EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/18/2012

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 14-2
 2. Jacksonville 7-2
 3. Atlanta E. 4-2
 4. Heartland H. 3-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 2-1
 6. Georgia G. 1-1
 7. Savannah Storm 0-0
 8. Columbus R. 0-3
 9. E.Point Jaguars 0-8
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 4-3
 2. Modesto H. 3-2
 3. Chico Rage 0-2
California South
 1. Arizona S. 16-3
 2. San Diego Sol 15-2
 3. San Diego S. 7-7
 4. LA Slam 6-9
 5. Riverside R. 1-5
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-11
Colonial
 1. Richmond E. 8-1
 2. Lynchburg L. 7-5
 3. NoVa Wonders 4-1
 4. Portsmouth C. 2-4
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 9-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Midwest Flames 0-0
 5. Cleveland H. 0-1
 6. Porter County P. 0-3
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carol.W. 9-0
 2. Carolina C. 9-5
 3. Carolina Ch. 6-5
 4. East Carolina T. 4-6
 5. Nashville S. 3-0
 6. Fayetteville F. 2-10
 7. Tennessee MH 2-10
 8. Clarksville C. 0-2
 9. Carolina J. 0-6
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-4
 2. Detroit Hoops 5-3
 3. Greencastle GK 2-0
 4. Indianapolis 2-0
 5. Lansing L. 1-1
 6. Michiana M. 1-4
 7. Dayton GCHF 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 9-1
 2. Jersey Expr. 5-6
 3. Island Vipers 2-7
 4. New York Ch. 0-1
 5. NYC Thunder 0-3
Northern Division
 1. Oklahoma I. 0-0
Pacific North
 1. Bay Area M. 18-8
 2. Richmond R. 16-5
 3. S.Francisco R. 13-3
 4. E.Bay Pitbulls 8-7
 5. Port City P. 6-9
 6. Sacramento H. 2-14
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-0
 2. Alaska Q. 4-5
 3. Washington R. 0-1
 4. Calgary C. 0-4
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 6-2
 2. Panama City D. 0-2
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 18-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-9
 3. Crusaders 2-5
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Bluff City R. 12-4
 2. Little Rock L. 11-5
 3. Conway C. 11-6
 4. N.E. Arkansas 7-8
 5. Missouri R. 2-4
 6. St.Louis P. 1-9
South West
 1. Texas Fuel 11-2
 2. North Dallas 10-1
 3. West Texas W. 5-5
 4. Oklahoma 4-7
 5. Houston R.S. 2-0
 6. Dallas Impact 1-4
 7. N.Texas F. 1-7
Touring Team
 1. W.Virginia B. 3-7
 2. Houston X. 1-1
 3. ABA-Canada 0-0
 4. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 5. Team Haiti 0-1
 6. Appalachian R. 0-2
 7. Florida M. 0-2
 8. Chicago F. 0-4


Jaguars add West to roster - by Gianni Pascucci
The Carolina Jaguars have added another player for the conclusion of the season. Rashad West (6'1''-G-84, college: Hampton) an experienced player who has played professionally in Lebanon, Argentina, and Spain. 'Rashard is an experienced floor general with a very high basketball IQ that will bring some stability to our roster. We look forward to having him for these final games.' stated to Usbasket.com Tommy Stevenson , Co-Owner/President of Basketball Operations Carolina Cats


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  ANGOLA   


Interclube Basketball Coach Dies During Training Session - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The coach of Interclube team's junior category in basketball, Victor Dias, died on Wednesday during a training session, ANGOP has learnt.

This was announced by Victor Dias' young brother, Elvino Dias, who is the coach of the Angola under-18 males basketball team.

'My brother was already ill and he should rest, but he loved basketball and for this reason he died in his profession', said the source.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


Basketball Under-18 Pre-Team Start Training Session Monday - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Angola's under-18 basketball team will start on Monday their preparation, ahead of the participation in the zone sixth competition, in South Africa, in April, that qualify for the Afrobasket 2012, ANGOP has learnt.

The assistant coach, Joaquim Pinto, said that the team had already made the medical tests for a better participation in the Afrobasket, set for between July and August, in Tunisia.

The 19-player team will have a two-period training session.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  AUSTRALIA   


Magic Men name leadership group - by Eurobasket News
New Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers recruit Carlos White (202-F-80, college: Rhema Bible) is excited to be in Australia for all the right reasons.

On Sunday morning less than two days after arriving in Bunbury the American explained in his first media call how he was going to eat a Kangaroo and hurt some people.

Standing at 201cm and tipping the scales at 111kg its a daunting proposition.

And its exactly what the Slammers need.

Im hardnosed, I love to rebound, dunk on guys and I can score, White said.

Im the crazy guy, Im crazy out there. Im an enforcer, Im going to come in and play hard. Im going to hurt a couple of people but you know, youve got to get the job done.

White is one of the clubs four imports who arrived in the South West last Friday ahead of the 2012 State Basketball League season.

Slammers officials have their fingers crossed he will provide their ailing mens program that failed to win a game last season with a desperately needed injection of bulk and height in the keyway.

Alongside him is the more flashy, but softly spoken Senario Hillman.

A quick YouTube search will uncover a dazzling collection of slam dunks and athleticism enough to get any fan excited.

Hillman cited his energy as his strong point and says hes already been asked to give an injection of enthusiasm into training.

Ive talked to them (the coaches) and they say that they want me to just bring energy to the team, score and just help win games, he said.

If I have a fast break, Imight try to do something that the fans can get excited about. I just like to bring energy to the team, and I like dunking on people so you might see that a lot.

The two, who came to Bunbury as good friends, have vastly different playing CVs.

White has played on every continent in the world.

Im the vet, Ive played in various countries, he said.

Ive played in Turkey, England, Dubai, Africa, and Im trying to come here to bring some leadership to the team and help themwin some games.

But 2012 will signal the first time that Hillman has plied his trade abroad.
This is my first time playing professional basketball overseas so Im really excited about it. Im really happy to be here, he said.
Courtesy of: South Western Times


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


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.7 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings17.0 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats16.7 
 5. Wilson, Taipans16.4 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.0 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers15.9 
 8. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 9. Deleon, Blaze15.4 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.8 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.8 
 3. Grant, Kings8.4 
 4. Simpsons, 36ers8.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.8 
 7. Worthington, Blaze6.9 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.7 
 9. Jackson, Breakers6.4 
 10. Bose, Kings6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.1 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.1 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Dillon, Tigers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats2.0 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.4 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 6. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles1.2 
 8. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 10. Deleon, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.4 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.0 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 9. Knight, Wildcats0.8 
 10. Martin, Wildcats0.8 


Magic Men name leadership group - by Eurobasket News
The Magic men are pleased to announce that Ben Caporn will again be the captain of the Mandurah Magic men's basketball team. Andrew Bowman (G-85), Tom Remmerswaal and Taylor Mullenax (201-F/C-86, college: St.Edward's) will be vice captains and form the leadership group for the men's team for 2012.

Magic coach Jason Chalk desrcibed Ben as someone who has in the past led by example but has now become more vocal as he has developed his leadership skills and become more comfortable in the role. 'Not many guys work as hard or play as hard as BC' Chalk said. 'I have always said he plays with his heart on his sleeve and he loves the club and is Magic through and through'.

Andrew Bowman was a vice cpatain of the team in 2011 and has come into this season with a new lease of life and is training with an even greater intensity than usual. 'Bowie is my on court general and he has an uncanny ability to find his team mates in the right spots, we are working on his turnover reduction which will come this year but he is passionate about what he does' said Chalk.

Mullenax is the first time coach Jason Chalk has placed an import in a leadership role but he believes that Mullenax has earnt his stripes. 'He works hard everyday by himself and in the weight room, he is great to have around the team and doesnt do anything fancy but gets the job done' said Chalk. 'He will provide a new view onto the leadership of the group'.

Tom Remmerswaal is a local product that has established himself as one of the stars of the team. Big things are expected from Tom this year as the Magic are looking for him to cover the scoring and rebounding load along with Taylor Mullenax. Chalk said' Tommy has really matured as a player and his fitness is up and he is looking exceptional out on the court. I think the added responsibility will take him to another level again'

'I want the guys to become a little more empowered with their decision making and discipline levels and this is where the leadeship group will come into play this year, often being a leader is not an enjoyable process as you need to make decisions that sometimes your mates won't like. I think we have a well balanced group of guys in the group who will get the job done' Chalk said.

The Magic tip of their season on March 16th with an away game against the Perry Lakes Hawks and then a home game the following Sunday against teh Geraldton Buccaneers.

Article by Mandurah Magic
Courtesy of: SBL


Crucial 'Reptile Rumble' on Friday - by Eurobasket News
Two teams who are both vying for a berth in the 2012 National Basketball League Finals and who also just happen to be archrivals will square off in the iiNet NBL Championship tonight when the Townsville Crocodiles host the Cairns Taipans.

The Taipans came within a single game of winning the NBL title last year before falling to the New Zealand Breakers in the Grand Final series and are currently sitting in fourth place on the iiNet NBL Championship ladder with a 12-9 record.

Just outside the four in fifth position are their Far North Queensland neighbours the Crocs, who are just one win behind at 11-9 and looking to leapfrog their archrivals with a win in their Round 20 clash at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre (AKA The Swamp) tonight.

The two teams have a long and less than friendly history and faced off in a classic Semi-Finals series last season. Ultimately, the Taipans downed the Crocs and, adding insult to injury, did so on Townsvilles own home court.

This will be their fourth meeting this season, with Cairns currently holding a 2-1 edge but whichever side wins this game will take out the season series adding spice to an already red-hot affair.

Taipans point guard Kerry Williams knows how tough it will be to win in Townsville and is in no doubt as to the importance of tonights match-up.

'They've had the better of us down there for a long time and we're playing for finals spots, so it's a huge game for us,' Williams told The Cairns Post.

Hot-shooting Cairns import Andrew Radar Warren knows the Crocs defenders will give him some close attention but he told The Cairns Post he actually welcomed that from opposition teams.

I look at that as a good thing; it means Im doing something right,' Warren said. 'And if theyre doing that, it just makes us more dangerous because we can pick our poison because the other guys get open shots as well.'

Whilst Warren might be expecting to feature heavily on the Crocs scouting report, interestingly Townsvilles Michael Cedar (190-G-86) says his team arent worried about individual players tonight.

'We've got more important things to worry about than the Taipans,' Cedar told the Townsville Bulletin.

'We've got us to worry about.

'We need to get us back on track. (So) no matter who we play this week, we are going to step up and play well.

'After the performance we put in Sunday (a loss to last-placed Adelaide) there's no way we're going to play like that again.'

Cedar and his teammates have good reason to wish to lift their game, as their coach Paul Woolpert was scathing after the loss to Adelaide and even went so far as to suggest he would have docked their pay if he could have.

Cedars teammate Todd Blanchfield sees tonights game against Cairns as a perfect way to erase that black mark against their names.

'Third, fourth and fifth - there's one game between us all, so this win is big-time,' Blanchfield told the Townsville Bulletin.

'We want to come out and redeem ourselves and what better way to do it than against Cairns.'

Cairns Taipans (12-9, 4TH) @ Townsville Crocodiles (11-9, 5TH)

Friday 17 February - Townsville Entertainment Centre - 7:30 PM

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 14-1 
 2. Al Manama 12-4 
 3. Al Ahli 12-4 
 4. Al Hala 10-6 
 5. Issa Town 10-6 
 6. Sitra 9-7 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-7 
 8. Al Ittihad 7-7 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-14 
 10. Al Najma 1-15 
 11. Samaheej 1-15 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Long's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Siauliai and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Siauliai as his team lost overtime game against Kedainiai (#7, 7-9) 99-105. Despite this loss Siauliai managed to keep Baltic League leading position. But there are still few teams in the league, which Siauliai can lose the games to. Now they are 13-3 and hopefully next round will be better. In the team's last game Long had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Siauliai's top player in his first season with the team. Cam Long averages this season 12.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) of Kedainiai. He is a guard in his first season at Kedainiai. In the last game Jasikevicius recorded impressive 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Kedainiai to edge the higher-ranked Siauliai (#1, 13-3) in overtime by 6 points 105-99. This victory allowed Kedainiai to move up to 7th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Jasikevicius is a newcomer at Kedainiai and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) of Neptunas (#3). Mikalauskas scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Mikalauskas' great performance Neptunas lost 74-86in overtime to #1 ranked Sakalai. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Neptunas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Quarterfinal. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Mikalauskas has a very solid season. In 5 games in Baltic League he scored 17.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David McClure (200-F-86) of Kedainiai - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87) of Kedainiai - 19 points and 5 rebounds
6. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) of Tartu Ulikool - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Siauliai - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Bill Amis (205-F-87) of Tartu Ulikool - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Josh Mayo (182-G-87) of Liepaja - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Roman Gumeniuk (221-C-87) of Juventus - 11 points and 6 rebounds

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)


THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE: THE BREATH OF FRESH AIR - by Ozell Wells
Over the course of the month of February, the NBA has been gripped in what has been termed 'Lin-sanity', which has quickly turned into a global epidemic. Of course, we are speaking of the NBA's newest superstar, Jeremy Lin (191-PG-88, college: Harvard).
The Harvard graduate, and the last Ivy league player to play in the NBA since Matt Maloney (191-G-71, college: Pennsylvania) & Chris Dudley (210-C-65, college: Yale), in 2002-2003, almost 12 years ago.
Coming off of season out west, where he originated, he has seemingly found his home under the bright lights of New York City. The team was mired in a dismal loosing streak when, the call up from the NBDL, where he played 1 game in January only to be called up a few days later, stepped onto the scene to take the unsuspecting NBA by storm.
In the mont of February alone, he is averaging a stunning 26 points per game, in the face of injurty to the team's reigning 'go to guy', Carmelo Anthony. In the face of recent activity, the Knick team has enjoyed much better ball movement and EVEN A REJUVENATED Amare Stoudemire (208-F-82) who has been the recipient of many a dish out pass as teams have closed on Lin, who has a very smooth handle of the ball, and is able to penetrate and get to the bucket, forcing defenses to account for him...thus leaving gaping holes for Amar'e to explore and finish with authority.
Much talk has been of how the young Taiwanese-American was discovered, and not allowed to playt much in his previous stops of Houston and Golden State. Truth be told, the finger pointing has commenced in the USA as to who failed to find the diamond in the rough, but the REALITY of the situation is that...PLAYERS FROM IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS ARE DISREGARDED AND DISRESPECTED AS LEGIT BASKETBALL PLAYERS.
Even when arriving into the NBA, from humble beginnings (schools that produce politicians, presidents and decision makers) the Ivy-leaguers, would still be relegated to spot minutes in games that have gotten out of control in the stat sheet. From Matt Maloney's NBA rookie-2nd Team selection, to Chris Dudley's appearance in the NBA Finals in 1999, its as if the 'brightest and best' academically are only to accept being given admission to the show and not the proper treatment that they have been deserving. Properly fitting, the torch has been taken now by Jeremy Lin, who spent his summer in college interning for the California Senator, who has done nothing but pronounce his appreciation and the virtues of persistence and dedication to a dream. There is much to be learned in his journey for each and every one of us involved in Pro Sports.
As it stands, the arenas are experiencing sell out crowds as people flock to get a taste of 'Lin-sanity', in the face of the recent player inuries, coach firings, trade demands and overall lull in level of technical and tactical proficiency; the league is experiencing a breath of fresh air in the way of a NEW FACE, and one that has been eager to exhibit his wares to the eagerly awaiting fan base who have accepted him with open arms, much like 'a refresh' to a cold cup of coffee, Jeremy Lin as renewed a belief in the undying human spirit.
In the words of the late NCAA Champion coach Jim Valvano, 'NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN!'
Not to belittle the other success stories of determination and persistence in the basketball world off late; the Polsh Powerhouse, Marcin Gortat (213-C-84), continues to dominate the NBA on the statistical end of things now in the top 5 of all players in Double-Doubles on the season.
And on the European side of things, Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico), whose career has had various stops in the Middle East, winning championships in Qatar and Lebanon is currently leading the France Pro A in scoring at 21.7 points per game and also pacing in the top 10 of assists per game at over 4 per night.
21 year old Toomas Raadik (202-C-90), is asserting himself in the Estonian Champions league. The 2.02 power forward is leading the league in scoring at 18.4ppg and sits in 2nd place with 1.5 blocks a game.
The theme of the week seems to be DREAMS REALIZED, in both the NBA and European sides of basketball.
Those are the latest THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELIINE, as we round the second half of season and prepare to view teams fighting and posturing for playoff positions.


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Grodno-93 15-2 
 2. Minsk-2006 14-1 
 3. Rubon 9-7 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 7-10 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 6-11 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 6-11 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-15 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.9 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.17.2 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.15.9 
 4. Knox, Minsk-200615.4 
 5. Ovdeenko, Grodno-.14.3 
 6. Hawkins, Minsk.13.7 
 7. Mishukov, SBK O.13.7 
 8. Matyukevych, Grod.13.6 
 9. Sivalko, Rubon13.0 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.8 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.8 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon7.3 
 5. Kojenets, Minsk.7.1 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.9 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.6.6 
 8. Matyukevych, Grod.6.4 
 9. Mishukov, SBK O.6.3 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20066.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.7 
 4. Papruha, BG.3.7 
 5. Volk, SBK O.3.0 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 7. Charykau, SBK O.2.7 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.5 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.5 
 2. Sapegin, Rubon2.2 
 3. Ovsepian, Rubon2.2 
 4. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.1 
 5. Zakhar, BG.2.1 
 6. Malkov, Rubon2.0 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.2.0 
 8. Papruha, BG.1.9 
 9. Charykau, SBK O.1.8 
 10. Fedorovskiy, Sozh1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 4. Skidan, SBK O.0.0 
 5. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 8. Shilovich, Rubon0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Shemet, Sozh Gom.0.0 


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Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 13-5 
 2. Aalstar 11-6 
 3. Oostende 11-6 
 4. Antwerp 10-6 
 5. M.Hainaut 9-7 
 6. Leuven 9-8 
 7. Liege 6-11 
 8. Gent 5-12 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege17.5 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Green, Spirou14.8 
 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. McLean, Leuven7.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.5 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.3 
 8. Chaney, Gent5.8 
 9. Matela, Liege5.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 2. Waters, Liege3.8 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 4. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 6. Thompson, Verviers.3.1 
 7. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 8. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 9. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sean SINGLETARY
  M.Hainaut
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Steinbach, Aalstar1.9 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.1.9 
 8. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 9. Bostic, Liege1.8 
 10. Faison, Verviers.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.7 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


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Golden era of Bosnian Basketball? - by Chris Mathieu
Golden era of Bosnian Basketball? I have been critical of Bosnian basketball federation (KSBiH) and those that run and support the Bosnian National Team. Over the years the choices of coaches and players has left a lot to be desired. When you look back at some of the player choices for not only the senior national team but also the younger ones, there was a lot of perplexing choices for the teams. This has made me more critical of the future of BiH selectors and what the future holds for the teams. For the first time I have been impressed with KSBiH officials, that has given me some hope for the future.
The first big change was the when the instituted new rules that said that young players must get a minimum of playing time on the court in Bosnia starting next year. This was a big change as the league has generally been filled with semi-professionals from Croatia and Serbia clogging up the top teams in Bosnia and preventing the development of young players. If you are a basketball league with limited resources and organizational excellence, it just makes sense to invest your limited resources in the development of young players. So many teams in Bosnia have gotten themselves in financial trouble by overspending on overpriced, limited talent for little to no return. The most efficient dollars spent are on developing young talent rather than overpriced veterans. When you look at the talent that comes out of BiH, if you worked harder to retain that talent until the age of 21-22 years old and then get a transfer for such talents you end up way better off in the end. Developing young talent and moving it before it can be lost with no reward is the most efficient way to run basketball academies and teams. What you really need is investment in quality coaching and schools.
The hiring of the new coaches Aleksander Petrovic, Nenad Markovic and Gordan Firic is a stroke of genius. It cant be overstated what this could mean for the future of Bosnian basketball. I cant wait to see what they do with the selection of players and the results on the court. This could be a sea change in the way basketball is run in BiH and it about time. A breakdown of the three new BiH coaches
Alexander Petrovic experienced international coach with a great pedigree as both a player and coach. It appears they have given him a lot of leeway and control over how he wants to run the team. He appears serious about this challenge and is looking at the big picture and the minutia that go along with the job. Coach Petrovic is in Spain this week shoring up support for the BiH National Team with Bosnian talents Ogenjen Kuzmic, Mirza Teletovic, Nedzad Sinanovic, Sandro Gacic (a top 5 talent in his age group in Europe) and Dejan Todorovic (who has serious, NBA potential athleticism). His lack of concern about Sinanovics playing time is a good sign. Bosnia hasnt had a legit defensive center since Aleksandar Radojovic was on the team. Sinanovics size and Kuzmics potential means the Bosnian team should have over 430cm of serious potential at the center position. If coach Petrovic is able to bring in all this talent plus possibly recoup Nedim Dedovic, Gavrilo Markovic, Adnan Omeragic or Dino Muminovic it would be a major victory for Bosnian Basketball and an astonishing turnaround for the country.
Nenad Markovic is probably the best known player in the post Delibasic pre Teletovic generation. He has experienced great success as both a player and coach. He has a bit of Scott Skiles personality and tends to rub people a bit the wrong way. There is no doubt though to his coaching skill, commitment to Bosnia and passion for basketball. Nenad is perfect coach for young kids who want to achieve their maximum potential. He is a coach for serious professionals and not half committed amateurs. It will be interesting to see the results he will be able to achieve with some talented youngsters. Kids like Adnan Vrabac who need to be challenged could really benefit from playing for a coach like Nenad.
Gordan Firic another intense, passionate basketball professional. He was a key player on the Bosnian National Teams that overachieved in the 1990s. Even after a serious knee injury Gordan still performed at a high level internationally. Possibly most famous for a blow up with former NBA player Casey Jacobson in Germany, it still shouldnt over shadow all he has accomplished in Europe to this point. A lot like Nenad in many ways, it will benefit young players greatly to learn from such a quality professional who had such a fundamentally sound game and was able to adapt at the end when his athleticism waned.
I have never been as excited about the potential of the Bosnian National Team as I am about these teams and coaches. It appears to finally be going right for the team and its fans who are passionate about basketball.


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Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 16-4 
 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. Vivo/Franca 7-12 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 7-12 
 12. Minas 6-12 
 13. Tijuca TC 5-14 
 14. Araraquara 2-17 
 15. Vila Velha 1-18 


Pinheiros/Sky win and lose in NBB games - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky played two games that were postponed from Round 18 and Round 19. Pinheiros/Sky split those winning against Uberlandia and narrowly losing to Vivo/Franca.
Pinherios/Sky visited Uberlandia on Tuesday. The league leaders clinch an 80:74 win. Pinheiros/Sky used a strong start to the game to take a 21:13 lead. They shielded off in the reminder of the contest to come out winners. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) unloaded 26 points to lead the visitors. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) and Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) added 16 points each in the victory. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) answered with 24 points for Uberlandia.
Yesterday Pinheiros/Sky visited Vivo/Franca. The home team snatched a narrow 89:87 win at the end. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) delivered 25 points to ensure the 7th win for Vivo/Franca. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points in the victory. Shamell Stallworth fired 37 points but all in vain for Pinheiros/Sky as they fell at 16-4 record.



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Young stars: Cherno more with another bronze from the Cup - by Maria Mitzova
Euroins Cherno More defeated Tundja Yambol 74-70 to win the bronze medal game from Bulgarian Cup.
Euroins Cherno More now has won a medal in 7 of the last 12 Cups. Tundja Yambol though, had tough luck, losing last season again the third-place game, and repeating it now again.
Euroins Cherno More played in the three closest games in the tournament so far, winning two, and losing only to Levski at the semis.
It was a close affair at the bronze-medal game as well, but Tundja Yambol missed a lot of opportunities, last one with three minutes on the clock.
Losing their only pure center John Ofoebgu cost much to Tundja Yambol, and despite leading 63-61 afterwards, couldn't hold on to it and Euroins Cherno More regained the lead to finish stronger.
Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) scored 17 and got 6 rebounds for the win, Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) added double-double of 14 pts and 12 rebs. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) was top scorer with 20 points and 5 rebs for Tundja Yambol.


Aleksandar Yanev signed with Kavala - by Maria Mitzova
Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) will enforce Greek team Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas. The 22-year old Bulgarian singed with the Greeks till the end of the regular season and will join another Bulgarian NT player there - Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances).
Yanev had many offers in the summer, but chose to stay in Bulgaria, and play in Euroins Cherno More, until the best one shows up.
He helped Euroins Cherno More win the bronze medals from the Bulgarian Cup, and left immediately to Greece.
Yanev will be a player of Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas from tomorrow with an option his contract to be continued.
A Spanish team also offered Yanev in the last 10 days, but he chose the Greek offer, for a first try of playing abroad.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.3 
 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. Lual, UPEI9.0 
 8. Klassen, Acadia9.0 
 9. Desroches, New B.8.8 
 10. Hadzimuratov., La.8.7 
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. Vernon, St.Franc.5.3 
 10. Kraus, Brock5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.1 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.2.9 
 3. Carter, Lakehead2.7 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 5. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 6. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 7. Yu, UBC2.5 
 8. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 9. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 10. Baribeau, Laval2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 3. Bains, UBC1.7 
 4. Fidler, Calgary1.5 
 5. Duke, UPEI1.4 
 6. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 7. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 8. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.2 
 9. Eyitayo, Concordia1.2 
 10. Hadzimuratov., La.1.2 


Rainmen release Darrin Dorsey - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen were still scrambling Thursday night to add some veteran experience for the stretch run ahead of NBL trade deadline.

The National Basketball League of Canada club released rookie shooting guard Darrin Dorsey (6'2''-G, college: Dakota Wesleyan) on Thursday and thought it had a deal in place to reinforce another position but the trade fell through, Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said.

'We're just working the phones hard right now,' said Levingston, who doubles as the teams GM.

'We felt we had this deal completed but a lot happened over a 24-hour period that just blew the deal out of the water.'

Halifax can add only one player through a trade or free agent signing before todays deadline.

Dorsey had played all 28 games for the Rainmen, averaging 5.0 points while often filling the role of defensive sparkplug.

Two weeks ago, Levingston said he and coach Josep (Pep) Claros had earlier contemplated making a move at the guard position that would have come at Dorseys expense but couldnt bring themselves to cut the spunky former NAIA star.

On Thursday, though, he said something had to be done to reverse the teams recent slide.

'We have to take advantage of some opportunities we have to be a better basketball team to help us compete down the stretch and we had to make that move.'

The Rainmen (17-11) have lost six of their last seven games, including three straight for the first time this season.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 13-4 
 2. UPEI 12-6 
 3. Acadia 10-6 
 4. Cape Breton 10-7 
 5. St.Mary's 8-9 
 6. Dalhousie 7-9 
 7. New Brunsw. 6-11 
 8. Memorial 1-15 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 13-4 
 2. Victoria 13-4 
 3. UFV 13-5 
 4. TWU 10-8 
 5. TRU 6-12 
 6. UBC Okanagan 3-15 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Saskatchewan 15-4 
 2. Alberta 14-6 
 3. Lethbridge 11-9 
 4. Calgary 10-10 
 5. Manitoba 8-12 
 6. Brandon 7-13 
 7. Regina 5-14 
 8. Winnipeg 4-16 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 21-0 
 2. Ryerson 13-8 
 3. Ottawa 13-8 
 4. Laurentian 10-11 
 5. Toronto Univ. 9-12 
 6. York 4-17 
 7. Queen's 2-19 
 8. RMC 0-21 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 20-2 
 2. McMaster 16-5 
 3. Laurier 16-5 
 4. Windsor 14-7 
 5. Brock 9-13 
 6. Guelph 8-13 
 7. Western 8-13 
 8. Waterloo 6-15 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 11-2 
 2. McGill 8-5 
 3. UQAM 7-7 
 4. Laval 4-9 
 5. Bishop's 3-10 


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Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 24-3 
 2. Liceo Mixto 22-4 
 3. Dep.Espanol 21-7 
 4. U.Espanola 15-11 
 5. Sokol de Antof. 10-16 
 6. U.Catolica 9-17 
 7. San Luis 6-21 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-28 


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Smith Decides to Join the New York Knicks of the NBA - by Christian Arrington
Smith J.R. (198-G-85) of the Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones. has decided to sign a contract with the New York Knicks of the NBA. Since Smith's CBA team didnt make the playoffs he's now eligible to play for the New York Knicks. Smith had great statistical season for Smith J.R.. averaging 34.4 PPG and having a fantastic 51.7% 2FGP and 47.8% 3FGP; however this great individual season didnt lead his team to much success with the Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones finishing 15-17, 10th place in the CBA standings.

Smith's contract for the New York Knicks will be for the remainder of this season and the whole of next season. The New York Knicks expect Smith to play in Sunday's game against the defending champions of the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks. Smith is expected to come off the bench for the New York Knicks and provide a much needed spark which the New York Knicks bench has lacked throughout this season. Smith will make a pro-rated portion of 2.5 million U.S. for the remainder of this season. In his NBA career Smith J.R. (198-G-85) in 7 seasons has averaged 12.5 PPG.


Chandler to miss the CBA Playoffs and the CBA All Star Game - by Christian Arrington
Chandler Wilson (203-F-87, college: De Paul) of the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions has been told by Lions Management that he can come back in the NBA as soon as the Lions clinched a playoff spot. The Lions are the 6 seed in the CBA playoffs which begin next Thursday. In addition to missing the playoffs, Chandler is also going to miss the all-star game as well.

The Lions management had put the onus on Chandler to make the decision whether he is going to stay with the Lions for the playoffs because they didnt want him in a poor mindset as the playoffs progressed. However; to be eligible to play in the NBA before the Lions season is over Chandler still needs the CBA to issue his FIBA letter of clearance. It isnt known yet whether the Chinese authorities will allow Chandler clearance to return to the NBA or make him wait until the Lions season is over. Even if the Chinese authorities refuse to issue his FIBA letter of clearance, Chandler will fly back to the United States within the next week.



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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mimica, KK Split22.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Vrbanc, Zadar17.5 
 4. Ross, Jolly17.5 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Ciklic, Dubrovnik16.3 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner14.8 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.4 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Zitko, Krizevci14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.9 
 2. Sobin, KK Split7.4 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 4. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Mrva, Jolly6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Cakarun, Borik6.6 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.5 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.2 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Svjet.
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci6.2 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.2 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.8 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 6. Subotic, KK Split3.1 
 7. Tomas, Zabok3.0 
 8. Mimica, KK Split3.0 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.2 
 3. Mimica, KK Split2.1 
 4. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 6. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 7. Tomeljak, Svjet.1.5 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 9. Mrva, Jolly1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 2. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 9. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.6 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.6 


Croatian All Star game in Krizevci! - by Dani Erceg
Selection of imports won the game vs domestic players 150-138 (39:34, 29:40, 38:35, 32:41).

Imports: Zadnik 3, Ross 13, Harper 25, Ozbolt 7, Princ 15, Halilovic 20, Warren, Barbour 16, Owens 22, Heytvelt 29, Smodis
Domestic: Svoboda 7, Kus 6, Saric 8, Rozic 13, Mimica, Juricic 5, Car 25, Tomas 13, Bilan 21, Kasun 25, Draper 15

Dunk contest winner: Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, college: Kentucky)
3pt contest winner: Marko Car


Cedevita beats Zagreb 74-72, wins first Cup ever - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita is the winner of 2012 Kresimir Cosic Cup. It is the first Cup trophy for the club in its history. In the Big Final, which was played last night, Cedevita grabbed 74-72 victory against Zagreb. Beginning of the last quarter was the crucial period of this game as Cedevita made 10-0 run. Zagreb came to 69-67 in the finish, but Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) immediately responded for Cedevita. Zagreb missed from behind the arc after that and Vukusic made it twice from the line to secure the victory for his team. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) was the leading player in Cedevita with 27 points (5 triples). He was named the MVP of the final tournament. Levour Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) followed him with 11 points. At the other side, Damir Rancic (199-G-83) shined with 20 points. As a reminder, Zagreb was the Cup winner in 2010 and last year as well.
Cedevita eliminated Split in the Semifinals 102-74. They made 13-3 run for 15-point lead in Q3. Miro Bilan (213-F-89) led the winners with 16 points. Matjaz Smodis followed him with two less. In defeat, Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) and Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) had 23 and 11 points respectively.


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Gagaloudis in Apollon Limassol - by Chris Mammides
A great transfer took place yesterday afternoon as the Greek point guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) agreed financial terms with the team of Head Coach Igor Miglinieks and he is officially Apollon Limassol's player.

Yannis Gagaloudis was a member of the team of Maroussi the last 18 months and together with Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77) have developed one of the top duets of the Greek league last season and the result was simply to take Marousi hand to hand to the 6th place in the regular season no matter if the team had the smallest budget of all the teams in A1 and was basically mantle a week before the official start of the Greek league.

The Greek point guard this season was not as productive as last seson and due to the many financial problems faced in Maroussi (the team will fold down this season as has a negative record of all times with 0-18) Yiannis decided to split ways ( a number of players will do the same very soon).

Gagaloudis's last game was also great as with the 10 assists gave to his team-mates in the loss against Panionios, the Greek guard added another record in his personal series. Yiannis had the following statistics this season: In 16 games he had 15.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 6apg, and 1.5spg. He is among the top players in all the divisions.

Apollon Limassol is adding experience, score and great organizational skills, It is most sure that the Limassol team will never be the same and the opponents of the team will need to be extra careful.

Gagaloudis's career stops were as follows: Dafni Athens (2 seasons), Aris Thessaloniki (2 seasons), Panathinaikos (1 season), PAOK Thessaloniki (2 seasons), AEK Athens (1 season), AGOR (1 season), Panorama (1 season), Olympiada Patras (1 season) and Maroussi (1.5 seasons)

Gagaloudis's contracts ends with the end of the play-offs season



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Nymburk and Decin enter Czech Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk will defend their Czech Cup title against Decin. Both team went victorious in tonights semis.
Nymburk outgunned USK Praha 109:61 to enter the title game. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) came up with 19 points to lead the effort. Nymburk unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to pile up a 16-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Nymburk arrived at halftime up by as many as 24 points 58:35. Nymburk did not loosen the grasp after the big break. The Cup holders piled up a 35-point advantage before the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Lukas Palyza (204-F-89) finished with 14 points, while Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side), Radek Necas (204-F-80), Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) and Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) added 10 points each. USK Praha answered with 11 points from Viktor Cvek (200-C-89). Michal Vocetka (199-F-89) had 10 points in the loss.
Decin in the meantime surprised Prostejov 79:68. Levell Sanders (189-G-75, agency: Stanley International, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. Prostejov seemed in control in the first half. They registered a 36:31 halftime lead. But Decin exploded with a 19:11 run in the third term to pull ahead. Decin stayed on fire in the final period. They unleashed 29 points and gave no chance for Prostejov to save the game. Admir Alic (198-F-84) had 16 points, while Pavel Houska (204-F/C-84) added 14 points in the win. Travis Peterson (208-C/F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) came up with 16 points for Prostejov. Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-PG-82, college: American) finished with 15 points in defeat.



Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 20-1 
 2. Sparta Praha 18-4 
 3. Opava B 16-6 
 4. Proton Zlin 15-7 
 5. Sokol H.Kralove 13-8 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 13-9 
 7. Trutnov 10-11 
 8. Liberec 10-11 
 9. Vysehrad 9-12 
 10. Litomerice 8-13 
 11. Prostejov B 8-14 
 12. Benesov 7-14 
 13. Mlada Boleslav 2-19 
 14. Kladno 1-21 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. White, Aalborg26.3 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.6 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.1 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.4 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.3 
 8. Alexander, Bakken18.9 
 9. Fields, Falcon17.9 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.4 
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, Horsens10.3 
 5. Colas, Horsholm8.8 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.7 
 7. Benjamin, Horsholm8.7 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Rutherford, SISU8.2 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Reginald DELK
  Vaerlose
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Delk, Vaerlose5.1 
 2. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.8 
 4. White, Aalborg4.8 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.6 
 6. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.2 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Henry, Naestved4.3 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.9 
 4. Fields, Falcon2.5 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 9. Alexander, Bakken2.0 
 10. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.7 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Vinson, Svendborg1.1 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose0.8 


Ligaen Round 24: No surprise as #1 Bakken defeats Vaerlose - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds.

Ligaen top team - Bakken (22-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Vaerlose (9-15) in Aarhus 93-69. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Vaerlose managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vaerlose 44-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) who added 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Christopher Sprinker (205, college: Cent.Washington) with 23 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bakken have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-1 record. Vaerlose at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Horsholm and Horsens IC. Bakken are looking forward to face Horsholm (#5) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Aabyhoj and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Aalborg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Naestved (15-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Aalborg (8-15). Naestved smashed Aalborg 94-73. The winners were led by American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) who scored that evening 31 points and Peter Johansen supported him with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) did not help to save the game for Aalborg. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved maintains third position with 15-9 record having six points less than leader Bakken. Aalborg at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. Naestved will play against bottom-ranked Falcon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aalborg will play against SISU in Copenhagen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Horsens was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Horsholm (9-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Horsens IC (9-15). Horsens IC defeated Horsholm 83-67 on Thursday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Will Harris who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Joe Benjamin who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Horsens IC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Horsholm and Vaerlose. Horsens IC will meet league's second-placed Svendborg on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Horsholm will play against the league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 24 Aabyhoj lost to SISU on the opponent's court 76-82. Bottom-ranked Falcon unfortunately lost to Svendborg in a home game 94-109.



Bakken - Vaerlose 93-69

Ligaen top team - Bakken (22-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Vaerlose (9-15) in Aarhus 93-69. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Vaerlose managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vaerlose 44-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) who added 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Christopher Sprinker (205, college: Cent.Washington) with 23 points and his fellow American import guard Reginald Delk (193-86, college: Louisville) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bakken have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-1 record. Vaerlose at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Horsholm and Horsens IC. Bakken are looking forward to face Horsholm (#5) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Aabyhoj and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Bakken: J.Alexander 27+8reb+4ast, C.Christoffersen 15+4reb+3ast, A.Jakobsen 11+4reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 11+1reb+7ast, N.Iversen 10+7reb+2ast, H.Falsvig 7+1reb+1ast
Vaerlose: C.Sprinker 23+3reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 13+1reb+4ast, R.Delk 13+6reb+5ast, J. Jensen 6+2reb+1ast, P.Simonsen 4+2reb, A.Karason 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 136205


SISU - Aabyhoj 82-76

Very expected game in Copenhagen where 9th ranked Aabyhoj (8-16) was defeated by fourth ranked SISU (11-13) 82-76 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. SISU made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Aabyhoj outrebounded SISU 41-24 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Demetrius Phillips (207-87, college: Bridgeport) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SISU maintains fourth position with 11-13 record. Loser Aabyhoj keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. SISU will meet at home Aalborg (#8) in the next round. Aabyhoj will play against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Rutherford 25+5reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 19+6reb+1ast, M.Dennis 16+7reb+2ast, U.Promolds 10+2reb+1ast, M.Flowers 4, H.Sigmer Nielsen 3+2reb+1ast
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 22+12reb+4ast, D.Phillips 15+12reb, D.Jukic 11+11reb+3ast, O.Sigurdsson 10+1reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 8+1reb+1ast, J.Wang 7+1reb
gschID: 136201


Aalborg - Naestved 73-94

The game in Aalborg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Naestved (15-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Aalborg (8-15). Naestved smashed Aalborg 94-73. The game without a history. Naestved led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while Aalborg only scored eleven points from the stripe. Naestved forced 20 Aalborg turnovers. Aalborg was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) who scored that evening 31 points and the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) supported him with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) did not help to save the game for Aalborg. His fellow American import forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) added 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved maintains third position with 15-9 record having six points less than leader Bakken. Aalborg at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. Naestved will play against bottom-ranked Falcon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aalborg will play against SISU in Copenhagen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Henry 31+1reb+1ast, P.Johansen 18+9reb+6ast, J.Glynn 12+7reb+1ast, M.Frandsen 10+4reb, L.Hoirup 8+3reb+1ast, M.Creppy 8+5reb+1ast
Aalborg: R.White 26+5reb+9ast, T.Bishop 20+11reb+4ast, R.Lauridsen 7+1reb, M.Rasmussen 6, S.Sorensen 6+9reb+2ast, A.Nielsen 3+2ast
gschID: 136202


Falcon - Svendborg 94-109

Very predictable result when second ranked Svendborg (22-2) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Falcon (6-18) 109-94 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 63-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Svendborg looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) chipped in 26 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) added 18 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Svendborg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bakken. Falcon lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Svendborg will meet at home Horsens IC (#6) in the next round. Falcon will play against Naestved (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: C.Colman 26+4reb+7ast, A.Darboe 25+8reb+4ast, D.Vinson 19+9reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 12+7reb+1ast, C.Magaard 9+2reb, M.Mariegaard 8+1reb+8ast
Falcon: H.Thomsen 24+6reb+2ast, J.McFarlane 18+2reb+5ast, R.Fields 14+5reb+2ast, J.Rottgardt 13+2reb, P.Christiansen 11+1reb+1ast, P.Ba 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 136203


Horsens IC - Horsholm 83-67

The game in Horsens was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Horsholm (9-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Horsens IC (9-15). Horsens IC defeated Horsholm 83-67 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Horsholm managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) added 14 points and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. Horsens IC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Horsholm and Vaerlose. Horsens IC will meet league's second-placed Svendborg on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Horsholm will play against the league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Harris 29+7reb+2ast, M.St.John 14+15reb+6ast, D.Sattler 13+4reb+7ast, J.Larsen 11+1reb+1ast, C.Lindberg 8+1reb+1ast, M.Sakne 3+1reb+1ast
Horsholm: A.Bak 16+3reb, J.Benjamin 16+11reb+1ast, B.Colas 14+4reb+3ast, J.Bro 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Jukic 5+1ast, P.Hertz 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136204




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  D-LEAGUE   


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.22.4 
 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.10.2 
 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.8.5 
 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, Bakersfield6.4 
 3. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.6.2 
 5. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 6. Ewing, Iowa E.5.9 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.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.1.6 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.1.5 


Bighorns acquire David Palmer, waive Damon Jones - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns have acquired David Palmer (6'9''-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) from the available player pool. To make room on the roster for the acquisition, the team has waived Damon Jones (6'4''-G-76, agency: Merit Sports, college: Houston).

Palmer (6-9, 250lbs.) played 25 games with the Bakersfield Jam this season, averaging 8.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. Before coming to the NBA D-League, Palmer played professionally in Poland where he averaged 7.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in 21 games. While playing his senior season of college at Northern Kentucky, he averaged 17.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 30 games.

Jones has averaged 1.6 points and 0.7 assists in seven games with the Bighorns this season.

Palmer will be with the team when they tip off against the Idaho Stampede on Friday, Feb. 17 in Boise. Bighorns fans can see him in action when the team returns to Reno to take on the Stampede on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Al Horford is interested in playing for the D.R. - by Kerwin Abreu
Santo Domingo: Atlanta Hawks Center Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) is interested in playing for the Dominican Republic in the next elimination tournament in Venezuela.

Horford is now injured but he said he will be fine to play, he only wants Eduardo Najri to be the Dominican Republic General Manager again.

'We finished third in the past pre world championship and we want to go to London'.

Dominican Republic also have Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville), Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut), Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois), Orlando Sanchez (205-C-88). Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) is a posibility.


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  EBA   


Back to Back Games Highlight Weekend EBA Play - by EBA Media
Three EBA teams were involved in back-to-back play this past weekend all with different results. Hudson Valley Hype recorded two wins, Winchester Storm split and Harrisburg Horizon lost twice.

Hudson Valley was on the road for both weekend games. They completely dominated an out-manned NYC Jaguars squad 158 to 65. Things were a bit tougher as they took the court in Harrisburg against the Horizon though the results were the same. Hudson Valley prevailed 103 to 92.

Winchester began their two-game weekend with an overtime win over the Horizon 109 to 104. Led by Onyie Onunakus 30 points, and Tyrone Roachs 26 points, the Storm fought back from a 58 to 33 halftime deficit to end regulation play at 94-94.

Washington Madness completed the EBA weekend play with a 146 to 139 win over the Storm.

Read more about the Eastern Basketball Alliance teams at EasternBasketballAlliance.com


Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Ayeni, Hudson Valley Hype, 27.8
2, Leon, Hudson Valley Hype, 26.3
3, Scott, New York Wizards, 26
4, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 23.8
5, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 22.3
Rebounds Per Game
1, Lawley, New York Wizards, 10.6
2, Poole, Metropolitan All-Stars, 10.3
3, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 9.8
4, Zephyr, New York Wizards, 9.6
5, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 8.7
Assists Per Game
1, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 10
2, Scott, New York Wizards, 8
3, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 5.2
4, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 5
5, Steward, Metropolitan All-Stars, 4.8
Steals Per Game
1, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 4
2, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 3
3, Harding, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.7
4, Scott, New York Wizards, 2.6
5, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 2.7
2, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2
3, Hawkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 1.6
4, Lawley, New York Wizards, 1.4
4, Zephyr, New York Wizards, 1.4


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


Back to Back Games Highlight Weekend EBA Play - by EBA Media
Three EBA teams were involved in back-to-back play this past weekend all with different results. Hudson Valley Hype recorded two wins, Winchester Storm split and Harrisburg Horizon lost twice.

Hudson Valley was on the road for both weekend games. They completely dominated an out-manned NYC Jaguars squad 158 to 65. Things were a bit tougher as they took the court in Harrisburg against the Horizon though the results were the same. Hudson Valley prevailed 103 to 92.

Winchester began their two-game weekend with an overtime win over the Horizon 109 to 104. Led by Onyie Onunakus 30 points, and Tyrone Roachs 26 points, the Storm fought back from a 58 to 33 halftime deficit to end regulation play at 94-94.

Washington Madness completed the EBA weekend play with a 146 to 139 win over the Storm.

Read more about the Eastern Basketball Alliance teams at EasternBasketballAlliance.com


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 17-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 13-1 
 3. Tarvas 13-6 
 4. Rapla 11-9 
 5. TTU/Kalev 9-9 
 6. Tln Kalev 7-15 
 7. Parnu 3-16 
 8. Valga/CKE 3-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Va.
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Strupovics, Va.20.0 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.4 
 3. Pilk, TT.18.2 
 4. Soo, Rapla18.0 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas17.6 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.3 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.7 
 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.7.2 
 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. Pilk, TT.3.5 
 5. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.3 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool2.9 
 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. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 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. Hallik, Tarvas0.7 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 8. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Makke, TT.0.6 
 10. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 


THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE: THE BREATH OF FRESH AIR - by Ozell Wells
Over the course of the month of February, the NBA has been gripped in what has been termed 'Lin-sanity', which has quickly turned into a global epidemic. Of course, we are speaking of the NBA's newest superstar, Jeremy Lin (191-PG-88, college: Harvard)
The Harvard graduate, and the last Ivy league player to play in the NBA since Matt Maloney (191-G-71, college: Pennsylvania) & Chris Dudley (210-C-65, college: Yale), in 2002-2003, almost 12 years ago.
Coming off of season out west, where he originated, he has seemingly found his home under the bright lights of New York City. The team was mired in a dismal loosing streak when, the call up from the NBDL, where he played 1 game in January only to be called up a few days later, stepped onto the scene to take the unsuspecting NBA by storm.
In the month of February alone, he is averaging a stunning 26 points per game, in the face of injurty to the team's reigning 'go to guy', Carmelo Anthony. In the face of recent activity, the Knick team has enjoyed much better ball movement and EVEN A REJUVENATED Amar''e Stoudamire,, who has been the recipient of many a dish out pass as teams have closed on Lin, who has a very smooth handle of the ball, and is able to penetrate and get to the bucket, forcing defenses to account for him...thus leaving gaping holes for Amar'e to explore and finish with authority.
Much talk has been of how the young Taiwanese-American was discovered, and not allowed to play much in his previous stops of Houston and Golden State. Truth be told, the finger pointing has commenced in the USA as to who failed to find the diamond in the rough, but the REALITY of the situation is that...PLAYERS FROM IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS ARE LARGELY DISREGARDED AND DISRESPECTED AS LEGIT BASKETBALL PLAYERS.
Even when arriving into the NBA, from humble beginnings (schools that produce politicians, presidents and decision makers) the Ivy-leagers, would still be relegated to spot minutes in games that have gotten out of control in the stat sheet. From Matt Maloney (191-G-71, college: Pennsylvania)'s NBA all rookie-2nd Team selection, to Chris Dudley (210-C-65, college: Yale)'s appearance in the NBA Finals in 1999, its as if the 'brightest and best' academically are only to accept being given admission to the show and not the proper treatment that they have been deserving. Properly fitting, the torch has been taken now by Jeremy Lin, who spent his summer in college interning for the California Senator, who has done nothing but pronounce his appreciation and the virtues of persistence and dedication to a dream. There is much to be learned in his journey for each and every one of us involved in Pro Sports.
As it stands, the arenas are experiencing sell out crowds as people flock to get a taste of 'Lin-sanity', in the face of the recent player injuries, coach firings, trade demands and overall lull in level of technical and tactical proficiency; the league is experiencing a breath of fresh air in the way of a NEW FACE, and one that has been eager to exhibit his wares to the eagerly awaiting fan base who have accepted him with open arms, much like 'a refresh' to a cold cup of coffee, Jeremy Lin as renewed a belief in the undying human spirit.
In the words of the late NCAA Champion coach Jim Valvano, 'NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN!'

Not to belittle the other success stories of determination and persistence in the basketball world off late; the Polsh Powerhouse, MMarcin Gortat (213-C-84), continues to dominate the NBA on the statistical end of things now in the top 5 of all players in Double-Doubles on the season.
And on the European side of things, Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico), whose career has had various stops in the Middle East, winning championships in Qatar and Lebanon is currently leading the France Pro A in scoring at 21.7 points per game and also pacing in the top 10 of assists per game at over 4 per night.
21 year old Toomas Raadik (202-C-90), is asserting himself in the Estonian Champions league. The 2.02 power forward is leading the league in scoring at 18.4ppg and sits in 2nd place with 1.5 blocks a game.
The theme of the week seems to be DREAMS REALIZED, in both the NBA and European sides of basketball.
Those are the latest THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELIINE, as we round the second half of season and prepare to view teams fighting and posturing for playoff positions.


KML Round 20: Rapla loses to Tartu Ulikool in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tartu. First ranked host Tartu Ulikool (17-2) defeated 4th ranked Rapla (11-9) 69-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rapla. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-62. Tartu Ulikool outrebounded Rapla 46-24 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Silver Leppik (188-83) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Janar Soo (199-91) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Tartu Ulikool are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rapla will have a break next round.
KML top team - Tartu Ulikool (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Tln Kalev (7-15) in Tallinn 70-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tln Kalev. The winners were led by the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Valmo Kriisa supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) did not help to save the game for Tln Kalev. Tartu Ulikool have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Tartu Ulikool will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.
The game in Valga supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked BC Rakvere (13-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (3-18). BC Rakvere smashed Valga/CKE 89-59 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Kaspars Cipruss who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Ando Tagamets produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 13-6 record having four points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Valga/CKE lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Tln Kalev (7-15) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-16). Tln Kalev did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68. Matt Shaw orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Tln Kalev maintains sixth position with 7-15 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.



Tartu Ulikool - Rapla 69-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tartu. First ranked host Tartu Ulikool (17-2) defeated 4th ranked Rapla (11-9) 69-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rapla. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-62. Tartu Ulikool outrebounded Rapla 46-24 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Silver Leppik (188-83) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Swingman Janar Soo (199-91) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Indrek Kajupank (200-88) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Tartu Ulikool are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rapla will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rapla: J.Soo 18+7reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 12+6reb+1ast, A.Parn 11+1reb+2ast, R.Laane 8+2reb+4ast, S.Kaldre 4+3reb, A.Antson 4+3reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: M.Doronin 17+11reb+1ast, S.Leppik 12+5reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 10+1reb+5ast, K.Saage 10+6reb+2ast, B.Amis 7+7reb, V.Allingu 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165886


Valga/CKE - Tarvas 59-89

The game in Valga supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked BC Rakvere (13-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (3-18). BC Rakvere smashed Valga/CKE 89-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Valga/CKE managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Valga/CKE's 22. BC Rakvere forced 20 Valga/CKE turnovers. The best player for the winners was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 13-6 record having four points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Valga/CKE lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: L.Blaus 17+5reb, A.Tagamets 16+7reb, R.Petersonig 12+4reb, R.Strupovics 6, J.Jarvelainen 5+4reb, J.Juerisaar 2+2reb+2ast
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 29+7reb+3ast, J.Umbrasko 11+4reb+4ast, T.Oja 10+2reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 10, R.Sirsnins 9+2reb+2ast, J.Vahter 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 165887


Parnu - Tln Kalev 68-86

The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Tln Kalev (7-15) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-16). Tln Kalev did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68. KK Parnu was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 45-22 second half run of Tln Kalev. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Elgar Tamsalu (184-87) added 19 points in the effort for KK Parnu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tln Kalev maintains sixth position with 7-15 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.
Top scorers:
Parnu: E.Tamsalu 19+4reb+2ast, T.Raadik 15+5reb+1ast, R.Raap 14+10reb+5ast, T.Hamarsalu 13+8reb, R.Karner 7+4reb+6ast, S.Joosep 0+1reb
Tln Kalev: M.Shaw 20+16reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 16+7reb+7ast, M.Kurg 15+5reb+2ast, A.Fedortchuk 11+5reb+1ast, R.Roos 9+3reb+3ast, I.Tulit 9+2reb
gschID: 165884


Tln Kalev - Tartu Ulikool 54-70

KML top team - Tartu Ulikool (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Tln Kalev (7-15) in Tallinn 70-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tln Kalev. It looked good early as Tln Kalev took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tartu Ulikool had a 17-9 second period charge getting the lead and Tln Kalev was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-70. Tartu Ulikool had a 29-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) did not help to save the game for Tln Kalev. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Tartu Ulikool have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Tartu Ulikool will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: A.Fedortchuk 16+7reb+1ast, M.Shaw 13+9reb, B.Raley-Ross 10+3reb, M.Kurg 8+3reb, R.Roos 5, I.Tulit 2+3reb
Tartu Ulikool: B.Amis 18+4reb+1ast, V.Allingu 14+10reb+1ast, S.Leppik 12+2reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 12+7reb+5ast, T.Eichfuss 9+5reb, K.Saage 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165885




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  EUROCUP   


Khimky add size with Jeff Adrien - by Eurobasket News
Khimky bolstered their frontcourt. They announced the signing of Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut). The centre will replace Marijonas Petravicius who left the team. Jeff Adrien started the season in Italy. The centre played for Benetton Treviso. He averaged 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Seria A. In EuroCup Jeff Adrien posted 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per appearance. The centre moved overseas in December. He inked a deal with the Houston Rockets. The centre posted 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in NBA before being released in February. Last season Jeff Adrien played in NBA and D-League. USBasket.com named the centre into All-United States 1st Team. He also participated at D-League All-Star Game.


Marijonas Petravicius leaves Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) leaves Khimky. The centre joined the Russian powerhouse in January. He appeared in just one game in PBL scoring 2 points and grabbing a rebound. Health issues did not allow Marijonas Petravicius to play for Khimky more and the team decided to split ways with the player. Marijonas Petravicius spent the last season in Italy. He played for Armani Jeans Milano. Marijonas Petravicius tallied 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In SeriaA the centre delivered 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. Previously Marijonas Petravicius had stints in Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Kuwait and Lithuania. The centre was named Fiba Europe Cup Final Four MVP in 2004. Eurobasket.com named Marijonas Petravicius All-Lithuanian LKL Centre of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Marijonas Petravicius played for Lithuania at 2011 EuroBasket. His stats read 4.5 points and 1.5 boards per game at the tournament.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Lakers get defensive under coach Messina - by Dimitris Katsionis
Its unusual to see him sitting behind the bench and not standing in front with his hand on the chin thinking. Maybe he is a consultant with a mainly advise role,but it's obvious, the 2012 Lakers team is pretty influenced from Messina's philosophy at both ends of the court. Let's take a look to the characteristics of his philosophy that Lakers inherited..

Defence

I remember him talking about Virtus Bolognas famous half court defence in a seminar. We are not going to press at 4/4 of the court and steal balls to show off.. We play something more substantive, pressing the opponent on the half court and just stay in front of him all the time. In time, this is what brings results. Today L.A. Lakers are the best defensive team in West and 4th in the whole league, allowed only 90.45 PPG. Thinking deeper maybe they play the most effective defence nowadays. While Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago allowing less points in the traditional defensive and low tempo Eastern Conference, L.A. Lakers face daily the best offensive teams in the game. Dont forget that 9 western teams ranking in the 11 best offensive productions in the league today. Messina has a lot to do with this performance. Coming on L.A. he found a team with great size. Not with so quick legs, but tremendous size. Here demonstrates his saying above. Laker ranking last in the league at steals but their defence is inaccessible. Messinas teams were based on being strong at 2 basic areas. Defence and rebounding. Browns whole coaching stuff worked a lot on those points and the Lakers are now the best rebounding team in the league having two players (Bynum-Gasol) on the top-7 rebounders. Maybe the best part of their defensive performance is that their opponents have the smaller percentage on FGs and FTs ( is directly related with their D as they cut opponents contact with the hoop) in NBA today. NBA teams have a hard time scoring against those Lakers who may not have the quick legs to press so much but they have the toughness, size and smartness to play a strong and comprehensive defence. Although Mike Brown is known for his defensive philosophy, 2012 Lakers have a lot of those Messinas touches, knowing his work in the past.

Offence

During his career the Sicilian coach presented some different offensive works and playing styles. From the up-tempo offence of Benetton Treviso-leading by Tyus Edney- to the discipline half court offence on Moscow. Talking in the past about the principles of Csska offensive style, Messina stressed on how important is for a balanced offence to put continuously the ball on the post. Thats what he did on Bologna and Madrid too. In Spain indeed was trying to post a lot with the small forwards (thats why he signed Carlos Suarej and played Velickovic on the 3 spot). At least 20 shots in every game from the post that was his rule in Moscow targeting to wear down the opponents big man so his team would have space to penetrate. This year, Lakers put the ball on the post more than ever taking advantage of the presence of Bynum and Gasol tandem. Although Messina has the reputation of a defensive minded coach, Mike Brown has been used a lot of his plays in his offensive playbook during his service on Cleveland.

P.S. Instead of an epilogue.. Coach,come back to Europe.. Ok,maybe in one or two years you will be an NBA head coach. It's obvious that you can. But now we approach the Spring and the Euroleague playoffs we miss you. From a fan..



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Tony Crocker the hero at Kotka - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 30: Two contests tonight, one of them a real thriller at Kotka, where local KTP had a 31-13 lead after the opening quarter vs Bisons, Loimaa. But Bisons came back to the game as so many other times this season. So, it was Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.), whose 3-pointer put KTP back in the lead (79-78) in time 39:35. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) hit then from behind the arc (39:51) and Bisons led 79-81. But the hero of the game was finally American F Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) (KTP), whose 3-pointer was good at time 39:57 and KTP had won 82-81 (46-35). YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home vs YMCA Lahti 83-94 (39-48). Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) (YMCA Lahti) scored game high 30 points.
KTP - Bisons 82-81 (46-35). (Tim Blue 30/10, Tony Crocker 22, Bojan Sarcevic 10/7 - Martin Zeno 20/6a, Matti Nuutinen 19/9, Jeb Ivey 15. A: 1108).
YMCA LPR - YMCA Lahti 83-94 (39-48). (Tyler Tiedeman 25, Lawrence Hamm 20, DeAndre Haynes 18 - Ryan Brooks 30, Brant Bailey 19, Malik Moore 17/7a. A: 584).

1.Division:
Lapua - Huima 111-85 (56-40). (Walter Baxley 34, Eric Williams 26, Kim Siven 14 - Baboucarr Bojang 22/22, Sami Kajander 16, Marcel Liukko 14).
Tarmo, Porvoo - Pyrinto II 86-80 (38-37). (Jerrah Young 23/16, Shawn Henderson 22/6a, Benzor Simmons 16 - Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 25/7, Osku Heinonen 18, Pekka Setala 17).



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


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 14-4 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 14-4 
 3. Lapua 14-5 
 4. Pyrinto II 13-6 
 5. BC Nokia 13-6 
 6. Oulun NMKY 10-9 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 8-11 
 8. Huima 8-11 
 9. Ura Basket 7-11 
 10. SayRi 6-12 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-15 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-18 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.6 
 3. Williams, Lapua22.7 
 4. Conerly, SayRi22.4 
 5. Simmons, Porvoon22.4 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 7. Manning, Huima20.7 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.3 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.20.1 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.2 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.1 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 9. Williams, Lapua10.1 
 10. Andrews, Ura B.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.2 
 2. Conerly, SayRi5.1 
 3. Manning, Huima4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.3 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.3.6 
 6. Viertola, Huima3.6 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.2 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Conerly, SayRi2.6 
 2. Jackson, Lapua2.2 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 6. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 8. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi1.7 
 10. Andrews, Ura B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.4 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 5. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 6. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.0 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 8. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.9 
 9. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 10. Britton, Huima0.8 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Blue, KTP22.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 4. Crocker, KTP19.1 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.19.0 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.3 
 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. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.5 
 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.1.7 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
 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, KTP1.5 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 9. Bell, KTP0.7 
 10. Price, Kataja0.7 


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Semaine des As: Le Mans and Gravelines advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
First Quarterfinals games of the Semaine des As were played last night. Le Mans and Gravelines outplayed their rivals and advanced to the Semifinals.
Le Mans was better than Orleans 88-77. Le Mans exploded in the last ten minutes (28-13) to win this game. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) shined in victory with 20 points each. Acker pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. In Orleans, Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) and Amara Sy (202-F-81) netted 21 points each.
Gravelines eliminated Roanne 64-55. Roanne is the host of this tournament, but failed to reach the Semis. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88), Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) and Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) helped with 10 points each. In defeat, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) had 10 points and 9 rebs. Le Mans and Gavelines will meet in the Semifinals.
Other Quarterfinals games will be played today. Pairs are Chalon - Paris-Levalois and Nancy - Cholet.


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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 16-5 
 2. St Quentin 16-5 
 3. Orchy 15-6 
 4. Souffel 14-7 
 5. Roche 14-7 
 6. Cognac 13-8 
 7. Blois 13-8 
 8. Challans 12-9 
 9. Sorgues 12-9 
 10. Lievin 11-10 
 11. Brest 10-11 
 12. Chartres 10-11 
 13. Angers BC 49 9-12 
 14. Rueil 9-12 
 15. Clermont 7-15 
 16. Le Puy 4-17 
 17. Montbrison 3-18 
 18. CFBB 2-20 


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Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 12-0 
 2. Olimpi 9-2 
 3. Kutaisi 9-4 
 4. Sokhumi 8-4 
 5. MIA Academy 8-4 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 5-7 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 5-7 
 8. STU Tbilisi 5-8 
 9. Samedicino 5-8 
 10. Batumi 1-12 
 11. Rustavi 1-12 


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy27.6 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.24.9 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi24.5 
 4. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 5. Carter, Dinamo T.22.8 
 6. Niniashvili, TSU T.18.5 
 7. Smith, MIA Academy18.3 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.2 
 10. Sljuka, Olimpi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.9 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi11.4 
 3. Milutinovic, Olimpi10.6 
 4. Niniashvili, TSU T.9.5 
 5. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 6. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.3 
 7. Smith, MIA Academy9.3 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 9. Hoger, Olimpi8.3 
 10. Machaladze, STU8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.6 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.6 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.7.5 
 4. Blair, MIA Academy7.3 
 5. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi5.9 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.7 
 8. Artsividze, Rustavi5.5 
 9. Bakradze, Dinamo T.4.3 
 10. Matiashvili, Kuta.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.9 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi2.8 
 3. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.7 
 4. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 5. Woodside, Armia2.4 
 6. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 7. Chachanidze, Rust.2.0 
 8. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi2.0 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 3. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.3 
 7. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 8. Ilic, Samedicino1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Shermadini, TSU T.1.0 


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Jordan Burgason: NCAA Division I three-point percentage leader joins Interperformances - by Michael McMillen
Jordan Burgason (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances) is 6-3, 200 lbs pure shooting guard. In NCAA, he led the nation in 3-point shooting averaging an outstanding 52.6 percent from beyond the arc. Burgason led the Lipscomb Bisons (Atlantic Sun) in scoring with 16.4 points per game and also has the all time record with 3-pointers made, twice hitting nine 3-pointers in a single game where he had career highs of 30-points in a amazing performance against Iowa State and also 33 points, hitting 9-for-13 3-pointers against East Tennessee. Jordan has a great work ethic, plays very hard, loves basketball and will do everything he can to make his team win. With his deadly shooting he has the ability to earn himself a spot on a NBA roster or a top player in Europe.




Will The Fraport Skyliners Have A Solution This Time Against Je Kel Foster And FC Bayern Munich In Crunch Time? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the world FC Bayern Munich has a reputation and is a household name in Germany, the way Heinz Ketchup is in the United States, Iberia airlines is in Spain, Ferrari is in Italy or IKEA is in Sweden. However in Germany when uttering the word FC Bayern Munich, it is Soccer and one usually affiliates the 22 German meisterschaften, 15 cup wins, the world class players that have graced the red and white jersey like Franz Beckenbauer, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Mueller, Oliver Kahn, Lothar Matthus, the sometime minor scandals that has given the club FC Hollywood status or the famous Uli Hoeness Wutrede at the 2007-2008 stock holders meeting where his head was as red as a bolied lobster. FC Bayern Munich and basketball in the same breath in the past was about as distant as Heidi Klum and Seal are now. However since this season, Basketball is back in the first division since their last visit in 1986-1987 and with the expertise coaching from Dirk Bauermann and ultimate Bayern fan Uli Hoeness giving the needed financial support, the organization is looking to become an FC Barcelona in the Beko BBL sometime down the road. However the route in the direction of a FC Barcelona seems to have taken a severe wrong turn and landed in Sitges (Beach resort near Barcelona) and at the moment the basketball team led by ex German national head coach Dirk Bauermann is about as far away from FC Barcelona as British tennis ace Andy Murray is from winning a Grand Slam event. The FC Bayern Munich bosses never predicted a title in their first season, but were expecting to belong to the top teams and be a force in the Beko BBL playoffs. FC Bayern Munich has been up and down in the last months and if they keep it up, may get gobbled up by the competiton and be in the Munich beer gardens in May instead of the Beko BBL arenas. One cant say that FC Bayern Munich is only playing bad. They had good efforts against Oldenburg and BG Goettingen. A team like Munich just cant become a title team from today to tomorrow. This takes a lot of development, something that Bamberg has behind them. I am sure that we will see a totally different team when the playoffs start. They just have to continue to find themselves something which has taken longer due to injuries. Every player has the ability to score 20 points or more. The team just cant mislead themselves. I still see FC Bayern Munich as a serious title candidate, stressed Walter Tiger Tuebingen forward Ruben Spoden.

For all those that were born after the first man stepped on the moon, a memory of FC Bayern Munich playing in the first German basketball league will be absent. The last time FC Bayern Munich won a German first division basketball title, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 2, Martin Luther King was assassinated, famous American TV show 60 minutes made its debut on CBS and is still on today, Led Zeppelin make their first Live performance in England and famous Croatian basketball player Toni Kukoc was born as was lovable American actor who you talking about Willis Gary Coleman. The year was 1968 as Bayern Munich won their last title which was a cup. They were also Bundesliga champion in 1954 and 1955. Since the Bundesliga cup win, basketball has been in the shadow of the soccer team moving down and back up in 1974 and then going back to the second Bundesliga in 1982. They were back in the top division in 1987, but returned back down in 1989. Then in 1993, the team was in the Regionaliga. In 1995, 1999 and 2004, the team found itself back in the second Bundesliga, but they never were able to get back into the first Bundesliga as money and quality players were missing. In 2009-2010, 23,000 members from the club Bayern Munich voted and agreed that the basketball department had to be financially supported so that they could return back to the BEKO BBL. In the 2010-2011 PRO A season Bayern Munich plowed through the competition with new head coach Dirk Bauermann, German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene and locker room motivation magnate Darius Hall.

FC Bayern Munich not only have brought in experienced basketball players, but with head coach Dirk Bauermann as the Beko BBL version of Phil Jackson who has won 9 Beko BBL titles, seven with Bayer Leverkusen and two with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. And one should not forget his experience that he brings with his coaching duty as German national coach from 2003-2011 leading Germany to a Silver medal at the 2005 European championships. With a budget of seven million Euro, Bauermann has that kid feeling of being able to go into Fao Schwartz in New York city and shop until he drops for the right players. Bauermann knows that he will have a new kind of pressure that he never felt before. There is nothing less accepted than success with FC Bayern Munich. We want to be in the top four teams. We want to play our best basketball when it counts. Titles arent won in October, warned Dirk Bauermann. The club did a good job not doing a total house cleaning, but keeping a core of guys from the 2011 PRO A championship team. German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene were kept. They may not be the youngest, but still possess special Beko BBL quality. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is 35, but with four Beko BBL titles wants to add some more with Munich, Darius Hall can still give that big smile and sneer to dazzle you and can give valuable minutes from the bench and young German Bastian Doreth who is being groomed to take over for Steffen Hamann down the road. The club added six top players with three German national players. Jan Jagla returns back to the Beko BBL after playing shortly for the Artland Dragons in 2005, Phillip Schwethelm continues to develop and shines with his defense and shooting and German wunder kind Robin Benzing who is looking to make a further step in the Beko BBL in his third season after not being drafted by the NBA. The team also added Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) who is their best one on one player and can be explosive and is a very consistent and reliable player. Ben Hansborough is a Beko BBL rookie and should have some stories about his NBA brother Tyler Hansborough, but was let go at the end of 2011. FC Bayern Munich already suffered some growing pains as ex NBA player Ruben Boumtje Boumtje declared his retirement on account of heart disease and Sharod Ford left the team because of personal reasons. However the team hauled in Chevon Mr chevy Troutman who didnt need much time to adjust as he belongs to the top centers in the league after only 8 games. The team also brought in strong big man Jared Homan who last played in Italy. We have a roster that can beat any team in Germany. Key will to form a team out of good individual players, warned FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.

Despite basketball critics blasting FC Bayern Munich for getting big names not necessarily meaning that it will play team basketball, the Bavarian club has a 12-10 record and rest in 7th place and would have a playoff date with ratiopharm Ulm if the playoffs started tomorrow. The club started off with a tough 80-76 loss in Bonn, but then found their rhythm winning four games in a row against some lesser teams, but were able to beat Braunschweig. The team lost two of the last three games against playoff aspiring teams Oldenburg and Artland Dragons before their game against Frankfurt last November. Since their last meeting, FC Bayern Munich has been up and down at 6-7 and not playing anything like their soccer team is. In this span. There biggest wins were against Oldenburg 102-71 and a big win at home against ratiopharm Ulm where they took revenge for their loss in Ulm earlier this season where American Keaton Nankivil sent them home without their leather pants. They continue to be strong at home at 11-1, but very vulnerable on the road at 1-9. They average 78 points a game and give up 75 points. They have improved their defense from the first nine games where they gave up an average 80 points per game. Their strength is shooting the ball. They have so many guys that can fill it up with Greene, Wallace, Schwethelm and Foster. Their defense is ok, but the best bet for a team is too run on them, because they have bigs that dont come back quick enough. They had problems with their pick and roll defense, but we played them before Chevon Troutman came, warned Josh Young. Even though Foster was out done in Overtime by David Holston in the loss at Artland, Foster belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL and will lead FC Bayern Munich in tough times. Foster impressed me the most on that team. He isa smart and great shooter and solid on defense. He is just as tough as nails. You have to put Foster in the same trio of Brown, Wood and Holston, warned Josh Young.

The Fraport Skyliners will be looking to get revenge for the bitter 58-57 loss in Munich, where a timely Je kel Foster three pointer and offensive rebounds on missed free throws sealedthe win for Dirk Bauermann and his gang. We have to play defense, play aggressive and execute better on offense and get back on transition defense, warned Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt will have to forget those last few minutes in the fourth quarter and stay focused mentally for 40 minutes too. Key will be shutting off any mental lapses that may occur, warned Michael Thompson. If there is one guy who wants to win as badly as Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder does than it is Skyliner captain Marius Nolte We have to play concentrated for 40 minutes. We have to play good team defense and give up no easy baskets, warned Marius Nolte. will need to be awake again in Munich to stop the athletic Chevy. We have to do a very good job defending the paint. Chevon Troutman is a good player. We have to control the back boards, warned Justin Gray. Frankfurt should also follow the 3 quick step to success from Tigers guard Josh Young. Frankfurt has to keep the Munich shooters in check, control the boards and score in transition to have a chance to win, warned Josh Young. We have to stay together, move the ball and play good defense, warned Michael Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners host FC Bayern Munich February 18th.

FC Bayern Munich is led by Chevon Troutman is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. His high school coach also coached NBA star Allen Iverson. Troutman played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three years in a row from 2002-2004. As a professional basketball player he has played three years in Italy and three years in France for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA). He was a French All Star twice and won the cup in 2008 and was French PRO A champion in 2009. Last season, he played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five), injured in Jan.'11 and was off for 4 months: 16 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.3rpg), Steals-3 (2.7spg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.0%. Currently he is averaging 17,8ppg, 9,0rpg and 1,8apg. Je'Kel Foster returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in Italy last season. Foster is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Mississippi that is a natural born leader. Runs the show as a point guard that can score. He thinks to run the offensive first. His long arms and his quickness allows for him to cover the entire floor defensively while also giving him to length to finish over taller players. Excellent 3 point shooter. He played at Ohio State and started his professional basketball career in Germany for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 42 games: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 34.0%, FT: 75.3%. He then played a season in France for Paris-Levallois (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. He then played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2008-2010 leading the team to the Beko BBL championship in 2009. Last season, he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 29 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 71.8%. Currently, he is averaging 16,3ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,1apg. He is hooting 54% from the field and 48% from the parking lot.

Robin Benzing is playing his first season in Bavaria and is a 22 year old 208cm forward from Seeheim-Jugenheim south of Frankfurt, Germany. He is a big forward who can play in both positions (if he works on the physical department) as he has the size and the shooting skills too. His game looks like his country-mate Jan Jagla, he is a bit lighter than the German international, and is playing mostly within the wing. He is amazingly good ball handler for his size and he can attack the basket going both ways. He started his basketball career for TV Langen in 2004 and played there until 2009. He played for ratiopharm Ulm the last two seasons playing a total of 66 Beko BBL games. Last season, he was the top scoring German in the Beko BBL averaging 15.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 77.2%. he also has been a member of the German national team since 2009 and this past summer played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 78.6%. Currently, he is averaging 9,8ppg and 3,2rpg. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is playing his 10th season in the Beko BBL and second with FC Bayern Munich and is a 35 year old 203cm forward from Serbia that is has excellent athletic skills. Can run and jump. Very impressive dunker. Can shot. Also good defender. He played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005 where he never averaged less than 13,8ppg a season in the German league. He then played for RheinEnergie Koln from 2005-2008 where he helped win the Beko BBL title in 2006 and helped win a cup. As Cologne was having problems financially, he went to Alba Berlin in the middle of the 2007-2008 season helping them win the championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He then played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and last season with FC Bayern Munich played 30 games: 12.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-3 (66.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 58.0%. Currently, he is averaging 9,6ppg, 5,1rpg and 2,5apg. Jan Jagla also returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in other countries for six years. Jagla is a 30 year old 213cm forward from Berlin Germany. A seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. He started his basketball career at Lichterfelde and then went to the States to play NCAA ball at Penn St. He then played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he had a taste of the NBA playing with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. From 2006-2011, he played for top tams in Europe including Turk Telekom Ankara, DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB,) from 2007-2009 where he played with Demond Mallet and Ricky Rubio and helped win the ULEB Cup in 2008. The last two years, he played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia . He has played 40 Euroleague games and has been part of the German national team since 2006. Last season he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Currently, he is averaging 8,4ppg and 4,5rpg.

Jonathan Wallace is playing his second season with FC Bayern Munich and is a 25 year old 187cm guard from Alabama that is playing his second season with FC Bayern Munich. He played at Georgetown from 2004-2008 reaching the NCAA Final 4 in 2007. In 2008-2009, he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-1A), Adriatic League: 8 games: 4.4ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 4 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg; left in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 18 games: 1.7ppg; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 0.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg. In 2009-2010, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) becoming D-league champion playing 58 games: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 88.1%. Last season for FC Bayern Munich he played 30 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 83.8%. Currently he is averaging 7,6ppg and 1,8rpg. German national player Steffen Hamann returns for a second season to Munich. Hamann is a 30 year old 194cm guard from Bamberg. He started his career at Bamberg in 1997 and played there until 2008. He was Beko BBL champion twice with Bamberg. He played for Alba Berlin from 2008-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2009. Last season for FC Bayern Munich, he played 20 games: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.9%. Before coming to Munich, he has played 88 FIBA international club games. He has been a member of the German national team since 2003 winning the silver at the 2005 European championships. Currently he is averaging 7,4ppg, 1,8rpg and 4,6apg. Phillip Schwethelm is a 22 year old 201cm forward that is playing his first season in Munich. He started his basketball career with Cologne in 2004, where he played until 2009. He played Euroleague at the age of 17. He helped Cologne win the Beko BBL title in 2006. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2009-2011 and last year played 36 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 72.9%. He has been a member of the German national team since 2010. Currently he is averaging 5,3ppg and 3,9rpg.

Demond Greene is playing his second season for FC Bayern Munich and is a 32 year old 185cm guard that was born in Fort Hood Texas. He is spectacular point guard or shooting guard, great athlete, not very tall but he can jump and dunk, good shooter and is a former long-jumper. He started his career at TuS Aschaffenburg in 1996. He then played together with Dirk Nowirzki,Robert Garrett and Marvin Willoughby at DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg. Greene played for DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg from 1997 to 2002. He then played for Bayer 04 Giants Leverkusen from 2002-2005. He then played for ALBA Berlin from 2005-2007. He then played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A2). Last season, for FC Bayern Munich, he played 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 80.0%. Greene is a four time Beko BBL All Star, won the Beko BBL cup in 2006 with Alba Berlin and has been a member of the German national team in 2000-2001 and from 2004 until present winning the Silver at the 2005 European championships. Currently he is averaging 4,4ppg and 1,3rpg. Darius Hall is a 38 year old 201cm center from Detroit, Michigan. He is playing his eighth season in Germany and second with FC Bayern Munich. He is a is a player who loves to make the show. His dunks make the crowd explode. He is a fantastic player who is always at 200%. His athleticism ability are unbelievable, he can dunk on anybody. Great finisher in the paint. A great scorer when the game begin to be HOT. He played at W.Kentucky (NCAA) from 1991-1995. From 1995-2004 before he came to Germany, he played four years in France, three years in Belgium and two seasons in Spain. He played for the Artland Dragons from 2004-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2008 and playing a total of 237 games. Last season for FC Bayern Munich, he played 29 games: 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-2 (66.9%), FT: 44.1%. Currently he is averaging 3,2ppg and 1,5rpg. Bogdan Radosavljevic is a 18 year old 211cm German/Serb that is playing hiss econd season for FC Bayern Munich. Last season he played 7 PRO A games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, also a license to play at FC Bayern Muenchen II (Germany-2.Regionalliga): 12 games: 9.0ppg. Recently he played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 54.8%.




BBC Bayreuth Reward Marco Van Den Berg With 2 Year Contract Extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco van den Berg survived the Kevin Durant rumors 2 months ago, experienced the Christmas time in the Bavarian city and now wants to see how the playoff atmosphere could be and hopefully get a few more chances in the next years as the club prolonged his stay giving him a two year contract extension. Van Den Berg arrived in Bayreuth on October 24th taking over for Andreas Wagner and has won seven games in his first 17 games and is happy about the reward. 'I love Bayreuth and the area here. The nature, culture and passion of the fans is fantastic. Bayreuth has everything, but isnt too big. The arena and fans that hold up the tradition are also great. It is a great work place for me', stressed Marco van den Berg .

Despite BBC Bayreuth losing their last four games, the Dutch coach who has won 2 Dutch championships and a cup knows the direction that he wants his team to go in. 'I love the playoffs and that is why the next games are like playoffs for me. We want to show our fighting qualities. Six or seven team still have to fight for their position, but there are still 12 games to be played. . If we can win against Giessen, then we would have a three game lead. But this is all theory. We have to play well and with more heart again and not so much with our heads. That way, we will find our game again and we just have to stay positive', added Marco van den Berg .

BBC Bayreuth management showed with the contract extension that they are content with the Dutch man and know in what direction they would like the team to go in. Consistency is an important component in the philosophy of BBC Bayreuth. His wins also helped us in our decision. But most important is his concept which is the same as our philosophy. His concept in combination with his personality was important in our decision in getting him earlier in the season. We think that he can make the team to a playoff team with one or the other youth players from our program. However the first priority is to stay in the league which we are convinced he can do', warned BBC Bayreuth executive Manfred Schoettner.

Source: BBC Bayreuth


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Gagaloudis in Apollon Limassol - by Chris Mammides
A great transfer took place yesterday afternoon as the Greek point guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) agreed financial terms with the team of Head Coach Igor Miglinieks and he is officially Apollon Limassol's player.

Yannis Gagaloudis was a member of the team of Maroussi the last 18 months and together with Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77) have developed one of the top duets of the Greek league last season and the result was simply to take Marousi hand to hand to the 6th place in the regular season no matter if the team had the smallest budget of all the teams in A1 and was basically mantle a week before the official start of the Greek league.

The Greek point guard this season was not as productive as last seson and due to the many financial problems faced in Maroussi (the team will fold down this season as has a negative record of all times with 0-18) Yiannis decided to split ways ( a number of players will do the same very soon).

Gagaloudis's last game was also great as with the 10 assists gave to his team-mates in the loss against Panionios, the Greek guard added another record in his personal series. Yiannis had the following statistics this season: In 16 games he had 15.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 6apg, and 1.5spg. He is among the top players in all the divisions.

Apollon Limassol is adding experience, score and great organizational skills, It is most sure that the Limassol team will never be the same and the opponents of the team will need to be extra careful.

Gagaloudis's career stops were as follows: Dafni Athens (2 seasons), Aris Thessaloniki (2 seasons), Panathinaikos (1 season), PAOK Thessaloniki (2 seasons), AEK Athens (1 season), AGOR (1 season), Panorama (1 season), Olympiada Patras (1 season) and Maroussi (1.5 seasons)

Gagaloudis's contracts ends with the end of the play-offs season



Mid February's list of Greek free agents - by Chris Mammides
18 weeks after the commencement of the Greek A1 league with the list of the free agents still being very attractive and quite stern. Some more transactions have been made but the list is still quite strapping and essential. Eurobasket is presenting the revived list with some new fundamentals.
Here is the intense outcome of our research

In the Guard position:
Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80)
Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Milos Pavlisevic (196-SG-82)
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85)
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)

In the forward position:
Nikos Theodorakos (202-F-89) went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft making him an Unrestricted FA.
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79)
Milos Sakota (203-F-84)
Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) he part ways with OFI and he is a free agent
Marios Skamnakis (200-F-89) he part ways with OFI and he is a free agent

In the center position:
Manolis Koukoulas (212-C-91)
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)
Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78)
Alfa Diallo Fansekas (212-C-92) belongs to Ikaros went on loan to AGOR but he is now with no team



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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.6 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam18.3 
 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. de Randamie, Groni.6.2 
 10. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.2 
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, Leeuwarden3.9 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.5 
 6. Slagter, Leiden3.4 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen3.4 
 8. Jansen, Den Bosch3.1 
 9. Fletcher, Weert3.0 
 10. Huffman, Zwolle3.0 
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. Wessels, Den Bosch1.8 
 7. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 8. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Jones, Rotterdam1.7 
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 


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 15-5 
 2. Leiden 13-4 
 3. Den Bosch 13-6 
 4. Nijmegen 11-8 
 5. Zwolle 10-10 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-11 
 7. Weert 3-16 
 8. Rotterdam 3-17 


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Chinooks have eyes on IBL championship in 2012 - by Kip Leonetti
The Portland Chinooks, one of the International Basketball Leagues oldest teams dating back to the leagues formation in 2005, have a new home court for the 2012 season and will be looking to christen it with their first championship.

The Chinooks' new home venue will be the 212 Sports Complex in Clackamas. The state-of-the-art multi-sport facility, which opened last fall, features two full-size basketball court and also hosts facilities for baseball and football. The centerpiece of the complex is a hardwood court previously used by the NBAs Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. The facility is located at 11791 SE Highway 212 in the Emmert International Business Park.

The Chinooks, through the guidance of head coach Terrance Dickens, have had talented squads in previous seasons and have always been serious contenders come playoff time. Their most successful season came in 2009, when they posted a 16-9 record and reached the finals of the IBL playoffs. Last season, Portland finished 12-12 and lost to the eventual league champions and cross-border rivals, the Vancouver Volcanoes, in the first round of the playoffs.

Dickens has a proven track record of helping his players advance their careers with teams in upper-level leagues around the world. Brian Morris, who averaged 21.4 points and 12.2 rebounds per game for the Chinooks last season, is now playing in Portugal, and Jeremiah Dominguez, a former Portland State standout, has been playing in Mexicos top league for two seasons after playing for Dickens in 2009. Also, former Chinook Michael Parker has developed into one of top players in Japans BJ League for the last five years after helping lead Dickens' 2007 squad to the IBL Championship game.

''We are looking forward to 2012 season, especially more time with the team. It is important to have a great group of players that play as a team, help each other and stay focused as we look forward to the playoffs. As we move to the 212 Sports Facility to host our games we will also add in a youth program, engaging the community with our team,'' shared Chinooks team owner Terry Emmert, when asked about the outlook for the Chinooks in 2012.

''We are truly international and the players we took to China this past fall in partnership with the United States Basketball Academy enjoyed the competition and hospitality and you will see us add some of those who contributed to the Chinooks this season. We are actively looking for a few other IBL hopefuls for our team who have the right attitude, practice and play together to win a championship, losing is not in our vocabulary,'' added Emmert.

The team will hold tryouts in the Pacific Northwest soon to bolster their roster for the upcoming 2012 campaign. Details on the date and location of the tryouts, as well as the team's 2012 season schedule, will be announced soon.


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Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
All Icelanders playing today in Swedish top league. Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) and Jakob Sigurdarson high scorers.
Solna Vikings lost to Norrkoping Dolphins at home 81-94. Logi Gunnarsson had 14 points and 2 rebounds for Vikings.
EcoOrebro 80 08 Stockholm 91. Good win for Helgi Magnusson who was game leading scorer with 27 , 6 rebounds and 2 assist
Jamtland Basket lost at home to Sundsvall Dragons 82-85. Close game in the end, teckical fouls on hometeam was hurting them a lot
Brynjar Bjornsson 9 points for Jamtland.
Jakob Sigurdarson24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 steals 14/14 from freethrow line. Hlynur baeringsson 14 pts, 13 boards, 1 assist, 2 steals for Dragons.


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 19-0 
 2. Foolad Mahan 17-3 
 3. Petrochimi 14-6 
 4. Azad 14-6 
 5. Zob Ahan 12-7 
 6. Sanaye Petrochimi 11-9 
 7. M.H.Ahvaz 8-14 
 8. Pouya 7-14 
 9. Gorgan 7-15 
 10. Shiraz a.s Pipe 6-16 
 11. Zanjan 6-16 
 12. Jahesh 3-18 


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stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Musso, Napoli19.2 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.4 
 3. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.8 
 4. Carrizo, Ferentino15.6 
 5. Ferrarese, Castell.15.4 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.15.1 
 7. Portannese, Torino15.1 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.9 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari14.6 
 10. Vitale, Treviglio14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.5 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.8 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.7 
 4. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.5 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.5 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..8.2 
 7. Gandini, Trieste8.1 
 8. Baldi Rossi, Perug.7.8 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.8 
 10. Ferraro, Trieste7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.7 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.9 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.9 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 5. Ferrarese, Castell.3.1 
 6. Vico, Matera3.1 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 8. Zanelli, Orlandina3.0 
 9. Forray, Trento2.9 
 10. Parente, Torino2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.5 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Portannese, Torino2.9 
 6. Amici, Firenze2.8 
 7. Maggio, Pavia2.8 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.8 
 9. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.3 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.0 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.0.9 
 10. Corral, Anagni0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 16-7 
 2. Trieste 16-7 
 3. Perugia 11-11 
 4. Comsum.it SI 7-15 
 5. Firenze 7-16 
 6. Santarcangelo 6-16 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 21-3 
 2. Torino 16-8 
 3. Treviglio 14-9 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 12-11 
 5. Pavia 12-12 
 6. Castelletto 8-15 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 12-10 
 2. Bari 12-11 
 3. Chieti 11-11 
 4. San Severo 8-14 
 5. Fabriano 7-15 
 6. Ruvo 3-20 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 19-4 
 2. Orlandina 14-9 
 3. Ferentino 13-8 
 4. Matera 11-11 
 5. Latina Basket 9-13 
 6. Anagni 7-14 


Ricky Minard heads to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) is close to signing a deal in Italy. The forward that had been released from Azovmash reportedly reached an agreement with Novipiu Casale Monferrato. The forward tipped off the season with Azovmash. He averaged 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In VTB League Ricky Minard posted 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals. The forward also delivered 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per appearance in Superleague. Last season Ricky Minard played in Russia for Unics Kazan. Previously the forward had stints in Russia, Italy and NBDL. Ricky Minard used to be All-OVC Player of the Year when playing for Morehead State University. He was also EuroCup winner with Unics Kazan.


Cup Final Eight. Pesaro thrash Umana Venezia to reach semis - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini Pesaro - Umana Venezia 90:70

Scavolini Pesaro joined Siena and Armani Jeans in Italian Cup semifinals. They thumped Umana Venezia tonight to reach the next stage of the tournament. James White (199-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Scavolini Pesaro pulled ahead early in the game 4:0. They maintained the lead posting a 25:17 buffer after ten minutes. Pesaro opened the second term with four points in a row to gain a double-digit lead. Umana Venezia failed to threaten the margin as they faced a 34:48 deficit at halftime. Scavolini cleared off in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 76:52 advantage at the final intermission and rallied to the win at the end. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) provided 15 points, while Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia) added 14 points for the winners. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Umana Venezia. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 15 points in the loss.

Scavolini Pesaro: James White 17, Ricky Hickman 15, Jumaine Jones 14
Umana Venezia: Szymon Szewczyk 17, Timothy Bowers 15



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 19 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Trent Whiting (185-G-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aget Imola and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 35-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Aget Imola in his team's victory, helping them to crush Tezenis Verona (#9, 8-11) with 17-point margin 87-70. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Aget Imola is placed at 12th position in Italian Lega2. Aget Imola is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. Whiting has many years of experience at Aget Imola, through which he has constantly improved. Brigham Young University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Whiting is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.3ppg) and assists (7th best: 3.3apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American guard Richard McConnell (182-G-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Fileni BPA. McConnell impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 7 assists. Bad luck as Fileni BPA was edged by the higher-ranked Givova Scafati (#4, 13-6) 92-91. This loss caused Fileni BPA to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. McConnell is a newcomer at Fileni BPA 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 18.9ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was French Guillame Yango (205-C/F-82) of Biancoblu BO (#11). Yango scored 9 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Biancoblu BO, leading his team to a 76-69 win against the higher-ranked Giorgio Tesi PT (#2, 13-6). The chances of Biancoblu BO not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Yango could try to bring Biancoblu BO's a little bit higher in the standings. Yango has a very solid season. In 3 games in Italy he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Pecile (187-G-80) of Biancoblu BO - 18 points and 5 rebounds
5. Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81) of Aget Imola - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) of Morpho Basket - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Givova Scafati - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) of Givova Scafati - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jimmy Hunter (196-G-77) of Enel Brindisi - 14 points, 2 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)


Cup Final Eight. Bennet Cantu completes semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Sidigas Avellino 99:70

Bennet Cantu became the fourth participant of Italian Cup semifinals. They overcame Sidigas Avellino tonight to set up an exciting clash with Scavolini Pesaro. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) stepped up with 22 points to pace Bennet Cantu to the win.
Sidigas Avellino ensured a quick start. They grabbed a 24:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Bennet Cantu pulled ahead in the second term. Andrea Trinchieri team secured a 43:36 halftime lead. More to come in the third term as Bennet Cantu cleared off. They established a comfortable 74:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Bennet Cantu limited their opponents to just 14 points in the final frame and cruised to the win at the end. Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83, college: Iowa) posted 11 points, while Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group), Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) finished with 10 points each for the winners. Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) answered with game-high 24 points for Avellino. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Bennet Cantu: Manuchar Markoishvili 22, Greg Brunner 11, Nicolas Mazzarino 10, Vladimir Micov 10, Maarten Leunen 10, Giorgi Shermadini 10
Sidigas Avellino: Marques Green 24, Jurica Golemac 17



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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 22-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 21-9 
 3. Hitachi SR 18-13 
 4. Panasonic T. 17-13 
 5. Tochigi Brex 15-15 
 6. Hokkaido L. 13-17 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 11-19 
 8. Toshiba BT 4-27 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 20-11 
 2. Akita NH 19-13 
 3. Niigata Albirex 17-15 
 4. Toyama Grouses 16-14 
 5. Yokohama BC 16-15 
 6. Sendai 89ers 16-16 
 7. Chiba Jets 12-18 
 8. Shinshu BW 12-20 
 9. Saitama Bron. 9-20 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 9-23 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 25-7 
 2. Osaka Evessa 22-8 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 21-9 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 20-12 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 19-13 
 6. Shimane SM 17-15 
 7. Miyazaki SS 14-18 
 8. Oita H.Devils 10-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-28 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.7 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.17.5 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.0 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.9 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.6 
 6. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.3 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.0 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.4 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.8 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.2 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.6 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.9 
 7. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.3 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. O''Bannon, Panason.6.9 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.0 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.9 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.8 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 6. Watanabe, Panason.3.0 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.7 
 9. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Toshihiro SATO
  Hitachi SR
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sato, Hitachi SR1.8 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.7 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.1.6 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.6 
 5. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.5 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.4 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.4 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi1.3 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.4 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.4 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.9 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 9. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 
 10. Aono, Panasonic0.7 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.6 
 2. Flowers, Saitama21.3 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 4. Palmer, Fukuoka20.8 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets20.2 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama19.5 
 7. Burrell, Yokohama.19.5 
 8. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 10. Kennedy, Iwate B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.6 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.6 
 3. Newton, Okinawa GK10.5 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 5. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Malloy, Iwate B.10.3 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW10.2 
 9. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 10. Roberts, Shins.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Shimura, Sendai5.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Yamamoto, Shima.5.3 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.5.0 
 7. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.9 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 6. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 7. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.9 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.6 
 4. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 6. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 7. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.3 
 9. Lamizana, Hamamat.1.3 
 10. McFarland, Yokoha.1.2 


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  JORDAN   


Abbas & Daghlas to take part in CBA All-Star 2012 - by Omar Shafaamri
After a great Season , Jordan National Team and CBA Chinese League Stars Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) & Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) will take part in the CBA All-Star 2012 which will be held this Weekend in China. Abbas was chosen in the Southern All-Star Team while Daghlas will compete in the Skills Challenge.

Abbas Zaid who topped the CBA League in Rebounds with an average of 14.9 Rebounds per Game had a short interview with the Chinese Media expressing his pleasure spending three Successful Seasons in China and looking forward to lead his Team Fujian XX in the Playoffs Round against Titleholder Gunagdong in a very tough Duel. Abbas will be part in the Game of Northern/Southern All-Star Teams along with only 5 American Imports and the rest 18will be Chinese.

Sam Daghlas had another great Season leading the League in Assists for the 2nd consecutive season with 17 Pts per Game but those Efforts went in Vain as his Team Jilin Northeast Tigers failed to reach the Playoffs, Sam had unserious talks with Orthodoxi club to join them after China along with some other offers in the Area.

Starting from 2012/2013 Season the Asian Player Rule will be 90% canceled in China and this would decrease the Chance of seeing both stars next season but Abbas aspires to play in Europe or any other high level league if he don't have the chance to play in China next season as Chinese Clubs prefers American Stars over any other Import.

CBA All-Star 2012 (Sunday 19th February 13:00 Amman Time)
Abbas Zaid All-Star Game
Daghles Osama Skills Challenge


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Round 4 Standings
 1. Orthodox 4-0
 2. Kofer Yoba 3-0
 3. ASU 3-1
 4. Al Riyadi 2-2
 5. Al Wehdat 1-2
 6. Al Jalil 1-3
 7. College SC 1-3
 8. Al Ashrafiyah 0-4


JPL Round 4 (Regular Season) : Orthodoxi leads with Experience - by Omar Shafaamri
Orthodox 73-70 Al-Riyadi/Aramex
(Q1:12-14 / Q2:23-18 / Q3:9-15 / Q4:29-23)

Orhtodoxi club continued his great beginning of the Season by downing another Heavy Weight club , this time was Riyadi-Aramex turn with a final score of 73-70 after an exciting game held yesterday in Hamza Court in Amman. Orthodoxi with this win leads the league with 4W-0L Record while this is the 2nd Loss for Riyadi which is ranked 4th with 2L-2W Record.
NT Veteran Zaid Al-Khas (206-C/F-76, college: Gannon) shined with 27 pts along with 16 Rebounds being the MVP of the game , the other NT Veteran Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.) made a very good game with 15 pts including 9 pts from the Arc, Riyadi from the other hand who misses Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (left the Team) Issa Kamel (195-F-83) was the best with 17 pts.

Orthodox :
4. Zaid Al-Khas - 27 Points (3 Three-points) / 16 Rebounds !!!
5. Saad Abu-Anzeh - Did not play
6.Ibrahim Abu-Khadra - Did not play
7. Tamer Katami - 5 Points / 2 Rebounds / 2 Steals
8. Amro Dkedik - 0 Points / 2 Rebounds
9. Enver Soobzokov - 15 Points (2 Three-points) / 3 Rebounds / 2 Steal / 1 Assist
10. Shaker Alokosh - 10 Points / 5 Rebound
11. Laith Al-Abdallat - 9 Points / 6 Rebound
12. Fares SaqfAlhait - 5 Points (1 Three-points) / 4 Rebounds / 1 Assist
13. Shadi Fleifl - Did not play
14. Ahmad Almoghrabi - 2 Points / 4 Rebounds

Al-Riyadi/Aramex:
4. Ahmad Al-Duweiri - Did not play
5. Majdi Al-Ghazzawi - 2 Points / 1 Steel / 1 Assist
6. Yazan Al-Taweel - Did not play
7. Ammar Jabri - 2 Points / 4 Rebounds
8. Issa Kamel - 17 Points (3 Three-points) / 3 Rebounds / 1 Steel
9. Ahmad Obeid - 13 Points / 3 Rebounds / 1 Assist
10. Mohammad Jamal - Did not play
11. Ammar Bostami - 10 Points (2 Three-points) / 6 Rebounds
12. Faisal Khair - 2 Points / 5 Rebounds / 1 Block-Shot
13. Ali El-Zubi - 13 Points / 1 Rebounds / 4 Steel
14. Ali Jamal - 11 Points / 13 Rebounds / 1 Assist / 2 Block-Shot / 1 DUNK
15. Mohammad Alshami - Did not play

Attendance : 240
Including JBF President Mr. Hilal Barakat , NT Coach Thomas Baldwin , U13/U15 Coach & NT Assistant Coach Nikos Dimitriou in addition to Kofr Yoba players, and many local & NT players.

ASU 79 - 44 College
(Q1:28-14 / Q2:20-14 / Q3:17-8 / Q4:14-8)

in another game , ASU last year's champion did not face big problems against College club finishing the game easily 79-44, ASU with this win jumped to the 2nd place temporarily with a record 3W-1L while College club suffered their 3rd loss in 4 matches with a record 1W-3L in the 6th place. Notaable players were Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) with 12 pts and Mohammad Hussein (213-C-90) 11pts (ASU) Ibrahim Maswadeh 10 pts (College)

ASU :
4. Ghazi Alnaber - 7 Points (2 Three-points)
5. Muneer Idais - 0 Points
6. Ahmad Nofal - 6 Points (1 Dunk)
7. Mohammad Hussein - 11 Points (1 Block-Shot)
8. Osama Al-Faraj - 2 Points
9. Mohammad Azzazi - 4 Points
10. Abdullah Abu-Qoura - 4 Points
11. Wesam Al-Sous - 6 Points (2 Three-points)
12. Mahmoud Abdeen - 9 Points (1 Three-points)
13. Mousa Al-Awadi - 11 Points (2 Three-points)
14. Mohammad Hamdan - 12 Points
15. Islam Abbas - 7 Points (1 Three-points)

College :
4. Ahmad Al-Sokkari - 2 Points
5. Anan Al-Momani - 6 Points
6. Robeen Abu-Lail - 4 Points
7. Riyad Aesh - 2 Points
8. Qais Weld-Ali - 0 Points
9. Thaer Abu-Khadra - 2 Points
10. Omar Darweesh - 0 Points
11. Mohammad Lasawi - Did not play
12. Abdullatif Al-Qadoumi - 2 Points
13. Ahmad Kanaan - 8 Points (1 Three-points)
14. Ibrahim Maswadeh - 10 Points (2 Three-points)
15. Raed Ouweis - 8 Points (2 Three-points)

Attendance : 40

** Statistics : Courtesy of JNBT Page


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Dequan Hicks (New Mexico JC) verbally commits to Missouri State University - by Vance Marbury
Dequan Hicks, a 6-7 forward from New Mexico JC, has given Paul Lusk and the Missouri State Bears a verbal commitment. Hicks plans on signing with MSU during the April signing period. He is averaging 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season. Hicks performed very well this past summer against some of the top JUCO players in the U.S. and has continued that play during the regular season.

The Racine, WI native is extremely strong in the post and knows how to use his size and strength to get where he wants in the paint. He is also a good passer out of the high post and has the ability to get to the rim off the dribble from 15 feet and in. Hicks hits the glass well on both ends and brings a physical presence in the paint.

Missouri State is off to an 11-6 (4-1 MVC) start this season. The Bears are having success with first year JUCO transfers Jamar Gulley and Anthony Downing. Gulley and Downing are averaging 11.6 and 10.8 points per game respectively.




Darren Goodson Pensacola State College [Fla.] Signs W/ Kent State University - by Vance Marbury
A native of Cincinnati, Darren Goodson will make his way to Kent State via Pensacola State College [Fla.] where he has been selected as a Preseason All-American by The Sporting News. The 6'4', 240-pound guard/forward is an inside/outside style of player that was named the FCCAA Freshman of the Year while averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season. Rivals.com ranks Goodson as the 25th best junior college player in the country. A former AAU teammate of current Kent State junior Randal Holt, he attended Aiken High School where he earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2008 and 2009.

'You can't really label Darren by a position because he can play and be a factor from all over the court,' said Senderoff of Goodson 'Our staff loved his toughness and competitiveness since we first started recruiting him out of high school. Under the direction of Pete Pena at Pensacola, Darren has continued to develop and expand his game to a point that we feel he'll have the opportunity to make an immediate impact when he arrives on our campus for next season.'



Geron Johnson Garden City CC (KS) Commits to University of Memphis - by Vance Marbury
Geron Johnson of Garden City CC (KS) gave Memphis a verbal commitment after taking a visit at the end of January. Johnson, who transferred to Garden City from Chipola College (FL), had interest from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, Pitt, Nebraska, Dayton and a handful of others.

As a sophomore season at Garden City, Johnson is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Johnson is shooting the ball at a high percentage: 54% from the field, 39% from three and 76% from the line. Whether you have heard of him or not, many feel that Johnson is a player that can make an impact right away for Memphis.



Johnson, who was ranked as the 56th best prospect in the 2010 class by ESPN, Scouts Inc. with a 4-star rating and a 94 Scout Grade, is currently a sophomore at Garden City Community College in Kansas. Johnson knows that his past pedigree will not guarantee him success at the University of Memphis, but that he will have to work for everything he achieves. He believes Memphis offers the chance to make that happen.

Johnson said he plans to sign in April. He joins 6-foot-8 Shaq Goodwin and 6-foot-4 Damien Wilson in the Tigers' 2012 recruiting class.




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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BC Astana prevail against Tobol - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana added two more wins for their perfect record in D1. The league leaders beat visiting Tobol twice.
The first game ended with BC Astana claiming an 82:61 win. Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) and Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) stepped up with 15 points each to lead the winners. Goran Cakic (208-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 12 points for BC Astana. Tobol responded with 14 points from Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83). BC Astana used a 28:9 run at the start of the game to clear off and never looked back afterwards.
The second game also finished with a comfortable 98:62 victory of the hosts. Tobol led by 9 points after ten minutes of action but BC Astana picked up the tempo in the next periods and ran away with a confident win. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) accounted for 22 points for BC Astana. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) added 20 points for the home team. Vyacheslav Bogdanov topscored for Tobol with 16 points. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) had 12 points in the loss.



Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 18-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 13-5 
 3. BK Almaty 7-7 
 4. Tobol 7-11 
 5. Kaspiy Aktau 5-9 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-18 


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  KENYA   


Upper Hill Claim Buru Buru Title - by Eurobasket News
PROVINCIAL League champions Upper Hill School 'B' team beat Malezi 39-31 to claim the Buru Buru Open tournament over the weekend.

Host Buru Buru carried the girls' trophy after wining the round robin show featuring five sides. Friends of Basketball (FOB) and Safe Spaces played in the event as guest teams. In the boys semis, Malezi drowned Aquinas High 42-29 while Upper Hill 'B' walloped their 'A' side 48-30.

Results: Malezi 30 Hospital Hill 16; Upper Hill 'A' 15 FOB 32; St. Teresa's 18 Malezi 28; Upper Hill 'A' 43 FoB 6; Hospital Hill 'A' 3 Hospital Hill 'B' 48; Malezi 27 FoB 23; Hospial Hill 'A' 12 St. Tersas 13; Upper Hill 'A' 30 St Teresa's 7; Malezi 25 Upper Hill 'A' 14; Moi Forces Academy 9 Pumwani 13. Pool B: Upper Hill 'B' 21 Aquinas 14; Pumwani 13 Upper Hill 'B' 18; Pumwani 18 Aquinas 21; MFA 8 Upper Hill 'A' 32. Girls: Buru Buru 'A' 16 Safe Spaces 17; Buru Buru 'B' 16 Hospital Hill 2; Buru Buru 'A' 20 Buru Buru 'B' 13; Buru Buru 'A' 48 Hospital Hill 1; Buru Buru 'B' 2 Safe Spaces 20; Safe Spaces 31 Buru Buru 'B' 11 and Buru Buru 28 Spaces 38.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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LBL2 Round 27: BS Riga is defeated by VEF Riga junior in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga junior (#1) and BS Riga (#6). VEF Riga junior (20-2) crushed visiting BS Riga (12-9) by 17 points 70-53. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga junior. BS Riga managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BS Riga to just 3 points in second quarter. VEF Riga junior maintains first place with 20-2 record. BS Riga lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face Liepaja-2 (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BS Riga will play against Valmiera BSS and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Riga was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Liepaja-2 (19-3) played at the court of 7th ranked RSU (12-10). Liepaja-2 managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65. Liepaja-2 maintains third place with 19-3 record behind leader BK VEF. Newly promoted RSU keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against league's leader VEF Riga junior on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSU will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Ogre between Livani and BS Ogre. Twelfth ranked Livani (7-15) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked BS Ogre (7-14). Livani managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BS Ogre. Livani moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cesis and Jelgava/LLU. BS Ogre at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Livani will meet league's second-placed Barons kvartals in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BS Ogre will play against Ridzene (#16) in Riga and hope to secure a win.
Thirteenth ranked Zemgale/Juniors (7-15) crushed at home 11th ranked Cesis (7-15) by 19 points 89-70, which is the biggest margin this round. Zemgale/Juniors moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cesis and Livani. Zemgale/Juniors will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Riga: Barons kvartals (#3) and DSN (#9). Barons kvartals (19-2) crushed visiting DSN (10-12) by 16 points 87-71. Barons kvartals have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted DSN keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Barons kvartals will face Livani (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them.

In the last two games of round 27 Valmiera BSS won against Ridzene on the opponent's court 84-70. VEF Kadeti managed to outperform VA in a home game 79-70.



Barons kvartals - DSN 87-71

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Riga: Barons kvartals (#3) and DSN (#9). Barons kvartals (19-2) crushed visiting DSN (10-12) by 16 points 87-71. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 52-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted DSN keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Barons kvartals will face Livani (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
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RSU - Liepaja-2 65-72

The game in Riga was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Liepaja-2 (19-3) played at the court of 7th ranked RSU (12-10). Liepaja-2 managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65. RSU was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Liepaja-2 maintains third place with 19-3 record behind leader BK VEF. Newly promoted RSU keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against league's leader VEF Riga junior on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSU will have a break next round.
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Ridzene - Valmiera BSS 70-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Ridzene's (3-19) home loss to fifteenth ranked Valmiera BSS (5-17) 70-84 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera BSS. Ridzene was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valmiera BSS moved-up to fourteenth place. Ridzene lost their ninth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Valmiera BSS will face higher ranked BS Riga (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ridzene will play against BS Ogre (#10).
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BK VEF - BS Riga 70-53

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga junior (#1) and BS Riga (#6). VEF Riga junior (20-2) crushed visiting BS Riga (12-9) by 17 points 70-53. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga junior. BS Riga managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BS Riga to just 3 points in second quarter. VEF Riga junior maintains first place with 20-2 record. BS Riga lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face Liepaja-2 (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BS Riga will play against Valmiera BSS and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
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VEF Kadeti - VA 79-70

Rather predictable result in Riga where fifth ranked VEF Kadeti (13-8) defeated 8th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (11-11) 79-70 on Wednesday. Ventspils Augstskola was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of VEF Kadeti, which allowed them to win the game. The victory was the third consecutive win for VEF Kadeti. They maintain fifth place with 13-8 record. Loser Ventspils Augstskola keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. VEF Kadeti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena .
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Ogres - Livani 66-68

A very close game took place in Ogre between Livani and BS Ogre. Twelfth ranked Livani (7-15) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked BS Ogre (7-14). Livani managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BS Ogre. BS Ogre trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 26-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 66-68 at the end of the game. Livani moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cesis and Jelgava/LLU. BS Ogre at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Livani will meet league's second-placed Barons kvartals in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BS Ogre will play against Ridzene (#16) in Riga and hope to secure a win.
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Jelgava/LLU - Cesis 89-70

Thirteenth ranked Zemgale/Juniors (7-15) crushed at home 11th ranked Cesis (7-15) by 19 points 89-70, which is the biggest margin this round. Cesis were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 33-12 charge of Zemgale/Juniors, which allowed them to win the game. Zemgale/Juniors moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cesis and Livani. Zemgale/Juniors will have a break next round.
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LBL Round 19: Leader Valmiera loses to Latvijas Universitate - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Valmiera (12-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (9-9) 69-68. Valmiera was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Strangely Valmiera outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to fifth place. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Latvijas Universitate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena U18.
Leader Ventspils blasted bottom-ranked U18 (0-11) in Riga 101-46 keeping the perfect record after 19 rounds. U18 is still unable to win any game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Jahmar Young contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Armands Ginters (193-95) answered with 14 points for U18. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Ventspils (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain second place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row behind leader Valmiera. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. U18's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Bottom-ranked U18 (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-65 loss to eighth ranked Jurmala (6-13) in Jurmala on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Ervins Jonats who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side Karlis Lasmanis responded with 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains eighth place with 6-13 record. U18 lost their eleventh game in a row. U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Jurmala will meet at home higher ranked Latvijas Universitate (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U18's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
The game in Turiba supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Liepaja (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Turiba (7-12). Liepaja smashed Turiba 81-59. It was an exceptional evening for Janis Timma who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja maintains third place with 10-8 record having 2 victories less than leader Valmiera. Turiba at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be Jelgava (#6) at home. Turiba will play against the league's leader Valmiera.
The game in Riga supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Jelgava (9-11) played at the court of sixth ranked VEF Riga (9-1). VEF Riga smashed Jelgava 95-66 on Sunday. Sandis Valters fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Jelgava's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for VEF Riga. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Jelgava lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round. Jelgava will play on the road against Liepaja (#3).

In the last game of round 19 Ventspils crushed Jelgava in a road game 93-61.



Turiba - Liepaja 59-81

The game in Turiba supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Liepaja (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Turiba (7-12). Liepaja smashed Turiba 81-59. It looked good early as Turiba took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liepaja had a 19-15 second period charge getting the lead and Turiba was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-81. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) accounted for 20 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Five Liepaja players scored in double figures. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Matiss Rudmiezis (193-91) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Turiba in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja maintains third place with 10-8 record having 2 victories less than leader Valmiera. Turiba at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be Jelgava (#6) at home. Turiba will play against the league's leader Valmiera.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 18+5reb+1ast, M.Rudmiezis 11+5reb+3ast, J.Kalnins 9+8reb+1ast, E.Kikuts 6+5reb+1ast, S.Bets 5, M.Motivans 4
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 20+2reb+4ast, J.Mayo 14+4reb+1ast, J.Timma 13+10reb+4ast, T.Leiteris 10+3reb+1ast, A.Bricis 10+4reb+3ast, R.Magone 6+5reb+1ast
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U18 - Ventspils 46-101

Leader Ventspils blasted bottom-ranked U18 (0-11) in Riga 101-46 keeping the perfect record after 19 rounds. U18 is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 18. They outrebounded U18 51-26 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ventspils players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by U18's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Forward Armands Ginters (193-95) answered with 14 points and guard Davis Geks (183-95) added 7 points in the effort for U18. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain second place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row behind leader Valmiera. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. U18's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
U18: A.Ginters 14+2reb+1ast, D.Geks 7+3reb+2ast, E.Stelmahers 7+1reb, E.Endzels 5+1reb+1ast, R.Saubergs 5+4reb, K.Muiznieks 3+2reb
Ventspils: S.Willard 21+10reb+1ast, J.Young 20+5reb+4ast, M.Laksa 13+7reb+2ast, M.Meiers 12+8reb, M.Diane 12+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 12+7reb+2ast
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VEF Riga - Jelgava 95-66

The game in Riga supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Jelgava (9-11) played at the court of sixth ranked VEF Riga (9-1). VEF Riga smashed Jelgava 95-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 26. They outrebounded Jelgava 38-25 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Sandis Valters (193-78) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 18 points. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Armands Senkans (197-90) produced 16 points and guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) added 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Jelgava's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for VEF Riga. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Jelgava lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round. Jelgava will play on the road against Liepaja (#3).
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Senkans 16+2reb+1ast, A.Justovics 14+2reb, K.Nelson 8, E.Krumins 6+1reb, S.Silavs 5+4reb+3ast, K.Kanbergs 5+1reb+2ast
VEF Riga: S.Valters 19+2reb+4ast, T.Cain 18+3reb+2ast, D.Zavackas 14+4reb+4ast, G.Jahovics 13+3reb+2ast, K.Berzins 10+8reb+2ast, C.Millage 8+3reb+4ast
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Jelgava - Ventspils 61-93

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Jelgava (9-11) was crushed at home by leader Ventspils (11-0) 93-61 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 32. Ventspils had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain second place with 11-0 record behind leader Valmiera. Jelgava lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. Jelgava will play on the road against Liepaja (#3).
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 13+6reb+4ast, K.Krumins 9+2reb+3ast, A.Justovics 8+5reb+1ast, A.Senkans 7+2reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 6+4reb, S.Silavs 6+2reb+1ast
Ventspils: A.Strelnieks 17+6reb+4ast, R.Zakis 15+7reb, M.Meiers 13+6reb, S.Willard 12+8reb+2ast, M.Laksa 9+1reb+1ast, D.Lejasmeiers 8+1reb+3ast
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Valmiera - LU 68-69

Top ranked Valmiera (12-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (9-9) 69-68. Valmiera was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Strangely Valmiera outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to fifth place. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Latvijas Universitate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena U18.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Lucas 17+5reb+3ast, I.Bankevics 11+3reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 11+5reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 10+9reb+1ast, V.Iljins 9+4reb, J.Rozitis 5+8reb+1ast
LU: Z.Peiners 22+5reb+1ast, K.Dargais 15+8reb+2ast, M.Vitols 9+1reb+5ast, H.Rubenis 6+2reb, A.Osins 6+3reb, Z.Plivda 4+3reb
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Jurmala - U18 79-65

Bottom-ranked U18 (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-65 loss to eighth ranked Jurmala (6-13) in Jurmala on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Jurmala. U18 managed to win fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jurmala forced 22 U18 turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Einars Bucs (200-86) helped adding 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side guard Karlis Lasmanis (193-94) responded with 15 points and swingman Karlis Muiznieks (189-94) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains eighth place with 6-13 record. U18 lost their eleventh game in a row. U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Jurmala will meet at home higher ranked Latvijas Universitate (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U18's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
U18: K.Lasmanis 15+4reb, K.Muiznieks 13+4reb, R.Krastins 8+4reb+1ast, T.Leimanis 7+1reb+2ast, E.Stelmahers 6+2reb, S.Ceplitis 5+6reb+2ast
Jurmala: E.Jonats 17+14reb+2ast, E.Indans 11+1reb, D.Coders 11+2reb+5ast, E.Bucs 9+8reb+1ast, A.Ozols 8+2reb+4ast, R.Liepa 7
gschID: 166554




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. Mayo, Liepaja17.4 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava17.1 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera17.0 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.8 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 10. Bankevics, Valmie.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga9.2 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.6 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera8.4 
 5. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 6. Dargais, LU7.9 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.1 
 8. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.4 
 9. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 10. Andriukaitis, Lie.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.9 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.9 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 7. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 8. Valters, VEF Riga3.3 
 9. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.9 
 2. Peiners, LU2.1 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 4. Osins, LU1.9 
 5. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 8. Piternieks, Turiba1.6 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.6 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Willard, Ventspils0.6 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 


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


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 20-2 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-2 
 3. Liepaja-2 19-3 
 4. Saldus 17-4 
 5. VEF Kadeti 13-8 
 6. BS Riga 12-9 
 7. RSU 12-10 
 8. VA 11-11 
 9. DSN 10-12 
 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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Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Radviliskis 22-12 
 2. Delikatesas 22-13 
 3. LKKA-Atletas 22-13 
 4. Nafta Universitetas 22-13 
 5. Mazeikiai 20-15 
 6. Matinga-Juod. 19-15 
 7. Triobet 19-16 
 8. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-15 
 9. Statyba 18-17 
 10. Ezerunas-Karys 18-17 
 11. Perlas-MRU 17-18 
 12. S.Marciulionio 16-19 
 13. Meresta 16-19 
 14. Silute 13-22 
 15. Gargzdai 9-26 
 16. ABRO-Univ. 7-28 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.0 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.20.4 
 3. Rakauskas, Radvili.19.1 
 4. Birgelis, Matinga-.17.9 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.6 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 8. Brown, Mazeikiai16.5 
 9. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.4 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.9 
 3. Urbonas, LK.8.1 
 4. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.1 
 5. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.6 
 6. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 7. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 8. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.3 
 9. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.3 
 10. Ramanauskas, Radv.7.2 
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, Silute5.1 
 5. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.6 
 6. Kulbis, Ezerunas.4.6 
 7. Vileita, Perla.4.5 
 8. Kuklierius, Mating.4.4 
 9. Varanauskas, Stat.4.4 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Razutis, Silute2.8 
 2. Vileita, Perla.2.5 
 3. Brown, Mazeikiai2.4 
 4. Slivka, Meresta2.3 
 5. Jogela, Zalgir.2.3 
 6. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.9 
 8. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 9. Birgelis, Matinga-.1.8 
 10. Varanauskas, Sta.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Urbonas, LK.2.9 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Kaubrys, Silute1.2 
 5. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 
 8. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.0 
 9. Griskenas, Meresta1.0 
 10. Kalvelis, Matinga.1.0 


NKL Round 5 (Second Stage): Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
NKL round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Thirteenth defeat of league's leader LKKA-Atletas (22-13) against fourth ranked Delikatesas (22-13) 89-87 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in . The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LKKA-Atletas won fourth quarter 30-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Delikatesas dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 46. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) answered with 28 points and 5 rebounds for LKKA-Atletas. LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas moved-up to second place in . LKKA-Atletas will play next round against Matinga-Juod. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Delikatesas will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Radviliskis as it allowed them to take a leadership position in . Radviliskis defeated second-ranked Nafta Universitetas at home 72-62. It was a key game for the top position in . Guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Juozas Ramanauskas chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Nafta Universitetas at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 13 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will play next round against strong Delikatesas trying to get back on the winning streak. Radviliskis will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Mazeikiai on the road.
An interesting game was also a 16-point tough road defeat of 5th ranked Triobet in a game in Marijampole versus Matinga-Juod. (#8) 88-72. Aurimas Birgelis nailed 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Rokas Cepanonis came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for Triobet in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Matinga-Juod. (19-15) moved-up to sixth place in . Loser Triobet dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Matinga-Juod. will meet higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triobet will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#8) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kaunas was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Mazeikiai (20-15) played at the court of 7th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (18-15). Mazeikiai defeated Zalgiris-Sabonio 87-76. The best player for the winners was Parrish Brown who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mazeikiai moved-up to fifth place in . Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Mazeikiai's next round opponent will be league's leader Radviliskis at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Triobet (#7) in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Statyba (18-17) and S.Marciulionio (16-19), which took place in Vilnius. Higher ranked Statyba lost to thirteenth ranked S.Marciulionio in a road game 76-83 on Friday. Nerijus Varnelis orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. S.Marciulionio moved-up to twelfth place in . Loser Statyba keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. S.Marciulionio will face higher ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#10) in Moletai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: bottom-ranked ABRO-Univ. was smashed by Silute on the road 95-63. Perlas-MRU won against Ezerunas-Karys on its own court 66-56. Gargzdai unfortunately lost to Meresta in Pakruojis 69-87.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by Julius Jucikas of ABRO-Univ..


Group A
Silute - ABRO-Univ. 95-63

No shocking result in a game when fourteenth ranked Silute (13-22) crushed at home bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-28) 95-63 on Friday. The game without a history. Silute led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to ABRO-Universitetas' 32 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Silute forced 25 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers and outrebounded them 54-31 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Deividas Petravicius (198-83, college: Northwestern St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Mantas Tamasevicius (196-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Silute's coach Petras Jonikas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Aridas Kurauskas (184-92) answered with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) added 17 points in the effort for ABRO-Universitetas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Silute maintains fourteenth place in with 13-22 record. Loser ABRO-Universitetas stay dead last with 28 lost games. Silute will face Gargzdai-Bremena (#15) on the road in the next round. ABRO-Universitetas will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Silute: D.Petravicius 24+6reb, V.Pancerevas 19+3reb+2ast, M.Tamasevicius 15+11reb, I.Razutis 11+2reb+7ast, A.Kaubrys 9+13reb+2ast, R.Brencius 6+5reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: R.Giedraitis 17+4reb, A.Kurauskas 11+6reb+6ast, E.Vaupsas 10+4reb, V.Pikalavicius 10+8reb+2ast, A.Gurklys 7+6reb, N.Mika 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168923


Perlas-MRU - Ezerunas-Karys 66-56

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (18-17) lost to eleventh ranked Perlas-MRU (17-18) in Vilnius 56-66 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Tomas Lukosevicius (199-80) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds and forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) added 9 points in the effort for Ezerunas-Karys. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Perlas-MRU maintains eleventh place in with 17-18 record. Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Perlas-MRU will face bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#16) in Siauliai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: M.Virbalas 19+10reb, T.Padegimas 17+7reb+3ast, M.Kazonas 14+2reb+1ast, P.Semaska 5+4reb+3ast, D.Domarkas 5+1reb, E.Molosciakas 3+1reb+1ast
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 10+3reb, A.Slezas 9+3reb+3ast, T.Lukosevicius 9+9reb, G.Kulbis 8+4reb+2ast, J.Narusis 6+1reb, P.Lescinskas 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168921


S.Marciulionio - Statyba 83-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Statyba (18-17) and S.Marciulionio (16-19), which took place in Vilnius. Higher ranked Statyba lost to thirteenth ranked S.Marciulionio in a road game 76-83 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Statyba won third quarter 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. S.Marciulionio made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. S.Marciulionio had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Statyba was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Robertas Bitinas (182-84) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-73) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Statyba. Four S.Marciulionio and five Statyba players scored in double figures. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. S.Marciulionio moved-up to twelfth place in . Loser Statyba keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. S.Marciulionio will face higher ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#10) in Moletai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: R.Bitinas 20+2reb+3ast, M.Pociukonis 17+2reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 16+10reb, O.Olisevicius 10+10reb+3ast, T.Lekunas 8+3reb+2ast, J.Elvikis 8+1reb+2ast
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 17+6reb+5ast, M.Budzinauskas 15+3reb+4ast, D.Tarvydas 15+3reb+2ast, G.Marciukaitis 11+2reb+1ast, V.Luksa 10+6reb, T.Rinkunas 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 168922


Meresta - Gargzdai 87-69

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Meresta (16-19) won against 15th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (9-26) in Pakruojis 87-69 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Meresta. Gargzdai-Bremena was better in third quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gargzdai-Bremena's 34 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Renatas Jonelis (201-84) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Gargzdai-Bremena. Four Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Meresta maintains thirteenth place in with 16-19 record. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena keeps the fifteenth position with 26 games lost. Meresta will face higher ranked Statyba (#9) in Vilnius in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gargzdai-Bremena will play at home against Silute (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Meresta: A.Maneikis 26+7reb, D.Griskenas 14+8reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 11+7reb+2ast, S.Raziulis 9+2reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 8+4reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 7+2reb+4ast
Gargzdai: D.Matutis 13+7reb+4ast, R.Jonelis 13+10reb+1ast, M.Grigaitis 11+4reb+1ast, T.Mazelis 11+3reb, E.Ramanauskas 9+6reb+1ast, M.Martinkus 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168916


Group B
Zalgiris-Sabonio - Mazeikiai 76-87

The game in Kaunas was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Mazeikiai (20-15) played at the court of 7th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (18-15). Mazeikiai defeated Zalgiris-Sabonio 87-76. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Zalgiris-Sabonio was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) chipped in 18 points. Guard Justas Tamulis (194-94) produced 24 points and forward Marius Grigonis (194-94) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mazeikiai moved-up to fifth place in . Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Mazeikiai's next round opponent will be league's leader Radviliskis at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Triobet (#7) in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: J.Jurgo 18+3reb+2ast, P.Brown 17+8reb+5ast, M.Stasys 14+3reb+3ast, D.Vaitelis 13+1reb+3ast, C.Brock 9+8reb+3ast, R.Trakimas 8+3reb+2ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: J.Tamulis 24+1reb+2ast, M.Grigonis 12+4reb+7ast, R.Jakstas 11+7reb+1ast, T.Dimsa 11+8reb+2ast, S.Kymantas 6+7reb+1ast, S.Januskis 5+1reb
gschID: 168920


Radviliskis - Nafta Universitetas 72-62

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Radviliskis as it allowed them to take a leadership position in . Radviliskis defeated second-ranked Nafta Universitetas at home 72-62. It was a key game for the top position in . Nafta Universitetas was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 35-24 second half run of Radviliskis. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-85) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Nafta Universitetas at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 13 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will play next round against strong Delikatesas trying to get back on the winning streak. Radviliskis will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Mazeikiai on the road.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 20+5reb+4ast, J.Ramanauskas 18+6reb+3ast, A.Mineikis 12+6reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 10+3reb, R.Rauktys 5+4reb+2ast, R.Grinius 4+1reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: A.Gudaitis 16+7reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 14+9reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 12+9reb+1ast, H.Venskus 7+3reb+7ast, V.Chodosovskis 7+5reb+4ast, D.Anuzis 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 168917


Delikatesas - LKKA-Atletas 89-87

NKL round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Thirteenth defeat of league's leader LKKA-Atletas (22-13) against fourth ranked Delikatesas (22-13) 89-87 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in . The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LKKA-Atletas won fourth quarter 30-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Delikatesas dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 46. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) answered with 28 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Matas Sapiega (179-90) added 16 points and 8 assists in the effort for LKKA-Atletas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas moved-up to second place in . LKKA-Atletas will play next round against Matinga-Juod. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Delikatesas will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 23+5reb+5ast, A.Kvedaravicius 22+9reb+4ast, V.Jatulevicius 14+2reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 11+3reb+1ast, M.Keras 8+7reb+1ast, V.Volodko 6+5reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 28+5reb+1ast, M.Sapiega 16+3reb+8ast, T.Urbonas 14+7reb+1ast, S.Vingelis 13+5reb+1ast, P.Malasauskas 7+3reb+2ast, D.Gricius 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168918


Matinga-Juod. - Triobet 88-72

An interesting game was also a 16-point tough road defeat of 5th ranked Triobet in a game in Marijampole versus Matinga-Juod. (#8) 88-72. The game was mostly controlled by Matinga-Juod.. Triobet managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) nailed 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) accounted for 9 points and 6 assists. Power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) added 19 points respectively for Triobet in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Matinga-Juod. (19-15) moved-up to sixth place in . Loser Triobet dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Matinga-Juod. will meet higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triobet will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#8) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 20+4reb+3ast, A.Zibuda 17+1ast, P.Knyza 12+3reb+1ast, A.Majauskas 9+4reb, Z.Kuklierius 9+3reb+6ast, K.Pupinis 8+4reb+3ast
Triobet: R.Cepanonis 24+10reb, V.Kruzikas 19+1reb, H.Vorotnikovas 9, M.Linkevicius 5+6reb+2ast, R.Narkevicius 5+3reb+2ast, T.Sebeziovas 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 168919




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  MOROCCO   


The 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament February 14-19, 2012 Sale, Morocco - by Adam Prossin
For the 5th year the management committee of the AS de Sale Basketball Club, the Championship team from the top league in Morocco, has organized and is hosting the Sale International Basketball Tournament from February 14-19, 2012. The tournament is being held in Sale, Morocco at the Salle Fathallah Bouazzaoui, the home basketball arena of the host team, AS de Sale.

The 5th annual tournament is comprised of top level teams from Europe and Africa including Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY SerieA), JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE ProA), Groupe Sportif Petroliers Alger (Current Champion of ALGERIA), Chabab Rif Al Hoceima (MOROCCO), VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY ProA) and the host team AS de Sale (Current Champions of MOROCCO).

The tournament will consist of a round robin format from February 14-16, 2012. There will be 2 crossover semi-final games on Friday February 17, 2012 at 6:00PM & 8:00PM. The teams will have a rest day on Saturday February 18, 2012. The tournament will be concluded on Sunday February 19, 2012 with the following games: 5th/6th Place at 4:00PM, bronze medal game at 6:00PM and the gold medal game at 8:00 PM.

Full Tournament Schedule:
Day 1 - Tuesday, February 14, 2012:
6:00PM - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO)
8:00PM - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) vs. GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA)

Day 2 - Wednesday, February 15, 2012:
6:00PM - JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO)
8:00PM - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY)

Day 3 - Thursday, February 16, 2012:
6:00PM - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE)
8:00PM - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY)

Day 4 - Friday, February 17, 2012: SEMI-FINALS
6:00PM - 1st Groupe B vs. 2nd Groupe A
8:00PM - 1st Groupe A vs. 2nd Groupe B

Day 5 - Saturday, February 18, 2012: REST DAY

Day 6 - Sunday, February 19, 2012:
4:00PM - 5th/6th PLACE
6:00PM - BRONZE MEDAL GAME
8:00PM - GOLD MEDAL GAME


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  NBA   


LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) set aflutter the hearts of basketball fans in his former NBA home on Thursday, telling reporters in Cleveland that he would consider a return to the Cavaliers later in his career. James' Miami Heat are in Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Associated Press reports that James, an Akron, OH. native, said that a return to Cleveland was a possibility, although he is happy with how things have turned out in Miami. Of course, he made international headlines by bolting the Cavaliers during the summer of 2010 to form the Miami Heat's Big 3 with All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Asked if he could play for the Cavs again, James initially paused before giving his answer.

'I don't know. I think it would be great,' he said. 'It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense.

'And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.'
'Anything is possible,' Wade told the AP regarding a possible James return to Cleveland. 'Hopefully, I'm retired.'

When James announced he was headed to Miami during a nationally-televised special called 'The Decision,' fans in Ohio burned his jerseys and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert publicly accused James of disloyalty and betrayal, guaranteeing that the Cavaliers would win an NBA title before the Heat.

On Thursday, James said that was all water on the bridge, according to ESPN.com, and admitted that he didn't handle his departure in the proper manner.

'I don't hold grudges, I hold them a little bit but I don't hold them that long,' James said. 'He said what he said out of anger. He probably would want to take that back, but I made a mistake, too. There's some things I'd want to take back as well. You learn from your mistakes and move on.'

The Plain-Dealer reports that Gilbert will not respond to James' comment for fear of receiving a fine from the NBA league office.

When James returned to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time during the 2010-2011 season, he was met with heavy booing and dozens of signs and shirts mocking him.

'It doesn't sting anymore,' James said, according to the AP. 'The booing isn't as bad as it was last year so it's not even a big deal.'

In case you were wondering, James' current contract runs through the 2015-2016 season. He has an early termination option for 2014-2015 and a player option for the final year of the deal, according to StoryTellersContracts.com. He will be 30 years old when the entirety of the deal is completed.

James, 27, spent his first seven NBA season with the Cavaliers. He is averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 36.9 minutes per game this season, and he's a leading NBA MVP candidate.

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


Jeremy Lin joins the Rising Stars Challenge - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) ascension to NBA stardom has caught everyone by surprise, including the league office. They didn't have the chance to include him in any All-Star Weekend events that made sense, so they changed the rules around. That's why, on Thursday, Lin was named not only as a passer in the dunk contest for teammate Iman Shumpert, but as a participant in the Rising Stars Challenge, too. With rosters announced last week, when Lin was just starting to become a story, the NBA stepped in and added him and Miami Heat guard Norris Cole to the mix right before 'general managers' Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley. Lin went third-overall (Shaq's second pick), right after Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving (see full rosters here). It's a crazy turn of events for a guy who was close to out of the league a few weeks ago, but it's also the new normal for Lin.

Kudos to the league for getting it done. All-Star Weekend is often discussed as if it were primarily intended as a merit-based reward for players, but it's more sensible to think of it as a showcase for everything that makes the NBA interesting. Including Lin, even if he's a relatively recent phenomenon, just makes sense now that he's the top story in the league. There's a reason the Oscars always try to get George Clooney and Brad Pitt involved in the show even when they're not nominated.

Beyond Lin, Thursday night's Rising Stars draft took on an experimental air. After the jump, check out a few more interesting ideas from the NBA TV broadcast.
The draft concept as a whole seemed to be a test to see if it could work for the big All-Star Game. The NHL has had success the past two years having two captains choose the teams, and it stands to reason that the idea of two great players picking their own squads has enough inherent drama to be exciting no matter who's involved. Pitting Kobe Bryant and LeBron James against each other, or having a situation in which teammates played on separate teams, would give the game another layer of interest beyond the spectacle of the best players in the world making a few amazing plays in an exhibition atmosphere. Thursday's draft obviously had fairly low stakes, with two analysts picking teams and a pool of young players instead of the league's best, but it produced its fair share of interesting moments. John Wall lasted to the 11th pick, behind Markieff Morris and MarShon Brooks, which speaks to the stink that accompanies anyone associated with the wretched Wizards. And, yes, Lin over Rubio says something about which media-favorite point guard now commands more attention around the country.

Plus, while it would've been more fun to see, say, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving choose their own teams, the structure worked. Both Shaq and Chuck have plenty of personality, and their opinions about the way the game should be played came through in their picks. Team Shaq, full of highlight-factory workers like Griffin, Lin, and Rubio reflects the Big LCD's love of pizzazz and showmanship. Barkley, on the other hand, opted for less showy effectiveness in the form of Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, and Paul George. Those guys are capable of thrilling the crowd, especially in a loose game like this one, but they reflect Sir Charles's belief in height and steady play winning out. Whether or not those traits matter whatsoever in the Rising Stars Challenge remains to be seen they certainly haven't in the past. Nevertheless, the personalities came through, and the same could be true of guys like Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant in the same situation (or, for that matter, a guard like Chris Paul and a big man like Howard).

The quality of the game is ultimately what matters, and if the players look disjointed and Shaq and Barkley barely pay attention to their teams then the idea might not be long for this world. Then again, that situation would be remarkably similar to the old game. If the new version provides nothing more than an interesting run-up to the game itself, then it'll still be an improvement. This idea has promise. If the NBA let's it grow, without squeezing the life out of it as they did with HORSE, then we could have something exciting.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Pau Gasol unsure of his Lakers future - by Eurobasket News
With the NBA's March 15 trade deadline now less than a month away, Lakers forward Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) admits he's not sure if his future lies in Los Angeles.

'There's talks and rumors every day. Today I was reading it was Minnesota is really interested in trying to put a good package together,' he said. '[Other teams are] calling, and it seems like things are just waiting for the right offer to come along, for [the Lakers] to pull the trigger.'

Certainly Gasol has evidence of the team's willingness to move him. He was a major component of the controversial three-team trade in early December between the Lakers, New Orleans, and Houston that would have sent Gasol to the Rockets and Chris Paul to the Lakers.

Ultimately, the NBA, in its capacity as stewards of the league-owned Hornets, stepped in and vetoed the trade. Paul, an All-Star point guard, was soon dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the aftermath of the failed trade, Gasol expressed happiness in remaining a Laker, a stance he reiterated Thursday afternoon.

'It's out of my hands. It is what it is. I'd like to be here,' he said. 'I'd like to make this team better and get back to a championship level, but it's not up to me.'

In 29 games this season, Gasol is averaging 16.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 blocks, but saw his streak of three straight All-Star berths snapped last week when he was left off the list of Western Conference reserves.

The Lakers have been linked to multiple teams and players in published reports, adding a level of uncertainty as the team attempts to regain the championship form from in 2009 and 2010.

Coach Mike Brown deferred questions about personnel moves to general manager Mitch Kupchak, but believes the process isn't unique to Los Angeles.

'I think it happens every year. Even when I was in Cleveland and our team was set, come trade deadline it's the talk of each team,' he said.

Asked when he thinks there will be a resolution to the trade rumors, Gasol said: 'I'm not sure. I can't tell. I wish I knew, so it would give me some peace, or more peace, but I don't know.'

Brown said he can't concern himself with the choices that management makes.

'But as a coach, I think you're cheating your team if you're worried about who we can go get and who we can move. I'm going to put my energy into trying to make this team better 'X' and 'O' wise, and emotionally and all that stuff because I like the team I have,' Brown said.

Gasol admits it's difficult to put the rumors completely out of his mind but, like Brown, tries not to focus on them.

'Every day I tell myself, try to let it go. Don't think about it. Have fun, be the player you are out there,' he said. 'That's all that you can do.'

Courtesy of ESPN


NY Knicks closing in on deal to add free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith - by Eurobasket News
Smith J.R. (6'6''-G-85) could have been the guy who cost Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) his job in New York. Instead, he figures to become the player who shares the backcourt with the Knicks starting point guard.

The Knicks are in negotiations to sign Smith, the free agent shooting guard who was Carmelo Anthonys teammate in Denver before signing with a Chinese club during the NBA lockout.

Smiths agent, Leon Rose, who also represents Anthony, did not return calls Thursday. Rose and Garden chairman James Dolan met Wednesday following the Knicks win over Sacramento to discuss Smiths future, the Daily News has learned.

It is believed that Smith, who has also attracted the interest of the L.A. Clippers, would receive the Knicks $2.5 million exception if the Freehold, N.J., product signs with them.

In order to add Smith, an explosive scorer but sometimes erratic player, the Knicks would have to release someone. If Smith had come two weeks ago, Lin could have very well been the player cut since his contract was nonguaranteed.

Smith, 26, just finished a 30-game stint in China.

With Linsanity, the Knicks will likely release someone from the group of Mike Bibby, Renaldo Balkman and even Toney Douglas. The deciding factor could be the condition of Baron Davis, who has yet to play this season due to a back injury. If Davis health remains in question, the Knicks may want to keep an extra point guard.

Dolan, Mike DAntoni and interim general manager Glen Grunwald met late Wednesday night to discuss the teams options.

Anthony has publicly endorsed the signing and behind the scenes has lobbied the club behind the scenes to add the athletic Smith.

Smith was involved in the brawl between the Knicks and Nuggets in December of 2006 that began when Knicks guard Mardy Collins fouled him from behind.

Moments earlier, Knicks coach Isiah Thomas had told Anthony not to go to the basket, warning that the Knicks, who were being blown out, would make him pay.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


NBA: Revamped Slam Dunk contest sees four first-timers - by Eurobasket News
The NBA announced a series of changes to the All-Star Slam Dunk contest Thursday (Friday, PHL time) that will make the event more fan-friendly, while also introducing the field of contestants, all of whom are newcomers to the contest.

Houston Rocket Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona), Indiana Pacer Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.), New York Knick Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) and Minnesota Timberwolf Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) will be competing to get the votes of fans in the revamped Slam Dunk contest, which will take place on February 25 (February 26, PHL time), as part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend.

According to the statement released by the league, the competition will do away with the two-round format and celebrity judges panel used in previous iterations of the event, opting instead for one streamlined round with viewer participation.

The four players will each complete three dunks, with fan voting beginning after each player has completed one dunk.

Voting can be done via text message in the United States, on NBA.com, and now for the first time, via Twitter, using the hashtag #SpriteSlam and the dunker of choice's corresponding letter.

After all participants have completed their three dunks, results will be tallied, and the player with the most votes wins.

In previous years, the event was a two-round affair, with a panel of judges selecting two from the field to advance to a second round for another set of dunks. Fans then voted between the two players' second set of dunks to determine the winner.

Courtesy of www.gmanetwork.com


Lin: I got my shot with Knicks because of Melo - by Eurobasket News
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) may not have gotten a shot with the Knicks if it wasn't for the one player who critics say will interfere with the Knicks' upward trajectory: small forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).

While appearing Thursday afternoon on ESPN New York 1050's 'The Michael Kay Show,' Lin confirmed that Anthony told coach Mike D'Antoni to put him in the Knicks' Feb. 4 game against the New Jersey Nets, which was Lin's breakout performance. He scored 25 points and had seven assists off the bench, before being named a starter two days later against the Utah Jazz.

On whether Lin appreciated Anthony's gesture, the second-year player said, 'Of course! ... I didn't hear about that until after the game.'

Based on what Anthony did for his career, Lin finds it all the more surprising that people talk about the Knicks' superstar not jelling with the team's new and improved point guard-focused system. Lin said Anthony wants to feed off of the Knicks' current success.

'That's why I think it's funny right now,' Lin said. 'Some people are talking about, 'Oh, can Melo adjust into the system?' I mean, Melo wants to adjust to the system, and he doesn't want to shoot 30 shots a game. The fact that he vouched for me shows a lot about him.'

On the radio show, Lin raved about Anthony's scoring and playmaking, and said he'll benefit from the Knicks' upgraded pick-and-roll play. Lin said Anthony can either come off the pick-and-roll or take advantage of screen-and-dish opportunities.

'You can pretty much give him the ball in any situation, in any circumstance, and he'll make something good happen,' Lin said. 'I think that's the beauty of having him on the team. ... He's going to add a different dimension. There will be times where we'll have to figure it out and adjust, but we're definitely going to do that and we're going to make the most of it and become an even better offensive team.'

Reflecting on his sudden rise, Lin admits now there was 'a lot of frustration' this season over not being able to showcase his talents, after he felt like he stepped up his game during the summer.

He struggled with the fact that when he first signed with the Houston Rockets in December 2011, he was the sixth point guard on the depth chart. Then, in New York, he felt the pressure that any one performance could make or break his time.

Now, he's glad Anthony, and eventually D'Antoni, gave him the opportunity.

'It was worth the wait,' Lin said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Lakers get defensive under coach Messina - by Dimitris Katsionis
Its unusual to see him sitting behind the bench and not standing in front with his hand on the chin thinking. Maybe he is a consultant with a mainly advise role,but it's obvious, the 2012 Lakers team is pretty influenced from Messina's philosophy at both ends of the court. Let's take a look to the characteristics of his philosophy that Lakers inherited..

Defence

I remember him talking about Virtus Bolognas famous half court defence in a seminar. We are not going to press at 4/4 of the court and steal balls to show off.. We play something more substantive, pressing the opponent on the half court and just stay in front of him all the time. In time, this is what brings results. Today L.A. Lakers are the best defensive team in West and 4th in the whole league, allowed only 90.45 PPG. Thinking deeper maybe they play the most effective defence nowadays. While Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago allowing less points in the traditional defensive and low tempo Eastern Conference, L.A. Lakers face daily the best offensive teams in the game. Dont forget that 9 western teams ranking in the 11 best offensive productions in the league today. Messina has a lot to do with this performance. Coming on L.A. he found a team with great size. Not with so quick legs, but tremendous size. Here demonstrates his saying above. Laker ranking last in the league at steals but their defence is inaccessible. Messinas teams were based on being strong at 2 basic areas. Defence and rebounding. Browns whole coaching stuff worked a lot on those points and the Lakers are now the best rebounding team in the league having two players (Bynum-Gasol) on the top-7 rebounders. Maybe the best part of their defensive performance is that their opponents have the smaller percentage on FGs and FTs ( is directly related with their D as they cut opponents contact with the hoop) in NBA today. NBA teams have a hard time scoring against those Lakers who may not have the quick legs to press so much but they have the toughness, size and smartness to play a strong and comprehensive defence. Although Mike Brown is known for his defensive philosophy, 2012 Lakers have a lot of those Messinas touches, knowing his work in the past.

Offence

During his career the Sicilian coach presented some different offensive works and playing styles. From the up-tempo offence of Benetton Treviso-leading by Tyus Edney- to the discipline half court offence on Moscow. Talking in the past about the principles of Csska offensive style, Messina stressed on how important is for a balanced offence to put continuously the ball on the post. Thats what he did on Bologna and Madrid too. In Spain indeed was trying to post a lot with the small forwards (thats why he signed Carlos Suarej and played Velickovic on the 3 spot). At least 20 shots in every game from the post that was his rule in Moscow targeting to wear down the opponents big man so his team would have space to penetrate. This year, Lakers put the ball on the post more than ever taking advantage of the presence of Bynum and Gasol tandem. Although Messina has the reputation of a defensive minded coach, Mike Brown has been used a lot of his plays in his offensive playbook during his service on Cleveland.

P.S. Instead of an epilogue.. Coach,come back to Europe.. Ok,maybe in one or two years you will be an NBA head coach. It's obvious that you can. But now we approach the Spring and the Euroleague playoffs we miss you. From a fan..



Emeka Okafor expected to miss multiple games - by Eurobasket News
New Orleans center Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) could be out for an extended period.

Okafor sat out his second straight game Wednesday and did not accompany the team for the start of its six-game road trip.

Hornets coach Monty Williams would not offer a timetable on how long Okafor will be sidelined.

Its one of those weird deals, Williams said. Im not going to get too detailed about that. It is what it is.

The former No. 2 overall pick in 2004 is averaging 9.9 points and 7.9 assists in 27 games. Chris Kaman is expected to start in his absence.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


How the Knicks can keep Lin - by Eurobasket News
On the phone with a basketball executive Tuesday to go over the mechanics of how the Knicks could keep Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) beyond this season, the notion of how surreal the conversation was came up more than once.

But in answer to your question, Knicks fans: Yes, if Lin continues to perform at anything close to the level he's displayed so far, New York will have the means and the inclination to retain him for next year -- and most likely, beyond.

Here's the deal: By virtue of the Golden State Warriors signing Lin to a two-year contract before waiving him in December, Lin becomes a restricted free agent after this season. Under typical circumstances, Lin would be eligible to receive a qualifying offer from the Knicks worth approximately $1.1 million.

These, obviously, are not typical circumstances. Several factors are at play, including a new provision in the collective bargaining agreement that allows players who achieve certain playing-time benchmarks (dealing with games started and minutes) to be eligible for a higher qualifying offer. In Lin's case, the maximum qualifying offer he could get under these new rules would be about $2.7 million -- the equivalent offer for the 21st pick in the 2008 draft.

Given Lin's absurd level of production so far, chances are this provision won't matter. Even if Lin's productivity drops off, as is widely expected, he's still shown enough to warrant multi-year offer sheets from rival teams.

'He's had five games that LeBron James would be jealous of,' one NBA general manager told me Tuesday. 'So he's outplaying his time in the D-League right now. Its happened, but its pretty rare for a guy to play better in the pros than in the minor leagues. It's also rare for someone who's had a five-game stretch like this not to turn out to be an All Star.'

Even if Lin settles somewhere in between All-Star and rotation player, the Knicks can expect the offer sheets to roll in. But due to the so-called Gilbert Arenas rule -- instituted in the 2005 CBA to prevent teams from being outbid for their own restricted free agents with two or fewer years in the league -- the Knicks will be insulated from such potential poachers.

The maximum that another team could offer in the first year of a multi-year offer sheet will be the non-taxpayer mid-level exception of $5 million. The second year of the offer sheet would be subject to the 4.5 percent raise for non-Bird free agents. After that, the offer sheets can be back-loaded up to the max -- 25 percent of the cap -- but the Knicks would be able to match under league salary rules. In any event, it likely will cost them their mid-level exception for next season.

The Knicks could use up to their full mid-level ($5 million) to match any rival offers. Under the new rules with different mid-level thresholds for tax-payers, non-tax payers and teams with room, the Knicks would not, under the new rules, be able to exceed the cap to sign another free agent and then use the full mid-level to retain Lin. In that case, they'd be relegated to the room exception ($2.5 million).

So basically, Lin, who was in danger of getting waived again before he unleashed this five-game tirade in conjunction with his non-guaranteed contract (worth a lockout-prorated $613,474 this season) becoming guaranteed, has a big pay day ahead of him. And the Knicks need not worry about him finding a new team for the foreseeable future.

And Lin, who was sleeping on his brother's couch on the Lower East Side of Manhattan when all of this took off, will be able to afford all the couches he wants. Not to mention an apartment of his own.

Courtesy of http://ken-berger.blogs.cbssports.com


Heat hoping to land Kaman - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat need a center and Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) sure would fit the bill.

It wont be easy for that to happen. But the Heat are trying.

Heat officials, including president Pat Riley, have been calling people who know Kaman to ask about him, a source told FOXSports.com on Wednesday.

The thinking is the Heats best effort to get a center would be to sign Kaman if his contract is bought out by New Orleans after the March 15 trade deadline.

The Hornets recently sent Kaman away from the team for seven games in an effort to trade him. When that was unsuccessful, he was brought back.

Now, apparently, the belief is that the 7-foot Kaman, who is making $14 million in the final year of his contract, could be bought out if the Hornets end up failing to get a deal they want for him. Kaman, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers last December in the trade for Chris Paul, has played in three of the Hornets past four games. He totaled 27 points and 13 rebounds Monday in an 86-80 win over Utah.

In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick Williams, who is from the Los Angeles area, and draft choices. The only players considered untouchable by the Timberwolves, who are seeking to add a veteran by the trade deadline, are Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves believe it could be enticing for Gasol to play on the same team as fellow Spaniard Rubio.

As recently as two years ago, Kaman had joined Gasol in the NBA All-Star Game. That was during a season in which Kaman averaged a career-high 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Kaman slipped to 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds last season while playing just 32 games because of injuries. Hes averaging 10.5 and 7.4 in 20 games this season.

But Kaman is said to be just what the Heat, who start undersized Joel Anthony at center, need. The Heat cannot talk directly with Kaman because that would constitute tampering

If they could get him, that would solidify the championship, said the source who spoke about Miamis interest in Kaman. The source believes there is no realistic chance the Heat could trade for Kaman by March 15 because they dont have the right pieces.

In order to carve out a roster spot by getting one under the maximum of 15 players, the Heat on Feb. 7 waived rookie center Mickell Gladness just before contracts were to become guaranteed for the season. But Gladness was brought back on a 10-day contract Sunday, indicating the Heat remain uncertain what they might do with that final roster spot.

The Heat have looked at 7-1 free-agent center Joel Przybilla, who finished last season with Charlotte and has been battling knee injuries for several years. For now, Przybilla has been said to still not be fully healthy, and some teams have backed off. Chicago also has been looking at Przybilla.

Acquiring Kaman on a minimum deal would be the ultimate coup for the Heat. But there are plenty of issues that would have to be worked out.

The Hornets obviously would like to get some pieces for him. Even if he becomes a free agent next summer, the Hornets still could have the option of dealing him in a sign-and-trade to a team under the luxury-tax threshold and getting something in return. And since the Hornets are owned by the NBA, there would be plenty of barking around the league if Kaman were bought out and then joined the Heat.

Of course, it could come down to what a buyout number might be. Guard Mike Bibby gave up a $6.2 million contract for this season last February to be let go by Washington and have the chance to join the Heat.

If Kaman cant be traded, he would have to decide if hes willing to give up his Bird free-agent rights. Those would be lost if hes bought out, and that could cost him some money next summer in free agency.

Of course, the opportunity to win a championship could be more important to Kaman than taking a salary hit. The source also didnt rule out Kaman considering the Heat, even for lesser money, if he doesnt become a free agent until next summer.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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Rainmen release Darrin Dorsey - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen were still scrambling Thursday night to add some veteran experience for the stretch run ahead of NBL trade deadline.

The National Basketball League of Canada club released rookie shooting guard Darrin Dorsey (6'2''-G, college: Dakota Wesleyan) on Thursday and thought it had a deal in place to reinforce another position but the trade fell through, Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said.

'We're just working the phones hard right now,' said Levingston, who doubles as the teams GM.

'We felt we had this deal completed but a lot happened over a 24-hour period that just blew the deal out of the water.'

Halifax can add only one player through a trade or free agent signing before todays deadline.

Dorsey had played all 28 games for the Rainmen, averaging 5.0 points while often filling the role of defensive sparkplug.

Two weeks ago, Levingston said he and coach Josep (Pep) Claros had earlier contemplated making a move at the guard position that would have come at Dorseys expense but couldnt bring themselves to cut the spunky former NAIA star.

On Thursday, though, he said something had to be done to reverse the teams recent slide.

'We have to take advantage of some opportunities we have to be a better basketball team to help us compete down the stretch and we had to make that move.'

The Rainmen (17-11) have lost six of their last seven games, including three straight for the first time this season.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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Top 25 - Men
Pac12 Standings
 1. California 11-3 (21-6) 
 2. Washington 9-3 (16-8) 
 3. Arizona 9-4 (18-8) 
 4. Oregon 9-5 (18-8) 
 5. Colorado 8-4 (16-8) 
 6. UCLA 7-6 (14-11) 
 7. Stanford 7-6 (17-8) 
 8. Washington St. 5-8 (13-12) 
 9. Oregon St. 5-8 (15-10) 
 10. Arizona St. 4-9 (8-17) 
 11. Utah 2-10 (5-19) 
 12. USC 1-11 (6-19) 


No. 20 Florida State beats Virginia Tech 48-47 - by Eurobasket News
A night Florida State's Michael Snaer (6'5''-G-89) wanted to forget turned out to be one he'll always remember.

Snaer's 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left boosted No. 20 Florida State to a 48-47 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night, capping an improbable finish that kept the Seminoles in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

'Mike is very confident in his ability to knock the shot down because he's a gym rat,' Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said of Snaer whose 3-pointer at the buzzer beat Duke last month. 'He's in the gym so much knocking those shots down that he has confidence. It doesn't bother him that he's missed several.'

Good thing.

Until he let the game-winner go, Snaer had been having a miserable game. He picked up an early technical for mouthing off to an official and managed only six points. He hadn't come close on three earlier 3-point attempts.

Florida State (18-7, 9-2) trailed 45-37 with 1:29 left in the game, but Virginia Tech missed 5 of 6 free throw attempts over the final 1:09 to leave the door open for Snaer's heroics from the right side of the court.

'The basketball gods just smiled on us in this one,' Hamilton said. 'You've got to go and take games. People are not going to give them to you.'

Snaer, who had made only 3 of his 10 previous shots, hit the game-winner from nearly the identical spot he produced similar heroics in Florida State's 76-73 win at Duke on Jan. 21. Ian Miller's 3 from the corner with 44 seconds left got the Seminoles within 47-45.

'You don't have time to think about where your sweet spot is,' Snaer said. 'You've just go to put it up. When you've done it before it's not hard to believe you can do it again.'

Virginia Tech (14-12, 3-8) had a chance to take a two-possession lead when Jarell Eddie was fouled grabbing an offensive rebound with 10.2 seconds left. But he began to cramp up. Robert Brown (6'5''-G) was selected to take the free throws and missed both.

'In the end it had nothing to do with made field goals,' Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. 'It's real simple, you step up and make free throws and the game is over. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.'

Erick Green (6'3''-G-91) led Virginia Tech with 18 points and was nearly fouled as he launched a last-second desperation shot that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

'We got the look we could get with 2 seconds left,' Greenberg said. 'John Wooden couldn't have drawn up a play with no timeouts. You try to get the ball up the floor.'

Green scored seven points that keyed a 17-0 Virginia Tech run to start the second half and the Hokies had a 40-25 lead with 14:09 left on Brown's only field goal in the game.

Miller led Florida State with 11 points and Snaer had nine to help the Seminoles, who have won nine of 10 and are tied for first in the ACC with North Carolina and Duke.

Florida State shot 40 percent from the field.

The Hokies shot just 32.7 percent in the game and were beaten 41-31 on the boards.

The Seminoles, who led 25-23 at halftime, are 17-0 this season when leading at the break and 6-0 at home in the conference where they have won 13 of their last 14 games dating to last season.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Jared CUNNINGHAM
  Oregon S.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Cunningham, Oregon18.9 
 2. Motum, Washingt.17.8 
 3. Joseph, Oregon16.6 
 4. Wroten, Washington16.3 
 5. Watkins, Utah15.6 
 6. Crabbe, California15.6 
 7. Ross, Washington15.2 
 8. Aden, Washingt.14.5 
 9. Wilcox, Washington13.8 
 10. King, Arizona St.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre ROBERSON
  Colorado
  (200-G-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Roberson, Colorado11.1 
 2. Hill, Arizona8.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Washi.7.5 
 4. Perry, Arizona7.3 
 5. Ross, Washington6.9 
 6. Motum, Washingt.6.7 
 7. Moreland, Oregon S.6.5 
 8. Solomon, California6.2 
 9. Washburn, Utah6.2 
 10. Lockett, Arizona6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Reggie MOORE
  Washingt.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Moore, Washingt.5.7 
 2. Watkins, Utah4.8 
 3. Gaddy, Washington4.7 
 4. Cobbs, California4.7 
 5. Gutierrez, Califor.4.3 
 6. Jones, UCLA4.3 
 7. Anderson, UCLA4.0 
 8. Colvin, Arizona St.3.5 
 9. Bright, Stanford3.5 
 10. Wroten, Washingt.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jared CUNNINGHAM
  Oregon S.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cunningham, Oregon2.8 
 2. Wroten, Washington2.1 
 3. Jones, UCLA1.9 
 4. Jones, USC1.8 
 5. Starks, Oregon St.1.8 
 6. Anderson, UCLA1.7 
 7. Lamb, UCLA1.6 
 8. King, Arizona St.1.5 
 9. Lockett, Arizona1.5 
 10. Burton, Oregon St.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre ROBERSON
  Colorado
  (200-G-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Roberson, Colorado1.9 
 2. Moreland, Oregon S.1.8 
 3. Woods, Oregon1.6 
 4. Stover, UCLA1.5 
 5. Collier, Oregon St.1.3 
 6. Solomon, California1.2 
 7. Bachynski, Arizona1.2 
 8. Pateev, Arizona St.1.1 
 9. Wear, UCLA1.1 
 10. N''Diaye, Washi.1.1 


Jordan Burgason: NCAA Division I three-point percentage leader joins Interperformances - by Michael McMillen
Jordan Burgason (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances) is 6-3, 200 lbs pure shooting guard. In NCAA, he led the nation in 3-point shooting averaging an outstanding 52.6 percent from beyond the arc. Burgason led the Lipscomb Bisons (Atlantic Sun) in scoring with 16.4 points per game and also has the all time record with 3-pointers made, twice hitting nine 3-pointers in a single game where he had career highs of 30-points in a amazing performance against Iowa State and also 33 points, hitting 9-for-13 3-pointers against East Tennessee. Jordan has a great work ethic, plays very hard, loves basketball and will do everything he can to make his team win. With his deadly shooting he has the ability to earn himself a spot on a NBA roster or a top player in Europe.




Michigan State 69, Wisconsin 55: Spartans deadlocked again with Ohio State - by Eurobasket News
Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) dribbled up the left side of the court when he spotted a lane and began sprinting toward it. Some 10 minutes already had elapsed in the first half Thursday night, and Michigan State had scored just 12 points. Wisconsin's methodical style was winning.

But now Green was in full stride. As he neared the lane on the break, he spotted a defender who tried to slip in front of him to draw a charge. Green took off, contorted around the roadblock and laid the ball in the basket on the right side of the rim to give the Spartans a lead it didn't give up the rest of the night.

For the next 9 minutes, MSU swarmed and suffocated the Badgers, squeezing out turnovers and turning them into lay-ups. Led by Green and Keith Appling (6'1''-G-92), who scored 20 points each, the seventh-ranked Spartans finished the half on a 19-7 run and beat 15th-ranked Wisconsin, 69-55. MSU, at 10-3, moved back into a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Ohio State.

'That was about as good a stretch as I've had in my career with any of our teams,' Green said. 'You are not going to play like that all the time, but that was really keyed on the defensive end.'

MSU gave Wisconsin almost no room to operate. Appling hounded Jordan Taylor (6'1''-PG-89), and Branden Dawson (6'6''-F-93) and Brandan Kearney patrolled the wings. Derrick Nix choked off the interior.

'I've never seen Derrick Nix move his feet that fast,' said Austin Thornton, a dervish himself, digging into Wisconsin's guards when they put the ball on the floor.

The Badgers shot 34%. MSU shot 52% -- the 69 points were the most it had scored against the Badgers in six years.

Courtesy of www.freep.com


Duke's second-half rally beats N.C. State, 78-73 - by Eurobasket News
In the course of eight days, Duke has come up with two of its more memorable rallies in recent memory.

The Blue Devils rallied from a 20-point second half deficit against N.C. State on Thursday for a 78-73 victory that was every bit as thrilling as Dukes comeback against North Carolina last Wednesday.

It was the largest halftime deficit the Blue Devils have ever overcome at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Thats really one of the more amazing games Ive been a part of, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Once again, Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) hit the shot that finally put the Blue Devils on top, burying a 3-pointer from the right wing 2:26 that gave Duke a 72-71 advantage. It was Dukes first lead of the game and evoked memories of Rivers epic shot at the buzzer that won the game against the Tar Heels.

It was kind of the same thing I did against Carolina, Rivers said. I have confidence I can make that shot.

Added Krzyzewski, The kids got a special quality. He wants to be in the moments. Were going to put him in those situations sink or swim. Hes swimming right. He deserves to have the ball then.

By the time Rivers hit his shot, N.C. State (18-8, 7-4) seemed hopelessly rattled, having squandered the 61-41 lead it enjoyed after Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-G) hit two free throws with 11:33 remaining. Using a full-court press while taking advantage of the Wolfpacks foul trouble, the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (22-4, 9-2) finished the game on a 37-12 run.

If Rivers hit the shot that finally catapulted Duke ahead, Seth Curry (6'2''-G-90) was the star for the Duke, leading the way with 26 points. He hurt his ankle early in the first half, and Krzyzewski said there was some question about whether hed return.

In the second half, however, Curry showed no ill effects, aggressively driving into the lane and scoring near the basket. Curry started Dukes rally with three free throws and finished with 21 points after halftime.

The Wolfpack still had a chance to send the game to overtime after Curry missed a shot in the lane with 28 seconds left. Trailing by three, N.C. State didnt call a timeout. Instead, Lorenzo Brown missed a contested 3-pointer in the corner. Duke got the rebound and Curry made two free throws to seal the win.

Brown led N.C. State with 19 points and was one of the few N.C. State players to score in the final 11 minutes. In a sign of how rattled the Wolfpack was by the end of the game, Scott Wood missed as many free throws in the second half (three) as he had all year.

With Duke missing shot after shot, the Wolfpack enjoyed a dream first half, building a 19-point lead at one point before taking a 16-point advantage into the halftime break. Duke missed its first nine 3-pointers to grease the tracks for the Wolfpacks impressive start.

N.C. State kept going in the early part of the second half and 61-41 after the Brown free throws with 11:33 left. At that point, there was little reason to suspect the Wolfpack wasnt about to win its first game in Cameron since 1995 and enjoy its first victory over a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team in Durham since 1988.

Instead, the Blue Devils scored the next nine points to begin the Wolfpacks unraveling.

Duke really put the pressure on N.C. State after Rivers drove to the hoop for a layup that made the score 69-62.

After C.J. Williams (6'5''-G) missed a jumper for N.C. State, Rivers got to the basket again for another layup. C.J. Leslie (6'8''-F-91) then missed an 18-footer on the other end, and Plumlee scored on a second-chance layup for Duke to cut the Wolfpack lead to 69-66.

The Wolfpack got a breath of life when Leslie followed a Howell miss with a dunk, but Rivers came down and made a 3-pointer on the other end to cut the Wolfpack lead to 71-69 with 3:11 left.

That set the stage for Rivers 3-pointer and a familiar feeling for the Blue Devils.

It was amazing, but weve got to stop doing this to ourselves, Rivers said. Its a bad win, but at the same time, its a great win.

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com


No. 24 Gonzaga beats Santa Clara 73-62 - by Eurobasket News
Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-88) scored 20 points to make up for a critical mental gaffe early in the second half and No. 24 Gonzaga kept its conference title hopes alive with a 73-62 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night.

Reserve Sam Dower (6'9''-C) added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs, who led by only two points with 14 minutes to play before pulling away for their eighth win in nine games.

That pulled Gonzaga within one-half game of first-place Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference in its quest for a 12th straight regular season championship. The Bulldogs (21-4, 11-2) and 21st-ranked Gaels split their two games this season.

Evan Roquemore (6'3''-G) had 21 points for Santa Clara (8-18, 0-13), which has lost 14 straight since beating Eastern Michigan on Dec. 29.

Sacre led a dominant performance in the paint for Gonzaga. He and Dower repeatedly scored on uncontested shots inside against the smaller Broncos and combined to go 13 of 17 from the field while forcing Santa Clara to settle for perimeter shots.

It nearly worked against the Bulldogs as Roquemore kept the Broncos close in the second half until Gonzaga pulled away down the stretch.

Conference player of the week Kevin Pangos added 10 points for the Bulldogs, who play two of their final three conference games on the road, including at San Francisco on Saturday.

Santa Clara was playing its first game since announcing on Monday that Kevin Foster (6'2''-G), the WCC's leading scorer, would miss the rest of the season while suspended as a result of his Jan. 21 arrest for driving under the influence.

It was the biggest blemish on what has been a frustrating and disappointing season for the Broncos, whose losing streak is the longest in school history.

Sacre had 10 points in the first half, most on short hooks, but Gonzaga got its biggest lift early from Dower. The sophomore didn't miss a shot in the first 20 minutes and scored eight points during a 13-3 run that gave Gonzaga a 22-14 lead.

Dower, who entered the game averaging 8.8 points, had 12 by halftime and finished 7 of 8 from the field.

The Bulldogs, who lost 85-71 at the Leavey Center last season, led by as many as nine points before the Broncos closed within 32-27 at halftime.

Santa Clara stayed close in the second half but had no answer for Gonzaga's interior game. Sacre scored seven of the Bulldogs' first 13 points, including an emphatic dunk that made it 45-37. The 7-footer was charged with a technical foul after hanging on the rim, though, and that briefly gave the Broncos momentum.

Roquemore's 3-pointer with 14:09 left pulled Santa Clara within 45-43 and had the near-capacity crowd buzzing. Gonzaga responded with a 14-4 run.

The game was halted briefly midway through the first half when the shot clock above one basket went out. The problem was corrected during halftime.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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  NIGERIA   


Emeka Okafor expected to miss multiple games - by Eurobasket News
New Orleans center Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) could be out for an extended period.

Okafor sat out his second straight game Wednesday and did not accompany the team for the start of its six-game road trip.

Hornets coach Monty Williams would not offer a timetable on how long Okafor will be sidelined.

Its one of those weird deals, Williams said. Im not going to get too detailed about that. It is what it is.

The former No. 2 overall pick in 2004 is averaging 9.9 points and 7.9 assists in 27 games. Chris Kaman is expected to start in his absence.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker Aliens 14-4 
 2. Froya Basket 12-2 
 3. Baerum Basket 11-4 
 4. Centrum 11-8 
 5. Tromso 10-7 
 6. Gimle BBK 8-9 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-16 
 8. Langhus 0-18 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.22.9 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker22.7 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens21.1 
 4. Karlsen, Centrum20.6 
 5. Westerlund, Ammeru.19.5 
 6. Wallace, Tromso18.0 
 7. Kombat, Froya B.17.5 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK16.4 
 9. Oatis, Baerum B.16.1 
 10. Crouch, Langhus15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker12.4 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.5 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum8.9 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens8.7 
 5. Byerson, Tromso8.6 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.8.3 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.9 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.7.6 
 9. Wallace, Tromso7.2 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.5.1 
 2. Mahnin, Centrum4.4 
 3. Stien, Asker Aliens4.1 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.3.9 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.9 
 7. Byerson, Tromso3.7 
 8. Mjos, Baerum B.3.6 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK3.5 
 10. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Froya B.
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bullock, Froya B.2.4 
 2. Ferranti, Baerum B.2.4 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.2.3 
 4. Silavs, Froya B.2.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso2.1 
 6. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.0 
 7. Sahlertz, Tromso1.8 
 8. Crouch, Langhus1.8 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.1.7 
 10. Byerson, Tromso1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 3. Byerson, Tromso1.1 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum0.9 
 5. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.8 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 7. Karlsen, Centrum0.7 
 8. Lee-Ingram, Asker0.7 
 9. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.6 
 10. Bullock, Froya B.0.6 


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  PALESTINE   


First Week of Super League Updates - by Tamara Awartani
The Palestinian Super League started off a week ago with 12 teams taking part along with the 2 winners from last years 1st division: Orthodox Beit Jala and Rameen.
This years league has seen several players transfers and new youth faces which reflects well on Palestinian Basketball. Also an Arabic website has been launched www.palbasket.com that tracks the results, schedule, clubs, players, blog, .


Here are the first weeks results:



Ibdaa vs. Orthodox Beit Jala 79 57
The opening game was packed with fans for both clubs that took place in Catholic Action Bethlehem. Ibdaa has new players that added value to the team: Ahmad Qandeels mid shots, penetrations 7 assists and Ahmad Aqab fighting for rebounds, and the usual duo Yahya AlKhatib (190-G-77) leading the team with his penetrations & 3pointers with Iyad Abduallah under basket, along with the 3pointers of Abduallah Jaber and Husam Obeid. While Beit Jala took their time to get into the rhythm of the game also the chemistry was missing with the new added players from Terrasanta club and the new comer from the States. However, Charlie Kattan the eldest in the whole league had a different say with his 3pointers along with Kamal Mukarker.


De La Salle vs. Hiteen 72 59
A fast pace game, De La Salle with his fast guards and strong centers was able to control the whole game (20-14) (15-14) (19-16) 18-15 with all players playing. Saleem Sakakini & Mousa Bashir with his rebounds and under basket moves along with Fadi & Jihad Yaghmour, Tawfiq &Telly Rafidis penetrations and shots along with Sari Amer, Hazem Khattab and Ammar Nofal (190-F-84) s assists. While Hiteen depended on their usual star Shadi Takruri with his penetrations and shots along with Mohammed AlHilu and Saed Darwazeh under basket with the new youth in the team who still need game experience like Ahmad Yonis.

Orthodox Beit Sahour vs. Ahli 95 73
Orthodox Beit Sahour with his mix of past and youth team & the new addition of Osama Abu Jaber gave the team a boost, although Oday Hilal a main player got injured in the first quarter (get well soon) they were still able to beat Ahlis experience lead by the young Ibrahim Habash along with Marwan Kassis & Osamas penetrations and shots along with Rafat Bannoura under the basket. While Ahli depended on Raed Diyabs 3pointers and penetrations, along with Ihab Samara the scorer of the team and Rami Bakri.

Orthodox Bethlehem vs. Berzeit 72 68
A competative game, Orthodox Bethlehem missing two from his main players: Osama Abu Jaber who left to Orthodox Beit Sahour and Firas Freij due to an elbow injury from last season, lead by Hanna Sahwani and George Canawati, along with Fares Swaiti, Ibrahim Bandak and Awad Hreimi under basket.
While Birzeit are missing out on their 3 year coach, Mahmoud Assaf player coach led the team through the brothers Ahmad and Mustafa Yassir, who had great shots & 3pointers, joined by Fadi Awad an ex-birzeit player who played in the past years in Arena and ASU in Jordan and recently came back, definitely needs some time to get used to the team.

Orthodox Ramallah vs. Rameen 67 59
An average game, Orthodox Ramallah have their coach back Othman Budeiri who gets their skills & spirits up, joined by four new players: Adham Jamzawi and Ismael Hamad from Qalandia along with Jason & Shadi Zeitawi from the states, thus still need some time to get the chemistry amongst the team and fitness going. The team is lead by Ahmad Deeb along with Ammar Jalaytah, with Nadeem Abdel Muhasen under basket and Jason Zeitawi all over the court. While Rameen, the new comer to the superleague, was a bit shaky in the first half and got into the rhythm in the 2nd leading both quarters, led by Ameen Salman, Wasim Misk and Shadi Hamad.

Sarriyet Ramallah vs. Eibal 72 64
A close game, Sarriyet Ramallah coached by Kareem Shaheen (Ex- Eibal Coach) led by Ibrahim Habash with the youth team Tamer Habash, Daud Abu Qweider and two new additions to the team: AdbelSatar Abdullah and Watheq Dweikat. The team played good teamwork and with good defense on the key player of Eibal, however, in the 2nd half, Eibal played more defense that gave them an edge with fast breaks especially that there was no defense going back, leading the 2nd half, Basheer Abdel Azziz (player coach) led Eibal along with Hamzeh Abbas and Tareq Tamimi under basket.

Exciting Games in the 2nd week
Sarriyet Ramallah vs. Hiteen
Eibal vs. Orthodox Beit Jala
Orthodox Beit Sahour vs. Orthodox Bethlehem
De La Salle vs. Ahli
Orthodox Ramallah vs. Birzeit










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  PBL   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Desmond HOLLOWAY
  Sauk V.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Holloway, Sauk V.27.1 
 2. Collins, Z*Char.23.3 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.21.5 
 4. Commons, Scranton.21.4 
 5. Favors, Sauk V.21.3 
 6. Valencia, Lake M.21.3 
 7. Armstead, Z*Char.20.5 
 8. Eldridge, Z*NW I.20.0 
 9. Goldsberry, Z*Char.19.8 
 10. Davis, St. Louis19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob ROBINSON
  Scranton.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Robinson, Scranton.12.1 
 2. Pettiford, India.11.9 
 3. Hill, Chicago M.11.3 
 4. Fay, Sauk Valley P.10.4 
 5. Valencia, Lake M.10.0 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.9.0 
 7. Harris, Sauk V.9.0 
 8. Holloway, Sauk V.8.4 
 9. Alexander, Lake M.7.5 
 10. Alleyne, Lake M.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vince GOLDSBERRY
  Z*Char.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Goldsberry, Z*Char.10.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.8.6 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.7.0 
 4. Smith, Dayton A.S.5.3 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.5.3 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.5.1 
 7. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.6 
 8. Snow, Lake M.4.5 
 9. Council, Rocheste.4.4 
 10. Polk, St. Louis P.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Avery SMITH
  Dayton A.S.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, Dayton A.S.2.0 
 2. Holloway, Sauk V.2.0 
 3. Snow, Lake M.2.0 
 4. Radchiff, Z*NW I.1.7 
 5. Harris, Sauk V.1.6 
 6. Radcliff, Indiana1.6 
 7. Griffin, Scranton.1.5 
 8. Blackmore, Lake M.1.5 
 9. Collins, Z*Char.1.5 
 10. Robinson, Scranto.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.3.0 
 2. Commons, Scranton.2.0 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.9 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.7 
 5. Robinson, Scranton.1.1 
 6. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 7. Robbins, Scranton.1.0 
 8. Peterson, Cent.I.0.9 
 9. Greene, Cent.I.0.8 
 10. Davis, Rochester0.8 


Standings
PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 10-0 
 2. Sauk Valley P. 6-3 
 3. Chicago M. 4-4 
 4. Indiana D. 2-7 
 5. St. Louis P. 0-5 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 8-1 
 2. Scranton/W-B 4-4 
 3. Dayton A.S. 3-4 
 4. Lake Michigan 0-6 


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. B-Meg Llam. 2-0 
 2. Ginebra Kings 1-0 
 3. Powerade T. 1-0 
 4. Talk N Text 1-0 
 5. Barako Bull 1-1 
 6. Alaska Aces 1-1 
 7. Meralco Bolts 1-2 
 8. Shopinas.com C. 0-0 
 9. Petron Blaze 0-2 
 10. Rain or Shine 0-2 


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  POLAND   


Emir Mutapcic is no longer head coach of Anwil - by Michal Koza
Anwil Wloclawek and head coach Emir Mutapcic decided to part ways. The club informed, both sides came into conclusion that there is no room for this cooperation to last. Anwil Wloclawek recorded 17 wins in 24 games in the first stage of PLK and recently lost in the Inermarche Basket Cup quarterfinal despite playing at home. Those results were not good enough for the team at this time of the season. Krzysztof Szablowski , an assistant coach, will have a chance to lead a team on his own now. Other parts of coaching staff remain untouched.

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  PUERTO RICO   


Ricky Davis joins Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News
Pirates de Quebradillas strengthened their squad. They agreed on terms of contract with Ricky Davis (201-F/G-79, college: Iowa). The forward started the season in D-League. He played for the Maine Red Claws. Ricky Davis tallied 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in D-League. Last season the forward tipped off in China. He notched 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists for Jiangsu Nangang Dragons. Later Ricky Davis moved to France. He joined Roanne. The forward averaged 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in ProA. Ricky Davis also had spells in NBA and Turkey before. He participated at the NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest in 2000.


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  RUSSIA   


Marijonas Petravicius leaves Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) leaves Khimky. The centre joined the Russian powerhouse in January. He appeared in just one game in PBL scoring 2 points and grabbing a rebound. Health issues did not allow Marijonas Petravicius to play for Khimky more and the team decided to split ways with the player. Marijonas Petravicius spent the last season in Italy. He played for Armani Jeans Milano. Marijonas Petravicius tallied 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In SeriaA the centre delivered 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. Previously Marijonas Petravicius had stints in Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Kuwait and Lithuania. The centre was named Fiba Europe Cup Final Four MVP in 2004. Eurobasket.com named Marijonas Petravicius All-Lithuanian LKL Centre of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Marijonas Petravicius played for Lithuania at 2011 EuroBasket. His stats read 4.5 points and 1.5 boards per game at the tournament.



Khimky add size with Jeff Adrien - by Eurobasket News
Khimky bolstered their frontcourt. They announced the signing of Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut). The centre will replace Marijonas Petravicius who left the team. Jeff Adrien started the season in Italy. The centre played for Benetton Treviso. He averaged 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Seria A. In EuroCup Jeff Adrien posted 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per appearance. The centre moved overseas in December. He inked a deal with the Houston Rockets. The centre posted 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in NBA before being released in February. Last season Jeff Adrien played in NBA and D-League. USBasket.com named the centre into All-United States 1st Team. He also participated at D-League All-Star Game.


Spartak-Primorie release Jeleel Akindele - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Primorie released Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.). The sides have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. Jeleel Akindele joined Spartak-Primorie at the start of the season. The Nigerian centre averaged 7.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL his stats read 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per appearance. Last season Jeleel Akindele started with Nizhny Novgorod. Later the centre moved to Montepaschi Siena in Italy. Jeleel Akindele also had spells in France, Spain, Italy, D-League. He was the member of Nigerian National Team in 2006-09. Africabasket.com named Jeleel Akindele into NCAA1 All-African 2nd Team back in 2005.


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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 


Radivoj Korac Cup - Quarterfinals Day 2 - by Ivan Milenkovic
Crvena zvezda Beograd and Hemofarm Stada didn't have problems in quarterfinals and joined Partizan MTS and Radnicki Kragujevac in semifinals of Radivoj Korac Cup. Friday's programme in Nis lacked excitement as winners of both games were known long before 40th minute.

Crvena zvezda Beograd won first quarter by 13 points and extended their lead to 21 at half time. They led by as many as 30 points and then allowed BKK Radnicki to close deficit in last 5 minutes and lose with decent score.
But, Radnicki FMP wasn't so lucky since Hemofarm didn't play too much relaxed in the end. Weakest team in final tournament managed to keep single-digit deficit in bigger period of first half and lost it by 10 points. But, Hemofarm had 18 points advantage after 25 minutes and had +25 before final 10 minutes after winning 3rd quarter 25:10.

Crvena zvezda Beograd - BKK Radnicki 88:74 (31:18, 25:17, 18:14, 14:25)
Crvena zvezda Beograd: Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) 20 (7 rebs), Petar Popovic (211-C-79) 10 (8 rebs), Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) 9 (7 rebs)
BKK Radnicki: Miroslav Tomic (205-C-84) 15, Nemanja Rakonjac 14

Hemofarm Stada - Radnicki FMP 84:58 (27:17, 18:18, 25:10, 14:13)
Hemofarm Stada: Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) 17, Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) 16, Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) 13 (8 rebs), Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) 10
Radnicki FMP: Marko Stojadinovic (204-F-89) 16, Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) 10 (7 to)


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 


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Nuber's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old point guard Robert Nuber (187-PG-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Nitra and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Nitra in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Nova Ves (#5, 14-14) 90-87. It allowed Nitra to take over top position in the Slovakian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nitra has a very solid 19-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Nuber had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Robert Nuber averages this season 8.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Corey Jefferson (183-G-85) of Nova Ves. He is American guard in his 3rd season at Nova Ves. In the last game Jefferson recorded impressive 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Nova Ves was edged by the higher-ranked Nitra (#1, 19-9) 90-87. Nova Ves managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jefferson is one of the most experienced players at Nova Ves and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Texas State University at San Marcos star Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Eric Sanchez (181-PG-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Levice (#7). Sanchez showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Levice, leading his team to a 78-74 win against the higher-ranked Handlova (#4, 16-12). The chances of Levice ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sanchez could help Levice to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Sanchez as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Stojanovic (206-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. David Godbold (196-G-85) of Prievidza - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Louis Johnson (203-F/C-86) of Komarno - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Levice - 10 points and 11 rebounds
8. Andrew Jones (208-F-87) of Nova Ves - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Marcus Kitts (205-F-89) of B.Bystrica - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) of Komarno - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Igor SPESIC
  Radenska
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Spesic, Radenska20.2 
 2. Erzen, Sencur CP19.9 
 3. Mlakar, Jance Prit18.9 
 4. Abramovic, Terme O.18.6 
 5. Dzombic, Hrastnik17.0 
 6. Sivka, Konjice16.9 
 7. Remus, Branik16.7 
 8. Ribic, Konjice16.5 
 9. Moro, Splosna16.4 
 10. Primc, Postojna16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adin KAVGIC
  Splosna .
  (193-F/C-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kavgic, Splosna9.3 
 2. Spesic, Radenska9.1 
 3. Klepo, Postojna8.1 
 4. Erzen, Sencur CP7.7 
 5. Tusek, Hrastnik7.4 
 6. Hren, Litija7.0 
 7. Korosec, Trigla.6.9 
 8. Dzombic, Hrastnik6.7 
 9. Dolinar, Medvode6.6 
 10. Barovic, Branik6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rok PERKO
  Splosna .
  (179-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Perko, Splosna5.5 
 2. Jereb, Konjice4.6 
 3. Macek, Terme Olimia4.5 
 4. Jersin, Trigla.4.3 
 5. Mlakar, Jance Prit4.3 
 6. Ovnik, Hrastnik4.1 
 7. Blazevic, Sencur CP3.9 
 8. Suran, Radenska3.9 
 9. Brolih, Branik3.8 
 10. Percel, Hrastnik3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dragan PUSIC
  Sencur CP
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pusic, Sencur CP2.2 
 2. Spesic, Radenska1.8 
 3. Jereb, Konjice1.8 
 4. Mlakar, Jance Prit1.7 
 5. Misic, Grosuplje1.7 
 6. Jerman, Grosuplje1.7 
 7. Abramovic, Terme O.1.6 
 8. Brolih, Branik1.6 
 9. Buncic, Medvode1.6 
 10. Jersin, Trigla.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales KUNC
  Grosuplje
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kunc, Grosuplje1.2 
 2. Barovic, Branik1.1 
 3. Trampus, Grosuplje1.1 
 4. Hren, Litija0.9 
 5. Klepo, Postojna0.8 
 6. Dolinar, Medvode0.8 
 7. Lobe, Grosuplje0.7 
 8. Muha, Postojna0.6 
 9. Novak, Radenska0.6 
 10. Kavas, Jance Prit0.6 


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 15-3 
 2. Triglav Strazisce 13-4 
 3. Sencur CP 13-4 
 4. Splosna plovba 12-5 
 5. Postojna 11-5 
 6. Branik 10-7 
 7. Terme Olimia 7-9 
 8. Radenska 7-11 
 9. Medvode 5-11 
 10. Konjice 5-12 
 11. Hrastnik 5-12 
 12. Jance Prit 5-12 
 13. Litija 3-14 


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South Korean KBL round 52 best performance: Terrence Leather - by Eurobasket News
American center Terrence Leather (204-C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mobis Phoebus, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 52.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat KCC Egis (#4, 26-22) 91-80. Mobis Phoebus is placed at 5th position in South Korean KBL. Mobis Phoebus 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 24-24 record. Leather turned to be Mobis Phoebus' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Florida star has very solid stats this year. Leather is in league's top in points (4th best: 25.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 53.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of KCC Egis. Sims had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as KCC Egis lost that game 80-91 to slightly lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#5, 24-24). KCC Egis managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 26-22 record is not bad at all. Sims is a newcomer at KCC Egis, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.9ppg (#5). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of league's top team Dongbu Promy. Benson showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Dongbu Promy, leading his team to a 85-76 win against the lower-ranked LG Sakers (#7, 18-31). Dongbu Promy confirms their top position in the standings Benson has a great season in South Korea. After 48 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 59.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) of SK Knights - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of Anyang KGC - 21 points and 11 rebounds
8. Sang-Oh Park (196-F-81) of Sonic Boom KT - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dong-Geun Yang (181-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Tony Akins (180-G-80) of KCC Egis - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists

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


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 41-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 34-14 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 30-18 
 4. KCC Egis 26-22 
 5. Mobis Phoebus 24-24 
 6. ET Land 24-25 
 7. LG Sakers 18-31 
 8. Goyang Orions 16-31 
 9. SK Knights 16-32 
 10. Samsung Th. 11-36 


KBL Round 52: No surprise as #1 Dongbu Promy defeats LG Sakers - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (41-7) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked LG Sakers (18-31) in Wonju 85-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But LG Sakers won third quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Dongbu Promy especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds a