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Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 16-6 
 2. Penarol 16-7 
 3. Libertad S. 16-7 
 4. Sionista 15-8 
 5. Atenas 14-8 
 6. Lanus 14-9 
 7. La Union 13-11 
 8. Quimsa 12-12 
 9. GECR Indalo 11-12 
 10. Regatas C. 11-12 
 11. Boca Jrs 9-13 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 9-14 
 13. Olimpico LB 8-15 
 14. Club 9 8-15 
 15. Quilmes MP 7-16 
 16. San Mart.C. 5-19 


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 2. Smith, La Union17.4 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.2 
 4. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.3 
 5. Pittman, Libertad.16.0 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.9 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.8 
 8. McHopson, Quilm.15.6 
 9. Nelson, GECR I.15.6 
 10. Cowan, Club 915.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Martinez, San M.12.7 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.4 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras8.9 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Davis, GECR I.8.4 
 8. Truscott, Quilm.7.7 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 10. Cowan, Club 97.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.6 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.3 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.1 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.1 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.8 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus3.5 
 10. Smith, La Union3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB2.1 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 9. Pau, La Union1.4 
 10. Funes, GECR I.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.4 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 5. Ayarza, Club 91.0 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.0 
 7. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Weigand, Quilm.0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 


LigaA: Round 23 of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 23 in LigaA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Sunchales where host Libertad Sunchales (16-7) beat league's leader Penarol (16-7) 80-75 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Libertad Sunchales made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Penarol 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 21 points. Guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 18 points. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) produced 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the guests. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Penarol. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Penarol will play next round against Quimsa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Libertad Sunchales will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Obras as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Obras defeated 7th ranked La Union in Buenos Aires 89-80. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of La Union. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Tony Washam contributed with 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 30 points for La Union. As mentioned above they took over a top position. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. La Union will play next round against Club 9 trying to get back on the winning streak. Obras will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Regatas Corrientes at home.
Top ranked Penarol (16-7) recorded its seventh loss in Santiado Estero on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by tenth ranked Quimsa (12-12) 65-62. It was a great evening for James Williams who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Facundo Campazzo responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimsa moved-up to eighth place. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Quimsa will again meet at home league's second-placed Penarol in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Obras (16-6) to eighth ranked GECR Indalo (11-12) 78-76 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It was an exceptional evening for Devin Davis who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. GECR Indalo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Despite that victory GECR Indalo went down to ninth position due to points difference, which they share with Regatas C. Obras lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top place with six games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata which should be theoretically an easy game. Obras will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#10).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Mar del Plata, where higher ranked Boca Juniors (9-13) was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP (7-16) 67-47 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Clarence Matthews who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains fifteenth place with 7-16 record. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#9) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 23 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Olimpico LB defeated San Mart.C. in La Banda 85-80. Club 9 beat Regatas C. at home 71-67. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost to Quimsa on the opponent's court 71-81. Lanus managed to outperform GECR Indalo in a home game 73-62. Wuber-Est.Bahia recorded a loss to Olimpico LB on the road 76-63. Sionista was defeated by Atenas on its own court 63-73. Bottom-ranked San Mart.C. was beaten by La Union in Formosa 79-69.


San Mart.C. - Olimpico LB 80-85
There was no surprise when 16th ranked San Martin Corrientes (5-19) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (8-15) 85-80 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 51-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Fabian Ramirez (197-90) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Five Olimpico de La Banda and four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Olimpico de La Banda. They maintain thirteenth place with 8-15 record, which they share with Club 9. San Martin Corrientes lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Atenas (#5) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 15+5reb, F.Malara 14+8reb, G.Grays 14+4ast, J.Machuca 12+1reb+3ast, C.Romero 10+1reb, P.Moldu 7+1reb
San Mart.C.: F.Ramirez 17+3reb+2ast, J.Michael Martinez 15+14reb+2ast, J.Coronado 15+2reb+4ast, W.McFarlan 13+7reb, F.Elias Saad 6+1ast, L.Victoriano 5+5ast
gschID: 141324


Obras - La Union 89-80
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Obras as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Obras defeated 7th ranked La Union in Buenos Aires 89-80. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of La Union. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-23 La Union's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-80 at the end of the game. Obras dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 30. They outrebounded La Union 35-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) contributed with 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Obras players scored in double figures. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 30 points and the other American import forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for La Union. As mentioned above they took over a top position. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. La Union will play next round against Club 9 trying to get back on the winning streak. Obras will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Regatas Corrientes at home.
Top scorers:
Obras: T.Washam 21+3reb+3ast, J.Gutierrez 21+8reb+2ast, A.Elsener 12+4reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 10+5reb+8ast, D.Fells 8+5reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 6+1reb
La Union: J.Smith 30+2reb+1ast, G.Lewis 21+11reb, A.Marin 10+1reb+1ast, L.Perez 6, J.Caceres 5+4reb, R.Wolkowyski 3+2reb
gschID: 141325


Libertad S. - Penarol 80-75
Round 23 in LigaA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Sunchales where host Libertad Sunchales (16-7) beat league's leader Penarol (16-7) 80-75 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Libertad Sunchales made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Penarol 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 21 points. Guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 18 points. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) produced 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Penarol. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Penarol will play next round against Quimsa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Libertad Sunchales will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 21+2reb+2ast, J.Treise 18+4reb+3ast, J.Johnson 14+3reb+1ast, S.Ginobili 7+3reb, M.Saglietti 6+3reb+3ast, F.Calvi 5+4reb
Penarol: F.Campazzo 19+4reb+5ast, S.Safar 15+1reb, L.Gutierrez 12+6reb, K.Lamonte 9+4ast, M.Mata 8+6reb+2ast, M.Leiva 5+5reb
gschID: 141326


Quilmes MP - Boca Jrs 67-47
We should mention about the upset which took place in Mar del Plata, where higher ranked Boca Juniors (9-13) was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP (7-16) 67-47 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-47. The best player for the winners was American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) chipped in 4 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and center Alejandro Diez (201-87) added 4 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains fifteenth place with 7-16 record. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#9) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: C.Matthews 23+9reb+1ast, M.Smith 9+3reb, N.Ferreyra 7+1reb+3ast, G.Eseverri 7+4reb+3ast, P.McHopson 6+5reb+4ast, L.Truscott 6+4reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: D.Alston 13+7reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 8+2reb, J.Brussino 7+3reb, W.Graves 5+2reb+1ast, A.Diez 4+13reb, M.Nocedal 4
gschID: 141319


Club 9 - Regatas C. 71-67
There was a surprise result in Rio Tercero where fourteenth ranked Club 9 (8-15) defeated higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (11-12) 71-67 on Friday. Regatas Corrientes was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. International power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Club 9 moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Club 9 will face higher ranked La Union (#7) in Formosa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Ayarza 17+7reb+1ast, G.Torre 12+3reb+1ast, G.Luchino 9+5reb+1ast, J.Cowan 8+4reb, S.Clancy 8+9reb, D.Gerbaudo 7+4reb+5ast
Regatas C.: N.Romano 16+7reb+1ast, J.Martinez 13+3reb+2ast, T.Taylor 12+7reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 8+1reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 7+2reb+2ast, P.I. Calderon 6+4reb
gschID: 141321


Quimsa - Wuber-Est.Bahia 81-71
Rather expected game in Santiado Estero where 12th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-14) was defeated by tenth ranked Quimsa (12-12) 81-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-71. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) chipped in 19 points. Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Quimsa moved-up to eighth place. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Quimsa will face league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales (#3).
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 19+3reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 16+1reb, S.Vega 16+8reb, J.Williams 9+7reb+2ast, B.Robinson 8+6reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 7+1reb
Wuber-Est.Bahia: R.Sanchez 19+5reb+4ast, J.Meyinsse 17+7reb, J.Espil 15+2reb, F.Aguerre 7+6reb, L.Faggiano 5+3reb+2ast, G.Ressia 4+2reb
gschID: 141322


Lanus - GECR Indalo 73-62
Rather predictable result in Buenos Aires where sixth ranked Lanus (14-9) beat 8th ranked GECR Indalo (11-12) 73-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. GECR Indalo was better in fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lanus dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 26. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Nicolas Laprovittola (189-90) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 12 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lanus. They maintain sixth place with 14-9 record. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 14+7reb+6ast, M.Byro 13+4reb, N.Laprovittola 13+2reb+4ast, L.Wade 11+1reb, J.Levy 8+10reb+1ast, D.Guaita 7+2reb
GECR Indalo: C.McGowan 12+3reb+1ast, D.Romero 12+5reb+1ast, S.Scala 10+1reb, R.Gabini 8+1reb, D.Ciorciari 7+2reb+1ast, D.Davis 6+8reb
gschID: 141323


Round 19
Obras - GECR Indalo 76-78
A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Obras (16-6) to eighth ranked GECR Indalo (11-12) 78-76 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Obras was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Obras 34-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Italian point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-80, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) added 19 points respectively for Obras in the defeat. Four Obras players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Despite that victory GECR Indalo went down to ninth position due to points difference, which they share with Regatas C. Obras lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top place with six games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata which should be theoretically an easy game. Obras will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#10).
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Davis 16+10reb, F.Funes 13+3reb, D.Ciorciari 11+7reb+4ast, D.Romero 9+4reb+2ast, C.McGowan 8+2reb+1ast, F.Mansilla 7+1reb+1ast
Obras: T.Washam 19+3reb, J.Gutierrez 13+12reb+8ast, J.Mazzaro 12+3reb+2ast, T.Field 11, A.Elsener 8+1reb+1ast, D.Fells 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168974


Round 2
Olimpico LB - Wuber-Est.Bahia 76-63
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-14) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (8-15) 76-63 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Olimpico de La Banda's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-16 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Olimpico de La Banda. They maintain thirteenth place with 8-15 record, which they share with Club 9. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Amicucci 24+7reb, J.DeGroat 18+8reb+5ast, G.Grays 8+3reb+3ast, E.Villares 7+4reb+3ast, C.Romero 7+2reb, J.Machuca 5+2reb
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 15+4reb, R.Stanton 13+10reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 12+7reb, E.Ruiz 8+2reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 4+4reb, L.Faggiano 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 168973


Round 23
Sionista - Atenas 63-73
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Parana where fifth ranked Atenas (14-8) won against 4th placed Sionista (15-8) 73-63 on Thursday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain fifth place with 14-8 record. Loser Sionista keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Atenas will face bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sionista will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#13).
gschID: 168977


Round 24
Quimsa - Penarol 65-62
Top ranked Penarol (16-7) recorded its seventh loss in Santiado Estero on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by tenth ranked Quimsa (12-12) 65-62. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Penarol won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Quimsa won last quarter 15-13. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Quimsa outrebounded Penarol 45-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) scored 10 points. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimsa moved-up to eighth place. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Quimsa will again meet at home league's second-placed Penarol in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 16+6reb+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 14+5reb, J.Williams 13+13reb+2ast, S.Vega 8+2reb, B.Robinson 5+14reb+4ast, N.Aguirre 4+2reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 12+1reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 12+7reb+6ast, M.Leiva 10+4reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 7+3reb+2ast, M.Mata 7+5reb+1ast, P.Barrios 6+1reb
gschID: 168975


Round 25
La Union - San Mart.C. 79-69
There was no surprise in Formosa where 16th ranked San Martin Corrientes (5-19) was defeated by seventh ranked La Union (13-11) 79-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. San Martin Corrientes was better in fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 30 points. Naturalized Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 27 points and 5 rebounds and Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 12 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for La Union. They maintain seventh place with 13-11 record. San Martin Corrientes lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. La Union will face Club 9 (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Atenas in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
La Union: J.Smith 30+2reb+3ast, A.Marin 17+7reb, L.Perez 11+3reb+3ast, J.Caceres 7+3reb, G.Mikulas 6+3reb+2ast, R.Wolkowyski 6+10reb+3ast
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 27+5reb+3ast, L.Victoriano 15+1ast, J.Michael Martinez 12+17reb+2ast, F.Elias Saad 6, J.Coronado 5, F.Ramirez 2+2reb


Joe Smith claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for La Union and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23 (Second Stage).
The 34-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding two rebounds and three assists for La Union in his team's victory, helping them to beat San Mart.C. (#16, 5-19) 79-69. La Union maintains the 7th position in Argentinian LigaA. La Union is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 24 games. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be La Union's top player in his first season with the team. University of Alabama in Huntsville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) of Quilmes MP. Matthews impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Quilmes MP to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Boca Jrs (#11, 9-13) 67-47. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Quilmes MP keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Matthews is one of the most experienced players at Quilmes MP and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management) of San Mart.C. (#16). McFarlan scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite McFarlan's great performance San Mart.C. lost 69-79 to the higher-ranked La Union (#7, 13-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. San Mart.C. can only dream about fighting for top spots in Round 25. They have extremely bad season and 5-19 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for McFarlan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McFarlan has a very solid season. In 38 games in Argentina he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Olimpico LB - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of San Mart.C. - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) of Penarol - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Joe Smith (193-G-77) of La Union - 30 points and 2 rebounds
9. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of La Union - 21 points and 11 rebounds
10. Cristian Amicucci (201-F/C-85) of Olimpico LB - 24 points and 7 rebounds

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


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


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


New Zone for FIBA Asia Champions Clubs ! - by Omar Shafaamri
FIBA Asia Federation approved in it's last Meeting New Major Modifications by Creating a New Sub Zone with 1 Representative for FIBA Asia Champions Clubs which will be played Next June in Lebanon. This Change will decrease the Number of West Asia Zone Representatives to 3 Clubs thus both Riyadi-Aramex (Jordan) and Duhok (Iraq) will play 2 decisive games for the Qualification to FIBA Asia Champions Clubs.

Riyadi-Aramex will play next tuesday their Second Game against Mahram (Iran) in WABA League Quarter Finals as they lost in Amman 91-52, Riyadi will miss their coach Mo'tasem Salameh (due to Work Commitments!!!) and his Assistant Hussam Lutfi (due to Visa Problems!!!) in addition to Players Issa Kamel & Fadi Saqqa (Injury).


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.4 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings17.0 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.8 
 5. Lisch, Wildcats16.7 
 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.7.7 
 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, Tigers3.2 
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. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles1.2 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 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. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 5. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.0 
 9. Schenscher, Croco.0.8 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.8 


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


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia21.9 
 4. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 5. Djuric, Gussing19.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart17.2 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg17.1 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.5 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden7.8 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.6.9 
 6. Gordon, Kapfenberg6.9 
 7. Scott, Gussing6.8 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.6.7 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.7 
 10. Ware, Furstenfeld6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.0 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 4. Klepeisz, Gussing5.2 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.4.9 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.4 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 10. Hollins, Oberwart4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.3 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 5. Brown, Wels1.6 
 6. Jandl, Oberwart1.5 
 7. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.5 
 8. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Koch, Gussing1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.8 
 5. Kohlmaier, Wels0.7 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 7. Brown, Wels0.6 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart0.5 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.0.5 


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Premier League Round 17: BGUIR-RTI is defeated by Minsk-2006 II in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Premier League.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 II (#6) and BGUIR-RTI (#4). BGUIR-RTI was defeated at home 74-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BGUIR-RTI. BGUIR-RTI was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Minsk-2006 II, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Minsk-2006 II had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) stepped up and scored 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Minsk-2006 II (6-11) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with SBK Osipovichi. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Minsk-2006 II is looking forward to face league's leader Grodno-93 at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BGUIR-RTI will have a break next round.
Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (15-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Sozh Gomel (0-15) 101-35. Forward Andrei Navoichyk (200-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Kanstantin Yafremov accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Dzianis Kasenkau (198-92) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Sozh Gomel in the defeat. Grodno-93 maintains first place with 15-2 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Minsk-2006 II (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's second-placed Minsk-2006 and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Minsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked SBK Osipovichi (6-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Minsk-2006 II (6-11). SBK Osipovichi smashed Minsk-2006 II 90-60 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Sergej Vabischevich who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Ronaldas Rutkauskas produced 9 points and 12 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. SBK Osipovichi maintains fifth place with 6-11 record, which they share with defeated Minsk-2006 II. SBK Osipovichi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Minsk-2006 II will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 17 SBK Osipovichi was destroyed by Minsk-2006 on the opponent's court 103-71.



BGUIR-RTI - Minsk-2006 II 74-79

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 II (#6) and BGUIR-RTI (#4). BGUIR-RTI was defeated at home 74-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BGUIR-RTI. BGUIR-RTI was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Minsk-2006 II, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Minsk-2006 II had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) stepped up and scored 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Anton Papruha (188-93) scored 20 points and 6 steals. Four BGUIR-RTI players scored in double figures. Minsk-2006 II (6-11) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with SBK Osipovichi. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Minsk-2006 II is looking forward to face league's leader Grodno-93 at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BGUIR-RTI will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: V.Ignatchik 29+8reb+3ast, R.Rutkauskas 21+11reb+1ast, M.Shustau 11+4reb+8ast, V.Krisevich 7+7reb, A.Semenov 7+13reb+2ast, Y.Kurapau 2+4reb
BGUIR-RTI: A.Papruha 20+4reb+3ast, A.Kuzmitski 18+4reb, G.Zakhar 13+12reb+3ast, A.Hrumiantsau 12+9reb, E.Sugoniako 7+10reb+1ast, N.Strukov 4+2reb
gschID: 168942


Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel 101-35

Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (15-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Sozh Gomel (0-15) 101-35. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh Gomel to just 7 points in second and fourth quarters. Grodno-93 dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Sozh Gomel's 16. Grodno-93 forced 33 Sozh Gomel turnovers and outrebounded them 42-23 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Andrei Navoichyk (200-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Forward Dzianis Kasenkau (198-92) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds and center Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-93) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Sozh Gomel in the defeat. Grodno-93 maintains first place with 15-2 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Minsk-2006 II (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's second-placed Minsk-2006 and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 18+7reb+2ast, S.Vasilevich 18+6reb+1ast, V.Korzh 17+4reb+3ast, A.Navoichyk 15+11reb+3ast, P.Shuleyko 15+6reb+5ast, I.Konuyshenko 6+3reb+4ast
Sozh Gomel: D.Kasenkau 11+6reb+1ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 10+5reb+1ast, D.Fedorovskiy 10+1reb+1ast, A.Shestilovskiy 2+3reb+3ast, Y.Patupchyk 2+6reb, I.Scherba 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168939


Minsk-2006 II - SBK Osipovichi 60-90

The game in Minsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked SBK Osipovichi (6-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Minsk-2006 II (6-11). SBK Osipovichi smashed Minsk-2006 II 90-60 on Tuesday. The game without a history. SBK Osipovichi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Minsk-2006 II to just 7 points in fourth quarter. SBK Osipovichi forced 23 Minsk-2006 II turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Sergej Vabischevich (190-88) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five SBK Osipovichi players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) produced 9 points and 12 rebounds and center Vladimir Krisevich (210) added 13 points and 6 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. SBK Osipovichi maintains fifth place with 6-11 record, which they share with defeated Minsk-2006 II. SBK Osipovichi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Minsk-2006 II will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: S.Vabischevich 29+7reb+1ast, S.Charykau 13+7reb+4ast, I.Sharipov 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Mishukov 11, A.Svirydov 10+2reb, V.Skidan 6+2reb
Minsk-2006 II: V.Krisevich 13+6reb, M.Shustau 9+1reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 9+12reb, Y.Kurapau 9+2reb, V.Ignatchik 9+1reb+1ast, A.Semenov 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 168940


Minsk-2006 - SBK Osipovichi 103-71

Rather expected game when 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (6-11) was crushed on the road by second ranked Minsk-2006 (14-1) 103-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. SBK Osipovichi managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Minsk-2006 dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to SBK Osipovichi's 40. Minsk-2006 forced 21 SBK Osipovichi turnovers and outrebounded them 46-34 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: New Trend Agency) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Bobby Maze (188-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Minsk-2006's coach Andrei Krivonos felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Anatoli Svirydov (192-82) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Minsk-2006 have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Loser SBK Osipovichi keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Minsk-2006 II. They will meet at home bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. SBK Osipovichi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: A.Kojenets 20+8reb+2ast, A.Kudrautsau 20+4reb+2ast, B.Maze 17+7reb+2ast, J.Knox 14+4reb+1ast, C.Eldridge 11+3reb+2ast, A.Fomin 10+3reb
SBK Osipovichi: A.Svirydov 15+7reb, Y.Mishukov 14+4reb+1ast, K.Sitnik 11+4reb+2ast, S.Vabischevich 9+3reb+2ast, I.Sharipov 7+5reb, V.Skidan 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168941




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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege17.5 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.9 
 6. Green, Spirou14.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende14.3 
 8. Haynes, Gent13.9 
 9. Freeman, Leuven13.7 
 10. Tofi, Leuven13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.6 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.2 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.0 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.2 
 9. Matela, Liege5.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Waters, Liege3.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.7 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 4. Thompson, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 8. Winston, Oostende2.9 
 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, Leuven2.4 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Mukubu, Verviers.1.8 
 9. Wright, Oostende1.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.8 
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, Aalstar1.0 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


D1 Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Okapi Aalstar (11-7) fell to sixth ranked Leuven Bears (10-8) in overtime by three points 101-104 on Saturday night. The game took place in Aalst. But the guests from Leuven were better at the end. American players dominated the game. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Leuven Bears moved-up to fifth place. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will have a break next round. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 21 points and 13 rebounds by Len Matela of Liege.


Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut 82-69
There was a surprise result when ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-15) beat at home higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (9-8) 82-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dexia Mons-Hainaut 37-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. Guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) replied with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Justin Hurtt (194-88, college: Tulsa) added 12 points in the effort for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth position with 3-15 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will face higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Beal 22+3reb+3ast, M.De Zeeuw 16+4reb, W.Boss Mukubu 14+8reb, B.Merriex 10+14reb+3ast, J.Rahier 6+1reb, T.Thompson 5+5reb+5ast
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 24+7reb+6ast, J.Hurtt 12+3reb+1ast, W.Carter 9+2reb+1ast, J.Cage 7+2reb+1ast, A.Nivins 6+3reb, A.Slaughter 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132412


Oostende - Gent 94-69
Very expected game when 8th ranked Optima Gent (5-13) was smashed on the road by third ranked Base Oostende (12-6) 94-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Base Oostende led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Base Oostende outrebounded Optima Gent 34-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Base Oostende especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. American players dominated the game. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) replied with 21 points and guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) added 11 points in the effort for Optima Gent. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Base Oostende have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Base Oostende will face Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon in the next round. Optima Gent will play on the road against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 19+5reb+4ast, B.Wright 16+9reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 13+1reb, C.Booker 11+2reb+2ast, D.Katnic 10+6reb+3ast, K.Winston 10+2ast
Gent: M.Haynes 21+2reb+1ast, L.Bosco 12+1reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 11+4reb+2ast, G.Brown 10+5reb, L.Anderson 6+1reb+1ast, R.Chaney 4+4reb
gschID: 132413


Spirou - Liege 87-75
Very predictable result when first ranked Spirou Charleroi (13-5) won against at home 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (6-11) 87-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Belgacom Liege was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Spirou Charleroi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American players dominated the game. Swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) replied with 24 points and 5 assists and forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-5 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Antwerp Giants (#4) on the road in the next round. Belgacom Liege will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Broyles 26+6reb+2ast, C.Green 18+8reb+5ast, J.Hamilton 18+4reb, A.Wisniewski 9+5ast, J.Welsch 8+5reb+1ast, A.Riddick 4+4reb+1ast
Liege: J.Bostic 24+3reb+5ast, T.Jennings 13+7reb+1ast, G.Hockins 11+3reb+1ast, D.Waters 10+2reb+4ast, G.Muya 9+1reb+4ast, P.Gillet 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132410


Aalstar - Leuven 101-104 OT
Second-ranked Okapi Aalstar (11-7) fell to sixth ranked Leuven Bears (10-8) in overtime by three points 101-104 on Saturday night. The game took place in Aalst. But the guests from Leuven were better at the end. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 33-25 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Leuven Bears made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Okapi Aalstar was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Leuven Bears moved-up to fifth place. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will have a break next round. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster.
Top scorers:
Leuven: B.Freeman 30+3reb, J.McLean 21+9reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 20+4reb+3ast, J.Davis 16+1reb+4ast, M.McGhee 12+8reb+4ast, I.Hanavan 5+3reb+1ast
Aalstar: C.Copeland 25+7reb+1ast, A.Gaddefors 18, J.Steinbach 15+4reb+3ast, S.Jackson 15+8reb+1ast, C.Young 11+6reb+2ast, J.Holiday 10+2reb+4ast
gschID: 132411


Round 13
Liege - Leuven 81-74
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Leuven Bears (10-8) lost on the road to seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (6-11) 81-74 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Belgacom Liege made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American center Len Matela (206-80, college: Bowling Green, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears. Belgacom Liege maintains seventh position with 6-11 record. Loser Leuven Bears dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Belgacom Liege will face Optima Gent (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Bostic 26+5reb+2ast, L.Matela 21+13reb+1ast, G.Hockins 11+5reb+1ast, D.Waters 11+4reb+5ast, G.Muya 7+1ast, P.Gillet 5+5reb+1ast
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 22+7reb+1ast, M.McGhee 13+7reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 11+5reb+4ast, I.Hanavan 9+5reb+2ast, J.McLean 8+10reb+2ast, J.Davis 6+1ast


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  BOSNIA   


Siroki WWin defends Cup trophy - by Eurobasket News
Siroki WWin - Igokea 83-75

Siroki WWin managed to defend the Cup trophy tonight. The reigning Bosnian champion handed 83-75 loss to Igokea in the Big Final celebrating 8th Cup title in its history. Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and he pulled down 8 rebounds. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Jakov Jakov Vladovic (186-PG-83) and Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) netted 11 points each. Jakov Vladovic had double-double as he also dished out 10 assists in this meeting (6 rebs). In the loosing squad, Nebojsa Joksimovic (191-SF-81) shined with 16 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) also scored 16 pts, while Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) added 12 points and 7 rebs. Quarters: 28-14, 23-17, 17-20, 15-24. Siroki was the host and defended the trophy in the front of 3.000 spectators. The hosts had a strong start and they made 8 of 14 attempts from behind the arc during the first 20 minutes. Igokea improved after the breather, but it was not enough to avoid defeat in the Big Final.

Siroki WWin: Dalibor Persic 14+8 boards, Darko Planinic 12+5 boards, Jakov Vladovic 11+10 as+6 boards, Fran Pilepic 11
Igokea: Nebojsa Joksimovic 16+7 as+6 boards, Milan Dozet 16, Nenad Sulovic 12+7 boards


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  BULGARIA   


Levski one shot away of winning the Cup, Lukoil got it once again - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski was one shot away of winning the Cup of Bulgaria in Samokov for the season 2011/12. In an extraordinary match, 'Blues' had a several chances to get a win against a big rival Lukoil Academic, but at the end lost by two points difference 81-83. Same as the game in in 2011 the two teams have made a unique finish, and finally with a great deal of happiness and the obvious referee support in the second half Lukoil Academic once again is the winner of the Cup.

Already in the first minutes of the meeting the two teams played a very high level, exchanging the lead few times and tie the score in the final minute of the first ten, 19-19. However both Lukoil and Levski missed few good chances before two free throws by Damjan Stojanovski gave advance of 21-19 for Lukoil, while Jarrett Howell has failed to do the best in the final shot in favor of 'blues' .

Levski made a series of 9-0 in the middle of the second quarter and led by 38-30. By the end of first half, however with few three point shots of Bruno Sundov Lukoil Academic brought the score down to 1 point. Basket at the end of second quarter by Aaron Harper showed 42-39 for Levski at the break.

Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) and Lamont Mack had 10 apiece in the first half, while Harper was the best scorer for Levski with 11 points.

Thanks to the big fighter Vasil Evtimov Levski managed to keep ahead in the early stages of second half, but once again two shots each behind the line by Mack and Sundov got them back in the game. Eventually Lukoil Academic put more points in the board of that third quarter but that was not only thanks to their players but by the officials in the game Lukoil Academic amazingly didnt get any fouls by the referees in the third quarter despite playing very tough defense as usual. That is how at the end of third quarter the result of 61-57 was already in favor of Lukoil Academic.

Lukoil led up to the middle of last quarter, but Levski players showed character and leveled to 68-68 with just 5.13 minutes before the end of game. Just a minute before the end of Heath scored 80-76, and then Aaron Harper was fouled, but managed to score only one free throw. In the counter-attack Lamont Mack made a turnover, Marcus Hall stole and finished to get his team back to only a point of difference in favor of Lukoil, 32.8 seconds remaining. The ball was for Lukoil, but Andre Owens throwed the ball away and Levski had their opportunity. In the first attack for Levski, Hrisimir Dimitrov failed to score as was fouled by Sundov and Levski didnt get the call, then Jarrett Howell missed his chance to be a hero with wide open shot behind the 3 point line. Bojidar Avramov took the rebound and was fouled, and succeeded in his second attempt from the line - 81-79 for Lukoil with 10.8 seconds remaining. In the last attack for Levski Harper was fouled, but he missed both free throws. Brandon Heath was succesfull from the charity stripe before Pavel Ivanov fix the final score - 83-81.

Aaron Harper scored 16 for Levski, Vasco Evtimov finished with a fantastic 14 points and 17 rebounds, but that didnt help the team to get the Cup.

Brandon Heath scored 31 points and handled six assists, Mack added 18 and Sundov finished with 14.


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  CANADA   


Pasquale's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old guard Manny Pasquale (183-G) put on an amazing game in the last round for Laurentian and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 38 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Laurentian in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team RMC (#8, 0-21) with 58-point margin 100-42. Laurentian is placed at 4th position in Canadian league. Laurentian is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. In the team's last game Pasquale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He has many years of experience at Laurentian, through which he has constantly improved. Pasquale has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.3ppg. Pasquale is in league's top in and averages solid 53.5% FGP and 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Owen Klassen (208-F-91) of Acadia. He is international forward in his 3rd season at Acadia. In the last game Klassen recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Acadia to another comfortable win 90-74 over slightly higher-ranked UPEI (#2, 12-6) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Acadia consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 10-6 record is not bad at all. Klassen is one of the most experienced players at Acadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard David Tyndale (180-G) of York (#6). Tyndale got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of York, leading his team to a 89-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Queen's (#7, 2-19). York can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tyndale he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tyndale has a very solid season. In 19 games in Canada he scored 16.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Manock Lual (198-F-89) of UPEI - 30 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ryan Thomson (201-C-90) of Lakehead - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nick Tufegdzich (201-F) of York - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-G-88) of UQAM - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) of Carleton - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Kamar Burke (196-F/G-86) of UBC - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) of Carleton - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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


Forward Hugee joins Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen beefed up for the stretch run Friday by signing power forward Darnell Hugee (6'7''-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) prior to the NBL deadline for transactions.

The 27-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., who played collegiately at Prairie View A&M in Texas, is expected to arrive in Halifax today and be in uniform when the Rainmen host the London Lightning on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The six-foot-seven, 205-pound Hugee has played professionally in Israel, Iceland and Mexico since finishing his NCAA career in 2009-10.

'Hes an extremely athletic kid and hes got a high motor similar to (Halifax small forward) Tyrone Levett, he just goes hard all the time,' Rainmen owner and GM Andre Levingston said Friday.

'Were excited to have this kid.'

Halifax released shooting guard Darrin Dorsey on Thursday to free up room on the roster.

The Rainmen, third in the NBL with a 17-11 record, have relied on a small lineup this season. Centre Abdullahi Kuso, at 6-9, is the teams tallest player and only three others - including Hugee - are 6-7 or taller.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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, Victoria20.1 
 8. Ferguson, Alberta19.7 
 9. Kok, TRU19.3 
 10. Yu, UBC19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Phillip, Windsor11.9 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.4 
 3. Burke, UBC10.7 
 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. Smith, TWU5.6 
 7. Allin, Laurier5.6 
 8. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.4 
 9. Smith, Cape Breton5.3 
 10. Vernon, St.Franc.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.1 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.2.9 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 4. Carter, Lakehead2.7 
 5. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 6. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 7. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 8. Baribeau, Laval2.5 
 9. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 10. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
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, UBC1.6 
 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 


CIS Round 31: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in CIS. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

CIS round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Thunderbirds (13-5) against second ranked Vikies (14-4) 90-83 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Vikies keep a position of league leader. Thunderbirds at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with UFV. They were replaced at the leadership position by Saskatchewan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (12-6) against fourth ranked Axemen (10-6) on Friday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Axemen in Wolfville, NS 90-74. It was a great evening for international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. Sean Stoqua helped adding 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. At the losing side Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds. Panthers' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Axemen moved-up to third place. Panthers lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. Axemen will again play against league's second-placed Panthers in Charlottetown, PEI in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panthers will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Ravens (21-0) which hosted in Ottawa, ON 4th placed Blues (9-12). Leader Ravens had an easy win 99-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Blues. It was an exceptional evening for Philip Scrubb who led the winners and scored 24 points and 7 assists. Alex Hill came up with 15 points for Blues 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. Undefeated Ravens have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-0 record. Loser Blues dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Ravens will meet at home league's second-placed Rams in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blues will play against Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Citadines (7-7) which hosted in Montreal, QC 4th placed Rouge et Or (4-9). Third ranked Citadines managed to get a 14-point victory 74-60. Eric Cote-Kougnima fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Citadines maintains third place with 7-7 record having twenty one points less than leader Saskatchewan. Rouge et Or at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Citadines will have a break next round. Rouge et Or will play at home against Gaiters (#5) in Lennoxville, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Rams (13-8) which played road game in Ottawa, ON against their biggest opponent Gee-Gees (13-8). Third ranked Rams had an easy win 79-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gee-Gees. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordon Gauthier who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Gee-Gees' coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Rams. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Rams will face league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gee-Gees will play at home against Blues in Toronto, ON.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Concordia beat Bishop's on the road 63-58. York won against Queen's on its own court 89-82. Guelph were outscored by Lakehead in Thunder Bay, ON 100-78. Laurentian rolled over RMC at home 100-42.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 38 points (!!!) by Manny Pasquale of Laurentian.



Victoria - UBC 90-83

CIS round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Thunderbirds (13-5) against second ranked Vikies (14-4) 90-83 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Vikies keep a position of league leader. Thunderbirds at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with UFV. They were replaced at the leadership position by Saskatchewan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 155957


Carleton - Toronto Univ. 99-64

An interesting game for Ravens (21-0) which hosted in Ottawa, ON 4th placed Blues (9-12). Leader Ravens had an easy win 99-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Blues. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Blues' 24. They outrebounded Blues 36-20 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 7 assists. International forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) came up with 15 points and guard Dakota Laurin (193) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Blues 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. Ravens have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-0 record. Loser Blues dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Ravens will meet at home league's second-placed Rams in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blues will play against Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Carleton: P.Scrubb 24+3reb+7ast, T.Hinz 22+5reb, K.Churchill 9+3reb+1ast, T.Scrubb 9+7reb+3ast, E.Thompson 9+4reb+1ast, C.Hobin 7+3reb+3ast
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 15+1reb+1ast, A.Kumar 11+1reb+1ast, B.Garvin 9+3reb+2ast, S.Nickel 9+2reb, D.Laurin 7+5reb+2ast, A.Plummer 4
gschID: 155954


Bishop's - Concordia 58-63

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Stingers (11-2) beat 5th ranked Gaiters (3-10) in Lennoxville, QC 63-58 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Stingers forced 29 Gaiters turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Evens Laroche (193) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Decee Krah (180) contributed with 10 points and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Sean Monplaisir (188) answered with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and center Mike Andrews (208) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in the effort for Gaiters. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Stingers maintains first place with 11-2 record. Loser Gaiters keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Stingers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montreal, QC Redmen.
Top scorers:
Concordia: E.Laroche 19+6reb, D.Krah 10+4reb+2ast, Z.Brisebois 7+9reb, J.Moussignac 7+3reb+2ast, K.Desmarais 7+2reb+6ast, T.Garner 4+3reb
Bishop's: M.Post 12+2reb+1ast, O.Blackwood 10+3reb+2ast, M.Andrews 8+7reb+1ast, M.Pierman 6+2reb, R.Aristil 6+1reb, S.Monplaisir 6+6reb+9ast
gschID: 155955


UQAM - Laval 74-60

An interesting game for Citadines (7-7) which hosted in Montreal, QC 4th placed Rouge et Or (4-9). Third ranked Citadines managed to get a 14-point victory 74-60. The game was mostly controlled by Citadines. Rouge et Or was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Citadines shot 19 for 29 from the free-throw line, while Rouge et Or only scored three points from the stripe. Citadines forced 19 Rouge et Or turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Rouge et Or helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-88) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alexandre Bernard chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Citadines players scored in double figures. Hugues Ryan produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Etienne Labrecque (196-86, college: Quinnipiac) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Citadines maintains third place with 7-7 record having twenty one points less than leader Saskatchewan. Rouge et Or at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Citadines will have a break next round. Rouge et Or will play at home against Gaiters (#5) in Lennoxville, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UQAM: E.Cote-Kougnima 19+5reb+2ast, A.Bernard 15+6reb+2ast, G.Saint-Amand 14+6reb+2ast, V.Lanctot-Fortier 11+5reb, T.Justin 9+2reb, R.Kwaku Addai 4+2reb+9ast
Laval: H.Ryan 17+8reb, E.Labrecque 14+4reb+4ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 9+5reb, A.Guilard 7+3reb, T.Dezutter 6+3reb+1ast, O.Lefebvre 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155956


York - Queen's 89-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Golden Gaels' (2-19) road loss to sixth ranked Lions (4-17) in Toronto, ON 82-89 on Friday. Golden Gaels trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 27-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 82-89 at the end of the game. Lions outrebounded Golden Gaels 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard David Tyndale (180) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Mackenzie Simpson answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ryan Golden (183) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Golden Gaels. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lions maintains sixth place with 4-17 record. Golden Gaels lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Lions will face RMC (#8) in Kingston, ON in the next round. Golden Gaels will play on the road against Voyageurs in Sudbury, ON.
Top scorers:
York: D.Tyndale 38+5reb+4ast, N.Tufegdzich 16+13reb+2ast, R.Iheadindu 14+2reb+4ast, V.Velici 8+1reb, K.Buchanan 4, A.Rados 4+2reb
Queen's: M.Simpson 25+5reb+2ast, R.Golden 15+5reb+4ast, M.Farine 12+4reb+2ast, A.Weatherill 8+2reb+1ast, N.Misljencevic 7+2reb+2ast, M.Baker 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 155950


Lakehead - Guelph 100-78

Very predictable result when first ranked Thunderwolves (20-2) rolled over 6th ranked Gryphons (8-13) in Thunder Bay, ON 100-78 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Gryphons was better in second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderwolves dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Gryphons' 40. They outrebounded Gryphons 31-18 including 22 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Ryan Thomson (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Thunderwolves players scored in double figures. Guard Kareem Malcolm (183) answered with 21 points and guard Daniel McCarthy (188) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Gryphons. 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 tenth consecutive win for Thunderwolves. They maintain first place with 20-2 record. Gryphons lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Thunderwolves will face again Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: R.Thomson 24+9reb+2ast, V.Russel 22+1reb+2ast, M.Schmidt 13+7reb+2ast, B.Johnson 12+1reb+3ast, G.Carter 9+1reb+2ast, J.Jones 7+7reb+2ast
Guelph: K.Malcolm 21+1reb+3ast, Z.Angus 11+1reb+3ast, D.McCarthy 10+4reb+4ast, A.Beney 8+1reb, J.Beatty 7+1reb, M.Clark 7+1reb
gschID: 155951


Ottawa - Ryerson 62-79

An interesting game for Rams (13-8) which played road game in Ottawa, ON against their biggest opponent Gee-Gees (13-8). Third ranked Rams had an easy win 79-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gee-Gees. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Gee-Gees was better in third quarter 20-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Gee-Gees outrebounded Rams 45-32 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordon Gauthier who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Best contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (196) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Christopher Anderson (191) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Gee-Gees. Gee-Gees' coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Rams. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Rams will face league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gee-Gees will play at home against Blues in Toronto, ON.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: A.Best 20+3reb+5ast, J.Gauthier 18+11reb+2ast, B.Michaelsen 17+6reb+1ast, J.Jones 15+3reb+5ast, N.Stankovic 7+1reb, L.Staniscia 2+7reb
Ottawa: G.Gonthier-Dubue 19+9reb+2ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 11+5reb+1ast, C.Anderson 9+10reb, J.Berhanemeskel 6+6reb+5ast, V.Gill 6+2reb+1ast, J.Vig 3+5reb
gschID: 155952


Laurentian - RMC 100-42

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked RMC (0-21) was outscored by fifth ranked Voyageurs (10-11) in Sudbury, ON 100-42 on Friday. The game without a history. Voyageurs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RMC to just 6 points in first quarter. Voyageurs dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 28. Voyageurs forced 33 RMC turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. It was a very good performance for guard Manny Pasquale (183) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). Nelson Yengue contributed with 10 points for the winners. Four Voyageurs players scored in double figures. Voyageurs' coach Shawn Swords felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Alexandre Lavoie answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Connor Duke (191) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for RMC. Voyageurs moved-up to fourth place. RMC lost their twentieth first game in a row. They still closes the standings with 21 games lost. Voyageurs will face Golden Gaels (#7) in Kingston, ON in the next round. RMC will play on the road against Lions in Toronto, ON and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 38+4reb+2ast, A.Ratte 11+2reb+1ast, S.Sheldon 10+3reb+2ast, N.Yengue 10+4reb+2ast, G.Serresse 8+5reb, I.Pasquale 8+3reb+4ast
RMC: C.Duke 14+5reb+1ast, A.Lavoie 12+7reb+2ast, J.Byun 9+4reb, T.Boettcher 4+5reb+1ast, M.Buss 3+2reb, K.Chung 0+2ast
gschID: 155953


Acadia - UPEI 90-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (12-6) against fourth ranked Axemen (10-6) on Friday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Axemen in Wolfville, NS 90-74. The game was mostly controlled by Axemen. Panthers was better in third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Axemen shot 29 for 41 from the free-throw line, while Panthers only scored eleven points from the stripe. Axemen forced 21 Panthers turnovers. Panthers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. point guard Sean Stoqua (180) helped adding 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Five Axemen players scored in double figures. At the losing side Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and Donathan Moss scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Panthers' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Axemen moved-up to third place. Panthers lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. Axemen will again play against league's second-placed Panthers in Charlottetown, PEI in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panthers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Acadia: O.Klassen 28+16reb+2ast, A.Ashe 16+3reb+1ast, S.Stoqua 11+7reb+5ast, T.Scott 10+4reb+1ast, J.Tull 10+1reb+2ast, B.States 7+1reb+1ast
UPEI: M.Lual 30+13reb, D.Moss 19+6reb+4ast, O.Smith 9+5ast, J.Cooper 8+6reb+4ast, J.Duke 4+5reb+1ast, A.Robbins 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155948




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. Victoria 14-4 
 2. UFV 13-5 
 3. UBC 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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Prigorje Financije Krizevci lands Gacesa - by Eurobasket Center
Prigorje Financije Krizevci strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old guard Filip Gacesa (183-G-92). In his first game he scored 16 points helping his new team beat Borik 84-70. Gacesa played most recently at KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka (A1). While playing 1 game for Kvarner 2010 this season he recorded 1 point. Last season he had 4.1 ppg in 25 games.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Vrbanc, Zadar17.5 
 4. Ross, Jolly17.5 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.4 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner14.8 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.4 
 9. Zitko, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.9 
 2. Sobin, KK Split7.7 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 4. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Mrva, Jolly6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.5 
 9. Cakarun, Borik6.2 
 10. Peraica, Darda5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Svjet.
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci6.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.2 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.8 
 5. Subotic, KK Split3.0 
 6. Tomas, Zabok3.0 
 7. Mimica, KK Split2.9 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 3. Mimica, KK Split1.9 
 4. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 6. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 7. Tomeljak, Svjet.1.5 
 8. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 9. Mrva, Jolly1.5 
 10. Panduric, Darda1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 2. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 9. Dijan, KK Split0.6 
 10. Najev, KK Split0.6 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 11-3 
 2. Jolly 11-4 
 3. KK Split 10-5 
 4. Zabok 9-5 
 5. Svjetlost 8-7 
 6. Kvarner 2010 7-9 
 7. Alkar Sinj 6-8 
 8. Darda 6-9 
 9. Krizevci 6-10 
 10. Borik 6-10 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


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  CYPRUS   


Antonis Konstantinides is the new head coach of NT - by Michael Aristidou

Cyprus federation assigned Antonis Konstantinides to be the new head coach of Cypriot men NT. The announcement was made from the federation earlier today. Along with the new coach as assistant coach is Panagiotis Yiannaras .

Eurobasket.com conducted Antonis Konstantinides for his first statements as head coach of Cypriot men NT.

Eurobasket: First of all congratulations. How do you feel after the announcement?
Antonis Konstantinides : It is a great challenge but also a great responsibility. I think the dream of any coach, is the national team of his country, as it was my own. To take the national team was inside my objectives. Looking back and see what we had achieved the past years, we had some level of success, it is reasonable to see higher


Eurobasket: Do you have any goals for this or not yet;
Antonis Konstantinides : Well our first goal is to level up the team. We want to have some young promising players along with the experienced ones and to join them


Eurobasket: We wish you all the best.
Antonis Konstantinides : Thank you very much. At this point I would like to thank the federation for the owner to trust me as head coach. As well my fellow partner in the team Panagiotis Yiannaras , and also of course my team and their board for the support they gave me all this years.




Great Performance by Kounnas! - by Chris Mammides
The perfomance of the Cyprus international Vassilis Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) was amazing in the great victory of his team (Lavrio) over the top seated team of Apollon PAtras for the A2 league for the 19th week. The Cyprus guard scored 10 points, dashed down 10 rebounds, nine defensive and one offensive, share 10 assists, while he stole the ball twice and all these in 26 minutes.
The game was a top tier and crucial game for his team LAvrio, and this was his first official triple double figure in his career the last decade that he playes basketball in the Greek courts. It is worth mentioned the fact that Vassilis Kounas begun his career in the Greek courts in Peiraikos and then he played for AEKT, Milonas. Dafni, two seasons for ICBS, the in Near East and this season in LAvrio, in between these 8 season he played for one season in APOEL and last season with Keravnos Strovolou



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Czech Cup. USK Praha gain third place - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Prostejov 83:74

USK Praha earned the third position in Czech Cup. They defeated Prostejov in the consolation final tonight. Stanislav Votroubek (212-C-81) tallied 22 points and 15 rebounds for USK Praha.
USK Praha earned a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. USK Praha arrived at halftime up by 7 points 46:39. Prostejov showed character in the third period. They narrowed the margin to just three points at the final intermission 58:61. USK Praha however did not give a chance for Prostejov as they cleared off in the final term and raced to the win at the end. Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) provided 22 points, while Michal Vocetka (199-F-89) had 12 points in the win. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Prostejov. Jamar Smith (191-SG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

USK Praha: Stanislav Votroubek 22+15 boards, Vojtech Hruban 22, Michal Vocetka 12
Prostejov: Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson 25, Jamar Smith 14



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 14-8 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 13-9 
 7. Trutnov 10-11 
 8. Liberec 10-11 
 9. Vysehrad 10-12 
 10. Litomerice 8-14 
 11. Prostejov B 8-14 
 12. Benesov 7-14 
 13. Mlada Boleslav 2-20 
 14. Kladno 1-21 


Czech Cup. Nymburk clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Decin 76:69

Nymburk remained Czech Cup holders. They overcame Decin tonight in the title game to stay with the trophy. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the winners.
Decin got to a perfect start to the game. They felt very confident posting a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Decin did not slow down in the second frame. They maintained the advantage piling up a 38:36 halftime lead. Nymburk finally managed to erase the deficit in the third term. The title defenders pulled ahead for a narrow 50:47 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nymburk used all of their experience to shield off Decin comeback efforts and earned a tough win at the end. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) finished with 15 points, while Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-G-77) notched 11 points in the win. Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Decin. Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) had 15 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 20+13 boards, A.J. Abrams 15, Ladislav Sokolovsky 11
Decin: Dwight Burke 17, Tomas Pomikalek 15



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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 23-1 
 2. Svendborg 22-3 
 3. Naestved 15-9 
 4. SISU 11-13 
 5. Horsens IC 10-15 
 6. Vaerlose 9-15 
 7. Horsholm 9-16 
 8. Aalborg 8-15 
 9. Aabyhoj 8-16 
 10. Falcon 6-18 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. White, Aalborg26.3 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.5 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.1 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.4 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.3 
 8. Alexander, Bakken18.0 
 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, Horsens10.4 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.7 
 6. Benjamin, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Rutherford, SISU8.2 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Reginald DELK
  Vaerlose
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Delk, Vaerlose5.1 
 2. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 3. White, Aalborg4.8 
 4. Sattler, Horsens IC4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.6 
 6. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.2 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg3.2 
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 IC2.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 9. Alexander, Bakken1.8 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm2.0 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.7 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Vinson, Svendborg1.2 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.0.8 


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Former Stanford star Jeremy Green gets his shot with Erie BayHawks - by Eurobasket News
It's all about the here and now for Jeremy Green (6'4''-G, college: Stanford).

Looking back will only remind him of what could have been.

Green, a 2011 first-team all-Pac-10 pick, chose to enter the 2011 NBA Draft with a year of eligibility remaining at Stanford, but went undrafted.

'I'm not going to lie,' Green said. 'Having not had an opportunity to play, I sometimes think, 'What if I would have stayed my senior year?' '

It marked the end of a successful college career that was marred by a 2009 arrest and suspensions, but the 21-year old has persevered

'I got a strong mindset that comes from my family,' Green said. 'We have a tight little circle. That's all that really matters. I have my inner circle of the people I trust and people I love. They helped me stay on the straight and narrow. I can't let them down. That's basically what it is. I try not to worry about what people say or people think.'

A 6-foot 4-inch, 198-pound guard who has unlimited range on his jump shot, Green is scheduled to make his home debut with the Erie BayHawks in today's 7 p.m. game against Dakota at Tullio Arena.

'I feel like the team, coaches, they want me here, and I'm just ready to embrace the opportunity,' Green said.

Green had three points in his first game with the BayHawks, who won 113-106 at Fort Wayne on Thursday night.

'I know him a little bit because he worked out for the (Cleveland Cavaliers),' said Erie forward Mychel Thompson, who was with the Cavs before being waived Feb. 6. 'He'll be a lot of offensive firepower.'

The BayHawks acquired Green out of the D-League player pool after the Los Angeles D-Fenders waived him Jan. 27.

'He's a young talent,' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. ' (He) can really shoot the basketball, which I think is at a premium in the D-League.'

Larranaga said Erie's hybrid NBA affiliate, the New York Knicks, are interested in Green.

'The Knicks wanted to take a look at him from a developmental standpoint,' he said.

An Austin, Texas, native, Green had his share of ups and downs at Stanford:

- In October 2009, Green was suspended after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at a campus dormitory, but he was reinstated before the season opener. No charges were filed.

A sophomore at the time, Green earned all-Pac-10 second team honors after making the all-freshman team in 2008-09.

- In November 2010, Green collapsed from dizziness and stomach pain because of exhaustion moments after a game against DePaul. Green, who had a stomach virus and had trouble keeping food down, rejoined the team.

In that same season, Green averaged a career-best 16.7 points and had a four-game stretch in which he made 12 consecutive 3-pointers. The streak is the second-longest in NCAA history.

'I had seen him play at Stanford,' D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman said. 'I thought he had a really good career.'

Green was suspended again for academic reasons, but would have been eligible for the 2011-12 season had he returned for this senior season.

Having scored 1,267 points in college, Green chose to enter the NBA Draft. He didn't get selected but has moved forward.

'I made the decision,' Green said. 'It's something I've got to live with. I don't regret it at all. I've actually learned a lot of things throughout this process.'

Erie is giving him a chance to move forward.

'Everyone comes in starting with a clean slate,' Larranaga said. 'I've talked to his coaches when he was with the D-Fenders and they had nothing but good things to say about him.'

Green found it tough to find playing time with the talented D-Fenders. He saw action in just three games and didn't score in 11 minutes of play.

Musselman's decision to waive Green was based on choosing to keep a rookie big man, Malcolm Thomas. and not a rookie guard.

'When we brought (forward) Gary Flowers in, we just decided that we wanted to keep a big rookie instead of a guard rookie,' Musselman said.

Flowers, who averaged 2.5 points in eight games with Los Angeles, was waived because of injury Feb. 9.

Although Green barely played, he left a sound impression on the former NBA coach.

'Quiet, businesslike, I guess, is probably the best way to describe his personality, at least around us,' said Musselman, who has coached the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. 'He quietly went about his business. Came in and worked before practice. (He) came in and worked after practice.'

Green's draft decision can't be taken back, but he's still in a position to end up in the place he left school early to reach -- the NBA.

'It's a shortened season and a lot of injuries are happening, but first I had to get in this situation (with Erie),' Green said. ' (I've) got to prove myself.'

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 20-13 
 2. Iowa E. 19-11 
 3. Canton C. 16-16 
 4. Dakota W. 15-14 
 5. Erie Bay H. 15-16 
 6. Maine RC 12-20 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 10-23 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 8-24 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 23-10 
 2. Austin T. 21-10 
 3. Rio Grande VV 20-14 
 4. Bakersfield J. 16-14 
 5. Reno B. 16-17 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 16-18 
 7. Texas L. 16-18 
 8. Idaho S. 13-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.0 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.7 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.22.4 
 4. Costner, Los A.21.4 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.5 
 7. Harris, Canton C.20.5 
 8. Green, Los A.19.6 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Millsap, Los A.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.4 
 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. Moore, Idaho S.8.1 
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. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 5. Bailey, Idaho S.6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 8. Ewing, Iowa E.5.8 
 9. Coleman, Sioux F.5.7 
 10. Fortson, Los A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 7. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 8. Emmett, Reno B.1.8 
 9. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 10. Pruitt, Sioux F.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.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.1.5 


Friday's games (4): Bighorns trampled by Stampede - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers 114-119 OT
Of all the losses the Skyforce have suffered this season, and they lead the NBA D-league in that category, Friday was arguably the most complicated. Sioux Falls was dreadful in falling into a 29-point hole then brilliant in crawling all the way out of it only to still come up short, dropping a 119-114 decision to Tulsa in overtime Friday night at the Arena. How to make sense of that? Players and fans may still be trying to wrap their minds around what transpired when the teams meet again at 3 p.m. Sunday. But for Force coach Mo McHone, the bad outweighed the good. 'I'm really disappointed in the way we're playing,' he said. 'I've got no answer.' Of course, his opinion was soured by the outcome. Just when it looked like Sioux Falls had monopolized the momentum, Tulsa scored the first seven points of the extra session, shutting out the Force until the final seconds. Forward Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) - one of four former Summit League players in the contest - scored four of those points en route to finishing with 22 plus 16 rebounds and six assists. Three others also scored 20 or more for the 66ers (16-18). Perhaps Sioux Falls ran out of gas after ending regulation on a 28-6 run, the final three coming on a desperation, putback from the left corner by forward Marquis Blakely with less than one second remaining. It was just his second 3-pointer of the season. The Skyforce (8-24) trailed by 16 in the first quarter and by 29 in the middle of the second, looking even worse than its record - and against a team that had lost five in a row. Sure, Tulsa had something to do with that, shooting 71.4 percent in the first quarter with seven 3-pointers. McHone claimed the 66ers might not be able to replicate that with nobody guarding them. But that didn't change the fact that the Force were lifeless until the middle of the fourth quarter. And, to make matters worse, starting point guard Gabe Pruitt turned his left ankle on a 3-point attempt - it missed, of course - in the second quarter. He didn't return and is doubtful for Sunday. 'The biggest problem is we came out lazy,' said wing Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.), who had team highs with 30 points and 16 boards, 'not jumping in their faces, giving them open shots and let them set the tempo.' Sioux Falls finally got things going in their favor with about 8 minutes left, reserve forward Brian Hamilton anchoring an energetic trap that keyed a 40-point fourth - the team's highest-scoring quarter of the season. McHone road the lineup of Hamilton, Gilder, Blakely, Dominique Coleman and newcomer Nick Covington the rest of the way. Afterward, he said that five deserved a victory. The rest of the team? Not so much. It was as blunt of a comment as the affable McHone has made all season. 'I was disappointed in the way we came out,' he said. 'We showed no energy - and that's all we worked on. And it didn't sink in. I'm frustrated with it.' Added Gilder: 'We can't make no excuses. We let ourselves and our fans down tonight, and we've just got to bounce back.' *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com

Texas L. - Ft.Wayne MA 109-93
Despite 29 points from Mr. Mad Ant Ron Howard Fort Wayne lost its seventh game in a row, falling 109-93 Friday night at the Texas Legends. The Ants have lost 11 of their last 13 games and are now 10-23 on the season. After outscoring Texas 31-26 in the first quarter the Legends responded to best the Ants 33-16 in the second frame to take a 59-47 lead at the half. The Legends outscored the Ants 50-46 over the final 24 minutes to earn the win. D-League All-Star Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Ants while Sadiel Rojas (12 points) and Cam Jones (11) also scored in double figures. Seven Legends scored in double digits, including Anthony Vereen (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) with 18. The Ants continue their road swing at Iowa on Sunday. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Idaho S. - Reno B. 106-92
The NBA D-League's leading scorer Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) scored 28 points Saturday night but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and the Reno Bighorns lost 106-92 to the Idaho Stampede. Zach Graham (6'6''-G-89, college: Mississippi) scored 20 points while Chris Ayer posted 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bighorns. Tony Bobbit led the Stampede with 21 points. The Stampede never trailed in the game, converting on 52.6 percent of their shot attempts, compared to the Bighorns 35 percent shooting from the field. The Bighorns were outrebounded (53-43) and out assisted (30-19) to fall to under .500 for the first time since Jan. 28. Terrance Thomas posted a solid game with four points, seven assists and 10 rebounds and Memphis Grizzlies assignee Josh Selby had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Bighorns. The Bighorns will look for revenge Saturday night as the teams tip off again at the CenturyLink Arena at 6 p.m. PT. The teams will finish the three-game series on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Reno Events Center. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Springfield A. - Iowa E. 122-90
The Springfield Armor have set sail for points unknown following back-to-back wins over the D-League East-leading Iowa Energy. The Armor dealt the Energy one of their worst defeats this season, holding the lead from the opening seconds to the final buzzer of a 122-90 win before 3,110 at the MassMutual Center Friday night. The red-hot Armor have won seven straight and nine of 10 in pulling to within a half-game of the Energy in the East. Iowa lost for the third consecutive game and has dropped five of its last seven. Springfield has now won as many games this season as it did in the previous two years combined, and a victory over Bakersfield on Monday in the team's final contest before next weekend's All-Star Game could put it in first place. 'We just wanted to come out and play the same way we've been playing,' Armor forward L.D. Williams said. 'Everything we're doing is contagious - from defense, we're sharing the ball, we're playing unselfish basketball. The biggest thing is we love playing with each other and that allows us to do what we do.' Springfield, playing without Lance Hurdle (ankle) and Jamar Brown (ribs), saw every player score in double figures, led by Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 's double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) added 21, Williams scored 16 and JamesOn Curry had 12 points, seven assists and no turnovers. 'We came out two nights in a row and had over 40 deflections in each game, and I just think that shows the attention to defense that our guys are paying,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'There's an old saying in coaching that says, It's not the Xs and Os, it's the Jimmys and Joes,' and Milton Lee (Nets general manager for minor-league operations) did a great job of getting us some Jimmys and Joes.' If Thursday's start for the Armor was fast, Friday's was at the speed of light as Springfield needed less than half of the first quarter to open up a double-digit lead. The Armor led 32-22 after one and by as many as 21 points in the first half before settling for a 63-44 lead at the break. The game featured all the same participants from Thursday night's affair that saw six technical fouls and Iowa coach Kevin Young and player Patrick Ewing Jr. ejected. The chippiness and trash talking that were prevalent Thursday were absent Friday. Young was a little more subdued on the sideline and Ewing Jr. tuned out the crowd that got under his skin the night before. While Ewing (20 points) played better, leading the Energy with 12 first-half points, the results were pretty much the same as Thursday night. Springfield's Smith was a force, scoring 19 points in the first half on 6-for-8 shooting, 3 for 5 from behind the arc. The Armor, who have had trouble maintaining leads at times this season, were flawless in the second half, never allowing the Energy to mount any kind of a run. In fact, in the third quarter, Iowa's largest run was 4-0 as the quarter ended with the Armor sitting on a 31-point lead. Every Armor player had a rebound and all but center Jeff Foote had an assist. Springfield also set a season high for free-throw shooting, making 25 of 27, and was a gaudy 45 for 83 from the floor. But not everything went right for the Armor. 'At halftime, my Diet Coke was flat,' MacKinnon said with a grin. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com


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


E.B.A. teams play back to back - by Calvin Brown
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.

Player of the week:

Nick Leon, 5' 11' guard from St. Peters, led the Hudson Valley Hype to two wins this weekend with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in their 103 to 92 victory over the Harrisburg Horizon. Nick had 16 of those points in the third period when the Hype outscored the Horizon 34 to 20, salting away the game.

Nick also scored 25 in limited time against the NYC Jaguars on Saturday for a weekend total of 59 points.

EBA Hardwood Heroes

Keyodi Ayeni - Hudson Valley Hype (2-12 vs. Harrisburg) - 30 pts/11 rebs

Onyie Onunaku - Winchester Storm (2-11 vs. Harrisburg) - 30 pts/12 rebs

Tyrone Roach - Winchester Storm (2-11 vs. Harrisburg) - 26 pts/3 3ptrs



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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 17-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 14-1 
 3. Tarvas 13-6 
 4. Rapla 11-9 
 5. TTU/Kalev 9-9 
 6. Tln Kalev 7-15 
 7. Parnu 3-17 
 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, Parnu19.0 
 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, Parnu7.8 
 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. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 5. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 9. Cricelli, Va.1.7 
 10. Keedus, TT.1.7 
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. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.6 
 10. Makke, TT.0.6 


Estonian KML round 20 best performance: Kaspars Cipruss - by Eurobasket News
Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Valga/CKE (#8, 3-18) with 30-point margin 89-59. Tarvas maintains the 3rd position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. Cipruss turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Kaspars Cipruss has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.6ppg) and averages impressive 68.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Matt Shaw (203-F-88) of Tln Kalev. Shaw had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Tln Kalev to another comfortable win 86-68 over slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#7, 3-16) being unquestionably team leader. Tln Kalev's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Shaw is a newcomer at Tln Kalev, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) of league's top team Tartu Ulikool. Doronin scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tartu Ulikool, leading his team to a 69-62 win against #4 ranked Rapla in a game of the week. Tartu Ulikool confirms their top position in the standings Doronin has a very solid season. In 14 games in Estonia he scored 7.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) of Parnu - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) of Valga/CKE - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of Tartu Ulikool - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) of Tartu Ulikool - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bill Amis (205-F-87) of Tartu Ulikool - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-C-86) of Tln Kalev - 16 points and 7 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)


Standings - 1.Liiga
1.Liiga Standings
Group A
 1. Kohila SK 9-1
 2. Tamsalu 8-2
 3. Marcus 6-4
 4. Scanweld/EN 5-5
 5. Parnu II 2-8
 6. Paide VW 0-10
Group B
 1. Rapina 7-3
 2. Rapla KK 7-3
 3. Tartu Ulikool II 6-4
 4. Elion/Corle 5-5
 5. Voru KK 5-5
 6. Ambla 0-10
Group C
 1. Hito/Johvi 9-1
 2. Balteco 8-2
 3. BC Kalev II 6-4
 4. Kures. SWE-7 5-5
 5. Audentese/N. 1-9
 6. TTU SK 1-9


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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. Messina talked recently about the triangle offense and it's basic principles (pass and continious move without the ball) helped the Lakers's new offense which demands more high post and pick n roll game,spacing the floor and reversing the ball from side to side and some ''twin towers'' cooperation from the time Brown was at Spurs coaching stff 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   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 24-5 
 2. Nilan Bisons 20-8 
 3. Pyrinto 20-10 
 4. Kauhajoki 19-11 
 5. ToPo 16-13 
 6. KTP 13-17 
 7. LrNMKY 11-19 
 8. Salon Vilpas 11-19 
 9. Korihait 10-18 
 10. Kouvot 10-20 
 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 8-11 
 10. SayRi 6-12 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-15 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-19 


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. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 9. Williams, Lapua10.1 
 10. Andrews, Ura B.9.9 
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. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 8. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.1.7 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi1.7 
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, Kauhajoki19.2 
 4. Crocker, KTP19.1 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.18.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.3 
 9. Griffin, ToPo17.9 
 10. Durham, Salon Vil.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.6 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.10.9 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.5 
 5. Newson, Kataja9.1 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 7. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons7.9 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.5 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.4 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Moore, Namika L.1.7 
 7. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.1 
 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. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto rolling again - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 30: No upset tonight. Pyrinto (Tampere) visiting at Salo and defeating local Vilpas 68-76 (25-38). It was victory # seven for Pyrinto (20-10) in a row. That means Pyrinto has found top condition again as there are 10 rounds left (the fourth quarter) out of the regular season. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto today with 25 points. John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) (Vilpas) had a double-double 23pts/11rbs. Karhu (Kauhajoki) visiting at Kouvola and betaing local Kouvot 82-87 (45-44). It was loss # six in a row for Kouvot. Karhu (19-11) had all six players on the court in double digits. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) netted 19 pts.
Vilpas - Pyrinto 68-76 (25-38). (John Fields 23/11, Emmanuel Holloway 15, Allen Durham 13/14 - Kenneth Lowe 25, Jesse Niemi 13, Damon Williams 12/12. A: 1050).
Kouvot - Karhu 82-87 (45-44). (Josh Gonner 23, Antoine Jordan 20, Anthony Brown 15 - Clevin Hannah 19, Kelly Beidler 17/11, Henri Hirvikoski 14. A: 943).

1. Division:
BC Jyvaskyla - Ura Basket 63-96 (37-43). (Reijo Ojanen 12, Timo Manninen 12, Topias Kuukkanen 11 - Niilo Lehtila 25, Eze Andrews 19/13, Jan-Axel Alanko 19).



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  FRANCE   


Cholet release Kevin Houston - by Eurobasket News
Cholet decided to part ways with Kevin Houston (179-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Long Beach St.). The guard signed a short-term deal with the French team in January. It expired recently and Cholet decided not to extend the deal. Kevin Houston tallied 3.8 points and 1.5 assists per game in ProA. The guard tipped off the season in Cyprus. Kevin Houston played for Apoel Nicosia. Last season Kevin Houston spent in France. He had a stint with Hyeres-Toulon. His stats read 12.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in ProA. He also had spells with Rouen, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Saint Etienne before.


Semaine des As: Chalon and Nancy complete Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News
Chalon and Nancy booked a spot for Semaine des As Semifinals. They joined Gravelines and Le Mans.
Chalon outplayed Paris-Levallois last night 92-84. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) was a key player in victory with 26 points. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) secured a great help adding 19 points and 6 boards. In defeat, Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico), Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, college: Illinois) and Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) netted 18 points each.
Nancy eliminated Cholet after very exciting game. It was a 78-74 win for the reigning ProA champions. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83, college: Clemson) stepped up for Nancy with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Abdel Kader Sylla (205-C-90) followed with 18 points and 6 boards. In Cholet, Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) and Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) (6 rebs) had 16 and 15 points respectively.
Chalon and Nancy will meet in the Semifinals today. Second pair is Gravelines - Le Mans.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 17-3 
 2. MZT Skopje 16-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 13-7 
 4. Lirija 11-8 
 5. Kumanovo 9-11 
 6. Rabotnicki 8-12 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 4-12 
 2. Kozuv 3-13 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dusan DOMOVIC
  Kozuv
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Domovic, Kozuv21.2 
 2. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.19.8 
 4. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 5. Golubovic, Kozuv18.5 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 7. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 8. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 10. Filipovic, Lirija16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.8.4 
 2. Dahlman, MZT S.8.4 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.8 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.1 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus6.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Simic, Lirija6.5 
 10. Cole, Rabotnicki6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Morban, Lirija3.8 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.8 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus3.5 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.2 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Delev, ABA S.2.9 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.4 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Filipovic, Lirija1.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 6. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus1.2 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Trajkovski, Torus1.2 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 4. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 7. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 8. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo0.7 
 10. Reynolds, Torus S.0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy27.6 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi24.3 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.23.8 
 4. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 5. Carter, Dinamo T.23.1 
 6. Niniashvili, TSU T.18.5 
 7. Smith, MIA Academy18.3 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 9. Sanadze, Dinamo T.16.3 
 10. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.14.0 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi11.5 
 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.5.5 
 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. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.3 
 7. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.3 
 8. Ilic, Samedicino1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Shermadini, TSU T.1.0 


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


Superleague Round 14: Olimpi edges MIA by three points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 14 in the Superleague took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked MIA (8-5) to second ranked Olimpi (10-2) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of MIA. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by MIA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored 35 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. MIA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Armia. MIA at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Sokhumi. Olimpi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#6) and Sokhumi (#4). Dinamo Tbilisi (6-7) won against visiting Sokhumi (8-5) 83-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Duda Sanadze contributed with 22 points for the winners. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for Sokhumi. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains sixth position with 6-7 record. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with MIA Academy. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kutaisi. Top-ranked Armia faced 3rd ranked Kutaisi. Guests from Tbilisi (12-0) defeated host Kutaisi (9-4) 81-73. Will Thomas scored 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giorgi Barbakadze responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Undefeated Armia have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-0 record. Loser Kutaisi keeps the third place with four games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Energy Invest can celebrate finally their first win this season after 12 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked STU (5-8) 67-54. Talba Toudjani notched 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. STU's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Energy Invest (1-12) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Batumi. It was STU's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Energy Invest will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 14 Samedicino defeated Batumi in Tbilisi 78-71.



Olimpi - MIA Academy 82-79

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Superleague took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked MIA (8-5) to second ranked Olimpi (10-2) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of MIA. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by MIA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored 35 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. MIA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Armia. MIA at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Sokhumi. Olimpi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: L.Blair 26+8reb+6ast, T.Smith 15+16reb+4ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 9+4reb, A.Moody 8+1reb+3ast, M.Bokolishvili 6+2reb, N.Tenieshvili 5+2reb
Olimpi: G.Gamqrelidze 35+4reb+5ast, I.Hoger 13+7reb, M.Berishvili 11+8reb+3ast, I.Todorovic 10+7reb, N.Tutus 5, G.Gulisabedashvili 5+3reb
gschID: 166596


Dinamo Tbilisi - Sokhumi 83-69

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#6) and Sokhumi (#4). Dinamo Tbilisi (6-7) won against visiting Sokhumi (8-5) 83-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Sokhumi was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Dinamo Tbilisi brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) contributed with 22 points for the winners. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sokhumi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains sixth position with 6-7 record. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with MIA Academy. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 22+13reb+2ast, S.Atuashvili 15+11reb, L.Parghalava 12+5reb+3ast, I.Chlaidze 11+2reb, V.Kadaria 6+5reb, G.Jgerenaia 3+2reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 26+15reb+5ast, D.Sanadze 22+4reb+3ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zecevic 10+5reb+1ast, M.Oluic 8+15reb+3ast, I.Lezhava 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 166597


Rustavi - STU Tbilisi 67-54

Energy Invest can celebrate finally their first win this season after 12 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked STU (5-8) 67-54. The game was mostly controlled by Energy Invest. STU was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding STU to just 7 points in third quarter. Energy Invest forced 22 STU turnovers. Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) notched 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Rati Baakashvili (190-92) supported him with 15 points. Even 17 points by power forward Luka Nozadze (207-88) did not help to save the game for STU. Forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) added 5 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. STU's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Energy Invest (1-12) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Batumi. It was STU's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Energy Invest will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: L.Nozadze 17+4reb+1ast, Z.Antadze 11+3reb+1ast, V.Tevzadze 7+4reb+2ast, D.Dekanoidze 6+5reb+2ast, Z.Machaladze 5+10reb+2ast, A.Dzidziguri 4+2reb+1ast
Rustavi: R.Baakashvili 15+2reb+2ast, T.Toudjani 10+8reb+2ast, L.Khmelidze 10+8reb, R.Chachanidze 10+2reb, Z.Machavariani 9+6reb+4ast, D.Gugava 6+1reb
gschID: 166593


Batumi - Samedicino 71-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Batumi's (1-12) home loss to ninth ranked Samedicino-Academia (5-8) 71-78. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-12 Batumi's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-71 at the end of the game. Samedicino-Academia made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) notched 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) supported him with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Samedicino-Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) did not help to save the game for Batumi. Center Giorgi Revazashvili (208-91) added 12 points and 18 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with STU Tbilisi. Batumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: I.Mikeladze 25+6reb+4ast, I.Maisuradze 15+4reb+3ast, L.Keshelava 14+12reb+2ast, G.Revazashvili 12+18reb, A.Eliashvili 3+1reb+1ast, L.Eliadze 2+5reb+1ast
Samedicino: G.Pirvelashvili 23+6reb+1ast, N.Ilic 18+6reb+2ast, M.Chochua 16+8reb+7ast, A.Dvalishvili 13+7reb, G.Kvelashvili 4+5reb, G.Kvetenadze 2+3reb
gschID: 166594


Kutaisi - Armia 73-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kutaisi. Top-ranked Armia faced 3rd ranked Kutaisi. Guests from Tbilisi (12-0) defeated host Kutaisi (9-4) 81-73. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Armia shot 63.6 percent from the field. Armia had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Will Thomas (203-86) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Armia have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-0 record. Loser Kutaisi keeps the third place with four games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 18+5reb+4ast, R.Matiashvili 15+6reb+2ast, R.Didia 14+5reb+1ast, T.Babunashvili 8+1reb+5ast, L.Tsekvava 6+1reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 6+4reb
Armia: W.Thomas 25+8reb+1ast, B.Woodside 19+2reb+4ast, G.Diaz 11+6reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 8+5reb+4ast, V.Minashvili 6+4reb+1ast, A.Boisa 5+1reb+1ast
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Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Any Team With Robert Kulawick Is Extremely Dangerous - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig February 18th.

A big 64-55 win in Bayreuth. It was another typical low scoring grind out win for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What was key in the end for getting a big road win?

It was definitely a grind. The Bayreuth arena is one of the toughest places to play in the BBL. Fortunately we made the plays down the stretch to seal the victory.

Brandon Hunter had a solid game with 16points. How would you beat him at an arm wrestling contest? Lol

I don't know if that's a good idea. He threatened to 'put me in a body bag' after fouling one of his teammates so I don't know how he'd take an arm wrestling loss. But to answer your question I'd just probably use my strength.

The next game is against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. They lost two bitter games in OT in Bremerhaven and Frankfurt and then stepped into the O2 arena kicking Alba Berlin out of the cup Top 4 for a third consecutive year. How dangerous is this team?

Any team with Robert Kulawick is extremely dangerous. They've definitely suffered some tough setbacks recently in the BBL but seemed to be back on track in the Pokal win. They are definitely a top team in the league and should make for a great game.

They have had injury woes, but have Lamarr Greer and Rich Melzer are back in the lineup. Will we see a another low scoring defense battle in your living room?

Anytime we keep an offensive powerhouse in the 50's 60's or even 70's as opposed to the 80's 90's and 100's we feel it's in our favor. We want to keep it low scoring and ride the support of the home crowd to a victory.

Jeremy Lin won a game against the Toronto Raptors. His fame continues to rise. Do you think that he will be able to handle it all in a city like New York city?

It goes just as fast as it comes. So he better live it up. Twitter was telling me today he got a date with Kim Kardashian, two weeks ago if he told her he played for the Knicks she probably would have laughed in his face. As a Knicks fan though, I love it.


The Los Angeles Clippers have started 18-9. Will they be able to keep heightening their game as the season progresses and could they win their division over the Lakers?

As long as Kobe is on the court I would never bet against the Lakers (unless they're playing Lin) but I think the Lob City Clippers need a full season together to dethrone the Lakers...watch out in 2012-2013.

Whitney Houston passed away recently? Will her death be reminder enough to people how not to live their life?

Fame will chew you up and spit you out. I've seen people deal with addiction first-hand and sometimes the demons are too big to shake loose from. But if her passing opened just ones persons eyes as to the dangers of drugs, it was not in vain.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Ben Jacobson and I were having a discussion of which movie was funnier...Dumb & Dumber or Tommy Boy, so I went back and watched both back to back. Haven't had a laugh like that since Brandon Hunter threatened my life.

Thanks for the chat.




Regionalliga stars: David Golembiowski - by Moritz Korff
The season in the 1. Regionalliga West will not be over until the end of March, but especially the teams on the bottom of the standings are feeling a sense of urgency as they slowly but surely enter the stretch run. When SG BG Bonn-MTuS held off BG Hagen 86-82 last weekend, the sigh of relief was palpable. David Golembiowski (200-F, college: SUNYIT) contributed with 21 points to the win: 'Our latest victory over Hagen was very important, because Hagen and our team are fighting to stay in the league. This gives us an advantage in team records for right now, but there is still alot of basketball left to be played. So, our team goal has been to keep getting better and better as the season goes on and I believe that we have gotten better and I believe it showed in our last game against Hagen', the Barneveld, New York, native says.

Golembiowski is currently in his first year of professional basketball, leading his in team in scoring (17.2ppg), rebounding (7.9rpg), three pointers made (20) and blocking shots (1.7bpg). But despite the solid performances of their import player the 'Heimers' are going through difficult times: 'There are several reasons, why we have had some struggles. The first is that we have many players that are in their first year with the club, including myself, and it does take time to get used to playing with each other. Many teams we have played against have had players that have been teammates for years and that helps tremendously in terms of team chemistry. Also, this league is very competitive and filled with many good players, so any team can win or lose on any given night', Golembiowski states. The 2011 SUNYIT (State University of New York, Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome) graduate has been the team's main man throughout this current campaign and hopes to continue that way, as the season progresses. Having carried over his ability to make decisions and accept responsibilities from the college game to Germany, certainly helps his and his team's cause: 'Another positive thing for me about coming from a Division 3 college is that I had the role of being the leading scorer, so I really have not had to make an adjustment as far as being a key player. There is some pressure to it, but that is what makes basketball fun in my opinion. I feel that sometime Division 3 players do not get noticed as much is because there really is not as much publicity in the United States as there is in Division 1. Different players develop at different rates, so sometimes players that are not good enough to play Division 1 out of high school play in Division 3, but sometimes players develop their games more in Division 3 than Division 1. I know several Division 3 players in the United States that have gone on to have successful professional careers in Europe.'
Golembiowski enjoyed a stellar four year career at SUNYIT and left the NCAA D3 school as the all-time leader in career points, rebounds, blocks and three pointers made. He received North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year awards in three consecutive years and finished his college career with D3hoops.com All-America 2nd Team honors. Getting used to the 24 seconds shotclock was not the only thing that he had to adjust to: 'I have had to alter my game mostly on defense. There are many big strong guys that can finish very well near the basket. The main thing is defensive positioning and not trying to block every shot, but make every shot more difficult for the man that I am guarding. Offensively, I feel I have had to make some adjustments, mostly based upon what the defense is doing. Knowing where the help defense will be when I penetrate and how to find teammates for open shots is something that I feel I have improved upon this season.'

And his developement continues. Golembiowski has already added some assignments to his off-season schedule: 'After playing basketball in Germany for about six months, I have realized that there are several things that I can improve upon. I must get stronger. This will help my rebounding and my post game on offense and on defense. Quickness is also something that I can improve upon to become a better defender. Ball handling is another skill that I would like to get better at. Of course there is always work that can be done on every part of my game, but these are the main areas that I should improve upon to take the next step in European basketball, and I will work hard in the offseason to improve all aspects of my game.' His game certainly contains a whole array of skills. Depending on the level of competition and whatever his opponents throw at him, Golembiowski feels confident to get the job done in the post, on the wing and even in the backcourt: 'My natural position is the small forward or power forward, but I can also play center, and if necessary the shooting guard. My style of play is that I can play inside and outside on offense, because of my shooting range. Defensively, I have long arms so that helps me to alter and block shots. Rebounding is also another skill I am proud of because rebounding is all about hard work.'

But hailing from the United States and leaving home to play overseas, it sometimes takes more than excelling on the basketball court. Getting settled in a new environment and adjusting to a new culture has shown to be as important as shining on game day. 'I have enjoyed my experience playing overseas. My coach, team manager, and teammates have been great and have helped me feel at home in Germany. At first there were some difficulties when it came to the German language, but many people speak English and I have learned some German, so there are no problems for me', Golembiowski says. With seven games remaining this season, he and his Bonn-MTuS team are eager to avoid relegation. By defeating BG Hagen, they have shown their capability and will to survive in the RLW danger zone. For Golembiowski completing this mission comes first, the future has to wait: 'Right now I have no plans for next season, except for the fact that I would like to continue my basketball career. My focus at this time is with our club. Continuing to get better and to win basketball games is what is most important to me right now', he states.


ProA Round 23: Top-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The round 23 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (17-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-12) 115-68. The game without a history. Mitteldeutscher BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Mitteldeutscher BC forced 23 Cuxhaven BasCats turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Mitteldeutscher BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Cuxhaven BasCats' players. American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) contributed with 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds for Cuxhaven BasCats. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 17-4 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Heidelberg and NBC. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Duesseldorf was also worth to mention about. 4th placed BV Chemnitz 99 (13-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gloria Giants (11-10). Gloria Giants managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. It was a great evening for Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Patrick Flomo helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Idaho Coll.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Gloria Giants maintains sixth place with 11-10 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Gloria Giants will play against USC Heidelberg (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: bottom-ranked Leitershofen were beaten by ETB Wohnbau on the road 90-82. Webmoebel won against Heidelberg on its own court 90-85. Crailsheim managed to outperform NBC in a road game 90-82. Karlsruhe managed to beat Ehingen at home 78-70. Braves was defeated by Jena on the opponent's court 98-85.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Jerrell Williams of Heidelberg.



ETB Wohnbau - Leitershofen 90-82

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-11) beat bottom-ranked Leitershofen (4-17) in Essen 90-82. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leitershofen won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ETB Wohnbau made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game. ETB Wohnbau outrebounded Leitershofen 38-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. ETB Wohnbau have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Leitershofen stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will play against higher ranked Science City Jena (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leitershofen will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 25+2reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 12+7reb+2ast, J.Henley 11+8reb+1ast, D.Kapelan 9+3ast, S.Schroter 9+7reb, K.Chones 9+7reb+1ast
Leitershofen: J.Lipke 22+5reb, C.Hassan 21+4reb+5ast, S.Bowlin 12+4reb+3ast, D.Richardson 9+6reb+1ast, D.Veney 8+3reb, A.Kronhardt 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141528


Webmoebel - Heidelberg 90-85

Very expected game when 10th ranked USC Heidelberg (9-12) lost to fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (12-8) in Paderborn 85-90. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as USC Heidelberg took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Webmoebel Baskets took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Webmoebel Baskets' coach Thomas Glasauer allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) and forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets maintains fifth place with 12-8 record. USC Heidelberg lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cuxhaven and NBC. Webmoebel Baskets will play against league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play at home against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: J.Mason 19+8reb+3ast, J.Stommes 17+6reb+6ast, M.Fleischmann 14+2reb, N.Freer 14, B.Spoeler 8+5reb, M.Jost 8+2reb+4ast
Heidelberg: J.Williams 36+9reb+3ast, S.Watts 17+6reb+2ast, C.Sargent 13+5reb, K.Barth 10+2reb+6ast, O.Komarek 5+5reb+1ast, B.Schoo 4+10reb+1ast
gschID: 141529


NBC - Crailsheim 82-90

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-8) won against 10th ranked NBC (9-12) in Nurnberg 90-82. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But NBC won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crailsheim Merlins made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Crailsheim Merlins outrebounded NBC 38-22 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) helped adding 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) responded with 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 14 points. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to third place. NBC lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Heidelberg and Cuxhaven. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg in the next round which should be an easy win for them. NBC will play on the road against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: D.Webb 22+12reb+4ast, B.Baptist 18+7reb+4ast, J.Buck 17+3reb+2ast, A.Cook 10+7reb+8ast, C.Tetzner 9+7reb+1ast, J.Stohl 6+1reb
NBC: J.Harris 20+3reb+2ast, W.Chavis 14+1reb+3ast, R.De Michael 11+4reb+3ast, C.Abercrombie 9+5reb+2ast, I.Okoye 9+4reb+4ast, C.Adler 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141523


Cuxhaven - MBC 68-115

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (17-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-12) 115-68. The game without a history. Mitteldeutscher BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Mitteldeutscher BC forced 23 Cuxhaven BasCats turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Mitteldeutscher BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Cuxhaven BasCats' players. American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) contributed with 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Nate Gerwig (206-83, college: Kent St.) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cuxhaven BasCats. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 17-4 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Heidelberg and NBC. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Reid 22+7reb, R.Holcomb Faye 16+4reb+8ast, S.Wachalski 15+7reb+3ast, S.Leutloff 15+4reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 14+5reb+3ast, J.Lange 10+1ast
Cuxhaven: J.El Domiaty 26+6reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 10+3reb+2ast, M.Pluskota 8+7reb, M.Bogdanov 8+1reb+1ast, N.Gerwig 7+7reb+2ast, J.Capel 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141524


Duesseldorf - Chemnitz 71-66

The game in Duesseldorf was also worth to mention about. 4th placed BV Chemnitz 99 (13-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gloria Giants (11-10). Gloria Giants managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. BV Chemnitz 99 was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 19-6 third quarter run of Gloria Giants. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BV Chemnitz 99 to just 6 points in third quarter. It was a great evening for Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Idaho Coll.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) scored 13 points. Gloria Giants maintains sixth place with 11-10 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Gloria Giants will play against USC Heidelberg (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: R.Keerles 24+5reb, M.Petric 16+1reb, P.Flomo 10+7reb+4ast, A.Akingbade 5+1reb+1ast, C.Bennett 5+4reb+3ast, L.Hall 4+1reb+1ast
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 13+3reb+1ast, T.Shaw 12+11reb+1ast, D.Lawson 10+3reb, P.Stachula 9+1reb, J.Schmidt 9+3reb, G.Johnson 9+2reb+3ast
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Karlsruhe - Ehingen 78-70

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-12) lost on the road to twelfth ranked BG Karlsruhe (10-12) 78-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ehingen/Urspringschule won third quarter 23-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BG Karlsruhe won last quarter 19-13. Ehingen/Urspringschule was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. American guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. BG Karlsruhe have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ehingen. BG Karlsruhe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play at home against NBC (#11) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: J.Howard 18+19reb, J.Moore 14+11reb+3ast, D.Jones 14+2reb+1ast, R.Roessler 13+5reb+3ast, M.Samarco 11+4reb+4ast, M.Stockton 8+1reb+2ast
Ehingen: A.Buechert 19+7reb+1ast, G.Williamson 17+9reb+4ast, V.Matthews 14+7reb+3ast, K.Bright 8+6reb+2ast, A.Vargas 5+2ast, A.Calvin 5+6reb+2ast
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Jena - Braves 98-85

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Science City Jena (11-11) defeated at home 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (6-16) 98-85. It looked good early as Saar-Pfalz Braves took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Science City Jena had a 27-15 second period charge getting the lead and Saar-Pfalz Braves were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-98. Science City Jena made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 assists. Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Five Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Science City Jena's coach Georg Eichler used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (200-88, college: McNeese St.) responded with 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) scored 18 points. Science City Jena moved-up to seventh place. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Science City Jena will play against ETB Wohnbau (#8) in Essen in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play on the road against Crailsheim Merlins (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jena: K.Barker 24+4reb+6ast, T.Kepkay 18+4reb+4ast, J.Black 15+6reb+2ast, E.Vierneisel 11+5reb, C.Roquette 11+2reb, J.Voigtmann 7+4reb+2ast
Braves: P.Alawoya 32+9reb+1ast, L.Jeka 18+1reb+6ast, N.Okorie 18+4reb+3ast, T.Reed 8+3reb, K.Karamatskos 4+6reb+4ast, E.Land 3+1reb
gschID: 141527




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 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 (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) three pointer and offensive rebounds on missed free throws sealed the 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%.




Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Oldenburg Can Hurt You With Their Guard Play Or Bigs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Saginaw, Michigan. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg February 18th.


The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have made some runs for playoffs, but missed the last two years. Here is the team again 2 games away only. Obviously the team is taking each game at a time, but arent the playoffs a bit in the back of your minds?

Yes I think that postseason play would be a great accomplishment for this team. If we continue to play well, anything can happen. Right now, we are just focused on taking one game at a time.

EnBW Ludwigsburg won big against BG Goettingen. How vital was the pick up of Matt Howard from Butler?

I played Matt in college and he is a very skilled and smart big man. I think he will make a huge difference in Ludwisburg.

The next game is against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What is your memory of the 91-69 loss in Oldenburg?

We didn't give a good effort the first time we played them and they took advantage of it. We have to play much better this time around.

What is most desirable about the duel of ex Oldenburg point guard Lou Campbell and ex NBA player Bobby Brown?

Two veteran point guards battling it out will be interesting. Both are great players and key factors on their respective squads.

Oldenburg can beat anyone on any given night or stink up the house. What will be important in keeping the winning streak of the Tigers intact?

They have so many offensive weapons but I think we have to start by controlling the guard play as well as not letting the bigs get easy touches inside. They can really hurt you either way.

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

Numbers dont lie. Lin has been amazing here lately, but I think stars are made from consistency. So, time will tell.


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

KG is a fan favorite and has been around for so long now. Its unfortunate he wont be playing this year.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was The Town. It was pretty good.

Thanks Josh fort he chat.



Artland Dragons are defeated by ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Artland Dragons (17-6) and fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (15-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Artland Dragons were crushed by ALBA Berlin in Berlin 94-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Artland Dragons only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Artland Dragons 34-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Artland Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. ALBA Berlin have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-6 record. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (20-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked BG Goettingen (2-21) 101-68. It was a quality performance for American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Predrag Suput accounted for 14 points and 5 assists. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) came up with 18 points for BG Goettingen 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-2 record. BG Goettingen lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Brose Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BG Goettingen will play on the road against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Giessen between BBC Bayreuth and LTi 46ers. Fourteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (9-14) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked LTi 46ers (7-16). BBC Bayreuth managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Brandon Hunter who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Wayne Bernard produced 15 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to thirteenth place. LTi 46ers lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg. BBC Bayreuth will meet at home higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where 9th ranked EWE Baskets (11-11) were upseton the court of twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (10-12) 81-77. Americans were the main players on the court. Vaughn Duggins orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Walter Tigers. They moved-up to eleventh place. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Frankfurt where higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (12-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (10-13) 68-49 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Jimmy McKinney who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains twelfth place with 10-13 record. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Bremerhaven was destroyed by Ratiopharm on the opponent's court 98-71. s.Oliver Baskets managed to outperform NY Phantoms in a home game 72-54. Phoenix Hagen were rolled over TBB Trier on the road 89-66. Telekom Baskets defeated EnBW L'burg on its own court 90-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by Adam Chubb of EWE Baskets.



Ratiopharm - Bremerhaven 98-71

Very expected game when 6th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-10) was crushed on the road by second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (18-4) 98-71 on Saturday. ratiopharm Ulm made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) helped adding 26 points and 4 assists. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second place with 18-4 record having just two points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play at home against TBB Trier.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 26+2reb+4ast, J.Bryant 18+17reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 15+2reb, P.Guenther 11+1reb+5ast, K.Nankivil 7+9reb+2ast, S.Betz 7+1ast
Bremerhaven: Z.Peacock 16+13reb+1ast, A.Gordon 14+2reb+1ast, T.Everett 12+5reb+4ast, M.Smith 10+3reb+2ast, J.Cain 9+4reb, C.McNaughton 7+7reb
gschID: 133296


Walter Tigers - EWE Baskets 81-77

An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where 9th ranked EWE Baskets (11-11) were upseton the court of twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (10-12) 81-77. It looked good early as EWE Baskets took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Walter Tigers had a 29-19 second period charge getting the lead and EWE Baskets were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-81. Walter Tigers forced 19 EWE Baskets turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for EWE Baskets. Five Walter Tigers and four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Walter Tigers. They moved-up to eleventh place. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 20+3reb+5ast, L.Campbell 14+3reb+5ast, R.Redding 12+7reb+1ast, T.Nash 12+1reb+2ast, J.Young 11+3ast, N.Simon 7+3reb+2ast
EWE Baskets: A.Chubb 26+6reb+2ast, B.Brown 15+6reb+4ast, R.Paulding 15+2reb+3ast, R.Burrell 10+7reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 9+5reb+3ast, M.Majstorovic 2+1reb
gschID: 133297


Goettingen - Brose Baskets 68-101

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (20-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked BG Goettingen (2-21) 101-68. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-38 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game, while BG Goettingen only scored eight points from the stripe. BG Goettingen was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) came up with 18 points and the other American import forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for BG Goettingen 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-2 record. BG Goettingen lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Brose Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BG Goettingen will play on the road against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 17+14reb+2ast, C.Jacobsen 15+3reb+1ast, P.Suput 14+2reb+5ast, A.Gavel 13+3reb+2ast, B.Roberts 11+1reb+2ast, M.Slaughter 10+5reb+1ast
Goettingen: M.Bauscher 18+3reb+3ast, S.Evans 12+11reb+1ast, J.Allen 11+3reb, N.Adamczak 8+1reb, D.Tucker 7+4reb+1ast, P.Noch 4
gschID: 133298


s.Oliver Baskets - NY Phantoms 72-54

Rather predictable result in Wuerzburg where fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (14-9) defeated 8th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-11) 72-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Naturalized Polish forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) responded with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Daniel Theis (207-92) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains fifth place with 14-9 record. New Yorker Phantoms lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face Walter Tigers (#11) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against Telekom Baskets in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: C.Kramer 19+2reb, R.Tomaszek 10+8reb, I.Elliott 8+3reb, J.Little 8+4reb+3ast, B.Jacobson 7+1reb, C.Frazier 6+3reb+2ast
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 10+3reb, D.Theis 9+5reb, I.McElroy 8+5reb+4ast, B.Jorovic 7+4reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 6, N.Mittmann 6+1reb
gschID: 133299


Fraport SKY - B.Muenchen 68-49

An interesting game took place in Frankfurt where higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (12-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (10-13) 68-49 on Saturday. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayern Muenchen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains twelfth place with 10-13 record. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.McKinney 18+2reb+4ast, J.Davidson 12+5reb, Q.Robertson 11+8reb+3ast, D.Gibson 11+8reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 6+6reb, M.Nolte 6+3reb
B.Muenchen: J.Homan 17+11reb+1ast, A.Nadjfeji 10+6reb, J.Foster 8+3reb+2ast, R.Benzing 6+3reb, J.Wallace 4, J.Jagla 3
gschID: 133292


TBB Trier - Phoenix Hagen 89-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked TBB Trier and 14th ranked Phoenix Hagen had identical 7-14 record. This time TBB Trier used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Hagen 89-66 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by TBB Trier. Phoenix Hagen was better in fourth quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. TBB Trier outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 40-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 13 points and forward Dominik Spohr (200-89) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TBB Trier (8-14) moved-up to fourteenth place. Phoenix Hagen lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. TBB Trier will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Phoenix Hagen will play against Bayern Muenchen (#8).
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 18+6reb+2ast, N.Linhart 15+6reb+2ast, J.Washington 14+1ast, M.Zirbes 12+11reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 8+4reb, D.Joyce 7+6reb+5ast
Phoenix Hagen: A.Constantine 13+4reb, M.Antonio Carter 13+2reb+3ast, Z.Jonusas 12+2reb+3ast, D.Spohr 9+6reb+2ast, J.Hasquet 8+4reb+1ast, P.Sparks 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133293


Telekom Baskets - EnBW L'burg 90-78

Everything went according to plan in Bonn where tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (12-11) beat 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-16) 90-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Telekom Baskets. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with B.Muenchen. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg keeps the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face New Yorker Phantoms (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against ALBA Berlin (#4).
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: T.Battle 19+1reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 15+11reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 14+2reb, B.Veikalas 13+6reb+4ast, J.Jordan 11+3reb+7ast, Z.Buljan 8+4reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: M.Howard 16+6reb+2ast, M.Dorris 13+2reb+2ast, A.Fisher 12+1reb+4ast, K.Looby 11+7reb, J.Lischka 11+5reb+1ast, A.Harris 6+1reb
gschID: 133294


LTi 46ers - Bayreuth 83-86

A very close game took place in Giessen between BBC Bayreuth and LTi 46ers. Fourteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (9-14) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked LTi 46ers (7-16). BBC Bayreuth managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BBC Bayreuth shot 60.4 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84) chipped in 21 points. American guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to thirteenth place. LTi 46ers lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg. BBC Bayreuth will meet at home higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 23+1reb, O.Jeanty 21+4reb+1ast, B.Hunter 20+6reb, R.Veideman 9+3reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 5+4reb, E.Ibekwe 5+1reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: K.Archibong 16+2reb+2ast, W.Bernard 15+5reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 15+5ast, C.Prewitt 12+3reb+2ast, B.Stewart 12+4reb+4ast, E.Ovcina 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 133295


ALBA - Art.Dragons 94-70

The game between third ranked Artland Dragons (17-6) and fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (15-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Artland Dragons were crushed by ALBA Berlin in Berlin 94-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Artland Dragons only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Artland Dragons 34-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Artland Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Johannes Strasser (190-82, agency: Court Side) scored 15 points. ALBA Berlin have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-6 record. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 30+6reb+4ast, B.Taylor 16+4reb+3ast, K.Weaver 14+7reb+5ast, D.Allen 12+4reb, M.Simonovic 12+3reb, T.Francis 6+7reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 16+11reb+2ast, J.Strasser 15+1reb+2ast, A.Hess 10+1reb+1ast, B.Thomas 8+1reb+1ast, A.King 6+3reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 6+1reb
gschID: 133291




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 20-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 18-4 
 3. Art.Dragons 17-6 
 4. ALBA 15-6 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 14-9 
 6. Bremerhaven 12-10 
 7. Telekom Baskets 12-11 
 8. B.Muenchen 12-11 
 9. NY Phantoms 11-11 
 10. EWE Baskets 11-11 
 11. Walter Tigers 10-12 
 12. Fraport SKY 10-13 
 13. Bayreuth 9-14 
 14. TBB Trier 8-14 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 7-15 
 16. EnBW L'burg 7-16 
 17. LTi 46ers 7-16 
 18. Goettingen 2-21 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 17-4 
 2. Kirchheim 15-6 
 3. Crailsheim 14-8 
 4. Chemnitz 13-9 
 5. Webmoebel 12-8 
 6. Duesseldorf 11-10 
 7. Jena 11-11 
 8. ETB Wohnbau 10-11 
 9. Ehingen 10-12 
 10. Karlsruhe 10-12 
 11. NBC 9-12 
 12. Cuxhaven 9-12 
 13. Heidelberg 9-12 
 14. Braves 6-16 
 15. Leitershofen 4-17 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.16.7 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.3 
 5. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 6. Carter, Phoenix15.1 
 7. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.6 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.14.4 
 9. Foster, B.Muenchen14.3 
 10. Swann, Ratiopharm14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 6. Evans, Goettingen7.4 
 7. Davidson, Fraport7.3 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen7.1 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.0 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.0 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.2 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 5. Brown, EWE Baskets4.8 
 6. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 7. Everett, Bremerha.4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.2 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.5 
 5. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 6. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.4 
 8. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 9. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 5. Looby, EnBW L.1.4 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.9 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.19.0 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.5 
 6. Reid, MBC17.9 
 7. Stommes, Webmoebel17.8 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe17.1 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.8 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.9 
 2. Alawoya, Braves9.3 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.5 
 4. Moore, Karlsruhe8.1 
 5. Webb, Crailsheim8.0 
 6. Black, Jena7.9 
 7. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.8 
 8. Richardson, Leiter.7.6 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel7.3 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.3 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.4 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.8 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.6 
 6. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel4.3 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.2 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Rice, Cuxhaven2.0 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.8 
 5. Matthews, Ehingen1.7 
 6. Diggs, Webmoebel1.6 
 7. Williamson, Ehingen1.6 
 8. Lipke, Leitershofen1.6 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Harris, NBC1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 6. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz0.8 
 9. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


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  GREECE   


A2 Round 19: Panelefsiniakos all alone in the top seat - by Chris Mammides
After the results of the 19th round, the team of Panelefsinaikos is all alone in the top seat of the table as with the new road win over AEK Argos and with the parallel defeat of Apollon Patras in Lavrio (82-68) is now leading with one point in the table. In the other games we had the first victory after five weeks for AEK against Ikaroi Serron (69-56), the difficult win of Doxa Lefkadas over Arkadikos (71-65), the succesfull home victory of Pierikos Arhelaos over Ermis Perama (89-79), the easy win of OFI over Panerythraikos (64-51), the derby game between Ermis Lagkada over Pagrati (81-79) and finally the victory of Amyntas Dafnis over Nea Kifisia (81-75). The amazing fact now in the league of A2 is that the positions between the 3rd place and the 10th place have only 2 points difference so any team within 2 weeks could end up from the 3rd to the 10th position of the league.
The results in more details were as follows:
OFI - Panerythraikos 64-51
Quarters: 15-14, 33-35, 49-41, 64-51
The American lewis had a car problem so he arrived in the court only at the half time, his presentation though was very crucial as he was the main reason of the come-back of his team in the second half as during the first 2 periods the home team of Coach Hugaz was facing some serious ptoblems from Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) and his team-mates. The ex player of Ikaros Kallitheas was super in the first half and he was the leading figure for the visitors. Lewis's organisationals skills together with his scoring abilities changed the momentum of the game and Ofi took an easy victory at the end of the game
Top scorers:
OFI: Lewis 10, Nikos Orfanos (190-G-82) 13, Panagakis 10 and 9 assists
Panerythraikos: Sotiris Katoufas 20 points and 7 rebounds, Kallaniotis 12

AEK - Ikaroi Serron 69-56
Quarters:24-15, 41-27, 57-38, 69-56
No problem for AEK in Coach Karagiannis second game, the players of the newcomer head Coach lead the way from the beggining to the end with differences reaching the 23 points up to a level in the second half. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) who is wanted from the Italian league was the MVP of the game with his 18 points and his domination in both edges of the court.
Top scorers:
AEK: Kourtis 10, Vaggelis Sklavos 18 and 7 rebounds, Falekas 10
Ikaroi: Kamberidis 12, Simeonidis and Giorgos Theodorakos (197-F-88) 17 per head

Ermis Lagkada - Pagrati 81-79
Quarters:17-25, 40-47, 59-64, 81-79
A great come-back for the home team of Coach Baxevanis who turn around the game at the very end as Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) and his team-mates were close to a surprising road win but at the end they couldn't defend the prospective victory and they lost the game. Pagrati started the game quite aggressively and with the trio of Dimakos, Apostolos Koutroulias and Sigkounas was leading even with 13 points the game with control basketball and tough defence. The dramatic last minutes though changed the momentum mainly due to the great game by Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) who was a real leader in the court using his A1 experience all these years, while on a very close distance was Anagnostopoulos.
Top scorers:
Ermis: Kekelis 10, Savvas Iliadis 21, Anagnostopoulos 15, Nisiotis 11
Pagrati: Dimakos 16, Apostolos Koutroulias 22 and Sigkounas 13

AEK Argous - Panelefsinaikos 52-85
Quarters:10-28, 18-40, 35-59 52-85

Not many words needed to a game of 33 points difference besides the two teams have at least two divisions difference as the top seated team of Coach Skarafingas will play eventually in the A1 after 4 months while on the same period the team of Coach Vourdoulas will play in the second division (if not the third one due to financial issues)
Top scorers:
AEK Argous: Tsambis 11, Stevovic 18.
Panelefsiniakos: Kiriakopoulos 11, Konstantakopoulos 11, Voulgaris 12, Manavopoulos 10


Doxa Lefkadas - Arkadikos 71-65
Quarters: 13-10, 29-24, 51-36, 71-65
A great derby took place in Lefkada where the home team succeded to perform a great third period which was actually the period to win the game as in the particular period the players of Coach Vournas overscored their opponents by 22-12! The game was balanced for the first two periods with the home team having a small control, the situation changed in the 3rd period when Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) dominated in both edges and with the assistance of Pekovic took the biggest deficit. The 4th period was a typical story

Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: Matenidis 12, Vagenas 12, Nikos Pettas 15, Pekovic 14

Arkadikos: Papadakis 11, Tsiotras 12, An Gizogiannis 21 and 9 rebounds.

Lavrio - Apollon PAtras 82-68
Quarters: 24-16, 44-35, 60-55, 82-68
The passionated home team of Head Coach Serellis succeeded a great home win and didn't let the up until this morning top seated team of Coach Vetoulas to win the game for a third concecutive season in Lavrio. With many financial discrepancies the team of Lavrio found the strength to play a very solid defence and decent basketball and finally to succeed a great win with 14 points difference. Lavrio had the total control of the game from the beggining and never face any real problem by Apollon Players. Coach Vetouals saw both his Bosman players to remain in the total zero as both Krolo and Virijevic remain pointless as they played only 7 and 11 minutes in the game. The perfomance of the Cyprus international Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) was amazing as he scored 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in his first triple double figure in his career the last decade that playes basketball in the Greek courts.
Lavrio: Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) 16 points and 9 rebounds, Vassilis Kounas 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, Perrakis 12, Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) 21.
Apollon Patras: Petrovic 13, Argropoulos 20, Giannis Lianos (194-G-88) 25.

Pierikos Arhelaos - Perama 89-79
Quarters:
29-22, 47-47, 63-57, 89-79


A great game took place in Katerini where the ex Coach of the team, Sorotos visited his team but left unsatisfied as Pierikos was much better in some key elements of the game and took the victory without a lot of difficulties at the end. The gamew as a derby for at least 33 minutes, the last seven minutes were typical case as teh players of Sorotos got tired and start shoting without success. With solid basketball and good and organised offenses the team of Coach Galanis added another success in their record and now with a record of 7-12 is closer to the teams of Panerythraikos and Ermis Perama who have an 8-11 record.
Pierikos Arhelaos: Pehlivanis 16, Thodoris Panaras (195-F-77) 23, Martzos 13.
Perama: koronidis 12, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 14, Pashalis 11, Tsarouhas 10

Amyntas - Nea Kifisia 81-75

Quarters: 29-16, 51-37, 65-51, 81-75

Amyntas took the lead from the beggining and with tough defence and solid offence dominated in both edges of the court in the first half with differences reaching even the 20 points. In the second half the players of Coach Zavos slow down and the visiting site of Coach Papatheodorou found the chance to lose decently as they cut the deficit to the very decent six points.
Top scorers:
Amyntas: Zoupas 14, Vardavas 12, Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) 17
Nea Kifisia: Nikitakis 15, Moshovitis 13, Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-C/F-80) 22 points and 9 rebounds






Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.20.8 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.5 
 3. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.8 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.6 
 5. Psileas, Lavrio16.9 
 6. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.8 
 7. Petrovic-S., Apoll.16.6 
 8. Stevovic, AE.16.6 
 9. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.6 
 10. Pettas, Doxa L.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.2 
 2. Toutziarakis, OFI8.1 
 3. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.0 
 4. Lolas, Amyntas7.7 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.4 
 6. Sklavos, AEK7.4 
 7. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.3 
 8. Macheras, Panery.7.2 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.2 
 10. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.6.9 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.5 
 3. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 4. Koronidis, Perama5.4 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.1 
 6. Makris, Pagrati4.4 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.4 
 8. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.3 
 9. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.2 
 10. Kounas, Lavrio3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Evaggelis MARGARITIS
  Ikaroi S.
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.9 
 2. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.8 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 4. Magounis, Panele.1.7 
 5. Papadakis, Arkad.1.6 
 6. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.5 
 7. Sinnis, Lavrio1.5 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.1.5 
 9. Lewis, OFI1.5 
 10. Iliadis, Ermis L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 4. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.0 
 5. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 7. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.7 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 9. Psileas, Lavrio0.6 
 10. Koukounias, Nea0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 15-4 
 2. Apollon Patras 14-5 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 12-7 
 4. Arkadikos 11-8 
 5. AEK 11-8 
 6. Lavrio 11-8 
 7. Nea Kifisia 10-9 
 8. OFI 10-9 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 10-9 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 10-9 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 9-10 
 12. Perama Ermis 8-11 
 13. Panerythraikos 8-11 
 14. Periko/Arhelaos 7-12 
 15. Pagrati 6-13 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-19 


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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 16-5 
 2. Leiden 14-4 
 3. Den Bosch 14-6 
 4. Nijmegen 12-8 
 5. Zwolle 10-11 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-12 
 7. Weert 3-17 
 8. Rotterdam 3-18 


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  HUNGARY   


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


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze too good for Indonesia Warriors - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia Warriors - Petron Blaze 61:77

Petron Blaze celebrated the fifth win in ASEAN League season. The debutants fired past the Indonesia Warriors on the road to improve at 5-2 record. Douglas Thomas (206-F/C-83, college: Iowa) provided 23 points and 7 rebounds for the Beerman.
Petron Blaze took over early in the game. The visitors piled up a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. Indonesia Warriors stopped the rot in the second term. They cut the margin to 10 points at the interval 28:38. The Warriors got closer in the third term. They trimmed the deficit to just 5 points with ten minutes remaining 52:57. But Petron Blaze went on a stunning 20:9 rally in the final period to seal the victory. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) accounted for 12 points for Petron Blaze. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) and Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) had 8 points each in the win. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) answered with 18 points and 15 boards for the Warriors. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 16 points and 17 boards in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 18+15 boards, Steve Thomas 16
Petron Blaze: Douglas Thomas 23, Leo Avenido 12, Dalron Johnson 8, Froilan Baguion 8



NBL Round 28: Stadium Jakarta is defeated by Satria Muda in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#1) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Stadium Jakarta was smashed at home by 28 points 47-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadium Jakarta. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Satria Muda forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 52-29 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds and Galank Gunawan (194-87) who added 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains first position with 16-2 record. Stadium Jakarta at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face league's second-placed Aspac in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Garuda (14-4) played at the court of 5th ranked CLS Knights (11-6). Garuda managed to secure a 7-point victory 64-57. The winners were led by the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who scored that evening 18 points and 4 steals and Christ Gideon supported him with 6 points and 10 rebounds. Even 8 points and 4 steals by J Jeffry (184-85) did not help to save the game for CLS Knights. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (10-8) crushed at home 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (4-14) by 65 points 104-39, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Agustinus Sigar fired 22 points for the winners. Rendra Rudini produced 6 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. 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. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place. Loser Comfort Mobile keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will meet higher ranked Pelita Jaya (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Comfort Mobile will play against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 28 bottom-ranked Satya Wacana was destroyed by Aspac on the opponent's court 93-52.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points and 5 rebounds by Mei Joni of Muba Hangtuah.



Stadium Jak. - Satria Muda 47-75

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#1) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Stadium Jakarta was smashed at home by 28 points 47-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadium Jakarta. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Satria Muda forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 52-29 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds and Galank Gunawan (194-87) who added 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) scored 8 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. Satria Muda maintains first position with 16-2 record. Stadium Jakarta at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face league's second-placed Aspac in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 19+7reb+3ast, G.Gunawan 10+11reb, F.Julius Ahmad 10+7reb+4ast, B.Siregar 9+4reb+1ast, W.Situmorang 8+2reb+3ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 7+7reb
Stadium Jak.: R.Ariestedes 10+5reb, M.Ferdiansyah 8+2reb, A.Sujarwo 7+1reb+1ast, D.Leonardo 6+4reb, C.Nurhadi Yusran 5+2reb, A.Arifin 4+3reb
gschID: 166113


CLS Knights - Garuda 57-64

The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Garuda (14-4) played at the court of 5th ranked CLS Knights (11-6). Garuda managed to secure a 7-point victory 64-57. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Garuda outrebounded CLS Knights 43-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who scored that evening 18 points and 4 steals and forward Christ Gideon (188-84) supported him with 6 points and 10 rebounds. Even 8 points and 4 steals by J Jeffry (184-85) did not help to save the game for CLS Knights. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) added 9 points for lost side. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Garuda: W.Wijaya 18+3reb+3ast, H.Agustinus 11+4reb, N.Fritzgerald 10+2reb, V.Nolland 9+9reb, H.Ramli 8+4reb+1ast, C.Gideon 6+10reb+2ast
CLS Knights: R.Utomo 9+2reb+1ast, S.Febiansyakh 8+2reb, J.Jeffry 8+4reb, H.Sudjana 7+2reb+1ast, W.Saputra 6+1reb, T.Agus 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 166114


Muba Hangtuah - Comfort Mobile 104-39

Seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (10-8) crushed at home 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (4-14) by 65 points 104-39, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Muba Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 4 points in second quarter. Muba Hangtuah dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 30. Muba Hangtuah forced 24 Comfort Mobile turnovers and had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Comfort Mobile's players. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) fired 22 points for the winners. Guard I G Ngurah Teguh (189-88) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Muba Hangtuah players scored in double figures. Rendra Rudini (192-89) produced 6 points and 6 rebounds and forward P Susanto (184-90) added 6 points respectively for lost side. 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. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place. Loser Comfort Mobile keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will meet higher ranked Pelita Jaya (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Comfort Mobile will play against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sigar 22+1reb+3ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 14+7reb+2ast, M.Joni 14+5reb+3ast, T.Wilopo 14+1reb+5ast, A.Sapto 12+4reb+4ast, A.Junaidi 9+1reb+1ast
Comfort Mobile: H.Herlusdityo 8, A.Prasetyo 7+1reb, P.Susanto 6+3reb+2ast, R.Rudini 6+6reb, G.Sitaniapesy 3+1reb, A.Hermawan 2+1reb
gschID: 166111


Aspac - Satya Wacana 93-52

Very expected game in Jakarta where 12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-17) was crushed by second ranked Aspac (15-2) 93-52 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aspac. Satya Wacana managed to win fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 7 points in third quarter. Aspac dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 40. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aspac made 7 blocks. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) fired 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Aspac players scored in double figures. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) added 13 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. Aspac have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-2 record behind leader Satria Muda. Satya Wacana lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Satria Muda.
Top scorers:
Aspac: P.Regowo 19+4reb, R.Effendi 17+3reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 14+4reb+4ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 12+2ast, K.Akbar 8+2reb, H.Santosa 7+2reb
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 15+5reb+2ast, J.Hasoloan 13+4reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 6+8reb, F.Nugroho 4+7reb, M.Ramadhan 4+4reb, Y.Sua 4+3reb
gschID: 166112




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 16-2 
 2. Aspac 15-2 
 3. Garuda 14-4 
 4. Pelita Jaya 13-4 
 5. CLS Knights 11-6 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 10-8 
 7. Stadium Jak. 9-8 
 8. Bima Sakti 5-11 
 9. Pacific Caesar 5-12 
 10. Comfort Mobile 4-14 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-16 
 12. Satya Wacana 1-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.15.2 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.7 
 5. Sapto, Muba H.13.5 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.6 
 8. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.2 
 10. Ariestedes, Stadi.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.9 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.8.4 
 3. Regowo, Aspac8.2 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.6 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 6. Situmorang, Satria7.1 
 7. Wuwungan, Satya W.7.0 
 8. Yanto, NSH G.6.8 
 9. Ariestedes, Stadiu.6.7 
 10. Heryadi, Muba H.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.0 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.9 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.2 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.7 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 8. Uniputty, Comfor.2.5 
 9. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 10. Yusran, Stadium2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.3 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.5 
 4. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 5. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.3 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.1 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 9. Galih, Pacific Cae.2.0 
 10. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian Ronaldo SITEPU
  Satria M.
  (200-C/F-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sitepu, Satria M.2.4 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 5. Teguh, Muba H.1.5 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 7. Sasmito, Pacific1.2 
 8. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.1.1 
 10. Gunawan, Satya W.1.0 


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 15-4 
 2. 11890 Killester 11-6 
 3. UCD Marian 6-11 
 4. Belfast Star 2-14 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 11-5 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 10-6 
 3. UL Eagles 10-9 
 4. Moycullen 4-14 


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  ITALY   


Cup Final Eight. Montepaschi hang on to edge Armani Jeans - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Armani Jeans 67:65

Montepaschi Siena survived a tough challenge from Armani Jeans to eke out a narrow two-point win and advance into Italian Cup Final. David Andersen (212-C-80) scored 25 points to lead the charge.
Siena got to a strong start to the game. They limited Armani Jeans to just 12 points in the opening quarter to secure a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Siena stretched the lead to as many as 18 points early in the second frame. But Armani Jeans responded with a 20:4 rally to narrow the deficit at just two points 32:34. Rocca tied things up at 49 eventually. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) put Armani Jeans in front with a triple. The lead changed hands for several times before Siena unloaded six points in a row and grabbed a 66:62 advantage. Omar Cook drained a triple but Zisis hit a free throw to seal the win for Montepaschi Siena. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 16 points, while Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 9 for the winners. Antonis Fotsis answered with 15 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) had 13 points in the losing case.

Montepaschi Siena: David Andersen 25, Bo McCalebb 16, Ksistof Lavrinovic 9
Armani Jeans: Antonis Fotsis 15, Malik Hairston 13



DAY 2 - 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament - February 15, 2012 - Sale, Morocco - by Adam Prossin
Day 2 Summary - Wednesday, February 15, 2012:
Game #3 - JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (62) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (58)
Game #4 - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (89) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (78)

Game #3 Summary - JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (62) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (58)
With CRA Hoceima beating Fabi Shoes Montegranaro the previous night, this game was for control of the Groupe B standings. It would not disappoint.

The game started with both teams looking very nervous and missing several shots. At the 4:40 mark of the 1st quarter Hoceima had only one point and were trailing by a score of 7-1. The scoring pace began to pick up thereafter with the quarter ending in a score of 13-7 in favor of JDA Dijon. Omar Laanani stood out for CRA Hoceima in the 1st with 5 points and 5 rebounds to have game highs in both categories at the end of the 1st.

Dijon added to their lead in the 2nd making it 20-9 with 6:26 left in the half and stretching it out to a 12 point lead at 29-17 with 1:36 to go in the half. However CRA hoceima would not surrender easily and they closed out the half with 5 points to go to the locker room down by 7 at 29-22. CRA Hoceima was led by Yasine Makhoukh who began to take over the game in the 2nd quarter and ended the half with 13 points in only 10 minutes of playing time after coming off the bench to start the 2nd.

Both teams looked like they wanted to win badly in the 3rd and the back and forth scoring made for an exciting match to watch. By the 7:36 mark Yasine Makhoukhs power slam closed the gap to 34-28 and at 6:22 L. Hikmis 3 pointer tied it up at 34-34. Shortly thereafter Hikmi hit 2 free throws to complete CRA Hoceimas quest for the lead and their 14-5 run resulted in a 36-34 advantage over JDA Dijon. However, that lead was short lived as it seemed to spark JDA Dijon who responded with their own 12-2 run to make it 46-38 with 2:34 to go in the 3rd. CRA Hoceima would not relent as they stormed back to end the quarter and close the gap to 3 with the French squad holding a lead of 48-45 at the end of the 3rd. Andre Harris was top scorer in the 3rd with 10 points for JDA Dijon.

CRA Hoceimas Yasine Makhoukh continued to be the games star in the 4th. His 3 pointer at 9:03 tied the score at 48-48 and setup a back and forth battle in the 4th. JDA Dijon went up 55-48 by the 5:31 mark but CRA Hoceima clawed back into it again. Christian Bayangs strong physical play drew a foul and his free throw closed the gap to 55-51 with 3:28 left. Omar Laananis power slam at 2:31 closed the gap to 2 points at 55-53. CRA Hoceimas Kenny Wilson then hit a 3 pointer to give CRA Hoceima the lead at 56-55 with only 1:34 to go in the game. JDA Dijon countered that with a 3 pointer by David Melody to retake the lead at 58-56 with 1:34 showing on the clock. There was some wild action after that where Hoceima had possession but turned over the ball. However, Christian Bayang Immediately stole it back for CRA hoceima and made an outlet pass to Omar Laanani who went in for the uncontested rim-shaking slam to tie it at 58-58 with 1:03 left in the game. Both sides played good defense in the last minute in stopping their opponents scoring attempt but with 9 seconds remaining JDA Dijon scored to go up 60-58. Following a great steal by JDA Dijon and a foul by CRA Hoceima, the resulting free throws ended the game with a 62-58 victory for JDA Dijon over CRA Hoceima. Control of the Groupe B standings now rests in the hands of the JDA Dijon squad who face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro from Italy in tomorrows matchup to see who goes forward to the semi-finals from Groupe B. CRA Hoceima will have to sit and watch to see what will be their fate or destiny.

Andre Harris led the way for JDA Dijon with 20 points on 9/12 shooting. Sean Marshall added 11 points for the French squad who as a team shot 57% on their 2 point attempts.

CRA Hoceimas Yasine Makhoukh was the star of the game with a game high 22 points in only 23 minutes. He shot 7/8 on 2 point attempts and was 2/3 from behind the 3 point line. Without taking any credit away from the JDA Dijon teams strong effort and victory, the questionable moves by the CRA Hoceima coach in not playing the 68 (203cm) Makhoukh at all in the 1st quarter, pulling Makhoukh with 5:50 left in the game after only his 2nd foul, then not reinserting him was probably the difference for CRA Hoceima in not being able to secure the victory down the stretch in this game, and control of Groupe B.

Omar Laanani also had a strong performance for CRA Hoceima with a game high 14 rebounds to go along with his 9 points.

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (62) - Harris 20, Marshall 11, Leloup 7, Moss 6, Aboudou 6, Melody 5, Dixon 4, Lewin 3, Rupert 0, Mendy 0, Christophe 0, Petteau DNP
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (58) - Makhoukh 22, Laanani 9, Hikmi 7, Mailleux 6, Naji 6, Wilson 5, Bayang 3, Dhifallah 0, El Moussaouia 0, Elamrani 0, Moslih DNP, Chikhaoui DNP


Game #4 Summary- AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (89) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (78)
AS de Sale came into this game attempting to control their own destiny and winning Groupe A to enter the Semi-Finals in the best position.

The scoring came fast and furious in this game. With 4:24 left in the 1st quarter the host team AS de Sale held a narrow 15-14 lead over VFL Kirchheim. Sale then began to take control of the game and quickly stretched out their lead to 12 points with a 3 pointer by Parfait Bittee at the buzzer and a 36-24 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Bittee had 17 points in the 1st quarter on a very strong shooting performance going 2/2 on 2 point attempts and 4/4 from behind the 3 point line. Younes Idrissi had a strong 9 points in the quarter for Sale.

In the 2nd VFL Kirchheim picked away at the lead and brought themselves within 4 at 39-35 with 5:32 left in the half. Cedric Brooks hit a 3 pointer with 21 seconds left in the half for VFL Kirchheim and the half ended with Sale leading VFL Kirchheim 45-42. Brandon Griffin led VFL Kirchheim with 16 points in the 1st half and Bittee ended the half sitting on 17 for Sale.

The 3rd quarter was a close back and forth affair until the last 2 minutes when Sale began to stretch out their lead again. The quarter ended with AS de Sale up by 8 points at 66-58.

The 4th quarter was tight and Sale held a narrow 72-70 lead with 5:35 left on the clock after Nils Menck hit a 3 pointer to close the gap. Abdel Hakim Zouita then sparked Sale with a steal and a full sprint down the court ending in a powerful monster slam that brought the hometown crowd to their feet with screams of excitement to propel Sale into a 76-70 lead with 3:54 remaining. Sale did not look back from that point forward. Zouita continued to play great defense with a blocked shot at the :45 mark and a steal with 26 seconds to go. The game ended with Sale up 89-78 and as the winner of Groupe A. They will now wait for tomorrow nights game to determine their semi-finals opponent.

Parfait Bittee ended with a game high 28 points for AS de Sale on 5/8 shooting on his 2 point attempts and 5/8 on his 3 point attempts. Abdel Hakim Zouita finished with 19 points and also had 7 drawn fouls for the winners. Younes Idrissi and Robert McKiver each contributed with a strong 18 points for Sale. For VFL Kirchheim Brandon Griffin finish with 20 points, Nils Menck had 15 and Rayan Daugherty added 14.

AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (79) - Bittee 28, Zouita 19, Idrissi 18, McKiver 18, Salam 3, Bougach 2, Amrani 1, Bourouis 0, Joubir 0, El Alaoui DNP, Kourdou DNP, El Masbahi DNP
VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (78) Griffin 20, Menck 15, Daugherty 14, Tomasevic 12. Brooks 8, Smith 5, Bekteshi 4, Marie 0


Cup Final Eight. Bennet Cantu joins Siena in Final - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Scavolini Pesaro 71:64

Bennet Cantu advanced into Italian Cup Final. They will face the repeat of the last years Final when they take on Montepaschi Siena tomorrow. Bennet Cantu had to deal with Scavolini Pesaro tonight to reach the title game. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) came up with 18 points to lead Bennet Cantu in the semifinal tonight.
Cantu got to a quick start. They scored 25 points in the first frame to take a 10-point lead. Bennet Cantu maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 42:31 halftime advantage. Pesaro struggled to get closer in the third term. Bennet Cantu enjoyed an 11-point lead with one quarter remaining. Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, college: USC) and Hickman managed to put Pesaro within two points with just over two minutes remaining. Basile and Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) came up with five points in a row for Bennet Cantu to give them some breathing space. Giorgi Shermadini and Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory then. Manuchar Markoishvili posted 15 points, while Vladimir Micov had 9 points in the winning case. Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia) answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Pesaro. Daniel Hackett had 14 points in defeat.

Bennet Cantu: Giorgi Shermadini 18, Manuchar Markoishvili 15, Vladimir Micov 9
Scavolini Pesaro: Jumaine Jones 20+10 boards, Daniel Hackett 14



Novipiu Casale officially signs Ricky Minard - by Eurobasket News
Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) officially returned to Italy. The American small forward penned a deal with Novipiu Casale for rest of the season. Minard parted ways with Azovmash yesterday. He appeared 8 times in EuroCup with them averaging 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He had almost the same numbers for 21 games in Ukraine. In VTB United league, Minard registered 12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.4 apg for 9 appearances. Last season the player spent in Unics Kazan and helped them win the EuroCup title. Before Unics, Ricky Minard played for Khimky Moscow Region, Lottomatica Roma, Montegranaro and Reggio Emilia. Minard also has experience from Biella, where he started his European career in 2004. He is a product of the Morehead State University.

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. Pazzi, Trento14.5 
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. Vico, Matera3.1 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.1 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 8. Zanelli, Orlandina3.0 
 9. Parente, Torino2.8 
 10. Forray, Trento2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.5 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 4. Portannese, Torino2.9 
 5. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 6. Amici, Firenze2.8 
 7. Maggio, Pavia2.8 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.8 
 9. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
 10. Rivali, Santarcan.2.7 
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. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.0 
 10. Raminelli, Castel.0.9 


Forli add Thomas Coleman - by Eurobasket News
Forli bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina A&T). The centre started the season in Spain. He played for Sant Josep Girona in LEB Gold. Thomas Coleman delivered 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. It is the first pro season for the centre. Thomas Coleman graduated from North Carolina A&T in 2011. His stats read 17.0 points, 10.5 boards, 2.7 blocks, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season. Thomas Coleman was named into NABC Division I All-District 15 1st Team. He also made it into All-MEAC 1st Team.


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 17-7 
 2. Trieste 16-7 
 3. Perugia 11-11 
 4. Comsum.it SI 7-15 
 5. Firenze 7-16 
 6. Santarcangelo 6-17 
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 


DAY 1 - 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament February 14, 2012 Sale, Morocco - by Adam Prossin
Day 1 Summary - Tuesday, February 14, 2012:
Game #1 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (74) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (77)
Game #2 - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (79) vs. GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (70)

Game #1 Summary - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (74) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (77)
The 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament started with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) and CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) battling it out.

In the 1st quarter both teams struggled to score early but they finished the quarter with a flurry and Hoceima held a 20-16 lead at the end of the initial frame led by guard Dmifallahs 10 points in the quarter and Christian Bayangs 4 rebounds.

In the 2nd quarter the Italian squad responded well to coach Georgio Valli and went on a 10-0 run. By the 5:26 mark they held a 26-23 lead and continued on to end the half up 37-35 led by Sandro Nicevics 8 points in the half and Valerio Mazzolas 6 rebounds.

The 3rd Quarter was back and forth with Hoceima surprising the Italians and holding a 56-52 lead going into the final frame.

Hoceima played well with the lead in the fourth. Fabi Shoes were able to tie the score at 71 then again at 73 with 1:12 remaining, but the Moroccan squad was able to hold on down the stretch for the 77-74 victory as Ivan Zoroskis 3 point attempt to tie it at the buzzer rimmed out.

Kenny Wilson was the leader for the winning Hoceima squad with 19 points including 13 in the 2nd half against his former college teammate and former NBA player Coby Carls team. Wilson also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Omar Laanani was the unsung hero of the evening as he pulled in a game high 12 rebounds including 8 on the offensive glass. Laanani also had 6 drawn fouls, 2 steals and added 9 points. Christian Bayang had 10 points to go along with his 11 rebounds and Dmifallah finished with 14 points for CRA Hoceima.

Ivan Zoroski led the way for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro with 15 points. Zoroski also contributed 3 assists and 3 steals. Sandro Nicevic had 13 points on 6/7 shooting including one 3 pointer made in 20 minutes on the floor. Jerel McNeal contributed 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (74) Zoroski 15, Nicevic 13, McNeal 13, DiBella 10, Ivanov 9, Mazzola 7, Karl 5, Piunti 2, Perini 0, Fenati 0, Vallasciani DNP
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (77) Wilson 19, Dmifallah 14, Bayang 10, Laanani 9, Elamrani 9, Mailleux 6, Makhoukh 6, Elmoussaoui 2, Najia 2, Habchout DNP, Moslih DNP, Chikhaoui DNP
Johnson 19. Bobbitt 16, Babbitt 15, Tarver 11, Carter 9, Stone 8, Walker 7, Hamilton 7, Foster 5, White 4, Ambres DNP, Moore DNP

Game #2 Summary- AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (79) vs. GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (70)
The host AS de Sale team jumped out to a commanding lead and finished with a strong 47-34 lead at the end of the half. Sale was paced by Abdel Hakim Zouitas 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals in the first half. Mahdi Derris had a strong first half for GSP with 14 points including 10/11 from the foul line after drawing 6 fouls in the half.

GS Petroliers exploded n the 3rd quarter and closed the gap to only 2 points by the end of the third with Sale leading 58-56. H. Gahou had 10 points in the 3rd to pace the GSP team. However, Sale regained control of the game in the 4th and led 68-58 by the 7:35 mark after a 3 pointer by team captain Zakaria El Masbahi followed by a strong power move to the basket and score by Younes Idrissi. By the 2:41 mark Sale had stretched their lead to 77-63.

As the GS Petroliers were pressing to score and close the gap down the stretch, Zouita had an excellent block on a GSP 3 point attempt followed quickly by his steal and outlet pass that led to a Sale basket that sealed the 79-70 victory at the buzzer.

AS de Sale was led by Abdel Hakim Zouita with 17 points to go along with his game high 12 boards, 6 blocked shots, 3 steals and 5 drawn fouls. Parfait Bittee added 15 points, 4 assists and 5 steals. Zakaria El Masbahi also had a strong game for Sale with 12 points.

GS Petroliers were led by Mahdi Derris with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 7 drawn fouls. H Gahou added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals for GS Petroliers.

AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (79) Zouita 17, Bittee 15, El Masbahi 12, Salam 10, Idrissi 10, McKiver 5, Bougach 5, Bourouis 3, Amrani 2, Joubid 0, El Alaoui DNP, Kourdou DNP
GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (70) - Derris 22, Gahou 17, Harrat 10, Mustefi 5, Canon 4, Touati 4, Adrar 2, Boukalmoune 2, Amrani 2, Ghezzoul 2, Saidi 0, Kachakch 0



C Regionale Campania - Round 19 Results - by Crazy
C Regionale Campania Round 19 Results

GROUP A:
Basket Baiano - Arzano: 59-89
Capua - Barra: 68-55
(C: Jalloh 19, Branca 13; B: Perna 14)
Maddaloni - Pielle Matera: 90-76
(M: Njegos Visnjic (199-F-79) 21, Francesco Chiavazzo (187-G-87) 17; PM: Larocca 13)
Partenope - Cala Moresca: 60-82
(P: Marinello 23; C: Giovanni Canzonieri (202-C-75) 24)
Stabia - Telese: n.p.
Scafati - Virtus Matera: n.p.

Standings:
Maddaloni 36, Scafati 24, Pielle Matera 24, Cala Moresca 22, Stabia 22, Arzano 20, Partenope 18, Capua 18, Telese 14, Virtus Matera 12, Barra 8, Baiano 0.

Scoring Leaders: Njegos Visnjic (Maddaloni) 24.6 points per game, Giuseppe Frascolla (194-G-62) (Baiano) 21.4 ppg, Djukanovic (Telese) 19.9 ppg.

GROUP B:
Cercola Savoia: 71-76
Battipaglia Senise: 42-87
(B: Viscido 15; S: Dominik Kos (198-G/F-87) 35, Palazzo 16)
Solofra S.Maria: n.p.
Casaurea Mugnano: 73-65


(C: Moretti 27, Di Febbraio 15; M: Riccardo Fiore (182-G-85) 25, Filippi 12)
Casavatore Meomartini: n.p.

Standings: Senise 32, Savoia 24, Mugnano 20, S.Maria 20, Cercola 18, Casaurea 18, Meomartini 16, Casavatore 16, Solofra 10, Nola 6, Battipaglia 2.

Scoring Leaders: Cesare Accettola (Meomartini) 22.6 points per game, Dominik Kos (Senise) 20.5 ppg, Riccardo Fiore (Mugnano) 17.5 ppg.






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D Regionale Campania - Round 20 Results - by Crazy
D Regionale Campania Round 20 Results

GROUP A:
Koin Caserta Minucci: 47-82
(K: Palmese 12; M: Francesco Notaro 17, Giuseppe Davini 16)
Cittadella Cestistica Ischia: 71-56
(C: Pollioso 21, W.Esposito 19; I: Esposito 13)
Cus Caserta S.Agnese: n.p.
San Nicola Folgore Nocera: 83-69
(S: Buzzoni 11; F: Giuseppe Attianese (195-F-81) 23)
Nola Angri: 66-63
(N: Guerriero 16; A: Cannavacciuolo 25)
Virtus Pozzuoli Aics Caserta: 64-55
(V: Alosco 17; A: Di Lorenzo 29)

Standings: San Nicola 34, Minucci 32, Folgore Nocera 28, Cittadella 20, Cus Caserta 20, Nola 16, Koin 14, S.Agnese 14, Cus Napoli 14, Angri 12, Virtus Pozzuoli 10, Ischia 8, Libert Benevento 6, Aics Caserta 4.

Scoring Leaders: Tranfa (San Nicola) 18.3 points per game, W.Esposito (Cittadella) 18.2 ppg, Giuseppe Attianese (Nocera) 17.6 ppg

GROUP B:
Bellizzi Volla: 51-60
(B: Dragoni 18; V: Alessandro Ruocco (198-F-89) 18)
Pro Cangiani Casapulla: 63-80
(P: Grano 18; C: Olivetti 29)
Ercolano Cestistica Napoli: 88-58
Secondigliano Forio: 76-58
Portici 2000 Casalnuovo: 64-60
(P: Alaimo 22; C: Fierro 16)
Sporting Portici LBL Caserta: 58-59
(S: F.Minervini 34; L: Del Gaudio 12)
Piscinola Sarno: 60-56
(P: F.Esposito 15, P.Esposito 15; S: Milone 21)

Standings: Piscinola 30, Volla 30, Bellizzi 28, Sporting Portici 24, Abatese 24, Casalnuovo 24, Casapulla 22, Portici 2000 20, Ercolano 16, Lbl Caserta 16, Secondigliano 14, Sarno 14, Cestistica Napoli 10, Forio 4, Pro Cangiani 2.

Scoring Leaders: F.Minervini (S.Portici) 21.9 points per game, S.De Vita (Abatese) 19.8 ppg, Costagliola (Volla) 18.0 ppg




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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 22-9 
 2. Aishin SH 22-9 
 3. Hitachi SR 19-13 
 4. Panasonic T. 18-13 
 5. Tochigi Brex 15-16 
 6. Hokkaido L. 14-17 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 11-20 
 8. Toshiba BT 4-28 


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. Palmer, Fukuoka20.8 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 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. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 4. Newton, Okinawa GK10.5 
 5. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Malloy, Iwate B.10.3 
 8. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 9. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.0 
 10. Cummings, Oita H.10.0 
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.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.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. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 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 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 20-11 
 2. Akita NH 19-13 
 3. Niigata Albirex 17-16 
 4. Toyama Grouses 16-15 
 5. Yokohama BC 16-15 
 6. Sendai 89ers 16-16 
 7. Shinshu BW 13-20 
 8. Chiba Jets 12-18 
 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. 21-10 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 20-12 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 20-13 
 6. Shimane SM 17-15 
 7. Miyazaki SS 14-18 
 8. Oita H.Devils 11-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-28 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.8 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.17.5 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.1 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.8 
 5. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.6 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.4 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.4 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.8 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.9 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.0 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.8 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.7 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.0 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.3 
 9. O''Bannon, Panason.6.9 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.1 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.1 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.9 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 6. Watanabe, Panason.3.0 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.6 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.6 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.1.6 
 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. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 7. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.7 


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  JORDAN   


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


New Zone for FIBA Asia Champions Clubs ! - by Omar Shafaamri
FIBA Asia Federation approved in it's last Meeting New Major Modifications by Creating a New Sub Zone with 1 Representative for FIBA Asia Champions Clubs which will be played Next June in Lebanon. This Change will decrease the Number of West Asia Zone Representatives to 3 Clubs thus both Riyadi-Aramex (Jordan) and Duhok (Iraq) will play 2 decisive games for the Qualification to FIBA Asia Champions Clubs.

Riyadi-Aramex will play next tuesday their Second Game against Mahram (Iran) in WABA League Quarter Finals as they lost in Amman 91-52, Riyadi will miss their coach Mo'tasem Salameh (due to Work Commitments!!!) and his Assistant Hussam Lutfi (due to Visa Problems!!!) in addition to Players Issa Kamel & Fadi Saqqa (Injury).


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  JUCO   


Top 10 (DI)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. NW Florida St.
 2. Coffeyville CC
 3. Indian Hills CC
 4. E.Oklahoma St. JC
 5. Monroe Coll.
 6. Olney Central CC


Top 10 (DII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Mott CC
 2. Kirkwood CC
 3. Triton JC
 4. S.Suburban JC
 5. Columbus St. CC
 6. Erie CC
 7. Des Moines Area CC
 8. Lincoln CC
 9. S.Mountain CC
 10. Lakeland CC


Top 10 (DIII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Sullivan CC
 2. Herkimer County
 3. Davidson County
 4. Central Lakes CC
 5. Eastfield Coll.
 6. Sandhills CC
 7. Brookhaven JC
 8. Roxbury CC
 9. Mountain View
 10. Gateway CC


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  KOSOVO   


Zrinjevac takes the Independece trophy - by Dren Shporta
Croatian team of KK Zrinjevac Zagreb took the Independence trophy of Kosovo. Young croatians won Kosovo U-18 team in the final with 6 points diference, 78:72. K. Zganec and Pavlovic were the best players at croatians by scoring 57 points for their team.

At Kosovo, the only shining light was Zgjim Gergjaliu who scored 21 points. He was helped only from Granit Hyseni who added 13 points more. Kosovan coach Albert Sylejmani said that his team had played a great game and the only handicap was that croatians had two very tall guys that were unstoppable.

KK Zrinjevac Zagrebs coach Veljko Perovic added that he was very happy with the quality of the games shown on this tournament. KK Zrinjevac Zagreb in semifinal was better than macedonian team of Cair while Kosovo had won against Feniks. The third place on this tournament took Cair who beated Feniks with 73:70.




Kosovan U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
Ard Islami Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Arian Mehmeti Kosovo
Endrit Elshani Bashkimi Kosovo
Granit Hyseni Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Leonard Mekaj Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Luard Halili 202-C-94 Trepca Kosovo
Qendrim Ajazaj Kosovo
Ujkan Karanezi 198-F-95 Bashkimi Kosovo
Erzen Sopi Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Fisnik Beka Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Zgjim Gerxhaliu Futura Kosovo
Egzon Kabashi
Lorik Kllokoqi Sigal Prishtina Kosovo



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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 15-2 
 2. Zalgiris 13-0 
 3. Rudupis 13-3 
 4. Siauliai 10-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-6 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 8-7 
 7. Neptunas 6-9 
 8. Juventus 6-11 
 9. Kedainiai 4-11 
 10. Sakalai 4-12 
 11. Lietkabelis 3-12 
 12. Naglis Palangos 2-13 


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Nafta Universitetas 23-13 
 2. Radviliskis 22-13 
 3. Delikatesas 22-14 
 4. LKKA-Atletas 22-14 
 5. Mazeikiai 21-15 
 6. Matinga-Juod. 20-15 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 19-15 
 8. Triobet 19-17 
 9. Perlas-MRU 18-18 
 10. Statyba 18-18 
 11. Ezerunas-Karys 18-18 
 12. S.Marciulionio 17-19 
 13. Meresta 17-19 
 14. Silute 14-22 
 15. Gargzdai 9-27 
 16. ABRO-Univ. 7-29 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.16.4 
 2. Cepukaitis, Lietka.16.3 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.16.0 
 4. Urbonas, Juventus15.2 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas14.6 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 7. Vasylius, Siauliai14.5 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.3 
 9. Mikalauskas, Neptu.14.0 
 10. Milaknis, Rudupis14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.2 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.8.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.6 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.6 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.7.5 
 7. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.6.3 
 10. Cepukaitis, Lietk.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.2 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.1 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.8 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.0 
 7. Maceina, Juventus3.8 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.6 
 9. Kelys, Pieno Z.3.4 
 10. Salenga, Rudupis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.7 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 6. Long, Siauliai1.6 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas1.5 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris1.5 
 9. Collins, Zalgiris1.5 
 10. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudup.0.9 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 10. Cepukaitis, Lietk.0.9 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.8 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.20.2 
 3. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.7 
 4. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.0 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.6 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 8. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.7 
 9. Brown, Mazeikiai16.7 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.9 
 3. Urbonas, LK.8.2 
 4. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.1 
 5. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.8 
 6. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 7. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 8. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.3 
 9. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.3 
 10. Jogela, Zalgir.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.6 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.3 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Semaska, Perla.5.0 
 5. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.6 
 6. Vileita, Perla.4.5 
 7. Kuklierius, Mating.4.4 
 8. Varanauskas, Stat.4.4 
 9. Kulbis, Ezerunas.4.4 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.4.3 
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. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.0 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.9 
 8. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 9. Birgelis, Matinga-.1.8 
 10. Semaska, Perla.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. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.0 
 10. Griskenas, Meresta1.0 


Kvedaravicius' 22 points and 9 rebounds give him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Delikatesas and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Delikatesas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out LKKA-Atletas (22-13) 89-87. Delikatesas is placed at 2nd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Delikatesas will need more victories to improve their 22-13 record. In the team's last game Kvedaravicius had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Delikatesas' top player in his first season with the team. Aivaras Kvedaravicius averages this season 16.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.2apg.

Second best performed player last round was Tadas Padegimas (201-F-90) of Perlas-MRU. He is a forward in his second season at Perlas-MRU. In the last game Padegimas recorded impressive 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Perlas-MRU cruised to a 66-56 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#10, 18-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group A. Perlas-MRU keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 17-18 record. Padegimas is well-known at Perlas-MRU and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Meresta (#13). Maneikis scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Meresta, leading his team to a 87-69 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Gargzdai (#15, 9-26). The chances of Meresta ranking at the top of group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maneikis could help Meresta to bring them higher in the standings. Maneikis has a great season in Lithuania. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Tamasevicius (196-G-86) of Silute - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Juozas Ramanauskas (207-C-85) of Radviliskis - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mantas Virbalas (203-F/C-88) of Perlas-MRU - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rokas Cepanonis (207-F/C-89) of Triobet - 24 points and 10 rebounds
8. Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) of Matinga-Juod. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Renatas Jonelis (201-F-84) of Gargzdai - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Arturas Kaubrys (205-C-83) of Silute - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


NKL Round 6 (Second Stage): Radviliskis lose the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 6 most important game was a defeat of Radviliskis (22-13). They were defeated by fifth ranked Mazeikiai (21-15) 83-65 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Radviliskis managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Mazeikiai maintains fifth position in with 21-15 record. Radviliskis at the other side dropped to the second place with 13 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Nafta Universitetas. Radviliskis will play next round against Zalgiris-Sabonio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mazeikiai will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Triobet in Jonava.
The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Nafta Universitetas as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Nafta Universitetas defeated second-best Delikatesas in Klaipeda 80-68. It was a key game for the top position in . Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) notched 20 points and 4 steals to lead the effort and Haroldas Venskus supported him with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Nafta Universitetas' coach Dainius Miliunas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) did not help to save the game for Delikatesas. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the third place with 14 games lost. Delikatesas will play next round against strong Radviliskis trying to get back on the winning streak. Nafta Universitetas will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Matinga-Juod. at Marijampole.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Meresta won against Statyba on the opponent's court 86-84. Ezerunas-Karys unfortunately lost to S.Marciulionio in a home game 73-82. Perlas-MRU managed to beat ABRO-Univ. on the road 78-76. Gargzdai was defeated by Silute on its own court 72-80. Matinga-Juod. beat LKKA-Atletas in Marijampole 98-84.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Zilvinas Kuklierius of Matinga-Juod..


Group B
Statyba - Meresta 84-86

There was an upset in Vilnius where higher ranked Statyba (18-18) was edged by thirteenth ranked Meresta (17-19) 86-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Statyba outrebounded Meresta 41-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (183-93) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Meresta maintains thirteenth position in with 17-19 record. Loser Statyba dropped to the tenth place with 18 games lost. Meresta will face higher ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#11) in Moletai in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Statyba: R.Sugintas 18+8reb+3ast, V.Luksa 14+10reb+2ast, M.Budzinauskas 12+3reb, G.Marciukaitis 12+1reb, D.Tarvydas 9+6reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 8+1reb+4ast
Meresta: A.Maneikis 18+3reb, D.Griskenas 18+2reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 17+8reb+7ast, A.Galkauskas 14+3reb, L.Radavicius 9+4reb, D.Keburys 4+2reb+1ast
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Ezerunas-Karys - S.Marciulionio 73-82

There was a small surprise in Moletai where twelfth ranked S.Marciulionio (17-19) defeated 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (18-18) 82-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 46-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. S.Marciulionio made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Point guard Robertas Bitinas (182-84) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Giedrius Kulbis (187-81) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. S.Marciulionio maintains twelfth position in with 17-19 record. Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the eleventh place with 18 games lost. S.Marciulionio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Vilnius to the arena Perlas-MRU.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: G.Kulbis 17+6reb+2ast, M.Kugauda 13+2reb+2ast, A.Slezas 10+5reb+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 10+10reb+4ast, K.Alekna 8+2reb, E.Narusis 6+1ast
S.Marciulionio: R.Bitinas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Trepocka 19+2reb, O.Olisevicius 14+1reb+2ast, N.Varnelis 13+5reb+3ast, J.Elvikis 9+9reb+3ast, P.Naraskevicius 3
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ABRO-Univ. - Perlas-MRU 76-78

Not a big story in a game in Siauliai where 16th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-29) was edged by eleventh ranked Perlas-MRU (18-18) 78-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Perlas-MRU made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Perlas-MRU outrebounded ABRO-Universitetas 43-26 including a 23-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Antanas Udras (203-92) had a double-d