EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/20/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Siroki: Mirza Delibasic Cup ilo BiH Cup - by Sead Buljina
There is a great initiative coming from the Siroki Brijeg regarding BiH Cup's name. Namely, B.C. Siroki will suggest to the Bosnian basketball federation that the 'BiH Cup' from the next season be named after the best Bosnian player in its history, late Mirza Delibasic.
'The national Cup in Croatia is called 'Kresimir Cosic Cup', in Serbia 'Radivoj Korac Cup'. We have thought about it and will suggest to Bosnian basketball federation to change the
Cup competition name to the Mirza Delibasic Cup, instead of BiH Cup,' said Ante Suton, the president of B.C. Siroki.
Mirza 'Kindje' Delibasic has won everything there was to win during his career including Olympic gold medal, World and European Championships, European club's championship (today's Euroleague) along with many National championships and Cups. For Bosnian basketball it would be the only appropriate thing to name the National Cup after the greatest Bosnian player of all times.


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  ANGOLA   


Petro Luanda clinch Compal SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Petro Luanda - Porto Ferpinta 64:51

Petro Luanda celebrated the victory in the third edition of Compal SuperCup. They shot down Porto Ferpinta in the title game tonight. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) topscored for the winners with 16 points, 5 assists, 4 boards and 4 steals. Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Angolan outfit. Nealy was named the tournaments MVP.
The Dragons got to a 9:2 start to the game. They managed to ensure a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. However Petro Luanda ignited a 12:0 run in the second frame that put them in charge. The Angolan team secured a 28:25 lead. They rallied to a 39:29 halftime advantage. Petro Luanda stayed well in control of their fate in the second half. They entered the final term up by 12 points and gave little chance for the Portuguese team to succeed. Braulio Morais finished with 13 points for the winners. Robert Johnson (203-C/F-81, college: Oregon) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Dragons. Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals in the loss.

Petro Luanda: Carlos Morais 16, Roderick Nealy 14+12 boards, Braulio Morais 13
Porto Ferpinta: Robert Johnson 16, Miguel Miranda 12



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  ARGENTINA   


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


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 20: Townsville Crocodiles defeat Cairns Taipans in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Townsville Crocodiles (13-9) which hosted in Wulguru one of their biggest challengers Cairns Taipans (13-10). Fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles had an easy win 75-43. The game without a history. Townsville Crocodiles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 5 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds for Cairns Taipans. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face Kings (#7) in Sydney in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (16-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Wollongong Hawks (6-15) in Auckland 82-74. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Thomas Abercrombie who added 25 points during the contest. Guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) responded with 12 points and 5 assists. New Zealand Breakers maintains first position with 16-6 record. Wollongong Hawks at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 36ers. New Zealand Breakers will play against Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Wollongong Hawks will play on the road against Gold Coast Blaze (#5) in Broadbeach and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Broadbeach was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (13-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (11-9). Townsville Crocodiles defeated Gold Coast Blaze 80-66 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. The winners were led by Peter Crawford who scored that evening 22 points. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by Adris Deleon did not help to save the game for Gold Coast Blaze. Gold Coast Blaze's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Loser Gold Coast Blaze keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will meet Kings (#7) in the next round. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 20 Tigers were smashed by Taipans on the road 77-56. Wildcats won against Kings on its own court 91-74.



Crocodiles - Taipans 75-43

An interesting game for Townsville Crocodiles (13-9) which hosted in Wulguru one of their biggest challengers Cairns Taipans (13-10). Fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles had an easy win 75-43. The game without a history. Townsville Crocodiles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 5 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cairns Taipans. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face Kings (#7) in Sydney in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 14+1reb, M.Cedar 12+2reb+1ast, E.Gill 12+5reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 12+4reb, B.Allen 7+7reb, C.Cedar 6+3reb+1ast
Taipans: A.Warren 10+2reb+2ast, B.Hill 10+6reb, A.Loughton 9+6reb+1ast, J.Wilson 7+2reb+1ast, A.Grabau 3+3reb, D.Rychart 2+10reb
gschID: 138916


Taipans - Tigers 77-56

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (13-10) crushed at home 6th ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-13) 77-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cairns Taipans. Melbourne Tigers managed to win fourth quarter 11-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 43-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Aaron Grabau (196-78) supported him with 13 points. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. The former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) added 10 points for the guests. 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. Cairns Taipans maintains fourth position with 13-10 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Cairns Taipans will meet league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Melbourne Tigers will play against Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 25+7reb+2ast, A.Grabau 13+4reb, A.Loughton 9+3reb+3ast, A.Warren 8+6reb+1ast, J.Dowdell 7+1reb, B.Hill 6+5reb+1ast
Tigers: M.Allen 13+10reb+3ast, C.Tragardh 12+1ast, L.Rush 10+4reb+1ast, M.Burston 6+4reb, T.Greer 5+4reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 3+1reb
gschID: 138917


Blaze - Crocodiles 66-80

The game in Broadbeach was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (13-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (11-9). Townsville Crocodiles defeated Gold Coast Blaze 80-66 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. The game without a history. Townsville Crocodiles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) who scored that evening 22 points and American point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) did not help to save the game for Gold Coast Blaze. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Gold Coast Blaze's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Loser Gold Coast Blaze keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will meet Kings (#7) in the next round. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 22+4reb+1ast, E.Gill 18+3reb+5ast, E.Mims 14+10reb, J.Holmes 11+8reb+7ast, L.Schenscher 6+9reb+4ast, M.Cedar 6+3reb+2ast
Blaze: A.Deleon 22+5reb+3ast, M.Worthington 15+8reb+2ast, C.Goulding 7+5reb, W.Hudson 7+7reb, A.Gibson 6+6reb+5ast, A.Petrie 4+7reb
gschID: 138918


Wildcats - Kings 91-74

Very expected game when 7th ranked Kings (8-14) lost on the road to second ranked Perth Wildcats (15-7) 91-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Perth Wildcats. Kings managed to win third quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats forced 24 Kings turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Kings' players. The winners were led by international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) who scored that evening 25 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 19 points. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Kings. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-7 record behind leader Breakers. Kings lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Cairns Taipans (#4) in the next round. Kings will play against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: J.Wagstaff 25+8reb+1ast, K.Lisch 19+2reb+1ast, L.Nevill 10+6reb+3ast, D.Martin 7+6reb+4ast, S.Redhage 7+5reb+3ast, D.Williamson 7+1reb+1ast
Kings: A.Bose 16+6reb+2ast, J.Grant 12+9reb+1ast, B.Madgen 10+5reb, L.Martin 9+2reb+1ast, L.Cooper 7+3reb+3ast, A.Gynes 7
gschID: 138919


Breakers - Hawks 82-74

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (16-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Wollongong Hawks (6-15) in Auckland 82-74. Wollongong Hawks were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 44-34 second half run of New Zealand Breakers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who added 25 points during the contest. Guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) responded with 12 points and 5 assists and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers maintains first position with 16-6 record. Wollongong Hawks at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 36ers. New Zealand Breakers will play against Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Wollongong Hawks will play on the road against Gold Coast Blaze (#5) in Broadbeach and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 25+3reb+2ast, C.Jackson 20+10reb+4ast, C.Bruton 13+3reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 10+6reb, A.Pledger 6+2reb, M.Vukona 4+6reb
Hawks: J.Catron 14+4reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 13+5reb+1ast, L.Davidson 12+3reb, R.Martin 12+2reb+5ast, T.Demos 8+1reb, G.Saville 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138915




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


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Klosterneub. 17-4 
 2. Wels 15-5 
 3. Gmunden 15-6 
 4. Kapfenberg 14-6 
 5. Oberwart 14-7 
 6. Gussing 11-10 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 8-13 
 2. BC Vienna 8-13 
 3. UBSC Graz 7-13 
 4. Arkadia 4-17 
 5. St.Polten 1-20 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 15-1
 2. Mattersb.R. 14-3
 3. Dornbirn 11-4
 4. BC Vienna jrs 11-5
 5. Falcons 7-8
 6. Danube City 7-9
 7. Schwaz 7-9
 8. Klagenfurt 5-11
 9. Salzburg 3-13
Folded
 1. Fighters 0-16


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  BELGIUM   


Matela's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Liege and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Leuven (#5, 10-8) 81-74. Liege maintains the 7th position in Belgian league. Liege is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. In the team's last game Matela had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Liege and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bowling Green State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Matela is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 5.8rpg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, agency: Court Side) of Leuven. He is American guard in his second season at Leuven. In the last game Freeman recorded impressive 30 points and 3 rebounds. It was enough for Leuven to edge slightly higher-ranked Aalstar (#3, 11-7) in overtime by 3 points 104-101. This victory allowed Leuven to move up to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Freeman is well-known at Leuven and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.7ppg (#9).

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) of Verviers-Pep. (#9). Beal scored 22 points. He was a key player of Verviers-Pep., leading his team to a 82-69 easy win against the higher-ranked M.Hainaut (#6, 9-8). Verviers-Pep. can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have extremely bad season and 3-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Beal he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Beal has a very solid season. In 16 games in Belgium he scored 10.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Spirou - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) of Spirou - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 26 points, 5 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)


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 17-4 
 2. Gembo 16-4 
 3. Fleurus 15-6 
 4. Excelsior 14-6 
 5. Kangar.-Boom 14-7 
 6. St-Niklase 13-8 
 7. Liege II 9-10 
 8. Essor Charleroi 9-10 
 9. Sprimont 9-10 
 10. Sint-Jan Ant. 9-11 
 11. M.Hainaut II 7-12 
 12. Melsele 3-15 
 13. Gistel 2-17 
 14. De Westhoek 2-19 


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  BOSNIA   


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


Siroki: Mirza Delibasic Cup ilo BiH Cup - by Sead Buljina
There is a great initiative coming from the Siroki Brijeg regarding BiH Cup's name. Namely, B.C. Siroki will suggest to the Bosnian basketball federation that the 'BiH Cup' from the next season be named after the best Bosnian player in its history, late Mirza Delibasic.
'The national Cup in Croatia is called 'Kresimir Cosic Cup', in Serbia 'Radivoj Korac Cup'. We have thought about it and will suggest to Bosnian basketball federation to change the
Cup competition name to the Mirza Delibasic Cup, instead of BiH Cup,' said Ante Suton, the president of B.C. Siroki.
Mirza 'Kindje' Delibasic has won everything there was to win during his career including Olympic gold medal, World and European Championships, European club's championship (today's Euroleague) along with many National championships and Cups. For Bosnian basketball it would be the only appropriate thing to name the National Cup after the greatest Bosnian player of all times.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian coach Sergio Salvador leaves Ginasio Figueirense - by Paulo Freire
Working in Portugal for many years the brazilian basketball coach Sergio Salvador left the command of the Portuguese team, Casino Figueira Ginasio basketball (LPB), and will take on the basketball project of the U.D. Oliveirense Cacarola.

After 13 seasons at Ginsio Clube Figueirense (GCF), Sergio Salvador finished today the link that connected him to the Club of Figueira da Foz, terminating his contract, reveals the official website of the GCF.

Sergio Salvador will assume the command of the head coach position of the U.D. Oliveirense Cacarola team who plays the Proliga, and has a project of return to LPB.




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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 13-0 
 2. Academik PL 9-3 
 3. Academik BL 8-5 
 4. Overgas 7-5 
 5. Vidabasket 7-6 
 6. Cherno More U18 6-6 
 7. Dunav 2007 6-7 
 8. Chavdar 3-10 
 9. Balkan 2 2-10 
 10. Shumen 2-11 


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.7 
 2. King, TRU23.1 
 3. Barbeau, Western23.0 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.8 
 5. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.4 
 6. Barrett, Saskatch.21.0 
 7. Mackinnon, Victoria20.1 
 8. Ferguson, Alberta19.7 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.19.4 
 10. Kok, TRU19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Phillip, Windsor12.0 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.2 
 3. Burke, UBC10.7 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.5 
 5. King, TRU10.1 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.8 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.4 
 8. Lual, UPEI9.1 
 9. Desroches, New B.8.8 
 10. Hadzimuratov., La.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.9 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.6.9 
 3. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 4. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 5. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 6. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.6 
 7. Smith, TWU5.6 
 8. Allin, Laurier5.4 
 9. Kraus, Brock5.3 
 10. Vernon, St.Franc.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Laroche, Concordia2.9 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.2.8 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 4. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 5. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 6. Collins, Windsor2.6 
 7. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 8. Baribeau, Laval2.5 
 9. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 10. Desmarais, Conco.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.8 
 3. Bains, UBC1.6 
 4. Fidler, Calgary1.5 
 5. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 7. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 8. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.2 
 9. Hadzimuratov., Lav.1.2 
 10. Dewar, Alberta1.1 


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 14-4 
 2. UPEI 12-7 
 3. Acadia 11-6 
 4. Cape Breton 10-8 
 5. St.Mary's 9-9 
 6. Dalhousie 8-9 
 7. New Brunsw. 6-12 
 8. Memorial 1-16 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. Victoria 14-4 
 2. UFV 13-5 
 3. UBC 13-5 
 4. TWU 10-8 
 5. TRU 6-12 
 6. UBC Okanagan 3-15 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Saskatchewan 16-4 
 2. Alberta 14-6 
 3. Lethbridge 11-9 
 4. Calgary 10-10 
 5. Manitoba 8-12 
 6. Brandon 7-13 
 7. Regina 5-15 
 8. Winnipeg 4-16 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 22-0 
 2. Ryerson 13-9 
 3. Ottawa 13-9 
 4. Laurentian 11-11 
 5. Toronto Univ. 10-12 
 6. York 5-17 
 7. Queen's 2-20 
 8. RMC 0-22 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 21-2 
 2. McMaster 17-5 
 3. Laurier 16-6 
 4. Windsor 15-7 
 5. Brock 10-13 
 6. Guelph 8-14 
 7. Western 8-14 
 8. Waterloo 6-16 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 12-2 
 2. McGill 8-6 
 3. UQAM 7-7 
 4. Laval 4-9 
 5. Bishop's 3-10 


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  CHINA   


Li Gun lifts North All Stars to 122-112 win over South, gets MVP award - by Eurobasket News
South All Stars-North All Stars 112-122

North All Stars overcame South All Stars in a show between two sides. Trailing 14 points at the halftime, the team from the North did not panic and responded with a strong second half to win the game 122-112.
South posted 36 points in the first period and led 36:26 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 26-22 in the second frame and led 14 points at the halftime. The North Stars meanwhile bounced back with 39-30 in the third quarter and got the victory due to 35-20 in the last stanza.
Li Gun (179-G-78) top-scored with 31 points and got MVP award. Hudson Lester (191-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) notched 25, while Gaines Charles (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) scored 24. Zhang Nan (197-F-81) followed them with 19 points in a winning effort. McDonald Will (211-C-79, college: S.Florida) replied with 25 points in the losing case. Wang netted 17 and Tailong delivered 15.

South All Stars: McDonald Will 25, Wang 17, Tailong 15,
North All Stars: Li Gun 31, Hudson Lester 25, Gaines Charles 24, Zhang Nan 19




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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 12-3 
 2. Jolly 11-4 
 3. KK Split 10-5 
 4. Zabok 9-6 
 5. Svjetlost 8-7 
 6. Kvarner 2010 7-9 
 7. Alkar Sinj 6-8 
 8. Darda 6-9 
 9. Krizevci 6-10 
 10. Borik 6-10 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


A1 Round 17: KK Split loses to Vrijednosnice OS - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked KK Split (10-5) and ninth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. KK Split was crushed by Vrijednosnice OS in Darda 67-90. The game without a history. Vrijednosnice OS led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to KK Split's 42. Vrijednosnice OS looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by KK Split's players. Power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for KK Split. KK Split's coach Niksa Bavcevic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to eighth place. KK Split at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Vrijednosnice OS are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) on the road in the next round. KK Split will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Zadar (12-3) which hosted in Zadar 4th placed Zabok (9-6). First ranked Zadar managed to get a 9-point victory 74-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zabok. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Franko Sango chipped in 11 points. Guard Robert Lez (192-79) responded with 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zadar have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Zadar will play against league's second-placed Jolly in Sibenik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zabok will play at home against Krizevci and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Kvarner 2010 was beaten by Svjetlost on the road 77-64. Krizevci won against Borik on its own court 84-70. Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik unfortunately lost to Alkar Sinj in a road game 85-101.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Andrej Stimac of Svjetlost.


Svjetlost - Kvarner 2010 77-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Svjetlost's (8-7) home victory over 6th ranked Kvarner 2010 (7-9) in Slavonski Brod 77-64. Kvarner 2010 was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 44-25 second half run of Svjetlost. Kvarner 2010 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) stepped up and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87, agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points and forward Dino Cinac (198-88) scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Kvarner 2010's coach Aramis Naglic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Svjetlost have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 8-7 record. Kvarner 2010 at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Svjetlost will play against Borik Puntamika (#10) in Zadar in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kvarner 2010 will play at home against Alkar Sinj (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: T.Kostomaj 19+5reb+7ast, A.Stimac 19+9reb+4ast, M.Batina 16+3reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 10+3reb+2ast, L.Samadan 9+7reb+1ast, I.Papac 4+1reb
Kvarner 2010: J.Blajic 18+3reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 10+3reb+2ast, J.Surina 8+2reb, T.Simovic 8+6reb+1ast, D.Cinac 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 149472


Krizevci - Borik 84-70

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Borik Puntamika (6-10) lost on the road to tenth ranked Krizevci (6-10) 84-70. The game without a history. Krizevci led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Krizevci outrebounded Borik Puntamika 34-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners and the former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Krizevci players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Drezga (196-87) responded with 26 points and Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Krizevci moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Borik. Krizevci will play against higher ranked Zabok (#4) in Zabok in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Svjetlost (#5) in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: F.Gacesa 16+1reb+1ast, L.Zitko 14+7reb, I.Grgat 14+6reb+1ast, M.Gligora 13+6reb+1ast, I.Buva 9+3reb, J.Glavinic 8+4reb+3ast
Borik: L.Drezga 26+1reb, P.Maric 15+1reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 8+8reb+1ast, T.Drazovic 7+3reb, M.Jurjevic 5+1ast, J.Segaric 5+1ast
gschID: 149473


Zadar - Zabok 74-65

An interesting game for Zadar (12-3) which hosted in Zadar 4th placed Zabok (9-6). First ranked Zadar managed to get a 9-point victory 74-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zabok. Zabok was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of Zadar, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 25 Zabok turnovers. Zabok was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Franko Sango (201-92) chipped in 11 points. Guard Robert Lez (192-79) responded with 15 points and center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zadar have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Zadar will play against league's second-placed Jolly in Sibenik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zabok will play at home against Krizevci and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zadar: A.Delas 23+8reb+6ast, F.Sango 11+4reb, A.Krapic 9+5reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 8+3reb, I.Radic 8+4reb+2ast, U.Zadnik 4+2reb
Zabok: R.Lez 15+4reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Bubalo 8+8reb+1ast, I.Perincic 6+3reb, F.Kruslin 6+2reb+2ast, D.Basic 5
gschID: 149469


Darda - KK Split 90-67

The game between third ranked KK Split (10-5) and ninth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. KK Split was crushed by Vrijednosnice OS in Darda 67-90. The game without a history. Vrijednosnice OS led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to KK Split's 42. Vrijednosnice OS looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by KK Split's players. Power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Split. KK Split's coach Niksa Bavcevic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to eighth place. KK Split at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Vrijednosnice OS are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) on the road in the next round. KK Split will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Darda: D.Meznaric 18+5reb+8ast, L.Panduric 14+4reb+2ast, V.Budimir 14+8reb+2ast, A.Bicvic 13+5reb+4ast, M.Peraica 12+2reb+4ast, A.Vlaic 10+4reb
KK Split: J.Sobin 20+11reb+3ast, I.Mimica 19+5reb+1ast, S.Subotic 19+6reb+1ast, T.Dijan 7+2reb, M.Filipovic 2+1reb+1ast, E.Reinholt 0+1reb
gschID: 149470


Alkar Sinj - Dubrovnik 101-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Alkar Sinj's (6-8) home victory over bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (3-13) 101-85. It looked good early as Dubrovnik took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Alkar Sinj had a 26-11 second period charge getting the lead and Dubrovnik was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-101. They outrebounded Dubrovnik 42-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. Dubrovnik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Franjo Bubalo (194-88) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) responded with 25 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj moved-up to seventh place. Dubrovnik at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Alkar Sinj will play against higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will play at home against Vrijednosnice OS (#8) in Darda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: F.Bubalo 25+4reb+2ast, S.Tesija 23+7reb, J.Curkovic 11+2reb+3ast, R.Rogic 10+3reb+6ast, N.Gaurina 6+4reb, S.Modric 6+1reb
Dubrovnik: R.Ciklic 25+2reb+3ast, M.Hajdic 22+5reb, M.Lucic 15+3reb+1ast, F.Karac 10+5reb, M.Peric 6+3reb, N.Dosen 3+4reb
gschID: 149471




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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 15-1
 2. Apollon 13-3
 3. Etha 12-4
 4. AEK 9-7
 5. APOEL 9-7
 6. Omonia 7-9
 7. ENAD 5-11
 8. AEL 2-14


Gagaloudis first 30 points stopped the reccord of Keravnos!! - by Chris Mammides
Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) 30 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 11 winning fouls was the one and only reason for Yiannaras unbeated record to finish with the end of the regular reason. Yiannis Yannis Gagaloudis who arrived in Cyprus 48 hours before the game of his team Apollon Limassol left his footprint with the 'good morning' to the Cyprus League. In his opener and in less than 34 minutes, Yiannis was awesome and no matter what Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras was doing to 'cut' his great penetrations or his shooting activities was not able to minimise his losses so the first defeat after 15 games is as of tonight a fact!
The game was a derby at the beggining with Keravnos taking the lead with 14-16 at the first half and Yannis Gagaloudis starting he game with two turn-overs and one missed shot at the first five minutes of the game and with the score being 5-6 for Keravnos. The first three pointer for Yannis Gagaloudis came a bit after and more precisely in the 3.20' before the end of the first period to balance the score to 10-10.With another two free throws the Greek point guard ended the first period with 6 points and everybody though that Yiannis traveled to Cyprus for fun...
The 2nd period we had a real derby in the court as both teams were walking hand to hand and basket to Basket, Yannis Gagaloudis's 2nd three pointer balance the game in zero time to 35-35 in a totally balance game and with the newcomer Greek point guard allready scoring 13 points being the top scorer of the game.
The 3rd period was awesome for the home team, as inn the first three minutes a 10-0 took place and Keravnos players remain pointless for 3.10' with many false balls from Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) and Hatcher. Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) scored the first two point for Keravnos but Yannis Gagaloudis's six points (total of 19) made the score 62-48 the greatest deficit from the start, for Apollon. With Mandache's third personal turnover, Keravnos went to the break having nightmares as the 29-16 of the specific period was the worst quarter the last four months for the Strovolos team in the Cyprus league. The score became 64-51 and the clock was counting against Keravnos.


The 4th period started with Yannis Gagaloudis scoring a three pointer and a foul shot from Pilavas to reach his personal 23 points and to take the score to 68-53 the biggest deficit in the game for Apollon.With 8.23' to the end Robinson scored for the 70-55 and from then and on the game was an one man's show as the American Marcus Moore who had scored up until the specific minute just 9 points decided to play some decent basketball, so with the great assistance of Strahinja Dragicevic tried to suceed the unexpected and they nearly succeed it as with an awesome 19-30 in the last 8 minutes, not only they cut the deficit to the final 4 points but they were also able to make the game a derby as 36 seconds before the end the score went to its minimum (84-81)with the three pointer by Marcus Moore. Strahinja Dragicevic turnover at the 30 seconds to the end didn't let Keravnos to win the game as Yannis Gagaloudis with his 30th point and with Reymond's two free throws the game ended once and for all for Keravnos and the winning stake of Keravnos is now a history!
Top scorers:
Apollon: Yannis Gagaloudis 30, Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, college: Xavier) 17, Robinson and Rush 11 points per head. Benjamin Raymond dashed down also 7 rebounds

Keravnos: Marcus Moore 20, Strahinja Dragicevic 15 and Hatcher 14
Top seated Keravnos will play in the first phase of play-offs with the 8th placed AEL while 2nd seated Apollon will play with the 7th positioned Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD.



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


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 23-1 
 2. Svendborg 22-3 
 3. Naestved 15-9 
 4. SISU 12-13 
 5. Horsens IC 10-15 
 6. Vaerlose 10-15 
 7. Horsholm 9-16 
 8. Aalborg 8-16 
 9. Aabyhoj 8-17 
 10. Falcon 6-18 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 20-11 
 2. Springfield A. 20-13 
 3. Canton C. 17-16 
 4. Dakota W. 16-14 
 5. Erie Bay H. 15-17 
 6. Maine RC 12-21 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 10-24 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 9-24 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 25-10 
 2. Austin T. 21-12 
 3. Rio Grande VV 20-16 
 4. Bakersfield J. 17-14 
 5. Texas L. 17-18 
 6. Reno B. 16-18 
 7. Tulsa 66ers 16-19 
 8. Idaho S. 14-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.1 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.7 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.22.5 
 4. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.3 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.4 
 10. Green, Los A.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.4 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.1 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.8.9 
 4. Williams, Texas L.8.7 
 5. Andrews, Los A.8.6 
 6. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
 7. Criswell-L., Austi.8.5 
 8. Foote, Springfield8.3 
 9. Dyer, Texas L.8.2 
 10. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.8 
 3. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 5. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 9. Ewing, Iowa E.5.8 
 10. Coleman, Sioux F.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 3. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 9. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 10. Emmett, Reno B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Whiteside, Reno B.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.1.5 


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Reno B. 104-95
Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, agency: VVG Sports, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points off the bench, adding five rebounds and three steals, and the Idaho Stampede swept the weekend series with the Reno Bighorns, winning tonight 104-95. Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky), also a substitute, added 16 points and six rebounds. Dressed in Utah Jazz jerseys, the Stampede led by as many as 16, as they held Reno to 38.2 percent shooting from the field. Idaho out-rebounded their opponents 49-44 and forced 16 turnovers, which led to 26 Stampede points. Marcus Banks aided the bench with 13 points. Mikki Moore (15 points) and Terrico White (10 points) led the starters in scoring. Reggie Larry had four points and a team-high eight rebounds in just 18 minutes. Up by just one entering the final quarter, Idaho made 10-of-11 free throws and forced seven Reno turnovers to help win the game. Reno had fewer assists (14) than they did turnovers (16), and sent Idaho to the line for 29 foul shots, and Idaho capitalized by making 24. Blake Ahearn scored 27 points for the Bighorns (16-18), while Josh Selby added 24 points and eight rebounds. Bobby Simmons had 19 points and 18 rebounds. Idaho plays at Reno on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. (MST), before heading to Los Angeles to play the D-Fenders the next night, their last game before the NBA All-Star break. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 109-94
In a game to determine first place in the West Conference the Los Angeles D-Fenders never trailed and defeated the Austin Toros 109-94 for their seventh straight win on Saturday night. The victory gives the D-Fenders (24-10) the best record in the league and matches the longest win streak in franchise history (7 games) set earlier this season (12/29/11-1/11/12) by Head Coach Eric Musselman's squad. Los Angeles led early, ended the first quarter up 11 points and allowed Austin to only get within 3 points of the lead through the final three quarters of the game thanks largely in part to Malcolm Thomas, who finished with 17 points (7-9 FG), 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for his second-straight double-double. In addition, the D-Fenders' Courtney Fortson totaled 17 points (6-6 FG), eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals, Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) tallied 17 points, four rebounds and two steals, and Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) scored 16 points to go with a season-high five steals in front of the Toyota Sports Center crowd. Meanwhile, Justin Dentmon paced the Toros (21-11) with 25 points (8-17 FG, 7-7 FT), Leo Lyons registered 18 points along with 10 rebounds, and Julian Sensley as well as Da'Sean Butler added 10 points in the loss. *Courtesy of D-League

Erie Bay H. - Dakota W. 88-97
After falling behind the Dakota Wizards early, the BayHawks battled back but their comeback came up a bit short as they fell 97-88. Dakota (16-14) was able to jump out to an early advantage while Erie (15-17) took a while to get going offensively. The Wizards held a ten point lead midway through the first before Erie stormed back to take a one point advantage into the second quarter. Dakota was able to dominate the glass in the first frame, grabbing six offensive rebounds. The second quarter was similar to the first as Dakota held a fifteen point advantage with five minutes to go in the frame. Erie was able to battle back again, cutting the deficit to one going into intermission. The teams played different offensive styles as Dakota held a clear advantage in the paint, scoring 32 points to Erie's 14. The BayHawks did most of their damage from the outside, connecting on seven three pointers while the Wizards only had one. The third frame was much closer than the previous two as the lead changed hands three times, with the BayHawks holding a one point lead going into the final stanza. The first eight minutes of the final quarter were back and forth. With under five minutes remaining, Mychel Thompson buried a fade away jumper in the corner to tie the game at 79. Dakota would go on to outscore the BayHawks 18-9 in the remaining minutes, taking the game by a final of 97-88. Erie was paced by Thompson and D.J. Kennedy who both contributed with 19 points. Kennedy, who played point guard for much of the game due to an injury to Keith McLeod, also added ten assists and nine rebounds, falling one rebound shy of a triple-double. Also chipping in with double figures for Erie were Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) (12 points off the bench) and newcomers Tyrone Brazelton (6'1''-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) (13) and Sharrod Ford (11). Dakota was led by Curtis Withers who scored 22 points off the bench. Marcus Dove added 17, Edwin Ubiles and Maurice Baker both scored 14. The Wizards will square off with Sioux Falls on Monday at home while the BayHawks head into the All-Star break. Erie will return home after the break to face Fort Wayne on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande VV - Canton C. 132-135 2OT
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers suffered a 135-132 double overtime loss to the Canton Charge on Saturday at the State Farm Arena. Marcus Morris led the Vipers with a double-double 31 points, 16 rebounds, and Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) led the Charge with 36 points. The Vipers started the game with two shots from the line by Marcus Morris, who was fouled by the Charge's Manny Harris. Canton's Dante Milligan started their offense with a layup, followed by a 3-point shot from Antoine Agudio. Morris responded with a layup for the Vipers to bring their deficit to 5-4, but a dunk from Milligan sent the Charge on a run that would put Canton ahead 22-12 with 6:13 remaining in the first quarter. The Vipers fought back to cut their deficit. Will Conroy sunk two free throws and a three-point shot. Then a layup from Marshall Brown brought the score to 22-19. However, it was not enough to stop the Charge who held the 37-27 lead at the end of the quarter. Morris connected with a jump shot and Lee Humphrey (6'2''-PG-84, college: Florida) sunk a shot from behind the arc to start the second quarter. A 25-foot 3-pointer from Kelvin Lewis closed the Vipers' deficit to 39-38 with 8:00 left on the clock, but the Vipers were not able to build on the momentum. TJ Campbell responded with a jump shot plus one at the line, and the Charge reclaimed the double-digit lead. With 1:19 left in the half, Canton held the 64-45 advantage. Brown made a 3-pointer and a layup to send the Vipers on a scoring run. Conroy followed with a layup and one free throw to set the Vipers behind 64-53 at the half. The Vipers fought to take the lead throughout the third quarter. A 3-point shot from Damian Saunders helped the Vipers get within 3 points of the Charge, 71-68 at the 8:58 mark. However, Canton once again broke away and took a 93-78 lead on a jump shot from Antonio Graves. Stanley Asumnu helped the Vipers work their way closer to the Charge on a shot from the line and a layup. Saunders made back-to-back shots to end the third quarter with the Vipers trailing by 3 points, 94-91. The game started to turn around for the Vipers in the fourth quarter. A shot from downtown by Humphrey put the Vipers within 2 points, 97-95. Canton tried to take back control, but held its largest lead of the quarter, 104-96, with 8:32 remaining in the game. The Vipers offense found its rhythm with Conroy, Lewis and Humphrey connecting from behind the arc to close the gap to 108-107 at the 5:56 mark. The Vipers stole the 113-11 lead on a 3-point shot by Lewis. The score tied three more times before Kyle Gibson sunk a jump shot for the Charge to take the 119-117 with 0:34.6 on the clock. Conroy responded with a layup to send the game into overtime with the score at 119. Morris started overtime with a layup for the Vipers to put them ahead 121-119, but Harris drove a layup to tie at 121. Humphrey responded with another layup to take the 123-121 lead. However, Harris sent the game to double overtime with a layup that tied the game at 123. With 0:46.6 left on the lock in the second overtime, Canton held the 129-124 lead. The Vipers fought to regain the lead, coming within 2 points, 133-131 with 0:11.2 remaining. Franklin Hassell shot two from the line to put the Charge up 135-131. Conroy sunk one more free throw for the Vipers, but the Charge claimed the 135-132 win. The Vipers saw seven players record double digits this evening. Morris led with 31 points, followed by Humphrey with 17 points. Conroy tallied 17 points, 18 assists. Canton also saw seven players total double digits. Harris led the way with 36 points, followed by Campbell with 26 points and Agudio with 22 points. The Vipers will hit the hardwood again Sunday, Feb. 19 when they host the Texas Legends in a 5 p.m. matchup. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com




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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 17-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 14-1 
 3. Tarvas 13-6 
 4. Rapla 11-9 
 5. TTU/Kalev 9-10 
 6. Tln Kalev 8-15 
 7. Parnu 3-17 
 8. Valga/CKE 3-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Va.
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Strupovics, Va.20.0 
 2. Raadik, Parnu19.0 
 3. Soo, Rapla18.0 
 4. Pilk, TT.17.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas17.6 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.3 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.7 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.2 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.9 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.6 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.7.2 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.0 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.0 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 5. Pilk, TT.3.4 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.2 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool2.9 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 6. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.7 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.7 
 8. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.6 
 9. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.5 


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The outsider's passion gives Real Madrid Spanish Cup - by Dimitris Katsionis

Big game,a real streetfight between two of the Euroleague's best teams. Also a cruel game of chess between two great young coaches.

The crucial points and their strategy

Real took advantage it's size on the court from the start. Laso put the ball on Kyle Singler in the post against Navarro,an area were the 22 year old ex-Blue Devil thrived at the college due to his size and fundamentally playing. It was obvious that Barcelona had a problem with this. Suareth was the secong wing player who took the ball in the post,succesfully against Mickael and Eidson. Also Miroslav Begic had a great 1st half on both ends of the court. Pasqual answered with a tested plan,trying to elide Sergio Rodriguez from his teammates and Real team-offense. Pianigiani show the way,Katsikaris did this almost perfectly. It seemed that in Madrid had work on this, although their best creator had to face one of Europe best perimeter defenders,Victor Sada. ''Merenges'' keep a great spacing on offense and they adjusted well although Laso change Singler with Carroll on the ''2'' spot to put more pressure to the oppontent's defense. The attacking-to the defense-style of ex-Gran Canaria's off guard didn't work and put nervous to Real. Sergio Lull was decisive on that point, scoring important points either with good look or driving straight to the rim.

Barcelona get in for the second half with determination emanating from his no-prisoners defense based on Sada's on the ball pressure and with the strategy of ''deny'' -after the half court-the pass to the closest opponent's player. Erazem Lorbek was crucial on that point for the Katalonians offense. Playing in the same side of the floor with Navarro,either posting or going for pick ' n pop situation with N'Dong on the weak side,Pasqual's team reduce the difference to 1 point (51-52). Merengues put Mirotic on Lorbek,trying to defend in from of him in 3/4 position covering the inside pass with his long arms but Barcelona stayed close. That was Jaycee Carroll's moment. He took over, attacking straight to Navarro and taking advantage of Laso's double or triple screens in the baseline. Carroll was a ''beast'' giving a terrific performance till the end of the game scoring continiously with a textbook release. Pasqual give an order to the free throw defender to chuck up his player and guard Carroll immediatelly when he receives the ball after the screens -with the rest making the defense rotation-but Laso convey the ball inside and Madridistas raise their difference to huge hights. Real Madrid won fairly with it's passion,the outsider's passion, and it's stubbornness from the latest bad results. They played excellent defense on Navarro who made more damage as a creator than as a score. Lull ( took the MVP trophy) and Carroll combined for 45 points destroing Barcelona's offense. Congratulations,but that was only a very important battle not the war..We are looking forward for the ACB's games..


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  FINLAND   


Torpan Pojat Akatemia Helsinki lands Eerikinharju - by Eurobasket Center
Torpan Pojat Akatemia Helsinki (1st Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Finnish forward Zacharias Eerikinharju (196-F-106kg-92, college: Allan Hancock CC). In his first game he scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. However his new team lost to SayRi 58-85. Eerikinharju played most recently at Torpan Pojat Helsinki (Korisliiga). While playing 5 games for ToPo last season he averaged 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Eerikinharju just graduated Allan Hancock CC and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


1st Division Round 19: Forssan Koripojat beats Tapiolan Honka in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1st Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Forssa. First ranked Forssan Koripojat faced their biggest opponent Tapiolan Honka. Host Forssan Koripojat (15-4) smashed guests from Tapiolan (14-5) 85-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) fired 22 points for the winners. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Brandon Thomas (192-85, college: Texas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Tapiolan Honka's coach Jussi Syrjanen rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat have a solid series of three victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 15-4 record. Tapiolan Honka at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Lapua. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face Oulun NMKY (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tapiolan Honka will play against Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Porvoon Tarmo and 4th placed Pyrinto II where host Porvoon Tarmo (8-11) won against Pyrinto II (13-6) 86-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Shawn Henderson contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Jukka-Pekka Vaananen (195-84) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Pyrinto II. Porvoon Tarmo have a solid series of three victories in a row. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Huima and Ura Basket. Newly promoted Pyrinto II keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with BC Nokia. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Ura Basket (#9) in Kaarina in the next round. Pyrinto II will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jyvaskyla. Local BC Jyvaskyla (1-19) was outscored by ninth ranked Ura Basket (8-11) 96-63 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Eze Andrews who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side Reijo Ojanen responded with 12 points and 4 assists. BC Jyvaskyla's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ura Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Huima and Porvoon Tarmo. BC Jyvaskyla lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Ura Basket will meet at home Porvoon Tarmo (#7) in the next round. BC Jyvaskyla will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 19 SayRi crushed ToPo Akatemia in Jyvaskyla 85-58. Lapua smashed Huima at home 111-85.
The best stats of 19th round was 34 points (!!!) by Walter Baxley of Lapua.



FoKoPo - Tapiolan Honka 85-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Forssa. First ranked Forssan Koripojat faced their biggest opponent Tapiolan Honka. Host Forssan Koripojat (15-4) smashed guests from Tapiolan (14-5) 85-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) fired 22 points for the winners. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Brandon Thomas (192-85, college: Texas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Ilkka Sirola (197-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. Tapiolan Honka's coach Jussi Syrjanen rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat have a solid series of three victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 15-4 record. Tapiolan Honka at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Lapua. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face Oulun NMKY (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tapiolan Honka will play against Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: A.Vanjoki 13+1reb, V.Kopio 12+3reb+2ast, I.Sirola 12+7reb, B.Thomas 12+10reb, T.Laitinen 7+8reb+1ast, D.Dolenc 6+2reb+1ast
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 22+4reb+2ast, T.Robinson 18+7reb+2ast, M.Molenius 14+4reb, C.Thompson 11+8reb+1ast, H.Coleman 10+11reb+3ast, J.Helenius 7+4reb
gschID: 150246


ToPo Akatemia - SayRi 58-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Torpan Pojat's (4-16) home loss to tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (7-12) 58-85 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saynatsalon Riento dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 32. Saynatsalon Riento forced 32 Torpan Pojat turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Aubrey Conerly (182-83, college: Jacksonville) helped adding 24 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Abdullah is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Ukrainian power forward Timur Babkin (204-87) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and forward Julius Rajala (204-94) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Torpan Pojat's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saynatsalon Riento maintains tenth place with 7-12 record. Torpan Pojat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Saynatsalon Riento will meet league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: H.Hohteri 11+4reb, T.Babkin 9+7reb+2ast, M.Nuolivirta 8+5reb, J.Rajala 7+8reb+2ast, H.Niemisto 6+2reb+1ast, J.Jousisto 6+2reb+4ast
SayRi: B.Abdullah 28+12reb+2ast, A.Conerly 24+4reb+5ast, E.Thomas 20+7reb+2ast, J.Hautsalo 8+2reb+2ast, E.Nieminen 4+2reb, J.Luoma 1+7reb+1ast
gschID: 150247


Lapua - Huima 111-85

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (14-5) smashed at home 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima (8-11) 111-85 on Friday. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 94 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken Huima's 54. It was a great evening for American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) (perfect from the field making all fourteen shots !!!). His fellow American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) helped adding 26 points and 8 rebounds. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Ville Turja felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds and forward Marcel Liukko (195-92) scored 14 points. Four Lapuan Korikobrat and five Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to second place, which they share with Tapiolan Honka. Loser Aanekosken Huima keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo and Ura Basket. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet Pyrinto II (#4) in the next round. Aanekosken Huima will play against BC Nokia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huima: B.Bojang 22+22reb, S.Kajander 16, M.Liukko 14+4reb, T.Manning 14+3reb, T.Viertola 11+2reb+2ast, J.Uecker 5+5reb
Lapua: W.Baxley 34+4reb+1ast, E.Williams 26+8reb+2ast, K.Siven 14+7reb, E.Jackson 12+3reb+4ast, V.Turja 7+1reb+1ast, J.Turja 6
gschID: 150244


Jyvaskyla - Ura Basket 63-96

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jyvaskyla. Local BC Jyvaskyla (1-19) was outscored by ninth ranked Ura Basket (8-11) 96-63 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ura Basket. BC Jyvaskyla managed to win second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Ura Basket forced 19 BC Jyvaskyla turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Niilo Lehtila (195-83) helped adding 25 points. At the losing side swingman Reijo Ojanen (192-86) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and guard Topias Kuukkanen (186-92) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ura Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Huima and Porvoon Tarmo. BC Jyvaskyla lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Ura Basket will meet at home Porvoon Tarmo (#7) in the next round. BC Jyvaskyla will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: R.Ojanen 12+4reb+4ast, T.Manninen 12+1reb, T.Kuukkanen 11+7reb, S.Itani 10+7reb, J.Ruuskanen 8+3reb, M.Markkanen 5+4reb+1ast
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 25+3reb+3ast, J.Alanko 19+8reb+1ast, E.Andrews 19+13reb+1ast, S.Salminen 14+7reb, J.Forsstrom 8+4reb+1ast, T.Niitvali 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150245


Porvoon Tarmo - Pyrinto II 86-80

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Porvoon Tarmo and 4th placed Pyrinto II where host Porvoon Tarmo (8-11) won against Pyrinto II (13-6) 86-80. It looked good early as Pyrinto II took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Porvoon Tarmo took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. Porvoon Tarmo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 28. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 46-26 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Shawn Henderson (190-88, college: Idaho) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Guard Jukka-Pekka Vaananen (195-84) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) added 18 points in the effort for Pyrinto II. Porvoon Tarmo have a solid series of three victories in a row. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Huima and Ura Basket. Newly promoted Pyrinto II keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with BC Nokia. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Ura Basket (#9) in Kaarina in the next round. Pyrinto II will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Vaananen 25+7reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 18+4reb+2ast, P.Setala 17+4reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 7+1ast, T.Sukanen 6+2reb+1ast, S.Liljeberg 5+2reb+5ast
Porvoon Tarmo: J.Young 23+16reb+3ast, S.Henderson 22+7reb+6ast, B.Simmons 16+7reb+1ast, P.Uronen 13+8reb+4ast, J.Nissinen 10+4reb+1ast, T.Hartikainen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150243




Korisliiga Round 33: KTP-Basket defeats Loimaan Korikonkarit in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 33 in the Korisliiga took place in Kotka. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Loimaan Korikonkarit (20-8) to sixth ranked KTP-Basket (13-17) 82-81 on Friday evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit cut a 18-point first quarter deficit to one at the end of the game. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. KTP-Basket maintains sixth place with 13-17 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tampere. Third ranked host Tampereen Pyrinto (20-10) defeated second-best Loimaan Korikonkarit (20-8) 77-66. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and Antwine Williams accounted for 17 points. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) came up with 19 points for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 20-10 record having three points less than leader Kataja. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against UU-Korihait (#9) in Uusikaupunki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked LrNMKY in Lappeenranta 94-83. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Ryan Brooks who scored 30 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Lawrence Hamm who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 8-22 record. LrNMKY lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will meet higher ranked Kouvot (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LrNMKY will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Salon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (20-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Salon Vilpas (11-19). Tampereen Pyrinto managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for Kenneth Lowe who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Tampereen Pyrinto. Defending champion maintains third place with 20-10 record having three points less than leader Kataja. Salon Vilpas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be UU-Korihait (#9) in Uusikaupunki which should be theoretically an easy game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki.
Ninth-ranked UU-Korihait (10-19) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (17-13) in Uusikaupunki on Sunday. The visitors from Helsinki managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Justin Hawkins stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Tomi Kaminen used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Torpan Pojat. They maintain fifth place with 17-13 record. Loser UU-Korihait keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. Torpan Pojat will face KTP-Basket (#6) in Kotka in the next round. UU-Korihait will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto.

In the last game of round 33 Kauhajoki won against Kouvot on the opponent's court 87-82.



LrNMKY - Namika Lahti 83-94

Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked LrNMKY in Lappeenranta 94-83. The game was mostly controlled by Namika Lahti. LrNMKY managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Namika Lahti won last quarter 25-16. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Namika Lahti outrebounded LrNMKY 37-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 30 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) added 25 points respectively. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 8-22 record. LrNMKY lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will meet higher ranked Kouvot (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LrNMKY will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 25+2reb+2ast, L.Hamm 20+8reb+2ast, D.Haynes 19+4reb+3ast, J.Jarvinen 7+5reb+4ast, P.Riihela 5+5reb+2ast, V.Vanjoki 3+1reb
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 30+8reb+2ast, B.Bailey 19+4reb+1ast, M.Moore 17+8reb+7ast, S.Pekkola 12+9reb+3ast, R.Suonio 10+1reb+1ast, J.Vanttaja 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141785


KTP - Nilan Bisons 82-81

The most exciting game of round 33 in the Korisliiga took place in Kotka. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Loimaan Korikonkarit (20-8) to sixth ranked KTP-Basket (13-17) 82-81 on Friday evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit cut a 18-point first quarter deficit to one at the end of the game. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains sixth place with 13-17 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 20+7reb+6ast, M.Nuutinen 19+9reb+1ast, J.Ivey 15+2reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 11+2ast, V.Makalainen 7+5reb+1ast, C.Jones 5+5reb+1ast
KTP: T.Blue 30+10reb+2ast, T.Crocker 22+5reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+5reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 10+7reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 6+4reb+2ast, J.Matinen 4+6reb
gschID: 141786


Kouvot - Kauhajoki 82-87

Very expected game in Kouvola where 10th ranked Kouvot (10-20) was defeated by fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (19-11) 87-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) with 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) scored 23 points. Five Kauhajoen Karhu and four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth place with 19-11 record. Kouvot lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face Salon Vilpas (#8) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will play against Namika Lahti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Gonner 23+4reb+1ast, A.Jordan 20+8reb+2ast, A.Brown 15+6reb+4ast, A.Nikkarinen 15+4reb+5ast, T.Rintala 4+1reb, A.Perttu 3+6reb+4ast
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 19+7reb+10ast, K.Beidler 17+11reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 14+3reb+1ast, T.Hendley 13+8reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 12+2reb, J.Eskola 12+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141787


Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto 68-76

The game in Salon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (20-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Salon Vilpas (11-19). Tampereen Pyrinto managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 28-18 last quarter charge of Salon Vilpas cut the lead to 76-68 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) added 13 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Tampereen Pyrinto. Defending champion maintains third place with 20-10 record having three points less than leader Kataja. Salon Vilpas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be UU-Korihait (#9) in Uusikaupunki which should be theoretically an easy game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Fields 23+11reb, E.Holloway 15+2reb+2ast, A.Durham 13+14reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 7+4reb, R.Ahonen 7+1reb+2ast, J.Savolainen 3+1reb
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 25+5reb+1ast, J.Niemi 13+3reb, D.Williams 12+12reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 11+7reb, A.Williams 8+4reb+1ast, A.Lehto 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 141788


Korihait - ToPo 91-94

Ninth-ranked UU-Korihait (10-19) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (17-13) in Uusikaupunki on Sunday. The visitors from Helsinki managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UU-Korihait won third quarter 30-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 34. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach Tomi Kaminen used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) with 30 points and 4 assists and American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Torpan Pojat. They maintain fifth place with 17-13 record. Loser UU-Korihait keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. Torpan Pojat will face KTP-Basket (#6) in Kotka in the next round. UU-Korihait will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto.
Top scorers:
Korihait: M.Jalonen 30+3reb+4ast, C.Johnson 27+6reb+2ast, C.Latimer 13+7reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 8+4reb+1ast, N.Moore 5+4reb+7ast, J.Reaves 4+9reb
ToPo: J.Hawkins 21+8reb+2ast, C.Griffin 21+1reb+4ast, H.Mottola 13+4reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 10+2reb+2ast, T.Iisalo 9+4reb, E.Lehtinen 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 141789


Pyrinto - Nilan Bisons 77-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tampere. Third ranked host Tampereen Pyrinto (20-10) defeated second-best Loimaan Korikonkarit (20-8) 77-66. Loimaan Korikonkarit was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 41-27 second half run of Tampereen Pyrinto. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Loimaan Korikonkarit's 24. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 19 Loimaan Korikonkarit turnovers. Loimaan Korikonkarit was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) accounted for 17 points. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) came up with 19 points and guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 20-10 record having three points less than leader Kataja. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against UU-Korihait (#9) in Uusikaupunki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 19+3reb+3ast, M.Zeno 12+6reb+2ast, R.McDade 11+8reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 10+5reb, V.Makalainen 6+5reb+2ast, S.Latvala 3
Pyrinto: A.Williams 17+2reb+3ast, D.Williams 15+17reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 12+4reb+1ast, A.Lehto 9+3reb+2ast, K.Lowe 9+2reb, J.Niemi 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168915




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


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 15-4 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 14-5 
 3. Lapua 14-5 
 4. Pyrinto II 13-6 
 5. BC Nokia 13-6 
 6. Oulun NMKY 10-9 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 8-11 
 8. Huima 8-11 
 9. Ura Basket 8-11 
 10. SayRi 7-12 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-16 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-19 


KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait lost by three - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 30: UU-Korihait and Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) in action tonight. Korihait (10-19) needed the victory more than ToPo (17-13), but visitors from Helsinki winning however by three points 91-94 (43-54). Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) led again Korihait with 30 pts. Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) added 27 pts and Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) 13 pts. Only these players were in double digits. ToPo had five players over 10 points. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) and Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) scored both 21 pts.
UU-Korihait - Torpan Pojat 91-94 (43-54). (Mikko Jalonen 30, Cory Johnson 27, Cedric Latimer 13 - Justin Hawkins 21/8, Chase Griffin 21, Hanno Mottola 13. A: 768).

In Division 1. FoKoPo (Forssa) almost crushed Honka, Tapiola, when defeating Honka (14-5) third time this season. The final difference was this time 19 points: 85-66 (41-31). FoKoPo (15-4) was shooting better, especially from FTline: 81% (17/21) - 39% (7/18). Sami Ikavalko led FoKoPo with 22 pts. Tracy Robinson added 18 pts. In Helsinki ToPo Academy had 33 turnovers and visitor Riento (Saynatsalo) won 58-85 (39-37).
FoKoPo - Honka, Tapiola 85-66 (41-31). (Sami Ikavalko 22, Tracy Robinson 18, Markus Molenius 14 - Anselmi Vanjoki 13, Brandon Thomas 12/10, Ilkka Sirola 12).
ToPo Academy - SayRi 58-85 (39-37). (Harri Hohteri 11, Tymur Babkin 9, Mika Nuolivirta 8 - Bilal Abdullah 28/12, Aubrey Conerly 24/5a, Eryk Thomas 20).



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Chalon dethrones Gravelines, wins Semaine des As 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Semaine des As Final: Gravelines Dunkerque - Chalon/Saone 66-73

Chalon/Saone is the winner of 2012 Semaine des As. They dethroned Gravelines tonight with 66-73 victory in the Big Final. Last year Gravelines was better than Chalon 79-71 to win this trophy. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) was the leading player for Chalon tonight with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points and 8 boards. At the other side, Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) (6 rebs) and Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) netted 13 points each. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) stopped to 11 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 13-20, 16-15, 13-17, 24-21. Blake Schilb is named the MVP of Semaine des As 2012. Chalon eliminated Paris-Levallois in the Quarterfinals 92-84. In the Semis they blasted Nancy 106-66. The tournament was played in Roanne.

Gravelines Dunkerque: Yannick Bokolo 13+6 as, Juby Johnson 13, J.K. Edwards 11+5 boards
Chalon/Saone: Steed Tchicamboud 15+5 boards, Blake Schilb 13+7 boards+5 as, Alade Aminu 13+8 boards


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 17-5 
 2. St Quentin 17-5 
 3. Orchy 16-6 
 4. Souffel 14-7 
 5. Cognac 14-8 
 6. Blois 14-8 
 7. Roche 14-8 
 8. Sorgues 12-10 
 9. Lievin 12-10 
 10. Challans 12-10 
 11. Brest 11-11 
 12. Chartres 10-12 
 13. Angers BC 49 9-12 
 14. Rueil 9-13 
 15. Clermont 7-15 
 16. Le Puy 4-18 
 17. Montbrison 3-19 
 18. CFBB 2-20 


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


Superleague Round 4: Feni Indistrija keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Feni Indistrija as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Feni Indistrija defeated 3rd ranked Torus Skopje in Kavadarci 75-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torus Skopje won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Torus Skopje 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Torus Skopje. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Feni Indistrija have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Torus Skopje will play next round against Kumanovo 2009 trying to get back on the winning streak. Feni Indistrija will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked MZT Skopje on the road.
Another exciting game for Kumanovo 2009 (9-11) which played in Skopje against 5th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-12). Sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 won 98-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Milan Janjusevic who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to fifth place. Fersped-Rabotnicki lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against higher ranked Torus Skopje (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
A very close game took place in Skopje between Lirija and MZT Skopje. Fourth ranked Lirija (12-8) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked MZT Skopje (16-4). Lirija managed to escape with a 3-point win 88-85 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. The winners were led by Dime Tasovski who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by Gjorgi Cekovski did not help to save the game for MZT Skopje. Lirija maintains fourth position with 12-8 record. Loser MZT Skopje keeps the second place with four games lost. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.

The most impressive performance of 4th round was 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Jarrid Frye of Feni Indistrija.


MZT Skopje - Lirija 85-88

A very close game took place in Skopje between Lirija and MZT Skopje. Fourth ranked Lirija (12-8) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked MZT Skopje (16-4). Lirija managed to escape with a 3-point win 88-85 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MZT Skopje won third quarter 28-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) supported him with 29 points (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) did not help to save the game for MZT Skopje. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) added 25 points for lost side. Five Lirija and four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Lirija maintains fourth position with 12-8 record. Loser MZT Skopje keeps the second place with four games lost. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 25+2reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 16+7reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 15+11reb+3ast, C.Davis 12+4reb, I.Mijajlovic 8+4reb+3ast, O.Stojanovski 7+1ast
Lirija: T.Simic 29+2reb, D.Tasovski 18+10reb+5ast, B.Radunovic 13+5reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 13+2reb+2ast, C.Morban 11+4reb+11ast, S.Avramovski 4+4reb
gschID: 168284


Rabotnicki - Kumanovo 92-98

Another exciting game for Kumanovo 2009 (9-11) which played in Skopje against 5th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-12). Sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 won 98-92. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 33-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Kumanovo 2009 made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 42-22 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to fifth place. Fersped-Rabotnicki lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against higher ranked Torus Skopje (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: N.Jelesijevic 31+7reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 24+8reb+6ast, E.Bogoev 19+2reb+3ast, M.Pavlovic 15+2reb+2ast, U.Vasiljevic 3+2reb, Z.Stojanov 0+1reb
Kumanovo: U.Lukovic 26+13reb, M.Janjusevic 19+9reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 16+4reb+4ast, D.Matic 15+5reb+1ast, D.Mikic 7+5reb+3ast, M.Janevski 6+4reb+1ast
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Feni Indistrija - Torus Skopje 75-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Feni Indistrija as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Feni Indistrija defeated 3rd ranked Torus Skopje in Kavadarci 75-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torus Skopje won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Torus Skopje 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points in the effort for Torus Skopje. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Feni Indistrija have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Torus Skopje will play next round against Kumanovo 2009 trying to get back on the winning streak. Feni Indistrija will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked MZT Skopje on the road.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 16+6reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 16+1reb+1ast, K.Bradley 12+2reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 8+3reb, I.Dimcevski 7+3reb+4ast, P.Blazevski 5+1reb
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 17+3reb+6ast, D.Knezevic 17+7reb+3ast, K.Nikolovski 13+9reb+4ast, J.Frye 11+14reb, M.Gjurov 11+3reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 3+1reb
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Williams' 36-point game gives him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Jerrell Williams (203-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Heidelberg and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 36 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Heidelberg as his team lost the game against Webmoebel (#5, 12-8) 85-90. Heidelberg moved-up to the 13th position in the German ProA. Heidelberg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 21 games. Williams turned to be Heidelberg's top player in his first season with the team. Jerrell Williams averages this season 13.4ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was P.J. Alawoya (200-F-88) of Braves. He is Nigerian-American forward in his first season at Braves. In the last game Alawoya recorded impressive 32 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Braves lost that game 85-98 to the higher-ranked Jena (#7, 11-11). Braves is still in a red zone at 14th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Braves managed to get this year. Alawoya is one of the most experienced players at Braves and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Mc Neese State University star Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to center Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe (#10). Howard scored 18 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Karlsruhe, leading his team to a 78-70 win against Ehingen (10-12). The chances of Karlsruhe ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Howard could help Karlsruhe to bring them higher in the standings. Howard has a great season in Germany. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darryl Webb (198-F-88) of Crailsheim - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90) of Cuxhaven - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of MBC - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Jena - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Garrett Williamson (196-G-88) of Ehingen - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jefferson Mason (198-G-88) of Webmoebel - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sanijay Watts (193-F-87) of Heidelberg - 17 points, 6 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)


Jimmy Mckinney And Devin Gibson Wear Their Energy Lederhosen Propelling The Fraport Skyliners Past FC Bayern Munich 68-49 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ever since the German Fussball Bundesliga opened the door in 1963, one would always see the powerhouse FC Bayern Munich each season in Frankfurt in the Wald stadium and later the Commerzbank arena. There have been many unforgettable games and scenes between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt over the years like the Klaus Augenthaler goal from mid field or the hard fought 1-0 Munich win in the 2006 cup final in Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt is trailing in the 86 game history at 44-22-20. FC Bayern Munich wasn't in town for soccer, but for basketball and seeing the red and white FC Bayern Munich jerseys for the first time in the Fraport arena was something to get used to, but a new basketball FC Bayern Munich era had began as Stefan Hamann was back with his piercing blue ocean eyes, head coach Dirk Bauermann wearing his typical men in back outfit with sunglasses only missing to go as a Jack Nicholson, Demond Greene sporting his standard tough all around play and basketball joker Darius Hall were all back in the arena where they had been in before, but for other teams. Being able to say the magical words FC Bayern Munich and not be referring to a soccer pitch, but to a basketball court was soothing and a premier as the Fraport Skyliners were able to take revenge for their 58-57 loss in Munich earlier in the season with a strong team performance 68-49. Just playing against the mighty FC Bayern Brand was something that players reflected upon without even talking about the outcome of the game. It is great that FC Bayern Munich is in the Beko BBL. Everyone knows Bayern Munich and its great for the competition. It is cool having a soccer and basketball team. I remember it to well from my playing days in Leverkusen, stated American Jared Newson. It was a great feeling playing against this great name where there is so much tradition with the soccer team. It was a great atmosphere and we felt the fans energy, added Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. They are FC Bayern Munich, a name rich in tradition like the New York Yankees. Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics or Boston Red Sox. It is always great to win against great competition, stated Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney.

FC Bayern Munich came into the game in seventh place having had a big win against ratiopharm Ulm at home, but had a horrifying 1-9 record on the road. FC Bayern Munich have given up an average of 75 points per game since their win against Frankfurt in November so giving up 68 points on defense was a success, but they were unable to get any consistency on offense as they scored only 49 points and left the Fraport arena floor dejected and searching for answers why it is so difficult to win on foreign ground. This is the first time in my career as well for other guys on the team that we have lost so much on the road. The bottom line is that we really need to sit down and talk about this to see if it is a mental problem. We have lost some close games as well as bad games on the road. I think if we can get one win on the road, it will help us mentally, stressed 2006 Beko BBL champion with Cologne Alexsandar Nadjfeji. German national player Robin Benzing had like a home game since he hails from near Darmstadt and was disappointed that the team still hasnt gotten used to all the hatred that they get on the road. Frankfurt played harder than we did and we shot horrible. We have to understand finally that every team wants to beat us in their place. I think that we can get over the hump if we get a win, stressed ex ratiopharm Ulm forward Robin Benzing. The Fraport Skyliners were looking to start a new winning streak at home after their loss in Bremerhaven 72 hours ago, but were looking for their second win at home. Frankfurt had given up an average 79 points in the last four games and only 64 in the 11 games prior to the last four and found their defensive touch again giving up only 49 points. We played unbelievable defense. Everybody was boxing out and helping out. We were playing with a chip on our shoulder after the unnecessary loss in Bremerhaven. We had played terrible pick and role defense against Giessen and Ludwigsburg, but played good for three quarters against Braunschweig and better against Bremerhaven. The coaching staff worked extremely hard with us last week in practice in preparation for this game, commented ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi. We did a good job on the pick and roll and fighting over screens. We did a pretty good job on Jared Homan as well. We defended great for 40 minutes, said Michael Thompson.

The Fraport arena was bustling earlier than usual with more fans in the arena as possibly some were hoping to see Uli Hoeness, but he may have been in Freiburg where the soccer team was playing or snug warm in his living room watching the game on tv. The funniest scene prior to the game was 2008 Beko BBL cup winner Darius Hall going to the wrong bench and taking a while to notice that he wasnt in the right place. Fraport Skyliner mascots Dunking Kong and Skygirl also had a third member present, but it was unclear if it was their kid or a carnival joke. When the game finally did begin, the fans saw a very hard fought game as the score was 4-4 after five minutes. American big man Jared Homan scored inside and hit two free throws and the Skyliners then took out German national player Tim Ohlbrecht who had two fouls and brought ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson hit his bread and butter shot pull up jumper over Homan and Quantez Robertson made a steal and went coast to coast to tie the score at 4-4. Frankfurt then brought Beko BBL rookie Devin Gibson (182-G-89, college: UTSA) who got to the free throw line twice and scored inside giving Frankfurt their first lead of the game 9-8. After Chevon Troutman made a free throw to tie the game at 9-9, it was St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney who dropped two huge three pointer from downtown to give the Fraport Skyliners the 15-9 lead after one quarter. Frankfurt got off to a good start controlling the tempo from the start and their rotations were good on defense. Mckinney hit big shots at the end. I would have liked to have seen my ex teammate Tim Ohlbrecht bring more energy and vocal. It seems like FC Bayern Munich has too many voices and too little getting the job done together, stressed 2006 Beko BBL slam dunk winner Jared Newson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 50% from outside while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 13% from the field and 0% from outside. FC Bayern Munich had the 12-10 rebound edge, but three turnovers and Frankfurt had two turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners continued their 6-0 Mckinney run from the end of the first quarter going on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter as Davidson hit a runner and hook shot over Homan. Quantez Robertson then punished the FC Bayern Munich zone with a high rain bow three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners led 22-9. Je Kel Foster stopped the run with a much needed three point bomb, but that didnt burst of offense didnt last long as Frankfurt went on a 9-1 run to extend their lead to 31-13. Mckinney hit a three pointer, Devin Gibson (182-G-89, college: UTSA) made a shot from the corner of the zone after getting his own rebound, Skyliner captain Marius Nolte scored inside and Davidson dunked. The Fraport Skyliners were displaying the kind of heart that a Uli Hoeness would like to see. On the Gibson basket, he scored on a second effort and soon after stole the ball on an inbounds pass out of the hands of Homan. One can only limit a powerhouse offense of FC Bayern Munich as sooner or later they will get their points. The Bavarian club saw some daylight on offense going on a 6-0 run to cut the Skyliners lead to 31-20 as Foster connected on a three pointer and ex Alba Berlin forward Nadjfeji scored from the wing getting fed perfectly from Homan inside as he was being double teamed. Frankfurt continued to do a super job limiting the space inside as FC Bayern Munich couldnt get their pick and roll offense to flow at all. Down the stretch of the second quarter, FC Bayern Munich was able to capitalize inside as Homan and Nadjfeji scored and Jonathan Wallace hit a jumper as the Fraport Skyliners led 37-27 at halftime. Gibson gave the team some spark, but that is the role any player should have coming from the bench. Davidson did a good job being an inside presence and finishing around the rim and the Frankfurt defense closed down the lane nicely, expressed ex Bayer Leverkusen American Jared Newson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 56% from the three point line while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 31% from the field and 22% from the three point line. FC Bayern Munich had the 19-15 rebound advantage, but had eight turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.

In the third quarter, FC Bayern Munich was able to get back into the game, but The Fraport Skyliners never allowed the Bavarian team to get any closer than five points. Jared Newson who was in Germany for a few days on leave from his Finish team took in the Braunschweig-Wurzburg game prior to the Skyliners game and was impressed with the Frankfurt team who he had seen for the first time this season. Frankfurt is a lot better than their record shows. I would have thought that they were a top 4 team, stressed Jared Newson. Robin Benzing got FC Bayern Munich started with a one handed hook shot, but Jimmy Mckinney answered with a pull up jumper as Frankfurt still led 39-29. FC Bayern Munich tried to go inside more as Homan scored as FC Bayern Munich trailed only 39-31. Fc Bayern Munich then went on a 9-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to only to 43-38. Nadjfeji and Homan scored inside, but Gibson answered with a big three pointer. FC Bayern Munich should of attacked even more inside considering Davidson had three fouls and didnt want to foul more, added Jared Newson. Little used German national player Jan Jagla then hit a three pointer as Frankfurt led only 45-38. However the Fraport Skyliners didnt let any of the FC Bayern Munich momentum play with their heads as they closed out the third with an important stifling 5-0 run to lead more comfortably again 50-38. Mckinney nailed a three pointer and had Newson smiling. Jimmy knew I was coming so he had to perform, added Jared Newson. Robertson hit a big jumper over Wallace as Frankfurt was 10 minutes away from getting their first win in their history over FC Bayern Munich. Tez reminds me of Wurzburg. They have like six of him. It is always great to have guys like that on the team, joked Jared Newson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 32% from the field and 20% from the parking lot. FC Bayern Munich led the rebound battle 29-27, but had 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers only. FC Bayern Munich started well, but Frankfurt came back an dhit big shots taking the momentum back, stressed Jared Newson.

Jared Homan got FC Bayern Munich on the score board first in the fourth quarter with a typical pick and roll play with Stefan Hamann, but Davidson countered with his typical pull up jumper over Homan. It is obviously smarter for Davidson to shoot over Homan than attack him inside, warned Jared Newson. After Benzing getting two points on a goaltending, it was the Fraport Skyliners who continued to slow down the FC Bayern Munich comeback attempt as Davidson and Burtschi scored as Frankfurt led 56-42. With Davidson in foul trouble, Jared Homan took advantage of the mismatch against Jacob Burtschi as Homan scored inside on the pick and roll with Hamann and got to the free throw line twice as Frankfurt led only 56-46. Frankfurt was doing a good job defending the perimeter, but were having problems inside on the pick and role, warned Jared Newson. With three minutes to play, the Fraport Skyliners closed the door on FC Bayern Munich and ultimately tore off the lederhosen going on a 4-0 run to lead 60-46. Mckinney made a jumper and Marius Nolte followed up his offensive rebound with putback. Before Mckinney made the jumper, his eyes met with Newson. Jimmy said, I got this one and he called it making a big shot, added Jared Newson. In the last minute, Burtschi and Benzing traded baskets and Nolte and Gibson got to the free throw line. FC Bayern Munich lost their 10th game on the road as the Fraport Skyliners won their fourth game of the season in their living room. We controlled the game for 40 minutes. They cut down the lead to five points, but broke it open again and it was a great team win, added Jacob Burtschi. We didnt do anything on offense. Frankfurt did a good job slowing down the game and didnt let us play quick. We were unconcentrated and missed many easy shots that we should of made, stressed 2005 silver medal winner at the European championships Steffan Hamann.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy Mckinney with 18 points. Jermareo Davidson chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds. The two small guards Devin Gibson (182-G-89, college: UTSA) and Quantez Robertson had 16 rebounds combined and 11 points a piece. Robertson has been up and down this season, but gave one of his best defensive performances. I was struggling on defense earlier in the season, but got my form back in last games helping team get extra possessions on offense and defense, added Quantez Robertson. FC Bayern Munich was led by Jared Homan with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Aleksandar Nadjfeji added 10 points and six rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners shot 41% from the field and 40% from outside while FC Bayern Munich had a black shooting day at 29% from the field and 14% from the parking lot. The team rebounding was locked at 39-39 and Frankfurt did a great job with only nine turnovers. After the bitter loss in Bremerhaven, Michael Thompson stressed the team had st sty together and they did against FC Bayern Munich. We stayed composed and stayed together when they came back always being aggressive, added Michael Thompson. For FC Bayern Munich, the goal is to stay focused on defense. We cant live form our offense on the road, but get our defense going, added Aleksandar Nadjfeji. Jacob Burtschi is sure that FC Bayern Munich will get it going sooner or later. They have many superstars. It is tough that they always have atarget on their chest in every arena that they go to. They are a great team and will figure out how to win on the road, added Jacob Burtschi. The Fraport Skyliners go back to work on February 25th in Bayreuth.



Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 17-5 
 2. Herten 16-7 
 3. Vechta 16-7 
 4. SU Medien 15-8 
 5. Dorsten 14-9 
 6. Schwelm 14-9 
 7. Stahnsdorf 11-13 
 8. Wulfen 10-13 
 9. Wolfenbuettel 10-13 
 10. Rist Wedel 10-13 
 11. Bayer Giants 8-15 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 6-17 
 13. Bernau 2-21 
Group South
 1. Gotha 17-4 
 2. Noerdlingen 14-7 
 3. Leipzig 14-7 
 4. BSW Sixers 14-7 
 5. Hanau 13-8 
 6. Dragons 12-8 
 7. Langen 12-9 
 8. TSV Troester 10-11 
 9. Licher Baeren 9-12 
 10. Fraport SKY II 6-15 
 11. BG Illertal 3-18 
 12. Giessen 2-19 


Demetrius Jemison (Fraport Skyliners Juniors) My Ability To Run The Floor Doesnt Always Get Noticed - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Demetrius Jemison (203-F, college: Manhattan) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Birmingham, Alabama. He is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners PRO B team. He played at Alabama from 2006-2010 playing a total of 93 NCAA games. He had a serious injury his senior year and transferred to Manhatten in 2010 playing 22 games: 10.4ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 76.1%. Currently for Frankfurt he is averaging 16,8ppg and 9,0 rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You have played in quite a number of Hessen derbies against TV Langen, Hanau or the Licher Baeren. How were these games different than other PRO B games?

The atmosphere was always great. The fans are so crazy rooting for their team.

Could you compare it to games against Mississippi or Alabama State?

I think it is very close. The passion and love the fans have for Mississippi or Alabama State is amazing. The derbies here kind of reminded me of the rivalries in the NCAA.

A tough 98-64 loss in Hanau. Frankfurt was without Danilo Barthel and Fabian Franke. Why couldnt the team get the win?

It is tough for the young guys to come in and step up for those guys, but they did the best that they could.

The Fraport Skyliners PRO B team has a 6-14 record. Do you remember having a season like this in the NCAA?

My last year at Manhatten, I missed have the season and we lost many games because of that.It was a tough year since I dont like to lose. We had the potential to be a good team then.

What has been your season highlight with Frankfurt?

It was our big win against TV Langen last weekend. Everyone played well and the guys from the bench gave great minutes. It was our best team effort of the season.

The average age in the team is 20 years. Does it sometimes feel like you are back at college?

Yes it does. So many times the kids here are talking about school and I have already graduated. I remember the days in school well. This situation does remind me about college.

The team has given up 80 or more points 11 times. What is the biggest difficulty on defense?

Our rotations are not as good as they should be. We have to be more sure on defense. We tend to give up the big plays too often.

It seems like the team depends on you and Larry Wright for scoring. Is athird consistent scorer missing when a Franke or Barthel cant play?

It isnt easy asking young guys from the bench to come and make 15-16 points. Many of the young guys arent ready for that role.

You are averaging 16,8ppg and 9,0rpg in the PRO B. What ambitions do you still have?

I want to continue to play good basketball and climb up the ladder to PRO A and Beko BBL. I believe that I am a good player and that I can make the next step.

What exactly is your role in the team besides scoring and rebounding?

Playing good defense. Coach likes how I can anticipate passes.

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

My ability to run the floor on offense and defense.

How has American Larry Wright helped your game?

We work out together and shoot around. He has taught me to keep my head up when my shot isnt falling.

You are form Birmingham, Alabama. How do you like Frankfurt?

I love it. I am really thankful that I am able to play here in my first season. It is a beautiful city and like a small New York.

What do you like most about Germany?

I love the ice cream. There is an ice cream shop near my apartment that I visit almost every day.

What is your favorite food here or do you hang out a lot at Mcdonalds?

No I am not at Mcdonalds every day. I like a Doner.

What was your childhood like?

I grew up in a small state Alabama and had a usual southern type childhood. I grew up watching football, but when I was ten years old, my mom allowed me to play basketball.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

I liked Michael Jordan and remember him coming back from playing baseball and rejoining the Bulls. I also like Alonso Mourning and Dikembe Mutumbo.

Who was your favorite dunker as a kid and now?

I liked Shawn Kemp and now I like Blake Griffin.

How did you like his monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins?

That dunk was unreal. It looked like it was in a video game.

You played together with Skyliner Jermareo Davidson at Alabama. What do you like most about his game?

I like how he can put the ball on the floor and on defense the way he alters shots. The first thing my agent told me was that Davidson was also in Frankfurt. He has taken me under his wing and made the adjustment easier.

At Alabama you played together with ex Golden State Warrior and current Macabbi Tel Aviv player Richard Hendrix. What was your fondest memory with him?

We were roommates on the road. We had many long conversations at college. Last summer, before I came to Europe, he told me what to expect from the European style.

How did you do against him on a one on one game?

I did well, but he beat me too. I also had to guard him and Davidson in practice. They made me better.

What was the reason for transferring to Manhatten in your senior year?

I had had a serious injury at Alabama my senior year and I wanted to play my last year so I went to Manhatten and wanted to show everyone that I could still play coming off a tough injury.

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

10

What was your most crazy shot in a game?

I made a half court shot at Manhatten.

What do you miss the most from Alabama besides your family and friends?

Going to football games.

Why do you enjoy the TV series King of queens so much?

I love the character Arthur who also was in Seinfeld.

If you could add a Demetrius Jemison (203-F, college: Manhattan) stunt to Mission Impossible 4 what would you add?

I would like to climb the hotel the way Tom Cruise did or take off with a jet pack.

Who are your 2012 NCAA Final 4 picks?

Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina.

Jimmy Mckinney wont agree with you.

He wants Missouri.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Tower Heist.

Thanks Demetrius for the chat.





ProB Round 25: Leader Hannover Tigers lose to SC Rist Wedel - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ProB. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Hannover Tigers (17-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (10-13) 91-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hannover Tigers won third quarter 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rist Wedel made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wolfenbuettel and Wulfen. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. SC Rist Wedel is looking forward to face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) at home in the next round. Hannover Tigers will play against BSV Wulfen (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Herten. Second ranked Hertener Loewen faced 4th placed Spot Up Medien Baskets. Host Hertener Loewen (16-7) defeated guests from Braunschweig (15-8) 88-79. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. Zamal Nixon contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Hertener Loewen maintains second place in Group North with 16-7 record behind leader Gotha, which they share with Vechta. Spot Up Medien Baskets at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Hertener Loewen will play against SSV Lok Bernau (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin II (#12) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Leipzig. First ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha faced their biggest opponent USC Leipzig. Guests from Gotha (17-4) defeated host USC Leipzig (14-7) 90-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. Leo Niebuhr stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Monyea Pratt responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. USC Leipzig's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group South with 17-4 record. Loser USC Leipzig keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Noerdlingen and BSW Sixers. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet at home Fraport Skyliners II (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Leipzig will play against Giessen Pointers (#12) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Stahnsdorf was also worth to mention about. Third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (16-7) played at the court of 7th ranked RSV Eintracht (11-13). SC Rasta Vechta managed to secure a 5-point victory 89-84. Flavio Stuckemann nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Herten. RSV Eintracht lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be Dorsten (#5) on the road.
Thirteenth-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-21) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (10-13) on Saturday. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Henje Knopke fired 19 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Rist Wedel and Wulfen. Loser SSV Lok Bernau keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face SC Rist Wedel (#10) on the road in the next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play against the league's second-placed Hertener Loewen having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North Dorsten defeated Bayer Giants in a road game 68-63. ALBA Berlin II were smashed by Schwelm at home 55-88.
In Group South Licher Baeren lost to TSV Troester on the opponent's court 59-71. BSW Sixers managed to outperform Giessen in a home game 85-79. Langen managed to beat Dragons on the road 86-75. BG Illertal were defeated by Hanau on its own court 79-94. Noerdlingen beat Fraport SKY II in a road game 69-53.
The best stats of 25th round was 23 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists by Martinis Woody of Bernau.



Group North
Bayer Giants - Dorsten 63-68

There was no surprise in Leverkusen where 11th ranked Bayer Giants (8-15) were defeated by fifth ranked Dorsten (14-9) 68-63 on Saturday. Bayer Giants trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 24-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-68 at the end of the game. Dorsten dominated on the defensive end, holding Bayer Giants to just 7 points in second quarter. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Farid Sadek (188-83) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Dorsten have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Dorsten maintains fifth place in Group North with 14-9 record, which they share with Schwelm. Bayer Giants lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Dorsten will face higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#6).
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: F.Sadek 13+7reb+3ast, J.Eggleston 13+9reb+1ast, M.Rass 13+1reb, T.Joenke 11+11reb+8ast, M.Brueggemann 5+2reb, N.Welling 2+2reb
Dorsten: T.Bryant 15+6reb+5ast, B.Poole 14+13reb+1ast, T.Lipke 12+5reb+4ast, G.Hagner 9+3reb, N.Pelaj 8+3reb+2ast, M.Schulze-Pals 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 143702


Herten - SU Medien 88-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Herten. Second ranked Hertener Loewen faced 4th placed Spot Up Medien Baskets. Host Hertener Loewen (16-7) defeated guests from Braunschweig (15-8) 88-79. Spot Up Medien Baskets were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hertener Loewen made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds and center Frank Theis (200-82) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen maintains second place in Group North with 16-7 record behind leader Gotha, which they share with Vechta. Spot Up Medien Baskets at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Hertener Loewen will play against SSV Lok Bernau (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin II (#12) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 28+7reb+1ast, L.Gertz 15+3reb+6ast, F.Theis 14+6reb+5ast, W.Buchmiller 14+1reb+2ast, J.Wessels 6+7reb+1ast, B.Wenzel 2+3reb+1ast
Herten: V.Kittmann 25+8reb+1ast, Z.Nixon 19+3reb+6ast, J.Taylor 14+5reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 11+8reb+3ast, R.Wright 10+3reb+1ast, M.Berger 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 143703


Stahnsdorf - Vechta 84-89

The game in Stahnsdorf was also worth to mention about. Third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (16-7) played at the court of 7th ranked RSV Eintracht (11-13). SC Rasta Vechta managed to secure a 5-point victory 89-84. RSV Eintracht was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-14 third quarter run of SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by RSV Eintracht helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Akeem Bennett (190-87, college: St.Francis, NY) came up with 21 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively for RSV Eintracht in the defeat. Five SC Rasta Vechta and four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Herten. RSV Eintracht lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be Dorsten (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: A.Bennett 21+4reb+7ast, K.Watson 16+1ast, K.Williams 14+12reb+1ast, Y.Evans 11+5reb+3ast, T.Modersitzki 8+4reb+1ast, T.Schoeps 6+1reb+2ast
Vechta: F.Stuckemann 18+7reb+8ast, M.Smallwood 14+9reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 13+5reb, P.Heitzhausen 12+2reb, D.Madrich 12+5reb+1ast, M.Reid 11+3reb+5ast
gschID: 143704


ALBA Berlin II - Schwelm 55-88

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (14-9) smashed on the road 12th ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-17) 88-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. SG Schwelmer Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SG Schwelmer Baskets outrebounded ALBA Berlin II 47-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by ALBA Berlin II's players. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Turkish forward Cem Dinc (211-85, college: Harvard) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Darren Stackhouse (198, college: Shepherd, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Dorsten. ALBA Berlin II lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Bayer Giants (#11) in Leverkusen in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. ALBA Berlin II will play on the road against Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: C.Dinc 12+8reb, A.Blessig 9+1reb, D.Stackhouse 9+7reb+3ast, S.Fulle 8+5reb+1ast, M.Marin 6+1reb+1ast, J.Ney 6+8reb+4ast
Schwelm: J.Smith 20+5reb+6ast, J.Holmes 19+6reb+6ast, J.Ducker 13+5reb+4ast, K.Speier 8+10reb, M.Dohmen 8+4reb, A.Starr 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 143699


Wolfenbuettel - Bernau 85-82

Thirteenth-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-21) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (10-13) on Saturday. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 8 blocks. Swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Dominique Klein (198-81, college: Campbell) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Rist Wedel and Wulfen. Loser SSV Lok Bernau keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face SC Rist Wedel (#10) on the road in the next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play against the league's second-placed Hertener Loewen having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bernau: M.Woody 23+18reb+5ast, D.Klein 16+5reb+1ast, F.Schekauski 12+3reb+3ast, J.Jones 11+2reb+2ast, S.Trzcionka 11+2reb+2ast, D.Langer 4+4reb
Wolfenbuettel: R.Owens 19+6reb, H.Knopke 19+7reb+9ast, M.Jones 17+2reb+3ast, M.Schwarz 13+7reb, D.Nawrocki 10+9reb+2ast, S.Schubert 5
gschID: 143700


Hannover - Rist Wedel 85-91

Top ranked Hannover Tigers (17-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (10-13) 91-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hannover Tigers won third quarter 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rist Wedel made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) added 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wolfenbuettel and Wulfen. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. SC Rist Wedel is looking forward to face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) at home in the next round. Hannover Tigers will play against BSV Wulfen (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 26+9reb, J.Prasuhn 23+12reb+1ast, R.Williams 15+5reb+6ast, T.Welzel 9+2reb+3ast, A.Smith 8+1reb+2ast, S.Janzen 4+3reb+4ast
Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 26+7reb, A.Pettaway 22+9reb, A.Johnston 17+4reb+6ast, F.Luehring 7+5reb, I.Akpinar 7+3reb+3ast, M.Duah 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143701


Group South
TSV Troester - Licher Baeren 71-59

Everything could happen in Breitenguessbach at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked TSV Troester and 8th ranked Licher Baeren had identical 9-11 record. This time TSV Troester used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Lich 71-59 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TSV Troester dominated on the defensive end, holding Licher Baeren to just 5 points in fourth quarter. TSV Troester shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Licher Baeren only scored three points from the stripe. Licher Baeren was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 15 points for the winners. Forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (182-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. TSV Troester (10-11) moved-up to eighth place in Group South. Loser Licher Baeren dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Licher Baeren will play against BSW Sixers in Sandersdorf.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: T.Bradshaw 20+7reb+1ast, G.Aud 18+5reb+2ast, V.Klassen 6+4reb+2ast, D.Dorr 6+5reb, J.Baumann 3+1reb, N.Dilukila 3+1reb+4ast
TSV Troester: M.Stuckey 15+3reb+2ast, D.Harris 14+1ast, P.Neumann 10+3reb, T.Korndoerfer 8+12reb, D.Schmidt 8+2reb+3ast, S.Dinkel 6
gschID: 143831


BSW Sixers - Giessen 85-79

Very predictable result in Sandersdorf where fourth ranked BSW Sixers (14-7) beat 12th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-19) 85-79 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Giessen Pointers trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Giessen Pointers 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Matthias Haut (182-84, college: NC-Wesleyan) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) produced 34 points (!!!) and forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BSW Sixers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen and Leipzig. Giessen Pointers lost seventeenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. BSW Sixers will face Licher Baeren (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giessen Pointers will play against USC Leipzig.
Top scorers:
Giessen: J.Smith 34+3reb+1ast, D.Stevens 14+4reb, F.Rotaru 12+11reb+4ast, D.Lockhart 11+2reb+4ast, S.Lockhart 6+6reb+1ast, R.Pfluger 2
BSW Sixers: A.Fleetwood 26+13reb+3ast, P.Muensinger 13+2reb, M.Haut 12+8reb+5ast, D.Stawowski 11+6reb, W.Gardner 10+1reb+3ast, R.McLemore 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 143832


Leipzig - Gotha 77-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Leipzig. First ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha faced their biggest opponent USC Leipzig. Guests from Gotha (17-4) defeated host USC Leipzig (14-7) 90-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-77. Oettinger Rockets Gotha outrebounded USC Leipzig 41-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) scored 18 points and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. USC Leipzig's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group South with 17-4 record. Loser USC Leipzig keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Noerdlingen and BSW Sixers. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet at home Fraport Skyliners II (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Leipzig will play against Giessen Pointers (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: M.Pratt 20+9reb+5ast, L.Morinia 18+2reb+6ast, R.Frohlich 12+6reb+1ast, W.Simon 12+3reb, K.Kranz 11+4reb+1ast, M.Scholz 4+2reb
Gotha: L.Niebuhr 22+7reb, A.Kuppe 17+3reb+1ast, T.Baker 15+9reb+2ast, D.Roberts 12+5reb+1ast, M.Monk 10+11reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 143833


Dragons - Langen 75-86

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (12-8) was defeated at home by seventh ranked TV 1862 Langen (12-9) 86-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by TV 1862 Langen. Dragons Rhoendorf was better in third quarter 31-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV 1862 Langen made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Dragons Rhoendorf was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. Forward Florian Koch (197-92) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Tim Kasper (198-92) added 19 points respectively for lost side. TV 1862 Langen maintains seventh place in Group South with 12-9 record. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face TSV Troester (#8) in Breitenguessbach in the next round.
Top scorers:
Dragons: T.Kasper 19+4reb, F.Koch 14+13reb+2ast, N.Larsen 10+2reb+10ast, S.Turnbull 9+3reb+2ast, E.Tukiss 8+2reb, E.Jones 7+9reb+2ast
Langen: L.Fitzgerald 19+7reb, M.Voeller 16+11reb+3ast, N.Drury 15+6reb+7ast, J.Domdey 15+2reb+2ast, S.Greene 12+3reb+3ast, M.Schneider 7
gschID: 143834


BG Illertal - Hanau 79-94

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Hanau (13-8) won against on the road 11th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (3-18) 94-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hanau. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hanau made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Strangely BG Illertal/Weissenhorn outrebounded Hanau 45-29 including 20 on the offensive glass. American forward Jared Cunningham (206-89, college: Cumberlands) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) chipped in 24 points. Cunningham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Dominique Jones (175, college: Ft.Hays State) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Hanau and four BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. Hanau moved-up to fifth place in Group South. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Hanau will face Dragons Rhoendorf (#6) at home in the next round. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against the league's second-placed Noerdlingen (#2).
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: F.Oladipo 25+9reb+5ast, M.Mercer 17+3reb+2ast, B.Falkner 12+5reb+2ast, D.Jones 12+6reb+4ast, M.Wenzl 6+10reb+1ast, M.Heberlein 4+3reb+2ast
Hanau: J.Cunningham 25+7reb+1ast, C.Miles 24+4reb+1ast, A.Sharda 13+2reb+7ast, M.Schick 10+5reb+2ast, S.Koehnert 10+4reb+5ast, I.Ickert 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 143835


Fraport SKY II - Noerdlingen 53-69

There was no surprise in Frankfurt where 10th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (6-15) was defeated by third ranked Noerdlingen (14-7) 69-53 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 16 points. Noerdlingen dominated on the defensive end, holding Fraport Skyliners II to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Fraport Skyliners II's 20. They outrebounded Fraport Skyliners II 41-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Danilo Barthel (207-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Noerdlingen moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Leipzig and BSW Sixers. Loser Fraport Skyliners II keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Noerdlingen will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fraport Skyliners II will play against the league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: F.Franke 20+7reb+2ast, L.Wright 11+1reb+1ast, D.Jemison 8+7reb, D.Barthel 7+7reb+3ast, F.Theilig 6+1reb+1ast, A.Klisura 1+2reb+2ast
Noerdlingen: K.Johnson 19+11reb+2ast, J.Jamerson 16+4reb+5ast, J.Eichler 14+7reb+3ast, D.Rastatter 12+10reb+2ast, D.Rotim 4+4reb+1ast, F.Brutting 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 143836




BG Dorsten Give Torsten Schierenbeck Contract Extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team BG Dorsten announced this weekend that head coach Torsten Schierenbeck will get a contract extension for an uncertain period. The German had come last year from Berlin and back then the club gave him a one year contract. After a successful season with BG Dorsten this season where the team is currently in fifth place in the PRO B north with a 13-9 record, it came that no surprise that the club would extend the contract with him. Schierenbeck now can already begin to build a team for next season. The coach likes to build with youth as many players come from the BG youth team. Young players Nderim Pelay, Philipp Spettmann and Gerrit Budde have been developing nicely and Schierenbeck will continue to work for success with Alois Buschmann.

Source: BG Dorsten




German 1.Bundesliga round 23 best performance: John Bryant - by Eurobasket News
American center John Bryant (208-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ratiopharm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Bremerhaven (#6, 12-10) with 27-point margin 98-71. Ratiopharm maintains the 2nd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They are still close to the very top. Ratiopharm would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. It's Bryant's second year at Ratiopharm and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Santa Clara University star has very solid stats this year. Bryant leads league in rebounds with 9.5rpg. Bryant is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 55.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of EWE Baskets. Chubb had a very good evening with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as EWE Baskets was edged by slightly lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#11, 10-12) 81-77. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. EWE Baskets dropped in the standings to 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chubb is a newcomer at EWE Baskets, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of ALBA (#4). Wood got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of ALBA, leading his team to a 94-70 easy win against #3 ranked Art.Dragons in a game of the week. ALBA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Wood has a great season in Germany. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.8apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zachery Peacock (203-F-87) of Bremerhaven - 16 points and 13 rebounds
5. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) of Walter Tigers - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) of TBB Trier - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Nate Linhart (201-F-86) of TBB Trier - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84) of Bayreuth - 21 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)


Jeremy Goode In Try-Out With The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

LTi Giessen 46ers head coach Bjoern Harmsen just cant get enough of point guards and has a new candidate in Giessen for a try-out with Jeremy Goode (175-G-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's). Goode is a 24 year old 175cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina. His last team was Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia, but he left after the club was unable to play him. He played at Mount. ST Marys from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 14,0ppg, 2,6rpg, 4,3apg and 2,5spg. Last season as a rookie, he played in Portugal for Senter Penafiel playing 25 games averaging 17,4ppg, 3,2rpg and 3,5apg. He was a portuguese cup finalist in 2011. Goode has been in Giessen since last Thursday and coach Harmsen will need a few more days to see what the point guard has to offer on the court.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



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New record in basketball - by Giorgos Diploidis
We choose to refer to a record to this section because two Greeks belong to this team. We talk about Spartak St.Petersburg which in the game against Khimki (53-56) they shoot just two free throws. Spesifically speaking Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 1/2 free throws.

In that team they are members the power forward Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-C-84) and the assistant coach Stefanos Dedas . Jurj Zdovc also had passed from the Greek league as a player and as a coach from the team ofIraklis.

http://www.pbleague.ru/en/games/statistics/3452




Vassilis Kounas' triple-double lands him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Cypriot Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lavrio and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 10 points addeding also ten rebounds and ten assists, while his team beat Apollon Patras (#2, 14-5) 82-68. Lavrio is placed at 6th position in Cypriot A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lavrio will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Kounas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vassilis Kounas averages this season 10.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) of second-ranked Apollon Patras. Argyropoylos impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Apollon Patras lost that game 68-82 to the lower-ranked Lavrio (#6, 11-8). Apollon Patras managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Argyropoylos is well-known by Apollon Patras 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 19.5ppg (#2). He also recorded 4.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Pagrati (#15). Koutroulias showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Koutroulias' great performance Pagrati lost 79-81 to the higher-ranked Ermis Lagkada (#10, 10-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Pagrati not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Koutroulias could try to bring Pagrati's a little bit higher in the standings. Koutroulias has a very solid season. In 18 games in Greece he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 51.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Thodoris Panaras (195-F-77) of Periko/Arhelaos - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Giannis Lianos (194-G-88) of Apollon Patras - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-C/F-80) of Nea Kifisia - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Panerythraikos - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) of Ermis Lagkada - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of AEK - 18 points, 7 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)


B' Division - 19th Week: Aiolos and Filathlitikos are leading the league.. - by Chris Mammides
After the results of the 19th week of the Second division, the team of Coach Giannis Tzimas , Aiolos Trikalon is leading the race and seems to be losing the top seat only with a miracle, from a very claose distance is the team of Coach Takis Zivas , Filathlitikos who also seems to be untouchable in the second position which will lead in the A2 next season. The results in more analysis were as follows:

Egaleo - Aiolos Trikallon 69-78
Quarters: 15-18, 32-39, 50-60, 69-78.
The team of Coach Giannis Tzimas is unstoppable, having the top performer on the league in its roster, a player who could easily play in A2 and probably in A1 league, Tasos Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) in his most productive and mature season, is driving his team in the A2 all the way and without any serious problem both in Trikala and away, the team of Aiolos seems to be like an unstoppable train. Aiolos this week travel in Egaleo a home court which used to be unbreakable a couple of seasons ago also for the A1 league, this season though the team of Coach Gounaris has nothing to do with its legendary past especially against the toughest and strongest team of the league. The game was a derby even though Aiolos was controlling the game from the beginning, the passion of Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) and the organizational skills of Kiriakopoulos couldnt let the future champions to increase the deficit more than 12-13 points. The duet of Gioulekas and Tasos Charismidis scored 41 points out of the 78 of their team and were the main keys for another success for Coach Giannis Tzimas s team. The team of Aiolos Trikalon has currently a record of 17-2 and is at the top seat while the team of Egaleo has a record of 8-11 and is currently in the 11th position of the league.
Egaleo: Kiriakopoulos 11 (2), Christodoulos Karavolas 21
Aiolos Trikallon: Gioulekas 17 (1), Triantafillou 11 Tasos Charismidis 24,

Iraklis - Agia Paraskevi 82-79
Quarters: 15-10, 37-36, 58-58, 82-79
A thrilling game took place in Thessaloniki and Ivanofeion Melathron, between the teams of Iraklis and KAP, the winner was the home team who had an amazing Moulakis in its roster and was much better in the most crucial part of the game the last 3 minutes. The game was a derby from the early beginning with the two teams looking for the win (for different reasons) the visiting site of Coach Hatzipanigiris to remain in the top seated teams and have some chances to be promoted and the team of the newcomer Head Coach Vatos to avoid the possible relegation. The game was balanced for the first 36 and a half minutes as the last 3.29 of the game (71-71) the veteran Moulakis and the talented Traianos took their team hand to hand and they driven it to the crucial victory by outscoring the visitors to 11-8. Iraklis has a record of 6-13 and is currently in the 14th position of the league and still in danger, while KAP is now in the 6th position with a record of 10-9.
Iraklis: Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) 29, Traianos 14, Karagiolidis 12, Neofitidis 15
Agia Paraskevi: Tatarounis 10, Koutsos 10, Zervos 14, Matos 12, Alexandros Gribaviotis (207-C-79) 16.

Diagoras Rodou - Koroivos Amaliadas 85-69
Quarters: 16-17, 28-38, 60-50, 85-69
No trouble for the home team of Coach Tsakiris against Koroivos Amaliadas of Coach Giannaris, only in the first period the visiting site was able to lead the game and reach deficits of as many as 13 points. The third period was excellent for Diagoras and with leading figure being the talented guard Antonis Chrysis (195-F-90) outscored the tired team of Koroivos by 32-12 and gave an early end to the game as the fourth period was a typical hypothesis for the home team. Diagoras has currently a, 11-8 record and is situated in the 5th place while Koroivos with a record of a 9-10 fell to the 10th place.
Diagoras: Pardakas 12, Gavanopoulos 13, Antonis Chrysis 22, Gogidis 15.
Koroivos: Godopoulos 16, Gkeros 12, Giorgos Antoniadis (202-G-87) 22.

Aias Evosmou - Filathlitikos 55-76
Quarters: 12-24, 22-38, 34-56, 55-76
The second best team of the league, Filathlitikos without a number of key-players (Adetokoubo, Tsamatos) faces no problem to add another road win in its series and reach the 16 victories in 19 games. The team of Coach Goumas, AIAS Evosmou which is currently in the 13th position with a record of 6-13 couldnt do a lot against the bionic kids of Coach Takis Zivas . The fact that the team of Filathlitikos, in not more than 10 minutes took a double score lead can explain a lot.
Aias: Mavridis 11, Danis Eleftheriadis (197-F-89) 22
Filathlitikos: Gikas 16, Varipatis 16 with 5 of 6 three pointers!

Stratoni - Niki Volou 77-58
Quarters: 15-6, 30-29, 56-42, 77-58.
The supposed to be derby in the North Hellas never took place as Niki Volou was not competitive enough and the home team of Coach Mythou took an easy win even though in the second period the game became a derby after an awesome 15-23 of the visiting site of Coach Zafeiroudis which had no continuation as in the second half the players of Stratoni with a leading figure of Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) showed no mercy to the visitors and thrashed them with 19 points difference. For another game Niki Volou showed that in the away teams is losing more than 50% of its power. Coach Mythou had the chance to see five of his players ending the game with double digits. Stratoni is currently in the 8th place with a record of 10-9 while Niki Volou remains in the 3rd spot with a record of 12-7
Stratoni: Pipiliaris 11, Kokolios 11, G. Vasiliadis 14, Kigmetoglou 11 and Giannis Daskalopoulos 19.
Niki: Michalis Politis (190-PG-88) 14

Near East -Irakleio 62-77
Quarters 24-21, 40-45, 51-64, 62-77.
Another victory for the islanders from Irakleio after playing a great second half left no space for the home team of Coach Karnesis for something better than a defeat of 15 points. Irakleios players and especially the triplet of Yiannis Karalis (202-F-80) Xenakis and Agapitos were very good and with solid peripheral game reached their 12th victory in 19 games. Irakleio is currently in the 4th position with a record of 12-7 while Near East has a 10-9 record and is currently in the 7th spot of the league
Near East: Themis Koupidis (198-G-84) 14, Psaropoulos 12
Irakleio: Xenakis 14, Agapitos 15 and Yiannis Karalis 16

Doukas - Anagennisi Flogas 74-66
Quarters: 18-13, 37-31, 56-52, 74-66.
In the derby which took place in Maroussi the team of Doukas finally beat the team of Anagennisi Flogas with 8 points difference and put in great trouble the team of Coach Karagiannidis. Doukas of Coach Giannopoulos, with its third consecutive victory reached its 10th victory and is now in the 9th position of the league while the team of Anagennisi Flogas is currently in big trouble as its five victories cant give anything better than the 15th position and the possible relegation. The irony in this case is that Anagennisi has the top scorer of the league but cant be sure about the survival in the division.
Doukas: Giannis Zakinthinos (190-F-85) 16, Vogiatzis 11
Anagennisi Flogas: Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) 19, Hatzivretas 16 and Moumoglou 12




Gagaloudis first 30 points stopped the reccord of Keravnos!! - by Chris Mammides
Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) 30 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 11 winning fouls was the one and only reason for Yiannaras unbeated record to finish with the end of the regular reason. Yiannis Yannis Gagaloudis who arrived in Cyprus 48 hours before the game of his team Apollon Limassol left his footprint with the 'good morning' to the Cyprus League. In his opener and in less than 34 minutes, Yiannis was awesome and no matter what Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras was doing to 'cut' his great penetrations or his shooting activities was not able to minimise his losses so the first defeat after 15 games is as of tonight a fact!
The game was a derby at the beggining with Keravnos taking the lead with 14-16 at the first half and Yannis Gagaloudis starting he game with two turn-overs and one missed shot at the first five minutes of the game and with the score being 5-6 for Keravnos. The first three pointer for Yannis Gagaloudis came a bit after and more precisely in the 3.20' before the end of the first period to balance the score to 10-10.With another two free throws the Greek point guard ended the first period with 6 points and everybody though that Yiannis traveled to Cyprus for fun...
The 2nd period we had a real derby in the court as both teams were walking hand to hand and basket to Basket, Yannis Gagaloudis's 2nd three pointer balance the game in zero time to 35-35 in a totally balance game and with the newcomer Greek point guard allready scoring 13 points being the top scorer of the game.
The 3rd period was awesome for the home team, as inn the first three minutes a 10-0 took place and Keravnos players remain pointless for 3.10' with many false balls from Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) and Hatcher. Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) scored the first two point for Keravnos but Yannis Gagaloudis's six points (total of 19) made the score 62-48 the greatest deficit from the start, for Apollon. With Mandache's third personal turnover, Keravnos went to the break having nightmares as the 29-16 of the specific period was the worst quarter the last four months for the Strovolos team in the Cyprus league. The score became 64-51 and the clock was counting against Keravnos.


The 4th period started with Yannis Gagaloudis scoring a three pointer and a foul shot from Pilavas to reach his personal 23 points and to take the score to 68-53 the biggest deficit in the game for Apollon.With 8.23' to the end Robinson scored for the 70-55 and from then and on the game was an one man's show as the American Marcus Moore who had scored up until the specific minute just 9 points decided to play some decent basketball, so with the great assistance of Strahinja Dragicevic tried to suceed the unexpected and they nearly succeed it as with an awesome 19-30 in the last 8 minutes, not only they cut the deficit to the final 4 points but they were also able to make the game a derby as 36 seconds before the end the score went to its minimum (84-81)with the three pointer by Marcus Moore. Strahinja Dragicevic turnover at the 30 seconds to the end didn't let Keravnos to win the game as Yannis Gagaloudis with his 30th point and with Reymond's two free throws the game ended once and for all for Keravnos and the winning stake of Keravnos is now a history!
Top scorers:
Apollon: Yannis Gagaloudis 30, Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, college: Xavier) 17, Robinson and Rush 11 points per head. Benjamin Raymond dashed down also 7 rebounds

Keravnos: Marcus Moore 20, Strahinja Dragicevic 15 and Hatcher 14
Top seated Keravnos will play in the first phase of play-offs with the 8th placed AEL while 2nd seated Apollon will play with the 7th positioned Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD.



Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 21.15
2 Godopoulos, Koroivos 18.15
3 Mitsakis, Anagen. 16.9
4 Goggidis, Diagora 17.5
5 Nikolopoulos, MENT 14.3
6 Pallis, MENT 13.8
7 Gkeros, Koroivos 14.9
8 Makris, Koroivos 15.25
Rebounds Per Game
1 Charismid. Aiolos 9.4
2 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 7.6
3 Simeopoulos, Egaleo 7.5
4 Gkeros, Koroivos 7
5 Zarogiannis, Niki 7


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Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 25 - by Eurobasket News
American Tai Wesley (200-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Den Bosch and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Weert (#7, 3-17) with 38-point margin 93-55. Den Bosch maintains the 3rd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Den Bosch will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. Wesley turned to be Den Bosch's top player in his first season with the team. Utah State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wesley is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.9ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 62.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Den Bosch's star - 23-year old American point guard Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side). Turner impressed basketball fans with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course together with Wesley he helped Den Bosch with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Weert (#7, 3-17) 93-55. Den Bosch's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Turner is well-known by Den Bosch fans and together with Tai Wesley they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen (#4). Humphrey scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Nijmegen, leading his team to a 83-74 win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#8, 3-18). Nijmegen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Humphrey has a great season in Holland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 6.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) of Leiden - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lance Jeter (190-G-88) of Leeuwarden - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. David Gonzalvez (193-G-87) of Den Bosch - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85) of Zwolle - 14 points and 7 rebounds
9. Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86) of Zwolle - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84) of Groningen - 11 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)


Results Dutch Basketball League: - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in DBL action, there were no upsets, as title contenders ZZ Leiden and Gas Terra Flames turned back strong challenges, while Eiffel Towers and Magixx Kidsright kept themselves also on pace for good pole positioning heading into the All-Star Gala and Dutch Cup period.

In Leeuwarden defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden broke the hearts of the Lauselac Aris fans with the strong play of center
Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) in crunch time paying dividends, with ZZ Leiden holding on for a 77-76 win. Prior to the Kennedy onslaught, with 3:28 remaining Aris took the lead on a Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) basket for a 68-66 lead. From then on ZZ would be rescued by the gallant efforts of Kennedy. Kennedy, plagued early by two quick 1st quarter fouls, scored six straight points to give ZZ a 75-70 lead which they would not relinquish. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) led ZZ with 19 pts. and FEB top scorer Jeter led all scorers with 23 pts. ZZ Leiden improves to 15-4 and remain one-game behind Gas Terra Flames in the DBL standings.


In the Martiniplaza on Saturday night, strong bench and balanced scoring, as well as tough defense in crunch time helped the team of Hakim Salem avert the strong comeback efforts of Landstede Basketball enroute to winning its 4th straight league win by the score of 86-81. The veteran leadership of Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) and Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) would play a crucial role in crunch time, which rubbed off on the rest of the Gas Terra defensive unit.

David Bell (186-G-81) led seven Gas Terra Flames players in double figures with 16 pts. Damon Huffman (187-G-85) led all scorers with 23 pts., including six three-pointers. The Flames retain the pole position in the DBL standings with a 16-5 record.


In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers got back on the winning track with a blowout 93-55 win over hapless Stepco Weert. After a 19-18 1st quarter, Eiffel caused a Stepco Weert offensive meltdown in the 2nd quarter, holding the Limburgers to only 5 pts. (including a 35-9 run between quarters)! Eiffel would carry a 43-23 lead into the locker room at halftime and they were never seriously threatened thereafter. Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.) had a strong game, leading the way with a double-double of 25 pts. and 12 rebounds, leading six Eiffel players in double figures. Robbie Harman (185-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Michigan) led the guests with 20 pts. Eiffel improves to

14-6.


In the Arcus Magixx Kidsright also got back on the winning track, but had once again their work cut out for them vs. Rotterdam Basketball College with an 83-74 win. Magixx found themselves behind 58-56 heading into the final period and needed the extra gas, which Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) provided in the last five minutes, to help Magixx prevail in the end. Brother Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) led Magixx with 17 pts.,

Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) had a double-double of 16 pts. and 11 rebounds. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, college: W.Virginia) led all scorers with 22 pts., and Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) added a season-high 17 pts. vs. his former longtime club.


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


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 20-0 
 2. De Hoppers 15-5 
 3. Amsterdam 15-5 
 4. Leiden 2 14-4 
 5. Cangeroes 14-6 
 6. Red Giants 11-7 
 7. Goba 9-11 
 8. Akrides 7-12 
 9. De Groene 6-12 
 10. Hoofddorp 6-14 
 11. Punch 6-14 
 12. Almonte 5-14 
 13. Rotterdam 2 5-15 
 14. Jugglers 3-17 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 15-2 
 2. Szolnok 15-3 
 3. Kormend 15-4 
 4. Albacomp 14-4 
 5. Kecskemeti 12-7 
 6. Atomeromu 12-7 
 7. PVSK Pannon 10-9 
 8. Kaposvari 8-11 
 9. Soproni 8-11 
 10. Marso NYKK 6-13 
 11. Szedeak 5-13 
 12. Jaszberenyi 5-14 
 13. FS Debrecen 4-14 
 14. ZTE KK 1-18 


Kormend releases head coach Balazs Sabali - by Levente Szabo
It was announced today afternoon that 2nd ranked MJUS-Fortress Kormend (15-4) released head coach Balazs Sabali . The reason behind the decision was the team poor performance in the past period. MJUS-Fortress Kormend struggled a lot lately.

In the Hungarian Cup they saved the game against Sopron winning by 1 point but the overall performance of the team was very poor. A few days after that they lost by 24 points on home court against close rival Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar which isnt acceptable for a team who is targeting the championship title, especially on their legendary home court. The owner of the club reacted immediately after the game and told the Hungarian press that he will announce changes very soon. He kept his promise and just 2 days after the game the team parted ways with their head coach. Balazs Sabali spent 3 seasons with the team in which he led his team twice into the league semifinals.



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Powerade Cup. Keflavik clinch the trophy - by Eurobasket News
Keflavik - Tindastoll 97:95

Keflavik celebrated the Powerade Cup title. They narrowly defeated Tindastoll in the Final. Charles Parker (193-G-85, college: Millersville) stepped up with 32 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. Keflavik jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 29:18 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Keflavik managed to secure a 52:41 halftime buffer. Tindastoll cut the distance to 10 points with one quarter to go. Tindastoll went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame. They unloaded 29 points but stopped just one shot away from victory. Jarryd Cole (200-F-88, college: Iowa) finished with 19 points, while Magnus Gunnarsson (186-G-81) added 17 points and 8 assists in the win. Maurice Miller (187-G-88, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 22 points for Tindastoll. Curtis Allen (193-G-86, college: ORU) had 18 points in defeat.

Keflavik: Charles Parker 32+13 boards, Jarryd Cole 19, Magnus Gunnarsson 17
Tindastoll: Maurice Miller 22, Curtis Allen 18



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NBL Round 29: Satria Muda beats Aspac in the most crucial game of the round - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jakarta. First ranked Satria Muda faced second-ranked Aspac. Host Satria Muda (17-2) defeated guests from Jakarta (15-3) 68-52. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Aspac. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Aspac managed to win third quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aspac to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Aspac 46-29 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda maintains first place with 17-2 record. Aspac at the other side keeps the second position with three 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 Jakarta. Local Comfort Mobile (4-15) was outscored by ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (6-12) 57-38. Forward Muhammad Fauzia (184-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points. Rainer Anggakara contributed with 14 points for the winners. point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) answered with 7 points for Comfort Mobile. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pacific Caesar moved-up to eighth place. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Pacific Caesar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Surabaya CLS Knights.

In the last game of round 29 Muba Hangtuah defeated Pelita Jaya in Pandang 66-61.
The best stats of 29th round was 22 points by Agustinus Sigar of Muba Hangtuah.


Pelita Jaya - Muba Hangtuah 61-66

There was a minor upset in Jakarta where 4th placed Pelita Jaya (13-5) was defeated by sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah (11-8) 66-61. Muba Hangtuah made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Pelita Jaya only scored five points from the stripe. Muba Hangtuah forced 19 Pelita Jaya turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Pelita Jaya was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Ary Sapto (188-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) contributed with 22 points for the winners. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) answered with 16 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pelita Jaya. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Muba Hangtuah maintains sixth place with 11-8 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Muba Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelita Jaya's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Stadium Jakarta.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 16+3reb, G.Gumilar 10+1reb+1ast, E.Sebayang 10+3reb+5ast, D.Wenas 7+1reb, P.Indrawan 6+4reb+1ast, V.Palopo 4+3reb+3ast
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sigar 22+3reb, A.Sapto 22+6reb, T.Wilopo 8+5reb+3ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 4+2reb, A.Sunarya 4+8reb+3ast, D.Heryadi 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166116


Satria Muda - Aspac 68-52

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jakarta. First ranked Satria Muda faced second-ranked Aspac. Host Satria Muda (17-2) defeated guests from Jakarta (15-3) 68-52. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Aspac. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Aspac managed to win third quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aspac to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Aspac 46-29 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-89) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda maintains first place with 17-2 record. Aspac at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aspac: O.Wira Sanjaya 15+2reb+2ast, S.Harun Nurman 9, P.Regowo 9+10reb, A.Arizki 6+3reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 4+2reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 3+2reb+7ast
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 15+4reb+8ast, A.Wisnu 14+6reb, B.Siregar 12+3reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 11+4reb, G.Gunawan 6+13reb, A.Sunarko 6+2reb
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Comfort Mobile - Pacific Caesar 38-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Comfort Mobile (4-15) was outscored by ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (6-12) 57-38. The game was mostly controlled by Pacific Caesar. Comfort Mobile was better in second period 16-15. 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 third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Pacific Caesar held Comfort Mobile to an opponent 22.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Pacific Caesar had a 37-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Muhammad Fauzia (184-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points. Forward Rainer Anggakara (190-88) contributed with 14 points for the winners. point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) answered with 7 points and point guard Andy Prasetyo (170-85) added 6 points in the effort for Comfort Mobile. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pacific Caesar moved-up to eighth place. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Pacific Caesar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Surabaya CLS Knights.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: H.Kurniawan 7+4reb+3ast, A.Prasetyo 6+4reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 6+3reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 6+2reb+1ast, A.Hermawan 5+4reb, S.Afriatna 3+4reb
Pacific Caesar: R.Anggakara 14+4reb, M.Fauzia 12+4reb+2ast, D.Galih 8+4reb, G.Nagata 8+6reb+2ast, P.King Dhay 6+4reb+4ast, H.Listiyono 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166115




Indonesian NBL round 28 best performance: Fandi Andika Ramadhani - by Eurobasket News
Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Aspac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (14 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Satya Wacana (#12, 1-17) with 41-point margin 93-52. 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 15-2 record. It's Ramadhani's second year at Aspac and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Fandi Andika Ramadhani averages this season 7.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Mei Joni (188-G-89) of Muba Hangtuah. Joni had a very good evening with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Muba Hangtuah to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 4-14) 104-39. This victory allowed Muba Hangtuah to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Joni is a newcomer at Muba Hangtuah and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Muba Hangtuah's star - guard Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79). Sigar scored 22 points. He was another key player of Muba Hangtuah, helping his team with a 104-39 easy win against the lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 4-14). Muba Hangtuah needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Sigar has a very solid season. In 21 games in Indonesia he scored 6.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Aspac - 19 points and 4 rebounds
5. Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tri Wilopo (180-G/F-86) of Muba Hangtuah - 14 points and 5 assists
7. Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) of Satria Muda - 10 points and 11 rebounds
8. I G Ngurah Teguh (189-G-88) of Muba Hangtuah - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) of Aspac - 17 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ary Sapto (188-F-80) of Muba Hangtuah - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.15.2 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 3. Sapto, Muba H.13.9 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 5. Nagata, Pacific13.5 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.3 
 9. Ariestedes, Stadiu.12.1 
 10. Chandra, Pelita J.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.11.0 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.3 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.8.1 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.5 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 6. Situmorang, Satria7.0 
 7. Wuwungan, Satya W.7.0 
 8. Yanto, NSH G.6.8 
 9. Ariestedes, Stadiu.6.7 
 10. Nolland, Garuda6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.2 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.9 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.2 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.7 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.7 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 10. Yusran, Stadium2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.5 
 4. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.5 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.1 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.0 
 10. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.2.2 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.7 
 5. Teguh, Muba H.1.5 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 7. Sasmito, Pacific1.2 
 8. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.1.1 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.0 


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BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY REPORT - by Patrick Maher

BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY REPORT

In the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague, 11890 Killester collected the points following a win over Bord Gais Neptune in a thrilling overtime encounter, while Belfast Star earned maximum points at home to Moycullen.

UCC Demons continued their league form following wins over UL Eagles and UCD Marian respectively, while UL Eagles had a mixed bag of results as they bounced back from Friday nights defeat away to UCC Demons with a win over DCU Saints on Saturday night.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Aoife McDermott was in top form as UL maintained their impressive league campaign with a win over DCU Mercy, while Waterford Wildcats and 11890 Killester secured the points with victories over Ulster Rockets and Liffey Celtics respectively.

Elsewhere Team Montenotte Hotel Cork secured a vital win over Meteors as they set their sights on second place in the league, 84-55 and Singleton SuperValu Brunell managed to steal the points in a close encounter with Oblate Dynamos on Sunday, 44-40.

UCC Demons earned maximum points following their double header success this weekend.

UCC Demons returned to the top of the Southern Conference after a superb 84-64 win at home to UCD Marian on Sunday. Shane Coughlan led the scoring with 21 points while
Niall Murphy managed 19 points.

While on Friday, National Cup Finalists UL Eagles and UCC Demons met in the Mardyke Arena. UCC Demons managed a five point win over conference rivals UL as they edged towards a home draw in the playoffs.

We have had a good weekend said UCC Demons Head Coach Paul Kelleher. We have four games to go, and still have to play Neptune. There is a lot of work to be done, but we will take the positives out of this weekend, added Kelleher.

UL Eagles bounced back following their defeat away to UCC Demons on Friday night with a win over DCU Saints on Saturday, 85-62.

Robert Taylor, Eoin Quigley and Jason Killeen all scored double figures as they enjoyed a win over Northern Conference leaders DCU Saints. UL Eagles managed to bounce back from their defeat away to UCC Demons on Saturday night as they look to gain momentum ahead of the league playoffs.

It was a good performance, said UL Head Coach Mark Keenan. It was important that we got the win tonight following Friday nights game in Cork. It is a good confidence booster and we look to carry that into our final two games, added Keenan.

11890 Killester emerged victorious from a titanic overtime tussle with Bord Gais Neptune on a scoreline of 97-96 in front of a large crowd at the IWA in Clontarf on Saturday evening.

In a high scoring contest, 11890 Killester battled hard to secure a one point win over Cork rivals Bord Gais Neptune. Killester star, Jermaine Turner stole the show as he contributed a superb personal tally of 45 points, while Peder Madsen contributed 21. Neptunes Ron Thompson and Roy Downey managed 23 and 20 points respectively.

We were due a win in a game like that, said 11890 Killester Head Coach, Darren ONeill. We were up 20 against Star, Moycullen, DCU and Neptune earlier in the season but failed to hold on. We still have a huge amount to learn, we are a young side, but if we perform we are good enough to go the whole way, said ONeill.

Belfast Star had nine points to spare as they overcame a tenacious Moycullen in Belfast on Saturday night, 76-67.

Belfast Star enjoyed an early lead as they managed a 16 point advantage at the end of the first quarter. Moycullen boosted by the return of their American Luke Enos, proved difficult to beat as they continued to close the gap in the final quarters. However it was Salvador Camps who scored a crucial three in the final quarter to put the pressure on the home side. Paul Cummins responded in fine fashion as he hit two consecutive three pointers to ensure the points for Belfast Star.

It was a tough contest, Moycullen are always difficult to beat, said Belfast Star Head Coach, Danny Fulton. We were 16 points up at one stage, Moycullen showed their resilience and came back at us, and we had to work hard throughout to secure the win.

Basketball Ireland Weekly Results

Friday February 17th 2012

Nivea for Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons 91 (47) (S Atupem 25, C OSullivan 16, N Murphy 15) UL Eagles 86 (37) (R Lynch 20, R Taylor 18, J Kileen 15)

Saturday February 18th 2012

Nivea for Men Superleague

Belfast Star 76 (41) (S Summersgill 19, P Cummins 18, J Johnson 17) Moycullen 67 (35) (S Camps 16, C Nihill 14, L Enos 12)

UL Eagles 85 (45) (R Taylor 21, E Quigley 16, J Kileen 16) DCU Saints 62 (28) (M Provisors 22, E Donnelly 8, J Donnelly 8)

11890 Killester 97 (56) (J Turner 45, P Madsen 21, M Westbrooks 11) Bord Gais Neptune 96 (46) (R Thomson 23, R Downey 20, P Taylor 16) Overtime

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One

Team Left Bank Kilkenny 48 (25) (J O Keefe 17, D Kavanagh 10, E Roberts 8) Blue Demons 59 (31) (N Hartigan 15, S McCarthy 11, S Buckley 9)

Portlaoise 51 (20) (D Debosz 13, P O'Sullivan 11, G Dunne 7) Maree 59 (33) (C Crowley 17, L Conroy 15, K Hansberry 11)

Sunday February 19th 2012

Nivea for Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons 84 (42) (S Coughlan 21, N Murphy 19, S Atupem 10) UCD Marian 64 (30) (K Foley 17, O Mc Nally 11, C Meany 11)

Courtesy .... Louise O Loughlin ....www.basketballireland.ie
Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling)


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 12-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 10-5 
 3. Ironi Ashkelon 9-6 
 4. Hapoel Holon 9-6 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 8-6 
 6. Hapoel J-M 8-7 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 6-8 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 6-8 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 5-9 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 4-11 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-12 


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Montepaschi Siena claim Italian Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Bennet Cantu 88:71

Montepaschi Siena defended their Italian Cup title. They overcame Bennet Cantu in the remake of the last seasons Final. David Andersen (212-C-80) delivered 23 points to lead the Siena outfit.
Montepaschi dominated the game from start to finish. The defending champions recorded a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They kept Cantu at bay throughout the second period. Montepaschi registered a 44:33 halftime advantage. Montepaschi Siena stretched their lead in the third frame. They accumulated a comfortable 22-point lead at the final intermission. Montepaschi did not slow down in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) posted 16 points, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) contributed 14 points for the winning side. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) answered with 15 points for Bennet Cantu. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) provided 12 points in the loss.

Montepaschi Siena: David Andersen 23, Ksistof Lavrinovic 16, David Moss 14
Bennet Cantu: Gianluca Basile 15, Maarten Leunen 12



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (74) Zoroski 15, Nicevic 13, McNeal 13, DiBella 10, Ivanov 9, Mazzola 7, Karl 5, Piunti 2, Perini 0, Fenati 0, Vallasciani DNP
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (77) Wilson 19, Dmifallah 14, Bayang 10, Laanani 9, Elamrani 9, Mailleux 6, Makhoukh 6, Elmoussaoui 2, Najia 2, Habchout DNP, Moslih DNP, Chikhaoui DNP

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (74) Zoroski 15, Nicevic 13, McNeal 13, DiBella 10, Ivanov 9, Mazzola 7, Karl 5, Piunti 2, Perini 0, Fenati 0, Vallasciani DNP
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (77) Wilson 19, Dmifallah 14, Bayang 10, Laanani 9, Elamrani 9, Mailleux 6, Makhoukh 6, Elmoussaoui 2, Najia 2, Habchout DNP, Moslih DNP, Chikhaoui DNP

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

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

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

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

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

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



DAY 3 - 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament - February 16, 2012 - Sale, Morocco - by Adam Prossin
Day 3 - Thursday, February 16, 2012:
Game #5 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79)
Game #6 - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)

Game #5 Summary - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79)
This game would determine who was in the semi-final as the #1 and #2 seed from Groupe B and who was out. JDA Dijon could control their own destiny with a win and secure the #1 seed with CRA Hoceima in at #2. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would need to win by 4 or more points to be in 1st place which would knock out JDA Dijon and put CRA Hoceima in the #2 seed. If the Italian squad wins by 3 points they would be the #2 seed to JDA Dijon with CRA Hoceima knocked out and a win of 2 or 1 points would have the Fabi Shoes team out of the semi-final with CRA Hoceima as the #2 seed and JDA Dijon as #1. A loss by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would sead them at the bottom of Groupe B and out of the Semi-Final.

This game started in a tight battle with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 7-6 at the 6:37 mark of the 1st quarter. The flow of the game changed quickly at that point with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro scoring 9 straight points spearheaded by team captain Fabio DiBellas aggressive play to jump out to a 16-6 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter. Di Bella scored 12 points in the 1st quarter including a 3 pointer and his strong play to the basket drew 3 fouls. He went 5/6 from the line on the resulting free throw attempts. Andre Harris spearheaded the JDA Dijon offense with 8 of the teams 14 points in the quarter which ended with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up by 8 at 22-14.

The Fabi Shoes Montegranaro team started strong in the 2nd and Ivan Zaroskis 3 pointer with 5:51 left in the half staked them to a strong 32-15 lead. Jerel McNeal sank his own 3 point attempt at 4:44 which stretched out the lead to 20 points at 37-17. This seemed to put some urgency into the JDA Dijon attack and they went on a quick scoring binge outscoring their opponents 20-7 over the next 4 and a half minutes to end the half with JDA Dijon cutting the lead to only 7 points with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 44-37 at the end of the 2nd quarter. JDA Dijons comeback was led by Jeremy Leloups 12 points in the 2nd quarter.

The Italian team stretched out their lead to 13 points with 7:15 left in the 3rd at 52-39 and both teams answered the scoring of the other throughout the 3rd as it finished with Fabi Shoes Montegranaros Deyan Ivanov hitting a 3 pointer only to be answered by JDA Dijons Bobby Dixons successful 3 point attempt to finish the 3rd with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro leading 69-60.

JDA Dijon made it clear in the 4th that they were not going to go down without a fight. With 6:58 left they closed the gap to 69-66. R Dixon then hit another 3 pointer to even the score at 69 with 6:32 left to play in the game. Dejan Ivanov hit another 3 pointer with 4:32 remaining that gave Fabi Shoes Montegranaro a 5 point lead at 75-70. JDA Dijon brought it within 1 point again with 3:36 left to play but Jerel McNeals 3 pointer at the 2:46 mark extended the Italian teams lead to 80-74. JDA Dijon kept fighting for points and drew within 4 points again with 1:08 to play on Andre Harris 3 pointer at 83-79. Bobby Dixons missed 3 point attempt with 24 seconds left to play forced JDA Dijon to foul and as the final buzzer sounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro won the game with an 87-79 final margin.

Fabio DiBella led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro with 21 points and 6 drawn fouls. Deyan Ivanov scored 19 points and had 5 drawn fouls. Jerel McNeal contributed a solid 18 points and also had 6 drawn fouls for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Valerio Mazzola had a strong day on the boards for the Italian squad pulling down a game high 9 rebounds.

JDA Dijon was led by Andre Harris game high 23 points on 10/15 shooting from the floor to go with his 8 rebounds. Bobby Dixon contributed 18 for JDA Dijon and Jeremy Leloup had 16.

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) DiBella 21, Ivanov 19, McNeal 18, Zoroski 9, Nicevic 8, Mazzola 6, Karl 6, Perini 0, Piunti DNP, Fenati DNP, Vallasciani DNP
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) - Harris 20, Marshall 11, Leloup 7, Moss 6, Aboudou 6, Melody 5, Dixon 4, Lewin 3, Rupert 0, Mendy 0, Christophe 0, Petteau DNP


Game #6 Summary - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)
The final game of the round robin would determine the 2nd place of Groupe A. The winner would move to the semi-finals to face the #1 team from Groupe B, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and the losing team would play in the 5th place game vs. JDA Dijon.

The game started out with a close back and forth battle and by the 5:32 mark of the 1st quarter the teams were tied 10-10. GS Petroliers Alger then stated taking control and by the end of the 1st were leading 25-17 led by M. Saidis 7 points in the 1st.

In the 2nd GS Petroliers Alger continued to extend their lead and were up by 14 at 38-24 with 6:02 left in the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room for halftime GS Petroliers Alger were up 47-36. M Harrat had the best 1st half with 18 points as he began to control the pace of the offense. Brandon Griffin had 10 in the 1st half for VFL Kirchheim.

The 3rd quarter was pretty even with GS Petroliers Alger playing comfortably with the lead and ending the 3rd up by 17 at 74-57.

In the 4th quarter VFL Kirchheim seemed to spark back to life and pressed hard on offense closing the gap to 10 at 85-75 with 2:15 to play. They closed the game strong and a 3 pointer by Nils Menck with 20 seconds to play made it 91-83 but in the closing seconds there just was not enough time for VFL Kirchheim to close the gap and the game ended with GS Petroliers Alger winning 93-86 and securing the #2 seed in Groupe A and their semi-final berth against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro on Friday night.

M. Harrat had a big night for GS Petroliers Alger with game high 26 points, 5 rebpounds and 4 assists. H. Gahou added 14 points for the winners.

VFL Kirchheim were led by Cedric Brooks with 16 points. Brandon Griffin added 12 for the German team.

GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) - Harrat 26, Gahou 14, Saidi 9, Canon 7, Derris 5, Boukalmoune 5, Touati 4, Mustefi 2, Ghezzoul 2, Amrani 0, Kachakch 0, Adrar DNP
VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86) - Brooks 16, Griffin 12, Daugherty 9, Menck 8, Tomasevic 8, Smith 4, Bekteshi 0, Marie 0


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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 23-9 
 2. Aishin SH 23-9 
 3. Hitachi SR 19-13 
 4. Panasonic T. 19-13 
 5. Tochigi Brex 15-17 
 6. Hokkaido L. 14-18 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 11-21 
 8. Toshiba BT 4-28 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 20-12 
 2. Akita NH 20-13 
 3. Niigata Albirex 17-16 
 4. Toyama Grouses 16-15 
 5. Sendai 89ers 16-16 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-16 
 7. Shinshu BW 13-20 
 8. Chiba Jets 12-19 
 9. Saitama Bron. 9-21 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 9-24 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 26-7 
 2. Osaka Evessa 23-8 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 21-10 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 21-12 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 20-13 
 6. Shimane SM 18-15 
 7. Miyazaki SS 15-18 
 8. Oita H.Devils 11-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-29 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.17.5 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.1 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.8 
 5. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.6 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.5 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.4 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.8 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.9 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.0 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.8 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.7 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.0 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.3 
 9. O''Bannon, Panason.6.9 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.1 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.1 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.9 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 6. Watanabe, Panason.3.0 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.1.6 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.6 
 5. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.5 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.4 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.4 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi1.3 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.4 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.4 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 8. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. O''Bannon, Panaso.0.7 


Toyama Grouses lands Gillespie - by Eurobasket News
Toyama Grouses strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American Brock Gillespie (185-PG-82, agency: TSS Management, college: Rice). Gillespie played most recently at LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz (Poland).
Gillespie is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
The season 2012/2012 he started for Lechugueros de Leon and averaged 10.8 points per game. Later he moved to Poland and ended up in February for Toyama Grouses. In his top game in Mexico Lechugueros lost to Huracanes 81:85 in the start of the season. Brock Gillespie collected 12 points, 13 assists and 4 rebounds. In Poland he scored 6 points at the Regular Season Round 24 when Siarka Jezioro smashed LKS Lodz 105-76.
Siarka Jezioro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.



BJ League Round 37: Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix loses to Miyazaki Shining Suns - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-12) recorded its twelfth loss on the court of seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns 88-77. The game without a history. Miyazaki Shining Suns led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) fired 20 points for the winners. Forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) produced 17 points and 4 assists for lost side. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh place with 15-18 record. Defending champion Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns are again looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Fourth-ranked Toyama Grouses (16-15) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (20-13). Shiga L-Stars managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Shinya Ogawa contributed with 12 points for the winners. American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for Toyama Grouses. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with Akita NH. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the fourth position with 15 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will again play against Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (17-16) against eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (11-21) on Saturday night. Host Niigata Albirex was crushed by Oita Heat Devils in Niigata 87-60. The game was also dominated by American players. T.J. Cummings stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Chris Holm responded with 4 points and 17 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. Oita Heat Devils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 11-21 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play again against Oita Heat Devils and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (21-10) against eighth ranked Shinshu BW (13-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Shinshu BW in Nagano 92-80. American players dominated the game. Lee Roberts nailed 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shinshu BW moved-up to seventh place. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Leader Okinawa GK delivered the twentieth sixth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Yokohama BC (16-16) 89-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. Anthony McHenry fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 26-7 record. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

Other games of round 37 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chiba Jets were crushed by Fukuoka Rizing in a road game 103-84. Shimane SM smashed Iwate Big Bulls at home 75-55. Akita NH destroyed Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 90-67. Saitama Bron. was outscored by Osaka Evessa in a home game 51-78.



Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets 103-84

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Chiba Jets (12-19) were crushed on the road by fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (21-12) 103-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Chiba Jets was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 56. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 15 points and 8 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth place with 21-12 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Chiba Jets (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 23+8reb+8ast, M.Hargrow 15+4reb+8ast, A.Broxsie 12+4reb+1ast, Shouta 9+2reb+1ast, T.Nakamura 8+7reb, T.Ishida 6
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Dearman 26+11reb+1ast, C.Dixon 19+6reb+6ast, K.Palmer 17+5reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 15+2reb+3ast, A.Takeno 11+1reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 10+8reb+2ast
gschID: 142149


Miyazaki SS - Hamamatsu P. 88-77

Top ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-12) recorded its twelfth loss on the court of seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns 88-77. The game without a history. Miyazaki Shining Suns led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) fired 20 points for the winners. Forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) produced 17 points and 4 assists and forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh place with 15-18 record. Defending champion Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns are again looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 17+4reb+4ast, W.Arnold 16+4reb+2ast, J.Parmer 15+9reb, L.Blackledge 9+5reb, S.Nakanishi 8, K.Tomori 5+2reb+1ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 20+4reb+1ast, O.Mims 18+6reb, O.Shinnosuke 12+3reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 12+5reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 9+4reb+4ast, D.Dora 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 142150


Okinawa GK - Yokohama BC 89-73

Leader Okinawa GK delivered the twentieth sixth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Yokohama BC (16-16) 89-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Yokohama BC was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 26-7 record. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 22+13reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 17+1reb+3ast, O.Kimura 12+3reb, D.Burns 9+7reb+1ast, C.McFarland 5+8reb+1ast, M.Simmons 4+1reb
Okinawa GK: D.Sneed 17+5reb+2ast, N.Namizato 17+5reb+3ast, D.Palmer 14+1reb, A.McHenry 12+11reb+9ast, N.Kosuge 11+6reb, J.Newton 8+10reb
gschID: 142151


Shiga L-Stars - Toyama Grouses 75-73

Fourth-ranked Toyama Grouses (16-15) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (20-13). Shiga L-Stars managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Toyama Grouses won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shiga L-Stars won last quarter 18-17. They also forced 20 Toyama Grouses turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and Masashi Joho (183-82) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with Akita NH. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the fourth position with 15 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will again play against Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 23+4reb+4ast, I.Brown 17+8reb+1ast, D.Searcy 16+17reb+1ast, L.Turner 7+7reb, T.Mito 5+3reb+4ast, B.Harper 5+2reb
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 15+9reb+4ast, S.Ogawa 12+4reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 11+3reb+2ast, B.Markson 11+2reb+1ast, J.Ashby 8+5reb, Y.Okada 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 142146


Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls 75-55

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Shimane Magic (18-15) smashed at home 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-24) 75-55 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-55. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 30. Shimane Magic forced 19 Iwate Big Bulls turnovers. American players dominated also this game. Forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 5 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 18-15 record. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the tenth position with 24 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: J.Boykin 24+15reb, Y.Yamamoto 10+2reb, M.Sawaguchi 7+2reb+1ast, H.Kantake 6+2reb, L.Malloy 5+11reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 2+4reb
Shimane SM: B.Puckett 28+10reb+2ast, M.Parker 21+9reb+3ast, R.Golson 9+13reb+4ast, T.Yokoo 5+2reb, J.Davis 4+5reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142147


Takamatsu FA - Akita NH 67-90

Very expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-29) was rolled over at home by second ranked Akita Happinets (20-13) 90-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-67. Takamatsu FA was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU) fired 26 points for the winners. American forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 8 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 14 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akita Happinets maintains second place with 20-13 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P., which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Takamatsu FA lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 29 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets (#2).
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 18+12reb, M.Nunnally 14+14reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 10+4reb+4ast, M.Kita 7+1reb, K.Smith 7+3reb+4ast, S.Takada 4+3reb+1ast
Akita NH: K.Swanston 26+4reb+2ast, K.Shoji 13+3reb+4ast, Y.Kikuchi 12+4reb+1ast, M.Kearse 12+8reb+4ast, S.Taguchi 9+1reb, L.Green 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 142148


Niigata Albirex - Oita H.Devils 60-87

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (17-16) against eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (11-21) on Saturday night. Host Niigata Albirex was crushed by Oita Heat Devils in Niigata 87-60. The game was mostly controlled by Oita Heat Devils. Niigata Albirex managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Niigata Albirex to just 6 points in first quarter. Oita Heat Devils dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 36. Oita Heat Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) responded with 4 points and 17 rebounds and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 15 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. Oita Heat Devils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 11-21 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play again against Oita Heat Devils and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 15+5reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 10+2reb+2ast, E.Maxey 10+4reb, K.Sato 6+3reb, Y.Sato 5+1reb+1ast, C.Holm 4+17reb+3ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 22+10reb+2ast, M.Lottich 22+8reb+3ast, W.White 20+10reb+2ast, T.Finger 12+7reb, K.Mitomo 5+2reb+1ast, S.Umemiya 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 142143


Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar. 92-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (21-10) against eighth ranked Shinshu BW (13-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Shinshu BW in Nagano 92-80. Kyoto Hannar. was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 57-43 second half run of Shinshu BW. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American players dominated the game. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) nailed 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 21 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kyoto Hannar. in the defeat. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shinshu BW moved-up to seventh place. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 28+10reb+2ast, L.Cummard 22+5reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 13+3ast, T.Murakami 7+2reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 4+1reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 3+2reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 21+1reb+2ast, E.Morris 18+2reb+2ast, L.Roberts 16+5reb+6ast, T.Saito 11+1reb+2ast, T.Utsunomiya 11+3reb+3ast, S.Yosuke 6+1ast
gschID: 142144


Saitama Bron. - Osaka Evessa 51-78

Very predictable result when second ranked Osaka Evessa (23-8) outscored on the road 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (9-21) 78-51 on Saturday. The game without a history. Osaka Evessa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) fired 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jayme Miller (203-85) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Osaka Evessa have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-8 record having five points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Miller 14+15reb+1ast, J.Flowers 12+7reb+4ast, J.Humphrey 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 6+3reb+1ast, D.Terashita 5+2reb, J.Porter 3+7reb
Osaka Evessa: M.Obuchi 15+7reb+6ast, S.Konno 12+5reb+2ast, L.Washington 12+9reb, M.Bell 10+8reb, C.Aoki 9+2reb+2ast, B.St.Preux 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 142145




Hokkaido L. beats Aishin Sea Horses by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 16 in the JBL took place in Saporro. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Aishin Sea Horses (23-9) to sixth ranked Hokkaido L. (14-18) 70-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for Aishin Sea Horses. Hokkaido L. maintains sixth position with 14-18 record. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses still keep top place with nine games lost. They share the position with Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play on the road against Tochigi Brex (#5) and are hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Hokkaido L. (14-18) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (23-9) in Saporro. The visitors from Kariya managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Takatoshi Furukawa who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Tochigi Brex (#5) on the road in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (19-13) in Nagoya on Sunday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Kenta Hirose who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by Ron Hale did not help to save the game for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panasonic Trians moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Hitachi Sunrockers.
Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (4-28) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (19-13) in Kanagawa. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Joji Takeuchi fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 19-13 record having four points less than leader Toyota Alvark, which they share with Panasonic T. Toshiba Thunders at the other side stay dead last with 28 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Panasonic Trians.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (23-9) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (15-17) in Fuchu 94-83. It was a very good performance for Jeff Gibbs who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-9 record, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Hitachi SR beat Toshiba BT on the road 71-55. Mitsubishi DD lost to Panasonic T. on its own court 73-80. Tochigi Brex was outscored by Toyota Alvark in Fuchu 69-101.



Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 65-68

Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (4-28) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (19-13) in Kanagawa. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Toshiba Thunders took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hitachi Sunrockers had a 18-9 second period charge getting the lead and Toshiba Thunders were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-68. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Toshihiro Sato (176-80) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) produced 25 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 19-13 record having four points less than leader Toyota Alvark, which they share with Panasonic T. Toshiba Thunders at the other side stay dead last with 28 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Panasonic Trians.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 17+10reb+4ast, T.Sato 16+5reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 13+2reb+4ast, T.Sakai 11+2reb, C.Maraker 5+4reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 4+2reb
Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 25+3reb+1ast, C.Moss 12+7reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 10+4reb+5ast, Y.Miyanga 6+1reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 4+2reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137512


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 55-71

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (19-13) beat bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (4-28) in Kanagawa 71-55 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 39-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated on the defensive end, holding Toshiba Thunders to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a very good performance for international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording 7 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach let to play thirteen players seeing no chance for a win. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 19-13 record having four points less than leader Toyota Alvark, which they share with Panasonic T. Loser Toshiba Thunders stay dead last with 28 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Panasonic Trians.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 12+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+4reb+1ast, T.Iwaguma 11+1reb+2ast, C.Maraker 10+5reb+2ast, H.Kashiwakura 10+2reb+4ast, F.Nishimura 9+1ast
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 21+12reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 12+4ast, Y.Kuwahara 7+6reb, S.Kikuchi 5+5reb, Y.Kagami 5+1ast, H.Ono 2
gschID: 137513


Mitsubishi DD - Panasonic T. 73-80

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-21) lost to fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (19-13) in Nagoya 73-80 on Saturday. Mitsubishi Dolphins trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 28-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-80 at the end of the game. Panasonic Trians made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panasonic Trians made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for forward Takanori Onishi (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: T.Onishi 16+5reb+1ast, K.Kanamaru 16+4reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 11+3reb+2ast, K.Hirose 10+7reb+2ast, C.O'Bannon 9+10reb+2ast, F.Aono 7+2reb
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 20+11reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 16+5reb+5ast, J.Uzawa 14+6reb, K.Nakagawa 10+3reb+6ast, S.Utsumi 4+3reb, Z.Abe 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137514


Mitsubishi DD - Panasonic T. 89-90

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (19-13) in Nagoya on Sunday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected easier game. Panasonic Trians made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panasonic Trians made 8 blocks. The winners were led by international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) supported him with 18 points. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for Mitsubishi Dolphins. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 20 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panasonic Trians moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: C.O'Bannon 18+3reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 15+4reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 13+3reb+2ast, F.Aono 13+4reb+3ast, K.Hirose 11+10reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 9+1reb+2ast
Mitsubishi DD: K.Igarashi 20+6ast, R.Hale 14+10reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 12+1ast, B.Allen 9+9reb, Z.Abe 9+3ast, J.Uzawa 7+1reb
gschID: 137515


Hokkaido L. - Aishin SH 70-68

The most exciting game of round 16 in the JBL took place in Saporro. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Aishin Sea Horses (23-9) to sixth ranked Hokkaido L. (14-18) 70-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aishin Sea Horses. Hokkaido L. maintains sixth position with 14-18 record. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses still keep top place with nine games lost. They share the position with Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play on the road against Tochigi Brex (#5) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 21+4reb+3ast, T.Klette 14+5reb+2ast, J.Lewis 11+8reb+1ast, M.Diouf 10+4reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 7+2reb+10ast, D.Noguchi 5+2reb
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 21+15reb+4ast, K.Young 16+6reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 10+2reb+3ast, S.Asayama 7+4reb+2ast, K.Takashima 6+1reb, T.Furukawa 4
gschID: 137508


Hokkaido L. - Aishin SH 79-80

Sixth-ranked Hokkaido L. (14-18) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (23-9) in Saporro. The visitors from Kariya managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. It looked good early as Hokkaido L. took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aishin Sea Horses had a 16-10 second period charge getting the lead and Hokkaido L. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-80. Aishin Sea Horses made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Tochigi Brex (#5) on the road in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: T.Furukawa 19+1reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 16+12reb+2ast, A.Richardson 13+2reb+1ast, S.Asayama 13+1ast, H.Ryoma 9+2reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 6+4ast
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 18+4reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 16+2reb+4ast, T.Klette 13+8reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 10+1reb+1ast, J.Kurino-Dews 10+7reb, J.Lewis 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 137509


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 94-83

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (23-9) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (15-17) in Fuchu 94-83. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 55-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) contributed with 27 points for the winners. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) replied with 23 points and 6 assists and the former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-9 record, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 27+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 21+9reb+4ast, Y.Okada 18+1reb, P.Ricci 8+7reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 6+1reb+2ast, T.Ito 4+3ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 23+2reb+6ast, Y.Tabuse 12+3reb+5ast, I.McFarlin 11+5reb, K.Takeda 11+4reb, S.Ito 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137510


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 101-69

Rather predictable result when first ranked Toyota Alvark (23-9) rolled over 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (15-17) in Fuchu 101-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Tochigi Brex was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyota Alvark dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Tochigi Brex's 36. They outrebounded Tochigi Brex 42-24 including a 30-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tochigi Brex. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-9 record, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 20+9reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 15+9reb+1ast, K.Matsui 14+5reb+1ast, Y.Okada 11, T.Shonaka 9+4reb+4ast, T.Watanabe 9+3reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: I.McFarlin 17+10reb+5ast, T.Kawamura 9+4reb+4ast, C.Garnett 8+3reb+1ast, T.Amino 6, M.Kataoka 6+1ast, K.Takeda 6
gschID: 137511




BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.5 
 2. Flowers, Saitama20.9 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka20.7 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.6 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets20.3 
 6. Burrell, Yokohama.19.5 
 7. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 9. Humphrey, Saitama19.1 
 10. Cummings, Oita H.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.6 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.6 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.5 
 4. Newton, Okinawa GK10.5 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Malloy, Iwate B.10.3 
 8. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 9. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 10. Searcy, Toyama G.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Shimura, Sendai5.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.1 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.4 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.0 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 5. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.9 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 8. Saito, Shinshu BW1.8 
 9. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.6 
 4. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 6. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 7. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 8. Lamizana, Hamamat.1.3 
 9. Marshall, Osaka E.1.3 
 10. Turner, Toyama G.1.2 


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  KUWAIT   


Al Sahel vs Al Jahra - Feb. 19th, 2012 - by Mohammed Al Shimeri
The score ended with Al Sahel on top by 11 points - 88 to 77. Al Jahraa's big man, Norman Nolan (204-C/F-76, college: Virginia) may have lost the tip to Anthony (Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.)) but he definitely had a part in the lead that Al Jahraa made off the bat against Al Sahel. He even threw in a sweet dunk! Al Sahel players turned up the game and finished the first quarter only three points behind. The second quarter Nolan came out even stronger, but the coach, Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Pro Management Agency ) (agency: Pro Management Agency ), took him out and replaced him with Anthony Jones, which in the second quarter gave Al Sahel s chance to catch almost every offensive and defensive rebound (Anthony Green, Saleh and Abdualla). Al Sahel also hit all their free throw shots, but one, compared to some easy misses by Al Jahraa. The second half of the game started out with a surprise for Al Jahraa as Al Sahel passed the ball inside and out and racked up a bunch of assists. By the end of third quarter Al Sahel was up by 15 points and although Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Pro Management Agency ) (agency: Pro Management Agency ) kept switching up his American players, his team just wasn't playing defence or rebounding enough. A technical call on Anthony Jones for swearing and acting tough to the referees and an earlier yelling match with his own coach kept Al Sahel in the lead. Anthony, Saleh, Abdulla and Shayeeb all took away double digits for Al Sahel, as did Yahi and Anthony for Al Jahraa.

Kazma vs. Al Qadsia Feb. 19, 2012 - by Mohammed Al Shimeri
Kazma takes the win: The game started off slow for Al Qadsia as they just couldnt get their shots in. Miss after miss by Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord), then Fahad Al Muneer, then Sareef, normally all great shooters. The American big player (number 15) for Kazma hit 2 threes in a row and seemed hot from the jump, then Fahad put in the first points for Al Qadsia and the game started to move faster. Second quarter Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) was given an opportunity to play for more than a few minutes which proved to a smart move as he easily scored and showed he could handle the ball. A key player for Kazma, Abdulaziz Al Boloushi showed off his athletic abilities and danced around the lack of Al Qadsia defence. Benson made it difficult to get the rebounds for Kazma, but was out there alone. The 6pt play by Qadsia because of technical calls and some misunderstanding with the referees by Kazma players put Al Qadsia back in the game. Al Qadsia fought hard in the forth quarter and brought the 12 pt lead with 3 minutes to go to an 8 pt lead, but in the end Kazmas lead was too much to catch up and Al Qadsia didnt have their defence as strong when Benson was on the bench. Score: 94-83 for Kazma



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Best players of Latvian LBL round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American Sam Willard (205-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Ventspils and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team U18 (#9, 0-11) with 55-point margin 101-46. Ventspils maintains the 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Ventspils still have not lost a single game, getting all 11 victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Willard as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Pacific graduate has very impressive stats this year. Willard is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 63.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Ventspils' star - 26-year old shooting guard Arturs Strelnieks (196-SG-85). Strelnieks impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Willard he helped Ventspils with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Jelgava (#6, 9-11) 93-61. Ventspils' second position in the standings has not changed. He plays for the best team in the league and Ventspils managed to win all 11 games keeping perfect record. Strelnieks is one of the most experienced players at Ventspils and similarly like Sam Willard has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Ervins Jonats (199-F-91) of Jurmala (#8). Jonats scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jurmala, leading his team to a 79-65 easy win against U18 (#9, 0-11). The chances of Jurmala not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jonats could try to bring Jurmala's a little bit higher in the standings. Jonats has individually a great season in Latvia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) of Liepaja - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of VEF Riga - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jahmar Young (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jai Lucas (177-G) of Valmiera - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) of VEF Riga - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Zanis Peiners (203-G-90) of LU - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Ventspils - 12 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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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Zilvinas Kuklierius - by Eurobasket News
Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Matinga-Juod., receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat LKKA-Atletas (#4, 22-14) 98-84. Matinga-Juod. maintains the 6th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Matinga-Juod. will need more victories to improve their 20-15 record. In the team's last game Kuklierius had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Matinga-Juod.'s top player in his first season with the team. Zilvinas Kuklierius has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.4apg) and averages impressive 50.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Tomas Urbonas (218-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas. Urbonas had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as LKKA-Atletas lost that game 84-98 to slightly lower-ranked Matinga-Juod. (#6, 20-15). This loss caused LKKA-Atletas to drop to 4th position in group B. His team's 22-14 record is not bad at all. Urbonas is one of the most experienced players at LKKA-Atletas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Arturas Kaubrys (205-C-83) of Silute (#14). Kaubrys scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Silute, leading his team to a 80-72 win against slightly lower-ranked Gargzdai (#15, 9-27). The chances of Silute not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kaubrys could try to bring Silute's a little bit higher in the standings. Kaubrys has a very solid season. In 36 games in Lithuania he scored 11.9ppg. He also has 6.8rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) of Meresta - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Antanas Udras (203-F-92) of Perlas-MRU - 21 points and 11 rebounds
6. Giedrius Kulbis (187-G-81) of Ezerunas-Karys - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) of Matinga-Juod. - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Renatas Jonelis (201-F-84) of Gargzdai - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Remigijus Sugintas (200-F-87) of Statyba - 18 points, 8 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)


Lithuanian Cup. Zalgiris defend the title - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Pieno Zvaigzdes 99:62

Zalgiris overcame Pieno Zvaigzdes in Kaunas to defend their Lithuanian Cup title. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 14 points to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. Zalgiris gave Pieno Zvaigzdes little chance in this one. They earned a 20:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Zalgiris maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover the Kaunas team stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at halftime 47:17. Pieno Zvaigzdes never came back to life in the second half. Zalgiris dominated and deservedly cruised to the victory at the end. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) posted 11 points, while Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89), Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) added 10 points each in the win. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) answered with 16 points for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 14, Milovan Rakovic 11, Vytenis Lipkevicius 10, Robertas Javtokas 10, Tomas Delininkaitis 10, Marko Popovic 10
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Eimantas Bendzius 16, Aurimas Kieza 12



Lithuanian Cup. Kedainiai clinch Bronze with win over Rudupis - by Eurobasket News
Kedainiai - Rudupis 69:65

Kedainiai finished their Lithuanian Cup campaign on a high note. They held off Rudupis in a tough consolation final battle. Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) and David McClure (200-F-86, college: Duke) came up with 15 points each to lead the winners.
Kedainiai opened the game strongly. They piled up a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. The team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Kedainiai established a comfortable 39:25 halftime advantage. Rudupis however turned the tables in the third term. They stiffened their defence limiting Kedainiai to just 9 points. Rudupis got within 5 points with ten minutes remaining. Rudupis put a decent pressure on their opponents but Kedainiai survived the challenge and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) posted 14 points and 8 boards, while Sulskis had 11 points in the win. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) provided 21 points for Rudupis. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Kedainiai: Vidas Ginevicius 15, David McClure 15, Egidijus Dimsa 14
Rudupis: Gintaras Kadziulis 21, Arturas Milaknis 9



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Westports Dragons hold off Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News
Wesports Dragons - Singapore Slingers 86:71

Wesports Dragons earned the fifth win in ASEAN League season. They knocked down the visiting Singapore Slingers tonight to climb at the second spot in the ladder. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with 34 points for the winners. The Slingers fell at 4-4 record after the defeat.
The Dragons limited their opponents to just 7 points in the first frame to build a 14-point advantage. The visitors picked up the tempo in the second term. They accounted for 27 points but the Dragons nearly matched the effort and remained in charge 47:34 at halftime. KL Dragons maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 20 points. The Slingers fought bravely in the final term but had little chance to save the game. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) accounted for 30 points and 15 boards, while Patrick Cabahug (186-G) had 7 points in the win. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the Slingers. Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) provided 19 points in the loss.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 34, Brian Williams 30+15 boards, Patrick Cabahug 7
Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 25, Little Donald 19



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  MONTENEGRO   


Cup of Montenegro: Buducnost took the trophy - by Darko Pekic
Six years after the independence of Montenegrin there are still no news-Buducnost's domination continues and Sutjeska is the new victim of Dejan Radonjic 's powerfull squad. Although they played great in the final game, had a four point deficit at the halftime and even had a chance to take the win, the final score was 71:64 for Buducnost and it's another Cup victory, for the 6th time in the row.

Sutjeska started the game great, Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) dominated under the boards and Buducnost was surprised by their determination. However, they did not let Sutjeska to get a major lead although Sutjeska's fans Vojvode fired up the atmosphere in Topolica Hall. In the second half Buducnost reminded the guests why they are considered rigth now one of the best clubs in Adriatic League. They started playing together, as a team and Sutjeska's players lost their head and were unable to get back into the game. The 3rd period result was 22:11 for Buducnost and it pretty much decided the game although Sutjeska made efforts in the last quarter to make a surprise, but all they gad was -4 deficit and a chance to make the final minutes even more interesting.

Buducnost distrubuted its points well as four players scored in double digits. The leading scorer was Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) with 12 points. In Sutjeska Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) scored 18 and Vladan Jocovic added 15 although he had injury problems.

The MVP of the tournament was Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) with total MVP index 40, the best scorer was Nemanja Vranjes with 39 points in two games and the youngest player was the talented Celis Taflaj (185-G-98) who was born in 1998.


Nikola Ivanovic signs a 4 year contract with Buducnost - by Darko Pekic
Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) will be 18 year old tomorow and as a reward he will get a professional contract with Buducnost. He will commit his bright future to blue and white colours with a 4 year deal and most likely will be the leading player of Buducnost in the years to come. The talented youngester shined this weekend at the Cup Tournament and proved once again his amazing talent. He got the MVP award and its the first time in the tournament history to see a 17 year old boy on the top of MVP rankings.

Nikola Ivanovic started his career in KK Podgorica. He transfered last season to Mornar and became one of the best players in domestic league. The transfer to Buducnost, the powerhose from Podgorica, was a logical move but nobody expected to see him explode in his first season among the big guys. One thing is certain now- Buducnost got a diamond in the rough!


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  MOROCCO   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (74) Zoroski 15, Nicevic 13, McNeal 13, DiBella 10, Ivanov 9, Mazzola 7, Karl 5, Piunti 2, Perini 0, Fenati 0, Vallasciani DNP
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (77) Wilson 19, Dmifallah 14, Bayang 10, Laanani 9, Elamrani 9, Mailleux 6, Makhoukh 6, Elmoussaoui 2, Najia 2, Habchout DNP, Moslih DNP, Chikhaoui DNP

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

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

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

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

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

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



DAY 3 - 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament - February 16, 2012 - Sale, Morocco - by Adam Prossin
Day 3 - Thursday, February 16, 2012:
Game #5 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79)
Game #6 - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)

Game #5 Summary - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79)
This game would determine who was in the semi-final as the #1 and #2 seed from Groupe B and who was out. JDA Dijon could control their own destiny with a win and secure the #1 seed with CRA Hoceima in at #2. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would need to win by 4 or more points to be in 1st place which would knock out JDA Dijon and put CRA Hoceima in the #2 seed. If the Italian squad wins by 3 points they would be the #2 seed to JDA Dijon with CRA Hoceima knocked out and a win of 2 or 1 points would have the Fabi Shoes team out of the semi-final with CRA Hoceima as the #2 seed and JDA Dijon as #1. A loss by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would sead them at the bottom of Groupe B and out of the Semi-Final.

This game started in a tight battle with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 7-6 at the 6:37 mark of the 1st quarter. The flow of the game changed quickly at that point with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro scoring 9 straight points spearheaded by team captain Fabio DiBellas aggressive play to jump out to a 16-6 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter. Di Bella scored 12 points in the 1st quarter including a 3 pointer and his strong play to the basket drew 3 fouls. He went 5/6 from the line on the resulting free throw attempts. Andre Harris spearheaded the JDA Dijon offense with 8 of the teams 14 points in the quarter which ended with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up by 8 at 22-14.

The Fabi Shoes Montegranaro team started strong in the 2nd and Ivan Zaroskis 3 pointer with 5:51 left in the half staked them to a strong 32-15 lead. Jerel McNeal sank his own 3 point attempt at 4:44 which stretched out the lead to 20 points at 37-17. This seemed to put some urgency into the JDA Dijon attack and they went on a quick scoring binge outscoring their opponents 20-7 over the next 4 and a half minutes to end the half with JDA Dijon cutting the lead to only 7 points with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 44-37 at the end of the 2nd quarter. JDA Dijons comeback was led by Jeremy Leloups 12 points in the 2nd quarter.

The Italian team stretched out their lead to 13 points with 7:15 left in the 3rd at 52-39 and both teams answered the scoring of the other throughout the 3rd as it finished with Fabi Shoes Montegranaros Deyan Ivanov hitting a 3 pointer only to be answered by JDA Dijons Bobby Dixons successful 3 point attempt to finish the 3rd with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro leading 69-60.

JDA Dijon made it clear in the 4th that they were not going to go down without a fight. With 6:58 left they closed the gap to 69-66. R Dixon then hit another 3 pointer to even the score at 69 with 6:32 left to play in the game. Dejan Ivanov hit another 3 pointer with 4:32 remaining that gave Fabi Shoes Montegranaro a 5 point lead at 75-70. JDA Dijon brought it within 1 point again with 3:36 left to play but Jerel McNeals 3 pointer at the 2:46 mark extended the Italian teams lead to 80-74. JDA Dijon kept fighting for points and drew within 4 points again with 1:08 to play on Andre Harris 3 pointer at 83-79. Bobby Dixons missed 3 point attempt with 24 seconds left to play forced JDA Dijon to foul and as the final buzzer sounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro won the game with an 87-79 final margin.

Fabio DiBella led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro with 21 points and 6 drawn fouls. Deyan Ivanov scored 19 points and had 5 drawn fouls. Jerel McNeal contributed a solid 18 points and also had 6 drawn fouls for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Valerio Mazzola had a strong day on the boards for the Italian squad pulling down a game high 9 rebounds.

JDA Dijon was led by Andre Harris game high 23 points on 10/15 shooting from the floor to go with his 8 rebounds. Bobby Dixon contributed 18 for JDA Dijon and Jeremy Leloup had 16.

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) DiBella 21, Ivanov 19, McNeal 18, Zoroski 9, Nicevic 8, Mazzola 6, Karl 6, Perini 0, Piunti DNP, Fenati DNP, Vallasciani DNP
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) - Harris 20, Marshall 11, Leloup 7, Moss 6, Aboudou 6, Melody 5, Dixon 4, Lewin 3, Rupert 0, Mendy 0, Christophe 0, Petteau DNP


Game #6 Summary - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)
The final game of the round robin would determine the 2nd place of Groupe A. The winner would move to the semi-finals to face the #1 team from Groupe B, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and the losing team would play in the 5th place game vs. JDA Dijon.

The game started out with a close back and forth battle and by the 5:32 mark of the 1st quarter the teams were tied 10-10. GS Petroliers Alger then stated taking control and by the end of the 1st were leading 25-17 led by M. Saidis 7 points in the 1st.

In the 2nd GS Petroliers Alger continued to extend their lead and were up by 14 at 38-24 with 6:02 left in the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room for halftime GS Petroliers Alger were up 47-36. M Harrat had the best 1st half with 18 points as he began to control the pace of the offense. Brandon Griffin had 10 in the 1st half for VFL Kirchheim.

The 3rd quarter was pretty even with GS Petroliers Alger playing comfortably with the lead and ending the 3rd up by 17 at 74-57.

In the 4th quarter VFL Kirchheim seemed to spark back to life and pressed hard on offense closing the gap to 10 at 85-75 with 2:15 to play. They closed the game strong and a 3 pointer by Nils Menck with 20 seconds to play made it 91-83 but in the closing seconds there just was not enough time for VFL Kirchheim to close the gap and the game ended with GS Petroliers Alger winning 93-86 and securing the #2 seed in Groupe A and their semi-final berth against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro on Friday night.

M. Harrat had a big night for GS Petroliers Alger with game high 26 points, 5 rebpounds and 4 assists. H. Gahou added 14 points for the winners.

VFL Kirchheim were led by Cedric Brooks with 16 points. Brandon Griffin added 12 for the German team.

GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) - Harrat 26, Gahou 14, Saidi 9, Canon 7, Derris 5, Boukalmoune 5, Touati 4, Mustefi 2, Ghezzoul 2, Amrani 0, Kachakch 0, Adrar DNP
VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86) - Brooks 16, Griffin 12, Daugherty 9, Menck 8, Tomasevic 8, Smith 4, Bekteshi 0, Marie 0


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  NBA   


Pacers Tame the Bobcats, 108-73 - by Daniel Gibson
Most teams that see the Charlotte Bobcats on their schedule get pretty excited. At 4-27, it's not difficult to understand why. They are only 2-16 on the road so traveling to Indianapolis would be a tough task for them.

Just as expected the Bobcats lost one 108-73.

The Pacers were able to spread the ball around and get everybody involved. Six players scored in double-figure and they were led by the All-Star, Roy Hibbert with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Danny Granger and David West both added 14 points and Darren Collison had 11. Tyler Hansbrough and Dahntay Jones came off the bench to chip in 13 and 12 points respectively.

The Bobcats trailed by over 10 points for much of the game but during the second quarter they were able to fight back and get it down to seven. But like most of their games this season they were unable to keep it up stay competitive for long.

Two of their starters went scoreless for the game and two bench players turned out to be their most productive.

Derrick Brown played with energy and led the team in scoring with 16 points. Rookie Kemba Walker had 15 points and five assists but they just couldn't get enough help to make it competitive.

The Pacers will take the win and be happy regardless of the record of the opposition. They host the New Orleans Hornets this Tuesday at home.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.8 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..22.6 
 6. Aldridge, Portland.22.5 
 7. Anthony, New Y.22.3 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.22.0 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.22.0 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.3 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.2 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.6 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.4 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.4 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.6 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.3 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.5 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.7 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.6 
 6. Williams, New J.8.3 
 7. Parker, San A.7.8 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.8 
 9. Lowry, Houston R.7.6 
 10. Wall, Washington7.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.0 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 10. James, Miami Heat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.7 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.2.1 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 20-12 
 2. New York K. 16-16 
 3. Boston C. 15-15 
 4. Toronto R. 9-23 
 5. New Jersey N. 9-24 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 25-8 
 2. Indiana P. 19-12 
 3. Milwaukee B. 13-18 
 4. Cleveland C. 12-17 
 5. Detroit P. 11-22 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 25-7 
 2. Orlando M. 20-12 
 3. Atlanta H. 19-12 
 4. Washington W. 7-24 
 5. Charlotte B. 4-27 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 24-7 
 2. Portland TB 17-15 
 3. Denver N. 17-15 
 4. Minnesota T. 16-16 
 5. Utah Jazz 15-15 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 19-10 
 2. LA Lakers 18-13 
 3. Phoenix Suns 13-19 
 4. Golde State W. 11-17 
 5. Sacramento K. 10-21 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 22-9 
 2. Dallas M. 20-12 
 3. Memphis G. 18-14 
 4. Houston R. 18-14 
 5. N.Orleans H. 7-23 


Denver 118, Oklahoma City 124 - by Milord Nikolic
Kevin Durant scored a career-high 51 points and Russell Westbrook tallied a season-best 40 points as host Oklahoma City notched an entertaining overtime victory over Denver. Serge Ibaka added 14 points, matched a career-high with 15 rebounds and swatted away a career-best 11 blocked shots as Oklahoma City overcame a nine-point final-quarter deficit to improve to 12-1 at home this season. Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 27 points and Andre Miller had 21 points and 10 assists for Denver, which has lost 10 of 13 games. Durant made 19 of 28 field-goal attempts and was 5-for-6 from 3-point range. His previous career high was 47. The Thunder trailed by five with 43 seconds left in regulation before Durant hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and drove for a game-tying dunk with 4.4 seconds remaining. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer 23 seconds into overtime and Oklahoma City led the remainder of the extra session. The Thunder trailed by 13 with 90 seconds to go in the first half before erupting for 20 consecutive points to take a 65-58 lead just over eight minutes left in the third quarter. The Nuggets recovered as Miller scored 11 third-quarter points to tie the contest at 83-83 entering the final quarter. Al Harrington hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Denver a 93-84 advantage with 8:49 left. The Thunder stormed back, with Westbrook tying the score at 104-104 on a 15-footer with 2:52 remaining.


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Top 25 - Men
NCAA D1 Standings
 1. ORU 16-1 
 2. LIU Brooklyn 14-1 
 3. Drexel 14-2 
 4. Wichita St. 14-2 
 5. Murray St. 13-1 
 6. Weber St. 13-1 
 7. George Mason 13-2 
 8. NC-Asheville 13-2 
 9. Wagner 13-2 
 10. S.Dakota St. 13-3 
 11. VCU 13-3 
 12. Long Beach St. 12-0 
 13. Montana 12-1 
 14. Creighton 12-3 
 15. ODU 12-3 
 16. Valparaiso 12-4 
 17. Miss.Valley St. 11-0 
 18. St.Mary's, CA 11-2 
 19. California 11-3 
 20. Co.Carolina 11-3 
 21. Mercer 11-3 
 22. St.Francis, NY 11-4 
 23. Robert Morris 11-4 
 24. Belmont 10-1 
 25. Bucknell 10-1 
 26. Stony Brook 10-1 
 27. Syracuse 10-1 
 28. Gonzaga 10-2 
 29. Iona 10-2 
 30. Notre Dame 10-2 
 31. Southern 10-2 
 32. Vermont 10-2 
 33. BYU 10-3 
 34. St.Louis 10-3 
 35. Tennessee St. 10-3 
 36. Butler 10-6 
 37. Charleston So. 10-6 
 38. Delaware 10-6 
 39. Duke 9-1 
 40. Michigan St. 9-1 
 41. Nevada 9-1 
 42. Florida St. 9-2 
 43. Missouri 9-2 
 44. S.Mississippi 9-2 
 45. Temple 9-2 
 46. Memphis 9-2 
 47. Kansas 9-2 
 48. N.Carolina 9-2 
 49. Boston U. 9-3 
 50. CS Fullerton 9-3 
 51. Loyola, MD 9-3 
 52. Norfolk St. 9-3 
 53. UCSB 9-3 
 54. USC Upstate 9-3 
 55. Washington 9-3 
 56. Wisc.-Milwaukee 9-3 
 57. Arizona 9-4 
 58. Loyola Mary 9-4 
 59. Ohio St. 9-4 
 60. Campbell 9-5 
 61. Manhattan 9-5 
 62. Oregon 9-5 
 63. Georgia St. 9-6 
 64. N.Dakota St. 9-7 
 65. Oakland 9-7 
 66. Savannah St. 8-1 
 67. Texas Southern 8-2 
 68. American 8-3 
 69. Baylor 8-3 
 70. Delaware St. 8-3 
 71. Louisville 8-3 
 72. Tulsa 8-4 
 73. Colorado 8-4 
 74. Xavier 8-4 
 75. Indiana 8-5 
 76. SE Missouri St. 8-5 
 77. St.Joseph's 8-5 
 78. Tenn Tech 8-6 
 79. Albany 8-6 
 80. N.Florida 8-6 
 81. Morehead St. 8-6 
 82. Quinnipiac 8-7 
 83. Illinois St. 8-7 
 84. Missouri St. 8-7 
 85. Cent.Conn.St. 8-7 
 86. Northeastern 8-8 
 87. W.Illinois 8-8 
 88. Winthrop 8-8 
 89. S.Utah 8-9 
 90. Utah Valley 7-0 
 91. Fairfield 7-2 
 92. Coppin St. 7-3 
 93. Iowa St. 7-3 
 94. Lehigh 7-3 
 95. Marquette 7-3 
 96. Michigan 7-3 
 97. Georgetown 7-4 
 98. Cent.Florida 7-4 
 99. S.Florida 7-4 
 100. La Salle 7-5 
 101. Massachusetts 7-5 
 102. Cincinnati 7-5 
 103. Cleveland St. 7-5 
 104. Idaho St. 7-5 
 105. Texas 7-5 
 106. St.Bonaventure 7-5 
 107. UCLA 7-6 
 108. Niagara 7-6 
 109. Detroit Mercy 7-6 
 110. Rider 7-6 
 111. Stanford 7-6 
 112. USF 7-7 
 113. Monmouth 7-8 
 114. Drake 7-8 
 115. Sacred Heart 7-8 
 116. VMI 7-9 
 117. Liberty 7-9 
 118. Indiana St. 7-9 
 119. High Point 7-9 
 120. N.Mexico St. 6-2 
 121. UNLV 6-2 
 122. Beth.-Cookman 6-3 
 123. Idaho 6-4 
 124. Virginia 6-4 
 125. Lafayette 6-5 
 126. Marshall 6-5 
 127. N.Carolina A&T 6-5 
 128. N.Carolina St. 6-5 
 129. Wisconsin 6-5 
 130. Rice 6-5 
 131. Holy Cross 6-5 
 132. Seton Hall 6-6 
 133. Duquesne 6-6 
 134. Pacific 6-6 
 135. Florida Gulf Coast 6-6 
 136. UAB 6-6 
 137. Portland St. 6-6 
 138. Wisc.-Green Bay 6-6 
 139. E.Tenn.St. 6-6 
 140. Dayton 6-6 
 141. W.Virginia 6-6 
 142. Cal Poly - SLO 6-7 
 143. Connecticut 6-7 
 144. E.Washington 6-7 
 145. Evansville 6-7 
 146. Youngstown St. 6-7 
 147. E.Kentucky 6-8 
 148. Montana St. 6-8 
 149. N.Iowa 6-8 
 150. Jacksonville St. 6-8 
 151. Gardner-Webb 6-10 
 152. IUPUI 6-10 
 153. Presbyterian 6-10 
 154. Yale 5-0 
 155. N.Mexico 5-2 
 156. San Diego St. 5-3 
 157. TCU 5-3 
 158. Miami, FL 5-4 
 159. Purdue 5-4 
 160. Clemson 5-5 
 161. Kansas St. 5-5 
 162. N.C.Central 5-5 
 163. Prairie View A&M 5-5 
 164. Utah St. 5-5 
 165. Alabama St. 5-6 
 166. Army 5-6 
 167. Lipscomb 5-6 
 168. UTEP 5-6 
 169. Siena 5-7 
 170. Austin Peay St. 5-7 
 171. Iowa 5-7 
 172. New Hampshire 5-7 
 173. San Diego 5-7 
 174. Stetson 5-7 
 175. Marist 5-7 
 176. E.Illinois 5-8 
 177. Washington St. 5-8 
 178. Cal-Irvine 5-8 
 179. Maine 5-8 
 180. Wright St. 5-8 
 181. Cal-Riverside 5-8 
 182. Oregon St. 5-8 
 183. Richmond 5-8 
 184. SIU Edwardsville 5-8 
 185. Mt.St.Mary's 5-10 
 186. NC-Wilmington 5-10 
 187. Pennsylvania 4-0 
 188. Harvard 4-1 
 189. Cornell 4-2 
 190. UTPA 4-2 
 191. Hawaii 4-4 
 192. NJIT 4-4 
 193. Florida A&M 4-6 
 194. Hampton 4-6 
 195. Maryland 4-6 
 196. Northwestern 4-7 
 197. Hartford 4-7 
 198. Howard 4-7 
 199. Jackson St. 4-7 
 200. Illinois 4-7 
 201. G.Washington 4-8 
 202. Alcorn St. 4-8 
 203. Penn St. 4-8 
 204. Texas A&M 4-8 
 205. Charlotte 4-8 
 206. Arizona St. 4-9 
 207. N.Colorado 4-9 
 208. Nebraska 4-9 
 209. St.John's 4-9 
 210. S.Illinois 4-10 
 211. Sacramento St. 4-10 
 212. St.Francis, PA 4-11 
 213. IPFW 4-12 
 214. S.Dakota 4-12 
 215. UMKC 4-12 
 216. N.Dakota 3-4 
 217. Wyoming 3-5 
 218. Louisiana Tech 3-6 
 219. Villanova 3-6 
 220. Fresno St. 3-7 
 221. Grambling St. 3-7 
 222. Tulane 3-8 
 223. Ark.-Pine Bluff 3-8 
 224. Boston Coll. 3-8 
 225. Md-E Shore 3-8 
 226. Minnesota 3-8 
 227. Oklahoma St. 3-8 
 228. Rutgers 3-8 
 229. UMBC 3-8 
 230. E.Carolina 3-8 
 231. Houston 3-8 
 232. Portland 3-9 
 233. Wake Forest 3-9 
 234. CS Northridge 3-10 
 235. Ill.-Chicago 3-10 
 236. Jacksonville 3-11 
 237. Pepperdine 3-11 
 238. JMU 3-12 
 239. St.Peter's 3-12 
 240. William & Mary 3-12 
 241. Seattle 2-0 
 242. Princeton 2-2 
 243. Air Force 2-5 
 244. Boise St. 2-5 
 245. Colorado St. 2-5 
 246. Chicago St. 2-6 
 247. Pittsburgh 2-6 
 248. Morgan St. 2-8 
 249. Virginia Tech 2-8 
 250. Fordham 2-9 
 251. Georgia Tech 2-9 
 252. SMU 2-9 
 253. Alabama A&M 2-10 
 254. Oklahoma 2-10 
 255. Providence 2-10 
 256. Utah 2-10 
 257. Rhode Island 2-11 
 258. Bradley 2-13 
 259. Hofstra 2-14 
 260. Columbia 1-5 
 261. Houston Baptist 1-5 
 262. San Jose St. 1-8 
 263. De Paul 1-9 
 264. Texas Tech 1-9 
 265. Colgate 1-10 
 266. Cal-Davis 1-11 
 267. Loyola, IL 1-11 
 268. USC 1-11 
 269. N.Arizona 1-12 
 270. Canisius 1-13 
 271. Bryant 1-14 
 272. Fair Dickinson 1-14 
 273. Radford 1-14 
 274. Towson 1-15 
 275. CSU Bakersfield 0-0 
 276. Longwood 0-1 
 277. Nebraska-Omaha 0-1 
 278. Brown 0-5 
 279. Dartmouth 0-5 
 280. S.Carolina St. 0-8 
 281. Navy 0-10 
 282. Binghamton 0-12 
 283. Santa Clara 0-13 
 284. Kennesaw St. 0-14 
 285. Tenn-Martin 0-14 
East Division
 1. Middle Tenn.St. 12-1 
 2. Akron 10-1 
 3. Buffalo 9-3 
 4. McNeese St. 8-2 
 5. Ohio 8-3 
 6. Lamar 8-4 
 7. Bowling Green 7-4 
 8. Northwestern St. 7-4 
 9. Florida Atlantic 7-6 
 10. Kent St. 6-3 
 11. S.Alabama 6-7 
 12. W.Kentucky 5-8 
 13. Miami, OH 4-8 
 14. Nicholls St. 4-8 
 15. FIU 4-9 
 16. SE Louisiana 3-9 
 17. Troy 3-10 
 18. Cent.Arkansas 2-10 
Eastern Division
 1. Kentucky 8-0 
 2. Florida 8-2 
 3. Vanderbilt 7-3 
 4. Tennessee 6-4 
 5. Georgia 3-8 
 6. S.Carolina 2-9 
North Division
 1. NC-Greensboro 10-5 
 2. Elon 8-7 
 3. Samford 7-7 
 4. Appalachian St. 7-9 
 5. W.Carolina 5-9 
 6. Chattanooga 4-11 
South Division
 1. Davidson 14-2 
 2. Georgia Sout 11-4 
 3. Wofford 9-6 
 4. Charleston 7-8 
 5. Furman 7-8 
 6. Citadel 1-14 
West Division
 1. Texas Arlington 12-0 
 2. UALR 10-3 
 3. Denver 9-5 
 4. La-Lafayette 9-5 
 5. SF Austin 8-3 
 6. N.Texas 8-5 
 7. UTSA 6-5 
 8. E.Michigan 5-5 
 9. Sam Houston St. 5-6 
 10. Arkansas St. 5-8 
 11. Toledo 4-7 
 12. Ball St. 4-7 
 13. W.Michigan 4-7 
 14. Cent.Michigan 3-7 
 15. Texas A&M-CC 3-9 
 16. Texas St. 3-9 
 17. N.Illinois 1-10 
 18. La-Monroe 1-12 
Western Division
 1. Mississippi St. 6-5 
 2. Mississippi 5-6 
 3. Arkansas 4-5 
 4. Alabama 4-6 
 5. LSU 4-6 
 6. Auburn 3-6 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Quincy ROBERTS
  Gramblin.
  (195-G-)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Roberts, Gramblin.22.5 
 2. Townsend, Ark.-P.16.9 
 3. Bush, Jackson St.15.5 
 4. Cantey, Alabama14.1 
 5. Joyner, Miss.Val.13.7 
 6. Washington, Alaba.13.6 
 7. Howard, Jackson13.4 
 8. Crosby, Miss.Val.13.2 
 9. Beltran, Southern12.4 
 10. Doggett, Southern11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quinton DOGGETT
  Southern
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Doggett, Southern7.9 
 2. Crosby, Miss.Val.7.5 
 3. Tabb, Alabama A&M7.4 
 4. Roberson, Gramblin.6.8 
 5. Cox, Miss.Val.6.8 
 6. Montgomery, Prair.6.2 
 7. Anderson, Ark.-P.6.0 
 8. Broughton, Ark.-P.5.9 
 9. White, Alabama St.5.9 
 10. Roberts, Gramblin.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jameel GRACE
  Southern
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Grace, Southern4.5 
 2. Burwell, Miss.V.4.5 
 3. Middlebrooks, Alab.4.4 
 4. Crutcher, Alabama3.5 
 5. Townsend, Ark.-P.3.1 
 6. Wright, Prair.2.7 
 7. Joyner, Miss.Val.2.7 
 8. Jackson, Ark.-P.2.6 
 9. Williams, Jackson2.5 
 10. Jones, Miss.Val.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Savalace TOWNSEND
  Ark.-P.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Townsend, Ark.-P.2.3 
 2. Bush, Jackson St.1.8 
 3. Grace, Southern1.8 
 4. Washington, Alaba.1.5 
 5. Williams, Jackson1.5 
 6. Crutcher, Alabama1.4 
 7. Cantey, Alabama1.4 
 8. Lewis, Jackson St.1.4 
 9. Joyner, Miss.Val.1.4 
 10. Crosby, Miss.Val.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter ROBERSON
  Gramblin.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Roberson, Gramblin.2.6 
 2. Tabb, Alabama A&M1.9 
 3. Brand, Alcorn St.1.9 
 4. Doggett, Southern1.7 
 5. Sturdivant, Texas1.5 
 6. Anderson, Ark.-P.1.5 
 7. Starks, Alcorn St.1.0 
 8. Montgomery, Prair.0.9 
 9. Hunter, Alabama0.9 
 10. Chapman, Prair.0.9 


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Boston Classic takes place at Te Rauparaha Arena - by Eurobasket News
Boston Classic served as the NBL pre-season tournament had just been played in Porirua City.
Taranaki Mountain Airs celebrated two wins at the tourney. They opened the winnin count with a 97:70 win over the Manawatu Jets. Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) scored 25 points to lead the effort. Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina) added 21 points in the win. Ian OBoyle answered with 15 points for the Jets.
Taranaki then took care of LZ Harbour Heat 90:82 behind 35 points from Jack Leasure. Darryl Hudson was helpful again with 28 points. The Heat responded with 24 points from Marco Alexander. The Mountain Airs also suffered a 70:81 loss to the Nelson Giants in the opener. Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) delivered 29 points to lead the charge. Darryl Jones accounted for 11 points for the Giants. Jack Leasure had 24 points in the loss.
Nelson Giants finished the tourney undefeated. They claimed an 86:68 win over the Harbour Heat in the second game. Pete Campbell stepped up with 22 points, while Phill Jones contributed 15 points for the winners. Brad Anderson replied with 13 points for the Heat.
Nelson Giants finished the preceding with a 92:76 rout of HBS Bank Hawks. Pete Campbell topscored again with 23 points. Phill Jones had 16 points in the winning case. Aidan Daly notched 16 points for the Bay Hawks.
Wellington Saints went 2-1 at the event. They opened the Boston Classic with a cruising 95:57 win over the Manawatu Jets. Anthony Gurley (192-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) fired 27 points, while Jordan Mills and Ross Taurima had 14 points each in the win. Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) replied with 15 points for the Jets.
Then the Saints surrendered against the Bay Hawks 76:97. Paora Winitana (196-G-76) dropped 19 points to lead the effort. Troy McLean (193-G-79) connected for 22 points for the Saints.
Finally the Saints dismantled the Nelson Giants 109:76 behind 23 points from Anthony Gurley. Joshua Bloxham (184-G-90) provided 21 points for the Giants.




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BLNO Round 18: Froya Basket defeats leader Asker Aliens - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Asker Aliens (14-5) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Froya Basket (14-2) 77-76. Asker Aliens were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Froya Basket, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) contributed with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Froya Basket's coach Ron Billingslea used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for Asker Aliens. Froya Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Asker Aliens dropped to the second place with five games lost. Froya Basket are looking forward to face Ammerud Bskt (#7) in Oslo in the next round where they are favorite. Asker Aliens will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Oslo: Centrum (#5) and Ammerud Bskt (#7). Ammerud Bskt was smashed at home by 26 points 54-80 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) scored 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mustafa Mahnin chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) with 21 points. Centrum have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Ammerud Bskt lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Centrum's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Langhus IL.
An interesting game for Froya Basket (14-2) which played road game in Bekkestua against 3rd ranked Baerum Basket (11-5). Second ranked Froya Basket managed to get a 10-point victory 85-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baerum Basket. Peter Bullock notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by Ryan Ferranti did not help to save the game for Baerum Basket. Froya Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Baerum Basket at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Froya Basket will meet at home Ammerud Bskt (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Baerum Basket will play against Gimle BBK (#6) in Bergen and hope to secure a win.



Baerum Basket - Froya Basket 75-85

An interesting game for Froya Basket (14-2) which played road game in Bekkestua against 3rd ranked Baerum Basket (11-5). Second ranked Froya Basket managed to get a 10-point victory 85-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baerum Basket. The game was mostly controlled by Froya Basket. Baerum Basket managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Froya Basket made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) did not help to save the game for Baerum Basket. Swedish forward Filip Sjostrom (198-90) added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Froya Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Baerum Basket at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Froya Basket will meet at home Ammerud Bskt (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Baerum Basket will play against Gimle BBK (#6) in Bergen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Baerum Basket: R.Ferranti 23+7reb+3ast, S.Mjos 18+2reb+1ast, F.Sjostrom 10+12reb+2ast, T.Mjos 7+1reb, B.Andreassen 7+5reb, M.Eckhoff 5+1reb+1ast
Froya Basket: E.Gabrans 21+5reb+2ast, P.Bullock 19+13reb+2ast, M.Kombat 15+8reb+2ast, A.Ouakkaha 10+3reb+4ast, K.Otabor 7+2reb, N.Phillip 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 167003


Asker Aliens - Froya Basket 76-77

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Asker Aliens (14-5) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Froya Basket (14-2) 77-76. Asker Aliens were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Froya Basket, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Froya Basket's coach Ron Billingslea used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Magnus Midtvedt (182-90) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Asker Aliens. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Froya Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Asker Aliens dropped to the second place with five games lost. Froya Basket are looking forward to face Ammerud Bskt (#7) in Oslo in the next round where they are favorite. Asker Aliens will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: M.Midtvedt 16+6reb+2ast, A.Lee-Ingram 16+14reb+3ast, S.Gustavsen 15+5reb+1ast, C.Land 13+7reb+1ast, F.Bohn 8+3reb+1ast, E.Stien 6+2reb+5ast
Froya Basket: M.Kombat 19+8reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 14+3reb+5ast, R.Silavs 11+2ast, P.Bullock 11+14reb+2ast, A.Ouakkaha 9+4reb, N.Phillip 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 167004


Ammerud Bskt - Centrum 54-80

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Oslo: Centrum (#5) and Ammerud Bskt (#7). Ammerud Bskt was smashed at home by 26 points 54-80 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Ammerud Bskt was better in second period 16-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ammerud Bskt to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Centrum forced 21 Ammerud Bskt turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) scored 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) with 21 points and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Centrum have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Ammerud Bskt lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Centrum's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Langhus IL.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 21+2reb+2ast, O.Okoroafor 11+3reb+5ast, M.Bryn 10+2reb+2ast, N.El-Hajji 6+4reb, T.Mufoncol 2+5reb+3ast, S.Wroldsen 2+2reb+2ast
Centrum: R.Karlsen 30+9reb+3ast, M.Mahnin 16+6ast, F.Nyborg 9+4ast, I.Petter Brodahl 8+1reb+2ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 7+7reb+3ast, M.Lepovic 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 167002




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


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Standings
PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 11-0 
 2. Sauk Valley P. 6-4 
 3. Chicago M. 5-4 
 4. Indiana D. 2-9 
 5. St. Louis P. 1-5 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 10-1 
 2. Dayton A.S. 4-5 
 3. Scranton/W-B 4-5 
 4.