming from behind as much as 18 points in a game to win. One thing we do very well at is never giving up, we stay composed no matter what the score is and always fight to win. Over this season my role has been different in certain games. Sometimes I'm needed to score, sometimes to get my teammates shots, sometimes to provide tough defense, or to be on the bench yelling and supporting my team. It doesn't matter what my role is, all I want to do is win and that's my main focus. I'm willing to sacrifice for the team because it's not just about me. We have a special team this season with so many weapons and that's why we are a tough team to beat. It's great when you don't have to score 20 or more points a game to win. I'm definitely looking forward to our continued success and making a run in the playoffs. Now Lille has something to look forward to because we are making some noise in the league and will continue to do so. The Lord has definitely blessed me and my team this season. There are so many things that we overcame to be where we are now. I'm so thankful and give all the glory to God. I turn everything over to the Lord because without Him, none of this would be possible. 'The Lord isn't slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn't want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act' --2 Peter 3:9 Just a reminder to you all, my official website will be launching real soon so stay tuned (http://www.marshalltime.com). You can also follow me on Twitter @MarshallTime, and check out my fan page and hit the Like button (http://www.facebook.com/curtismarshallbasketball). Until the next time, Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) signing off!!!! With the love of Christ, God bless you all.



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Can The Icy Weather Continue To Keep The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Content At Home Against The Fraport Skyliners? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The last time the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had a two game winning streak this season before their current two game winning streak against Braunschweig and Giessen, the St Louis Cardinals were just crowned MLB World Series champion, any kind of Kevin Durant rumor in Bayreuth would have been met with a startled look as they were still a month away and the New York Giants were a 6-2 team and still far away from being in the 2012 Superbowl. Since the big 86-83 win in Artland October 29th, the Eisbaeren have been an up and down team at 7-7 spanning three months where they were unable to win two games in a row. Even if they continue to give up way too many points to the liking of ex Paderborn skipper Doug Spradley, the team seems to have used the huge 92-87 OT win at home against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as a spark plug where Philadelphia native Jason Cain made a jaw breaking buzzer beating three pointer to bring the game to extra minutes and then winning it in fine style in the extra time and the 102 point explosion in Giessen. It seems like the club is using the unbearable, nasty, Siberian ,freezing like temperatures to their liking as they are playing as focused as Madonna was in the Superbowl halftime show showing no signs of an old 53 year old woman with her moves, Kim Kardashian telling the world that she will never date another football player again and CEE LO throwing out his hard earned cash at a strip club at a pre super bowl party in Indianapolis recently. The Eisbaeren arent thawing out at the moment, but instead seeming to be using their natural habitat in the cold to their advantage. It seems that Bremerhaven is getting more aggressive on the court while everyone else is hibernating. But if Bremerhaven would visit my team Wels in Austria, we would make sure to turn up the temperature in the gym, so they wouldnt be able to play so well, joked ex Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor. If the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven played us in the Paul Horn arena now during this cold weather, they would have the home court advantage, because it is so cold here, that we have to practice more with snow balls than with basketballs, joked Walter Tiger Tuebingen forward Ruben Spoden. The good news for the Fraport Skyliners is that Bremerhaven has gotten back to plus Celsius temperatures which might just make the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the mood for a short 40 minute hibernation.

Last season the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven finished the season in eighth place with a record of 18-16 as they beat out EnBW Ludwigsburg on the last game day sneaking into the Beko BBL playoffs.. They were able to reach the playoffs thanks to winning 5 of their last seven games. The team had very talented players with fan favorite Torrell Martin, inside duo Craig Callahan and Andrew Drevo and strong role players like German national player Philipp Schwethelm, John Allen, Jan Lipke and Sean Denison. However they had two problems with lingering injuries all season long as Martin missed the last three months of the season and a point guard problem as coach Doug Spradley played a special playmaking lottery at the start of the season with many guys coming in and departing as quickly as the polar bears do when the first warm air comes. We had very much disturbances last season as players came and went, stressed Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. It is not always easy to get a positive expression from Spradley since his closet friends might be the only ones to see him smile since he is always very focused during games, but one didnt need a smile to know that his solution with Donald Copeland and Jermaine Thomas was what he was content with. The team did celebrate big wins against the Artland Dragons, BG Goettingen, Braunschweig and Oldenburg, but never was able to beat one of the big 3 teams with Bamberg, Berlin or Frankfurt. The season ended quickly as the Brose Baskets Bamberg swept them in three games.

Instead of making a summer cleaning session exchanging players for new players the same way Boston Celtic legend Larry Bird was able to always pick a new pigeon on defense to make look like raw meat when scoring baskets, Doug Spradley was able to identify that guys like Torrell Martin, ex NBA playmaker and big guard Jamison Brewer who left recently going back to the States and scoring guard Terrell Everett would be adequate for the foundation of the new team. Spradley brought in a strong trio for the front court with 2010 Eurochallenge winner Chris Mcnaughton, versatile forward and playoff experienced Jason Cain and second year man Zachery Peacock who had a solid rookie season in Giessen. German Jermaine Raffington was also hauled into help under the boards and Beko BBL rookie Mike Smith who is a fantastic rebounder at 198cm. Sharp shooter ex Giessen 46er Anthony Smith was also brought in to help strengthen the athleticism in the team. Due to the departure of Jamison, the team added experienced Alex Gordon at the guard spot. Gordon is a 26 year old 182 cm guard from Pensacola, Florida that Displays great speed and quickness along with tremendous range from the perimeter. Brings a competitive flavor to the floor. He played at Vanderbilt (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his first three season as a professional, he has played in Turkey and France. Is the team better now with Gordon than before with Brewer. I haven't saw Gordon play,but looking at his numbers he is getting the job done, stated John Bynum. The team looks solid on paper, but Doug Spradley knows that the Beko BBL gets stronger each season and the playoffs always more difficult to reach. It will be very difficult to reach the top 8 teams. 12 -13 teams have realistic chances of making the playoffs, warned Doug Spradley. I think they are a team that could make the playoffs but a healthy Torrell Martin is the key. He does so much for them and they will need him as well if they make a push, warned John Bynum. Last season, the team was known for its scoring, but less known for their defense as they averaged giving up 79 points per game. We have to improve on defense, added Doug Spradley. With Torrell Martin being possibly one of the most athletic players in the league, the club hopes to boost its output on defense with athleticism which will be bolstered with the new players. However Martin has been injured for some time. They have had a lot of injuries and made some changes as well. It is tough when a key player gets injured and when you make constant changes all the time to a roster to find a rhythm, stated TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Currently the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are sitting comfortably in 6th place with a record of 11-9. Since the win in Frankfurt in November, the team is 6-6 and been up and down, but are riding on a two game winning streak. They had some big wins in Bonn and at home against FC Bayern Munich and the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.

Since The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the BBL in 2005-2006, they have had some interesting battles with The Skyliners. Bremerhaven have had the number of Frankfurt in the first four season posting a 6-3 record. In the first two seasons, Bremerhaven totally dominated Frankfurt with a 4-0 record. Who could forget the stunning 89-88 Bremerhaven win in their first meeting ever in the fall of 2005 as Brian Jones won the game with a buzzer beater. The Eisbaeren won the return date in Bremerhaven 94-78 as ex Skyliner Nino Garris played one of his few good games for Frankfurt dropping 20 points. However in the 2007-2009 seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had a positive record of 3-2 and were 2-2 at home. The curious thing is that the two games at home were decided by one point. In the 2007-2008 season, Frankfurt lost 82-81 in the Ballsporthalle and last season Frankfurt nipped Bremerhaven 66-65 with 16 points and 11 rebounds from ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon. In the 2009-2010 season, both clubs played seven games including five games in the playoffs. Frankfurt won the season series 4-3 last season posting a 2-1 record in the Ballsporthalle and posting a 2-2 record in Bremerhaven. The two wins at home remain unforgettable as Frankfurt won the season game 70-69 as Pascal Roller led the charge with 15 points and game two 84-83 as Aubrey Reese poured in 18 points. Last season, Frankfurt won 81-66 at home as Dashaun Wood and AJ Moye led the charge with 19 points a piece and they also won in Bremerhaven 71-56 as Dashaun Wood had a Lebron James type game with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Since the Eisbaeren entered the Beko BBL in 2005, the series between both teams is tied at 9-9. In the first meeting this season, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came to Frankfurt winning 63-55. Torrell Martin hit some big shots leading his team with 19 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Justin Gray and Jermareo Davidson with 14 points a piece.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are led by Zachery Peacock who is a 24 year old 203cm power forward that is playing his second season in the Beko BBL and first with Bremerhaven. He is a big, strong frontcourt player who already is a tremendous rebounder and can shoot the basketball. He played at Georgia Tech (NCAA) from 2006-2010 and in his senior year played 35 games: 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 79.1%. Last season with the LTi Giessen 46ers, he played 34 games: 13.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 68.0%. Currently for Bremerhaven, he is averaging 15,3ppg and 5,3rpg. He has started off shooting the ball well at 54,9% from the field and 89,5% from the free throw line. Torrell Martin is a 26 year old 196cm forward. He is from Columbia, South Carolina and played at Winthrop from 2003-2007. He is a very athletic competitor that brings a lot of energy to the court. He has a keen basketball I.Q, can shoot and defend well. In 2007-2008, he took part in the Orlando Magic preseason camp before playing in Poland. In 2009-2010, he played in Turkey for Antalya averaging 13,0ppg, 6,7rpg, 1,2apg, 1,9spg and shot 49% from the field. He finished the season in Greece with Kavala Panorama averaging 10,4ppg, 5,5rpg and 1,4apg. In his first season for Bremerhaven, he played 41 games: 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 65.0%. Last season, he got off to a big start, but was injured after 22 games and missed the rest of the season. He averaged 15.4ppg, Reb-5 (7.1rpg), 3.0apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.6%. Currently he is averaging 13,0ppg, 5,3rpg and 2,0apg. Hisathleticism is off the charts and knows how to use it to his advantage as teams witnessed too often the last two years of his sick traffic dunks.

Christopher Mcnaughton is a 28 year old 211cm center. He is a true back-to-the-basket big man, but does possess good mobility for his size. He started his basketball career in the Bamberg system in 2000 playing 35 games for TSV Troester Breitengrussbach in the second Bundesliga. He then played at Bucknell from 2003-2007. After getting valuable experience in the NCAA, he played two years in Spain before moving to BG Goettingen in 2009-2010. He helped the club win the Eurochallenge and scoring 22 points in the final. He played EuroChallenge: 15 games: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 71.1%; German League: 37 games: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.4%. Last season, he played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing EuroCup: 6 games: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT; German League: 39 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 80.7%. At the

World Championships in Turkey in 2010, he played 5 games: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 58.8%, FT: 77.8%. Currently, he is averaging 10,3ppg and 5,6rpg. Anthony Smith is a 25 year old 196cm shooting guard from Plano, Texas. He is a scorer with great quickness and leaping ability, NBA body and athleticism. He is a phenomenal athlete with great range from the shooting guard position. He has the strength and athleticism to take advantage of smaller guards. Also, because of his strength, he can play the 3 spot at times. His quickness and ball handling skills give him the ability to take almost any defender to the rim. His 3 point range is phenomenal. has great ball handling skills and when he is leading the team up the court on a fast break, he has the quick explosion needed to take the ball all the way, or he can stop on a dime and nail the mid-range He is also a good free throw shooter and knows how to get to the free throw line. An excellent run and jump style player. Along with his offensive skills, he is also a great defender who is very long and very good vertically on the floor as well in defensive position. Anthony plays good on the ball defense and has shown that he can force his opponent into committing turnovers. Anthony is a complete player who knows how to win and creates major match-up problems for the opposition. His Strength and athleticism make him a very effective rebounder from the perimeter as he demonstrated in College and in the Orlando Summer League. He showed these qualities at Liberty (NCAA) where he played from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played games: 17.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3Pts: 37.1%, FT: 65.8%. In 2009-2010, he played for CB Cornella (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 59.0%. Last season, for the Giessen 46ers, he played 28 games: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 60.3%. Currently, he is averaging 9,6ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,7apg.

The club brought back American Terrell Everett who is a 27 year old 193 cm guard from Charleston, South Carolina. He is a A heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills , can play the point if the need arises, regarded as a slasher, excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim, a savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer and possesses a soft touch on his jump shot. He played NCAA ball at Oklahoma. He turned professional in 2006 and in his first five seasons, has gained much experience playing in France, Czech Republic, Greece and Croatia. He also had a stint in the D-league with the Bakersfield Jam. Last season, he played for Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 7 games: 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 65.1%; left in Dec.'10, next month moved to KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (Croatia-A1): Adriatic League: 3 games: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg and then moved to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 13 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 80.4%. Currently, he is averaging 9,6ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,9apg. Jason Cain is a 26 year old 208cm power forward from Philadelphia who is playing for his second Beko BBL team. He played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2011 reaching the playoffs twice. He played 142 games for Braunschweig and last season averaged 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 78.2%. HBefore coming to Germany, he played at Virginia. Currently, he is averaging 7,6ppg, 2,1rpgand 1,7apg.

The team also brought in Mike Smith who is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Vandalia, Missouri. He played at E.Tenn.St. (NCAA) from 2006-2011 and in his senior year played 35 games: 17.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.9%. He took part at the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg. He is a very efficient rebounder for his height and is currently averaging 3,3ppg and 2,4rpg. Jermaine Raffington is a 26year old 205cm power forward/center German. He played at TSG Ehingen from 2002-2005. He played at Southeastern CC from 2005-2007 and then returned back to Germany. He played at BV Chemnitz 99 (2.Bundesliga) in 2007-2008 playing 30 games: 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 59.3%. He played for BBC Bayreuth from 2008-2010. In 2009-2010, he played 30 games: 10.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 72.7%. Last season for BG Goettingen, he played : EuroCup: 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg; German League: 23 games: 2.5ppg, 1.2rpg. Currently he is averaging 2,1ppg and 1,6rpg. Anthony Canty returns for a third season to Bremerhaven. Canty is a 20 year old 183cm point guard from Germany. Last season he played 15 games for Bremerhaven averaging 2.2ppg and also played at Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA): 22 games: 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.3%. Who could forget his spirited game in Frankfurt last season where he had to play a bulk at the point showing his three point shooting savoy and playmaking skills.

The Fraport Skyliners return back to Bremerhaven and want to start a new winning streak on the road, because their five game winning streak on the road was snapped in Ludwigsburg 11 days ago. Bamberg guard Julius Jenkins who hit Frankfurt with 20 points earlier in the season and was often standing all alone in the corner seeming lonely and not knowing if the lazy boy chair was being delivered or not, but when he caught the ball hit bombs. Jenkins didnt need many words about how they could beat Bremerhaven. Frankfurt needs to play some defense to beat Bremerhaven, warned Julius Jenkins. Frankfurt have averaged giving up 80 points in the last three games and needs to defend extra hard being without Jermareo Davidson. Marcus Slaughter got behind the Frankfurt defense a few times dunking like there was no tomorrow back in November. Frankfurt needs to focus on defense, that is key to winning. They have to slow Bremerhaven down, warned Marcus Slaughter. When looking at the team stats, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lead in almost every statistical category. Bremerhaven is a very good rebounding team where the focus isnt primarly on one guy, but they are a team rebounding team. Frankfurt is without their two top scorers Gray and Davidson. We will have to be a lot more physical under the boards, warned Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. We need to build up our self confidence in practice. They have 3-4 guys that average double figures. We will have to play team basketball, warned Skyliner guard Justin Gray. Bremerhaven actually have six guys in averaging in double figures, but who is counting? We have to focus most on defense. We are taking the next games one at a time. We have to play for four quarters and not three against Braunschweig. We have to continue to be aggressive, added Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Frankfurt has to have more than three guys step up and play solid. Defense will be the key getting key stops and so on. More than anything I think they have to make Bremerhaven play defense for stretches and not rush their offense, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven host the Fraport Skyliners on February 15th at 19:30.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To Bayern Munich Game February 15th - 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 FC Bayern Munich February 15th.

A tough 102-74 loss against Bamberg. How tough is it digesting this loss? ratiopharm Ulm hasnt been used to losing much this season.

It was a tough loss, I think the team fought hard but a team like Bamberg has the weapons to capitalize on mistakes.

Bamberg had the 46-39 lead at halftime and in the second half they continued to increase their scoring. What was the biggest difficulty that Bamberg was giving Ulm on this day?

They were shooting a great percentage from 3, anytime they got open they were knocking it down.

Bamberg shot so well from the floor. Was this just a day where everything was falling or was the Ulm defense better than par despite the 101 points?

They were taking good shots and making them.

The next game is against Bayern Munich. What else do you remember from this game besides the Keaton Nankivil buzzer beater?

I remember us getting a big lead and Munich switching to zone to slow the pace.

Bayern Munich is struggling having lost five of their last eight games. What will be the biggest danger in this game? Their losing ways wont hold forever.

They have been more successful at home so we need to be prepared. We will be bringing a lot of fans with us to the game so it should be a great atmosphere that will be fun for the players.

Jeremy Lin scored 36 points against Kobe and the Lakers. Is this a new star on the NBA horizon?

He has been killing, time will tell.

How unfortunate is it that Kevin Garnett wont be playing in the 2012 NBA Allstar game?

You can say the same about Tim Duncan, there are young stars that are playing better than those veterans.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



Marcus Slaughter (Brose Baskets Bamberg) Tibor Pleiss Is Playing With A Lot Of Confidence - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.'07, in Jan.'08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3 (63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1 (9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. He is back in the Beko BBL with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. He spoke to eurobasket after the win against ratiopharm Ulm.

Congrats on the 102-74 win in Ulm. This game had been talked about for weeks as being the big showdown, but Bamberg silenced all critics showing they are still the best team in Germany.


This was a big game. Ulm had not lost in their new arena and we wanted to stay in first place. There have been those doubters who didnt think that Bamberg was as good as the last years. We wanted to make a statement and didnt lay down and kept first place.

What was your impression of the new arena?

Ulm has a great new arena. Fans were already there early screaming at us at the shoot around. It was a different kind of experience, but the Brose Baskets Bamberg fans are still the best.

Bamberg had a slim lead at half time, but poured in 56 points in the second half. What was key for getting the win in the second half?

It was all about defense. We felt that we would be able to get any shot that we wanted to on offense. We just had to lock down on defense. Swann was on fire and we couldnt contain him, but we gave a good team effort on defense.

What is your impression of ratiopharm Ulm? Will they do damage in the playoffs?

To be honest, I think that any team that reaches the playoffs can do damage. They have a good team and there is a reason that they are in second place. I think that they can survive in the playoffs as anything can happen.

How is it having to be around John Bryant in the zone?

He is very big and isnt easy to move away or push him away. Tibor Pleiss did a good job on him. You always need to have a game plan against him.

People are speculating that Tibor Pleiss will go to the NBA next season. What is your gut feeling?

I dont really get into all the talk, but he has the ability to play in the NBA. He is a seven footer and got drafted.

Who has been the most improved player this season for the Brose Baskets Bamberg?

I think it has been Tibor Pleiss. He is playing with a lot of self confidence. We help each other in practice to help make each other better. I put a lot of pressure on him in practice on the court which helps him get better.

How disappointing was not getting farther in Euroleague play?

It was very disappointing. A big reason for coming to Bamberg was the chance to play Euroleague. My nicest memory was beating Athens at home. Now we will concentrate on cup and winning the league.

Who was your toughest opponent in the Euroleague?

Nenad Krstic of CSKA Moscow. He is a very tall and smart veteran who has a nice touch around the rim. He has great teammates who help him on the court. They are always looking for him and he knows how to duck inside and get the ball. He is a main option and you can never take a break on defense on him.

EnBW Ludwigsburg got Matt Howard to help their team. What is your impression of him?

He is a good addition that is capable of shooting the three pointer. He is very smart and will help them.

The next game for Bamberg is BG Goettingen who have only two wins. I am sure that Bamberg wont underestimate them.

We want to win every game we play. We will not underestimate them.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Coming to America.

Thanks Marcus for the chat.






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Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 78-77:Analysis and conclusions - by Dimitris Katsionis
Die hard..

Obviously the title refers to both teams. Great game yesterday in Piraeus. So extent justified by the Members of the Greek government were riveted on the screens shortly before the big vote for Greece.. Olympiakos took the lead for regular season's first place (which isn't so important necessary). The late history has taught us that Panathinaikos can win whenever wherever. Basketball is a strange sport .. The defeated Panathinaikos leaves Piece and friendship stadium psychologically unscathed so as the match unfolded. How different things would be if the Reds were able to prevail with a difference as that was the end of the third period?
An end similar to that of the first round. Let's go check some things that both teams showed us..

Panathinaikos

-Started with obvious purpose to put the ball at the post and from this area to start the effort for creating or scoring with either it's guards or the big mans. All the 5 Obradovic's starters could play very well in the post. After they ''felt'' Dorsey's presence at Olympiakos's good defense seemed very much-the lack of quality shooters had in recent years, Nicholas, and Fotsis, who would do any other team dripping blood in a similar case.

-Obradovic started with Romain Sato (1.94-G/F-81) on Spanoulis (1.93-G-82) and generally was obvious that Panathinaikos had worked a lot his defense on Kill-Bill. The frontcourt's pick and roll defenders came up with an aggressive defense by limiting the field of Spanoulis's action and seeking to remove the ball from his hands tou. All the others were ready to close up and defend his drive,even the guys from the strong side. Spanoulis started with 10 points in the first period but he didn't score a single point after this. Panathinaikos's coaching staff chose to risk Olympiakos's three point shots by floping on the paint and that's the reason that the Reds shooted the same number of two&three-pointers,for sure an unusual event but modern basketball on this level is sometimes what the opponent gives to you. Panathinaikos was not vindicated, since Olympiakos's 10/25 three-pointers probably considered the result but on what we've seen so far his strategy was correct.

Being down 19 at the start of the 4th,coach Obradovic had to make something to change the game's status. Panathinaikos was slow and predictable offensivelly. The Serbian present an undersized lineup with Sato & Perperoglou as forwards (exploiting the African's appeal at rebounding and ''Perpe's'' all araound offensive style that allows him to score quickly and automated in many ways), added imagination and ''madness'' in the group with Jasikevicius and put at ''5'' spot Vougioukas who did it very well. A special situation scheme, not unnatural but not the one Greens choose every night. Panathinaikos target to score in every offense's first seconds no matter what has happened in their previous defense bringing to light-after the game in Turkey against Efes- the Red's transition defense problem. At Sinan Erntem Olympiacos could not defend itself properly when the Turks in the last two minutes ran the court searching quick pointsTaking deeper maybe it is not so ''much'' defensive problem as a collection issue. At both games Olympiakos had many point difference in favour to defend.. It's a young team and they have to work on this..

-Continued from the previous .. Saras has all the ingredients to be the perfect ''game changer'' from the bench. He's got the personality, experience and is by far the best shooter at Panathinaikos roster.I think that was what the Greens had in mind when they signed him..

Olympiakos

-It is very important that the Reds finished a game like this with Sloukas and Mantzaris on the court. Evangelos Mantzaris (1.96-G-90) was game's X-factor with his 3/4 3-pointers. I am sure that Olympiakos's coaching staff had prepared him for those shots expecting that Diamantidis would be floping to help inside. And that's a huge advantage to give at Panathinaikos. Mantzaris's good long distance shots filed him with more energy. After this he will be more' ready for the upcoming big matches,like the one which follows at Moscow. It is an ideal stage to show what he can do ..

-The team was well prepared.. They worked and stick to their plan till the end. Big defensive pressure and points on transition,a style that can cheer up the fans in a full arena. And that's what they did plus they manage to hit the long shots. Joey Dorsey (2.06-C/F-83) was impressive for one more time.a A sky-jumping center whose 'above the rim' game has given the defensive entity at the Reds paint. It's fun watching him staying on top defending the opponent guard, chasing him up in and finally winning the ball. If Dorsey continues like this he has to expect a new contract with Olympiakos at least for the next season. His pick 'n roll defense is what Ivkovic looking for the past two years.

However, Ivkovic's obsession with the undersized centers vindicated in this match, especially in the last seconds when Hines 'stayed' in front of Diamantidis mading him losing his ballance, while Dorsey was exceptional every time he changed player at the pick n' roll defense,especially against Diamantidis. Finally for the foul or not to foul issue (i talk about the last play when Olympiakos was up with 3 and pick not to foul) it's clear that Ivkovic had to foul.Batiste would punish him if he weard a smaller number of shoes..

-Georgios Printezis made a big impact for one more time against Panathinaikos. It seems he's building a tradition in those games. Latelly Printezis -with an improved long distance shot- plays at the highest level,like one of the Euroleague's best forwards.

The emotions

Green '' ghosts'' appeared in Piece and Friendship Stadium again. Panathinaikos come backs for the win in difficult situations all these years are common and legendary. Olympiakos played the perfect game for 30 minutes,something beyong expectations,too good to be true. Although the big Red effort the Greens left Peiraous with a sly smile secret of style'' we will meet again ..''
The truth is that even if Panathinaikos has the court disadvantage remains the clear favorite to win the championship. But just a moment.. I think this fact is Olympiakos biggest weapon now..


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Player of Lasaulec Aris arrested, accused of robbery - by Fred Roggen
According to the provincial newspaper 'De Leeuwarder Courant', A basketball player of Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden was arrested on suspicion of robbery.
He is suspected of stealing a wallet of a 27-year-old man on Jan. 23 in Drachten. The police arrested him two days later at his home in Leeuwarden.
Since then he missed all matches of the DBL team.

Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden manager Gert Schurer, 'My first reaction was one of disbelief'.



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Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 16 - by Eurobasket News
American Jarryd Cole (200-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Keflavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat KR (#3, 10-6) 95-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Keflavik is placed at 2nd position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. Cole turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. Jarryd Cole averages this season 19.4ppg and 9.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik. Echols impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Njardvik cruised to a 88-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Snaefell (#6, 9-7). This victory allowed Njardvik to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Echols is a newcomer at Njardvik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#1). He also registered 11.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Junior Hairston (203-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Thor Thorl (#5). Hairston scored 23 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Thor Thorl, leading his team to a 88-80 win against Stjarnan (10-6). Thor Thorl needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Hairston has a great season in Iceland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 4.6bpg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Holmes (193-G-86) of Njardvik - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85) of KR - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) of Tindastoll - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84) of Thor Thorl - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Hjalti Fridriksson (201-F-89) of IR - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Watson's 40-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Giordan Watson (178-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Grindavik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 40 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Grindavik in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tindastoll (#9, 7-9) 105-96. It allowed Grindavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic league. Grindavik has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. 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. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Watson is league's best passer with 6.8apg. Watson is in league's top in and averages solid 55.6% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of Snaefell. He is American forward in his second season at Snaefell. In the last game Hankins-Cole recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Snaefell to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked IR (#10, 6-10) 97-74. Despite this victory Snaefell slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hankins-Cole is well-known at Snaefell and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan (#4). Shouse scored 28 points and passed four assists. Despite Shouse's great performance Stjarnan lost 87-89 to #3 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 6 lost games. Shouse has a great season in Iceland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.6apg (2nd best).

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 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)


Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Spain.
CAI Zaragoza 72. Asefa Estudiantes 72 Jon Stefansson 12 points and 4 assist for CAI.
Assignia Manresa 60 Gesgrap Biskia 88. Haukur Palsson 4 points & 1 rebounds.
Germany.
ETB Wohnbau 81. MBC 75. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 10 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist for MBC
Sweden.
Sundsvall Dragons 89 08 Stockholm 67. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) 19 pts, 5 rebs 1 assist. Jakob Sigurdarson 10 pts, 3 rebs, 4 assist for Dragons. Helgi Magnusson 14 pts, 7 rebs 1 assist for 08.
Sodertalje 87 Solna Vikings 84. Logi Gunnarsson 16 points, 3 rebs 1 assist for Solna


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Joseph Forte joins Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour - by Eurobasket Center
Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina). In his first game he scored 9 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and 3 assists. However his new team lost to Champville 66-79. Forte played most recently at Ironi Ashkelon (Israel). He is a very experienced player. Forte played also pro basketball in Greece, Israel, Italy, Russia and USA. He graduated University of North Carolina in 2001 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 15-3 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 14-4 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 13-5 
 4. Kiryat Tivon 10-8 
 5. Hod Hasharon 10-8 
 6. Hapoel Afula 10-8 
 7. Ironi Nes-Ziona 9-9 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 8-10 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 7-11 
 10. Ironi K-A 7-11 
 11. Lev Hasharon 6-12 
 12. Hapoel K/S 6-12 
 13. Ironi Nahariya 6-12 
 14. Hapoel Y/M 5-13 


Traimel's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Eric Traimel (201-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ironi Nahariya and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Hapoel T-A (#1, 15-3) 80-91. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to the 13th position in the Israeli National League. Ironi Nahariya is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Traimel had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ironi Nahariya's top player in his first season with the team. Eric Traimel averages this season 15.0ppg and 8.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Amit Tamir (208-C/F-79) of Ironi Ramat Gan. He is former international in his first season at Ironi Ramat Gan. In the last game Tamir recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Ironi Ramat Gan to another comfortable win 91-76 over the lower-ranked Hapoel Y/M (#14, 5-13) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Ironi Ramat Gan to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Tamir is one of the most experienced players at Ironi Ramat Gan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula (#6). Thondique showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Thondique's great performance Hapoel Afula lost 69-74 to Hod Hasharon (10-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hapoel Afula 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 8 lost games. Thondique has a great season in Israel. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.0rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 57.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 20 points and 14 rebounds
5. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Kiryat Tivon - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Elad Hofman (192-G/F-85) of Elitzur Yavne - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Grady Reynolds (198-F-80) of Lev Hasharon - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan Bacon (200-F-88) of Elitzur Ramla - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 16 points and 12 rebounds

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


Israeli League Announced All-Star Rosters - by David Pick
According to the Israeli Basketball League Association, nearly 15,000 collected fan votes determined the 2011-12 Israeli All-Star rosters, taking place in the Southern port city of Ashkelon, on March 8th.

Due to the fact that Israel's top league is formed of 11 teams, two 'wildcards' were giving to each squad, completing a 12-man roster. Last season, in the league's first All-Star event ever, team Israel beat team Foreigners 122-117.

Team Foreigner: 1st round MVP Bryant Dunston, Richard Hendrix, Brian Randle, Courtney Fells, Tweety Carter, Jermaine Jackson, Dwayne Mitchell, Derwin Kitchen, Adrian Banks, Josh Duncan and Paul Delaney. The 'wildcard' went to Ashkelon's Marco Killingsworth.

Team Israel: Yuval Naimy, Ido Kozikaro, Isaac Rosefelt, Sylven Landesberg, Raviv Limonad, Lior Eliyahu, Nitzan Hanochi, Moran Roth, Meir Tapiro, Yehu Orland and Ezequiel Skverer. The 'wildcard' was given to Hapoel Jerusalem's Elishay Kadir.

Important to note that several league players and representatives were surprised when a number of key players were left undrafted. Galil/Gilboa's drafted swingman Courtney Fells expressed his disappointment of being selected over standout teammate Romeo Travis, telling Eurobasket he's not looking to participate in the event, but to forward his elected spot to a well deserved Travis.

Unexpectedly, the league's fourth leading scorer and Maccabi Rishon's Joe Crawford also went undrafted, as did star Israeli PG Yogev Ohayon, sharpshooter David Blu, Jerusalem's dominant D.J. Strawberry and Netanya's 'hired gun', Brian Asbury.

The league is yet to announce the four participators in each the 3-point shootout competition and the Dunk contest, however, Eurobasket was tipped that Paul Delaney, Adrian Banks, Alex Tyus and Roi Buchbinder should be competing.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick



National League Round 18: 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.

National League round 18 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Beer Yaakov (14-4) against twelfth ranked Elitzur Ramla (7-11) 87-79 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Beer Yaakov won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla forced 21 Beer Yaakov turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Ohad Cohen (193-87, agency: Ronsport) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Elitzur Ramla's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Beer Yaakov. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hapoel T-A. Beer Yaakov will play next round against strong Kiryat Tivon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Elitzur Ramla will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Elitzur Yavne on the road.
Another interesting game for Kiryat Tivon (10-8) which played in Nes Ziyona against Ironi Nes-Ziona (9-9). Fifth ranked Kiryat Tivon had an easy win 93-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Valery Gandlin chipped in 25 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Raz Zehavian (197-82) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kiryat Tivon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Kiryat Tivon will play against league's second-placed Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Hod Hasharon was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Hapoel Afula (10-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Hod Hasharon (10-8). Hod Hasharon managed to secure a 5-point victory 74-69 on Tuesday. Avi Sukar notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Gregg Thondique did not help to save the game for Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon and Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#12) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-11) and Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-12), which took place in Kiryat Ata. Higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata lost at home to thirteenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba 90-102. The best player for the winners was Omer Cohen who scored 25 points. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Ironi Nahariya. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#6) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game between 14th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (5-13) and ninth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-10) in Yokneam on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ramat Gan beat Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 91-76. It was a good game for Amit Tamir who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Hapoel Yokneam/Megido stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Ironi Kiryat Ata (#10) at home in the next round. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in Nes Ziyona.

In the last two games of round 18 Lev Hasharon was beaten by Elitzur Yavne on the road 91-83. Ironi Nahariya lost to Hapoel T-A on its own court 80-91.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 32 points and 10 rebounds by Eric Traimel of Ironi Nahariya.



Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Afula 74-69

The game in Hod Hasharon was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Hapoel Afula (10-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Hod Hasharon (10-8). Hod Hasharon managed to secure a 5-point victory 74-69 on Tuesday. Hapoel Afula was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of Hod Hasharon, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Afula. His fellow American import guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hod Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon and Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#12) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: G.Thondique 22+12reb+5ast, R.LeMelle 15+6reb+4ast, E.Eliyah 11+6reb+2ast, H.Shifman 8+1reb+1ast, E.Knafo 6, S.Zelikman 5+3reb
Hod Hasharon: A.Sukar 18+4reb+5ast, A.Johnson 15+7reb+1ast, A.Skverer 13+4reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 11+5reb+7ast, G.Gandel 9+10reb+2ast, H.Ratner 6+2reb
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Elitzur Yavne - Lev Hasharon 91-83

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Elitzur Yavne (13-5) beat at home 11th ranked Lev Hasharon (6-12) 91-83 on Tuesday. Lev Hasharon trailed by 20 points at halftime and as many as 26 after three quarters before a 28-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 83-91 at the end of the game. Elitzur Yavne forced 24 Lev Hasharon turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Grady Reynolds (198-80, college: St.John's, agency: Strategic Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lev Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Yavne maintains third position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Lev Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Elitzur Ramla (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Lev Hasharon will play against the league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 17+6reb+5ast, G.Reynolds 14+10reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 14+7reb+1ast, O.Rub 14+6reb+3ast, U.Gur 6, O.Shmidt 6+2reb
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 27+5reb+3ast, B.Laing 15+6reb+2ast, Z.Volfer 14+3reb+1ast, K.Wilson 12+8reb+2ast, T.Dray 10+1reb+1ast, N.Golan 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 145312


Hapoel Y/M - Ironi Ramat Gan 76-91

The game between 14th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (5-13) and ninth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-10) in Yokneam on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ramat Gan beat Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 91-76. The game without a history. Ironi Ramat Gan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Hapoel Yokneam/Megido only scored eight points from the stripe. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 20 Hapoel Yokneam/Megido turnovers. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ido Stolero (190-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 20 points in the effort for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Hapoel Yokneam/Megido stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Ironi Kiryat Ata (#10) at home in the next round. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in Nes Ziyona.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: I.Stolero 20+1reb, R.Turner 16+10reb+2ast, O.Ida 10+2reb+2ast, H.Barbi 10+3reb+2ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 9+3reb+5ast, I.Eiram 4+2reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 30+5reb+2ast, D.Davidi 17+2reb+4ast, R.Webb 16+12reb, L.Rubinstein 12+2reb+2ast, Y.Yatzkan 7+4reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145313


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel T-A 80-91

Very expected game when 10th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-12) lost at home to second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (15-3) 91-80 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya's 38. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Gal Eytan (183-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv and four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Ironi Nahariya lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Lev Hasharon (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 32+10reb, O.Ben Hemo 14+1reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 13+6reb+2ast, E.Saudai 11+5reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 6+1reb+5ast, A.Matta 4+9reb+2ast
Hapoel T-A: C.Carr 22+5reb+2ast, G.Eytan 19+7reb+3ast, C.Kelly 15+5reb+3ast, M.Naor 14+6reb+4ast, D.Stitt 13+5reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145307


Ironi K-A - Hapoel K/S 90-102

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-11) and Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-12), which took place in Kiryat Ata. Higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata lost at home to thirteenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba 90-102. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Kfar Saba. Ironi Kiryat Ata was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Kfar Saba shot 62.3 percent from the field and made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Hapoel Kfar Saba players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Ironi Kiryat Ata helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Omer Cohen (181-93) who scored 25 points. American guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Avi Nanikashvili (187-83) added 20 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Ironi Nahariya. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#6) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: T.Younger 22+7reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 20+1reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 12+2ast, G.Halamish 12+2reb+1ast, R.Menashe 8+3reb+3ast, I.Nanikashvili 6+3reb+6ast
Hapoel K/S: O.Cohen 25+4reb+1ast, E.McCollum 19+6reb+4ast, M.Moses 13+7reb+3ast, H.Karni 11+1reb+2ast, S.Kleimintz 11+2reb, E.Rotemberg 8+5reb
gschID: 145308


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Kiryat Tivon 83-93

Another interesting game for Kiryat Tivon (10-8) which played in Nes Ziyona against Ironi Nes-Ziona (9-9). Fifth ranked Kiryat Tivon had an easy win 93-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kiryat Tivon shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Belarusian guard Valery Gandlin (191-86) chipped in 25 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Raz Zehavian (197-82) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 assists. Four Kiryat Tivon and five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Kiryat Tivon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Kiryat Tivon will play against league's second-placed Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: R.Zehavian 18+11reb+2ast, B.Benn 17+8reb+4ast, D.Assaf 16+1reb+13ast, G.Blair 15+6reb+2ast, D.Bank 10+5reb+3ast, T.Karpeles 7+1reb
Kiryat Tivon: V.Gandlin 25+2reb+1ast, R.Clemente 24+10reb+3ast, Z.Silverman 12+3reb+2ast, L.Ariely 12+2reb+2ast, T.New 10+2reb+6ast, K.Izik 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 145309


Elitzur Ramla - Macc.B.Yaakov 87-79

National League round 18 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Beer Yaakov (14-4) against twelfth ranked Elitzur Ramla (7-11) 87-79 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Beer Yaakov won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla forced 21 Beer Yaakov turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Ohad Cohen (193-87, agency: Ronsport) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Elitzur Ramla's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Beer Yaakov. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hapoel T-A. Beer Yaakov will play next round against strong Kiryat Tivon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Elitzur Ramla will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Elitzur Yavne on the road.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 20+14reb+1ast, J.Hall 19+6reb+1ast, C.Watson 13+7reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 11+3reb+7ast, I.Buchman 6+5reb+5ast, T.Atlas 4
Elitzur Ramla: R.Bacon 16+10reb, R.Barzilai 13+1reb+2ast, M.Badalov 12+5reb, O.Cohen 9+6reb+5ast, S.Moragne 9+4reb+2ast, I.Rejwan 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145310




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Biancoblu Bologna land Gregor Hafnar - by Eurobasket News
Biancoblu Bologna bolstered their backcourt. They inked a deal with Slovenian guard Gregor Hafnar (195-G-77). The guard started the season with Aget Imola. He tallied 11.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in LegaDue. Last season Gregor Hafnar played in Romania. The guard had a stint with Steaua Turabo. His stats read 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Previously the Slovenian played in Italy, Slovenia, Greece and France. He was the member of Slvoenian National Team in 1996-2006. Gregor Hafnar was also the member of U18 and U22 National Teams.


Scafati extends Paul Marigney for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News
Givova Scafati Basket announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA). It means that the American guard will stay with the club until the end of the next season (2012/13). Marigney joined Scafati last summer. He averaged 22.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 18 games so far. Scafati currently has 12-6 record in LegaDue. Paul Marigney spent last season with Assigeco BPL Lodi. There he had 17.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.8 apg and 2.1 spg for 30 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -11. In 2009/10, Marigney played for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He also has experience from Pavia and Ferrara. In the past, Marigney played for French teams Dijon and Evreux. He graduated at the St.Mary's University (CA) in 2005.

Montegranaro lands big guy Sean May - by Eurobasket News
Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) is a new member of Sutor Montegranaro. The American center left Zagreb to join the Italian squad. He had 11.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 9 Euroleague games with Zagreb. In Adriatic league, May registered 12.4 and 5.1 ppg for 17 games. Sean May spent last season with Fenerbahce Ulker helping them to win the TBL title. From 2005 to 2010 May played in the NBA. He spent four years with the Charlotte Bobcats and one with Sacramento Kings. His best NBA season came in 2006/07. At that time Sean May had 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games. He is a product of the North Carolina University, where he played until 2005. They won the NCAA title that season and Bobcats selected May as 13th overall pick after that.

Turin invites to Elite Eight Cup Finals - by Eurobasket News
Turin will host Final Eight of the Cup to be played 16 -19 February. Tomorrow will be played two games between Montepaschi Siena - Banco Sardegna Sassari as well as Canadian Solar Bologna -EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. On Friday Bennet Cantu will face Sidigas Avellino, while Umana Venezia take on Scavolini PesaroDinamo Sassari became the last team to join another seven after the victory over Otto Caserta 74:56.

Below are the pairings:
Montepaschi Siena - Banco Sardegna Sassari
Canadian Solar Bologna -EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
Bennet Cantu - Sidigas Avellino
Umana Venezia - Scavolini Pesaro



Coppa Italia preview - by Giovanni Bargna
After two rounds heavily influenced by weather conditions (five games deferred during last two weeks) the italian league will take a break next weekend as one of the main seasonal events is upcoming.
Coppa Italia Final eight (www.final8.it) will be held in Torino from next Thursday to Sunday. As per the competition format two quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday and the other two on Friday. Then the two semifinal games will be held on Saturday and Final game time will come on Sunday.
League standings after the first half of the season was used to pair off the teams.

Quartefinals Games Schedule :
Montepaschi Siena - Sassari, Feb. 16 at 5:45 PM
Bologna - Milano, Feb.16 at 8:30 PM
Venezia - Pesaro, Feb. 17 at 5:45 PM
Cantu - Avellino, Feb. 17 at 8:30 PM

Teams overview

Siena
Three straight titles in the last three seasons make Siena the hardest opponent for everyone. The team had a tough period early this season due to injury troubles. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-G-77, college: Seton Hall) is still sidelined and probably out for the season and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), cup MVP last season, was back on the court a couple of weeks ago. The roster seems to be the deepest in Italy. The comeback of David Andersen (212-C-80) and Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and the sign of Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) put experience and outstanding quality in the team. Off a difficult start Siena is now leading both the italian league with a 15-5 record and Euroleague TOP16 Group F with 4 wins and no losses.
Top Scorer : Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) 18.1 ppg; Top Rebounder : David Andersen 6.1 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Bo McCalebb 3 apg

Sassari
With a very good start in the league Sassari well deserved a spot in the Final eight. The team takes advantage of the great contribution of cousins Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) and Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul). Then Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) and Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) give points and rebounds. Currently and surprisingly stands at the second spot of the standings tied along with Bologna and Milano. Three days ago Sassari took a great road win against Milano. Facing Siena could make it a mission impossible, but Sassari is a dangerous opponent for everyone in a single game this season
Top Scorer : Drake Diener 16 ppg; Top Rebounder : Tony Easley 5.5 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Travis Diener 5.1 apg

Bologna
After loosing Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), retired due to injury, and Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) due to behavioural troubles early this season, Bologna found a good team chemistry led by Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: World Sport Agency) and Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) at point-guard position replacing McIntyre. The forward from Georgia with points and rebounds averages in double figures is having his best season ever. Beside them they can count on the contribution of finnish Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) and the italian forward Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83). Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-G-87, college: Memphis) is now providing points after a difficult start in the season. Bologna was defeated by Milano ten days ago. The quarterfinal game against Cook and his teammates could become a good opportunity for taking a revenge.
Top Scorer : Viktor Sanikidze 13.3 ppg; Top Rebounder : Viktor Sanikidze 10.7 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Giuseppe Giuseppe Poeta 4.1 apg

Milano
A lots of changes during last summer. Milano gave the team to one of the best coaches in Europe. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) came to town to help the team getting back to the highest level possible both in Euroleague and in the italian league. Beside a great coach they inked some very experienced and highly skilled players. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM), Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) have been part of the euroleague elite in a very recent past. Another good news for the fans was the comeback of Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) who flew back to Denver as the lockout ended. A brand- new roster requires patience and Milano is still waiting for this guys to put the team at a good level. A 1-3 record in the euroleague TOP16 phase gives them very few chances of reaching the playoffs and a 12-8 in the league couldn't be considered satisfying for such a deep and good roster.
Latest : Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) questionable for the cup due to injury
Top Scorer : Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) 13.9 ppg; Top Rebounder : Ioannis Ioannis Bourousis 6.4 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Omar-Sharif Cook 5.1 apg

Venezia
Came from Legadue and entered the LegaA few days before the first round of the league. Reyer Venezia was expected to be battling in the lower part of the standings, but the good work done on the market and the effort of coach Andrea Mazzon produced the greatest surprise of this season. Reyer added Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) and relies on the great contribution of point-guard Kiki Clark (173-PG-84, college: St.Peter's). A 11-7 record at half-season means that this newcomer is doing great things and if the qualification to the cup was not exactly predictable their performances in the competition will be good for sure. Pesaro will have to fight hard in the quarterfinal game to make it to the next round.
Top Scorer : Kiki Clark 13.9 ppg; Top Rebounder : Szymon Szewczyk 6.5 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Kiki Clark 2.7 apg

Pesaro
Four players scoring in duble figures and leading the team with the help of the teammates from the bench. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) and James White (199-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) provide points and assist while Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia) puts size and grabs rebounds under the boards. Point guard Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, college: USC) is spending his second season in his hometown after attending the college in the USA and playing in the NCAA. The Center spot is shared by lithuanian Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) and Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). Pesaro gets to the cup with a 11-7 record in the league and will face Venezia in a tough quarterfinal game.
Top Scorer : James White 16.4 ppg; Top Rebounder : Jumaine Jones 7.2 rpg; Top Assist-Man: James White 2.9 apg

Cantu
Back in the euroleague after 18 years Bennet Cantu is facing two different seasons in one. Incredible performances in europe and tidal periods in the italian league. With most of the roster confirmed Cantu added big-man Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) and Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83, college: Iowa) under the boards, veteran Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) and Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) in spot 2 and 1. Coach Trinchieri works now with a deep and well balanced roster and the team is still mantaining chances of making to the euroleague palyoffs (a 2-2 record) while has an improvable 11-8 record in the italian league. Got to the final game of the cup last year and was downed by Siena.
Latest : Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) signed last week will have his debut on Friday.
Top Scorer : Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 11.3 ppg; Top Rebounder : Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) 5.2 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Maarten Leunen 2.6 apg

Avellino
The offensive phase of Avellino is mainly based on the cooperation between Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane). No other team in the league can play such an effective pick and roll as they do. Moreover team top scorer Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) can punish every defense if not well guarded. After loosing Chevon Troutman, flown to Germany after the first round of the league, Avellino found points and lots of rebounds from Linton Johnson and the team chemistry improved game by game. The team was defeated by Cantu 90-55 in the league but time has passed and the team coached by Francesco Vitucci will be a danger on the path of Bennet.
Top Scorer : Taquan Dean 16.9 ppg; Top Rebounder : Linton Johnson 9.2 rpg; Top Assist-Man: Marques Green 6.6 apg


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Jeremy Lin : Asian Or American - by Emeka Eke
Never in NBA's history has an asian so dominated the game like New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin in the last one year. The rookie from Harvard who was never drafted by an NBA franchise combines the finesse and agility of Suns' Steve Nash and Mavericks' Jason Kidd put together and has his jersey leading in sales in NBA stores.
The first ever asian player who was so imposing in the league was China's Yao MIng who retired on July 20, 2011.


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U-18 National Team of Kosovo ready for Independence Tournament - by Dren Shporta
Kosovos U-18 National Team has begun preparations for the Independence Tournament in Prishtina. In this tournament will take place Kosovo U-18 National Team and three teams from region. The guest teams that honor Kosovo in its 4th birthday are: Zrinjevac from Croatia, Podgorica from Montenegro and Feniks from Macedonia.

For this reason Kosovo U-18 coach, Albert Sylejmani (196-F-81) has called these boys: Ard Islami (Sigal Prishtina), Arian Mehmeti (Drita), Endrit Elshani (Bashkimi/ Junior 06), Granit Hyseni (Sigal Prishtina), Leonard Mekaj (Sigal Prishtina), Luard Halili (202-C-94) (Trepca), Qendrim Ajazaj (Bashkimi/ Junior 06), Ujkan Karanezi (Bashkimi/ Junior 06), Erzen Sopi (Sigal Prishtina), Fisnik Beka (Sigal Prishtina), Zgjim Gerxhaliu (Futura/ Sigal Prishtina) dhe Lorik Kllokoqi (Sigal Prishtina).

The matches between these teams will be played this weekend. The draw has not been taken yet.




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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 12-7 
 2. Ventspils 10-0 
 3. Liepaja 9-8 
 4. Jelgava 9-10 
 5. VEF Riga 8-1 
 6. LU 8-9 
 7. Turiba 7-11 
 8. Jurmala 6-13 
 9. U18 0-10 


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 20-2 
 2. Barons/Keizar. 18-2 
 3. Liepaja-2 18-3 
 4. Saldus 17-4 
 5. VEF Kadeti 12-8 
 6. Riga 12-9 
 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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Al Moutahed Tripoli adds Souaid to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Al Moutahed Tripoli agreed terms with 26-year old forward Nadim Souaid (192-F-86). In his first game he didn''t score any points. However his new team lost to Zob Ahan 71-74. Souaid played most recently at Bejjeh (Div.A). While playing 15 games for Bejjeh this season he averaged 17.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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THE BAT ARBITRATION CLAUSE - by John Kern
Welcome to the Eurobasket Law Column. The author intends to provide basketball players, coaches, agents and clubs with insights into their legally protected rights and answer questions about the interests of those in international basketball. We recently received a good question from Marius in Lithuania:

I noticed my contract has a clause for Arbitration before the BAT. What is the BAT and what does this mean about enforcing my contract?

Good afternoon, Marius, and thank you for your question. For years, professional basketball players who ventured into the international game suffered the challenge of being completely at the mercy of their clubs GM and budget when it came to being able to collect their contracted salaries. Cases against European clubs took years to resolve. Courts often refused to protect players against politically well-connected, but unscrupulous clubs. Often clubs went bankrupt and reemerged under new corporate entities leaving no recourse to the abandoned player.

In 2006, however, FIBA organized the FIBA Arbitration Tribunal, and introduced a standard contract clause that it recommended to players, coaches, agents and clubs which moved the resolution of contract disputes from judicial courts and into a specially designed Swiss arbitration tribunal. Today, the FAT is now known as the BAT the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal and has seen over 200 cases, with most resolved within six months.

Arbitration is an alternative to litigation which has been embraced in the international arena since the late 1950s. Parties to arbitration agreements are not plaintiff and defendant, but claimant and respondent who select either an individual or a panel of three arbitrators. Unlike mediation where the parties remain in control of the settlement of their case, arbitrators are given the parties blessings to reach a binding decision for them. In other words, by incorporating an arbitration clause in a contract, you are granting a private person a lawyer or judge the authority to either grant or deny your contract claim. You are also instructing a real court of law to disregard your claims.

The rules of the BAT are designed to very efficienty resolve basketball related disputes outside the NBA. The BAT maintains a list of seven arbitrators and from this panel appoints one at the beginning of each case to decide the outcome of the case. Parties do not have a choice of the particular BAT arbitrator to be selected, or the option to appoint members of a three-person panel. Next, the BAT allows each party only one written submission to summarize the applicable law, the facts and present evidenciary submissions for the arbitrators consideration. Live hearings providing the parties the opportunity to examine the other sides witnesses in the Geneva headquarters of FIBA are permitted under the rules but are exceedingly rare. Also, all BAT arbitrations are held in the English language and all non-English documents are to be professionally translated prior to submission.

From 2006 to 2010, parties were authorized to appeal BAT awards to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland for a second look. FIBA, which enforces the BAT awards, found that more often than not, appeals were being undertaken by losing parties simply as a means of stalling FIBAs enforcement, so FIBA changed the BAT Rules to disallow appeals. Today there are no appeals of final awards of the BAT.

Another unique aspect of the BAT is that pursuant to Swiss law, the arbitrators will review the contract and record of the parties conduct and rule based purely on concepts of equity often stated as what is fair and just, rather than delivering the result that the parties specific contract dictates based upon the laws of a particular jurisdiction. Consequently, a claimant from Lithuania, for example, who sues a club from Serbia in the BAT need not hire a Serbian lawyer even if the contract refers to Serbian law.

The major advantage to choosing the BAT, aside from the expertise of its cadre of arbitrators, is that FIBA has the authority to sanction the losing party in a BAT case if they fail to honor the award. At present, more than 20 clubs are being sanctioned by FIBA. Sanctions include fines (up to 150,000, but in practice nearer 15,000) and bans on signing new international players. Some clubs have been banned from engaging in international competitions, while at least two players who breached their contracts have seen their FIBA license suspended. Moreover, FIBA has shown signs that it will not allow clubs to recycle their corporate identities in order to avoid the consequences of BAT awards.

The BAT charges two types of fees to resolve a contract dispute. First, the tribunal charges a nonrefundable handling fee. This ranges between 2,500 and 7,000 depending on the value of the claim. Second, the parties are charged an equal share of an advance for the anticipated costs of the arbitrators. BAT arbitrators will typically charge about 8,000 to render an award, although some decisions (without hearings and without the publication of a formal, reasoned award) will cost less than 5,000. Many players who have been deprived of their salaries and then decide to bring a case against their employer in the BAT are alarmed to find that when the club also fails to pay its share of the arbitrators costs, the BAT turns back to the player and insists that all the costs must be borne by the player before the BAT will proceed.

There are a few alternatives to the BAT when it comes to resolving contract claims. By remaining silent on arbitration, parties are instead invoking the law and jurisdiction of the courts of a country with jurisdiction over the parties and their agreement. Players and clubs can likewise choose to arbitrate disputes in other tribunals. Popular choices are in London (the London Court of Intl Arbitration), Paris (the Intl Chamber of Commerce) and in any of the Swiss business capitals according to the Swiss Rules of Intl Arbitration. These arbitrations can be overseen by a three member panel, rather than just a single individual arbitrator. Unfortunately, the only real means of enforcing an award from one of these tribunals is to commence a proceeding to enroll the final award in the courts where the clubs assets are located. The enforcement phase of an arbitration case can take years - equally as long as the original litigation that the parties were attempting to avoid.

Consequently, proceedings in the BAT are advantageous but compared to court proceedings, can also be rather expensive. Arbitrators are authorized to award the winning partys attorneys fees, but claimants should be prepared to invest 3,000 to 15,000 in case costs plus the costs of their counsel. Finally, should a claimant lose his or her case, the BAT can compel the claimant to pay 100% of the costs incurred by the respondent.

I trust that this backgrounder on the BAT offers some insight to your contract rights and the workings of this new Swiss dispute resolution instrument under Swiss law.




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Jonas Valanciunas wins prestigious FIBA award - by Eurobasket News
Raptors draft pick Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) has parlayed an excellent season into a prestigious award.

The 7-foot Lithuanian, chosen fifth overall by Toronto in last Junes NBA draft, has been named FIBA's European Young Men's Player of the Year for 2011.

In voting conducted by a panel of European basketball experts, Valanciunas beat out Spains Nicola Mirotic in the voting.

Valanciunas averaged 23 points and 13.9 rebounds in leading Lithuania to the FIBA under-19 world championship last July; he averages 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague with Lietuva Rytas of Lithuania this season.

A lot of people compare Valanciunas to (legendary Lithuanian centre Arvydas) Sabonis, but he has his own distinct style, said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

What he does have in common with Arvydas is the potential to develop into a big man who dominates the game at both ends of the floor, just like the Lithuanian legend did.

Valanciunas is expected to join the Raptors for the 2012-13 NBA season; he will play this summer for Lithuania as it tries to get one of three spots remaining in the 2012 London Olympics.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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CIBACOPA: Fuerza Guinda announces signings. - by Alejandro Martinez
Fuerza Guinda de Nogales has announced recent signings in preparation to the upcoming 2012 Cibacopa season slated to start March 9th. The first import that has been confirmed is C Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-C-88, agency: VVG Sports) Sanders-Frison was a member of the 2011 PAC 12 Champions California Golden Bears. Additionally, the club announced the signing of veteran swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) . Mccoulough is no stranger to Mexico and Latin America, having played in Venezuela, Uruguay and Mexico and consistantly a 20ppg scorer. On the National side the team announced the return of PG Brandon Heredia (180-G-85, college: Lon Morris JC) . Heredia is coming off a subpar season with Abejas de Guanajuato but is expected to rebound in Nogales. Other signings include the return of Panamerican Silver Medal winner PF Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) . Strobbe as a member of the Mexican National team will provide much needed toughness and rebounding to the team. Lastly, the club also signed veteran swignman 3 time Cibacopa Champion Arturo Vazquez (194-G/F-78) . Vazquez belongs to the extinct Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and helped them win 3 championships earlier this decade. He is expected to provide veteran leadership off the bench. They will all be under the leadership of Head Coach John Saintignon in his first season as the head coach of Fuerza Guinda de Nogales.

Halcones Rojos dethrone Toros, win LNBP title - by Eurobasket News
LNBP Finals, Game 5: Toros - Halcones Rojos 69-92 (1-4)

Halcones Rojos celebrated third straight road victory against Toros to grab back the LNPB title, which they last time won in 2010. Visitors cruised past Toros last night 69-92 ending the finals series with almost perfect 1-4. Toros were the LNBP champions last season. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and later won the game 69-92. Halcones Rojos dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of their points in the paint compared to Toros' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano felt very confident that he used entire bench. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Toros. Halcones Rojos were the regular season champions in LNBP with 34-6 record. They swept Barreteros and Pioneros in the Quarterfinals and Semis with perfect 4-0.

Toros: I.Ofoegbu 23+10reb+3ast, R.Perez 19+2reb+1ast, E.Manuel Guzman 10+10reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 8+1reb+2ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 4+1reb, E.Nuncio 3+1ast
Halcones Rojos: L.Bethelmy 23+11reb+3ast, C.Rivera 15+2reb+3ast, G.Vargas 14+4reb+7ast, D.Cortes 14+3reb+1ast, P.Stoll 11+5reb+5ast, N.Alonzo 9+5reb+1ast


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Donbasket keep the leading positions - by Eurobasket News
Donbasket keep the leading positions with 7-0 record. The favorites overcame UASM 80:63 in the latest round. It was the end of the First Round. In another games PGU-SDUSHOR beat Soroka 80:74, while ASEM edged Politech 81:71.


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Nash defying age with historic play, not anticipating trade from Suns - by Eurobasket News
Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) hopes you can excuse him for his unrefined play.

The uncertainty of the NBA lockout made summer training an inexact science, and Nash estimated that he played basketball only three or four times all offseason while rehabbing a pelvic injury that plagued him late last season. If only the Suns' point guard could've prepared properly, then maybe he would manage to accomplish something this season.

'I was pleased I was able to play at a decent level the first month of the season -- other than I hurt my rib and had a few bad games to start the season -- even though I was really still shaking the rust off,' Nash said Saturday during the Suns' visit here. 'And even now, I'm still not totally comfortable out there.'

NBA players everywhere should strive to be so mediocre.

Lost in the endless chatter about Nash and whether he'll remain in Phoenix beyond the March 15 trade deadline is the fact that the 38-year-old is having a historically efficient season. He ranks an astounding third in shooting at 56.3 percent, trailing big men Tyson Chandler of New York and Tiago Splitter of San Antonio; the next-highest guard, Miami's Mario Chalmers, is 20th at 50.7 percent. No point guard has shot better than 55 percent since a 25-year-old John Stockton did it for Utah in 1987-88, and no point guard older than 30 has exceeded that threshold.

Nash has assisted on 58.1 percent of the Suns' baskets while on the floor, which puts him on pace to break the record of 57.5 percent set by Stockton in 1990-1991, when the league's all-time assists leader was a decade younger than Phoenix's future Hall of Famer. With 10.3 assists per game, Nash is also on track to join Stockton as the only players to lead the league in that category six times (Stockton did it nine times).

The Western Conference coaches recognized Nash's exploits last week by choosing him as a reserve for his eighth All-Star Game. And the personal cherry on top for Nash is that the Suns have recovered from a 6-12 start to win six of their last nine games, including four of five.

In other words, all is well in the Valley of the Sun. For now, anyway.

As inspiring as Nash's play is to the fans and the many teammates who hope they're still playing -- let alone playing well -- at his age, the reality is that the Suns face a daunting crossroads in the next month. Their options? Hold on to Nash through the deadline and until the end of the season, at which time he'll become a free agent and they'll possibly be left with a talent pool as dry as the Arizona desert. Or, of course, listen to trade offers and be open to the idea of swapping their beloved franchise centerpiece for young talent that could speed up the rebuilding process.

General manager Lon Babby has made it clear that Nash is far and away the most influential voice in this situation. If Nash says he wants out, Babby has said, then a deal will be done. If not, then he stays. Coach Alvin Gentry has even offered to be the one delivering that message should Nash decide to send it.

'I know, as of right now, he has not said one thing to me about not wanting to be here or anything like that,' Gentry said. 'I know there are a lot of teams that would like for him to say [that] so they can try to get him, but unfortunately [for them] that's not anything that we've had to deal with or anything that he's even remotely said to me.'

Yet while Nash seems to be the one making the ultimate decision, even he acknowledged that he's unsure what will happen in the immediate future.

'I have no idea what the club will eventually do if a bunch of offers are thrown in their face,' Nash said, 'but I feel like I'm not nervous about [the trade deadline] and I'm not thinking about -- what's the word? -- I'm not anticipating anything to happen. I feel like I made a commitment and I feel like I owe it to my teammates -- the city, the fans, the club -- to play it out and to play as hard as I can.'

Gentry is right that the hope remains among rival teams. One executive whose team has had serious interest in Nash in the past told SI.com that the Suns are 'as close as they've ever been' to realizing that they need to seriously consider pulling the trigger on a trade if a young star is offered in return. Still, it appears the greater likelihood is that he remains.

'Our position has been the same all along, which is I've told him that he has earned the right to stay with our franchise as long as he wants provided that he believes in what we're doing, and provided that he's all in and wants to do that,' Babby told SI.com.

It's that last part that offers the slightest bit of wiggle room. For as much as Nash reveres his intimate relationship with the Suns' fan base, it's not as if he didn't notice the departure of players like forward Amar'e Stoudemire en route to Phoenix's decline from Western Conference finals participant in 2010 to a 40-42 record and playoff-less existence last season. He has an interesting habit in that regard, too, a frequent comment he makes that is his attempt to state the obvious: He needs more help.

'We're not a very talented group,' he said Saturday, in his familiar refrain.

Suns swingman Jared Dudley believes Nash will re-sign as a free agent only if the roster is vastly improved between now and the summer.

'I see him as potentially wanting to be here for a long time, but I also see someone where he wants the right pieces to be able to want to be here, you know?' Dudley said. 'He wants to be with an organization -- and I don't want to put words in his mouth -- where he wants to win. I know Steve and I know the competitor that he is, and I guarantee you that if they put a couple pieces here that he liked, I guarantee you he would stay.

'His kids are here in Arizona. He loves the team and loves the city. But sometimes it's a business. You know how it gets cutthroat, with [Colts quarterback] Peyton Manning getting ready to get cut. And if he can get cut, then Steve Nash can get cut or traded.'

Nash clearly isn't as consumed with the topic as the rest of us. He has officially entered the happy-to-still-be-here stage of his career, and he's thrilled to be doing much more than simply filling a roster spot. He admitted that the All-Star selection, which was announced two days after his 38th birthday, came with added significance this season.

'I didn't think I'd ever play this long, let alone feel as well,' Nash said. 'I sacrifice a lot, and I work hard to try to stay at a high level, and to be rewarded that way was actually kind of special.

'I feel a sense of pride in it, and am flattered by the nod. I think when I was 26 or 27, I thought I'd be done [playing] by the time I was 32, 33, 34. I never thought I'd play forever. I always thought time would catch up with me.'

Instead, he's as good as ever. And, he made clear, the end will keep being delayed as long as he continues to play like this.

'I want to play another couple years,' Nash said. 'I just want to play well. I want to enjoy it, and that means playing well, so we'll see how it goes.

'I feel great physically, which is a blessing. I don't feel like anything's really changed in my game.'

And that, as Babby said, is the most remarkable part.

'I look at him as a once-in-a-generation player where you should savor every day you have an opportunity to watch him play,' Babby said. 'It's an honor to have him on our team. Everybody is saying he's playing great for 38, and I say he's just playing great.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Jonas Valanciunas wins prestigious FIBA award - by Eurobasket News
Raptors draft pick Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) has parlayed an excellent season into a prestigious award.

The 7-foot Lithuanian, chosen fifth overall by Toronto in last Junes NBA draft, has been named FIBA's European Young Men's Player of the Year for 2011.

In voting conducted by a panel of European basketball experts, Valanciunas beat out Spains Nicola Mirotic in the voting.

Valanciunas averaged 23 points and 13.9 rebounds in leading Lithuania to the FIBA under-19 world championship last July; he averages 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague with Lietuva Rytas of Lithuania this season.

A lot of people compare Valanciunas to (legendary Lithuanian centre Arvydas) Sabonis, but he has his own distinct style, said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

What he does have in common with Arvydas is the potential to develop into a big man who dominates the game at both ends of the floor, just like the Lithuanian legend did.

Valanciunas is expected to join the Raptors for the 2012-13 NBA season; he will play this summer for Lithuania as it tries to get one of three spots remaining in the 2012 London Olympics.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire returns to team - by Eurobasket News
Linsanity brought a little levity to Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) during a difficult time.

The New York Knicks forward returned to practice Monday following a seven-day absence due to the death of a sibling. He will return to the floor on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors. During his time away from the team, Stoudemire said he watched Jeremy Lin's star rise over a remarkable four-game stretch and that it helped take his mind away from losing his older brother, Hazell.

'The only positive for us during that whole week was we were watching the basketball games and we were watching Linsanity,' Stoudemire said following practice on Monday. 'My family was getting a kick out of it. That's the only smiles they really had all week. It was great to see that. It's been a tough week.'

Stoudemire has missed the past four games. He was in Florida after his older brother died in a car crash Feb. 6. He attended his brother's funeral Saturday and said Monday that it was 'good' to get back to the court.

'It's great to see the team is playing well. That's a positive for me right now. The team is doing a phenomenal job,' Stoudemire said. 'Just couldn't wait to get back and join this and continue the success. Other than that, that's the only positive right now.'

The Knicks (13-15) have won five straight on the strength of stellar point guard play from Lin, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals. New York also could be close to full strength soon -- the team posted on its Twitter account that Carmelo Anthony should be back 'toward end of week.' He has missed the past three games with a groin injury.

Stoudemire said he is enthused about the opportunity to play with Lin. The former Harvard star has energized the Knicks, providing steady play at the point that had been missing from the team for the first six weeks. Many think Stoudemire will benefit the most from Lin's emergence.

Lin runs the pick-and-roll efficiently and Stoudemire is widely considered one of the top pick-and-roll big men in the NBA.

Stoudemire said he sees the potential for the same type of chemistry with Lin that he had with his previous point guards, Steve Nash in Phoenix and Raymond Felton in New York.

'Yeah, I do see it. I think it's something special now we're building on,' said Stoudemire, who is averaging 18 points while shooting 44 percent from the field.

He's optimistic that with Lin running the offense, he will have more easy scoring opportunities.

'Lin is finding guys out there. He's playing totally unselfish. He's taking what the defense gives him. He's studying, which is what you want from your point guard, a guy who wants to be that facilitator and get guys involved and get guys open shots. He's passing the ball right on the numbers where guys can catch and shoot. That brings up high-percentage shooting,' Stoudemire said, adding, 'This is what we've been talking about all year. It's finally happened.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true' - by Eurobasket News
While Amare Stoudemire returned to practice following the death of his brother and is expected to play Tuesday when Linsanity and the Knicks face the Raptors, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) told reporters Monday that he thinks talk of how he will fit in with Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) is 'funny.' As to who's going to be in charge when Melo retakes the floor following an injury absence, Anthony couldn't have been clearer. It's the Lin Show until further notice. From ESPN NY:

'When I'm reading the stuff, it's more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team,' Anthony said on Monday after missing practice due to a strained right groin. 'My teammates know that. But to say, 'How can I fit in?' It's easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we'll see.'

Anthony said he is confident that he can fit in well with Lin, who missed practice on Monday for a standard recovery day and will play on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors. Anthony has missed the Knicks' last three games after injuring his groin on Monday against Utah. He is happy that Lin has emerged to take some of the load off of his shoulders.

'I know there's questions about, 'Can I fit in?' and stuff like that, but this is like a dream come true to me,' Anthony said. 'It takes some pressure off of me. I don't have to play point guard. I don't have to try to get Amare 20 points, try to get this guy 20 points, me try to go out there and get 25-30 points a night, play defense, rebound do the whole thing.'
via New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony could return this week, likes Jeremy Lin - ESPN New York.

This is exactly what you want to hear from Anthony if you're a Knicks fan. There's no question Stoudemire can co-exist, even flourish with Lin doing what he's done in the superstar duo's absence. Stoudemire's best value comes from working out of the pick and roll, either exploding to the rim or catching and shooting in the space provided. Lin's work with Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries has demonstrated a command over the set and he should fit in perfectly fine with Stoudemire.

Anthony, who has primarily been an isolation scorer throughout his career and particulary in his firs year with the Knicks, is a bit trickier. But Anthony is certainly saying the right things about how to keep the critics at bay. He wants his own looks, to be sure, but he's also happy to have a guard to create. Anthony had been asked to essentially run point forward at the start of this season with Toney Douglas' struggles and Iman Shumpert's inexperience, and the results were not good. This is a tremendous opportunity for him to have shots created for him, to be allowed to work in space, and to have his incredible talent produce on easy looks versus exceptionally difficult ones.

The only question is if Anthony will be good to his word and take it.

Courtesy of http://eye-on-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com


Dwight Howard: 'I want the ball more in the 4th quarter' - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) wants the ball in the fourth quarter. He wants to be the closer. He wants to show why he's known as Superman.

Unfortunately for the six-time All Star and soon-to-be free agent, that didn't happen Saturday night. Howard touched the ball only six times on offense in the fourth quarter, with one of those coming from his own offensive rebound.

Despite Orlando's 99-94 win over the Bucks, Howard made it clear that this is not the role he wants

'I do want the ball more in the fourth quarter,' a frustrated Howard told FOX Sports exclusively after the game.

'I want to become a closer. The only way you get there is by getting the ball and have coach have the confidence in giving me the ball.

'That's how Kobe (Bryant) and the rest of the great fourth-quarter players got that way. It's trial and error. When Kobe first got in the league, it took him a while to become the killer he is in the fourth quarter now. That's because he went through that phase where he had to learn what shots to take and just get confidence in taking shots in the fourth quarter.

'That's one thing that I want for myself, so I can become the guy who finishes games for my team. I want to be that guy whose team wants him to close games out for them. Coach just needs to have confidence in me.'

Howard, who can opt out of his contract with the Magic at the end of this season, has spoken publicly in recent months about wanting to be traded. Specifically, the New Jersey Nets have been at the top of his wish list so that he can team with Deron Williams and be part of the team's transition to Brooklyn.

On Saturday against the Bucks, who were without starting center Andrew Bogut due to injury, Howard didn't have a great night offensively. He finished 5 of 15 from the field for 11 points but did have 14 rebounds and four blocks.

'Just run plays through me, so I can be comfortable in being the guy and have confidence in getting the ball late in the game and scoring,' Howard said.

'That's what I'm worth. I want to be that guy who controls games. As a kid, that's what you dream about in the NBA, taking that shot. I want to do that.

'I'm the leader of the team. Ride my back. I'll lead. I don't care if I miss every single shot, I'm going to continue to play hard. Just get on my back.

'That's why they call me Superman.'

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said there are nights he wants to get Howard the ball more late in the game, but with Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu combining for 19 fourth-quarter points in Milwaukee, this was not one of those nights.

'Look, he wasn't having a great night tonight, and those guys got going and we were out in transition and hitting the threes,' Van Gundy said.

'Certain nights, I'll kick myself a little if he doesn't get the ball enough, and other nights I'll kick myself if other guys don't get the ball enough. I think we're a team that has to take what the defense gives us. I don't think we've got the one-on-one isolation guys.

'Dwight missed some shots that he'll normally make.'

In Orlando's final 14 possessions spanning more than six minutes, Howard did not touch the ball once on offense. However, the Magic scored on all but two of those possessions and went on a 16-0 run without Howard being involved offensively.

Courtesy www.foxsportswisconsin.com


Josh Selby joins Bighorns on NBA assignment - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have assigned rookie guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) to the Reno Bighorns, it was announced yesterday. This marks the third NBA player assigned to the Bighorns this season.

Selby has played in 18 games with the Grizzlies this season, averaging 2.9 points, 1.4 assists, 0.7 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 10.3 minutes per game. His time in the NBA was highlighted on December 30 against the Houston Rockets when he had nine points and seven assists in 26 minutes.

Drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kansas, Selby joins former Kansas Jayhawk center Paul Mokeski, head coach of the Bighorns. Selby played one year for the Jayhawks, averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 26 games.

In his senior year of high school, Selby attended Lake Clifton High School and averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals per game. He was ranked the top prospect out of high school by Rivals.com and was named the 2010-11 NCAA Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Fans can see Selby in action as the Bighorns take on the Austin Toros, NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, on February 14 at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Nets guard Keith Bogans undergoes surgery, out for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets guard Keith Bogans (6'5''-G-80, college: Kentucky) will not play again this season.

Bogans today underwent successful surgery to repair a torn deltoid ligament as well as a fractured left ankle, Nets General Manager Billy King announced.

The injury occurred during the Nets February 8 contest versus the Detroit Pistons.

The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by foot specialist Dr. Martin OMalley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III.

Bogans, who signed with the Nets as a free agent on February 1, 2012, played in five games this season, averaging, 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.

He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2012-13 training camp.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers - by Daniel Gibson
Tonight the Miami Heat bring the excitement and media circus to Indianapolis for a matchup with the Pacers.

The last time the two teams played in Miami the Pacers were outclassed and the game got away from them. This time around the team is in a bit of a slump, coming in with a three-game losing streak, while the Heat have been on fire.

This will be Miami's third game of their back-to-back-to-back, three games in three night journey. They did the smart thing and blew out the first two opponents, the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, so the starters could have plenty of time to rest.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both playing some of their best ball of the season right now focusing on getting out in transition and scoring easy buckets. In the their half court sets they aren't isolating as much or taking three-pointers and bailing out the defense. Chris Bosh is picking his spots to dominate offensively in spurts and he is defending and rebounding every night. The team is also healthy and and everyone is contributing.

The Pacers will need to refocus and have a big game from a few players if they are going to make it work. They have to return to their 'smash mouth' style of physical play and try to out hustle and out muscle the Heat.

The matchup of two top Eastern Conference opponents takes place tonight and its sure to be a good one.


Jeremy Lin and Russell Westbrook named NBA Players of Week - by Eurobasket News
Linsanity is running wild, and the NBA league office has taken notice.

About six games ago, Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) was considered a 15th man, and a player on the fringe, having to fight to stick around in the league.

Things change quickly, sometimes.

Lin and the Oklahoma City Thunders Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Lin led the Knicks to a 4-0 week, averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals. His 109 points over his first four career starts are the most by any player since 1976-77, and he became the first player in NBA history to tally at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starts. Lin scored a career-high 38 points on Feb. 10, in a 92-85 win over the Lakers.

Westbrook helped the Thunder to a 3-1 week, averaging 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals. Westbrook scored 28 or more points in all four of Oklahoma Citys games, and posted one double-double (28 points, 11 rebounds) on Feb. 6, in a 111-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Westbrook connected on a career-high 15 field goals on Feb. 9, during a 106-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Here is a recap of the week for Lin and Westbrook:



Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

Feb. 6 vs. Utah: Posted 28 points, eight assists and two steals in a 99-88 win over the Jazz.

Feb. 8 @ Washington: Tallied 23 points, 10 assists and four rebounds in a 107-93 win over the Wizards.

Feb. 10 vs. L.A. Lakers: Scored a career-high 38 points and added seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in a 92-85 win over the Lakers.


Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Feb. 6 @ Portland: Tallied 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during a 111-107 overtime win over the Trail Blazers.

Feb. 7 at Golden State: Posted 31 points and added seven assists and two steals in a 119-116 win over the Warriors.

Feb. 10 at Utah: Collected 28 points and added six rebounds and three assists during a 101-87 win over the Jazz.


Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Dallas Dirk Nowitzki, Detroits Greg Monroe, Golden States Monta Ellis, Miamis LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers29.3 
 2. James, Miami Heat28.2 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.3 
 5. Aldridge, Portland.23.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..22.9 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.22.5 
 8. Anthony, New Y.22.3 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat22.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.2 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.9 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.5 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.8 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.1 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Rubio, Minnesot.8.7 
 5. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 6. Williams, New J.8.4 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.7.8 
 8. Lowry, Houston R.7.7 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 10. Wall, Washington7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.1 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Philade.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.7 
 4. Gasol, Memphis G.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 9. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana1.8 


Gilbert Arenas works out for Lakers - by Eurobasket News
In a search to find some scoring for their floundering offense, Los Angeles Lakers officials attended a private workout for guard Gilbert Arenas (6'4''-G-82, college: Arizona) on Sunday in Southern California, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Two sources familiar with the workout said Arenas moved well and made a positive impression, but there was no sense of how quickly if at all the Lakers would pursue signing him to a free-agent contract.

Besides Kupchak, Golden State Warriors consultant Jerry West attended the workout, too, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

West, who worked with Kupchak when he headed the Lakers front office, hadnt gone to the workout to evaluate Arenas for the Warriors, Golden State sources said. The Warriors have no use for Arenas, whom they drafted in 2001. West has been working as a consultant for the Warriors for the past year, and recently said he plans to become more involved in basketball decisions in the coming months.

He was just watching, one league source said.

Arenas, 30, was let go by the Orlando Magic in the preseason under the leagues amnesty provision. Traded to the Magic a year ago, Arenas made little impact in 49 games, averaging eight points. Arenas played a total of 70 games with the Washington Wizards and Magic last season, after playing sparingly over the previous three years because of injuries and a 50-game NBA suspension for bringing a gun into the locker room.

Still, Arenas immense scoring ability prior to his injuries and off-court issues still leaves some intrigued with his potential to be a productive player again.

The Lakers coaching staff didnt attend the workout, but coach Mike Brown and star Kobe Bryant have been proponents of giving Arenas a chance to help the team. Los Angeles backcourt, including veterans Derek Fisher, Steve Blake and two rookies, has been a source of frustration and has had team officials investigating the market for potential additions.

Arenas recently underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee in New York, a procedure like Bryant had done in Germany last summer. Other players have had the procedure in the past, including Tracy McGrady and most recently, Arenas good friend, New Jersey Nets guard DeShawn Stevenson.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Monday's games review (6): Big 2nd half leads Magic past Timberwolves 102-89 - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee B. - Miami Heat 96-114
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 35 points and the Miami Heat finally found a way to beat Milwaukee, using a third-quarter surge to beat the Bucks 114-96 on Monday night. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 22 and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) added 13 for the Heat, who were 0-2 against the Bucks coming into Monday night's game. James scored 16 of his points in the third quarter as the Heat outscored the Bucks 35-24 to take control of the game. Carlos Delfino scored 24 for the Bucks, who were coming off a loss to Orlando on Saturday night. With the win, Miami ran its record to 22-7 - equaling the franchise's best start after the first 29 games of a season, set in 1996-97 and again in 2004-05. Leading 55-50 after two quarters, the Heat put together a 14-4 run out of halftime. It started right away, as Chalmers stole the ball from Brandon Jennings and cruised down the court for a fastbreak layup. The Bucks then began to struggle on offense - including one sequence in which Milwaukee's Drew Gooden had the ball swatted away from him twice on a single possession by Miami's Joel Anthony. Gooden was called for a technical foul immediately afterward. Later in the run, James stole the ball from Jennings, then finished with a powerful one-handed slam to give the Heat a 69-54 lead. James went on to score 16 in the quarter, including another monster dunk in the final seconds. With the clock running down at the end of the quarter, James took advantage of a defensive lapse and ran uncontested down the lane, finishing with a one-handed dunk with 4.2 seconds left in the quarter. Miami took a 90-74 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bucks beat the Heat 91-82 in Miami on Jan. 22 - then beat them again in Milwaukee on Feb. 1, a 105-97 victory in which the Bucks trailed by 18 points in the first half. The Bucks haven't swept the Heat since the 1990-91 season. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged before the game that the Bucks' previous two victories got his attention. Spoelstra said that the Bucks' physical defense 'made us uncomfortable' in the first two games, saying the Heat had to win what he described as the high-effort 'fistfight battles' on the court this time out. It looked as if the Heat might be in for another tough battle early on. Milwaukee was ahead 30-27 after the first quarter, then led 41-35 midway through the second quarter after a fast-break layup by Mike Dunleavy. But the Heat rallied to take a five-point lead into halftime. Notes: Miami was without C Dexter Pittman, who has a sprained left shoulder. Spoelstra said he will be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. ... The Heat came into Monday with two straight wins, including a 20-point blowout victory at Atlanta on Sunday. *Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Golde State W. - Phoenix Suns 102-96
David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 18 points and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game winning streak under rookie coach Mark Jackson with a 102-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Rookie Klay Thompson added 10 points and fellow reserve Ekpe Udoh had nine points, including a layup with 35.9 seconds remaining that extended Golden State's lead to five and capped a comeback from 12 points down in the second half. Marcin Gortat had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Steve Nash handed out 14 assists for Phoenix, playing the first of three games in three nights. The Suns face Denver on Tuesday before returning home against Atlanta on Wednesday. The suddenly surging Warriors are building momentum in unfamiliar fashion. Jackson gambled with smaller lineups - reminiscent of NBA wins leader and former Warriors coach Don Nelson - for long stretches in the second half against the Suns' longer and lankier front line. The move forced Phoenix to run big men Gortat and Channing Frye out on shooters, and Golden State shot its way back despite giving away size on defense. Jackson also leaned on his bench in the fourth quarter, and his substitutes - nicknamed the Dubstitutes for their recent contributions late - again rewarded his risk. Thompson hit a 3-pointer in the corner and fellow reserve Nate Robinson followed with another from beyond the arc to give Golden State a 94-84 lead with 5:43 remaining. Robinson finished with 11 points, but the Warriors went scoreless for more the next 5 minutes. The Suns sliced the deficit to three after a 3-pointer from Markieff Morris, a layup by Gortat and a jumper by Grant Hill. Phoenix wasted several opportunities to tie or take the lead, and Golden State took advantage. Udoh blocked a layup attempt by Morris and came up even bigger on offense. Udoh, whose minutes eclipsed struggling starter Andris Biedrins again, finished a hard-driving layup through a crowd of defenders with 35.9 seconds to play. After a missed shot by Jared Dudley, Stephen Curry made two free throws to give Golden State a seven-point lead and finish off the franchise's first winning streak of the season. The Suns had sprinted out to a fast start ahead of a grueling stretch of games, but couldn't keep up the pace. Nash knifed his way through the middle and dinked and dunked passes in every direction, dishing out five assists in the first 6 minutes. Gortat benefited most with easy looks around the rim, and his short jumper gave Phoenix a 24-14 lead in the first quarter. The Warriors never lost control in a matchup of teams that typically pile up points. Ellis and Curry both made 3-pointers and Lee had a put-back to cap a 14-4 run by Golden State in the second quarter that evened the score at 41. The Suns led 46-43 at halftime behind Nash's nine assists. After Phoenix extended its lead to 12 points in the third quarter, the Warriors came charging back. Lee converted a three-point play and followed with a dunk on a bounce pass by Curry as Golden State scored 10 straight to go ahead 70-69 - the first time it led since the opening minutes. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Dallas M. - LA Clippers 96-92
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 22 points, 11 in the final 6-plus minutes, Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) added 16, and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Monday night. Jason Terry, Vince Carter and Brendan Haywood all contributed 10 points for the Mavs, who've won 10 in a row at home against the Clippers and extended their overall winning streak to four games. Caron Butler of the Clippers scored a season-high 23 points against his former team, and Blake Griffin added 20 points. Chris Paul had 16 points and nine assists for the Clippers, but Griffin's problems from the foul line cost his team as he missed seven of nine free throws. The Clippers, who completed a 4-2 road trip, haven't beaten the defending NBA champs in Dallas since April 19, 2006. Dallas took control with a 7-0 fourth-quarter run capped by Marion's layup with 4:48 remaining for an 86-83 edge. Griffin had a chance to get the Clippers closer, but missed five straight free throws until connecting with 2:15 to play to pull his team within two points at 86-84. Jason Kidd set up Terry for a layup with 2:02 left, and Nowitzki intercepted Griffin's pass with 1:47 showing, and drained two free throws to extend Dallas' edge to 90-84. Griffin's three-point play with 1:24 remaining and Kenyon Martin's layup with 1 minute left narrowed the Mavericks' lead to 90-89. Nowitzki drained a 19-footer from the right wing and, after Marion stole the ball from Martin, converted two free throws with 21.2 seconds left for a 94-89 advantage. Paul's 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds got the Clippers within two points, and Butler missed a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left. Delonte West made two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to seal the victory. The Clippers carried a 76-74 advantage into the final quarter. Haywood worked inside for 10 of Dallas' first 22 points and the Mavs carried a 27-19 lead into the second quarter. Dallas was in front at halftime 55-47 behind 22-for-38 field-goal accuracy (58 percent). Butler, who received a championship ring from the Mavs in pregame ceremonies, got rolling early when he connected on his first three 3-point attempts in the first quarter. The Clippers ended a 10-game overall losing streak against the Mavs on Jan. 18 with a 91-89 win in Los Angeles. Chauncey Billups hit the winning 3-pointer with 1 second left. Billups is out for the season with a torn left Achilles' tendon sustained in a game on Feb. 6. Paul sat out the season's first meeting with Dallas due to a strained left hamstring. *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com

Charlotte B. - Philadelph.76 89-98
Sometimes in sports it's the moves that are not made during the course of a game that are the most important. That was case Monday night in the 76ers' 98-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in front of an announced crowd of 13,773 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Sixers coach Doug Collins knew that he had to do something about Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut), who had made some incredible shots on the way to scoring 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. Collins' plan was to get Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) out of the game and get Jrue Holiday on the floor. Williams noticed it and knew it was coming. He understood why, but before Collins decided to make the move, Williams drilled a 28-footer that pushed the Sixers' lead to 96-86 and ended any hope that the Bobcats would end their losing streak at 15 games with a win over the Sixers. 'That was the dagger,' Collins said. 'I noticed that Lou was getting a little winded. And then he hits the three.' The Sixers needed just 29 games to record their 20th win of the season; it took them 45 last season to reach that number. Williams made sure of it, coming to life in the fourth quarter and scoring 10 of his team-high 23 points. Williams actually knew that Collins was thinking of pulling him before he hit the biggest shot of the night. 'That's normal,' Williams said. 'If somebody hits a couple of big baskets late in the game, he's going to get you out of there, trust me. I appreciated the second thought. 'At this point, we know,' Williams continued. 'It's very consistent. We know. I was able to make a shot. I was watching and I was waiting for it. But I was able to stay in the game.' Charlotte (3-25) was missing its top two scorers, Episcopal Academy graduate Gerald Henderson Jr. and B.J. Augustin, but was pesky all night. The Bobcats fell behind by 15 points in the second quarter, but they would not go away. Eventually they cut the Sixers' lead to 84-81 on a Reggie Williams layup with a little more than five minutes to play, and it appeared as if they had the momentum. But that was as close as the Bobcats got the rest of the way. Thaddeus Young contributed a big game off the bench for the Sixers, finishing with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Young connected on all but one of his nine free throws. Holiday carried the Sixers early. He scored 15 of his 19 points before halftime. Jodie Meeks added 11 points for the Sixers, who also got a good game and some big shots from rookie center Nik Vucevic. Vucevic finished with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds off the bench. Corey Maggette led the Bobcats with 22 points. The Bobcats haven't won a game since they defeated Golden State on Jan. 12. They are by far the worst offensive team in the league, and they went into Monday's game against the Sixers having lost their last six games by an average of almost 25 points. 'Charlotte played good tonight,' Collins said. 'When you play a team like this and you get Corey back, and Kemba Walker hits some incredible shots. They are going to be a hard team to beat when they get everybody back. 'This is a good win for us,' the coach continued. 'I knew that this was going to be a tough win for us. Twenty wins before 10 losses - a lot of good things tonight.' *Courtesy of www.philly.com

Orlando M. - Minnesota T. 102-89
Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 17 points, and Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) and Hedo Turkoglu each added 14 as the Orlando Magic used a big second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-89 on Monday night. Richardson, coming off a season-high 31 points, was strong early against Minnesota but sat out the fourth quarter. The Magic didn't need him, though, hitting 12 of 30 3-pointers for the game and with all five starters reaching double figures. Orlando has won two of their last three games and earned their seventh straight victory over the Timberwolves. Kevin Love led Minnesota with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Minnesota's lost its fourth straight game, with its next opportunity to stop the skid coming Wednesday when it hosts Charlotte. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz 86-80
Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets snapped an eight-game skid with an 86-80 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) and Gustavo Ayon each added 13 points for New Orleans, which led by as many as 20 in the third quarter before holding on for only its third victory in 26 games. Greivis Vasquez had 12 points and 10 assists. The 7-foot Kaman, who normally has played a reserve role this season, started for only the seventh time because center Emeka Okafor was scratched shortly before tipoff with a sore left knee. Kaman himself was questionable heading into the game because of sore left ankle, which he had hurt during warmups before the Hornets' loss to Portland on Friday night. But Kaman felt good after warmups this time and then turned him one of his most dominant performances of the season. He scored on a wide range of mid-range jumpers, short, graceful jump hooks and workman-like putbacks under the basket. Al Jefferson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah, which was playing the second of back-to-back games after winning in Memphis on Sunday night. The Jazz turned the ball over 20 times, but still managed to get as close as three points in the final minute. Derrick Favors added 14 points for Utah. Raja Bell had 11 points after making his first four shots, including three 3-pointers, but played a little less than 22 minutes. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin appeared frustrated with his starters during a difficult third quarter and went mostly with reserves down the stretch, which almost paid off. New Orleans led 76-59 toward the middle of the fourth quarter after Kaman scored four straight points. Then, Utah began to claw back with a 13-3 run ignited by Earl Watson's jumper. Gordon Hayward added four points during the spurt, cutting New Orleans' lead to 79-72 on a jumper with 3:24 left. Watson later trimmed it to 81-76 when he raced to the sidelined to grab a loose ball after Gustavo Ayon had blocked Favors underneath and threw in a 27-foot bank shot with 2:11 left. The Hornets' lead was down to 83-80 on Favors' putback with 21.6 seconds left, but then Utah had to start fouling. Kaman made one free throw and Trevor Ariza made two more for the final margin with 12.6 seconds left. The Hornets dominated the third quarter, going on an 18-1 run to take a 20-point lead on Vasquez's basket made it 63-43. Kaman scored six of his points during the spurt on a pair of jumpers and a putback. Utah led 21-13 in the first quarter after a 9-0 run highlighted by Favors' dunk. New Orleans responded by scoring the last seven points of the quarter, then pulled ahead with a 7-0 run to close the second quarter, with Belinelli's 3 giving the Hornets a 41-36 halftime lead. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com




Wizards fan provokes response from LeBron James - by Eurobasket News
Apparently the Washington Wizards weren't enough competition for LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), so he decided to take on a fan.

According to reports she posted on Twitter, Sarah Schorno Kogod said the Heat star took offense during Miami's 106-89 win on Friday when a Wizards fan named Bob Moore made remarks about James' mother Gloria and former teammate Delonte West.

Kogod, who writes the Capital Games blog for Washington NBC TV station WRC, tweeted:

...Accrdng to Moore, LeBron said 'The only reason you talk (crap) is because you know I can't come off the court right now and beat your ass' ...

Also according to Moore, LeBron continued 'But if I had a free pass, I'd kick your ass right now.'...

... Moore replied 'I'm right here baby. Let's go' before security stepped in.

Kogod tweeted that she reached out to the Heat for a response, but had not posted any on Twitter or on her blog.

Courtesy of ww.usatoday.com


Derrick Rose still day to day; no structural damage found - by Eurobasket News
Bulls star Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) remains day to day for Chicago because of lower back spasms.

Rose was examined Monday by a specialist, and general manager Gar Forman says no structural damage was found. That's good news for the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls.

The league's reigning MVP, Rose is averaging 22.0 points and 7.8 assists, but he's missed seven games because of problems with his back and left big toe. He sat out the past two games at Charlotte and Boston and being limited in the previous two.

Chicago plays Sacramento on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Oshawa Power's Morgan Lewis named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) of the Oshawa Power has been named Player of the Week for the week ending February 12, 2012. This is Lewis' second time as Player of the Week; joining Gabe Freeman (London) and Ralphy Holmes (Quebec) in this honour.

Lewis, a 6'5' guard from Painesville, Ohio, started the week with a 22-point effort Thursday evening in Oshawa's win against the Moncton Miracles. Then, on his birthday Friday night, he scored 39 points in a 131-127 victory over the Halifax Rainmen.

Lewis was drafted first overall by the Power at NBL Canada's inaugural draft in August 2011.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  USC Upstate
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Craig, USC Upstate17.2 
 2. Burgason, Lipscomb16.4 
 3. Cummings, Kennesa.16.0 
 4. Sollazzo, E.Ten.15.2 
 5. Pegg, Stetson14.5 
 6. Perez, Stetson13.9 
 7. Johnson, Belmont13.9 
 8. Smith, N.Florida13.3 
 9. Dixon, Kennesaw.13.1 
 10. Brown, Florid.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron ANDERSON
  Kennesaw.
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Anderson, Kennesa.8.7 
 2. Craig, USC Upstate7.8 
 3. Hubbard, E.Tenn.St.7.2 
 4. Glenn, Lipscomb7.0 
 5. Graham, Jacksonvil.6.8 
 6. Glenn, USC Upstate6.7 
 7. Powell, Jacksonvil.6.7 
 8. Brown, Florid.6.0 
 9. Hedgepeth, Belmont5.9 
 10. Brown, E.Tenn.St.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brett COMER
  Florid.
  (187-G-92)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Comer, Florid.5.5 
 2. Johnson, Belmont5.4 
 3. Sollazzo, E.Ten.4.5 
 4. Hall, Mercer4.1 
 5. Powell, Jacksonvil.4.0 
 6. Hanlen, Belmont3.9 
 7. Dixon, Kennesaw.3.8 
 8. Gollon, Mercer3.6 
 9. Smith, Lipscomb3.4 
 10. Williams Jr., N.F.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Sheldon COOLEY
  E.Tenn.St.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.2.4 
 2. Hubbard, E.Tenn.St.2.0 
 3. Thompson, Florid.1.9 
 4. Sollazzo, E.Ten.1.8 
 5. Maxey, USC Upstate1.7 
 6. Love, Kennesaw St.1.6 
 7. Johnson, Belmont1.6 
 8. Dixon, Kennesaw.1.6 
 9. Boyd, Lipscomb1.6 
 10. Brown, E.Tenn.St.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel COURSEY
  Mercer
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coursey, Mercer2.2 
 2. Glenn, Lipscomb1.6 
 3. Brown, E.Tenn.St.1.5 
 4. Green, Stetson1.4 
 5. Sauey, N.Florida1.3 
 6. Powell, Jacksonvil.1.3 
 7. Maxey, USC Upstate1.2 
 8. Poderis, E.Tenn.St.1.1 
 9. Fieler, Florid.1.1 
 10. Craig, USC Upsta.1.1 


Top 25 - Men
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Kentucky 22-1
 2. Syracuse 22-1
 3. Missouri 21-2
 4. Kansas 19-5
 5. Duke 19-2
 6. Ohio St. 20-4
 7. Michigan St. 20-3
 8. N.Carolina 18-2
 9. Baylor 21-3
 10. Georgetown 19-4
 11. UNLV 22-3
 12. Marquette 17-5
 13. San Diego St. 19-4
 14. Florida 19-5
 15. Wisconsin 17-6
 16. Murray St. 24-1
 17. Michigan 17-6
 18. Indiana 19-5
 19. Louisville 19-6
 20. Florida St. 16-7
 21. St.Mary's, CA 22-3
 22. Virginia 17-4
 23. Notre Dame 17-7
 24. Wichita St. 22-4
 25. Gonzaga 22-3


Taylor leads No. 4 Kansas to 59-53 win at K-State - by Eurobasket News
Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) had 20 points in a virtuoso performance for No. 4 Kansas, which fended off a stiff test from Kansas State for a 59-53 victory Monday night that put the Jayhawks alone in first place in the Big 12.

Jeff Withey (7'0''-C-90) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in another impressive performance, helping make up for an off game by Thomas Robinson and allow the Jayhawks (21-5, 11-2) to win for the 36th time in their last 39 games against the Interstate 70 rival.

Kansas moved one-half game ahead of No. 3 Missouri (23-2, 10-2), which plays Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, in the race for the regular-season conference championship.

Jamar Samuels (6'7''-F-89) had a season-high 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (17-8, 6-7), who missed out on a golden opportunity to tack a signature win on its NCAA tournament resume.

The Wildcats were not without their chances.

They briefly pulled ahead midway through the second half, and were within 55-51 when Rodney McGruder knocked down a jumper with 1:14 left in the game. But they came up empty on their next three trips down the court, unable to take advantage of the Jayhawks' balky foul shooting.

McGruder finished with 12 points for Kansas State, while Will Spradling (6'3''-G-91) had 10.

The Jayhawks, who used a big first-half run en route to a 67-49 win in Lawrence last month, got off to another good start in the hostile environs of Bramlage Coliseum.

Taking advantage of some poor shooting by the Wildcats, Kansas got out in transition and slowly built a double-digit lead. Robinson's basket with 4:09 left before halftime made it 23-12, part of a stretch in which Kansas State went 7 minutes without scoring.

Thomas Gipson finally got on the board with 2:15 remaining, the first points by anyone besides Samuels and McGruder in the first half. Samuels added two free throws in the closing minute to get the Wildcats within 28-18 at halftime.

It was the start of their only sustained run.

Spradling hit a jumper out of halftime, and Samuels knocked down two 3-pointers -- a big confidence boost for someone who came into the game shooting 22.9 percent beyond the arc.

His second 3-pointer got Kansas State within 32-30, and a basket by Jordan Henriquez a couple minutes later tied the game. Gipson's free throw with 11:47 left gave the Wildcats a 37-36 lead, their first since it was 2-1 in the opening minutes of the game.

It didn't last long.

Taylor rattled in a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock hit zero to put Kansas back into the lead. He added another 3 moments later, and Withey grabbed an offensive board and managed to coax home a layup.

Kansas State struggled to find an answer after the Jayhawks switched to a zone defense.

Taylor added a circus-like layup to make it 47-37 with 6:29 left, forcing Wildcats coach Frank Martin to call a timeout. The Jayhawks kept pouring on the pressure, with Taylor answering a basket by Gipson with his own soaring dunk along the baseline.

Gipson lost his cool on the next trip down court. The big freshman stood his ground and drew a charge on Robinson, his fourth foul, but said something as the two stood up. He was hit with a technical foul, and Withey knocked down both free throws to restore a 10-point lead.

Kansas survived some tense moments down the stretch to win another game in Manhattan.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self improved to 19-3 against the Wildcats. That mark includes 18 wins since he took over as the coach of Kansas.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


No. 9 Baylor beats Iowa State 79-64 - by Eurobasket News
Perry Jones III (6'11''-F/C-91) rediscovered his shooting touch with 18 points and No. 9 Baylor rebounded from consecutive losses with a 79-64 victory over Iowa State on Monday night.

Jones already had 10 points by halftime, one more than he had combined last week when Baylor (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) lost to No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri for the second time in four weeks. The Bears are undefeated against the rest of the Big 12 and everybody else they have played.

Freshman Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92), who matched Jones with 8-of-13 shooting, added 16 points for the Bears. Anthony Jones (6'10''-F-89) had 12 points and Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90) 11.

Melvin Ejim (6'6''-F-91) had 17 points to lead Iowa State (18-8, 8-5), which had won four of its previous five games to tie Baylor for third place in the league behind Kansas and Missouri. Royce White added 14 points.

Jones, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, was a combined 3 for 20 last week.

In Baylor's previous home game last Wednesday, Jones dunked an alley-oop pass to start the game but missed his next seven shots after that while scoring only five points in the 68-54 loss. Jones was only 2-of-12 shooting Saturday in a 72-57 loss at Missouri.

Baylor never trailed Iowa State. Brady Heslip opened the game with a 3-pointer before Jones had two free throws and then made a 13-foot jumper for a 7-0 lead.

The Cyclones were within 48-42 when Tyrus McGee hit a 3-pointer from the left side with 12:42 left.

After a timeout, Jones scored on thunderous dunk off an alley-oop pass from Miller, who then responded with a one-handed slam after White had gone around him on the other end for a dunk.

Baylor stretched the lead to 58-46 when Jones drove hard for a layup. Another dunk off an alley-oop by Jones, this one from Acy, made it 72-57 with just under 3 minutes left.

The Cyclones have lost six consecutive games in Waco, where they last won in 2000. The teams play again in the regular season finale March 3 at Iowa State.

White's jumper about 8 minutes into the game had gotten Iowa State within 13-9.

But Anthony Booker was called for a technical foul after the made basket, with officials reviewing the replay that showed him tied up with Acy.

Pierre Jackson made both free throws on the technical. Baylor retained possession and Gary Franklin hit a 3-pointer for an 18-9 lead.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


No. 2 Syracuse holds off Louisville 52-51 - by Eurobasket News
No sugar-coating a one-point loss against the No. 2-ranked team in the country.

'What it comes down to, very simple: We didn't make free throws,' Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said after his 19th-ranked Cardinals were edged 52-51 by Syracuse in Monday's Big East matchup. 'And that's what's so bothersome to me. Not that we lost to a good basketball team, but 12-for-21 for the amount of time we spend on it is inexcusable.'

The Orange spoiled 'White Out' in the KFC Yum Center, with most in the crowd of 22,738 wearing in white. Pitino got in on the act with an all-white suit.

Syracuse (26-1, 13-1 Big East) won its sixth game in a row and snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series. The Orange beat Louisville for the first time since a 79-66 decision in 2006.

'It was an unbelievable defensive struggle tonight,' Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said. 'Both teams have difficult defenses to play against. ... You can either give the defenses credit or say it was a bad offensive game. We're going to look on the bright side and say it was a real defensive struggle.'

A clash of zone defenses resulted in Syracuse shooting 21-for-61 (34.4 percent), including a season-low one three-pointer in 15 tries (6.7 percent). U of L shot 17-for-49 (34.7 percent), 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) from long range.

The Cardinals (20-6, 8-5) had a six-game winning streak stopped. However, they still lead the rivalry 13-5. The teams will meet again March 3 at Syracuse.

Neither team scored in the last 2:11, when C.J. Fair's (6'8''-F-91) bucket capped a 6-0 Syracuse rally.

U of L scored its final points on a Chane Behanan put-back with 3:40 left to take a 51-46 lead.

The Cards shot 0-for-3 the rest of the game, turned the ball over twice and mishandled a last chance to shoot.

After an Orange timeout with 39.2 seconds left, Dion Waiters drove and missed.

Kyle Kuric (6'4''-G/F-89) got the rebound, giving U of L a chance for the last shot.

With the clock winding under five seconds, Peyton Siva penetrated and tried to dish to 6-foot-11 Gorgui Dieng (6'10''-C-90).

Waiters was there to intercept, though, and was fouled with 1.7 seconds left.

Waiters missed the free throw, and Dieng rebounded, calling time at :1.1.

Needing to go the length of the court, Behanan passed to Angel Nunez at midcourt, but the freshman fumbled the ball as time ran out.

Fair led Syracuse with 13 points and five rebounds. Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90) scored 11 and Kris Joseph had seven, with each grabbing six rebounds.

Behanan, going 7-for-8 from the field, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive end. He also had an assist and two steals, with no turnovers.

'It hurts,' Behanan said. 'I just feel sorry because we worked so hard this whole week for this game, preparing for this game, and just a couple missed assignments at the end.'

Chris Smith (6'2''-G-87) added 10 points. Dieng had nine points, 10 rebounds, three steals and four blocks, but also had five of Louisville's 16 turnovers.

'It was a defensive battle, and they came up with the plays at the end,' Pitino said. 'I'm very, very disappointed that we lost the game. ... We made some very bad mental plays and took ourselves out of the dribble-penetration. We've handled their zone very well in the past because we had multiple guys dribble-penetrate. Tonight, we only had one able to do it, and he took himself out of the game.'

That one was Siva, who scored eight of Louisville's first 13 points but was shut out the rest of the way.

He picked up his second and third fouls in a span of 24 seconds and sat the last 6:51 of the first half.

Courtesy of www.kentucky.com


Kentucky stays runaway No.1 in AP Top 25 - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky and Syracuse remain Nos. 1 and 2 in The Associated Press' Top 25, and Wichita State and Notre Dame are ranked for the first time this season.

The Wildcats received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday, while the Orange got the others.

Missouri moves up one spot to third and is followed by Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Baylor and Georgetown.

Notre Dame, winners of six straight and ranked as high as fourth last season, is No. 23. Wichita State, which has won 12 of 13 and is ranked for the first time since 2007, and Gonzaga, which returns after being out for one week, are tied for 24th.

Creighton, losers of three straight, dropped out from 17th. Mississippi State fell out from 20th and Harvard from 25th.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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GNAC Results - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com

Guard Richard Woodworth (6'3''-G-91) scored seven of his 15 points in the final three minutes, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:37 to play as W.Washington fought off an upset bid to defeat Alaska-Fairb. 77-72 Saturday at Carver Gym.

The Vikings (22-3, 13-1) have won nine straight and need just two wins in their final four games to wrap up up the top seed for the conference playoffs that begin Feb. 29 at Lacey.

Alaska-Anch. (18-5, 12-3) and Seattle Pacific (19-5, 11-4) stayed on the Vikings' heels with victories.

UAA beat Simon Fraser 85-75 to remain 1 1/2 back. The Falcons beat Cent.Washington 72-64 to stay within 2 1/2 of WWU.

W.Oregon (16-7, 9-5) and Montana St. - Billin (14-9, 9-6) also earned victories.

The Wolves outscored St.Martin's 68-48, while the Yellowjackets defeated NW Nazarene 83-73.

In addition to Woodworth, the Vikings also got game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds from Rory Blanche, 13 points from John Allen and 11 each from Zach Henifin and Paul Jones.

UAF, which suffered its 12th straight loss, was led by Dominique Brinson with 17 points. Sergej Pucar added 15 and Nico Matthews and Stefan Tica chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

UAF (4-21, 1-14) held a 50-41 lead with 12 minutes left and still had a four-point margin (67-63) on a fastbreak layin by Brinson with 3:31 to go.

But Paul Jones hit a layin in traffic, Henifin, despite giving away six inches, blocked a Pucar shot, and then Woodworth hit a trey with 2:37 left giving the Vikings a 68-67 lead.

Two possessions later, WWU worked the shot clock and Jones hit a three-pointer, putting the Vikings in control (71-67) with 1:04 to go.

A Nico Matthews layin cut the margin to two with 34.5 seconds left, but WWU hit six straight free throws to seal the victory.

The Vikings finished 19-of-21 (90.5 percent) at the foul line, with Blanche and Henifin each perfect in seven attempts. One of the two misses was by Allen who came into the game with a streak of 21 consecutive free throws made.

The win was the 509th career triumph for WWU coach Brad Jackson, putting him alone in third place among the winningest collegiate coaches in the state of Washington history.

Alaska-Anch. 85, Simon Fraser 75

Powered by the senior duo of Taylor Rohde and Lonnie Ridgeway, Alaska-Anch. raced to an early lead and hung on to beat Simon Fraser at the SFU West Gymnasium.

Rohde scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting as the Seawolves connected at a blazing 65.2 percent clip from the field.

The Clan (8-14, 3-11) got a game-high 28 points from guard Justin Brown, who played all 40 minutes in the loss.

UAA, which swept the season series for the second straight year, jumped to early leads of 12-2 and 27-8. Ridgeway came off the bench to score 15 of his season-high 18 points in the first half, spotting UAA a 42-23 lead at the break.
SFU did not go quietly, however, starting the second half with a 9-0 run and trimming its deficit as low as 60-58 on Connor Lewis's three-pointer at the 8:43 mark.

UAA responded immediately with a three-pointer from guard Kyle Fossman to stem the tide, and Rohde scored layups on three consecutive possessions to push the lead up to 69-60 at the 6-minute mark.

Rohde, who also grabbed a team-high six rebounds, became the 19th player in UAA basketball history (and the 50th in GNAC history) to score 1,000 career points.

The Arizona State transfer now has 1,020 points good for 17th place on the Seawolf career list in less than two seasons.

Fossman finished with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting (4 of 5 3FGs), while starting point guard Steve White tallied 10 points, seven assists and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

Ridgeway, who missed eight weeks in December and January with a broken wrist, easily had his most productive game since returning , shooting 7 of 9 from the field and 3 of 4 at the charity stripe.

UAA shot 30 of 46 from the field, including 7 of 14 from long distance, while holding the Clan to just 44.2 percent (23 of 52) marksmanship. The Seawolves also committed only eight turnovers to SFU's 13.

In addition to Brown's 28, Simon Fraser got 17 points from Lewis, Jordan Sergent added 12 and Zack Frehlick had 10 along with a game-high four steals.

Seattle Pacific 72, Cent.Washington 64

David Downs (6'2''-G) led all scorers with 23 points, including four free throws inside the final minute as Seattle Pacific completed its first season sweep in 10 years of Cent.Washington with an eight-point victory at Brougham Pavilion.

Downs converted all 10 of his free throws attempts for the Falcons, who had a 27-15 scoring advantage from the line and also made 3 of 4 shots from the arc.

The Wildcats (11-11, 5-9) trailed for most of the game and were down 59-50 before a 14-5 run drew them within 64-60. Brandon Magee capped the surge on two free throws with 1:44 left to play.

SPU's Jobi Wall answered with a pair of free throws at 1:27 and Downs followed with two more that extended the margin to 68-60 with 55 seconds on the clock.

After a layup by Central's Lacy Haddock, Downs drove the length of the floor before feeding Andy Poling for a dunk and then clinched the outcome on two more charity shots for a 72-62 lead with 34 seconds remaining.

Poling compiled his sixth double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds helping SPU to a 47-35 margin on the boards.

The Falcons had a tougher time with CWU than they did in the first meeting, a 76-49 decision in Ellensburg on Jan. 12.
Haddock scored 18 points to pace the Wildcats, who also got 15 points from Jody Johnson and 13 from Roby Clyde.

W.Oregon 68, St.Martin's 48

After beating W.Oregon by nine points a month ago in their gym, St.Martin's was hoping for a season sweep Saturday.
But the Wolves had different ideas getting 18 points from Blair Wheadon and shooting 53.2 percent on the way to a 20-point victory.

The Saints (8-15, 4-10) shot 28 percent in the first half falling behind by 17 points at halftime.

Down there we made some shots, Saints coach Keith Cooper said. Tonight we didn't make our shots. Down there Will Bond came off the bench and gave us 15 points off the bench. That was a difference maker.

This time St.Martin's had no answer for W.Oregon's zone defense as the Saints went 5-for-20 from 3-point range.

Ryan Votaw and Bond, SMU's two best 3-point shooters, were a combined 1-for-11 from behind the bonus arc. The Saints made 5-for-20 from 3-point range, just 1-for-9 in the first half.

Joining Wheadon in double figures for the Wolves were Jordan Freelander with 13 points, Kyle Long with 12 and James Gehring with 10. The Wolves also held St.Martin's to its second lowest scoring total of the season.

SMU made a mini run at the Wolves with an 8-2 run midway through the second half, cutting the gap to 43-34 on Roger O'Neill's jumper with 13:20 left.

But St.Martin's went stone cold, scoring just one basket in the next seven minutes and W.Oregon opened a 53-36 lead on Long's two free throws with 7:25 left.

O'Neill and Jeremy Green scored 13 points each to lead the Saints. Brok Pendleton added 12 points.

Montana St. - Billin 83, NW Nazarene 73

Antoine Proctor and Jaxon Myaer each scored 16 points to lead Montana St. - Billin past NW Nazarene at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
The Yellowjackets also got 13 points from Robert Mayes, 11 from Chase Richards and 10 from David Arnold as they solidified their fifth-place position in the conference race.

Richards scored all 11 of his points and Mayes had 10 of his 13 in the second half.

The game was tied 23-23 with 4:56 remaining in the opening period, but Arnold hit a trey to start a 9-0 run which eventually resulted in a 39-31 halftime lead.

NW Nazarene (11-11, 5-9) cut that to one (47-46) on two free throws by JB Pillard with 13:34 left, but another three by Arnold gave MSUB some breathing room.

Later the 'Jackets opened up a 71-64 lead on a three-point play by Proctor with 4:32 remaining and didn't let Nazarene get any closer than five the rest of the way.

Anthony Golden (6'1''-G) led NNU with 22 points, while Jonathan Hawkins finished with 13. Pillard, Andy Maxwell and Jordan Nicholes all had eight points.

Much of MSUB's lead came at the foul line where it made 25 of 34 compared to nine of 12 by the visitors.

Both teams were effective from long distance as MSUB made 10 of 24 including four of six by Myaer and NNU converted on eight of 23 as Golden cashed in on four of seven from the arc.



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Aloysius Anagonye leaves Blancos de Rueda Valladolid - by Eurobasket News
Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) leaves Blancos de Rueda Valladolid and will not continue with the team. The Spanish side and the Nigerian National Team player in 06-07, 09 agreed not to extend the contract.
Earlier Valladolid invited Aloysius Anagonye for a try-out period. The forward was meant to replace injured Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca.
Aloysius Anagonye spent the last season in Slovenia. The forward played for Union Olimpija. He tallied 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague his stats read 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. Aloysius Anagonye delivered 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in Slovenian League. Aloysius Anagonye was not new to Spain. The forward used to play for Joventut Badalona and Ford Burgos. He also had stints in Italy, D-League, France and Israel. Aloysius Anagonye was the member of Nigerian National Team back in 2006-09 seasons.



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New Polish face in VTB organization - by Maciej Paszyn
According to offical web side Roman Ludwiczuk - former chairman of the Polish Basketball Association became an international adviser for the communication in the VTB league.
In years 2006-2010 Ludwiczuk was a PZKosz chairman and a chairman of organizing committee of the European championships in Poland in 2009. At present he is also FIBA-Europe member.
R. Ludwiczuk will start work since next Monday.


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Superleague Round 24: TEMP-SUMZ Revda loses to Ural Ekaterinburg in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ekaterinburg. First ranked host Ural Ekaterinburg (18-3) defeated second-best TEMP-SUMZ Revda (14-7) 75-58. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. The game was mostly controlled by Ural Ekaterinburg. TEMP-SUMZ Revda managed to win second period 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TEMP-SUMZ Revda 44-26 including 26 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by TEMP-SUMZ Revda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Vitaly Ionov (201-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Ural Ekaterinburg's coach Oleg Okulov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-3 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg are again looking forward to face TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will have a break next round.
The game in Cherepovec was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Rjazan (10-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Severstal (9-12). Rjazan managed to secure a 8-point victory 69-61. The winners were led by guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 25 points and 6 rebounds and Oleg Bartunov supported him with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) did not help to save the game for Severstal. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rjazan maintains fifth position with 10-9 record. Severstal lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Rjazan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Severstal will play again at home against Rjazan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Moscow supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Ataman (14-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak V. (5-16). Ataman smashed Spartak V. 77-56 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak V.. The best player for the winners was Igor Smygin who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Andrey Petukhov who recorded 17 points and 7 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. Ataman moved-up to second place. Spartak V. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Ataman will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak V. will play again against the league's second-placed Ataman (#2) in Rostov and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 24 Ruskon-Mord. won against Sojuz Zaretchny on the opponent's court 86-79.



Severstal - Rjazan 61-69

The game in Cherepovec was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Rjazan (10-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Severstal (9-12). Rjazan managed to secure a 8-point victory 69-61. It looked good early as Severstal took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rjazan took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. The winners were led by guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) supported him with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) did not help to save the game for Severstal. Forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) added 7 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rjazan maintains fifth position with 10-9 record. Severstal lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Rjazan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Severstal will play again at home against Rjazan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Severstal: S.Zakharov 12+1reb+1ast, A.Tsvetkov 12+6reb+2ast, A.Lunev 8+4reb, R.Nazmiev 8+3reb+1ast, S.Toropov 8+1reb, S.Zinchenko 7+8reb+2ast
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 25+6reb+2ast, O.Bartunov 21+5reb+5ast, V.Ivlev 6+4reb, A.Kirdyachkin 5+5reb, I.Shamov 4+2reb, V.Kazakov 4+7reb
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Spartak V. - Ataman 56-77

The game in Moscow supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Ataman (14-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak V. (5-16). Ataman smashed Spartak V. 77-56 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak V.. The game without a history. Ataman led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) chipped in 10 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Andrey Petukhov (204-86) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Viktor Zaryazhko (194-92) added 9 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. Ataman moved-up to second place. Spartak V. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Ataman will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak V. will play again against the league's second-placed Ataman (#2) in Rostov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: A.Petukhov 17+7reb, V.Zaryazhko 9+2reb+1ast, O.Bokov 7+4reb, D.Zakharov 5+1reb+1ast, V.Trushkin 4+4reb+2ast, D.Pastukhov 4+1ast
Ataman: I.Smygin 19+5reb+3ast, I.Oleynikov 11+2reb, N.Gresev 10+4reb+2ast, S.Vorotnikov 8+1reb, A.Voron 7+5reb+2ast, K.Pishchalnikov 6+8reb+1ast
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Sojuz Zaretchny - Ruskon-Mord. 79-86

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (3-16) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (6-13) 86-79 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. The best player for the winners was guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ruskon-Mordovia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and forward Vyacheslav Sleta (205-89) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh position with 6-13 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play again against Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Ponosov 17+12reb+2ast, V.Sleta 12+8reb, P.Aleksandrov 12+1reb+5ast, S.Karpov 9+1ast, V.Kuznetsov 8+1ast, D.Novikov 7+7reb+3ast
Ruskon-Mord.: S.Chernov 20+3reb+5ast, A.Krylov 17+5reb, A.Kuznetsov 16+8reb+1ast, A.Ageev 15+1reb+5ast, P.Aghapov 6+1reb+1ast, R.Semerninov 4+8reb+1ast
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Ural Ekaterinb. - TEMP-SUMZ 75-58

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ekaterinburg. First ranked host Ural Ekaterinburg (18-3) defeated second-best TEMP-SUMZ Revda (14-7) 75-58. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. The game was mostly controlled by Ural Ekaterinburg. TEMP-SUMZ Revda managed to win second period 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TEMP-SUMZ Revda 44-26 including 26 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by TEMP-SUMZ Revda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Vitaly Ionov (201-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Ural Ekaterinburg's coach Oleg Okulov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) with 10 points and 7 rebounds and center Aleksey Komarov (206-81) scored 14 points. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-3 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg are again looking forward to face TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Komarov 14+4reb, A.Kirjanov 11+5reb, A.Zaykin 10+7reb+1ast, A.Vokhmianine 9+2ast, S.Tokarev 6+3reb+5ast, I.Samsonov 4+2reb+1ast
Ural Ekaterinb.: V.Ionov 15+5reb, D.Nikolaev 13+10reb+2ast, N.Lepojevic 11+4reb, A.Fedyushin 8+4reb, S.Shashkov 8+5reb+2ast, A.Glazunov 7+4reb+7ast
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Vzdykhalkin number one in Russian Superlaegue for round 24 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rjazan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superlaegue Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Severstal (#6, 9-12) 69-61. Rjazan maintains the 5th position in Russian Superlaegue. Rjazan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. In the team's last game Vzdykhalkin had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Rjazan's top player in his first season with the team. Aleksei Vzdykhalkin averages this season 12.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Dmitriy Ponosov (220-C-84) of Sojuz Zaretchny. Ponosov had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Sojuz Zaretchny lost that game 79-86 to slightly higher-ranked Ruskon-Mord. (#7, 6-13). Sojuz Zaretchny are still at the very bottom. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Sojuz Zaretchny managed to get this year. Ponosov is a newcomer at Sojuz Zaretchny and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rjazan's star - forward Oleg Bartunov (197-F-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav). Bartunov showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Rjazan, helping his team with a 69-61 win against slightly lower-ranked Severstal (#6, 9-12). Rjazan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Bartunov has a great season in Russia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87) of Ataman - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sergey Chernov (187-G-86) of Ruskon-Mord. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-F/C-84) of Severstal - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Aleksandr Krylov (205-F-80) of Ruskon-Mord. - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Andrey Petukhov (204-F-86) of Spartak V. - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 18-3 
 2. Ataman 14-5 
 3. TEMP-SUMZ 14-7 
 4. Univ.Surgut 11-9 
 5. Rjazan 10-9 
 6. Severstal 9-12 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 6-13 
 8. Spartak V. 5-16 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 3-16 


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Zeleznicar and Aleksandar Radulovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Radulovic (190-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Zeleznicar Indjija. Two sides terminated their deal yesterday. The point guard joined Zeleznicar in December. He played 10 games for them averaging 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. However, it seems that was not enough for the club to keep him. Aleksandar Radulovic started this season with Sloboda Uzice. He had 6.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 8 games there. Last season, Radulovic started with Crnokosa Kosjeric and later moved to Montenegrin team Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj. He had 9.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 8 games in Balkan league. From 2007 to 2010, Radulovic played for Masinac Kraljevo and earlier he was a member of Beovuk. He won the gold medal with Serbian U19 NT at the U19 World Championship 2007.

Milos Bojovic also leaves Zeleznicar - by Ivan Milenkovic
Milos Bojovic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), best player of Zeleznicar Indjija this season, also left team who is 13th in the standings and close to relegation.
Experienced guard played 15 games for Zeleznicar Indjija this season and averaged 22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. However, even his good performances didn't help team from Indjija to achieve more than 4 wins in 19 games. After another 4 games losing streak, Zeleznicar Indjija practically lost chances to survive and their president is already thinking about next season in B league.



Stevan Jelovac continues to impress in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) continues with great performance in Turkish TBL. The Serbian power forward collected 18 points and 8 rebounds last weekend against Mersin, while his team Antalya celebrated 86-76 victory in this meeting. Jelovac joined Antalya last summer and he plays his first season abroad. For 18 games so far Jelovac averages 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. The player participated at the 3-point shootout contest, which was a part of the TBL All-Star Game. He reached the finals, but was not able to beat Jonathan Gibson. Stevan Jelovac split last season between Crvena Zvezda and Mega Vizura. With Mega Vizura he had 13.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 33 games in Serbia. The player also has experience from Partizan and Sport Key Novi Sad. Stevan Jelovac played for U18 and U20 Serbian National Teams in the past.

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Standings - D2
D3 Standings
East
 1. Lastovka 12-3
 2. Crnomelj 10-3
 3. Krka II 10-3
 4. Bistrica 10-5
 5. Calcit Kamnik 8-7
 6. Vrani Vransko 7-7
 7. Nazarje 6-7
 8. Podbocje 5-9
 9. Lenart 4-11
 10. Hram Gorjan 3-11
 11. Union Olim. II 3-12
West
 1. Plama Pur 13-2
 2. Koper 11-3
 3. Ajdovscina 11-4
 4. Fenomeni 8-7
 5. Logatec 7-6
 6. Pingvini S. 7-7
 7. Jezica 6-8
 8. Tolmin 6-9
 9. Jesenice 5-9
 10. Javor Pivka 3-10
 11. Globus 1-13


Ivica Jurkovic returns to action - by Matej Bergant
Ivica Jurkovic (206-C/F-73) came out of retirement and agreed to play for Slovenian club Sentjur. He will be able to play for his new club already on Slovenian Cup during this weekend. Former Slovenian National Team player had a great career playing in many top clubs such as Union Olimpija, Olympiakos, Turk Telekom and PAOK. Last time he was in Iran playing for Kordestan during 2008/2009 season. Sentjur will be his third Slovenian club in his career after Rogaska and Union Olimpija.

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Dongbu Promy Secure Regular Season Title - by Jeff Liebsch
Wonju Dongbu Promy continued their dream season, winning the regular season championship and their 14th game in a row with a convincing 73-60 win over the KT Sonic Boom . It's the fourth regular season championship in the teams 15 year history.

Last year, the Sonic Boom clinched the regular season title on Wonju's home court on route to their record setting 41 win season. But this year, Promy returned the favor, and staked their claim as the team to beat.

'We're the number one seed so it would appear that way, but we have to be weary of losing focus. Honestly, anyone can beat anyone given the right matchup,' starting center Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) told Eurobasket after the game.

Lee Gwang-Jae (185-G) led Wonju with 18 points, including two three pointers, and the top ranked Promy finished the game on a 18-6 run to take the regular season championship.

Benson added 16 points, and 13 rebounds to pace Wonju to their league best 40-7 record.

Wonju took control of the game midway through the first, when Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) connected for five consecutive points to give Wonju a 17-14 lead.

Park Ji-Hyon's (183-G-79) layup with 3:23 left to go in the second gave Wonju their biggest lead of the first half, taking a 31-26 lead to the delight of a group of about 300 supporters who made the trip to Busan from Wonju.

KT opened the second half scoring the first four points to take a 35-34 lead, but sloppy play let Wonju recover to go on an 11-0 run led by Lee Gwang-Jae's six points to give Wonju a 45-35 lead midway through the third.

KT used an 8-0 run of their own to cut the lead to two before Benson's four points led Wonju back to close the third with a 51-47 lead.

Benson drew a hard foul at 6:41 of the fourth on a charge by Pyo Myung-Il (182-G-75), shifting the momentum KT had built. After Yang Woo-seub brought KT within two with 5:53 left, Lee Gwang-Jae took over, scoring eight of Wonju's final 15 points to seal the win.

'It was the wrong play for his team and it gave us the momentum we needed to move forward,' said Benson.

Wonju retains home court advantage throughout the playoffs, and will be looking for their first league title since the 2007-08 season.

Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) led KT with 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, while Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) also chipped in 14 points in defeat.
KT remains in third with a 29-18 record.


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 40-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 32-14 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 29-18 
 4. KCC Egis 26-21 
 5. ET Land 24-23 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 23-24 
 7. LG Sakers 18-30 
 8. SK Knights 16-30 
 9. Goyang Orions 15-31 
 10. Samsung Th. 11-36 


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Aloysius Anagonye leaves Blancos de Rueda Valladolid - by Eurobasket News
Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) leaves Blancos de Rueda Valladolid and will not continue with the team. The Spanish side and the Nigerian National Team player in 06-07, 09 agreed not to extend the contract.
Earlier Valladolid invited Aloysius Anagonye for a try-out period. The forward was meant to replace injured Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca.
Aloysius Anagonye spent the last season in Slovenia. The forward played for Union Olimpija. He tallied 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague his stats read 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. Aloysius Anagonye delivered 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in Slovenian League. Aloysius Anagonye was not new to Spain. The forward used to play for Joventut Badalona and Ford Burgos. He also had stints in Italy, D-League, France and Israel. Aloysius Anagonye was the member of Nigerian National Team back in 2006-09 seasons.



Georffri Silvestre claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - by Mariano Galindo
Georffri Silvestre (202-F/C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for CC Meridiano Santa Cruz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.The 31-year old player had the game-high 32 points adding 13 rebounds and and one block, for 42 index rating for CC Meridiano Santa Cruz his team's victory. This amazing double- double allows CC Meridiano Santa Cruz being in play offs positions (Group B).

Fuenlabrada keeps PG Joaquim Colom until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada penned a 2-year contract extension with Joaquim Colom (188-PG-88, agency: Interperformances). It means that the Spanish point guard will play for Fuenla until the end of the 2013/14 season. Colom is a member of the club since 2009. He averages 7.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds for 20 Liga Endesa games this season. Colom also added 5.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.8 rpg for 10 games in EuroChallenge. Last season Joaquim Colom had 5.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 26 games in Spain. As mentioned above, he joined Fuenlabrada in 2009 from CAI Zaragoza. He also played for Lleida, LHospitalitet and Olivar in the past. Joaquim Colom played for the Spanish U18, U19 and U20 National Teams from 2006 to 2008. He won two bronze medals with them.

Copa del Rey 2012: Everything is ready for the final tournament - by Eurobasket News
The Copa del Rey 2012 final tournament is set to start on Thursday. Eight best ranked teams at the half of the Liga Endesa season booked a spot for this prestigious event. It will take a place from February 16-19 at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Regal Barca is the defending champion. Barca won Copa del Ray also in 2010 and they are one of the favorites to win third Cup in the row.


Quarterfinals:
B Caja Laboral - Lagun Aro GBC 16/02/2012 19:00h
A FC Barcelona Regal - Lucentum Alicante 16/02/2011 21:30h
D Unicaja - Banca Cvica 17/02/2011 19:00h
C Real Madrid - Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 17/02/2011 21:30h

Semifinals:
SF2 Winner A - Winner B 18/02/2011 18:00h
SF1 Winner C - Winner D 18/02/2011 20:30h

Big Final
Final Winner SF1 - Winner SF2 19/02/2011 18:00h


Below is the list of participants which already won at least one Copa del Rey trophy in their careers. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) leads this list with five trophies, all with Regal Barca. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) follow him with 4 trophies each.

PLAYER - TEAM - NUMBER OF TROPHIES - YEAR
Juan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona Regal - 5 - (2001, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011)
Sergi Vidal - Lagun Aro GBC - 4 - (2002, 2004, 2006, 2009)
Fran Vazquez - FC Barcelona Regal - 4 - (2005, 2007, 2010, 2011)
Pablo Prigioni - Caja Laboral - 3 - (2004, 2006, 2009)
Pete Mickeal - FC Barcelona Regal - 3 - (2009, 2010, 2011)
Vctor Sada - FC Barcelona Regal - 2 - (2010, 2011)
Jorge Garbajosa - Unicaja - 2 - (1999, 2005)
Erazem Lorbek - FC Barcelona Regal - 2 - (2010, 2011)
Boniface Ndong - FC Barcelona Regal - 2 - (2010, 2011)
Mirza Teletovic - Caja Laboral - 1 - (2009)
Fernando San Emeterio - Caja Laboral - 1 - (2009)
Pau Ribas - Caja Laboral - 1 - (2008)
Felipe Reyes Real Madrid 1 - (2000)
Kosta Perovic - FC Barcelona Regal - 1 - (2011)
Joe Ingles - FC Barcelona Regal - 1 - (2011)
Andrew Betts - Lagun Aro GBC - 1 - (2004)
Ferran Lavina - Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada - 1 - (2008)
Berni Rodriguez - Unicaja - 1 - (2005)




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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 17-1 
 2. Fribourg 13-5 
 3. Geneve Lions 13-5 
 4. Monthey 12-5 
 5. SAV Vacallo 10-7 
 6. Starwings 6-12 
 7. Boncourt 5-13 
 8. BBC Nyon 2-16 
 9. SAM Massagno 2-16 


LNA Round 20: Fribourg loses to Lugano Tigers in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lugano. First ranked host Lugano Tigers (17-1) defeated second-ranked Fribourg (13-5) 71-53. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Fribourg. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Fribourg 45-34 including 34 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points during the contest. Lugano Tigers' coach Randoald Dessarzin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Lugano Tigers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Fribourg at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Geneve Lions. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso in the next round. Fribourg will play at home against Geneve Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Geneve Lions (13-5) crushed at home 6th ranked Starwings (6-12) by 35 points 88-53, which is the biggest margin this round. The winners were led by Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and Sean Barnette supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Geneve Lions' coach Nebojsa Lazarevic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Starwings. Geneve Lions moved-up to second place, which they share with Fribourg. Starwings lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Geneve Lions will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against Boncourt (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 20 BBC Nyon lost to SAV Vacallo on the opponent's court 61-79. Boncourt managed to outperform SAM Massagno in a home game 77-70.



SAV Vacallo - BBC Nyon 79-61

Rather expected game in Chiasso where 8th ranked BBC Nyon (2-16) was defeated by fifth ranked SAV Vacallo (10-7) 79-61. The game without a history. SAV Vacallo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SAV Vacallo outrebounded BBC Nyon 37-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by naturalized Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (206-92) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) supported him with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Kramer Knutson (205-89, college: Portland) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. His fellow American import forward Ryan Dermody (206-87, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 5 assists for the guests. SAV Vacallo maintains fifth position with 10-7 record. BBC Nyon lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with SAM Massagno. SAV Vacallo will play against league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BBC Nyon will play against Monthey (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: P.Badji 21+13reb+1ast, M.Sloan 17+4reb+4ast, D.Koludrovic 14+7reb, R.Gibson 11+9reb+9ast, L.Waldesbuehl 9+2reb+3ast, M.Schneiderman 5+2reb+3ast
BBC Nyon: K.Knutson 17+9reb, R.Dermody 13+3reb+5ast, X.Paredes 11+5reb+1ast, S.Zivkovic 9+2reb+2ast, J.Stalder 7+1reb+2ast, L.Bobetso 4+1reb+4ast
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Lugano Tigers - Fribourg 71-53

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lugano. First ranked host Lugano Tigers (17-1) defeated second-ranked Fribourg (13-5) 71-53. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Fribourg. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Fribourg 45-34 including 34 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points during the contest. Lugano Tigers' coach Randoald Dessarzin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kenny Thomas (191-87, college: Radford) scored 13 points. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Fribourg at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Geneve Lions. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso in the next round. Fribourg will play at home against Geneve Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 19+4reb+2ast, Z.Rakocevic 18+12reb+1ast, D.Stockalper 11+11reb+2ast, E.Draughan 7+2reb+4ast, N.Dacevic 7+8reb+1ast, R.Brown 7+3reb+8ast
Fribourg: K.Thomas 13+4reb+2ast, O.Vogt 11+6reb+1ast, D.Esterkamp 10+15reb+1ast, R.Yates 10+4reb+3ast, B.Polyblank 6, S.Petkovic 3+3reb+3ast
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Geneve Lions - Starwings 88-53

Third ranked Geneve Lions (13-5) crushed at home 6th ranked Starwings (6-12) by 35 points 88-53, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Starwings was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Starwings' 26. Geneve Lions forced 20 Starwings turnovers and outrebounded them 52-24 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Geneve Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Starwings' players. The winners were led by Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Geneve Lions' coach Nebojsa Lazarevic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Starwings. The former international guard Joel Fuchs (189-89) added 13 points and 4 assists for the guests. Geneve Lions moved-up to second place, which they share with Fribourg. Starwings lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Geneve Lions will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against Boncourt (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 19+8reb+2ast, B.Toure 15+16reb, J.Aw 14+6reb+4ast, F.Steinmann 10+4ast, M.Maruotto 9+7reb+4ast, J.Jaunin 7+3reb+5ast
Starwings: J.Burrows 20+9reb+3ast, J.Fuchs 13+1reb+4ast, M.Petkovic 8+5reb+4ast, S.Beltinger 5, R.Guettinger 3, R.Albrecht 2+3reb
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Boncourt - SAM Massagno 77-70

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Boncourt (5-13) defeated at home bottom-ranked SAM Massagno (2-16) 77-70. Boncourt players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (203-85, college: Purdue) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and Ivorian forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU) supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Even 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Chris Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) did not help to save the game for SAM Massagno. His fellow American import Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. Boncourt maintains seventh position with 5-13 record. SAM Massagno at the other side stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. They share the position with BBC Nyon. Boncourt will play against higher ranked Starwings (#6) in Basel in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SAM Massagno will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: N.Calasan 21+15reb+1ast, I.N'Diaye 21+7reb+3ast, J.Sharper 15+1reb+1ast, L.Lahey 8+5reb+1ast, L.Roberson 6+9reb+6ast, M.Salomone 3+1reb+2ast
SAM Massagno: T.Jones 18+5reb+2ast, D.Mitrovic 14+8reb+1ast, S.Smiljanic 13+1reb+1ast, T.Murati 12+3reb+3ast, C.Kaba 9+11reb+6ast, N.Stevanovic 2+4reb+2ast
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  TURKEY   


Curtis Jerrells to leave Fenerbahce - by Ugur Turker
Speculation arise that Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is going to release Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) after Coach Neven Spahija left him in Istanbul while team is playing Turkish Cup in Konya. General Director Nedim Karaka said ' Curtis Jerrells is not in roster for Turkish Cup because of lack of form. He will continue his training alone in Istanbul.' Nevertheless, American Based player joined Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul after his succesfull spell in BC Partizan MT:S Beograd during summer transfer period and Neven Spahia had a lot of expextations on him. Curtis Jerrells played 14 Euroleague games in Turkish Team averaging 8.6 pts,1.7ass.

Cyrus Tate and DeVaughn Washington left Turkey - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Final Spor Genclik Bursa and Gelisim Koleji decided to change their imports. Final Spor Genclik Bursa parted ways with Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iowa) a few days ago and looking for a new player. Gelisim Koleji also cut De Vaughn Washington (202-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio) today. Tate played 23 games with Bursa team and averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Washington played 24 games and averaged 11.4 points, 6.3 rebounds.

Konya added Jamine Peterson - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Former Providence member Jamine Peterson (198-F-88, college: Providence) signed with Turkish team Konya Selcuk University...The player will be the second import of Turkish team and will try to help team for TB2L Championship. Peterson played in D-League with Frisco Texas Legends only in 5 games and averaged 5.4 Points, 5.8 Rebounds.

Pasco signed with Vestel - by Sinan Can
VESTELSPOR of TB2L signed American big man Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Kansas St.). Turkish team who signed Corey Allmond a while ago, strengthened their frount-court with experienced center. Pasco is a familiar name for Turkey as he spent his rookie season at Erdemirspor where he averaged 15.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. After Erdemir, Pasco spent time generally Italian Serie A teams. Pasco started this season at CAI Zaragoza, then moved to Polish team Zastal Zielona Gora. Pasco will be availible at Vestel's friday clash against Darussafaka.

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Former UConn Star Kemba Walker to be Honored By Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance - by David Edole
Press release from the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance:

Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut)r, who almost singlehandedly led the University of Connecticut mens basketball team on a magical ride to the national championship, and track star Shannon Gagne have been selected as the 2011 Athletes of the Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance.

Walker, now a member of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, will receive the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year Award while Gagne, who captured five NCAA individual championships in track and field for the University of New Haven, is the recipient of the Hank ODonnell Female Athlete of the Year Award.

In addition, Masuk High School quarterback Casey Cochran has been named the inaugural recipient of the newly created Hal Levy High School Athlete of the Year Award, named in honor of the late Shore Line Newspapers sports editor and former CSWA president and longtime member.

All three award winners will be honored at the 71st annual Gold Key Dinner on April 29 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Walker put together one of the most remarkable postseason runs in college basketball history as the junior guard led UConn to 11 straight wins. The first five came in the Big East Tournament where the ninth-seeded Huskies, after losing four of their last five regular-season games, all against conference opponents, became the first school to win five games in five days en route to the title.

Walker, the tourney MVP, set a Big East Tournament record with 130 points in the five games, including 26 against DePaul and 28 versus Georgetown in the first two rounds, and then 24 points, including the game-winning shot as time expired, against top-seed Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals. He followed that up with a 33-point, 12-rebound, five-assist performance in the semis against Syracuse, and then had a game-high 19 points and three steals in the 69-66 championship-game win over Louisville.

He was just getting started, however. Walker sparked UConn to six more consecutive wins in the NCAA tournament, culminating with a a 53-41 win over Butler in the finals in which he had a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds as the Kuskies claimed their third national championship.

Walker was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four, a week after earning the West Region MOP. The only Husky to start all 41 games, the Bronx native set a single-season UConn record with 965 points, averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He was named the Big East Conference Player of the Year, a consensus First-Team All-American, and was a finalist for the College Basketball Player of the Year.

He was also the winner of the Bob Cousy Award as the top point guard in the nation. Walker, who turns 22 in May, entered the NBA Draft in June and was the ninth overall pick in the first round by the Bobcats.

While Walker left college after three years, Gagne returned to the University of New Haven for a fifth year in 2010-11 to complete her Masters degree in Homeland Security after earning her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.

And with a year of eligibility left in both indoor and outdoor track, Gagne competed for a fourth season in both sports. All she did was capture three national titles in indoor track and two more in the outdoor season, making her only the third athlete in Division II history to win five national championships in one year.

A four-year letter winner in track and field at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, where she was all-state and all-New England, Gagne made the outdoor track team at UNH as a freshman walk-on in the spring of 2007. As a sophomore, she joined the indoor track team and promptly set a new school record in the long jump. That spring, in only her second outdoor season, Gagne established three new UNH marks in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and the long jump. As a junior, Gagne set four new school records in indoor and three more in outdoor.

During the indoor season, she finished seventh in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division II National Championships, becoming the first University of New Haven womens track and field athlete to score points at the national meet and earn All-American honors. She added another All-American honor in outdoor season with a fifth-place finish in the 200m dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She only competed during the indoor season her senior year, but returned the following year while studying for her Masters and made history, winning the 200 and 400 meters and the long jump at the NCAA Division II womens indoor championships in Albuquerque, N.M., and adding national titles in the 200 and 400 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet in Turlock, Calif. She finished her illustrious career as a nine-time All-American.

Besides being UNHs most decorated track athlete in history, Gagne was also recognized, along with UConns Maya Moore, as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year recipients. And in January, Gagne was honored in Indianapolis where she received the prestigious NCAA Top-8 Award, which recognizes only eight collegiate athletes nationwide regardless of gender or division.

Cochran recently completed one of the most successful high school football careers any quarterback from Connecticut every enjoyed, finishing as the states career leader in passing yards, completions and touchdown passes. This past season at Masuk High School, Cochran passed for 3,041 yards and 37 touchdowns while completing 152-of-225 yards (.713). He also rushed for five TDs as he led the Panthers to an 11-1 record and the Class L state semifinals.

That came on the heels of an outstanding junior season in which the all-state QB connected on 200-of-295 pass attempts (.689) for 3,345 yards and 40 touchdowns. He ran for seven more scores as he directed Masuk to a perfect 13-0 record and a state championship. Cochran, the state championship game MVP, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut in both 2010 and 2011.

When you factor in the 1,387 yards and nine touchdowns he passed for as a freshman for Class SS state champ New London, and the 2,969 yards and 24 TDs he threw for as a sophomore after transferring to Masuk, Cochran finished his four-year career with 10,741 passing yards and 110 touchdown passes. He completed 650-of-982 attempts (.662), ran for 19 TDs, and led his teams to three league championships, two state crowns, and an overall 40-4 record.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Cochran, who was named the 2010 Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year for Connecticut, will continue his football career at the University of Connecticut.

In addition to Walker, Gagne and Cochran, the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance will be presenting Gold Keys to Kristine Lilly, Dave Shea, John Dunham and Mike Walsh.


Duncan being given more rest than ever - by David Edole
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has vowed to hold power forward Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) out of more games this season, hoping to keep him fresh for the stretch run.

The promised rash of DNPs for the 35-year-old Duncan hasnt happened yet he has skipped just one full game, a Jan. 21 loss at Houston. But for the third season in a row, Duncan is averaging a career low in minutes.

In 27 appearances, Duncan has averaged 27:23 of court time, producing 13.9 points and 8.4 rebounds a night.

He understands what were doing, Popovich said. Its not so much because hes older. I just want him ready for the playoffs.

With the Spurs set to finish the eastern portion of their rodeo road trip with a back-to-back tonight at Detroit and Wednesday in Toronto, Duncan could be due for another day off.

The decrease in playing time, and corresponding drop in statistics, is a major reason Duncan will miss the first All-Star Game of his career this season.

Yet Duncan has appeared fresh of late, notching eight consecutive double-digit scoring nights and four straight double-doubles.

If theres one thing the Spurs learned last season, when they won a Western Conference-best 61 games only to have Manu Ginobili suffer an elbow injury in the season finale, rest only goes so far.

You never know what fate will do, Popovich said. But at least you can try as much as you can to keep everybody healthy. I think limiting Timmys minutes will help us have a better shot.

By Jeff McDonald


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cincinnati S. 9-1 
 2. S.Ohio K. 6-2 
 3. Buckeye B. 4-2 
 4. SE Hoopstars 4-4 
 5. Midwest M. 3-6 
 6. Ohio R. 1-5 
 7. Cleveland R. 1-6 
 8. Louisville S. 0-4 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 11-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 8-3 
 3. Atlanta A. 6-2 
 4. Georgia L. 4-4 
 5. S.Generals 3-3 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 9-3 
 2. Cleveland H. 6-5 
 3. Houston E. 5-3 
 4. Austin K. 5-5 
 5. DFW Warriors 0-10 
D-League
 1. Queen City G. 1-5 
 2. Nashville M. 1-10 
Traveling Teams
 1. Ohio H.G. 5-0 
 2. Dallas Stars 3-1 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 30.8
 1. Barnes, GIE M.30.8 
 2. Williams, GIE M.24.0 
 3. Sims, Georgia L.23.0 
 4. Franklin, Austin K.22.8 
 5. Williams, Georgia22.0 
 6. Brown, Clevelan.21.0 
 7. Webb, Tennessee D.20.8 
 8. Cantrell, GIE M.20.5 
 9. Curry, S.Generals20.5 
 10. James, Nashville20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  USA
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Dailey, Georgia L.16.3 
 2. Moore, GIE M.13.6 
 3. Terrell, Dallas St.12.7 
 4. Joseph, S.Generals12.0 
 5. Morning, C.Tex.11.4 
 6. Davis, Queen C.11.3 
 7. Johnson, Austin K.11.0 
 8. Akpele, GIE M.9.2 
 9. Holt, C.Texas C.8.9 
 10. Bedford, GIE M.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bray, S.Generals12.5 
 2. Horton, C.Texas C.8.8 
 3. Sims, Georgia L.6.5 
 4. Webb, Tennessee D.6.5 
 5. Barnes, GIE M.6.4 
 6. Ragsdale, GIE M.6.1 
 7. Glover, C.Texas C.5.5 
 8. Beaulah, Queen C.5.0 
 9. Johnson, S.Generals4.8 
 10. Cantrell, GIE M.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Williams, GIE M.4.6 
 2. Bray, S.Generals4.5 
 3. Horton, C.Texas C.3.3 
 4. Barnes, GIE M.3.2 
 5. Johnson, S.Generals2.3 
 6. Glover, C.Texas C.2.3 
 7. Bowdy, Dallas S.2.3 
 8. Ragsdale, GIE M.2.2 
 9. Williams, Georgia2.0 
 10. James, Nashville1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne HARMASON
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 0
 1. Harmason, Tenness.0.0 
 2. Adkins, Austin K.0.0 
 3. Hanback, Tennesse.0.0 
 4. Stokes, Nashville0.0 
 5. Hampton, Tennesse.0.0 
 6. Sims, Georgia L.0.0 
 7. Glover, C.Texas C.0.0 
 8. Simmons, Queen C.0.0 
 9. Glover, C.Texas C.0.0 
 10. Shewmake, Nashvil.0.0 


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 20-6 
 2. BC Donetsk 19-8 
 3. Azovmash 18-9 
 4. BC Odessa 17-10 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 16-10 
 6. Khimik 16-11 
 7. Hoverla 15-11 
 8. Dnipro 14-13 
 9. BC Kyiv 13-15 
 10. Mykolaiv 11-17 
 11. Kryvbasbasket 10-17 
 12. DniproAzot 8-19 
 13. Cherkasy 7-20 
 14. Halychyna 5-23 


Superleague Round 26: Halychyna tries to escape the last position defeating Khimik - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Superleague.

Bottom-ranked Halychyna managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Khimik in Lviv 81-72. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Khimik won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halychyna made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Lance Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Halychyna's coach Zeljko Lukajic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 22 points and 4 assists. Halychyna maintains fourteenth position with 5-23 record. Khimik at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Halychyna are looking forward to face higher ranked DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Khimik will play on the road against Mykolaiv (#10) in Mykolaiv and is hoping to win this game.
Halychyna (5-23) outlasted BC Kyiv (13-15) in overtime by two points 85-83. The game took place in Kyiv. But the guests from Lviv were better at the end. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and Miroslav Todic supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Halychyna's coach Zeljko Lukajic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 22 points and 4 assists by American guard Gary Ervin (182-83, college: Arkansas) did not help to save the game for BC Kyiv. Halychyna maintains fourteenth position with 5-23 record. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Halychyna will play against higher ranked DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Kyiv will play on the road against Ferro-ZNTU in Zaporozhye and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Third ranked Azovmash (18-9) crushed at home 10th ranked Mykolaiv (11-17) by 26 points 89-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mykolaiv. The best player for the winners was Artur Drozdov who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Rodney Green produced 17 points and 4 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azovmash maintains third position with 18-9 record having just one points less than leader Budivelnyk. Loser Mykolaiv keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. Azovmash will meet BC Odessa (#4) on the road in the next round. Mykolaiv will play against Khimik (#6) in Yuzhny and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: BC Kyiv lost to BC Donetsk on the opponent's court 78-90. Kryvbasbasket managed to outperform DniproAzot in a home game 84-80. Dnipro recorded a loss to BC Odessa on the road 102-94. Mykolaiv defeated Cherkasy on its own court 86-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists by Justin Love of BC Odessa.



BC Donetsk - BC Kyiv 90-78

Very expected game when 9th ranked BC Kyiv (13-15) was defeated on the road by second ranked BC Donetsk (19-8) 90-78 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Donetsk dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Kyiv to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 28 and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Artem Shvets (202-85) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St.) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Donetsk maintains second position with 19-8 record behind leader Budivelnyk. Loser BC Kyiv keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. BC Donetsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Kyiv will play against Ferro-ZNTU (#5) in Zaporozhye and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: I.Radenovic 18+8reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 17+4reb+3ast, M.Lee 16+4reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 13+7reb+5ast, R.Curry 11+2reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 8+1reb
BC Kyiv: A.Shvets 21+5reb, D.Zimmerman 10+3reb+6ast, V.Goodridge 10+9reb, G.Ervin 9+3reb+5ast, V.Bobrov 9+4reb+2ast, V.Podolyan 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168857


Azovmash - Mykolaiv 89-63

Third ranked Azovmash (18-9) crushed at home 10th ranked Mykolaiv (11-17) by 26 points 89-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mykolaiv. The game without a history. Azovmash led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mykolaiv to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mykolaiv 42-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Azovmash looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Azovmash made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. The former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) produced 17 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) added 5 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azovmash maintains third position with 18-9 record having just one points less than leader Budivelnyk. Loser Mykolaiv keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. Azovmash will meet BC Odessa (#4) on the road in the next round. Mykolaiv will play against Khimik (#6) in Yuzhny and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: A.Drozdov 20+11reb+2ast, O.Pecherov 13+6reb+2ast, D.Ewing 10+1reb+5ast, J.Crispin 10+1reb+1ast, A.Slipenchuk 8+1reb+7ast, J.Randle 8+2reb+2ast
Mykolaiv: R.Green 17+1reb+4ast, O.Onufriyev 9+4reb+1ast, I.Kryvych 7+1reb, A.McLain 5+11reb+1ast, J.Coleman 5+1reb+2ast, I.Gilyevych 5+3reb
gschID: 168855


Halychyna - Khimik 81-72

Bottom-ranked Halychyna managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Khimik in Lviv 81-72. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Khimik won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halychyna made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Lance Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Halychyna players scored in double figures. Halychyna's coach Zeljko Lukajic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Halychyna maintains fourteenth position with 5-23 record. Khimik at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Halychyna are looking forward to face higher ranked DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Khimik will play on the road against Mykolaiv (#10) in Mykolaiv and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: M.Todic 19+9reb+3ast, L.Harris 16+3reb+5ast, P.Revzin 12+3reb, K.Mays 10+6reb+3ast, V.Vukosavljevic 9+6reb+1ast, A.Chemyakin 4+4reb
Khimik: D.Mitchell 22+4reb+4ast, D.Ikovlev 15+3reb+1ast, R.Terry 14+11reb+1ast, A.McGhee 9+3reb+3ast, P.Miletic 8+4reb+2ast, S.Popov 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168856


Kryvbasbasket - DniproAzot 84-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Kryvbasbasket's (10-17) home victory over 12th ranked DniproAzot (8-19) 84-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kryvbasbasket players scored in double figures. Kryvbasbasket's coach Ainars Bagatskis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Kryvbasbasket maintains eleventh position with 10-17 record. Loser DniproAzot keeps the twelfth place with 19 games lost. Kryvbasbasket will meet higher ranked Dnipro (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. DniproAzot will play against Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: J.Florence 16+7reb+6ast, D.Djapa 15+3reb, B.Davis 14+5reb+3ast, V.Malchevskiy 13+7reb, M.Faison 9+5reb+1ast, P.Caldwell 9+2reb+2ast
DniproAzot: S.Pringle 22+6reb+4ast, M.Dunigan 18+17reb, L.Stefanishin 16+2reb+3ast, S.Gorbenko 7+9reb+2ast, K.Taylor 6+2reb, M.Little 6+10reb+4ast
gschID: 168853


BC Odessa - Dnipro 102-94

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Dnipro (14-13) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked BC Odessa (17-10) 102-94 on Sunday. Dnipro trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 35-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-102 at the end of the game. BC Odessa made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) produced 33 points (!!!) and American point guard Derrick Low (188-86, college: Washington St.) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five BC Odessa and four Dnipro players scored in double figures. Dnipro's coach Denys Zhuravlov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Odessa moved-up to fourth place. Loser Dnipro keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. BC Odessa will meet at home higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dnipro will play against Kryvbasbasket (#11) in Krivoy Rog and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: J.Love 23+5reb+10ast, S.King 19+10reb+5ast, D.Korshuk 17+4reb+1ast, R.Kryvych 16+3reb+3ast, E.Annenkov 14+3reb+2ast, S.Balashov 7+4reb+3ast
Dnipro: S.Burtt 33+1reb+2ast, D.Low 15+3reb+4ast, O.Shchepkin 14+2reb+2ast, C.Thomas 10+5reb+2ast, Q.Woods 8+6reb+5ast, M.Korniyenko 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168854


BC Kyiv - Halychyna 83-85 OT

Halychyna (5-23) outlasted BC Kyiv (13-15) in overtime by two points 85-83. The game took place in Kyiv. But the guests from Lviv were better at the end. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But BC Kyiv won third quarter 19-14. 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 BC Kyiv used huge pressure winning it 23-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-12. They outrebounded BC Kyiv 48-30 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Halychyna's coach Zeljko Lukajic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 22 points and 4 assists by American guard Gary Ervin (182-83, college: Arkansas) did not help to save the game for BC Kyiv. The former international swingman Artem Shvets (202-85) added 19 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Halychyna maintains fourteenth position with 5-23 record. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Halychyna will play against higher ranked DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Kyiv will play on the road against Ferro-ZNTU in Zaporozhye and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: V.Vukosavljevic 25+16reb+3ast, L.Harris 17+3reb+1ast, M.Todic 15+9reb+2ast, B.Djurasovic 10+7reb+3ast, O.Dolenko 8+2reb+1ast, K.Mays 4+1reb+3ast
BC Kyiv: G.Ervin 22+4reb+4ast, A.Shvets 19+4reb+2ast, V.Podolyan 16+3reb+2ast, D.Zimmerman 11+8reb+4ast, R.Otverchenko 6+3reb, V.Goodridge 6+6reb
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Mykolaiv - Cherkasy 86-77

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Mykolaiv (11-17) beat at home 13th ranked Cherkasy (7-20) 86-77 on Saturday. Cherkasy was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Mykolaiv dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cherkasy's 20. They outrebounded Cherkasy 44-29 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mykolaiv made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: New Trend Agency) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Mykolaiv players scored in double figures. Mykolaiv's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson, agency: New Trend Agency) produced 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Alexandr Nerush (192-83) added 25 points respectively for the guests. Mykolaiv maintains tenth position with 11-17 record. Loser Cherkasy keeps the thirteenth place with 20 games lost. Mykolaiv will meet at home higher ranked Khimik (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cherkasy will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: D.Vaughn 19+5reb+3ast, R.Green 15+5reb+4ast, I.Gilyevych 14+4reb+1ast, A.McLain 12+7reb+2ast, D.McClintock 11+8reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 7+5reb
Cherkasy: A.Nerush 25+3reb+1ast, W.Solomon 24+4reb+6ast, I.Timermanis 16+6reb+2ast, M.Pupovic 5+6reb+2ast, A.Panchenko 3+2reb, V.Bliznyuk 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168852




Love number one in Ukraine for round 26 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Justin Love (189-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Odessa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 33-year old player got a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Dnipro (#8, 14-13) 102-94. BC Odessa is placed at 4th position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Odessa will need more victories to improve their 17-10 record. Love turned to be BC Odessa's top player in his first season with the team. Justin Love averages this season 14.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Halychyna. Vukosavljevic had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Halychyna to edge the higher-ranked BC Kyiv (#9, 13-15) in overtime 85-83. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Halychyna is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Halychyna managed to get this year. Vukosavljevic is a newcomer at Halychyna, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was British guard Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) of Azovmash (#3). Drozdov scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Azovmash, leading his team to a 89-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Mykolaiv (#10, 11-17). Azovmash needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Drozdov has a great season in Ukraine. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best). Artur Drozdov has also Ukrainian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Ervin (182-G-83) of BC Kyiv - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Shawn King (208-C-82) of BC Odessa - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Steven Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro - 33 points and 2 assists
7. Michael Dunigan (208-C-89) of DniproAzot - 18 points and 17 rebounds
8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of DniproAzot - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rostyslav Kryvych (197-F/G-78) of BC Odessa - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Artem Shvets (202-G/F-85) of BC Kyiv - 19 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)


Ukraine All Star Rosters Announced - by Julius Johnson
The Ukraine Superleague All Star game will be played in Kiev on February 25.

A handful of NBA scouts will be on hand to watch Oleksiy Pecherov (213-C-85) (18th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft) and Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T., college: Texas A&M) (an emerging young star).

The Ukraine Team:
Steven Burtt (185-G-84) ('Dnipro')
Ruslan Otverchenko (195-SG-90) ('Kyiv')
Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) ('Azovmash')
Oleksiy Pecherov ('Azovmash')

Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87) ('Donetsk')
Artem Butskyy (185-PG-81) ('Ferro-ZNTU')
Dmytro Zabirchenko (191-PG-84) ('Budivelnyk')

Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86) ('Khimik')
Artem Shvets (202-G/F-85) ('Kyiv')
Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) ('Budivelnyk')
Sergiy Gorbenko (202-F-85) ('DniproAZOT')
Yaroslav Lemyk (203-C-85) ('Hoverla')

The Foreigners Team:
Ramel Curry (192-G-80) ('Donetsk')
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87) ('Ferro-ZNTU')
Zach Morley (203-F-83) ('Budivelnyk')

Thomas Charles ('Dnipro')
King Shawn ('Odessa')
Randy Culpepper (182-G-89) ('Ferro-ZNTU')
Derrick Zimmerman (191-G-81) ('Kyiv')

Reyshawn Terry ('Khimik')
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81) ('Ferro-ZNTU')
Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) ('Halychyna')
Willie Solomon (187-G-78 ('Cherkasy')
Bryan Davis (206-F-86) ('Krivbassbasket')


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BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.6 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.21.1 
 3. Smith, Newcastl.20.7 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.20.5 
 5. Bell, Plymouth R.20.1 
 6. Green, Glasgow19.9 
 7. Freeman, Worceste.19.8 
 8. Gordon, Worceste.19.3 
 9. Schneck, Cheshire.17.6 
 10. Langhurst, Sheffi.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.5 
 2. Schneck, Cheshire.10.9 
 3. Tuck, Sheffield S.10.5 
 4. Dobbins, Sheffield10.4 
 5. Gordon, Worceste.9.4 
 6. Williams, Plymouth9.3 
 7. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.9 
 8. Thomson, Newcastl.8.6 
 9. Flaherty, Durham W.8.3 
 10. O''Reilly, Cheshir.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sherrad PREZZIE-BLUE
  Worces.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.9 
 2. Green, Glasgow4.8 
 3. Rundles, Leiceste.4.5 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.4.5 
 5. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.3 
 6. Bucci, Durham W.4.0 
 7. Martin, Plymouth.4.0 
 8. Bolds, MK Lions4.0 
 9. Gause, Newcastl.3.9 
 10. Bailey, Mersey Ti.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.6 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.4 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.4 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.2.3 
 5. Huffor, Glasgow1.8 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.1.8 
 7. Elderkin, Durham W.1.7 
 8. Capocci, Durham W.1.6 
 9. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 10. Bridge, Newcastl.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.6 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.7 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.5 
 4. Williams, Plymouth1.3 
 5. Royster, Leiceste.1.1 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.1.0 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.0.9 
 8. Tuck, Sheffield S.0.7 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth R.0.7 
 10. Sturt, MK Lions0.6 


National Trophy round-up - by Eurobasket News
Bristol Flyers and Derby Trailblazers will meet in the National Trophy final after victories in the semi-finals this weekend.
69 62
Bristol Academy Flyers gained a measure of revenge for their Cup final defeat by knocking London Leopards out of the National Trophy at the semi-final stage with a 69-62 win.
Flyers made a quick start and doubled Leopards on the scoreboard in the first quarter to be up 24-12. After a tight and tense middle two quarters Flyers had moved slighlty further ahead at 52-39 and despite a late run by Leopards, Bristol held on to secure a spot in the final later this month.
Davis Bowne (203-C-84, college: Appalachian St.) top-scored for Andreas Kapoulas' team with 20 points. Vernon Teel was the game's top scorer with 23 points.
71 53
Derby Trailblazers used a stifling first-half defensive performance to defeat Reading Rockets 71-53 and move onto the final.
Trailblazers held Rockets to just 19 points in the first two quarters and had a 14 point lead going into the locker rooms. Rockets did trim the gap to single figures either side of the fourth quarter break, but a key 6-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter ended any hopes they had of taking the game.
Rishi Kakad (188-G, college: Hawaii-Pacific) had 24 points for Derby, including a perfect ten for ten from the free-throw line. Troy Whittington (198-C, college: Williams) had a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds.Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 15-1 
 2. Worcester W. 13-5 
 3. Leicester R. 11-3 
 4. Plymouth R. 10-3 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 9-8 
 6. Sheffield S. 7-9 
 7. MK Lions 7-9 
 8. Cheshire Jets 5-11 
 9. Guildford Heat 5-11 
 10. Mersey Tigers 4-13 
 11. Durham W. 2-15 


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol AF 11-3 
 2. Derby T. 11-3 
 3. Worthing T. 10-5 
 4. Leicester W. 9-5 
 5. Bradford D. 9-5 
 6. Medway Park 8-7 
 7. Reading R. 7-6 
 8. Brixton T. 7-7 
 9. Leopards 6-4 
 10. Leeds Carnegie 4-9 
 11. Tees Valley M. 3-12 
 12. London Cap. 2-11 
 13. Westminster W. 2-12 


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Serie 1
 1. Welcome 5-1 
 2. Hebraica 5-1 
 3. Bohemios 3-3 
 4. Lagomar 2-4 
 5. Wanderers 2-4 
 6. Trouville 1-5 
Serie 2
 1. Aguada 5-2 
 2. Malvin 4-1 
 3. Defensor 4-2 
 4. Anastasia 2-4 
 5. Bigua 2-5 
 6. Plaza 2-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Trouville
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Brown, Trouville24.0 
 2. Keenan, Larre B.23.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.8 
 4. Crews, Cader23.5 
 5. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 6. McCullough, Un.Atl.21.2 
 7. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 8. Jennings, Cordon20.9 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.20.7 
 10. Evans, Cader20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 43.8
 1. Humphrey, Bigua43.8 
 2. Allen, Bohemios15.6 
 3. Polk, Montevideo14.1 
 4. Shellman, Sayago12.8 
 5. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.8 
 6. Passos, Hebraica11.7 
 7. Keenan, Larre B.10.8 
 8. Crews, Cader10.7 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios9.5 
 10. Jackson, Defensor9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.8 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.1 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada6.0 
 4. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 5. Taboada, Larre B.5.0 
 6. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 7. Jennings, Cordon4.8 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terence SHELLMAN
  Sayago
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.4 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 4. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 5. Tornaria, Trouville2.3 
 6. Aguilera, Trouville2.3 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
 8. Brown, Trouville2.1 
 9. Evans, Cader2.1 
 10. Vazquez, Olimpia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Bohemios
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Allen, Bohemios3.9 
 2. Jackson, Olimpia2.3 
 3. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.2.2 
 4. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 5. Polk, Montevideo1.8 
 6. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 7. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 8. Crews, Cader1.6 
 9. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 10. McCoy, Sayago1.5 


Results for the LUB 7th round - by Hector Lopez
Pablo Morales (200-F-79) netted a two points shot with 0.07 to play and Aguada defeated Plaza Nueva Helvecia 91-90 fort the Super Liga 7th round. For Aguada Morales finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds, Billy McShepard (208-F, college: Valdosta St.) 14 points 7 rebounds, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 16 points 2 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 6 points 9 rebounds. For Plaza, John Ruffus (207-F/C-81, college: Fayetteville St.) 22 points 14 rebounds, Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 18 points 8 rebounds 7 assists.
Other results:
Malvin 79 - Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 25 points 8 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 9 points 12 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 14 points 3 rebounds 6 assists
Bigua 68 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 23 points 5 rebounds, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) 13 points 6 rebounds, DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: CS Monterey) 15 points 6 rebounds
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Defensor Sporting 86 - Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.) 16 points 7 rebounds, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 11 points 8 rebounds
Anastasia 62 - Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 17 points 11 rebounds, Nick Mattone (193-G, college: Kennesaw St.) 13 points 3 assists.


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 6-0 
 2. Marinos 6-0 
 3. Guaiqueries 6-1 
 4. Gigantes 4-3 
 5. Bucaneros 3-3 
 6. Guaros 2-4 
 7. Trotamundos 2-4 
 8. Gaiteros 2-6 
 9. Toros 1-5 
 10. Panteras 1-7 


Yorbis Umbria joins Gaiteros de Zulia - by Eurobasket Center
Gaiteros de Zulia agreed terms with 28-year old former U21 international forward Yorbis Umbria (203-F-101kg-84). In his first game he scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Panteras 98-105. Umbria moved from Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB), wehre he played for 8 years. He helped them to win the championship title last season. Umbria is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Unics 11-1 
 2. Khimky 10-3 
 3. VEF Riga 7-6 
 4. N.Novgorod 7-7 
 5. Zalgiris 5-6 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 5-7 
 7. BC Astana 5-8 
 8. Budivelnyk 4-7 
 9. Kalev/Cramo 1-10 
Group B
 1. CSKA 10-1 
 2. Spartak SP 9-2 
 3. Lietuvos rytas 7-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 7-5 
 5. Azovmash 7-6 
 6. CEZ Nymburk 6-7 
 7. Asseco Prokom 5-8 
 8. Enisey 3-9 
 9. Minsk-2006 1-12 




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Berezina 0-0
 2. Gorizont 0-0
 3. Minsk-2006 0-0
 4. Olimpia 0-0
Group B
 1. BrGU 0-0
 2. Sozh Gomel 0-0
 3. Victoria 0-0
Stage One Standings


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Kayla Tetschlag claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Kayla Tetschlag (182-G/F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Waregem and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 22-year old swingman had a double-double of 13 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team outclassed Tulikivi Deerlijk (#11, 3-15) with 36-point margin 78-42. Waregem is placed at 3rd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Waregem will need more victories to improve their 13-4 record. Tetschlag turned to be Waregem's top player in her first season with the team. University of Wisconsin - Green Bay graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tetschlag is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.7rpg) and assists (9th best: 2.1apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young international point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) of Point Chaud. Mayombo impressed basketball fans with 33 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Point Chaud cruised to a 85-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Jeugd Gentson (#7, 6-11). Point Chaud's 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mayombo is well-known by Point Chaud fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) of second-ranked Kangoeroes-B.. Hendrickx scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Kangoeroes-B., leading her team to a 89-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Sint Katelijne (#5, 12-5). Kangoeroes-B. is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 15-3 record is not that bad... Hendrickx has a very solid season. In 18 games in Belgium she scored 10.9ppg. She also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) of Waregem - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Mariesa Greene (183-F-87) of Point Chaud - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jessilyn Conicelli (182-F-89) of Jeugd Gentson - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) of Houthalen - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Soana Lucet (186-F-87) of Castors Braine - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sara Leemans (178-SF-88) of Sint Katelijne - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nathalie Smolders (F-92) of Houthalen - 21 points and 3 rebounds

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


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Soana LUCET
  Castors .
  (186-F-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lucet, Castors19.0 
 2. Meesseman, Blue C.17.4 
 3. Conicelli, Jeugd G.17.4 
 4. Vasovic, Houthalen17.2 
 5. Greene, Point Cha.17.2 
 6. Celus, Sint Kateli.15.8 
 7. Delvaux, Jeugd G.15.5 
 8. Tetschlag, Waregem15.1 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Rosseel, Blue Ca.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 April PHILLIPS
  Spirou M.
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Phillips, Spirou M.14.7 
 2. Tetschlag, Waregem12.7 
 3. Greene, Point Cha.10.9 
 4. Conicelli, Jeugd G.10.6 
 5. Demirer, Spirou M.10.5 
 6. Lucet, Castors10.0 
 7. Burks-Wiley, Casto.8.9 
 8. Meesseman, Blue C.8.7 
 9. Maes, Tulikivi.8.5 
 10. Arrondo, Castors7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Isis ARRONDO
  Castors .
  (166-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Arrondo, Castors3.3 
 2. Blommaers, Houth.3.3 
 3. Ballau, Spirou M.3.1 
 4. Devliegher, Blue C.2.8 
 5. Deyaert, Waregem2.4 
 6. Vercauteren, Wareg.2.3 
 7. Delaere, Kangoero.2.1 
 8. Tetschlag, Waregem2.1 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.1 
 10. Salvi, Houthalen2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Miete CELUS
  Sint Katelijne
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Celus, Sint Kateli.3.1 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.6 
 3. Blommaers, Houth.2.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Dexia N.2.3 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.3 
 6. Conicelli, Jeugd G.2.3 
 7. Phillips, Spirou M.2.2 
 8. Deneil, Dexia Namur2.1 
 9. Greene, Point Cha.2.1 
 10. Arrondo, Castors2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.1.5 
 2. Dochez, Willebroek1.3 
 3. Boonen, Kangoero.0.9 
 4. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.8 
 5. Ben Abdelkad., Dex.0.8 
 6. Deyaert, Waregem0.7 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia0.7 
 8. Nauwelaers, Sint K.0.7 
 9. Drake, Blue Cats0.6 
 10. Jones, Dexia Nam.0.6 


Blue Cats lose to Dexia Namur in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Namur. Top-ranked host Dexia Namur (17-0) defeated 4th ranked Blue Cats (13-5) 68-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Blue Cats. Blue Cats were trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-9 charge of Dexia Namur, which allowed them to win the game. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-95) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Laurence VanMalderen (192-81, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Dexia Namur's coach Daniel Goethals used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international center Emma Meesseman (192-93) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Undefeated Dexia Namur have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-0 record. Blue Cats at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Dexia Namur are looking forward to face Castors Braine (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blue Cats will play against Houthalen (#8) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sint Katelijne. 4th ranked host Sint Kateline Waver (12-6) was smashed by second ranked Kangoeroes-B. (15-3) 89-70. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Dana Boonen supported her with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by the former international Sara Leemans (178-88) did not help to save the game for Sint Kateline Waver. Sint Kateline Waver's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kangoeroes-B. maintains second position with 15-3 record having just one points less than leader Dexia Namur. Sint Kateline Waver at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Kangoeroes-B. will play against Declercq Stortbeton (#3) in Waregem in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sint Kateline Waver will play on the road against Jeugd Gentson and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Castors Braine managed to get a third victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Castors Braine outleveled eleventh-ranked Basket Groot 66-47. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference proves that Castors Braine was well-prepared to that game. The best player for the winners was Soana Lucet who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Karen Hendrickx who recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Castors Braine (3-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Tulikivi Deerlijk and Willebroek. Basket Groot lost fourth consecutive game. Castors Braine will meet league's leader Dexia Namur on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basket Groot will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Gent was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Point Chaud (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Jeugd Gentson (6-11). Point Chaud defeated Jeugd Gentson 85-75. It was a good game for Noemie Mayombo who led her team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Jeugd Gentson's coach Benny Mertens tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Point Chaud maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. Jeugd Gentson lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Point Chaud's next round opponent will be Tulikivi (#11) in Deerlijk where they are favorite. Jeugd Gentson will play at home against Sint Kateline Waver (#5) in Sint Katelijne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (14-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Tulikivi (3-15) by 36 points 78-42, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Kayla Tetschlag had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Declercq Stortbeton's coach Philip Wintein felt very confident using 11 players saving starting five for next games. Declercq Stortbeton have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Tulikivi lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Declercq Stortbeton will face league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tulikivi will play at home against Point Chaud (#6) in Sprimont.

In the last game of round 18 Houthalen won against Spirou Monceau on the opponent's court 73-59.



Jeugd Gentson - Point Chaud 75-85

The game in Gent was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Point Chaud (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Jeugd Gentson (6-11). Point Chaud defeated Jeugd Gentson 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Point Chaud. Jeugd Gentson was better in fourth quarter 30-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point Chaud made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Jeugd Gentson helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-91, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (182-89, college: Biola, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Lynn Delvaux (182-93) added 23 points in the effort for Jeugd Gentson. Jeugd Gentson's coach Benny Mertens tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Point Chaud maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. Jeugd Gentson lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Point Chaud's next round opponent will be Tulikivi (#11) in Deerlijk where they are favorite. Jeugd Gentson will play at home against Sint Kateline Waver (#5) in Sint Katelijne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: N.Mayombo 33+6reb+1ast, M.Greene 21+12reb, E.Geraedts 10+1reb, E.Mayombo 8+3reb+1ast, T.Hetting 5+6reb, J.Allemand 5+1reb
Jeugd Gentson: J.Conicelli 25+12reb+2ast, L.Delvaux 23+4reb+3ast, L.Schmitz 8+6reb, V.Kara 7+2reb, J.Vermeire 6, E.Van Cayseele 4+2reb
gschID: 147668


Spirou Monceau - Houthalen 59-73

Everything could happen in Charleroi at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Houthalen and 8th ranked R.Spirou Monceau had identical 5-12 record. But R.Spirou Monceau was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Houthalen 73-59 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Houthalen. R.Spirou Monceau was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding R.Spirou Monceau to just 7 points in third quarter. Houthalen dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to R.Spirou Monceau's 32. The former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nathalie Smolders (-92) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward April Phillips (183-87, college: Xavier, agency: LBM Management) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Marie Hamaide (174-91) scored 13 points. Four R.Spirou Monceau players scored in double figures. Houthalen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. R.Spirou Monceau lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Houthalen will face higher ranked Blue Cats (#4) in Ieper in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. R.Spirou Monceau will play at home against Basket Groot (#12) in Willebroek.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: N.Smolders 21+3reb, A.Blommaers 19+10reb+2ast, W.Bas 12+8reb, L.Gielen 8+1reb, E.Vandistel 5+9reb+1ast, A.Salvi 4+5reb+2ast
Spirou Monceau: M.Hamaide 13+4reb+1ast, A.Phillips 12+9reb+1ast, L.Dessus 11+3reb, C.Myers 10+5reb, K.Ballau 7+4reb+3ast, P.Frassanito 4+3reb
gschID: 147669


Waregem - Tulikivi Deerlijk 78-42

Fifth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (14-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Tulikivi (3-15) by 36 points 78-42, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Declercq Stortbeton led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tulikivi to just 6 points in first quarter. Declercq Stortbeton dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tulikivi's 30. Declercq Stortbeton forced 21 Tulikivi turnovers and outrebounded them 44-25 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Tulikivi's players. American swingman Kayla Tetschlag (182-89, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-79) chipped in 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Declercq Stortbeton's coach Philip Wintein felt very confident using 11 players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Eline Verbeest (186-86) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Irina Medvedeva (190-76) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Tulikivi lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Declercq Stortbeton will face league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tulikivi will play at home against Point Chaud (#6) in Sprimont.
Top scorers:
Waregem: N.Deyaert 20+10reb+4ast, K.Vercauteren 16+1reb+2ast, K.Tetschlag 13+17reb+5ast, J.Raman 8+3reb+1ast, J.Vanloo 8+2reb+4ast, T.Van Respaille 4+4reb+1ast
Tulikivi Deerlijk: E.Verbeest 14+5reb, I.Medvedeva 9+6reb, C.Mortier 7+2reb+1ast, M.Versavel 5+1reb, L.Mestdagh 3+1reb, M.Remmerie 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147670


Dexia Namur - Blue Cats 68-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Namur. Top-ranked host Dexia Namur (17-0) defeated 4th ranked Blue Cats (13-5) 68-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Blue Cats. Blue Cats were trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-9 charge of Dexia Namur, which allowed them to win the game. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-95) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Laurence VanMalderen (192-81, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Dexia Namur's coach Daniel Goethals used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international center Emma Meesseman (192-93) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jasmina Rosseel (172-89, college: Drexel) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dexia Namur have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-0 record. Blue Cats at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Dexia Namur are looking forward to face Castors Braine (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blue Cats will play against Houthalen (#8) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: H.Ben Abdelkader 19+4reb, L.VanMalderen 13+4reb, S.Dubuc 12+2reb, C.Jones 11+5reb, N.Crelot 9, R.De Roos 4+9reb
Blue Cats: E.Meesseman 15+9reb, S.Devliegher 14+5reb, J.Rosseel 13+7reb, L.Drake 13+5reb, L.Lentacker 4+4reb, M.Versavel 3
gschID: 147665


Castors Braine - Willebroek 66-47

Bottom-ranked Castors Braine managed to get a third victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Castors Braine outleveled eleventh-ranked Basket Groot 66-47. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference proves that Castors Braine was well-prepared to that game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-47. Castors Braine dominated on the defensive end, holding Basket Groot to just 5 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Basket Groot 45-24 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was New Caledonian forward Soana Lucet (186-87, college: Arizona) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Amandine Halin (170-90) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Karen Hendrickx (171-88) who recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sarah Dochez (181-89) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Castors Braine (3-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Tulikivi Deerlijk and Willebroek. Basket Groot lost fourth consecutive game. Castors Braine will meet league's leader Dexia Namur on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basket Groot will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Castors Braine: S.Lucet 20+12reb+2ast, A.Halin 12+5reb+5ast, T.Kazadi 12+4reb+1ast, J.Burks-Wiley 8+7reb+2ast, I.Arrondo 7+10reb+4ast, L.Foerster 3+3reb+1ast
Willebroek: S.Dochez 11+2reb, K.Hendrickx 10+5reb+1ast, I.Beaurang 9+3reb, N.Poffyn 6+1reb, T.Bijnens 5+1reb+1ast, N.Deriemaeker 3+1reb
gschID: 147666


Sint Katelijne - Kangoeroes-B. 70-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sint Katelijne. 4th ranked host Sint Kateline Waver (12-6) was smashed by second ranked Kangoeroes-B. (15-3) 89-70. The game was mostly controlled by Kangoeroes-B.. Sint Kateline Waver was better in second period 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kangoeroes-B. made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Kangoeroes-B. outrebounded Sint Kateline Waver 35-23 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international center Dana Boonen (197-79, college: Rutgers) supported her with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Kangoeroes-B. players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by the former international Sara Leemans (178-88) did not help to save the game for Sint Kateline Waver. International guard Miete Celus (175-91) added 20 points and 5 steals. Sint Kateline Waver's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kangoeroes-B. maintains second position with 15-3 record having just one points less than leader Dexia Namur. Sint Kateline Waver at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Kangoeroes-B. will play against Declercq Stortbeton (#3) in Waregem in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sint Kateline Waver will play on the road against Jeugd Gentson and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes-B.: S.Hendrickx 19+14reb+1ast, A.Delaere 13+2reb+2ast, D.Boonen 13+7reb, E.Decroos 13+3reb, A.Strubbe 12+3reb, I.Meylemans 8+2reb
Sint Katelijne: M.Celus 20+3ast, S.Leemans 17+7reb+2ast, I.Van der Vonder 13+2reb+2ast, A.Verelst 7+1reb, D.Van Dessel 6+2reb+1ast, J.Goyvaerts 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147667




Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia Namur 17-0
 2. Kangoeroes-B. 15-3
 3. Waregem 14-4
 4. Blue Cats 13-5
 5. Sint Katelijne 12-6
 6. Point Chaud 10-8
 7. Jeugd Gentson 6-11
 8. Houthalen 6-12
 9. Spirou Monceau 5-13
 10. Castors Braine 3-15
 11. Tulikivi Deerlijk 3-15
 12. Willebroek 3-15


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Americana 11-0 
 2. Ourinhos 10-4 
 3. Poty/Acucar 9-4 
 4. Sao Jose 8-4 
 5. Santo Andre 8-6 
 6. Maranhao 5-7 
 7. Blumenau 4-9 
 8. Basquete Clube 2-10 
 9. Sao Caetano 0-13 


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  CHINA - Women  


WCBA Round 5 of Semi-Finals: Zhejiang and Beijing advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Shanghai - Zhejiang 57-60

The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-57. Zhejiang Far East outrebounded Shanghai Octopus 47-25 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Katie Mattera (202-82, college: Liberty) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Lan Bian (185-86) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Center Lan Jiao (193-88) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang: M.Katie 26+16reb, B.Lan 14+5reb+8ast, S.Tong 7+6reb+1ast, S.Binbin 7+4reb+1ast, W.Chun-hui 4+3reb, J.AnHui 2
Shanghai: J.Lan 20+7reb, S.Xiufeng 17+2reb+2ast, L.Camille 10+8reb, Z.Ni 6+4reb+3ast, H.Jing 4+3reb+4ast, W.Jue 0+1ast
gschID: 168913


Beijing - Liaoning 63-59

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liaoning Hengye won fourth quarter 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Yu Zhang (184-86) nailed 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and South Korean guard Yeong-Ok Kim (170-74) accounted for 14 points. The former international forward Xiaoli Chen (193-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard BanBan Yang (172-89) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Liaoning Hengye in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Beijing: K.Yeong-Ok 14+3ast, Z.Yu 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Fan 9+4reb+3ast, Z.Honghua 8+1reb+1ast, S.XiaoYu 7+5reb, Z.Lin 6+1reb+1ast
Liaoning: C.Xiaoli 16+10reb+1ast, M.Zengyu 10+2reb+2ast, Y.BanBan 10+5reb+2ast, C.Xiaoxue 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Meiling 2+1reb, W.TingTing 0+1reb
gschID: 168914




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang25.9 
 2. Miao, Shenyang25.2 
 3. Little, Shanghai25.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang24.8 
 5. Taylor, Yunnan23.5 
 6. Ji, Shandong23.2 
 7. Bian, Zhejiang20.0 
 8. Shi, Shanghai19.9 
 9. Sun, Henan19.5 
 10. Cash, Guangdong18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 15
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang15.0 
 2. Black, Shandong12.4 
 3. Junaid, Heilongjia.12.2 
 4. Ruili, Liaoning11.0 
 5. Little, Shanghai10.7 
 6. Cash, Guangdong10.6 
 7. Jaeschke, Jiangsu10.2 
 8. Taylor, Yunnan9.5 
 9. Anosike, Beijing8.9 
 10. Chen, Bayi6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lan BIAN
  Zhejiang
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Bian, Zhejiang5.4 
 2. Chen, Jiangsu5.2 
 3. Miao, Shenyang5.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang4.2 
 5. Cash, Guangdong3.6 
 6. Wang, Shanghai3.6 
 7. Wen, Bayi3.3 
 8. Kim, Beijing3.2 
 9. Li, Jiangsu3.1 
 10. Zhang, Heilongjia.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shuang, Shenyang2.7 
 2. Bian, Zhejiang2.5 
 3. Wang, Shanghai2.4 
 4. Anosike, Beijing2.4 
 5. Miao, Shenyang2.2 
 6. Zhang, Beijing2.2 
 7. Liu, Yunnan2.1 
 8. Little, Shanghai2.1 
 9. Li, Jiangsu2.0 
 10. Zhai, Yunnan1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.4 
 2. Black, Shandong1.9 
 3. Ruili, Liaoning1.9 
 4. Mattera, Zhejiang1.6 
 5. Anosike, Beijing1.5 
 6. Cash, Guangdong1.4 
 7. Jaeschke, Jiangsu1.3 
 8. Wei, Guangdong1.3 
 9. Nuo, Jiangsu1.0 
 10. Junaid, Heilongji.1.0 


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Medvescak wins by 64 in the game of the weekl - by Zeljko Zule
In the lone game of the Round 16, Medvescak crushed city rival Dubrava 101-37. Medvescak led 31-6 after the first quarter and had two players with a double-double performance. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Anamarija Begic collected 18 points and 15 rebounds. Lana Packovski added 12 points and Anja Majstorovic posted 10 points. Dubrava had no player in double figures.
All other four games have been postponed due to winthry weather.
Medvescak-Dubrava 101-37 (Begic 18, Peric 9, Paccovski 12, Tikvic 20, Borovic 9, Todoric 6, Kalebic 4, Majstorovic 10, Rados 3, Jurjevic 6, Saric Alatovic 4 - Ples 2, Suster 7, Vukovic 4, Karaga 6, P.Raguz 1, Resetar 5, N.Raguz 8, Mihic 4).



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Eredivisie Round 21: HLB Account. defeats CTO in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 21 in the Eredivisie took place in Den Helder. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked CTO (9-8) to sixth ranked HLB Account. (4-13) 65-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CTO. HLB Account. maintains sixth place with 4-13 record. CTO at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. HLB Account. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CTO will play on the road against Lekdetec.nl (#3) in Bemmel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Binnenland (13-5) against seventh ranked Eurosped (3-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Binnenland was defeated by Eurosped in Tubbergen 85-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. The former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) nailed 32 points for the winning side and Sharon Lammerink accounted for 21 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Natalie Van Den Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Binnenland in the defeat. Eurosped maintains seventh place with 3-15 record. Binnenland at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Eurosped will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Binnenland will play at home against the league's leader ProBuild Lions where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Grasshoppers (9-7) against fourth ranked Lekdetec.nl (10-7) on Saturday night. Host Grasshoppers were defeated by Lekdetec.nl in Katwijk 73-59. The best player for the winners was Janelle Bekkering who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Corinne Manuputty who recorded 16 points. Lekdetec.nl have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Grasshoppers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Lekdetec.nl will meet at home CTO (#5) in the next round. Grasshoppers will have a break next round.



HLB Account. - CTO 65-64
The most exciting game of round 21 in the Eredivisie took place in Den Helder. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked CTO (9-8) to sixth ranked HLB Account. (4-13) 65-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CTO. HLB Account. maintains sixth place with 4-13 record. CTO at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. HLB Account. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CTO will play on the road against Lekdetec.nl (#3) in Bemmel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Eurosped - Binnenland 85-69
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Binnenland (13-5) against seventh ranked Eurosped (3-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Binnenland was defeated by Eurosped in Tubbergen 85-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. Eurosped forced 28 Binnenland turnovers. The former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-90) nailed 32 points for the winning side and the former international center Sharon Lammerink (189-93) accounted for 21 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Natalie Van Den Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-89) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Binnenland in the defeat. Eurosped maintains seventh place with 3-15 record. Binnenland at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Eurosped will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Binnenland will play at home against the league's leader ProBuild Lions where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Binnenland: N.Van Den Adel 20+6reb+5ast, R.Roubehie-Fissa 18+6reb+1ast, L.Van Den Adel 9+1reb+3ast, J.Kraak 8+11reb+3ast, L.Hochstetler 4+2reb+1ast, P.Van den Andel 4+7reb
Eurosped: M.Van der Hoek 32+4reb+1ast, S.Lammerink 21+14reb+2ast, S.Heerts 15+8reb+2ast, M.Dekker 9+9reb+7ast, J.Beld 6+4reb+2ast, A.Rikhof 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 138301


Grasshoppers - Lekdetec.nl 59-73
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Grasshoppers (9-7) against fourth ranked Lekdetec.nl (10-7) on Saturday night. Host Grasshoppers were defeated by Lekdetec.nl in Katwijk 73-59. Lekdetec.nl dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Grasshoppers' 24. Lekdetec.nl forced 22 Grasshoppers turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Canadian swingman Janelle Bekkering (182-88, college: Gonzaga) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lekdetec.nl players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Corinne Manuputty (173-85) who recorded 16 points and the former international guard Karin Kuijt (175-90) added 14 points respectively. Lekdetec.nl have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Grasshoppers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Lekdetec.nl will meet at home CTO (#5) in the next round. Grasshoppers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Grasshoppers: C.Manuputty 16+2reb+2ast, K.Kuijt 14+2reb+1ast, I.Van der Plas 8+1reb+1ast, R.Philippo 6+1reb+1ast, K.Valentine 4+8reb, E.Kraaijenoord 4+9reb
Lekdetec.nl: J.Bekkering 14+12reb+5ast, A.Biesters 14+10reb+1ast, F.Ligthart 14+6reb+4ast, L.Vermeulen 11+2reb+1ast, L.de Jonge 8+6reb+4ast, Y.Kathmann 7+2reb+1ast


DS1 lose the fight for 3rd place - by Greg
Last Saturday, Lekdetec.nl Basketball visited STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk. The team from Bemmel won by 59-73 and have taken over the 3rd place with 22 points, followed by STOL-Grasshoppers with 18 points but with 1 less match played.
In the first period, the scoring goes equally, but with a 10-0 run in the 2nd and 2 x an 8-0 run in the third period, Lekdetec.nl takes a big lead (38-60). In the fourth period, STOL-Grasshoppers manage to come closer, but by then it's too late.
The match started with fast breaks and fast shots on both sides. Lekdetec.nl find the net easier, and after 3 scores in a row by de Jonge, the scoreboard shows 8-14. STOL-Grasshoppers manage to come back in the game via Ingrid van der Plas (15-17).
The second period begins for the team from STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijkers (20-19), but the opponent takes over and within 3 minutes (especially via a number of fast breaks), the score goes to 20=29. With 4 1/2 minutes to play, Rianne Philippo manages to bring STOL-Grasshoppers a bit closer via a 3-pointer. Haltime is reached with 28-37 and anything is possible.
With scores by Karin Kuijt (175-G-90) and Corinne Manuputty (173-G-85), STOL-Grasshoppers inch closer (33-39), but then the STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijkers have nothing left and Lekdetec.nl widen their lead to 36-56. Via a full court press, STOL-Grasshoppers again come a bit closer, but the win for Lekdetec.nl doesn't come in danger. The match ends at 59-73.

Period stands: 15-17; 13-20; 10-23; 21-13.
Points: Corinne Manuputty 16, Karin Kuijt 14
Rebounds: Eline Kraaijenoord (191-C-93) 9, Kelli Valentine (180-F-89, college: Portland St.) 8
Did not play: Julia Dijkman (184-C-89) (due to injury)
Tuesday, Feb. 21, STOL-Grasshoppers DS1 play another home game against BVDen Helder. The match begins at 20:30.


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Njardvik vs Snaefell in Powerade Cup final - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
It will be Njardvik vs Snaefell in Powerade Cup finals 2012. Snaefell first time in Cup finals, second time Njardvik is.
Snaefell had an easy win yesterday against division 1 team Stjarnan 101-55. Too much different in standard between these leagues + Snaefell has two American players, Stjarnan none.
Hildur Sigurdardottir with triple/double for Snaefell 22 pts, 10 rebounds and 14 assist. Hildur Kjartansdottir 22 points. Alda Leif Jonsdottir 15. For Stjarnan Bara Fanney Halfdanardottir15

Njardvik- Haukar game was a close one and went to overtime (67-67) in regular time. Njardvik manage to win 75-73.
Shanae Baker Brice with huge game for the winner 38 & 12 rebounds. Petrunella Skuladottir 16. Lele Hardy 13 & 16 rebounds.
For Haukar Jence Ann Rhoads 29 & 10. Margret Rosa Halfdanardottir 20. Hope Elam 11 & 17 rebounds


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Hapoel Tel-Aviv adds Jackson to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Hapoel Tel-Aviv agreed terms with 33-year old American forward Deanna Jackson (188-F-79, college: UAB). Jackson played most recently at Alanya Belediye (Turkey). While playing 8 games for Alanya Bld last season she recorded 9.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.4spg. Jackson graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002.

Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 12-3 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 12-4 
 3. Ramat Hasharon 11-5 
 4. Maccabi R.Hen 10-5 
 5. B.C. Habikaa 10-5 
 6. Hap.Petah Tikva 7-8 
 7. Bnot Hasharon 7-9 
 8. H.R. Le-Zion 6-10 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 5-10 
 10. Elitzur Holon 3-13 
 11. Hapoel T-A 2-13 


Test - by Ernest
Reykjavkur

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  KOSOVO - Women  


Kosovo National Team ready for Independence Tournament - by Dren Shporta
Coach Fabian Xhuka and selector Resmije Juniku have called Kosovos tallest girls to join preparations for the Independence Tournament. Kosovo National Team will play against Macedonian champion, Vigor. The Macedonians have confirmed the invitation from Basketball Federation of Kosovo to take place in this tournament.

The players that were in coachs list for the tournament are: Elinda Musliu, Saranda Daci, Vlora Idrizaj, Gentiana Ismaili, Valbona Bytyqi, Irma Konjusha, Iliriana Berisha, Jakut Burri, Kaltrina Mehmeti, Zerina Shatri, Fiona Beqiri, Aurora Muhaxheri and Rajmonda Krasniqi.

The game will be played at Pallati i Rinise in Prishtina and will start on 17:00, February 17th. The entrance is free.




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  LITHUANIA - Women  


VICI-Aistes grabs the Cup - by Eurobasket News
VICI-Aistes - Kibirksciai-Tichei 73:64 (14:18, 19:20, 26:13, 14:13)

VICI-Aistes grabs the Cup in the country. The teams started the new year with the first trophy after 73:64 win over Kibirksciai-Tichei.
Kibirksciai-Tichei started better and took 18:14 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They continued their dominance in the second frame and added 20-19 in the quarter. The third quarter was however decisive in the game. VICI needed 26-13 in the period to take the lead and reached the victory. They won also the last frame 14-13 to take the trophy.
Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) followed her with 16 and Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) netted 14. Sarune Povilionyte (182-F-88) notched 21 in defeat and Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) posted 12.

VICI-Aistes: Vita Kuktiene 18, Courtnay Pilypaitis 16, Vaida Sipaviciute 14
Kibirksciai-Tichei: Sarune Povilionyte 21, Kristina Vengryte 12



Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI-Aistes 19-0 
 2. Sirenos 13-6 
 3. Lemminkainen 11-7 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 10-8 
 5. Utena 8-11 
 6. LKKA-Aistes 6-14 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 5-15 
 8. Suduva 4-15 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Baylor still No. 1 in AP women's basketball poll - by Eurobasket News
After a crazy week in which 15 of the Top 25 teams lost, Baylor remains the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll.

The Lady Bears received all the first-place votes Monday for the 11th straight week after routing Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Baylor, the lone remaining unbeaten team, plays Oklahoma State and Texas Tech this week.

Connecticut moved up a spot to second after Notre Dame lost to West Virginia. The Huskies beat the Sooners 73-55 on Monday night.

Stanford was third followed by the Irish, who dropped two spots to fourth, and Duke. Miami, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio State and Delaware rounded out the first 10.

Wisconsin-Green Bay fell two places to 11th after its first loss. Penn State made the biggest jump, climbing six places to 12th. Tennessee fell two places to 13th before routing Kentucky 91-54 on Monday night.

No. 23 BYU and No. 24 DePaul re-entered the rankings. Gonzaga and North Carolina fell out.

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 2 Connecticut women rout Oklahoma 73-55 - by Eurobasket News
Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89) scored 23 points, Bria Hartley added 20 and No. 2 Connecticut beat Oklahoma 73-55 on Monday night for its 12th straight victory.

The Huskies (24-2) never trailed on their way to moving to 10-0 all-time in the series, which is becoming an annual tradition around Valentine's Day.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (6'0''-F-93) and Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) contributed 10 points apiece, and Connecticut built a commanding lead in the first 7 minutes before withstanding a series of rallies by Oklahoma (16-8).

Whitney Hand (6'1''-G) scored 18 points while playing 40 minutes but she was the only one of the Sooners who could score with regularity against the nation's top defense.

Oklahoma cut an early 17-point deficit to five before halftime but was never closer than seven points in the second half.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


No. 13 Tennessee routs No. 7 Kentucky women 91-54 - by Eurobasket News
Meighan Simmons (5'9''-G-92) scored a season-high 25 points and No. 13 Tennessee routed No. 7 Kentucky 91-54 on Monday night.

Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90) added 18 points for the Lady Volunteers, who shot 59 percent while holding Kentucky to 33.3 percent and held a 45-27 rebounding advantage.

Tennessee (18-7, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) never trailed. Simmons hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 10-2 and blocked a 3-point attempt by Keyla Snowden at the other end, one of six rejections by Tennessee in the first half.

The Wildcats (21-4, 10-2) pulled within 21-16 on a steal by Azia Bishop and a transition layup by Bernisha Pinkett (5'7''-G) with 9:20 in the first half, but they wouldn't get any closer. The loss marked the first time this season Kentucky has lost consecutive games.

Vicki Baugh scored on a putback and was fouled by Bishop. She missed the free throw but charged through the lane and converted the rebound that put Tennessee up 29-18.

Those baskets launched a 14-0 run by the Lady Vols across a 3:21 stretch. During that time, Kentucky missed two free throws and two shots from the field and turned the ball over four times.

Tennessee led 46-28 at halftime after shooting 60 percent. Both teams had 10 turnovers, but the Lady Vols had scored eight more points off giveaways than the Wildcats.
Tennessee's lead reached 40 points with 4:37 to play.

Bria Goss (5'10''-G) led the Wildcats with 15 points. A'Dia Mathies (5'9''-G),, who scored 34 points in the last meeting with Tennessee, had 12 and Pinkett finished with 10.

Even with the loss, Kentucky, which hasn't played since a 61-51 loss at LSU on Feb. 5, remains alone in first place in the SEC and Tennessee is second with two weeks left in the season. The Lady Vols would have had a shot at pulling into a tie with the Wildcats but lost Thursday at Vanderbilt.

Kentucky snapped Tennessee's 36-game SEC winning streak with a 61-60 victory in Lexington on Jan. 12.

That game turned out to be part of an uncharacteristic 5-4 stretch for Tennessee. After losing to the Wildcats, the Lady Vols dropped games at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt and lost to South Carolina at home, their first SEC home loss in nearly four years.

During that stretch, Stricklen, a preseason All-America and Tennessee's leading scorer for the season, has shot just 41.8 percent while the usually sharpshooting Simmons has shot just 37.2 percent.

This time, Simmons was 10 of 17 from the field and had three 3s, while Stricklen was 8 for 12.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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


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Kvinneligaen Round 15: Gimle defeats leader Ullern - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ullern (13-3) in Bergen on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Gimle (8-8) 67-61. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Ullern. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Ullern won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard D'lesha Lloyde (183-86, college: Clemson) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Her fellow American import power forward Amber Land (188-85, college: E.Michigan) contributed with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Tina Moen (183-86, college: IPFW) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Ullern. Gimle maintains fourth place with 8-8 record. Ullern at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Gimle are looking forward to face bottom-ranked NTNUI Basket (#6) in Trondheim in the next round. Ullern's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo Tigers.
An interesting game for Ullern (13-3) which played road game in Bergen against 3rd placed Ulriken (9-5). First ranked Ullern had an easy win 71-55. It was a great evening for the former international guard Tina Moen (183-86, college: IPFW) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Kristine Kristiansen helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 9 steals. The best for the losing side was international guard Emilie Gronas (168-92) with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Ullern have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Ulriken lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo Tigers.
The game between second ranked Ammerud (11-4) and 6th ranked NTNUI Basket (1-15) in Oslo on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Ammerud outscored guests from Trondheim 91-34. It was a quality performance for Anna Hammer who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ammerud's coach Patxi Exposito felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Charlene Gris came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for NTNUI Basket in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ammerud. Newly promoted Ammerud maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Ullern. NTNUI Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Ammerud's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo Tigers.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked NTNUI Basket was beaten by Oslo Tigers on the road 49-44.



Oslo Tigers - NTNUI Basket 49-44

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Oslo Tigers' (4-11) home victory over bottom-ranked NTNUI Basket (1-15) 49-44 on Saturday. NTNUI Basket was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 14-4 charge of Oslo Tigers, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NTNUI Basket to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded NTNUI Basket 43-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for guard Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Anab Ovidie accounted for 6 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Oslo Tigers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Charlene Gris came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Kaja Krogh (178-91) added 6 points and 10 rebounds respectively for NTNUI Basket in the defeat. Oslo Tigers maintains fifth place with 4-11 record. NTNUI Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Oslo Tigers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Ullern.
Top scorers:
Oslo Tigers: E.Mannikkoe 12+11reb, A.Erdogan 9+1reb+4ast, A.Ovidie 6+7reb+2ast, S.El-Masrouri 6+5reb+2ast, V.Nilsen 5+1reb+1ast, S.Pettersen 4+6reb
NTNUI Basket: C.Gris 11+6reb+1ast, H.Hansen 9+1reb+1ast, K.Krogh 6+10reb+1ast, S.Minothi 6+3reb+1ast, E.Skjonsfjell 6+7reb+2ast, A.Lindback 2+2reb
gschID: 139871


Ammerud - NTNUI Basket 91-34

The game between second ranked Ammerud (11-4) and 6th ranked NTNUI Basket (1-15) in Oslo on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Ammerud outscored guests from Trondheim 91-34. The game without a history. Ammerud led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NTNUI Basket to just 6 points in first and second quarters and to 12 points in first half. Ammerud dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to NTNUI Basket's 32. Ammerud forced 28 NTNUI Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 45-27 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by NTNUI Basket's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ammerud made 7 blocks. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Anna Hammer (181-89) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Kristina Kroge (-87) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Ammerud's coach Patxi Exposito felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Charlene Gris came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Hanna Gaarder added 10 points respectively for NTNUI Basket in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ammerud. Newly promoted Ammerud maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Ullern. NTNUI Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Ammerud's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo Tigers.
Top scorers:
Ammerud: K.Kroge 17+2reb+2ast, S.Grindelid 15+6reb, I.Lovik 13+1reb+2ast, A.Hammer 12+10reb+1ast, C.Wetter 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sand 8+4reb+5ast
NTNUI Basket: C.Gris 14+12reb+2ast, H.Gaarder 10+3reb+3ast, E.Skjonsfjell 6+4reb+1ast, K.Krogh 2+4reb+1ast, A.Lindback 2+2reb+2ast, A.Haga 0+1ast
gschID: 139872


Ulriken - Ullern 55-71

An interesting game for Ullern (13-3) which played road game in Bergen against 3rd placed Ulriken (9-5). First ranked Ullern had an easy win 71-55. Ullern outrebounded Ulriken 36-13 including a 22-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international guard Tina Moen (183-86, college: IPFW) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 9 steals. Four Ullern players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international guard Emilie Gronas (168-92) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Helene Kongestol (182-93) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Ullern have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Ulriken lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo Tigers.
Top scorers:
Ullern: T.Moen 21+6reb+3ast, K.Kristiansen 14+7reb+4ast, I.Skorpen 13+4reb+4ast, G.Nyquist 11+4reb+4ast, T.Hager 8+9reb+2ast, J.McCarthy 2+4reb
Ulriken: E.Gronas 16+5reb+2ast, H.Kongestol 14+5reb+3ast, A.Grimstad 6+3reb+4ast, I.Edvardsen 0, T.Hoff Austgulen 0, S.Hoff Austgulen 0
gschID: 139873


Gimle - Ullern 67-61

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ullern (13-3) in Bergen on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Gimle (8-8) 67-61. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Ullern. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Ullern won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard D'lesha Lloyde (183-86, college: Clemson) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Her fellow American import power forward Amber Land (188-85, college: E.Michigan) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Tina Moen (183-86, college: IPFW) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Ullern. Gimle maintains fourth place with 8-8 record. Ullern at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Gimle are looking forward to face bottom-ranked NTNUI Basket (#6) in Trondheim in the next round. Ullern's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo Tigers.
Top scorers:
Gimle: D.Lloyde 26+17reb+5ast, I.Gjerdevik 21+2reb+1ast, A.Land 16+12reb+4ast, A.Gran 2+1ast, R.Gjesdal 2+3reb+1ast, S.Kyrkjebo 0+1reb+1ast
Ullern: T.Moen 23+8reb+2ast, G.Nyquist 15+3reb+2ast, K.Kristiansen 11+5reb+5ast, I.Paur 6+4reb+1ast, T.Hager 4+5reb+1ast, J.McCarthy 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139870




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stine Hoff AUSTGULEN
  Ulriken
  (177-G-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Austgulen, Ulriken25.0 
 2. Lloyde, Gimle22.5 
 3. Gronas, Ulriken21.0 
 4. Land, Gimle21.0 
 5. Moen, Ullern18.8 
 6. Kristiansen, Ullern14.9 
 7. Gjerdevik, Gimle13.7 
 8. Sand, Ammerud13.1 
 9. Ytrehus, Ullern12.4 
 10. Nyquist, Ullern11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amber LAND
  Gimle
  (188-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Land, Gimle14.9 
 2. Lloyde, Gimle11.8 
 3. Mannikkoe, Oslo T.8.8 
 4. Sand, Ammerud8.5 
 5. Moen, Ullern7.8 
 6. Ytrehus, Ullern7.7 
 7. Kristiansen, Ullern7.6 
 8. Austgulen, Ulriken7.4 
 9. Nesse, Ammerud7.2 
 10. Breivik, Ulriken6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kristine KRISTIANSEN
  Ullern
  (-G-75)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Kristiansen, Ullern4.9 
 2. Lloyde, Gimle3.6 
 3. Gronas, Ulriken3.1 
 4. Austgulen, Ulriken3.0 
 5. Sand, Ammerud2.9 
 6. Aas, Ammerud2.8 
 7. Wetter, Ammerud2.7 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern2.7 
 9. Austheim, Ullern2.5 
 10. Breivik, Ulriken2.4 
Steals Per Game
 D''lesha LLOYDE
  Gimle
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Lloyde, Gimle5.4 
 2. Austgulen, Ulriken5.2 
 3. Kristiansen, Ullern4.1 
 4. Gronas, Ulriken3.1 
 5. Aas, Ammerud2.6 
 6. Gran, Gimle2.4 
 7. Sand, Ammerud2.3 
 8. Land, Gimle2.2 
 9. Nesse, Ammerud2.1 
 10. El-Masrouri, Oslo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Tina NESSE
  Ammerud
  (184-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nesse, Ammerud1.6 
 2. Grindelid, Ammerud1.4 
 3. Land, Gimle1.2 
 4. Gris, NTNUI B.0.8 
 5. Mannikkoe, Oslo T.0.8 
 6. Austgulen, Ulriken0.8 
 7. Kraage, Ammerud0.7 
 8. Breivik, Ulriken0.7 
 9. Moen, Ullern0.7 
 10. Kongestol, Ulriken0.6 


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Ullern 13-3 
 2. Ammerud 11-4 
 3. Ulriken 9-5 
 4. Gimle 8-8 
 5. Oslo Tigers 4-11 
 6. NTNUI Basket 1-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asker/BV 0-0 


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


US names 21-player women's Olympic basketball pool - by Eurobasket News
Baylor all-American Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) is among 21 finalists for the U.S. womens basketball team that will compete at the London Olympics.

The 6-foot-8 Griner is looking to become the first womens college basketball player to compete in the Olympics for the United States since 1988 when Vicky Bullett (Maryland) and Bridgette Gordon (Tennessee) played.

There are several Chicago connections among the finalists: former Stevenson High School star Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee), former Naperville Central star Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee), Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and teammate Cash Swin (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut), former Sky forward Canice Dupree, and former Chicago prep star Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers). Doug Bruno of DePaul is an assistant coach for Team USA.

The finalists also include other WNBA stars who helped the U.S. team win gold at the 2009 Beijin games: Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut), Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) and Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee), Catchings, Fowles, Parker and Pondexter also were on the gold-medal team.



The 12-person roster for the Olympics will be chosen this spring. Here are the players invited to compete for the 12-person U.S. team:

Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Stanford): Center (6-4 210), San Antonio Silver Stars

Seimone Augustus: Forward (6-1 179), Minnesota Lynx

Sue Bird: Guard (5-9 150), Seattle Storm

Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown): Forward (6-2 175), Minnesota Lynx

Cash Swin: Forward (6-1 162), Chicago Sky

Tamika Catchings: Forward (6-0 166), Indiana Fever

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut): Center (6-3 193), Connecticut Sun

Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple): Forward (6-2 162), Phoenix Mercury

Sylvia Fowles: Center (6-6 200), Chicago Sky

Brittney Griner: Center (6-8 208), Baylor University

Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke): Guard (5-8 139), Atlanta Dream

Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut): Forward (6-3 196), Connecticut Sun

Kara Lawson: Guard (5-9 165), Connecticut Sun

Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville): Forward (6-1 160), Atlanta Dream

Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut): Guard (5-7 139), Connecticut Sun

Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut): Forward (6-0 170), Minnesota Lynx

Candace Parker: F/C/G (6-4 172), Los Angeles Sparks

Cappie Pondexter: Guard (5-9 160), New York Liberty

Diana Taurasi: G/F (6-0 172), Phoenix Mercury

Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota): Guard (5-9 150), Minnesota Lynx

Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor): Forward (6-1 165), San Antonio Silver Stars

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com




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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Alges 14-1 
 2. AD Vagos 14-1 
 3. GDESSA 10-5 
 4. Boa Viagem 10-5 
 5. Lombos Quinta 9-6 
 6. CAB Madeira 8-5 
 7. Montijobanda 6-8 
 8. AFC-Liberty S. 5-9 
 9. Olivais 5-9 
 10. Barcelos 4-12 
 11. EMA Menres 2-13 
 12. CDTorres N. 1-14 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Crystal Langhorne gets MVP of the Week award for Russian PBL - by Eurobasket News
American Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dynamo M. and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 34 points adding nine rebounds for Dynamo M. as her team was edged out by Chevakata (#5, 8-6) 83-81. Dynamo M. maintains the 8th position in Russian PBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Dynamo M. have already lost 11 games and recorded just three victories. Langhorne turned to be Dynamo M.'s top player in her first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Langhorne is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.7ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.3rpg. Langhorne is in league's top in and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old shooting guard Svetlana Makhlina (180-SG-85) of Chevakata. Makhlina impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Chevakata to edge the lower-ranked Dynamo M. (#8, 3-11) by 2 points 83-81. Chevakata's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Makhlina is a newcomer at Chevakata and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management) of Dynamo K. (#3). Snow scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Dynamo K., leading her team to a 80-71 win against the lower-ranked Spartak SP (#7, 4-10). Dynamo K. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Snow has a very solid season. In 14 games in Russia she scored 12.7ppg. She also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jessica Davenport (196-C-85) of Chevakata - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of UMMC - 16 points and 14 rebounds
8. Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD - 11 points and 12 rebounds
9. Temeka Johnson (160-PG-82) of Dynamo K. - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Spartak V MR - 13 points, 3 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)


PBL Round 15: Vologda-Chevakata edges Dynamo Moscow by two points - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Dynamo Moscow (3-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Vologda-Chevakata (8-6) on Tuesday. The visitors from Vologda managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vologda-Chevakata made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Vologda-Chevakata outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 47-30 including 31 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Svetlana Makhlina (180-85) who scored 27 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American center Jessica Davenport (196-85, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Vologda-Chevakata's coach Olga Shuneykina used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Crystal Langhorne (188-86, college: Maryland) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Vologda-Chevakata maintains fifth place with 8-6 record. Dynamo Moscow at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Vologda-Chevakata are looking forward to face league's second-placed UMMC Ekaterinburg at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dynamo Moscow will play against Nadezhda Orenburg (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Spartak Vidnoye delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Spartak Noginsk (5-9) 68-51. It was a good game for American guard Seimone Augustus (187-84, college: LSU) who led her team to a victory with 18 points. Candice Dupree contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Tatyana Abrikosova (179-89) answered with 12 points and 5 assists for Spartak Noginsk. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak Vidnoye maintains first place with 14-1 record. Spartak Noginsk at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Spartak Vidnoye will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Spartak Noginsk will play against Energy Ivanovo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Spartak Vidnoye recorded the fourteenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Dynamo-GUVD (2-13) 77-73 in Novosibirsk. It was a great evening for Candice Dupree who led her team to a victory scoring 13 points. The best for the losing side was Natalia Myasoedova with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Spartak Vidnoye maintains first place with 14-1 record. Dynamo-GUVD lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Spartak Vidnoye will meet at home Spartak St.Petersburg (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamo-GUVD will play against Dynamo Kursk and hope to secure a win.
The game in St.Petersburg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dynamo Kursk (11-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (4-10). Dynamo Kursk managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71. It was an exceptional evening for Michelle Snow who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dynamo Kursk maintains third place with 11-3 record having four points less than leader Spartak V MR. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Dynamo Kursk's next round opponent will be Dynamo-GUVD (#9) in Novosibirsk which should be theoretically an easy game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play on the road against the league's leader Spartak Vidnoye.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ivanovo. Local Energy Ivanovo (1-13) was outscored by fourth ranked Nadezhda Orenburg (10-4) 88-45 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Elena Dublievic who scored 19 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. Nadezhda Orenburg have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-4 record. Energy Ivanovo lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Nadezhda Orenburg will face Dynamo Moscow (#8) at home in the next round. Energy Ivanovo will play against Spartak Noginsk.

In the last game of round 15 Dynamo-GUVD was crushed by UMMC in Ekaterinburg 84-44.



UMMC - Dynamo-GUVD 84-44

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Dynamo-GUVD (2-13) was crushed on the road by second ranked UMMC Ekaterinburg (13-1) 84-44 on Saturday. The game without a history. UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dynamo-GUVD to just 7 points in fourth quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Dynamo-GUVD's 24. UMMC Ekaterinburg forced 27 Dynamo-GUVD turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Dynamo-GUVD's players. The best player for the winners was Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. French center Sandrine Gruda (193-87) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Natalia Myasoedova (193-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and guard Elena Mishkareva (171-87) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Dynamo-GUVD's coach Vladimir Koloskov gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. UMMC Ekaterinburg have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-1 record behind leader Spartak V MR. Dynamo-GUVD lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. UMMC Ekaterinburg will face Vologda-Chevakata (#5) on the road in the next round. Dynamo-GUVD will play against Dynamo Kursk (#3).
Top scorers:
Dynamo-GUVD: N.Myasoedova 11+12reb+1ast, E.Nechepaeva 8+1reb+1ast, E.Mishkareva 8+5reb, E.Gogiya 6+3reb+1ast, K.Kolosovskaia 5+2reb, N.Potemina 5
UMMC: S.Gruda 18+8reb+3ast, Y.Leuchanka 16+14reb+1ast, T.Petrushina 14+5reb, S.Bird 12+4ast, S.Abrosimova 9+1reb+3ast, T.Vidmer 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 138631


Dynamo M. - Chevakata 81-83

Eighth-ranked Dynamo Moscow (3-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Vologda-Chevakata (8-6) on Tuesday. The visitors from Vologda managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vologda-Chevakata made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Vologda-Chevakata outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 47-30 including 31 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Svetlana Makhlina (180-85) who scored 27 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American center Jessica Davenport (196-85, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Vologda-Chevakata's coach Olga Shuneykina used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Crystal Langhorne (188-86, college: Maryland) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Kristi Toliver (170-87, college: Maryland) added 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals respectively. Vologda-Chevakata maintains fifth place with 8-6 record. Dynamo Moscow at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Vologda-Chevakata are looking forward to face league's second-placed UMMC Ekaterinburg at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dynamo Moscow will play against Nadezhda Orenburg (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dynamo M.: C.Langhorne 34+9reb+1ast, K.Toliver 15+3reb+7ast, I.Sokolovskaya 9+7reb, V.Dorosheva 9+3reb+1ast, E.Sytnyak 8+4reb+2ast, T.Popova 4+4reb+3ast
Chevakata: S.Makhlina 27+3reb+4ast, J.Davenport 24+7reb+2ast, L.Moore 10+7reb+3ast, K.Keyru 6+4reb+2ast, E.Volkova 5+3reb+1ast, M.Cherepanova 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 138632


Spartak SP - Dynamo K. 71-80

The game in St.Petersburg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dynamo Kursk (11-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (4-10). Dynamo Kursk managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71. Spartak St.Petersburg was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 47-28 second half run of Dynamo Kursk. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak St.Petersburg's 34. Dynamo Kursk forced 24 Spartak St.Petersburg turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Her fellow American import point guard Temeka Johnson (160-82, college: LSU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Center Anastasiya Loginova (190-90) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Olga Vorobjova (180-87) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Spartak St.Petersburg in the defeat. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dynamo Kursk maintains third place with 11-3 record having four points less than leader Spartak V MR. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Dynamo Kursk's next round opponent will be Dynamo-GUVD (#9) in Novosibirsk which should be theoretically an easy game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play on the road against the league's leader Spartak Vidnoye.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: A.Loginova 18+6reb+1ast, O.Vorobjova 17+5reb+3ast, Y.Lukina 15+6reb+2ast, A.Ostrouhova 8+1reb, Y.Sorokina 5+2reb+3ast, T.Yuzhakova 3+2reb+2ast
Dynamo K.: M.Snow 22+8reb+2ast, T.Johnson 16+3reb+4ast, A.Petrakova 12+3reb+2ast, G.Basko 9+4reb+2ast, A.Bimbaite 9+6reb+1ast, N.Vodopiyanova 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 138633


Energy Ivanovo - Nadezhda O. 45-88

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ivanovo. Local Energy Ivanovo (1-13) was outscored by fourth ranked Nadezhda Orenburg (10-4) 88-45 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Nadezhda Orenburg 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 Energy Ivanovo's 26. Nadezhda Orenburg forced 22 Energy Ivanovo turnovers. The best player for the winners was Elena Dublievic who scored 19 points. International guard Elena Danilochkina (185-86) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Milana Sumets (180-88, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 12 points and swingman Marina Shalygina (178-89) added 9 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. Nadezhda Orenburg have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-4 record. Energy Ivanovo lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Nadezhda Orenburg will face Dynamo Moscow (#8) at home in the next round. Energy Ivanovo will play against Spartak Noginsk.
Top scorers:
Energy Ivanovo: M.Sumets 12+2ast, M.Shalygina 9+2reb, K.Zezina 8+1reb, N.Dorovskikh 6+3reb+1ast, O.Zhuzhgova 4+5reb, A.Gavrilitsa 2+3reb
Nadezhda O.: E.Dublievic 19+4reb+1ast, E.Danilochkina 16+1reb+1ast, N.Zhedik 12+4reb+2ast, K.Douglas 9+2ast, A.Logunova 7+3reb+1ast, R.Brunson 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138634


Spartak N. - Spartak V MR 51-68

Leader Spartak Vidnoye delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Spartak Noginsk (5-9) 68-51. Spartak Noginsk was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-2 charge of Spartak Vidnoye, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Noginsk to just 2 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. Spartak Vidnoye dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Noginsk's 26. It was a good game for American guard Seimone Augustus (187-84, college: LSU) who led her team to a victory with 18 points. Her fellow American import power forward Candice Dupree (188-84, college: Temple, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Tatyana Abrikosova (179-89) answered with 12 points and 5 assists and Varvara Psareva (192-85) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Spartak Noginsk. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak Vidnoye maintains first place with 14-1 record. Spartak Noginsk at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Spartak Vidnoye will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Spartak Noginsk will play against Energy Ivanovo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Spartak N.: T.Abrikosova 12+2reb+5ast, M.Ivanova 9+5reb, M.Shamanina 6+6reb+1ast, V.Psareva 6+6reb+6ast, S.Aleksic 5+2ast, Y.Khodzhayan 5+1reb+1ast
Spartak V MR: S.Augustus 18+4reb, C.Dupree 15+5reb, S.Petrovic 12+5reb+1ast, I.Osipova 8+8reb, B.Hammon 7+5reb+5ast, M.Kuzina 4+3reb
gschID: 138635


Dynamo-GUVD - Spartak V MR 73-77

Leader Spartak Vidnoye recorded the fourteenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Dynamo-GUVD (2-13) 77-73 in Novosibirsk. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-73. It was a great evening for American power forward Candice Dupree (188-84, college: Temple, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory scoring 13 points. The former international guard Becky Hammon (168-77, college: Colorado St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was international center Natalia Myasoedova (193-87) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and guard Ksenia Kolosovskaia (180-82) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Five Spartak Vidnoye and four Dynamo-GUVD players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Spartak Vidnoye maintains first place with 14-1 record. Dynamo-GUVD lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Spartak Vidnoye will meet at home Spartak St.Petersburg (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamo-GUVD will play against Dynamo Kursk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-GUVD: K.Kolosovskaia 20+4reb+4ast, N.Myasoedova 15+15reb+2ast, N.Potemina 11+3reb+1ast, A.Shilova 10+5reb+2ast, M.Khrustaleva 7+1ast, M.Savina 4+1reb+1ast
Spartak V MR: B.Hammon 14+4reb, C.Dupree 13+3reb+2ast, E.Belyakova 12+2reb+3ast, S.Augustus 12+3reb+1ast, N.Baric 10+1reb+2ast, M.Kuzina 5+4reb
gschID: 169114




Standings Women D1
PBL Standings
 1. Spartak V MR 14-1 
 2. UMMC 13-1 
 3. Dynamo K. 11-3 
 4. Nadezhda O. 10-4 
 5. Chevakata 8-6 
 6. Spartak N. 5-9 
 7. Spartak SP 4-10 
 8. Dynamo M. 3-11 
 9. Dynamo-GUVD 2-13 
 10. Energy Ivanovo 1-13 


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Extraliga Round 21: Good Angels defeat MBK Ruzomberok in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Good Angels (18-0) which played road game in Ruzomberok against second-best MBK Ruzomberok (14-3). Leader Good Angels had an easy win 85-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MBK Ruzomberok. The game without a history. Good Angels 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. Good Angels forced 22 MBK Ruzomberok turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by MBK Ruzomberok's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Good Angels made 7 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by MBK Ruzomberok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Danielle McCray (180-87, college: Kansas) who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 5 assists. Moldovan-Russian center Natalia Vieru (197-89) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Dominican Carmen Guzman (172-85, college: UAB, agency: Merit Sports) answered with 8 points and 5 assists for MBK Ruzomberok. MBK Ruzomberok's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Good Angels have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-0 record. MBK Ruzomberok at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Good Angels' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kosice to the arena Dannax Sport.
The game in Kosice was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Samorin (11-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Cassovia K. (1-17). Samorin did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-66. The victory was the third consecutive win for Samorin. They maintain third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Good Angels. Cassovia K. lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. Samorin will play against Poprad (#4) in Poprad in the next round. Cassovia K. will play at home against Roznava in Roznava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Roznava was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Dannax Sport (5-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Roznava (4-14). Dannax Sport managed to secure a 4-point victory 67-63 on Saturday. Barbora Balintova nailed 16 points for the winning side. Viera Libicova came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Roznava in the defeat. Newly promoted Dannax Sport maintains fifth place with 5-12 record. Roznava lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Dannax Sport's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kosice Good Angels.



Cassovia K. - Samorin 66-85

The game in Kosice was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Samorin (11-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Cassovia K. (1-17). Samorin did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-66. Cassovia K. was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 50-21 second half run of Samorin. The victory was the third consecutive win for Samorin. They maintain third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Good Angels. Cassovia K. lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. Samorin will play against Poprad (#4) in Poprad in the next round. Cassovia K. will play at home against Roznava in Roznava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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MBK Ruzomb. - Good Angels 55-85

An interesting game for Good Angels (18-0) which played road game in Ruzomberok against second-best MBK Ruzomberok (14-3). Leader Good Angels had an easy win 85-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MBK Ruzomberok. The game without a history. Good Angels 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. Good Angels forced 22 MBK Ruzomberok turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by MBK Ruzomberok's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Good Angels made 7 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by MBK Ruzomberok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Danielle McCray (180-87, college: Kansas) who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 5 assists. Moldovan-Russian center Natalia Vieru (197-89) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Dominican Carmen Guzman (172-85, college: UAB, agency: Merit Sports) answered with 8 points and 5 assists and Czech center Kamila Stepanova (191-88) added 11 points in the effort for MBK Ruzomberok. MBK Ruzomberok's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Good Angels have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-0 record. MBK Ruzomberok at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Good Angels' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kosice to the arena Dannax Sport.
Top scorers:
MBK Ruzomb.: K.Stepanova 11+4reb, S.Frniakova-Bucakova 9, K.Tetemondova 8+5reb+1ast, C.Guzman 8+2reb+5ast, K.Andersson 7+4reb, D.Baburova 4
Good Angels: D.McCray 22+4reb+5ast, N.Vieru 20+7reb, L.Kupcikova 10+4reb+6ast, E.Marie Lawless 8+2reb+1ast, K.Pindrochova 8+1reb, H.Sverrisdottir 7+2reb+2ast
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Roznava - Dannax Sport 63-67

The game in Roznava was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Dannax Sport (5-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Roznava (4-14). Dannax Sport managed to secure a 4-point victory 67-63 on Saturday. Roznava was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Point guard Barbora Balintova (173-94) nailed 16 points for the winning side and point guard Petra Bartanusova (173-92) accounted for 15 points. Four Dannax Sport players scored in double figures. Center Viera Libicova (190-80) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Czech guard Gabriela Giacintova (171-88) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for Roznava in the defeat. Newly promoted Dannax Sport maintains fifth place with 5-12 record. Roznava lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Dannax Sport's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kosice Good Angels.
Top scorers:
Roznava: K.Simkulakova 20+1ast, V.Libicova 14+9reb+2ast, Z.Babarikova 13+5reb+1ast, L.van Dalen 7+3reb+2ast, G.Giacintova 6+6reb+10ast, M.Repaszka 3
Dannax Sport: B.Balintova 16+2reb+3ast, P.Bartanusova 15+2reb+3ast, G.Nagyova 13+2reb+1ast, M.Kissova 11+2reb+2ast, B.Janosickova 6+3reb, Z.Hruscakova 6+6reb
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Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
 1. Good Angels 18-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 14-3 
 3. Samorin 11-7 
 4. Poprad 9-9 
 5. Dannax Sport 5-12 
 6. Roznava 4-14 
 7. Cassovia K. 1-17 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ashley LINDSEY
  Poprad
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Lindsey, Poprad17.5 
 2. Vieru, Good Angels17.1 
 3. Sujova, Samorin16.3 
 4. McCray, Good A.15.4 
 5. Stepanova, MBK R.14.9 
 6. Libicova, Roznava14.2 
 7. Young, Poprad14.1 
 8. Simova, Poprad13.6 
 9. Guzman, MBK R.13.4 
 10. Sverrisdotti., Go.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tonya YOUNG
  Poprad
  (187-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Young, Poprad8.9 
 2. Wickett, Samorin8.7 
 3. Janosickova, Dann.8.3 
 4. Vieru, Good Angels8.2 
 5. Lindsey, Poprad8.0 
 6. Libicova, Roznava7.9 
 7. Simova, Poprad6.9 
 8. Stepanova, MBK R.6.5 
 9. Tetemondova, MBK6.4 
 10. Jurcenkova, Good6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  MBK R.
  (172-SG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Guzman, MBK R.5.1 
 2. Bojovic, Good A.5.0 
 3. Sujova, Samorin4.9 
 4. Giacintova, Rozna.4.1 
 5. Vackova, Poprad4.1 
 6. Benuskova, Cassov.3.6 
 7. Sverrisdotti., Goo.3.3 
 8. Timkova, Cassovia.3.0 
 9. Ellis, Poprad3.0 
 10. Nemeth, Good A.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  MBK R.
  (172-SG-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Guzman, MBK R.3.4 
 2. Benuskova, Cassov.3.4 
 3. Simova, Poprad3.3 
 4. Sujova, Samorin3.1 
 5. McCray, Good A.3.0 
 6. Giacintova, Rozna.2.9 
 7. Lindsey, Poprad2.8 
 8. Bojovic, Good A.2.8 
 9. Kupcikova, Good A.2.8 
 10. Hrickova, Good A.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ashley LINDSEY
  Poprad
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lindsey, Poprad2.3 
 2. Vieru, Good Angels1.9 
 3. Young, Poprad1.3 
 4. Matejcikova, Rozna.1.1 
 5. Tetemondova, MBK1.1 
 6. Wickett, Samorin1.0 
 7. Stepanova, MBK R.1.0 
 8. Janosickova, Dann.0.8 
 9. Hnidzikova, Rozna.0.7 
 10. Jurcenkova, Good0.7 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Trahan number one in Switzerland for round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American center Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fribourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while her team outclassed Highflyers (#8, 3-12) with 33-point margin 82-49. Fribourg maintains the 3rd position in Swiss LNA. They are still close to the very top. Fribourg would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. Trahan has many years of experience at Fribourg, through which he has constantly improved. Former Elizabeth City State University star has very solid stats this year. Trahan is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.8ppg. Trahan is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 14.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg,3.6spg and 66.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Shannon McCallum (177-G-87) of league's second-best Riva Basket. McCallum had a very good evening with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Riva Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (#9, 2-13) 79-53. Riva Basket's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just three games this season, while they won 12 matches. McCallum is a newcomer at Riva Basket, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.9ppg (#2). She also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Ovronnaz-Mart. (#9). Griffith scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Griffith's great performance Ovronnaz-Mart. lost 53-79 to the higher-ranked Riva Basket (#2, 12-3). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Ovronnaz-Mart. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Griffith she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Griffith has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 22 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shyra Ely (188-F-83) of Helios - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Maria Villarroel (174-G-78) of Fribourg - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alendra Brown (191-F/C-86) of Pully - 24 points and 13 rebounds
7. Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel - 12 points and 15 rebounds
8. Eva Moldovanyi (183-F/C-87) of Basel - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) of Fribourg - 10 points and 8 rebounds
10. Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) of Ovronnaz-Mart. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 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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  TURKEY - Women  


Tatum Brown signed with Nesibe Aydin - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Tatum Brown (193-C-78, college: Arizona) is coming Turkey for Nesibe Aydin for the fourth time. Experienced player played in Turkish Top Division teams, Mersin, Tarsus and Samsun. Tatum started the season in Poland where she averaged 9.1 points, 7.2 rebounds in 23 minutes with Gorzow. Brown played in Samsun last season and averaged 12.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and did pretty well job at Turkey Top Division. Tatum Brown will be in Ankara tomorrow and ll join her new team.

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Hamilton helps Radford to seventh straight win - by David Edole
RADFORD, Va.-- Behind three players in double figures and 63.6 percent shooting, Radford womens basketball defeated Charleston Southern, 73-66, Monday night for its seventh straight victory.

Da'Naria Erwin Spencer topped the 20-point plateau for the 11th time this season with a team-high 23 points. Ashley Buckhannon chipped in with 16 points, 11 coming in the first half, and dished out 4 assists. Ayana Avery rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Front duo Victoria Hamilton (177-G-91) and Sarah Tabb did the work on the glass, pulling down 9 and 8 rebounds, respectively.

Charleston Southerns Lakeitha Alston was nearly unstoppable in the paint, as she recorded a game-high 27 points. Rachelle Coward, the Big Souths second leading scorer, recorded 17 points, one shy of her average.

Radford improved to 14-10, 8-5 in league play, and took sole possession of third place in the conference standings. Radford is also 12-0 this season when leading at halftime.

The 63 percent (28-of-44) shooting from the field was just two percent shy of becoming a new Dedmon Center record. The seventh straight league win for the Highlanders stands as the longest streak since 1993-94.

I really felt we played as a team, particularly on defense. We hustled, communicated well and played with a lot of energy tonight and Im really proud of my team, commented head coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba.

The Buccaneers hit their season average, going 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from long range and converted 11-of-13 from the stripe.

Radford led by as many as 14 in the second half, 58-44, on a jumper by Erwin Spencer at 10:32. Charleston Southern would chip away at the lead and used a 7-3 run to draw within six at 4:40 and again at the 2:26 mark.

With under a minute to play and up only six points, 69-63, the Highlanders would sink six free throws to put the game out of reach.

Radford took a 37-27 lead into halftime due to a blistering 69.6 percent shooting. The Highlanders connected on 16-of-23 attempts, including a 3-of-7 mark from downtown.

Charleston Southern made its first four field goals and held a slim 13-8 advantage early. Radford would then go a short 7-2 spurt to draw even, 15-15. Following a Coward 3-pointer, Radford would score the next 11 points to grab a 26-18 lead.

The Highlanders would continue their hot shooting and pull ahead by as many as 10 on two occasions in the opening stanza.

The Highlanders hit the road again on Saturday, Feb. 18 with a 3 p.m. contest at Presbyterian.


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  UBA - Women  


WUBA Standings
WUBA Standings
Northern Conference
 1. Queen City G. 5-1 
 2. Cinncinatti S. 3-2 
 3. Sharonville F. 2-3 
 4. Seven Hills F. 2-4 
Southern Conference
 1. Southern G. 7-1 
 2. GIE Disciples 6-2 
 3. Tennessee D. 2-3 
 4. Metro A. Sparks 1-4 
 5. Atlanta A. 0-5 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Division 1 Women round-up - by Eurobasket News
46 48
The closest game in Division 1 this weeked was in Kent, where Barking Abbey defeated Sevenoaks Suns 48-46 to move clear of them in the league standings.
Leopards are now 9-5 on the season and currently sit in second place after they held Suns to just 13 points after half-time to turn around a 33-26 deficit.
Harriett Yea (180-G/F-89) scored 23 points for Mark Clark's team as they dropped Sevenoaks to their fourth consecutive home defeat.
90 64
League leaders UWIC Archers achieved their expected win against Durham Wildcats, but only thanks to a stunning third quarter.
Archers led by only four points at the break, but conclusively won the third quarter by a score of 30-9 to take control of the game.
UWIC Coach Damian Jennings commented: 'Firstly it was good to get back to winning ways - ultimately this is always our ambition. Secondly it was good to be able to rotate all 12 players in, see them contribute to the game and hold a Durham side that have some of the best offensive efficiency in the league to an average of 16 point per quarter.'
Durham's Rachel Baker (183-G, college: William Woods) top scored in the game with 21 points, but the balanced scoring of UWIC was more than enough to secure the win.
97 47
Nottingham Wildcats picked up their fifth consecutive league win with a 97-47 hammering of Team Northumbria on Saturday.
Abigail Wentworth (23) and Siobhan Prior (21) topped the twenty point mark as Nottingham won each quarter by double-digits to consign Northumbria to their largest defeat of the season.
Nobody scored more than eight points for Northumbria as Wildcats moved within touching distance of the playoff spots at 6-6.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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  WNBA - Women  


Tulsa Shock re-signs Lacy to multi-year contract - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock have re-signed forward Jennifer Lacy (6'3''-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) to a multi-year contract.

Shock President Steve Swetoha announced the signing Monday after Lacy has been with the team each of the past two seasons.

'Re-signing Jennifer Lacy was a huge priority for us this off-season,' said Swetoha . 'She's a leader and a professional on and off the court and we are extremely excited to have her back in a Shock uniform.'

'I am really excited about coming back to Tulsa,' Lacy said. 'Despite our record it has been a great place to play with the best fans in the WNBA. Their loyalty is unparalleled and I look forward to playing for them again this season.'

Lacy and Tiffany Jackson were the only two Shock players to appear in all 34 games for the Shock in 2011. Lacy started 18 games and averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in about 19 minutes of playing time per game.

'She embodies the kind of player we want to continue to build around - a high-energy contributor that will continue to work hard to improve,' said Shock head coach Gary Kloppenburg .

The 6'3 forward graduated from Pepperdine University and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Phoenix Mercury in 2006. Later in the 2008 Expansion Draft she was acquired by the Atlanta Dream. Lacy initially signed with the Shock in June 2010.

'She is a versatile defender and has the quickness and skills to be able to play multiple positions added Kloppenburg. 'She is a person of high character that is a great teammate that contributes greatly to the Tulsa community. We are looking forward to her return to the Tulsa Shock as we continue to improve this off-season.'

Courtesy of www.newson6.com


US names 21-player women's Olympic basketball pool - by Eurobasket News
Baylor all-American Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) is among 21 finalists for the U.S. womens basketball team that will compete at the London Olympics.

The 6-foot-8 Griner is looking to become the first womens college basketball player to compete in the Olympics for the United States since 1988 when Vicky Bullett (Maryland) and Bridgette Gordon (Tennessee) played.

There are several Chicago connections among the finalists: former Stevenson High School star Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee), former Naperville Central star Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee), Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and teammate Cash Swin (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut), former Sky forward Canice Dupree, and former Chicago prep star Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers). Doug Bruno of DePaul is an assistant coach for Team USA.

The finalists also include other WNBA stars who helped the U.S. team win gold at the 2009 Beijin games: Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut), Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) and Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee), Catchings, Fowles, Parker and Pondexter also were on the gold-medal team.



The 12-person roster for the Olympics will be chosen this spring. Here are the players invited to compete for the 12-person U.S. team:

Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Stanford): Center (6-4 210), San Antonio Silver Stars

Seimone Augustus: Forward (6-1 179), Minnesota Lynx

Sue Bird: Guard (5-9 150), Seattle Storm

Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown): Forward (6-2 175), Minnesota Lynx

Cash Swin: Forward (6-1 162), Chicago Sky

Tamika Catchings: Forward (6-0 166), Indiana Fever

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut): Center (6-3 193), Connecticut Sun

Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple): Forward (6-2 162), Phoenix Mercury

Sylvia Fowles: Center (6-6 200), Chicago Sky

Brittney Griner: Center (6-8 208), Baylor University

Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke): Guard (5-8 139), Atlanta Dream

Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut): Forward (6-3 196), Connecticut Sun

Kara Lawson: Guard (5-9 165), Connecticut Sun

Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville): Forward (6-1 160), Atlanta Dream

Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut): Guard (5-7 139), Connecticut Sun

Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut): Forward (6-0 170), Minnesota Lynx

Candace Parker: F/C/G (6-4 172), Los Angeles Sparks

Cappie Pondexter: Guard (5-9 160), New York Liberty

Diana Taurasi: G/F (6-0 172), Phoenix Mercury

Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota): Guard (5-9 150), Minnesota Lynx

Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor): Forward (6-1 165), San Antonio Silver Stars

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com




Lynx sign Thorn, nine-year WNBA veteran guard - by Eurobasket News
The Lynx have signed unrestricted free agent Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU), a nine-year veteran guard. She played for the Chicago Sky last season and averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 assists per game in 16.8 minutes.

We are excited to welcome Erin to the Minnesota Lynx organization, said Roger Griffith, Lynx executive vice president. She is a fantastic shooter and a threat to score from anywhere on the court. Erin will add some excellent depth to our backcourt this season.'

Thorn shot 39.5 percent on three-pointers last season (32 for 81)and 94.7 percent from the line (18 for 19). She played in all 34 regular-season games and started seven.

Were happy to add someone of Erins experience, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said in a team news release. Erin has been around the league for a long time and carries a strong reputation for being a heady player with leadership qualities. Additionally, Erin has tremendous versatility and can play both guard positions, which will be a valuable asset for our bench.

Thorn played college basketball at Brigham Young and was taken in the second round of the 2003 draft by the New York Liberty. She played for the Liberty her first six season in the league and for Chicago her last three.

With her, the Lynx have 10 signed players for next season, plus they will add five more through the 2012 WNBA draft. They have the No. 3 and 12 picks in the first round, three picks in the second round and one in the third.

The other nine signed players played on 2011 WNBA championship team. The one unsigned free agent is Charde Houston, a four-year member of the Lynx who was a reserve forward.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com