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  ABA   


Kings and Warriors again sharing the ABA #1 ranking - by Gianni Pascucci
For the second straight week. the Colorado Kings and the South Carolina Warriors share the #1 position in the ABA Power Rankings for the week ending February 19th. 'Both the Kings and Warriors remain undefeated as we come to the last week's of the regular season,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The game between the Warriors and the Jacksonville Giants last night was a barnburner with SC winning 113-111 over the powerful Giants. The playoffs are going to be very exciting as the top teams meet one another vying for a shot at the Final Four.' The rankings:

1. Colorado Kings and South Carolina Warriors
3. San Diego Sol
4. Chicago Steam
5. Arizona Scorpions
6. Athens Razors
7. San Francisco Rumble
8. Jacksonville Giants
9. Texas Fuel

10. Carolina Cheetahs
11. Lynchburg Legends
12. Little Rock Lightning
13. Richmond Elite
14. Bay Area Matrix
15. Richmond Rockets
16. North Dallas Vandals
17. Connecticut Topballerz
18. Los Angeles SLAM
19. Memphis Bluff City Reign
20. Lima Explosion
21. Conway Cyclones
22. Jersey Express
23. Northeast Arkansas Swag
24. Missouri Rhythm

'As mentioned last week. several teams are poised to make the Top 24 with the Missouri Rhythm making it this week based on two wins,' added Newman. 'And there could be more changes as we wind down the season.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Buducnost Voli locks Nikola Ivanovic to a long term deal - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost Voli made important move for the future. The reigning Montenegrin champion penned a four-year deal with top prospect Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket). The 18-year-old point guard joined Buducnost last summer and already has very important role in the team. For a player of his age Ivanovic has an impressive season in Adriatic league averaging 6.9 points, 1.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds for 19 games and he is the main candidate for the Newcomer of the Year award. He also shined in EuroCup with 5.5 ppg, 2 apg and 1.9 rpg. In a single Euroleague qualifications game young Ivanovic registered 14 points against Lietuvos Rytas. Nikola Ivanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Guard of the Year -11 and also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Most Improved Player of the Year -11. With U18 Montenegrin NT last summer he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 2nd Team. In 2010, Ivanovic had 22.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5 apg and 3.1 spg at U16 EuroBasket in Bar. He was named All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Best Guard -10.

Bizkaia Bilbao send Tomas Hampl to Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) will continue his career in Croatia. Bizkaia Bilbao sent the centre to Cibona Zagreb on loan. The deal is meant till the end of the season. Tomas Hampl joined Bizkaia Bilbao at the start of the season. He tallied 2.0 points per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per appearance. Last season the centre spent in LEB Silver. He played for Santurzi. Tomas Hampl posted 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. He also had stints with Lagun Aro and Sparta Praha. Tomas Hampl has been the member of Czech Republic National Team since 2009.


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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. SK Tirana 7-0
 2. Kamza Basket 4-2
 3. Vllaznia Shk. 4-2
 4. Flamurtari 3-4
 5. Teuta Durres 2-5
 6. U.A.T. 0-7
Group B
 1. Apolonia 3-0
 2. Partizani Tirana 2-2
 3. Pogradeci 0-3


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  ARGENTINA   


ON TO THE NEXT - by Brandon Brown
Well its on to the next for me..it didnt take me to long to go to another team after my stint with my old team Club Trouvillen uruguay. My new team on the other hand is in argentina with a team named Lanus Buenos Aires.only been here a few days but i can see that i will fit in nice with the coach's system. only been here a few days and played in 2 games. My first day here i played in a game, it was weird because i never played in a game right off the plane,well not right off but a couple hours after..but the strangest thing occurred. my legs were super fresh.i was dunking and doing dunks i havent done since the beginning of the season...the good news about this team is that i wont have to play 40 minutes a game which is a huge relief. the most i would play is 25 minutes maybe 28 if im having a good game and when i get the plays down pack,cause i only know 4 plays right about now.

Some other good news is that i wont have to score 30-40 points in order for us to win.. I have some real talented players on my team,its atleast 6 players that score in double figures in each game.. Thats real good because all of the scoring does not fall on one or two guys. The people here in Lanus Buenos Aires have welcomed me with open arms, so thats always a good thing.. I have a good coaching,trainer and doctor staff here, which is always a good thing to come by.. Theres a perk here that i havent had since i have been playing basketball. Unlimited gatorades and water,and if you are a hooper u know how good that is. Im not talkin about in a huge jug, im talking about personal bottle gatorades. If you dont know what that is ill tell you #WINNING HAHAHAHAH.


UNTIL NEXT TIME

Brandon Brown (201-F, college: CS San Bernar.)

YOLO


Manu Ginobili strains left oblique - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs' overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday didn't come without cost.

The Spurs lost guard Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and big man Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) to injuries.

'I think we just lost (Ginobili) again, and (Splitter),' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said following the game, which the Spurs won 103-100. 'I think it's going to be a while.'

Ginobili left at the end of the third quarter with a strained left oblique. Splitter came out of the game in the first quarter with a right calf sprain. Both will be examined in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to a team official.

'It sort of looks like we won the battle, but it makes it tough to win the war,' Popovich said.

Saturday was Ginobili's fourth game back since being sidelined for 22 games after he broke his left hand in a game against Minnesota on Jan. 2. Ginobili was wincing in pain after Clippers forward Kenyon Martin set a hard screen on him away from the ball. Ginobili came out of the game moments later.

Entering Saturday's game, Ginobili, a two-time All-Star, had played only eight games for the Spurs, averaging 13.4 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the field.

Splitter has served as a key reserve in the frontcourt for San Antonio in his second season with the Spurs. Prior to Saturday's game, he'd tallied 9.7 points per game while shooting 62.3 percent from the field to go along with 5.4 rebounds in 21.3 minutes.

Courtesy of ESPN


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 17-6 
 2. Libertad S. 17-7 
 3. Penarol 16-7 
 4. Sionista 15-9 
 5. Lanus 15-9 
 6. Atenas 14-9 
 7. La Union 14-11 
 8. Quimsa 12-12 
 9. GECR Indalo 12-12 
 10. Regatas C. 11-13 
 11. Boca Jrs 9-14 
 12. Olimpico LB 9-15 
 13. Wuber-Est.Bahia 9-15 
 14. Club 9 8-16 
 15. Quilmes MP 7-17 
 16. San Mart.C. 6-19 


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 2. Smith, La Union17.4 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.2 
 4. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.3 
 5. Pittman, Libertad.16.0 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.9 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.8 
 8. McHopson, Quilm.15.6 
 9. Nelson, GECR I.15.6 
 10. Cowan, Club 915.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Martinez, San M.12.7 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. 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 


Round 7: Singapore Slingers lose to KL Dragons in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kuala Lumpur. Third ranked Malaysian host KL Dragons (5-2) defeated 4th placed Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-4) 86-71. The game was mostly controlled by KL Dragons. Singapore Slingers managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Singapore Slingers to just 7 points in first quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Singapore Slingers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 34 points (!!!). At the losing side power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KL Dragons moved-up to second place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. KL Dragons is looking forward to face Petron Blaze (#3) in Manila in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Singapore Slingers will play on the road against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino Philippine Patriots (6-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-5) in Bangkok 81-72. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a quality performance for swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Nakiea Miller accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center DeAndre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) came up with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Thailand Slammers in the defeat. Philippine Patriots have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Philippine Patriots will play against Bangkok Cobras (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thailand Slammers will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (3-4) 76-61 on Sunday evening. Michael Earl fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Bangkok Cobras' coach Joe Bryant used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Jonathan Jones produced 24 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Bangkok Cobras moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Satria Muda. Saigon Heat lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Bangkok Cobras will meet at home league's leader Philippine Patriots in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will play against Thailand Slammers (#7) in Bangkok and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Jakarta was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (3-4). Petron Blaze defeated Satria Muda 77-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Douglas Thomas who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Petron Blaze. They moved-up to second place, which they share with KL Dragons. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Petron Blaze's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it will be for sure the game of the week. Satria Muda will play at home against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Saigon H. - Bangkok C. 61-76

Bottom-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (3-4) 76-61 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bangkok Cobras outrebounded Saigon Heat 43-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Michael Earl (203-85, college: Utah St.) fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lewis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Bangkok Cobras players scored in double figures. Bangkok Cobras' coach Joe Bryant used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds and Filipino guard Noy Javier (186) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Bangkok Cobras moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Satria Muda. Saigon Heat lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Bangkok Cobras will meet at home league's leader Philippine Patriots in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will play against Thailand Slammers (#7) in Bangkok and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Jones 24+8reb, N.Javier 15+5reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+3reb+3ast, M.Trieu 6+1reb+2ast, J.Hodge 5+9reb+2ast, S.Ly 0
Bangkok C.: M.Earl 19+9reb, G.Lewis 14+11reb+1ast, J.Reyes 13+6reb+2ast, M.Cruz 12+7reb+7ast, R.Kruatiwa 10+3reb+1ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 4+4reb
gschID: 166930


Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots 72-81

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Philippine Patriots (6-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-5) in Bangkok 81-72. Thailand Slammers were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 30-13 third quarter run of Philippine Patriots. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a quality performance for swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Philippine Patriots players scored in double figures. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center DeAndre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) came up with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Kenneth Walker (206-80, college: Alabama) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Thailand Slammers in the defeat. Philippine Patriots have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Philippine Patriots will play against Bangkok Cobras (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thailand Slammers will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: D.Thomas 23+6reb+4ast, K.Walker 17+11reb+2ast, C.Tolomia 10+1reb+5ast, M.Jantuma 7+2ast, B.Bautista 7+2reb+1ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 5+1reb
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 21+9reb+6ast, N.Miller 14+8reb+1ast, A.Vergara 12+2reb+8ast, J.Fernandez 12, W.Ybanez 8+1reb+4ast, A.Ramos 6+2reb
gschID: 166927


Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 61-77

The game in Jakarta was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (3-4). Petron Blaze defeated Satria Muda 77-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The game was mostly controlled by Petron Blaze. Satria Muda was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petron Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Satria Muda's 28. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Douglas Thomas (206-83, college: Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Dalron Johnson (206-81, college: UNLV) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) added 18 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. The victory was the third consecutive win for Petron Blaze. They moved-up to second place, which they share with KL Dragons. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Petron Blaze's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it will be for sure the game of the week. Satria Muda will play at home against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: J.Smith 18+15reb+1ast, S.Thomas 16+17reb+2ast, M.Wuysang 10+2reb+1ast, J.Uy 6+4reb+3ast, A.Prihantono 6+2reb, R.Gunawan 5
Petron Blaze: D.Thomas 23+7reb, L.Avenido 12+2reb+3ast, D.Johnson 8+6reb+5ast, F.Baguion 8+1reb+5ast, S.Cabatu 7+3reb+1ast, A.Mangahas 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 166928


KL Dragons - Singapore S. 86-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kuala Lumpur. Third ranked Malaysian host KL Dragons (5-2) defeated 4th placed Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-4) 86-71. The game was mostly controlled by KL Dragons. Singapore Slingers managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Singapore Slingers to just 7 points in first quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Singapore Slingers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 34 points (!!!). At the losing side power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and center Donald Little (211-78, college: Cincinnati) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KL Dragons moved-up to second place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. KL Dragons is looking forward to face Petron Blaze (#3) in Manila in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Singapore Slingers will play on the road against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: L.Graham 25+9reb, D.Little 19+5reb, V.Canta 6, D.Dulay 6+3reb+4ast, K.Huat Steven Khoo 6+6reb, W.Jie Oh Desmond 4+1reb+1ast
KL Dragons: T.Wade 34+3reb+2ast, B.Williams 30+15reb+2ast, P.Cabahug 7+2reb, C.Pacana 6+4reb, N.Belasco 3+8reb+1ast, Y.Seng John Ng 3
gschID: 166929




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  AUSTRALIA   


David Andersen wins the trophy in Italy, gets MVP award - by Eurobasket News
David Andersen (212-C-80) wins the trophy in Italy as his Montepaschi Siena defended their Italian Cup title. They overcame Bennet Cantu 88:71 in the remake of the last seasons Final. David Andersen 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 posted 16 points, while David Moss contributed 14 points for the winning side. Gianluca Basile answered with 15 points for Bennet Cantu. Maarten Leunen provided 12 points in the loss.
This year he averages 15.8 points per game in Italian Serie A.


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.4 
 3. Wilson, Taipans16.8 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats16.8 
 5. Khazzouh, Kings16.6 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.0 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers15.9 
 8. Deleon, Blaze15.8 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.7 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 3. Grant, Kings8.5 
 4. Simpsons, 36ers8.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.7 
 9. Jackson, Breakers6.4 
 10. Bose, Kings6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.1 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.7 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.1 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Dillon, Tigers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.6 
 2. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.9 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.4 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.3 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 7. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 9. Deleon, Blaze1.1 
 10. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.4 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.0 
 9. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Klosterneub. 17-4 
 2. Gmunden 15-6 
 3. Kapfenberg 15-6 
 4. Wels 15-6 
 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 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Roy BOOKER
  St.Polten
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Booker, St.Polten27.0 
 2. Stazic, BC Vienna26.9 
 3. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 4. Drenovac, Arkadia22.1 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Djuric, Gussing19.8 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.4 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg18.3 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 10. Shaw, Oberwart17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.4 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden7.8 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Gordon, Kapfenberg7.6 
 6. Scott, Gussing6.8 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.6.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.8 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.6.7 
 10. Robinson, Fursten.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.2 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.9 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 4. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.5.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.3 
 9. Hollins, Oberwart4.2 
 10. Lanegger, Kloster.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.2 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 5. Brown, Wels1.6 
 6. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.6 
 7. Jandl, Oberwart1.5 
 8. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Booker, St.Polten1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.3 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.9 
 5. Koch, Gussing0.8 
 6. Brown, Wels0.7 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.5 
 9. Greimeister, Klost.0.5 
 10. Pryor, Wels0.5 


It All Starts With 1 - by Anthony Shavies

My man Kyan Brown (assistant coach of Summit League champion Oral Roberts University) told me earlier this season 'every win streak starts with one win'. Words of wisdom from one of the best story tellers I know.
So we're on a two game win streak right now. Granted, we've played St. Plten twice and they only have one victory so far this season. It is still a big step forward for our team.
To keep it real though, St. Plten has a very solid team with Roy Booker in the line up, he put on one of the best performances I've seen live (49 points, 37 in the 1st half). Much respect to you brotha.
I was recently voted Best Defensive Player in the league by the coaches (I'm a Missouri State Bear, it's what we do!). I appreciate the honor, it definitely feels good to be recognized. However I realize that awards aren't always accurate illustrations of the leagues best players. Example, I was not voted 1st team all defense last year although I was just as good on defense last year as I am this year. And I led the league in steals. As Jay-Z would say 'Politics as usual'.
Bears took a tough loss on the chin on Saturday to a pretty good ODU squad. They struggled offensively, especially against the zone. The Valley as a whole struggled on Saturday in the Bracketbuster. I still believe the Bears can and will win the MVC tourney. In order for that to happen they need Weems and Patterson to both play well and a third musketeer to step up offensively (Downing, Gulley, maybe even Scheer).
Having good times with the Jersey twins J Rob and Shel Boog. My dudes are comedy!
Shout out time!
S/O to Scott Speight for taking me down memory lane in Bearnation, follow him on twitter (@scsp8)
S/O to Maria (follow her on twitter @shesS0Brooklyn) for coming to the game, hopefully I can catch one of yours friendly fox
S/O to Big Time Weems (he doesn't need my endorsement for followers, he has 1,600 but follow him @kjw3434) had a great convo with my man Sunday night
S/O to my homie and teammate Max Graf for going ham sandwich Sunday night against St. Plten to the tune of 27 points (7/10 from 3) and vote my man in the All-Star game at www.oebl.at
Joke Time:
Doctor: you're overweight
Lady: I want a second opinion
Doctor: ok, you're also ugly
BOOM!
At me on twitter (@aishavies)


A Bundesliga: Round One of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in A Bundesliga just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Xion Dukes (17-4) on the court of sixth ranked Gussing Knights on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gussing Knights 79-71. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. 29 personal fouls committed by Xion Dukes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds for Xion Dukes. Gussing Knights maintains sixth place in Bundesliga with 11-10 record. Xion Dukes at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xion Dukes will play against Oberwart Gunners and are hoping to win this game.

The most impressive performance of 1st round was 38 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Stjepan Stazic of BC Vienna.


Group A
Gussing - Klosterneub. 79-71
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Xion Dukes (17-4) on the court of sixth ranked Gussing Knights on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gussing Knights 79-71. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. 29 personal fouls committed by Xion Dukes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Xion Dukes. Gussing Knights maintains sixth place in Bundesliga with 11-10 record. Xion Dukes at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xion Dukes will play against Oberwart Gunners and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 21+5reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 14+10reb+1ast, C.Bobb 9+8reb, M.Lanegger 7+5reb+4ast, L.Sallomon 6+4reb+2ast, M.Rachar 4+2reb
Gussing: E.Kadic 20+4reb, A.Djuric 19+13reb, T.Klepeisz 14+3reb+5ast, C.Scott 13+6reb+2ast, S.Koch 9+7reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 3+3ast
gschID: 169176


Kapfenberg - Wels 137-127 4OT
Top scorers:
Wels: M.Kohlmaier 29+13reb+4ast, Q.Pryor 27+6reb+5ast, T.Brown 27+10reb+4ast, D.Lamesic 26+14reb+4ast, J.Werner 6+7reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 5+3ast
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 43+5reb+5ast, T.Schreiner 31+4reb+4ast, L.Gordon 18+22reb+6ast, D.Nelson 16+9reb, D.Mayes 14+3reb+4ast, H.Kuegerl 8+2reb
gschID: 169177


Oberwart - Gmunden 70-65
There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (14-7) beat at home much higher ranked Gmunden Swans (15-6) 70-65 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 34-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Oberwart Gunners made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 assists. Forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. Forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) added 17 points in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Defending champion maintains fifth place in Bundesliga with 14-7 record. Loser Gmunden Swans keep the second position with six games lost. Oberwart Gunners will face league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 18+12reb+3ast, M.Curry 17+4reb+2ast, R.Poiger 8+4reb+1ast, M.Mayer 8+3reb+1ast, R.Arnold 7+2reb+1ast, E.Murati 4+1reb+1ast
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 17+3reb+2ast, N.Gacesa 13+3reb, V.Hollins 13+4reb+6ast, E.Rizvic 10+5reb, J.Johnson 7+5reb, H.Ochsenhofer 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169175


Group B
BC Vienna - Arkadia 99-78
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Arkadia Lions' (4-17) road loss to third ranked BC Vienna (8-13) in Wien 78-99 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-78. BC Vienna looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia South, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Vienna moved-up to second place in Bundesliga. Loser Arkadia Lions keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. BC Vienna will have a break next round. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against the league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers (#1).
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 25+7reb+3ast, R.Spasojevic 18+9reb+2ast, B.Danek 17+4reb+6ast, J.Blazevic 10+1reb+3ast, P.Skurdauskas 8+5reb+1ast, G.Wilk 0
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 38+9reb+7ast, J.Francois 22+10reb+4ast, B.Matthews 13+3reb+1ast, D.Toroman 11+1reb+2ast, T.Gaspar 7+5reb+1ast, M.Carr 4+4reb+8ast
gschID: 169179


St.Polten - Furstenfeld 75-91
Rather predictable result when first ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (8-13) won against on the road 5th ranked St.Polten (1-20) 91-75 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-75. It was a very good performance for American forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Maximilian Graf (196-88) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for St.Polten. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first place in Bundesliga with 8-13 record. Loser St.Polten keeps the fifth position with 20 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will face Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen in the next round. St.Polten will play on the road against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: M.Speiser 19+11reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 17+2reb+4ast, R.Booker 16+3reb+4ast, I.Bakovic 7+9reb, D.Friedrich 5+3reb, A.Worenz 5+1reb
Furstenfeld: M.Graf 27+5reb, G.Ware 20+7reb, J.Robinson 20+12reb+2ast, A.Shavies 12+3reb+7ast, K.Payton 10+4reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 2+1reb+7ast


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz narrowly defeat Gala in Round 10 - by Eurobasket News
D1 championship continued at the weekend. The games of Round 10 were played. The league leaders Araz took on their archrivals Gala. The game turned into a real thriller. Araz eked out a narrow 94:92 win remaining on top of the ladder. Araz clinched the top position in the standings after the victory.
Chag Oiretim outgunned BGu 74:61 to catch up with Gala in the ladder.
NTL-Tudor bettered Aztop 64:51.
The playoffs are scheduled to start shortly in D1. The matchups became known after the games of Round 10. Here they are:
Araz vs. Chag Oiretim
Gala vs. NTL-Tudor
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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 15-1 
 2. Al Manama 13-4 
 3. Al Ahli 12-4 
 4. Issa Town 11-6 
 5. Al Hala 10-6 
 6. Sitra 9-7 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-8 
 8. Al Ittihad 7-8 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-15 
 10. Al Najma 1-15 
 11. Samaheej 1-15 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 15-1 
 2. Grodno-93 15-2 
 3. Rubon 10-7 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 7-10 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 6-11 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 6-11 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-17 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.9 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.17.2 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.15.9 
 4. Knox, Minsk-200614.9 
 5. Ovdeenko, Grodno-.14.3 
 6. Hawkins, Minsk.13.7 
 7. Mishukov, SBK O.13.7 
 8. Matyukevych, Grod.13.6 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.13.1 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.4 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.8 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.8 
 4. Kojenets, Minsk.7.3 
 5. Ovsepian, Rubon7.1 
 6. Krisevich, Minsk-.6.6 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.6 
 8. Matyukevych, Grod.6.4 
 9. Mishukov, SBK O.6.3 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20066.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 3. Papruha, BG.3.7 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.7 
 5. Volk, SBK O.3.0 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 7. Charykau, SBK O.2.7 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.5 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.6 
 2. Sapegin, Rubon2.3 
 3. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.1 
 4. Zakhar, BG.2.1 
 5. Ovsepian, Rubon2.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.2.0 
 7. Papruha, BG.1.9 
 8. Malkov, Rubon1.9 
 9. Charykau, SBK O.1.8 
 10. Fedorovskiy, Sozh1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Minsk-20.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 4. Sivalko, Rubon0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 6. Shuleyko, Grodno-.0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Shestilovski., Soz.0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sharipov, SBK O.0.0 


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  BELGIUM   


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


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  BRAZIL   


Santa Cruz do Sul is back with basketball - by Paulo Freire
One of the most traditionals teams from the south of Brazil is back on the basketball scene.

The Santa Cruz/Rados/Pioneer will play the Brazil Cup South Region, they will also play the Gaucho State that occurs in the second half of the year, in a position to fight for the state title. The idea is to put together a strong roster, to achieve a vacancy in New Basketball Brazil (NBB).

The head coach of Santa Cruz/Rados/Pioneer will be former player Athos Calderaro (185-G-74), the team will continue with the sponsors of Radson and Pioneer. The training starts next Thursday, 23. So far the managers have agreed with the players: forward Leandro Buboltz (198-F-83), small forward Bimba Wahrendorff (192-F-78), forward Jeferson Goncalves (202-C/F-82), point guard Icaro Parisotto (181-G-92) and center Ney Da Silva (214-C-87).

Two americans are in negotiation with the club Eric Watson and LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan)




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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.22.5 
 5. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.4 
 6. Barrett, Saskatch.21.0 
 7. Mackinnon, Victoria20.1 
 8. Ferguson, Alberta19.7 
 9. Kok, TRU19.3 
 10. Baker, Alberta19.0 
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. Buckley, Laurier8.5 
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. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.7 
 6. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 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. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.8 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.2.7 
 4. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 5. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 6. Collins, Windsor2.6 
 7. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 8. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 9. Desmarais, Conco.2.4 
 10. Yu, UBC2.4 
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. Dewar, Alberta1.1 
 10. Eyitayo, Concordia1.1 


CIS Round 32 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Tigers (8-10) outlasted Capers (11-8) in overtime by four points 86-82 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Ritchie Kanza Mata who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Tigers maintains sixth position with 8-10 record. Capers at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. Tigers will face Varsity Reds (#7) in Fredericton, NB in the next round. Capers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Panthers in Charlottetown, PEI and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Bishop's won against Laval on the opponent's court 81-78. New Brunsw. unfortunately lost to St.Mary's in a home game 86-87. Regina was rolled over Saskatchewan on the road 70-110. Memorial was defeated by St.Francis X. on its own court 64-75. Cape Breton beat Dalhousie in Sydney, NS 73-68. York destroyed RMC at home 94-49. Toronto Univ. managed to outperform Ottawa on the opponent's court 92-85. Laurentian managed to beat Queen's in a home game 83-74. Ryerson lost to undefeated Carleton on the road 64-107. Lakehead smashed Guelph on its own court 88-67. Western lost to Windsor in Windsor, ON 64-79. Concordia managed to outperform McGill at home 62-61. St.Francis X. rolled over Memorial on the opponent's court 103-64. McMaster crushed Laurier in a home game 93-67. UPEI was beaten by Acadia on the road 85-82. Brock won against Waterloo on its own court 73-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Terry Thomas of St.Francis X..



Laval - Bishop's 78-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Quebec City, QC where one of their biggest challengers Rouge et Or (4-10) was edged by fifth ranked Gaiters (4-10) 81-78 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Rouge et Or won second period 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaiters dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rouge et Or's 30. Rouge et Or was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sean Monplaisir (188) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and center Mike Andrews (208) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Hugues Ryan responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Christian Deslauniers-Trottier (188-87) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gaiters moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Laval. Gaiters will face league's second-placed Redmen in Montreal, QC in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Rouge et Or will play at home against the league's leader Stingers in Montreal, QC.
Top scorers:
Bishop's: S.Monplaisir 19+8reb+4ast, M.Andrews 17+7reb, T.Hunter 13+3reb+4ast, J.Leonard-Smith 10+6reb+3ast, O.Blackwood 8+1reb+1ast, M.Post 6+2reb+1ast
Laval: C.Deslauniers-Trottier 18+4reb+1ast, H.Ryan 14+8reb+5ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 11+6reb+1ast, E.Labrecque 11+3reb+1ast, T.Dezutter 8+4reb+2ast, X.Baribeau 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 155973


New Brunsw. - St.Mary''s 86-87

Rather predictable result in Fredericton, NB where fifth ranked Huskies (9-9) edged 7th ranked Varsity Reds (6-12) 87-86 on Saturday. Huskies have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 9-9 record which they share with defeated Varsity Reds. Varsity Reds at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Huskies will face league's leader X-Men in Antigonish, NS in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Varsity Reds will play on the road against Tigers (#6) in Halifax, NS and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 169258


Saskatchewan - Regina 110-70

Not a big story in a game in Saskatoon, SK where 7th ranked Cougars (5-15) were rolled over by first ranked Huskies (16-4) 110-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. Huskies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Huskies shot 23 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Cougars only scored seven points from the stripe. Huskies forced 21 Cougars turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Duncan Jones (196) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) who added 20 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. Vule Grujic responded with 19 points and forward Paul Gareau (201) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 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. Huskies have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-4 record. Cougars lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: D.Jones 20+8reb+2ast, J.Barrett 20+1reb+6ast, P.Lomuro 14+8reb+4ast, A.Henry 11+2reb+2ast, M.Forbes 10+1reb, C.Unsworth 10+3reb+1ast
Regina: V.Grujic 19+4reb+1ast, P.Gareau 12+10reb+1ast, M.Campbell 10+3reb, G.Childerhose 7+4reb, C.Burns 6+2reb, A.Tate 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 155970


Memorial - St.Francis X. 64-75

Everything went according to plan in St.John's, NL where first ranked X-Men (15-4) beat 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-17) 75-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. X-Men had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jeremy Dunn (198) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and guard Jordan Clarke (188) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. X-Men's coach Steve Konchalski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized British swingman Mike Helsby (195-89) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and center Jason Shepherd (193-89) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. X-Men have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-4 record. Sea Hawks lost sixteenth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 17 games lost. X-Men will face Huskies (#5) in Halifax, NS in the next round. Sea Hawks will play on the road against Axemen in Wolfville, NS.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 15+4reb+2ast, J.Clarke 12+2reb+6ast, T.Vernon 11+3reb+4ast, M.Clayton 10+2reb+5ast, W.Donkoh 9+4ast, T.Thomas 8+8reb+3ast
Memorial: M.Helsby 20+7reb+6ast, J.Shepherd 16+3reb+2ast, C.Gould 13+6reb+2ast, M.Woodland 11+3reb+6ast, J.Alliman 2+1reb+1ast, R.Wood 2+1ast
gschID: 155971


Dalhousie - Cape Breton 68-73

There was no surprise in Halifax, NS where 6th ranked Tigers (8-10) were defeated by fourth ranked Capers (11-8) 73-68 on Sunday. Tigers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Capers made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Tigers outrebounded Capers 47-30 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Al Alilovic (198) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Bahamas forward Robert Nortmann (198) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sam Williams (196) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Capers maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Tigers at the other side keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Capers will face league's second-placed Panthers in Charlottetown, PEI in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Tigers will play at home against Varsity Reds (#7) in Fredericton, NB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 18+8reb+10ast, A.Alilovic 15+5reb+2ast, M.Lufile 14+6reb, J.Smith 12+2reb+4ast, K.Devereaux 7+8reb+3ast, L.Macquarrie 5
Dalhousie: R.Nortmann 16+11reb, C.Fox 15+3reb+3ast, W.Yengue 13+9reb+1ast, S.Williams 13+12reb+1ast, S.Lopez 7+4reb+6ast, R.Kanza Mata 2+4reb+7ast
gschID: 155972


York - RMC 94-49

No shocking result in a game in Toronto, ON where sixth ranked Lions (5-17) outleveled bottom-ranked RMC (0-22) 94-49 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held RMC to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 52.7 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded RMC 55-24 including a 38-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Richard Iheadindu who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds and Matthew Ziobrowski who added 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Guard Connor Duke (191) responded with 21 points and Alexandre Lavoie scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Lions maintains sixth position with 5-17 record. RMC at the other side still closes the standings with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
York: R.Iheadindu 26+7reb+3ast, R.Isaac 16+2reb+2ast, M.Ziobrowski 12+11reb+2ast, N.Tufegdzich 9+8reb, M.Noble-Mohamed 9+3reb+3ast, C.Coldea 8+4reb
RMC: C.Duke 21+3reb+3ast, A.Lavoie 16+9reb+1ast, J.Byun 12+2reb+2ast, K.Hicks 0+1reb, J.Kim 0, S.Hui 0+1ast
gschID: 155966


Ottawa - Toronto Univ. 85-92

There was a minor upset in Ottawa, ON where 3rd ranked Gee-Gees (13-9) were defeated by fifth ranked Blues (10-12) 92-85 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gee-Gees won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blues dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gee-Gees' 32. Gee-Gees were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian forward Drazen Glisic (198) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds and forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) who added 22 points during the contest. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) responded with 23 points and Michael L'Africain scored 11 points and 4 assists. Four Blues and five Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. Gee-Gees' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Blues maintains fifth position with 10-12 record. Gee-Gees at the other side dropped to the second place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 22+2reb+3ast, J.Holmes 18+3reb+2ast, D.Glisic 15+9reb+3ast, S.Nickel 12+2reb, D.Laurin 11+2reb, A.Wasik 8+5reb+5ast
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 23+3reb+3ast, V.Gill 12+4reb, M.L'Africain 11+2reb+4ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 10+5reb+2ast, J.Vig 10+6reb, J.Gibson-Bascombe 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 155967


Laurentian - Queen's 83-74

Rather predictable result in Sudbury, ON where fourth ranked Voyageurs (11-11) defeated 7th ranked Golden Gaels (2-20) 83-74 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Golden Gaels won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Golden Gaels 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Manny Pasquale (183) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Isiah Pasquale (191) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Mackenzie Simpson responded with 19 points and forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Golden Gaels players scored in double figures. Golden Gaels' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Voyageurs maintains fourth position with 11-11 record. Golden Gaels lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 30+8reb+5ast, I.Pasquale 17+5reb+4ast, G.Serresse 10+3reb+2ast, N.Yengue 8+11reb+2ast, M.Hull 8+4reb+3ast, A.Ratte 7+4reb+1ast
Queen's: M.Simpson 19+2reb+1ast, R.Golden 16+2reb+2ast, B.Burgesson 12+7reb, N.Misljencevic 11+5reb+4ast, D.Adams 6+4reb+4ast, M.Baker 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155968


Carleton - Ryerson 107-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Rams' (13-9) road loss to top-ranked Ravens (22-0) 64-107 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ravens outrebounded Rams 36-12 including a 24-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 61.3 percentage. Ravens looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Rams' players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Thomas Scrubb (196) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists and international forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Ravens players scored in double figures. Ravens' coach Dave Smart felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aaron Best responded with 18 points and Jordon Gauthier scored 12 points. Ravens have an impressive 22-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-0 record. Rams at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Carleton: T.Scrubb 18+4reb+5ast, P.Scrubb 15+1reb+3ast, E.Thompson 14+2reb+1ast, W.Manigat 13+2ast, G.Resch 12, T.Hinz 11+7reb+5ast
Ryerson: A.Best 18+1reb, J.Gauthier 12+1reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 12+1reb, G.Berry 9+2reb, J.Jones 7+3ast, L.Staniscia 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155969


Dalhousie - Cape Breton 86-82 OT

Tigers (8-10) outlasted Capers (11-8) in overtime by four points 86-82 on Saturday night. Capers were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of Tigers, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-10. Tigers made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Capers were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Ritchie Kanza Mata who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Al Alilovic (198) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Five Tigers and four Capers players scored in double figures. Tigers maintains sixth position with 8-10 record. Capers at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. Tigers will face Varsity Reds (#7) in Fredericton, NB in the next round. Capers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Panthers in Charlottetown, PEI and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: C.Fox 20+2reb+2ast, W.Yengue 17+10reb, R.Kanza Mata 14+8reb+9ast, R.Nortmann 13+8reb+2ast, A.Arthur 11+7reb+2ast, S.Lopez 7+9reb+3ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 29+11reb+7ast, A.Alilovic 21+11reb, J.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, M.Lufile 10+5reb+2ast, L.Macquarrie 6+3reb, J.Glasgow 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155964


Lakehead - Guelph 88-67

Everything went according to plan in Thunder Bay, ON where first ranked Thunderwolves (21-2) outscored 6th ranked Gryphons (8-14) 88-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Thunderwolves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Gryphons' 36. Worth to mention a great performance of center Ryan Thomson (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) who added 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. Guard Daniel McCarthy (188) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Aron Campbell scored 13 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderwolves have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-2 record. Gryphons lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: R.Thomson 22+8reb+2ast, M.Schmidt 19+6reb+1ast, V.Russel 18+3reb+5ast, G.Carter 8+8reb+8ast, N.Wainwright 6, A.Johnson 6
Guelph: D.McCarthy 19+5reb+1ast, A.Campbell 13+2reb+6ast, K.Malcolm 9+7reb+2ast, A.Bering 8+5reb+1ast, M.Clark 7+4reb, A.Beney 4+2reb
gschID: 155965


Windsor - Western 79-64

There was no surprise in Windsor, ON where 7th ranked Mustangs (8-14) were defeated by fourth ranked Lancers (15-7) 79-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lancers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lancers forced 22 Mustangs turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) who added 16 points during the contest. Four Lancers players scored in double figures. Guard Ryan Barbeau (178) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Peter Scholtes (196) scored 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lancers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-7 record. Loser Mustangs dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Windsor: L.Phillip 18+14reb+2ast, E.Diloreto 16+4reb+2ast, R.Osuntola 13+6reb+2ast, E.Matthews 12+2reb+2ast, J.McQueen 7+5reb, J.Collins 7+3reb+7ast
Western: P.Scholtes 20+3reb, R.Barbeau 19+8reb+5ast, Q.Henderson 10+6reb+2ast, G.Morrow 6+2reb, R.Higgins 4, N.Berardi 3
gschID: 155961


Concordia - McGill 62-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Stingers' (12-2) home victory over second-ranked Redmen (8-6) 62-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-61. Stingers forced 22 Redmen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Evens Laroche (193) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 12 rebounds and guard Decee Krah (180) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Nicolas Langley (197-92) responded with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Karim Sy-Morissette (193) scored 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Stingers maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser Redmen keeps the second place with six games lost. Stingers will face Rouge et Or (#5) in Quebec City, QC in the next round. Redmen will play on the road against Citadines in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Concordia: D.Krah 15+6reb+1ast, E.Laroche 9+12reb+1ast, J.Moussignac 9+2reb+4ast, J.Blake 7+1reb, Z.Brisebois 7+4reb, K.Desmarais 5+3reb+2ast
McGill: A.Mitrovic 12+5reb, K.Sy-Morissette 11+1reb+6ast, W.Clark 9+5reb+2ast, N.Langley 8+7reb+4ast, V.Dufort 8+4reb+2ast, T.Riley 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 155962


Memorial - St.Francis X. 64-103

Very expected game in St.John's, NL where 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-17) were crushed by first ranked X-Men (15-4) 103-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. X-Men led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sea Hawks' 26 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. X-Men forced 22 Sea Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 37-20 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Terry Thomas (193) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Bol Kong (198, college: Gonzaga) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four X-Men players scored in double figures. Naturalized British swingman Mike Helsby (195-89) responded with 17 points and 7 assists and center Jason Shepherd (193-89) scored 19 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. X-Men have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-4 record. Sea Hawks lost sixteenth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 17 games lost. X-Men will face Huskies (#5) in Halifax, NS in the next round. Sea Hawks will play on the road against Axemen in Wolfville, NS.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: T.Thomas 29+7reb+4ast, B.Kong 16+6reb+5ast, J.Dunn 11+5reb+1ast, M.Clayton 10+2reb+6ast, W.Donkoh 9+1reb+1ast, T.Vernon 8+1reb+4ast
Memorial: J.Shepherd 19+2reb+2ast, M.Helsby 17+3reb+7ast, R.Habib 11+1reb+1ast, D.Moore 6+4reb+1ast, M.Woodland 4+2reb+3ast, C.Gould 4+5reb
gschID: 155963


McMaster - Laurier 93-67

Everything could happen in Hamilton, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Marauders and one of their biggest challengers Golden Hawks had identical 16-5 record. This time Marauders used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Waterloo, ON 93-67 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Marauders. Golden Hawks was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marauders dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Golden Hawks' 40. They outrebounded Golden Hawks 49-35 including a 41-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Adam Presutti who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Aaron Redpath who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Four Marauders players scored in double figures. William Coulthard responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Kale Harrison (196) scored 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marauders (17-5) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just -5 point less than leader Lakehead. Golden Hawks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McMaster: T.Black 19+7reb, A.Presutti 19+6reb+5ast, A.Redpath 12+5reb+9ast, C.Michaud 12+4reb+1ast, N.Pelech 9+5reb, J.Rocca 6+5reb
Laurier: K.Harrison 16+2reb, W.Coulthard 11+6reb+2ast, M.Hyde 7, K.Enright 7+3reb, C.Meschino 6+1reb+1ast, M.Buckley 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 155958


Acadia - UPEI 85-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Wolfville, NS where second-ranked Panthers (12-7) were edged by third ranked Axemen (11-6) 85-82 on Saturday. Panthers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panthers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and guard Anthony Ashe (193) who added 21 points during the contest. Donathan Moss responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Axemen maintains third position with 11-6 record having six points less than leader Lakehead. Panthers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with seven games lost. Axemen will face Sea Hawks (#8) in St.John's, NL in the next round where they are favorite. Panthers will play at home against Capers (#4) in Sydney, NS and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Acadia: A.Ashe 21+4reb, O.Klassen 18+15reb, J.Tull 15+5reb+4ast, T.Scott 11+2reb+1ast, S.Stoqua 6+3reb+5ast, B.States 5+2reb+2ast
UPEI: D.Moss 29+10reb, M.Lual 19+11reb+3ast, J.Cooper 13+8reb+4ast, G.Doane 13+6reb+1ast, A.Robbins 4+1reb+1ast, J.Duke 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155959


Brock - Waterloo 73-60

Everything went according to plan in St.Catharines, ON where fifth ranked Badgers (10-13) beat 8th ranked Warriors (6-16) 73-60 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Badgers dominated on the defensive end, holding Warriors to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Didi Mukendi (183) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Andrew Ferguson (198-84) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Badgers players scored in double figures. Badgers' coach Brad Rootes used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Zach Angelini (188-92) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Wayne Bridge (188-90) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Badgers maintains fifth position with 10-13 record. Loser Warriors keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brock: D.Mukendi 20+8reb+3ast, A.Kraus 15+2reb+5ast, A.Ferguson 13+10reb+1ast, J.Fleming 10+5reb+1ast, M.Gibson 10+5reb+2ast, T.Kasamba 5+3reb+1ast
Waterloo: Z.Angelini 15+8reb+1ast, A.Melbourne 12+4reb+2ast, W.Bridge 8+8reb+6ast, G.Filgiano 8+6reb, T.Stevenson 5+3reb+1ast, J.Johnson 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155960




Rainmen finally knock off NBL Canadas top squad - by Eurobasket News
The sixth time was the charm for the Halifax Rainmen.

After five failed attempts to bring down the powerful London Lightning, the Rainmen finally vanquished the first-place club on Sunday at the Metro Centre with a convincing 104-78 victory before a crowd of 4,562 at the Metro Centre.

It was a dominating display, tying for the third-largest margin of victory in the National Basketball League of Canadas brief history.

Thats huge we proved we could actually beat them, said forward Lawrence Wright, amid a raucous on-court celebration after the game. Going into playoffs, we know were probably going to play them (again), so getting this win, it does something to them mentally that helps us.

The Rainmen allowed the opening basket 16 seconds in but proceeded to take the lead a minute later and didnt look back, storming out to a 20-4 lead.

London, which won the first five meetings by an average of 11.4 points, didnt come close to mounting a comeback, losing every quarter and trailing by as many as 33 in the second half.

They were assessed four technical fouls, with head coach Michael Ray Richardson taking two and earning an ejection with 2:12 left in the third quarter.

The normally outspoken Richardson gave a sarcastic wave to the officials as he left the floor but declined a request for a post-game interview.

We had them frustrated, said Wright, who torched the Lightning for 27 points. We just totally dominated from tip-off.

The defensive effort ranks as the best in the Rainmens five-year history, bettering the 79 they allowed to the Saint John Mill Rats on March 31, 2011, in the Premier Basketball League.

We came out wanting to play really hard on defence and we did that throughout the whole game, Wright said. Thats why we won so convincingly. It was all about defence.

Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) knocked down 15 points, Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) and Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86, college: Iowa) hit for 14 points apiece, and Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84) added 10.

The Rainmen (18-11) visit Saint John on Monday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Oshawa Power win 4th in a row 101-100 over the Moncton Miracles - by Eurobasket News
Durham's team the Oshawa Power continued their quest for the fourth and final playoff spot holding on for a thrilling 101-100 road victory over the Moncton Miracles Sunday afternoon.

The Power held an 82-67 lead heading into the fourth and final quarter and looked to be in full control but the Miracles won the fourth quarter 33-19, and came a layup short from putting an almost certain end to the Power s postseason dreams.

League's leading scorer Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) stayed true to his season average scoring 19 points. Number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) hit the go ahead bucket with under ten seconds remaining in the game to give him 15 points.

Canadian Tut Ruach (6'2''-G-85) came through with one of his strongest performances of the year posting 18 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.

'On offence we didn't panic when we were down one. We ran our set and Morgan made a shot I've seen him make a thousand times in practice,' said Ruach.

The Miracles got an all world performance from former Oshawa Power standout Akeem Wright (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) who netted a game-high 35 points in the losing effort. Trayvon Lathan added a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.

'The last play on defence we knew Akeem wanted to shoot so we sent a double team,' added Ruach. 'We knew we might be vulnerable on the glass but with the clock on our side it worked out.'

The Power have been playing their best basketball of the season having won 6-of-7 and 7 of their last 10 basketball games. They've limited turnovers and played much better defence under Head Coach Robert Brickey's guidance.

The next two Power games are against the Saint John Mill Rats as both teams face each other for the biggest games of the season. The first is Thursday February 23 as the Power continue their 4 game east coast road trip to close out the season. Game time is 6:00 p.m. e.s.t. Catch it live at www.powerbasketball.ca

Power Glance

Record: 14-19

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 15-4 
 2. UPEI 12-7 
 3. Acadia 11-6 
 4. Cape Breton 11-8 
 5. St.Mary's 9-9 
 6. Dalhousie 8-10 
 7. New Brunsw. 6-12 
 8. Memorial 1-17 
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. Bishop's 4-10 
 5. Laval 4-10 


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Liga Nacional Finals: Deportes Castro is 2-0 up against Boston College - by Eurobasket News
Liga Nacional Finals started last weekend. Deportes Castro was better than Boston College twice taking 2-0 lead in the series. They need just one more for the title as the format is best-of-five. In Game One, which was played on Saturday night, Deportes Castro handed 104-80 loss to Boston College. Two teams met again last night (Sunday). Deportes Castro was the host and registered another 71-66 win. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Zaronn Cann (198-F, college: Eckerd) also was great adding 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Spencer Smith (185-G, college: Post) collected 12 points, 7 rebs and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, college: Tarleton St.) had double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) also scored 20 pts, but to go with 7 assists. Game Three is scheduled for February 25 and Boston College will be the host. If necessary, teams will meet again a day later.

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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 27-5
 2. Beijing Ducks 21-11
 3. Shanxi Zh. 20-12
 4. Xinjiang F.T. 19-13
 5. DongGuan L. 19-13
 6. Shanghai S. 19-14
 7. Guangsha L. 18-14
 8. Fujian XX 17-15
 9. Qingdao DS 16-16
 10. Liaoning H. 15-17
 11. Zhejiang C. 15-17
 12. Jilin NE T. 14-18
 13. Shandong FB 14-18
 14. Bayi Fubang 10-22
 15. TianJin R. 10-22
 16. Foshan 10-22
 17. Jiangsu D. 9-23


JR Smith is happy or not - by Robert Wang
CBA has been running about 15 years and the level has been growing very fast. At the first 8 years, most clubs are seeking the foreigners and they hoped these imports can help them to go the higher standings every year. So some teams invited the US players, Euro. Players. Etc. Some top players never return after their China Experince for some unknown reasons. From Last year, which is the CBA season 2011-2012, some teams signed current NBA players including the NBA stars like JR Smith, Wilson Chandler, Keyoung Martin. Etc. NBA lock off gave CBA teams the great chance to sign these stars. This season was named the best and most brilliant season ever in the CBA history. JR Smith even hold the scorer number one. His teammates sometimes did not know how to play when they were playing with JR and so they just watch JR play one on one most of game time. The club put very big invest on the imports this year and the cost that they spent is almost as same as the other team's whole year budget. By far, the season is over and JR 's team did not go to the playoff. What they got then? Maybe only the Chinese player and coaches knows. Also, the news said his team deducted 1, 060,000 USD from JR's whole season payment just because JR did not practise , late for practise and some other reasons. This is big amount for JR and team. Is JR happy?

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Stimac's 19 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old power forward Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Svjetlost and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 19 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Svjetlost in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kvarner 2010 (#6, 7-9) 77-64. Svjetlost maintains the 5th position in Croatian league. Svjetlost is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-7 record. Stimac just recently signed at Svjetlost, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Andrej Stimac averages this season 14.8ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split. He is a swingman in his 3rd season at KK Split. In the last game Sobin recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as KK Split lost that game 67-90 to the lower-ranked Darda (#8, 6-9). KK Split managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Sobin is one of the most experienced players at KK Split and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) of Darda (#8). Meznaric showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Darda, leading his team to a 90-67 easy win against the higher-ranked KK Split (#3, 10-5). The chances of Darda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meznaric could help Darda to bring them higher in the standings. Meznaric has a very solid season. In 15 games in Croatia he scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) of Svjetlost - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Roko Ciklic (196-F-83) of Dubrovnik - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stjepan Tesija (206-F-89) of Alkar Sinj - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) of Dubrovnik - 22 points and 5 rebounds
8. Luka Drezga (196-G-87) of Borik - 26 points
9. Franjo Bubalo (194-G/F-88) of Alkar Sinj - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) of Zadar - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 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)


Bizkaia Bilbao send Tomas Hampl to Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) will continue his career in Croatia. Bizkaia Bilbao sent the centre to Cibona Zagreb on loan. The deal is meant till the end of the season. Tomas Hampl joined Bizkaia Bilbao at the start of the season. He tallied 2.0 points per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per appearance. Last season the centre spent in LEB Silver. He played for Santurzi. Tomas Hampl posted 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. He also had stints with Lagun Aro and Sparta Praha. Tomas Hampl has been the member of Czech Republic National Team since 2009.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Vrbanc, Zadar17.5 
 4. Ross, Jolly17.5 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.4 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner14.8 
 8. Zitko, Krizevci14.1 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Mrva, Jolly13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Sobin, KK Split7.7 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 4. Krapic, Zadar7.2 
 5. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 6. Mrva, Jolly6.8 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 9. Cakarun, Borik6.2 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Svjet.
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci6.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.2 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.8 
 5. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 6. Subotic, KK Split3.0 
 7. Mimica, KK Split2.9 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 3. Mimica, KK Split1.9 
 4. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 5. Tomas, Zabok1.6 
 6. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Ridl, Darda1.5 
 8. Panduric, Darda1.5 
 9. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 10. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 3. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Bubalo, Zabok1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Dijan, KK Split0.6 
 9. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 10. Najev, KK Split0.6 


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. White, Aalborg25.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.5 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 4. Rutherford, SISU21.5 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.2 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg19.3 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 8. Alexander, Bakken18.0 
 9. Fields, Falcon17.9 
 10. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.2 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj10.9 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.4 
 5. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 6. Benjamin, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.4 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Rutherford, SISU8.4 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Delk, Vaerlose4.8 
 3. White, Aalborg4.7 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.6 
 5. Sattler, Horsens IC4.6 
 6. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Henry, Naestved4.3 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 5. Fields, Falcon2.5 
 6. Sattler, Horsens IC2.2 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg2.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 10. Alexander, Bakken1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm2.0 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Vinson, Svendborg1.2 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.0 


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Spurs sign Toros PF Eric Dawson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
According to Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears the San Antonio Spurs have signed Austin Toros power forward Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) to a 10-day contract.

The move to bring in the 6-9, 250-pound Dawson comes on the heels of the Spurs 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers this past Saturday afternoon where they lost key backup Brazilian PF/C Tiago Splitter to a reported calf injury in the first quarter of play.

San Antonio also lost Manu Ginobili for the second time this season. Ginobili, in just his fourth game back from an early season hand injury, strained his left oblique in the third quarter of the Spurs win over the Clippers.

Dawson, in 18 games with the Central-Texas based Toros this season, has posted a very serviceable 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game on a highly efficient 56.3% shooting from the field.

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


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. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.5 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.3 
 8. Green, Los A.19.8 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Millsap, Los A.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.1 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.1 
 3. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.8.9 
 5. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 6. Andrews, Los A.8.6 
 7. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
 8. Foote, Springfield8.3 
 9. Dyer, Texas L.8.2 
 10. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.1 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.1 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 5. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 8. Ewing, Iowa E.5.8 
 9. Fortson, Los A.5.5 
 10. Coleman, Sioux F.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.1.9 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 8. Emmett, Reno B.1.8 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 10. Pruitt, Sioux F.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 9. Kent, Maine RC1.6 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.1.6 


Rockets recall Smith from Vipers - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced Sunday the team has recalled center/forward Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) from Houston's single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Smith was originally signed by the Rockets from the Vipers on Feb. 8, marking the first callup of his career. He was assigned by Houston back to Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 9.

Smith (6-10, 250, Fresno State), who was selected as a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, has averaged 16.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.33 blocks in 21 games (17 starts) with the Vipers in 2011-12. The D-League leader in field-goal percentage (.664, 150-226 FG), Smith also stands tied for sixth in the league in double-doubles (eight), 10th in rebounding average (7.9), 13th in scoring (16.7) and 14th in blocks per game (1.33).

In his first stint with the Rockets, Smith averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in two preseason games with Houston before being waived on Dec. 22, 2011.

In college, Smith averaged 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a sophomore last season at Fresno State. He was also the 2009-10 WAC freshman of the year, which was voted on by the WAC coaches.

Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande VV - Texas L. 97-130
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers lost 130-97 to the Texas Legends on Sunday at State Farm Arena. Marcus Morris led the Vipers with 22 points, and Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) led the Legends with 27 points. Tucker started the Legends' offense in the first quarter with a layup and a 3-point jump shot to put Texas up by five points. A 28-foot 3-pointer from Kelvin Lewis, followed by a layup from Morris inched the Vipers within one point, 11-10 at the 6:10 mark. Tucker responded with another 3-pointer and a few plays later, Dominique Johnson also added 3-pointer. Soon the Legends were up 23-12. Lee Humphrey answered for the Vipers with three shots from behind the arc and Will Conroy connected on a driving layup to end the quarter behind 32-23. Humphrey connected twice more for the Vipers at the beginning of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 34-29. The Legends' Sean Williams responded with a layup and one shot at the line, but a dunk from Will Foster helped the Vipers get within 37-33. The Legends slowly built their lead, but a shot from behind the arc by Lewis set the Vipers within four points again 46-42 with 5:18 remaining on the clock. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Booker Woodfox (6'1''-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Creighton) gave Texas a burst of momentum that sent them into halftime with 66-46 lead. Texas controlled most of the third quarter. Marshall Brown connected from downtown and again with a slam dunk to cut the Vipers deficit to 73-58. Stanley Asumnu also contributed a layup to keep the Vipers deficit at 15 points, 75-60 midway through the third. It was not enough to stop the Legends from holding the 95-70 lead at the end of the quarter. The Vipers were not able to turn things around in the fourth quarter. Morris shot down two 3s and Lewis contributed one from behind the arc, but the Vipers were not able to stop the Legends.. The Vipers had five players record double figures. Morris led the way with 22 points, followed by Conroy with 17 points and 13 assists. Seven Legends reached double digits. Tucker led with 27 points. Woodfox chipped in 20 points, and Williams notched a double-double 11 points, 10 rebounds. Next up, the Vipers will play host to the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at State Farm Arena. *Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com

Iowa E. - Ft.Wayne MA 111-84
The Iowa Energy hope history repeats itself. Iowa guard Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84, college: CS Northridge) scored a game-high 27 points as the Energy snapped a season-long three-game losing streak with a 111-84 NBA Development League win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants before an announced crowd of 5,208 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday night. 'We absolutely needed that,' Energy coach Kevin Young said. The Energy (20-11) entered Sunday's game in search of their first win since a 112-102 victory against Dakota on Feb. 10. Since that victory, the team dropped one loss at home and was handed a pair of back-to-back defeats at Springfield. The three-game losing streak was the first for the club since the Energy dropped that many during the 2009-10 season. That season marked the first of two back-to-back D-League-record 37-win seasons. Could there be more of that magic? 'We're (still) capable of having a nice record,' said Energy point guard Curtis Stinson, the lone leftover from that team. To make sure the Energy got back to their winning ways, Young delivered a simple message to his team before Sunday's game. 'I said it doesn't matter if we're playing the Lakers, if we're playing Lin-sanity, because I was just watching the Knicks game, or Fort Wayne, or Springfield,' Young said. 'It matters more about what we do, how we play, how our attitudes are. I went with that approach today and I was glad to see the guys kind of rally around that idea.' Efevberha took it to a whole new level in the third quarter. The guard helped the Energy blossom a 10-point lead into 30 as Iowa outscored the Mad Ants 30-10 in the quarter. Efevberha had 12 points in the quarter, scoring a pair of buckets in a 12-0 run. 'I was getting good looks,' Efevberha said. 'My teammates were looking for me. I had some nice open looks.' The Energy had five players score in double figures, with Ben Strong (6'11''-C-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Guilford) adding 14 and Nick Murphy chipping in 13. 'We got back to the basics,' Stinson said. 'We ran the offense, got easy baskets. You've got to make the game easy and when we're doing that, we're alright. We're a good team.' The basics worked. 'We needed it,' Efevberha said. 'Like coach said before the game, we're at a point in the season where we can either go downhill and just do terrible or we can bounce back from the losses we just took and go in the right direction.' Are they heading back in the right direction? 'I sure hope so,' Young said. *Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com

Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 102-98
Courtney Fortson (5'11''-G-88, college: Arkansas) 's driving layup with 8.1 seconds remaining and Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) 's 30 points helped the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeat the Austin Toros 102-98 on Sunday night. Justin Dentmon led three Austin double-figure scorers with 22 points. Leo Lyons added 19 points and Carldell Johnson had 18 for the Toros. The Toros cut Los Angeles' lead to 100-98 with 1:16 left, on a couple of Fortson free throws. The teams then traded missed three-point attempts, before Fortson drove in for the winning points. Dentmon also drew the Toros within two points of the D-Fenders on two free throws with 1:41 left, but a layup by Orien Greene with 1:25 remaining opened Los Angeles' lead to 100-96. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Maine RC - Bakersfield J. 109-118
Dave Leitao didn't pull any punches when assessing his thoughts on his team's second-half performance on Sunday afternoon. 'Any time you give up 72 second-half points, it's just ridiculous and it's never supposed to happen,' the first-year coach said after watching his Maine Red Claws drop a 118-109 decision to the Bakersfield Jam in front of 3,045 fans at the Portland Expo. 'That's 144 in a game. I mean, you might as well be playing in an all-star game.' The loss was the fourth in a row for the Red Claws (12-21) and represented their third straight at home. A collective lack of defense has been a source of concern during the stretch as Maine has surrendered nearly 118 points per game. The Red Claws defensive issues came to light in the third quarter on Sunday. Maine led 54-46 at the half but Bakersfield (17-14) started to get hot and worked its way to within three points (61-58) before the period was five minutes old. The Jam's success was a direct result of attacking the basket to put up points. And when their drives weren't successful they managed to draw regular fouls from the Red Claws. The result was a 12-0 run midway through the third that allowed the Jam to surge past Maine and into a 70-63 lead, an advantage they would never surrender. 'I think coming into the third quarter we had some mental lapses on defense and our energy was low,' said Red Claws guard Courtney Pigram, who scored 21 points. 'It seemed like we couldn't get any stops and they were just making a ton of shots at the same time.' Bakersfield continued to assert itself offensively throughout the remainder of the period and took a 78-74 lead into the final quarter. 'Coach at halftime told everybody that we had to be a little more aggressive and attack the basket,' said Osiris Eldridge, who scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. 'I just tried to do that in the second half. 'When you mix it up, you go inside a lot and then sort of sag off and then it opens up the outside. Then when they get up on you on the outside you go back to the basket. You have to feel it out and hit the spots on the court.' Bakersfield's success had the Red Claws completely off balance in their own end. As expected, when they collapsed to defend the Jam's drives they left the outside shot open. The Jam capitalized on that too, going 5 of 8 from 3-point distance in the fourth quarter. Maine's defensive deficiencies were masked in the opening half by the fact that the Jam shot only 31.8 percent from the field. The Red Claws were marginally better shooting 38.5 percent but managed to gain the upper hand. The Red Claws led 28-22 after one and used a 12-4 run to start the second to stretch their lead to 40-26 in the first five minutes of the quarter. The 14-point advantage represented the largest of the half but it didn't last long. The Jam answered with two outbursts in a span of five minutes that got them back on even terms. An eight- and nine-point run, separated by a 3-pointer by Pigram, tied the game at 43-43 with 2:25 left until the break. The Red Claws surged back ahead before the end of the second quarter. An 11-3 closing kick, highlighted by Morris Almond's 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, gave Maine a 54-46 lead heading toward the second half. Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) added 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Red Claws. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers 100-96
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Tulsa 66ers 100-96 Sunday afternoon at the Sioux Falls Arena. After a first half that saw 13 lead changes, Sioux Falls took control in the second half leading by as many as 19 points. Both teams went back and forth in the first quarter and Tulsa (16-19) led 27-26 after one. Jerome Dyson had nine of his 11 points in the first, before leaving the game with a leg injury in the second quarter. Both teams continued to exchange buckets in the second until Sioux Falls (9-24) went on an 8-0 run to take a 47-38 lead late in the first half. Tulsa responded with an 11-4 run to end the first half, trimming Sioux Falls' lead to 51-49 at halftime. The run was ignited when Robert Vaden found Marcus Lewis for an easy dunk and Tulsa finished the half with the momentum on their side. The third quarter belonged to Sioux Falls as they outscored Tulsa 31-16. Anthony Mason, Jr. scored 11 of his 18 points in the third and Sioux Falls took an 82-65 lead after three. A late run by Tulsa cut the deficit to 99-96 with a little over half a minute left to play. Needing one more stop, Tulsa forced a missed shot by Mason, Jr. only to see Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) grab the offensive rebound and get fouled on the putback attempt. Gilder converted 1-of-2 free throws to seal the victory for Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls was active on the boards all game, outrebounding Tulsa 47-28. Gilder recorded his second straight double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds and also added a season-high seven assists. Brian Hamilton came off the bench to contribute 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) led Tulsa in scoring with 24 points while also grabbing five rebounds. Lewis had 23 points on 11-of-14 field goals. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com




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  EBA   


Carter's Setting Records for Hype and EBA - by Greg
The Hudson Valley Hype continued their dominance in the Northern Division of the Eastern Basketball Alliance with another victory this weekend over the newly formed NYC Jaguars. The Hypes returning veteran Gerald Carter (6'4''-G-85, college: S.New Hampshire) recorded an EBA season and All-Time record high assists for a single game at (20). He found time to keep the ball for himself making four shots from beyond the three point line ending the night with (16). Anderson LaBase also added eight assists on the evening bringing his three game total to thirty. Hype Rookie Michael McNair scored a season high (20) points with an offensive outburst and only limited minutes.
Nick Carter had a (36) to lead all scores for the afternoon shooting lights outs from beyond the arc. Nick tied the Eastern Basketball Alliance record for three point field goals made in a single game at time but leads the total for the current season.
In what was a lopsided victory over the struggling Jaguars 155-73, the Hype set their sights on what is already dubbed the game of the Game of the Year part III vs. the NY Wizards on March 3rd. The Wizards and Hype currently share the division lead at 6-1 respectively with their only losses coming from each other. Be sure to mark your calendars for that Saturday as these division rivals are battling for not only bragging rights but the division title as well.


Horizon Record First Win - by EBA Media
Solid guard play, led by Trey Sharpes 35 points, allowed the Horizon to break through for their first win of the season, 112 to 104 over the Washington Madness.

The return of Jamal Palmer (former Horizon player and coach) added the floor leadership that the Horizon had been lacking. Clicking on all cylinders, the Horizon rebounded from a 57 to 52 halftime deficit, playing a close third quarter and then exploding in the fourth to outscore the Madness 35 to 18 to claim the 8-point victory.

The Horizon went ahead at 103 to 102 with three minutes left in the 4th. They never looked back. Dom Asbury contributed 11 of his 20 points and Justin Simmons made 8 straight from the foul line in the final quarter.

Read more about the EBA at EasternBasketballAlliance.com



Wizards Win 104-99 - by EBA Media
Many teams facing-off against the Wizards are immediately impressed with their size. Brandon Lawley is 6'7', Jermain Abraham is 6'7', Levy Mwanza is 6'8', Tim Zephyr is 6'9', Brian Faustin is 6'9', and Dele Coker is 6'10'! This large and athletic front line has virtually established a no-fly zone around the Wizards basket.

Yet it is the Wizards guard play that has carried them for most of the season and Saturday's victory over the Virginia Nova Hawks was no exception. Each of the four guards in uniform scored in double digits, led by Jason Romers 22 points, Aubin Scotts 21, Eric Ferguson's 13, and Tamien Trent's 13.

'What really makes this club appealing to me this year is our defensive effort,' stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo. 'We chase people off or aggressively challenge 3-point shooters, and run them into our shot blockers down low. In six games this season, we have only had seven 3-point baskets made on us. If teams want to beat us they need to shoot very well or challenge our bigs.'

'Tonight, however, the Nova Hawks did challenge our bigs and made a game of it. Truly the Nova Hawks under Coach Brown and his staff are one of the better-coached clubs in our league. They kept running different line-ups out there on us tonight causing difficult match-ups. When you think about a team making a 6-hour van ride and then playing like that, it just may be one of the better road performances of the season.'

The Wizards were led by Jason Romers 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 3-point shots. Big Man Dele Coker, getting his first start of the season, had 11 points 20 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

'Dele was a beast inside for us on the defensive end and on the glass,' continued Cerillo. 'Once we get back small forwards Rob Hampton (15 ppg) and Greg Lott (12 ppg) who both missed the game for personal reasons, we feel we are ready to make a run. We need both these guys to match up to smaller clubs and tonight they were missed.'

The Nova Hawks were led by Joseph Flegler's 26 points.

The Wizards next game will be against the NYC Jaguars on Saturday February 25 in Brooklyn, NY.

Read more about the EBA at EasternBasketballAlliance.com



Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Wise, Washington Madness, 33
2, Ayeni, Hudson Valley Hype, 27.8
3, Leon, Hudson Valley Hype, 26.3
4, Scott, New York Wizards, 25.2
5, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1, Coker, New York Wizards, 14
2, Lawley, New York Wizards, 10.7
3, Poole, Metropolitan All-Stars, 10.3
4, Esonwune, Hudson Valley Hype, 10
5, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 9.8
Assists Per Game
1, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 10
2, Scott, New York Wizards, 8.2
3, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 5.6
4, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 5.6
5, Steward, Metropolitan All-Stars, 4.8
Steals Per Game
1, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 4
2, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 3
3, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 3
4, Harding, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.7
5, Scott, New York Wizards, 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1, Coker, New York Wizards, 4.3
2, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 2.7
3, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2
4, Hawkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 1.6
5, Zephyr, New York Wizards, 1.3


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


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Top 16, Week 5 Playoff possibilities - by Eurobasket News
When the teams of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 return to the court, all will face similar situations in that their Top 16, Week 5 games are paramount. Seven of the eight spots in the playoffs could be decided by the end of Week 5 and first place and with it home-court advantage in the best-of-five playoffs could be clinched in three groups too though it is also possible theoretically that all the playoffs spots will wait until the Top 16 finales. The situations in Groups F and H the only groups with both an unbeaten and a winless team state that there will be some resolution this week, with at least 1 team advancing or at least one team getting eliminated. Learn more about the situation your favorite teams face here

TIEBREAKERS
When all teams have played each other twice:
1 - Best record in head-to-head games between all tied teams.
2 - Higher cumulative score difference in head-to-head games between all tied teams.
3 - Higher cumulative score difference for the entire phase.
4 - Higher total of points scored for the entire phase.
5 - Higher sum of quotients of points in favor and points against of each match played.

GROUP E
CSKA Moscow will clinch a ticket to the playoffs and first place in Group E if it beats Olympiacos.
Anadolu Efes will be eliminated if it loses at GS Medical Park.

GROUP F
Montepaschi Siena will clinch a playoffs spot and first place if it beats Gescrap BB. Montepaschi will also clinch a playoffs spot even if it loses if Unicaja beats Real Madrid.
Gescrap BB will clinch a playoffs spot if it beats Montepaschi and Unicaja beats Real Madrid.
Real Madrid will be eliminated if it loses to Unicaja and Gescrap beats Montepaschi.
Unicaja will be eliminated if it loses at Madrid or if Gescrap beats Montepaschi.

GROUP G
Unics Kazan will clinch a playoffs spot if it beats Fenerbahce Ulker; or if it loses by fewer than 5 points and Panathinaikos beats EA7 Emporio Armani.
Panathinaikos will clinch a playoffs spot if it beats EA7 Emporio Armani; or if it loses by fewer than 21 points and Unics Kazan beats Fenerbahce Ulker.
Fenerbahce Ulker will be eliminated if it loses to Unics; or if it wins by less than 5 points and Panathinaikos beats EA7 Emporio Armani.
EA7 Emporio Armani will be eliminated if it loses to Panathinaikos; or of it wins by fewer than 21 points and Unics Kazan beats Fenerbahce Ulker.

GROUP H
FC Barcelona Regal will clinch a playoffs spot and first place if it beats Bennet Cantu. Barcelona will also clinch a playoffs spot even if it loses and Zalgiris beats Maccabi Electra.
Maccabi Electra will clinch a playoffs spot if it beats Zalgiris Kaunas and Barcelona beats Bennet Cantu.
Bennet Cantu will be eliminated if loses to Barcelona and Maccabi beats Zalgiris.
Zalgiris will be eliminated if loses to Maccabi or if Cantu beats Barcelona.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Chuck Eidson out 3-4 weeks due to knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) will miss next 3-4 weeks of action due to knee injury. FC Barcelona Regal announced today that Eidson got injured during the Copa del Rey;s Big Final against Real Madrid. Medical tests revealed that he suffers a sprain in the ligaments of his right knee. It means that Barca will finish Euroleague Top 16 stage without Eidson. If recovery goes well, Eidson will be able to help Barca in Euroleague Playoffs, which start on March 20. Chuck Eidson joined Barca last summer from Maccabi Electra. He appeared 14 times in Euroleague this season averaging 9.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Eidson also added 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 20 games in Liga Endesa. Last year he was named Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year 2011. He helped Maccabi to win Israeli championship and Cup. They also reached Euroleague Finals.

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Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.6 
 3. Williams, Lapua22.7 
 4. Conerly, SayRi22.6 
 5. Simmons, Porvoon22.4 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 7. Manning, Huima20.7 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.3 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.20.1 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.2 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.1 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 9. Williams, Lapua10.1 
 10. Andrews, Ura B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.2 
 2. Conerly, SayRi5.1 
 3. Manning, Huima4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.3.6 
 6. Viertola, Huima3.6 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.2 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conerly, SayRi3.0 
 2. Jackson, Lapua2.2 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Abdullah, SayRi1.9 
 6. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 8. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.1.7 
 10. King, Porvoon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.4 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 5. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.9 
 8. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.9 
 9. Rajala, ToPo A.0.8 
 10. Still, Porvoon Ta.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Blue, KTP22.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 4. Crocker, KTP19.1 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.18.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.3 
 9. Griffin, ToPo18.0 
 10. Durham, Salon Vil.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.6 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.10.9 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.5 
 5. Newson, Kataja9.1 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 7. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons7.9 
 10. Brown, Kouvot7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.5 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.4 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Moore, Namika L.1.7 
 7. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.1 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Blue, KTP1.5 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


Finnish Korisliiga round 33 best performance: Tim Blue - by Eurobasket News
American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KTP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Nilan Bisons (#2, 20-8) 82-81. KTP maintains the 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. KTP is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-17 record. In the team's last game Blue had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Middle Tennessee State University star has very solid stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.6ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.4rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg,56.0% FGP and 44.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side) of Kauhajoki. Hannah had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. It was enough for Kauhajoki to edge the lower-ranked Kouvot (#10, 10-20) 87-82. Kauhajoki's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 19-11 record is not bad at all. Hannah is a newcomer at Kauhajoki, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Namika Lahti (#11). Brooks got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Namika Lahti, leading his team to a 94-83 win against the higher-ranked LrNMKY (#7, 11-19). Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 8-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brooks he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brooks has individually a great season in Finland. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of Namika Lahti - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of LrNMKY - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 25 points and 5 rebounds
9. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of Korihait - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Walter Baxley claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Walter Baxley (193-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapua and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 34 points adding four rebounds for Lapua in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Huima (#8, 8-11) with 26-point margin 111-85. Lapua maintains the 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. In the team's last game Baxley had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Mars Hill College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Baxley is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.7ppg. Baxley is in league's top in and averages solid 61.7% FGP and 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84) of SayRi. Abdullah impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead SayRi to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked ToPo Akatemia (#11, 4-16) 85-58. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. SayRi keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Abdullah is a newcomer at SayRi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Lafayette College alumni Abdullah played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Lapua's star - American Eric Williams (198-F-85). Williams scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Lapua, helping his team with a 111-85 easy win against the lower-ranked Huima (#8, 8-11). Lapua needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Williams has a great season in Finland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.7ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerrah Young (202-F-85) of Porvoon Tarmo - 23 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of Huima - 22 points and 22 rebounds
6. Eze Andrews (201-F/C-83) of Ura Basket - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83) of SayRi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of FoKoPo - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jan-Axel Alanko (197-F-82) of Ura Basket - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) of FoKoPo - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 17-5 
 2. St Quentin 17-5 
 3. Orchy 16-6 
 4. Souffel 15-7 
 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 9-13 
 14. Rueil 9-13 
 15. Clermont 7-15 
 16. Le Puy 4-18 
 17. Montbrison 3-19 
 18. CFBB 2-20 


French NM1 round 22 best performance: Ville Kaunisto (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Blois, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Challans (#10, 12-10) 76-72. Blois is placed at 6th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Blois will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game Kaunisto had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Blois' top player in his first season with the team. Ville Kaunisto has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.4ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.9rpg. Kaunisto is in league's top in and averages impressive 58.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of Angers BC 49. Pearson had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Angers BC 49 lost that game 61-66 to the higher-ranked Souffel (#4, 15-7). Angers BC 49 managed to keep the same 13th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Pearson is a newcomer at Angers BC 49, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#8). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues (#8). Pasut scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Pasut's great performance Sorgues lost 57-59 to Lievin (12-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sorgues needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Pasut has a very solid season. In 22 games in France he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 64.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olivier Gouez (219-C-84) of Orchy - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82) of Brest - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Charleville - 18 points and 14 rebounds
7. Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) of Chartres - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Regis Aubry (199-F-82) of Montbrison - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. James St Robert (203-F/C-86) of Montbrison - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marcus Jackson (202-F-82) of Clermont - 22 points and 7 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.4 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest17.3 
 3. Bigote, Cognac17.3 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy17.0 
 5. Bluntt, Orchy16.9 
 6. Pearson, Angers B.16.8 
 7. Thomas, Roche16.4 
 8. Almanson, Challans16.4 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.16.0 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.9 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.4 
 4. Avramovic, Chart.8.9 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 6. Sanborn, Lievin8.5 
 7. Pridotkas, Brest8.1 
 8. Toney, Charleville8.0 
 9. Mendy, Lievin7.8 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.8 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.8 
 4. Brochard, Blois4.8 
 5. Ball, St Quentin4.6 
 6. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 7. Dessart, Lievin4.4 
 8. Cortey, Clermont4.2 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.2 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 3. Pistre, Charleville1.9 
 4. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
 5. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 6. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 7. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 8. Bigote, Cognac1.6 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Gotagni, Le Puy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  CFBB
  (206-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Morin, CFBB1.6 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 4. Caskill, Cognac1.6 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Chartres1.1 
 8. Davis, Blois1.0 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Toney, Charleville1.0 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dusan DOMOVIC
  Kozuv
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Domovic, Kozuv21.2 
 2. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.19.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija19.5 
 5. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 6. Golubovic, Kozuv18.5 
 7. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.17.5 
 9. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 10. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.8.3 
 2. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.7.8 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.8 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.5 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.1 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus6.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Cole, Rabotnicki6.3 
 10. Simic, Lirija6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Morban, Lirija4.2 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.8 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus3.5 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.2 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.9 
 10. Samardziev, Feni2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.4 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Filipovic, Lirija1.4 
 7. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 8. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 9. Karadzovski, Torus1.2 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus1.2 
 4. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 10. Janevski, Kumano.0.7 


Lukovic's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Rabotnicki (#6, 8-12) 98-92. Kumanovo is placed at 5th position in FYR Macedonian league. Kumanovo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 20 games. Lukovic just recently signed at Kumanovo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Uros Lukovic averages this season 17.0ppg and 7.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) of Rabotnicki. He is Serbian in his first season at Rabotnicki. In the last game Jelesijevic recorded impressive 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Rabotnicki lost that game 92-98 to slightly higher-ranked Kumanovo (#5, 9-11). This loss caused Rabotnicki to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Jelesijevic is one of the most experienced players at Rabotnicki and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#3). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Rabotnicki's star - guard Jane Petrovski (181-G-87). Petrovski showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Petrovski's great performance Rabotnicki lost 92-98 to slightly higher-ranked Kumanovo (#5, 9-11). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Rabotnicki ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Petrovski could help Rabotnicki to bring them higher in the standings. Petrovski has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.8apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Lirija - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Toni Simic (210-C-76) of Lirija - 29 points and 2 rebounds
6. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) of Feni Indistrija - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) of MZT Skopje - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 25 points and 2 rebounds

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


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  GEORGIA   


Keyon Carter claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Keyon Carter (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dinamo Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Sokhumi (#4, 8-5) 83-69. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains the 6th position in Georgian Superleague. Dinamo Tbilisi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. Carter turned to be Dinamo Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Old Dominion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter. Carter is in league's top in points (5th best: 23.1ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of league's best team Armia. Thomas impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Armia cruised to a 81-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Kutaisi (#3, 9-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Armia consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. He plays for the best team in the league and Armia managed to win all 12 games keeping perfect record. Thomas is a newcomer at Armia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Tracy Smith (203-F, agency: Strategic Sports) of MIA Tbilisi (#5). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Smith's great performance MIA Academy lost 79-82 to the higher-ranked Olimpi (#2, 10-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing MIA Academy needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Smith has a great season in Georgia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) of Olimpi - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Levan Patsatsia (198-G-88) of Sokhumi - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Giorgi Revazashvili (208-C-91) of Batumi - 12 points and 18 rebounds
7. Mikheil Chochua (193-G-87) of Samedicino - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) of Sokhumi - 15 points and 11 rebounds
9. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of MIA Academy - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


Trying to finish strong - by Corey Hassan
Whats up everyone. Its been awhile since my last post so I wanted to fill everyone in. Recently we have been playing much better and have a legit shot to stay in Pro A despite the fact that a lot of people had no doubt at all we would move down to pro A due to lack of experienced players. This is understandable considering starting the season we were the only team in the league without 1 player who had pro A experience. I think as the season has gone on we have improved and made the adjustments necessary to become a better team. We are competing every game and have had a lot of games that would have resulted in wins had a few things gone our way.
All in all this has been a great 1st year overseas. I would love to win more games but I have enjoyed my time spent here in Augsburg and the people have been great. Personally I think I adjusted well especially since I did not play basketball for a year after graduation from college. I am looking forward to see how the end of the season plays out. Expect to see us make a run! I am very fortunate and thankful to be doing what I love for a living and am hoping to keep playing as long as my body allows me too and the opportunities present themselves!

I will check back in at the end of the season but for now have a great one everyone! Finish up your seasons strong and Ill check in later!


Aaron Fleetwood claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had an amazing evening in the last round for BSW Sixers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Giessen (#12, 2-19) 85-79. BSW Sixers maintains the 4th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BSW Sixers will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. Fleetwood turned to be BSW Sixers' top player in his first season with the team. Aaron Fleetwood averages this season 15.5ppg and 7.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Martinis Woody (201-F/C-82) of Bernau. Woody impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Bernau was edged by the higher-ranked Wolfenbuettel (#9, 10-13) 85-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in North. Bernau keeps 13th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Bernau managed to get this year. Woody is a newcomer at Bernau and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Henje Knopke (193-G/F-85) of Wolfenbuettel (#9). Knopke showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Wolfenbuettel, leading his team to a 85-82 win against the lower-ranked Bernau (#13, 2-21). The chances of Wolfenbuettel ranking at the top of North, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Knopke could help Wolfenbuettel to bring them higher in the standings. Knopke has a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has 3.3spg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Flavio Stuckemann (187-G-85) of Vechta - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Jared Cunningham (206-F-89) of Hanau - 25 points and 7 rebounds
6. Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83) of Noerdlingen - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Monyea Pratt (196-F-85) of Leipzig - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of Hannover - 26 points and 9 rebounds
9. Howard Sant-Roos (198-G/F-91) of SU Medien - 28 points and 7 rebounds
10. Marco Voeller (201-F-89) of Langen - 16 points, 11 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)


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.16.7 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.3 
 5. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 6. Carter, Phoenix15.1 
 7. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.6 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.14.4 
 9. Foster, B.Muenchen14.3 
 10. Swann, Ratiopharm14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.2 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 6. Evans, Goettingen7.4 
 7. Davidson, Fraport7.3 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen7.1 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.0 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.0 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.2 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.3 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 5. Dorris, EnBW L.1.5 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 8. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.4 
 9. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 10. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 3. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 6. Looby, EnBW L.1.4 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


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  GREECE   


Panathinaikos and Olympiacos Piraeus advanced to the Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos Piraeus advanced to the Cup Finals beating their opponents in the Semifinal clashes. The Final game is scheduled for March 10th.
Panathinaikos edged Kavala 90:51. The favorites started with 22-9 and never looked behind after. They added 24-16 in the second frame and 24-11 in the third. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) paced all the winners with 14 points. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) posted 13, while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) added 11.
Olympiacos Piraeus overcame Olympiacos Piraeus 87:52. They took 21-13 in the first period and had 19-12 before the break. Moreover the favorites produced a 19-13 in the third quarter and sealed the victory. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) netted 13.



Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 17-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 16-3 
 3. Niki Volou 12-7 
 4. Irakleio 12-7 
 5. Diagoras 11-8 
 6. Stratoni 10-9 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 10-9 
 8. Near East 10-9 
 9. Doukas 10-9 
 10. MENT 9-10 
 11. Koroivos 9-10 
 12. Egaleo 8-11 
 13. Aias Evosmou 6-13 
 14. Iraklis 6-13 
 15. Anagennisi 5-14 
 16. Halkidona 1-18 


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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.8 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam18.5 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.3 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen15.6 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch15.4 
 7. Boxley, Leiden15.4 
 8. Bell, Groningen15.1 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.9 
 10. Shepherd, Leiden14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Coleman, Weert9.0 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.6 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.6 
 4. Saaka, Zwolle7.0 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.9 
 6. Bekkering, Nijme.6.8 
 7. Boxley, Leiden6.7 
 8. Van Paassen, Den6.5 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch6.3 
 10. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Turner, Den Bosch4.8 
 2. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen3.8 
 5. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.8 
 6. Wells, Zwolle3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.4 
 8. Fletcher, Weert3.4 
 9. Huffman, Zwolle3.0 
 10. Bell, Groningen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron WELLS
  Zwolle
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.5 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.2 
 4. Harman, Weert2.2 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Turner, Den Bosch1.9 
 7. Wessels, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. de Jong, Leiden1.7 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Acker, Nijmegen1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.3 
 3. Boxley, Leiden1.0 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.8 
 7. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 9. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.7 
 10. Saaka, Zwolle0.6 


PromotieDivise Scores Round 19 & 20: Binnenland cruising. Jugglers, R'dam2 struggling - by Terry Cooper
What can be said as round 19 and 20 rap up another two weeks of competition for teams that are making its last run to the Final Four. Five teams are still in the fight for the remaining three seeds left as Binnenland has secured the number one seed and trying to have an undefeated season in all. On the bottom end of things Rotterdam2 and the Jugglers have seem to struggle a bit and on the verge of going back to the Eerste Divisie if some wins and lady luck does not come their way. It's all good to have your players that got you to the PromotieDivisie to enjoy the fruits of the labor however, when the team is not winning enough to maintain their promotion status, loyalty goes out the door and a change in roster is neccessary. Maybe too little to late for both but with six games remaining maybe things will go in the right direction. Joey Schelvis (191-G-89) and Z&Z2, Red Giants, Cangaroes, BC Amsterdam, and De Hoppers and battling strong for the final 3 spots for the playoffs and teams are only a few points from being in different seedings. Out of the five teams Z&Z2 (2nd) and Red Giants (5th) have an advantage as they have only played 18 games while the other teams have played 20. No matter what will happen I am sure coaches and players are staying focused and preparing for whatever will happen in the final weeks. Next week is a bye week for all teams and will give teams like Red Giants and Z&Z2 a chance to make up games and change things around in the standings. Stay Tuned...

Round 19 Scores:

Red Giants - Hoppers 84-73
Binnenland - Goba 85-61
VBC Akrides - Punch 69-66
BC Amsterdam - Almonte 79-36
Jugglers - BV Hoofddorp 72-60
Rotterdam2 - Cangeroes 48-55

Round 20 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Z&Z2 42-67
Goba - BC Amsterdam 73-79
Red Giants - Almonte 85-66
Binnenland - Rotterdam2 100-57
VBC Akrides - Jugglers 61-75
Cangeroes - Punch 69-58
Groene Uilen - Hoppers 58-65



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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 16-2 
 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 5-14 
 12. Jaszberenyi 5-14 
 13. FS Debrecen 4-14 
 14. ZTE KK 1-18 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Timberlake, Falco-.21.9 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak21.8 
 4. Ciric, PVSK P.21.6 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari21.3 
 6. Doyne, PVSK P.21.1 
 7. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.6 
 8. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.3 
 10. Levy, Szedeak18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.7 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.5 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Bader, Szolnok9.1 
 6. Townes, Kormend8.9 
 7. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.7 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak8.7 
 9. Raivio, Kaposvari8.6 
 10. Pantelic, Falco-S.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.6 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.6 
 6. Fekete, Marso N.5.3 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.0 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.4 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.2 
 10. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gabor DRAHOS
  Szedeak
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Drahos, Szedeak2.7 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.2.6 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 5. Doyne, PVSK P.2.4 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak2.4 
 7. Toth, PVSK P.2.3 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.1 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 10. Chism, Albacomp0.9 


Zoran Martic is the new coach of Kormend - by Levente Szabo
As we reported this weekend MJUS-Fortress Kormend and head coach Balazs Sabali parted ways. The management of the team didnt wait too long to fill in the gap. They already agreed with Slovenian coach Zoran Martic to take over the team.

Zoran Martic is a really experienced coach who had a lot of success in his native country and it has been a coach on the highest levels from more than two decades now. One of his early successes was when he led the U-22 Slovenian National Team as a head coach to the European Championship Finals in 1998, than 2 years later he won with the U-20 team the gold medal. From 2008-2010 Martic was an assistant coach at the Slovenian powerhouse Union Olimpija Ljubljana and he was part of the Slovenian League Champion (2009) and Cup Winner (2009, 2010) team. Last year Zoran Martic was the head coach of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny in Ukraine.

The new coach has alredy joined the team and held his first practice today. Coach Martic signed until the end of the season with the option of plus one year if both parts are satisfied after this year.




Esian Henderson replaces Chris Grimm - by Tamas Deri
The management of ZTE KK decided not to keep american center, Christopher Grimm (207-F/C-84, college: Marquette) on the roster and parted ways with him after his two weeks tryout. The 207 cm tall Grimm played two games with the team and averaged 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. The coaching stuff decided to sign an other type of player for the rest of the season as they believe that the hungarian bigs Gyorgy Kinter and Gergely Toth willl be able to help coach Kiss on the center position and agreed with american combo forward Esian Henderson (204-F/C-86, college: Central Mo.). The 203 cm tall Henderson played college basketball with Central Missouri in the 2nd division of the NCAA and started his professional carreer in Tunesia. In January 2011 he moved to Levice and helped the team with 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds in 18 games winning the Slovakian Championship. He decided to stay with the club for one more season and attend also the higher level Czech League this season, but had to leave the club in November for personal reasons. In 10 games of the Czech League he averaged 18.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.7 minutes on the court. In January 2012 he signed with ASU Sports Club in Jordan and put up 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in the WABA League.

A Division Round 19: Falco-Szova beats Szedeak by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Eleventh-ranked Szedeak (5-14) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Falco-Szova (16-2) in Szeged on Sunday. The visitors from Szombathely managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Szedeak was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Falco-Szova made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 assists. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with 22 points and 5 assists for Szedeak. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. Szedeak lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. Falco-Szova are looking forward to face Soproni (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Kecskemeti and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kormend (15-4) against fourth ranked Albacomp (14-4) on Friday night. Host Kormend was crushed by Albacomp in Kormend 95-71. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 assists. Damian Hollis helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 25 points. Albacomp maintains fourth place with 14-4 record. Kormend at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Albacomp will play against Jaszberenyi (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kormend will play against FS Debrecen (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourteenth-ranked ZTE KK (1-18) was very close to win a game against ninth ranked Kaposvari (8-11) on Saturday. Kaposvari managed to secure only five-point victory 94-89. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Michael Fey who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Whitworth came up with 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for ZTE KK in the defeat. Kaposvari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soproni. ZTE KK lost their seventh game in a row. Defending champion stay dead last with 18 lost games. Kaposvari will meet higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play against Marso NYKK (#10) in Nyiregyhaza.
Thirteenth-ranked FS Debrecen (4-14) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Kecskemeti (12-7). The visitors from Kecskemet managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Marko Derasimovic fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kecskemeti. They maintain fifth place with 12-7 record, which they share with Atomeromu. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Kecskemeti's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#11) in Szeged which should be theoretically an easy game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Kormend.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. PVSK Pannon beat Marso NYKK on the road 92-83. Jaszberenyi lost to Atomeromu on its own court 78-94. Soproni unfortunately lost to Szolnok in Szolnok 69-82.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists by Ivan Miskovic of Marso NYKK.



Kormend - Albacomp 71-95

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kormend (15-4) against fourth ranked Albacomp (14-4) on Friday night. Host Kormend was crushed by Albacomp in Kormend 95-71. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Kormend was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 30. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 assists. Forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 25 points and power forward Darian Townes (208-84) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Albacomp maintains fourth place with 14-4 record. Kormend at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Albacomp will play against Jaszberenyi (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kormend will play against FS Debrecen (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: M.El Amin 30+2reb+5ast, D.Hollis 21+7reb+1ast, W.Chism 15+5reb, B.Simon 11+4reb+2ast, A.Keller 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Supola 6
Kormend: R.Bell 25+4reb, C.Ferencz 11+3reb+1ast, D.Mladenovic 10+2reb, G.Cseh 10+2reb, A.Rujak 8+1reb+4ast, D.Townes 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 146744


Szedeak - Falco-Szova 83-85

Eleventh-ranked Szedeak (5-14) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Falco-Szova (16-2) in Szeged on Sunday. The visitors from Szombathely managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Szedeak was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Falco-Szova made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 assists. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with 22 points and 5 assists and Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Szedeak. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. Szedeak lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. Falco-Szova are looking forward to face Soproni (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Kecskemeti and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: L.Kalman 27+3reb+7ast, C.Timberlake 22+3reb+3ast, T.Harazin 19+7reb, L.Simon 6+1reb, D.Pantelic 6+9reb+3ast, Z.Szabo 5+7reb+3ast
Szedeak: J.Levy 22+4reb+5ast, T.Ivosev 17+11reb+2ast, G.Drahos 14+6reb+6ast, A.Tanacs 13+4reb+2ast, R.Laslo 10+3reb+1ast, N.Dukic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146745


Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon 83-92

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (10-9) beat 10th ranked Marso NYKK (6-13) in Nyiregyhaza 92-83. Marso NYKK was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 52-41 second half run of PVSK Pannon. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) fired 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) chipped in 30 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Marso NYKK players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for PVSK Pannon. They maintain seventh place with 10-9 record. Marso NYKK lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Szolnok in Szolnok and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso NYKK will play on the road against ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 30+3reb+5ast, A.Ciric 29+9reb+3ast, P.Kovacs 10+2reb+1ast, N.Toth 9+8reb+4ast, N.Vasojevic 8+5reb+3ast, J.Eilingsfeld 6+5reb
Marso NYKK: I.Miskovic 20+18reb+4ast, D.Kandic 19+2reb+2ast, B.Fields 18+5reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 13+3reb+1ast, S.Fekete 6+5reb+4ast, E.Sitku 4+1reb
gschID: 146741


Kaposvari - ZTE KK 94-89 OT

Fourteenth-ranked ZTE KK (1-18) was very close to win a game against ninth ranked Kaposvari (8-11) on Saturday. Kaposvari managed to secure only five-point victory 94-89. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But ZTE KK won second period 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where ZTE KK used huge pressure winning it 22-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 4-9. Kaposvari made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) accounted for 16 points, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 30 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: TSS Management) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively for ZTE KK in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kaposvari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soproni. ZTE KK lost their seventh game in a row. Defending champion stay dead last with 18 lost games. Kaposvari will meet higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play against Marso NYKK (#10) in Nyiregyhaza.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Fey 27+12reb+1ast, K.Ahelegbe 16+1reb+10ast, B.Szoke 14+2reb+1ast, K.Kiss 13+3reb+4ast, J.Lekli 13+1reb+2ast, G.David 7+8reb+2ast
ZTE KK: T.Whitworth 30+5reb, T.Kelley 16+1reb+7ast, C.Grimm 13+3reb+1ast, G.Toth 12+4reb+2ast, D.Gaspar 6+6reb+2ast, B.Bodor 6+2reb
gschID: 146742


Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu 78-94

Very expected game when 12th ranked Jaszberenyi (5-14) lost at home to sixth ranked Atomeromu (12-7) 94-78. The game was mostly controlled by Atomeromu. Jaszberenyi was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jaszberenyi 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. Atomeromu players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international Gergely Koertelyesi (203-83, agency: TSS Management) fired 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) produced 29 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atomeromu moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kecskemeti. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Kaposvari (#8) at home. Jaszberenyi will play against Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: N.Williams 22+3reb+4ast, G.Koertelyesi 18+9reb+5ast, L.Williams 17+3reb+5ast, A.Toth 12+4reb+3ast, F.Morgen 7+8reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 6+1reb
Jaszberenyi: K.Austin 29+9reb, R.Dramicanin 18+4reb, B.Horti 13+3reb+2ast, J.Hodges 13+3reb+4ast, B.Sormaz 3, M.Medve 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146743


FS Debrecen - Kecskemeti 76-78

Thirteenth-ranked FS Debrecen (4-14) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Kecskemeti (12-7). The visitors from Kecskemet managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. FS Debrecen was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 24-20 charge of Kecskemeti, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by FS Debrecen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 18 points. Four Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) added 13 points and 8 assists (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kecskemeti. They maintain fifth place with 12-7 record, which they share with Atomeromu. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Kecskemeti's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#11) in Szeged which should be theoretically an easy game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Kormend.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 20+5reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 18+4reb+1ast, B.Perine 11+4reb+2ast, Z.Bencze 10+5reb, G.Denes 8+6reb+2ast, I.Vukadinov 5+5reb+1ast
FS Debrecen: M.Schachtner 33+7reb, P.j. 14+7reb+2ast, J.Ingram 13+2reb+8ast, M.Szabo 5+10reb+1ast, C.Kaluha 5+2reb, G.Boros 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 146739


Szolnok - Soproni 82-69

Very predictable result when third ranked Szolnok (15-3) won against at home 8th ranked Soproni (8-11) 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Soproni was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szolnok players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Peter Por allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Szolnok. They moved-up to second place. Soproni at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs which should be theoretically an easy game. Soproni will play on the road against the league's leader Falco-Szova in Szombathely.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Mills 16+8reb+3ast, O.Trotter 15+4reb+5ast, M.Fodor 14+2reb+3ast, A.Horvath 13+6reb+4ast, M.Bader 13+9reb, Z.Trepak 4+2ast
Soproni: J.Rubin 19+9reb+3ast, D.Thomas 13+4reb+4ast, B.Egemonye 11+9reb, G.Gombas 8+4reb, R.Keresztes 7+4reb+1ast, P.Lakatos 5+4reb
gschID: 146740




Kalman's 27 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
39-year old guard Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Falco-Szova and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Falco-Szova in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Szedeak (#11, 5-14) 85-83. It allowed Falco-Szova to consolidate first place in the Hungarian league. Falco-Szova have a solid 16-2 record. In the team's last game Kalman had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Falco-Szova, through which he has constantly improved. Kalman has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 7.7apg. Kalman is in league's top in and averages solid 62.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84) of Marso NYKK. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Marso NYKK. In the last game Miskovic recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Marso NYKK lost that game 83-92 to the higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#7, 10-9). Marso NYKK is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Miskovic is a newcomer at Marso NYKK and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Jaszberenyi (#12). Austin scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Austin's great performance Jaszberenyi lost 78-94 to the higher-ranked Atomeromu (#6, 12-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jaszberenyi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Austin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Austin has individually a great season in Hungary. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of PVSK Pannon - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of FS Debrecen - 33 points and 7 rebounds
6. Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88) of Kaposvari - 16 points and 10 assists
7. Andrija Ciric (199-G-80) of PVSK Pannon - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Muhammad El Amin (196-G/F-87) of Albacomp - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Kaposvari - 27 points and 12 rebounds
10. Janou Rubin (193-G-82) of Soproni - 19 points, 9 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)


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  ICELAND   


Powerade Cup Champs! - by Charles Parker

It seems like such a long time since the National Powerade Cup started back in the middle of December. Over two months have passed since then and the tournament concluded with a long awaited celebration.

There were so many aspects to this tournament that were tough to understand and different from anything I've ever experienced before, with this being my first experience playing basketball overseas. The tournament consisted of teams in the Icelandic Express league, 1st division, and even other teams throughout the country. So we ended up playing some teams we weren't familiar with because the tournament had teams from many different leagues.

Another aspect that was different from any tournament I've ever played in was the random drawing at the beginning of each round. The tournament was not seeded and then played out, and home and away was determined by a coin flip. So after each win we had to wait a few days to find out who and where we would be playing next.

The last thing that was a little difficult for an American player was the schedule itself. It was my first time having to play an important one and done tournament or playoff, while in the middle of also playing regular season games that were also important. We would play a regular season game on Thursday. This would maybe be against a rival or be a game that has important implications on the current standings. Then turn around and have a Cup game on Sunday that is win or go home. This made things interesting as far as mental toughness. Each game had different mindsets and thoughts going in and you had to be very focused on each game, especially the regular season games. Because the tournament was so important to us, it was hard to not be looking forward to a Cup game when the next game on the schedule was a regular season matchup.

Two months later, we were crowned Champs. It was our goal to do so, and I am very proud of our team's accomplishment. We won three straight road games to get from the round of 32 all the way to the Final Four. We won our only home game in the semi finals and then were able to hold on to a tough 2 point championship win over Tindastoll at the National Stadium. The stands were packed with both teams fans and the atmosphere was amazing. It was definitely a very fun game to be a part of and certainly one that I will never forget!




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Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 17-2 
 2. Aspac 15-3 
 3. Garuda 15-4 
 4. Pelita Jaya 13-6 
 5. CLS Knights 12-6 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 11-8 
 7. Stadium Jak. 10-8 
 8. Bima Sakti 6-11 
 9. Pacific Caesar 6-13 
 10. Comfort Mobile 4-15 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-17 
 12. Satya Wacana 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.15.6 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.3 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.13.9 
 5. Nagata, Pacific13.3 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.0 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 8. Chandra, Pelita J.12.4 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.3 
 10. Ariestedes, Stadi.11.6 
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. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 5. Thoyib, Aspac7.5 
 6. Situmorang, Satria7.0 
 7. Wuwungan, Satya W.7.0 
 8. Nolland, Garuda6.8 
 9. Nasution, Satya W.6.7 
 10. Yanto, NSH G.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.2 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.1 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.2 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.7 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.7 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 10. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.6 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.6 
 4. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.5 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 6. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 9. Ramli, Garuda2.1 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.2.0 
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. Gunawan, Satya W.1.3 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 9. Sasmito, Pacific1.2 
 10. Wuwungan, Satya1.1 


Best players of Indonesian NBL round 29 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Muba Hangtuah and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 32-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds for Muba Hangtuah in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pelita Jaya (#4, 13-5) 66-61. Muba Hangtuah maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Muba Hangtuah will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. In the team's last game Sigar had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Agustinus Sigar averages this season 6.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) of league's best team Satria Muda. Gunawan impressed basketball fans with 6 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Satria Muda to another comfortable win 68-52 over slightly lower-ranked Aspac (#2, 15-3) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Satria Muda consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 17 matches. Gunawan is one of the most experienced players at Satria Muda and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya (#4). Poedjakesuma scored 16 points. Despite Poedjakesuma's great performance Pelita Jaya lost 61-66 to slightly lower-ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6, 11-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Pelita Jaya needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Poedjakesuma has a very solid season. In 15 games in Indonesia he scored 9.4ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and 2.5spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Muhammad Fauzia (184-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aguh Sunarya (170-PG-70) of Muba Hangtuah - 4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-G-89) of Aspac - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rainer Anggakara (190-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 14 points and 4 rebounds
8. Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) of Satria Muda - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Bonanza Siregar (192-SF-87) of Satria Muda - 12 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ary Sapto (188-F-80) of Muba Hangtuah - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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


NBL Round 30: Stadium Jakarta beats Pelita Jaya by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 30 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Pelita Jaya (13-6) to seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (10-8) 80-77 on Monday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. Stadium Jakarta forced 31 Pelita Jaya turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Pelita Jaya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dino Leonardo (188-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 steals for the winners. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for Pelita Jaya. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Stadium Jakarta maintains seventh position with 10-8 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Stadium Jakarta are looking forward to face higher ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6) in Pandang in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#5) and Pacific Caesar (#8). Pacific Caesar was smashed at home by 44 points 37-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. Center H Herman (193-89) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Tony Agus chipped in 13 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Muhammad Fauzia (184-88) with 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 12-6 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between third ranked Garuda (15-4) and 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-17) in Bandung on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Garuda outscored guests from Riau 84-37. Vinton Nolland notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 6 points by Max Yanto did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Garuda have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Garuda will meet Comfort Mobile (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 30 Bima Sakti beat Satya Wacana on the road 68-56.



Stadium Jak. - Pelita Jaya 80-77

The most exciting game of round 30 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Pelita Jaya (13-6) to seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (10-8) 80-77 on Monday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. Stadium Jakarta forced 31 Pelita Jaya turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Pelita Jaya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dino Leonardo (188-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Stadium Jakarta players scored in double figures. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pelita Jaya. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Stadium Jakarta maintains seventh position with 10-8 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Stadium Jakarta are looking forward to face higher ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6) in Pandang in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 21+6reb+1ast, D.Leonardo 15+4reb+3ast, C.Nurhadi Yusran 11+3reb+4ast, A.Arifin 10+4reb, F.Budianto 7+2reb+1ast, M.Wicaksono 7+3reb+1ast
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 20+5reb, A.Poedjakesuma 16+10reb+3ast, K.Purwanto 11+7reb+4ast, P.Indrawan 9+5reb+3ast, J.Sucipto 8+3reb+1ast, F.Dini 4+1reb
gschID: 166121


Satya Wacana - Bima Sakti 56-68

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Bima Sakti (6-11) beat bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (1-18) in Salatiga 68-56 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Bima Sakti. Satya Wacana managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bima Sakti forced 19 Satya Wacana turnovers. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds by forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 16 points. Bima Sakti moved-up to eighth place. Satya Wacana lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Bima Sakti will meet at home league's second-placed Aspac in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Satya Wacana will play against the league's leader Satria Muda (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 24+6reb+2ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 15+9reb+1ast, M.Indra 11+5reb+1ast, G.Virgian 7+4reb, D.Sartika 5+9reb+6ast, U.Gendro Maryono 4+2reb
Satya Wacana: E.Wiratama Nasution 17+14reb, R.Pamungkas 16+2reb+1ast, Y.Sua 8+2reb+1ast, M.Halim 6+3reb+1ast, L.Gunawan 6+8reb, M.Ramadhan 3+2reb
gschID: 166119


Pacific Caesar - CLS Knights 37-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#5) and Pacific Caesar (#8). Pacific Caesar was smashed at home by 44 points 37-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 4 points in first quarter and to 13 points in second half. CLS Knights held Pacific Caesar to an opponent 22.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.3 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 47-25 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center H Herman (193-89) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Tony Agus (191-86) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Muhammad Fauzia (184-88) with 13 points and guard Ivan Widyanto (175-83) scored 2 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 12-6 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: H.Herman 16+11reb+2ast, T.Agus 13+4reb, J.Jeffry 10+1reb, W.Saputra 10+3reb+2ast, E.Koswara 10+3reb+2ast, E.Bukit 6+1reb
Pacific Caesar: M.Fauzia 13+3reb, G.Nagata 9+2reb, P.King Dhay 5, R.Anggakara 4+1reb, I.Widyanto 2+7reb+4ast, I.Pranoto 2+1reb
gschID: 166120


Garuda - NSH GMC Riau 84-37

The game between third ranked Garuda (15-4) and 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-17) in Bandung on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Garuda outscored guests from Riau 84-37. The game without a history. Garuda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 26. Garuda forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 41-19 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Vinton Nolland (194-82) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and point guard Teddy Febyanto (175-80) supported him with 11 points and 5 assists. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. Even 6 points by center Max Yanto (215-83) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. point guard Samuel Agustinus (172-86) added 4 points and 5 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Garuda have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Garuda will meet Comfort Mobile (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Garuda: V.Nolland 16+13reb+3ast, H.Ramli 13+2reb+2ast, H.Agustinus 12+1reb+4ast, M.Dhiya 12+2reb, T.Febyanto 11+4reb+5ast, F.Minallah 7+6reb+2ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 6+4reb+1ast, B.Damanik 6+1reb+1ast, A.Pamungkas 5+1reb+2ast, R.Febriyan 4+1reb+3ast, S.Agustinus 4+5reb, W.Chandra 3
gschID: 166118




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  IRAN   


WABA League: Zob Ahan scrape past Moutahed, into semis - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Moutahed 82:78

Zob Ahan survived some scary moments before beating Moutahed in return leg of WABA League quarterfinals. The Iranian team enjoyed a 3-point advantage heading into the home game. However Moutahed entered the game determined to give a fight. The Lebanese team earned an 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan pulled in front midway through the second term but Moutahed quickly bounced back. The visitors went on a 14:4 rally to take a 9-point advantage at halftime 40:31. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term however Zob Ahan managed to erase the deficit and posted a 56:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Moutahed stayed within striking distance in the fourth term but Karam Ahmadian (197-F-77) knocked down 9 points and helped Zob Ahan seal the win at the end. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) posted 27 points and 6 boards for Zob Ahan. Ali Baheran (186-G-86) added 20 points in the win. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with 19 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Moutahed. Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) had 17 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Zob Ahan: Loren Woods 27, Ali Baheran 20, Karam Ahmadian 16
Moutahed: Austin Johnson 19, Micah Brand 17



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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 15-4 
 2. 11890 Killester 12-6 
 3. UCD Marian 6-12 
 4. Belfast Star 3-14 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 12-5 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 10-7 
 3. UL Eagles 10-9 
 4. Moycullen 4-15 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Joshua JOHNSON
  Belfast .
  (199-F-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Johnson, Belfast26.7 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons25.4 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.4 
 4. Enos, Moycullen23.6 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.21.1 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles19.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast18.0 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 9. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 10. Noonan, B.Gais N.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.5 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles13.2 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.12.3 
 5. Johnson, Belfast12.1 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.1 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons10.3 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.5 
 10. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.7 
 4. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.6 
 6. Coughlan, UCC D.4.5 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.4.2 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 9. Turner, 11890 K.4.1 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles3.6 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.5 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 7. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 10. McGinn, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.2 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.1 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 5. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 7. Casey, 11890 K.1.4 
 8. Provizors, DCU S.1.2 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Johnson, Belfast0.9 


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 13-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 11-5 
 3. Hapoel Holon 10-6 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 9-6 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 9-7 
 6. Hapoel J-M 8-8 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 7-8 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 6-9 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 5-10 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 4-11 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-13 


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Landesberg, Macca.22.1 
 2. Banks, Elitzur22.0 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.9 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.19.7 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.4 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.19.3 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.4 
 8. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.1 
 9. Duncan, Maccabi18.1 
 10. Travis, Galil Gil.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.10.2 
 2. Asbury, Elitzur8.0 
 3. Rosefelt, Bnei H.7.9 
 4. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 5. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 6. Duncan, Maccabi7.7 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi7.6 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi7.5 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.4 
 10. Uter, Maccabi7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.5 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.5 
 6. Jackson, Maccabi5.4 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.9 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.7 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.2 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.3.2 
 2. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 3. Robinson, B.C. H.2.1 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi2.1 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.2.0 
 7. Limonad, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.1.8 
 10. Williams, Bnei H.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Uter, Maccabi2.1 
 3. Dunston, Hapoel H.2.1 
 4. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.1 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 9. Hendrix, Maccabi1.1 
 10. Sullivan, Hapoel1.1 


Eurobasket Israeli All-Star Poll, Romeo Travis' Frustration & Blake Griffin Dunks? - by David Pick
According to the Israeli Basketball League Association, nearly 15,000 collected fan votes determined the 2011-12 Israeli All-Star game rosters, taking place in the Southern port city of Ashkelon, on March 8th.

Due to the fact that Israel's top league only has 11 teams, two 'wildcards' were giving to each squad, completing a 12-man roster. However, this year's draft lists, or the names that haven't made the rosters for that matter, caught the spotlight in recent locker rooms and social networking conversations amongst the League's foreign ballers.

Important to note, despite not making the final roster, Eurobasket reveals that Galil's Romeo Travis was indeed named an All-Star contestant.

Galil, who already qualified for the Balkan League Final Four, plays a European road game on March 7th, against Serbian OKK Beograd. According to a League source, the northern Israeli team is already sending Israeli big man Ido Kozikaro to the Israeli All-Star squad, thus, if allowing Travis to appear in the event as well, they'll lose two of their three pillars in the paint. As a result, Galil and the League Association mutually agreed to select swingman Courtney Fells instead.

Eurobasket conducted an opinion poll among the 12-chosen foreign All-Star players, asking, who they thought was forgotten?

Maccabi Rishon's scoring guard Joe Crawford received 41% (5/12) of the votes, while Galil/Gilboa's Akron Hall of Famer power forward Romeo Travis grossed 33% (4/12). Other names included Hapoel Holon's Ron Lewis and Netanya's Brian Asbury. When referring to an Israeli player that didn't make the roster, Maccabi Tel-Aviv's rising star Yogev Ohayon comes to mind as well.

Jerusalem's draftee Brian Randle told Eurobasket he was surprised that colleague D.J. Strawberry wasn't selected, while Galil's Courtney Fells and Rishon's Derwin Kitchen took a more drastic approach informing Eurobasket they're willing to step down for their locker room pals.

Team Foreigners: 1st round MVP Bryant Dunston, Richard Hendrix, Brian Randle, Courtney Fells, Tweety Carter, Jermaine Jackson, Dwayne Mitchell, Derwin Kitchen, Adrian Banks, Josh Duncan and Paul Delaney. The 'wildcard' went to Ashkelon's Marco Killingsworth.

All-Star Dunk Contest:

After Adrian Banks and Jeremy Pargo went head-to-head for last year's title, Netanya's Banks is looking for back-to-back awards, as he battles Paul Delaney, Alex Tyus, Sylven Landesberg, Brandon Bowman, and young talent Roi Buchbinder, who won the Israeli Youth Dunk Contest some years ago after jumping from the free throw line. Bowman already revealed one of his expected dunk attempts, notifying Eurobasket that he's looking to jump over a car ah la Blake Griffin.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick




Premier League Round 17: Ironi Ashkelon is defeated by Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Ironi Ashkelon (9-7) and fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Ironi Ashkelon was defeated by Maccabi Rishon in a tough game in Rishon Le-Zion 79-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Ashkelon. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) responded with 23 points and 7 assists. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to fourth place. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Maccabi Rishon are looking forward to face Elitzur Netanya (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against B.C. Habikaa (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (13-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (8-8) in Jerusalem 104-100. International guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87) nailed 20 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Keith Langford accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel J-M will have a break next round.
The game in Habikaa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Galil Gilboa (11-5) played at the court of 8th ranked B.C. Habikaa (6-9). Galil Gilboa managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Romeo Travis who scored 28 points. Paul Delaney produced 28 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galil Gilboa maintains second place with 11-5 record having just one points less than leader Maccabi T-A. B.C. Habikaa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Galil Gilboa will meet at home Bnei Hasharon (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.C. Habikaa will play against Ironi Ashkelon and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked Elitzur Netanya (5-10) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Hapoel Holon (10-6). Hapoel Holon managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Bryant Dunston saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#7) on the road. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion.
11th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (7-8) with the biggest margin this round 84-74 on Sunday night. The game was dominated by American players. Josh Carter stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 7-8 record. Maccabi Haifa lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.



Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 84-79

The game between third ranked Ironi Ashkelon (9-7) and fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Ironi Ashkelon was defeated by Maccabi Rishon in a tough game in Rishon Le-Zion 79-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Ashkelon. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. The former international guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) responded with 23 points and 7 assists and American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to fourth place. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Maccabi Rishon are looking forward to face Elitzur Netanya (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against B.C. Habikaa (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Limonad 23+4reb+7ast, D.Mitchell 16+5reb+6ast, M.Killingsworth 14+7reb+4ast, J.Skeen 9+9reb, N.Berkowitz 7+2reb+2ast, A.Simhon 6+2reb
Maccabi Rishon: B.Bowman 23+11reb+4ast, J.Crawford 15+5reb+5ast, D.Kitchen 15+5reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 14+3reb+1ast, A.Ben David 9+1reb, A.Uter 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 137367


Hapoel Holon - Elitzur Netanya 71-70

Ninth-ranked Elitzur Netanya (5-10) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Hapoel Holon (10-6). Hapoel Holon managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Elitzur Netanya was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Hapoel Holon, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Netanya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Netanya. Four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#7) on the road. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 25+4reb+4ast, B.Asbury 18+11reb+2ast, L.Lifshitz 11+2reb+4ast, E.Hicks 11+8reb, E.Campbell 3+3reb, E.Gueta 2+7reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: B.Dunston 24+13reb, R.Lewis 19+3reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 10+10reb+3ast, M.Roth 7+5reb+5ast, P.Sullivan 6+7reb+1ast, S.Daniel 3+1ast
gschID: 137368


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Ashdod 74-84

11th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (7-8) with the biggest margin this round 84-74 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Haifa only scored eight points from the stripe. Maccabi Haifa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Jermaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 16 points and 9 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 7-8 record. Maccabi Haifa lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: T.Wilkerson 17+11reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 16+3reb+1ast, J.Jackson 16+4reb+9ast, C.Powell 11+3reb+3ast, J.Smith 8+4reb+1ast, S.Farine 4+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 19+5reb+2ast, A.Tyus 17+7reb, D.Hagag 13+1reb+3ast, J.Duncan 11+9reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 9+1reb+2ast, I.Iram 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137369


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 100-104

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (13-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (8-8) in Jerusalem 104-100. Maccabi T-A made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Hapoel J-M was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87) nailed 20 points and 8 assists for the winning side and American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Demetri McCamey (190-89, college: Illinois) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel J-M will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: Y.Naimy 19+2reb+10ast, D.McCamey 17+8reb+4ast, D.Strawberry 16+4reb+2ast, D.Grunfeld 14+4reb, B.Randle 12+3reb+2ast, E.Kadir 9+6reb
Maccabi T-A: Y.Ohayon 20+1reb+8ast, D.Blu 17+5reb+2ast, K.Langford 16+6reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 15+5reb, S.Schortsanitis 12+2reb, T.Burstein 12+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137370


B.C. Habikaa - Galil Gilboa 77-84

The game in Habikaa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Galil Gilboa (11-5) played at the court of 8th ranked B.C. Habikaa (6-9). Galil Gilboa managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Sunday. Galil Gilboa made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) who scored 28 points. Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galil Gilboa maintains second place with 11-5 record having just one points less than leader Maccabi T-A. B.C. Habikaa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Galil Gilboa will meet at home Bnei Hasharon (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.C. Habikaa will play against Ironi Ashkelon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 28+5reb+1ast, D.Dowell 16+5reb+3ast, R.Freeman 14+2reb+1ast, F.Robinson 8+3reb+2ast, N.Cohen 7+1reb+1ast, S.Brener 2+3reb+3ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 28+3reb+3ast, C.Fells 24+6reb+1ast, J.Jones 21+4reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 4+2reb+8ast, O.Farhi 3+6reb+2ast, A.Bier-Katz 2+1reb
gschID: 137366




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Promozione Campania - Round 14 Results - Group B & C - by Crazy


PROMOZIONE CAMPANIA - ROUND 14 RESULTS - GROUP B & C

PROMOZIONE - ROUND 14 - GROUP B:

Afragola - Capri: 74-67
(A: Favella 17, Peluso 17; C: Ruocco 34, Mancanello 20)
Sacro Cuore - Basketlandia: 65-74
(S: Marchetti 16; B: M.Dubbio 23, Tammaro 15)
Solfatara - Dalmazia: 64-42
(S: Amendola 18; D: Ragucci 9)
Virtus Vico - Baloncesto: 61-65
(V: Petrone 21, Pischetola 15; B: Santoro 21)
Vesuviane - Torregreco: 67-55
(V: V.Cusitore 19; T: Di Donna 16)
Play Out - Portici: 63-65
(P: Amazio 22; PO: Guarino 17)

Standings: Vesuviane 26, Portici 20, Afragola 20, Capri 18, Basketlandia 18, Solfatara 16, Torregreco 16, Baloncesto 14, Sacro Cuore 6, Dalmazia 4, Virtus Vico 4, Play Out 4.

Scoring Leaders: (1) Ruocco (Capri) 34.9 points per game; (2) Mancanello (Capri) 22.3 ppg; (3) Vecchiato (Torregreco) 17.5 ppg

ROUND 14 - GROUP C:

Monte di Procida - Felix Napoli: 51-56
(M: Ruggiero 29; F: Schiano 13)
Fortitudo Pozzuoli - V.Neapolis: 72-45
(F: L.Carrichiello 22; V: A.Amodio 13)
Vesuvio - Tresana: 66-54
(V: Barone 15; T: A.Scerbo 19)
Capo Miseno - X5 Basket: 64-54
(C: Hill 18; X5: Spina 16)
Boscoreale - CBTA: 67-52
(B: Di Maria 21; C: Telese 22)
Pick&Roll - Arzano: 69-66
(P: Popolo 28; A: Fedele 25)

Standings: Capo Miseno 28, Felix 22, Arzano 22, Monte Procida 18, F.Pozzuoli 18, Pick&Roll 14, Vesuvio 12, CBTA 8, Tresana 8, Boscoreale 8, X5 6, Neapolis 2.

Scoring Leaders: (1) Clif Colbert (193-G-86) (Capo Miseno) 28.5 points per game; (2) Fedele (Arzano) 21.6 ppg; (3) Prisco (M.Procida) 20.3 ppg




David Andersen:'My shooting improved with Andrea Bargnani' - by Andrea Centenari
With 23 points, 4 boards and 2 assists, David Andersen (212-C-80) was elected MVP of the Italian League Cup Final Eight leading his Montepaschi Siena in the win over Bennet Cantu.
'I came here with the gol to win. It's not easy to beat a strong team like Bennet Cantu. I'm feeling good here in Siena. There's a lot of talent. My shooting? Yes, it's true that I have learnt something from Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) when I played with him in Toronto. For a pivot is very important having a good shoot to open the floor' said the australian forward to La Gazzetta dello Sport.


Andrea Crosariol injured his ankle - by Andrea Centenari
Acea Virtus Roma announced that Andrea Crosariol (211-C-84, college: Fair Dickinson) during yesterday training has obtained a sprained right ankle in the third degree. The player has been applied a plaster shell which should lead to at least five days and then have to use a brace for another fortnight.
In this season, Crosariol averaged 6 points, 4,4 boards and 0,8 blocks per game. Now, with the injury of Crosariol, the only center in the Acea Virtus Roma roster is the new addition Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88, college: Mississippi St.).


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Musso, Napoli19.5 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.4 
 3. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.7 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.4 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Portannese, Torino15.1 
 7. Carrizo, Ferentino14.9 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.7 
 9. Pazzi, Trento14.5 
 10. Vitale, Treviglio14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.9 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.7 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.5 
 5. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.3 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..8.2 
 7. Gandini, Trieste8.1 
 8. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.8 
 10. Ferraro, Trieste7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.5 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.7 
 4. Vico, Matera3.2 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.1 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 8. Zanelli, Orlandina2.9 
 9. Forray, Trento2.8 
 10. Iannilli, Napoli2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.3 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Portannese, Torino2.9 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Amici, Firenze2.8 
 8. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
 9. Stanic, Fabriano2.7 
 10. Guarino, Ferentino2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.0 
 9. Biligha, Casalp.0.9 
 10. Cazzaniga, Pavia0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 17-7 
 2. Trieste 17-7 
 3. Perugia 11-12 
 4. Comsum.it SI 7-16 
 5. Firenze 7-17 
 6. Santarcangelo 6-17 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 22-3 
 2. Torino 16-8 
 3. Treviglio 14-10 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 13-11 
 5. Pavia 13-12 
 6. Castelletto 8-15 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 13-11 
 2. Chieti 12-11 
 3. Recanati 12-11 
 4. San Severo 9-14 
 5. Fabriano 7-16 
 6. Ruvo 3-21 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 20-4 
 2. Orlandina 15-9 
 3. Ferentino 13-9 
 4. Matera 11-12 
 5. Latina Basket 10-13 
 6. Anagni 7-15 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Paul MARIGNEY
  Givova S.
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Marigney, Givova S.22.6 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 3. Freeman, MarcoPol.21.6 
 4. McConnell, Fileni18.9 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.8 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.6 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.5 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola17.9 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.0 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.1 
 4. Anderson, Morpho B.7.9 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.9 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.4 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.1 
 8. Jones, Giorgio7.1 
 9. Brkic, Prima Veroli6.8 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Assi O.
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Johnson, Assi O.5.2 
 2. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 3. Green, Sigma B.4.5 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.8 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.3.6 
 6. Renfroe, Enel B.3.4 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 8. McConnell, Fileni3.3 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Radulovic, Givova2.9 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Marigney, Givova S.2.6 
 5. Goldwire, Centra.2.5 
 6. Thompson, Centra.2.4 
 7. McConnell, Fileni2.4 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.3 
 9. Green, Sigma B.2.3 
 10. Prato, Aget Imola2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.4 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 4. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.8 
 5. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 6. Radulovic, Givova0.7 
 7. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 8. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 9. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 
 10. Jurevicus, Assi O.0.6 


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 


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  JAPAN   


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.5 
 2. Flowers, Saitama20.6 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka20.5 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.4 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets20.3 
 6. Burrell, Yokohama.19.8 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama19.4 
 8. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 10. Cummings, Oita H.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.6 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets10.6 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.6 
 4. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.5 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 6. Newton, Okinawa GK10.4 
 7. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 8. Cummings, Oita H.10.1 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.1 
 10. Malloy, Iwate B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.4 
 2. Shimura, Sendai5.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.2 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.1 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 9. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.3 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.9 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 6. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 8. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 10. Nakanishi, Fukuok.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.9 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.6 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 8. Lamizana, Hamamat.1.3 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 
 10. Ocitti, Akita NH1.2 


BJ League Round 38: Okinawa GK beats Yokohama BC by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (16-17) was very close to win a game against first ranked Okinawa GK (27-7) on Sunday. Okinawa GK managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Yokohama BC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for Yokohama BC. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 27-7 record. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Okinawa GK are looking forward to face Iwate Big Bulls (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Yokohama BC will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Miyazaki was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (21-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (15-19). Hamamatsu Phoenix did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-74. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Leonardo Pomare chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against league's second-placed Osaka Evessa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (22-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Shinshu BW (13-21). Kyoto Hannar. defeated Shinshu BW 98-84 on Sunday. American players dominated the game. Rick Rickert notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 27 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) by Derek Raivio did not help to save the game for Shinshu BW. Kyoto Hannar. maintains third position with 22-10 record having seven points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will meet at home Saitama Broncos (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Shinshu BW will play against Toyama Grouses and hope to secure a win.
The game in Shiga supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (17-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (20-14). Toyama Grouses smashed Shiga L-Stars 100-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The best player for the winners was Ira Brown who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 17-15 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano. Shiga L-Stars will play at home against Chiba Jets.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 38: Akita NH beat Takamatsu FA on the road 80-67. Fukuoka Rizing won against Chiba Jets on its own court 83-72. Oita H.Devils unfortunately lost to Niigata Albirex in a road game 77-88. Saitama Bron. recorded a loss to Osaka Evessa at home 84-94. Iwate Big Bulls was defeated by Shimane SM on the opponent's court 82-64.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 38 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists by Lynn Washington of Osaka Evessa.



Takamatsu FA - Akita NH 67-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Akita Happinets (21-13) beat on the road 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-30) 80-67. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. American forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Akita Happinets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-13 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Takamatsu FA lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 30 games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be Niigata Albirex (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Takamatsu FA will play against Sendai 89ers (#5).
Top scorers:
Akita NH: K.Swanston 25+10reb, E.Drayton 15+12reb+6ast, L.Green 9+10reb+4ast, S.Taguchi 9+1ast, R.Mizumachi 7+1ast, M.Kearse 7+6reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 16+12reb, M.Nunnally 15+10reb, K.Smith 10+8reb+3ast, M.Suzuki 8+3reb+1ast, K.Tsutsumi 8+3reb+2ast, N.Williams 5+4reb
gschID: 142157


Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets 83-72

Very expected game when 8th ranked Chiba Jets (12-20) lost on the road to fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (22-12) 83-72. It looked good early as Chiba Jets took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fukuoka Rizing had a 26-13 second period charge getting the lead and Chiba Jets were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-83. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth position with 22-12 record. Chiba Jets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Chiba Jets will play on the road against Shiga L-Stars (#5).
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 21+3reb+2ast, J.Dearman 20+13reb+3ast, K.Palmer 16+9reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 15+3reb+2ast, A.Takeno 8+4reb+5ast, M.Kano 2+1reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 22+14reb+7ast, M.Hargrow 14+7reb+2ast, T.Ishida 14+1ast, A.Broxsie 6+7reb, T.Nakamura 6+4reb, Y.Kosuke 4+1ast
gschID: 142158


Miyazaki SS - Hamamatsu P. 74-91

The game in Miyazaki was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (21-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (15-19). Hamamatsu Phoenix did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-74. Miyazaki Shining Suns were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 50-32 second half run of Hamamatsu Phoenix. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 30. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 23 Miyazaki Shining Suns turnovers and outrebounded them 50-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Lewis Witcher (206-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against league's second-placed Osaka Evessa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 21+10reb+4ast, L.Pomare 14+14reb, W.Arnold 13+5reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 9+3reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 8+2reb, L.Blackledge 7+5reb
Miyazaki SS: O.Mims 15+9reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 14+2reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 13+2reb+2ast, D.Dora 11+8reb, L.Witcher 11+11reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142159


Okinawa GK - Yokohama BC 82-79

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (16-17) was very close to win a game against first ranked Okinawa GK (27-7) on Sunday. Okinawa GK managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Yokohama BC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Yokohama BC. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 27-7 record. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Okinawa GK are looking forward to face Iwate Big Bulls (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Yokohama BC will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 17+8reb+5ast, J.Newton 17+8reb+2ast, N.Namizato 17+5reb+5ast, N.Kosuge 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Takushi 7, D.Larkai 5+2reb
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 27+14reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 13+1reb+3ast, D.Burns 11+4reb+5ast, C.McFarland 9+4reb, M.Simmons 6+2reb+1ast, K.Yamada 3
gschID: 142160


Niigata Albirex - Oita H.Devils 88-77

Very predictable result when third ranked Niigata Albirex (18-16) won against at home 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (11-22) 88-77. It looked good early as Oita Heat Devils took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Niigata Albirex had a 31-15 second period charge getting the lead and Oita Heat Devils were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-88. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 44-31 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who scored 19 points. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Niigata Albirex maintains third position with 18-16 record having nine points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Akita Happinets on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oita Heat Devils will play against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 19+3reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 15+2reb+2ast, B.Davis 13+9reb+3ast, D.Gordon 12+4reb+4ast, C.Holm 10+12reb, E.Maxey 8+8reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 31+11reb+1ast, M.Lottich 14+2reb+3ast, T.Finger 14+3reb, W.White 8+4reb+1ast, N.Takushi 7+3reb+7ast, K.Mitomo 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 142152


Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar. 84-98

The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (22-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Shinshu BW (13-21). Kyoto Hannar. defeated Shinshu BW 98-84 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Shinshu BW managed to win fourth quarter 33-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) supported him with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 27 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) by guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Shinshu BW. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Kyoto Hannar. maintains third position with 22-10 record having seven points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will meet at home Saitama Broncos (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Shinshu BW will play against Toyama Grouses and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 29+12reb+3ast, J.Boyette 23+5reb+2ast, L.Cummard 14+10reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 13+1reb+1ast, T.Murakami 9+1reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 4+2reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 27+2reb+3ast, L.Roberts 18+5reb+3ast, E.Morris 12+4reb+1ast, T.Hughes 6+7reb+2ast, S.Yosuke 6+1reb+1ast, K.Luckett 5+3reb
gschID: 142153


Saitama Bron. - Osaka Evessa 84-94

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (9-22) lost at home to second ranked Osaka Evessa (24-8) 94-84. Osaka Evessa players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Saitama Broncos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Osaka Evessa's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-8 record having five points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Kyoto Hannar. (#3).
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 38+10reb+6ast, W.Marshall 17+9reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 14+6reb+7ast, S.Konno 8, M.Bell 6+11reb+1ast, K.Tyner 4+2reb+4ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 26+15reb+6ast, J.Flowers 16+8reb+3ast, Y.Arai 13+3reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 11+5reb+3ast, D.Terashita 8+4reb+1ast, J.Miller 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 142154


Shiga L-Stars - Toyama Grouses 65-100

The game in Shiga supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (17-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (20-14). Toyama Grouses smashed Shiga L-Stars 100-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses 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 Shiga L-Stars' 38. They outrebounded Shiga L-Stars 50-26 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Dominican power forward Larry Turner (210-82, college: Tennessee St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) produced 18 points and 4 assists and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 17-15 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano. Shiga L-Stars will play at home against Chiba Jets.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 24+6reb+4ast, B.Harper 19+9reb+1ast, T.Mito 16+8reb, L.Turner 15+16reb, M.Joho 14+5reb+3ast, B.Gillespie 10
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 18+3reb+4ast, B.Markson 13+1reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 10+7reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 8+1reb+2ast, J.Ashby 8+6reb+1ast, K.Hatano 3+3reb
gschID: 142155


Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls 82-64

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Shimane Magic (19-15) defeated at home 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-25) 82-64. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 28. Shimane Magic had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Shinji Tomiyama rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 19-15 record. Iwate Big Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 25 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 23+12reb, J.Davis 17+10reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 15+6reb+6ast, R.Golson 10+10reb+2ast, T.Yokoo 9+2reb+2ast, J.Nakama 4+1reb+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: J.Boykin 16+14reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 15+2reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 13+13reb, M.Sawaguchi 8+2reb+1ast, A.Nogami 6, L.Malloy 3+3reb
gschID: 142156




Best players of Japanese BJ League round 37 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Chiba Jets (#8, 12-19) with 19-point margin 103-84. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 4th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 21-12 record. Dearman turned to be Fukuoka Rizing's top player in his first season with the team. Jermaine Dearman averages this season 13.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Shimane SM. Puckett impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Shimane SM to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#10, 9-24) 75-55. Shimane SM's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Puckett is a newcomer at Shimane SM and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of top-ranked Okinawa GK. McHenry showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Okinawa GK, leading his team to a 89-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Yokohama BC (#6, 16-16). Okinawa GK confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 7 lost games. McHenry has a very solid season. In 32 games in Japan he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and 1.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Masashi Obuchi (182-G-83) of Osaka Evessa - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Rick Rickert (211-F-83) of Kyoto Hannar. - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 24 points and 15 rebounds
7. Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89) of Toyama Grouses - 16 points and 17 rebounds
8. Matt Lottich (193-G-82) of Oita H.Devils - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 20 points, 10 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)


Gibbs' 21 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old forward Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Toyota Alvark and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Toyota Alvark in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tochigi Brex (#5, 15-17) 94-83. It allowed Toyota Alvark to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toyota Alvark has a very solid 23-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Gibbs' second year at Toyota Alvark and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Otterbein College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gibbs is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 56.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of league's second-best Aishin SH. He is naturalized American forward in his 5th season at Aishin SH. In the last game Sakuragi recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Aishin SH was edged by the lower-ranked Hokkaido L. (#6, 14-18) 70-68. Aishin SH managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 23-9 record is not bad at all. Sakuragi is one of the most experienced players at Aishin SH and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 11.9rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT (#8). Moss scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Moss' great performance Toshiba BT lost 55-71 to the higher-ranked Hitachi SR (#3, 19-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Toshiba BT can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-28 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moss he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moss has individually a great season in Japan. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Kevin Young (206-C-84) of Aishin SH - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 7 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Panasonic T. - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD - 14 points, 10 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 - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 21-12 
 2. Akita NH 21-13 
 3. Niigata Albirex 18-16 
 4. Toyama Grouses 17-15 
 5. Sendai 89ers 16-16 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-17 
 7. Shinshu BW 13-21 
 8. Chiba Jets 12-20 
 9. Saitama Bron. 9-22 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 9-25 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 27-7 
 2. Osaka Evessa 24-8 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 22-10 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 22-12 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 20-14 
 6. Shimane SM 19-15 
 7. Miyazaki SS 15-19 
 8. Oita H.Devils 11-22 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-30 


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Ozren Pavlovic, MVP of Independece Tournament of Kosovo - by Dren Shporta
Croatian youngster, Ozren Pavlovic of Zrinjevac took the MVP award of the Kosovo Independence Tournament. Pavlovic was the player that broke all the defences in this tournament after scoring more than sixty points in both games. He was unstoppable also in the final, by scoring 31 points. Former basketball player Florian Miftari gave Pavlovic the biggest individual award of the tournament.

Zrinjevac in semifinal match overrided Macedonian team of Cair 93:41, while in the final they beat Kosovo U-18 National Team with 6 points difference, 78:72. Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) thanked all the teams that participated in this tournament with gratitude.




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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 10-3 
 2. Kazma 9-4 
 3. Al Sahel 8-5 
 4. Al Qadsia 8-5 
 5. Al Jahraa 3-10 
 6. Al Yarmook 1-12 


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


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 17-1 
 2. Champville 17-1 
 3. Anibal 12-6 
 4. Sagesse 8-11 
 5. Byblos 8-11 
 6. Bejjeh 6-11 
 7. Moutahed 6-11 
 8. Hoops 5-13 
 9. Antranik 2-15 


Riyadi - Beirut Regular season Champion - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the Battle for the regular season champion Al Riyadi Beirut managed to secure the win against Champville at the score of 82-71.
The game started late due to some problems in controlling the section of the fans. The game was officiated for the first time this season by 2 Greek Referees Mr. Christos CHRISTODOULOU and Mr. Panagiotis ANASTOPOULOS.
The first quarter of the game saw a close tempo the two teams started scoring Riyadi through Ali Kanaan and Champville through Carl Sarkis , the first quarter finished at the score of 19-17 for the home team Al Riyadi.
The first quarter showed to everyone that the game will have a low level Basketball and lot of Tension. The 2nd quarter Riyadi started to improve its game and especially on the defensive side , the prevented Champville from scoring for many minutes and made a big run which gave them the lead as many as 14 points , they outscored Champville in this Quarter 19 to 7 , the score at the half was 38-24.
The 3rd quarter the game returned to the same tempo as in the first quarter and the 2 teams finished the quarter by scoring 20 points each team. The score at the end of the 3rd was 58-44.
In the last quarter Champville started a comeback which reduced the difference to 5 points but the big experience of Joseph Vogel (211-C-73.) prevailed he nailed crucial 3pts shots which gave Riyadi the tempo and secured the important win at the score of 82-71.
The 11 points difference gave Riyadi the Leader position in the standings due that in the first round game Champville won by 6 points.
Riyadi proved one more time that its very hard to win in Manara , They prevented Fadi Khatib from moving freely in the first half through the organized defense.
The Championship will continue in the final 8 round which is another round robin round for the first ranked 8 teams, this means that the 2 teams will meet again 2 times in the coming rounds.

Best Scorers:
Riyadi
: Dewarick Spencer (25)
Champville: Fadi Khatib (23)



WABA League: Zob Ahan scrape past Moutahed, into semis - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Moutahed 82:78

Zob Ahan survived some scary moments before beating Moutahed in return leg of WABA League quarterfinals. The Iranian team enjoyed a 3-point advantage heading into the home game. However Moutahed entered the game determined to give a fight. The Lebanese team earned an 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan pulled in front midway through the second term but Moutahed quickly bounced back. The visitors went on a 14:4 rally to take a 9-point advantage at halftime 40:31. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term however Zob Ahan managed to erase the deficit and posted a 56:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Moutahed stayed within striking distance in the fourth term but Karam Ahmadian (197-F-77) knocked down 9 points and helped Zob Ahan seal the win at the end. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) posted 27 points and 6 boards for Zob Ahan. Ali Baheran (186-G-86) added 20 points in the win. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with 19 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Moutahed. Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) had 17 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Zob Ahan: Loren Woods 27, Ali Baheran 20, Karam Ahmadian 16
Moutahed: Austin Johnson 19, Micah Brand 17



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.8 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.4 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.3 
 4. Ebi, Anibal25.2 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Youngblood, Anibal22.1 
 9. Gray, Byblos21.7 
 10. Johnson, Moutahed20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.8 
 2. Penigar, Byblos13.1 
 3. Dearman, Bejjeh12.4 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.7 
 5. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 6. Crump, Sagesse10.9 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.9 
 8. Leather, Sagesse10.3 
 9. Hoskin, Champville10.0 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Akl, Anibal7.0 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 4. Gray, Byblos6.0 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.0 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.9 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 8. Johnson, Moutahed5.6 
 9. Young, Antranik5.4 
 10. Oguchi, Hoops4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hamilton, Hoops3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal3.0 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.8 
 4. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.4 
 6. Young, Antranik2.3 
 7. Heard, Hoops2.2 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.2 
 9. Estephane, Champvi.2.1 
 10. Ebi, Anibal2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.6 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Vogel, Al Riyadi2.0 
 4. Hamdar, Hoops1.9 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.7 
 6. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 7. Crump, Sagesse1.6 
 8. Sabra, Byblos1.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.2 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.1.2 


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Standings
Diekirch League Stage Two Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 15-3
 2. Sparta 14-4
 3. Amicale 10-8
 4. Etzella 10-8
 5. Musel Pikes 10-8
 6. Residence 10-8
7-10 places
 1. Basket Esch 9-9
 2. Soleuvre 8-10
 3. BBC Nitia 2-16
 4. Heffingen 2-16
Stage One Standings


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  MONTENEGRO   


Vladimir Golubovic and Caja Laboral part ways - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) is no longer a member of Caja Laboral. His short term contract expired and will not be extended by the club. Golubovic already signed a 15-day extension, which kept him with the club until the end of the Copa del Rey. The Montenegrin big guy joined Caja Laboral in December. He appeared 10 times in Liga Endesa averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. He had slightly better numbers for 3 Euroleague games. Golubovic started the season with Azovmash. In 2010/11, Vladimir Golubovic was a member of Banvit. He had 10.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 39 Turkish league games. Golubovic played for the Montenegrin NT during the Qualifications to European Championships 2011.

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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 12-2 
 2. RSB Berkane 11-3 
 3. WAC Casabl. 9-5 
 4. PCS Plazza C. 8-6 
 5. MAF Fez 8-6 
 6. CRA Hoceima 7-5 
 7. FUS Rabat 4-9 
 8. IRT Tanger 4-10 
 9. KAC 3-11 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-11 


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  NBA   


Sunday's games review (10): Durant scores 51 as Thunder top Nuggets 124-118 - by Eurobasket News
Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 124-118 OT
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored a career-best 51 points for the top performance in the NBA this season, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 40 and Serge Ibaka had his first career triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 124-118 Sunday night. Durant hit a 3-pointer and drove for a dunk to tie the game with 4.4 seconds left in regulation, then used the extra period to chalk up the first 50-point game of the two-time scoring champion's career. He walked slowly over to his mother, seated courtside, and gave her a kiss and a hug when the final horn sounded. Ibaka added 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks to become the 14th player in franchise history with a triple-double. Arron Afflalo scored 27 points and Andre Miller had 21 points and 10 assists for Denver, which had a shot to win at the end of regulation. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Detroit P. - Boston C. 96-81
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Rodney Stuckey added 16 points to lead the surging Detroit Pistons over the Boston Celtics 96-81 on Sunday night. Detroit has now won seven of its last nine games, including two victories in five days over the Celtics, who were missing Kevin Garnett (personal reasons) and Brandon Bass (left knee). Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points. The Pistons scored 40 points off 24 turnovers, while the Celtics got only 13 points off Detroit's 15 giveaways. The Pistons also had a 29-6 edge in second-chance points. The Pistons led 55-42 at halftime, but they could have been ahead by 20. Detroit took 29 free throws in the first half - the Celtics had just 10 - but missed 12 of them. Doc Rivers and former Piston Chris Wilcox both picked up technical fouls in the first half for arguing calls. Boston finally started getting to the line in the third quarter, pulling to 59-54 before Jermaine O'Neal missed a pair of free throws that could have made it a three-point game. That seemed to take the wind out of Boston's sails, and the Pistons needed less than three minutes to move the lead back to 12. Moments later, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo picked up two technicals in a span of five seconds and was ejected from the game. Even with the Pistons missing five more free throws, they led 75-61 at the end of the third. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New Jersey N. - Milwaukee B. 85-92
Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) had career highs of 29 points and 25 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over New Jersey on Sunday night, spoiling the season debut of Nets center Brook Lopez. Ilyasova's 25 rebounds tied the NBA single-game high this season set Jan. 18 by Orlando's Dwight Howard in an overtime game against San Antonio. The 6-foot-10 forward from Turkey fouled out with 2:01 to play after being the difference maker all night, including a key 3-pointer with 4:56 to play after the Nets cut a 16-point deficit to seven. Brandon Jennings added 17 points as the Bucks won for only the third time in 10 games. Deron Williams had 26 points to lead New Jersey. Lopez, who missed the Nets' first 32 games with a broken right foot, finished with nine points and two rebounds in 22 minutes. Anthony Morrow added 17 points for the Nets, who beat Chicago on Saturday to snap an eight-game losing streak. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who did not play in the Bucks' loss to Orlando on Friday because of a coach's decision, came off the bench and added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 11 points, including three 3-pointers in the second half - two at the start and another late - as Milwaukee beat New Jersey for the ninth straight time. The Bucks opened a 15-point lead early in the second half as Delfino hit consecutive 3-pointers in a 10-2 spurt that also featured two free throws by Ilyasova and a jumper from Jennings. Milwaukee kept New Jersey at bay most of the second half until the Nets used an 11-2 spurt to close to 76-69. Ilyasova, who was 11 of 23 from the field, hit his big 3-pointer and later converted a layup after Jennings hit a free throw following a technical foul on Kris Humphries. Ilyasova scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the opening half to help Milwaukee take a 43-36 lead at the break. The Nets hit only 10 of 43 shots (23.3 percent) from the field in the half, but were 14 of 24 from the free throw line. The Bucks had 12 attempts from the line, making eight. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Utah Jazz 101-85
Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) scored 32 points and Luis Scola had 26 and the Houston Rockets fought off a late run from the Utah Jazz and went on to a 101-85 win on Sunday night. Utah cut Houston's double-digit lead to just two points with a big fourth quarter run, before an 8-2 spurt by the Rockets stretched their lead to 88-80 with four minutes left. Devin Harris made a pair of free throws for Utah after that. But Houston scored eight straight points, with six from Scola, to extend the lead to 96-82 two minutes later to secure the win. Al Jefferson, who was coming off a season-high 34-point performance on Friday, led the Jazz with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets were up by 13 points with nine minutes remaining before Utah used an 11-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Raja Bell, to get within 80-78 with 5:45 left. Paul Millsap had two baskets and four free throws for Utah's other points in that span. Lowry started Houston's game-clinching run when he scored Houston's first points in almost four minutes with a 3-pointer and Courtney Lee hit a 3 as he was knocked to the ground on a foul by CJ Miles. Lee was unable to complete the rare four-point play when his free throw attempt rattled off the rim. Lowry's 32 points were one point shy of his season high of 33. He made seven of eight 3-pointers, was 7 of 7 on free throws and had nine assists as the Rockets improved to 2-1 on what will be a six-game homestand. Samuel Dalembert wowed the crowd with a pair of dunks. The second one came on an alley-oop from Lowry that capped an 11-5 run that broke a tie and left the Rockets ahead 69-63 with about a minute left in the third quarter. Utah's Devin Harris had turnovers on consecutive plays to slow the Jazz at the start of that run. Derrick Favors hit one of two free throws for the Jazz before Lee knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end to stretch Houston's lead to 72-64 entering the fourth quarter. Millsap added 22 points for Utah and Bell had 11. Lowry made all of the five shots he attempted in the first half, including four 3-pointers. He was also perfect from the free throw line, making each of his four first-half attempts. The 6-foot Lowry missed his first shot of the second half on an attempt under the basket against two much bigger defenders, but quickly got back on track with his next shot. He was fouled as he made a jump shot and completed the 3-point play to leave the Rockets up 54-50 with 9 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. The Jazz led 46-45 at halftime. Houston's Greg Smith made his NBA debut on Sunday after being recalled from Rio Grande Valley of the D-League earlier in the day. He had four blocks, three rebounds and two points, but also picked up five fouls in less than 12 minutes. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers 102-90
Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored a season-high 25 points, Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 15 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-90 Sunday night, ending a four-game losing streak. The Lakers, who had won three straight, trailed by 23 at halftime and 27 in the third quarter before cutting it to 10 in the fourth. Kobe Bryant scored 32 points but was 1 of 8 on 3-pointers and committed 10 turnovers, one shy of his career worst. Grant Hill scored 15 points and Steve Nash had 14 assists for the Suns. The teams were playing for the second consecutive game. The Lakers won in Los Angeles 111-99 on Friday night. Pau Gasol added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 10 boards for the Lakers. Los Angeles had beaten Phoenix twice at home this season. The loss matched the most one-sided defeat for the Lakers this season. They had never trailed by more than 23. Bryant, not surprisingly, got the Lakers back within striking distance. The NBA's scoring leader had the last 11 points in a 13-2 run that cut the lead to 80-65 with 51.8 seconds left, including a 16-footer as he was falling down and his first 3-pointer of the night. Phoenix led 82-67 entering the fourth. With 7:32 to play, Bryant scored inside and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but got the rebound and then found Troy Murphy open in the corner for his second 3-pointer of the quarter to cut the lead to 88-77 with 7:22 to play. Bryant's two free throws made it 91-81 with 4:21 left, but Dudley sank a 17-footer, then blocked Bryant's shot from behind. Channing Frye made one of two free throws to boost the lead to 94-81, then Dudley's baseline drive put Phoenix up 96-84 with 2:10 to play. Los Angeles gave up a season-worst 63 first-half points to a Suns team that came in averaging just under 94 points per game. Frye's 3-pointer with 31.9 seconds left gave Phoenix its biggest first-half lead at 63-38. Bryant's 22-footer with 16.2 seconds left made it 63-40 at the break. Phoenix won from the foul line, going 27 of 32 to the Lakers' 17 of 25, and from 3-point range, where the Suns made 7 of 20 to Los Angeles' 3 of 18. There was an abundance of statistical evidence to explain the Suns' big halftime advantage. Los Angeles was 0 of 6 on 3s in the first half and had zero second-chance points to the Suns' seven. Phoenix made 18 of 19 free throws in the first half to 6 of 9 for the Lakers. The Suns used an 18-2 run against the turnover-plagued visitors in the first quarter to lead 31-14 on ex-Laker Shannon Brown's layup on a pass from Dudley with 1:51 to play. Gortat had nine points and nine rebounds in the quarter, while Nash had seven assists and four points. The lead reached 41-22 when rookie Markieff Morris blocked Matt Barnes' shot, then sank a 3 at the other end. Bryant stole the ball from Hill and his layup capped a 6-0 spurt that cut it to 49-35 with 4:21 left in the half. But the Suns responded with a 14-5 run to take their 25-point lead, before Bryant's lone long jumper of the half made it a 23-point game at the break. The Lakers committed seven turnovers in the period, three by Bryant, to the Suns' two. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Miami Heat - Orlando M. 90-78
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 27 points, LeBron James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the NBA-leading Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 90-78 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory. With former President Bill Clinton sitting courtside next to Heat managing general partner Micky Arison, Udonis Haslem scored 10 for the Heat, who improved to 25-7, a half-game better than Chicago for the best record in the NBA and the Eastern Conference. The 12-point final margin Sunday was Miami's smallest during its current winning streak. Wade made 13 of 23 shots from the floor, shooting 50 percent or better for the 10th straight game. J.J. Redick, who was a late addition to the Orlando starting lineup after Jason Richardson was scratched with chest pain, scored 17 points. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Cleveland C. - Sacramento K. 93-92
Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) 's two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a 93-92 win over Sacramento on Sunday night, extending the Kings' losing streak to five games. Irving's foul shots came after DeMarcus Cousins' basket with 2.9 seconds left gave the Kings a 92-91 lead. Cleveland called timeout to get the ball at midcourt. Irving inbounded to Antawn Jamison, who gave the ball back to the rookie point guard. Irving drove into the lane, where he was fouled by Tyreke Evans. The No. 1 overall draft pick then calmly sank both shots to give Cleveland a one-point lead. The Kings had one last chance. After a timeout moved the ball to halfcourt, Evans' alley-oop pass hit the rim and the game appeared to be over. However, the officials ruled the clock started too early and Sacramento had another opportunity. Evans inbounded to Cousins, whose fallaway shot from the right side caromed off the rim. The game was tied 17 times and there were 19 lead changes. Irving scored 23 points and Jamison added 21. Isaiah Thomas, making his second start, scored a career-high 23 points and had 11 assists for the Kings. Neither team led by more than six until late in the third quarter when Irving started a fast break and threw an alley-oop pass to forward Tristan Thompson for a dunk. The play gave Cleveland a 75-68 lead after three quarters. Cleveland built an 80-70 lead early in the fourth period, but the Kings rallied. John Salmons' basket tied the game at 82 before Marcus Thornton put the Kings ahead 84-82 with a drive in the lane midway through the fourth quarter. Jamison's 3-pointer gave Cleveland the lead, but Thornton's rebound basket gave the Kings an 86-85 advantage. Irving's layup off a steal put Cleveland up by one. Thomas' scoop shot in the lane gave the Kings an 88-87 lead. Jamison's free throw tied the game, but Thornton's layup off Irving's turnover with 1:28 remaining gave Sacramento a 90-88 lead. Thompson's tip-in off Irving's missed layup tied the game with 35 seconds left. The Kings missed three shots on their ensuing possession and Alonzo Gee was fouled trying to grab the rebound. He missed the first shot, but made the second. After a timeout, Cousins took the inbounds pass from Thomas, drove the baseline around Jamison and scored on an underhand layup. Thornton scored 21 points and Cousins had 19 for the Kings. The Kings are 0-4 on their six-game road trip. The Cavaliers are 3-3 on their nine-game homestand, the longest in franchise history. The teams were involved in an offseason trade that sent small forward Omri Casspi to Cleveland while power forward J.J. Hickson joined the Kings. Casspi scored six points and had a career-high 12 rebounds while Hickson was scoreless and had four rebounds off the bench. The Cavaliers also received a lottery-protected first-round draft pick. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 108-73
First-time All-Star Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 108-73 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday. Danny Granger and David West each scored 14 points. West added eight rebounds for the Pacers, who have won two in a row. Derrick Brown had 16 points and Kemba Walker 15 for the Bobcats (4-27), who have lost 17 of the last 18 games and never led in this one. The Pacers went on a 21-2 run to start the game and extended the lead to 53-33 at halftime. Charlotte's 73 points were the fewest allowed by the Pacers since an 86-73 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 25, 2010. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Minnesota T. - Philadelph.76 92-91
Success and improvement breed confidence, a key to fending off frustration. Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) has followed that formula and progressed to the point where his clutch contributions toward big wins are expected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 0.1 seconds left, to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. 'I can finish games. I can close games. But it has a lot to do with my teammates. They've had my back,' said Love, who missed 13 of his first 15 shots. 'They say if you keep putting yourself in that situation, you're going to eventually get comfortable with it.' With the Target Center crowd of 18,759 standing and roaring, Love drove to the basket off an inbound play with his head down and tempted Andre Iguodala to reach in and try to swipe the ball away from the baseline. The whistle sounded, Love walked to the line, and he calmly swished both shots. 'Playing three quarters of basketball like that in the past, I don't think I was mature enough to overcome that and persevere through that,' said Love, who also grabbed his usual 15 rebounds. Ricky Rubio had a career-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and five assists. His backup, J.J. Barea, added 14 points to help offset another strong game by Jrue Holiday of the Sixers. Holiday had 20 points on 10-for-20 shooting, plus five rebounds and three steals, but the league's best defensive team again failed to come through with the last-second stop it needed. Coach Doug Collins listed overtime losses to New Jersey and Denver, and a one-point defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers in his lament over this one. 'It's a shame we haven't been able to get that critical stop. Our guys played very hard,' Collins said. Neither team led by more than one over the final 6 1/2 minutes. Love drained a 3-pointer down the stretch and hit a 21-footer with less than a minute to go to push the Wolves to a 90-89 lead. Thaddeus Young answered on the other end for the Sixers with a jumper from the wing, and Love missed from 3-point range. Lou Williams, who got it going in the second half after Philadelphia's leading scorer attempted only three shots before the break, tried a crossover step-back jumper from the top of the key with Martell Webster in his face that rimmed out. Love grabbed the rebound with less than 4 seconds left, setting up the final possession. The Sixers weren't pleased by the foul call, but Collins declined to speculate on it. Elton Brand said there was 'no need to get into fines or anything.' Iguodala said he thought he forced a jump ball. 'Both teams played good basketball. It was a competitive game. It just came down to the last play,' said Iguodala, who had 13 points. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves (16-16), who notched their third three-game winning streak of the season to move back to .500. They play at Denver on Monday night, starting a stretch of 16 out of 23 games on the road. Coach Rick Adelman again shortened his rotation to eight, and the Wolves improved to 6-3 with Pekovic and Love in the starting lineup. 'We just showed we can play with anybody, and we didn't play on our level,' Pekovic said. Still in command of the Atlantic Division, the Sixers (20-12) played nine of their past 11 games against teams currently in the top five in either conference. This is their first three-game losing streak of the season. 'We are four last-second shots from having 24 wins right now,' Brand said. 'We've lost four games on buzzer-beaters or late shots or not getting a stop. We've just got to find a way to regroup and find a way to finish these games off.' Collins has been pushing Holiday to assert himself more offensively, and the third-year point guard tried to do that. It looked as if Rubio was listening in on the pep talk, judging by the first half. He helped the Wolves dig out of an early 18-7 deficit with a tying 3-pointer late in the first quarter. He also reached the free throw line six times, making all six. With Love and Pekovic playing together now in the post, the Wolves have drawn even more attention around the basket, putting the onus on Rubio and his teammates in the backcourt to score on the perimeter. 'We had to take those shots. You can miss or make, but if you don't take it it's a bad shot,' Rubio said, adding: 'If they let me shoot, I'm going to keep shooting.' *Courtesy of www.chron.com

New York K. - Dallas M. 104-97
Linsanity lives. Forget the off night that had NBA fans worldwide wondering if the Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) story was too good to be true. It's still plenty good, all right. The Harvard alum was back at his whirling ways Sunday, and the stage couldn't have been better - against the defending champions on national TV. Lin was Lin, and that was good enough for the Knicks to win. Hours after the opening of 'Saturday Night Live' spoofed the Lin phenomenon, the point guard had 28 points and a career-high 14 assists to carry the Knicks to a 104-97 victory that ended Dallas' winning streak at six games. 'Looking back, it's like I was watching them win the championship last year, and that's obviously where this team wants to go,' Lin said. 'This is helpful to us, not just to me but to us, just to be able to see where our team can go and what we can become, and I think that's the biggest takeaway from tonight,' he said. Lin already owns the highlights and headlines, and now he has some new admirers after bouncing back from a nine-turnover performance against New Orleans by dominating a Dallas defense that made LeBron James look ordinary in the NBA Finals. After the final buzzer, Lin got a hug from a fellow Bay Area native, and someone who knows a thing or two about playing the point, Mavs guard Jason Kidd. 'He looks a little bit like Steve Nash out there,' Kidd said, referring to the two-time MVP of the Phoenix Suns. In a game of wild momentum swings, the Knicks reeled off 17 straight points in the first quarter, fell behind by 12 in the third, then rallied to beat the Mavericks for the third time in the past 20 meetings. 'I think they found something in Lin, and they're starting to piece together a team that can beat anyone,' Dallas guard Jason Terry said. Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 34 points for the Mavericks. Friday's loss might have ended the Knicks' winning streak, but certainly not the buzz around Lin. Sunday's crowd included Kevin Costner, Eva Longoria, Spike Lee - wearing Lin's No. 4 Harvard jersey - and another famous Harvard alum, Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg. Peter Diepenbrock, Lin's high school coach from Palo Alto, also made the trip. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Manu Ginobili strains left oblique - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs' overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday didn't come without cost.

The Spurs lost guard Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and big man Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) to injuries.

'I think we just lost (Ginobili) again, and (Splitter),' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said following the game, which the Spurs won 103-100. 'I think it's going to be a while.'

Ginobili left at the end of the third quarter with a strained left oblique. Splitter came out of the game in the first quarter with a right calf sprain. Both will be examined in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to a team official.

'It sort of looks like we won the battle, but it makes it tough to win the war,' Popovich said.

Saturday was Ginobili's fourth game back since being sidelined for 22 games after he broke his left hand in a game against Minnesota on Jan. 2. Ginobili was wincing in pain after Clippers forward Kenyon Martin set a hard screen on him away from the ball. Ginobili came out of the game moments later.

Entering Saturday's game, Ginobili, a two-time All-Star, had played only eight games for the Spurs, averaging 13.4 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the field.

Splitter has served as a key reserve in the frontcourt for San Antonio in his second season with the Spurs. Prior to Saturday's game, he'd tallied 9.7 points per game while shooting 62.3 percent from the field to go along with 5.4 rebounds in 21.3 minutes.

Courtesy of ESPN


Rockets' Hill injures knee in practice - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets forward Jordan Hill (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Arizona) injured his right knee in practice Saturday and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Hill was evaluated by Dr. Walter Lowe, who found he has a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Hill is averaging 5 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for the Rockets this season. The second-year player has started seven games this season and appeared in 29.

Houston is off on Saturday and hosts the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

Courtesy of www.khou.com


Allen Iverson gets a sizable offer from a soccer team - by Eurobasket News
A legend Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) is in the middle of considerable financial disaster right now, currently holding such little cash that a judge has ordered his wages garnished to pay back a jewelry debt of more than $850,000. The guy needs money as fast as possible, and for Iverson that means getting a basketball job. Yahoo!'s own Adrian Wojnarowski reported two weeks ago that Iverson has an offer to play in Puerto Rico, and Chris Broussard of ESPN.com cites sources claiming he'd spend some time in the D-League if it meant a chance at an NBA job.

Iverson is clearly looking for an answer (pardon the pun) to both his financial woes and diminished standing in the sporting world. And while desperate times call for desperate measures, some offers are just too ridiculous to consider. For instance, an indoor soccer club has now extended a not-insubstantial offer to Iverson. Here's the official press release from the Rochester Lancers (via EOB):

The Rochester Lancers, of the MISL's top level of pro indoor soccer, today announced a contract offer to former NBA star, Allen Iverson.

The Rochester Lancers host two remaining regular season home games to conclude their season. The offer stands at $20,000 per game, with a bonus of $5,000 per goal scored, win bonuses, and merchandise bonuses. There are over 12 goals scored on average per game.

'Allen Iverson is one of the premier athletes of our time,' said Rich Randall, Vice President of the Rochester Lancers. 'With his athleticism and competitive hunger, I think he can be a great fit with our team and fans as we make an important playoff push, while also driving interest to an exciting, growing sport.'

If accepted, the Lancers have also offered to host his friends and family through the duration of his stay. With the per-game pay and bonuses, this offer will come close to the offer (per game) set by Turkish basketball team, Besiktas and ultimately keeping him the United States.

It's hard not to be a little curious about Iverson as a soccer player. For years, observers have speculated that, based on his elite quickness and toughness, he could have been one of the best soccer players of all time if he'd devoted himself to it from birth in the manner of athletes in other parts of the world.

Still, let's call this offer what it is: a publicity grab by a team in a minor sports league looking to get as much attention as possible. There's no way they can expect Iverson to take this deal. Disregard all the talk about helping Iverson stay in the United States or hosting his friends the Lancers are exploiting a great athlete's name recognition and dire circumstances in the hope of getting some extra money.

Iverson is far from a perfect person, and any consideration of his financial situation has to accept that he frittered away more than $150 million in salary (and more in endorsements) over the course of his NBA career. Yet there's a difference between giving a thorough explanation for why someone's in trouble and reveling in that misfortune. Love him or hate him, Iverson is one of the most important athletes of the past 25 years. It's genuinely sad to see someone who once held so much sway over the NBA reduced to a punchline. It's fine not to feel compassion for him. But, at the very least, please don't treat him like an object of derision. He deserves better than that.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Mavericks' West out indefinitely after surgery on finger - by Eurobasket News
Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) underwent successful surgery Friday to have pins placed in his fractured right ring finger.

The Dallas Mavericks guard suffered the fracture during Wednesday's 102-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

In his first season with the Mavericks, West is slated to have a second surgery to have the pins removed before he can play again, and there is no specific timetable for the second surgery. The Mavericks said it could be weeks before West plays again.

'The surgery went well and he'll be out a number of weeks,' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. 'We're not exactly sure how long, but in the meantime we're going to have to scramble a little bit.'

West was averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 assists per game in 22.7 minutes per game while becoming a vital part of the Mavericks' attack.

'I heard the surgery went well and hopefully he can get back here as soon as possible,' center Ian Mahinmi said. 'We wish him the best and the fastest recovery possible.'

Besides West, the Mavericks were without guards Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois for Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Terry missed the game for personal reasons, while Beaubois is not with the team because of the death of his father.

For obvious reasons, Carlisle said Mavericks fans will see a new look to the team without West, Terry and Beaubois.

'The character of our game will be different just by nature of the fact that they're not here, and so we'll have to adjust and create problems other ways,' Carlisle said. 'We've got a lot of capable guys and this is where a team and a coaching staff has to be imaginative and resourceful, and we've got to play an efficient game.'

Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com


Spurs sign Toros PF Eric Dawson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
According to Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears the San Antonio Spurs have signed Austin Toros power forward Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) to a 10-day contract.

The move to bring in the 6-9, 250-pound Dawson comes on the heels of the Spurs 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers this past Saturday afternoon where they lost key backup Brazilian PF/C Tiago Splitter to a reported calf injury in the first quarter of play.

San Antonio also lost Manu Ginobili for the second time this season. Ginobili, in just his fourth game back from an early season hand injury, strained his left oblique in the third quarter of the Spurs win over the Clippers.

Dawson, in 18 games with the Central-Texas based Toros this season, has posted a very serviceable 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game on a highly efficient 56.3% shooting from the field.

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Hawks extend Dampier another 10 days - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks signed center Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.) to a second 10-day contract on Sunday.

With centers Al Horford and Jason Collins both sidelined with injuries, the Hawks brought in Dampier earlier this month. He has appeared in four games and is averaging 6.5 minutes per games.

Dampier appeared in 51 games last season for Miami, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.

The 36-year-old Mississippi State product was selected by Indiana with the 10th overall pick of the 1996 draft and has averaged 7.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 976 games over 15 seasons with the Pacers, Warriors, Mavericks, Heat and Hawks.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Nets guard Jordan Farmar out with groin injury - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets backup point guard Jordan Farmar (6'2''-PG-86, college: UCLA) will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a groin injury.

Nets coach Avery Johnson said Farmar re-injured his groin in Saturday's win over Chicago. He missed Sunday night's game against Milwaukee and will sit out contests at New York on Monday and at home against Orlando on Wednesday.

Johnson hopes to have Farmar back after this weekend's All-Star game in Orlando, Fla.

Farmar is averaging 10.5 points and 3.3 assists in roughly 29 minutes per game.

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Kobe Bryant rips Lakers management - by Eurobasket News
After a frustrating 102-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in a game where the Los Angeles Lakers trailed by as many as 27 points before dropping the game and their road record to a paltry 5-11, the elephant that's been lingering in the team's locker room ever since the vetoed Chris Paul trade was finally addressed by Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78).

Either trade Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80), or don't, Bryant said. But make a decision either way and make it fast.

'Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn't have that,' Bryant said after Gasol had 17 points and 12 rebounds against the Suns. 'Pau, it's hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it's hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he's hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.'

Bryant made it clear that he prefers that the Lakers choose to not trade Gasol, the four-time All-Star who Bryant paired with to win consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010.

'I talked to (Gasol) a little bit about it,' Bryant said. 'It's just tough for a player to give his all when you don't know if you're going to be here tomorrow. I'd rather them not trade him at all. If they're going to do something, I wish they would just (expletive) do it. If they're not going to do it, come out and say you're not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.'

Just like Bryant wants Gasol to remain in L.A., Gasol said he wants to remain a Laker.

'So, we got March 15th, the (trade) deadline,' Gasol said as he made his way to the team bus after the game when reporters caught up to him to pass on Bryant's remarks. 'That's what I'm thinking (about). Hopefully we get to that day (without a trade). Obviously if something was told to me before, it would be good, but I'm not trying to force things. I'm not trying to force a team, 'If they want to trade me, trade me tomorrow.' Because obviously I still believe in our team, I believe in our city and I believe that we can continue to be a special, special team and a successful team.'

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told SI.com over the weekend that a major move involving the Lakers' roster was unlikely.

'Of course we'll talk to a lot of teams (about trades), like everybody else does, leading up until the trade deadline to see if there is a way to improve the team,' Kupchak said in the SI.com report. 'But the likelihood is that this is the team that's going to finish into the playoffs. That's just the way it normally works, but we'll see.'

However, Kupchak has not had any direct conversations with Gasol about the power forward's future with the franchise since the two spoke on the first day of training camp in the aftermath of the failed three-team deal that would have sent Gasol to the Houston Rockets in order to acquire Paul from the New Orleans Hornets.

'No. Nothing,' Gasol said when asked if he has had a meeting with Kupchak regarding the continued trade speculation. 'I've seen him after games in the locker room. That's about it, but we haven't really spoken about anything.'

Gasol was then asked by a reporter if he planned to initiate a conversation with Kupchak when the team returns to Los Angles on Monday to play the Portland Trail Blazers.

'I don't know if I should be approaching him, because obviously there's a lot of rumors. There's a lot of talks and teams seem to continue to make offers and (the Lakers are) listening, otherwise those offers wouldn't be out there,' Gasol said. 'It seems like there is a team almost every other day that is putting something together, which is flattering and I'm glad there are teams out there who would love to have me on their roster, because they believe in the player that I am, but at the same time, it's frustrating because if I own a player or a player plays for my team and I say, 'Look, I'm not interested in listening to anything because I value my player and I want to keep him here,' then all that stops. But, it seems that it's not that way. That's the feeling I get and I haven't really confirmed it, but from the situation and all of the talks, that's what I perceive.'

Lakers coach Mike Brown said that Gasol hasn't been able to avoid the rumors that have linked Gasol in trade scenarios with Houston, Boston, Minnesota, Orlando and Chicago in recent weeks.

'He was on his computer (Saturday) when we landed and he was looking through some articles and all that,' Brown told ESPNLosAngeles.com after the team's shootaround Sunday. 'I just leaned over and said, 'Pau, you got to stop looking at that crap. It will kill you if you do.' It's out of his control. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. Nobody knows, except for the people upstairs and ownership. ... To worry about it, to try to do anything about it, it's wasted energy.'

Coming into Sunday, the 11-year veteran was averaging just 16.6 points on 49.5 percent shooting compared to the 18.8 points on 52.9 percent shooting he averaged last season, but Brown insists Gasol's on-court performance is not linked to any off-court speculation.

'What he shoots from the field and all that (has nothing to do with the trade rumors),' Brown said. 'Pau can play. That has nothing to do with any of the rumors out there. Rumors are going to happen all the time. There's rumors about every guy on this team in one way, shape or form. We just got to as a team, as individuals, we got to ignore the noise.'

Bryant told reporters Friday, 'It's important for (Gasol) to know we support him,' but was much more vocal on Sunday.

'I'm sure we'll make some tweaks here and there, but the foundation obviously starts with myself and Pau and the emergence of Andrew (Bynum),' Bryant said. 'But you can't have one of our pillars not knowing if he's going to be here or not. Do something. One way or another, do something.

'... If they trade him, at least you have some type of closure. At least he gets some closure. I'd rather them not trade him, but if they're going to do it, (expletive) do it already. If you're not going to do it, come out and say you're not going to do it.'

The Lakers have started the season 18-13 despite the tumult surrounding Gasol's status and Bryant clearly appreciated how Gasol has handled himself thus far.

'He's been the consummate professional,' Bryant said. 'He's going out, he's trying to do what he can, but let's be real. If you didn't know you were going to be here tomorrow, if your head's on the chopping block, you feel like you're just waiting. It's tough to put all of yourself into the game.

'You just want security, a little clarity. I think that would help him out a lot.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 29
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers29.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat27.9 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.4 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.22.3 
 7. Aldridge, Portland.22.3 
 8. Williams, New J.22.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.22.0 
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 Lakers12.8 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.3 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.7 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.3 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.5 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.6 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.4 
 6. Williams, New J.8.2 
 7. Parker, San A.7.9 
 8. Lowry, Houston R.7.7 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
 10. Wall, Washington7.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 4. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.2.0 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 9. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.3 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.7 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.6 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 7. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 20-12 
 2. New York K. 16-17 
 3. Boston C. 15-16 
 4. New Jersey N. 10-24 
 5. Toronto R. 9-23 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 26-8 
 2. Indiana P. 19-12 
 3. Milwaukee B. 13-19 
 4. Cleveland C. 12-17 
 5. Detroit P. 11-22 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 25-7 
 2. Orlando M. 21-12 
 3. Atlanta H. 19-13 
 4. Washington W. 7-25 
 5. Charlotte B. 4-27 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 25-7 
 2. Denver N. 18-15 
 3. Portland TB 17-16 
 4. Minnesota T. 16-17 
 5. Utah Jazz 15-16 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 19-11 
 2. LA Lakers 19-13 
 3. Phoenix Suns 14-19 
 4. Golde State W. 12-17 
 5. Sacramento K. 10-21 
Southwest Div.
 1.