EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/2/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


Arizona Scorpions apppoint new GM - by Gianni Pascucci
Gerald Brown (6'4''-G-75, college: Pepperdine), Phoenix native and former NBA Phoenix Suns guard, has been appointed General Manager for the ABA Arizona Scorpions after returning from playing in Mexico. 'I am very excited to be back with the Scorpions,' said Brown, who led the Scorpions at the point guard position to a 9-1 record this season before signing a contract to play south of the border. 'I am looking forward to the rest of this season as we strive to finish #1 in the nation.'
'It's great having Gerald back with the Scorpions,' added Owner/Head Coach Ron Tilley . 'He brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the team. I look forward to working with him to prepare for the playoff run.'
Currently ranked #2 in the nation and #1 in the SoCal Division with an 18-2 record, the Scorpions are bringing the Sting to professional basketball in Arizona. With four home games remaining, the Scorpions are hosting the Shizouka Gymrats on February 4th and 5th. The Gmyrats have been raising funds to assist families affected by the 2011 Japan tsunami. A fundraiser will be held at both games to assist their charity.
All Scorpions home games are held at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. For more information, visit www.arizonascorpions.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki and Anton Gaddefors part ways - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki has decided to split ways with Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89). The Swedish forward joined the Serbian team at the start of the previous season. Last season the forward notched 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per Adriatic League game. In Serbian League his stats read 3.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per appearance. This season Anton Gaddefors accounted for 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in Adriatic League. Previously Anton Gaddefors played for Uppsala Basket in Sweden. Eurobasket.com named Anton Gaddefors All-Swedish Basketligan Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010. He has been the member of Swedish National Team since 2010. The forward participated at 2011 European Championship in Division B. His stats read 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals in four games played.

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  ARGENTINA   


Banda Norte bring in Derrick Miller - by Eurobasket News
Banda Norte made a change on their roster. They invited Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Georgetown, KY). In the meantime the team parted ways with Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Tulane). Derrick Miller started the season with Asociacion Espanola. The centre later moved to Atletico Cordon in Uruguay. His stats read 19.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in LUB. In January Derrick Miller signed with Plaza de Nueva Helvecia. He appeared in two games posting 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Derrick Miller had stints in Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Austria, Chile and USBL. Latinbasket.com named Derrick Miller into All-Argentinean TNA 1st Team in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2010 Derrick Miller was trumped TNA Import Player of the Year.

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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz add another victory, Amil Hamzayev scores 114 points - by Eurobasket News
Araz celebrated the seventh win in the season. The defending champions thrashed BGu 147:54. Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) stepped up with stunning 114 points to lead the winners.
Gala kept chasing the league leaders. They overcame NTL-Tudor 68:53 to stay in the second spot.
Chag Oiretim held off Aztop 63:56 to remain in the third position.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Romeo Travis claims Balkan League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Romeo Travis (200-PF-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Galil Gilboa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Mornar Bar (#3, 4-3) with 25-point margin 92-67. It allowed Galil Gilboa to consolidate first place in the Balkan League group A. Galil Gilboa have a solid 6-1 record. Travis turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Akron graduate has very impressive stats this year. Travis is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 54.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American power forward Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of second-ranked Hapoel T-A. Kelly impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Hapoel T-A lost that game 79-86 to group B's leader Levski Sofia (#1, 7-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. Hapoel T-A still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Kelly is a newcomer at Hapoel T-A and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Branko Cuic (197-G-78, agency: 011 Sports) of Timisoara (#4). Cuic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Timisoara, leading his team to a 80-69 win against #2 ranked Rilski Sportist. The chances of Timisoara ranking at the top of group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cuic could help Timisoara to bring them higher in the standings. Cuic has a very solid season. In 7 games in Balkan League he scored 6.6ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and 3.4apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski Sofia - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Zrinjski HT - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86) of Galil Gilboa - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Timisoara - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) of Torus Skopje - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dominique Archie (200-F-87) of Timisoara - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Diego Kapelan (190-G-87) of Zrinjski HT - 22 points and 4 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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  BELARUS   


Aleksandr Fomin joins Minsk-2006 - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 continue to bolster their roster. They recently landed Aleksandr Fomin (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances). The Russian forward started the season with Spartak-Primorie. He averaged 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds per game in PBL. Last season Aleksandr Fomin started with Krasnye Krilya Samara. He notched 1.4 points and 1.0 board in PBL. In EuroCup the forward averaged 2.0 points per appearance. Later Aleksandr Fomin moved to BC Rjazan. His stats read 17.8 points, 7.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals in Superleague. Aleksandr Fomin is not new to Minsk-2006. He played for the team back in 2009/10 season. Eurobasket.com named Aleksandr Fomin All-Belarusian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. Aleksandr Fomin was the member of Russian University National Team in 2011.


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  BELGIUM   


Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Generali Okapi Aalstar has announced the addition of Swedish international Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) to replace the released Torbert and injured Ruoff.
Till recently he played in Serbia for Radnicki Kragujevac, a team he also played for during the 2010-2011 season. Before that he played most of his career in Sweden for Upsalla.
The past years he was a member of the Swedish National team coached by Aalstar coach Brad Dean. He played 4 games for the senior team during the 2011 EC qualifying round in which he scored 18ppg. Anton was also on the roster of the U20 and U18 national teams.


EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets beat Aalstar on the first day of February - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Aalstar 71:63

Telekom Baskets beat Aalstar on the first day of February to close Round 4. The German side improved to 3-1 record in Group J after 71:63 win.
The German team won the first period 24-14 and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-14 in the second frame for 41:28 halftime advantage. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before an 18-13 Okapi Aalstar's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71:63 at the end of the game. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 15 points. Christopher Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) added 12 points and 6 assists and Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) scored 14 respectively for lost side.

Telekom Baskets: Benas Veikalas 15, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 12, Jared Jordan 12, Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 10
Aalstar: Christopher Young 16, Christopher Copeland 14, Kevin Kruger 12



Thanks to success over Aalstar, Bonn takes lead in Group J of EuroChallenge - by Bert Larsimont
After the win of the Hungarian side Szolnoki Olajbanyasz against the French team Elan Chalon 90-81 yesterday, Telekom Baskets Bonn of coach and former German NT guard Michael Koch took the lead in Group J of the EuroChallenge. In the second Germano-Belgian duel this week (Artland Dragons faced Antwerp Giants in Group L last evening), Telekom Baskets Bonn quickly gave no chance to their visitors of Generali Okapi Aalstar. The score evolution in the first half shows it all: 24-14 after ten minutes and 41-28 at the break. The Belgian side had a poor shooting percentage in this game: 15/41 from two-point range and 6/17 from three-point range.

All chances are not over for Okapi Aalstar but either Szolnoki Olajbanyasz or Telekom Baskets Bonn have to win their last two game to give Aalstar a last chance to reach the next stage in this competition. The third and fourth quarters were more balanced and the 5300 spectators attending the game were happy to see local stars Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, 15 points), Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, 12 points and 10 assists), Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks) and Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, 7 rebounds) stay in front despite many Belgian efforts. The third quarter ended on the following score: 58-45. Okapi Aalstar of coach Brad Dean did better in the last quarter but only reduced the gap: 71-63 as final score.

Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) was the best player with 16 points and 8 rebounds on the losing side.

Best scorers:

Telekom Bonn: Simonas Serapinas 12, Benas Veikalas 15, Jared Jordan 12, Anthony Gaffney 10, Chris Ensminger 9.
Okapi Aalstar: Christopher Young 16, Christopher Copeland 14, Kevin Kruger 12, Jorn Steinbah 9.



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  BRAZIL   


Inter Santos bring new players for their 2012 roster - by Paulo Freire
The Internacional/Pref. de Santos start to work in their roster for the dispute of the Paulista State Championship Srie A-1 2012, which will begin in March.
The team of the Santos city, will start the pre-season work on February 06, they have high expectation of making a good first step, ensuring qualification for the second phase of the competition, when the Paulista clubs that are in the NBB will be present.
So far new faces will be seen on the roster, center Carlos dos Santos (203-C-88, college: Cent.Arkansas),more knowing as Carlao dos Santos, 2m05 tall and 125kg, is one of the reinforcements with the forward Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84) who came in after a good season on the Americana team.

According to Carlao dos Santos, his last year in the United States was of much learning. 'Coach Corliss Williamson, who played at the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, taught me a lot, not only within the Court, but also outside it. My first season in Brazil after college was in Rio Claro team, I had to adapt my game to the Brazilian basketball, since I spent four years out, and I believe that has been important, although I have not seem much playing time in the court.'

The guards Feliz Baeta (195-G/F-84), Everton Moraes (196-F-87) and Chagas Oliveira (187-G-77) more kwoing as Fabricinho will be in the team. Feliz came in after playing for Olympico and Xv de Piracicaba, and Everton was playing with Gaspar in the Americana team, Fabricinho came from Mogi das Cruzes team.

Big man David Teles (204-F/C-83) will be back on court after a long period of injuries in Franca. Another sign to play inside the basket is Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) who played in Bauru and Jacarei.

From last season roster, the first player to renew his contract with the team so far is the point guard Caue Rico (182-G-82)







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  BULGARIA   


Aleksandar Yanev claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cherno More and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 21-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Chernomorets (#7, 2-14) with 16-point margin 94-78. Cherno More maintains the 5th position in Bulgarian NBL. Cherno More 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 8-8 record. In the team's last game Yanev had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Cherno More, through which he has constantly improved. Yanev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 64.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old French Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked Levski Sofia. Evtimov impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Levski Sofia to another comfortable win 92-77 over slightly higher-ranked Lukoil Academik (#1, 15-1) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Levski Sofia consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 13 matches. Evtimov is a newcomer at Levski Sofia and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American John Ofoegbu (206-C-84) of Tundja Yambol (#4). Ofoegbu scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tundja Yambol, leading his team to a 74-66 win against #3 ranked Rilski Sportist. Tundja Yambol needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Ofoegbu has a great season in Bulgaria. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrett Howell (180-PG-84) of Levski Sofia - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Simeon Iliev (202-F-89) of Cherno More - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Balkan - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Yambol - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Atanas Penev (195-F-85) of Chernomorets - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) of Cherno More - 14 points and 9 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)


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Bulgaria finishes Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria finishes Preliminary Round with no victories and will continue at the Classification Round (9-12) at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams.
In Day 3 Montenegro U16 rolled over Bulgaria U16 92:50. They won the first three quarters and nailed 23 points as well as the opponents in the last stanza. Aleksandar Dozic paced all the winners with 21 points and Vasilije Knezevic had 12 points and 14 boards. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) ended up with 14 points in the losing case.
In Day 4 Ukraine U16 outscored Bulgaria U16 82:54. The most successful was the second period when they won 32-10. Moreover they celebrated victories in the first and the last quarters. Vadym Golyk stepped up with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) and Sergiy Pryymak (199-SF-96) posted 14 each. Denis Petkov (171-PG-96) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Day 5 Germany U16 overcame Bulgaria U16 69:54. Germany easily took 23-10 in the opening period and added 16-15 in the second frame. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second half for the total result. Jonas Grof top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) nailed 11. Rumen Vasilev netted 22 in defeat and Alex Ouandie posted 17.




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  CANADA   


Moncton Miracles release Victor Morris - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles have released Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.). Morris is a 6'0 point guard that was acquired as a free agent early in November.

The Miracles are currently sitting with a 7-19 record after having beat the Halifax Rainmen 102-91 on Monday, January 30th, 2012.

The Miracles play their next game on the road against the Saint John Mill Rats on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. Game time is 7:00pm at the Harbour Station.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional Semifinals: Boston College and Deportes Castro take 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals of the Liga Nacional started last weekend. First games were played on Saturday and second games were played on Sunday.
Boston College did a great job against Los Leones in both meetings. In the first one, Boston College celebrated 81-89 victory. Visitors celebrated in Game Two as well 77-93 taking 2-0 lead in the series.
Other pair is Deporters Castro - Osorno. Deportes Castro has 2-0 lead thanks to 76-66 and 77-74 home wins.
Format of the Semifinals is best-of-five. It means that Boston College and Deportes Castro need just one more win to reach the last stage. The first chance to do it they will have next Saturday.


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Extends CBA Lead, Smith Scores 60 for Zhejiang - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong increased its lead to 4 1/2 games over idle Beijing with a 122-108 win over Liaoning. Aaron Brooks had 34 points and 5 assists. James Singleton had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhou Peng had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Zhu Fangyu scored 12. Dong Hanlin had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Shipeng had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Zheng also scored 8. Rodney Carney had 26 points for Liaoning. Li Xiaoxu, who is increasingly displaying national team caliber, had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Han Dejun, who right now looks like the second-best center in the league behind Wang Zhizhi, had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Yang Ming had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Powell had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Guo Ailun had 3 points and 6 assists.

Dongguan beat Jilin 120-98. Josh Akognon scored 32. Shavlik Randolph had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 17. 7-3 Sun Zhe had his first good performance of the season with 16 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Zhang Kai had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Osama Daghlas scored 21 for Jilin. Jameel Watkins had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Lu Wei scored 18. Cartier Martin and Chang Yasong each scored 9.

Yesterday Fujiang edged Zhejiang Guangsha 132-125 in double overtime. Will McDonald had 33 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Roberson scored 36. Zaid Abbas had 25 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists, 8 steals and 2 blocks. Gong Songlin had 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Wilson Chandler had 36 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists for Guangsha. Lin Chih-Chieh scored 27. Peter John Ramos had 24 points and 15 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 15 points and 4 rebounds.

Wang Zhizhi had one of his best games of the season, with 30 points and 10 rebounds, as Bayi sprang to life and defeated Shandong 107-87. Zhang Bo had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Xu Zhonghao had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Hu Ke scored 13 and Hu Ke had 11. Delehei, who is usually the focus of the Bayi offense, played only 9 minutes and scored 2. Allan Anderson had 21 points and 4 rebounds for Shandong. Othello Hunter had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Wu Ke had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Ding Yanyuhang had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Sun Jie had 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Xinjiang topped Shanghai 89-84. Gani Lawal had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Xirelijiang scored 17. Tim Pickett had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 steals. Mengke Bateer had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Landry had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Shanghai. Michael Harris had 14 points and 6 rebounds but fouled out in 22 minutes. Zhang Zhaoxu had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 fouls in 17 minutes. Wang Yong and Liu Ziqui each scored 9. Liu Wei had only 2 points on 1 of 7 shooting but had 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

Smith J.R. (198-G-85) had 60 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals as Zhejiang overcame Qingdao 122-110. Smith hit 14 of 18 three-pointers. Josh Boone had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Ding Jinhui had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Lester Hudson had 39 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Qingdao. Li Gen had 17 points and 4 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Cai Liang had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Marcus Williams had 40 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists as Shanxi beat Foshan 129-115. Charles Gaines had 34 points and 17 rebounds. Pan Jiang scored 19. Zhang Xuewen had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Young big man Yan Pengfei had 9 points and 9 rebounds. Michel Maadanly had 34 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals for Foshan. Marcus Haislip had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Luo Zhi scored 22. Maiwulan had 17 points and 4 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Tianjin defeated Jiangsu 105-99. Donnell Harvey had 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Nan had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Xu Guijun had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Shen Tujun scored 12. Marcus Lamizana had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Jackson Vroman had 33 points and 14 rebounds for Jiangsu. Yi Li scored 24 and Yang Li had 10. Liu Yahui had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Junjie had 8 points and 3 rebounds.



CBA Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Seventh ranked Fujian SBS XunXin won a double-overtime thriller edging one of their biggest challengers Zhejiang Guangsha Lions by seven points 132-125 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Hangzhou. But the guests from Jinjiang were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Zaid Abbas who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 steals. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach Joseph Stiebing used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Fujian SBS XunXin (15-12) moved-up to fifth place. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin will face Jilin Tigers (#12) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: bottom-ranked Foshan lost to Shanxi Zh. on the opponent's court 115-129. TianJin R. managed to outperform Jiangsu D. in a home game 105-99. Jilin NE T. was rolled over DongGuan L. on the road 120-98. Xinjiang F.T. defeated Shanghai S. on its own court 89-84. Qingdao DS was beaten by Zhejiang C. in Hangzhou 122-110. Guandong ST won against Liaoning H. at home 122-108. Shandong FB was outscored by Bayi Fubang on the opponent's court 107-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 60 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by J.R. Smith of Zhejiang C..



Shanxi Zh. - Foshan 129-115

Very expected game in Taiyuan where 17th ranked Foshan (6-20) was defeated by eighth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-11) 129-115 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. Foshan was better in fourth quarter 38-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 22 Foshan turnovers and outrebounded them 50-33 including 20 on the offensive glass. Foshan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who added 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) responded with 31 points and 4 assists and American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Foshan lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Shanghai Sharks (#9) on the road in the next round. Foshan will play against Bayi Fubang (#15) in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 40+8reb+7ast, G.Charles 34+17reb+3ast, P.Jiang 19+4reb+5ast, Z.XueWen 11+5reb+1ast, Y.PengFei 9+9reb, L.XiaoMing 6+2reb+1ast
Foshan: M.Michel 31+4reb+4ast, H.Marcus 24+10reb+2ast, L.Zhi 22+2ast, M.WuLan 17+4reb+3ast, Z.Zhun 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Lingxu 7+3reb
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TianJin R. - Jiangsu D. 105-99

Rather predictable result in Tianjin where fourteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (10-17) defeated 16th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-19) 105-99 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 6 points. TianJin Rongcheng made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. TianJin Rongcheng outrebounded Jiangsu Dragons 53-31 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and forward GuiJun Xu (202-80) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. TianJin Rongcheng's coach Paul Coughter used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and international swingman Li Yi (203-85) scored 24 points. TianJin Rongcheng have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 10-17 record. Jiangsu Dragons lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 19 games lost. TianJin Rongcheng will face league's second-placed Beijing Ducks on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Qingdao Double Star (#11).
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: H.Donnell 30+18reb+4ast, Z.Nan 22+5reb+2ast, X.GuiJun 18+8reb+3ast, S.Chun 12+1ast, L.Mamadou 11+15reb+1ast, X.Lei 7+1reb+2ast
Jiangsu D.: V.Jackson 33+13reb+2ast, Y.Li 24+2reb, Y.Li 10+1reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 8+3reb+4ast, L.Yahui 8+7reb, W.Junjie 8+3reb
gschID: 158280


DongGuan L. - Jilin NE T. 120-98

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Jilin Tigers (11-15) were rolled over on the road by third ranked DongGuan Leopards (17-10) 120-98 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by DongGuan Leopards. Jilin Tigers was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DongGuan Leopards dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Jilin Tigers' 40. DongGuan Leopards forced 20 Jilin Tigers turnovers. Jilin Tigers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 32 points (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) scored 21 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. DongGuan Leopards maintains third position with 17-10 record having six points less than leader Guandong ST. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will face Liaoning Hunters (#8) in Yingkou in the next round where they are favorite. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Fujian SBS XunXin (#5) in Jinjiang.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 32+1reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 23+7reb+2ast, Q.Biao 17+2reb, S.Zhe 16+4reb, Z.Kai 9+6reb+4ast, S.TongLin 7+6reb+1ast
Jilin NE T.: D.Osama 21+2reb+1ast, L.Wei 18+1reb+1ast, W.Jameel 17+9reb, C.Ya-Song 9+1reb+2ast, M.Cartier 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Biao 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 158281


Xinjiang F.T. - Shanghai S. 89-84

There was a small surprise in Urumqi where tenth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (13-12) beat 7th ranked Shanghai Sharks (14-12) 89-84 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shanghai Sharks won fourth quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 51-38 including 21 on the offensive glass. Shanghai Sharks were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) who added 15 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Shanghai Sharks' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Xinjiang Flying Tige maintains tenth position with 13-12 record. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: L.Gani 19+15reb, C.Tal 17+2reb+2ast, P.Tim 15+12reb+1ast, M.Bateer 11+8reb+2ast, T.ZhengDong 9+5reb+1ast, P.Duo 7+3reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: L.Marcus 20+10reb+1ast, H.Mike 14+6reb+4ast, Z.ZhaoXu 10+7reb, W.Yong-Liang 9+3reb, L.Ziqui 9+2reb+1ast, T.Wen-Ting 7+4reb
gschID: 158276


Zhejiang C. - Qingdao DS 122-110

There was no surprise in Hangzhou where 11th ranked Qingdao Double Star (12-15) was defeated by ninth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (14-11) 122-110 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Zhejiang Cyclones. Qingdao Double Star was better in second period 30-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 19 Qingdao Double Star turnovers. Strangely Qingdao Double Star outrebounded Zhejiang Cyclones 54-40 including 25 on the offensive glass. Qingdao Double Star was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 60 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) who added 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) responded with 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Zhejiang Cyclones and five Qingdao Double Star players scored in double figures. Qingdao Double Star's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Qingdao Double Star at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will face Shandong Bulls (#13) in Jinan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 60+8reb+2ast, B.Josh 18+11reb+1ast, Z.ChunJun 18+7reb+3ast, D.Jinhui 12+3reb+3ast, T.Hai 7, C.Fei 3+1reb+1ast
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 39+7reb+4ast, L.Gen 17+4reb+1ast, O.Olumide 16+13reb+8ast, C.Liang 13+9reb+1ast, S.Sani 10+11reb, C.Kai 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 158277


Guandong ST - Liaoning H. 122-108

No shocking result in a game in Dongguan where first ranked Guandong Tigers (23-4) won against 6th ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-12) 122-108 on Wednesday. Guandong Tigers made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Liaoning Hunters turnovers. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who added 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) scored 26 points. Four Guandong Tigers and five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-4 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Guandong Tigers will have a break next round. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against DongGuan Leopards (#3).
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 34+2reb+5ast, S.James 28+14reb+3ast, Z.Peng 14+7reb+3ast, Z.FangYu 12+2reb+2ast, H.Dong 9+7reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 8+5reb+3ast
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 26+3reb+1ast, L.Xiaoxu 22+11reb+1ast, H.Dejun 15+5reb, Z.QinPeng 15+4reb+5ast, Y.Ming 13+4reb+4ast, P.Josh 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 158278


Guangsha L. - Fujian XX 125-132 2OT

Seventh ranked Fujian SBS XunXin won a double-overtime thriller edging one of their biggest challengers Zhejiang Guangsha Lions by seven points 132-125 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Hangzhou. But the guests from Jinjiang were better at the end. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Fujian SBS XunXin who were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 7-7. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Fujian SBS XunXin outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 60-49 including 46 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 steals and American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who added 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds during the contest. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach Joseph Stiebing used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin (15-12) moved-up to fifth place. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin will face Jilin Tigers (#12) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 36+3reb+2ast, M.Will 33+11reb+1ast, G.SongLin 27+8reb+5ast, A.Zaid 25+24reb+4ast, Y.GengLin 6+3reb, Z.Qixin 5+4reb
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 36+21reb+6ast, L.Chih-Chieh 27+2reb+3ast, R.Peter John 24+15reb+3ast, Z.Wei 15+4reb+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 7+1ast, W.Zirui 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158274


Bayi Fubang - Shandong FB 107-87

There was a minor upset in Ningbo where 13th ranked Shandong Bulls (11-16) were crushed by fifteenth ranked Bayi Fubang (8-17) 107-87 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Bayi Fubang led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayi Fubang forced 28 Shandong Bulls turnovers. Shandong Bulls were plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman Bo Zhang (199-89) who added 19 points during the contest. Five Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) responded with 21 points and Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayi Fubang maintains fifteenth position with 8-17 record. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Bayi Fubang will face bottom-ranked Foshan (#17) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: W.ZhiZhi 30+10reb+1ast, Z.Bo 19+4reb+3ast, X.ZhongHao 17+6reb+1ast, H.Ke 13+2reb+1ast, W.Lei 11+2reb+1ast, W.ZhongGuang 7+1reb+2ast
Shandong FB: A.Alan 21+4reb+3ast, H.Othello 15+8reb, W.Ke 10+6reb, Y.Ding 9+3reb+3ast, S.Jie 9+4reb+2ast, L.Li 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 158275




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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mimica, KK Split22.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar17.5 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.2 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.9 
 8. Mrva, Jolly14.5 
 9. Zitko, Krizevci14.0 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.9 
 2. Sobin, KK Split7.4 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.1 
 4. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 7. Cakarun, Borik6.7 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.5 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.3 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci6.5 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.9 
 5. Tomas, Zabok3.2 
 6. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.2 
 7. Subotic, KK Split3.1 
 8. Mimica, KK Split3.0 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.2 
 3. Mimica, KK Split2.1 
 4. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 5. Mrva, Jolly1.6 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 7. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 8. Tomeljak, Svjet.1.5 
 9. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 10. Ridl, Darda1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.7 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.6 


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Thaddeus McFadden claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, agency: Stanley International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Usti n/Labem and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Usti n/Labem in his team's victory, helping them to beat Levice (#8, 10-15) 71-63. Usti n/Labem maintains the 11th position in Czech Republic NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Usti n/Labem have already lost 18 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game McFadden had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Usti n/Labem and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Fairmont State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McFadden is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 50.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Derek Wright (175-G-86) of NH Ostrava. Wright impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists. Of course NH Ostrava cruised to a 84-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Svitavy (#9, 9-16). NH Ostrava's 7th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at NH Ostrava and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 11.6ppg (#4). He also recorded 4.2 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Andrew Naymick (211-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) of top-ranked CEZ Nymburk. Naymick scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 84-77 win against the lower-ranked USK Praha (#6, 14-11). Many experts and fans count CEZ Nymburk as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 24 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings in . Naymick has a great season in Czech Republic. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 61.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy - 18 points and 15 rebounds
5. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84) of BK Pardubice - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of USK Praha - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-G-77) of CEZ Nymburk - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. David Machac (204-F-80) of BC Kolin - 23 points and 7 rebounds
9. Richard Field (196-F-85) of BC Kolin - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jamar Smith (191-G-87) of BK Prostejov - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Astrum Levice deafeted Inter Bratislava - by Michal Koza
Astrum Levice BK Inter Bratislava 76:66

In the only game played on Wednesday (01.02.12) Astrum Levice defeated BK Inter Bratislava 76:66. The first quarter was all about the visitors who jumped into the 10 point lead behind Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86, college: Fair Dickinson) who scored 21 points in the contest. Hosts played a much better second quarter and reduced the margin to a single point 28:29 with a stellar defense. The game was on the line until fourth quarter as teams entered last period of the game with Astrum Levice leading by one. Hosts slowly started to build a lead as Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) scored 26 and Eric Sanchez (181-PG-82) added 17. With that win Astrum Levice improved to 11-15 and remained 8th in the league standings and BK Inter Bratislava dropped to 6-20.

Astrum Levice: Sinisa Stemberger 26, Eric Sanchez 17, Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) 12.
BK Inter Bratislava: Emanuel Ubilla 21, Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) 17, Andrej Kuffa (203-F-90) 9.


EuroChallenge: Adam Morrison leads Besiktas over BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice - Besiktas 69:76

Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) leads Besiktas over BK Pardubice in the last game of Round 4. The Turkish team improved to 3-1 record in Group J after 76:69 win.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-21. But BK Pardubice won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Besiktas won the third period 23-19 as Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) scored for 58:53. Quite impressive performance for Adam Morrison who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BK Pardubice.
Thanks to the won tie-breaker over Pardubice, Besiktas, together with Fuenlabrada are also already qualified to the Quarter-Finals.

Besiktas: Adam Morrison 26, Ersin Dagli 14, Pops Mensah-Bonsu 12+12rebs, David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) 10
BK Pardubice: Marcus Arnold 27, Maurice Hampton 12



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  D-LEAGUE   


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Austin T. - Rio Grande VV 106-118
Seven players scored in double figures for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who defeated the Austin Toros, 118-106, on Tuesday. Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88, college: La-Lafayette) led all scorers with 23 points. He also had a game-best seven rebounds. Ben Uzoh had 18 points, Damian Saunders and Greg Smith each had 17 points; Will Conroy 14 points and Lee Humphrey 11. The Vipers improved to 18-10. The Toros lost for the second-straight time and dropped to 18-6. The Vipers and Toros will play again at 7:30 tonight. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Maine RC - Reno B. 102-105
The Reno Bighorns won their second straight road game Sunday, defeating the Maine Red Claws 105-102 at the Portland Expo Building. Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) had a huge game to lead the Bighorns with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The NBA D-League's leading scorer Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) posted 26 points while Bobby Simmons had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bighorns. Ahearn continued his historic streak Sunday, going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line and extending his D-League record to 106 consecutive free-throws made. On January 21, Ahearn surpassed the NBA record of 97 consecutive free-throws made and is now chasing the professional record of 138 consecutive free-throws set by the legendary John Wooden in 1936 while playing for the Indianapolis Kautzkys. The Bighorns offense was once again running smoothly, with the team dishing out 26 total assists and shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The Bighorns only turned the ball over 13 times while forcing the Red Claws into 17 turnovers. The Bighorns continue their road trip with a game against the Texas Legends on Wednesday. The team returns to Reno to take on the Bakersfield Jam on February 4 at the Reno Events Center. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 105-101
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers had their six-game winning streak stopped on Sunday afternoon with a 105-101 loss to the Texas Legends. The Vipers (17-10) trailed by 10 with 3:29 remaining and nearly caught the Legends with a 9-0 run that pulled them to within 102-101 with 1:36 left. The Vipers were held scoreless after that. Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) led the Vipers with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) had 17 points. The Vipers will next play at Austin for a back-to-back series beginning Tuesday. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Los Angeles D. - Canton C. 127-87
The Canton Charge suffered their worst loss of the season at the hands of the host Los Angeles D-Fenders, 127-87, Monday night. Los Angeles was 44-of-79 (55.7 percent) and 13-of-18 on 3-pointers. The D-Fenders' 127 points and 55 rebounds were new opponent highs for the Charge this season. LA led wire-to-wire and also attempted an opponent season-high 44 free throws. Monday's defeat comes after Canton won the first two of their three-game road trip after wins in Bakersfield on Friday and in LA Saturday. The Charge shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the floor and was just 6-of-26 on 3-pointers after going 12-of-22 during Saturday's win. Tyrell Biggs and T.J. Campbell led Canton with 14 points each, while Biggs added eight rebounds and Campbell dished out six assists. Frank Hassell came off the bench to provide 11 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Costner had 20 points for the D-Fenders. After going scoreless Saturday, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) paced LA with 27 points and five rebounds. Mardy Collins (6'6''-G-84, college: Temple) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, while Derrick Caracter put up 16 and 14 boards. The reigning D-League Performer of the Week, Manny Harris, had 10 points for his eighth straight contest with double-digit scoring. Antonio Graves scored 13 points off the bench. Canton fell to 12-15, and Los Angeles improved to 18-10. The Charge will return home this weekend for a back-to-back set with the West-leading Austin Toros on Friday and Saturday night, with both games tipping off at 7:30 p.m. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Spurs' F Malcolm Thomas assigned to D-League Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs announced Monday afternoon that rookie forward Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: San Diego St.) has been assigned to the team's D-League affiliate Austin Toros.

Thomas, an athletic 6-9, 225-pound power forward, has totaled just 1 point to go along with 3 rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time this season.

Most recently Thomas suited up for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League where in 31.5 minutes of action he posted respectable averages of 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and an impressive 2.67 blocks per game before being signed by the Spurs earlier this month.

The Toros faced the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last night. Vipers celebrated 118-106 victory.

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


San Aontio Spurs Assign Thomas to NBA D-League Affiliate Austin Toros - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The San Antonio Spurs today assigned rookie forward Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: San Diego St.) to the Austin Toros, the Spurs NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 31st time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the second assignment for Thomas this season. He was originally assigned from the Los Angeles Lakers to the L.A. D-Fenders on Dec. 17, before being waived by the Lakers on Dec. 22.

Thomas, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Spurs from the D-Fenders on Jan. 11, has appeared in three games for San Antonio this season, pulling down three rebounds and scoring one point in 15 minutes. Prior to his Call-Up, Thomas played in six games with the D-Fenders, averaging 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.

San Antonio fans can stay in step with Thomas, who is expected to join the Toros today and be available when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers tomorrow, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast to watch all of Austins games live, online, for free.

source: www.nba.com/dleague/austin/


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  EBA   


EBA Champs Metro All-Stars Offer Opportunity to Play in Peru - by EBA Media
Calvin Brown, owner of the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA champs) and the Center Court All-Stars (a new team in the Atlantic Coast Premiere Basketball Alliance), has an opportunity if you are looking for a chance to play pro basketball overseas. Center court will be hosting the first ever Center Court Classic in Peru. The tournament will start in Lima and will tour the jungle, including Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

This events coaches and owners, from over a dozen teams that will be playing, are arranging the time frame of this tournament and looking for Americans to fill the rosters.

Center court will provide three meals a day, accommodations for housing at a 3 star hotel, and the exposure needed to be picked-up by a team in Liga De Lima, a Lima-based Peruvian league. Brown is currently playing in Peru and has sent several players from the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia area to play overseas. Now you have a chance to be one of those chosen few.

The tour will run from March 1st thru the 15th. Try-outs for this event will be held January 31st for 1PM to 3PM at the Champions Field House. 40 Southlawn Court Rockville, MD 20850. Call (301) 838-7403 for additional information on location to the gym. The cost will be $50 to try out for this event.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Calvin Brown at cbrown@centercourtonline.com


Metropolitan All-Stars traveling to Lima, Peru - by Calvin Brown
The Metropolitan All-Stars will be traveling to Lima, Peru and playing in ten cities in 16 days, against some of the best talent in Peru. Metropolitan owner, Calvin Brown, Jr., has put together what appears to be a very multi-talented team of players from the east coast, USA (DC Metro area). The team leaves for Lima on February 29, 2012 and return on March 16, 2012. The teams in Peru are looking to sign USA players for their upcoming seasons. This tour is really being hyped in Peru, there are several TV, Radio and Cable commercials currently being aired through Peru. They have several big name sponsors including the Gran Hotel Bolivar, Bunker Security, MAK5, Sporade, Lima Ciudad Paratodos and many more. Tickets are currently on sale through Peru and the surrounding areas. This is going to be one of the biggest spotrs events in Peru in recent memory. Mr. Brown has been playing basketball in Lima for the past several years and has giving several others players the opporunity to play there. This tour is going to open the doors for many more players, says Mr. Brown. This tour has the potential to be a anual event in Peru and eventually spreading to other countries in South and Central America. The local promoters are very exicted about the possiblities that exists for this type of event to continue to grow and prosper and bring in others big name sponsors. Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.)

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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt U17 won Group A - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U17-Poland U16 83:65

Egypt U17 won Group A of the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams with 5-0 record. The team edged Poland U16 83:65 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.
As a favorite Egypt started with 19-15 in the first period and scored the same number of points in the second quarter. Poland replied with 17 that kept the African team in front at 38:32. Moreover Egypt needed 23-14 in the third quarter to prove their ambitions. They finished the game with 22-19 and won the fifth straight game.
Walid Abd Gawad was the last to score for the winners, while Marcin Skorek closed the game for the final result.
Ehab Saleh paced all the winners with 21 points and Walid Abd Gawad notched 17. Wessam Shafik scored 15, while Ahmed Soliman delivered 10. Kamil Zywert (183-PG-96) had 13 for the European side and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) notched 12.

Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 21, Walid Abd Gawad 17, Wessam Shafik 15, Ahmed Soliman 10
Poland U16: Kamil Zywert 13, Grzegorz Kulka 12



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Soo's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old swingman Janar Soo (199-G/F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rapla and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 38 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Rapla in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Valga/CKE (#8, 3-15) with 27-point margin 104-77. Rapla is placed at 4th position in Estonian league. Rapla is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Soo had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Rapla, through which he has constantly improved. Soo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.3ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) of Tarvas. He is Latvian center in his first season at Tarvas. In the last game Cipruss recorded impressive 28 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Tarvas lost that game 71-82 to slightly higher-ranked Tartu Ulikool (#1, 15-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tarvas still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Cipruss is a newcomer at Tarvas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#6). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tarvas' star - forward Janis Vahter (195-F-86). Vahter got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was another key player of Tarvas, helping his team with a 113-88 easy win against the lower-ranked Parnu (#7, 3-15). Tarvas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Vahter has a very solid season. In 13 games in Estonia he scored 6.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Toomas Raadik (202-C-90) of Parnu - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of Tartu Ulikool - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) of Rapla - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Valga/CKE - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) of Parnu - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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EuroChallenge: Antwerp Giants lose 81-71 at Artland Quakenbrueck - by Bert Larsimont
In front of a nice attendance of 1700 basketball fans, Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck defeated Port of Antwerp Giants 81-71 (41-30 at the half) on the fourth day of the FIBA EuroChallenge Last 16 Group L action. The Giants' loss is the third one in four games played in the group. Meanwhile, the German team of Artland Quakenbrueck clinched EuroChallenge playoff berth and has now a 4-0 record in Group L. After having taken the lead 11-15, the Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels could not avoid a crucial Dragons' 16-2 run (27-17 on the scoreboard) with Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami, FL) as leading scorers for the German team. The Giants responded well and played a tough defense (22 personal fouls in this game) but it was not enough to reduce the 11-points deficit at half-time. The beginning of the third quarter looked much better for the visitors who came closer and closer: 70-65. Nevertheless, the German side played at a higher tempo. The home team reached + 16 in the third quarter and finally won the game 81-71 despite an excellent Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Giants in this game. Nathan Peavy finished the game as top scorer with 21 points and also grabbed 4 rebounds. The German side rode strong first twenty minutes performance and secured playoff berth in this competition mainly thanks to a great long range percentage. The Dragons recorded 9/15 from three-point range in tonight's game.

On fibaeurope.com, Giants' coach Eddy Casteels commented the game: 'I think we matched up very well with the Dragons, in a competitive way. I saw my team creating a lot more stuff against the Dragons than most other teams do.'
Also on fibaeurope.com, Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch added: 'I am very, very happy and satisfied. We reached the Quarter-Finals after only four games in this group. And this is the first time the club has reached that stage in a European competition. The guys can be really proud.'

Best scorers:

Artland Quankenbrueck: Anthony King 16, David Holston 11, Nathan Peavy 21.
Port of Antwerp Giants: Michael Roll 15, Darnell Wilson 12, Julian Vaughn 12, Timothy Black 13.

See also: http://www.eurobasket.com/Germany/basketball.asp?NewsID=258195



Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Roanne 3-1 
 2. Ventspils 2-2 
 3. EWE Baskets 2-2 
 4. Leiden 1-3 
Group J
 1. Telekom Baskets 3-1 
 2. Chalon 2-2 
 3. Szolnok 2-2 
 4. Aalstar 1-3 
Group K
 1. Fuenlabrada 4-0 
 2. Besiktas 3-1 
 3. BK Pardubice 1-3 
 4. N.Novgorod 0-4 
Group L
 1. Art.Dragons 4-0 
 2. Karsiyaka 2-2 
 3. Antwerp 1-3 
 4. Triumph 1-3 


Thanks to success over Aalstar, Bonn takes lead in Group J of EuroChallenge - by Bert Larsimont
After the win of the Hungarian side Szolnoki Olajbanyasz against the French team Elan Chalon 90-81 yesterday, Telekom Baskets Bonn of coach and former German NT guard Michael Koch took the lead in Group J of the EuroChallenge. In the second Germano-Belgian duel this week (Artland Dragons faced Antwerp Giants in Group L last evening), Telekom Baskets Bonn quickly gave no chance to their visitors of Generali Okapi Aalstar. The score evolution in the first half shows it all: 24-14 after ten minutes and 41-28 at the break. The Belgian side had a poor shooting percentage in this game: 15/41 from two-point range and 6/17 from three-point range.

All chances are not over for Okapi Aalstar but either Szolnoki Olajbanyasz or Telekom Baskets Bonn have to win their last two game to give Aalstar a last chance to reach the next stage in this competition. The third and fourth quarters were more balanced and the 5300 spectators attending the game were happy to see local stars Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, 15 points), Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, 12 points and 10 assists), Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks) and Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, 7 rebounds) stay in front despite many Belgian efforts. The third quarter ended on the following score: 58-45. Okapi Aalstar of coach Brad Dean even did better in the last quarter and reduced the gap: 71-63 as final score.

Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) was the best player with 16 points and 8 rebounds on the losing side.

Best scorers:

Telekom Bonn: Simonas Serapinas 12, Benas Veikalas 15, Jared Jordan 12, Anthony Gaffney 10, Chris Ensminger 9.
Okapi Aalstar: Christopher Young 16, Christopher Copeland 14, Kevin Kruger 12, Jorn Steinbah 9.



EuroChallenge Round: 4 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Roanne - Leiden 91-56
Chorale de Roanne improved to 3-1 record in Group I of EuroChallenge after the home success over Leiden. The French celebrated an easy 91:56 win to send the Dutch side to 1-3 record. Chorale de Roanne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Leiden 35-19 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Leiden's players. The winners were led by Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points by Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) did not help to save the game for Leiden. Seamus Boxley added 15 points for lost side.

Ventspils - EWE Baskets 74-61
BK Ventspils edged EWE Baskets in the top game of Round 4 of EuroChallenge to tie both records at 2-2 in Group I. The Baltic State won 74:61 in Latvia. The German team took early 6-1 run and led 11:8 midawy through the opening period. The hosts from Latvia pushed the tempo later in the frame and Abernethy scored for 19:13 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Meiers scored for 27:19 and Gray brought 31:22. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers at 33:28. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Ventspils produced a 25-15 surge to take 58:43 after thirty minutes. Gray later closed a 7-0 run for 67:52 and Abernethy brought 72:59. The latter also made the last two free throws in the game for the final success. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gray netted 14. Meiers and Zakis followed them with 11 points each in a win. Robert Brown finished the night with 21 points for the visiting side and Adam Chubb collected 18 points and 11 caroms.

Group J
Telekom Baskets - Aalstar 71-63
Telekom Baskets beat Aalstar on the first day of February to close Round 4. The German side improved to 3-1 record in Group J after 71:63 win. The German team won the first period 24-14 and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-14 in the second frame for 41:28 halftime advantage. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before an 18-13 Okapi Aalstar's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71:63 at the end of the game. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 15 points. Christopher Young produced 16 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) added 12 points and 6 assists and Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) scored 14 respectively for lost side.

Szolnok - Chalon 90-81
Szolnok beat Chalon to tie both records in EuroChallenge Group J. The Hungarian team celebrated 90:81 victory in Szolnok. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Obie Trotter who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chalon/Saor.

Group K
BK Pardubice - Besiktas 69-76
Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) leads Besiktas over BK Pardubice in the last game of Round 4. The Turkish team improved to 3-1 record in Group J after 76:69 win. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-21. But BK Pardubice won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Besiktas won the third period 23-19 as Dagli scored for 58:53. Quite impressive performance for Adam Morrison who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BK Pardubice. Thanks to the won tie-breaker over Pardubice, Besiktas, together with Fuenlabrada are also already qualified to the Quarter-Finals.

N.Novgorod - Fuenlabrada 70-78
Fuenlabrada opened Round 4 successfully to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroChallenge. The Spanish representative overcame Nizhny Novgorod 78:70 in Russia. Laso Adrian scored the first four points in the game, but Russian team grabbed 18:15 after the first period. With no victories in the Second Round, the hosts had the last chance to remain alive in the group. They improved to 27:19, while Mainoldi cut it to 39:37 at the halftime. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) brought the guests 42:41 lead and he increased to 57:47 later in the period. Cortaberria Jon nailed three for 67:57 and Hall closed the game with a jump shot. Saul Blanco led the winners with 16 points for perfect 4-0 record. Cortaberria Jon and Laso Adrian followed them with 10 points each. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) notched 15. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) netted 11, whilst Antonov Semen added 8.

Group L
Karsiyaka - Triumph 77-79
Triumph snatched a road win over Pinar Karsiyaka in the fourth round of EuroChallenge Last 16 stage. The victory propelled Triumph at 1-3 record in Group L, while Karsiyaka slipped at 2-2 record. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) nailed 26 points to lead the charge. Triumph entered the game with their backs against the wall. They surged ahead early on and managed to establish a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Triumph continued to dominate in the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 42:31 halftime advantage. Pinar Karsiyaka stepped on the gas in the third term. They poured in 25 points but Triumph almost matched the effort staying 9 points ahead at the final break 65:56. Karsiyaka used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to narrow the gap at three points 65:68. Artem Kuzyakin and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) restored a 9-point buffer in a while and Triumph hung on to snatch a narrow win at the end. Kyle Landry notched 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) provided 18 points in the victory. Karsiyaka answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds from Mire Chatman. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points in the loss.

Art.Dragons - Antwerp 81-71
Artland Dragons celebrated the fourth straight win in EuroChallenge Group L. They held off visiting Antwerp to keep their record spotless. Nathan Peavy stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. The Giants slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Dragons eked out a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But the German team speeded things up in the second frame. The Dragons poured in 24 points to take an 11-point halftime advantage. Antwerp tried to return into the game as they narrowed the margin to 8 points at the end of the third frame. Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) put the Belgian team within 5 points early in the fourth quarter but Artland answered with six unanswered points and ran away for good. Anthony Kingfinished with 16 points, while David Holston had 11 points in the victory. Michael Roll responded with 15 points for Antwerp. Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) registered 13 points in defeat.




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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Minard, Azovmash16.4 
 3. Curry, BC Donetsk16.1 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv15.6 
 5. Simmons, CEZ N.15.4 
 6. Bell, Groningen15.0 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.14.9 
 8. McKinney, Fr.14.7 
 9. James, Aris14.7 
 10. Draper, Cedevita14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Benetton TV
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.3 
 3. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 4. Booker, Oostende8.0 
 5. Giddens, PAOK7.8 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv7.6 
 8. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.3 
 9. Francis, ALBA7.1 
 10. Falker, Cholet7.0 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Wood, ALBA5.7 
 2. Halperin, Spart.5.5 
 3. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 4. Planinic, Khimky5.2 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.8 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK4.7 
 7. Markovic, Valencia4.5 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.4.4 
 9. Rochestie, Le Mans4.4 
 10. Becirovic, Benett.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.4 
 3. Minard, Azovmash2.3 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 5. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.1 
 7. Ermis, Banvit BK2.1 
 8. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
 9. Jahovics, VEF Riga2.0 
 10. Goree, PAOK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.7 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.2 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.7 
 7. Scalabrine, Benett.1.7 
 8. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.4 
 10. Falker, Cholet1.3 


Nando De Colo gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
French Nando De Colo (202-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Valencia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16).
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 32 points adding five assists for Valencia in his team's victory, helping them to beat CEZ Nymburk (#2, 2-1) 80-71. It allowed Valencia to consolidate first place in the Eurocup group I. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Valencia already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Valencia, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 10.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) of league's best team Spartak SP. Mavrokefalidis impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Spartak SP to another comfortable win 81-68 over Krka (0-3) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the Top 16 for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Mavrokefalidis is a newcomer at Spartak SP and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Valencia's star - American Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports). Caner-Medley scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Valencia, helping his team with a 80-71 win against #2 ranked CEZ Nymburk in a game of the week. Valencia started extremely well this Top 16. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in group I. Caner-Medley turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Caner-Medley has a great season in Eurocup. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Traore (207-C-85) of Lokomotiv - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of VEF Riga - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Baris Ermis (194-G-85) of Banvit BK - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84) of ASVEL - 9 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87) of BC Donetsk - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) of Benetton TV - 17 points, 4 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)


Ilıevski to Kuban - by Uygar Karaca
According to novosti.rs and basketnews.fr; Vlado Ilıevski lands at Lokomotiv Kuban where Maljkovic coaches. Ilıevski started the season at Efes, however he did not answer the expectations up to now. Olivier Lafayette was signed lately and that means Vlado would need a new team. Lokomotiv Kuban has a strong position in Eurocup, fighting for quarter final playoffs and got their first loss of Last 16 stage against Benetton yesterday. They have suffered much from the injuries this season, just like Vlado Ilievski in his whole career.

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Korisliiga Round 29: Top-ranked Joensuun Kataja wins another game - by Eurobasket News
Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (22-4) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (13-13) 96-91. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Torpan Pojat won second period 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Joensuun Kataja won last quarter 29-26. Joensuun Kataja made 31-of-35 free shots (88.6 percent) during the game, while Torpan Pojat only scored ten points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) answered with 19 points for Torpan Pojat. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 22-4 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) on the road in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (18-6) played at the court of 6th ranked LrNMKY (11-15). Loimaan Korikonkarit defeated LrNMKY 79-67. American players dominated the game. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Jeb Ivey chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second place with 18-6 record having six points less than leader Kataja. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Kouvot (#9) in Kouvola in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LrNMKY will play on the road against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Namika Lahti (7-20) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (15-10) on Wednesday. The visitors from Tampere managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated also this game. Damon Williams nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Malik Moore came up with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Namika Lahti in the defeat. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. Loser Namika Lahti stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home league's leader Joensuun Kataja in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 29 Korihait was beaten by Salon Vilpas on the road 66-56. Kouvot lost to KTP on its own court 62-70.



Salon Vilpas - Korihait 66-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Salon Vilpas' (11-16) home victory over 10th ranked UU-Korihait (9-17) 66-56 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-56. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) accounted for 16 points and 6 assists. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) added 13 points and 6 steals respectively for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Salon Vilpas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with KTP. Loser UU-Korihait keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Salon Vilpas will meet KTP-Basket (#7) in the next round. UU-Korihait will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Korihait: C.Johnson 14+7reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 13+2reb+3ast, N.Moore 9+3reb+3ast, J.Reaves 9+7reb, N.Malinen 5+3reb, P.Heinonen 4+5reb
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 16+4reb+6ast, A.Durham 14+15reb+3ast, R.Ahonen 11+1reb+3ast, S.Kaaresvirta 10+3reb, J.Fields 8+8reb+1ast, J.Kataja 7+5reb+3ast
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Namika Lahti - Pyrinto 83-86

Eleventh-ranked Namika Lahti (7-20) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (15-10) on Wednesday. The visitors from Tampere managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Namika Lahti won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. American players dominated also this game. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) accounted for 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) came up with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Namika Lahti in the defeat. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. Loser Namika Lahti stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home league's leader Joensuun Kataja in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: B.Bailey 23+5reb+1ast, M.Moore 19+9reb+6ast, R.Brooks 16+2reb+4ast, R.Suonio 12+4reb+2ast, S.Pekkola 7+1reb+2ast, J.Vanttaja 4+6reb
Pyrinto: A.Williams 26+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 24+5reb+5ast, A.Lehto 16+6reb+1ast, K.Lowe 8+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+6reb, A.Nikkila 4+13reb+1ast
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Kataja - ToPo 96-91

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (22-4) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (13-13) 96-91. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Torpan Pojat won second period 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Joensuun Kataja won last quarter 29-26. Joensuun Kataja made 31-of-35 free shots (88.6 percent) during the game, while Torpan Pojat only scored ten points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) answered with 19 points and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 22-4 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) on the road in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: H.Mottola 19+4reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 17+5reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 16+3reb, J.Wilson 11+4reb+7ast, C.Griffin 10+3reb+3ast, E.Lehtinen 9+8reb
Kataja: P.Virtanen 17+3reb+3ast, J.Newson 17+12reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 16+1reb+2ast, B.Walker 16+5reb+4ast, S.Lehtoranta 11+10reb+2ast, J.Price 8+4reb
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LrNMKY - Nilan Bisons 67-79

The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (18-6) played at the court of 6th ranked LrNMKY (11-15). Loimaan Korikonkarit defeated LrNMKY 79-67. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. LrNMKY was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second place with 18-6 record having six points less than leader Kataja. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Kouvot (#9) in Kouvola in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LrNMKY will play on the road against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 19+8reb+1ast, T.Tiedeman 14+4reb+2ast, D.Haynes 11+5reb+4ast, P.Riihela 9+7reb, J.Jarvinen 7+6reb+2ast, A.Tapio 3
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 16+6reb+2ast, M.Zeno 16+6reb+5ast, R.McDade 14+7reb, S.Latvala 10+1reb+1ast, C.Jones 10+12reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 6+2reb+1ast
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Kouvot - KTP 62-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Kouvot (10-16) lost to eighth ranked KTP-Basket (11-16) in Kouvola 62-70 on Wednesday. Kouvot trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 14-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-70 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Kouvot in the defeat. KTP-Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Loser Kouvot dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. KTP-Basket will meet at home Salon Vilpas (#8) in the next round. Kouvot will play against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Jordan 19+7reb+1ast, I.Seppala 12+3reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 11+5reb+2ast, A.Brown 9+9reb+2ast, A.Akpaso 7+1reb, T.Rintala 4+6reb+3ast
KTP: T.Crocker 17+8reb+3ast, T.Blue 14+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+3reb+2ast, M.Pounds 8+1ast, J.Matinen 7+5reb, J.Lehtoranta 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141766




KORISLIIGA: Tim Blue The Player of January - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (KTP Basket, Kotka) has been named The Player of January. KTP was 4-2 in six games last month and team's key player was Blue averaging 26,3 ppg - 7,2 rpg - 2,8 bpg. Blue is right now also the leading scorer in Top League (22,52 ppg). The nomination in October hit American sharpshooter Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (Bisons, Loimaa), in November American F Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) (Kataja, Joensuu) and in December Finnish F Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) (Kataja, Joensuu).

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Batum's knee injury is just bruise - by Eurobasket News
Sometimes, when people cant sleep, they kill some time by watching TV.

Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) did just that early Tuesday morning, except it wasnt Law and Order or CSI -- it was footage of his fourth-quarter fall against the Utah Jazz.

'I probably watched it 20 times', the Frenchman said.

Before Tuesday's practice, Batum underwent MRI on the right knee he injured in the final of minute of Mondays loss to the Jazz. The tests revealed that it is no more than a contusion and that Batum is day-to-day. He thought it would be much worse.

After what happened with (Brandon) Roy and Greg (Oden), I thought it was my turn, Batum said. I thought I was done for the season.

It has become the Trail Blazers way in years past to lose a piece long-term due to a knee injury. Roys knees forced him to retire. Odens knees have kept him out for all but 82 games of his career.

Jeff Pendergraph went down in a preseason game vs. Utah last year, and Elliot Williams missed his rookie season due to surgery.

Batum, of course, should return to the court much more quickly, but an exact date is hard to pinpoint.

He will definitely miss Wednesdays game against the Charlotte Bobcats. And while he will make the trip to Sacramento for Thursdays game vs. the Kings, he is still unsure whether he will take the court, saying I wont play unless Im pain-free.

Batum has said that before 2012 is a big year for him. But this goes beyond the fact that hes trying to land a big contract this offseason.

When the injury initially occurred, he said the first thing that went through his mind is that he might miss the Olympics in London.

Thats the main goal, said Batum, adding that he received a 4 a.m. text from fellow Frenchman and San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who had similar concerns. I was scared.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Batums Olympic endeavors should proceed as planned. But Wednesday, the Blazers are going to have to adjust without him.

Portland coach Nate McMillan did not say specifically who would see more court time because of Batums injury, but suggested it could be guard Elliot Williams or forward Luke Babbitt. More than anything, he just looked relieved that this would not be a long-term problem.

Looking at the tape last night, it looked like his knee really buckled, McMillan said. It just looked bad on tape. The good news is, its just a contusion.

Courtesy of www.columbian.com


EuroChallenge: Szolnok beat Chalon to tie both records - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Chalon 90:81

Szolnok beat Chalon to tie both records in EuroChallenge Group J. The Hungarian team celebrated 90:81 victory in Szolnok.
The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. After Malcolm made just one of two free-throws for Chalon, Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) nailed a three-pointer for an 81:68 lead. Chalon chipped away at the deficit but got no closer than six the remainder of the game. The hosts were 11 of 25 from long range and Chalon five of 18.
It was a very good performance for Obie Trotter who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Blake Schilb replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chalon/Saor.

Szolnok: Brandon Gay 18, Obie Trotter 18, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 15, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 13
Chalon: Blake Schilb 20, Alade Aminu 15, Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 13, Michel Jean-Baptiste 13



Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: France grabbed the top position in Group B - by Eurobasket News
France grabbed the top position in Group B at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams as they beat Russia and handed them their first loss. France U16 edged Russia U16 68:56 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Trailing 5 points at the halftime, France needed 21-12 in the third quarter to seal the victory. Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) paced all the winners with 21 points and Cyrille Vanerot (194-F-96) netted 14. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) answered with 16 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 France U16 beat Germany U16 53:47. The latter surprised the opponents with 18-9 in the opening period but could not win the game. France produced the victories in the last three quarters to win the game. Antoine Wallez poured in 13 points and Cyrille Vanerot scored 10. Constantin Ebert, Joschka Ferner (200-F-96) and Jan-niklas Wimberg scored 9 points each in defeat.
In Day 4 Montenegro U16 surprised France U16 53:48. Montenegro won the first period 16-6 and added 12-11 in the last frame. Vasilije Knezevic (200-C-96) erupted with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Petar Popovic scored 11. Antoine Wallez produced 12 points for the French side.




EuroChallenge: Chorale de Roanne improved to 3-1 record in Group I - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Leiden 91:56

Chorale de Roanne improved to 3-1 record in Group I of EuroChallenge after the home success over Leiden. The French celebrated an easy 91:56 win to send the Dutch side to 1-3 record.
Chorale de Roanne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Leiden 35-19 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Leiden's players. The winners were led by Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points by Jevohn Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) did not help to save the game for Leiden. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) added 15 points for lost side.

Roanne: Dylan Page 18, Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) 14, Rick Jackson 11, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) 10
Leiden: Seamus Boxley 15, Jevohn Shepherd 12



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KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom lands Vucurovic - by Eurobasket Center
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Vucurovic played most recently at KK Mogren Budva (Montenegro). While playing 11 games for Mogren this season he averaged 19.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He is a very experienced player. Vucurovic played also pro basketball in Bosnia, China, France, Germany and Serbia.


Lokomotiv Kuban officially gets Vlado Ilievski - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban officially announced that Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) will spend rest of the season with them. The Russian club, Ilievski and Anadolu Efes agreed a loan, so the Macedonian PG will continue his career with the Kuban team. Vlado Ilievski joined Anadolu Efes last summer. He appeared 10 times in Euroleague averaging 2.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds. He had slightly better numbers for 11 games in TBL. Before Anadolu Efes, Ilievski played for Union Olimpija, Tau Ceramica, Montepaschi, Roma, VidiVici Bologna and Barcelona. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 10 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.3 apg in 11 games with the Macedonian National Team. They were the most pleasant surprise at this event and reached Semifinals. Ilievski will make his debut with Lokomotiv next week against Benetton TV. After that, Lokomotiv will meet CSKA Moscow in Russian league.

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Igor Milosevic Joins The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have reacted to their injury woes by bringing in Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket). Milosevic is a 25 year old 193cm point guard that has the Serbian/Greek citizenship. This season he played for BC Astana (Kazakhstan) averaging 3,0ppg and 2,3apg in four games. He might only be 25, but he has very much playing experience and the Phantoms are sure that he can help the team in the stretch run. 'He has played many years at the highest level. He can give us a lot on offense and defense. He is able to stop fast players with his athletcism', stressed Phantoms head coach Sebastian Machowski. Already in 2008, he was seen as an NBA draft pick in that he can organize the game of his team with characteristic easyness, he is the coach in the court. He has very good penetration skills and his basketball IQ is quite high. He can pass the ball off the drive with positive results. In the shooting department he looks quite consistent. He enjoys range out to the three point line. He has great ball-handling and dribbling skills as well.

Milosevic started his basketball career in 2003 where he played for Iraklis Thessaloniki until 2005. He then played for top team KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd from 2005-2008 playing a total of 16 ULEB cup games. In 2008-2009, he played for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1): Euroleague: 5 games: 0.0ppg; Greek League: 15 games: 2.6ppg. In 2009-2010, he was oaned to Marousi BC (Greece-A1): Greek League: 11 games: 4.6ppg, 1.8apg; Euroleague: 9 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg, in Jan.'10 moved to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: 14 games: 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.5apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 63.0%; Baltic League: 6 games: 15.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 81.3%. Last season, he played for oaned to Marousi BC (Greece-A1): Greek League: 11 games: 4.6ppg, 1.8apg; Euroleague: 9 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg, in Jan.'10 moved to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: 14 games: 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.5apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 63.0%; Baltic League: 6 games: 15.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 81.3%.

Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Greek U18 National Team -04, EC U18 Challenge Round -04: 5 games: 23.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, 2.6spg
Greek League Semifinals -04, European Championships U18 in Zaragoza -04, Greek U23 All-Star Game -05, Greek U20 National Team -05-06, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05 (Eurobasket.com All-Tournament Honorable Mention): 8 games: 10.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 40%, FT: 56%, Serbia and Montenegro Cup Winner -06, ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -06, 07, Adriatic League Semifinals -06, Serbia and Montenegro League Regular Season Runner-Up -06, Serbia and Montenegro League Finalist -06, Hoop Summit -06 (World Team Selection), European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 7 games: 14.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 30%, FT: 74.3%, Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals -07, 08, Serbian League Finalist -07, Adriatic League Quarterfinals -08, Greek Cup Finalist -09, Euroleague Final Four -09
Greek League Regular Season Champion -09, Greek League Finalist -09, Greek 'B' National Team -09, Mediterranean Games -09, Lithuanian Cup Winner -10, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports/Bosmans Team -10, Baltic League Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Baltic League Finalist -10, Lithuanian League Regular Season Champion -10, Lithuanian League Champion -10, Turkish Cup Semifinals -11, and Kazakhstan Cup Winner -12.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig




Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Germany sealed the Quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Germany sealed the Quarterfinal birth at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. The team won over Bulgaria in the last game of the Preliminary Round.

In Day 3 France U16 beat Germany U16 53:47. The latter surprised the opponents with 18-9 in the opening period but could not win the game. France produced the victories in the last three quarters to win the game. Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) poured in 13 points and Vanerot scored 10. Constantin Ebert (180-PG-96), Joschka Ferner and Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) scored 9 points each in defeat.

In Day 4 Russia U16 selection beat Germany U16 68:60. Russia ran away and Germany chased in the third quarter which ended 49-47. In final minutes, Russia again had an answer for their rival and Pavel Afanasevs 20 points Aleksandr Gavrilovs 22 points help them to win 68:60. Aleksandr Gavrilov stepped up with 22 points and Pavel Afanasev added 20. Joschka Ferner delivered 12 points in defeat, whilst Kevin Casper (199-F-96) and Jan Wimberg had 11 each.

In Day 5 Germany U16 overcame Bulgaria U16 69:54. Germany easily took 23-10 in the opening period and added 16-15 in the second frame. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second half for the total result. Jonas Grof (196-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Jan Wimberg nailed 11. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) netted 22 in defeat and Alex Ouandie posted 17.



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets beat Aalstar on the first day of February - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Aalstar 71:63

Telekom Baskets beat Aalstar on the first day of February to close Round 4. The German side improved to 3-1 record in Group J after 71:63 win.
The German team won the first period 24-14 and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-14 in the second frame for 41:28 halftime advantage. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before an 18-13 Okapi Aalstar's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71:63 at the end of the game. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 15 points. Christopher Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) added 12 points and 6 assists and Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) scored 14 respectively for lost side.

Telekom Baskets: Benas Veikalas 15, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 12, Jared Jordan 12, Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 10
Aalstar: Christopher Young 16, Christopher Copeland 14, Kevin Kruger 12



Isaiah Swann (ratiopharm Ulm) David Holston Always Surprises You - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Germantown, Maryland that is playing his first season in Germany for ratiopharm Ulm. He is an athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers. He played at Florida State from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 24 games: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 38.8%, FT: 84.0%. In his rookie season in 2008, he played for three teams including Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 15 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.9%; left in Jan.'09, in Feb.'09 moved to Harem Scafati (Italy-Lega2): 1 game: 4pts, 1reb, 2steals, 1block; in March '09 signed at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 87.5%. In 2009-2010, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 27 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 81.5%. Last season, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, in Dec.'10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 24 games: 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 84.1%. He was Israeli Premier League Champion in 2010. He spoke with Eurobasket about basketball.

How much of a luxury is it to have three strong point guards with Per Guenther, Tommy Mason-Griffin and yourself?

It is a very unique situation. We can all play the position one and two. We can create for ourselves and for each other as well as for our teammate. Most teams that I have seen have one or two point guards so having our situation is a big help.

What was it like playing against ex NBA player Jamison Brewer?

It was nice playing against Jamie that is what I called him back in the day. I played at the same high school along with other players like James White and Demarcus Johnson. I watched him play back then and he was always a great point guard. He can find other players like no other. He doesnt score much. But he is always finding his teammates. It was good seeing him and it was the first time that I played against him.

What were the main reasons for the fast start of ratiopharm Ulm this season?

We play for each other and there is never one player that wants to do it all himself. Every player knows how to do his part and we never give up. Each guy is a competitor and nobody on this team likes to lose including coach.

Where did the strong nerves come from early in season as you won a number of close games?

I think that it has to do with experience. We know that each guy has to step it up in crunch time and each guy accepts it. We fight until the end and you can never count out ratiopharm Ulm.

How tough was it playing the first seven of nine games on the road?

It reminds back when I played in the ACC. It was always tough to win on the road. We knew early on that we would start with many road games because our new arena was being built so we had to be up to the challenge. We started extra early in the pre season and really got ready for adversity.

How quickly did you get used to the small Kuhberg gym which is like night and day when comparing it to the Donald Tucker center at Florida State where you played that sat 12,200?

We didnt always fill the stands at Florida State, but we do at Ulm. I like playing in the Kuhberg gym. The fans are great and give a lot of support.

You are playing the first time for a German coach with Thorsten Leibenath. How have you gotten used to his style?

Leibenath is our style. It fits the team perfect. He was able to find the right group of guys that fit his system best. He is a great coach that is young and he wants to win. He pushes us hard, but at the same time knows when to have fun. But when it comes down to business then he is all business.

What are the advantages of having you and Per Guenther on the floor at the same time?

We both create. I play more the two position. When I am on ball screens, I can make decisions. Per is the same in which he can score and pass.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I would say my passing. Most people see me as a scorer, but I think that I can do it all. I think I am unique because even though I play more the two, my pg qualities help me make good decisions at that position.

Which Ulm players have impressed you the most this season so far?

Mason-Griffin and Bryant. Tommy does so much that helps us. When he stops his man then he pushes the ball up and is unstoppable on transition. Bryant is a beast with soft hands. He rebounds so well and is just dominant at his position.

If you could take a quality from David Holstons game what would you chose?

He is so fearless. He will go to the cup time in and time out get banged up, but always come back. He always suprises you. He is a great talent.

You are from Maryland. How was your childhood?

I grew up with my mom and sister. My childhood was all about basketball. All what I wanted to do was play basketball. That also motivated to get me through school. My mom worked 2-3 jobs and helped me and my sister get through life. Now I do what I can to help her.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

I liked Magic Johnson who could do it all and play all five positions and Isiah Thomas who was unstoppable. They are both competitors and I think that is where I got my competiveness. They both hated to lose just like me.

What will you remember most from the Florida State-Florida rivalry?

We both hated each other. We didnt know each other, but you just had to hate the other. It was nothing personal, but as soon as it was game time we fought to win. We beat them a few times. It was always like a back board brawl.

You played together with top players Al Thornton, Alexander Johnson, Von Wafer and Tony Douglas at Florida State. With what player did you get along best with?

Al Thornton and I were very close. He was always joking around and kept the fun going on the team. We still keep in touch and I also had a good relationship with Tony Douglas. I visited him last season.

What was the most crazy thing that you saw Al Thornton do on the court?

When he scored 45 points at Miami. He hit like 80% of his shots. It was as if Michael Jordan hit for 50 points.

You played three seasons in Israel. Would you back and play there if you could some day?

Sure I would go back if I got the right situation. I was very successful there going to three Final 4s and winning one title.

What do you like most about Ulm?

Ulm is quiet and not to big and too small. It makes me feel good getting support of the fans when you walk around town and get recognized.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row in a practice?

86

What was your most crazy shot that you made in a game?

It was this season at Bamberg. It was an isolation play and Tibor Pleiss was guarding me on the wing. The shot clock was running down and suddenly I looked at the clock and there were two seconds remaining and I just flung the ball and it went in. The Bamberg crowd was silent.

Who wins a one on one, you or Per Guenther?

If we were too play, I would get him.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Horrible Boses with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

Thanks Isaiah for the chat.





Sascha Kesselring Goes To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Shortly before the end of the transfer period, PRO A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen have struck by getting Sascha Kesselring (209-C-85). He is a 26 year old 209cm center that last played for the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf where he averaged 1,6ppg and 2,1apg in 9 minutes per game. He Knows how to use his big and strong body for rebounds and position. Blessed with a smooth shot he likes to step out to score. Has an extremly good catch, handles and passes the ball well, plays pretty smart for his age. Improves constantly his fundamentals for the low post spot. A player with a strong character and an offensive mind, ready to try to beat his opponent at any time, not ignoring the better positioned teammate. 'We are happy that we could get such an experieced player like him. Since we still needed help on that position, we were able to get him quickly', stated ETB Wohnbau Baskets sport director Markus Horn. He started his basketball career in 2001 with Boblingen (Germany - Oberliga - Division 4). He has much experience in Germany having played for teams like SV Tubingen (2.Bundesliga), BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga), EnBW Ludwigsburg where he played 19 Beko BBL games and three ULEB cup games, VfL Kirchheim Knights, FC Schalke, Cuxhaven BasCats, and last season for the s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (ProA) 29 games: 7.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 52.7%, FT: 62.6%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Bundesliga Rookie All-Star Game -04, German 2.Bundesliga (Group South) Champion -04, Was invited June 2004 to Dirk Nowitzkis Personal summer work-out at Starnberger See/Germany., German Under 21 Champion 2005, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -07, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Regular Season Runner-Up -08, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Runner-Up -10, 11.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen




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Nikos Pappas comes for PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) will be the new player of PAOK Thessaloniki. The team of Thessaloniki replaced a lot of athletes the last weeks with others that were more financially approachable. From the start of the season coach Markopoulos was looking for a good shooting player. The one is Nikos Pappas who is a shooting guard and has played again in the basketleague for Kolossos
the periods 2009-2010 and 2010-11.

Last season with Kolossos, Pappas had 7.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.3apg in 25 matches.


Olympiakos destroys Anadolu Efes in Q4 for the first win in Top 16, 83-65 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Anadolu Efes 83-65

Olympiakos blasted Anadolu Efes in the last ten minutes registering the first victory in Euroleague Top 16. The Reds celebrated 83-65 and joined Efes with 1-2 record in Group E. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the home squad with 18 points. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) had 15 points and Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) helped with 10 points, plus 5 rebounds. For the guests, Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) shined with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 12, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83, agency: Duran International) added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Olympiakos made 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes of play and Efes cut the margin to 41-36 until the halftime. Visitors took control on Olympiakos after the breather and managed to tie the score to 53-53 at the end of Q3. Vassilis Spanoulis and his teammates exploded at the beginning of the last period and created 11-0 run. They jumped to 73-58 with less than five minutes to go and later had no troubles to keep the lead. Quarters: 20-12, 21-24, 12-17, 30-12. Two teams will meet again next week, but Efes will be the host.

Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis, Konstantinos Sloukas 15, Joey Dorsey 10+5 biards
Anadolu Efes: Tarence Kinsey 14+8 boards, Sasha Vujacic 12, Esteban Batista 11+6 boards


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EuroChallenge: Chorale de Roanne improved to 3-1 record in Group I - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Leiden 91:56

Chorale de Roanne improved to 3-1 record in Group I of EuroChallenge after the home success over Leiden. The French celebrated an easy 91:56 win to send the Dutch side to 1-3 record.
Chorale de Roanne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Leiden 35-19 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Leiden's players. The winners were led by Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points by Jevohn Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) did not help to save the game for Leiden. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) added 15 points for lost side.

Roanne: Dylan Page 18, Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) 14, Rick Jackson 11, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) 10
Leiden: Seamus Boxley 15, Jevohn Shepherd 12



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EuroChallenge: Szolnok beat Chalon to tie both records - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Chalon 90:81

Szolnok beat Chalon to tie both records in EuroChallenge Group J. The Hungarian team celebrated 90:81 victory in Szolnok.
The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. After Malcolm made just one of two free-throws for Chalon, Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) nailed a three-pointer for an 81:68 lead. Chalon chipped away at the deficit but got no closer than six the remainder of the game. The hosts were 11 of 25 from long range and Chalon five of 18.
It was a very good performance for Obie Trotter who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Blake Schilb replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chalon/Saor.

Szolnok: Brandon Gay 18, Obie Trotter 18, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 15, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 13
Chalon: Blake Schilb 20, Alade Aminu 15, Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 13, Michel Jean-Baptiste 13



Standings - B Division
B Division Standings
East
 1. EKF Hesz Gep. 11-2
 2. Salgotarjani 10-2
 3. MTK Torokbalint 9-2
 4. Kecskemeti Foi. 7-4
 5. Bajai FKE 7-6
 6. EnterNet Vas. 7-6
 7. Nagykorosi 7-6
 8. Phoenix KK 4-8
 9. DEAC 4-9
 10. Obudai 2-10
 11. Szerencs 0-13
West
 1. Kanizsa 12-2
 2. Veszpremi 11-3
 3. Gyorszol 10-4
 4. Bonyhadi 9-5
 5. SMAFC-NYME 9-5
 6. Bp. Honved 8-6
 7. PTE-PEAC PVSK 8-6
 8. TF Budapest 6-8
 9. MAFC 5-9
 10. Ceragem 3-11
 11. Treff 2-12
 12. FKSZC-Sarvar 1-13


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Standings
IBA Standings
 1. Albany L. 0-0
 2. Battle Creek K. 0-0
 3. Chicago R. 0-0
 4. Gary Splash 0-0
 5. Kankakee S. 0-0
 6. Kenosha B. 0-0
 7. L.Angeles L. 0-0
 8. Lake County S. 0-0
 9. Lansing C. 0-0
 10. Springfield E. 0-0


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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Latest results on Icelanders in Europe.

Sweden.
Norrkoping 97. Sundsvall 96. Hard loss for Dragons on a buzzer.. Jakob Sigurdarson leading scorer in the game with 28 points, 1 reb, 5 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks 6/9 from three point line. Hlynur Baeringsson with another double-double 18 pts 10 boards and 3 assist.08 Stockholm 88 Uppsala 84. Helgi Magnusson with good game 28 points.
Jamtland 72. Solna 81 Brynjar Bjornson 8 pts 3 rebs for Jamtland. Logi Gunnarsson 16, 4 boards and 4 assist.
Solna 100 Boras 95 Logi Gunnarsson 11 pts 2 rebs 1 assist.
08 Stockholm 74 Jamtland 87 Helgi Magnusson 14 pts, 9 rebs 3 assist. Brynjar Bjornsson 13 pts.
Germany. Pro A.
MBC 81 Jena 73 Hordur Vilhjalmsson 22 points, 1 board and 4 assist.
Spain.
CAI Zaragoza 73 Valladolid 58. Jon Stefansson 6 pts, 4 rebounds 1 assist
Aissignia Manresa 79 Joventut 92. Haukur Palsson 3 points 1 rebounds.


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ASEAN League: Thailand Slammers tame Indonesia Warriors on the road - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 70:82

Thailand Slammers snapped three-game losing skid tonight. They upset Indonesia Warriors away from home to improve at 2-3 record in ASEAN League standings. Chester Tolomia (191-G-80) scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the defending champions. Indonesia Warriors slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
The Slammers led by five points after ten minutes of action 23:18. The hosts managed to cut the deficit to just 3 points at the interval 37:40. But the third term saw the Slammers taking off as they entered the fourth period up by 11 points and never looked back en route to the win. DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) posted 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) added 12 points and 17 rebounds in the win. The Warriors answered with 18 points from Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.). Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 18, Steve Thomas 16+11 boards
Thailand Slammers: Chester Tolomia 24, DeAndre Thomas 20+11 boards, Kenneth Walker 12+17 boards



Indonesian NBL round 21 best performance: Pringgo Regowo - by Eurobasket News
Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Aspac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed Stadium Jak. (#6, 7-6) with 17-point margin 84-67. Aspac maintains the 2nd position in Indonesian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Aspac would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 11-2 record. It's Regowo's second year at Aspac and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pringgo Regowo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.6rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar. Sasmito had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Pacific Caesar to edge slightly lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#11, 1-12) 67-62. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Pacific Caesar keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Sasmito is a newcomer at Pacific Caesar, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85) of Stadium Jak. (#6). Ferdiansyah scored 24 points. Despite Ferdiansyah's great performance Stadium Jak. lost 67-84 to the higher-ranked Aspac (#2, 11-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Stadium Jak. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Ferdiansyah has a great season in Indonesia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrie Ekayana (182-SG-82) of CLS Knights - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) of Aspac - 18 points and 2 rebounds
6. Welyanson Situmorang (188-F-82) of Satria Muda - 12 points and 13 rebounds
7. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-SG-86) of CLS Knights - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Comfort Mobile - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dewa Galih (185-SF-87) of Pacific Caesar - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Dirk Gerungan (182-PG-87) of Aspac - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


NBL Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Jakarta was quite interesting. Fourth ranked CLS Knights (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (7-7). CLS Knights defeated Stadium Jakarta 68-56 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Stadium Jakarta managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 21.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.6 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 23 Stadium Jakarta turnovers. International forward Dwi Haryoko (193-F-85) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights maintains fourth position with 10-4 record, which they share with Garuda. Stadium Jakarta at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bandung. Local Garuda (10-4) outscored 12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-13) 75-43. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Vinton Nolland contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) replied with 8 points and 5 rebounds for Satya Wacana. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CLS Knights. Satya Wacana at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Garuda will play against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya in the next round where they are favorite. Satya Wacana will play at home against Muba Hangtuah in Pandang to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 22 Aspac crushed Comfort Mobile in Jakarta 71-47. Pelita Jaya smashed Bima Sakti at home 74-49.


Comfort Mobile - Aspac 47-71

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (3-12) was crushed by second ranked Aspac (12-2) 71-47. The game was mostly controlled by Aspac. Comfort Mobile was better in third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Handri Santosa (182-92) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Oei Abraham Trisakti (180-91) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Aspac players scored in double figures. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Johanis Ingutali (194-87) added 9 points in the effort for Comfort Mobile. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aspac have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Satria Muda. Comfort Mobile lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aspac: H.Santosa 15+8reb+1ast, O.Abraham Trisakti 13+2reb+7ast, A.Arizki 12+9reb, O.Wira Sanjaya 10+4reb, S.Harun Nurman 6+2reb+2ast, M.Irman 6+4reb+1ast
Comfort Mobile: A.Sabara 19+7reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 9+2reb+2ast, H.Kurniawan 5+5reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 5+7reb+1ast, P.Susanto 4+6reb, S.Afriatna 2+1reb
gschID: 166092


Pelita Jaya - Bima Sakti 74-49

No shocking result in a game in Jakarta where third ranked Pelita Jaya (11-3) smashed 8th ranked Bima Sakti (4-9) 74-49. The game was mostly controlled by Pelita Jaya. Bima Sakti was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Sakti to just 7 points in second quarter. Pelita Jaya held Bima Sakti to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 19 Bima Sakti turnovers and outrebounded them 52-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. Center Fidyan Dini (195-83) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Untung Gendro Maryono (198-89) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bima Sakti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 11-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Bima Sakti lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Pacific Caesar. Pelita Jaya will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bima Sakti will play against the league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 17+5reb, F.Dini 11+8reb, P.Indrawan 8+8reb+1ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 8+4reb+4ast, E.Sebayang 7+3reb+2ast, G.Gumilar 6+2reb
Bima Sakti: U.Gendro Maryono 11+7reb, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 10+6reb, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 8+8reb, G.Virgian 7+4reb+4ast, H.Gunawan 6+2reb, S.Cahyadi 5+2reb
gschID: 166089


Garuda - Satya Wacana 75-43

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bandung. Local Garuda (10-4) outscored 12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-13) 75-43. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Satya Wacana was better in second period 15-14. 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 4 points in third quarter. Garuda forced 25 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 45-26 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Satya Wacana was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Vinton Nolland (194-82) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) replied with 8 points and 5 rebounds and guard Yo Sua (180-91) added 7 points in the effort for Satya Wacana. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CLS Knights. Satya Wacana at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Garuda will play against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya in the next round where they are favorite. Satya Wacana will play at home against Muba Hangtuah in Pandang to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Garuda: H.Ramli 18+3reb+1ast, F.Minallah 13+11reb, V.Nolland 12+8reb+3ast, H.Agustinus 8+4reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 6+5reb, M.Dhiya 5+4reb
Satya Wacana: F.Nugroho 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Sua 7+3reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 7+4reb, J.Hasoloan 5+2reb, P.Mahandaru 4, M.Ramadhan 4+3reb
gschID: 166090


Stadium Jak. - CLS Knights 56-68

The game in Jakarta was quite interesting. Fourth ranked CLS Knights (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (7-7). CLS Knights defeated Stadium Jakarta 68-56 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Stadium Jakarta managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 21.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.6 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 23 Stadium Jakarta turnovers. International forward Dwi Haryoko (193-85) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and guard Anton Sujarwo (186-84) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights maintains fourth position with 10-4 record, which they share with Garuda. Stadium Jakarta at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: D.Haryoko 14+7reb+3ast, A.Indrajaya 10+6reb, F.Freddy 9+4reb+1ast, S.Febiansyakh 9+4reb, H.Sudjana 7+1reb+1ast, D.Muharri 7+5reb+3ast
Stadium Jak.: R.Ariestedes 15+16reb, A.Sujarwo 10+3reb+1ast, E.Hadi 6+4reb+3ast, D.Leonardo 6+3reb+2ast, F.Budianto 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ferdiansyah 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166091




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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 18-0 
 2. Foolad Mahan 14-3 
 3. Azad 14-5 
 4. Petrochimi 13-5 
 5. Zob Ahan 11-6 
 6. Sanaye Petrochimi 10-8 
 7. M.H.Ahvaz 7-12 
 8. Pouya 6-13 
 9. Shiraz a.s Pipe 5-14 
 10. Gorgan 5-14 
 11. Zanjan 4-15 
 12. Jahesh 3-15 


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Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Landesberg, Macca.21.8 
 2. Banks, Elitzur21.2 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.21.1 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.20.2 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.9 
 6. Duncan, Maccabi18.9 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.18.5 
 8. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.5 
 9. Asbury, Elitzur18.1 
 10. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.8 
 2. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 3. Tyus, Maccabi7.8 
 4. Dowell, B.C. H.7.8 
 5. Kitchen, Maccabi7.7 
 6. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur7.7 
 8. Uter, Maccabi7.6 
 9. Rosefelt, Bnei H.7.5 
 10. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.5 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi8.0 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.6 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.7 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.5.1 
 7. Jackson, Maccabi5.1 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.5 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.4 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  B.C. H.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 2. Robinson, B.C. H.2.1 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Limonad, Ironi A.2.0 
 5. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi1.8 
 10. Skinn, Ironi Ashk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Uter, Maccabi2.2 
 3. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.9 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.2 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Hendrix, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.1.0 


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


Best players of Israeli Premier League round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Jamaican-American Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had an amazing evening in the last round for Maccabi Rishon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Bnei Hasharon (#10, 3-11) 90-80. Maccabi Rishon maintains the 4th position in Israeli Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maccabi Rishon will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Uter turned to be Maccabi Rishon's top player in his first season with the team. Hofstra University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Uter is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 2.2bpg and 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American Josh Duncan (203-C/F-86) of Maccabi Ashdod. Duncan impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Maccabi Ashdod to edge the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#1, 12-2) by 5 points 78-73. Maccabi Ashdod's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Duncan is well-known by Maccabi Ashdod fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#6). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Maccabi Rishon's star - American Derwin Kitchen (193-G-86, agency: VVG Sports). Kitchen showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Maccabi Rishon, helping his team with a 90-80 win against the lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#10, 3-11). Maccabi Rishon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Kitchen has a great season in Israel. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Moran Roth (183-PG-82) of Hapoel Holon - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Brian Asbury (200-F-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marco Killingsworth (202-F/C-82) of Ironi Ashkelon - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Romeo Travis (200-PF-84) of Galil Gilboa - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of Elitzur Netanya - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of Bnei Hasharon - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists

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


Israeli National League round 16 best performance: Nate Miller - by Eurobasket News
American forward Nate Miller (193-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Macc.B.Yaakov, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Elitzur Yavne (#3, 11-5) 91-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Macc.B.Yaakov to consolidate first place in the Israeli National League. Macc.B.Yaakov have a solid 14-2 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Macc.B.Yaakov's top player in his first season with the team. Former Bowling Green State University star has very solid stats this year. Miller is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.9ppg) and averages impressive 2.7spg and 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Errick McCollum (185-G-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Hapoel K/S. McCollum had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Hapoel K/S to edge slightly higher-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#11, 6-10) 88-84. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Hapoel K/S keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. McCollum is a newcomer at Hapoel K/S, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.4rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Macc.B.Yaakov's star - American forward Jermaine Hall (196-F-80). Hall scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Macc.B.Yaakov, helping his team with a 91-86 win against #3 ranked Elitzur Yavne in a game of the week. Macc.B.Yaakov confirms their top position in the standings Hall has a great season in Israel. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rahshon Turner (201-F/C-75) of Hapoel Y/M - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80) of Hod Hasharon - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marshall Moses (198-F-89) of Hapoel K/S - 22 points and 19 rebounds
7. Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of Hapoel T-A - 13 points and 15 rebounds
8. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Kiryat Tivon - 14 points and 18 rebounds
9. Kyle Wilson (206-F-83) of Elitzur Yavne - 20 points and 12 rebounds
10. Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81) of Hapoel Afula - 22 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)


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  ITALY   


Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Argentinian Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Napoli and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds and six assists for Napoli in his team's victory, helping them to beat Castelletto (#6, 8-13) 81-70. It allowed Napoli to consolidate first place in the Argentinian Nazionale A. Napoli have a solid 17-4 record. In the team's last game Musso had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Napoli's top player in his first season with the team. Musso has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.5ppg. Musso is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 3.0spg,57.1% FGP and 40.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old swingman Christian Villani (200-F/G-82) of Ruvo. Villani impressed basketball fans with 31 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Ruvo to edge slightly higher-ranked Comsum.it SI (#5, 7-14) by 6 points 87-81. Ruvo's 6th position in the standings has not changed. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Ruvo managed to get this year. Villani is a newcomer at Ruvo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Giampaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo (#4). Ricci scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Casalpusterlengo, leading his team to a 87-82 win against #3 ranked Bari in a game of the week. Casalpusterlengo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Ricci has a very solid season. In 21 games in Italy he scored 6.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze - 8 points and 15 rebounds
5. Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) of Bari - 32 points and 3 rebounds
6. Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) of Trento - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Firenze - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) of Comsum.it SI - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) of Torino - 18 points and 5 rebounds
10. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Casalpusterlengo - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Musso, Napoli19.5 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.2 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.2 
 4. Prandin, Casalp.15.7 
 5. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.7 
 6. Carrizo, Ferentino15.6 
 7. Ferrarese, Castell.15.1 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.9 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.8 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.4 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.8 
 3. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.6 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.5 
 5. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..8.3 
 7. Gandini, Trieste8.0 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste7.7 
 9. Baldi Rossi, Perug.7.7 
 10. Raminelli, Castel.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.9 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.9 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.7 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 5. Vico, Matera3.2 
 6. Zanelli, Orlandina3.1 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 8. Forray, Trento3.0 
 9. Parente, Torino2.9 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.5 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 3. Portannese, Torino3.0 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 5. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 6. Stanic, Fabriano2.8 
 7. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.8 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.8 
 10. Maggio, Pavia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacopo BORRA
  Treviglio
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 3. Ancellotti, Santar.1.4 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.4 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.0 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 8. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 9. Biligha, Casalp.0.9 
 10. Masciadri, Omegna0.9 


Caserta and Efejuku part ways - by Eurobasket News
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) is no longer a member of Otto Caserta. Two sides agreed to terminate the contract. Efejuku appeared 11 times in SerieA averaging 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. The 25-year-old guard finished last season with BK Ventspils. He joined them in January of 2011 collecting 12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.8 apg for 10 games in Baltic league. He also added 15.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.9 apg for 7 EuroChallenge games, plus 12 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 apg for 26 games in Latvia. He helped Ventspils to reach the LKL Finals. Before Venstpils, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) was a member of Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye and Nymburk. In 2010, he won the Latvian league title with Barons Riga. In the past, Efejuku played for Tenerife Rural and Providence University.

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  JORDAN   


Draw results for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Omar Shafaamri
CARACAS, Venezuela (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) FIBA on Tuesday concluded its visit to Venezuela with the draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held in Caracas from 2-8 July 2012.

During a colourful ceremony, attended by a large number of officials and dignitaries, the twelve teams, who will be playing for the last three remaining places in the Olympic Basketball Tournament, were divided into four groups of three teams.

Group A: Greece, Jordan, Puerto Rico

Group B: Lithuania, Nigeria, Venezuela

Group C: Dominican Republic, Korea, Russia

Group D: Angola, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, New Zealand

The group stages will see the 12 teams play the two other teams in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group progress to the Quarter-Finals as follows:

A1 v B2
B1 v A2
C1 v D2
D1 v C2

The four winning quarterfinalists qualify for the Semi-Finals:

Winner [A1 v B2] v Winner [C1 v D2]
Winner [B1 v A2] v Winner [D1 v C2]

The two winning semifinalists automatically qualify for London 2012, while the two losing semifinalists face-off for 12th and final Olympic place.

FIBA


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  KOSOVO   


Kolegji Univers transfers Kujtim Lepaja - by Dren Shporta

Kolegji Univers has done a great job during the first half of the season by registering 5 victories and getting to the fifth place on the classification table. During this transfer window they have transferred only one experienced player. They took their ex player, Kujtimi Lepaja (198-G-84) from Futura.

27 year old Lepaja, has played for newly formed club, Futura this season. He has made a good job there, but he is getting back to his old club for the second part of the season. Kolegji Univers is one of two teams in BKT Superliga that didnt make an international transfer. They rely on their own forces. The college boys are in the game for play-off and they hope that they will be there in the end. The red team from Bardhosh will host Futura in the first match of the spring season.





Bryant Williams goes to Kosova Vushtrri - by Dren Shporta
22 year old American center was very close to Trepca. He was about to sign with them until Emir Zimic came. Then, the green team from Mitrovica decided for the Bosnian center and registered him as their player. Afterwards Bryant Williams (205-C-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Oklahoma City) was offered to Kosova Vushtrri, which accepted the player.

Now, Williams will play for Vushtrria team during the second half of the season as they made the request to register him in Basketball Federation (FBK). Kosova from Vushtrri has registered 4 victories and 10 defeats during winter season, but they lost their main player Besnik Azemi who signed for Trepca.

With Bryant Williams as replacement for Besnik Azemi and other players loaned and returned they will be the main team fighting for the last two places that will secure the ticket for play-offs. With the actual players they are open also for some surprises, like they did it against Peja in the last week of winter season. After Arber Elshani, they registered also a free player Leon Prekazi. Kosova will host Drita in their first match of the second part of the season, that start on February 5th.



Standings - A1
Liga e pare Standings
1. Vellaznimi 6-0
2. RTV 21 5-1
3. Kastrioti 4-2
4. Lypjan 3-3
5. Fushe 2-4
6. Skenderaj 1-5
7. Llapi Podujeve 0-6


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  LEBANON   


Mouttahed tab Brand again... - by Rabih Khoury
For the third straight season, and after failing to sign a better Center, Mouttahed management agreed to terms with american center Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) after trying both Kibwe Trim and Daniel Cruz.. After 2009-2010, Brand joined Mouttahed in December 2010 and average during the 2010-20111 in 17 games: 13.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 66.7%.. Brand didn't play yet this season, and he will join Mouttahed in WABA quarter finals against Zob Ahan next week....

Daniel Faris out again!! - by Ahmad Kerdi
After surfing a right knee injury that kept him out for more than 6 months, Daniel Faris and after only 2 games in the Lebanese League fell down during his third game which took place at Manara Court home court of Al Riyadi Club to injure his left knee with a similar ACL injury that is expected to keep him out from 7 to 8 months as shown by the MRI he had lately.
Daniel fell down without any contact which was surprising and depressing for all fans that have waited long time to see the ex New Mexico Center.

Daniel Faris (206-F-87, college: N.Mexico)


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Etzella change head coach - by Eurobasket News
Etzella made a change on the bridge. The team released Tom Johnson . They appointed Gilles Becker as the new head coach. Former Etzella player started his coaching career last season. Gilles Becker guided Avanti Mondorf in N2 League. Chris Wulff will be assistant coach for Etzella.

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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Bangkok Cobras gain second win - by Eurobasket News
Westports Dragons - Bangkok Cobras 70:73

Bangkok Cobras registered their second win in ASEAN League season. They stole a narrow road win over Westports Dragons. Michael Earl (203-F-85, college: Utah St.) stepped up with 20 points to lead the visitors as they improved at 2-2 record. The Dragons fell at 3-1 record after the loss.
The Cobras got to a perfect start. The Bangkok team grabbed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Cobras piled up a 36:30 halftime advantage. Westports Dragons however turned things around in the third period. The hosts went off the dressing room firing from all guns and arrived at the final break up by 5 points. However the Cobras capped the regulation on a 16:7 run to come out winners. Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) had 14 points, while Ratdech Kruatiwa (191-G/F-85) had 13 points in the victory. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 22 points for the Dragons. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 22, Brian Williams 17+10 boards
Bangkok Cobras: Michael Earl 20, Marvin Cruz 14, Ratdech Kruatiwa 13



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  MEXICO   


LNBP Semis: Fuerza Regia takes 3-2 lead against Toros - by Eurobasket News
LNBP Semifinals, Game 5: Toros - Fuerza Regia 68-69 (2-3)

Fuerza Regia celebrated 68-69 thriller win against Toros last night. It means that visitors grabbed 2-3 lead the series now and next two games will be played at their home court. The first chance to book a spot for the Finals Fuerza Regia will have on Friday. If not, the decisive Game Seven will be played a day later. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-68. 27 personal fouls committed by Toros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Toros.

Toros: I.Ofoegbu 23+10reb+2ast, E.Manuel Guzman 13+10reb+3ast, R.Perez 8, L.Ellis Vasquez 8+10reb, R.Rougeau 7+1reb+6ast, W.Pagan 5+2reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: D.Smith 29+14reb+2ast, A.Cruz 12+1reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 10+3reb, T.Shannon 10+6reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 7+11reb, K.Rhymer 1+3reb


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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Montenegro farewell to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 farewell to the Quarterfinals as the team lost to Ukraine U16 in the decisive game. Ukraine U16 takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals as they shock Montenegro U16 65:62 in the last game of the Preliminary Round at Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. Ukraine won by 16 points from Kobets, 18 points from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) and Golyk each.

In Day 3 Montenegro U16 rolled over Bulgaria U16 92:50. They won the first three quarters and nailed 23 points as well as the opponents in the last stanza. Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) paced all the winners with 21 points and Vasilije Knezevic (200-C-96) had 12 points and 14 boards. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) ended up with 14 points in the losing case.

In Day 4 Montenegro U16 surprised France U16 53:48. Montenegro won the first period 16-6 and added 12-11 in the last frame. Vasilije Knezevic erupted with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Petar Popovic scored 11. Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) produced 12 points for the French side.



Nikola Pekovic joins the bigs who have tormented the Spurs - by Eurobasket News
The Spurs had seen it before.

Over his career, Darko Milicic has made life miserable for them in the paint. LaMarcus Aldridge has torched them on occasion, as has Andrew Bynum. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph took tag-teams turns tormenting the Spurs during their shocking playoff loss to Memphis last season.

Minnesota second-year center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) took his turn against the Silver and Black Friday night and produced the best game of his career.

Pekovic erupted for a season-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to dominate the Spurs inside. He served as a perfect foil with Kevin Love to set up in the paint as their primary work area.

San Antonio was outscored in the paint, 50-24. That inside success was themain reason the Timberwolves were able to beat San Antonio for a second straight time at the Target Center.

But it was a different game than Minnesotas first victory. In that game, the Timberwolves shot a season-best 57.7 percent as they blistered the Spurs for 12 3-pointers in a perimeter-oriented victory.

The bullish 265-pound native of Bijelo Polje, Montenegro and Minnesotas inside game was the primary cause for their victory Friday night.

Pekovic was simply too beefy for any of the Spurs big players just like on several occasions by the NBAs more physical players against them in recent years.

Here are several other quick takes from the Spurs loss to the emerging Timberwolves. Minnesota likely wont make the playoffs this season. But they will be a team that will be fun to watch evolve over the next several seasons.

Young players will struggle on the road. Its just a part of their maturation into NBA players. Coaches just hope they all dont struggle on the same night. The Spurs werent that fortunate Friday night as Danny Green, Cory Joseph and Kawhi Leonard all sorely missed the creature comforts of the AT&T Center. I dont know if that exactly explains their combined 3 for 10 shooting night and four collective points in the second half, but none of them appeared to have much confidence when the Spurs needed them to step up.

The Spurs struggles down the stretch ultimately cost them the game. San Antonio failed to score a basket over the final 3:33 as Minnesota charged back to win the game. Those situations are exactly where Manu Ginobili and T.J. Ford are missed the most. Those experienced players excel in either getting a shot or setting up teammates. The Spurs had neither in their Friday night collapse against the Timberwolves.

Tiago Splitter saw more double-teams tonight and exhibited a nice passing touch to extricate the Spurs a couple of times. Splitter had three assists and could have had notched at least two more if his teammates had been ready for his passes from the pivot. Those should come with experience and familarity.

Splitter had 12 points and seven rebounds, continuing his streak of sixth straight games with double-figure scoring. But Im wondering if some of his success Friday night wasnt because of Loves defensive struggles. On several occasions, Splitter had his way with Love inside simply because of his technique and positioning. For all of the excitement and hoopla about Loves scoring and rebounding, hes not a solid on-the-ball defender. And that helped explain why Splitter kept getting to the rim against him.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom lands Vucurovic - by Eurobasket Center
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Vucurovic played most recently at KK Mogren Budva (Montenegro). While playing 11 games for Mogren this season he averaged 19.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He is a very experienced player. Vucurovic played also pro basketball in Bosnia, China, France, Germany and Serbia.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska27.8 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.22.1 
 3. Lekovic, Jedinstvo20.5 
 4. Vucurovic, Mogren19.3 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen18.6 
 6. Sutulovic, KK Podg.18.3 
 7. Petkovic, Danilovg.17.8 
 8. Ljujic, Jedinstvo16.3 
 9. Ratkovic, Danilovg.15.8 
 10. Zejak, Lovcen14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen8.7 
 2. Nicaj, KK Podgorica7.5 
 3. Popovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 4. Pejovic, Sutjeska6.8 
 5. Vranjes, Sutjeska6.5 
 6. Zejak, Lovcen6.3 
 7. Petkovic, Danilovg.6.3 
 8. Djurkovic, Ulcinj6.2 
 9. Devrnja, ABS P.6.1 
 10. Medenica, Ulcinj6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska4.3 
 2. Scott, Mornar Bar3.7 
 3. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj3.2 
 4. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.1 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.1 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 7. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.4 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovg.2.3 
 9. Calic, Teodo Tivat2.3 
 10. Dragicevic, Sutje.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.6 
 2. Sutulovic, KK Podg.2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Sutjeska2.3 
 4. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.9 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.1.6 
 6. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.6 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.6 
 8. Vucurovic, Mogren1.5 
 9. Ivanovic, Mornar B.1.5 
 10. Latkovic, Ulcinj1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica1.6 
 2. Vujosevic, Mornar1.0 
 3. Jocovic, Sutjeska1.0 
 4. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.9 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.8 
 6. Milosev, Sutjeska0.8 
 7. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.8 
 8. Marojevic, Ulcinj0.8 
 9. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.8 
 10. Popovic, Sutjeska0.8 


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Martin Methodist College: Ninth-Ranked RedHawks Edge Out Oakwood University, 65-60 - by Stephan Ditgens
Men's Basketball - Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:49 PM

PULASKI, Tenn. - MMC men's basketball took a break from league play on Monday evening, downing Oakwood University, 65-60. The RedHawks battled against an athletic Ambassador team early on, but outlasted OU, as Ree McCrory went on to score 24, followed closely by James Justice with 19.

LaQuantis Stewart joined double-figure scoring with 11 points, one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. McCrory picked up five steals on the night, as Justice and Demario Williams each handed out three assists. Justice was perfect from the free throw line, 5-5, while McCrory scored 12 of his points from the charity stripe, due much in part to technical fouls credited to Oakwood.

MMC trailed early, seeing a 16-10 deficit with just under ten minute to go, but climbed back by 7:45 when Williams dished one to EJ Kirby for a 17-16 score. The teams exchanged leads for the next several minutes, and by the half, the Ambassadors had used a last second basket for a 31-30 edge.

Justice made the opening bucket in the second period, and after MMC had extended their lead to 38-35 on another Justice score, Oakwood went on a 6-0 run that gave them a 41-38 lead. OU took their edge to 48-44 before Stewart and McCrory made back-to-back baskets to force an Ambassador timeout and tie the game at 48 with seven minutes left. Two converted free throws from Stewart after the timeout gave the RedHawks their final lead. Minutes later at 4:17, OU was called for a flagrant foul, followed by two technical that allowed the RedHawks to cushion their lead to seven when McCrory made five of the six free throws.

Despite two late baskets from Oakwood, MMC hung onto their lead, clenching the 65-60 win. The RedHawks take to the hardwood in Jackson, Tennessee on Saturday to face off with Union at 4pm.

source: goredhawks.com


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Toronto Raptors prepared to offer large contract to Wilson Chandler - by Eurobasket News
Now that the Chines Basketball Association's season is almost over, there are a few players who will be returning to the NBA hoping to get their lives back on track in the league that they love. Notable names include J.R Smith, Aaron Brooks, Kenyon Martin, and probably one of the more notable names, Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul). Chandler averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game last season and is sure to be sought after by many teams looking for a big man to give them some scoring and depth.

Now although Chandler will be sought after by many teams there is still one who has the clear upper hand on him, the team who he is essentially still a part of, the Denver Nuggets. Chandler is a restricted free-agent and the Nuggets, if willing, will be able to match any offer given to Chandler. But there is one team who really wants Chandler and will stop at almost nothing to get him and that is the Toronto Raptors. According to HoopsWorld (via multiple sources close to the situation) the Raptors are expected to make a large offer to Chandler.

The Raptors will have to wait a little longer for the chance to pursue Chandler as his team, Zhejiang Guangsha, is set to make the playoffs which means Chandler will not be able to come back to the states until Guangsha is eliminated from the playoffs. Sources have also said that the Raptors are set to move Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa to acquire a traded player exception and, smaller assets to swap with Denver in a sign and trade. The Nuggets, having just signed Danilo Gallinari, may not be willing to match a big offer to Chandler which would greatly increase the Raptors chances of acquiring him.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com


Pacers George Hill out indefinitely with chip fracture in ankle - by Eurobasket News
Pacers backup shooting guard George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) will not travel with the team for an upcoming road trip and is out indefinitely with a chip fracture in his left ankle, the team announced after Tuesdays game.

The injury occurred in the third quarter against the Nets, when Hill went up for a jumper and Nets center Johan Petro got too close, had his feet in Hills landing spot and the result was a twisted ankle.

A chip fracture, also known as an avulsion fracture, is when fragments of bone chip off the main bone (usually because the ligament or tendon is pulled off the bone and a chip comes with it).

Treatment time depends on the severity of the injury and other factors. Hill likely will get an MRI and other tests, then we may get a timeline.

Hill averages 24.7 minutes and 9.7 points per game. For a Pacers team whose strengths are depth and balance, this is a setback. Hill came over to the Pacers from the Spurs in a draft day trade last June for Kawhi Leonard.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Magic GM Otis Smith indicates he's not inclined to make major roster changes - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith indicated Monday that he has no plans to make a major move to alter his team's roster in the near future.

'If a string of losses causes you to change your plans, then I'm in the wrong job,' Smith said Monday night, before the Magic fell 74-69 to the Philadelphia 76ers to lose their fourth consecutive game.

'I think you look at your team as a whole and understand that we have to fight through whatever we have to fight through and you continue to evaluate everything top to bottom. That's what you do. When it's time to make a change, you make a change.'

Smith generally does not like to make trades in-season, but he did so last season after the Magic lost five of six games from Dec. 4-14, 2010.

On Dec. 18, he completed two major moves.

The Magic acquired Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2012 first-round pick and cash.

In a separate deal, the Magic obtained Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis.

This season, Smith would be hamstrung if he wanted to make a move now.

Players who were signed as free agents prior to the season a list that includes Richardson, Clark and Glen Davis cannot be traded before March 1.

Smith said he is inclined to put the Magic's recent struggles into context.

On Monday, the Magic played their 10th game in 15 nights and played without their regular starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson, who are injured.

'No matter what the issue is, losing concerns me,' Smith said.

'So you have a combination of things. You have a combination of injuries. You've got tired bodies. You've got good teams [you are facing]. The schedule's not very conducive to playing very good basketball right now. But we've got to fight through it.'

Courtesy of www.orlandosentinel.com


Lakers ask about Gilbert Arenas - by Eurobasket News
Short on scoring and in need of help in their backcourt, Los Angeles Lakers coach Michael Brown said Tuesday the team has inquired about free-agent guard Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-PG-82, college: Arizona).

'We've made a call on (him), yes,' Brown said. 'We've called to see what his status is. That's it.'

Brown said there are currently no plans to bring Arenas in for a workout.

'I have not talked to him, I have not watched any tape on him. It's really just conversation,' Brown said.

'We've had conversation about a lot of players. There are a ton of players out there that we've had conversation about.'

Arenas is a three-time All-Star with a career average of 21.7 points per game but last year struggled in Washington before a mid-season trade to Orlando. With the Magic, Arenas' numbers plummeted. He averaged only 8.0 points a game, shooting only 27.5 percent from 3-point range and 34.4 overall.

Injuries and league discipline have severely limited his time on the floor, as well. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Arenas has appeared in only 117 games.

The 30-year-old Arenas is a Los Angeles native.

The need for additional backcourt support is more acute with the absence of veteran point guard Steve Blake, who has missed nine consecutive games heading into Tuesday's home date against the Charlotte Bobcats with a rib injury. Blake was evaluated by a Lakers doctor Tuesday and was cleared to run on the treadmill moving forward. He has also started to participate in light shooting drills. Blake originally was expected to be out 3-4 weeks with the injury, but the Lakers have not updated Blake's timetable since Tuesday's result.

Brown characterized communication between himself and the Lakers' front office as consistent, but said he hasn't asked for help for specific areas of the roster.

'I'm sure (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) is doing what he can to help this team get better.'

Courtesy of ESPN


The difficulty in trading Kaman - by Eurobasket News
The Hornets are actively looking to move Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan), but finding a suitor might not be as easy as you might think.

According to Dell Demps, 'We had a conversation with Kaman and expressed that the Hornets are going to go in a different direction. We mutually decided for a number of reasons that we are not going to play Chris as we pursue a trade. Chris has been the ultimate professional during this process and we thank him for the way he has handled this situation.'

The Hornets have shelved center Chris Kaman while seeking a trade, partly because they want to get their young bigs some playing time, and partly because they dont want to see him get injured before they can move him. Considering Kamans injury history, this is a pretty smart move by GM Dell Demps, who is hamstrung by a couple of CBA rules that is making it difficult to trade CK35.

The Hornets can trade Kaman today, but they could not include any other players in the deal per the CBA. They would have to wait until mid-February before they could include him as part of a package. Also, as part of the CBA, the Hornets also have to take back salary that is relatively close to the salary they are given away- within 150% to be exact for teams below cap, and within 125% for teams above it. Kaman is on the books for a little over 12 million this year (disregard the salary on Hoopshype, because that includes his 15% trade kicker), meaning that the Hornets have to take back between 8.2 and 18.5 million dollars when trading Kaman to make the deal work, and to get Commissioner Sterns approval. Sorry, I had to go there.

The problem here is that there arent many big expiring contracts out there, and the Hornets dont want to take back long term contracts in a deal for Kaman. They would ideally want a big expiring contract to make the trade work under league rules and an asset or two like a pick or a young guy on a rookie contract. The Milwaukee Bucks, for example, have a guy just like that in Larry Sanders. They also have a need at center now that Andrew Bogut is out for 2-3 months. The problem? They dont have the expiring contracts required to make the deal. Same goes for teams like the Lakers, the Spurs, or Magic, who are in win now mode and could use a backup center like Kaman for the stretch run.

However, there are a few teams that have the need and the combination of contracts and assets to make the deal work. The Hawks are without Al Horford and dont really need point guard Kirk Hinrich now that Jeff Teague has emerged. Hinrich, a pick, and Jason Collins for Kaman would work for both teams and would be approved by the league. The Celtics could use an upgrade in the middle as they make one last run, and have two first round picks in this years draft that they can pair with over the hill center Jermaine ONeal.

Rockets and Jazz are said to be showing interest as well according to Yahoo Sports, and both teams have the type of young assets and picks that the Hornets could covet. Houston has their own pick and the Knicks pick, along with young bigs in Jordan Hill and Hasheem Thabeet. Meanwhile, Utah is still owed picks from the Nets, and could easily get a third team involved who might be interested in Al Jefferson, as they swap him out for a more conventional center and a guy on a shorter contract. Pacers are also interesting because they are nearly eight million under the cap and wont have to come within the 150%. Theoretically they can trade for Kaman and only put four million or so in the deal.

But overall, the market would be much bigger for a 70 center with low post moves if not for the odd combination of CBA rules and very specific needs that the Hornets have in this case. Perhaps the Hornets could get a third team involved, or wait until mid-February and package Kaman with another contract they would like to get off the books for a shorter bad contract and assets (Kaman and Ariza for SJax, Larry Sanders, and a top-10 protected pick?).

No matter what, this will be an interesting plot line to follow and another semi-genius move by Demps. He wanted to see if this team could make a run at the playoffs, but once he saw that was not a possibility, he shut down his asset before he got injured and Dell got nothing for him. The league knows what Kaman can do. He is not a savior, but he is not a goat either. He will give some contender a top of the line big off the bench, and will only cost a first round pick or two in the 20s.

And Demps will have yet another intriguing asset with which to wield his magic.

Courtesy of www.hornets247.com


James, Westbrook named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played January 23 through January 29.

James led the Eastern Conference in scoring with a 29-point average and chipped in 7.5 rebounds, six assists and one steal per game as the Heat went undefeated (4-0) for the week.

Westbrook propelled the Thunder to their own undefeated (3-0) week by averaging 22.0 points, 7.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals.

Other nominees for were Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Jeff Teague, Boston's Paul Pierce, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, Miami's Chris Bosh, Minnesota's Kevin Love, New Jersey's Deron Williams, Philadelphia's Lou Williams, and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


THE LATEST NBA POWER RANKINGS - by Dimitris Katsionis
1.CHICAGO BULLS (17-5): Defense and cohesion keep them on the top. Although the absence of Rose & Rip they didn't lose ground. At Miami two things confirmed. 1.)The team's strong character 2.)How big is the absence of Luol Deng.Still the No1 favourite for the best record.

2.OKLAHOMA THUNDERS (16-3): Westbrook will stay at Oklahoma so everyone is calm. Or not...? Harden's perfomance as 6th man is something incredible.Thunders keep the No1 record in the league.

3.MIAMI HEAT (15-5): Wade is back with a great performance against Knicks and Heat now have to redefine their roles. Bosh was tremendous at the time ''Flash'' was out and James new ''low post'' style brings him closer to the MVP award.

4.INDIANA PACERS (13-6): Indiana is a serious contender in the East showing strong character on the road. Their frontcourt is very reliable and what makes them dangerous is that they get wins by using their mind. Great job from Foggell.

5.DENVER NUGGETS (14-6): The league's most up tempo team has surprised everyone with their character. Gallinary took his revenge from the Knicks and the two-guard lineup -with Lawson & Miller-is miracle,especially on the end of tight games.

6.ATLANTA HAWKS (15-6): Alan Horford's injury rallied the team and everyone seems to play more focus. Hawks have some depth at the bench and they expect Hinrich get back in a real shape,but i don't know how long they'll keep playing like this without their starting center. Both Atlanta & Intiana will be a hard-nose matchup for Bulls or Heat on the post season.

-PHILADELPHIA SIXERS (14-6): Best defense in the league,4th on offense. Sixers are the most balanced team right now and they play quality basketball. Collins goes for ''coach of the year''award.Whispers around for a possible Stoudemire trade.

8.DALLAS MAVERICS (13-8): The champs overcame all the injury problems showing their quality and depth and made a serious run. Marion plays some serious ball and the bench offers key playing. After their bad start they took Southwest's lead quickly. Being healthy would be the most important factor.

9.L.A.CLIPPERS (11-6): Winning the Lakers and the Heat in a week sounds great but Del Negro must bring stabilize the team's performance. They have proved they're goaling the West finals at least.. They have to improve their record on the road and Billups has to show the way.

10.HOUSTON ROCKETS (12-8): The biggest underdog comparing from what we saw at the start of the season. They have 9 wins at te last 10 ,the best in the league. Pretty strong in their home (9-2) with Martin's scoring ability and Lawry's everynight ''triple-double'' flerting. Samuel Dalabert steped up and is the key of Rocket's reform.

11.UTAH JAZZ (11-7): Come on Tyron Corbin,where is Jerry Sloan hiding in the bench....?

12.S.A. SPURS (12-9): Winning team even without Manu but not a title contender. Parker is trying hard to feel the gap but the most notable thing is that bench players show that they can carry the team in this heavy schedule. Popovic's project with Splitter on a progress.

13.ORLANDO MAGIC (12-8): Magic have serious offensive problems in the last games but don't forget that it's a team which plays every night like this,knowing maybe next morning everything might change with a possible Howard trade. Ryan Anderson is a conteder for the league's most improved player.

14.PORTLANT TRAIL BLAZERS (12-8): Portland is alongside L.A. the ''home team'' of the league. Aldridge is unstoptable but they have to learn winning road games to get to the elit..

15.MEMPHIS GRIZLIES (10-9): Gasol took player's of the week award and the team performs much better in the last games. With Radolph out due to injury they perform great. This remind you something? O.J. Mayo is the key of their success.

16.L.A. LAKERS (12-9): It's obvious,everyone can win at Stales center. Brown's defensive style would be really succesfull if Lakers had some strong and fresh legs at the perimeter positions. They've got to trade and change something immediatelly. Arenas can help,adding some quality next to Kobe on the backourt

17.MINESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (9-11): Are the Wolves the league's ''team to watch''? With Rubio running the offense (it's obvious that NBA's quick rythm suits him better)and Love playing at an MVP level they start and not only produce good basketball. We like how Adelman's handles Wellinghton. The X-Tarheel can really play some ball and has to take the chance.

18.BOSTON CELTICS (9-10): Pierce start rolling,Allen got back from injury and finally Celtics play a little bit better,with key players the Bass-Pietrus tandem from the bench. Off the days on the wall-like prisoners-for Rondo's return,hopefully before the All star break.

19.MILWAUKEE BUCKS (8-11): With Bogut back they really show that they are a playoff team as many believed at the start of the season. Now he is out again. Skiles made some experiments in the starting lineup (Livingston-Leuer in,Jackson-Iliasova benched)and the Bucks won at New York and Miami.

20.CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (8-11): Cavs are doing better than everyone except,focusing on Kyle Irving's improvement and Dan Gilbert celebrates his No1 choise.

21.PHOENIX SUNS (7-12): Martin Gortatt is the team's mainstay.. The Suns will keep fighting as everybody admires Nash & Hill but they need to get in a rebuilding process

-N.Y. KNICKS (7-13): Big mentality problems. Amare is ''locked down''.. We haven't see him perform like this never in his whole career. And the thing has not to do only with an in court issue. Mello got boooed and everyone's excepting Baron Davis as the savior of the planet (why he didn't play yet?) Clearly the biggest problem has moustache and wears a suit.They lost 9 to 10,it can't be worse..

23.N.J.NETS (7-14): Is Prochorof considering to leave the team? Nets have to involved at Howard's discussions otherwise they will lose Deron Williams too. Nets playing better basketball now but they're only 1.5 game down of the playoff zone just because everyone around plays awful..

-G.S.WARRIORS (6-12): Warriors are in a transition period changing their style and the tempo of their game with Mark Jackson. They have lost many games at the last minute but their schedule is good and they can improve their record.

25.TORONTO RAPTORS (7-14): They got back to earth by losing eight straight. Calderon is on the trade block,a point guard that can be valuable in a winning situation.

26.SACRAMENTO KINGS (6-14): Jimmer Fredette show some of his skils by scoring 16.5 PPG in the 4 games that Thornton's couldn't help. The team lacks chemistry and they have to decide about which players really want to continue in the organization.

27.DETROIT PISTONS (4-17): This year will be usefull as a try out for the next season's roster. Monroe is the team's light spot and Knight can lead Pistons the next years. Frank put Wallace at ''5'' decompressing Monroe and gave Stuckey the starting off guard role. For sure Detroit has some really interesting young players like Daye who shined this week.

28.NEW ORLEAN HORNETS (4-16): Eric Gordon declared that he wants to stay at New Orlean and that's an important fact more than any win. The most important from all,would be to agree..

29.WASHINGHTON WIZARDS (4-16): Firing Flip Saunders was the sock that a 2-15 team needed. But it was the right move for being a better team?

30.CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (3-18): Another lost year for Michael Jordan. Charlotte has lost it's competing spirit. Kemba Walker is the only presence making the fans smiling.



Batum's knee injury is just bruise - by Eurobasket News
Sometimes, when people cant sleep, they kill some time by watching TV.

Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) did just that early Tuesday morning, except it wasnt Law and Order or CSI -- it was footage of his fourth-quarter fall against the Utah Jazz.

'I probably watched it 20 times', the Frenchman said.

Before Tuesday's practice, Batum underwent MRI on the right knee he injured in the final of minute of Mondays loss to the Jazz. The tests revealed that it is no more than a contusion and that Batum is day-to-day. He thought it would be much worse.

After what happened with (Brandon) Roy and Greg (Oden), I thought it was my turn, Batum said. I thought I was done for the season.

It has become the Trail Blazers way in years past to lose a piece long-term due to a knee injury. Roys knees forced him to retire. Odens knees have kept him out for all but 82 games of his career.

Jeff Pendergraph went down in a preseason game vs. Utah last year, and Elliot Williams missed his rookie season due to surgery.

Batum, of course, should return to the court much more quickly, but an exact date is hard to pinpoint.

He will definitely miss Wednesdays game against the Charlotte Bobcats. And while he will make the trip to Sacramento for Thursdays game vs. the Kings, he is still unsure whether he will take the court, saying I wont play unless Im pain-free.

Batum has said that before 2012 is a big year for him. But this goes beyond the fact that hes trying to land a big contract this offseason.

When the injury initially occurred, he said the first thing that went through his mind is that he might miss the Olympics in London.

Thats the main goal, said Batum, adding that he received a 4 a.m. text from fellow Frenchman and San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who had similar concerns. I was scared.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Batums Olympic endeavors should proceed as planned. But Wednesday, the Blazers are going to have to adjust without him.

Portland coach Nate McMillan did not say specifically who would see more court time because of Batums injury, but suggested it could be guard Elliot Williams or forward Luke Babbitt. More than anything, he just looked relieved that this would not be a long-term problem.

Looking at the tape last night, it looked like his knee really buckled, McMillan said. It just looked bad on tape. The good news is, its just a contusion.

Courtesy of www.columbian.com


Tuesday's games review (7): Carmelo Anthony's return helps Knicks to 113-86 victory against Pistons - by Eurobasket News
New York K. - Detroit P. 113-86
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) returned from injury to score 25 points and help the New York Knicks end a three-game losing streak with a 113-86 victory against the Detroit Pistons in a National Basketball Association game. Anthony had missed two games with injuries to his ankle, wrist and thumb. 'My legs felt great out there tonight,' Anthony told reporters. 'I felt refreshed. Just taking these five, six days off that I did really helped me out big time.' The Knicks shot 60 percent from the field last night and made half of their 18 3-point attempts. It was the first time New York shot better than 50 percent from the field this season. 'A lot of that is Melo,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. 'You could see he was well, he looked good and we play a lot of him and he draws a lot of attention, makes it easy for everybody else, kind of puts everybody else back in their roles that they do. And we struggled with him out or with him hurt.' Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 18 points, Tyson Chandler had 17 and Amar'e Stoudemire added 15 in the Knicks' home victory at Madison Square Garden. Reserve Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons, who have lost six straight games, with 15 points. The Knicks (8-13) hold third place in the Eastern Conference's five-team Atlantic Division, seven games behind the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pistons (4-19) are 14 games behind the Chicago Bulls in last place in the Central Division. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Golde State W. - Sacramento K. 93-90
Coach Mark Jackson picked an unfortunate night to reaffirm his confidence in the Warriors' tiny backcourt. Before the team went against a defensively flawed pair of Sacramento guards Tuesday night in Oakland, it seemed a safe time for Jackson to stand behind his statement that in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, the Warriors had the 'best backcourt in the business.' But the duo wasn't even the best backcourt on its own team. Sacramento's Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) single-handedly outplayed Ellis and Curry, and the Warriors won the game 93-90 only because Jackson pulled his starting guards for all but seven seconds of the fourth quarter, leaning on a backcourt of Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson plus forward/guard Brandon Rush. 'You want to play,' Curry said. 'Every night, you want to play. You don't go into the game, expecting to sit in the fourth quarter, but you've got to roll with the punches. The second unit went in and did the job.' Sacramento coach Keith Smart saw firsthand from the Warriors' bench the past two seasons how often Ellis and Curry can struggle together. Although their small size mostly have caused defensive worries, they've also labored offensively against bigger guards. To create favorable matchups, Smart played the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Evans against Curry and the 6-6, 207-pound John Salmons against Ellis. That left Jimmer Fredette, all of 6-2, to shadow 6-9 Warriors swingman Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85), who did score 15 points, mostly from the perimeter, but has yet to develop a post-up game and couldn't take full advantage of the height difference. The results were immediate and obvious. Curry went 1-for-7 for three points, going without a basket until 7:21 remained in the third quarter. Ellis scored 12 points, but took 17 shots. Evans had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Sacramento. It added to a string of rough scoring outings for Ellis, who usually can score 20 points in his sleep. He averaged 8.5 points on 26.9-percent shooting in the two games prior to facing Sacramento and has defensive nemesis Raja Bell of Utah to look forward to on Thursday night. Jackson said he thinks Ellis and Curry complement one another in that Ellis can handle the ball often enough to run Curry off screens. But both have all too often turned into jump shooters, which was especially glaring against Sacramento - a team that allowed 90 points in the paint to Denver last week. It wasn't until Jackson pulled Curry and Ellis that the Warriors built their biggest lead of the night. They trailed 65-58 with 3:07 remaining in the third quarter, when Curry was subbed out for Robinson, and Thompson replaced Ellis with just less than a minute left in the third. With Curry and Ellis sandwiching center Andris Biedrins on the pine, the Warriors' reserves took double-digit leads three times. Robinson had 11 points and five assists, Thompson added four points and some solid defense, and Rush scored a team-high 20 points. 'I do have a better understanding of what kinds of players would fit with Monta and Steph,' Jackson said. 'It's totally different watching vs. being involved and witnessing it firsthand. We have the pieces here, but we're always looking to add or get better.' For one night, the way to get better was to sit his guards on the bench. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Memphis G. - Denver N. 100-97 OT
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime, as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 100-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Mayo's basket gave Memphis a 98-97 lead, and two free throws by Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) with 8 seconds left gave Memphis the final margin. Rudy Fernandez's potential tying 3-point attempt in the closing seconds for Denver bounced off the rim, sending the Nuggets to their second straight loss. Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol both overcame poor shooting nights to lead Memphis with 20 points apiece, each also grabbing 13 boards as the Grizzlies outrebounded the Nuggets 48-42. Tony Allen had 17 points and four blocks, and his defensive pressure in the second half keyed a Grizzlies rally. Mike Conley finished with 11 points. Al Harrington led Denver with 23 points, 21 after halftime, and 10 rebounds. Andre Miller had 20 points on 8 of 13 from the field. Nene scored 14 points and Ty Lawson had 12 points. The teams were tied at 91 at the end of regulation after Miller's 18-footer rimmed out as the horn sounded. Memphis trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, and still trailed by 10 with just over 6 minutes left in regulation. The Grizzlies then scored 10 of the game's next 11 points to pull close. But Memphis never overtook Denver, tying it twice late in the fourth quarter. Allen's dunk with 5 seconds left tied the score at 91, setting up overtime. Memphis ended the night shooting 38 percent, but overcame that by causing 25 Denver turnovers. Both teams started slowly, and at one point, were a combined 5 of 19 with 11 turnovers between them in the first quarter. Memphis, which was coming off a lackluster performance in Monday night's 83-73 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, showed more energy, but the execution wasn't successful. By halftime, the themes of the game were turnovers by Denver and poor shooting by Memphis. The Grizzlies had nine turnovers, and had forced 14 miscues by the Nuggets. But Memphis' poor shooting resulted in only four points off those Denver turnovers in the first half. That was because the Grizzlies were hitting at a 28 percent clip, including another inaccurate shooting half for Memphis' leading scorers Gay and Gasol. Gay was 2 of 8 in the half, while Gasol was 2 of 6. The result was the Nuggets holding a 13-point lead in the half and carrying a 49-37 advantage to the locker room. Nene already had 11 of his points, and Miller had scored 10. But Danillo Gallinari, Denver's leading scorer with a 17.9 average, missed all seven of his shots. He would end the night 1 of 10, scoring only eight points. Memphis used a 12-4 rally to whittle into the Nuggets lead opening the second half. But Harrington came in with consecutive 3-pointers for Denver. Memphis pulled within one at 84-83 as Allen scored two straight baskets inside. Mayo's 8-foot floater finally pulled the Grizzlies even at 89 with 33.6 seconds left in regulation. Harrington's offensive rebound and stick back gave Denver the lead at 91-89, but Allen answered with a dunk to tie it at 91 with 5 seconds remaining. Miller's runner at the horn spun out, sending the game to overtime. *Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com

LA Lakers - Charlotte B. 106-73
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 24 points, Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) added 20, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat slumping Charlotte 106-73 Tuesday night, extending their home record to 11-2 and sending the Bobcats to their ninth consecutive defeat and 19th of the season. Bynum had 11 rebounds, while Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 10 points and Andrew Goudelock keyed a big night for the bench with 12 points in the Lakers' last home game before beginning their annual Grammy trip on Friday at Denver. The Lakers' reserves outscored the Bobcats 48-30. It was the Lakers' biggest victory against the Bobcats, who had beaten Los Angeles in eight of their previous 11 meetings. Gerald Henderson scored 14 points in his return after a two-game absence because of a lower back contusion for the Bobcats, who fell to 1-11 on the road and 3-19 overall. Derrick Brown added 12 points and Kemba Walker 12 coming off his triple-double against Washington on Saturday. Boris Diaw added 11. The Bobcats were well-rested, not having played since that three-point loss, but that didn't help the league's worst team. The rout was well under way in the first quarter, when Bryant racked up 18 points in 10 1/2 minutes and the Lakers led 30-18. He had six more points in the second quarter and the Lakers went into halftime ahead, 60-36. Bryant helped turn a five-point lead into 20 points in a 26-11 spurt over the end of the first quarter and start of the second with eight points, while Goudelock added seven and Bynum six. The Bobcats actually outscored Los Angeles in the third, 22-13, as Bryant went scoreless, but they still trailed 73-58. With Bryant on the bench in the fourth, soon joined by Bynum, the Lakers' reserves put on a 3-point shooting clinic. They reeled off seven consecutive treys to push their lead to 98-70. Troy Murphy had hit three 3s, Jason Kapono chipped in two, and Goudelock and Barnes had one each. Murphy finished with 12 points and Barnes 10. Metta World Peace got his second straight start in place of Barnes, but he wasn't a factor with two points, two rebounds, two assists and four fouls in 23 minutes. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - New Jersey N. 106-99
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Indiana Pacers in a 106-99 win over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 21 points and seven rebounds and Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who went on a 12-0 run midway through the third quarter and eventually led by as much as 18 in the fourth. George, who shot 8 of 11 in this one, scored 21 points to lead the Pacers to a 108-94 win against the Nets on Jan. 2. Deron Williams scored 34 points for the Nets, who have lost two straight overall and nine straight against the Pacers. The Nets turned the ball over three times and missed three shots in the Pacers' big run and shot just 40 percent overall in the third. George capped the biggest lead of the third quarter with a reverse dunk off Lou Amundson's steal to give the Pacers an 84-72 lead at the end of the third quarter. With the game tied at 66, George hit a 3-pointer and Granger went to the line to give the Pacers a 71-66 lead. Granger and George combined to score nine of the 12 points in the run. Things started shaky for Indiana as the Pacers turned the ball over on four of their first five trips down the floor. The only points came from George on a 3-pointer. The Pacers turned the ball over again on the next trip down the floor, but then Collison scored on a long jumper to cut the lead to 10-5 and spark a 10-0 run to give the Pacers the lead. George hit another 3-pointer, Granger scored and Collison scored on a three-point play to give the Pacers a 13-10 lead. The Nets played without MarShon Brooks, who broke his right little toe and didn't play Tuesday. Brooks, who is averaging 14.8 points, missed the three previous games because of a sore Achilles. Mehmet Okur missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back. DeShawn Stevenson didn't play because of a sore right knee. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - Boston C. 90-93
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 20 points, Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) had 12 in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics avenged a disappointing loss to Cleveland two days earlier by barely holding off the Cavaliers 93-90 on Tuesday night. The Celtics, who blew an 11-point lead at home Sunday in the final four minutes and lost by one, led by 22 late in the third quarter. However, the Cavs rallied again behind rookie Kyrie Irving and got within two on his twisting layup with 1:18 left. But Kevin Garnett dropped in a short jumper that bounced high off the rim and Pierce made two free throws with 2.6 seconds left as the Celtics avoided further embarrassment. Irving scored 21 points and Anderson Varejao added 20 and a career-high 20 rebounds for Cleveland. The Celtics were again without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, whose injured right wrist kept him out of his seventh straight game. The Celtics improved to 5-2 without him. It wasn't easy. Allen went scoreless in the first half, but helped orchestrate Boston's Rondo-less offense with five assists. However, after halftime, the NBA's career leader in 3-pointers got himself going. Allen scored six points in the opening three minutes and then hit two straight 3-pointers, the second one an apparent dagger that put the Celtics ahead 75-53. Boston entered the fourth leading by 16 -- a comfortable margin. Or so the Celtics thought. The Cavs weren't done. With Varejao outworking Boston's big men underneath and Irving taking control, the Cavaliers stormed back and were within 78-71 when Alonzo Gee drained a 3-pointer that sent Cleveland's crowd into a frenzy. Pierce and Garnett restored order and put the Celtics up by 11, but the Cavs kept fighting and were within four when Irving scored on a layup eerily similar to the game-winner he dropped at Boston Garden in the closing seconds to win Sunday's game. On Boston's next trip, Garnett hit the game's biggest bucket. His shot caromed off the rim and halfway up the backboard before dropping in, giving the Celtics, who looked and played tight down the stretch, some breathing room. Cleveland couldn't quite finish the job this time, and Irving's 3-pointer from the corner at the final horn ended a frantic fourth quarter. Rondo hasn't played since getting hurt against Toronto on Jan. 18, but he's nearing a return. He traveled with the team, a strong sign he'll be back sometime soon. Boston opens a five-game homestand Wednesday against the Raptors and will host the New York Knicks on Friday. 'Him being on the road means he wanted to work with the team,' coach Doc Rivers said. 'With us, when you see a guy on the road, it means he's really close.' Rivers felt his team had let up on Sunday, when the Cavs closed the game with a 12-0 run. 'They thought they could squeeze out the game,' Rivers said of the Celtics. 'All of a sudden, Cleveland got excited. We couldn't turn them off. There was a lot of frustration. That's good to see. I like that.' Rivers didn't like what he witnessed in the final 12 minutes as his team again became complacent. This time, the team with shamrock logo got a little lucky. *Courtesy of www.boston.com

Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 77-100
Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) is everything the Raptors could want in a player - big, strong and savvy, with myriad offensive skills and the ability to take over a game when the opportunity arises. And you can imagine Dwane Casey sitting on the Raptors bench watching Johnson dismantle his team and thinking, 'Oh, how I'd like one of those guys.' But those guys don't exist yet on the Raptor roster and neither does anyone who can stop Johnson as the Atlanta Hawks all-star poured in 30 points in just 30 minutes in a 100-77 rout of Toronto in front of 16,117 fans at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. 'A few times we were in good position defensively, had our hands up and he just rose up higher and made tough shots,' said Casey. 'That's what he does, that's why he's a superstar in this league and you have to tip your hat to him.' The Raptors tried a series of defenders on Johnson. They began the game with their new-look small lineup that includes both Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless but then switched DeMar DeRozan on to Johnson and he couldn't stop him. To start the third quarter, the Raptors went back to a more traditional look with Rasual Butler starting and trying to guard Johnson but that didn't work, either. 'I thought Joe Johnson did a heck of a job taking over the game,' said Casey. 'He made some tough shots, I do give him that. I thought that's when he dominated the game. 'He was in a situation where we couldn't double-team and couldn't get another body next to him and he made some tough shots.' But it wasn't as if the Raptors came up with anything close to their best effort. They were competitive early, down just five after the first quarter, but when the Hawks put on a 33-19 second-quarter blitz, the game was effectively over. 'I thought we came out with a competitive spirit, I don't think we sustained it enough,' said the coach. 'I was disappointed in not sustaining the competitive spirit, especially in the second quarter - that's when the game got out of hand.' The two Raptors who could have sparked the team offensively had so-so nights on an evening when Toronto shot just 37 per cent from the floor. DeRozan, who set a career high with 16 free-throw attempts in a win Sunday in New Jersey, didn't get to the line until the third quarter and finished with just four foul shots in a nine-point night. He committed four turnovers, only got four rebounds and took just nine shots in 34 minutes. 'I thought we tried to get to the line but it's knowing how to go in there and body hunt - find bodies when you go in the paint,' said Casey. 'I thought he did attack the basket but he didn't do a good job of getting into a body and drawing a foul. You have to give Atlanta some credit, they had something to do with it.' Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-PG-82) gave the Raptors 17 minutes but he was clearly hobbled by the sore ankle that kept him out of Sunday's game. 'I didn't want to give him too many minutes because of the ankle; he's not 100 per cent,' said the coach. 'This time of year, something's going to be hurting on your body. I talk to a lot of coaches and a lot of players have a lot of nicks and bangs. There's nobody 100 per cent right now but he tried.' Bayless led the Raptors with 14 points, Ed Davis had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Gary Forbes had 10 points. Amir Johnson started the game but not the second half - Casey went to Aaron Gray - and had only two points and one rebound in 14 minutes. 'No message, it was trying to find an answer,' said Casey. 'You let a team shoot 60 per cent in the first half, you're searching for answers on the defensive end.' *Courtesy of www.thestar.com




Spurs' F Malcolm Thomas assigned to D-League Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs announced Monday afternoon that rookie forward Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: San Diego St.) has been assigned to the team's D-League affiliate Austin Toros.

Thomas, an athletic 6-9, 225-pound power forward, has totaled just 1 point to go along with 3 rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time this season.

Most recently Thomas suited up for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League where in 31.5 minutes of action he posted respectable averages of 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and an impressive 2.67 blocks per game before being signed by the Spurs earlier this month.

The Toros faced the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last night. Vipers celebrated 118-106 victory.

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Milwaukee 105, Miami 97 - by Milord Nikolic
Brandon Jennings had 31 points and connected on seven 3-point baskets as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for an impressive 105-97 victory over the visiting Miami Heat on Wednesday. Drew Gooden had 17 points and nine rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova grabbed 14 rebounds as Milwaukee won its third straight game and defeated Miami for the second time this season. LeBron James scored a season-high 40 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 for Miami, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. The Heat have won eight of 10 games with both losses coming to the Bucks. Milwaukee trailed by seven points late in the third quarter before blitzing the Heat with a 26-3 run. Jennings hit three 3-pointers during the surge, including back-to-back bombs to give the Bucks a 98-82 lead with 4:24 left. Milwaukee recovered from an 18-point second-quarter deficit to tie the game at 79 on a three-point play by Ilyasova 27 seconds into the final quarter. Miami made just six of 22 shots in the final quarter. Jennings had eight assists and four steals without committing a turnover in nearly 42 minutes of action. James had 24 first-quarter points as Miami jumped out to a 40-23 lead. The Heats lead was 18 with seven minutes left in the half before Milwaukee pulled within 60-47 at intermission.

Pacers Stay Hot, Top T'Wolves 109-99 - by Daniel Gibson
The Indiana Pacers are giving their city, that's currently hosting Super Bowl events before the big game Sunday night, even more to celebrate as they keep racking up wins.

Tonight it was the Minnesota Timberwolves who were knocked off by the Pacers, 109-99. Danny Granger continues to score well and push for another All-Star selection as he finished with 36 points shooting 5-of-8 from downtown, 9-of-19 from the field and 13-of-15 at the free-throw line. Darren Collison chipped in 20 points and Roy Hibbert had 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Pacers were able to overcome another monster game from Kevin Love who finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Indiana was able to keep the other players in check as the second highest scorer, Luke Ridnour, finished with 16 points.

George Hill missed the game for the Pacers after spraining his ankle against the Nets last night. He is getting rest and treatment and his status remains day-to-day.

The Pacers started off slowly but after the first quarter the offense and defense got in gear and they outscored the Wolves in each of the last three quarters. The Bulls lost to the Sixers so Indiana gained some ground on their rivals, making tonight's win even more satisfying.


Knicks' Baron Davis debuting next week? - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks are more than a quarter of the way through their 66-game schedule and they've had to suffer through their 8-13 record without the help of point guard Baron Davis (6'3''-PG-79, college: UCLA), who had back surgery in December but was expected to be in the lineup by now.

The word from Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni now is that Davis won't be in the lineup till next week, the New York Post reports. 'We all wanted things earlier,'' D'Antoni said, according to the Post. 'But we want when he comes back he could stay back and not risk the in-and-out and all that stuff.''

Davis sat out Monday's practice because he was 'too sore,' the paper reports, but he is expected to be practicing again Wednesday. 'He hasn't looked strong in scrimmages,' the paper reports and 'D'Antoni said (Davis) hasn't had 'enough pop'' and needs 'recovery time from scrimmages.'

The 32-year-old Davis, a two-time All-Star, split last season between the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 13.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The Knicks, expected to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference this season, are currently a game and a half out of playoff contention.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


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Latest games with stats - by Eurobasket News
Moncton M. - Halifax R. 102-91
After a 21-point lead on the road disappeared in a frustrating 102-91 loss to the last-place Moncton Miracles, Halifax Rainmen coach Josep (Pep) Claros didn't mince words. The Halifax coach, not hesitant to call out his players if they're deserving of it, saved his wrath for the officials following Monday night's setback at Moncton Coliseum. 'It's not fair, this is not basketball,' he seethed, charging that the men in stripes changed the complexion of the National Basketball League of Canada contest. The Rainmen, playing their fourth game in five nights, dominated the Miracles (7-19) in the first quarter and Joey Haywood's hoop to open the scoring in the second gave Halifax a 36-15 edge. From that point on, though, the Rainmen (17-9) made only 17 of 56 shots from the field and were outscored 87-55 by the Miracles, leaving them just a half-game ahead of the third-place Quebec Kebs (17-10). But Claros said their woes had nothing to do with fatigue. 'When we were 21 up, they started to change, they started to call little things,' he complained. ' (If referees) continue like this, they're gonna kill this league.' Over the final three quarters, the Miracles outscored the Rainmen by 10 points at the charity stripe while taking 17 more free throws. The guests were whistled for three technical fouls, two of which led to the ejection of forward Tyrone Levett after he was nabbed for a questionable charging call with about six minutes left. Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) topped the Rainmen with 16 points. Levett and Chris Hagan added 12 each and Haywood, Justin Johnson and Bryan McCullough all had 10. Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) paced the Miracles with 29 points, Boubacar Coly scored 19 and Darrell Wonge had 18. The Rainmen were up 51-41 at the half. But they missed their first five shots of the third quarter and a spinning layup by Sylvania Watkins tied the tilt at 62-62 with nearly six minutes gone. The Miracles forged ahead 45 seconds later as Wonge converted three of five free throws, two of them for a technical Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) was assessed after protesting when Haywood was called for fouling Wonge on a three-point attempt. Halifax never led again. *Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

Halifax R. - Summerside S. 110-97
Taliek Brown wasn't ready to let his weary teammates get bogged down in a three-game losing skid. The veteran point guard poured in 18 second-half points to help the Halifax Rainmen subdue the Summerside Storm 110-97 on Saturday night at the Metro Centre, snapping a two-game slide that started Thursday in P.E.I. Brown, the 29-year-old floor general who won an NCAA title in 2004 with the Connecticut Huskies, finished with 22 points, including 10 in a decisive third quarter as the second-place Rainmen (17-8) finally put the pesky Storm (10-17) in their rear-view mirror. 'He's our everything point guard,' centre Abdullahi Kuso (6'9''-F-84, college: Tallahassee CC) said. 'He's an extension of the coach on the basketball court. We go as far as he takes us.' The Rainmen - playing for the third time in as many nights - and their Island guests set a fast pace in front of 3,302 fans. Summerside ended the first period on top 30-25 after connecting on a blistering 60 per cent of their shots from the floor. Down by seven early in the second, the Rainmen clawed their way back and trailed just 55-54 at the break after Kuso sank a pair of free throws with two seconds left in the half. Considering the Storm jogged into their locker-room still shooting 58 per cent and the Rainmen hadn't looked particularly effective on the defensive end, they had to feel fortunate to be facing only a one-point deficit. 'Sometimes we tend to over-help a little bit and we have to stop penetration,' reserve guard Chris Hagan said. 'In the second half, I think we did a better job of containing their guards and then it allowed us to get out and run in the open court.' Kuso got the Rainmen off on the right foot following the intermission, scoring the first basket on a putback to send Halifax in front. After Louis McCroskey answered with a jumper for the Storm, the Halifax big man powered his way inside for another score, taking advantage of a defensive mismatch against tiny Summerside guard Al Stewart. 'I had to do what my team needed me to,' said Kuso, who had 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks, including an emphatic swat of a Stephen McDowell attempt from three-point range late in the fourth. 'After two back-to-back games, we were banged up. Richard (Anderson) was out, (Eric Crookshank) had flu-like symptoms, so I had to step up.' After Kuso's second hoop restored Halifax's edge on the scoreboard, Brown followed with a slashing layup to make the spread 60-57. The Storm's Jessan Gray hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 60-60 with about three minutes gone in the third, but Brown's two free throws started a 17-3 run that all but ended Summerside's hopes of upsetting the Rainmen for the second time in three nights. Brown scored 10 of Halifax's next 15 points after Kuso's two period-opening hoops, carrying the hosts to an 86-76 lead at the end of the third quarter. They outscored the Storm 32-21, burying 12 of their 19 field-goal attempts and limiting the Storm to 30 per cent shooting from the floor. In the fourth, a Chris Cayole triple helped Summerside creep back to within seven, but Brown responded again, accounting for seven of Halifax's next nine points to keep the visitors at bay. 'Taliek's one of our leaders out on the court,' said Hagan, a 22-year-old rookie. 'It really helps a lot when he has big games but even if he isn't scoring, he does so much for our team . . . he does everything.' Justin Johnson added 17 points for Halifax, 10 of them in the second half, and Tyrone Levett had 15 points to match his game-high 15 rebounds. McCroskey topped Summerside with 19 and McDowell netted 17. The weathered Rainmen doesn't get much of a break from the schedule-maker. They're back in action Monday night in Moncton to wrap up a stretch in which they'll have played seven times in 12 days. *Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

London L. - St.John M.R. 125-99
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, dropped a road contest against the #1 London Lightning 125-99 at the John LeBatt Centre in London, Ontario. London jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead to start the game. The Mill Rats settled down to close within 26-23 before Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) 's jumper bounced in at the buzzer to give the hosts a five point lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter proved disastrous for Saint John as the Lightning struck with a 20-2 run to begin the quarter. At the half the score was 60-37 in favour of London. The Mill Rats played basically even in the second half, but never manage to close the deficit to threaten the home team. Darren Duncan (5'11''-G-88, college: Merrimack) led the Mill Rats with 22 points, Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87) scored 20, Courtland Bluford 18, and Kevin Francis 13. Gabe Freeman led London with 29 points and 10 rebounds. The Mill Rats shot 36.8% from the floor while the Lightning shot 55.1%. Saint John drops to 12-14 on the season while the Lighting improve to a league best 21-6. Due to the Summerside Storm's loss the night prior to the Halifax Rainmen, the Saint John Mill Rats remain 2 1/2 games ahead for the fourth and final NBL Canada playoff position. Saint John returns home for a three game homestand beginning with the Moncton Miracles at Harbour Station on Wednesday February 1st at 7:00pm. KVHS and SJHS boys varsity teams will battle each other at Harbour Station prior to the Mill Rats' game, beginning at 4:30pm. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Moncton M. - Oshawa P. 108-110 OT
The Moncton Miracles fell to the Oshawa Power at the Moncton Coliseum with a final score of 110-108. At the end of the first quarter the Miracles had a 35-23 over the Power but shortly in to the second quarter lost it and were unable to get it back. The half ended with the Power having a 52-51 lead. The second half continued to be close with the game ending 96-96 sending the game into overtime. The Miracles led for most of overtime and with 10 seconds left to play had a 108-107. Power's Omari Johnson (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) hit a buzzer beater three to give his team a 110-108 win over the Miracles. Darrell Wonge was the top scorer for the Miracles with 25 points. Boubacar Coly followed with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Robinson led the way for the Power with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Omari Johnson was right behind him with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Technical foul was given to Miracles Akeem Wright. Power's Marcus Johnson was and Morgan Lewis were fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. The Miracles play their next game at home against the Halifax Rainmen on Monday, January 30th, 2012. Game time is 7:00pm at the Moncton Coliseum. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Moncton Miracles release Victor Morris - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles have released Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.). Morris is a 6'0 point guard that was acquired as a free agent early in November.

The Miracles are currently sitting with a 7-19 record after having beat the Halifax Rainmen 102-91 on Monday, January 30th, 2012.

The Miracles play their next game on the road against the Saint John Mill Rats on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. Game time is 7:00pm at the Harbour Station.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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San Diego St. 58, Boise St. 56 - by Milord Nikolic
San Diego State rallied in the second half to beat visiting Boise State 58-56 on Wednesday after the Broncos Thomas Bropleh missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. Trailing by eight at halftime, No. 17 San Diego State (19-3, 5-1 Mountain West) held Boise State (10-11, 0-6) to one field goal over 13 minutes in the second half. Jamaal Franklin had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Aztecs, who made 16 of their final 17 free throws. Chase Tapley added 14 points. San Diego State shot 25 for 29 (86.2 percent) from the free throw line, while Boise State was 7 for 16. Boise State lost its seventh straight game despite Anthony Drmics 17 points and seven rebounds. Tre Nichols added 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Boise State fell to 5-30 all-time against ranked opponents and remained winless on the road this season. The Broncos committed 18 turnovers, but held San Diego State to only 15 of 48 (31.3 percent) from the floor, including 3 for 19 (15.8 percent) from 3-point range.

No.1 Kentucky Wildcats hit their first 10 shots from the floor to build a 22-5 start, then coasted past the Tennessee Vols, 69-44 - by Eurobasket News
The Kentucky Wildcats hit their first 10 shots from the floor to build a 22-5 start, then coasted past the Tennessee Vols, 69-44.

The Wildcats ended the night shooting almost 58 percent from the field and a blistering 89 percent from the free throw line. Kentucky had 27 free throw attempts; Tennessee had seven.

The Vols rallied to cut the deficit to 10 before the end of the first half. Renaldo Woolrdige hit his first five three-point shots and led Tennessee in scoring with 17.

Kentucky quickly extended the lead to start the second half, and the Vols never got closer than 15.

Jeronne Maymon (6'7''-F-91) was the only other Tennessee player scoring in double figures with 13. Freshman Jarnell Stokes led the Vols in rebounds with six to go with his four points.

A pair of freshmen led the Wildcats. Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Michael Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93) had 16 points for Kentucky.

The Vols are now 10-12 on the year, while top ranked Kentucky improves to 22-1.

Here is more on the game from the University of Tennessee:

Freshman Anthony Davis had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as top-ranked Kentucky beat Tennessee 69-44 on Tuesday night to extend the Wildcats' home winning streak to 48 games.

Kentucky (22-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) got off to a sizzling start by hitting its first 11 shots over the opening 11 minutes as the Wildcats won their 14th straight overall in another dominating performance.

The 6-foot-10 Davis has been the biggest star among the Wildcats' starting group of three freshmen and two sophomores who expect to play for a national title in a little over two months.

The Volunteers (10-12, 2-5) were led by Renaldo Woolridge, who hit a career-best five 3-pointers and tied his career-high with 17 points.

Kentucky holds the nation's longest home winning streak and wore platinum gray uniforms instead of their standard white as part of a promotion with eight other programs in men's and women's basketball.

The uniforms made it tough at times to pick up who was scoring for the Wildcats. No matter, everyone has pitched in equally this season for a club that features six players averaging 9.9 points or more.

Freshman Michael Gilchrist had 16 points and eight rebounds, Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92) scored 11 points and Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague had nine apiece for the Wildcats.

The Vols' main inside presence, Jeronne Maymon, scored 13 points, but picked up his fourth foul with just over 12 minutes to play. With Maymon gone, Davis feasted down low, blocking his seventh shot of the game when he rotated and swatted Kenny Hall's attempt.

Davis has an NCAA-best 108 blocked shots this season to help Kentucky lead the nation. He made six straight free throws before hitting a 17-footer that gave Kentucky a 57-36 lead with 6:52 left.

He scored the first two baskets of the game, then stepped out and hit another long jumper as Kentucky built a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout.

With just under 14 minutes left, Jones went hard to the basket, scored and drew a foul. With both teams congregated in the paint, pushing and shoving started before officials separated the sides.

Trae Golden and Davis were assessed technical fouls, and Davis drew an offensive foul on Hall on the ensuing possession that fired the Wildcats up even more.

Kidd-Gilchrist was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws, Teague added another and Kidd-Gilchrist's layup gave Kentucky a 22-5 lead with 11:39 left in the first half.

Vols freshman Jarnell Stokes picked up his second foul 25 seconds later to go to the bench and Tennessee's best three players - Stokes, Maymon and Golden - watched the rest of the half because of foul trouble.

Darius Miller's jumper gave Kentucky a 26-8 lead, but he missed a 3-pointer to snap the Wildcats' perfect start with 8:57 left in the first half.

Woolridge hit consecutive 3-pointers that cut Kentucky's lead to 32-22 and was 5 for 5 from 3-point range at that point, while his teammates were 3 for 19 from the field.

The Vols never cut the lead to single digits as Kentucky answered with six straight points and led 38-25 at halftime.

Tennessee is 4-12 all-time against the nation's top-ranked team including a win against No. 1 Kentucky in 1966. The Vols had won its last two games when facing No. 1, but this group under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin never had a chance after shooting 28.1 percent at aging Rupp Arena.

Courtesy of www.wbir.com


No. 19 Wisconsin beats Penn State 52-46 - by Eurobasket News
The Penn State coach paced the sideline wearing jet-black Nike sneakers and rolled-up khakis.

It was basketball coach Patrick Chambers' tribute to the late Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno.

The Nittany Lions fell 52-46 to No. 19 Wisconsin, but Chambers' attire provided a highlight at the Jordan Center on Tuesday night -- five days after a public memorial service for Paterno was held in the same arena.

'It was a tribute to Coach Paterno and what he's done and what he's meant to this university,' Chambers said.

Jordan Taylor (6'1''-G) scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of key with 1:44 left, and the Badgers held on for their sixth straight victory.

Taylor made six free throws over the final minute, helping the Badgers (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten) overcome an early nine-point deficit.

Trailing 40-38, Penn State (10-13, 2-8) missed on three tries to tie or take the lead. Jon Graham missed two foul shots before Jermaine Marshall misfired on a 3 and missed a layup after grabbing his own rebound.

Taylor took over from there with his clutch 3. He scored 13 of Wisconsin's last 17 points.

Tim Frazier (6'1''-G-90) led Penn State with 21 points.

It was Penn State's first home game since Paterno died Jan. 22 from lung cancer, a little more than two months after he was fired from the school in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. Paterno was never charged in the scandal.

Chambers and his coaching staff were already scheduled to wear sneakers Tuesday night as part of Coaches vs. Cancer awareness week.

'I wanted to bring that to the forefront and let people know I'm on board and we're going to work extremely hard with Coaches Versus Cancer and do whatever we can to beat cancer,' Chambers said.

But he took it a step further by adding the rolled-up khakis -- just like JoePa used to across the street from the Jordan Center at Beaver Stadium. Chambers called the look a 'one-time thing.'

Before the game, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan took his team to the bronzed statue of Paterno outside Beaver Stadium. Ryan said he left a hat at the makeshift memorial inscribed with the phrase 'To the greatest teacher ever.'

Paterno won a Division I-record 409 games over 46 seasons.

'Why wouldn't you?' Ryan responded rhetorically when asked about taking his players to the statue. 'I would've played for the guy. I would've coached with the guy.'

Six-foot-10 center Jared Berggren added eight points and 10 rebounds for Wisconsin, helping to get the offense going down low in the second half after his team struggled from the field early.

Berggren scored six of the Badgers' first eight points of the second half, before Taylor closed it out.

The much-anticipated point guard matchup with Taylor and Frazier got off to a slow start with the two combining for just nine points in the first half.

They seemed to go back-and-forth down the stretch in the second.

Frazier scored 17 points after halftime, often maneuvering in the lane around the Badgers' tough defense for mid-range jumpers or one-handed floaters. Wisconsin was allowing just 49.6 points per game on opponents' 36 percent shooting -- both NCAA lows.

Penn State shot 36 percent for the game but made just seven field goals in the second half, six by Frazier.

His jumper got the Nittany Lions within 40-38 with 3:36 left, setting up the stage for the potential late heroics by Graham and Marshall.

Instead, it was Taylor who stole the show -- as usual.

He finished 4 of 12 from the field but 8 of 10 from the foul line. He added five assists and three rebounds.

Ryan Evans (6'6''-G/F) added 11 points and six rebounds for the Badgers, who got a nice lift going into Saturday's showdown against No. 3 Ohio State.

Marshall finished with 13 points, 10 in the first half. He scored six points during a 10-0 run to help Penn State build an 18-9 lead late in the first half.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


No. 7 North Carolina beats Wake Forest 68-53 - by Eurobasket News
C.J. Harris (6'3''-G-91) didn't provide much scoring for Wake Forest against No. 5 North Carolina until it was too late.

Harris finished with 19 points in Tuesday night's 68-53 loss to the Tar Heels, though eight came in the final 2 1/2 minutes after the Demon Deacons had fallen behind by 22 points.

The 6-foot-3 junior came in averaging 17.3 points and had been in double figures in every game. But with 6-foot-7 sophomore Reggie Bullock (6'7''-G-91) leading the defensive effort, Harris didn't manage his first shot until nearly 8 minutes in Bullock blocked it and had only four points in the first half.

'That was my main goal, to come out and just play defense hard every game,' Bullock said. 'I was just trying to make it difficult for him in the first half.'

Harris came in shooting nearly 49 percent from 3-point range, but hit 1 of 6 shots from behind the arc against the Tar Heels. He didn't reach double figures in scoring until hitting two free throws with 5:56 left to cut the deficit to 60-40, then reached his 1,000 career point with a three-point play with 1:03 left.

' (Bullock) does a good job of staying low, getting into you and making every look that you take tough,' Harris said.

For North Carolina, Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) had 18 points and a career-best 18 rebounds.

John Henson (6'11''-F-90) added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shook off a miserable shooting performance to win their fourth straight game. North Carolina shot 31 percent, including a 1-for-13 stretch to start the second half before running off a 12-0 spurt to finally pull away.

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) added 13 points for the Tar Heels and played most of the second half despite rolling his left ankle midway through the first half. Afterward, coach Roy Williams said Barnes would get a few days off to rest.

The Demon Deacons (11-11, 2-6) struggled just as badly as the Tar Heels with their shooting. Wake Forest shot just 30 percent, including 2 for 18 from 3-point range.

The game closed a three-game week for the Tar Heels, who beat rival North Carolina State last Thursday then defeated Georgia Tech on Sunday. North Carolina doesn't play again until traveling to Maryland on Saturday, then returns home to face No. 7 Duke next week in the latest renewal of that fierce rivalry.

The Tar Heels shot the ball well in the past two wins and hit 10 3-pointers against the Yellow Jackets, but they didn't bring that with them to Winston-Salem. In a sign of what was to come, North Carolina's first three field goals were all second-chance baskets off its own misses, while the Tar Heels shot just 4 for 19 from 3-point range.

No North Carolina player shot even 50 percent, while perimeter threats Barnes, Bullock and P.J. Hairston combined to shoot 6 for 26 from the field and miss 11 of 13 3-point tries.

Yet the Demon Deacons were in no position to take advantage.

They had lost five of six, with the past four losses all coming by at least 11 points. And the Demon Deacons were greeted by plenty of empty green seats and a large splattering of Carolina blue from the stands in their own building for this one.

Still, Wake Forest trailed by 12 at halftime and was within 40-34 with about 14 minutes left against the cold-shooting Tar Heels. But Kendall Marshall knocked down a 3-pointer to start the clinching run, then Bullock added his only 3 before Zeller tipped in a miss from Marshall to cap the 12-0 run and give UNC a 60-38 lead with 6:11 left.

North Carolina finished with a 55-40 rebounding advantage, including 22 on the offensive end that led to 20 second-chance points.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Marquette rallies past Seton Hall, 66-59 - by Eurobasket News
This really isnt the Marquette Golden Eagles preferred mode of operation.

Honest.

They really wouldnt mind playing with a lead early in the game just for the heck of it.

But following a familiar scrit, Marquette (19-4, 8-2 Big East) didnt lead in the first half and trailed by as many as 11 before rallying in the second half for a 66-59 victory over Seton Hall (15-7, 4-6) on Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.

It was seventh straight victory for Marquette, which continues to find ways to win.

'Every team would like to come out strong,' said sophomore guard Vander Blue, who ignited the Golden Eagles second-half comeback. 'But thats why its called the game of basketball and people love it the way they do. You never know whats going to happen and its never over. As long as theres time on the clock, theres always a chance for a comeback, we think.

'We just have that fight in us and no matter how much were down, we feel that we can come back. Were not trying to come out sluggish but thats what its been. But weve responded in a great way.'

The one big difference for Marquette on Tuesday a BIG difference was that it played without 6-foot-8, 290-pound forward Davante Gardner, who sprained his left knee in Saturdays victory at Villanova and missed a game for the first time this season. Jamil Wilson started in his place.

Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90) led Marquette with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Blue said he tried to pick up the rebounding slack from Gardners absence and finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and one huge second-half dunk on a lob from Junior Cadougan (6'1''-G-90) that ignited the crowd, including the Miami Heats LeBron James and Dwyane Wade from their courtside seats.

Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-G-89) finished with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Marquette, which turned the ball over 12 times and trailed by four at halftime.

'That was real bad,' Crowder said of the first-half turnovers. 'We never got into a groove offensively in the first half. Thats one thing we talked about. Cut down the turnovers.'

Said Marquette coach Buzz Williams , 'I thought our guys showed incredible heart and fortitude. I think its as big a win as weve had considering all the obstacles weve had to overcome. I thought that in their own way every single guy contributed. As poor as we were in the first half, we were just as good in the second half.'

Gardner was getting around on crutches at the game.

'The swelling has gone down since Sunday morning,' Williams said. 'Its just hard to guess, when you weigh 290 pounds, how long does it take to get all the swelling out? Were not trying to hide anything. He didnt tear anything and he will be back. When will he be back? I dont know.'

Marquette trailed early in the second half, 36-30, but a short time later Cadougan delivered the lob at the rim to Blue, who threw it down to cut the lead to 36-34 with 13:44 left.

It was the spark Marquette had been seeking.

'From the crowd I think it did (spark us),' Blue said. 'Its two points at the end. But we needed it. The team needed a boost. We were out of sync for a while.'

Said Crowder, 'It was big for us. It was a momentum-changer for us. But thats what he brings.'

James and Wade expressed their approval also

'LeBrons my favorite player and D-Wade is a great guy,' Blue said. 'I really wasnt paying attention to them but I heard they were up and going crazy and that obviously made me feel good, coming from two great players.'

Blue later opened Marquettes decisive 12-0 run by draining a three and, after a Seton Hall turnover, he dropped in a fast-break layup and Marquette had its first lead, 39-38, with 12:23 left.

Crowder added a layup and, after another Seton Hall turnover, Johnson-Odom sank a three for a 44-38 lead. Two free throws by Johnson-Odom completed the surge and put the Golden Eagles ahead by eight with 10:27 remaining.

Marquette led, 56-46, after a fast-break layup by Wilson with 4:56 remaining. Seton Hall cut the lead to 59-55, but two free throws each by Crowder and Cadougan put the Golden Eagles ahead by eight with 41 seconds left.

Courtesy of http://news.bostonherald.com


Clemson rally just short at No. 16 Virginia, 65-61 - by Eurobasket News
Opposing coaches always look for a way to slow down Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88) when playing No. 16 Virginia, and then for a way to minimize 3-point shooters Joe Harris (6'6''-G) and Sammy Zeglinski (6'0''-G-88).

Clemson failed on both counts in a 65-61 loss at Virginia on Tuesday night as Scott had 23 points, including four free throws in the final 16.8 seconds, and Harris scored a season-high 19.

'When those guys are making shots, or taking shots, you don't feel good about it on your end,' Tigers coach Brad Brownell said. 'Those are three guys that are all good players and guys that can make shots, get hot.'

Devin Booker (6'8''-F/C-91) scored 16 points and Tanner Smith had 14 for the Tigers (11-10, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were without starting forward Milton Jennings after he was suspended for academic reasons on Monday.

The Tigers went cold as the Cavaliers heated up after halftime. Harris had three of his five 3-pointers in a 19-3 run that gave Virginia a 49-38 lead, and the Tigers were 1 for 10 from the field in that stretch.

Several times, Brownell said, the Tigers missed a shot in the lane, and it led to a transition 3-pointer for the Cavaliers, making it feel like a 5-point swing on one possession.

It helped that when Virginia got open shots, it made them. The Cavaliers shot 56 percent.

'The way they play, their points are never going to be high, but you look at their field goal percentage against us,' Brownell said. 'We played well. We had three or four bad shots in the second half.'

Virginia (18-3, 5-2) reached 18 victories before the end of January for the first time since 1981-82.

The Tigers were within 61-58 and had the ball when they called a timeout with 20.6 seconds to play. They inbounded to Andre Young, who quickly launched a 3-pointer that missed. Scott rebounded for Virginia, was fouled and made both.

The Tigers led 35-30 early in the second half before Harris and Zeglinski hit consecutive 3-pointers to put Virginia ahead. The shots were the start of an 11-0 run before Booker hit a 3-pointer for the Tigers. The Cavaliers then added eight straight points to open a 49-38 lead.

The Cavaliers made 8 of their first 9 shots in the second half, including three 3s by Harris and one by Zeglinski.

Harris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and missed only once from beyond the arc. Virginia shot 56 percent against the league's second-stingiest defense, which arrived allowing just 59.7 points per game, but it still came down to the final minute.

Trailing 57-49 with 5 minutes left, the Tigers got seven points from Booker in a 9-4 run to get within 61-58. .

Early on, the Tigers hardly missed Jennings and his 8.9 scoring average. Seven-foot-2 Catalin Baciu scored six points in the first half, exceeding his 4.2 average, and K.J. McDaniels had four, above his average of 3.1 But neither scored in the second half..

The first half was tight throughout with the lead changing hands 15 times and neither team leading by more than four.

The first 8:28 was up-and-down offense, with Virginia hitting 7 of its first 9 shots, and Clemson 6 of 9.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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Standings
Standings
Qualification Gr.A
1. Greece0-0
2. Jordan0-0
3. P.Rico0-0
Qualification Gr.B
1. Lithuania0-0
2. Nigeria0-0
3. Venezuela0-0
Qualification Gr.C
1. Dominican R.0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Russia0-0
Qualification Gr.D
1. Angola0-0
2. FYR Macedon.0-0
3. N.Zealand0-0


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Latest games with stats - by Eurobasket News
Group Central
St. Louis P. - Chicago M. 105-115
In what was a hard fought game from start to finish, the St. Louis Phoenix fell to the Chicago Muscle 115-106. The loss drops the Phoenix to 0-4 for the season, while the Muscle improves to 4-2. St. Louis held a 24-19 lead at the start of the second quarter, during which Chicago used stifling defense to gain a 50-40 lead at the break. The lead changed several times in the third quarter, but it was an early surge in the fourth that gave Chicago the lead for good. The Phoenix were paced by Dwayne Polk, who had 26 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and 4-7 from three point range. Six St. Louis players scored in double figures, including Corey Hill and Nicholas Reed who each had 15 points in their debut games for the club. Leading the charge for the Muscle was a dominating duo of Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris) and Nick Livas (6'6''-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield), who tallied 28 and 22 points respectively. Rico Hill notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Marcel Anderson scored 19 points off the bench. St. Louis shot 43% for the game, while Chicago shot 57% and a scorching 73% in the second half. Next up for the Phoenix is a trip to Chicago for a rematch against the Muscle on Sunday, February 5. The game will be played at Harper University, and is scheduled for a 2:05pm tip-off. *Courtesy of PBL

Sauk Valley P. - Chicago M. 127-115
Paced by a sparkling 38 point outburst from shooting guard Desmond Holloway (6'3''-G, agency: Court Side, college: Co.Carolina), the Predators used a late spurt to gain a 127-115 victory over the Chicago Muscle before a big crowd in Sterling, IL. The Predators were 47 for 85 from the field with Desmond Holloway leading the way. He connected on 15 of 18 from the field and 8 of 10 free throws to score his 38 points, a single-game team best this season. Additionally, Desmond had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Carlton Fay (6'8''-F-88, college: S.Illinois) scored 24 points with 7 rebounds and Herman Favors rounded out the game with 17 points and 14 assists. 'Our game is up-tempo, up-tempo, up-tempo and Chicago didn't think we could score 100 points. They've been holding teams to 90 points a game and have got some players that can really clog up the lane', commented Predators' Head Coach Kevin Keathley. Marcel Anderson led the Chicago Muscle with 23 points followed by Rico Hill with 21 points and 10 rebounds, giving the Muscle the only player from both teams to have a double-double. Nick Livas added 18 points and Casey Love had 16 points. 'We're OK defensively and we're hopefully going to be better. I had a feeling that they would step it past a level we're not ready for yet. We were not ready for all that penetration stuff and how to handle it, we haven't quite got that far on the drawing board,' commented Muscle Head Coach Jim Condill. *Courtesy of PBL

Cent.Illinois D. - Sauk Valley P. 102-92
When opposing pro basketball philosophies collided at U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Saturday, the more defensive-minded Central Illinois Drive held the Sauk Valley Predators 40 points under their average. That was enough to secure a 102-92 victory for the Drive, who improved to 5-0 in front of a season-high 2,310 fans. 'They want to beat you, 130-125,' said Drive coach A.J. Guyton of Sauk Valley (4-2). 'We want to beat you, 102-90. There is a difference in concepts.' The concept of guarding Tony Lewis was on Sauk Valley's agenda, but the Illinois State grad still poured in 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting to go with seven rebounds. 'He's a Charles Barkley-type player,' said Drive forward Todd Peterson, who scored 14 points. 'He's big and wide and not real tall. He is a load to guard in practice.' The usually energetic Lewis was lethargic in the Drive's 116-115 win at Sauk Valley Jan. 22, scoring just eight points. 'If he's not going to (play hard), we can't put him out on the basketball court,' Guyton said. 'He responded. That's what we look for in players - how they respond to your criticism is a mark of what kind of player they can become.' The game became a free throw shooting contest with the Drive sinking 25 of 38 (65.8 percent) while Sauk Valley canned 28 of 35 (80 percent). The Predators' Desmond Holloway penetrated at will to draw enough contact for eight free throws during a 26-point outing. The 6-foot-4 ex-Coastal Carolina star came in averaging a PBL-high 25.3. 'He declared for the NBA draft (last spring),' said Sauk Valley coach Kevin Keathley. 'He should be somewhere else (such as the NBA). We're very lucky to have him.' After the teams played to a 12-12 tie, the Drive used an 18-8 run to take the lead for good. The gap hovered around a dozen points until the Predators got within five on three occastions in the final 4:06. 'We knew they had the ability to come back at any time,' said Peterson, whose team scored the game's final five points on free throws the last 1:16. The Drive's Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas), who had three dunks, finished with 15 points, as did Perry Petty. The Drive posted a 53-44 rebound advantage as Farmer, Nathan Fuqua, Daniel Ruffin and Anthony Slack all had seven boards. Sauk Valley's Justin Tubbs (6'3''-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) had 15 points, Shelton Jackson 14, Herman Favors 13 and Carl Hipp 11. The Drive play at 3 p.m. (Central) today against the Indiana Diesels (1-3) at Columbus (Ind.) North High School. PBL expels two teams: The Northwest Indiana Stars and the Charleston Gunners have been released from the Premier Basketball League for failing to follow 'rules and standard operating procedures set forth in the PBL Operations Manual.' 'I commend them for doing that,' Guyton said. 'I'd rather have nine solid teams than 11 with two bad ones.' PBL President Brij Desai said on the league website, ' we discovered and learned about allegations and problems with the ownership structure of these two teams, and therefore we had no choice but to release them.' The PBL conducted a dispersal draft Wednesday, but the Drive chose no one. The PBL now has five teams in the Central Division and four in the Eastern. Team schedules will be revised. *Courtesy of www.pantagraph.com

Indiana D. - Cent.Illinois D. 84-87
The Indiana Diesels hosted the Central Illinois Drive Sunday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium in Columbus. The Drive, the lone unbeaten team in the Premier Basketball League, held off a Diesels rally to win 87-84 in a defensive struggle. The Drive led 27-19 after the first quarter. Central Illinois stretched the margin to 13 at halftime, leading 44-31. Then starting the 3rd quarter, the Drive continued to dominate with a 68-49 lead. But the Diesels would not give up without a fight. After scoring the final three points of the third quarter the Diesels opened the final period with 13 straight to pull within three at 68-65. After failing to score for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, the Drive righted the ship offensively, holding the Diesels off down the stretch. The Drive placed three players in double figures, led by Rodney Edgerson with 21. Jamal Farmer added 16 points and Todd Peterson had 13. Perry Petty led the the Drive with 8 rebounds. The Diesels had four double digit scorers. Newcomer Keith Radcliffe led the way with 23 points in his first game with the Diesels. Daniel Artest added 13 points while David Inabnit had 11 and Derek Huffman 10. Billy Pettiford had eight points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Diesels return to action next week on Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 pm in Whiteland against the league leading Central Illinois Drive. *Courtesy of PBL

Group Eastern
Lake Michigan - Rochester R. 106-113
The Rochester RazorSharks finished their week long road trip undefeated as they defeated the Lake Michigan Admirals on back-to-back days, capping off Sunday with a 113-106 victory at Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, Michigan. Rochester used a second quarter surge to take the lead and did not look back, as key free throws down the stretch help preserve the win. 'Championship teams make their free throws,' said Jerice Crouch, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. 'You have to execute the free throws to close the games out if you want to win.' Crouch went 7/8 from the free throw line in the game. Assistant Coach Chris Iversen was pleased with the performance of Todd McCoy (6'4''-F-84, college: Indiana St.) off the bench. McCoy missed three games earlier this season due to an ankle injury. 'I'm just trying to get my rhythm back,' said McCoy. 'I have not been aggressive enough since I came back [from the injury] and have let things come to me, which is not the way I play. I have more confidence in my ankle, so I just need to keep being aggressive.' McCoy finished the day with 13 points. In yesterday's first half, Rochester struggled to rebound against Lake Michigan and emphasized the importance of rebounding both in the second half and in all of today's game. 'We continued to fight for every rebound down the stretch against a very good rebounding team,' said Iversen. 'But overall we still gave up too many offensive rebounds to them. It's still something to work on.' Jamaal Davis, Eric Walton, and Crouch tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. 'Its important to crash the boards hard every time,' said Davis, who had a team high 18 points to go with his team high seven rebounds. 'You have to put your body into it and limit them to one shot.' Lake Michigan forward Florentino Valencia (6'6''-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Toledo) had another big game against Rochester, as he finished with 20 points and a game high 15 rebounds. Teammate Odgra Bobo had a game high 26 points, while Courtney Blackmore and Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Both players also had nine rebounds. Other leaders for Rochester include Melvin Council with seven points and six assists, Johnny Mayhane and Brandon Webster, who both finished with nine points and five rebounds, Aaron Williams with 12 points and Demetrius Howard with 10 points. All five of these players came off the bench. With 5:46 left in the first quarter, Keith Friel scored on a fast break and was assisted by Crouch, making Crouch only the second RazorShark to have 400 career assists in a Rochester uniform, with the first being Lazarus Sims, who finished his RazorShark career with 435. During Saturday's game, Crouch played in his 100th career game as a RazorShark, also second all time behind Friel's 159 games. 'I'm in elite company,' said Crouch. 'The best part of these accomplishments is the winning the team has done while I have been here.' Rochester looks to continue its winning ways with another road game as they travel back to Ohio to play Dayton on February 8th. *Courtesy of PBL

Scranton/W-B - Dayton A.S. 108-114
The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers playing their first game in nearly two weeks fell short to the Dayton Air Strikers Saturday afternoon at the Lackawanna University Center 114-108. The Steamers got off to a good start controlling the game early with a double double performance by Rob Robinson (6'8''-F-87, college: Robert Morris) who finished with 23 points and 23 rebounds. The Steamers took a 46-40 halftime lead going into the locker room. Then the Steamers pulled away early in the 3rd quarter taking a 67-52 lead midway through but the Dayton Air Strikers caught fire when Avery Smith (6'3''-G-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed a three pointer and was quickly followed by Mike Troll who hit a three pointer with a little more than two minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. Smith finished with 20 points and Troll had 15 points. The Air Strikers shot 60% from behind three point range in the second half to close the lead to within five points at 75-70 before the 4th quarter started. Dayton continued to score early into the 4th when Bradon Hassell had multiple dunks as the Strikers took the lead at 83-81 with eight minutes remaining in the game and stretched the lead to double digits with just five minutes left. The Steamers fought back to cut the lead to two with :32 seconds left in the game with back to back three pointers by Vinny Simpson who finished with a team high 25 points. Dayton's Brandon Russ put the game out of reach with multiple free throws. Russ finished with a game high 27 points. *Courtesy of PBL

Lake Michigan - Rochester R. 94-102
Six RazorSharks scored in double figures helping lead to the defeat of the Lake Michigan Admirals in a 102-94 victory Saturday night at Lake Michigan Catholic High School in Berrien County, Michigan. After being down 45-43 and out-rebounded 34-23 in the first half, the RazorSharks left the locker room with an emphasis on finishing rebounds in the second half and limiting the Admirals to one possession per trip down the court. 'We got crushed in the first half,' said Eric Walton, who finished off a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. 'In the second half, we got bodies on guys, boxed out, and focused on rebounding collectively as a unit.' The RazorSharks did just that as they finished the game out-rebounding Lake Michigan 54-52, with a 31-18 advantage in the second half. 'We played hard until the end,' said Brandon Webster, who came off the bench to finish with 13 points and six rebounds. 'We picked it up and fought [in the second half], but it is important that we play that way the entire game tomorrow.' With 9:42 remaining in the third quarter, Walton hit a field goal to give him 1,001 points as a RazorShark, making him only the fifth player in the seven year history of the franchise to eclipse that mark. 'It's a blessing,' said Walton. 'I thank God for this gift and talent to play basketball and I'm thankful to be surrounded by a great team, coaches, and overall organization in the RazorSharks.' Rochester continues to make its way into the paint with their big men, as all four scored in double figures. Joining Walton and Webster were starter Jamaal Davis, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds and Aaron Williams coming off the bench to finish with 15 points and six rebounds. 'We have very talented big men,' said Williams. 'We can create our own offense, which opens up shots for the guards.' A big portion of the RazorSharks offense include many on and off-ball screens by the big men to help get open shots. Leading the way for the Admirals was Florentino Valencia, who finished with a double-double of his own with game high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Rodney Alexander had 12 points and nine rebounds on the day and Tychicus Snow made his Admiral debut and ended with 11 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists off the bench. Other leaders for the RazorSharks included Tasheed Carr's 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists and Johnny Mayhane coming off the bench to finish with 15 points. Rochester will try to cap off their three game road trip as they face Lake Michigan again on Sunday at 3pm. *Courtesy of PBL




PBL releases two teams, cites failure to adhere to league standards - by Eurobasket News
In accordance to league guidelines and standards, the Premier Basketball League (PBL) released two teams, the Charleston Gunners and the Northwest Indiana Stars from the 2012 season due to failures in following established rules and standard operating procedures set forth in the PBL Operations Manual.

We are watching teams closely and it became apparent that the leagues criteria was not followed correctly. Additionally, we discovered and learned about allegations and problems with the ownership structure of these two teams, and therefore had we had no choice but to release them, stated Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO.

Its been a challenge to oversee a few organizations as to what was stated and attested to during the application process for an ownership group to have a professional minor league basketball team in the PBL and the changes within these businesses once the season began, continued Desai.

The Premier Basketball League discussed this amongst the other ownership groups to make them aware of the situation and a PBL Dispersal Draft was conducted as per the Leagues 196 page Operations Manual. The draft was held yesterday and the results are as follows:

Lake Michigan Admirals drafted Colby Batiste (6'9''-C-88, college: La-Lafayette)
Indiana Diesels drafted Keith Radcliff (6'1''-G-86, college: Indianapolis)
Chicago Muscle drafted Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, agency: ICRH, college: Greenville)
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers drafted Lionel Armstead (5'11''-G-80, college: W.Virginia)
Sauk Valley Predators drafted Vince Goldsberry (6'0''-PG-89, college: Coppin St.)

Courtesy of The PBL


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Asean Basketball League Roundup: February 1, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo
AIR ASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIORS over SAIGON HEAT, 76-62
It was a very busy night for the 2012 ASEAN Basketball League as all eight teams hit the court on the same day. In the first game of the night the AirAsia Philippine Patriots hosted the Saigon Heat at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.

The Heat came into the game still searching for their first win but the the Patriots made it clear early in the game that they were not going to be pushovers as Anthony Johnson and Jonathan Fernandez led the team, contributing a combined 16 out of their teams first quarter.

Saigon, however, refused to go down without a fight, and the second quarter saw the team pulling themselves together both offensively and defensively. They not only outrebounded the Patriots 28 to 11 at this point, they also managed to increase their field goal percentage, scoring 21 points this quarter and keeping the Patriots down to just 14.

Both teams continued to fight hard in the final half with the Patriots starting strong until back to back baskets from Julius Hodge and Minh Trieu cut the Patriots lead back to just 7 points with just under five minutes left on the clock. Despite their best efforts, though, the Patriots were simply too much for the Heat, and the scoreboard read 76-62 for the Pinoys.

Saigons Julius Hodge continued his amazing run to finish the game as the top scorer with a double-double line of 26 points and 10 rebounds. His teammate, Jonathan Jones, also completed the game with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. The Patriots top scorer was Anthony Johnson with 23 points, followed by Nakiea Millers 20 markers.

APP 76- Johnson 23, Miller 20, Fernandez 12, Vergara 10, Rodriguez 5, Larong 4, Arellano 2, Laure 2, Ybanez 0, Wainwright 0, Saldua 0, Raymundo 0.
SGH 62- Hodge 26, Jones 21, Smith 6, Minh 6, Sophoeun 3, Duong 0, Capati 0, Tung 0, Son 0, Tung 0.
QS: 21-9, 35-30, 57-45, 76-62.

BANGKOK COBRAS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 73-70
The Dragons took the lead first with a 7-point gap, but a sloppy play by the Dragons resulted in a slam dunk by Michael Earl that gave the Cobras their first lead a little over two minutes remaining in the first half. This seemed to spark the Cobras confidence and, in retrospect, it was symbolic of how the game played out.

The second quarter saw the Dragons putting in a better performance with sharpshooter Satyaseelan Kuppusamy starting things off with his three-point shooting. He helped the Dragons keep in-step with the Cobras when the break came up.

A good halftime talk by Coach Vanguardia saw the Dragons fired up in the third quarter. A defensive rebound by Brian Williams off of Gentry Lewis missed shot was just what the Dragons needed as they took the lead for the first time in the second half care of Shee Fai Lohs basket. The Dragons played good D, keeping the Cobras at bay and they finished the period up, 43-42.

Things seemed to be going well for the Dragons in the fourth quarter, until a Michael Earl dunk sparked the Cobras to fight back. The Dragons were now in trouble, hanging on to a one-point lead with just under three minutes left on the clock. Their frustration showed as a foul by Patrick Cabahug on Chanachon Klahan finally resulted in the Cobras regaining the lead for the first time in the half with only one and a half to go. This was the final push that they needed, and the Cobras finished well to get their second win in four games.

BGK 73- Earl 20, Cruz 14, Kruatiwa 13, Klahan 10, Lewis 9, Wanna 3, Chaiwat 2, Kongkum 2, Apiromvilaichai 0, Limsuwan 0
WMD 70- Wade 22, Williams 17, Belasco 9, Cabahug 6, Loh 5, Kuppusamy 4, Batumalai 3, Pacana 3, Chee 1, Kwaan 0
QS: 16-11, 36-30, 49-54, 73-70

SINGAPORE SLINGERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 71-63
The Slingers wore their inaugural pink jerseys in honor of Cancer Awareness Day. Pink didnt help the Slingers win, their grit and toughness did.

A lack of intensity appeared to be one of the Beermens main problems in the first half. They only managed to score 25 points in the first 20 minutes compared to the 39 points scored by the Slingers. In the 3rd quarter, the Beermen raised their intensity and started to put some pressure on the Slingers guards, which cause them to turn the ball over several times.

SMBs Froilan Baguion, Dalron Johnson and Junmar Fajardo all combined to tie the match at 59 with 5 minutes left. The Slingers, however, were able to keep their composure in front of their home crowd. Slingers guard Wong Wei Long hit a big three point shot with 53 seconds left to increase their lead to 7 and help extend their winning streak to 4 games.

The Slingers played well on defense to contain the Beermens imports. Slingers Louis Graham had a tough night shooting the ball, but played great defense to limit SMBs Doug Thomas to just 10 points.

SGS 71- Dulay 23, Graham 16, Wong 11, Little 10, Oh 5, Canta 5, Matialakan 1, Lim 0, Khoo 0
SMB 63- Johnson 19, Baguion 15, Thompson 10, Fajardo 6, Avenido 4, Rizada 4, Fernandez 3, De la Pena 2, Luanzon 0, Mangahas 0, Cabatu 0, Gonzales 0
QS: 24-14, 39-25, 54-48, 71-63

CHANG THAILAND SLAMMER over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 82-70
This was an important game for both teams, who have not been doing well recently. The Warriors have lost their last two games and the Slammers have lost their last three, landing them both in the bottom half of the table.

Both teams came out strong, trading baskets as the first frame ended with the Slammers up, 23-18. The second quarter was just as tight as the score was deadlocked five times before the break, which had the Thais still ahead, 40-37.

Deandre Thomas, though, stepped up both offensively and defensively in the second half, using his size and strength to keep the Warriors at bay. The Slammers sank 24 points in the third period and kept the Warriors down to just 16, giving them their biggest lead in the game so far, 64-53.

The Warriors tried their best to get back in the game in the fourth, but with time running out fast and problems on both ends of the floor, even back-to-back threes in the waning moments from star guard Mario Wuysang were not enough to get their groove back.

Both teams scoring percentages were fairly even, but the Slammers outrebounded them 46 to 29. The Slammers Chester Tolomia finished the game as the top scorer with 24 points, while teammates Deandre Thomas and Kenneth Walker each had a double-double.

CTS 82- Tolomia 24, Thomas 20, Walker 12, Lertmalaiporn 8, Jantuma 6, Apiromvilaichai 4, Pinitpatcharalert 3, Williams 3, Bautista 2, Ghogar 0
INW 70- Smith 18, Thomas 16, Wuysang 12, Canada 11, Ricafuente 9, Gunawan 4, Wibawa 0, Sta. Cruz 0, Prihantono 0
QS: 23-18, 40-37, 64-53, 82-70

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. David, Powerade T.25.8 
 2. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 3. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.5 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.3 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.16.9 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 7. Chan, Rain or Shine15.5 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces15.4 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.15.4 
 10. Cardona, Meralco15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.8 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.10.8 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 4. Taulava, Meralco9.9 
 5. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 7. Espinas, Meralco9.1 
 8. Pingris, B-Meg L.8.4 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text8.2 
 10. Carey, Talk N Te.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cabagnot, Petron6.9 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.5 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.4.5 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.3.9 
 10. Lanete, Meralco3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze1.8 
 2. Arboleda, Barako B.1.8 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text1.8 
 4. Miller, Barako Bull1.7 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 7. Lassiter, Powerade.1.4 
 8. Mercado, Meralco1.3 
 9. Santos, Petron B.1.2 
 10. Casio, Powerade T.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.8 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.1.6 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 5. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 6. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.1 
 7. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 8. Espiritu, Shopin.1.0 
 9. Adducul, Powerade.1.0 
 10. Espinas, Meralco1.0 


Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Philippine Cup Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket
Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Philippine Cup 1st Team
#s#
Larry Fonacier
Fonacier
Alex Cabagnot
Cabagnot
Gary David
David
Arwind Santos
Santos
Japeth Aguilar
Aguilar
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Player of the Year: Larry Fonacier (186-F/G-82) of Talk N Text
Guard of the Year: Gary David (187-G/F-78) of Powerade T.
Forward of the Year: Larry Fonacier (186-F/G-82) of Talk N Text
Center of the Year: Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85) of Talk N Text
Defensive Player of the Year: Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of Petron Blaze
Coach of the Year: Vincent Reyes of Talk N Text

1st Team
G: Alex Cabagnot (183-82) of Petron Blaze
G/F: Gary David (187-78) of Powerade T.
F/G: Larry Fonacier (186-82) of Talk N Text
F: Arwind Santos (193-81) of Petron Blaze
C: Japeth Aguilar (208-85) of Talk N Text

2nd Team
PG: Joseph Casio (177-86) of Powerade T.
G: Jayson Castro (173-86) of Talk N Text
G/F: Christopher Lutz (192-85) of Petron Blaze
F/G: James Yap (191-82) of B-Meg Llam.
C: Joachim Thoss (203-81) of Alaska Aces

Honorable Mention
James Sena (196-C) of Shopinas.com C.
LA Tenorio (178-G-84) of Alaska Aces
Willie Miller (180-G-77) of Barako Bull
Gabby Espinas (193-F-82) of Meralco Bolts
Mark Caguioa (188-G-79) of Ginebra Kings
Paul Lee (191-G) of Rain or Shine
Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77) of Talk N Text
Peter Simon (186-G-82) of B-Meg Llam.



ASEAN League: Philippine Patriots keep Saigon Heat winless - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - Saigon Heat 76:62

Philippine Patriots accounted for the third win in ASEAN League season. They defeated visiting Saigon Heat for 3-1 record. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) scored 23 points to pace the winners. The Heat suffered the fourth loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
The Patriots dominated the opening quarter. They outscored the visitors 21:9. But Saigon Heat bounced back in the second frame. They trimmed the deficit at just 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. Philippine Patriots quickly restored a safe buffer in the third stanza. The hosts established a 12-point lead heading into the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Patriots. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) accounted for 21 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 23, Nakiea Miller 20+12 boards, Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) 12
Saigon Heat: Julius Hodge 26+10 boards, Jonathan Jones 21+14 boards



ASEAN League: Singapore Slingers stay on winning track - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Petron Blaze 71:63

Singapore Slingers registered the fourth straight win in ASEAN League. They overcame Petron Blaze to improve at 4-1 record. Dulay Donald (173-G-80) scored 23 points to pace the hosts. Petron Blaze slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
Singapore Slingers built their future win in the first half. They strongly started the game and claimed a 24:14 lead after ten minutes. The home side extended their advantage at 14-point mark at halftime. The Blaze stopped the rot in the third quarter. The Philippines team narrowed the deficit at just 6-point mark but the Slingers were back in the drivers seat in the final ten minutes and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Slingers. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) added 11 points in the victory. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) answered with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Dulay Donald 23, Graham Louis 16+10 boards, Wong Wei Long 11
Petron Blaze: Dalron Johnson 19+11 boards, Froilan Baguion 15



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2Liga Round 17: Handlopex AZS is upset by Staco MNLK - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Handlopex AZS (9-6) and ninth ranked Staco MNLK (8-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Handlopex AZS was defeated by Staco MNLK in Rzeszow 83-66. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Staco MNLK forced 25 Handlopex AZS turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Staco MNLK made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dziura (202-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Wojciech Majchrzak (194-74) chipped in 18 points. Forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Staco MNLK moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Unia Tarnow. Handlopex AZS at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with MKS Limbach and Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Staco MNLK is looking forward to face higher ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#4) in Bielsk Podlaski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Handlopex AZS will play on the road against Pulaski Warka and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pleszew. Leader Open Florentyna faced 4th placed AZS PP Poznan. Host Open Florentyna (16-0) smashed guests from Pozoan (9-5) 101-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AZS PP Poznan. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Rafal Niesobski contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Pawel Stankiewicz (195-82) answered with 23 points and 5 steals for AZS PP Poznan. 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 Open Florentyna have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 16-0 record. AZS PP Poznan at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Open Florentyna will play against AZS UWM Olsz. (#6) in Olsztyn in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. AZS PP Poznan will play at home against GKK Gorzow in Gorzow Wklp and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Slask II W. delivered the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Alba Chorzow (10-7) 103-54. Radoslaw Hyzy stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Marcin Weselak responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Slask II W.. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first place in Group B with 14-3 record. Loser Alba Chorzow keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Slask II W. will meet at home AZS AWF K-ce (#4) in the next round. Alba Chorzow will play against MKS Skierniew. in Skierniewice and hope to secure a win.
Leader PWiK Piaseczno recorded the fifteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Unia Tarnow (8-8) 98-73. Tomasz Borkowski nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for PWiK Piaseczno. They maintain first place in Group C with 15-1 record. Unia Tarnow at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. PWiK Piaseczno will have a break next round. Unia Tarnow will play at home against the league's second-placed UMKS Kielce (#2).
The game in Zory supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked BM Wegiel Stal (12-5) played at the court of 7th ranked HK Zory (8-9). BM Wegiel Stal smashed HK Zory 79-51 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Marcin Dymala who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BM Wegiel Stal maintains third place in Group B with 12-5 record having three points less than leader Open Florentyna, which they share with AZS AWF K-ce. Loser HK Zory keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face Nysa Klodzko (#11) in Kloszko in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HK Zory will play on the road against AZS AGH Alstom (#8) in Krakow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A AZS UWM Olsz. defeated Wilki Morskie in Olsztyn 75-62. SMS PZKosz was smashed by Astoria Bydg. at home 53-79. Korsarz Gdansk was destroyed by Ksiezak Lowicz on the opponent's court 105-76. KK Swiecie outscored Zyrardowianka in a home game 100-80.
In Group B MKS Skierniew. recorded a loss to WKK Obiekty on the road 94-83. Pogon Prudnik defeated MCKiS Jaworz. on its own court 92-81. Mickiewicz was smashed by UMKS Piotrc. in Piotrkow 96-72. Nysa Klodzko lost to GTK Gliwice at home 61-65. AZS AGH Alstom was outscored by AZS AWF K-ce on the opponent's court 44-73.
In Group C MKS Limbach managed to beat Wisla AWF Kr. in a home game 86-74. Novum Lublin was defeated by Tur Bielsk Pdl. on the road 96-85. UKS Siemaszka was beaten by Pulaski Warka on its own court 68-71.


Group A
Wilki Morskie - AZS UWM Olsz. 62-75

There was no surprise in Szczecin where 9th ranked Wilki Morskie (6-10) was defeated by sixth ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (8-7) 75-62 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when AZS UWM Olsz.'s pressure prevailed and they won that period 20-13 extending their advantage to 13 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS UWM Olsz. made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) who scored 21 points. Forward Krzysztof Kawalek (196-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four AZS UWM Olsz. players scored in double figures. Guard Karol Nowacki (194-91) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Piotr Knowa (176-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. AZS UWM Olsz. moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with Zuraw Gniewno. Wilki Morskie lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. AZS UWM Olsz. will face league's leader Open Florentyna in Pleszew in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wilki Morskie will play on the road against the league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. (#2) in Bydgoszcz.
Top scorers:
Wilki Morskie: P.Knowa 14+5reb+2ast, K.Nowacki 11+7reb+3ast, R.Bojko 9+6reb, I.Trela 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kowalski 7+6reb, S.Essaid Hamdaoui 5+1ast
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 21+4reb, P.Spica 16+2reb+2ast, K.Kawalek 11+11reb+1ast, J.Chojnacki 10+4reb+5ast, J.Andrusiewicz 8+5reb+2ast, P.Rosinski 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 144280


SMS PZKosz - Astoria Bydg. 53-79

No shocking result in a game in Wladyslawowo where second ranked Astoria Bydg. (11-4) smashed 13th ranked SMS PZKosz (3-13) 79-53 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. SMS PZKosz was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. forced 19 SMS PZKosz turnovers. Strangely SMS PZKosz outrebounded Astoria Bydg. 45-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 16 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Adam Szopinski (190-89) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. Power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. Forward Mikolaj Witlinski (201-95) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Filip Struski (199-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Astoria Bydg. maintains second place in Group A with 11-4 record having six points less than leader Open Florentyna. SMS PZKosz lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face Wilki Morskie (#9) in Szczecin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SMS PZKosz will play on the road against Korsarz Gdansk (#8).
Top scorers:
SMS PZKosz: M.Witlinski 13+9reb+1ast, F.Struski 12+9reb+1ast, K.Borowski 10+10reb+1ast, S.Sanny 8+3reb+1ast, M.Migala 4+5reb, J.Trojan 4+3reb
Astoria Bydg.: A.Szopinski 15+2reb+10ast, A.Andryanczyk 14, S.Laydych 13+11reb+1ast, W.Pagacz 11+2reb, A.Barszczyk 10+2reb+3ast, F.Czyznielewski 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 144281


Ksiezak Lowicz - Korsarz Gdansk 105-76

Very expected game when 7th ranked Korsarz Gdansk (6-7) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (11-5) 105-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ksiezak Lowicz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. Ksiezak Lowicz forced 20 Korsarz Gdansk turnovers and outrebounded them 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Ksiezak Lowicz looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Korsarz Gdansk's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ksiezak Lowicz made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) who scored 20 points and 8 assists. Guard Adam Goluch (188-82) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Ksiezak Lowicz players scored in double figures. The former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) produced 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ksiezak Lowicz. They maintain third place in Group A with 11-5 record having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser Korsarz Gdansk dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Ksiezak Lowicz will have a break next round. Korsarz Gdansk will play at home against SMS PZKosz (#13) in Wladyslawowo.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: P.Renkiel 20+4reb+1ast, B.Sarzalo 20+4reb+2ast, M.Chudy 15+2reb+4ast, P.Konsek 7+6reb, K.Sadowski 4+1reb, P.Rduch 4
Ksiezak Lowicz: B.Wluczynski 20+3reb+8ast, A.Goluch 17+4reb+4ast, A.Rajkowski 15+4reb+2ast, T.Nogalski 14+7reb+3ast, R.Wojciechowski 12+3ast, K.Rydlewski 10+8reb+1ast
gschID: 144282


KK Swiecie - Zyrardowianka 100-80

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked KK Swiecie (7-8) outscored at home 12th ranked Zyrardowianka (4-12) 100-80 on Saturday. The game without a history. KK Swiecie led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Swiecie forced 31 Zyrardowianka turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KK Swiecie made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Piotr Robak (192-91) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 22 rebounds and swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for KK Swiecie. They moved-up to seventh place in Group A. Zyrardowianka lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. KK Swiecie will face higher ranked Zuraw Gniewno (#5) in Gniewino in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zyrardowianka will play at home against Trefl II Sopot (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zyrardowianka: M.Szwed 19+22reb+2ast, M.Lapinski 15+4reb, J.Mus 13+1reb+1ast, D.Jastrzebski 10+1reb+1ast, J.Romanowicz 10+6reb, P.Repinski 5+1reb
KK Swiecie: M.Grod 26+8reb, P.Robak 22+8reb+2ast, Z.Malinowski 15+7reb+7ast, P.Poliwka 12+5reb, T.Herman 12+5reb, J.Sikorski 5
gschID: 144277


Open Florentyna - AZS PP Poznan 101-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pleszew. Leader Open Florentyna faced 4th placed AZS PP Poznan. Host Open Florentyna (16-0) smashed guests from Pozoan (9-5) 101-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AZS PP Poznan. The game without a history. Open Florentyna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Open Florentyna forced 20 AZS PP Poznan turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by AZS PP Poznan's players. Open Florentyna brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Rafal Niesobski (189-82) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Pawel Stankiewicz (195-82) answered with 23 points and 5 steals and Maciej Rostalski added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for AZS PP Poznan. 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. Open Florentyna have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 16-0 record. AZS PP Poznan at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Open Florentyna will play against AZS UWM Olsz. (#6) in Olsztyn in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. AZS PP Poznan will play at home against GKK Gorzow in Gorzow Wklp and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: P.Stankiewicz 23+4reb+3ast, T.Gierwazik 15+1reb+1ast, P.Hybiak 13+3reb+7ast, M.Rostalski 12+11reb+1ast, S.Lyzwa 3+1reb+1ast, F.Kowalewski 2+2reb
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 30+17reb+1ast, J.Sulowski 14+4reb+1ast, R.Niesobski 14+2reb+4ast, K.Debski 12+3reb+2ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 11+1reb+1ast, S.Buczyniak 8+3ast
gschID: 144279


Group B
WKK Obiekty - MKS Skierniew. 94-83

Not a big story in a game in Wroclaw where 11th ranked MKS Skierniew. (5-12) was defeated by fifth ranked WKK Obiekty (11-6) 94-83 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by WKK Obiekty. MKS Skierniew. was better in fourth quarter 24-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. WKK Obiekty forced 26 MKS Skierniew. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when WKK Obiekty made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) who scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. point guard Jan Grzelinski (179-94) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Five WKK Obiekty players scored in double figures. WKK Obiekty's coach Tomasz Niedbalski used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Krystian Swiech (205-80) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals respectively for the guests. WKK Obiekty maintains fifth place in Group B with 11-6 record. MKS Skierniew. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. WKK Obiekty will face MCKiS Jaworz. (#10) in Jaworzno in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MKS Skierniew. will play at home against Alba Chorzow.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: K.Swiech 23+8reb+1ast, R.Jarosz 16+5reb+5ast, A.El-Ward 14+3reb+1ast, M.Zelislawski 9+1reb+2ast, M.Krawiec 7+5reb+3ast, P.Tradecki 6+1reb+5ast
WKK Obiekty: J.Koelner 22+3reb+2ast, B.Diduszko 13+9reb+7ast, J.Grzelinski 13+5reb+9ast, K.Sek 12+3reb+1ast, D.Martyniak 10+6reb+2ast, N.Zuber 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 144547


Pogon Prudnik - MCKiS Jaworz. 92-81

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Pogon Prudnik (13-4) won against at home 10th ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (6-11) 92-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pogon Prudnik. MCKiS Jaworz. was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pogon Prudnik forced 24 MCKiS Jaworz. turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Pogon Prudnik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pogon Prudnik made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Swingman Marcin Lakis (196-80) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Slawomir Klocek (191-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five MCKiS Jaworz. players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Pogon Prudnik. They maintain second place in Group B with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser MCKiS Jaworz. keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face Mickiewicz (#13) in Katowice in the next round which should be an easy win for them. MCKiS Jaworz. will play at home against WKK Obiekty in Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
MCKiS Jaworz.: G.Remin 16+7reb, S.Klocek 14+6reb+3ast, M.Matysiak 13+2reb+1ast, A.Baczynski 13+3reb+7ast, R.Lemanski 13+1reb+1ast, N.Kujon 10+2reb+5ast
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 24+6reb+4ast, M.Lakis 20+7reb+1ast, S.Kucia 13+3reb+2ast, K.Chmielarz 9+5reb+4ast, T.Madziar 9+2reb+3ast, J.Pawlowski 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 144548


UMKS Piotrc. - Mickiewicz 96-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Piotrkow where 13th ranked Mickiewicz (4-13) was crushed by fourteenth ranked UMKS Piotrc. (3-14) 96-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by UMKS Piotrc.. Mickiewicz was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UMKS Piotrc. forced 30 Mickiewicz turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Piotrc. made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Damian Kalinowski (201-91) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Mateusz Tomczynski (-91) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four UMKS Piotrc. players scored in double figures. Guard Michal Moralewicz (184-91) produced 10 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and guard Pawel Wolk-Jankowski (180-81) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted UMKS Piotrc. maintains fourteenth place in Group B with 3-14 record. Loser Mickiewicz keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. UMKS Piotrc. will face higher ranked GTK Gliwice (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mickiewicz: L.Kosmowski 13+3reb, G.Zadecki 11+4reb+1ast, W.Adamczyk 10+2ast, M.Moralewicz 10+4reb+5ast, S.Wawrzyniak 8+1reb+1ast, P.Wolk-Jankowski 6+7reb+6ast
UMKS Piotrc.: B.Pelka 16+2reb, M.Tomczynski 13+3reb+4ast, D.Kalinowski 12+7reb+2ast, A.Tomczynski 10+1reb, M.Lada 10+2reb+2ast, K.Leski 8+5reb
gschID: 144549


Nysa Klodzko - GTK Gliwice 61-65

No shocking result in a game in Kloszko where ninth ranked GTK Gliwice (8-9) defeated 11th ranked Nysa Klodzko (5-12) 65-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. GTK Gliwice's coach Jacek Adamczak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Jaroslaw Bartkowiak (202-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Michal Lipinski (184-86) added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Five Nysa Klodzko players scored in double figures. GTK Gliwice moved-up to seventh place in Group B, which they share with HK Zory and AZS AGH Alstom. Loser Nysa Klodzko keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. GTK Gliwice will face UMKS Piotrc. (#14) in Piotrkow in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nysa Klodzko will play on the road against BM Wegiel Stal in Ostrow Wlkp..
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: J.Gadomski 12+6reb, B.Zubik 12+1reb+2ast, J.Bartkowiak 11+17reb, M.Weiss 11+2reb+1ast, M.Lipinski 11+5reb+9ast, R.Ciesla 3
GTK Gliwice: P.Malona 17+8reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 10+1reb+2ast, T.Wrobel 10+3reb+6ast, S.Mazanek 8+3reb+3ast, K.Leszczynski 7+4reb+1ast, L.Nawrot 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 144550


HK Zory - BM Wegiel Stal 51-79

The game in Zory supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked BM Wegiel Stal (12-5) played at the court of 7th ranked HK Zory (8-9). BM Wegiel Stal smashed HK Zory 79-51 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BM Wegiel Stal. HK Zory was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. BM Wegiel Stal forced 19 HK Zory turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four BM Wegiel Stal players scored in double figures. Forward Adam Bialdyga (198-87) produced 9 points and 5 assists and forward Krzysztof Zielinski (197-71) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BM Wegiel Stal maintains third place in Group B with 12-5 record having three points less than leader Open Florentyna, which they share with AZS AWF K-ce. Loser HK Zory keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face Nysa Klodzko (#11) in Kloszko in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HK Zory will play on the road against AZS AGH Alstom (#8) in Krakow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HK Zory: K.Kupczak 12+1reb+1ast, M.Marczyk 9+3reb+1ast, A.Bialdyga 9+3reb+5ast, M.Frankowski 7+3reb+2ast, K.Zielinski 6+9reb, J.Rduch 4+1reb
BM Wegiel Stal: J.Dryjanski 19+7reb, M.Dymala 19+6reb+4ast, M.Kalowski 17+2reb, W.Szawarski 10+10reb+2ast, M.Matczak 4+1reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 4+11reb
gschID: 144551


AZS AWF K-ce - AZS AGH Alstom 73-44

Very expected game in Katowice where 8th ranked AZS AGH Alstom (8-9) was rolled over by fourth ranked AZS AWF K-ce (12-5) 73-44 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS AWF K-ce. AZS AGH Alstom was better in third quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AZS AGH Alstom to just 4 points in fourth quarter. AZS AWF K-ce forced 21 AZS AGH Alstom turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Krzysztof Kurdubski (187-87) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. Marek Hajduk (195-80) produced 12 points and guard Tomasz Bryzek (194-86) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. AZS AWF K-ce moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with BM Wegiel Stal. Newly promoted AZS AGH Alstom dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face league's leader Slask II W. in Wroclaw in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS AGH Alstom will play at home against HK Zory (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS AGH Alstom: M.Hajduk 12+3reb+1ast, T.Bryzek 9+5reb, G.Dudzik 6+4reb+1ast, L.Pajak 6+5reb, P.Gworek 5+3reb+1ast, S.Salamon 4+5reb+2ast
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Ecka 20+5reb+2ast, M.Dziemba 12+3reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 12+3reb+2ast, K.Kurdubski 10+9reb+1ast, P.Jurczynski 5, D.Tokarski 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 144552


Alba Chorzow - Slask II W. 54-103

Leader Slask II W. delivered the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Alba Chorzow (10-7) 103-54. The game without a history. Slask II W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Slask II W. forced 26 Alba Chorzow turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Alba Chorzow's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 11 blocks. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Norbert Kulon (185-92) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Slask II W. players scored in double figures. Power forward Marcin Weselak (204-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and guard Lukasz Wojcik (189-84) scored 9 points and 4 steals. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Slask II W.. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first place in Group B with 14-3 record. Loser Alba Chorzow keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Slask II W. will meet at home AZS AWF K-ce (#4) in the next round. Alba Chorzow will play against MKS Skierniew. in Skierniewice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: M.Weselak 15+12reb, L.Wojcik 9+1reb+3ast, A.Spychala 6+1reb, K.Wozniak 5+3reb, D.Pelka 5+2reb+1ast, M.Piotrowski 4
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 22+7reb+1ast, A.Grygiel 14+2reb+2ast, N.Kulon 13+6reb+3ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 12+3reb+3ast, M.Lopatka 11+3reb, T.Bodzinski 8+2reb
gschID: 144553


Group C
PWiK Piaseczno - Unia Tarnow 98-73

Leader PWiK Piaseczno recorded the fifteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Unia Tarnow (8-8) 98-73. The game was mostly controlled by PWiK Piaseczno. Unia Tarnow was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PWiK Piaseczno forced 20 Unia Tarnow turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. PWiK Piaseczno brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. Power forward Tomasz Borkowski (200-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) accounted for 23 points and 7 assists. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. Forward Przemyslaw Cygan (198-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Dawid Szewczyk (190-85) added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals respectively for Unia Tarnow in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for PWiK Piaseczno. They maintain first place in Group C with 15-1 record. Unia Tarnow at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. PWiK Piaseczno will have a break next round. Unia Tarnow will play at home against the league's second-placed UMKS Kielce (#2).
Top scorers:
Unia Tarnow: D.Szewczyk 18+5reb+4ast, P.Cygan 18+11reb, T.Zych 15+3reb+4ast, F.Put 9+3reb+3ast, K.Uriasz 7+3reb, D.Niemczura 3+2reb+1ast
PWiK Piaseczno: A.Paszkiewicz 23+3reb+7ast, D.Majewski 19+1reb+3ast, T.Borkowski 18+16reb+2ast, M.Wojtynski 13+2reb, W.Bocianowski 11+5reb+1ast, D.Zapert 8+9reb+5ast
gschID: 144554


MKS Limbach - Wisla AWF Kr. 86-74

Rather predictable result in Limanowa where fifth ranked MKS Limbach (9-6) beat 8th ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (7-9) 86-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by MKS Limbach. Wisla AWF Kr. was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when MKS Limbach won last quarter 31-21. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Wisla AWF Kr. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Limbach made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Piotr Kindlik (166-84) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 assists. point guard Wojciech Rykala (180-76) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Grzegorz Radwan (200-80) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and swingman Dariusz Depta (198-86) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MKS Limbach moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. and Handlopex AZS. Loser Wisla AWF Kr. keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. MKS Limbach will face Novum Lublin (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Wisla AWF Kr. will play against Rosa II Radom.
Top scorers:
Wisla AWF Kr.: D.Szlapka 18, G.Radwan 14+9reb+4ast, J.Dwernicki 11+3reb+1ast, D.Depta 11+8reb+2ast, M.Piech 9+5reb+1ast, K.Pilch 5
MKS Limbach: P.Kindlik 22+4reb+11ast, W.Rykala 20+5reb+3ast, J.Dudek 16+1reb+2ast, P.Kwandrans 14+9reb+1ast, M.Biranowski 6+1reb, W.Hasior 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144556


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Novum Lublin 96-85

Not a big story in a game in Bielsk Podlaski where 7th ranked Novum Lublin (7-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (9-6) 96-85 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Novum Lublin was better in fourth quarter 34-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tur Bielsk Pdl. made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Novum Lublin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tur Bielsk Pdl. made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Lukasz Kuczynski (194-85) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Mariusz Rapucha (189-90) chipped in 18 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Center Mateusz Wisniewski (204-91) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91) added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Tur Bielsk Pdl. moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with MKS Limbach and Handlopex AZS. Loser Novum Lublin dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will face Staco MNLK (#6) in Niepolomice in the next round. Novum Lublin will play at home against MKS Limbach in Limanowa.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: M.Wisniewski 18+9reb+2ast, M.Gospodarek 16+6reb+4ast, E.Kuklinski 14+1reb+2ast, B.Karolak 12+1reb+1ast, P.Szelezniak 8+2reb, B.Ciechocinski 5+7reb+5ast
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 31+12reb+2ast, A.Weres 21+4reb+2ast, M.Rapucha 18+3reb+9ast, A.Zabielski 10+12reb+5ast, A.Cwikowski 6+3reb, P.Brzozowski 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 144557


Handlopex AZS - Staco MNLK 66-83

The game between third ranked Handlopex AZS (9-6) and ninth ranked Staco MNLK (8-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Handlopex AZS was defeated by Staco MNLK in Rzeszow 83-66. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Staco MNLK forced 25 Handlopex AZS turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Staco MNLK made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dziura (202-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Wojciech Majchrzak (194-74) chipped in 18 points. Five Staco MNLK players scored in double figures. Forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Marek Osiniak (200-80) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Staco MNLK moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Unia Tarnow. Handlopex AZS at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with MKS Limbach and Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Staco MNLK is looking forward to face higher ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#4) in Bielsk Podlaski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Handlopex AZS will play on the road against Pulaski Warka and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: P.Ucinek 20+5reb+3ast, M.Osiniak 11+8reb+1ast, S.Biela 10+2ast, S.Skop 8+2reb, K.Banys 7+4reb+4ast, D.Kielar 5+1reb
Staco MNLK: W.Majchrzak 18+4reb+3ast, F.Mroz 17+6reb, J.Dziura 16+13reb+3ast, S.Kunc 12+3reb+7ast, P.Ostrowski 11+8reb+1ast, M.Skowron 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144558


UKS Siemaszka - Pulaski Warka 68-71

There was a small surprise in Piekary where thirteenth ranked Pulaski Warka (4-12) edged 10th ranked UKS Siemaszka (6-10) 71-68 on Saturday. UKS Siemaszka trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-71 at the end of the game. Pulaski Warka dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to UKS Siemaszka's 24. Pulaski Warka forced 21 UKS Siemaszka turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pulaski Warka made 15 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Rafal Sobilo (188-89) who scored 25 points and 7 steals. Guard Pawel Adamczyk (186-84) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Guard Lukasz Kasperzec (187-74) produced 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and swingman Lukasz Durbas (192-84) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pulaski Warka moved-up to twelfth place in Group C. UKS Siemaszka lost their fifth game in a row. UKS Siemaszka at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Pulaski Warka will face higher ranked Handlopex AZS (#3) in Rzeszow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
UKS Siemaszka: L.Kasperzec 27+8reb+1ast, L.Durbas 12+5reb+2ast, P.Murza 10+5reb+2ast, M.Gruca 6+5reb, T.Buczek 5+5reb+1ast, K.Lachowicz 2+1reb+1ast
Pulaski Warka: R.Sobilo 25+3reb+3ast, D.Wilkusz 18+9reb, P.Adamczyk 14+8reb+8ast, R.Sebrala 4+4reb+4ast, M.Kowalczuk 4+2reb, L.Nowak 2+8reb
gschID: 144559




Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt U17 won Group A - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U17-Poland U16 83:65

Egypt U17 won Group A of the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams with 5-0 record. The team edged Poland U16 83:65 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.
As a favorite Egypt started with 19-15 in the first period and scored the same number of points in the second quarter. Poland replied with 17 that kept the African team in front at 38:32. Moreover Egypt needed 23-14 in the third quarter to prove their ambitions. They finished the game with 22-19 and won the fifth straight game.
Walid Abd Gawad was the last to score for the winners, while Marcin Skorek closed the game for the final result.
Ehab Saleh paced all the winners with 21 points and Walid Abd Gawad notched 17. Wessam Shafik scored 15, while Ahmed Soliman delivered 10. Kamil Zywert (183-PG-96) had 13 for the European side and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) notched 12.

Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 21, Walid Abd Gawad 17, Wessam Shafik 15, Ahmed Soliman 10
Poland U16: Kamil Zywert 13, Grzegorz Kulka 12



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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN Draft ready with 96 players: - by Luis Modestti
A total of 96 players submitted their names for the 2012 BSN Draft to be held this Thursday at the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee.

Some of the key names in this draft are Victor Davila (203-F-89), Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (200-F-89, agency: Strategic Sports), Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena), Marlon Rivera (186-G), Chris Baez (196-G), Alberto Estwick (193-G), Andres Torres, Edwin Rios, Johan Perez, Ferdinand Morales, Wayne Portalatin (208-C), among others.

The draft order is as follows:

First Round:

1.Mayaguez
2.Guayama
3.Humacao
4.Guayama (from San German)
5.San German (from Guaynabo)
6.Bayamon
7.Quebradillas
8.Arecibo

Second Round:

9.Mayaguez
10.Quebradillas (From Guayama)
11.Humacao
12.San German
13.Guaynabo
14.Bayamon
15.Humacao (from Quebradillas)
16.Arecibo

Third Round:

17.Mayaguez
18.Guayama
19.Humacao
20.San German
21.Guaynabo
22.Bayamon
23.Quebradillas
24.Arecibo



Puerto Rico drawn in Group A along with Greece and Jordan: - by Luis Modestti
The draw for the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament was held yesterday in Venezuela. Puerto Rico was drawn in Group A along with Greece and Jordan.

This tournament is scheduled for July 2-8 in Caracas, Venezuela. Group B has Lithuania, Venezuela and Nigeria. Group C features Dominican Republic, Korea and Russia. Finally Group D has Angola, Macedonia and New Zealand.

Puerto Rico has the first day off and then plays Jordan on July 3 and Greece on July 4.

The top two teams per group qualify for the quarterfinals on July 6 which are as follows:

A1 v B2
B1 v A2
C1 v D2
D1 v C2



Then the winners go to the semifinals the next day:

Winner [A1 v B2] v Winner [C1 v D2]
Winner [B1 v A2] v Winner [D1 v C2]

The winners in the semifinals qualify directly to the Olympics while the losers in the semifinals will play for the last Olympic spot in the finals on July 8.


Puerto Rico hopes to have their stars like Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU), Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) and Ramos Peter John (222-C-85) in this tournament.



Quebradillas signs Shannon: - by Luis Modestti
Piratas de Quebradillas announced the signing of forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Elgin CC). The veteran forward is currently playing in Mexico with Fuerza Regia.

Since 2007 Shannon has been one of the premier imports in the league. He has played for Guaynabo and last season with Vaqueros de Bayamon.

Quebradillas already announced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) and Williams Marcus (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) as their imports. The team could announce more import signings if one of them cant arrive on time for the start of the season scheduled for March 1.



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  RUSSIA   


Lokomotiv Kuban officially gets Vlado Ilievski - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban officially announced that Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) will spend rest of the season with them. The Russian club, Ilievski and Anadolu Efes agreed a loan, so the Macedonian PG will continue his career with the Kuban team. Vlado Ilievski joined Anadolu Efes last summer. He appeared 10 times in Euroleague averaging 2.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds. He had slightly better numbers for 11 games in TBL. Before Anadolu Efes, Ilievski played for Union Olimpija, Tau Ceramica, Montepaschi, Roma, VidiVici Bologna and Barcelona. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 10 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.3 apg in 11 games with the Macedonian National Team. They were the most pleasant surprise at this event and reached Semifinals. Ilievski will make his debut with Lokomotiv next week against Benetton TV. After that, Lokomotiv will meet CSKA Moscow in Russian league.

Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Russia suffered their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Russia suffered their first loss after four straight victories at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. After the first two victories, Russia added the win over Ukraine and Germany, but tonight lost to France.
In Day 3 Russia U16 overcame Ukraine U16 69:58. The favorites won all the quarters and sealed the victory. Maxim Morozov (202-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Daniil Klenkov netted 16. Oleksandr Kobets replied with 23 points in the losing effort, while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
In Day 4 Russia U16 selection beat Germany U16 68:60. Russia ran away and Germany chased in the third quarter which ended 49-47. In final minutes, Russia again had an answer for their rival and Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96)s 20 points Aleksandr Gavrilov (192-PG-96)s 22 points help them to win 68:60. Aleksandr Gavrilov stepped up with 22 points and Pavel Afanasev added 20. Joschka Ferner delivered 12 points in defeat, whilst Kevin Casper and Jan-niklas Wimberg had 11 each.
France U16 edged Russia U16 68:56 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Trailing 5 points at the halftime, France needed 21-12 in the third quarter to seal the victory. Antoine Wallez paced all the winners with 21 points and Vanerot netted 14. Pavel Afanasev answered with 16 points in the losing effort.




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  SERBIA   


Radnicki and Anton Gaddefors part ways - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki has decided to split ways with Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89). The Swedish forward joined the Serbian team at the start of the previous season. Last season the forward notched 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per Adriatic League game. In Serbian League his stats read 3.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per appearance. This season Anton Gaddefors accounted for 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in Adriatic League. Previously Anton Gaddefors played for Uppsala Basket in Sweden. Eurobasket.com named Anton Gaddefors All-Swedish Basketligan Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010. He has been the member of Swedish National Team since 2010. The forward participated at 2011 European Championship in Division B. His stats read 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals in four games played.

Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Turkey beat Serbia, both advance to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Serbia U16 66:55

Turkey beat Serbia, as both advance to the next stage at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. The hosts celebrated 66:55 win to finish on the second position.
Both teams nailed 13 points each, while Turkey needed 19-13 for 6-point lead at the halftime. Moreover they added 23-15 in the third quarter and did not mind 11-14 in the last stanza.
Mert Cevik (195-G-96) paced all the winners with 16 points and Egemen Guven netted 10. Nikola Pavlovic (204-PF-96) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) and Jovan Starincevic nailed 11 each.
In the Quarterfinals Turkey U16 will take on Germany U16 that sealed the Quarterfinal birth at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. The team won over Bulgaria in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Serbia U16 will face Russia that finished Group A with 4-1 record.

Turkey U16: Mert Cevik 16, Egemen Guven 10
Serbia U16: Nikola Pavlovic 14, Jovan Starincevic 11, Jovan Starincevic 11




Nenad Miljenovic number one in Serbia for round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Vizura, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds (7 assists, 4 steals), while his team crushed Smederevo (#9, 9-9) with 21-point margin 90-69. Mega Vizura maintains the 3rd position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mega Vizura will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Miljenovic turned to be Mega Vizura's top player in his first season with the team. Nenad Miljenovic averages just after three games 17.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Nemanja Todorovic (205-C/F-91) of Borac. Todorovic had a very good evening with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Borac lost that game 66-74 to the lower-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#10, 6-12). This loss caused Borac to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Todorovic is well-known at Borac and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of league's second-best BKK Radnicki. Boltic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of BKK Radnicki, leading his team to a 88-77 win against the lower-ranked Proleter Naftagas (#14, 2-16). BKK Radnicki needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Boltic has a great season in Serbia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (7th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djordje Tresac (193-SF-87) of Sloga - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) of Tamis - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-72) of BKK Radnicki - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Bogdan Obrenovic (206-F/C-90) of Proleter Naftagas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) of Radnicki Basket - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura - 15 points and 6 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)


A League Round 18: No surprise as #1 Vojvodina defeats Zeleznicar - by Eurobasket News
A League top team - Vojvodina (15-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Zeleznicar (4-14) in Indjija 87-76. The game was mostly controlled by Vojvodina. Zeleznicar managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Zeleznicar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vojvodina maintains first position with 15-3 record. Zeleznicar lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Vojvodina are looking forward to face Radnicki Basket (#4) in Beograd in the next round. Zeleznicar will play at home against Sloboda (#10) in Uzice and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Pancevo was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked OKK Beograd (10-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Tamis (11-7). Tamis managed to secure a 5-point victory 67-62. Guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Bojan Stanojevic supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Jovan Koprivica (198-82) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Tamis moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Borac and Radnicki Basket. OKK Beograd at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Sloga. Tamis will play against Napredak Rubin (#12) in Krusevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd BKK Radnicki.
An interesting game took place in Uzice where higher ranked Borac (11-7) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Sloboda (6-12) 74-66 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Borac. The best player for the winners was Branko Andjic who scored 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Nemanja Todorovic who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds. Sloboda moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Metalac. Loser Borac keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Tamis and Radnicki Basket. Sloboda will meet Zeleznicar (#13) in the next round. Borac will play against Metalac (#11) in Valjevo and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Sloga (10-8) crushed at home 10th ranked Metalac (6-12) by 24 points 80-56, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Djordje Tresac who led his team to a victory with 22 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. Sloga moved-up to seventh place, which they share with OKK Beograd. Metalac at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Sloga's next round opponent will be Smederevo Vizura (#9) on the road. Metalac will play against Borac in Cacak.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: bottom-ranked Proleter Naftagas lost to BKK Radnicki on the opponent's court 77-88. Radnicki Basket managed to outperform Napredak in a home game 82-70. Smederevo was rolled over Mega Vizura on the road 90-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 13 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by Nenad Miljenovic of Mega Vizura.


BKK Radnicki - Proleter Naftagas 88-77

Very expected game in Beograd where 14th ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-16) were defeated by second ranked BKK Radnicki (13-5) 88-77. BKK Radnicki forced 25 Proleter Naftagas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for guard Marko Boltic (193-87) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. BKK Radnicki's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Bogdan Obrenovic (206-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Stefan Atanackovic (196-84, agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Proleter Naftagas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BKK Radnicki have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains second position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Vojvodina, which they share with Mega Vizura. Proleter Naftagas lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. BKK Radnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: M.Boltic 21+6reb+9ast, A.Petrovic 19+12reb+1ast, N.Gacic 11+1reb+4ast, D.Kitanovic 10+5reb+1ast, M.Tomic 8+2reb, S.Lalic 5+2reb+2ast
Proleter Naftagas: B.Obrenovic 20+5reb+4ast, M.Martinovic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 14+6reb+5ast, P.Nikolic 10+4reb+2ast, N.Knezevic 9+5reb+2ast, M.Vulin 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 147953


Tamis - OKK Beograd 67-62

The game in Pancevo was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked OKK Beograd (10-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Tamis (11-7). Tamis managed to secure a 5-point victory 67-62. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 19-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Bojan Stanojevic (205-88) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Jovan Koprivica (198-82) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Filip Sepa (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 21 points. Tamis moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Borac and Radnicki Basket. OKK Beograd at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Sloga. Tamis will play against Napredak Rubin (#12) in Krusevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd BKK Radnicki.
Top scorers:
Tamis: B.Jereminov 18+11reb+5ast, B.Stanojevic 13+6reb, M.Popadic 10+2reb+1ast, D.Habus 8+1ast, M.Radenkovic 8+5reb, D.Buric 6+5reb
OKK Beograd: F.Sepa 21+2ast, J.Koprivica 18+5reb, S.Knezevic 7+9reb+2ast, N.Misanovic 6+9reb+1ast, M.Kovac 6, V.Malidzan 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 147954


Radnicki Basket - Napredak 82-70

Very predictable result in Beograd where sixth ranked Radnicki Basket (11-7) defeated 12th ranked Napredak Rubin (5-13) 82-70. It looked good early as Napredak Rubin took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki Basket had a 27-15 second period charge getting the lead and Napredak Rubin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-82. Radnicki Basket forced 19 Napredak Rubin turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Napredak Rubin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Ivan Smiljanic (198-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Guard Dejan Djokic (187-89) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Kendrick Jones (190-83, college: Columbus St.) replied with 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) added 17 points in the effort for Napredak Rubin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Napredak Rubin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Radnicki Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Borac and Tamis. Napredak Rubin at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Radnicki Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it may be the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play at home against Tamis (#6) in Pancevo.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: D.Djokic 21+2reb+2ast, I.Smiljanic 20+4reb+2ast, M.Stojadinovic 13+4reb+2ast, A.Dzakovic 12+1reb+3ast, A.Zaric 7+1reb, M.Milovanovic 5+1reb+2ast
Napredak: K.Jones 18+3reb+3ast, S.Cupkovic 17+4reb, A.Mandic 13+5reb, S.Pejovic 11+4reb+1ast, V.Radmanovac 7+1reb, S.Mihajlovic 4+3reb
gschID: 147955


Zeleznicar - Vojvodina 76-87

A League top team - Vojvodina (15-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Zeleznicar (4-14) in Indjija 87-76. The game was mostly controlled by Vojvodina. Zeleznicar managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Zeleznicar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Vojvodina players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and center Goran Bajic (207-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vojvodina maintains first position with 15-3 record. Zeleznicar lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Vojvodina are looking forward to face Radnicki Basket (#4) in Beograd in the next round. Zeleznicar will play at home against Sloboda (#10) in Uzice and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: R.Markovic 15+2ast, N.Kalinic 12+5reb+2ast, D.Bunic 11+6reb, B.Vujosevic 11+1reb+1ast, D.Zekovic 10+4reb+4ast, S.Stojacic 10+1reb+2ast
Zeleznicar: M.Bojovic 18+7reb+2ast, G.Bajic 15+9reb, N.Canak 12+6reb+3ast, V.Jojic 9+1reb+1ast, A.Radulovic 6+2reb+2ast, B.Ljubojevic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 147956


Sloboda Uzice - Borac 74-66

An interesting game took place in Uzice where higher ranked Borac (11-7) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Sloboda (6-12) 74-66 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Borac. Borac trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Borac 36-23 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Branko Andjic (201-82) who scored 21 points. Center Novak Popovic (207-81, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Ilija Cvetkovic (207-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Sloboda moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Metalac. Loser Borac keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Tamis and Radnicki Basket. Sloboda will meet Zeleznicar (#13) in the next round. Borac will play against Metalac (#11) in Valjevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: B.Andjic 21+4reb+2ast, N.Popovic 13+11reb, M.Rakic 12+1reb+6ast, N.Jevtovic 7+3reb, N.Marinkovic 6+9reb+2ast, A.Vasic 5+2reb+1ast
Borac: N.Todorovic 25+8reb+1ast, I.Cvetkovic 17+9reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 8+3ast, F.Pajevic 6+2reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 6+2reb, D.Radovic 2+2reb
gschID: 147950


Sloga - Metalac 80-56

Eighth ranked Sloga (10-8) crushed at home 10th ranked Metalac (6-12) by 24 points 80-56, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Sloga. Metalac was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Sloga forced 19 Metalac turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Metalac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Djordje Tresac (193-87) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Nenad Mijatovic (193-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Sloga players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 17 points and Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Metalac. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sloga moved-up to seventh place, which they share with OKK Beograd. Metalac at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Sloga's next round opponent will be Smederevo Vizura (#9) on the road. Metalac will play against Borac in Cacak.
Top scorers:
Sloga: D.Tresac 22+5reb+3ast, N.Mijatovic 16+5reb+3ast, N.Ristic 13+1ast, V.Jacovic 10+4reb+2ast, J.Tyler 8+8reb, A.Marelja 5+7reb
Metalac: B.Bakic 17+3reb+2ast, R.Marojevic 10+7reb, D.Djukanovic 9+2reb+1ast, S.Balmazovic 8+3reb, D.Kruscic 4+3reb+2ast, M.Trtic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 147951


Mega Vizura - Smederevo 90-69

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Smederevo Vizura (9-9) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Mega Vizura (13-5) 90-69. The game was mostly controlled by Mega Vizura. Smederevo Vizura was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mega Vizura dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Smederevo Vizura's 34. They outrebounded Smederevo Vizura 52-29 including a 41-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mega Vizura players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Smederevo Vizura helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Mega Vizura players scored in double figures. Center Darko Balaban (211-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Andrej Perovic added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Smederevo Vizura. 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. Mega Vizura moved-up to second place, which they share with BKK Radnicki. Smederevo Vizura lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Mega Vizura's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Proleter Naftagas (#14) in Zrenjanin which should be another easy win for them. Smederevo Vizura will play at home against Sloga (#7) in Kraljevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 20+3reb+8ast, D.Cantekin 15+6reb, N.Miljenovic 13+15reb+7ast, M.Lukovic 12+4reb+1ast, S.Matovic 12+7reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 8+8reb+1ast
Smederevo: D.Balaban 15+5reb, A.Perovic 11+6reb+2ast, N.Stefanovic 10+5reb+3ast, V.Popovic 9+1reb+3ast, V.Svilar 7+3reb+2ast, V.Vranic 6
gschID: 147952




Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.23.1 
 2. Djurovic, Crnokosa20.4 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost19.9 
 4. Riboskic, Beovuk19.3 
 5. Skoko, Vojvodina17.7 
 6. Rasic, Mladost17.3 
 7. Dasic, Jagodina17.1 
 8. Samailovic, Radnic.16.7 
 9. Dondur, Beovuk 7216.6 
 10. Stajic, Viva Bask.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.11.8 
 2. Tmusic, Jagodina8.4 
 3. Jankovic, Mladost8.3 
 4. Glisovic, Radnic.8.2 
 5. Sikman, Napredak.8.0 
 6. Grubor, Vojvodina7.7 
 7. Dondur, Beovuk 727.6 
 8. Vukovic, Mladost7.3 
 9. Jovanovic, Konst.7.3 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.6.9 
 2. Velickovic, Konst.5.5 
 3. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.9 
 4. Simic, Radnicki OB4.6 
 5. Kasabasic, Crnoko.4.2 
 6. Boricic, Radnicki.4.1 
 7. Dumic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Dujovic, Mladost3.8 
 9. Marinkovic, Mlados.3.8 
 10. Tanasijevic, Radn.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.3.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Mlados.2.8 
 3. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.5 
 4. Kuntic, Spartak2.5 
 5. Djoric, Jagodina2.2 
 6. Rasic, Mladost2.2 
 7. Dugosija, Mladost2.0 
 8. Raicevic, Napredak.1.9 
 9. Grubor, Vojvodina1.9 
 10. Boljkovac, Sabac1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan LJUBOTINA
  Spartak
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ljubotina, Spartak2.1 
 2. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.0 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak1.7 
 4. Jankovic, Mladost1.1 
 5. Dukanac, Mladost0.9 
 6. Banjanin, Mladost0.8 
 7. Radenkovic, Jedins.0.8 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.7 
 9. Barac, Napredak A.0.7 
 10. Savic, Radnicki S.0.7 


Zeleznicar waives Head Coach Mavrenski, hires Bakic - by Eurobasket News
Ivica Mavrenski is no longer a Head Coach of Zeleznicar Indjija. The team decided to release Mavrenski and immediately hired Vinko Bakic . This is the second time for Zeleznicar to change their Head Coach this season. They currently have 4-13 record and fight for the survival in Serbian A league. In the latest round, Zeleznicar faced with 75-66 road defeat against Napredak.
New Head Coach of Zeleznicar, Vinko Bakic , most recently worked with Partizan II. He also coached youth selections of Partizan in the past. Bakic has experience as a Head Coach of Vizura. It was in 2008/09 season.
Ivica Mavrenski took over Zeleznicar in November, but according to the club he didnt meet expectations. Zeleznicar is a newcomer to Serbian A League.


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ASEAN League: Singapore Slingers stay on winning track - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Petron Blaze 71:63

Singapore Slingers registered the fourth straight win in ASEAN League. They overcame Petron Blaze to improve at 4-1 record. Dulay Donald (173-G-80) scored 23 points to pace the hosts. Petron Blaze slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
Singapore Slingers built their future win in the first half. They strongly started the game and claimed a 24:14 lead after ten minutes. The home side extended their advantage at 14-point mark at halftime. The Blaze stopped the rot in the third quarter. The Philippines team narrowed the deficit at just 6-point mark but the Slingers were back in the drivers seat in the final ten minutes and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Slingers. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) added 11 points in the victory. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) answered with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Dulay Donald 23, Graham Louis 16+10 boards, Wong Wei Long 11
Petron Blaze: Dalron Johnson 19+11 boards, Froilan Baguion 15



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  SLOVAKIA   


ROLLING - by Anthony Jones
Last time I wrote on here I think we were in 4th or 5th place and was really starting to improve as a team. Now we have won 7 of our last 8 games including the last two games against the #1 and #2 teams in the league. Both games were very tough and close games but we prevailed in the end. At the beginning of the season we just were unable to win on the road now we have some quality wins on the road and at home we have always been great. Individually I am still #1 in scoring and now #1 in assists. I try every single practice and every single game to make my teammates better and try to get them easy shots. I really notice the change in the defenses focusing on me even more now so I think my assists can go up even more, because my teammates have been playing great. We are in 3rd place, but it is a tight race and no one will know until the last regular season game how the playoffs will look like. We are looking to finish the last 6 games strong and be in a great rhythm for the playoffs and hopefully have home court advantage for the 1st two rounds. I don't think many people expected Handlova to be in the top 3 towards the end of the season so I am doing everything I can to continue to surprise people. We are heading into the cup games this week in Nitra and it should be fun as all of the teams will play and the Championship will be on the final day. They also have a 3point contest and dunk contest would should be a lot of fun.
I have to mention our fans and the fans in general in Slovakia. They are amazing! Everyone is so into the games, and cheers every single game. Ever since the 1st preseason game the fans were at the game and it was almost sold out so I knew they were special here. They chant your name, make signs and cheer hard every game. Some of them come to the practices so as a player that is great to see that appreciation. The derby game that we have against Prievidza is unbelievable and a blessing to get to play in a game like that. I wish every game was a derby/rivalry game. Fans are screaming at one another, the games are sold out completely, and they are there over an hour before the game. When I walk into the gym I have a tingling feeling all over my body and I am immediately ready to play. I have so much energy and anticipation built up inside , I wish it would never end. But this is the end of this blog, Ciao World!!!



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


Slovenian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Domen Janc
Janc
Aljaz Slutej
Slutej
Nejc Zupan
Zupan
Tilen Hojc
Hojc
Luka Vadnov
Vadnov
#e#5
4 Luka Vadnov 182-PG-96 Postojna Slovenia
5 Domen Janc 185-PG-96 Krka Slovenia
6 Ziga Lah 193-SG-96
7 Aljaz Slutej 191-PG-96 Elektra Slovenia
8 Gasper Rojko 197-SF-96 Grosuplje Slovenia
9 Sandi Grubelic 187-PG-96 Grosuplje Slovenia
10 Tilen Kodrin 202-SF-96 Union Olimpija Slovenia
11 Jan Kosi 200-PF-96 Elektra Slovenia
12 Nejc Zupan 203-PG-96 Splosna plovba Slovenia
13 Urban Durnik 200-PF-97
13 Robert Vujanic 203-C-96 Splosna plovba Slovenia
14 Jan Zatkovic 206-C-96 Parklji Slovenia
15 Aleksander Medic 203-C-96 Koper Slovenia
15 Tilen Hojc 190-SG-96 Grosuplje Slovenia



All four teams lock up spots for the second stage - by Zeljko Zule
Helios, Elektra, Sentjur and Zlatorog booked their spots in the second stage of Telemach League with four weeks of the regular still to go.
Zlatorog-Maribor 77-63: After trailing 3-9, Zlatorog scored an amaizing 23 consecutive points for a comfortable win. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) scored 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter, Jure Skific and Alen Omic both added 11 points. Maribor was whistled for 22 fouls to Zlatorog's 21 and shot just 10 free throws to Zlatorog's 28. Sasa Mucic finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Jure Pelko scored 17 points.
Helios-LTH 92-52: The home team opened the game with an 11-1 run and led by as many as 25 points at the break. Helios' bench players outscored its starters 52-40. Drago Pasalic scored 16 points, Dejan Jeftic added 14, Jure Besedic and Drazen Bubnic both netted 13 points and Sandi Cebular posted 11 points. Helios shot 59-percent (36-of-61) from the field including 14-of-25 behind the 3-point line. LTH was outrebouned 17-40. Tomo Cajic scored 12 points and Luka Voncina added 12.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Policy changes for import players in KBL - by JungHwan Seo
There are some changes about import player policy in KBL from next season

1.Each team can have two players and only one can play on the court

2.There is no free agent. All players should apply for tryout and attend draft this summer to make a contract. If some teams want to change their player during the season, they should pick among draftees

3.Current players can not resign with current teams. If they want to play in KBL again, they should apply for tryouts.

4.The first round picked player can get maximum 35,000 USD per month, Second round player can get maximum 25,000 USD per month (all including taxes)

5.These players are prohibited who got a NBA career the past three seasons or a Euroleague quarter finalist the past two seasons.



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  SPAIN   


Jonathan Ramirez gets MVP of the Week Award for EBA - by Mariano Galindo
Spanish Jonathan Ramirez had an amazing evening in the last round for Recambios Gaudi CB Mollet and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round
18. The 33-year old player had the game-high 40 points adding one assist and another one steal for Mollet in his team's victory, helping them to beat Stadiumm Casablanca (Group C).
It allowed Mollet to consolidate fourth place in Group C, after three defeats in a row.


Roberto Guerra moves to Palencia - by Eurobasket News
Roberto Guerra is changing the team. The guard is about to join Palencia. Roberto Guerra started the season with CB Granada. The guard notched 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game in LEB Gold. It was the second season with CB Granada for Roberto Guerra. Previously the guard had stints with CAI Zaragoza and Gran Canaria. Roberto Guerra used to play for Spanish U20 National Team. He was also the member of Spanish B National Team back in 2003. The player has already joined Palencia trainings. He is expected to debut for the team in Round 22 when Palencia will host Breogan.


Liga Endesa: Justin Doellman is MVP of January - by Eurobasket News
Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) of Assignia Manresa won the monthly award in Liga Endesa for January. The 27-year-old player averaged 22.2 points and had valuation 25 during the month. He helped Manresa improve its record to 8-10. Doellman joined the club last summer. He has 16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for 18 games so far. Last season he spent with Alicante and helped them to survive in Liga Endesa. Doellman appeared 34 times for them averaging 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention -11. Before Alicante, Justin Doellman played for Orleans, Besancon and Cholet. He graduated at Xavier University in 2007.

UCAM Murcia hire Oscar Quintana - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia found the new head coach. The team appointed Oscar Quintana (agency: Interperformances ) at the position. Oscar Quintana (agency: Interperformances ) will replace Luis Giul. Oscar Quintana (agency: Interperformances ) worked with Alicante in 2007/11 seasons. He left the team in November 2010. The specialist led Alicante to Spanish LEB Gold Cope Principe de Asturias trophy in 2009. Previously he worked with Manresa, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Fuenlabrada. Oscar Quintana (agency: Interperformances ) also worked as head coach of Spanish U20 National Team back in 2004. He led his teams to Korac Cup Quartfinals in 2002. Oscar Quintana (agency: Interperformances ) also guided Fuenlabrada to Spanish ACB quarterfinals the same season.


Jonathan Ramirez gets MVP of the Week Award for EBA - by Mariano Galindo
Spanish Jonathan Ramirez had an amazing evening in the last round for Recambios Gaudi CB Mollet and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round
18. The 33-year old player had the game-high 40 points adding one assist and another one steal for Mollet in his team's victory, helping them to beat Stadiumm Casablanca (Group C).
It allowed Mollet to consolidate fourth place in Group C, after three defeats in a row.


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  SWEDEN   


Marcus Relphorde is a newcomer at LF Basket - by Eurobasket Center
LF Basket strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Marcus Relphorde (200-F-101kg-88, college: Colorado). Relphorde played most recently at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 9 games for Canton C. this season he averaged 11.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. Relphorde just graduated University of Colorado and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He helped Colorado to make it to the prestiguous NIT Final Four after they made it to Big 12 Tournament Semifinals.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Binyam FEGHADU
  Jarva D.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Feghadu, Jarva D.29.1 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas27.2 
 3. Bergstrom, Black.22.3 
 4. Vukovic, Helsingbo.20.1 
 5. Banks, Taby19.8 
 6. Ganstrand, Sanda19.0 
 7. Nordin, Taby18.4 
 8. Hartmann, Akropol17.9 
 9. Karovic, Eos17.7 
 10. Cedermarker, Srb.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Petkovski, Srbija11.9 
 2. Nilsson, Orongo11.7 
 3. Rawlins, Up.11.3 
 4. Damjanovic, Nassjo11.2 
 5. Eliassson, Solna B.10.9 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol10.5 
 7. Vukovic, Helsingbo.9.7 
 8. Robinson, Brahe B.9.5 
 9. Fitzgerald, Malbas9.5 
 10. Urban, Eskilstuna9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Farzad NOURI
  Blackeberg
  (179-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nouri, Blackeberg5.5 
 2. Lundin, Taby5.1 
 3. Nguyen, Fryshuset4.8 
 4. Kovacek, Talje4.8 
 5. Rawlins, Up.4.6 
 6. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.6 
 7. Kutra, Hoganas4.4 
 8. Strazdauskas, Hog.4.4 
 9. Ghebremeskel, Eag.4.4 
 10. Wazzi, Nassjo4.4 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.4 
 2. Feghadu, Jarva D.3.2 
 3. Wazzi, Nassjo3.2 
 4. Taylor, Eagles2.8 
 5. Rawlins, Up.2.8 
 6. Strazdauskas, Hog.2.7 
 7. Dawit, Fryshuset2.7 
 8. Kutra, Hoganas2.5 
 9. Carbone, Jarva D.2.4 
 10. Karovic, Eos2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre NILSSON
  Orongo
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nilsson, Orongo3.0 
 2. Flink, Helsingborg2.3 
 3. Robinson, Brahe B.2.2 
 4. Rawlins, Up.1.9 
 5. Bergstrom, Black.1.7 
 6. Taylor, Eagles1.7 
 7. Femic, Eagles1.5 
 8. Urban, Eskilstuna1.3 
 9. Williams, Sanda1.2 
 10. Neffati, Norrkopi.1.1 


Delvon Johnson gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Basketligan - by Eurobasket News
American Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Uppsala and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Jamtland (#9, 11-16) 85-81. Uppsala is placed at 6th position in Swedish Basketligan. Uppsala 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 14-12 record. Johnson turned to be Uppsala's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 53.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras. McKnight impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Boras lost that game 95-100 to slightly lower-ranked Solna (#5, 14-11). Boras managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 15-11 record is not bad at all. McKnight is well-known by Boras fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International) of Solna (#5). Flowers got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Solna, leading his team to a 100-95 win against slightly higher-ranked Boras (#3, 15-11). Solna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Flowers has a very solid season. In 3 games in Sweden he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) of LF Basket - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dino Gregory (200-F-89) of Sundsvall - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall - 28 points and 5 assists
7. Johnell Smith (185-PG-80) of Sodertalje - 16 points
8. Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81) of Jamtland - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Demond Watt (200-F-89) of Eco Orebro - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 15-1 
 2. Fribourg 12-4 
 3. Geneve Lions 11-5 
 4. Monthey 11-5 
 5. SAV Vacallo 9-7 
 6. Starwings 6-10 
 7. Boncourt 4-12 
 8. BBC Nyon 2-14 
 9. SAM Massagno 2-14 


LNA Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
SAV Vacallo (#5) forced the game against Fribourg (#2) into a double-overtime, but lost by six points 77-83 on Saturday night. The game took place in Chiasso. But the guests from Fribourg were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Fribourg (12-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just three points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.

The best stats of 18th round was 29 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Rickey Gibson of SAV Vacallo.


Boncourt - Monthey 68-80

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Boncourt (4-12) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Monthey (11-5) 80-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Monthey dominated on the defensive end, holding Boncourt to just 5 points in third and fourth quarters. It was a great shooting night for Monthey especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward George Odufuwa (203-88, college: N.Texas, agency: New Trend Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) who recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Ivorian forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Monthey moved-up to third place, which they share with Geneve Lions. Boncourt lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Monthey: M.Mihajlovic 17+8reb, T.Smith 16+4ast, G.Odufuwa 14+11reb+1ast, K.Parker 10+2reb+7ast, I.Boylan 9+1reb+3ast, G.Louissaint 8+2reb+1ast
Boncourt: J.Sharper 19+5reb+4ast, I.N'Diaye 18+7reb+1ast, L.Roberson 14+5reb+3ast, J.Stucheli 6+1reb+1ast, A.Herrmann 5+2reb+3ast, M.Salomone 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136566


SAV Vacallo - Fribourg 77-83 2OT

SAV Vacallo (#5) forced the game against Fribourg (#2) into a double-overtime, but lost by six points 77-83 on Saturday night. The game took place in Chiasso. But the guests from Fribourg were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 0-0. Fribourg made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 SAV Vacallo turnovers. SAV Vacallo was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Stefan Petkovic (186-92) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) who recorded 29 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-81, college: N.Iowa) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Fribourg (12-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just three points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: R.Yates 25+5reb+3ast, S.Petkovic 21+6reb+3ast, B.Polyblank 17+7reb+1ast, O.Vogt 9+6reb, R.Kovac 7, D.Esterkamp 3+7reb+3ast
SAV Vacallo: R.Gibson 29+6reb+6ast, F.Ramseier 14+3reb+1ast, M.Schneiderman 12+10reb+2ast, D.Koludrovic 8+10reb+1ast, P.Badji 8+5reb+4ast, R.Uzas 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 136567


Geneve Lions - Lugano Tigers 78-87

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Lugano Tigers (15-1) defeated on the road 3rd ranked Geneve Lions (11-5) 87-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-78. Lugano Tigers made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) who recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Loser Geneve Lions keep the third place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 20+7reb, E.Draughan 19+3reb+3ast, R.Brown 12+1reb+3ast, D.Stockalper 11+4reb+3ast, D.Mladjan 10+1reb, Z.Rakocevic 8+6reb+2ast
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 20+5reb+4ast, E.Bing 16+8reb+2ast, A.Jukes 13+11reb, T.Brown 12+1reb+2ast, V.Buscaglia 8+1reb+3ast, J.Aw 7+6reb
gschID: 136568


SAM Massagno - BBC Nyon 77-55

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked BBC Nyon (2-14) was rolled over on the road by ninth ranked SAM Massagno (2-14) 77-55 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when SAM Massagno's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-10 extending their advantage to 22 points. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. SAM Massagno forced 22 BBC Nyon turnovers. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Danilo Mitrovic (208-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. SAM Massagno's coach Milutin Nikolic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Nathan Connolly (196-77, college: St.Rose, NY) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Ryan Dermody (206-87, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. SAM Massagno moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated BBC Nyon. BBC Nyon lost tenth consecutive game.
Top scorers:
SAM Massagno: D.Mitrovic 21+11reb, S.Smiljanic 17+1reb+2ast, T.Jones 14+9reb+1ast, W.Molteni 11+4reb+2ast, C.Kaba 8+3reb, D.Andjelkovic 4+6reb
BBC Nyon: X.Paredes 13+8reb, R.Dermody 13+8reb, N.Connolly 11+5reb+7ast, K.Knutson 6+12reb+2ast, L.Bobetso 5+1reb+1ast, J.Chabbey 3+2reb
gschID: 136565




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  THAILAND   


ASEAN League: Thailand Slammers tame Indonesia Warriors on the road - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 70:82

Thailand Slammers snapped three-game losing skid tonight. They upset Indonesia Warriors away from home to improve at 2-3 record in ASEAN League standings. Chester Tolomia (191-G-80) scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the defending champions. Indonesia Warriors slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
The Slammers led by five points after ten minutes of action 23:18. The hosts managed to cut the deficit to just 3 points at the interval 37:40. But the third term saw the Slammers taking off as they entered the fourth period up by 11 points and never looked back en route to the win. DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) posted 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) added 12 points and 17 rebounds in the win. The Warriors answered with 18 points from Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.). Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 18, Steve Thomas 16+11 boards
Thailand Slammers: Chester Tolomia 24, DeAndre Thomas 20+11 boards, Kenneth Walker 12+17 boards



ASEAN League: Bangkok Cobras gain second win - by Eurobasket News
Westports Dragons - Bangkok Cobras 70:73

Bangkok Cobras registered their second win in ASEAN League season. They stole a narrow road win over Westports Dragons. Michael Earl (203-F-85, college: Utah St.) stepped up with 20 points to lead the visitors as they improved at 2-2 record. The Dragons fell at 3-1 record after the loss.
The Cobras got to a perfect start. The Bangkok team grabbed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Cobras piled up a 36:30 halftime advantage. Westports Dragons however turned things around in the third period. The hosts went off the dressing room firing from all guns and arrived at the final break up by 5 points. However the Cobras capped the regulation on a 16:7 run to come out winners. Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) had 14 points, while Ratdech Kruatiwa (191-G/F-85) had 13 points in the victory. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 22 points for the Dragons. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 22, Brian Williams 17+10 boards
Bangkok Cobras: Michael Earl 20, Marvin Cruz 14, Ratdech Kruatiwa 13



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  TURKEY   


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Turkey beat Serbia, both advance to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Serbia U16 66:55

Turkey beat Serbia, as both advance to the next stage at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. The hosts celebrated 66:55 win to finish on the second position.
Both teams nailed 13 points each, while Turkey needed 19-13 for 6-point lead at the halftime. Moreover they added 23-15 in the third quarter and did not mind 11-14 in the last stanza.
Mert Cevik (195-G-96) paced all the winners with 16 points and Egemen Guven netted 10. Nikola Pavlovic (204-PF-96) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) and Jovan Starincevic nailed 11 each.
In the Quarterfinals Turkey U16 will take on Germany U16 that sealed the Quarterfinal birth at the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. The team won over Bulgaria in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Serbia U16 will face Russia that finished Group A with 4-1 record.

Turkey U16: Mert Cevik 16, Egemen Guven 10
Serbia U16: Nikola Pavlovic 14, Jovan Starincevic 11, Jovan Starincevic 11




Famutimi's 23 points and 6 rebounds give him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-F/G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Optimum TED and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Optimum TED in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Final Genclik (#6, 14-6) with 36-point margin 104-68. Optimum TED maintains the 3rd position in Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Optimum TED will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Famutimi had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Olumuyiwa Famutimi averages this season 11.3ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld. He is American forward in his second season at Akhisar Bld. In the last game Nelson recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Akhisar Bld to another comfortable win 75-59 over the lower-ranked Baskent Genclik (#12, 8-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Akhisar Bld to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Nelson is well-known at Akhisar Bld and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.7ppg (#1). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Optimum TED's star - guard Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86). Kavaklioglu scored 18 points and passed nine assists. He was another key player of Optimum TED, helping his team with a 104-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Final Genclik (#6, 14-6). Optimum TED needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Kavaklioglu has a great season in Turkey. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Burak Can) of Pertevniyal - 23 points and 15 rebounds
5. Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Maliye Milli - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Nezih Ozbakir (206-F/C-80) of Optimum TED - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Eren Ocakturk (204-F/C-87) of Gelisim - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Ismail Esmeray (C-86) of Pamukkale - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Antabia Waller (188-G-88) of Gaziantep - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) of Pertevniyal - 22 points and 6 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)


Turkish U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Ogulcan Baykan
Baykan
Mert Cevik
Cevik
Okben Ulubay
Ulubay
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Alemdaroglu
Akif Guven
Guven
#e#5
4 Ogulcan Baykan 195-SG-96 Anadolu Efes Turkey
5 Tolga Gecim 200-PG-96 Banvit BK Turkey
6 Gorkem Gumusccekicci 199-SF-96
7 Berk Ugurlu 191-G-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
8 Baris Yurteri 200-F-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
9 Erris Nushi 197-C-96 Banvit BK Turkey
10 Mert Cevik 195-G-96 Tofas Turkey
11 Okben Ulubay 200-F-97 Anadolu Efes Turkey
12 Suheyl Cakmak 200-PF-96
13 Mehmet Alemdaroglu 205-F-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
14 Ege Arar 200-C-96 Galatasaray Turkey
15 Akif Guven 206-C-96 Karsiyaka Turkey
16 Kadir Bayram 189-PG-96 Tofas Turkey
17 Batuhan Ucum 202-C-97 Banvit BK Turkey
18 Ayberk Olmaz 204-C-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
19 Oktay Ulubay 189-SG-97 Anadolu Efes Turkey



SPORTOTO Turkish Cup Eight Finals 2012 - by Baha Kurtulus
SPORTOTO Turkish Cup Eight-Finals will be held in Selcuklu Belediye Sport Hall-KONYA on 14th-18th February 2012

Eight-Finals pairings,

14th February 2012
Game 1 : 18:00 Banvit Basketbol Kulubu - Tofas Bursa
Game 2 : 20:15 Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

15th February 2012
Game 3 : 18:00 Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul - Aliaga Petkim
Game 4 : 20:15 Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul - Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye

16th February 2012
18:00 Winner Game 1 - Winner Game 2
20:15 Winner Game 3 - Winner Game 4

18th February 2012
15:00 Final



Olympiakos destroys Anadolu Efes in Q4 for the first win in Top 16, 83-65 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Anadolu Efes 83-65

Olympiakos blasted Anadolu Efes in the last ten minutes registering the first victory in Euroleague Top 16. The Reds celebrated 83-65 and joined Efes with 1-2 record in Group E. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the home squad with 18 points. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) had 15 points and Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) helped with 10 points, plus 5 rebounds. For the guests, Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) shined with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 12, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83, agency: Duran International) added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Olympiakos made 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes of play and Efes cut the margin to 41-36 until the halftime. Visitors took control on Olympiakos after the breather and managed to tie the score to 53-53 at the end of Q3. Vassilis Spanoulis and his teammates exploded at the beginning of the last period and created 11-0 run. They jumped to 73-58 with less than five minutes to go and later had no troubles to keep the lead. Quarters: 20-12, 21-24, 12-17, 30-12. Two teams will meet again next week, but Efes will be the host.

Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis, Konstantinos Sloukas 15, Joey Dorsey 10+5 biards
Anadolu Efes: Tarence Kinsey 14+8 boards, Sasha Vujacic 12, Esteban Batista 11+6 boards


EuroChallenge: Adam Morrison leads Besiktas over BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice - Besiktas 69:76

Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) leads Besiktas over BK Pardubice in the last game of Round 4. The Turkish team improved to 3-1 record in Group J after 76:69 win.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-21. But BK Pardubice won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Besiktas won the third period 23-19 as Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) scored for 58:53. Quite impressive performance for Adam Morrison who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BK Pardubice.
Thanks to the won tie-breaker over Pardubice, Besiktas, together with Fuenlabrada are also already qualified to the Quarter-Finals.

Besiktas: Adam Morrison 26, Ersin Dagli 14, Pops Mensah-Bonsu 12+12rebs, David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) 10
BK Pardubice: Marcus Arnold 27, Maurice Hampton 12



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Bobcats encouraged by Kemba Walkers play at point guard after 1st career triple-double - by David Edole
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Bobcats coach Paul Silas spent the better part of a week preaching to Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) the importance of passing first, shooting second.

Apparently Walkers a pretty good listener.

In just his fourth start at point guard Walker handed out 11 assists en route to his first career triple-double in Charlottes 102-99 loss Saturday night to the Washington Wizards. It was a remarkable improvement over Walkers first three starts, in which he had just eight assists combined.

Walker also scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Let me tell you, it was just wonderful, Silas said. I didnt know that he could pass the ball that well or even see guys that were open like that. He hadnt done it before, but hes learning. To get a triple-double after 21 games, to me, thats just out of this world.

I just cant think of enough good things to say about him and how well hes going to do in the future.

Silas has been around the league long enough to know that one game doesnt make or break a player.

As promising as Walkers breakout game was, hed like to see the rookie the consistently take charge.

The No. 9 overall pick in the draft out of Connecticut will get the chance to do that over the next four games with regular starting point guard D.J. Augustin already ruled out because of inflammation in his right toe.

The Bobcats will look to snap an eight-game losing streak Tuesday night when they begin a four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Honestly, Im still trying to learn this game, Walker said. Im a very unselfish player. I dont mind passing the ball at all. Coach told me he wanted me to get guys the ball and he showed me on film a lot of the opportunities that I have to get to the basket and distribute.

Walker admittedly struggled during his first three starts.

Silas urged him both publically and privately to do a better job of distributing the ball, hoping to get the point across.

We talked to him about what was needed and we talked to him about how to distribute first and score second, Silas said.

They watched hours of tape together.

It culminated in what Walker said was probably his best game, but he downplayed the effort by noting his teams NBA-worst 3-18 record.

I just want to win, whether that means getting assists or rebounds, Walker said.

He said he is most comfortable playing the point guard position.

Ive been playing it my whole life, Walker said. I love playing point guard. But if I had to be out there playing the two spot it doesnt matter. Im still going to be doing the same thing. Im still going to push the ball and Im still going to run some plays just maybe not as much.

The Bobcats long-term future at point guard looks good. Augustin will be a restricted free agent next year, but has improved enough to where it would be hard to fathom the team not keeping him.

Walker clearly will be a big part and it doesnt hurt having owner Michael Jordan as one of his biggest fans.

For now, Walker is just trying to make his mark.

On Tuesday night, hell face off against one his heroes, Kobe Bryant. The Lakers star would make an annual visit to Rice High School in The Bronx, where Walker first gained national recognition.

Kobe sponsored my high school, so once a year he would come down and talk to us, Walker said. So Ive been around Kobe for a while. But to finally be able to play against him in the NBA is going to be exciting. Hes one of the best players in the world. Im really looking forward to it.




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  UBA   


Slam roll pass Gem City 125-96 - by David Walls

The Cincinnati Slam roll pass the ABA rival Gem City Hall O'Famers 125-96. The Slam were led by Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87, college: USC Aiken) with a career high 41 points and 7 rebounds. Will Richard (6'5''-F/G-84) added 27 points and Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) poured in 21. The Slam continue their winning ways moving to 8-1 in the Eastern Conference.

'We are starting to play better defense and make teams work hard on the offensive end, said Coach Travis McAvene .' We stayed aggressive the entire game and played together as a team. Cordaryl Ballard played a great game scoring a team high 41 points.


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  UKRAINE   


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Ukraine takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals as they shock Montenegro U16 65:62 in the last game of the Preliminary Round at Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 teams. Ukraine won by 16 points from Kobets, 18 points from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) and Golyk each.
In Day 3 Russia U16 overcame Ukraine U16 69:58. The favorites won all the quarters and sealed the victory. Maxim Morozov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Daniil Klenkov netted 16. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) replied with 23 points in the losing effort, while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
In Day 4 Ukraine U16 outscored Bulgaria U16 82:54. The most successful was the second period when they won 32-10. Moreover they celebrated victories in the first and the last quarters. Vadym Golyk (188-SF-96) stepped up with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Sviatoslav Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Sergiy Pryymak (199-SF-96) posted 14 each. Denis Petkov ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.



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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 17 - by Paul Nilsen


There are no fewer than three debutantes in our line-up this week as the north of the UK completes a clean sweep.



Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) (Newcastle Eagles)

The influential Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) is in a rich vein of form and this is highlighted by him claiming successive appearances in our starting five. The guard also led the league in field goal percentage during January which is further proof of his hot-streak. The guard racks up what counts as his fourth appearance of the season and he looks to be sneaking up on the rails in terms of challenging those who are currently in the lead with the most BBL Team Of The Week appearances. With title rivals Worcester Wolves and Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders both dropping games, it was an excellent weekend for the league leaders - even if they were not at their best against a resilient Mersey Tigers last Friday. While team-mate Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) hogged the headlines, Chapman was also instrumental in the win with a highly efficient 20 points in addition to seven assists, six rebounds and some good defence.



Christopher Pearce (194-F/G-89) (Durham Wildcats)

Its been a long wait but the basement dwellers finally chalked up their second league win of the season with a hard fought home victory against play-off rivals Cheshire Jets. Christopher Pearce was central in attaining a result which keeps their hopes of a top eight finish alive. He was a big contributor for Wildcats at both ends of the floor with a typically aggressive and energetic performance helping him grab a super and hugely valuable five steals and five rebounds. Meanwhile offensively, Pearce rattled off 24 points and also came up with two assists to ensure a memorable night in Newton Ayclife and secure what is his first BBL Team Of The Week appearance.



Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) (Newcastle Eagles)

Its been an incredible month for Eagles forward Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) who fresh from recently being crowned MVP at the BBL Cup Final, has continued his momentum into the BBL Championship. Despite an unusually quiet first half, he caught fire on his return to the floor after the interval and posted a magnificent second half double-double to put Tigers and former Eagles play-caller Tony Garbelotto to the sword. Smith came alive to finish with 22 points and 11 rebounds including four triples underlining the danger he poses both inside and out. He also managed to provide four assists which helped his team consolidate top spot.



Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) (Glasgow Rocks)

After their capitulation at the hands of Mersey Tigers on their home floor, Rocks went into last weekend needing to respond in positive fashion but on paper at least, it looked a tough assignment against title chasing Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. Despite this, and thanks mainly to the efforts of Murray, Rocks claimed an outstanding road win to seriously dent Riders title ambitions. The forward was in the thick of things with an all-action performance. He poured in 26 points, crashed the glass to harvest seven rebounds, conjured up four assists and grabbed three steals to help claim a morale boosting win for the Scottish club.





Mike Capocci (198-F-88, college: Northwestern) (Durham Wildcats)



Our final debutante, Mike Capocci has enjoyed some super displays during an impressive rookie season with Durham Wildcats and he was terrific in securing a precious home success over fellow strugglers Cheshire Jets. The forward produced the second best performance of the weekend in the BBL as he coralled 25 points. Capocci once again displayed his ability to score from all over the floor by sinking three of four attempts from beyond the arc as well as doing the hard work for his team with six rebounds and four steals. Capocci joins team-mate Christopher Pearce in our line-up in what has been a great week for Durham, with Ralph Bucci the only previous Wildcats player to make the BBL Team Of The Week this season.





Off The Bench Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Lehmon Colbert (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Colin OReilly (Cheshire Jets), Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets), Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)


BBL January Stat Stars - by Paul Nilsen
We take a look at who has been hot and topping our stat charts during January.

Sensational scorers

Five players managed to average more than 20 points per game during January with Charles Smith way out in front of everybody else. The Newcastle Eagles forward poured in 25 points per game while Demarius Bolds of Prestige Homes MK Lions managed to accumulate 21.4 points per game. Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets), Jeremy Bell (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders) and Nate Reinking (One Health Sharks Sheffield) were the only other three players to surpass the 20 points per game landmark.



Glorious on the glass

Three players averaged double-digits in rebounding with Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) of Cheshire Jets leading the way. The Irish forward managed to harvest 11.3 rebounds per game and this is the second consecutive month he has been named a stat star after accumulating more than 11 per game. It also means he averaged a superb January double-double having accumulated more than 18 points per game during the period. Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield) also averaged 11 rebounnds per game whilst last months rebound leader Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions) was the third player to corral double digits with 10.8 rebounds per game.





Percentage kings

Newcastle Eagles have enjoyed a terrific January which was highlighted by head coach Fab Flournoy being named Molten BBL Coach Of The Month. One key reason for the great form of hios team has been the excellent field goal shooting of Joe Chapman who converted 18 of his 24 attempts to chalk up a stunning 75%. Sherrad Prezzie-Blue was the only other BBL player to have shot more than 70% during the period with the Worcester Wolves man making 19 of his 26 attempts.



Deadly from downtown

Not surprisingly its Molten BBL Player Of The Month For January and leading scorer for the period Charles Smith who was the hottest shooter from downtown. He sunk 19 of 38 attempts to help the Eagles secure BBL silverware by way of their Cup Final success and also maintain their grip at the top of the BBL Championship. Three other players all shot over 40% from downtown during January in the form of Mychal Green (Glasgow Rocks), Mike Capocci (Durham Wildcats) and Tommy Freeman (Worcester Wolves)



Dishing up a storm

Storming to the top of our chart is a player who found minutes in the top league in Europe a few season ago. Antonio Bustamante enjoyed an impressive debut for Mersey Tigers last week, showing his ACB quality by dishing up 10 assists during his only game in January. Meanwhile of those who played throughout the month, four players finished with more than five assists per game. Anthony Martin (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders) led the way with 6.6 per game and was closely followed by Sherrad Prezzie-Blue who dished up 6.0 per game. Colin O'Reilly (Cheshire Jets) and Cameron Rundles (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders) were the other two players to surpass five assists per game.



On the line

If there is one player you really dont want to foul in the BBL and send to the line, its most definitely Michjael Ojo of UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders. Incredibly for the second successive month, he posted a flawless performance from the charity stripe by converting each and every one of his 14 attempts. While he shared the feat last month, he was the only player to remain perfect this time around. Both Danny Huffor (Glasgow Rocks) and Andrew Bridge (Newcastle Eagles) made 10 of 11 from the line during the month.



Pickpockets

When it came to picking the pockets of opponents and coming with some all important and very precious steals during January, two players took the chart by storm and were way ahead of the rest of the field. Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions) came up with a stellar 4.2 steals per game while wingman Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders) managed to muster 3.8 steals per game - by far and a way in front of the chasing pack.



Swatters

Once again there was one outstanding player when it came to blocking shots during the month and that was Bill Cole of Cheshire Jets who managed to swat away a stunning 3.8 shots per game. Richie Gordon (Worcester Wolves) and Brett Royster (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders) were his nearest rivals after blocking 2.3 and 2.0 shots per game respectively.



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Barrera leads Hebraica to beat Bohemios - by Hector Lopez
Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) netted a 2 points shot with 8.1 seconds to play and Hebraica Macabi defeated Bohemios 82-81 for the Super Liga third round. Barrera also scored a total of 16 points and added 13 assists. Also for Hebraica Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 12 with 21 rebounds. For Bohemios Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) 19 points 16 rebounds and Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, college: E.Kentucky) 15 points 3 rebounds.
Other results:
Welcome 76 -Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 26 points 11 rebounds, Claudio Charquero (207-C-77) 18 points 8 rebounds
Lagomar 61 - David Butler (203-F-82, college: Embry Riddle) 16 points 13 rebounds, Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Wingate) 13 points 6 rebounds 6 assists
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Wanderers 71 - Reggie Mathis (193-G, college: Lamar) 12 points 4 rebounds, Andre Stephens (203-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 2 points 5 rebounds
Trouville 52 - Martin Aguilera (197-F-87) 20 points 8 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 14 points 5 rebounds


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Draw results for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Yelitza La Torre
CARACAS, Venezuela (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) FIBA on Tuesday concluded its visit to Venezuela with the draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held in Caracas from 2-8 July 2012.

During a colourful ceremony, attended by a large number of officials and dignitaries, the twelve teams, who will be playing for the last three remaining places in the Olympic Basketball Tournament, were divided into four groups of three teams.

Group A: Greece, Jordan, Puerto Rico

Group B: Lithuania, Nigeria, Venezuela

Group C: Dominican Republic, Korea, Russia

Group D: Angola, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, New Zealand

The group stages will see the 12 teams play the two other teams in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group progress to the Quarter-Finals as follows:

A1 v B2
B1 v A2
C1 v D2
D1 v C2

The four winning quarterfinalists qualify for the Semi-Finals:

Winner [A1 v B2] v Winner [C1 v D2]
Winner [B1 v A2] v Winner [D1 v C2]

The two winning semifinalists automatically qualify for London 2012, while the two losing semifinalists face-off for 12th and final Olympic place.

FIBA meets Venezuelas Ministry for Sport

On Monday, FIBA's President Yvan Mainini and Secretary General Patrick Baumann visited the giant Polidero de Caracas arena, which is to undergo major refurbishments, before meeting with Venezuelas Minister for Sport Hctor Rodrguez Castro to discuss the upcoming tournament, and the state of preparations.

Also present were FIBA Amricas President Horacio Muratore, Deputy Minister of Sport Performance Yuri Quiones and Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) President Carmelo Cortez.

Following the meeting, Patrick Baumann said: It was a great opportunity for us to meet with Mr Rodriguez and the Venezuelan Basketball Federation. A tournament like this requires a lot of preparation, and although there remains a lot of work to be done both for the tournament and for the renovation of the venue, we received all the necessary assurances from the government and the organisers that all targets and deadlines would be met.

The Minister also reiterated the government's long-term support for our sport, which is one of the most popular in the country and we have therefore no doubts that the Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be a great event, he concluded.

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About the FIBA and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) was first introduced in 1960. It was played according to a variety of formats both worldwide and for Europe/the Americas until it was discontinued after 1992.

It was reintroduced in 2008, and took place in Athens, Greece and Madrid, Spain for the men and women respectively. Croatia, Germany and Greece were the three final mens teams to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, while Belarus, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Spain and Latvia took the five womens spots on offer.

For further information about Olympic Basketball visit london2012.fiba.com, or our social networks facebook.com/fiba, twitter.com/fiba and youtube.com/fiba.

FIBA (fiba.com) the world governing body for basketball is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

source:
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/presRele/p/langid/1/newsid/50506/presReleArti.html



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ASEAN League: Philippine Patriots keep Saigon Heat winless - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - Saigon Heat 76:62

Philippine Patriots accounted for the third win in ASEAN League season. They defeated visiting Saigon Heat for 3-1 record. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) scored 23 points to pace the winners. The Heat suffered the fourth loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
The Patriots dominated the opening quarter. They outscored the visitors 21:9. But Saigon Heat bounced back in the second frame. They trimmed the deficit at just 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. Philippine Patriots quickly restored a safe buffer in the third stanza. The hosts established a 12-point lead heading into the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Patriots. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) accounted for 21 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 23, Nakiea Miller 20+12 boards, Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) 12
Saigon Heat: Julius Hodge 26+10 boards, Jonathan Jones 21+14 boards



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Aleksandr Fomin joins Minsk-2006 - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 continue to bolster their roster. They recently landed Aleksandr Fomin (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances). The Russian forward started the season with Spartak-Primorie. He averaged 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds per game in PBL. Last season Aleksandr Fomin started with Krasnye Krilya Samara. He notched 1.4 points and 1.0 board in PBL. In EuroCup the forward averaged 2.0 points per appearance. Later Aleksandr Fomin moved to BC Rjazan. His stats read 17.8 points, 7.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals in Superleague. Aleksandr Fomin is not new to Minsk-2006. He played for the team back in 2009/10 season. Eurobasket.com named Aleksandr Fomin All-Belarusian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. Aleksandr Fomin was the member of Russian University National Team in 2011.


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Draw results for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Omar Shafaamri
CARACAS, Venezuela (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) FIBA on Tuesday concluded its visit to Venezuela with the draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held in Caracas from 2-8 July 2012.

During a colourful ceremony, attended by a large number of officials and dignitaries, the twelve teams, who will be playing for the last three remaining places in the Olympic Basketball Tournament, were divided into four groups of three teams.

Group A: Greece, Jordan, Puerto Rico

Group B: Lithuania, Nigeria, Venezuela

Group C: Dominican Republic, Korea, Russia

Group D: Angola, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, New Zealand

The group stages will see the 12 teams play the two other teams in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group progress to the Quarter-Finals as follows:

A1 v B2
B1 v A2
C1 v D2
D1 v C2

The four winning quarterfinalists qualify for the Semi-Finals:

Winner [A1 v B2] v Winner [C1 v D2]
Winner [B1 v A2] v Winner [D1 v C2]

The two winning semifinalists automatically qualify for London 2012, while the two losing semifinalists face-off for 12th and final Olympic place.

FIBA




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Vozdovac end Partizan's unbeaten run, Celje fell in overtime - by Zeljko Zule
There are no unbeaten teams in Adriatic League after Vozdovac took down Partizan Galenika, 74-72, in the postponed game of Round 11. Despite erasing a 13-point final quarter deficit, Celje fell to Hemofarm, 72-76, in the overtime in the opening game of Round 15.
Vozdovac-Partizan 74-72: Vozdovac made a 5-0 run in the final 20 seconds to hand city rival its first loss of the season. Milena Papic made just one free throw to cut the defiicit to 70-72, Ana Krstovic tied at 72 with 8 seconds left and then Milica Ivanovic stole the ball and hit a game winning shot. Partizan had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Hajdana Radunovic missed her shot. Milica Ivanovic scored 18 points for Vozdovac, Jelena Dangubic added 15, Natasa Kovacevic had 12 points and 8 rebounds, Irena Vrancic posted 10 points and Jefemija Karakasevic grabbed 10 rebounds. Vozdovac commited 25 turnovers to Partizan's only 15, but the losing team shot jus 33-percent from the field (25-of-75). Hajdana Radunovic had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Dunja Prcic and Alicia Gladden scored 11 points each.
Celje-Hemofarm 72-76 OT: Hemofarm went on a 13-2 run in the second quarter to go ahead 35-22 and led by 54-41 going into the final quarter. Celje finished the game with 8 straight points including back-to-back 3-pointers from Teja Oblak and Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) who sent the game into overtime. Hemofarm opened an extra period with a 6-0 run to take the victory. Marina Mandic had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals, Natasa Krnjetin and Sasa Cadjo bot scored 16 points and Tijana Ajdukovic collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Celje had only two players in double digits.Tina Trebec finished with 34 points and Teja Oblak had 27 points including five 3-pointers and 6 assists.



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D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrijana VASOVIC
  Houthalen
  (186-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Vasovic, Houthalen17.8 
 2. Meesseman, Blue C.17.3 
 3. Conicelli, Jeugd G.16.8 
 4. Greene, Point Cha.16.5 
 5. Tetschlag, Waregem15.5 
 6. Celus, Sint Kateli.15.1 
 7. Ballau, Spirou M.14.9 
 8. Delvaux, Jeugd G.14.9 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats14.3 
 10. Maes, Tulikivi.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Waregem
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Tetschlag, Waregem12.1 
 2. Greene, Point Cha.11.0 
 3. Demirer, Spirou M.10.5 
 4. Conicelli, Jeugd G.10.5 
 5. Burks-Wiley, Casto.8.8 
 6. Maes, Tulikivi.8.5 
 7. Meesseman, Blue C.8.5 
 8. Deyaert, Waregem7.3 
 9. Boonen, Kangoero.7.2 
 10. Jones, Dexia Nam.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Annelies BLOMMAERS
  Houth.
  (176-F-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Blommaers, Houth.3.4 
 2. Ballau, Spirou M.3.1 
 3. Devliegher, Blue C.2.6 
 4. Delaere, Kangoero.2.3 
 5. Boonen, Kangoero.2.3 
 6. Deyaert, Waregem2.3 
 7. Vercauteren, Wareg.2.2 
 8. Salvi, Houthalen2.2 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.1 
 10. Van Driel, Kangoe.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Miete CELUS
  Sint Katelijne
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Celus, Sint Kateli.3.1 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.5 
 3. Conicelli, Jeugd G.2.5 
 4. Blommaers, Houth.2.4 
 5. Deneil, Dexia Namur2.3 
 6. Ibekwe, Dexia N.2.3 
 7. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.3 
 8. Leemans, Sint K.2.2 
 9. Greene, Point Cha.2.1 
 10. Decroos, Kangoero.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.1.4 
 2. Dochez, Willebroek1.3 
 3. Boonen, Kangoero.1.0 
 4. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.9 
 5. Ben Abdelkad., Dex.0.8 
 6. Nauwelaers, Sint K.0.8 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia0.7 
 8. Deyaert, Waregem0.7 
 9. Ibekwe, Dexia N.0.6 
 10. Vasovic, Houthal.0.6 


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Wisla comeback late in the game, beat Gospic - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - Gospic 74:71

Wisla eked out a tough home win over Gospic in the final round of Euroleague regular season. A late 9:0 run from the hosts sealed their 10th win in Group C. Wisla thus occupied the second position in the ladder. Gospic suffered the 9th loss and finished in the 7th place. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wisla. The hosts seemed well in control in the game as they finished the starting quarter up by 16 points 26:10. But Gospic took over in the second term. The Croatian team cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 33:39. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Wisla secured a 9-point distance heading into the final period. However Gospic went on a 16:2 run at the start of the quarter to pull ahead for a 66:61 lead. Gospic still led by 6 points with just over three minutes remaining in regulation when Wisla burst out with a 9:0 rally and sealed the win at the end. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) had 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) added 14 points in the win. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) had 16 points for Gospic. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) netted 13 points in the loss.

Wisla: Ewelina Kobryn 23, Nicole Powell 19, Milka Bjelica 14
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 16, Marija Vrsaljko 13



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Good Angels take care of Frisco Sika in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Good Angels 57:79

Good Angels celebrated the ninth Euroleague win in the season. They toppled Frisco Sika in Brno to climb at the second position in Group C. However Rivas Ecopolis and Wisla can move the Slovakian champions to a lower position if they win their games. Frisco Sika suffered the 13th loss in 14 games played.
It never looked good for Frisco Sika in this one. Good Angels ensured an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The visitors stretched the lead in the second quarter. The Slovakian powerhouse built a 36:25 halftime advantage. Good Angels did not allow the hosts too close in the third term. The visitors entered the final frame up by 15 points 56:41. Frisco Sika never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) posted 17 points to lead the effort. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) added 12 points, while Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) contributed 10 points in the win. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) answered with 13 points for Frisco Sika.

Frisco Sika: Tereza Peckova 13, Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) 11
Good Angels: Hana Horakova 17, Helena Sverrisdottir 12, Anna Jurcenkova 10



USK Praha crash Lotos in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia - USK Praha 66:102

USK Praha made sure they would play in Euroleague playoffs by beating Lotos Gdynia on the road tonight. The victory propelled the Czech team at 8-6 record in the fourth position in Group A. Lotos fell at 3-11 record after the defeat. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) unloaded 35 points to pace the winners.
USK Praha got to a flying start. They erupted for 33 points in the opening quarter to build a 16-point lead. USK Praha did not slow in the second quarter. The visitors dropped 30 points to enlarge the gap at 32-point mark 63:31. USK Praha did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They limited Lotos to 13 points in the third stanza and entered the final frame up by 37 points. USK Praha cruised afterwards claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 19 points, while Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) added 17 points in the victory. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) answered with 21 points for Lotos. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Lotos Gdynia: Jolene Anderson 21, Aneika Henry 18
USK Praha: Eva Viteckova 35, Frida Eldebrink 19, Katerina Elhotova 17



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Sokman comes back to BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite - by Eurobasket Center
BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Estonian guard Liisi Sokman (168-G-88). Its actually Sokmans comeback to Tartu Ulikooli as she played here before. In her first game she scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Eclex Tallinn 65-81. Sokman played most recently at DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (Germany). While playing 14 games for Bamberg this season she averaged 4.3ppg and 1.4rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Ros Casares 12-2 
 2. Galatasaray 11-3 
 3. UMMC 10-4 
 4. USK Praha 8-6 
 5. Bourges 7-7 
 6. UNI SEAT 3-11 
 7. Lotos Gdynia 3-11 
 8. VICI-Aistes 2-12 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 12-0 
 2. Perfumerias 8-4 
 3. Nadezhda O. 7-5 
 4. Familia Schio 6-6 
 5. CCC Polkowice 5-7 
 6. UNIQA Eurol. 4-8 
 7. Tarbes 0-12 
Group C
 1. Spartak V MR 11-3 
 2. Wisla Can-Pak 10-4 
 3. Good Angels 9-5 
 4. Rivas Ecopolis 8-6 
 5. Lattes Montp. 6-8 
 6. Taranto 6-8 
 7. Gospic 5-9 
 8. Frisco Sika 1-13 


The End of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket Center
Group A
Bourges - VICI-Aistes 78-49
Bourges Basket earned the seventh win in Euroleague regular season. They wrapped up Group A campaign with a comfortable home win over VICI Aistes. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) scored 17 points to lead the winners. VICI Aistes in the meantime suffered the 12th defeat. Bourges exploded with 28 points in the starting quarter to pile up a 9-point lead. The French team held their opponents to miserable 5 points in the second frame taking a 39:24 halftime advantage. Bourges dominated every facet of the game after the big break. The hosts stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at the final break. Bourges never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Styliani Kaltsidou and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 11 points each in the win. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VICI Aistes.

Ros Casares - Galatasaray 98-80
Ros Casares wrapped up their Euroleague regular season campaign on a high note. The Spanish team held off Galatasaray to clinch the top position in Group A. Maya Moore (182-F-89, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points to lead the Valencia outfit. Galatasaray suffered just the third loss and finished in the second position in the ladder. Ros Casares started the game aggressively. They accounted for 26 points in the opening ten minutes accumulating an 8-point lead. Ros Casares unleashed 31 points in the second quarter to take a 57:44 halftime advantage. The hosts cleared off to a safe distance in the third quarter. Ros Casares limited Galatasaray to 12 points in the period to pile up a confident 27-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Galatasaray cut the deficit but just sweetened the pill at the end. Eshaya Murphy notched 20 points, while Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) answered with 28 points for Galatasaray. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 23 points in the loss.

UNI SEAT - UMMC 45-85
UMMC finish the First Stage with 11-3 record as they beat Uni Seat Gyor away from home. The Russian titan overcame the hosts from Hungary 85:45 as the latter fell at 3-11 record. UMMC decided not to waste any time and took on a lead. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made it 20:11 closing a 10-0 run. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) later closed the period at 26:13 and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) brought 32:21. Both teams managed to score 20 points each as the board showed 46:33 at the halftime. The third quarter was a disaster for the home side that came up with only 5 points. UMMC notched 20 and enjoyed 66:38 after 30 minutes. Another 19-7 brought them the 11th win in the group and the ticket to the next stage. Candace Parker scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Sandrine Gruda added 16 points, Deanna Nolan (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) 14 and Yelena Leuchanka 12 in a merciless display from the Russians. Rita Rasheed posted 11 in defeat and Quanitra Hollingsworth netted 8.

Lotos Gdynia - USK Praha 66-102
USK Praha made sure they would play in Euroleague playoffs by beating Lotos Gdynia on the road tonight. The victory propelled the Czech team at 8-6 record in the fourth position in Group A. Lotos fell at 3-11 record after the defeat. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) unloaded 35 points to pace the winners. USK Praha got to a flying start. They erupted for 33 points in the opening quarter to build a 16-point lead. USK Praha did not slow in the second quarter. The visitors dropped 30 points to enlarge the gap at 32-point mark 63:31. USK Praha did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They limited Lotos to 13 points in the third stanza and entered the final frame up by 37 points. USK Praha cruised afterwards claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Frida Eldebrink notched 19 points, while Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) added 17 points in the victory. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) answered with 21 points for Lotos. Aneika Henry had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Familia Schio - Tarbes 68-66
Familia Schio advanced to the next Stage of EuroLeague beating French Tarbes in their last game. The latter fell at 0-12 after 68:66. The Italian side finished Group B with 6-6 record on the fourth place. The host started with 19-16 in the opening period, but could not win the half. Tarbes responded with 25-15 in the second period and grabbed 7-point lead at the halftime. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Masciadri and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) exchanged the last baskets in the game. Familia Schio forced 19 Tarbes turnovers. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) notched 22 points to lead the effort and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) supported her with 14 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga did not help to save the game for Tarbes. Alex Montgomery (185-G/F-89, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.

CCC Polkowice - Nadezhda O. 58-71
Nadezhda clinched third place in EuroLeague Group B after an important win over CCC Polkowice. The Polish team had to admit the step lower after 58:71. Nadezhda easily took 11-1 in the start of the game and never looked behind after. Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya made two free throws at the end of the period for 23:5. The lead continued to grow in the start of the second quarter as Nadezhda dominated the court. Iva Perovanovic however closed the half at 22:37 and Zoll pull her team back to 45:50. Moreover Musina opened the last period with two free throws at 47:50, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya and Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) pulled the victory back for the Russian team. Katie Douglas stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya nailed 16. Anastasiya Veremeenko collected 10 points and15 caroms, while Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) posted 8. Megan Frazee and Evanthia Maltsi delivered 13 points each in defeat and Iva Perovanovic ended up with 10 points.

Fenerbahce - Perfumerias 86-64
Fenerbahce outgun Perfumerias Avenida to win Group B with 12-0 record. The Turkish side remains favorite number one with no games lost after 86:64 victory. Perfumerias Avenida finished the group second with 8-4 record. The teams exchanged the leads several times in the opening tip before the hosts went on a massive run. Vardarli and Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) closed the first period at 29:15 and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored for 33:19 early in the second. Fenerbahce continued their dominance and reached 45:25 at the halftime. Angel McCoughtry brought 55:32 and Ivana Matovic delivered for 60:40. The teams exchanged the victories of the frames in the second half for 22-point win of the home side. Ivana Matovic paced all the winners with 20 points and Penny Taylor followed her with 15. Angel McCoughtry netted 14, while Nevriye Yilmaz and Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) delivered 10 apiece. DeWanna Bonner scored 20 points in defeat and Laura Antoja (166-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas) as well as Sanchez added 8 each.

Group C
Lattes Montp. - Spartak V MR 71-72
Spartak Moscow Region wins EuroLeague Group C with 11-3 record. They overcame Lattes Montpellier in their last game 72:71. Spartak Moscow Region scored the first 6 points of the game and led 10:2 in the opening tip. Kaayla Chones meanwhile gave the hosts 16:15 and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) closed the quarter at 19:17. Moreover Sacko gave the French team the lead at 27:19 while Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) made the biggest one at 35:21. Spartak did not give up and Seimone Augustus (187-G-84, college: LSU) as well as Dupree closed the half at 35:25. In the third period the Russian team reduced to 2 points but Edwige Lawson-Wade increased to 56:51 after thirty minutes. Ana Lelas brought plus 10 with 5 minutes to go, but failed to win the game with her team. Becky Hammon and Seimone Augustus brought the last points for the winners to seal the victory. Seimone Augustus led the way with 22 points and Sonja Petrovic added 14. Becky Hammon followed them with 13 and Marina Kuzina netted 10. Edwige Lawson-Wade produced 19 points in defeat, while Ana Lelas and Kaayla Chones had 14 each.

Taranto - Rivas Ecopolis 68-65
Taranto finished their Euroleague campaign with victory. They overcame Rivas Ecopolis at home court to improve at 6-8 record. Rivas Ecopolis suffered the 6th loss but remained in the fourth position in Group C. Simona Ballardini stepped up with 13 points for the hosts. Taranto chipped in 25 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Rivas Ecopolis slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. The Spaniards got within 3 points at halftime 36:39. Rivas Ecopolis pulled ahead in the third stanza. Nicholls and Persic made it 54:53 for the visitors ahead of the final frame. The margin grew at 7-point mark early in the fourth period. However Elodie Godin triggered a 12:2 run from Taranto that brought the hosts to the victory. Elodie Godin finished with 12 points, while Megan Mahoney and Kia Vaughn added 10 points each in the win. Asjha Jones answered with 17 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Essence Carson delivered 15 points in the loss.

Frisco Sika - Good Angels 57-79
Good Angels celebrated the ninth Euroleague win in the season. They toppled Frisco Sika in Brno to climb at the second position in Group C. However Rivas Ecopolis and Wisla can move the Slovakian champions to a lower position if they win their games. Frisco Sika suffered the 13th loss in 14 games played. It never looked good for Frisco Sika in this one. Good Angels ensured an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The visitors stretched the lead in the second quarter. The Slovakian powerhouse built a 36:25 halftime advantage. Good Angels did not allow the hosts too close in the third term. The visitors entered the final frame up by 15 points 56:41. Frisco Sika never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) posted 17 points to lead the effort. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) added 12 points, while Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) contributed 10 points in the win. Tereza Peckova answered with 13 points for Frisco Sika.

Wisla Can-Pak - Gospic 74-71
Wisla eked out a tough home win over Gospic in the final round of Euroleague regular season. A late 9:0 run from the hosts sealed their 10th win in Group C. Wisla thus occupied the second position in the ladder. Gospic suffered the 9th loss and finished in the 7th place. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wisla. The hosts seemed well in control in the game as they finished the starting quarter up by 16 points 26:10. But Gospic took over in the second term. The Croatian team cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 33:39. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Wisla secured a 9-point distance heading into the final period. However Gospic went on a 16:2 run at the start of the quarter to pull ahead for a 66:61 lead. Gospic still led by 6 points with just over three minutes remaining in regulation when Wisla burst out with a 9:0 rally and sealed the win at the end. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) had 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) added 14 points in the win. Sandra Mandir had 16 points for Gospic. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) netted 13 points in the loss.



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Familia Schio advanced to the next Stage of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Tarbes 68:66

Familia Schio advanced to the next Stage of EuroLeague beating French Tarbes in their last game. The latter fell at 0-12 after 68:66. The Italian side finished Group B with 6-6 record on the fourth place.
The host started with 19-16 in the opening period, but could not win the half. Tarbes responded with 25-15 in the second period and grabbed 7-point lead at the halftime. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) exchanged the last baskets in the game. Familia Schio forced 19 Tarbes turnovers. Raffaella Raffaella Masciadri notched 22 points to lead the effort and Laura Laura Macchi (187-F-79) supported her with 14 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Ana-Maria Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga did not help to save the game for Tarbes. Alex Alex Montgomery (185-G/F-89, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.

Tarbes: Alex Montgomery 16, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 16
Familia Schio: Raffaella Masciadri 22, Laura Macchi 14, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) 12



Bourges Basket rally past VICI Aistes - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - VICI Aistes 78:49

Bourges Basket earned the seventh win in Euroleague regular season. They wrapped up Group A campaign with a comfortable home win over VICI Aistes. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) scored 17 points to lead the winners. VICI Aistes in the meantime suffered the 12th defeat.
Bourges exploded with 28 points in the starting quarter to pile up a 9-point lead. The French team held their opponents to miserable 5 points in the second frame taking a 39:24 halftime advantage. Bourges dominated every facet of the game after the big break. The hosts stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at the final break. Bourges never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 11 points each in the win. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VICI Aistes.

Bourges Basket: Catherine Joens 17, Styliani Kaltsidou 11, Ieva Kublina 11
VICI Aistes: Courtnay Pilypaitis 12, Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) 8



Spartak Moscow Region wins EuroLeague Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lattes Montpellier -Spartak Moscow Region 71:72

Spartak Moscow Region wins EuroLeague Group C with 11-3 record. They overcame Lattes Montpellier in their last game 72:71.
Spartak Moscow Region scored the first 6 points of the game and led 10:2 in the opening tip. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) meanwhile gave the hosts 16:15 and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) closed the quarter at 19:17. Moreover Sacko gave the French team the lead at 27:19 while Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) made the biggest one at 35:21. Spartak did not give up and Seimone Augustus (187-G-84, college: LSU) as well as Dupree closed the half at 35:25. In the third period the Russian team reduced to 2 points but Edwige Lawson-Wade increased to 56:51 after thirty minutes. Ana Lelas brought plus 10 with 5 minutes to go, but failed to win the game with her team. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) and Seimone Augustus brought the last points for the winners to seal the victory.
Seimone Augustus led the way with 22 points and Sonja Petrovic (188-F-89) added 14. Becky Hammon followed them with 13 and Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) netted 10. Edwige Lawson-Wade produced 19 points in defeat, while Ana Lelas and Kaayla Chones had 14 each.

Lattes Montpellier: Edwige Lawson-Wade 19, Ana Lelas 14, Kaayla Chones 14
Spartak Moscow Region: Seimone Augustus 22, Sonja Petrovic 14, Becky Hammon 13, Marina Kuzina 10


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  GREECE - Women  


A1 Round 15: Esperides lose to Kronos AD - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Esperides (12-3) and eighth ranked Kronos AD (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Esperides was defeated by Kronos AD in Kronos 53-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Esperides. The game was mostly controlled by Kronos AD. Esperides managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Maria Zikiridou (187-F-83) who led her team to a victory with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Maria Xanthou (185-F-82) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Latoya Williams (193-87, college: Chipola JC) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds for Esperides. Esperides' coach Giorgos Leivadis rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Kronos AD maintains eighth place with 6-9 record. Esperides at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Kronos AD are looking forward to face higher ranked DAS Ano Liosa (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Esperides will play against FEA Neas (#6) in Halkidon and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - Athinaikos (15-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked PAOK (4-11) in Thessaloniki 62-52. It was a great evening for Bulgarian center Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lolita Lymoura helped adding 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American guard Quenese Davis (178-88, college: San Diego St.) with 11 points. Undefeated Athinaikos have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-0 record. PAOK lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Aris. Athinaikos will play against Apollon Kal. (#11) in Kalamarias in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PAOK will play on the road against Panionios in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 15 Panionios beat Aris on the road 55-42. Apollon Kal. lost to DAS Ano Liosa on its own court 53-61.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 21 points and 12 rebounds by Peli Papamichail of Panionios.


PAOK - Athinaikos 52-62
A1 top team - Athinaikos (15-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked PAOK (4-11) in Thessaloniki 62-52. The game was mostly controlled by Athinaikos. PAOK was better in third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Bulgarian center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Lolita Lymoura (180-85, agency: LBM Management) helped adding 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American guard Quenese Davis (178-88, college: San Diego St.) with 11 points and swingman Stavroula Spanidou (180-84) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Athinaikos have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-0 record. PAOK lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Aris. Athinaikos will play against Apollon Kal. (#11) in Kalamarias in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PAOK will play on the road against Panionios in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
PAOK: A.Stamolabrou 12+1ast, Q.Davis 11+4reb+1ast, D.Barnes 8+5reb+2ast, S.Spanidou 8+7reb+1ast, M.Avtzi 7+2reb, E.Voulgaraki 4+3reb+1ast
Athinaikos: L.Lymoura 15+6reb+4ast, M.Kay Kotsopoulos 14+1reb+1ast, V.Perostiyska 13+11reb+1ast, O.Hatzinikolaou 8+12reb+3ast, S.Kiriakopoulou 6+2reb+3ast, C.Handy 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 140872


Aris - Panionios 42-55
No shocking result in a game when third ranked Panionios (10-5) beat 9th ranked Aris (4-11) in Thessaloniki 55-42 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Panionios dominated on the defensive end, holding Aris to just 5 points in third quarter. They also forced 19 Aris turnovers and had a 35-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for international power forward Peli Papamichail (189-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Bulgarian center Lydia Milkova (192-70) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Center Fedra Skiadopoulou (191-90) came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Evangelia Kotopodi (188-87) added 4 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Aris in the defeat. Panionios maintains third place with 10-5 record having five points less than leader Athinaikos. Aris lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panionios will meet at home PAOK (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against Panathinaikos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aris: F.Skiadopoulou 12+9reb+2ast, N.Stavridou 11+2reb, R.Mouli 6+6reb+1ast, M.Tranta 4+3reb, E.Kotopodi 4+9reb+1ast, M.Polichrou 3
Panionios: P.Papamichail 21+12reb+1ast, L.Milkova 16+6reb+2ast, B.Johnson 14+6reb+1ast, A.Tasouli 2+2reb+2ast, M.Axiopoulou 2+10reb+6ast, D.Giannakopoulou 0+2ast
gschID: 140873


FEA Neas - Apollon Ptol. 20-0
gschID: 140869


Kronos AD - Esperides 67-53
The game between second ranked Esperides (12-3) and eighth ranked Kronos AD (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Esperides was defeated by Kronos AD in Kronos 53-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Esperides. The game was mostly controlled by Kronos AD. Esperides managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Maria Zikiridou (187-83) who led her team to a victory with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Maria Xanthou (185-82) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Kronos AD players scored in double figures. American center Latoya Williams (193-87, college: Chipola JC) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and guard Roula Kalogirou (172-81) added 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Esperides. Esperides' coach Giorgos Leivadis rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Kronos AD maintains eighth place with 6-9 record. Esperides at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Kronos AD are looking forward to face higher ranked DAS Ano Liosa (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Esperides will play against FEA Neas (#6) in Halkidon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Esperides: L.Williams 13+17reb, R.Kalogirou 12+3reb+8ast, H.Dunham 10+9reb+1ast, D.Kalopita 6+2reb+2ast, T.Tzegianaki 6+2reb+1ast, I.Athanasiou 4+2reb+1ast
Kronos AD: M.Xanthou 16+9reb+1ast, K.Emmanouilidou 13+2reb+3ast, A.Gotzi 13+8reb+3ast, M.Michou 12+7reb+1ast, M.Zikiridou 8+13reb+8ast, V.Vrochidou 3
gschID: 140870


Apollon Kal. - DAS Ano Liosa 53-61
Very expected game when 11th ranked Apollon Kal. (2-13) lost to seventh ranked DAS Ano Liosa (8-7) in Kalamarias 53-61 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 17-6. But Apollon Kal. won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DAS Ano Liosa dominated on the defensive end, holding Apollon Kal. to just 6 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon Kal.'s 24. DAS Ano Liosa forced 19 Apollon Kal. turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Collen Planeta (188-88, college: Point Loma) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Aspasia Kalabakou (178-93) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. DAS Ano Liosa's coach Aggelos Giannoulakis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Vera Bustos (172-89, college: Adams St.) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Manto Psichogiou added 20 points respectively for Apollon Kal. in the defeat. DAS Ano Liosa moved-up to sixth place, which they share with FEA Neas. Newly promoted Apollon Kal. keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Apollon Ptol.. DAS Ano Liosa will meet at home Kronos AD (#8) in the next round. Apollon Kal. will play against the league's leader Athinaikos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Apollon Kal.: M.Psichogiou 20+1reb, V.Bustos 13+5reb+3ast, A.Tamoutseli 6+7reb+4ast, K.Nikolaidou 6+3reb+1ast, T.Kostara 4+3reb+2ast, S.Vasiliadou 2
DAS Ano Liosa: C.Planeta 25+11reb+2ast, A.Kalabakou 16+4reb+2ast, C.Navrozidou 11+4reb+4ast, I.Diela 5+8reb+4ast, T.Voulgari 2+4reb+3ast, A.Anogiannaki 1+4reb+1ast
gschID: 140871


Asteras - Panathinaikos, TBA


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.19.9 
 2. Van der Hoek, Euro.18.3 
 3. Butter, CTO16.8 
 4. Roubehie-F., Binne.16.5 
 5. Manuputty, Grassh.16.4 
 6. Ligthart, Lekdetec.15.4 
 7. Biesters, Lekdetec.14.8 
 8. Philippo, Grasshop.14.1 
 9. Kraak, Binnenland13.6 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anouk BIESTERS
  Lekdetec.
  (182-G/F-86)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Biesters, Lekdetec.9.6 
 2. Lammerink, Euros.8.8 
 3. De Groot, HLB A.8.8 
 4. Van der Plas, Gras.8.5 
 5. Ligthart, Lekdetec.8.1 
 6. Heerts, Eurosped7.7 
 7. Van Der Keij., CT.7.6 
 8. Nieuwveen, ProBui.7.6 
 9. Kraaijenoord, Gras.7.5 
 10. Van der Hoek, Eur.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.5.5 
 2. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.3 
 3. Hochstetler, Binne.3.8 
 4. Dekker, Eurosped3.3 
 5. McDowell, ProBui.3.2 
 6. De Kleijn, CTO3.1 
 7. Van Den Adel, Binn.3.1 
 8. Butter, CTO2.9 
 9. Valentine, Grassho.2.9 
 10. Kooij, HLB Accoun.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anouk BIESTERS
  Lekdetec.
  (182-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.8 
 2. Broering, Lekdetec.3.6 
 3. Hartman, ProBuild.3.4 
 4. Manuputty, Grassh.3.2 
 5. Kuijt, Grasshoppers3.2 
 6. Butter, CTO2.8 
 7. McDowell, ProBui.2.7 
 8. van Dongen, HLB A.2.5 
 9. Van der Plas, Gras.2.5 
 10. Philippo, Grassho.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  CT.
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.1.5 
 2. Heerts, Eurosped1.3 
 3. Kooij, HLB Account.0.9 
 4. Kraak, Binnenland0.8 
 5. Van der Hoek, Euro.0.8 
 6. Van den Ande., Bin.0.6 
 7. Dijkman, Grasshop.0.6 
 8. Valentine, Grassho.0.6 
 9. McDowell, ProBui.0.5 
 10. Van Den Adel, Bin.0.5 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


UMMC finish the First Stage with 11-3 record - by Eurobasket News
Uni Seat Gyor-UMMC 45:85

UMMC finish the First Stage with 11-3 record as they beat Uni Seat Gyor away from home. The Russian titan overcame the hosts from Hungary 85:45 as the latter fell at 3-11 record.
UMMC decided not to waste any time and took on a lead. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made it 20:11 closing a 10-0 run. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) later closed the period at 26:13 and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) brought 32:21. Both teams managed to score 20 points each as the board showed 46:33 at the halftime. The third quarter was a disaster for the home side that came up with only 5 points. UMMC notched 20 and enjoyed 66:38 after 30 minutes. Another 19-7 brought them the 11th win in the group and the ticket to the next stage.
Candace Parker scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Sandrine Sandrine Gruda added 16 points, Deanna Deanna Nolan (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) 14 and Yelena Leuchanka 12 in a merciless display from the Russians. Rita Rasheed (180-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 11 in defeat and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 8.

Uni Seat Gyor: Rita Rasheed 11, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8
UMMC: Candace Parker 19+11 rebs, Sandrine Gruda 16, Deanna Nolan 14, Yelena Leuchanka 12



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brankica HADZOVIC
  DKSK
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Hadzovic, DKSK17.1 
 2. Quigley, Pecs 201016.8 
 3. Murphy, Pecs 201016.3 
 4. Scekic, Bajai NKK16.1 
 5. Orban, Cegledi EKK14.6 
 6. Teilane, Vasas13.9 
 7. Skoric, DKSK13.8 
 8. Szondy, BSE-.13.4 
 9. Cvetanovic, Atome.13.4 
 10. Rasheed, UNI S.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Vasas
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Teilane, Vasas8.7 
 2. Cvetanovic, Atome.8.1 
 3. Murphy, Pecs 20108.0 
 4. Krnjic, UNIQA E.7.9 
 5. Nagy, UNI S.7.8 
 6. Farkasinszki, DKSK7.5 
 7. Hollingswort., UNI7.4 
 8. Turoczi, Nanette7.4 
 9. Quigley, Pecs 20107.0 
 10. Budimir, DKSK6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Iva CIGLAR
  UNI S.
  (170-G-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ciglar, UNI S.4.8 
 2. Cymmer, Cegledi4.4 
 3. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.3.8 
 4. Torok, Pecs 20103.7 
 5. Englert, Nanette3.6 
 6. Szlimak, Nanette3.4 
 7. Nagy, UNI S.3.4 
 8. Bukovszki, ZTE3.3 
 9. Quigley, Pecs 20103.2 
 10. Medgyessy, Atome.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Maja SCEKIC
  Bajai NKK
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Scekic, Bajai NKK3.8 
 2. Csicsai, EL.3.6 
 3. Theodoran, Bajai N.3.4 
 4. Szabo, Bajai NKK3.3 
 5. Cymmer, Cegledi3.1 
 6. Pal, Vasas2.9 
 7. Ambrus, ZTE2.8 
 8. Bukovszki, ZTE2.6 
 9. Szalay, ZTE2.6 
 10. Teilane, Vasas2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Vasas
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, Vasas3.4 
 2. Bagi, BSE-.1.3 
 3. Zavecz, UNIQA E.1.0 
 4. Cvetanovic, Atome.0.9 
 5. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.0.9 
 6. Fejes, Atomeromu0.9 
 7. Czukor, ZTE0.8 
 8. Szelesy, ZTE0.7 
 9. Mansare, Vasas0.7 
 10. Licina, Atomeromu0.6 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Best players of Israeli D1 round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American Kaili McLaren (188-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hap.Petah Tikva and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and nineteen rebounds, while her team edged out Maccabi Ashdod (#1, 11-3) 62-60. Hap.Petah Tikva maintains the 6th position in Israeli D1. Hap.Petah Tikva 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 6-7 record. McLaren turned to be Hap.Petah Tikva's top player in her first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. McLaren is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.9ppg), rebounds (6th best: 10.8rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Amanda Thompson (183-F-87) of B.C. Habikaa. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 23 rebounds. It was enough for B.C. Habikaa to edge the lower-ranked Hapoel T-A (#11, 2-11) by 2 points 79-77. B.C. Habikaa's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thompson is a newcomer at B.C. Habikaa and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of second-ranked Ramat Hasharon. Clark scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Ramat Hasharon, leading her team to a 80-73 win against #3 ranked Elitzur Ramla in a game of the week. Ramat Hasharon needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Clark has a very solid season. In 10 games in Israel she scored 13.7ppg. She also has 8.4rpg, FGP: 59.2% and 3PT: 41.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sherill Baker (174-G-82) of Hapoel T-A - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Marcedes Walker (191-C-86) of Elitzur Holon - 20 points and 7 rebounds
6. Amber Holt (183-G/F-85) of Ramat Hasharon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chastity Reed (185-F-89) of Hap.Petah Tikva - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Brittani Shells (170-G-89) of Elitzur Holon - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-G-87) of H.R. Le-Zion - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86) of Maccabi R.Hen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ITALY - Women  


Familia Schio advanced to the next Stage of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Tarbes 68:66

Familia Schio advanced to the next Stage of EuroLeague beating French Tarbes in their last game. The latter fell at 0-12 after 68:66. The Italian side finished Group B with 6-6 record on the fourth place.
The host started with 19-16 in the opening period, but could not win the half. Tarbes responded with 25-15 in the second period and grabbed 7-point lead at the halftime. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) exchanged the last baskets in the game. Familia Schio forced 19 Tarbes turnovers. Raffaella Raffaella Masciadri notched 22 points to lead the effort and Laura Laura Macchi (187-F-79) supported her with 14 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Ana-Maria Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga did not help to save the game for Tarbes. Alex Alex Montgomery (185-G/F-89, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.

Tarbes: Alex Montgomery 16, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 16
Familia Schio: Raffaella Masciadri 22, Laura Macchi 14, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) 12



Taranto top Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - Rivas Ecopolis 68:65

Taranto finished their Euroleague campaign with victory. They overcame Rivas Ecopolis at home court to improve at 6-8 record. Rivas Ecopolis suffered the 6th loss but remained in the fourth position in Group C. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) stepped up with 13 points for the hosts.
Taranto chipped in 25 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Rivas Ecopolis slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. The Spaniards got within 3 points at halftime 36:39. Rivas Ecopolis pulled ahead in the third stanza. Nicholls and Persic made it 54:53 for the visitors ahead of the final frame. The margin grew at 7-point mark early in the fourth period. However Elodie Godin (190-C-85) triggered a 12:2 run from Taranto that brought the hosts to the victory. Elodie Godin finished with 12 points, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) added 10 points each in the win. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) answered with 17 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Taranto: Simona Ballardini 13, Elodie Godin 12, Megan Mahoney 10, Kia Vaughn 10
Rivas Ecopolis: Asjha Jones 17, Essence Carson 15



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  KOSOVO - Women  


Bashkimi threatens Penza with transfers - by Dren Shporta

The oranges from Prizren have made the most transfers on the league during this transfer window. Bashkimi has turned back their best players Elinda Musliu from Kastrioti and Iliriana Berisha from Penza. But it was not enough for Agron Cekus team.

They have also signed two Macedonian players, Vesna Balazoska and Lidija Milkova. With this group of players Bashkimi is hoping to return heavily in championship fight, after they lost it last season. Bashkimi has registered 4 victories and 3 defeats during the first half of the season. They keep the fourth place in classification table, while reigning champions Penza are still unbeaten this season with perfect record of 7 wins out of 7 matches. Bashkimi will visit Drita on the first clash of the second part of the season.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Best players of Latvian LSBL round 20 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader TTT Riga and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 20-year old center had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for TTT Riga in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Kolibri/U-16 (#8, 0-17) with 61-point margin 104-43. It allowed TTT Riga to consolidate first place in the Latvian LSBL. TTT Riga has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. In the team's last game Surkusa had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at TTT Riga, through which he has constantly improved. Liga Surkusa averages this season 11.9ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old guard Agnija Reke (175-G-86, agency: Data Plus Group) of second-ranked Cesis. Reke impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Cesis to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked TTT Juniores (#6, 7-11) 84-59. Cesis' second position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Reke is a newcomer at Cesis and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Ieva Vitola (187-F/C-85) of RTU-Merks (#3). Vitola scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of RTU-Merks, leading her team to a 73-54 easy win against the lower-ranked TTT Juniores (#6, 7-11). RTU-Merks needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Vitola has a very solid season. In 17 games in Latvia she scored 13.8ppg. She also has 6.3rpg, FGP: 59.6% and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90) of TTT Riga - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Paula Langina (180-F-94) of TTT Juniores - 17 points and 14 rebounds
6. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) of Cesis - 7 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) of TTT Riga - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kate Kreslina (178-PG-96) of Kolibri/U-16 - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) of TTT Riga - 12 points and 9 rebounds
10. Eva Pavlovska (176-G/F-89) of TTT Riga - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Bourges Basket rally past VICI Aistes - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - VICI Aistes 78:49

Bourges Basket earned the seventh win in Euroleague regular season. They wrapped up Group A campaign with a comfortable home win over VICI Aistes. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) scored 17 points to lead the winners. VICI Aistes in the meantime suffered the 12th defeat.
Bourges exploded with 28 points in the starting quarter to pile up a 9-point lead. The French team held their opponents to miserable 5 points in the second frame taking a 39:24 halftime advantage. Bourges dominated every facet of the game after the big break. The hosts stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at the final break. Bourges never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 11 points each in the win. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for VICI Aistes.

Bourges Basket: Catherine Joens 17, Styliani Kaltsidou 11, Ieva Kublina 11
VICI Aistes: Courtnay Pilypaitis 12, Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) 8



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  NCAA1 - Women  


DePaul women beat No. 14 Louisville 86-61 - by Eurobasket News
Anna Martin (5'9''-G) scored 19 points and Katherine Harry (6'3''-F) had a career-high 20 rebounds and six assists, leading DePaul to an 86-61 rout of No. 14 Louisville on Tuesday night.

The win was the second straight for the Blue Demons (17-6, 5-4 Big East) while the Cardinals (17-5, 6-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Brittany Hrynko (5'8''-G) scored 18 points, Jasmine Penny (6'1''-F) and Harry had 14 points, and Megan Rogowski added 11 for DePaul, which never trailed.

Shoni Schimmel (5'10''-G-92) had 14 points and Asia Taylor added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville.

Five different players scored early - including eight points from Martin - as DePaul burst to a 17-2 lead through the opening 6:26.

DePaul, limited by injuries to a seven-player rotation, opened its biggest lead at 77-47 on Deanna Ortiz' 3 pointer with 5:40 to play.

DePaul improved to 10-1 at home, the only loss coming against No. 3 Connecticut.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


No. 3 UConn women top No. 5 Duke - by Eurobasket News
Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) scored 15 points and No. 3 Connecticut beat No. 5 Duke 61-45 on Monday night to snap the Blue Devils' 34-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Caroline Doty (5'10''-G-89) added 11 points for the Huskies (20-2). They shot 45 percent, held Duke to a season-low 24.6 percent shooting and forced 19 consecutive missed shots during a critical stretch of roughly 12 minutes en route to their 10th straight win.

Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92) scored 13 points for the Blue Devils (17-3), who had won 11 straight overall. It was their first loss at Cameron since UConn visited two years ago.

Elizabeth Williams (6'3''-C-93) added 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting for Duke, and her layup with just under 18 minutes left was the Blue Devils' last basket until Haley Peters hit a 3-pointer with fewer than 6 minutes remaining.

Duke trailed by 14 late in the first half before putting together a 12-3 run that bridged the break. The Blue Devils forced five turnovers in the first six minutes of the half, and Williams helped Duke close to 34-29 with a free throw with 17:19 left.

That's when UConn took over and began stretching its lead with 3-pointers. The Huskies hit four two by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in a 9-minute stretch before Tiffany Hayes added a bucket in the lane, pushing it to 50-33 with just over 7 minutes left, and Duke didn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Stefanie Dolson added 10 points for UConn, which overcame 21 turnovers by forcing 15 from Duke. The Huskies entered with the nation's toughest defense by shooting percentage, holding opponents to 30 percent. They forced the Blue Devils into their worst shooting night by far their previous low was 32 percent in a loss to Notre Dame.

The Huskies have dominated this series lately, winning four straight and routing Duke twice last season including a 36-point loss that ended the Blue Devils' unbeaten start to 2010-11 and a 35-point romp in the NCAA tournament with a Final Four berth on the line.

Unlike those two meetings, this one wasn't over at halftime.

Dolson had her per-game average of 10 points by halftime, and she gave UConn its largest lead of the half when her layup with just under 3 minutes left made it 31-17.

Gray had 11 points at halftime on 4-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers while the rest of the Blue Devils were a combined 6 of 24 from the field. Duke's 31-23 halftime deficit marked the first time it trailed at the break, and its 29 percent shooting was a season low for a first half.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


No. 2 Irish women win 19th straight game - by Eurobasket News
Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F-89) can see the end of her stellar Notre Dame career approaching.

The fifth-year senior hopes it will finish in Denver with the Irish's second national championship. Notre Dame fell just short last season, falling to Texas A&M in the title game.

Before she can focus on another NCAA run, Peters is trying to help the Irish to their first Big East title since 2001. She had 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead second-ranked Notre Dame to a 71-41 victory over No. 13 Rutgers on Tuesday night.

'I'm realizing my time's almost up,' Peters said. 'I want to make the most of it. I'm a fifth year senior, I want to get our team winning and go as far as we can.'

In the Irish's only blemish this season, a 13-point loss to No. 1 Baylor, Peters had only six points and eight rebounds. She was saddled by foul trouble that game.

Since that loss, Notre Dame has rattled off 19 straight victories, including wins over Duke, Connecticut, Kentucky, Tennessee and now Rutgers. The Irish are just four victories short of the school record set by the 2000-01 team that won the school's lone national championship and shared the Big East title. If they can beat DePaul on Sunday they will match the 20 straight victories achieved by the 2000 squad.

Peters has raised her game lately, recording three straight double-doubles. It's the first time an Irish player has done that since Jacqueline Batteast in the 2004 NCAA tournament. Peters has been able to put up the monster numbers by staying out of foul trouble.

'Dev stepped up not only defensively, but also on the boards,' Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. 'She runs the floor well and is scoring on offensive rebounds. That might be the biggest shift in our game.'

Notre Dame (22-1, 9-0 Big East) completed a perfect January for the fifth time under McGraw and the first time since 2001. McGraw points to Peters' strong play as one of the main reasons for the success.

'She's playing like an All-American and that's why we're playing so well,' McGraw said.

On Tuesday night, the Irish showed their balance. Peters only had two points in the first half as Notre Dame built a 17-point lead.

Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) scored 18 points and Natalie Achonwa (6'3''-F-92) added 15 for Notre Dame's balanced offense. Kayla McBride added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Irish outrebounded Rutgers 52-24.

'You can't really key on one person, we're a team that has a lot of different weapons,' McGraw said. 'It could be anyone's game. Natalie coming off the bench provided a spark for us.'

Trailing 9-8 early on, Notre Dame went on a 22-6 run over the next 7 minutes to take control. The Irish hit five 3-pointers during the spurt, including three by Diggins.

'We had opportunities early, knocked some 3s down and started our run,' Diggins said.

They led by 17 at the half and blew Rutgers away in the second half, winning by the largest margin in the series' history.

Monique Oliver scored 17 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (17-5, 6-3).

Rutgers was missing second leading scorer Khadijah Rushdan, who sustained a concussion in Sunday's 18-point loss to Georgetown.

With Rushdan out and the Scarlet Knights not playing well, coach C. Vivian Stringer started four freshmen and Oliver. It's the first time she's had four freshmen in the starting lineup since 2005.

'I was particular proud of our (freshmen),' Stringer said. 'They kept their heads up.'

Sparked by the young group, Rutgers hung with Notre Dame for the first 7 1/2 minutes. Oliver had the Scarlet Knights first seven points, including her first career 3-pointer. A layup by Briyona Canty a minute later gave the Scarlet Knights a 9-8 lead.

Then the Irish got hot from the outside and Oliver picked up her second foul, heading to the bench. Diggins ditched her trademark white headband and started connecting from the outside. She hit back-to-back 3s in the corner during the run.

'There's no formula to that,' said Diggins laughing at tossing her headband. 'I was sick of it, threw it off to change gears.'

Leading 40-23 at the half, Notre Dame extended its advantage to 35 in the second half. Diggins hit one of two free throws with 11:30 left to move into a tie for 10th place on the school's career scoring list.

This was the Irish's second trip to the Tri-State area in the past week. They beat St. John's on Saturday afternoon, returned to South Bend for class Monday then flew back to New Jersey later that night.

It was the second straight poor offensive output by the Scarlet Knights. They only had 36 against Georgetown.

Life doesn't get any easier for the Scarlet Knights as they visit No. 3 Connecticut on Saturday.

After starting the season 17-2 and reaching No. 7 in the country, the Scarlet Knights have struggled. They're 1-2 in a challenging stretch against four ranked teams.

'I thought that our house was built on a house of cards in the first place, but we were able to get away with some things,' Stringer said. 'As we get into the Big East, this is no joke. I should've done what I normally do and played some real tough games (early).'

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


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  POLAND - Women  


Nadezhda clinched third place in EuroLeague Group B - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice- Nadezhda 58:71

Nadezhda clinched third place in EuroLeague Group B after an important win over CCC Polkowice. The Polish team had to admit the step lower after 58:71.
Nadezhda easily took 11-1 in the start of the game and never looked behind after. Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (197-C-77) made two free throws at the end of the period for 23:5. The lead continued to grow in the start of the second quarter as Nadezhda dominated the court. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) however closed the half at 22:37 and Zoll pull her team back to 45:50. Moreover Musina opened the last period with two free throws at 47:50, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya and Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) pulled the victory back for the Russian team.
Katie Douglas stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya nailed 16. Anastasiya Veremeenko collected 10 points and15 caroms, while Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) posted 8. Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87, college: Liberty) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13 points each in defeat and Iva Perovanovic ended up with 10 points.

CCC Polkowice: Megan Frazee 13, Evanthia Maltsi 13, Iva Perovanovic 10
Nadezhda: Katie Douglas 19, Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 10+15 rebs, Rebekkah Brunson 8


Wisla comeback late in the game, beat Gospic - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - Gospic 74:71

Wisla eked out a tough home win over Gospic in the final round of Euroleague regular season. A late 9:0 run from the hosts sealed their 10th win in Group C. Wisla thus occupied the second position in the ladder. Gospic suffered the 9th loss and finished in the 7th place. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wisla. The hosts seemed well in control in the game as they finished the starting quarter up by 16 points 26:10. But Gospic took over in the second term. The Croatian team cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 33:39. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Wisla secured a 9-point distance heading into the final period. However Gospic went on a 16:2 run at the start of the quarter to pull ahead for a 66:61 lead. Gospic still led by 6 points with just over three minutes remaining in regulation when Wisla burst out with a 9:0 rally and sealed the win at the end. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) had 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) added 14 points in the win. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) had 16 points for Gospic. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) netted 13 points in the loss.

Wisla: Ewelina Kobryn 23, Nicole Powell 19, Milka Bjelica 14
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 16, Marija Vrsaljko 13



USK Praha crash Lotos in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia - USK Praha 66:102

USK Praha made sure they would play in Euroleague playoffs by beating Lotos Gdynia on the road tonight. The victory propelled the Czech team at 8-6 record in the fourth position in Group A. Lotos fell at 3-11 record after the defeat. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) unloaded 35 points to pace the winners.
USK Praha got to a flying start. They erupted for 33 points in the opening quarter to build a 16-point lead. USK Praha did not slow in the second quarter. The visitors dropped 30 points to enlarge the gap at 32-point mark 63:31. USK Praha did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They limited Lotos to 13 points in the third stanza and entered the final frame up by 37 points. USK Praha cruised afterwards claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 19 points, while Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) added 17 points in the victory. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) answered with 21 points for Lotos. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Lotos Gdynia: Jolene Anderson 21, Aneika Henry 18
USK Praha: Eva Viteckova 35, Frida Eldebrink 19, Katerina Elhotova 17



Energa Torun closer to the Final Four of the Polish Cup - by Michal Koza
MKS Tecza Leszno - Energa Torun 61:81

Two teams dreaming about taking last available place in the Final Four of the Polish Cup met on Wednesday as MKS Tecza Leszno hosted Energa Torun in the first leg of the doubleheader.
The first quarter was a battle between Ewelina Gala (186-F-90) and Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) who scored 9 and 10 points respectively in the first ten minutes. Energa Torun led by 4 (15-19) after first and never looked back in the second as they rolled into 9 point (33-42) halftime lead as JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) scored 14 shooting 5/6 from the field in first twenty minutes of the game. Energa Torun opened a 12 point lead five minutes into the second half but hosts tried to keep the game alive as Ewelina Gala kept scoring from all over the floor. Her efforts did not affect visitors as they closed third quarter with 8-0 run. Energa Torun entered the fourth leading by 16 a reasonably comfortable margin. Last quarter was a low scoring effort from both teams that sealed the win for Energa Torun.
Ewelina Gala scored a game high 22 points but her effort was overshadowed by a double-double from Jazmine Sepulveda 16 points and 12 rebounds.
With this win Energa Torun made a huge step forward into the Final Four of the Polish Cup as the second leg will be played in Torun (22.02.12). The winner of this doubleheader will join CCC Polkowice, TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow and Lotos Gdynia.



Jose Hernandez stays with Wisla Can-Pak for another year - by Michal Koza
Jose Ignacio Hernandez reportedly has agreed to terms to stay with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow for the 2012-2013 season. The deal will to come to life if TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow achieves goals for the team established for current season. Last year Jose Ignacio Hernandez and TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow won PLKK trophy by deafeting CCC Polkowice in the finals and had succesfull campaign in the Euroleague. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow is currently first in the PLKK standings with a superb 17-1 record and will play ZVVZ USK Praha for a place in the Final Eight of the Euroleague.

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  PORTUGAL - Women  


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


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Nadezhda clinched third place in EuroLeague Group B - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice- Nadezhda 58:71

Nadezhda clinched third place in EuroLeague Group B after an important win over CCC Polkowice. The Polish team had to admit the step lower after 58:71.
Nadezhda easily took 11-1 in the start of the game and never looked behind after. Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (197-C-77) made two free throws at the end of the period for 23:5. The lead continued to grow in the start of the second quarter as Nadezhda dominated the court. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) however closed the half at 22:37 and Zoll pull her team back to 45:50. Moreover Musina opened the last period with two free throws at 47:50, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya and Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) pulled the victory back for the Russian team.
Katie Douglas stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya nailed 16. Anastasiya Veremeenko collected 10 points and15 caroms, while Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) posted 8. Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87, college: Liberty) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13 points each in defeat and Iva Perovanovic ended up with 10 points.

CCC Polkowice: Megan Frazee 13, Evanthia Maltsi 13, Iva Perovanovic 10
Nadezhda: Katie Douglas 19, Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 10+15 rebs, Rebekkah Brunson 8


Spartak Moscow Region wins EuroLeague Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lattes Montpellier -Spartak Moscow Region 71:72

Spartak Moscow Region wins EuroLeague Group C with 11-3 record. They overcame Lattes Montpellier in their last game 72:71.
Spartak Moscow Region scored the first 6 points of the game and led 10:2 in the opening tip. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) meanwhile gave the hosts 16:15 and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) closed the quarter at 19:17. Moreover Sacko gave the French team the lead at 27:19 while Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) made the biggest one at 35:21. Spartak did not give up and Seimone Augustus (187-G-84, college: LSU) as well as Dupree closed the half at 35:25. In the third period the Russian team reduced to 2 points but Edwige Lawson-Wade increased to 56:51 after thirty minutes. Ana Lelas brought plus 10 with 5 minutes to go, but failed to win the game with her team. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) and Seimone Augustus brought the last points for the winners to seal the victory.
Seimone Augustus led the way with 22 points and Sonja Petrovic (188-F-89) added 14. Becky Hammon followed them with 13 and Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) netted 10. Edwige Lawson-Wade produced 19 points in defeat, while Ana Lelas and Kaayla Chones had 14 each.

Lattes Montpellier: Edwige Lawson-Wade 19, Ana Lelas 14, Kaayla Chones 14
Spartak Moscow Region: Seimone Augustus 22, Sonja Petrovic 14, Becky Hammon 13, Marina Kuzina 10


UMMC finish the First Stage with 11-3 record - by Eurobasket News
Uni Seat Gyor-UMMC 45:85

UMMC finish the First Stage with 11-3 record as they beat Uni Seat Gyor away from home. The Russian titan overcame the hosts from Hungary 85:45 as the latter fell at 3-11 record.
UMMC decided not to waste any time and took on a lead. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made it 20:11 closing a 10-0 run. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) later closed the period at 26:13 and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) brought 32:21. Both teams managed to score 20 points each as the board showed 46:33 at the halftime. The third quarter was a disaster for the home side that came up with only 5 points. UMMC notched 20 and enjoyed 66:38 after 30 minutes. Another 19-7 brought them the 11th win in the group and the ticket to the next stage.
Candace Parker scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Sandrine Sandrine Gruda added 16 points, Deanna Deanna Nolan (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) 14 and Yelena Leuchanka 12 in a merciless display from the Russians. Rita Rasheed (180-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 11 in defeat and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 8.

Uni Seat Gyor: Rita Rasheed 11, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8
UMMC: Candace Parker 19+11 rebs, Sandrine Gruda 16, Deanna Nolan 14, Yelena Leuchanka 12



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  SERBIA - Women  


2012. Plan for Serbian woman National teams - by Zoran Popovic
This summer Serbian woman basketball teams will play qualification for European championship in France 2013, U20 National team will play European championship in Hungary, U18 National team on European championship in Romania and U16 National team on European championship, also in Hungary.
Our senior National team is in group B with national teams of Montenegro, Switzerland, Poland and Estonia.. Schedule of qualification games of our senior National team is:

June 13, Montenegro Serbia
June 20, Serbia Switzerland
June 23, Poland Serbia
June 27, Serbia Estonia
June 30, Serbia Montenegro
July 7, Switzerland - Serbia
July 11, Serbia Poland
July 14, Estonia Serbia

Serbian U20 National team on European championship in Hungary is in group D with national teams of Russia, Slovakia and United Kingdom. European championship will be played from August 16 until August 26.
Serbian U18 National team is in group D with national teams of Belgium, Italy and Slovenia. European championship in Romania will be from July 26 until August 5.
Serbian U16 National team is in group B with national temas of Russia, Greece and Slovakia. European champinship for U16 will be from July 12 until July 22 in Hungary.



Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Crvena Zvezda 16-1 
 2. Jagodina 2001 14-2 
 3. Vrbas 11-6 
 4. Sabac 11-6 
 5. Radnicki KG 9-8 
 6. Celarevo 8-9 
 7. Student 7-10 
 8. Stara Pazova 6-11 
 9. Beocin 6-11 
 10. Spartak 6-11 
 11. Proleter 4-12 
 12. Loznica 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Hemofarm 0-0 
 2. Partizan 0-0 
 3. Radivoj Korac 0-0 
 4. Vojvodina 0-0 
 5. Vozdovac 0-0 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ashley LINDSEY
  Poprad
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 17.5