EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/17/2012

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  ANGOLA   


Porto and Petro Luanda reach Compal SuperCup Final - by Eurobasket News
Porto and Luanda Petro will fight for the 3rd Edition of Compal Cup trophy.
Porto defeated the defending champions 1 De Agosto 70:63 to reach the title game. Robert Johnson (203-C/F-81, college: Oregon) stepped up with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dragons. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) added 12 points for the winners.
Luanda Petro snatched a 73:70 win over Libolo. Petro used a 24:12 run in the second quarter to pile up a 38:34 halftime lead. Petro were up by 10 points 58:48 heading into the final frame. But Libolo bounced back surging ahead for a 61:59 advantage. But Carlos Morais (190-G-85) stepped up for Petro giving them back a 71:64 advantage and helping them to the victory. Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) stepped up with 23 points for Petro. Carlos Morais added 9 points in the win. Luis Costa (193-F-78) answered with 19 points for Libolo. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) had 10 points in the loss.



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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 16-6 
 2. Obras 15-6 
 3. Libertad S. 15-7 
 4. Sionista 15-8 
 5. Atenas 14-8 
 6. Lanus 13-9 
 7. La Union 13-10 
 8. GECR Indalo 11-11 
 9. Regatas C. 11-11 
 10. Quimsa 11-12 
 11. Boca Jrs 9-12 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 9-13 
 13. Olimpico LB 7-15 
 14. Club 9 7-15 
 15. Quilmes MP 6-16 
 16. San Mart.C. 5-18 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Gutierrez, Obras17.7 
 2. Villegas, Sionista17.2 
 3. Smith, La Union17.0 
 4. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.4 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.15.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.9 
 8. Pittman, Libertad.15.8 
 9. Nelson, GECR I.15.6 
 10. Cowan, Club 915.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matias SANDES
  Sionista
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras8.9 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Davis, GECR I.8.4 
 7. Truscott, Quilm.7.8 
 8. Cowan, Club 97.4 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 10. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.6 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.3 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.1 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.6 
 9. Smith, La Union3.5 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Moldu, Olimpico LB2.2 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.4 
 10. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.4 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.0 
 6. Ayarza, Club 91.0 
 7. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Weigand, Quilm.0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 


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  ARMENIA   


Carl Bardakian appointed National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News
Carl Bardakian was named new head coach of Armenian National Team. The specialist who resides in the USA will guide Armenia at 2012 EuroBasket in Division C. Armenia will face Scotland, Wales, Modlova, Andorra, Gibraltar and hosting San Marino. The event is scheduled for July 2-7. Carl Bardakian led Los Angeles basketball team to the triumph at the last PanArmenian Games. He also worked as the USA representative for Basketball Federation of Armenia. Carl Bardakian was also assistant coach at Cleveland State University and Chaffey College. Zarik Isajane and Vardan Khatchatrian will be joining Bardakian as assistant coaches.
Carl Bardakian was born and raised in New York. His impressive resume also includes working as international scout for both Armenian Womens National Team and Hatis Yerevan.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 16-6 
 2. Wildcats 14-7 
 3. Taipans 12-9 
 4. Blaze 11-8 
 5. Crocodiles 11-9 
 6. Tigers 10-12 
 7. Kings 8-13 
 8. 36ers 6-15 
 9. Hawks 6-15 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Klosterneub. 17-3
 2. Gmunden 15-5
 3. Wels 15-5
 4. Kapfenberg 14-6
 5. Oberwart 13-7
 6. Gussing 10-10
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 7-13
 2. UBSC Graz 7-13
 3. BC Vienna 7-13
 4. Arkadia 4-16
 5. St.Polten 1-19
Stage One Standings


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Siauliai added American Miguel Morton - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai added American Miguel Morton (208-F-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Columbus St.) for the rest of the season. A 208cm player joined the team.
In 2004-2005 he started for Alabama St. (NCAA) and in 10 games averaged 0.9ppg, 1.5rpg. In 2005-2006 for Alabama St. (NCAA) he improved to 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg. In 2006-2007 his stats read 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 33.3%. The season 2007-2008 Miguel spent with Columbus St. (NCAA2) and showed 8.6ppg, 6.0reb, 3.5apg.
In October 2009 moved to SK Dnipro Azot Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) and had 10.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 74.4%, in Mar.'10 signed at BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague).
The season 2010-2011 appeared for Usak Universitesi (Turkey-TB2L), injured in Nov.'10. In 3 games he had high 16.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.7bpg. Later he played for Black Monopoly (SEBL) and Athens Razors (ABA, starting five).



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas17.8 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas16.5 
 6. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 7. Pilk, TT.16.4 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.1 
 10. Laksa, Barsy Aty.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.6 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 6. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.7.7 
 9. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 10. Galdikas, Neptun.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 3. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.6 
 4. Maceina, Juventus4.4 
 5. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 9. Kulagin, Triumph4.1 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McKee, Triumph2.7 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Akenparg, TT.1.8 
 6. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 8. Keedus, TT.1.8 
 9. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.7 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.4 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.4 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.9 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 10. Kazantcev, Barsy0.8 


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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, Liege17.1 
 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, Leuven7.1 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.5 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.3 
 8. Matela, Liege6.0 
 9. Bostic, Liege5.9 
 10. Chaney, Gent5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 2. Waters, Liege3.7 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 6. Thompson, Verviers.3.1 
 7. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 8. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 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. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 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, Liege1.3 
 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. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 


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  BELIZE   


University of Belize Continues to Dominate ATLIB Basketball!!! - by David Magana
The University of Belize (UB) Hosted the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belizes (ATLIB) Southern Regional Tournament this past Saturday at UBs Recreation and Sports Center (Gym), in Belmopan. The tournament was inaugurated by UBs President Dr. Cary Fraser, who wished all teams success and also spoke of the importance of sportsmanship, discipline, organization and working together to achieve goals. Also present was the Dean of Student Affair, Mr. William Neal who thanked all teams for their participation. The teams included the University of Belize Black Jaguars (male and female), Galen University (male), Ecumenical Junior College (male and female), Independence Junior College (male), and Sacred Heart Junior College (male).

Black Jaguars both male and female teams were victorious in their games at the ATLIB Basketball Southern Regional held last Saturday. In the first game Galen University (GU) was triumphant over Independence Junior College (IJC), scoring 61-43. Ecumenical Junior College (EJC) and Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC) played the second game which ended up 77-54 in favor of EJC. The UB Lady Black Jaguars toppled Ecumenical Junior College 27-21. The top Black Jaguar scorers were Glenda Torres and Kimberly Spencer. This female decided first and second for the region. The following game, the UB Black Jaguars defeated the guys from Independence Junior College by 68-26. Top scorers for Black Jaguars were: Farron Lauriano (198-F-89), Winston Pratt (186-G-90), and Alfred Bainton (193-F). Galen University up against Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC) won 78-63. Dribbling down to the last game, UB Black Jaguars outscored EJC 61-48 in favor of the defending champions, UB Black Jaguars. Top scorers were Farron Lauriano, Daniel Nolberto, and Travis Lennon (193-G/F-89). Thus the Black Jaguars ended as the number one side with two wins, zero losses same as Galen University but with better scoring difference.

The Finals will be held in San Ignacio at the Falcon Field this coming Saturday, games are as follows:

Females:

UB Vs St. Johns College Junior College

EJC Vs WJC

Males:

UB Vs SPJC

GU VS WJC

Winners move to the play the finals.


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 17-1 
 2. Capljina 14-4 
 3. Bosna 13-4 
 4. Varda HE 10-7 
 5. Leotar 10-8 
 6. Mladost 10-8 
 7. Hercegovac 8-9 
 8. Servitium 8-9 
 9. Borac Nektar 5-12 
 10. Zrinjski HT 5-12 
 11. Celik 5-13 
 12. Brotnjo 4-13 
 13. Vogosca 4-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 16-3 
 2. Flamengo 14-3 
 3. S.Jose/Unimed 14-4 
 4. Unitri/Universo 13-6 
 5. Uniceub/BRB 12-6 
 6. Itabom/Bauru 12-6 
 7. Paulistano 12-7 
 8. Cia do Terno 9-9 
 9. Winner/Limeira 9-9 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 7-12 
 11. Minas 6-12 
 12. Vivo/Franca 6-12 
 13. Tijuca TC 5-14 
 14. Araraquara 2-17 
 15. Vila Velha 1-18 


Recovered from injury, Paulao Prestes moves to Lithuanian basketball - by Paulo Freire
Biggest highlight of the Brazil NT under-19 at the World Championships in 2007, in Serbia, in which Brazil won the bronze medal, the big man Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) now with 24 years old, signed with the Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys fifth placed in the Lithuania League, leaving the Spanish basketball after passages for Unicaja, CB Granada and CB Murcia. The contract between the Lithuanian Club and the brazilian athlete is valid until the end of the current season.

The dominant center drew the attention of the recruiters of the NBA and was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 45th choice of second round NBA Draft, but chose to follow his career in European basketball to gain experience.


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  BULGARIA   


Levski and Lukoil in much expected Cup final - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski and Lukoil Academic is the expected final of this year edition of Cup of Bulgaria. Both teams are the best in the country right now and will play Saturday night in Samokov. Levski beat Cherno More in the first semifinal by the score 98-90 in a very interesting and exciting game. Both teams fought very hard from beginning to the end of the meeting and showed good basketball with high performance. The experience of Levski showed their class at the end and there was no room for surprise.

Great game for the winners had Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi), who was unstoppable and finished with 39 points. Marcus Hall made 17 points, including key baskets in the end, and Dimitar Angelov added 12.

For Cherno More Alexander Yanev finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds, Tihomir Zhelev added 19 points while Nikolay Kolev scored 16 points and had 6 rebounds.

In the other semifinal Lukoil Academic gave no chance to Yambol and beat them by 20 points 82-62. The players of Yambol were in the game in early stage of second half losing by only 4 points at that time but that was the closest they have been to their big opponent. Lukoil Academic took abbsolutely control of the game and won comfortably by 20 points margin at the very end. The final is on Saturday (February 18th) with tip off at 17.00 oclock local time and Levski will play versus Lukoil Academic while today at the same Yambol will fight with Cherno More for the bronze medals.

Brandon Heath (eight assists) and Lamont Mack (6 rebounds) were the most effective for the winners with 18 points. Bozhidar Avramov had 17 points and Bruno Sundov added 14 for Lukoil Academic.

For Yambol three basketball players finished with 11 points - Mike Jefferson, Julian Radionov and John Ofoegbu. Their top scorer Martin Durchev finished with only 10 points.


Fourth consecutive final for Levski - by Vladi Lazarova
Levski was shaking until the end, but fulfilled the first goal of the season to reach the National Cup final. The Blues outplayed the babies of Cherno More 98:90. The game in Samokov will be remembered with the fantastic Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi). He finished with 39 points, including four three pointers, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for 35 minutes on the court. Harper was 12/20 (60%) in his field goals, 8/14 (57%) for 2 pts, 4/6 (67%) for 3 pts and 11/14 (79%) of the free throw line.

In the final game for the Cup this Saturday Levski will face the winner of the match Lukoil Academic and Yambol. The Blues didn't miss the Cup final since 2009. In the last three finals Levski won twice - once in 2009 against Lukoil Academic in Pleven and in 2010 against Rilski sportist in Yambol, but lost to Lukoil Academic last spring in Sofia.




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  CANADA   


Jimmy Dorsey claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cape Breton and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The -year old guard got a double-double of 49 points and fourteen assists, while his team beat Acadia (#4, 9-6) 111-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cape Breton maintains the 3rd position in Canadian CIS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cape Breton will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Dorsey had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He has many years of experience at Cape Breton, through which he has constantly improved. Dorsey has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.4ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Sudanese forward Bol Kong (198-F) of league's best team St.Francis X.. Kong impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead St.Francis X. to another comfortable win 87-68 over slightly lower-ranked Cape Breton (#3, 10-7) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. St.Francis X. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 13-4 record. Kong is a newcomer at St.Francis X. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Kale Harrison (196-F) of Laurier (#3). Harrison scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Harrison's great performance Laurier lost 95-96 to the lower-ranked Waterloo (#8, 6-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Laurier needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 5 lost games. Harrison has a very solid season. In 21 games in Canada he scored 18.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Owen Klassen (208-F-91) of Acadia - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lien Phillip (203-F-89) of Windsor - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ryan Barbeau (178-G) of Western - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mike Wright (180-G-91) of Waterloo - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Sean Stoqua (180-PG) of Acadia - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Yassine Ghomari) of UBC Okanagan - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Cam Michaud (198-F) of McMaster - 23 points, 8 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)


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Pasquale, Laure.23.4 
 2. Barbeau, Western23.2 
 3. King, TRU23.1 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.4 
 5. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.4 
 6. Barrett, Saskatch.21.1 
 7. Mackinnon, Victoria19.9 
 8. Ferguson, Alberta19.7 
 9. Kok, TRU19.3 
 10. Yu, UBC19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Phillip, Windsor11.9 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.4 
 3. Burke, UBC10.8 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.5 
 5. King, TRU10.1 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.8 
 7. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 8. Desroches, New B.8.8 
 9. Lual, UPEI8.8 
 10. Buckley, Laurier8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.9.0 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.6.9 
 3. Collins, Windsor5.9 
 4. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 5. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 6. Allin, Laurier5.6 
 7. Smith, TWU5.6 
 8. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.4 
 9. Kraus, Brock5.3 
 10. Smith, Cape Bret.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.1 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.2.9 
 3. Carter, Lakehead2.8 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 5. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 6. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 7. Yu, UBC2.5 
 8. Baribeau, Laval2.5 
 9. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 10. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Drazen GLISIC
  Toronto Univ.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 2. Bains, UBC1.7 
 3. Andrews, Bishop''s1.6 
 4. Fidler, Calgary1.5 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 6. Klassen, Acadia1.3 
 7. Eyitayo, Concordia1.3 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.1.3 
 9. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.2 
 10. Duke, UPEI1.2 


Oshawa Power win OT thriller 120-119 over Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
Durham's Team the Oshawa Power kept their post season dream alive with a thrilling 120-119 overtime victory over the fourth place Saint John Mill Rats at the GM Centre in Oshawa.

The Power started the game slowly and looked as though they would be blown out for the second straight game against the Mill Rats, but a strong second quarter sparked a push that saw the Power lead by as many as 15 points in the fourth. The Mill Rats made a magical comeback of their own forcing overtime.

'The win was just us taking care of what we have to do' said Canadian Kevin Shand (6'10''-C-74, college: Duquesne) after the game. 'Once we play as a team, and do what we have to do we normally get a win.'

Shand had a monster game recording 10 points and 7 rebounds. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) continued his offensive tear with a game-high 37 points and added 6 rebounds. Number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the thrilling win.

The Mill Rats got a solid effort from their bench scoring 76 of their 119 points. Canadian Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87) led the way with 21 points, and guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-G-88, college: Merrimack) netted 17.

The next Power game is February 19 as they visit the Moncton Miracles at 1:00 p.m. e.s.t.

Power Glance

Record: 13-19

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Lightning miss one, snag high scorer - by Eurobasket News
With the deadline for signing players one day away, the London Lightning missed on one deal but managed to add a player with great athleticism and upside.

National Basketball League of Canada teams have until Friday to sign players. The Lightning have been in negotiation for a month with former Toronto Raptor Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) but were told Tuesday the six-foot-eight free agent forward was holding out for an NBA team.

'I coached him for a couple of years in Albany,' Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson said. 'We were hoping he would decide to join us for the last part of our season, but he decided to try something else.'

Moon would have been a tremendous addition, not only to the Lightning but the league.

Instead, the Lightning signed 22-year-old Jamar Abrams (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: E.Carolina), a six-foot-six swingman who can really sky and shoot.

Abrams was released by the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League in January. The Virginia native played university basketball at East Carolina where he played in more games than anyone in school history. He finished his career as one of 14 players in ECU history to have more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Abrams was known for his ability to hit the three-point shot.

'He's a good player,' Richardson said. 'He's very athletic and he can score.'

It all happened suddenly for Abrams.

'My agent found the opening and called me. He told me it was a great team,' he said. 'He told me Monday. I got here Tuesday. I came here without hesitation.'

It's Abrams first time anywhere outside of the United States.

'I'm just trying to grow every day as a player,' he said. 'Wherever it takes me, I'm fine. I didn't know anything about the league. I did some research and found out it was the first professional basketball league in Canada so I am definitely excited to be a part of that.'

Abrams played against Lightning forward Shamari Spears in university.

The Lightning have been looking for another scorer and rebounder. 'My strength is that I can really shoot the ball and I have athletic ability. I can really jump,' Abrams said.

Abrams will be in the lineup when the Lightning take on the Saint John Mill Rats Thursday at 7 p.m. the John Labatt Centre. The Lighting are trying to wrap up first place in the NBL. The Mill Rats are battling to close out the Oshawa Power for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Lightning and Mill Rats may be first-round playoff opponents.

To make room for Abrams, the Lightning released former all-Canadian Kyle Julius. The decision had nothing to do with Julius' ability, but his full-time job in property management. It was difficult to mesh both schedules.

The Lightning are expected to be at full strength against the Mill Rats. Gabe Freeman is moving freely on his injured ankle.

'I'll be playing,' Freeman said. 'Looking to get back to where I was before.'

Also expected to play is centre Shawn Daniels who suffered a shoulder injury and has been out two weeks.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


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PLAYOFFS - by Bayo Arigbon
Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.) First off I want to give glory to GOD because without him I wouldnt be where I am now. Next I want to thank all of my teammates from ESPANOL de Talca , for allowing me to become the leading scorer of Chiles Dimayor league, because without them it wouldnt be possible. They allowed me to show what I can do, and put points on the board. We ended up finishing the season 21-7 securing 3rd place! I believe if we play together and make the game easy we will be able to accomplish, ANYTHING! This season has been tough and I am sure the PLAYOFFS will be tougher, but I'm up to the challenge! Aside from basketball I am pretty happy for my sister because her wedding is coming up on March 24, and Im excited for her marriage. If i dont make it, it means ill be in the playoffs playing for a championship, a worthy cause to miss a wedding! lol. I have made many friends in TALCA and I am proud to part of Deportivo Espanol de Talca so come support us by internet or in person because we need all the support we can get for the playoffs!! TTYL people and stay tuned!

Link to 2nd half highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mki6xhPhD48

Link to BLOG SITE w/PIx
http://hoopdreamdiaries.tumblr.com/


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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 27-5
 2. Beijing Ducks 21-11
 3. Shanxi Zh. 19-12
 4. DongGuan L. 19-13
 5. Shanghai S. 19-14
 6. Guangsha L. 18-14
 7. Fujian XX 17-15
 8. Qingdao DS 16-16
 9. Liaoning H. 15-17
 10. Zhejiang C. 15-17
 11. Jilin NE T. 14-18
 12. Shandong FB 14-18
 13. Xinjiang F.T. 10-13
 14. TianJin R. 10-22
 15. Bayi Fubang 10-22
 16. Foshan 10-22
 17. Jiangsu D. 9-23


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.0 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.4 
 5. Pickett, Xinjiang.29.3 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.28.1 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan.27.4 
 8. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 10. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX14.9 
 2. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.5 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.2 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 10. Randolph, DongGu.12.1 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.4 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.6 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.5 
 8. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 9. Pickett, Xinjiang.4.3 
 10. Oyedeji, Qingdao4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tim PICKETT
  Xinjiang.
  (193-G/F-81)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pickett, Xinjiang.3.1 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.6 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 6. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.4 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX2.1 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 3. Randolph, DongGua.1.7 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 7. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


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Kresimir Cosic Cup: Zagreb and Cedevita to fight for the trophy - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals games of the Croatian Kresimir Cosic Cup were played last night. Zagreb and Cedevita managed to beat their rivals and they will fight for the Cup trophy.
Zagreb had to work very hard against Zadar to register 76-72 victory. Zadar was up by 14 at the halftime, but was not able to keep the lead for rest of the way. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) top-scored in victory with 19 points and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) had 17. Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) shined in defeat with 23 points and Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) had 16. Zagreb will have a chance to fight for third straight Cup trophy.
Cedevita eliminated Split 102-74. Third quarter was the crucial one as Cedevita made 13-3 run for 15-point lead. Miro Bilan (213-F-89) led the winners with 16 points. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) followed him with two less. In the loosing squad, Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) and Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) had 23 and 11 points respectively.


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 11-3 
 2. Jolly 11-4 
 3. KK Split 10-4 
 4. Zabok 9-5 
 5. Svjetlost 8-7 
 6. Kvarner 2010 7-9 
 7. Borik 6-9 
 8. Alkar Sinj 5-8 
 9. Darda 5-9 
 10. Krizevci 5-10 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


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Enad Etha for the cup semi-final = Game Analysis - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Great game at Lefkotheo indoor arena with Enad and Etha battling for a place at the cup final.

Etha did not make it to a passionate Enad that fought very well and lost 73-70. Statistics were very similar and the game was settled in details. If I was going to choose one detail for which Enad won the game, this would be free throws.

Both teams hit the same number of 2p and 3p-FG, 18 and 7 respectively. Their only difference was that Enad succeeded in 16 FT as opposed to 13 of Etha. Considering that the game finished on a 3 pt difference you can imagine how important free throws were.

Turnovers, rebounds and steals were also close. Enad committed15 turnovers as opposed to 16 of Etha, and had 31 rebounds as opposed to 28 of Etha.

Interesting is the fact that Enad had only 2 steals and Etha only 1, something that proves how good both teams were defensively.

Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) had a great game. He finished with 16 pts, hitting a few crucial pts at the end.



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Czech Cup Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Czech Cup reached quarterfinal stage. Four games have been played tonight giving the names of four teams to advance into the semis.
USK Praha reached the semifinal stage beating Pardubice 75:68. Pardubice led by six points 25:19 after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the next two periods to enjoy a 56:47 advantage heading into the fourth frame. But USK Praha went on a decisive rally in the final period and stole a tough win at the end. Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) provided 14 points, while Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) added 13 points for the winners. Petr Bohacik (204-F-85) and Maurice Hampton (188-SG-84, college: Austin Peay St.) answered with 16 points each for Pardubice.
Decin needed overtime to overcome J.Hradec 87:73. Decin led for the bigger part of regulation however Hradec managed to level things up at 70 after 40 minutes. But Decin went on a 17;3 spurt in the extra period to seal the victory. Pavel Houska (204-F/C-84) knocked down 23 points for Decin. Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) contributed 17 points in the win. Roman Zachrla (201-F-87) answered with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Hradec.
Prostejov had little problems in a 103:74 win over Kolin. Pandula stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners. Jamar Smith (191-SG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) added 18 points and 6 boards for Prostejov. David Machac (204-F-80) answered with 21 points for Kolin.
Nymburk completed the semifinal picture. They outgunned Usti nad Labem 94:71 behind 24 points from Lukas Palyza (204-F-89). Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-G-77) added 14 points for the winning team. Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) reacted with 15 points for Usti nad Labem.



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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 22-1 
 2. Svendborg 22-2 
 3. Naestved 15-9 
 4. SISU 11-13 
 5. Horsholm 9-15 
 6. Horsens IC 9-15 
 7. Vaerlose 9-15 
 8. Aalborg 8-15 
 9. Aabyhoj 8-16 
 10. Falcon 6-18 


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Randers 15-3 
 2. Amager BK 14-3 
 3. Lemvig 12-5 
 4. Aarhus BF 12-6 
 5. Koge BK 11-7 
 6. Glostrup 9-9 
 7. Stevnsgade 7-8 
 8. Virum 7-9 
 9. Haderslev 6-10 
 10. Jonstrup 5-12 
 11. ALBA 4-12 
 12. Solrod 0-18 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. White, Aalborg26.3 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.4 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.1 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.7 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.3 
 8. Alexander, Bakken18.0 
 9. Kingsley, Svendborg17.9 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.4 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj10.6 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.1 
 5. Colas, Horsholm9.1 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.7 
 7. Benjamin, Horsholm8.6 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Rutherford, SISU8.2 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. White, Aalborg4.8 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.7 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.5 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg3.2 
 8. Dennis, SISU3.2 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.0 
 10. Iversen, Bakken3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Henry, Naestved4.3 
 2. White, Aalborg2.9 
 3. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 6. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 8. Alexander, Bakken1.9 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm2.0 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Vinson, Svendborg1.1 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Ba, Falcon0.8 


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Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - Idaho S. 93-84
Marcus Banks had 20 points and the Stampede (12-18) made 12-of-13 free throws, but the Texas Legends beat Idaho 93-84. Terrico White (15 points) and Mikki Moore (12 points) joined Banks in double-figure scoring. Idaho made three more field goals than Texas, but had 16 fewer made free throws as the Legends went 28-of-31 from the free throw line, including 10-of-12 in the final quarter. The Stampede trailed by just two points after three quarters, and then made 8-of-10 two-point field goals in the final quarter, but went just 2-of-9 from behind the three point line. Idaho out-scored Texas 48-28 in points in the paint. Texas (15-18) was led by Booker Woodfox, who scored 21 points off the bench. Antonio Daniels added 14 points and 11 assists, while Dominique Johnson had 15 points and five rebounds. Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) had 12 points, nine rebounds, seven turnovers and five blocked shots. Idaho comes home to play the Reno Bighorns on Friday and Saturday at CenturyLink Arena at 7 p.m. (MST). *Courtesy of www.kboi2.com

Erie Bay H. - Dakota W. 118-128
As cold as it was outside Tullio Arena, the Dakota Wizards torched the Erie BayHawks like Johnny Blaze in their 128-118 win Sunday night inside Tullio. The Wizards made 13 of their last 14 shots from the field to pull out the come-from-behind win. 'It's embarrassing,' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. 'I'm embarrassed. I've got to do a better job of preparing them for the level of competitiveness and physicality and toughness that is necessary to win a professional basketball game.' Shooting a blistering 75 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, Dakota (14-14) made its final 11 shots from the field. The Wizards ended the game on a 37-21 run after falling behind 96-91 with 9 minutes, 1 second left. 'We showed no resistance,' Larranaga said. 'Didn't defend. Didn't compete. We got down by three points and came to the bench and acted like the game was over.' In a game in which there were 14 ties and 18 lead changes, Dakota's hot shooting helped them overcome Erie (14-16) getting a combined 56 points from former NBA veterans Michael James (6'1''-G-75, college: Duquesne) and Keith McLeod. The two point guards each scored 28 points in defeat. 'We didn't clamp down,' McLeod said. Small forward Edwin Ubiles, a 2012 D-League All-Star selection, had 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Dakota comeback. 'They started riding that play and we couldn't score on the other end,' James said. Sunday's game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m., but it was postponed because of inclement weather. The Wizards had played at Iowa Friday night and flew to Detroit Saturday morning. The Wizards said their flight out of Detroit to Erie nearly reached Erie International Airport before having to go back to Detroit because of the weather. 'A lot of guys were asleep and didn't know,' Dakota forward Marcus Dove said. 'I happened to wake up right when the flight attendant starting telling people. I was looking around. We were real low and then the pilot said we were turning around.' Unable to get another flight out of Detroit Saturday night, Dakota landed in Erie Sunday morning around 11:30. Sunday's game started at 6 p.m., but the short turnaround didn't seem to bother the Wizards when it mattered. 'For our guys to fight back, I'm so proud of them,' Dakota coach Nate Bjorkgren said On the other hand, the BayHawks had a day's rest after their 117-110 home win Friday night against the Maine Red Claws, but couldn't stop the Wizards in the fourth. 'They made a run and we just gave it away,' said Erie forward Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine), who had 15 points off the bench. 'We didn't close it out like we should have.' Ubiles gave the BayHawks the most trouble. In the game's final 2 minutes, Ubiles hit two jumpers and had two assists. He found Maurice Baker for a 3-pointer and hit Tommy Smith for a dunk that gave the Wizards a 124-112 lead with 54.2 seconds left. 'He had a great fourth quarter,' Bjorkgren said. 'He was scoring and he was sharing. He made the right choice about four of five trips in a row.' The BayHawks also had five of 20 turnovers in the fourth that led to 13 fourth-quarter points for the Wizards. For the game, Dakota scored 32 points off Erie's 20 turnovers. 'It's hard when you're getting turnovers on one end and they're getting possessions on the other end,' James said. Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Maine RC - Texas L. 107-114
The Texas Legends knew exactly how to beat the Maine Red Claws on Sunday. With Maine big man Craig Brackins on the bench because of foul trouble, the Legends pounded the ball into the paint to spark a 19-7 run. Then they held on as the Red Claws' comeback fell short in a 114-107 loss at the Portland Expo. 'It was them turning up the heat on us,' Maine Coach Dave Leitao said of the third-quarter run. 'Every time I looked up the ball was in the paint. What we talked about was on some nights, when we're not having the best game, you've gotta be aggressive and take it into the paint. It opens up options for you.' Texas (14-18) was able to ride out its lead despite the return of Brackins and a late rally by the Red Claws. Maine (12-19) trailed by 11 with less than four minutes left and was still down six when point guard Kenny Hayes dropped a pass to Brackins, who was trailing Hayes down the court. Brackins sank a 3-pointer -- he was 4 for 6 from behind the arc -- to cut Texas' lead to 110-107 with 28.2 seconds remaining. Needing a stop, the Red Claws played for a turnover on the other end, but Hayes was called for a foul. The ensuing foul shots from Drew Neitzel (6'0''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) gave Texas a 112-107 cushion and essentially ended Maine's comeback bid. Hayes needed some encouragement from a teammate after committing the foul. 'I looked at the clock and that was just an error on me,' Hayes said. 'I just have to move on from it and try to be a leader.' Hayes had 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to boost the offense. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) led the Red Claws in scoring with 26 points. Former Boston College center Sean Williams had 27 points and seven blocked shots for the Legends. It was Brackins who provided the most important sparks for the Red Claws. With a 76ers logo on the back of his jersey, indicating he's playing with the Red Claws on assignment from the NBA team, the mohawked 6-foot-10 post player had inside and outside impact in his first game in Portland. Brackins scored 11 points in the first three minutes of the game as his teammates struggled to heat up. But he picked up his third foul with 4:58 remaining in the second quarter, then got his fourth early in the third and had to go to the bench again. When he came back on the floor in the fourth quarter, he had a measurable impact. He banged down low to hit a short basket, had an emphatic dunk and made a pair of free throws before his late 3-pointer. Not bad for a guy who's still learning the offense in his third game with the team. 'When we get into situations, I just try to adapt because I don't know all of the plays yet,' he said. 'I just try to adapt on the fly.' Brackens finished with 20 points. Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 87-118
The fast-rising Springfield Armor slammed home another message Sunday night. Led by Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell) 's 23 points and 9 rebounds, the Armor won a franchise-record fifth consecutive game, totally ripping apart the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 118-87 in front of a silenced 3,706 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Six Armor players reached double figures for the second consecutive game, including all five starters. It took Foote just 10 minutes to get there. Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) added 17 points and Jameson Curry 16, including a game-high four 3-pointers. Point guard Jerry Smith had 15 points and a team-high five assists. Weve just got a bunch of unselfish guys that dont care who scores the ball, said Springfields L.D. Williams, who scored 14 points and had three assists. Unselfish guys who like being around each other and winning. And its the type of winning Springfield hasnt always seen from the Armor. The streak has boosted the Armor (18-13) into second place in the D-Leagues East Conference, just 2 games behind Iowa. Only the West Conference-leading Los Angeles D-Fenders have a longer active win streak at six. First-year Armor head coach Bob Mackinnon has seen a camaraderie develop that goes beyond the wins. Optional shooting practices, he said, have drawn perfect attendance. In games, he wants the Armor to have 16 pass or shot deflections per half. Sunday, they totaled an incredible 40, including a pair of blocked shots from both Foote and Curry. I think theyre seeing that hard work pays off. This is becoming a very tough and resilient team, Mackinnon said. Sunday, the Armor had to withstand a travel schedule that began at 6 a.m., continued with a flight connection through Dallas and ended with an arrival in Fort Wayne three hours before the game. No worries. The Armor took the Mad Ants to school in a textbook first half. Springfield made 60 percent of its shots, nearly doubled Fort Wayne in rebounds and outscored the Ants 34-20 in the paint, including 22-8 in the opening quarter. The Armor led by as many as 35 points. Foote, a 7-foot center from Cornell who began the season in the Portland Trail Blazers NBA camp, was particularly strong for the Armor early on, scoring their first three baskets. The Mad Ants had no answer for his moves, forcing Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey to eventually send in backup center Sean Sonderleiter to muscle him around a bit. In the opening quarter alone, Foote scored on a dunk, a reverse layup and a hook shot. It was more of my teammates setting me up. I have to give them a lot of credit, Foote said. They did a great job tonight. I think Jeff is an NBA player, Mackinnon said. Hes a guy who can have a 10- to 12-year playing career in the NBA. The presence of Foote and Horner (nine rebounds, three assists) caused Fort Wayne defensive problems the entire game. And when the inside was clogged up, Curry, Smith and Preston Knowles combined to hit 10 3-pointers. We want to establish the inside, Williams said. When were getting in the lane and getting shots in the paint and creating for others, thats when were at our best. The Armor never trailed and allowed a tie just once, at 2-2. The Mad Ants (10-21) have lost five straight. Devan Downey, a former star at South Carolina, led Fort Wayne with 20 points and a game-high nine assists. Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Idaho S. 92-100
Marcus Banks (6'2''-G-81, college: UNLV) had 19 points, six assists and four rebounds and the Idaho Stampede (12-17) beat the Tulsa 66ers 100-92 after trailing by as many as 16. Banks scored 15 of his 19 in the fourth quarter alone, assisting on the three field goals he didn't score himself. It was the team's fifth win in its last six games. Idaho trailed 30-18 after the first quarter, but won each of the final three quarters, holding the 66ers to just 35 points in the second half. The Stampede won the rebounding battle 43-31 and held a big advantage in second chance points 23-2, securing those 23 points on 13 offensive rebounds. Banks' teammates from the bench aided the offense again, with Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) scoring 12, Antoine Walker adding 11, Tony Bobbitt scoring 10 points and Reggie Larry finishing with seven points and six rebounds. Terrico White (6'5''-G-90, college: Mississippi) was the only starter to reach double-figures, finishing with 13 points. The Stampede out-scored the 66ers by 15 in the second half, as the road team shot 46.9 percent from the floor and made 16-of-20 free throws, while Tulsa made 8-of-21 free throws and shot 46.4 percent. The Stampede sent Tulsa to the line for 40 free throw attempts, but the home team made just 22 (55.0 percent), including center Marcus Lewis who went 3-for-18 from the free throw line, finishing with nine points and 13 rebounds. Robert Vaden led the 66ers (15-18) with a game-high 29 points (9-12 FG, 4-5 3FG, 7-7 FT). Idaho takes on the Texas Legends tomorrow in Frisco, Texas at 6 p.m. (MST). Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno B. - Austin T. 110-118
When the Reno Bighorns allowed the Austin Toros to score 73 points in the first half of the game Tuesday night, optimism was dwindling in Reno. Even an exciting third quarter surge would not be enough as the Bighorns fell 110-118 to the powerful Toros. Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas), on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies, made his Bighorns debut memorable with a team-high 26 points. Bobby Simmons (6'6''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) posted 19 points and six rebounds while Zach Graham had 18 points and six rebounds for the Bighorns. The Toros big men led the way with Leo Lyons 27 points and Eric Dawson's 19 points and 12 rebounds. Down 57-73 at halftime, the Bighorns stormed back to pull within one point at the end of the third quarter. But the run was too little, too late and the Bighorns could not build on the momentum, eventually falling towards the end of the fourth quarter. The Toros proved that size trumps all, outrebounding the Bighorns 37 to 28 and converting on 16 second chance points compared to the Bighorns four. The Bighorns shot the ball efficiently with a 58.4 shooting percentage but the Toros attempted nine more shots from the field. The Bighorns will travel to Boise to take on the Idaho Stampede on Friday and Saturday before they return to Reno on Tuesday, February 21 to finish a three-game series against the Stampede at the Reno Events Center. Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Hassell goes back to Charge after trade is voided - by Eurobasket News
Hopefully the Charge kept Hassell stitched to the back of the No. 33 jersey.

Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88, college: ODU) is headed back to Canton after failing his physical with the Erie BayHawks.

The Charge traded the 23-year-old Hassell to Erie on Monday for veteran forward Sharrod Ford (6'9''-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson). Ford passed his physical with the Charge and practiced with them Tuesday.

But Hassell failed his physical with Erie on Tuesday because of a right knee problem. The trade was then voided Wednesday with the NBA Development Leagues approval.

Charge General Manager Wes Wilcox was not available for comment Wednesday. The team was traveling to Texas for a Thursday night game at Rio Grande Valley.

Hassell is with the team, but its uncertain if he will be available to play Thursday. If he cant, that leaves the Charge with only eight players for the game.

The Charge administered their own physical before the trade was completed. Hassell passed it, according to the team.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound rookie from Old Dominion has iced the knee after games and practices. But he hadnt missed any time game or practice due to it. And his play has picked up of late. He produced double-doubles in his last three games.

Hassell has played in 20 games (two starts) with the Charge. He is averaging 10.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 52.0 percent from the field.

Erie was the D-League affiliate for the Cleveland Cavaliers before the Cavs decided to own and operate their own D-League team in Canton this year. Wilcox also the Cavs director of player personnel served as the liaison between Cleveland and Erie, so he has close ties to the BayHawks organization. He and Erie head coach Jay Larranaga are close friends, so its puzzling how the trade could have unraveled.

Ford, a 6-9 forward who has some NBA and D-League experience, is an accomplished player overseas. The Clemson product averaged 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks playing in Italys top league last year. The Charge were looking for him to add athleticism and shot blocking to the front court.

Ford, 30, was acquired by Erie from the available player pool on Monday for the specific purpose of trading him to Canton for Hassell. So it will be interesting to see how he fits into the BayHawks plans going forward.

The good news for the Charge is they like Hassell. Head coach Alex Jensen has been pleased with Hassells development since his acquisition in late December. So welcoming him back to the lineup shouldnt be a problem.

The Charge (15-16) have won five of their last seven games entering Thursday.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


66ers sign former Edison standout Creekmore - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers have signed former Edison standout Will Creekmore (6'9''-C-89, college: Missouri St.).

According to World correspondent Kevin Henry, Creekmore will be only the second Tulsa high school graduate to play for the 66ers. The other was Booker T. Washington's Ryan Humphrey.

Creekmore started his pro basketball career last September with a German team, Ehingen Steeples.

The NCAA denied Creekmores bid for a fifth season of eligibility in 2011-12. He hoped to get an extra year of because he played in only four games at Boston University as a freshman before transferring to Missouri State.

Creekmore, a 6-foot-9 center, played the last three seasons at Missouri State, where he had 892 points and 535 rebounds. Last season, he averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. In 2010, he was the CollegeInsider.com Tournament most valuable player. Creekmore also was an All-Academic All-America team selection.

I had a pretty satisfying college career, Creekmore said last September. A lot of people didnt think I could play Division One basketball. Playing pro basketball has always been a dream of mine.

In 2007, Creekmore averaged 22.9 points and led Edison to its first state tournament since 1989.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Thursday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande VV - Canton C. 113-136
Things were going just splendid for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as they opened the second half against the Canton Charge on Thursday night on a roll. The Vipers has just shaken off a one-point halftime deficit to lead by seven with 8:32 remaining in the third. It appeared the Vipers were headed toward a possible blowout against the Charge, who only dressed eight players. But momentum is a funny thing. Not only did the Vipers miss shot after shot, but the momentum that carried them transferred over to the Charge. The Charge outscored the Vipers 35-9 to conclude the third period and edge the Vipers 136-113 at State Farm Arena. Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) led the way with 46 points as the Charge won the first of a two-game series which resumes Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hidalgo. Marcus Morris scored 18 for the Vipers and William Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) had 14. 'We were having a hard time guarding their screen and roll,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. 'I think they shot seven or eight straight 3s in the blink of an eye. It was just breakdown on dribble penetration. 'They were awfully open and they are going to make those shots. You have to contest those things a little bit and we weren't doing that. Once they get hot, it sort of spreads onto the rest of the guys and they make those shots.' Canton led by as many as seven in the first half. By the time the Vipers (20-14) mounted their 12-4 run to open the second half, it seemed that the Charge's depleted roster would come back to haunt them. But, like Nurse said, in the blink of an eye, Canton looked more like the winners of five of their previous seven games, rather than the squad carrying only eight players. While the Charge made it rain from beyond the arc, the Vipers self-destructed as they deviated from what worked well in the first half, which was feed center Greg Smith down low. After tallying 13 points in the first half, the 6-foot-8 Smith only made one bucket the rest of the way as Canton's big men Kyle Gibson and Dante Milligan who defended him well. 'They did a good job of double teaming him which made him ineffective in the low block,' Nurse said. 'We had some good stuff going in the screen and roll. We got away from that. We self destructed there.' Smith finished with 15 points and four rebounds, while Conroy amassed a game-high 18 points. If the Vipers look to rebound on Saturday against the Charge, they will need Conroy and Smith to connect as was the case in the first 30 minutes. 'One thing (Conroy) can do well is get the ball to the guys,' Nurse said. 'He draws attention and is a high-level player for us. 'But we have to go back to the film room and correct those mistakes.' *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H. 106-113
D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) had scored in double figures in 16 consecutive games before failing to do so in Sunday's loss to the Dakota Wizards. He made up for it Thursday night. Kennedy scored a career-high 28 points in leading the Erie BayHawks to a 113-106 win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants before 2,190 fans at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. A rookie guard out of St. John's, Kennedy was a blazing 7-of-8 from 3-point range. Erie (15-16) shot 16-of-30 from behind the arc. Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) led the Mad Ants (10-22) with 28 points. The BayHawks had six players score in double figures as rookies Mychel Thompson and Tirrell Baines added 21 and 18 points, respectively. Thompson, who went 5-of-7 from 3-point range, had 13 points in the first quarter in sparking Erie to a 37-30 lead. Sharrod Ford, Tyrone Brazelton and Jeremy Green made their Erie debuts Thursday. Ford returned to the BayHawks after the trade that sent him to Canton was voided because Frank Hassell failed a team physical. Ford had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench. On Monday, Erie had acquired Ford out of the D-League player pool and traded him to the expansion Charge for Hassell. After Hassell failed the physical in Erie because of his knee, the trade was voided and Ford was sent back to Erie. Brazelton and Green each scored three points Thursday. Erie acquired both out of the player pool. The BayHawks will have a rematch against the Wizards (15-14) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tullio Arena. Dakota won at Maine 122-100 Thursday night. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 121-114
Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) was the leading scorer in victory with 25 points. He also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) helped the winners with 21 points. In the loosing squad, Eric Dawson collected 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.

Maine RC - Dakota W. 100-122
The look on Stefhon Hannah's face said it all. Three minutes into the third quarter, Hannah was smiling as he ran down the court after he hit a 3-pointer, his eighth of the game. The Maine Red Claws never found a way to wipe that smile off his face as Hannah's Dakota Wizards took a 122-100 win Thursday night at the Portland Expo. Hannah finished with 30 points in 30 minutes of play. He hit 8 of 12 3-pointers, leading Maine's Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) to question his team's defense after the game. 'He's good, but we scouted them and he's a shooter,' Hayes said. 'You've got to get a hand in his face. We didn't force him to put the ball on the floor and drive. It's like Coach (Dave Leitao) talks to us about what to do and we get out here and we're clueless.' The Red Claws (12-20) certainly were at a loss for how to slow the Wizards (15-14). Six Dakota players scored in double figures, including Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) 's 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Tommy Smith had 16 points, also on 8-of-16 shooting. Leitao wasn't happy with the defense, though he wouldn't condone Hayes' criticism of the Red Claws. 'I don't know if I'd say clueless,' Leitao said. 'Number one, it's about effort and number two, it's about trust, trusting that your teammate's going to be there for you. The funny thing about it is when we have days where we practice, not a day goes by where we don't spend 40 or 50 percent of the time working on defense.' Nothing went right for the Red Claws on Thursday. Dakota led 9-0 two minutes into the game. When the Wizards went up 25-10 with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter, the Red Claws never again pulled within single digits. Dakota's 122 points tied for the second-most points allowed by Maine this year. Though the 22-point margin was not the biggest of the season, Dakota led by as much as 33 points several times in the third quarter. Leitao could only speculate as to why defense is so hard to come by in the D-League. Part of it, he said, was that players think they have to score big numbers to get noticed by NBA teams, not play defense. 'A lot guys in this league have been major scorers in college and all the way along,' he said. 'They're all used to scoring.' Morris Almond had 30 points to lead Maine's offense. Hayes had the second triple-double in team history, with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Not bad for a 6-foot-1 point guard, but Hayes was definitely not in a celebratory mood. 'I think it's my first one since high school,' he said. 'I definitely feel like it showed my all-around game. It just (stinks) I can't celebrate it with a win.' It was Hannah who did all the celebrating Thursday. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Springfield A. - Iowa E. 117-102
If Thursday night's game between D-League East leaders Springfield and Iowa was the undercard, Friday's main event should not be missed. The Springfield Armor survived a six-technical, two-ejection prize fight with the Energy, winning 117-102 before 2,211 at the MassMutual Center. The win is a franchise-record sixth straight for the Armor (19-13) and brings them within a game and a half of Iowa (19-10) for first place in the East. Friday night they go right back at it. 'This is one of the most contentious games I've ever been a part of, I'm from the Ivy League and we're not used to this,'' Armor center Jeff Foote said. 'It creates another atmosphere and I'm sure tomorrow is going to be just as bad.'' It was apparent early on that there wasn't much love between the Armor and the Energy. Add some Twitter talk in the mix and a little history between the clubs and it was only a matter of time before the fuse hit the gunpowder. 'The last game it got chippy there in Iowa and we knew since they were in first place it was going to be a battle,'' Armor forward Dennis Horner said. 'They're two games ahead of us and these two games were big for us, and before coach gave us some incentive that their (general manager) was tweeting some stuff and we used that as fire.'' The Armor were having another one of those unbelievable games in the first half, leading by as many as 21 points before the first-place Energy shook off the early body blows landed by the Armor and began to counterpunch. Springfield had to settle for a 66-58 lead after 24 minutes of chippy, trash-talking basketball punctuated with three technical fouls called, two on the Energy. The Armor used a 13-0 run in the first quarter to break a 12-12 tie and gain control of the game. L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) (19 points) started the run with an offensive rebound and a slam, then was called for a technical foul for taunting. Patrick Ewing was hit with a technical foul moments later, JamesOn Curry (19 points, 11 assists) hitting one of the six free throws in the run. Nick Murphy's basket broke the Armor run, but Iowa coach Kevin Young picked up a technical foul, part of a 7-2 run that put the lead back to 12 points. Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL), Preston Knowles and Damian Johnson all got into the scoring in a 9-0 run in the second quarter that gave the Armor their largest lead, 43-21. Mike Efevberha (game-high 34 points) nearly single-handedly brought the Energy back. He scored 17 of his 22 first-half points in the second quarter. Just when it seemed as if the game was going to settle down to just another hard-fought D-League game, Horner and Ewing mixed it up under the Energy basket with 5:16 left in the third. Ewing was hit with his second technical and ejected. Horner only received a personal foul and not a technical and that set off young, who was hit with his second technical and had to be restrained from going after the refs. Meanwhile, Ewing had taken off his jersey and before getting down the tunnel got into it with a fan and had to have a police escort to the locker room. The Armor never lost the lead, but the Energy did get it under 10 in the fourth but Foote scored nine of his 15 in the quarter to help Springfield pull away. 'I thought we did a good job of coming out and playing hard and keeping our poise and composure throughout the game,'' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'We play the way we play, we don't worry about what the other team is doing, what their coach and players are doing.'' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Los Angeles Lakers re-assign forward Devin Ebanks - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have made a minor move Wednesday.

The Lakers re-assigned forward Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) to their NBA D-League team the Los Angeles Defenders. The Lakers are possibly setting up for a potential run at unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith.

Ebanks started four games averaging 2.7 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game. Bu he eventually fell out of head coach Mike Browns rotation and has not seen the floor since Jan. 31 against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 19-10 
 2. Springfield A. 19-13 
 3. Canton C. 16-16 
 4. Dakota W. 15-14 
 5. Erie Bay H. 15-16 
 6. Maine RC 12-20 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 10-22 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 8-23 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 23-10 
 2. Austin T. 21-10 
 3. Rio Grande VV 20-14 
 4. Bakersfield J. 16-14 
 5. Reno B. 16-16 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 15-18 
 7. Texas L. 15-18 
 8. Idaho S. 12-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.9 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.7 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.22.6 
 4. Costner, Los A.21.4 
 5. Harris, Canton C.20.5 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.5 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.4 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 9. Green, Los A.19.6 
 10. Millsap, Los A.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.3 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.8.9 
 4. Andrews, Los A.8.8 
 5. Williams, Texas L.8.7 
 6. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
 7. Criswell-L., Austi.8.4 
 8. Foote, Springfield8.3 
 9. Dyer, Texas L.8.2 
 10. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 3. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.6.2 
 5. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 6. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 8. Ewing, Iowa E.5.9 
 9. Coleman, Sioux F.5.6 
 10. Fortson, Los A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.2.2 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 7. Emmett, Reno B.1.8 
 8. Pruitt, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.7 
 10. Saunders, Rio G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Whiteside, Reno B.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.6 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 7. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.4 
 2. Pilk, TT.18.2 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.9 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.3 
 10. Shaw, Tln Kalev13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.9 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.2 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.9 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.6 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.7.5 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.0 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.0 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TT.3.5 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.3 
 8. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.2 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 9. Karner, Parnu1.7 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 8. Makke, TT.0.6 
 9. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Blue, KTP22.4 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.19.0 
 5. Crocker, KTP18.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.2 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.0 
 9. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.0 
 10. Griffin, ToPo17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.7 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.10.6 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Newson, Kataja9.1 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.9 
 7. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot7.9 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.4 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 5. Moore, Namika L.1.8 
 6. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.2 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 9. Price, Kataja0.7 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Boulogne tab Jonathan Leria - by Eurobasket News
Boulogne replaced injured Durrell Summers (196-G-89, college: Michigan St.). The team signed a deal with Jonathan Leria (198-G/F-90). The forward spent the last season with Paris-Levallois. He tallied 0.6 points per game in ProA. In EuroChallenge Jonathan Leria appeared in just one game scoring 7 points. Previously he had a stint with Pau-Orthez. Jonathan Leria was the member of U16, U18, U20 and U21 French National Teams.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dusan DOMOVIC
  Kozuv
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Domovic, Kozuv21.2 
 2. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 3. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 4. Golubovic, Kozuv18.5 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 6. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.16.7 
 10. Filipovic, Lirija16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.8.4 
 2. Dahlman, MZT S.8.4 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus6.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Simic, Lirija6.5 
 10. Cole, Rabotnicki6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Morban, Lirija3.8 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.7 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.6 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.2 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.1 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 10. Delev, ABA S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.6 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Filipovic, Lirija1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 6. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 7. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 9. Karadzovski, Torus1.1 
 10. Stajic, Lirija1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus1.2 
 4. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 7. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 8. Simic, Lirija0.7 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.7 
 10. Janevski, Kumano.0.7 


Best players of FYR Macedonian Superleague round 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Serbian Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Feni Indistrija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 31-year old center had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Feni Indistrija in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lirija (#4, 11-8) 94-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Feni Indistrija maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Feni Indistrija would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-3 record. Knezevic has many years of experience at Feni Indistrija, through which he has constantly improved. Dusan Knezevic averages this season 11.7ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-F-83) of Kumanovo. Janjusevic impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Kumanovo lost that game 83-98 to MZT Skopje (16-3). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Janjusevic is a newcomer at Kumanovo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) of top-ranked MZT Skopje. Dahlman scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of MZT Skopje, leading his team to a 98-83 easy win against Kumanovo (#6, 8-11). MZT Skopje confirms their top position in the standings Dahlman has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) of Torus Skopje - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Toni Simic (210-C-76) of Lirija - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Torus Skopje - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Lirija - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84) of Rabotnicki - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 16-4 
 2. Kirchheim 15-6 
 3. Crailsheim 14-8 
 4. Chemnitz 13-8 
 5. Webmoebel 11-8 
 6. Duesseldorf 10-10 
 7. Ehingen 10-11 
 8. Jena 10-11 
 9. ETB Wohnbau 9-11 
 10. Heidelberg 9-11 
 11. Cuxhaven 9-11 
 12. Karlsruhe 9-12 
 13. NBC 9-12 
 14. Braves 6-15 
 15. Leitershofen 4-16 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 17-4 
 2. Herten 15-7 
 3. Vechta 15-7 
 4. SU Medien 15-7 
 5. Dorsten 13-9 
 6. Schwelm 13-9 
 7. Stahnsdorf 11-12 
 8. Wulfen 10-13 
 9. Wolfenbuettel 9-13 
 10. Rist Wedel 9-13 
 11. Bayer Giants 8-14 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 6-16 
 13. Bernau 2-20 
Group South
 1. Gotha 16-4 
 2. Leipzig 14-6 
 3. Noerdlingen 13-7 
 4. BSW Sixers 13-7 
 5. Dragons 12-7 
 6. Hanau 12-8 
 7. Langen 11-9 
 8. TSV Troester 10-11 
 9. Licher Baeren 9-12 
 10. Fraport SKY II 6-14 
 11. BG Illertal 3-17 
 12. Giessen 2-18 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.17.2 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 4. Jonusas, Phoenix15.3 
 5. Carter, Phoenix15.2 
 6. Foster, B.Muenchen14.7 
 7. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.6 
 8. Wood, ALBA14.6 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.14.2 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.2 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.8 
 5. Davidson, Fraport7.5 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 7. Evans, Goettingen7.1 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.8 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.8 
 10. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.0 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.2 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.8 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.7 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.2 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 3. Dorris, EnBW L.1.5 
 4. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 5. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 6. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.4 
 7. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.4 
 5. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.3 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.8 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.4 
 6. Stommes, Webmoebel17.8 
 7. Reid, MBC17.6 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe17.1 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe16.8 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.5 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.5 
 3. Black, Jena8.0 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.0 
 5. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.9 
 6. Moore, Karlsruhe7.7 
 7. Richardson, Leiter.7.7 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel7.2 
 10. De Michael, NBC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.3 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.5 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 4. Chavis, NBC4.6 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.6 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 8. Diggs, Webmoebel4.2 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.2 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Cuxhaven
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rice, Cuxhaven2.1 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 3. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.8 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen1.7 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen1.6 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel1.6 
 8. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Capel, Cuxhaven1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 8. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz0.8 
 10. Okoye, NBC0.7 


New Yorker Phantoms clinch Semifinal Cup ticket - by Eurobasket News
ALBA Berlin -New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 89:95 OT

New Yorker Phantoms clinch Semifinal Cup ticket after an overtime thriller over ALBA Berlin. Trailing 11 points after the first period Braunschweig needed a strong finish to win the game.
ALBA won the first period 26:15 and looked forward to keep the lead in the game. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig however bounced with 20-13 in the second quarter and added 19-18 in the third frame. Moreover they sent the game to overtime after 20-17 in the fourth period. In extra time NY needed 21-15 to seal the victory.
Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Rich Melzer (203-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-RiverFal.) netted 17. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) notched 16, while Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) scored 11. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 19. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) notched 15 and Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) as well as Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) had 13 apiece.

ALBA Berlin: DaShaun Wood 22, Marko Simonovic 19, Kyle Weaver 15 Bryce Taylor 13, Torin Francis 13
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig: Branko Jorovic 20, Rich Melzer 17, Michael Umeh 16, Immanuel McElroy 11


Jason Cain Muscle And Anthony Smith Precision Pace The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Past The Fraport Skyliners 76-70 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
For Quantez Robertson coming to play in the northern most Beko BBL city of Bremerhaven to display his mind boggling athletic arsenal has been a joy since he arrived on the scene in Germany in 2009. In his first two encounters in the Eisbaeren cage, he suffered negative experiences losing a nail biter in the regular season 76-74 and game one 78-75 of the 2010 semi final playoff series. However since then the energetic flying Cincinnati kid had left the floor in Bremerhaven as a successful Eisbaeren hunter having won game three 79-53 and the exciting game five 56-52 in 2010 where you could of told a devoted eight year old Eisbaeren fan that Lebron James was outside the Stadthalle with Rihanna and the kid would probably still have followed the ending of the thriller playoff game. Super Tez Robertson also helped contribute to the win last season as Frankfurt rolled by Bremerhaven 71-56 with a typical Dashaun Wood Derrick Rose stat line of 25, 8 and 7. Robertson seldom smiles except for his energy outbursts as he was going for his fourth win in a row in Bremerhaven, but was denied as the Eisbaeren withstood a fourth quarter Skyliner comeback and closed out the game with a 7-0 run winning 76-70 giving Frankfurt sort of a taste of their own medicine as they had let Braunschweig come back last weekend, but saw them lose it in overtime through a clutch Jimmy Mckinney performance. Eisbaeren fan favorite American Torrell Martin is close to making his comeback, but sat out one last time and remembered the Robertson athletic flair two years ago. I remember how dynamic Tez was in that playoff series two years ago. We both always had great battles. We were always both very aggressive and he elevated my game to new heights. Frankfurt made a comeback at the end tonight2, but we were able to pull it out, stressed Torrell Martin.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the game in seventh place and were looking for their third win in a row after a huge OT win at home against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and a scoring blow out win in Giessen last weekend, while the Fraport Skyliners were looking for their second win in a row after an exciting 81-80 OT win against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Frankfurt were looking for their fourth win in a row in Bremerhaven and wanted to regain their old form on defense after they had given up an average of 80 points in the last three games while they had given up only an average of 63 points in the 11 games prior to the last three games. Eisbaeren manager Jan Rathjen was all smiles after the game and it is a wonder at times that he continues to flash that youth and stays free of white or gray on his head despite the Beko BBL getting tighter every year. It was a very close game. We had two nice leads and both times let them come back. We lost our rhythm in the fourth quarter and you have to be careful because Frankfurt is a team that will take advantage of your mistakes. I give the team credit for winning the game at the end by six points. Every game is important for us for the playoffs. If you relax too much then you can easily lose games, stressed Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen. For the Fraport Skyliners, every win is huge for getting higher up in the standings, but in the end it was the little things that cost them the game. We battled hard as the game went back and fourth. They made the big plays and were able to slow down our transition, said Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi was the tragic hero at the end getting a technical foul and was brief as he was the first to leave the dressing room. This was a very bitter loss. We fought back, but had bad turnovers and Jason Cain got that big offensive rebound at the end, stated Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi.

The game took place on a rare Wednesday as only 2390 people wanted to experience the basketball showdown between the Fraport Skyliners and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Frankfurt was still without ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson and Justin Gray while Bremerhaven was still resting Torrell Martin who is expected to make his return on the weekend in Ulm. The Fraport Sklyiners came out with a lot of energy something they have displayed on the road the last two months getting some timely three pointers by Jacob Burtschi to get them going early. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven also had their own three point bomber with American Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) who hit his first two three pointers to keep his club at pace with Frankfurt. Michael Thompson also connected from downtown, but Bremerhaven stayed on the heels of Frankfurt trailing only 19-15 after one quarter. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 50% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside. Bremerhaven had the seven to five rebound edge, but already six turnovers while Frankfurt had only three turnovers.

The game remained tight in the first few minutes as Chris Mcnaughton and Jacob Burtschi traded baskets as the Fraport Skyliners led 21-17. However after an average first quarter offensively for Bremerhaven, they finally found their groove now going on a 11-2 run to lead 28-23. Smith continued to give the Skyliners a three point shooting contest nailing twice while quick guard Terrell Everett scored with his left hand inside and American Mike Smith made a finger tip roll in. Frankfurt was relaxing more on defense as the Eisbaeren were getting inside as easily as if they had an open cage door with fishes being flung at them. Despite a enormous dunk by Jason Cain who had no defense staring down his throat, it was St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney who dropped two three point bombs to cut the lead to 30-28. However it was the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven who continued to gain momentum on offense closing out the second quarter with a 13-2 run. Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley didnt hesitate to use his bench and they produced for him. Ex BG Goettingen forward Jermaine Raffington came up huge in this run nailing an untypical three pointer, making a dunk after getting fed by a no look Everett pass and then hitting another jumper. Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) ended the run with a three pointer for the corner after retrieving a pretty kick out pass from Everett who finished with eight assists. Mckinney scored again with a lay up, but the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led 43-30 at halftime. We hit some open shots, but our defense was as good as in the first quarter. We gave them some easy layups. When Bremerhaven gets going on offense, then there defense automatically gets going, stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak.The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 64% from the field and 75% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 55% from the field and 44% from the three point line. Bremerhaven still led the rebounding duel 12-9, but Frankfurt had turned over the ball eight times in this quarter and had 11 turnovers while Bremerhaven had eight turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Fraport Skyliners continued to attack the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lead, but every time they were cutting the lead down, Bremerhaven responded with a big shot. The Fraport Skyliners started hot with an 8-2 run to cut down the Bremerhaven lead to 45-38. Mcnaughton started off the quarter with a lay in and then Robertson made a banging dunk. German national player Tim Ohlbrecht got an offensive rebound and put back plus and one while Robertson showed his athletic trot again scoring inside and getting an and one. However the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven figured two can play at that game banging a 7-0 run into the faces of the Skyliners to lead big again 52-38. Mike Smith snuck inside getting an easy lay up on an inbounds pass from Everett, Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) connected again from the corner and Miami native Zach Peacock hit two free throws. Runs continued to be the name of the third quarter as the Fraport Sklyiners continued never to give up but match the intensity of their opponent going on an important 10-0 run to trail Bremerhaven only 52-48. Thompson started the run with a three pointer seeing no one open going to his left an releasing a three pointer. Then it was Mckinney taking something out of the Pascal Roller handbook of basketball going on the fast break and connecting on a pull up jumper from the three point line something that Roller will probably be able to do in his sleep for the rest of his life. Bremerhaven then hurt Frankfurt inside getting production from their big en Cain and Mcnaughton as a Davidson really was missing inside. Ohlbrecht finished the third quarter with a tip in and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led 56-50. We started off a bit slow. It was a quarter of runs. We didnt always execute as well as we could as Frankfurt did, stated Torrell Martin. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 57% from the field and 58% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 49% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. Bremerhaven still had the rebound edge 20-17 and both teams had 13 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had the lead, but the Fraport Skyliners continued to chip away at the Eisbaeren lead and as the OT period against Braunschweig last weekend belonged to Jimmy Mckinney, the fourth quarter belonged to Devin Gibson as he scored all 11 of his points and looked like a seasoned veteran once again as he had done in Wurzburg and at home against Giessen last month. Gibson scored twice in the first minutes once on a coast to coast fast break an dthen on a set play where he spun around an Eisbaer and finished with a lay up as Frankfurt trailed only 60-54. Alex Gordon and Smith then got to the free throw line and Burtschi connected for a three pointer as Bremerhaven still led 64-57. One phrase that the Fraport Skyliners believe in this season has been we believe. With crunch time slowly approaching the Eisbaeren cage cooking and Bremerhaven always dangerous at home, it was Frankfurt that buckled up on defense and on offense cruised out on a 9-2 run to dead lock the game at 66-66. They put more pressure on us and capitalized on our turnovers, stressed Torrell Martin. Ohlbrecht scored inside while Gibson made a steal and went coast to coast for the lay up and then made the most strange hoop of the night as his attempted ally-op pass to Ohlbrecht swished into the hoop. Little seen German national player Johannes Herber then made a lay up. Peacock them made a mid distance jumper as Bremerhaven led 68-66. Gibson then sprouting with about as much self confidence as Eli Manning has now as a two time Super Bowl winner hit a jumper tying the game at 68-68. Peacock then had an air ball and Gibson went coast to coast again giving Frankfurt the 70-69 advantage. Peacock then made one of two free throws as Frankfurt still led 70-69. Robertson then had an airball and Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) hit two free throws as Bremerhaven regained the lead 71-70 and would never look back again. Mckinney then missed a jumper and Cain had the big offensive rebound. Cain made the big play. I told him that he doesnt always have to score, but be aggressive and make the plays. It is the same with me, everybody thinks all I do is score, but I like to do it all, warned Torrell Martin. Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) then hit two more free throws and Jacob Burtschi was hit with a technical foul which ultimately sealed the win for Bremerhaven. I was being fouled and I looked over to the ref and told him that and I was hit with technical, said Jacob Burtschi. Burtschi had been warned earlier about flopping, commented Torrell Martin. Alex Gordon ended the game with two free throws as the Fraport Skyliners were so close, but had no cigar at the end. 2Things didnt go our way at the end. We tried to get good shots, but they didnt fall. They attacked the hoop and got to the free throw line, added Michael Thompson.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) with 25 points. I told him before the game to step it up and dont be afraid to shoot, added Torrell Martin. Mike Smith chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy Mckinney with 16 points. German national player Tim Ohlbrecht had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Devin Gibson had 12 points. Jacob Burtschi had 11 points and Michael Thompson had 10 points. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had a hot shooting night with 51% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were solid form the field at 53%, but let up a bit from outside at 37%. Bremerhaven ruled the boards 27-22 and the points in the paint 32-26 and second chance points 13-6. Frankfurt had problems controlling Cain and Mcnaughton down low, but there biggest strength continues to be there never give up attitude and defense is getting back on par. We fought hard and played good half court defense and were able to slow them down, warned Michael Thompson. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continue to have their goal, the Beko BBL playoffs and will be looking for their fourth win in a row in Ulm this weekend. The offensive boards were big tonight and limiting their easy baskets. Our big men played very well. Chris Mcnaughton is one of the best centers in the league. He continues to fight for position even when he doesnt get it right away, stressed Torrell Martin. The Fraport Skyliners host FC Bayern Munich February 18th at 20:00.




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Zack Wright claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for AGOR and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding three rebounds and four assists for AGOR in his team's victory, helping them to beat PAOK (#9, 7-11) 81-71. AGOR maintains the 5th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. Wright turned to be AGOR's top player in his first season with the team. University of Central Missouri graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 52.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) of PAOK. Dikoudis impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as PAOK lost that game 71-81 to the higher-ranked AGOR (#5, 10-7). This loss caused PAOK to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Dikoudis is a newcomer at PAOK 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 15.0ppg (#9). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances) of Ikaros (#12). Beck got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite Beck's great performance Ikaros lost 80-84 to the higher-ranked KAOD (#7, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ikaros can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Beck he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Beck has a very solid season. In 9 games in Greece he scored 13.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jon Diebler (198-G-88) of Panionios - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Ilysiakos - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of KAOD - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marios Batis (188-G-80) of Panionios - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dionte Christmas (196-G-86) of AGOR - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Marousi - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90) of Panionios - 17 points and 5 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR19.4 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.4 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris15.8 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.6 
 8. Beck, Ikaros15.3 
 9. James, Aris15.0 
 10. Baxter, Ikaros14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.8 
 2. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 4. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.6 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 8. Bavcic, KAOD6.2 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 10. Symtsak, Kavala5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.5 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.3 
 7. James, Aris4.2 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.9 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Petroulas, Perist.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ikaros1.8 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Thompson, Ilysi.1.6 
 7. Perperoglou, Panat.1.5 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.6 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 5. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Petway, AGOR0.9 
 8. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 9. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 17-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 15-2 
 3. Kolossos 13-4 
 4. Panionios 13-5 
 5. AGOR 10-7 
 6. Kavala 9-9 
 7. KAOD 7-11 
 8. Ilysiakos 7-11 
 9. PAOK 7-11 
 10. Aris 6-11 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-11 
 12. Ikaros 4-15 
 13. Marousi 0-18 


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  HOLLAND   


ZZ Leiden: Worthy de Jong re-signs for two seasons - by Fred Roggen
Reigning Dutch champion ZZ Leiden announced that guard Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) signed a contract extension on Wednesday that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.
Worthy de Jong joined ZZ Leiden in 2010 and averaged 7.5 points and 1.4 assists in 48 Dutch League games, helping the club to lift the trophy.
His often spectacular way of playing and especially his dunks have made him very popular in Leiden.



Stepco BSW inks prospect Quincy Treffers - by Fred Roggen
Dutch prospect forward Quincy Treffers (202-F-91) joins Stepco BSW. A familiar face will be back in the Dutch Basketball League this season, none other than Quincy Treffers, who inked a deal for the remain of this season with the Dutch DBL team on Wednesday.
Treffers who played the previous season for WCAA Giants went after the bankruptcy of WCAA Giants to Las Palmas and played this season for the Canarias Basketball Academy.
Last season Treffers averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounda in 26 Dutch Basketball League games for WCAA Giants.



Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.6 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam18.1 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.5 
 5. Boxley, Leiden15.8 
 6. Humphrey, Nijmegen15.6 
 7. Bell, Groningen15.1 
 8. Wesby, Groningen15.0 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch14.9 
 10. Acker, Nijmegen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Coleman, Weert9.1 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.5 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.6 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.2 
 5. Saaka, Zwolle6.9 
 6. Boxley, Leiden6.8 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.7 
 8. Van Paassen, Den6.5 
 9. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.2 
 10. de Randamie, Gron.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.4 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.6 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.5 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen3.4 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.4 
 8. Jansen, Den Bosch3.1 
 9. Huffman, Zwolle3.0 
 10. Fletcher, Weert3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron WELLS
  Zwolle
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.5 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.3 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch1.9 
 6. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 7. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 8. Wessels, Den Bosch1.8 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Fletcher, Weert1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.2 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch1.1 
 4. Boxley, Leiden1.0 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.0.9 
 6. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 7. Minter, Weert0.8 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 9. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.7 
 10. Saaka, Zwolle0.7 


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  HUNGARY   


Kecskemet grabs Perine - by Levente Szabo
After the loss of Thomas Kelley the management of Kecskemeti Univer KSE acted immediately and decided to bring in as a replacement rookie guard Bryquis Perine (190-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay). If there would be any kind of trades in Hungarian League this could have been one of them.

Earlier this week it came out of nowhere the rumor that experienced guard Thomas 'TK' Kelley will leave Kecskemeti Univer KSE and will sign with Zalakeramia-ZTE KK. This move meant that the rookie guard of Zalakeramia-ZTE KK, Bryquis Perine might become a free agent. As reported earlier TK already signed the contract with the team while Bryquis Perine agreed with the TKs former team, Kecskemeti Univer KSE.

Perine graduated last year from Wisc.-Green Bay (NCAA), where he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in his senior year. The young American guard signed his first professional contract with Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and helped the team 14.5ppg, 3.1apg and 2.2spg in 18 regular season games. In their only win of the season so far Perine had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals against FS Debrecen. The rookie will take a big step of leaving last ranked Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (1-17) for the fifth ranked Kecskemeti Univer KSE (11-7) and it will be interesting to see how the new environment and coach Ivkovic will affect the development of the young guard.



TK moves to Zalaegerszeg - by Tamas Deri
After the lost game against JKSE last weekend the management of ZTE KK decided to make some changes on the roster and try to fill in the wishes of the management, coaching stuff, players and all the fans of the historical club, to keep the team in the top division for the next season. The team of coach Kiss is with a 1-17 record on the last place of the championship and would need at least 5 more wins in the last 8 rounds to move up. It is almost sure, that ZTE will attend the playout against the 13th place team - right now it is Factum Sport Debrecen - after the regular season and try to win 2 games of the best of three series.
Even for this reason the management was negotiating with one of the most experienced playmakers of our league and could finally agree with american Thomas Kelley (188-G-77, agency: TSS Management, college: Michigan St.). TK is a well known player in our country as he has been playing here for several years since 2005, when he signed with Szolnok. He spent three seasons with the club and helped it to win the Hungarian Championship and Cup in 2007. He moved to Pecs in 2008 and won with his team the Hungarian Cup again. In summer 2009 he moved back to Szolnok and sigend a two-years contract which got broken in March 2010 because of his health problems. During the summer he got fit again and agreed with Sopron and averaged 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 6.1apg in 26 games. He signed with Kecskemet in July 2011 and helped coach Ivkovic's team with 10.6 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court.


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 18-0 
 2. Foolad Mahan 16-3 
 3. Petrochimi 14-5 
 4. Azad 14-5 
 5. Zob Ahan 12-6 
 6. Sanaye Petrochimi 10-9 
 7. M.H.Ahvaz 8-14 
 8. Pouya 7-14 
 9. Shiraz a.s Pipe 6-15 
 10. Gorgan 6-15 
 11. Zanjan 5-16 
 12. Jahesh 3-17 


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  IRELAND   


Killeen's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Jason Killeen (211-C-85, agency: JEMsports) put on an amazing game in the last round for UL Eagles and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 30 rebounds, while his team crushed Moycullen (#4, 4-14) with 21-point margin 80-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. UL Eagles maintains the 3rd position in Irish league. UL Eagles 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 9-8 record. Killeen turned to be UL Eagles' top player in his first season with the team. Augusta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Killeen is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 12.4rpg) and averages solid 2.4bpg and 53.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of league's second-best 11890 Killester. He is naturalized American forward in his 3rd season at 11890 Killester. In the last game Turner recorded impressive double-double of 47 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as 11890 Killester was edged by slightly lower-ranked Belfast Star (#4, 2-14) 112-109. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. 11890 Killester still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Turner is one of the most experienced players at 11890 Killester and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 18.5rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of league's second-best B.Gais Neptune. Thompson got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of B.Gais Neptune, leading his team to a 89-71 easy win against #3 ranked UCD Marian. B.Gais Neptune needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Thompson has a great season in Ireland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.9ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 3.2spg, 2.2bpg and FGP: 59.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) of UCC Demons - 38 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Joshua Johnson (199-F-85) of Belfast Star - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Philip Taylor (196-G/F-86) of B.Gais Neptune - 15 points and 12 rebounds
7. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Michael Trimmer (204-C-67) of DCU Saints - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) of B.Gais Neptune - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kieran O'Brien (203-F/C-82) of 11890 Killester - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Joshua JOHNSON
  Belfast .
  (199-F-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Johnson, Belfast26.7 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons25.4 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.4 
 4. Enos, Moycullen23.6 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.21.1 
 6. Cummins, Belfast18.0 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.15.4 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.5 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles13.5 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.12.2 
 5. Johnson, Belfast12.1 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.1 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons10.3 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 3. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 4. Clarke, 11890 K.4.6 
 5. Coughlan, UCC D.4.5 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.4.2 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.4.2 
 8. Turner, 11890 K.4.1 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.3.8 
 10. Thompson, B.Gais3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 7. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 9. McGinn, B.Gais N.1.9 
 10. Lacey, DCU Saints1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.4 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.1 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 5. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 7. Casey, 11890 K.1.4 
 8. Provizors, DCU S.1.2 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Johnson, Belfast0.9 


BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY PREVIEW - by Patrick Maher
BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY PREVIEW

There will be a repeat of the Mens SuperLeague National Cup final at the Mardyke Arena tomorrow (Friday) when UCC Demons and UL Eagles go head to head.

Demons will complete their busy weekend when the host UCD Marian at the same venue on Sunday.

UL Eagles also have a busy weekend as they get ready for to welcome northern conference leaders DCU Saints to the UL Arena on Saturday.

Belfast Star, fresh from their surprise win over 11890 Killester, will be favourites to see off Moycullen at Anderstown.

11890 Killester will be hoping to bounce back from the Star defeat but Bord Gais Neptune are sure to test their credentials at Clontarf.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, DCU Mercy will be bidding to avenge their recent National Cup Final defeat to UL when they travel to Limerick to play the champions.

Team Montenotte will be looking to continue their title charge against Meteors and Waterford Wildcats should have too much firepower for Ulster Rockets.

Basement side Liffey Celtics face a tough test away to 11890 Killester and Singletons Supervalu Brunell have an opportunity to get maximum points when they host Oblate Dynamos.

UL Eagles were given no chance by many pundits in their recent final against UCC Demons and they will have another opportunity to repeat that feat at the Mardyke Arena tomorrow.

Demons were impressive in their win last week over DCU Saints and coach Paul Kelleher is hoping for more of the same against the newly crowned cup champions.

Our sole focus is Friday night which is crucial in the league standings and a victory could prove vital for either side, said Kelleher.

The good news for Demons is that Niall Murphy, Kyle Hosford, Shane Duggan and Danny OMahony will all return after missing the Saints game.

We have been working all week to improve our performance against Eagles and despite a few injuries, I believe we will get things right this weekend.

For UL, it represents another opportunity to claim a notable victory.

Demons will be looking to overturn the cup result and we are determined to prove that our victory was well justified, said Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan,

There is no question that we have a tough test ahead of us and our focus will be directed on slowing down the scoring from American Shawn Atupem.

However, a win will enable us to keep up the pressure on Neptune in the league table.

Its going to be a busy weekend for the two Munster clubs as UL face DCU Saints on Saturday at the UL Arena with Demons welcoming UCD Marian to their home base on Sunday.

Saints will welcome back Martin Provisors and Emmet Donnelly as coach David Donnelly hopes his side can bounce back in style.

To be honest I thought we were flat in defence at times against Demons and UL who defeated us on our home court earlier in the season will certainly put it up to us, David said.

Belfast Star, who defeated 11890 Killester after double overtime, host Moycullen hoping to chalk up their second consecutive win.

We needed that win against Killester and hopefully the guys will show the same attitude against Moycullen, said Star coach Danny Fulton.

11890 Killester, still reeling from the Star defeat, host Bord Gais Neptune at Clontarf hoping for a far better performance.

When Darren took over, we set out our stall and to win a trophy was part of that, we were so unlucky to lose in the cup semi final against UL Eagles and through inconsistency we have lost games that we were coasting in so that is something that we must put right, said Killester Centre Mike Westbrooks.

The Bord Gais Neptune coach Mark Scannell is determined to get the win that will keep his side in the mix for the southern conference title.

Its an important game, said Neptune Head Coach Mark Scannell. We have 11890 Killester and DCU Saints in Dublin and I think we need at least one win out of those two games to ensure we maintain the pressure on UCC Demons in the Southern Conference.

Jermaine (Turner) has been a big thorn in our side this season and its important we keep close tabs on him.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Friday February 17th 2012

Nivea for Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons V UL Eagles, Markdyke Arena, 20:00

Saturday February 18th 2012

Nivea for Mens Superleague

Belfast Star v Moycullen, DLS Anderstown, 19:15; UL Eagles v DCU Saints, UL Arena, 19:30; 11890 Killester v Bord Gais Neptune, IWA, 20:00

Sunday February 19th 2012

Nivea for Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons V UCD Marian, Mardyke Arena, 15:15

Courtesy : Jolie Niland .... www.basketballireland.ie

Jason Killeen (211-C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Augusta St.)


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Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.26.1 
 2. Hall, Macc.B.Y.23.7 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.6 
 6. Ginyard, Ironi N.22.1 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.7 
 8. Daniel, Ironi K-A21.1 
 9. Thondique, Hapoel20.7 
 10. Moragne, Elitzur20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.8 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel12.9 
 3. Moses, Hapoel K/S11.8 
 4. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.2 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.10.1 
 7. Blair, Ironi N.9.7 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.4 
 9. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.1 
 10. Turner, Hapoel Y/M9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.8 
 2. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.9 
 3. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.7 
 4. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.7 
 5. Bannister, Ironi R.6.4 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.2 
 7. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.9 
 8. Assaf, Ironi N.5.5 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.8 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon3.7 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.2 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur2.8 
 4. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.6 
 5. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.5 
 6. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.4 
 8. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.4 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.2.3 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.8 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 4. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.1.8 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.7 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.6 
 8. Dawson, Ironi K-A1.5 
 9. Thondique, Hapoel1.4 
 10. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.2 


Maccabi Tel-Aviv Tops Rishon For 39th State Cup Title - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv downed Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion 82:69, collecting another state cup trophy (39th, but who's counting) to its already overflowing showcase room on the port in Tel-Aviv. Keith Langford was red hot from the start finishing with 23 points, but Rishon's nifty European rookie guard Joe Crawford, responded with 20 of his own, going at anything David Blatt threw his way.

Out of the 6 available foreign players he had, Maccabi's David Blatt decided to bench Demond Mallet and Theo Papaloukas, despite the Greek's 'I want to play in the finals,' statement.

Moments before tip-off, the psychological games had begun as Rishon's maintenance man Roger Gedge, told Eurobasket, 'Last time I sat on the bench in a cup finals game was during the 2008-09 season with Holon, playing against Maccabi Haifa. We won.'

Several minutes later, Langford went on a private 7-0 run to start the game, and Roger realized he was in for a long night.

By intermission,
Rishon gave up 22 possessions (11 turnovers and 11 offensive boards), Yogev Ohayon ran the fast break to perfection and Langford collected 18 points on 83% shooting from the field. Crawford's isolation plays and Adrian Uter's board pounding helped the underdogs keep within striking distance, as the 20 minutes buzzer sounded with Tel-Aviv ahead, 46-34.

Richard Hendrix (9) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (7) continued to crash the boards in the third frame, allowing all Euroleague sharp shooter David Blu to bank back-to-back-to-back jumpers, the last one being so uncontested he strolled down court with his arms wide open ah la Michael Jordan.

Early in fourth, Guy Pnini's layup made it a 20-point game (68-48), but
Rishon wasn't done just yet. Derwin Kitchen and Brandon Bowman nailed downtown buckets, cutting the deficit to 9 with less than two-minutes remaining and the orange Rishon fans going nuts.

Ohayon and Kitchen split baskets, but Burstein from the charity stripe and Blu's trey, officially signaled to release the confetti.

Faces of disappointment and frustration were noticed in
Rishon's locker room before Crawford shouted, 'I'm proud of all you guys. Showed heart and fought till the very end.'

Tel-Aviv scooped up its 39th state cup title and third in a row, however, Sunday's heated road game in Jerusalem against local Hapoel, one of two Israeli teams to beat Maccabi this season, mellowed down the yellow-and-blue's locker room chanting.

Maccabi TA: Langford 23, Burstein and Blu (4/5 from deep) 12 each, Hendrix 10 points & 9 rebounds, Schortsanitis 8 points & 7 boards, Pnini 7, Eliyahu 6, Smith and Ohayon 2 points each.

Rishon
: Crawford 20, Kitchen 18 points & 9 rebounds, Bowman 15 points & 11 boards, Uter 8, Hanochi and Ben David 3 points each, Solomon 2.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick




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Cup Final Eight. Montepaschi edge Sassari to reach semis - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Sassari 70:60

Montepaschi became the first Italian Cup semifinalists. They defeated Banco di Sardegna Sassari in the first quarterfinal tonight. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) scored 16 points to lead the effort.
Montepaschi took over in the opening frame. They grabbed a 22:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The Cup defending champions kept Sassari at bay throughout the second quarter. Montepaschi ensured a 41:33 halftime lead. Sassari struggled to get within striking distance throughout the third term. They faced an 8-point deficit before the final quarter. Montepaschi Siena stayed in charge in the final period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) added 15 points, while David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Sassari. Vanja Plisnic (205-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) had 12 points each in the loss.

Montepaschi: David Moss 16, Bo McCalebb 15, David Andersen 13
Sassari: Quinton Hosley 15, Vanja Plisnic 12, Drake Diener 12



Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. Smith, Otto C.18.2 
 4. Shakur, Novipiu CM17.6 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.9 
 6. Diawara, Cimberio.16.4 
 7. White, Scavolin.16.4 
 8. Diener, Banco d.16.0 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.8 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.2 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 5. Chiotti, Novip.7.6 
 6. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 7. Smith, Otto C.7.5 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 9. Gigli, CS Bologna6.5 
 10. Szewczyk, Umana6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.6 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.6.2 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.1 
 4. Cook, Armani MI5.0 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 6. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.9 
 8. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Pullen, Angelico3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.2 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.0 
 7. Bowers, Umana V.1.9 
 8. Kangur, Cimberio.1.8 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
 10. Poeta, CS Bologna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.6 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 4. Shermadini, Bennet1.1 
 5. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 8. Bourousis, Armani0.8 
 9. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 10. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Dwight HARDY
  Giorgio .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.22.6 
 3. Freeman, MarcoPol.21.8 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.0 
 5. McConnell, Fileni18.9 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.8 
 7. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.6 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola18.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.1 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.0 
 4. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.9 
 5. Anderson, Morpho B.7.9 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.1 
 8. Jones, Giorgio7.1 
 9. Huff, MarcoPol.6.8 
 10. Brkic, Prima Vero.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Assi O.
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Johnson, Assi O.5.2 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.5 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.7 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.3.5 
 6. Renfroe, Enel B.3.4 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 8. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 9. McConnell, Fileni3.3 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. West, Tezenis3.2 
 2. Radulovic, Givova3.0 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Marigney, Givova S.2.6 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.5 
 6. Goldwire, Centra.2.5 
 7. McConnell, Fileni2.4 
 8. Thompson, Centra.2.4 
 9. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 10. Prato, Aget Imola2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.9 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.4 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.9 
 4. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.8 
 5. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 6. Radulovic, Givova0.7 
 7. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 8. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 9. DiGiuliomari., Tez.0.6 
 10. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 13-4 
 2. Giorgio Tesi PT 13-6 
 3. Enel Brindisi 13-6 
 4. Givova Scafati 13-6 
 5. Sigma Barcel. 11-7 
 6. Centrale Latte 11-8 
 7. Morpho Basket 9-10 
 8. Fileni BPA 8-10 
 9. Tezenis Verona 8-11 
 10. Assi Ostuni 8-11 
 11. Biancoblu BO 7-11 
 12. Aget Imola 7-12 
 13. MarcoPoloShop 6-11 
 14. Prima Veroli 6-12 
 15. S.Antimo 5-13 


Cup Final Eight. Armani Jeans survive Bologna challenge - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans - Canadian Solar Bologna 82:77

Armani Jeans joined Montepaschi Siena in the Italian Cup semifinal stage. The Milan outfit held off Canadian Solar Bologna in todays second quarterfinal clash. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort from Armani Jeans.
Armani Jeans stormed into the game. They unleashed 31 points in the opening quarter to build a 31:14 lead after ten minutes. Bologna slowed their opponents a bit in the second term and cut the deficit to 9 points at halftime 34:45. Bologna managed to get within 6 points at the final intermission 58:64. Bologna got within two points late in regulation after a three-pointer from Sanikidze however Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) hit a killer triple to seal the win for Armani Jeans. Antonis Fotsis and Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed 12 points each for the winners. Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) answered with 23 points for Bologna. Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-G-87, college: Memphis) had 18 points in the loss.

Armani Jeans: Ioannis Bourousis 14, Antonis Fotsis 12, Ernest Bremer 12
Bologna: Petteri Koponen 23, Chris Douglas-Roberts 18



Lega2 Round 19: Tuscany Pistoia loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 19 in Lega2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Bologna where host Biancoblu BO (7-11) beat league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (13-6) 76-69 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Tuscany Pistoia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-F-86, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) produced 26 points for lost side. Biancoblu BO have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO maintains eleventh place with 7-11 record. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trenkwalder. Tuscany Pistoia will play next round against S.Antimo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Biancoblu BO will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trenkwalder RE as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trenkwalder RE smashed 6th ranked Centrale Latte in Reggio Emilia 85-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Dawan Robinson contributed with 19 points for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Centrale Latte. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Centrale Latte at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Centrale Latte will play next round against Tezenis Verona trying to get back on the winning streak. Trenkwalder RE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Seventh-ranked Fileni BPA (8-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Givova Scafati (13-6) in Jesi on Wednesday. The visitors from Scafati managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for Paul Marigney who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 steals. At the losing side Richard McConnell responded with 30 points and 7 assists. Givova Scafati have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Enel Brindisi. Loser Fileni BPA dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Givova Scafati will meet at home Morpho Basket (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fileni BPA will have a break next round.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Imola, where higher ranked Tezenis Verona (8-11) lost to fourteenth ranked Aget Imola (7-12) in a road game 70-87. It was an exceptional evening for Trent Whiting who led the winners and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Tezenis Verona's coach Alberto Martelossi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aget Imola moved-up to twelfth place. Tezenis Verona at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Aget Imola's next round opponent will be higher ranked Assi Ostuni (#10) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 19 Assi Ostuni was defeated by Morpho Basket in Piacenza 72-61. Enel Brindisi beat Prima Veroli at home 82-75.


Aget Imola - Tezenis Verona 87-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Imola, where higher ranked Tezenis Verona (8-11) lost to fourteenth ranked Aget Imola (7-12) in a road game 70-87. The game was mostly controlled by Aget Imola. Tezenis Verona was better in fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aget Imola made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Tezenis Verona turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Tezenis Verona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) came up with 7 points and 7 assists and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (195-83) added 12 points respectively for Tezenis Verona in the defeat. Tezenis Verona's coach Alberto Martelossi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aget Imola moved-up to twelfth place. Tezenis Verona at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Aget Imola's next round opponent will be higher ranked Assi Ostuni (#10) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 23+5reb+4ast, P.Prato 17+3reb+1ast, T.Kotti 16+12reb+1ast, F.Foiera 9+3reb, D.Cournooh 9+4reb+2ast, F.Masoni 8+2reb+3ast
Tezenis Verona: A.Renzi 13+1ast, G.Boscagin 12+4reb, M.West 12+1reb, D.Vukcevic 8+1reb+1ast, A.Porta 7+4reb+7ast, C.DiGiuliomaria 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 167365


Fileni BPA - Givova Scafati 91-92

Seventh-ranked Fileni BPA (8-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Givova Scafati (13-6) in Jesi on Wednesday. The visitors from Scafati managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-91. Givova Scafati made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati outrebounded Fileni BPA 32-17 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 steals. The former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 30 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Givova Scafati and four Fileni BPA players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Enel Brindisi. Loser Fileni BPA dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Givova Scafati will meet at home Morpho Basket (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fileni BPA will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 27+4reb+3ast, M.Levin 17+1reb+1ast, N.Radulovic 16+8reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 12+4reb+1ast, J.Thomas 11+9reb, D.Rosignoli 4+1reb
Fileni BPA: R.McConnell 30+7ast, F.Migliori 19+2reb+1ast, J.Brooks 18+5reb+2ast, M.Maggioli 16+7reb, M.Santiangeli 8+1reb, A.Di Giacomo 0
gschID: 167366


Trenkwalder - Centrale Latte 85-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trenkwalder RE as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trenkwalder RE smashed 6th ranked Centrale Latte in Reggio Emilia 85-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Centrale Latte was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trenkwalder RE dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Centrale Latte's 22. Trenkwalder RE forced 19 Centrale Latte turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-85) added 9 points in the effort for Centrale Latte. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Centrale Latte at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Centrale Latte will play next round against Tezenis Verona trying to get back on the winning streak. Trenkwalder RE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 19+3reb, D.Taylor 18+6reb+1ast, M.Frassineti 16+4reb, M.Antonutti 9+6reb+1ast, R.Cervi 8+5reb, D.Filloy 6+2reb+1ast
Centrale Latte: M.Jose Ghersetti 17+6reb, D.Busma 11+3reb, F.Bushati 9+4reb+1ast, L.Goldwire 5+3reb, R.Rombaldoni 5+2reb, M.Rezzano 4+6reb
gschID: 167367


Biancoblu BO - Giorgio Tesi PT 76-69

Round 19 in Lega2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Bologna where host Biancoblu BO (7-11) beat league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (13-6) 76-69 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Tuscany Pistoia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) produced 26 points and the other American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Biancoblu BO have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO maintains eleventh place with 7-11 record. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trenkwalder. Tuscany Pistoia will play next round against S.Antimo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Biancoblu BO will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: T.Kelley 20+2ast, A.Pecile 18+5reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 11+16reb+3ast, B.Blizzard 9+4reb+2ast, G.Yango 9+11reb, D.Cutolo 5+2reb
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 26+1ast, G.Gurini 10+4reb+3ast, B.Jones 9+12reb+1ast, G.Galanda 9+9reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 8+6reb+1ast, F.Toppo 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 167363


Morpho Basket - Assi Ostuni 72-61

Everything could happen in Piacenza at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Morpho Basket and 10th ranked Assi Ostuni had identical 8-10 record. This time Morpho Basket used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Ostuni 72-61. The game was mostly controlled by Morpho Basket. Assi Ostuni was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Morpho Basket made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Morpho Basket outrebounded Assi Ostuni 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Luca Infante (204-82) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Four Morpho Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) came up with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (205-88, college: New Hampshire) added 17 points respectively for Assi Ostuni in the defeat. Morpho Basket (9-10) moved-up to seventh place. Assi Ostuni at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Morpho Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Givova Scafati (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Assi Ostuni will play against Aget Imola (#12).
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 20+4reb, L.Infante 16+8reb+1ast, D.Anderson 11+7reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 10+3reb+3ast, C.Cotis Harrison 7+6reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 6+3reb+1ast
Assi Ostuni: D.Diliegro 17+2reb, T.Rinaldi 15+2reb+1ast, A.Johnson 10+6reb+6ast, M.Rossetti 7+1reb, J.Klobucar 5+2reb+1ast, S.Berti 3+1reb
gschID: 167364


Enel Brindisi - Prima Veroli 82-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Enel Brindisi (13-6) defeated at home 13th ranked Prima Veroli (6-12) 82-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prima Veroli won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Enel Brindisi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Prima Veroli's 20 and made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Prima Veroli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points respectively for Prima Veroli in the defeat. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Enel Brindisi moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Givova Scafati. Prima Veroli at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Enel Brindisi's next round opponent will be Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: D.Borovnjak 19+6reb, A.Renfroe 17+3reb+2ast, J.Hunter 14+2reb+4ast, M.Giuri 14+2reb+1ast, C.Callahan 11+5reb, A.Zerini 5+2reb
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 18+2reb, D.Brkic 17+4reb, G.Lee 14+8reb+1ast, I.Gatto 7+2reb, A.Giovacchini 5+2reb+2ast, R.Cortese 5+3reb
gschID: 167362




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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 17-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 13-5 
 3. BK Almaty 7-7 
 4. Tobol 7-10 
 5. Kaspiy Aktau 5-9 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-18 


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  KOSOVO   


Start of the season, delayed for the second time - by Dren Shporta
Start of the second part of the season in BKT Superliga is delayed again. This decision was taken after Basketball Federation of Kosovo has analyzed the situation at clubs and courts. With these polar temperatures held for more than a month in Kosovo and high level of snow it is very hard to heat the courts, says a notification of FBK.

They also added that it would be hard for teams to travel from a city to city. For these reasons the Board of FBK has decided to delay the start of the season for one week more. So, if conditions will be all right, the second part of the season in BKT Superliga will start with 25 and 26 of February.





The Independence Tournament starts today! - by Dren Shporta
Tournament that is organized for Kosovos Independence Day will start today. Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) has made all needed preparations for this event. The teams that will take part in this tournament are Kosovos National Team U-18, Zrinjevac from Croatia, Feniks from Macedonia and Cair from Macedonia.

Today will be played two semifinal matches. The draw has made possible these clashes, Kosovo against Feniks and Zrinjevac against Cair. The first semifinal game will be played between Kosovo and Feniks, starting at 13:00. While the second semifinal match will start at 15:00.

As you can see the team of Cair was not in a list for this tournament as notified before, but after Podgorica team couldnt came because of the hard weather situation there, FBK invited the Macedonian team which immediately accepted the invitation.

This tournament will be held for two days in a row. Today are semifinal matches and tomorrow will be played matches for third and first place. FBK is organizing this tournament for Kosovos fourth birthday as a state. Kosovo is Independent State since 2008, February 17th.






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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 9-3 
 2. Kazma 8-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 8-4 
 4. Al Sahel 7-5 
 5. Al Jahraa 3-9 
 6. Al Yarmook 1-11 


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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, VEF Riga24.1 
 2. Peiners, LU19.3 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava17.7 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja17.6 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera17.0 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.8 
 8. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera15.3 
 10. Young, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga9.4 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.5 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera8.4 
 5. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 6. Dargais, LU7.9 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.2 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.6 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.4 
 10. Andriukaitis, Lie.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.6 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Coders, Jurmala3.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 5. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.5 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 7. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 9. Millage, VEF Riga3.1 
 10. Valters, VEF Riga3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Peiners, LU2.1 
 3. Osins, LU1.9 
 4. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 5. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Piternieks, Turiba1.7 
 8. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Young, Ventspils1.6 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Willard, Ventspils0.7 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 20-2 
 2. Liepaja-2 19-3 
 3. Barons kvartals 18-2 
 4. Saldus 17-4 
 5. VEF Kadeti 13-8 
 6. BS Riga 12-9 
 7. RSU 12-10 
 8. VA 11-11 
 9. DSN 10-11 
 10. Ogres 7-14 
 11. Jelgava/LLU 7-15 
 12. Cesis 7-15 
 13. Livani 7-15 
 14. Valmiera BSS 5-17 
 15. Gulbene 5-18 
 16. Ridzene 3-19 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.8 
 2. Khatib, Champville28.4 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.4 
 4. Ebi, Anibal25.2 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville22.3 
 9. Youngblood, Anibal22.1 
 10. Gray, Byblos21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.8 
 2. Penigar, Byblos13.1 
 3. Dearman, Bejjeh12.4 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.9 
 5. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 6. Crump, Sagesse10.9 
 7. Hoskin, Champville10.8 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.8 
 9. Leather, Sagesse10.3 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Akl, Anibal7.0 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.2 
 5. Gray, Byblos6.0 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.9 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 8. Johnson, Moutahed5.6 
 9. Young, Antranik5.4 
 10. Oguchi, Hoops4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hamilton, Hoops3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal3.0 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.9 
 4. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.4 
 6. Young, Antranik2.3 
 7. Heard, Hoops2.2 
 8. Estephane, Champvi.2.2 
 9. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.2 
 10. Ebi, Anibal2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.6 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Vogel, Al Riyadi2.0 
 4. Hamdar, Hoops1.9 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 6. Crump, Sagesse1.6 
 7. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 8. Sabra, Byblos1.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.2 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.1.2 


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  LITHUANIA   


Siauliai added American Miguel Morton - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai added American Miguel Morton (208-F-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Columbus St.) for the rest of the season. A 208cm player joined the team.
In 2004-2005 he started for Alabama St. (NCAA) and in 10 games averaged 0.9ppg, 1.5rpg. In 2005-2006 for Alabama St. (NCAA) he improved to 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg. In 2006-2007 his stats read 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 33.3%. The season 2007-2008 Miguel spent with Columbus St. (NCAA2) and showed 8.6ppg, 6.0reb, 3.5apg.
In October 2009 moved to SK Dnipro Azot Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) and had 10.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 74.4%, in Mar.'10 signed at BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague).
The season 2010-2011 appeared for Usak Universitesi (Turkey-TB2L), injured in Nov.'10. In 3 games he had high 16.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.7bpg. Later he played for Black Monopoly (SEBL) and Athens Razors (ABA, starting five).



Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. LKKA-Atletas 22-12 
 2. Nafta Universitetas 22-12 
 3. Radviliskis 21-12 
 4. Delikatesas 21-13 
 5. Triobet 19-15 
 6. Mazeikiai 19-15 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-14 
 8. Matinga-Juod. 18-15 
 9. Statyba 18-16 
 10. Ezerunas-Karys 18-16 
 11. Perlas-MRU 16-18 
 12. Meresta 16-19 
 13. S.Marciulionio 15-19 
 14. Silute 12-22 
 15. Gargzdai 9-26 
 16. ABRO-Univ. 7-27 


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


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  LUXEMBOURG   


T71 Dudelange and Sparta reach Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
T71 Dudelange and Sparta will play for Luxembourg Cup title. The teams advanced into the title game after victories in the respective semis. The Final is scheduled for April 28.
Sparta dethroned Etzella beating those 73:71 in the first semifinal. Sparta earned a narrow 37:33 halftime lead. Etzella pulled ahead in the third term but Sparta bounced back in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82, college: Dickinson St.) knocked down 27 points to lead the effort. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) added 20 points and 9 rebounds for Sparta. Corey Raji (198-F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 22 points and 19 rebounds for Etzella.
T71 Dudelange stopped Musel Pikes 66:59 in another semifinal. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87, college: Cal.Baptist) accounted for 17 points, while Frank Muller (194-F/C-88, college: Cuesta JC) had 15 points and 18 rebounds for T71. Musel Pikes led by as many as 9 points at halftime 37:28. But T71 went on a massive comeback rally in the second half to seal the winning outcome at the end. Bob Kieffer (196-F-86) provided 10 points in the victory. Philip Perre (198-F-79, college: N.Alabama) answered with 23 points for Musel Pikes.



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  MALTA   


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


Loyola draw first blood in National League - by Eurobasket News
Loyola snapped their five-game losing skid and celebrated the initial win in the championship. They surprised Luxol 68:63 on the road. Loyola needed an overtime to tame the hosts. Rashanti Harris (203-F) knocked down 20 points to lead the effort. Sean Pace contributed 16 points in the victory. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's) reacted with 21 points for Luxol as they fell at 3-3 record.
Athleta earned the sixth straight win as they fired past Floriana 83:46 away from home. Omar Said (177-G-80) stepped up with 22 points for the league leaders. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) had 15 points in the winning case. Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) delivered 19 points for Floriana as they slipped at 3-3 record.
Depiro posted the third victory beating Siggiewi 73:68 at home court. Depiro trailed by 6 points heading into the final frame but went on a 31:20 rally to snatch victory at the end. Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) and Greg Hamlin (201-F-86, college: E.Tenn.St.) netted 17 points apiece in the winning effort. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) answered with 20 points for Siggiewi.



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  MEXICO   


Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 1st Team
#s#
MaJic Dorsey
Dorsey
LeRoy Hickerson
Hickerson
Donta Smith
Smith
John Millsap
Millsap
Luis Bethelmy
Bethelmy
#e#5

Player of the Year: MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81) of Aguilas Rojas
Guard of the Year: MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81) of Aguilas Rojas
Forward of the Year: John Millsap (198-F-82) of Pioneros
Center of the Year: Elbert Fuqua (211-C-83) of Huracanes
Domestic Player of the Year: Paul Stoll (178-G-85) of Halc.Rojos
Import Player of the Year: MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81) of Aguilas Rojas
Coach of the Year: Eddie Casiano of Halc.Rojos

1st Team
PG: MaJic Dorsey (185-81) of Aguilas Rojas
G: LeRoy Hickerson (196-82) of Pioneros
G: Donta Smith (201-83) of Fuerza Regia
F: John Millsap (198-82) of Pioneros
F/C: Luis Bethelmy (200-86) of Halc.Rojos

2nd Team
PG: Gregory Vargas (182-86) of Halc.Rojos
G: Paul Stoll (178-85) of Halc.Rojos
F/C: Robert Hornsby (196-82) of Huracanes
F: Ike Ofoegbu (205-85) of Toros
C: Elbert Fuqua (211-83) of Huracanes

3rd Team
PG: Carlos Rivera (187-83) of Halc.Rojos
G: Jesus Verdejo (193-85) of Abejas
F: Lorrenzo Wade (198-85) of Abejas
F/C: Ryan Moss (200-74) of Lechugueros
C: Greg Smith (208-91) of Houston R.

Honorable Mention
Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) of Barreteros
Larry Morinia (180-G-80) of Volcanes
Mike Mitchell (181-PG-83) of Fuerza Regia
Mattis McHugh (198-F-84) of Abejas
Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) of Huracanes

All-Imports Team
PG: MaJic Dorsey (185-81) of Aguilas Rojas
G: LeRoy Hickerson (196-82) of Pioneros
G: Donta Smith (201-83) of Fuerza Regia
F: John Millsap (198-82) of Pioneros
F/C: Luis Bethelmy (200-86) of Halc.Rojos



Fuerza Regia announces Liga Americas roster - by Carlos Chapa
One of Mexico's representatives in FIBA Liga Americas, Fuerza Regia, has announced the list of players that will compete in this continental tournament. The team from Monterrey is one of the founders of the Liga Americas Cup, as they participated in the first edition of the tournament in 2007; Felipe Sanchez is the only player from this team to go to both 2007 and 2012 tournaments. Former NBA and Fuerza Regia player Hiram Fuller highlights the roster.

#2Mike Mitchell
#3Brandon Robinson
#5 Henry Dugat
#12 Alonso Izaguirre
#13 Felipe Sanchez
#15 Hiram Fuller
#22 Quentin Gonzalez
#24 Gabriel Giron
#35 Andre Joseph Tyronzic
#44 Michael Strobbe



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The Jeremy Lin story... - by Chris Mathieu
Linsanity has taken over the NBA and China! Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) has taken New York, the NBA and China by storm this week! Jeremy Shu-How Lin 190cm PG born in 1988 in California of Chinese-American descent. Jeremy was a high school standout in California who received no scholarship offers to college. He ended up enrolling at Harvard. He was all Ivy first teams his junior and senior year.
He was invited to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament after graduating from college but received little interest leading up to the NBA draft and went undrafted. Jeremy made the Golden State Warriors his rookie season, received little playing time played in 29 games averaged 2.6 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. Golden State changed coaches and Jeremy was waived before getting a chance to show the new coach, NBA veteran Mark Jackson what he had to offer.
He then signed with the Houston Rockets after the lockout, ended but was stuck deep on the bench in preseason in Houston and was waived. New York signed him after that and he was stuck to their bench behind Toney Douglas, Michael Bibby, Iman Shumpert the team signed Baron Davis hoping he would be their starting point guard. Baron was hurt, never got on the court, Toney Douglas isn't a true point guard, neither is the ultra-athletic Iman Shumpert. Michael Bibby was given a chance to run the team but looks completely finished as an NBA player. The team became so desperate that they starting using Carmelo Anthony to distribute the ball for the team. 'Melo' never known for unselfish play was ill fitted for the position and the high octane Mike D'Antoni offense bogged down and the question became how much longer he would last as coach on the team. Then Melo got hurt, Amare Stoudemire left the team to attend to a family tragedy and the only man left on the bench to run the team was Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy exploded on the scene; the team had gone 2-11 in its last 13 games before giving Jeremy a shot. In his first game off the bench he scored 25pts, 7ass and 5 rbs in a win against New Jersey. The team has now won 6 games in a row including putting up 38 points against Kobe and the Lakers! Since getting onto the court he has scored 25, 28, 23, 38, 20 and 27 all in wins! He has averaged 8.5 aspg during that time as well. The downside is he has averaged 5 turnovers per game, a very high number. Impressive as well is his ability to get Tyson Chandler easy baskets around the rim.
Jeremy isn't an explosive athlete or impressive passer or shooter with great range. All the tangibles that make scouts take notice. What he is is extremely smart, fundamentally sound player who understands the game of basketball and knows were to be on the court. The D'Antoni system is perfect for a player like Jeremy and the two appear to be a match made in NBA heaven. Jeremy still struggles with some aspects of the NBA game, ball security and guarding athletic guards. This Lin-fever that is gripping the basketball world is a godsend for the NBA in the midst of the aftermath of apathy after the lockout and on one of the biggest stages in the basketball world, New York.
He has taken the world by storm practically coming from nowhere to lead the Knicks surging back into playoff contention after being left for dead after their early season struggles. It will be interesting to see how Melo and Amare get reintegrated into the team with in the midst of Linsanity gripping New York.
Apparently Jeremy Lin and Ming Yao are close friends who talk every week. It will be interesting to see if Yao will be able to convince Jeremy to join the Chinese National Team in time for the London Olympics this summer. China's weakness has always been on the perimeter and adding a playing such as Jeremy to the team would change that dynamic drastically. There is also talk of Yao trying to get into decent enough shape to play 15-20 minutes a game in the Olympics for China. If these two things happen China could be in great position to upset some teams at the Olympics.
I don't know how long Lin-sanity is going to last, but it has been a fun ride so far.


Hornets sign Solomon Jones - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Solomon Jones (6'10''-F/C-84, college: S.Florida) to a 10-day contract.

Jones, a University South Florida product, appeared in 10 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers this season before being waived on February 7th. Originally signed by Los Angeles on January 3, 2012, Jones averaged 0.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 9.6 minutes of play with the Clippers.

The 6'10' forward is in his sixth NBA season, originally drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 33rd pick in the 2006 NBA draft. After spending three seasons in Atlanta where he played in 156 games (including eight starts during his rookie season), Jones spent the 2009-10 and 2001-11 campaigns with the Indiana Pacers before landing with the Clippers this season. The Eustis, Florida native holds career averages of 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10.8 minutes over 257 games.

Jones will wear #18.

Courtesy of www.fox8live.com


Source: NBA is hoping to add NY Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin to All-Star Weekend in Orlando - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) has taken the Knicks on an emotional two-week journey. His emergence should land him in Orlando next week and perhaps China next season.

How can you have an All-Star Weekend without the biggest story of the NBA season?

The league has been asking itself that same question, and now it appears as if Lin will make it to Orlando next week.

According to a source, the NBA is hoping to add Lin to its All-Star lineup by having the second-year shooting guard participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night.

The competition features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one TNT on-air talent and legend on each team.

Lin is an obvious choice to represent the Knicks, especially since he has become an overnight sensation and the most talked about athlete in professional sports.

Lin entered Wednesday nights game against Sacramento 5-0 as a starter while the Knicks had won six straight since he became the full-time point guard out of necessity.

Lins biggest moment came on Tuesday when his last second three-pointer lifted the Knicks to a 90-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The Harvard graduate was not chosen to participate in the game featuring the leagues top rookies and second-year players. However, if any player chosen for the game cant participate due to injury, Lin could conceivably get the call.

Of course, Lin produced his first NBA dunk last week against Washington and perhaps he could be a candidate for the slam dunk competition.

Lins popularity and Asian heritage could also have the Knicks heading to the Far East for the first time in October. The NBA annually schedules exhibition games in Europe and China, and the Knicks are the logical choice to play in China. Last season, they played an exhibition game in Danilo Gallinaris hometown of Milan, Italy as well as Paris.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.7 
 2. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..22.8 
 6. Aldridge, Portland.22.6 
 7. Anthony, New Y.22.3 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.22.0 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.1 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.1 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.6 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.1 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.6 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.2 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.1 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.5 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.8 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.6 
 6. Williams, New J.8.3 
 7. Parker, San A.7.8 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.8 
 9. Lowry, Houston R.7.7 
 10. Wall, Washington7.6 
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. Lowry, Houston R.2.1 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.2.1 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.2.0 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 9. Teague, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Philade.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers2.7 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.7 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.2.1 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 9. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 10. Thomas, Charlott.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 20-10 
 2. Boston C. 15-14 
 3. New York K. 15-15 
 4. Toronto R. 9-22 
 5. New Jersey N. 8-23 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 25-7 
 2. Indiana P. 18-12 
 3. Milwaukee B. 12-17 
 4. Cleveland C. 11-16 
 5. Detroit P. 9-22 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 23-7 
 2. Atlanta H. 19-11 
 3. Orlando M. 19-11 
 4. Washington W. 7-23 
 5. Charlotte B. 3-26 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 22-7 
 2. Denver N. 17-13 
 3. Portland TB 16-15 
 4. Utah Jazz 14-14 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-16 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 19-9 
 2. LA Lakers 17-12 
 3. Phoenix Suns 12-18 
 4. Golde State W. 11-15 
 5. Sacramento K. 10-19 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 21-9 
 2. Dallas M. 19-11 
 3. Houston R. 17-13 
 4. Memphis G. 16-14 
 5. N.Orleans H. 6-23 


Jeremy Linicism - by Julius Johnson
Pretty Boy Money's jab was on target, but his right hook missed the mark.

Yes, Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) has received some attention because he is Asian.

After Lin's college career ended, agents were swarming the hallways of the Portsmouth Renaissance (host of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for the top 64 NCAA Seniors)., hoping to get a shot at signing a sure fire marketing machine.

Numerous NBA team lined up interviews with Lin, too.

At the beginning shoe companies and NBA teams saw Lin more as a way to sell their product.

Just a few days after Joe Jacob took the reigns at Golden State, his first move was to sign Jeremy Lin. Keep in mind, the franchise price of $450 million was largely due to cash flow generated from fantastic ticket sales. The Lin signing was a smart business move.

Within a month of signing with the Warriors, Nike signed Lin to a 3 year deal. That certainly was because of his Asian roots, but also because he was good enough to play in the NBA. We didn't see Nike throwing money at any other Asian basketball players.

After Lin was cut from Golden State, he was awarded via a waiver claim to the Rockets, witnesses to the marketing power of Lin's buddy, Yao Ming. Neither the Warriors nor Rockets took Lin's basketball abilities too seriously. Big mistake made by many.

The Knicks were the first NBA team to sign Lin purely for basketball reasons and look at the result...they lucked out with a star on and off the court.

The Jeremy Lin story makes it seem like this kid came out of nowhere.
That is blatantly inaccurate as evidenced by Lin's D1 college stardom and his subsequent participation in Portsmouth.

Reality is that Lin was good enough to be at Portsmouth. His invitation had nothing to do with heritage.

Being Asian is not the reason for Linsanity.

The real story is that the teams who focused on Lin's heritage were bettered by the one team which focused on Lin the basketball player, the New York Knicks.

It's not ironic that the New York Knicks are more successful because they did not look at Jeremy Lin, the Asian.

Pretty Boy Money got this one wrong.



Team USA set for Games warm-up - by Eurobasket News
The United States will play Spain and Argentina in a pre-Olympic warm-up event that marks the 20th anniversary of the arrival of the 'Dream Team.'

The three countries will play a round-robin style tournament at Palau Sant-Jordi, starting July 22. Spain will face the United States in a Beijing Olympic gold medal rematch on July 24.

Led by NBA greats Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina), Larry Bird and Magic Johnson (6'10''-G-59, college: Michigan St.), the Americans won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games -- the first Olympics with professional basketball players competing.

London will host this year's Olympics from July 27-Aug. 12, with men's basketball play starting on July 29.

Courtesy of ESPN


Thursday: Clippers, Bulls and Pacers celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - LA Clippers 71-74
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 21 points and 14 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers rally from an 18-point second-half deficit and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 74-71 on Thursday night. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), scoreless through three quarters, finished with 13 points as the Clippers outscored the Trail Blazers 22-11 during the fourth quarter. The win was Los Angeles' first in Portland since Dec. 12, 2008. Both teams were held to season lows for points. Mo Williams added 15 points for Los Angeles. Nicolas Batum and Jamal Crawford each scored 19 points for Portland, which was playing its second straight game without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas), who sprained his left ankle in Tuesday's game against Washington. Portland's defense stumped the Clippers for most of the first half. Los Angeles made just 15 of 45 shots, and of its 15 field goals, seven were putbacks of offensive rebounds. Batum got Portland rolling, scoring 15 points during the first quarter to stake the Blazers to a 27-20 lead. Early in the second, Crawford hit a 3-pointer as Portland scored eight unanswered points to build the lead to 15 points. The struggling Clippers were able to pull to within 43-32 by halftime. Portland went on a scoring spurt by scoring the first seven points of the second half to take a 50-32 lead. But the Blazers' offense suddenly went cold, and Los Angeles slowly began its huge rally. Portland made two field goals during a 9-minute stretch, and the Clippers shaved the deficit to 64-62 on Paul's layup with 6:56 remaining. Three minutes later, Williams' 3-pointer gave Los Angeles the lead at 67-66. Paul hit a 3, then followed with a 16-footer with 1:05 left to put the Clippers ahead 72-67. Portland had chance to tie, but Wesley Matthews' wild 3-point shot missed at the buzzer. *Courtesy of www.kptv.com

Chicago B. - Boston C. 89-80
Can't beat the woeful Detroit Pistons at home, but can beat the best team in the East (Chicago) at their place, and then take them down to the wire less than a week later on their turf? The Boston Celtics continue their consistently inconsistent ways with yet another good, but not good enough performance in losing 89-80 to the Bulls. For the Celtics (15-14), it's their fourth loss in the last five games which came on the heels of them winning nine of the previous 10. After falling behind by as many as 16 points on Thursday, the Celtics fought back and eventually took a brief lead in the fourth quarter. However, after a Ray Allen jumper tied the game at 69, Chicago went on a 12-0 run that proved to be too much for the Celtics to overcome. Kevin Garnett, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a hip flexor injury, had 18 points and 10 rebounds. And Allen, who has been in a shooting slump lately, had a strong second half against the Bulls and finished with 12 points. As for the Bulls, who continue to play without reigning league MVP Derrick Rose (back), Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 23 points and 15 rebounds while newly-named All-Star Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) had 23 points and 10 assists for the Bulls who came into the game looking to avenge a 4-point loss to Boston earlier this week. The Bulls (25-7) also got huge production from Joakim Noah who had 15 points and 16 rebounds. The loss continues the kind of trend -- a losing one -- that the C's want no part of. Unfortunately for them, things won't get any easier anytime soon. They play at Detroit on Sunday -- the same Pistons team that beat them by 10 points earlier this week -- followed by road games in Dallas and Oklahoma City. *Courtesy of www.csnne.com

Indiana P. - New Jersey N. 93-88
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) delivered when Indiana needed him most Thursday. The Pacers' leading scorer played through a sprained left ankle to score 32 points and helped struggling Indiana snap a season-worst five-game losing streak by beating struggling New Jersey 93-88. Granger missed Wednesday's loss at Cleveland and the final three quarters of Tuesday's loss to Miami because of the injury, and without him, the Pacers just weren't the same. The biggest questions heading into the Nets game were how long Granger could play on his gimpy ankle and how effective he would be. It didn't take him long to prove he was just fine. Granger made 10 of 20 shots, 8 of 9 from the free-throw line and grabbed five rebounds in a game the Pacers (18-12) desperately needed to win. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 29 points and Kris Humphries had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead New Jersey (8-23), not quite enough to snap a skid that hit eight straight and is the longest for the franchise since an eight-game skid from Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 2010. The difference Thursday: Granger. He started a 15-0 run in the first half to rally the Pacers early, then made the key shots in a 9-2 fourth-quarter spurt that finally gave Indiana control. Indiana closed it out by making six of its last seven free throws. New Jersey sure didn't make it easy, though. Humphries controlled the inside early, making his first six shots and scoring 12 points in the first quarter as the Nets built a 29-18 lead. But when Humphries went to the bench after picking up his second foul with 47.4 seconds left in the first, Granger asserted himself and the Nets collapsed. The Pacers forward hit a 3-pointer to start the 15-0 run, and Paul George ended with another 3 to give Indiana a 33-29 lead. From that point, the teams were locked in a virtual stalemate. Indiana did manage to take a 50-44 lead with 1:44 left in the half on to go on Roy Hibbert's layup, and the Nets answered with a three-point play and a 3-pointer from Anthony Morrow in the final 38 seconds to tie it at 50 at the break. Things didn't change much in the second half. Neither team led by more than four points in the third quarter, and after the Nets took a 65-64 lead after three, the Pacers took the lead for good on George's 21-footer with 8:15 left in the game. Granger followed that with two free throws, then made two more free throws after George's steal to give Indiana a 75-69 lead with 7:05 to go. The Pacers extended the lead to 88-79 and fended off a late charge by New Jersey. Indiana's George Hill missed his 11th straight game with a chip fracture in his left ankle. New Jersey played without Shawne Williams, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left shoulder and also has a sore left foot and knee. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Lakers Coach Mike Brown spoke to JR Smith - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul may feel supremely confident about the Clippers landing Smith J.R. (6'6''-G-85), but the other team that plays in the Staples Center is also interested in Smith's services. From the LA Times: Coach Michael Brown spoke with free agent J.R. Smith, a forward-guard who could solve two problems at once for the Lakers. Smith could help them at small forward and also provide backup support for Kobe Bryant at shooting guard. Smith, 26, has played in China since the NBA season began. He signed with a Chinese pro team during the NBA lockout and was obligated to honor the contract until this month. There are some problems for the Lakers as far as Smith. They can offer him only a comparatively small salary of less than $1 million, a prorated portion of the veterans minimum, because they are over the salary cap and spent their entire mini-midlevel exception on Josh McRoberts. Smith made $6.8 million last season with Denver. There are several other teams pursuing Smith. He listed them on his Twitter page: New York, Chicago, Indiana, Orlando and the Clippers.

Courtesy of www.slamonline.com


Boston 80, Chicago 89 - by Milord Nikolic
Carlos Boozer scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Chicago used a dominant inside game to sink visiting Boston. Luol Deng also had a double-double with 23 points and 10 assists as the Bulls improved to 10-1 at home despite playing without star point guard Derrick Rose. Joakim Noah added 15 points and 16 rebounds for Chicago, which dominated the backboards 52-37 and avenged a four-point loss in Boston on Sunday. Deng and Boozer combined for nine points in a 12-0 run as Chicago broke away from a 69-69 tie to hand the Celtics their fourth loss in five games. Kevin Garnett scored 18 points and Rajon Rondo added 17 for Boston, which has been limited to fewer than 81 points for the fourth time in the last five meetings with Chicago. The Bulls seemingly broke the game open by scoring the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 16-point lead at 51-35, but Ray Allen came to life by burying three 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the quarter to help the Celtics cut the deficit to 60-59. Noah had scored 10 points in a 22-5 spurt to close the first half that made it 44-35 entering the break.


Exciting Wednesday: 13 games - by Eurobasket News
Golde State W. - Portland TB 91-93
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 24 points and Jamal Crawford hit a key 3-pointer and a pair of late free throws to lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Golden State Warriors 93-91 Wednesday night. Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who had lost 11 of their last 12 in Oakland. Marcus Camby added 12 points and 11 rebounds. David Lee matched his season high with 29 points to lead the Warriors, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Lee also grabbed 11 rebounds. Crawford, who finished with 14 points, hit a long 3-pointer to put Portland ahead 91-90 with 1:03 left. Nate Robinson made one of two from the foul line to tie it with 51 seconds remaining before Crawford knocked down a pair of free throws with 44 seconds to go for the final points of the game. Portland All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge missed the game with a left ankle injury sustained early in Tuesday night's game against Washington. Robinson finished with 21 points for the Warriors. Dorell Wright had 12, but Monta Ellis was limited to 10. Wallace scored 10 points in the second quarter to help rally the Trail Blazers to a 57-54 halftime advantage. Portland took a 72-70 lead into the fourth quarter as the Warriors missed their last six shots of the third and their first four of the final period before Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 8:52 remaining, tying the game at 74. Thompson's shot sparked a 16-6 run that gave the Warriors an 88-82 edge with 3:04 left. The Trail Blazers tied it at 88 with just under 2 minutes to play on Wallace 3-pointer. The Warriors scored the game's first seven points and shot nearly 58 percent to take a 27-20 lead after the opening quarter. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Cleveland C. - Indiana P. 98-87
Rookie Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 22 points in his return after missing three games with a concussion, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-87 win Wednesday night over the Indiana Pacers, who dropped their fifth straight. Irving played for the first time since Feb. 7, when he banged his head following a collision in Miami. The 19-year-old was only cleared to play in the morning by Cavs doctors, who followed the NBA's new guidelines on head injuries during his recovery. Irving made the Cavs more complete, but they're still without center Anderson Varejao, out indefinitely with a broken wrist. Semih Erden started for Varejao and scored a career-high 18. Darren Collison scored 18 and Roy Hibbert 17 for Indiana, which was without leading scorer Danny Granger because of a sprained ankle. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Minnesota T. - Charlotte B. 102-90
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 30 points and 18 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hand the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th loss in a row, 102-90 on Wednesday night. Nikola Pekovic added 21 points and 11 rebounds in 43 minutes for Minnesota. The Timberwolves snapped a four-game skid of their own. Kemba Walker had 21 points and six rebounds, and Corey Maggette scored 18 points for the Bobcats, who have lost 22 of the last 23 games. D.J. Augustin played for the first time in 12 games, but his return wasn't enough to lift Charlotte out of the worst losing streak in franchise history. *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

Dallas M. - Denver N. 102-84
Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading six Dallas players scoring in double figures as the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five in a row with a 102-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Dallas jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first 3 minutes and was never really challenged. The five straight wins match a season high for Dallas. They have come since a rare three-day break between games that followed three consecutive losses. Vince Carter had 15 points for the Mavericks. Lamar Odom scored 14, Jason Kidd 13 and Dirk Nowitzki 12. None of the starters played more than 27 minutes. Rudy Fernandez led the Nuggets with 14 points. Al Harrington, another reserve, had 13. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

LA Clippers - Washington W. 102-84
On the day that Chauncey Billups underwent surgery in Colorado to repair a torn left Achilles that ended his season, Randy Foye demonstrated why the Los Angeles Clippers have the confidence to start him at shooting guard. Foye scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter against his former team, leading the Clippers to a 102-84 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. 'Foye was outstanding, and we're going to need that from him,' point guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) said. 'Tonight he hit some very timely 3s that gave us some separation. I've known him for years and I used to play against him when he was in Minnesota. 'Foye was one of those guys who used to give us fits because he's such a good player. I think at times, he's better than he thinks he is. He can handle the ball, he's big and strong and athletic, and he can shoot it. So we just need him to keep getting his confidence.' Blake Griffin had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Caron Butler added 21 points and the Clippers increased their lead in the Pacific Division to two games over the idle Lakers with their ninth victory in 12 contests. Paul had 16 points and nine assists. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Orlando M. - Philadelph.76 103-87
Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) had seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Orlando Magic shot their way past the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-87 on Wednesday night. Orlando made 15 of 25 attempts from 3-point range, and had all five starters reach double figures for the second consecutive game. Jason Richardson had 14 points, including four 3s, and Orlando's Jameer Nelson tied a career high with 14 assists, added 12 points. The Magic have won three straight and seven of nine since losing to the Sixers last month. Louis Williams led Philadelphia with 21 points and seven assists, and Andre Iguodala had 15 points. The loss ended the 76ers' winning streak at two. Orlando shot 53 percent from the field (40 for 75) and had 30 points in the paint. Philadelphia also helped out with 14 turnovers that led to 13 Magic points The Magic's 16-point halftime lead was cut to eight at 88-80 with less than 5 minutes to play in the game. But Orlando quickly responded with an 8-2 spurt, capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Anderson and Richardson, to make it 97-82. Two more 3-pointers by the Magic a few possessions later - both following Sixers turnovers - got it to 103-86 with under a minute a play to put the game out of reach. The Magic's strong shooting night started early as they sizzled offensively in the first half and led 55-39, connecting on 57 percent (22 for 38) of their attempts overall from the field and 53 percent (7 for 13) from beyond the arc. Anderson had four of the Magic's 3s in the half and led all scorers with 14 points. Howard was just as active inside, with 13 points and seven rebounds. As a team the Magic outscored the Sixers 20-10 in the paint. Williams had 11 first-half points to the lead the Sixers. But they turned it over eight times, leading to eight Orlando points on the other end. *Courtesy of www.kptv.com

New Jersey N. - Memphis G. 100-105
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 25 points and Tony Allen matched his season high with 21 to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat New Jersey 105-100 on Wednesday night, handing the error-prone Nets their season-high seventh straight loss. Marreese Speights added a season-high 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and the Grizzlies won for the fourth time in five games. Mike Conley had 16 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who surrendered at least 100 points for only the fourth time this season. Deron Williams scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half for the Nets, who committed four turnovers in the final 2:40 in handing the game to Memphis. Anthony Morrow added 17 points, hitting 3 of 8 from long range. Neither team led by more than three points in the opening 10 minutes of the fourth quarter with Allen putting the Grizzlies ahead for good at 95-93 with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2:57 to play. After Williams and Morrow miscommunicated on a pass, Gay missed a jumper. With a chance to tie the game again, MarShon Brooks missed Williams with a pass and Gay made them pay this time with a jumper for a 97-93 lead with 1:53 to go. Once again Williams threw a pass away on the ensuing possession and Allen scored on a layup to push the lead to six at 99-93 with 1:38 left and the Nets never got close again. Trailing 77-69 with 4:20 to play in the third quarter, the Nets closed the period with a 9-0 run that Sundiata Gaines capped with a 3-pointer. The Nets played one of their best halves of the season in the first 24 minutes. Williams scored 20 points and the Nets shot nearly 53 percent but the performance only gave them a two-point lead. Memphis even picked up some late momentum when Gay hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 16-point half and get the Grizzlies to within 55-53. Memphis led most of the third quarter but it missed its final seven shots and trailed by a point entering the final 12 minutes. *Courtesy of http://abclocal.go.com

Milwaukee B. - N.Orleans H. 89-92
Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 22 points to lead the short-handed New Orleans Hornets to a 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Chris Kaman added 18 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans. Gusvtavo Ayon had 12 points and 12 rebounds, as New Orleans (6-23) won its second straight game for the first time starting the season 2-0. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with a season-high 23 points, two off his career high, but the Bucks dropped their third straight and sixth of eight to fall further out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, with the surging New York Knicks now in the No. 8 spot. New Orleans had lost eight in a row and 17 of 18 before beating Portland, 86-80, on Monday. The Hornets led the entire second half and by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, but the Bucks kept it close in the fourth. Belinelli's 3-pointer put the Hornets up 87-81 with 2:59 left, and Brandon Jennings responded with a 3 with 2:40 remaining. Ayon's reverse layup made it 89-84 with 1:28 left. Mike Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 89-87, before Belinelli sealed the win with two free throws with 15.5 seconds remaining. The Hornets led 50-45 at halftime despite 15 points from Ilyasova, two off his season high. New Orleans heated up in the third quarter, leading by as many as 13 behind three Belinelli 3-pointers and eliciting boos from the small home crowd. But the Bucks drew within 72-71 with a 12-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Jennings, the Bucks leading scorer, (18.4 points per game) had 18 points but struggled from the field (7 of 21). The Hornets only dressed 10 players and remained without their three leading scorers, leading rebounder and leading assist man. Emeka Okafor missed his second straight game with a sore left knee, and Jarrett Jack missed his third straight with a bruised left knee. Carl Landry (second degree MCL sprain) and Jason Smith (concussion) have both missed the last five games. And leading scorer Eric Gordon has missed 22 straight games with a right knee contusion. Gordon had successful arthroscopic surgery to clean up his right knee on Tuesday and will miss approximately six weeks, the team said. Gordon, a restricted free agent after the season, injured his knee in the first quarter of the team's opening game and has played in just two games for the Hornets after being acquired along with Al-Farouq Aminu and Kaman in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. *Courtesy of www.wwltv.com

Phoenix Suns - Atlanta H. 99-101
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) matched his season high with 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to rally the Atlanta Hawks to a 101-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Smith, whose career best is 32, had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the second half as Atlanta snapped a two-game skid and won for only the third time in eight games. Steve Nash, back after a night off as the Suns played their third game in three days, had 22 points and 16 assists. Grant Hill, who also sat out Tuesday night in a loss at Denver, scored 18 points for Phoenix. Willie Green added 20 for Atlanta, including 4 of 6 3-pointers. Joe Johnson, hounded by Hill all night, scored just six points on 2-of-10 shooting. Atlanta trailed throughout, and by 15 early in the second half, until what amounted to a four-point play with 7:38 remaining. Smith scored on a drive, was fouled and referee Tre Maddox called Nash for a technical. Nash was incredulous afterward but the official ignored him and walked away. Johnson made the technical, and Smith added his free throw to put the Hawks ahead 82-81. That started a 10-0 run that put Atlanta up 88-81 on Green's fast-break layup with 6:27 remaining. Green's 3 put the Hawks ahead 98-89 with 2:17 to go. Nash drove the lane, then somehow flipped the ball over his head with just enough spin on it for a layup while being fouled. The three-point play cut it to 98-95 with 42.9 seconds to go. The Suns got the ball back after Johnson's miss and Nash found Channing Frye open for what would have been the tying 3-pointer from the top of the key. But he missed and the Hawks escaped from there. The Suns, 0-3 in their stretch of three games in three nights, took the lead with an early 14-0 run that put them up 31-17 on Michael Redd's three-point play with 1:13 left in the third quarter. The Hawks, coming off a loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, went 5:40 without a point during Phoenix's outburst. Atlanta twice cut it to two points in the second quarter, the last time at 42-40 when Zaza Pachulia sank a 15-footer with 5 1/2 minutes left. Nash and Frye followed with 3-pointers to boost the lead to 48-40 and Phoenix led 56-47 at the break. The Suns scored the first six, the last two on Gortat's layup on a pass from Nash, to lead 62-47. The Hawks responded with six straight to cut it to nine. Phoenix's offense went cold the rest of the period, and a pair of 3s by Smith, the last with 36.9 seconds left in the period, cut the lead to 76-71. Smith's rebound basket with six seconds left cut the Suns' advantage to four at 77-73 entering the final quarter. Nash went down hard on the court with 4:41 to play in the third quarter and came up limping, but walked it off during a timeout and stayed in the game. *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

New York K. - Sacramento K. 100-85
Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) grabbed a spot on the bench next to Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter and shared a laugh with the injured All-Star. 'We were just having fun and kind of talking about how we're both excited for when he comes back,' Lin said. Hey 'Melo, no need to rush. Lin and the Knicks just keep on winning. Lin put aside his record-setting scoring to hand out a career-best 13 assists, and New York got back to .500 with its seventh straight victory, 100-85 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Lin added 10 points, focusing more on his role as a distributor while others torched the Kings for 51 percent shooting. Landry Fields had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Bill Walker and Steve Novak each chipped in 14 points as the Knicks put seven players in double figures for the first time since April 5, 2009, at Toronto. 'As a point guard, my field goal attempts have been really high and I don't think that's necessarily good,' Lin said. 'I think it's more of my job to distribute and get people in rhythm.' Lin scored 136 points in his first five starts, most by any NBA player since the NBA merged with the ABA in 1976. His 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left Tuesday allowed the Knicks to pull out a 90-87 victory in a game they trailed nearly the whole way. The Knicks (15-15) led this one almost throughout, evening their record for the first time since they were 6-6 after a loss to Oklahoma City on Jan. 14. They host hapless New Orleans on Friday, hoping Anthony will return from a strained right groin. Lin, the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, played 26 minutes before checking out for good late in the third quarter. 'We wanted to be aggressive, make it hard for (Lin), but he still ran the team and got assists,' Sacramento's Tyreke Evans said. 'They made shots. It seemed like they were making everything tonight.' Evans scored 19 points for the Kings, who had won four in a row in New York. DeMarcus Cousins added 15 but shot only 7 of 18 and grabbed just four rebounds. Already the NBA's biggest story, Linsanity had peaked about 24 hours earlier with the former Harvard guard's winner in Toronto. The shot was replayed on the overhead video board at the Garden, triggering a huge ovation as if it had just happened live. But Lin would have few other scoring highlights, taking only six shots. Fans, quite a few wearing Lin's jerseys or holding masks of his face, loved it anyway. They chanted 'MVP! MVP!' as he was interviewed on the court after the game and held up signs such as 'Lin Your Face,' ''Linderella,' and - of course - 'Marry Me Jeremy.' 'It's crazy. Thank you for the energy as always,' he said to the crowd. Then he was peppered with an array of questions usually reserved for superstars, from his thoughts about President Barack Obama watching him, to whether it was time to get a new haircut. But for Lin, the only focus is basketball. 'I knew him before he was Linmania. He's still the same humble guy,' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'The guy has not changed a bit, which is real special for a young man.' Lin played last season in Golden State for Smart, who praised Lin's work ethic and attitude, but never imagined 'the perfect storm' that would lead to these results. 'It's good Monday morning quarterbacks are here now, but no one could have predicted this guy being this big in this place here,' Smart said before the game. Lin opened the game with a three-point play, giving him nine straight points dating to late Tuesday, but passed more than shot as the Knicks scored easily in the first half. Lin beat the defense with penetration and dishes to shooters, or by throwing lob passes over the top. The Knicks led 25-17 after one quarter, then blew it open late in the second. Novak converted a four-point play, Lin hooked up with Fields for an alley-oop dunk, then made a free throw to cap a run of seven straight points and make it an 18-point game. The Knicks closed the scoring when Lin drove and threw a wraparound pass to Tyson Chandler for a dunk with 1.7 seconds left, extending it to 54-36. 'I just thought we played really exceptionally well the first quarter,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. 'Just the ball was moving, every time we drew up a play they ran it perfectly. Every time I think there was an opportunity to make a great pass, they did it.' Lin had six points and nine assists in the first half. He found Fields for a layup that made it a 25-point game early in the third, and the Knicks coasted from there. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Detroit P. 88-98
Veteran guard Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut), who once scored 42 points in a playoff game in Boston, burned the Celtics again Wednesday night. Gordon, who had the 42 in a 2009 playoff game while playing for the Bulls, drilled four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Wednesday, leading the Pistons to a 98-88 upset win. Coming off the bench with a 13.7-point scoring average, Gordon scored 22 points in 28 minutes and led the Pistons (now 9-22) on a 20-4 run bridging the third and fourth quarters, as Detroit rallied to overcome the second straight big game by Boston's Rajon Rondo. The Pistons were just 2-12 on the road coming in, but won with the Celtics missing Kevin Garnett (hip flexor). Rondo, who had a triple-double Sunday, tying his career high with 32 points and adding 15 assists and 10 rebounds, topped his career high with 35 points, but the Celtics lost for the third time in their last four games. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen scored just 10 apiece. The Celtics went just 19 of 32 from the foul line in falling to 15-13. Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Greg Monroe 22 for Detroit, while Chris Wilcox scored a season-high 17 for the Celtics. Playing their first season under former Boston assistant coach Lawrence Frank, the Pistons used a 6-0 run over the final 1:34 of the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the fourth, and then ran away with the game. The visitors had stayed in the game despite a 10-point third quarter by Rondo, who was hitting shots from everywhere. In the first half, he hit his first 3-pointer since Dec. 30, ending a personal 0-for-9 drought from behind the arc in this calendar year. Garnett was a gametime decision. He went through the shoot-around and coach Doc Rivers told the media before the game he would check with athletic trainer Ed Lacerte. Apparently, he got word Garnett would miss his first game of the season. *Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 96-95
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) tied a season high with 32 points, including the winning free throws with 23.6 seconds remaining, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 96-95 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at Houston. Kevin Durant, who scored 33 points, missed three shots in the last 16 seconds and Houston finally grabbed the rebound on the last miss to secure the win. Goran Dragic missed two free throws for Houston after that, but the Thunder didn't have time to get down the court for another shot. Martin's performance came a night after he went scoreless for the first time in six years in Houston's 93-83 loss to Memphis. He didn't score in the fourth quarter until his free throws for the win. *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Toronto R. - San Antonio S. 106-113
Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) had 34 points and 14 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs extended their season-best winning streak to nine games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Danny Green scored 13 points and matched his career high with seven rebounds, Tiago Splitter also had 13 points and Manu Ginobili added 11 for the Spurs, who have not lost since a 101-100 overtime defeat at Dallas on Jan. 29. Parker went 12 for 12 from the foul line for San Antonio, which last won nine straight during a 10-0 stretch from Dec. 3-22, 2010. The victory was the sixth straight away from home for the Spurs, their longest run since winning eight straight road games to begin the 2010-11 season. San Antonio's Tim Duncan failed to extend his run of five straight double-doubles, finishing with eight points and three rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and eight of 10. Jose Calderon added 16 points and 11 assists. Toronto guard Jerryd Bayless missed his fourth straight game with a sore left ankle, while forward Linas Kleiza was sidelined with a sore left knee. Leading scorer Andrea Bargnani sat for the 18th time in 20 games because of a strained left calf. 'We're a little undermanned,' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said before the game. 'If anybody is looking for a 10-day (contract), we're looking for bodies.' Toronto trailed by five points to begin the fourth, but used a pair of baskets by Calderon and a driving layup by DeRozan to cut it to one at 97-96 with 4:14 left. San Antonio answered with a baseline jump shot by Gary Neal and a pair of free throws by Parker, restoring their five point advantage with 3:25 left. Parker made all eight of his free-throw attempts down the stretch as the Spurs improved to 23-9 all-time against Toronto. Green got all seven of his rebounds and made three of San Antonio's six 3-pointers in the opening half as the Spurs, who shot 6 for 10 from beyond the arc, led 55-45 at the break. Toronto battled back by making its first 10 shots of the second half. DeRozan scored 13 points in less than six minutes, including two on a reverse alley-oop from Calderon, and the Raptors followed with a layup from James Johnson that tied it at 66. San Antonio answered with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes, taking a 79-70 lead and forcing Toronto to call timeout. The Spurs led 83-78 heading to the fourth. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




New Jersey 88, Indiana 93 - by Milord Nikolic
Danny Granger returned from an ankle injury to score 32 points and help Indiana snap a five-game losing streak by dumping visiting New Jersey. The loss was the eighth in a row for the Nets, who have dropped 10 of 11. The Pacers, who played their third game in as many nights, have won 10 straight over New Jersey. Granger sprained his left ankle Tuesday against Miami and didn't play in Wednesday's game in Cleveland. He recorded his second 30-point game of the campaign, but fell short of his season-high of 36 against Minnesota on Feb. 1. Deron Williams scored 29 points to lead the Nets. Kris Humphries added 24 points and 10 rebounds. David West scored 16 points while Roy Hibbert had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana. The game was tied 11 times and featured 15 lead changes. A.J. Price's 3-pointer gave Indiana the lead for good at 67-66 with 8:55 remaining in the game.


Billups undergoes successful surgery on left leg - by Eurobasket News
Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) underwent a successful surgery in Colorado on Wednesday to repair his torn left Achilles tendon that cost him the remainder of his first season in Los Angeles.

The Clippers say Billups is expected to remain in Colorado for about four weeks before returning to Los Angeles to begin rehabilitation.

Billups was injured in a Feb. 6 game against Orlando when he turned to run up the court and buckled.

The five-time All-Star had been a huge addition for the club, which claimed Billups in December after he was waived by the New York Knicks under the league's new amnesty clause. He was averaging 14.9 points and four assists. But it was his impact in mentoring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin that made Billups invaluable.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Los Angeles Lakers re-assign forward Devin Ebanks - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have made a minor move Wednesday.

The Lakers re-assigned forward Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) to their NBA D-League team the Los Angeles Defenders. The Lakers are possibly setting up for a potential run at unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith.

Ebanks started four games averaging 2.7 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game. Bu he eventually fell out of head coach Mike Browns rotation and has not seen the floor since Jan. 31 against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com


NBA announces Three-Point Contest participants - by Eurobasket News
Bombs away.

The NBA announced its field of six competitors for the annual Three-Point Contest, a Saturday staple of All-Star Weekend. This year's Three-Point Contest will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The field includes Miami Heat forward James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami, FL), the defending champion, plus Heat guard Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas), Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA), Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas), Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) and New Jersey Nets guard Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85). Last week, Love revealed that he would be among the competitors.

Chalmers leads this year's field with 46.3 percent 3-point shooting. He's actually not even the best 3-point shooter on the Heat, as Mike Miller is connecting on 52.1 percent of his tries, although he's only taken 48 through Tuesday night's action. Anderson is next at 42.1 percent (22nd in the league among shooters with enough attempts), Morrow is at 42.0 percent (26th in the league), Love is at 36.1 percent (63rd in the league) and Johnson is at 35.6 percent (65th in the league). Jones is shooting 40.4 percent from deep but hasn't hoisted enough threes to make the leaderboard. He would place in the mid-thirties if he had.

Here's how the competition works, in case you are new to the sport of basketball.

The players will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2012 commemorative money ball worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the final round, players will shoot in ascending order of first-round scores. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.

At 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Jones defeated a field that included Boston Celtics All-Star forward Paul Piece, Celtics All-Star guard Ray Allen, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward Dorell Wright and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson.

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Lightning miss one, snag high scorer - by Eurobasket News
With the deadline for signing players one day away, the London Lightning missed on one deal but managed to add a player with great athleticism and upside.

National Basketball League of Canada teams have until Friday to sign players. The Lightning have been in negotiation for a month with former Toronto Raptor Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) but were told Tuesday the six-foot-eight free agent forward was holding out for an NBA team.

'I coached him for a couple of years in Albany,' Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson said. 'We were hoping he would decide to join us for the last part of our season, but he decided to try something else.'

Moon would have been a tremendous addition, not only to the Lightning but the league.

Instead, the Lightning signed 22-year-old Jamar Abrams (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: E.Carolina), a six-foot-six swingman who can really sky and shoot.

Abrams was released by the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League in January. The Virginia native played university basketball at East Carolina where he played in more games than anyone in school history. He finished his career as one of 14 players in ECU history to have more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Abrams was known for his ability to hit the three-point shot.

'He's a good player,' Richardson said. 'He's very athletic and he can score.'

It all happened suddenly for Abrams.

'My agent found the opening and called me. He told me it was a great team,' he said. 'He told me Monday. I got here Tuesday. I came here without hesitation.'

It's Abrams first time anywhere outside of the United States.

'I'm just trying to grow every day as a player,' he said. 'Wherever it takes me, I'm fine. I didn't know anything about the league. I did some research and found out it was the first professional basketball league in Canada so I am definitely excited to be a part of that.'

Abrams played against Lightning forward Shamari Spears in university.

The Lightning have been looking for another scorer and rebounder. 'My strength is that I can really shoot the ball and I have athletic ability. I can really jump,' Abrams said.

Abrams will be in the lineup when the Lightning take on the Saint John Mill Rats Thursday at 7 p.m. the John Labatt Centre. The Lighting are trying to wrap up first place in the NBL. The Mill Rats are battling to close out the Oshawa Power for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Lightning and Mill Rats may be first-round playoff opponents.

To make room for Abrams, the Lightning released former all-Canadian Kyle Julius. The decision had nothing to do with Julius' ability, but his full-time job in property management. It was difficult to mesh both schedules.

The Lightning are expected to be at full strength against the Mill Rats. Gabe Freeman is moving freely on his injured ankle.

'I'll be playing,' Freeman said. 'Looking to get back to where I was before.'

Also expected to play is centre Shawn Daniels who suffered a shoulder injury and has been out two weeks.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Oshawa Power win OT thriller 120-119 over Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
Durham's Team the Oshawa Power kept their post season dream alive with a thrilling 120-119 overtime victory over the fourth place Saint John Mill Rats at the GM Centre in Oshawa.

The Power started the game slowly and looked as though they would be blown out for the second straight game against the Mill Rats, but a strong second quarter sparked a push that saw the Power lead by as many as 15 points in the fourth. The Mill Rats made a magical comeback of their own forcing overtime.

'The win was just us taking care of what we have to do' said Canadian Kevin Shand (6'10''-C-74, college: Duquesne) after the game. 'Once we play as a team, and do what we have to do we normally get a win.'

Shand had a monster game recording 10 points and 7 rebounds. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) continued his offensive tear with a game-high 37 points and added 6 rebounds. Number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the thrilling win.

The Mill Rats got a solid effort from their bench scoring 76 of their 119 points. Canadian Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87) led the way with 21 points, and guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-G-88, college: Merrimack) netted 17.

The next Power game is February 19 as they visit the Moncton Miracles at 1:00 p.m. e.s.t.

Power Glance

Record: 13-19

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 25-6 
 2. Quebec K. 20-11 
 3. Halifax R. 17-11 
 4. St.John M.R. 14-17 
 5. Oshawa P. 13-19 
 6. Summerside S. 11-21 
 7. Moncton M. 8-23 


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  NCAA1   


No. 16 Murray State beats SE Missouri 75-66 - by Eurobasket News
Maybe Murray State is getting over its chance of an unbeaten season being spoiled.

The 16th-ranked Racers did a good job neutralizing Southeast Missouri State's first sellout crowd in 12 years, clinching their third straight Ohio Valley Conference championship. And without much from leading scorer Isaiah Canaan.

Donte Poole (6'3''-G-89) hit four 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Murray State held Southeast Missouri State to season-worst 37.3 percent shooting in a 75-66 victory Wednesday night.

'It shows a lot. It shows our toughness, how deep we are and how tight we are,' Poole said. 'Not every game is going to be Isaiah's game. It was just on us to come out and help him.'

Poole totaled 23 points the previous three games on 6-for-24 shooting. He was 4 for 6 from 3-point range and 7 for 12 overall.

'We just tried to key on Canaan and ended up letting the next-best player go off,' Southeast Missouri's Corey Wilford (6'2''-G) said. 'We're going to have to stop both of them the next time.'

Ivan Aska (6'7''-F-90) had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Racers (25-1, 13-1), who have won two straight since getting upset at home by Tennessee State last week to end a 23-0 start. They have dominated the series with Southeast Missouri, 50-17.

'The Tennessee State game is still surreal,' first-year coach Steve Prohm said. 'I'll move past it a little bit now that we won tonight.'

Now, the players want a lot more.

'We want to win a conference tournament championship and go and make some noise in the NCAA tournament,' Poole said. 'We have bigger goals and aspirations and we just want to make sure we're hungry every game.'

Canaan, second in the conference with a 19.6 average, was held scoreless for the first 17 minutes and finished with nine points on 2-for-11 shooting. Canaan had 32 points in the first meeting, an 81-73 victory at home Feb. 2.

'When Isaiah gets only nine points and we get 75, that makes me feel really good,' Brohm said. 'Isaiah's terrific, I wouldn't trade him for anybody.'

Leon Powell (6'7''-F-88) had 13 points and eight rebounds for Southeast Missouri State (14-12, 9-5), and Wilford added 12 points with three 3-pointers in the second half. Tyler Stone, the Redhawks' leading scorer with a 15.0 average, was scoreless in 15 minutes.

Southeast Missouri State's home finale was also the school's first home game against a Top 25 team and attracted a crowd of 7,125, the first sellout at the Show Me Center in 12 years The Redhawks beat Murray State at home last season but have never beaten the Racers in consecutive years at home.

Southeast Missouri State hoped the loss wouldn't scare away fans in the future.

'The outcome wasn't like we wanted but we thank them,' Wilford said. 'Don't let it just be a one-time thing.'

Murray State trailed by 11 points early in the second half of the earlier meeting. The Racers led by 10 at halftime of the rematch despite Canaan's shaky start and Southeast Missouri got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

'I think you've got to credit their go-to guys,' Southeast Missouri State coach Dickey Nutt said. 'They just made big shot after big shot.'

Poole hit all four 3-pointers in the first half, two during a stretch of eight consecutive points that put Murray State up 32-20 with 54 seconds to go. That offset a poor start by Canaan, who missed his first six shots against frequent double coverage before hitting a 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes left.

Southeast Missouri State's halftime point total was just one more than its season-worst and the Redhawks fell short despite shooting 53 percent the rest of the way. Players hoped it wouldn't scare away fans in the future.

'The outcome wasn't like we wanted but we thank them,' Wilford said. 'Don't let it just be a one-time thing.'

Courtesy of www.nbcsports.msnbc.com


No. 13 SDSU stunned by New Mexico, 77-67 - by Eurobasket News
The No. 13 San Diego State Aztecs aren't used to losing like this.

Kendall Williams (6'3''-G-91) scored 21 points and Drew Gordon (6'9''-F-90) had 17 points and 17 rebounds as New Mexico stunned the Aztecs 77-67 on Wednesday night in their loud, crazy arena to move into first place in the Mountain West Conference.

The Lobos (21-4, 7-2) won their sixth straight game and held Chase Tapley, the conference's leading scorer, to seven points. He came in averaging 16.2 points and had been in double figures in 18 straight games. Tapley was held scoreless until making a layup with 4:38 to play.

Jamal Fenton (5'9''-G-91) had 15 points for the Lobos.

It was just the second home conference loss in two seasons for SDSU (20-5, 6-3) and the first time the Aztecs lost consecutive games since January 2010. They had gone 79 games without consecutive losses. Jamaal Franklin scored 16 points for the Aztecs, while Tim Shelton had 13 and James Rahon 11.

'I think that speaks to our program and how much it's grown, We are not used to losing,' Rahon said.

'We didn't play well, we didn't defend well, we didn't rebound the ball, we didn't do what we have been doing throughout the season,' Shelton said

New Mexico's big win came one night after No. 11 UNLV lost 102-97 in overtime at TCU. UNLV and SDSU are tied for second.

On Saturday, San Diego State erased a 13-point deficit at UNLV and took a one-point lead with less than 2 minutes to play but had turnovers on each of its final three possessions and lost 65-63.

When the Lobos and Aztecs met on Jan. 18 at The Pit, San Diego State fell behind 10-0 before rallying for a 75-70 win. The Aztecs trailed by 10 points in the first half of this game and tied it at 38 with a 6-1 burst to open the second half. But, fueled by Gordon's rebounding and San Diego State's turnovers and poor shooting, the Lobos responded with a 16-1 run that essentially put it away at 54-39.

Chad Adams started the run with a 3-pointer, followed by consecutive 3s by Williams. Adams made a bank shot, Gordon and A.J. Hardeman had two free throws apiece and Hardeman added a dunk.

'You're going to lose some tough ones,' Rahon said. 'They outplayed us tonight. They got the better of us on our home court. We have to get our heads back. This league is tough.'

San Diego State's only point during that stretch came when Garrett Green made the second of two free throws.

New Mexico took an early lead behind Williams and Gordon. The Lobos were up 27-17 on a 3-pointer by Adams with 8:42 before halftime. San Diego State pulled to 31-29 before Williams buried a 3 from the corner.

Each team was called for a technical foul in the contentious first half. San Diego State's Franklin was whistled for one after throwing the ball off Phillip McDonald's face. Williams was whistled for a T for arguing a call against Gordon. Coach Steve Alford vigorously argued as well -- even whipping off his sport coat in anger -- but was spared a technical. San Diego State made three of four free throws to close to 36-32 at halftime.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Miami loses to No. 8 North Carolina 73-64 - by Eurobasket News
Miami Hurricane's coach Jim Larranaga and his players visited campus dorms this week inviting students to Wednesday night's game against North Carolina, and a near-capacity crowd showed up.

For much of the game, Miami had a shot at the kind of upset that might keep fans coming back.

But the Hurricanes squandered an eight-point lead in the second half, went nearly five minutes without a point down the stretch and lost to the No. 8 Tar Heels 73-64.

'It was a missed chance for us to make the next step,' Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson (6'10''-C-89) said. 'The crowd was good. I like that a lot. But we came up short in the end.'

Miami (15-9, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost to the Tar Heels for the 18th time in their 20 meetings, including two defeats this year.

'We played a very solid first half,' Larranaga said. 'But we never played great, and what we're looking for is for this team to become a great team.'

Fan chants of 'Aus-tin Ri-vers' down the stretch failed to rattle the Tar Heels. Rivers hit a 3-point buzzer-beater last week to cap a furious rally and help Duke beat North Carolina.

The crowd of 7,071 was Miami's largest at home this season. Larranaga and his players visited campus dorms Monday, passed out chicken wings and T-shirts and encouraged students to attend the game.

'We want our students to feel like school spirit is an important part of your college life,' Larranaga said.

The Tar Heels, who came in averaging 83.5 points, shot only 38 percent and went 5 for 18 from 3-point range. But they forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the second half to get back in the game.

'Defensively we can be a very good team,' said North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, who was held to nine points but made three steals. 'We can win games in the 50s and 60s. And when we start making shots, hopefully we can win by a bigger margin.'

North Carolina (22-4, 9-2) took a half-game lead over Duke and Florida State atop the ACC standings.

'It was one of those wins you have to have to have a fantastic year,' coach Roy Williams said. 'It was a tough win, it was an ugly win in some ways. To be able to grit it out defensively - we did some better things there. That's a huge benefit to win games when you play ugly.'

Durand Scott (6'4''-G-90) scored 15 points for Miami, and Kenny Kadji (6'11''-F/C-88) added 13 points and seven rebounds. But Malcolm Grant's shooting slump continued, and he finished 1 for 6 and scored three points, nine below his average.

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) led North Carolina with 23 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the final 16 minutes. John Henson (6'11''-F-90) had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Tar Heels, who beat Miami for the 10th time in a row.

Zeller was held seven points below his average and shot 4 for 13. Kendall Marshall went 0 for 6, and while the Tar Heels came up with some key offensive rebounds, they edged Miami by only six on the boards.

But they outscored the Hurricanes 14-6 off turnovers.

'When the shots aren't falling, you've got to bring something else to the table,' guard Reggie Bullock said. 'Hopefully the shots start falling.'

In three of their past four wins, the Tar Heels have shot under 40 percent.

The Tar Heels sank only five 3-pointers, all in the final 16 minutes. They fell behind 44-36, then used defense to rally.

Turnovers by Miami helped North Carolina score eight consecutive points and make it 44-all. Barnes' 3-pointer moments later gave the Tar Heels their first lead since early in the opening half.

Another 3-pointer by Barnes put North Carolina ahead by five for the first time, 58-53.

Kadji's 3-pointer for the Hurricanes cut the margin to 63-58 with 6:10 left, but they then went cold. Bullock's 3-pointer put the Tar Heels up 67-58, and they sank four of six free throws in the final minute to sew up the win.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


No. 3 Missouri beats Oklahoma State 83-65 - by Eurobasket News
After handing No. 3 Missouri one of its two losses of the season three weeks ago in Stillwater, Oklahoma State expected a significantly better effort from the Tigers in their rematch Wednesday night.

It got one, too.

Marcus Denmon (6'3''-G-90) scored 17 points and was joined by four teammates in double figures as the Tigers avenged that earlier defeat with an 83-65 rout over the Cowboys. Missouri (24-2, 11-2) led by 22 points at halftime and by as many as 35 well into the second half before a late run fueled by Keiton Page (5'9''-G-89) made the final score a tad more respectable.

'We weren't aggressive,' Cowboys forward Le'Bryan Nash (6'7''-G/F-92) said. 'Our offense wasn't flowing well in the first half. They're the No. 3 team in the country, so when they're hitting shots, they're not going to stop hitting them. I'll give credit where credit is due, they're probably one of the best teams in the country.'

Page led Oklahoma State (12-14, 5-8) with 23 points, but 14 of those came in the game's final 7 minutes once the outcome wasn't in doubt. He hit 5 of 9 attempts from beyond the arc.

Missouri held Nash to 11 points after he torched the Tigers for 27 in a seven-point win in January. Nash sat out 5 minutes early in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.

'It did frustrate me a lot,' Nash said. 'As soon as I got that second foul, as soon as I went out, they went on their run. I fell like it was partly my fault because I got stupid fouls. If I would've stayed in the game, it would have probably been a different game.'

Missouri started slow, making just one of its first six shots as the Cowboys took an early 4-point lead. But the Tigers soon found their shooting touch and it fueled a 23-4 run over 9 minutes in first half that helped Missouri put the game away.

Coach Travis Ford attributed his team's lackluster interior presence to Missouri's defense.

'I was disappointed we didn't get the ball inside enough,' he said. 'That's one thing you try to work on. We wanted to, but we just never got to it, but a lot of it had to do with Missouri's defense. The pressure on the perimeter was some of the best we've seen all year.'

English, the primary Missouri defender on Nash, said he learned what not to do after the prolific scorer had a career night in their previous encounter.

'I really was focused on getting him off the blocks where he's comfortable,' English said. 'I sniffed out some of their plays early and didn't let him get going early. With young, prolific scorers, if they make some baskets early, their jump shots get going, they get a little bit more moxie.'

The Tigers, who start four guards along with the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe, had a 37-29 rebound advantage, their first after being outrebounded by an average of more than nine boards the previous five games. But for a change, the defensive matchup was favorable against a team that starts three guards and also has no starter taller than 6-8. That big man, redshirt freshman Michael Cobbins, had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cowboys.

Missouri's lead was so large that coach Frank Haith was able to put little-used reserves Jarrett Sutton and Andrew Jones, a tight end recruited from the football team early in the hoops season to shore up a thin front line, into the game with nearly 5 minutes remaining.

If seeking revenge for one of its only two losses this season was on No. 3 Missouri's mind, the Tigers kept that goal in the locker room Wednesday night.

'Just business,' English said. 'But we definitely remembered how we didn't perform in Stillwater.'

Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F-89) and sixth-man Michael Dixon (6'1''-G-90) both had 15 points and English and Phil Pressey (5'10''-PG-91) scored 13 apiece for Missouri, which is tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.

The victory extended the school record of 101 for Missouri's four-man senior class, a group that consists of English, Denmon, Ratliffe and Matt Pressey, Phil's older brother.

But like his stone-faced public persona when asked about revenge as a possible motivation, English said the record is the byproduct of a more significant plan one the Tigers hope will culminate in the school's first Final Four and a national championship.

'Those are product goals. We're stuck in the process,' he said, repeating what has become a near-mantra for Haith and his team. 'You're going to get some accolades along the way if you really consume yourself with getting better every day. That's a testament to us just getting lost in preparation every week, especially this season.'

Courtesy of www.nj.com


Top 25 - Men
Standings
East Division
 1. Akron 10-1 (17-7) 
 2. Buffalo 9-3 (15-7) 
 3. Ohio 8-3 (20-4) 
 4. Bowling Green 7-4 (13-10) 
 5. Kent St. 6-3 (16-6) 
 6. Miami, OH 4-8 (8-16) 
West Division
 1. E.Michigan 5-5 (10-13) 
 2. Toledo 4-7 (12-13) 
 3. Ball St. 4-7 (12-11) 
 4. W.Michigan 4-7 (10-14) 
 5. Cent.Michigan 3-7 (7-15) 
 6. N.Illinois 1-10 (2-22) 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Rian PEARSON
  Toledo
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Pearson, Toledo16.8 
 2. Mavunga, Miami, OH16.8 
 3. Jones, Ball St.16.3 
 4. McCrea, Buffalo16.0 
 5. Zeigler, Cent.Mic.15.1 
 6. Watt, Buffalo14.6 
 7. Cooper, Ohio14.0 
 8. Calhoun, Bowling13.7 
 9. Brown, Toledo13.6 
 10. Lampley, E.Michig.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Miami, OH
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Mavunga, Miami, OH9.5 
 2. Jones, Ball St.8.7 
 3. Pearson, Toledo8.2 
 4. Watt, Buffalo7.7 
 5. McCrea, Buffalo7.5 
 6. Whitfield, W.Michi.6.9 
 7. Zeigler, Cent.Mic.6.8 
 8. Stainbrook, W.Mic.6.6 
 9. Greene, Kent St.6.5 
 10. Thomas, Bowling6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jarod OLDHAM
  Buffalo
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Oldham, Buffalo6.0 
 2. Davis, Ball St.5.6 
 3. Cooper, Ohio5.4 
 4. Brown, Toledo5.2 
 5. Douglas, W.Michigan5.0 
 6. Abreu, Akron4.8 
 7. Brown, Toledo4.8 
 8. Porrini, Kent St.4.8 
 9. Crawford, Bowling4.3 
 10. Guyton, Kent St.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Bowling .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Thomas, Bowling2.6 
 2. Cooper, Ohio2.3 
 3. Abreu, Akron2.0 
 4. Jackson, Cent.Mic.1.8 
 5. Brown, Toledo1.8 
 6. Pearson, Toledo1.7 
 7. Crawford, Bowling1.6 
 8. Offutt, Ohio1.6 
 9. Porrini, Kent St.1.6 
 10. Oldham, Buffalo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeke MARSHALL
  Akron
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Marshall, Akron3.1 
 2. Watt, Buffalo2.7 
 3. Riley, E.Michigan1.7 
 4. Black, Bowling Gre.1.5 
 5. Harris, E.Michigan1.4 
 6. McCrea, Buffalo1.3 
 7. Coimbra, Cent.Mic.1.2 
 8. Smith, Ohio1.1 
 9. Greene, Kent St.1.0 
 10. Evans, Kent St.0.9 


Arizona 76, Washington St. 72 - by Milord Nikolic
Jesse Perrys tie-breaking three-point play with 38.8 seconds left helped Arizona stretch its winning streak to five games while fighting off host Washington State in Pac-12 play. Brendon Lavender scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, and Kyle Fogg had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4) remain in contention for the regular-season conference crown. Brock Motum scored 28 points and Reggie Moore scored a season-high 21 points for Washington State (13-13, 5-9), which lost for just the second time in 10 games at Beasley Coliseum this season. Perry had 14 points, including the 3-point play that gave Arizona a 72-69 lead. Motum was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left but missed two of three free throws. When Motum made the third one, it snapped a personal streak of six straight misses for the Washington State star. Fogg and Lavender added two free throws apiece in the final 19.6 seconds for the Wildcats. Solomon Hill added 11 points for Arizona. The Wildcats led 52-49 with 12:16 remaining after a 3-pointer by Lavender. The Cougars responded with eight consecutive points, capped by a 3-pointer by Moore to take a five-point lead with 10:42 to play. The Wildcats rattled off the next nine points with Hills basket giving Arizona a 61-57 advantage with 8:34 to play. Washington State caught the Cougars at 65-65 on Motums 3-pointer with 4:57 left.



BYU 85, San Francisco 84 - by Milord Nikolic
Matt Carlino scored a career-high 30 points, including a game-winning basket with 21 seconds remaining, as Brigham Young beat San Francisco 85-84 Thursday night for its sixth victory in seven games. Angelo Caloiaro scored 23 for USF, but he missed an open look at the 3-point line on the Dons' final, frantic possession. San Francisco's Cody Doolin and BYU's Anson Windsor were fighting for the rebound as time expired. Noah Hartsock had 16 points and Charles Abouo 15 for the Cougars (22-6, 10-3 West Coast Conference), who didn't trail until Rashad Green hit a jumper from the foul line with 47 seconds remaining. That put San Francisco (17-11, 7-7) ahead 84-83. Carlino, a transfer from UCLA who became eligible Dec. 17, became the first Cougar to go for 30 points since Jimmer Fredette last season. Perris Blackwell added 18 for San Francisco, Doolin 16, Green 12 and Cole Dickerson 10.


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 1-0 
 2. Ibdaa D. 1-0 
 3. Beit Sahour 1-0 
 4. Bethlehem 1-0 
 5. Orthodox R. 1-0 
 6. Hiteen 1-1 
 7. Beit Jala 1-1 
 8. Sarriyet 1-1 
 9. Al Ahli 0-1 
 10. Rameen 0-1 
 11. Berzeit Club 0-1 
 12. Ebal 0-2 


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Maciej Lampe is back: 'I was nervous in the beginning' - by Natxo Mendaza
Polish center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) saw how his struggle came to an end as he made his debut with Caja Laboral in the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinals tonight. He saw limited minutes, just six, and his performance wasn't brilliant (-3 index rating), but nobody felt dissapointed after a so long inactive period. Lampe also enjoyed the win of his team, Caja Laboral, who beat Lagun aro 72 - 65 and qualified for the semifinals in a very balanced game. Lampe recognized that he felt 'nervous in the beginning. I still need to reach the same level my teammates have, but I'm happy for the comeback and especially for the win'. Lampe also enjoyed the atmosphere of the tournament: 'This is a bigger event than other Cups I've played in other places. People and fans live this with a great intesity'. Talking about his performance, Lampe stated that 'I think I'm improving step by step, and I hope I can contribute more in the following games'.

Intermarche Basket Cup: down to Final Four - by Michal Koza
This year Polish Cup will be decided in the Final Four tournament formula. Intermarche Basket Cup will take place this weekend in Zielona Gora. As home team (Zastal Zielona Gora) awaits rivals, Six teams fought Wednesday in the quarterfinals to compete for a prize.

PGE Turow - Asseco Prokom 85:70


This was first game this year for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in a Polish competition as team was released from the first stage of the Polish league (PLK) due to heavy schedule in the Euroleague and VTB in which Asseco Prokom Gdynia, as Polish champion, also participated. A day before, Polish media have informed that two best Asseco Prokom Gdynia players will not play because the club wants to rest them. Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) and Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) did not travel with the team. Tomas Pacesas , Asseco Prokom Gdynias head coach, stayed also home as the team was leaded by an assistant coach Andrzej Adamek .
The first quarter gave some hopes for a depleted guests as Przemyslaw Zamojski (186-G-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) was red hot (17 points in the first half). Six point edge (17:23) did not last very long as PGE Turow Zgorzelec forced their way back into the game by winning second quarter by ten. The game was decided in the third as home fans saw their favorites building a 14 point lead with 11 minutes to play. They were never challenged in the fourth and won 85:70. Daniel Kickert scored a game high 21 points.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec: Daniel Kickert 21, David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) 13, Aaron Cel (203-F-87) 12
Asseco Prokom Gdynia Prokom: Przemyslaw Zamojski 18, Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) 12, Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) 12.

Trefl Sopot - Energa Czarni 86:70


There was no thriller in another quarterfinal as Trefl Sopot led from the beginning of the game till the very end and won by 16. Energa Czarni Slupsk were outscored by 11 in the first quarter (31-20) including a 10-2 start and outrebounded 19-6 in the first half. 54:39 after 20 minutes of action. The start of the second half was a different story as guests started third with a 12-2 run and reduced the lead to five points (56:51). Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) nailed a long bomb to increase the lead to eight and in the next possession Trefl Sopot reestablished double-digit lead. From that point the victory for the home team was never in doubt. Final score: 86:70.

Trefl Sopot: Lukasz Koszarek 16, Jermaine Mallett (190-G-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) 15, Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, college: Barton County CC) 12
Energa Czarni Slupsk: Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) 16, Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) 12, Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) 8.

Anwil - Slask Wroclaw 80:83 (OT)


Anwil Wloclawek took on WKS Slask Wroclaw in a battle of two important teams in Polish basketball history for a place in a Polish Cup semifinal. It was a close game from the start and visitors led by Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) opened a 5 point lead after first half (37:42). Lorinza Harrington (193-G-80, college: Wingate) played well for the hosts and helped his team to start the third quarter with a 16-7 run. Both teams had their chances in the last ten minutes but the game went into overtime. Anwil Wloclawek stroke first to lead 73:71 but Robert Skibniewski 3+1 and Akselis Vairogs 3-pointer made it for WKS Slask Wroclaw.

Anwil Wloclawek: Lorinza Harrington 18, Nick Lewis (207-F/C-83, college: San Diego) 15, Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) 10
WKS Slask Wroclaw: Akselis Vairogs 25, Aleksandar Mladenovic 10, Adam Wojcik (207-F-70, agency: Beo Basket) 10.

The semifinals will be played on 18th February, the Final will take place the next day:

Semifinals:
PGE Turow Zgorzelec - Trefl Sopot
Zastal Zielona Gora - WKS Slask Wroclaw




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  PORTUGAL   


Porto and Petro Luanda reach Compal SuperCup Final - by Eurobasket News
Porto and Luanda Petro will fight for the 3rd Edition of Compal Cup trophy.
Porto defeated the defending champions 1 De Agosto 70:63 to reach the title game. Robert Johnson (203-C/F-81, college: Oregon) stepped up with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dragons. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) added 12 points for the winners.
Luanda Petro snatched a 73:70 win over Libolo. Petro used a 24:12 run in the second quarter to pile up a 38:34 halftime lead. Petro were up by 10 points 58:48 heading into the final frame. But Libolo bounced back surging ahead for a 61:59 advantage. But Carlos Morais (190-G-85) stepped up for Petro giving them back a 71:64 advantage and helping them to the victory. Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) stepped up with 23 points for Petro. Carlos Morais added 9 points in the win. Luis Costa (193-F-78) answered with 19 points for Libolo. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) had 10 points in the loss.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.21.6 
 2. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.2 
 3. Gordon, Ural E.15.2 
 4. Sotnikov, TE.13.9 
 5. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.13.1 
 6. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.9 
 7. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan12.7 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.12.5 
 9. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.2 
 10. Zaykin, TE.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.7 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.7.7 
 3. Ivlev, Rjazan7.6 
 4. Zaykin, TE.7.0 
 5. Trushkin, Spart.6.5 
 6. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.6.3 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.3 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.5.9 
 9. Varlamov, Ural E.5.4 
 10. Sleta, Sojuz Z.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.4.9 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.4 
 4. Tokarev, TE.3.9 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.7 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.5 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.3 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.2 
 9. Chernov, Ruskon-M.2.9 
 10. Grebelnyy, Sever.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dramir ZIBIROV
  Ataman
  (187-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Zibirov, Ataman2.5 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.1 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.9 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.6 
 6. Smygin, Ataman1.5 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 8. Aleksandrov, Univ..1.4 
 9. Krivko, Ruskon-M.1.3 
 10. Ivlev, Rjazan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Varlamov, Ural E.1.2 
 3. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 4. Goritskov, Sever.1.0 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.0 
 6. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.0.8 
 7. Voronchikhin, Spar.0.8 
 8. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 9. Trushkin, Spart.0.8 
 10. Babitchev, Spart.0.7 


Vladislav Trushkin gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Talented Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spartak V. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 18-year old forward had a double-double of 11 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Ataman (#2, 14-6) with 19-point margin 71-52. Spartak V. maintains the 8th position in Russian Superleague. 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. Spartak V. have already lost 16 games and recorded just six victories. It's Trushkin's second year at Spartak V. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Trushkin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.1rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old guard Anton Ageev (192-G-84) of Ruskon-Mord.. Ageev impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Ruskon-Mord. was edged by slightly lower-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 4-16) 92-88. Ruskon-Mord. is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Ageev is well-known by Ruskon-Mord. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#3). He also registered 4.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Pavel Aleksandrov (196-G-89) of Sojuz Zaretchny (#9). Aleksandrov scored 19 points and passed nine assists. He was a key player of Sojuz Zaretchny, leading his team to a 92-88 win against slightly higher-ranked Ruskon-Mord. (#7, 6-14). Sojuz Zaretchny can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Aleksandrov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Aleksandrov has individually a great season in Russia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 10.4ppg (6th best) and assists with 3.4apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleksandr Zaykin (208-F/C-84) of TEMP-SUMZ - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Shamov (191-PG-91) of Rjazan - 13 points and 6 rebounds
7. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Dmitriy Ponosov (220-C-84) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 6 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Aleksander Pushkin (203-F-87) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 12 points and 9 rebounds
10. Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 16 points and 8 rebounds

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


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SKP Banska Bystrica add Serbian Aleksandar Vuletic - by Eurobasket News
SKP Banska Bystrica add Serbian Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, college: Indian Hills CC) for the rest of the season. In his first game he scored 3 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. However his new team lost to Vahostav-Zilina 79-84.
Vuletic played most recently at Viva Basket Beograd. While playing 15 games for Viva Basket this season he averaged 14.9ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.0apg and 3.0spg.
Fir his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention Teams Most Improved Player -03, Junior Champions of Belgrade -04, #1 Top Rebounder of Championship Tournament -04, Team Promoted to Serbia A League (SERBIA TOP LEAGUE) 07. He became IOWA STATE CHAMPIONS -08, REGION CHAMPIONS -08 and clinched 6th place at All-American Final Tournament in Kansas -08. He was selected as the Serbian B League BEST REBOUNDER (first half of season) -10. In 2010 he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Serbian B League 1st Team. Last year he became #2 TOP REBOUNDER IN LEAGUE -11, Recorded 10 Double-Doubles during the season -11, was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian B League 2nd Team.



Radivoj Korac Cup - Quarterfinals Day 1 - by Ivan Milenkovic
Two main favourites to win Radivoj Korac Cup, Partizan MTS and Radnicki Kragujevac, advanced to semifinals after winning their games in different fashions.

Partizan opened tournament with poor offensive display and Mega Vizura led throughout first quarter and had 20:16 lead after 10 minutes. 'Black and whites' couldn't find their rhytm in offense in first 20 minutes, but had 6 points advantage after first half (40:34).
Mega was in the game until 25th minute, when Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) had to go to bench after his 4th personal foul. It was 49:41 in that moment, Partizan then made 13:2 run and took 62:43 lead. Mega was losing strength to keep up with Partizan's rhythm and Serbian and Adriatic champions were extending their lead until the end.
Coach Vladimir Jovanovic used all 12 players, everyone scored at least 2 points, none of them played less than 10 minutes and none played more than 22 minutes. Five Partizan players scored in double figures, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) scored 16 points, Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) 15, Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Davis Bertans (208-F-92) added 11 points. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) showed his superb skills and finished game with 19 points, Petar Jokic (199-F-91, agency: 011 Sports) added 17 for Mega, while Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points.

Partizan MTS - Mega Vizura 98:69 (16:20, 24:14, 29:18, 29:17)

Partizan didn't have problems, but Radnicki had. Team from Kragujevac led by 7 after first quarter and had 40:28 lead before half time. But Vojvodina answered with 13:3 run, including Strahinja Milosevic's (203-F-85) three pointer from beyond half court in last second, and it was only 2 point game after 20 minutes. After technical foul of same player in third quarter, Radnicki scored 5 points to open another double-digit lead, it was 61:51. But, leader of Serbian league didn't surrender and entered last 5 minutes with 69:64 lead after great 18:3 run.
However, Radnicki answered. In last minutes, full of mistakes by both teams, Radnicki had more luck. In the end, they won thanks to great block of Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) on Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport), who missed easy basket little bit earlier. David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) had problem with injury and played only 15 minutes in opening and final part of the game, but scored 17 points. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) added 16 (6 ass) and Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) 12. Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) led Vojvodina with 16 points, Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) had 13 and Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) 12 (6 rebs, 6 ass).

Radnicki Kragujevac - Vojvodina Novi Sad 77:75 (26:19, 17:22, 19:14, 15:20)


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


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.24.6 
 2. Riboskic, Beovuk19.1 
 3. Djurovic, Crnokosa19.1 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost18.9 
 5. Skoko, Vojvodina17.7 
 6. Dasic, Jagodina17.1 
 7. Gagovic, Jagodina16.9 
 8. Dondur, Beovuk 7216.7 
 9. Samailovic, Radnic.16.7 
 10. Rasic, Mladost16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.2 
 2. Sikman, Napredak.8.3 
 3. Glisovic, Radnic.8.2 
 4. Tmusic, Jagodina7.9 
 5. Jankovic, Mladost7.9 
 6. Dondur, Beovuk 727.8 
 7. Grubor, Vojvodina7.7 
 8. Ljubotina, Spartak7.4 
 9. Janjusevic, Konst.7.4 
 10. Vukovic, Mladost7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.6.8 
 2. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.9 
 3. Velickovic, Konst.4.9 
 4. Simic, Radnicki OB4.7 
 5. Boricic, Radnicki.4.3 
 6. Dumic, Mladost4.1 
 7. Tanasijevic, Radni.4.0 
 8. Marinkovic, Mlados.3.8 
 9. Kasabasic, Crnoko.3.7 
 10. Pastornjicki, Voj.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.2.9 
 2. Marinkovic, Mlados.2.8 
 3. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.6 
 4. Kuntic, Spartak2.5 
 5. Kovacevic, Mlados.2.2 
 6. Djurovic, Spartak2.2 
 7. Rasic, Mladost2.2 
 8. Djoric, Jagodina2.1 
 9. Dugosija, Mladost2.1 
 10. Grubor, Vojvodina1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan LJUBOTINA
  Spartak
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ljubotina, Spartak2.3 
 2. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.1 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak1.7 
 4. Radenkovic, Jedins.1.1 
 5. Jankovic, Mladost0.9 
 6. Dukanac, Mladost0.9 
 7. Savic, Radnicki St.0.9 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.8 
 9. Banjanin, Mladost0.8 
 10. Janjusevic, Konst.0.8 


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BK Vahostav-SK Zilina signed Devin Chambers - by Eurobasket News
BK Vahostav-SK Zilina signed Devin Chambers (183-G-86, college: S.Maine) for the rest of the season. The American player already debuted for his new team with 8 points.
In 2007-2008 he started for William Carey University (NAIA1) and averaged 8.5ppg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg. In 2008-2009 for William Carey University (NAIA1) he improved to 9.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 4.2apg. In 2009-2010 moved to Mississippi College (NCAA3) and showed 11ppg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg. The season 2010-2011 appeared for University of Southern Maine (NCAA3) where his stats read 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4spg, 3.4apg.
The season 2011-2012 Devin Chambers started for Volcanes de Toluca (Mexico-LNBP, starting five) and after 10 games averaged 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 65.3%. In Dec.'11 moved to Cleveland Havok (UBA), and in Feb.'12 agreed terms with BK Vahostav-SK Zilina (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five).
In his top game this season for Volcanes de Toluca he recorded 24 points. Volcanes lost on the road their 28th consecutive match to Correcaminos 107:59.American guard Devin Chambers produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and Jesus Rivera added 11 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests.




SKP Banska Bystrica add Serbian Aleksandar Vuletic - by Eurobasket News
SKP Banska Bystrica add Serbian Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, college: Indian Hills CC) for the rest of the season. In his first game he scored 3 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. However his new team lost to Vahostav-Zilina 79-84.
Vuletic played most recently at Viva Basket Beograd. While playing 15 games for Viva Basket this season he averaged 14.9ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.0apg and 3.0spg.
Fir his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention Teams Most Improved Player -03, Junior Champions of Belgrade -04, #1 Top Rebounder of Championship Tournament -04, Team Promoted to Serbia A League (SERBIA TOP LEAGUE) 07. He became IOWA STATE CHAMPIONS -08, REGION CHAMPIONS -08 and clinched 6th place at All-American Final Tournament in Kansas -08. He was selected as the Serbian B League BEST REBOUNDER (first half of season) -10. In 2010 he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Serbian B League 1st Team. Last year he became #2 TOP REBOUNDER IN LEAGUE -11, Recorded 10 Double-Doubles during the season -11, was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian B League 2nd Team.



Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 19-9 
 2. Prievidza 19-9 
 3. Komarno 17-10 
 4. Handlova 16-12 
 5. Nova Ves 14-14 
 6. Svit 13-14 
 7. Levice 12-16 
 8. B.Bystrica 7-20 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 7-20 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Jones, Handlova28.0 
 2. Clemente, Nitra19.2 
 3. Soska, Vahostav.18.9 
 4. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 5. Roberson, Svit18.2 
 6. Hampton, Handlova18.2 
 7. Vaden, Nitra17.4 
 8. Jones, Nova Ves16.9 
 9. Kitts, B.Bystrica16.7 
 10. Jones, Komarno16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Jones, Nova Ves11.7 
 2. Kitts, B.Bystrica11.1 
 3. Dorazil, B.Bystrica9.1 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza8.5 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.0 
 6. Majok, Nitra7.9 
 7. Johnson, Komarno7.6 
 8. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.2 
 9. Batka, Nova Ves7.2 
 10. Petty, Vahostav.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jones, Handlova7.3 
 2. Jefferson, Nova V.7.0 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza5.7 
 5. Jones, Komarno5.4 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Grznar, B.Bystrica4.0 
 8. Clemente, Nitra3.8 
 9. Pelle, Prievidza3.0 
 10. Godbold, Prievidza2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.7 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.2.4 
 4. Mascoll, Svit2.2 
 5. Pelle, Prievidza2.2 
 6. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 7. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 8. Vaden, Nitra1.8 
 9. Phillips, Prievidza1.8 
 10. Zavodny, Vahost.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Majok, Nitra2.1 
 2. Silinskis, Nitra1.1 
 3. Golian, Handlova1.0 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.9 
 6. Roberson, Svit0.8 
 7. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.8 
 8. Johnson, Komarno0.8 
 9. Prosper, Handlova0.8 
 10. Mathis, Komarno0.7 


Extraliga Round 31: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Extraliga round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Ninth defeat of league's leader Prievidza (19-9) against third ranked Komarno (17-10) 92-85 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Prievidza. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Komarno made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Komarno made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Prievidza. Komarno have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-10 record having just three points less than leader Nitra. Prievidza at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Nitra who have the same record. Prievidza will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Komarno will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Nitra in Nitra.
Fifth-ranked Nova Ves (14-14) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Nitra (19-9). The visitors from Nitra managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Robert Nuber (187-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Branislav Tomek helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Nitra keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Prievidza. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Nitra will play against Komarno (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nova Ves will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Handlova in a game versus Levice (#7) 78-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Handlova. It was an exceptional evening for Eric Sanchez who led the winners and scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Levice's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Anthony Jones came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Handlova in the defeat. Newly promoted Levice maintains seventh place with 12-16 record. Loser Handlova keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Levice will meet bottom-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#9) on the road in the next round. Handlova will play against Nova Ves (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Vahostav-Zilina managed to get a seventh victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica 84-79. Dejan Stojanovic fired 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Vahostav-Zilina (7-20) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.Bystrica. SKP Banska Bystrica lost seventh consecutive game. Vahostav-Zilina's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Komarno - Prievidza 92-85

Extraliga round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Ninth defeat of league's leader Prievidza (19-9) against third ranked Komarno (17-10) 92-85 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Prievidza. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Komarno made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Komarno made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Prievidza. Five Komarno and four Prievidza players scored in double figures. Komarno have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-10 record having just three points less than leader Nitra. Prievidza at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Nitra who have the same record. Prievidza will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Komarno will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Nitra in Nitra.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: D.Godbold 22+11reb+3ast, B.Davis 15+4reb, S.Phillips 13+10reb+3ast, P.Guede 10+5reb+1ast, P.Pipiska 9+3reb+1ast, C.Pelle 7+2reb+4ast
Komarno: J.Jones 20+4reb+4ast, S.Bilic 16+4reb+1ast, L.Johnson 15+8reb+2ast, J.Kratochvil 13+5reb+2ast, M.Bilik 11+3reb+1ast, D.Keller 11+5reb+1ast
gschID: 139220


Nova Ves - Nitra 87-90

Fifth-ranked Nova Ves (14-14) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Nitra (19-9). The visitors from Nitra managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected easier game. Nova Ves were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Nitra, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Robert Nuber (187-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Andrew Jones (208-87, college: Penn St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nitra keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Prievidza. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Nitra will play against Komarno (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nova Ves will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 27+5reb+6ast, A.Jones 19+6reb+1ast, M.Batka 16+6reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 11+3reb+5ast, J.Moupegnou 8+4reb, P.Losonsky 4+3reb+4ast
Nitra: R.Nuber 27+6reb+5ast, D.Clemente 15+3reb+3ast, B.Tomek 13+9reb+3ast, D.Silinskis 12+5reb+2ast, M.Ziak 9+3reb+2ast, F.Lehman 8+2reb
gschID: 139221


Levice - Handlova 78-74

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Handlova in a game versus Levice (#7) 78-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Handlova. Handlova trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 30-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Spanish point guard Eric Sanchez (181-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Levice's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Handlova in the defeat. Newly promoted Levice maintains seventh place with 12-16 record. Loser Handlova keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Levice will meet bottom-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#9) on the road in the next round. Handlova will play against Nova Ves (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: A.Jones 22+5reb+7ast, M.Madaj 16+1reb, S.Hampton 11+6reb+1ast, M.Golian 10+1reb, T.Mrvis 8+10reb, I.Barisic 5+9reb
Levice: E.Sanchez 21+5reb+4ast, M.Sykora 13+4reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 10+11reb+1ast, D.Marek 10+1ast, J.Vojtek 8+5reb+1ast, C.Hallett 6+3reb
gschID: 139222


B.Bystrica - Vahostav-Zilina 79-84

Bottom-ranked Vahostav-Zilina managed to get a seventh victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica 84-79. It looked good early as SKP Banska Bystrica took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vahostav-Zilina had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and SKP Banska Bystrica was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-84. Strangely SKP Banska Bystrica outrebounded Vahostav-Zilina 40-28 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by SKP Banska Bystrica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Jan Zavodny (187-87) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and guard Branislav Koczkas (178-82) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four SKP Banska Bystrica players scored in double figures. Vahostav-Zilina (7-20) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.Bystrica. SKP Banska Bystrica lost seventh consecutive game. Vahostav-Zilina's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: B.Koczkas 19+5reb+1ast, M.Kitts 15+14reb, M.Rendla 15+2reb+1ast, R.Korner 12+2reb+1ast, V.Hovanak 6+2reb+1ast, R.Pitak 6+2reb
Vahostav-Zilina: D.Stojanovic 20+8reb, J.Zavodny 18+5reb+1ast, V.Kosa 14+2reb, M.Podhorsky 9+1reb+1ast, D.Chambers 8+1reb+2ast, L.Hoferica 6+4reb
gschID: 139219




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  SLOVENIA   


Krka and Zlatorog into semifinals of Cup - by Zeljko Zule
Krka and Zlatorog reached the semifinals of 2012 Slovenian Cup Spar on the first day of Final-Eight Toruament at Brezice. Krka grabbed its first double-digit lead of the contest early in the final period and defeated Sentjur 75-64,, while Zlatorog never trailed in comfortable win, 61-51, over Elektra.
Krka-Sentjur 75-64: Leading by two in the third period, Krka scored seven straight points to go ahead 47-38. Sentjur cut the deficit to 44-49, but Krka responded with nine consecutive points to take a lead 58-46 and and its lead never dipped under six points for the rest of the way. Goran Dragic posted 21 points, Jure Lalic had 14 points and Jure Balazic finished with 11 points. Krka outrebouned Sentjur 42-31, picking up 14 offensive boards. Travis Nelson scored 24 points for Sentjur, Tadej Ferme added 11 and former national team member Ivica Jurkovic in his debut for Sentjur missed all four attempts.
Zlatorog-Elektra 61-51: Zlatorog never trailed and led by as many as 18 points early in the third quarter. They grabbed their first double digit lead at 27-17 in the second quarter and opened the the third period with 11 straight points to go ahead 43-27. Zlatorog outrebounded Elektra 35-22, picking up 12 offensive boards. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) led all scorers with 25 points while Salih Nuhanovic 14 of his 15 points for Elektra posted before the half.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 41-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 33-14 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 29-18 
 4. KCC Egis 26-22 
 5. Mobis Phoebus 24-24 
 6. ET Land 24-24 
 7. LG Sakers 18-31 
 8. Goyang Orions 16-31 
 9. SK Knights 16-31 
 10. Samsung Th. 11-36 


Former champ Watkins coming back to KBL - by JungHwan Seo
Former KBL champion Watkins Jameel (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) is coming back to KBL to get his another championship for KCC Egis

KCC Egis announced today that they will replace Sims DeShawn (203-F-88, college: Michigan) for Watkins for rest of the season. Watkins played three seasons in KBL since 2004 in TG which was the former franchise of Dongbu Promy.

Watkins got his first championship ring in 2004-05 with KBL star Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79). Watkins averaged 16.1 points, 12 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in KBL. He was the first import player who named as a team captain.

After leaving KBL, Watkins continued his career in CBA. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.3 boards and 1.6 shot blocks for Jilin Northeast Tigers before joining KCC Egis.

Watkins will play tomorrow against his former team Dongbu Promy which is now on 15 games winning streak (tied 1st in KBL).

Dongbu Promy already got their 4th regular season title with 85.4% (41 win 7 lost) winning percentages. They need just one more win to mark the most winning team in KBL history.



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  SPAIN   


Maciej Lampe is back: 'I was nervous in the beginning' - by Natxo Mendaza
Polish center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) saw how his struggle came to an end as he made his debut with Caja Laboral in the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinals tonight. He saw limited minutes, just six, and his performance wasn't brilliant (-3 index rating), but nobody felt dissapointed after a so long inactive period. Lampe also enjoyed the win of his team, Caja Laboral, who beat Lagun aro 72 - 65 and qualified for the semifinals in a very balanced game. Lampe recognized that he felt 'nervous in the beginning. I still need to reach the same level my teammates have, but I'm happy for the comeback and especially for the win'. Lampe also enjoyed the atmosphere of the tournament: 'This is a bigger event than other Cups I've played in other places. People and fans live this with a great intesity'. Talking about his performance, Lampe stated that 'I think I'm improving step by step, and I hope I can contribute more in the following games'.

Lubos Barton leaves Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) and Fuenlabrada split ways. The Czech forward joined the Madrid team back in 2010. He averaged 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds per EuroChallenge game this season. In ACB Lubos Barton tallied 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per appearance. Lubos Barton previously had stints with Barcelona, Joventut, Lottomatica Roma, Bologna. The forward has been the member of Czech National Team since 1998.


Spanish King's Cup: Caja Laboral and F.C. Barcelona advance to semis - by Natxo Mendaza
No room for surprises in the fist day of Spanish King's Cup. Caja Laboral and F.C. Barcelona Regal lived up to the expectations and defeated Lagun Aro and Lucentum Alicante respectively to advance to the semifinals, where they will meet each other on Saturday. The Basque derby was decided by Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77), who boosted his team after halftime for a 72-65 win. Lagun Aro reached a game-high 10-points lead, 28-38, behind 16 points of Jimmy Baron in the first half, but Caja Laboral came up big after the intermission and turned the game upside down thanks to a 23-3 run that stunned Lagun Aro. Once the team from Vitoria recovered the lead, Lagun Aro couldn't find the way back as Prigioni took over, and together with Miljko Bjelica, led his team and suffocated every comeback attempt. The Argentinean playmaker had an impressive statline: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals, while Bjelica poured in 22 points. Less than an hour later, F.C. Barcelona confirmed they are the team to beat this season by destroying Lucentum Alicante 75-54. Alicante enjoyed a short lead in the early beginning, but it was just a dream that turned into a nightmare very soon. Led by an explosive Xavier Rabaseda (198-G/F-89), Barcelona buried Alicante's hope in less than ten minutes. Rabaseda scored 10 points in the second quarter (3 three-pointers) to launch his team at halftime (41-25). Differences kept growing after intermission, as Lucentum showed unable to challenge the deffensive scheme of Xavi Pascual. Only Llompart, with 14 points, scored in double figures for the losers, as Lorbek and Rabaseda had 17 and 16 respectively for the winners. Pete Mickeal, with 10 boards, led all rebounders.

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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sodertalje 19-9 
 2. Norrkoping 18-10 
 3. LF Basket 17-12 
 4. Boras 17-13 
 5. Sundsvall 16-12 
 6. Solna 16-12 
 7. Uppsala 15-14 
 8. 08 13-16 
 9. Jamtland 11-19 
 10. Eco Orebro 2-27 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.4 
 2. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.8 
 3. Palm, Boras18.1 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje18.1 
 5. Krayem, Boras17.8 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket17.4 
 7. McKnight, Boras17.0 
 8. Gunnarsson, Solna16.3 
 9. Laser, Solna16.2 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Palm, Boras10.8 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.0 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.8 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.5 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland8.6 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro8.1 
 9. McKnight, Boras8.0 
 10. Stamper, Jamtland7.9