EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/23/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 14-2
 2. Jacksonville 8-3
 3. Atlanta E. 4-2
 4. Heartland H. 3-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 2-1
 6. Georgia G. 1-1
 7. Savannah Storm 0-0
 8. Columbus R. 0-3
 9. E.Point Jaguars 0-8
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 4-3
 2. Modesto H. 3-2
 3. NorCal B. 1-8
 4. Chico Rage 0-2
California South
 1. Arizona S. 17-3
 2. San Diego Sol 16-2
 3. San Diego S. 7-7
 4. LA Slam 6-10
 5. Riverside R. 1-5
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-12
Colonial
 1. Lynchburg L. 9-5
 2. Richmond E. 8-1
 3. NoVa Wonders 4-1
 4. Portsmouth C. 2-4
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 10-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Midwest Flames 0-0
 5. Cleveland H. 0-1
 6. Porter County P. 0-3
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carol.W. 10-0
 2. Carolina C. 9-5
 3. Carolina Ch. 7-5
 4. East Carolina T. 4-6
 5. Nashville S. 3-0
 6. Tennessee MH 2-10
 7. Fayetteville F. 2-11
 8. Clarksville C. 0-2
 9. Carolina J. 0-6
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-5
 2. Detroit Hoops 5-4
 3. Michiana M. 3-4
 4. Greencastle GK 2-0
 5. Indianapolis 2-0
 6. Lansing L. 1-1
 7. Dayton GCHF 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 10-1
 2. Jersey Expr. 5-6
 3. Island Vipers 2-8
 4. New York Ch. 0-1
 5. NYC Thunder 0-3
Northern Division
 1. Oklahoma I. 0-0
Pacific North
 1. Bay Area M. 19-11
 2. Richmond R. 17-6
 3. S.Francisco R. 15-3
 4. E.Bay Pitbulls 8-8
 5. Port City P. 7-9
 6. Sacramento H. 2-14
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-0
 2. Alaska Q. 4-5
 3. Washington R. 0-1
 4. Calgary C. 0-4
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 7-3
 2. Panama City D. 0-3
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 18-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-9
 3. Crusaders 2-5
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Little Rock L. 13-5
 2. Bluff City R. 12-4
 3. Conway C. 11-7
 4. N.E. Arkansas 7-8
 5. Missouri R. 3-4
 6. St.Louis P. 1-9
South West
 1. Texas Fuel 12-2
 2. North Dallas 11-1
 3. West Texas W. 5-5
 4. Oklahoma S. 4-7
 5. Houston R.S. 2-0
 6. Dallas Impact 1-6
 7. N.Texas F. 1-7
Touring Team
 1. W.Virginia B. 3-9
 2. Houston X. 1-2
 3. ABA-Canada 0-0
 4. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 5. Team Haiti 0-1
 6. Appalachian R. 0-2
 7. Florida M. 0-2
 8. Chicago F. 0-4


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  ACPBL   


Bombers Miles and Fisher Back! - by Justin Moore
The Beltway Bombers Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) and Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83) are back in the line up this weekend as the Beltway Bombers take on the Bay Area Shuckers this saturday February 25th Tip-off 7pm at the college of southern maryland. Steve and marcus were both ACPBL All-stars last season Steve is fully recovered from a torn achilles and Fish is back from playing in another league he was the leading scorer in the entire ACPBL last season also the bombers have added Robert Rogers (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Virginia St.) and Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC) with 6'2 Myron Howe (5'11''-G) also in the mix.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-1 
 2. Cedevita 15-4 
 3. Partizan 14-6 
 4. Buducnost 13-6 
 5. Siroki WWin 11-9 
 6. Cibona 11-9 
 7. KK Zagreb CO 11-9 
 8. Union Olimpija 11-9 
 9. Radnicki K. 9-10 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 8-12 
 11. Hemofarm 5-15 
 12. Krka 5-15 
 13. Helios 5-15 
 14. Zlatorog 2-18 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.4 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.18.5 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Kasun, KK.16.8 
 6. Simon, KK.16.7 
 7. Pilepic, Siroki W.15.8 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki14.7 
 9. Gay, Helios14.1 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.0 
 4. Kasun, KK.7.9 
 5. Simon, Radnicki K.7.3 
 6. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 7. Scott, Radnicki K.5.8 
 8. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 9. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 10. Thompson, Union5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.4 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.7 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.1 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 6. Nissim, Krka4.5 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.3 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.4.2 
 9. Simon, KK.3.9 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.8 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gay, Helios2.3 
 2. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.9 
 3. Simon, KK.1.8 
 4. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 5. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.7 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.6 
 7. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.1.5 
 9. Hendrix, Maccabi1.5 
 10. Zubcic, Cibona1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.3 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.0.9 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 7. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 8. Collins, Siroki W.0.8 
 9. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 


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TNA: Round 6 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
Round Six of TNA1 and TNA2 (second stage) is completed on Monday. Obera TC handed 102-85 loss to Union Progresista. Thanks to this victory Obera TC joined Estudiantes C and Union Progresista on top of TNA1 North with 3-2 record. In TNA1 South, Alianza Viedma and Argentino are the top-ranked teams. They share the first place with 4-2 record. Both squads celebrated in this round. In TNA2 North, Asociacion Italiana and Asociacion Espanola are the leading teams with 3-2 record. In TNA South, the first place is reserved for Rosario. They have 4-1 score.

Second Stage - Round 6

TNA1 NORTH
Feb. 17, 2012 Alvear-Estudian.Con. 77-81
Feb. 20, 2012 Obera TC-Union Progr. 102-85

TNA1 SOUTH
Feb. 17, 2012 Alianza Viedma-Ciclista 84-71
Feb. 17, 2012 MH Basket-Banda Norte 89-93
Feb. 17, 2012 Argentino-Huracan 73-71

TNA2 NORTH
Feb. 17, 2012 A.Italiana-Atl.Echague 80-77
Feb. 17, 2012 Union Sunch-A.Espanola 96-105

TNA2 SOUTH
Feb. 19, 2012 Firmat SF-Bragado 77-68
Feb. 17, 2012 San Mart.MJ-Rosario Cent. 90-76



Standings

TNA1 North
1. Obera TC 3-2
2. Union Progr. 3-2
3. Estudian.Con. 3-2
4. San Isidro 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




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. 11-14 
 11. Boca Jrs 9-14 
 12. Olimpico LB 9-15 
 13. Wuber-Est.Bahia 9-15 
 14. Club 9 8-16 
 15. Quilmes MP 8-17 
 16. San Mart.C. 6-19 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 2. Smith, La Union17.7 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.1 
 4. Pittman, Libertad.16.0 
 5. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.0 
 6. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.9 
 7. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 8. Nelson, GECR I.15.6 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.5 
 10. McFarlan, San M.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Martinez, San M.12.5 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.6 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.8 
 7. Davis, GECR I.8.6 
 8. Truscott, Quilm.7.4 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 10. Cowan, Club 97.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.6 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.9 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.3 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.0 
 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. Gerbaudo, Club 91.4 
 9. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.4 
 2. Matthews, Quilm.1.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Rollins, Sionista1.1 
 5. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.0 
 7. Ayarza, Club 91.0 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Weigand, Quilm.0.8 


U18 NT first camp - by Facundo Iatzky
Coach Enrique Tolcachier started to train with the U18 national team that will play the FIBA americas tournament and also the Albert Schweizer championship this year.
They will play two friendly matches this week.
In this first camp, there were 19 players selected.
These are the players:
Juan Campos of rowing Parana
Lucas Chavez of bahiense del norte
Matias Stival (184-G-94) of rosario central
Gaston Whelan of hindu cordoba
Pedro Barral of obras sanitarias
Mauro Araujo of los indios junin
Martin Massone (187-F-94) of GEVP
Matias Bernardini (180-G-94) of obras sanitarias
Mauricio Prietto of alianza jesus maria
Nicolas Morici of gimnasia Rosario
Juan Hernaez (198-F) of anzorena mendoza
Sergio Rupil (185-G-94) of Instituto
Ignacio Moreno of El nacional
Gaston Cordoba of 9 de julio
Lucas Gonzalez (193-F) of instituto cordoba
Gonzalo Torres (201-C-94) of Bahia estudiantes
Javier Saiz of hindu cordoba
Franco Barroso (207-C-94) of atenas cordoba
Luciano Tognon of olimpia parana


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  BELARUS   


Premier League Round 18: Winless Sozh Gomel loses another game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Premier League. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-17) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to second ranked Minsk-2006 (15-1) 109-61 on Monday evening. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 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 Sozh Gomel's 40 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Minsk-2006 forced 27 Sozh Gomel turnovers. American guard Bobby Maze (188-86, college: Tennessee) scored 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: New Trend Agency) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sozh Gomel's coach Andrey Chvankov gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Minsk-2006 have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings. Minsk-2006 are looking forward to face Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-17) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to third ranked Rubon (10-7) 85-49. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) notched 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Siarhei Sapegin supported him with 17 points. Even 22 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by center Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-93) did not help to save the game for Sozh Gomel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rubon maintains third position with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader Grodno-93. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings. Rubon will play against league's second-placed Minsk-2006 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
The game in Minsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Grodno-93 (16-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Minsk-2006 II (6-12). Grodno-93 smashed Minsk-2006 II 79-45 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Dzmitry Kuzmin who scored 12 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Alexandr Semenov who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with SBK Osipovichi. Grodno-93 will meet at home BGUIR-RTI (#4) in the next round. Minsk-2006 II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Minsk-2006.
The game in Osipovichi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked BGUIR-RTI (8-10) played at the court of 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (6-12). BGUIR-RTI defeated SBK Osipovichi 84-72. It was a good game for Evgeniy Sugoniako who led his team to a victory with 25 points. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. BGUIR-RTI maintains fourth position with 8-10 record. SBK Osipovichi at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. BGUIR-RTI's next round opponent will be league's leader Grodno-93 on the road and it may be the game of the week. SBK Osipovichi will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 11 rebounds by Yury Mishukov of SBK Osipovichi.



Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 61-109

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-17) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to second ranked Minsk-2006 (15-1) 109-61 on Monday evening. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 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 Sozh Gomel's 40 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Minsk-2006 forced 27 Sozh Gomel turnovers. American guard Bobby Maze (188-86, college: Tennessee) scored 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: New Trend Agency) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Sozh Gomel's coach Andrey Chvankov gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Minsk-2006 have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings. Minsk-2006 are looking forward to face Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: Y.Patupchyk 14+4reb+4ast, P.Bliznets 12+13reb+2ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 11+4reb+1ast, S.Bondar 9+8reb+1ast, A.Shestilovskiy 8+1reb+1ast, A.Stankevich 4+2ast
Minsk-2006: B.Maze 25+2reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 18+9reb+1ast, A.Trastsinetski 17+2reb+1ast, R.Vergun 14+3reb+2ast, J.Sinica 10+4reb+5ast, A.Lashkevich 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168944


Minsk-2006 II - Grodno-93 45-79

The game in Minsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Grodno-93 (16-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Minsk-2006 II (6-12). Grodno-93 smashed Minsk-2006 II 79-45 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Grodno-93 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 Minsk-2006 II's 40. Grodno-93 forced 27 Minsk-2006 II turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who scored 12 points and 5 assists. Ukrainian guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-84) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Alexandr Semenov who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and center Vladimir Krisevich (210) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with SBK Osipovichi. Grodno-93 will meet at home BGUIR-RTI (#4) in the next round. Minsk-2006 II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Minsk-2006.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: A.Semenov 18+12reb, V.Krisevich 8+11reb, V.Ignatchik 7+4reb+3ast, L.Malakhau 3+4reb+2ast, Y.Kurapau 3+3reb, A.Korneenkov 2
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 14+3reb, S.Ovdeenko 12+5reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 12+4reb+5ast, V.Matyukevych 10+7reb, I.Konuyshenko 10, A.Syrovatko 6+2reb
gschID: 168945


Sozh Gomel - Rubon 49-85

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-17) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to third ranked Rubon (10-7) 85-49. The game without a history. Rubon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 27 Sozh Gomel turnovers. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) notched 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) supported him with 17 points. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rubon players scored in double figures. Even 22 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by center Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-93) did not help to save the game for Sozh Gomel. point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) added 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. Rubon maintains third position with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader Grodno-93. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings. Rubon will play against league's second-placed Minsk-2006 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: I.Drobyshevskiy 22+4reb, Y.Patupchyk 13+2reb, S.Bondar 8+2reb+1ast, P.Bliznets 4+8reb+1ast, D.Kasenkau 2+2reb+2ast, A.Stankevich 0+2reb+1ast
Rubon: D.Akulich 17+3reb+6ast, S.Sapegin 17+2reb, P.Karasevich 12+3reb, A.Malkov 10+3reb+2ast, M.Ovsepian 7+4reb, V.Ovsepian 6+4reb
gschID: 169508


SBK Osipovichi - BGUIR-RTI 72-84

The game in Osipovichi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked BGUIR-RTI (8-10) played at the court of 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (6-12). BGUIR-RTI defeated SBK Osipovichi 84-72. SBK Osipovichi was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-32 second half run of BGUIR-RTI. 28 personal fouls committed by SBK Osipovichi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five BGUIR-RTI players scored in double figures. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for SBK Osipovichi. BGUIR-RTI maintains fourth position with 8-10 record. SBK Osipovichi at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. BGUIR-RTI's next round opponent will be league's leader Grodno-93 on the road and it may be the game of the week. SBK Osipovichi will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: Y.Mishukov 30+11reb+2ast, S.Charykau 17+2reb+5ast, A.Olbrecht 9+6reb+2ast, K.Sitnik 8+4reb+3ast, S.Vabischevich 5+4reb+1ast, D.Zaitsev 2+6reb+2ast
BGUIR-RTI: E.Sugoniako 25+3reb+1ast, A.Papruha 18+1reb+3ast, G.Zakhar 14+11reb+1ast, A.Hrumiantsau 12+8reb, A.Kuzmitski 11+4reb+1ast, N.Strukov 2
gschID: 169612




Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Grodno-93 16-2 
 2. Minsk-2006 15-1 
 3. Rubon 10-7 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 8-10 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 6-12 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 6-12 
 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.16.6 
 3. Mishukov, SBK O.16.0 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.15.3 
 5. Knox, Minsk-200614.9 
 6. Ovdeenko, Grodno-.14.0 
 7. Hawkins, Minsk.13.7 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.13.1 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.13.0 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.4 
 2. Zakhar, BG.9.9 
 3. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.8 
 4. Kojenets, Minsk.7.3 
 5. Ovsepian, Rubon7.1 
 6. Mishukov, SBK O.7.0 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.6.9 
 8. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.6 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.5 
 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. Charykau, SBK O.3.0 
 7. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.5 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.6 
 2. Sapegin, Rubon2.3 
 3. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 4. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.1 
 5. Charykau, SBK O.2.0 
 6. Papruha, BG.2.0 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon2.0 
 8. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.9 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.1.8 
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. Skidan, SBK O.0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Shilovich, Rubon0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Shemet, Sozh Gom.0.0 


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EuroChallenge: Antwerp overcame Karsiyaka in Group L - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Karsiyaka 89:67


Antwerp overcame Karsiyaka in EuroChallenge Group L. The Turksih team remained alive for the next stage after 89:67 victory. Both teams are with 2-3 records before the final round.
The game was mostly controlled by Antwerp Giants. Karsiyaka was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Karsiyaka's 36.
Karsiyaka managed to close the gap in the final quarter as Antwerp turned to their bench, but there was never any threat of them making it a contest once again.

Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 28 points and Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points.

Antwerp: Timothy Black 22, Darnell Wilson 15, Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) 14, Salah Mejri (216-C-86) 14
Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 28, Jovo Stanojevic 19




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D1: Round 19 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 19 of the Bosnian D1 is completed last weekend. As a part of this round, the top-ranked Igokea blasted Varda 86-68 for 17-1 record in the league. Nebojsa Joksimovic (191-SF-81) led the winners with 15 points. Marko Miletic (198-SG-92) followed him with 3 less. In the loosing squad, Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: BeoExcell) collected 21 points and 6 rebs. They dropped to 10-7. The second ranked Capljina handed 84-68 loss to Borac for 14-4 score. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for Capljina with 22 points and 12 rebs. Bosna ASA BHT failed at home to Mladost 82-92 and now has 13-4. Milan Kezic (196-F-86) shined with the guests with 27 points, 8 rebs and 5 assists. Round 20 is scheduled for today.

Regular Season - Round 19
Feb. 15, 2012 Hercegovac-Leotar 55-53
Feb. 11, 2012 Bosna-Mladost 82-92
Feb. 19, 2012 Brotnjo-Zrinjski HT 86-83
Feb. 15, 2012 Capljina-Borac Nektar 84-68
Feb. 15, 2012 Igokea-Varda HE 86-68
Feb. 15, 2012 Celik-Servitium 66-78

D1 Standings
1. Igokea 17-1
2. Capljina 14-4
3. Bosna 13-4
4. Varda HE 10-7
5. Leotar 10-8
6. Mladost 10-8
7. Hercegovac 8-9
8. Servitium 8-9
9. Borac Nektar 5-12
10. Celik 5-13
11. Zrinjski HT 5-13
12. Brotnjo 5-13
13. Vogosca 4-13


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: the playoffs begin this weekend - by Daniel Valencia
This weekend begin the playoffs of Dimayor 2011-2012, with CD Universidad de Concepcion, CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes and CD Deportivo Espanol de Talca as the main candidates to win the title.

The leader of the regular season, CD Universidad de Concepcion will play against Municipal Curacavi, a team that lost all the regular season games. CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes will face San Luis de Quillota de Quillota in the first round. Liceo won the regular season series 4-0. The third seed, Deportivo Espanol de Talca will play against Sokol de Antofagasta. In the last series, Union Espanola Santiago will face CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago. Both teams played in the last weekend of the regular season, with two victories for Catolica.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will be a 5 game series and the finals will be a 7 game series.


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CBA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Shanghai S. - Shanxi Zh. 85-90

Shanghai Sharks were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 31-12 third quarter run of Shanxi Zhongyu. Shanghai Sharks were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and international center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Shanghai Sharks in the defeat. Four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 37+5reb+3ast, G.Charles 28+19reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 10+2reb+1ast, M.Kan 5+3reb, R.Junwei 5+4reb+3ast, Z.XueWen 3+3reb
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 22+14reb, Z.ZhaoXu 18+10reb+1ast, L.Marcus 15+7reb, L.Wei 13+1reb+4ast, W.Ligang 4+4reb, F.Tian 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 169499


Fujian XX - Guandong ST 97-115

The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 115-97. Guandong Tigers outrebounded Fujian SBS XunXin 51-25 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) fired 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) chipped in 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) produced 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and swingman TaiLong Zhao (193-90) added 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: W.ShiPeng 24+5reb+4ast, B.Aaron 22+6reb+8ast, Z.Peng 19+2reb, S.James 13+12reb, Z.FangYu 12+7reb+2ast, H.Dong 12+4reb
Fujian XX: M.Will 33+6reb+1ast, Z.TaiLong 25+5reb+3ast, A.Zaid 13+3reb+9ast, G.SongLin 12+3reb, L.Yi Ting 11+1reb+6ast, X.Yacai 2+1reb
gschID: 169496


Guangsha L. - Beijing Ducks 103-106

Zhejiang Guangsha Lions trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 33-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 103-106 at the end of the game. Beijing Ducks dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' 56. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 20 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Zirui Wang (190-93) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 32+7reb+7ast, M.Randolph 21+9reb+3ast, J.Zhe 18+9reb, Z.Xiaochuan 11+10reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 8+3reb+1ast, C.Lei 7+1reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 26+20reb+2ast, W.Zirui 19+3reb+4ast, J.Lipeng 13+2reb, L.Chih-Chieh 12+5reb+2ast, Z.Wei 10+3reb+1ast, S.Ho man 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 169497


DongGuan L. - Xinjiang F.T. 101-95

Xinjiang Flying Tige trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 95-101 at the end of the game. DongGuan Leopards looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 24 points and 9 assists. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: R.Shavlik 30+14reb+1ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 24+4reb+9ast, Z.Kai 16+9reb+1ast, G.QuAn 12+6reb+1ast, Q.Biao 7+1reb+2ast, H.ZhongMian 5
Xinjiang F.T.: D.Ike 19+8reb, P.Tim 19+10reb+2ast, M.Bateer 18+11reb+5ast, X.GuoChong 11+3reb, C.Tal 9+3reb+3ast, P.Duo 8+3reb
gschID: 169498




Guangdong, Beijing, Dongguan, Shanxi Win Playoff Openers - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong, Beijing, Dongguan and Shanxi won opening round playoff games today.

Wang Shipeng had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists as Guangdong defeated Fujian 115-97. Aaron Brooks had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Zhou Peng scored 19. James Singleton had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Su Wei had 5 points and 9 rebounds. Will McDonald had 33 points and 6 rebounds for Fujian. Zhao Tailong had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Zaid Abbas had 13 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Gong Songlin had 12 points and 3 rebounds, Luo Yiting had 11 points and 6 assists. Anthony Roberson did not play.

Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) had 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals as Beijing edged Zhejiang Guangsha 106-103. Randolph Morris had 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Zhai Xiaochuan had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi scored 8. Peter John Ramos had 26 points and 20 rebounds for Guangsha. Wilson Chandler has gone home to the NBA prematurely. In his place, CBA veteran Rodney White had 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Young Wang Zirui had 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Jin Lipeng scored 13. Lin Chih-Chieh had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Wei scored 10 and Sun Henan had 8.

Dongguan edged Xinjiang 101-95. Shavlik Randolph had 30 points and 14 rebounds. Josh Akognon had 24 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Zhang Kai had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Gu Quan had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 4 points and 8 rebounds. Ike Diogu has replaced Gani Lawal at Xinjiang and had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Tim Pickett had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Xu Guozhong had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Xirelijiang had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Meng Duo had 8 points and 3 rebounds.

Marcus Williams had 37 points and 5 rebounds as Shanxi beat Shanghai 90-85. Charles Gaines had 28 points and 19 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 10. Michael Harris had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Shanghai. Marcus Landry had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks but fouled out in 28 minutes. Liu Wei had 13 points and 4 assists.

I took off All-Star Week since the CBA All-Star game has about as much validity as the NFL Pro Bowl. In this year's game the players on playoff teams played limited minutes so the top players came from teams that failed to make the cut. But the All-Star MVP, Li Gen (196-F-88), is a name to remember. Because of a translation typo, we called him Li Gun in our previous story. Li Gen is a 6-5 widebody who plays small forward, an unusual body type in China. Li averaged 17.6 points per game for Qingdao and was in double digits for all but two games. He is likely to be on the Olympic team this summer.



Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.2 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.3 
 5. Pickett, Xinjiang.28.7 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.28.2 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan.27.3 
 8. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 10. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.7 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.4 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 9. Randolph, DongGua.12.2 
 10. Harris, Shanghai12.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.4 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.8 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.7 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.5 
 8. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 9. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tim PICKETT
  Xinjiang.
  (193-G/F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pickett, Xinjiang.3.0 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.7 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 7. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.3 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Anderson, Shandon.2.1 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.7 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


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  CROATIA   


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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.5 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar17.5 
 5. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.4 
 6. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner14.8 
 8. Zitko, Krizevci14.1 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Mrva, Jolly13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 3. Sobin, KK Split7.3 
 4. Krapic, Zadar7.2 
 5. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 6. Mrva, Jolly6.8 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.5 
 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. Subotic, KK Split3.2 
 6. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 7. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 8. Mimica, KK Split2.8 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
 10. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 3. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 4. Mimica, KK Split1.8 
 5. Tomas, Zabok1.6 
 6. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 8. Delas, Zadar1.5 
 9. Ridl, Darda1.5 
 10. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 3. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.0 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split0.9 
 6. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 8. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.6 
 9. Najev, KK Split0.6 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.6 


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Stepan Reinberger Newest Addition to SLUNETA Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran forward Stepan Reinberger (200-F-81) will make his debut with SLUNETA Usti nad Labem tonight as they host visting Svitavy in Round 3 of A2 stage play. The 30-year old Reinberger began this season with his hometown club BC Benesov of the 1.Liga. In six games, before leaving in December, he averaged 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists while connecting on 21-48 two-point field goals and 2-9 from behind the arc. During his 11+ professional seasons as a professional, Renberger has played for Sparta Praha, Novy Jicin, and the last three seasons with now defunct BC Brno. Last season in the NBL with Brno, he appeared in 30 games and averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 41.1% from the field and 87.5% from the free-throw line.

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Danish Ligaen round 25 best performance: Donald Rutherford - by Eurobasket News
American forward Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SISU, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 41 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Aalborg (#8, 8-16) with 34-point margin 100-66. SISU maintains the 4th position in Danish Ligaen. SISU 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 12-13 record. In the team's last game Rutherford had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at SISU and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Catawba College star has very solid stats this year. Rutherford is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.5ppg), rebounds (9th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American D'Mario Curry (201-F-85) of Aabyhoj. Curry had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Aabyhoj was edged by the higher-ranked Vaerlose (#6, 10-15) 73-70. Aabyhoj managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Curry is a newcomer at Aabyhoj, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 10.9rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovenian guard Davor Sattler (185-G-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Horsens IC (#5). Sattler got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He was a key player of Horsens IC, leading his team to a 97-87 win against the higher-ranked Svendborg (#2, 22-3). The chances of Horsens IC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sattler could help Horsens IC to bring them higher in the standings. Sattler has a great season in Denmark. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Durell Vinson (201-F-85) of Svendborg - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Will Harris (198-F-86) of Horsens IC - 22 points and 8 rebounds
7. Mike Flowers (193-G-86) of SISU - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Matthew Kingsley (206-F-86) of Svendborg - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Horsholm - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Red Claws add Guard Mike Gerrity - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired guard Mike Gerrity (6'1''-G-86, college: USC) from the Available Player Pool. The addition of Gerrity brings the Red Claws' roster to 11, including Craig Brackins who is on assignment from the Philadelphia 76ers. Gerrity will wear #7.

Gerrity most recently played for the Erie BayHawks, where he averaged 7.3 ppg in 18 games played this season, including 8.3 ppg in four games against the Red Claws. Despite appearing in just 18 games with the BayHawks this season, Gerrity ranks 3rd this season in assists on the team with 79, trailing just D.J. Kennedy and Keith McLeod, each with 26 games played. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.04 is among the best in the league this season.

Now in his second pro season, Gerrity spent the 2010-11 season with the Dakota Wizards, appearing in 11 games during his rookie season. The Yorba Linda, CA native took a circuitous route to pro basketball, beginning his college career at Pepperdine where he was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team before transferring to Charlotte following a coaching change and then ultimately to USC. At USC, Gerrity was named co-MVP and recipient of the Sam Barry Award for providing USC with steady leadership throughout the season as the Trojans battled through injuries, players having to sit out a semester and a self-imposed postseason ban. Gerrity played only one semester for USC after transferring, but it was a special one. In his first game, he led the Trojans to the upset over then-No. 9 Tennessee with 12 points and 10 assists while playing 37 minutes. He then captured MVP honors at the Diamond Head Classic with 47 points and seven assists in the three-game title run. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.6 assists in 22 games and was the only Trojan with a positive assists to turnover ratio. Gerrity, a sociology major, also was the winner of the Dr. James Zumberge Award for the highest GPA on the team.

Gerrity will join the Red Claws in Tulsa, OK where they will face the 66ers on Tuesday at 8 PM. The team will then head to McAllen, TX to take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Wednesday for their last game before the All-Star break. The team will return home for a two-game set against the Springfield Armor on March 2 and 4. Great seats remain for both games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Reno Bighorns acquire Ernest Scott - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns acquired Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Valdosta St.) from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a three-team trade that sent Terrance Thomas to the Canton Charge and a third round pick in the 2012 NBA D-League draft to the Vipers.

Scott has played 136 games in the D-League over three seasons, averaging 8.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He previously played for Bighorns head coach Paul Mokeski during the 2009-10 season with the Vipers, where he averaged 9.9 points and 3.9 rebounds during the teams NBA D-League championship run. He most recently played for Peristeri GS in the Greek A1 League, averaging 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Fans can see Bighorn newcomer Scott in action tonight as the team takes on the Idaho Stampede at 7 p.m. at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


Cavs sign Manny Harris to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers signed Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, bringing their roster back to a maximum 15 players.

Harris has spent this season with the Cavs Development League affiliate in Canton, but was an NBA free agent eligible to sign with any team. He averaged 21.4 points and 7.9 rebounds and shot 47 percent from the floor with the Charge.

After last season ended, coach Byron Scott told Harris he needed to improve his mid-range game. Scott never got to see if he made any progress because of a freak accident at Nikes facilities during the lockout. Harris was unable to compete in training camp because of a severe burn on his foot and he was released.

I want to see if he has matured as a basketball player and worked on some of the things we talked about after the season last year, Scott said. Last year he either shot a 3 or he put it on the floor and tried to get all the way to the basket. I want to see if he has improved his ball-handling and mid-range game.

Harris was named the D-League Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 41 points and nine rebounds in Cantons two most recent games. Hes the only D-League player to win the weekly honor twice this season.

Harris spent all of last season with the Cavs, averaging 5.9 points. He said a few other NBA teams showed interest, including the Knicks, who scouted him heavily before Jeremy Lin took over New York. The Knicks were reportedly close to releasing Lin before his contract became guaranteed for the rest of the season and Harris was apparently on their short list of replacements.

Instead, Harris remained in Canton for a couple more weeks. Ben Uzohs 10-day contract with the Cavs expired on Sunday and the team informed him after Sundays win over the Kings they would not be picking him back up, creating the spot for Harris.

Harris ranks third in the D-League in scoring, but had to watch 26 guys get called up to the NBA before him. He wondered if and when his time would come, but prepared himself by bracing for a worst-case scenario.

I was trying to think like maybe it wont happen, so I could continue to play good and not think too much about it, he said. It had kind of affected me a little bit.

Scott said Daniel Gibson will be active and is the likely starter at shooting guard tonight, and with Anthony Parker nearing a return from his strained back, the timing of the call-up is strange. Half of Harris 10 days with the Cavs will be spent on the All-Star break, but hell still be active for four games.

Scott said the Cavs never considered signing a big to replace Varejao because they feel good with their numbers up front.

We came into camp saying we had enough bigs, we had to watch our perimeter guys, Scott said. When you lose AP and Boobie, it puts a strain on you.

Harris arrival should ease some of the strain on Alonzo Gee, who has been starting at shooting guard while serving as the backup small forward. He averaged 36 minutes in the last two games and is 9-of-35 shooting in his last three games.

Well have him for two games after the All-Star break as well and well see how it goes, Scott said. We know Manny and he knows us. Thats a good thing.

Courtesy of www.ohio.com


Rookie F Sadiel Rojas injured in Mad Ants' loss - by Eurobasket News
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants lost their ninth straight game, and one of their players suffered a frightening fall on Tuesday night.

Rookie forward Sadiel Rojas (6'4''-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan) took a hard fall in the third quarter, requiring a stretcher and EMS transport to the hospital. He appeared to suffer a back injury, but no further details were available late Tuesday.

The Ants, meanwhile, lost 111-88 to the Iowa Energy at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss dropped Fort Wayne to 10-25. The Ants will be off until next Tuesday due to the NBA D-League All-Star weekend.

Ron Howard led the Ants with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Darnell Lazare added 20 points with eight rebounds.

Iowa (21-11) was led by Mike Efevberha's 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.com


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EuroChallenge Round: 5 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Leiden - Ventspils 57-60
Ventspils closed EuroChallenge Day 5 with the win in Holland. The Latvian side improved to 3-2 record after 60:57 victory. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) and Strelnieks scored for 19:15, while they led 1 point at the halftime. Berzins improved to 37:29, but Shepherd tied the game at 37:37. Gray however kept the guests in front after three periods. Abernethy and Young brought the last points for the winners to taste the win. Mamadi Mamadi Diane stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points. American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Arvin Slagter scored 13 points. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

EWE Baskets - Roanne 82-80
EWE Baskets beat Roanne to tie both records at 3-2 in EuroChallenge, Group I. The German side needed 82:80 win as Hasbrouck nailed three with 15 seconds remaining. It was a slow start for both teams as the guests took 12:11 after the first period. EWE Basket meanwhile replied with 21-19 and took 32:31 at the halftime with Burrell shot. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) scored for 68:65, while Nsonwu brought 75:68. Bobby Brown however tied the game at 75:75 and Hasbrouck nailed three with 15 seconds remaining. Bobby Brown nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds and John Holland added 23 points respectively for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat.

Group J
Chalon - Telekom Baskets 88-66
Chalon catches up with Telekom Baskets after a home victory on Tuesday. The French outfit celebrated 88:66 victory as two teams are with 3-2 records on top. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Telekom Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon blew Bonn out early, claiming a 27-9 lead by the end of the opening frame and taking a 43:25 advantage to halftime. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored for 56:33 and Jean-Baptiste-Adolphe made it 65:40. Chalon added 24-20 in the third period and did not mind narrow loss in the last stanza. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Malcolm Delaney stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 assists for the winners and Alade Aminu chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Gaffney nailed 10, Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored 9 points.

Aalstar - Szolnok 86-84
Aalstar opened EuroChallenge Round 5 with the win over Szolnoki. The Belgian team overcame the Hungarian representative 86:84 in the only game on February 7th. The rest of the games are scheduled for February 21st. Szolnoki Olaj scored the first four points of the game but lost the period 24:18. The hosts even improved to 10 points, but led 46:41 at the halftime. Gay later tied the game at 60:60 and Julien Mills brought the lead at 62:60 for the guests. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) later made the same at 65:65 and Obie Trotter tied it again at 81:81. He made the last three points in the game for the total success. Christopher Copeland top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Christopher Young notched 18. Jorn Steinbach delivered 14, while Stefan Jackson ended up with 8. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 24 in defeat and Obie Trotter scored 18. Zoltan Trepak and Julien Mills followed them with 11 points each. Both teams are with 2-3 records in Group J.

Group K
Besiktas - N.Novgorod 82-80
Besiktas Milangaz overcame Nizhny Novgorod for 4-1 record in EuroChallenge Group K. The Turkish team won 82:80 due to the last period. The Russian team had nothing to lose in the game and started with 26:13 in the first period as Antonov closed the first frame. Besiktas Milangaz made their best to recover in the half and reduced to 43:39 at the halftime. Protic and Baranov brought 64:58 at the end of the third quarter but the guests lost the game. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) tied the score at 74:74 and then Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) gave the hosts their lead. Hawkins and Pops Mensah-Bonsu brought the final victory for the Turkish team. Pops Mensah-Bonsu top-scored with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Hawkins nailed 26. Dagli notched 11 and Carlos Arroyo added 9. Antonov ended up with 18 points in defeat as the Russian team fell at 0-5 record. Protic notched 14, whilst Baranov scored 13.

Fuenlabrada - BK Pardubice 85-70
Fuenlabrada wins EuroChallenge Group K even with one more game remaining. The Spanish side continued their streak and reached 5-0 record on top after 85:70 victory over BK Pardubice. Pardubice started better and took 20:17 after the first 10 minutes. The second quarter however was a nightmare for the guests that saw 32 points in their basket. Blanco gave his side 49:36 at the halftime and Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) increased to 65:50. Pardubice did not go away, and battled their back to within single figures at the start of the fourth quarter when Ondrej Peterka's three-pointer made it 69:61. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) scored for 73:62 and Leonardo Mainoldi delivered two for 83:66. Kirk Penney and later Hampton were the last players to score for their teams. Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) stepped up with 23 points and Leonardo Mainoldi added 18. Kirk Penney delivered 12, whilst Munoz scored 9. Hampton ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Muirhead netted 13. Arnold brought 12 and Peterka produced 11.

Group L
Antwerp - Karsiyaka 89-67
Antwerp overcame Karsiyaka in EuroChallenge Group L. The Belgian team remained alive for the next stage after 89:67 victory. Both teams are with 2-3 records before the final round. The game was mostly controlled by Antwerp Giants. Karsiyaka was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Karsiyaka's 36. Karsiyaka managed to close the gap in the final quarter as Antwerp turned to their bench, but there was never any threat of them making it a contest once again. Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 28 points and Jovo Stanojevic scored 19 points.

Triumph - Art.Dragons 87-70
Triumph handed Artland Dragons their first loss in EuroChallenge Top 16. The Russian team remained alive for the next stage after 87:70 win. Triumph needed only the victory and grabbed 19:17 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they produced a 24-13 surge to take 43:30 at the halftime. Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) brought 46:37 early in the second half and Zvarykin increased to 54:42. Artland had one more rally in them, scoring nine straight points to get within just three, 61:58, early in the fourth quarter, but Triumph steadied the ship. Mc Kee and Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) scored the last points from the free throw line to seal the victory. Sergey Karasev top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while McKee netted 17. Zvarykin delivered 13 and Jefferson collected 10 points and 11 rebounds. Peavy and Hilliard replied with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Thomas notched 13.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka20.7 
 2. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.3 
 3. Copeland, Aalstar19.6 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 5. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.3 
 6. Stimac, Olin Edirne18.0 
 7. Clemente, Nitra17.8 
 8. Richardson, Armia17.8 
 9. Holland, Roanne17.3 
 10. Trotter, Szolnok16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-PF-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.10.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.7 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 8. Young, Aalstar8.2 
 9. Terry, Khimik8.2 
 10. Stanojevic, Karsi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Jordan, Telekom9.1 
 2. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 3. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 4. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.9 
 5. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 6. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 8. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 9. Wright, Olin Edirne5.3 
 10. Bremer, N.Novgorod5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Diane, Nitra2.5 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 6. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 7. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 8. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
 9. Young, Ventspils1.9 
 10. Cup, Etha1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 3. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 4. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 6. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 7. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 8. Baxter, Enisey1.4 
 9. Pustovyi, Khimik1.4 
 10. Watkins, Etha1.3 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Ventspils 3-2 
 2. Roanne 3-2 
 3. EWE Baskets 3-2 
 4. Leiden 1-4 
Group J
 1. Chalon 3-2 
 2. Telekom Baskets 3-2 
 3. Szolnok 2-3 
 4. Aalstar 2-3 
Group K
 1. Fuenlabrada 5-0 
 2. Besiktas 4-1 
 3. BK Pardubice 1-4 
 4. N.Novgorod 0-5 
Group L
 1. Art.Dragons 4-1 
 2. Triumph 2-3 
 3. Karsiyaka 2-3 
 4. Antwerp 2-3 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Minard, Azovmash16.4 
 3. Curry, BC Donetsk16.3 
 4. Traore, Lokomotiv15.5 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv15.2 
 6. Simmons, CEZ N.14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.7 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.14.6 
 9. Caner-Medley, Vale.14.4 
 10. Draper, Cedevita14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Benetton TV
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 2. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv8.2 
 4. Booker, Oostende8.0 
 5. Giddens, PAOK7.8 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.8 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv7.3 
 8. Falker, Cholet7.0 
 9. Roberts, Lietuvos.6.9 
 10. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Wood, ALBA5.8 
 2. Halperin, Spart.5.4 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.3 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.4.4 
 8. Rochestie, Le Mans4.4 
 9. Becirovic, Benetto.4.3 
 10. Beverley, Spart.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.5 
 2. Minard, Azovmash2.3 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv2.1 
 6. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
 7. Beverley, Spart.2.0 
 8. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 10. Ermis, Banvit BK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.4 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.2 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.7 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.3 
 9. Armstrong, AS.1.3 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.3 


Wood number one in Eurocup for round 5 (Last 16) - by Eurobasket News
American guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, six rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Benetton TV (#2, 3-2) 83-74. ALBA maintains the 4th position in Eurocup group L. Too late to improve their position as they are currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Wood turned to be ALBA's top player in his first season with the team. Former Wright State University star has very solid stats this year. Wood is league's best passer with 5.8apg. Wood is in league's top in and averages impressive 57.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas. Valanciunas had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Lietuvos rytas was edged by slightly higher-ranked Lokomotiv (3-2) 82-78. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group L. Lietuvos rytas still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Valanciunas is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL (#3). Jackson scored 19 points and passed five assists. Despite Jackson's great performance ASVEL lost 87-93 to #1 ranked BC Donetsk. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. ASVEL can only dream about fighting for top spots in group J. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jackson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jackson has a very solid season. In 11 games in Eurocup he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darnell Jackson (203-F-85) of BC Donetsk - 20 points and 4 rebounds
5. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82) of CEZ Nymburk - 22 points and 3 rebounds
6. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) of Krka - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81) of Krka - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) of Valencia - 14 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83) of ASVEL - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Lokomotiv - 13 points and 10 rebounds

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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luol DENG
  ENG
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Deng, ENG24.6 
 2. Bargnani, ITA22.8 
 3. Parker, FRA22.1 
 4. McCalebb, MKD21.4 
 5. Gasol, ESP20.1 
 6. Nowitzki, GER19.5 
 7. Navarro, ESP18.7 
 8. Rowland, BUL18.0 
 9. Tomic, CRO16.6 
 10. Eliyahu, ISR16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  GER
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kaman, GER10.0 
 2. Deng, ENG9.4 
 3. Antic, MKD8.5 
 4. Asik, TUR8.5 
 5. Gasol, ESP8.3 
 6. Noah, FRA8.0 
 7. Sanikidze, GEO8.0 
 8. Dasic, MNT7.6 
 9. Bargnani, ITA7.4 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  USA
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, CRO7.0 
 2. Da Silva, POR6.5 
 3. Teodosic, SRB5.7 
 4. Vasiljevic, BIH5.4 
 5. Khryapa, RUS5.1 
 6. Bertt, UKR4.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, LTU4.6 
 8. Koszarek, POL4.4 
 9. Parker, FRA4.4 
 10. Cook, MNT4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Obie TROTTER
  USA
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Trotter, HUN2.8 
 2. Kirilenko, RUS2.6 
 3. McCalebb, MKD2.1 
 4. Kotti, FIN2.1 
 5. Hanga, HUN2.0 
 6. Kelati, POL2.0 
 7. Batum, FRA2.0 
 8. Andrade, POR1.8 
 9. Stojanovski, MKD1.7 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  BIH
  (217-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Begic, SLO1.9 
 2. Kaman, GER1.8 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.7 
 4. Bargnani, ITA1.6 
 5. Kravtsov, UKR1.6 
 6. Mozgov, RUS1.5 
 7. Asik, TUR1.5 
 8. Ibaka, ESP1.2 
 9. Mbenga, BEL1.2 
 10. Koufos, GRE1.1 


Svetislav Pesic will be new German NT head coach - by Eurobasket News
Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) will reportedly be named the new head coach of German National Team. The Serbian specialist is not new to this position. He guided the German NT back in 1988-93 seasons. He led the team to the European Championship title in 1993. Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) also worked with the Yugoslavian National Team in 2001-2002. The Serbian coach was named Eurobasket Coach of the Year in 2003. He was also Eurobasket All-European Coach of the Year Nominee in 2004. The specialist worked with Bosna, ALBA, Cologne, Barcelona, Lottomatica, Girona, Dynamo Moscow, Valencia and most recently with Crvena Zvezda. Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) will replace Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) who guided the team since 1994 with pauses.
Germany will take on Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Sweden in Group B of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Germany will tip off their campaign against Luxembourg on August 18th.



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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 25-5 
 2. Pyrinto 21-10 
 3. Nilan Bisons 20-8 
 4. Kauhajoki 20-11 
 5. ToPo 18-13 
 6. KTP 13-18 
 7. LrNMKY 11-20 
 8. Kouvot 11-20 
 9. Salon Vilpas 11-20 
 10. Korihait 10-20 
 11. Namika Lahti 8-23 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Blue, KTP22.5 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 4. Crocker, KTP19.0 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.18.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.7 
 7. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.4 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.18.4 
 9. Griffin, ToPo18.4 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.4 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.0 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 6. Newson, Kataja9.0 
 7. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons7.9 
 10. Brown, Kouvot7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.7 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.6 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 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. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 5. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 6. Moore, Namika L.1.7 
 7. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.1 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 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. Price, Kataja0.7 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 


Korisliiga Round 34: Leader Joensuun Kataja gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Joensuun Kataja delivered the twentieth fifth win on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked LrNMKY (11-20) 75-66 in Lappeenranta. LrNMKY trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-75 at the end of the game. Joensuun Kataja dominated on the defensive end, holding LrNMKY to just 7 points in third quarter. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 25-5 record. LrNMKY lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Kouvot and Salon Vilpas. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LrNMKY will have a break next round.
The game in Salon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Salon Vilpas (11-20). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated Salon Vilpas 89-79. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Todd Hendley contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds for Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-11 record. Salon Vilpas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Kouvot and LrNMKY. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (18-13) played at the court of 6th ranked KTP-Basket (13-18). Torpan Pojat defeated KTP-Basket 98-87 on Wednesday. Chase Griffin scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Tim Blue responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Torpan Pojat have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-13 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. Torpan Pojat will meet at home higher ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Kouvola. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Namika Lahti (8-23) to tenth ranked Kouvot (11-20) 79-78 on Wednesday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Antoine Jordan notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Kouvot moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Salon Vilpas and LrNMKY. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 23 games lost. Kouvot will have a break next round. Namika Lahti will play at home against Salon Vilpas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Uusikaupunki. Local UU-Korihait (10-20) was outscored by third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (21-10) 73-50 on Wednesday night. Antero Lehto fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. UU-Korihait's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. UU-Korihait lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 20 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face KTP-Basket (#6) in Kotka in the next round. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki.



Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 79-89

The game in Salon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Salon Vilpas (11-20). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated Salon Vilpas 89-79. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-11 record. Salon Vilpas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Kouvot and LrNMKY. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 28+12reb, E.Holloway 16+2reb+5ast, R.Ahonen 12+2reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 9+3reb+1ast, J.Kataja 7+5reb+2ast, J.Fields 4+9reb+1ast
Kauhajoki: T.Hendley 23+5reb+1ast, K.Beidler 20+9reb+3ast, C.Hannah 14+4reb+6ast, J.Eskola 12+5reb+3ast, H.Hirvikoski 11+2reb+5ast, A.Huuskonen 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141792


Korihait - Pyrinto 50-73

The game with biggest result difference took place in Uusikaupunki. Local UU-Korihait (10-20) was outscored by third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (21-10) 73-50 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Antero Lehto (184-84) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) chipped in 23 points. The former international power forward Petri Heinonen (207-88) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. UU-Korihait's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. UU-Korihait lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 20 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face KTP-Basket (#6) in Kotka in the next round. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Korihait: P.Heinonen 14+6reb, J.Reaves 13+6reb+1ast, N.Moore 9+5reb, M.Jalonen 6+1reb+2ast, C.Latimer 4+8reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 2+1reb+4ast
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 23+2reb+2ast, A.Lehto 19+5reb+7ast, J.Niemi 9+2reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 8+4reb, D.Williams 8+12reb+3ast, V.Pekkola 4+1reb
gschID: 141793


KTP - ToPo 87-98

The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (18-13) played at the court of 6th ranked KTP-Basket (13-18). Torpan Pojat defeated KTP-Basket 98-87 on Wednesday. Torpan Pojat forced 21 KTP-Basket turnovers. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Jukka Matinen (203-78) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-13 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. Torpan Pojat will meet at home higher ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Matinen 21+7reb, T.Blue 20+9reb+2ast, T.Crocker 17+6reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 15+5reb+7ast, J.Williams 8+3reb, M.Pounds 3+1ast
ToPo: C.Griffin 30+6reb+5ast, J.Hawkins 18+5reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 14+7reb+2ast, H.Mottola 12+5reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 9+5reb+1ast, J.Wilson 8+2reb
gschID: 141794


LrNMKY - Kataja 66-75

Leader Joensuun Kataja delivered the twentieth fifth win on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked LrNMKY (11-20) 75-66 in Lappeenranta. LrNMKY trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-75 at the end of the game. Joensuun Kataja dominated on the defensive end, holding LrNMKY to just 7 points in third quarter. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 25-5 record. LrNMKY lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Kouvot and Salon Vilpas. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LrNMKY will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: P.Riihela 19+7reb, L.Hamm 14+6reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 13+4reb+1ast, D.Haynes 8+4reb+7ast, V.Vanjoki 3+2reb, M.Ojala 3+2reb
Kataja: J.Newson 20+7reb+4ast, P.Virtanen 13+5ast, B.Walker 12+4reb+2ast, J.Price 9+6reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 8+1reb, S.Lehtoranta 4+2reb
gschID: 141790


Kouvot - Namika Lahti 79-78

A very interesting game took place in Kouvola. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Namika Lahti (8-23) to tenth ranked Kouvot (11-20) 79-78 on Wednesday evening. Namika Lahti was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-17 charge of Kouvot, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Namika Lahti. Forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) added 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five Kouvot and four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Kouvot moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Salon Vilpas and LrNMKY. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 23 games lost. Kouvot will have a break next round. Namika Lahti will play at home against Salon Vilpas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: M.Moore 22+6reb+8ast, B.Bailey 19+9reb, S.Pekkola 13+6reb+1ast, R.Brooks 12+6reb+3ast, R.Suonio 7+2reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 3+2reb
Kouvot: A.Jordan 17+9reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 16+3ast, A.Brown 15+11reb+2ast, J.Gonner 14+5reb+2ast, I.Seppala 10+1reb, T.Rintala 4+3reb
gschID: 141791




KORISLIIGA: Nine rounds left out of the regular season - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 31: There are nine rounds left out of the regular season. Kataja (Joensuu) will probably be the top team, when the play-off-games will take place. Top five teams will possibly be Kataja, Bisons (Loimaa), Pyrinto (Tampere), Karhu (Kauhajoki) and Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). It seems, that KTP (Kotka) will make the play-offs as team # 6 and the rest two spots will be given to the two of YMCA Lappeenranta, Kouvot (Kouvola), Vilpas (Salo) and UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki). YMCA Lahti suffered a one-point-loss tonight at Kouvola 79-78 (42-44) and that was bad news for YMCA Lahti fans. Also bad news for KTP supporters as KTP lost a very important contest vs visitor ToPo 87-98 (43-47). Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) netted 30 points (1 - 9/11, 2 - 3/6, 3 - 5/6) for ToPo. More bad news at Uusikaupunki, where Korihait American C-F Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) played only two minutes and hurt his left knee. Pyrinto won the game # 8 in a row 50-73 (29-41). YMCA LPR lost the seventh game in a row as visitor Kataja won by nine 66-75 (30-32).
YMCA LPR - Kataja 66-75 (30-32). (Pasi Riihela 19, Lawrence Hamm 14, Tyler Tiedeman 13 - Jared Newson 20, Petri Virtanen 13/5a, BA Walker 12. A: 602).
UU-Korihait - Pyrinto 50-73 (29-41). (Petri Heinonen 14, James Reaves 13, Nigel Moore 9 - Kenneth Lowe 23, Antero Lehto 19, Jesse Niemi 9. A: 728).
Vilpas - Karhu 79-89 (38-39). (Allen Durham 28/12, Emmanuel Holloway 16/5a, Roope Ahonen 12 - Todd Hendley 23, Kelly Beidler 20, Clevin Hannah 14. A: 940).
KTP - ToPo 87-98 (43-47). (Jukka Matinen 21, Tim Blue 20, Tony Crocker 17 - Chase Griffin 30, Justin Hawkins 18, Timo Heinonen 14. A: 1007).
Kouvot - YMCA Lahti 79-78 (42-44). (Antoine Jordan 17, Antto Nikkarinen 16, Anthony Brown 15/11 - Malik Moore 22/8a, Brant Bailey 19, Sami Pekkola 13. A: 993).




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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 15-3 
 2. Gravelines 15-3 
 3. Paris-Levallois 13-5 
 4. Orleans 12-6 
 5. Nancy 12-6 
 6. Le Mans 12-6 
 7. ASVEL 10-8 
 8. Roanne 8-10 
 9. Dijon 8-10 
 10. Cholet 8-10 
 11. Strasbourg 8-11 
 12. Nanterre 7-11 
 13. Le Havre 5-13 
 14. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 5-13 
 15. Poitiers 5-14 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-16 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.7 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans19.2 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.5 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.5 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.2 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.7 
 7. Williams, Paris-.16.7 
 8. Cox, Le Havre16.2 
 9. Delaney, Chalon15.8 
 10. Nelson, Cholet15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.6 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.7.9 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 5. Aminu, Chalon7.6 
 6. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.1 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.1 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 10. Vebobe, Cholet6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.9 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.8 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre5.8 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Dixon, Dijon4.8 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Acker, Le Mans1.8 
 6. Wise, Le Havre1.8 
 7. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 8. Fournier, Poitiers1.7 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.2 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 5. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 7. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 8. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 9. Jackson, Roanne1.0 
 10. Akpomedah, Grave.0.9 


Le Havre inks Karim Souchu - by Eurobasket News
Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) is a new member of Le Havre. The French forward is a replacement for injured Christophe Leonard. Souchu started this season with Roanne. He had 2.2 ppg and 2 rpg for 6 games in ProA. Souchu registered slightly better numbers for six EuroChallenge games. He played for Roanne also in 2008/09 season. Last two years Karim Souchu spent with Limoges. He had 4.9 ppg and 2 rpg for 29 games last season. In the past, he was a member of the Cypriot team AEL Limassol and Belgian Liege. Souchu also spent two years with ASVEL. He was a member of the French NT in 2003. Souchu graduated at the Furman University that same year.

Limoges tab Nobel Boungou Colo - by Eurobasket News
Limoges strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88). He started the season with Le Mans. The forward tallied 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in EuroCup. In ProA Nobel Boungou Colo posted 4.6 points, 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The forward left Le Mans in January. Previously the Congolese player had stints with Hyeres-Toulon, Entente Orleans 45 and ADA Blois Basket. Eurobasket.com named Nobel Boungou Colo into French ProA All-Newcomers Team in 2010.


Wood's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
26-year old Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for Evreux and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Denain (#15, 8-14) with 22-point margin 95-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Evreux maintains the 12th position in French ProB. Evreux is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. Wood turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.3rpg) and averages solid 55.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Vichy. He is American forward in his first season at Vichy. In the last game Coleman recorded impressive 31 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Vichy to another comfortable win 86-73 over the higher-ranked Boulogne (#8, 11-11) being unquestionably team leader. Vichy's 18th position in the standings has not changed. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Vichy managed to get this year. Coleman is a newcomer at Vichy and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Maurienne (#5). Brown got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Brown's great performance Maurienne lost 85-91 to the lower-ranked Quimper (#17, 5-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Maurienne 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 9 lost games. Brown has a very solid season. In 22 games in France he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 7.7rpg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bill Clark (195-SF-88) of Fos Ouest - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jason Siggers (189-SG-85) of Rouen - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) of Nantes - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Drake Reed (194-F-87) of Evreux - 27 points and 5 rebounds
9. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of Limoges - 11 points and 14 rebounds
10. Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85) of St Vallier - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists

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


Le Havre bring in Alan Wiggins - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Alan Wiggins (206-F-85, college: USF). The forward started the season in Lebanon. He played for Sagesse. He tallied 21.3 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Later Alan Wiggins moved to Anyang KGC in South Korea. There his stats read 15.2 points,6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. In January Alan Wiggins agreed on terms of contract with San Diego Sol in ABA. The forward notched 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Later he moved to Belgium to ink a deal with Antwerp Giants. Last season Alan Wiggins played in China for Guangzhou. Asia-Basket.com named Alan Wiggins All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year.


EuroChallenge: Chalon catches up with Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Telekom Baskets 88:66

Chalon catches up with Telekom Baskets after a home victory on Tuesday. The French outfit celebrated 88:66 victory as two teams are with 3-2 records on top.
The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Telekom Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon blew Bonn out early, claiming a 27-9 lead by the end of the opening frame and taking a 43:25 advantage to halftime. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored for 56:33 and Jean-Baptiste-Adolphe made it 65:40. Chalon added 24-20 in the third period and did not mind narrow loss in the last stanza.
Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 assists for the winners and Alade Aminu chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) nailed 10, Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored 9 points.

Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 18, Alade Aminu 15, Lang 13
Telekom Baskets: Tony Gaffney 10, Benas Veikalas 9, Zvonko Buljan 8


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets beat Roanne to tie both records - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Roanne 82:80

EWE Baskets beat Roanne to tie both records at 3-2 in EuroChallenge, Group I. The German side needed 82:80 win as Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) nailed three with 15 seconds remaining.
It was a slow start for both teams as the guests took 12:11 after the first period. EWE Basket meanwhile replied with 21-19 and took 32:31 at the halftime with Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) shot. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) scored for 68:65, while Nsonwu brought 75:68. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) however tied the game at 75:75 and Kenny Hasbrouck nailed three with 15 seconds remaining.
Bobby Brown nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds and John Holland added 23 points respectively for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat.

EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown 23, Rickey Paulding 17, Ronald Burrell 16, Kenny Hasbrouck 12
Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 24, John Holland 23


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Rilski Sportist too strong for Torus in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Rilski Sportist - Torus Skopje 92-74

Round 9 of the Balkan league started last night. Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist hosted Macedonian Torus in Samokov. The hosts celebrated 92-74 victory for 5-4 record in Group A. At the same time, Torus dropped to 2-6 in this pool. Rilski was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rilski Sportist shot 64.6 percent from the field. 26 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 19 points and 9 assists and swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points in the effort for Torus Skopje. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face OKK Beograd at home in the next round. Torus Skopje will play against Galil Gilboa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident. Round 9 continues today.

Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 25+3reb+8ast, F.Vukosavljevic 20+10reb+4ast, L.Kirov 13+1reb+1ast, A.Bilobrk 11+5reb+1ast, A.Velikov 10+2reb+1ast, M.Marinov 5+3reb
Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 19+9ast, I.Dimcevski 19+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 13+7reb, B.Trajkovski 7+4reb+2ast, K.Bradley 5+1reb, J.Boswell 4+2reb+1ast


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Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) Marco Van Den Berg Gets The Best Out Of Each Player - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket about his season with BBC Bayreuth recently.

Kevin you have been injured for a long time. Have you ever had such a bad injury like this in your career?

No this had been my most major injury in my career and it is very rough.

What have you missed the most about basketball during your injury?


That is tough to answer since I have missed so much, but I have missed when the lights go off before a game right before the game is going to start. I miss also being on the court and competiting.

How do you help your teammates the most during your injury? Are you like an extra assistant coach?


You could say that I am like that. I just try to help the young players and help the players wth things that I see on the court. I just try to be a good teammate and help cheer on the team.

BBC Bayreuth lost the first four games. What were the reasons for the slow start?


You cant make excuses, you have to be prepared for every game in the Beko BBL: Many players came right before the start of the season and it ha staken time with chemistry.

Andreas Wagner was let go early as coach. Didnt it fit well between the coach and the players? Stefan Schmidt said an interview that it felt like for him after a two hour practice that he didnt get better.


I dont think that the bad start had to do with his coaching philosophy. We just didnt start well and this is a business and the club felt that it needed to make a change. Of course that isnt good if a player feels that, but every player is different and I cant speak for Stefan Schmidt.

Since new coach Marc Van Den Berg has come in the team is playing excellent basketball. What have been the reasons for this?

The new coach has a new system and each player has followed his system. The addition of Danny Gibson has helped as he is a true floor general and many guys have stepped up in my absence.

What is the strength of Marco van den Berg?

He is a very intelligent man and that is something I picked up on in my first conversation with him. He is really well informed with basketball. He is sort of like Gordon Herbert in that he knows how to get the best out of each player. He has a personal relationship with each player and you really feel that he wants to make you better.

BBC Bayreuth also has defended a lot better. It has knocked down the points per game from 83 to 66. What has changed with the new coach?

Our defensive intensity is a lot better and each guy knows where to be on the court. No matter what the situation is on the court, each player always puts in the effort.

You played against Bobby Brown early in the season. What do you like most about his game?

I like his confidence and also his shooting and scoring ability. His great confidence really helps his game.

Since Danny Gibson came on board the team is playing very well. What is his biggest strength?

He is always putting so much pressure on the defense with his quickness getting to the hole, he is agreat passer and just makes the big plays. He is also a pest on defense and great ball defender.

How is the development of Simon Schmitz coming along? How do you help his game?


He is a good young player that really is talented and knows the game. He is a good shooter and intelligent on the court. If he can get his confidence up then he could become one of the best German point guards.

What is the most incredible thing that you have seen Corey Stokes do on the court?


I have seen him hit the most amazing shots. I have seen him hit end one three pointers and buzzer beaters. I have him hit shots that many players wouldnt even try to attempt. He is very mature for his age and will be a great pro player.

Which BBC Bayreuth player has improved the most so far?

I think that Stefan Schmidt has improved the most. The game in artland was his breakout game. He is still lacking a bit in confidence, but he has all the tools to become avery good center.

Back in the day Michael Jordan didnt even live in the team hotel of the Chicago Bulls. Would Kevin Durant have lived in a castle in Bayreuth?

Hahaha. If Durant would have wanted to live in a castle, I am sure that wish would have been granted to him. But I would have hoped that he would have wanted to be near the team more if he would have been signed.

How do you like Bayreuth?

I like Bayreuth. It is smaller than Braunschweig, but it is very scenic and the people have been nice to me and my family. My little daughter likes the parks with the live animals.

What is your favorite food in Bavaria?

I like this Italian restaurant, but my wife cooks often and that is the best.

Your ex teammate Brandon Thomas recently signed with the Artland Dragons. How happy are you to see him back in the Beko BBL?


I am very happy for him. Italy didnt work out for him. Artland is a good fit as he is one of the best small forwards in the league and he will help the team much.

What is your nicest memory with ex Holy Cross teammate Torey Thomas? He told me his nicest memory with you was beating Notre Dame at the 2005 NIT tournament.


Every game was a nice memory with Torey. He is one of my favorite teammates that I have ever played with. I would also say the nicest memory was beating Notre Dame as nobody thought we could win the game. Torey had a good game and we won.

What is your nicest memory with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons?

The Notre Dame win. He is a great athletic player.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

In time with Justin Timberlake.

Thanks Kev for the chat.




EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets beat Roanne to tie both records - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Roanne 82:80

EWE Baskets beat Roanne to tie both records at 3-2 in EuroChallenge, Group I. The German side needed 82:80 win as Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) nailed three with 15 seconds remaining.
It was a slow start for both teams as the guests took 12:11 after the first period. EWE Basket meanwhile replied with 21-19 and took 32:31 at the halftime with Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) shot. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) scored for 68:65, while Nsonwu brought 75:68. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) however tied the game at 75:75 and Kenny Hasbrouck nailed three with 15 seconds remaining.
Bobby Brown nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds and John Holland added 23 points respectively for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat.

EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown 23, Rickey Paulding 17, Ronald Burrell 16, Kenny Hasbrouck 12
Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 24, John Holland 23


EuroChallenge: Chalon catches up with Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Telekom Baskets 88:66

Chalon catches up with Telekom Baskets after a home victory on Tuesday. The French outfit celebrated 88:66 victory as two teams are with 3-2 records on top.
The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Telekom Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon blew Bonn out early, claiming a 27-9 lead by the end of the opening frame and taking a 43:25 advantage to halftime. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored for 56:33 and Jean-Baptiste-Adolphe made it 65:40. Chalon added 24-20 in the third period and did not mind narrow loss in the last stanza.
Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 assists for the winners and Alade Aminu chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) nailed 10, Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored 9 points.

Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 18, Alade Aminu 15, Lang 13
Telekom Baskets: Tony Gaffney 10, Benas Veikalas 9, Zvonko Buljan 8


Monyea Pratt: "We can go as far as we want to" - by Moritz Korff
Monyea Pratt (196-F-85, college: Stillman) is averaging 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals per contest for 2. Bundesliga Pro B team Uni-Riesen Leipzig, who are currently ranked third in Group South. Following Saturday's loss to league leader Gotha Rockets (77-90) in a clash of two top teams, the 26-year-old Birmingham, Alabama, native took time to answer some of our questions.

Monyea, your team got outrebounded by Gotha on Saturday. Has this been the decisive factor for falling short to the Rockets?
Monyea Pratt: No, I don't think so, because we just had breakdowns in our defense and were not communcating good enough.

Despite the loss to Gotha, how far can the Leipzig team go this season?
We can go as far as we want to. All we have to do is stay focus and play Leipzig basketball.

Which part of the game does the Leipzig team have to improve going into the playoffs?
Transition defense.

Which team is the favorite to win the Pro B championship?
I think it's Hannover.

Why do think the Uni Riesen are stronger this year compared to last season, when you dropped out in the first round of the playoffs?
Most of us been playing together two or three years, so that makes us stronger and better with the addition of two more good big guys.

Thanks to your versatility you have been given the nick name Mr. Everything. Is versatility a trait that can be practiced?
Yes, it can be practiced, but some of the traits are god given talent. lol

You are playing more than 35 minutes per game. Would you be even more efficient, if you would be able to take a rest at times?
Rest wouldn't hurt at all, but I'm in good shape, so I'm handling it well.

You are in your third season in Leipzig. How has the organization developed in the course of these years?
It has developed alot. People in Leipzig has really worked hard for this club. Hard work and dedication gets the job done, simple as that!


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) If We Play Team Basketball And Find The Right Mismatch, Well Always Have Chances To Win Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket after the 72-56 win in Wurzburg.


Congrats Jason for the very satisfying 72-54 win at home against Braunschweig!!! How proud are you off this team defensive effort against a very solid Braunschweig team?

Both teams had extremely long weeks and were a little banged up. Fortunately we didn't have to travel nearly as far as they did had a little bit more in the tank down the stretch.


Wurzburg had the slim 32-28 lead at halftime. What did John Patrick tell the team to do better in the second half?

Before John Patrick even came into the locker room, John Little said everything that needed to be said. Not only did we want to win, but we wanted to win by 15 so we had the direct comparison come playoff time. This win was a big one in the right direction.


In the third quarter, the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg exploded for 29 points. What adjustments did the team do in the offense?

After the halftime talk, we came out wanting to push the lead up and make sure we gave ourselves a chance to win by double digits. It was more about consistently getting stops than putting the ball in the basket. Our defense turned into easy hoops.


How important was Robert Tomatek this afternoon. I remember, he came in against Frankfurt in Wurzburg and was a big factor. What was his biggest asset in this game?


I picked up some early fouls and Rob brought a tremendous spark off the bench. He was able to give Visser a different look defensively & I know from months of practicing against him, if he is hitting that mid-range shot, the opponent is in for a long evening.

Chris Kramer has been a bit more quiet the last weeks, but came up big again as top scorer with 19 points. Will the overall good scoring support that many different guys give each night help this team possibly get even higher in the standings in the next weeks?

We're a hard team to scout, it's hard to simulate the defensive pressure we're going to come at you with, and you can't really key on stopping one guy defensively. If we play team basketball and find the right mismatch, we'll always have a chance to win games.


Its saturday night and your off. What is the best thing about having Saturday and Sunday nights off on a game weekend?

This past weekend was Fasching here in Wurzburg. A tradition that was not so popular in the Niedersachsen area. It was kind of like Mardi Gras meets Halloween. And we definitely enjoyed having some time off to experience it.


What has been the most interesting new Jeremy Lin story that you have heard in the last 24-48 hours?

I saw an airline ad for 'LINsanely low fares just in the Knick of time' which I thought was pretty clever. But it would have to be the rumored date with Kim Kardashian the day before the Knicks play the Nets. He better watch out for Kris Humphries.


There has been a rumor of Lebron James returning to Cleveland. Wouldnt he be digging his own grave returning there?

I think he was saying 'he wouldn't be against playing there again' which is very different. That seemed to me, to be a marketing tactic to not get booed so much when they played there. Didn't work.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Svetislav Pesic will be new German NT head coach - by Eurobasket News
Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) will reportedly be named the new head coach of German National Team. The Serbian specialist is not new to this position. He guided the German NT back in 1988-93 seasons. He led the team to the European Championship title in 1993. Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) also worked with the Yugoslavian National Team in 2001-2002. The Serbian coach was named Eurobasket Coach of the Year in 2003. He was also Eurobasket All-European Coach of the Year Nominee in 2004. The specialist worked with Bosna, ALBA, Cologne, Barcelona, Lottomatica, Girona, Dynamo Moscow, Valencia and most recently with Crvena Zvezda. Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) will replace Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) who guided the team since 1994 with pauses.
Germany will take on Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Sweden in Group B of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Germany will tip off their campaign against Luxembourg on August 18th.



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Greeks of Diaspora - Kostas Koufos is making an impact in the magic world of NBA - by Diamadis Farmakis
The 22 years old center is having his best season so far in the NBA, breaking all his personal records in every statistic category. Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.), who is a member of the Greek men national team and the only Greek player in the NBA the season 2011-2012, has a very important role in the rotation of the Denver Nuggets coach, George Karl .

Koufos, has played in the 26 of 33 games for Denver Nuggets until now, in the regular season. He was a starter in the 12 of them, which is a career high for the talented Greek; furthermore, he has an average of 15 minutes per game this season.

In addition, his statistics has been improved totally comparing the previous seasons, he is currently shooting with 56% in field goals, 63% from the free throw line and at the same time he grabs 5.2 rebounds per game.

All these numbers are the highest he ever had as a professional basketball player.

He also succeeded this season his first ever double-double figures in three games, against Dallas Mavericks, with 12 points and 14 rebounds, against Portland Trail Blazers with 16 points and 12 rebounds and against Sacramento Kings, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

He has a bright future in professional basketball and he can be the basic center of the greek NT for the next decade. We wish him the best.



Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 17-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 15-2 
 3. Kolossos 13-4 
 4. Panionios 13-5 
 5. AGOR 10-7 
 6. Kavala 9-9 
 7. KAOD 7-11 
 8. Ilysiakos 7-11 
 9. PAOK 7-11 
 10. Aris 6-11 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-11 
 12. Ikaros 4-15 
 13. Marousi 0-18 


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EuroChallenge: Ventspils closed Day 5 with the win - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - Ventspils 57:60

Ventspils closed EuroChallenge Day 5 with the win in Holland. The Latvian side improved to 3-2 record after 60:57 victory.
Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) and Strelnieks scored for 19:15, while they led 1 point at the halftime. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) improved to 37:29, but Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) tied the game at 37:37. Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) however kept the guests in front after three periods. Abernethy and Young brought the last points for the winners to taste the win.
Mamadi Diane stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Steven Gray chipped in 13 points. American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Ventspils: Mamadi Diane 18, Steven Gray 13, Arturs Berzins 9
Leiden: Arvin Slagter 13, Thomas Jackson 11, Jevohn Shepherd 10



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  IBL   


Richardson takes his talents to Washington Generals - by Kip Leonetti
Olympia Reign forward Bill Richardson (6'8''-F, college: St.Martin's) has been seeing a lot of the Harlem Globetrotters lately, from 'Big Easy' Lofton to 'Tiny' Sturgess, the tallest Globetrotter ever, as he is currently a member of the Washington Generals exhibition team.

The former Saint Martin's University standout has traded the competition of the International Basketball League in the off season to suit up as a member of the Generals and tour as the perennial opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters as part of their famous and wildly popular barnstorming act.

Richardson has been touring with the Generals since last fall and has yet to see his team earn a win against the Globetrotters. In fact, try as they might, the Generals have not posted a victory since 1971.

After graduating from Saint Martin's in 2009 where he was named second team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference as a senior after posting season averages of 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, Richardson moved on to the Reign, where his workman-like attitude drew praises. In 2011, he averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for Olympia. He also earned a tryout with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, impressing the coaching staff as he has with his home team, the Reign.

''Bill is very much a team player and never has ever been frustrated about not getting his touches and on our team he definitely should have gotten more touches,'' commented Reign owner Mark Felton when asked about Richardsons qualities. ''His attitude, work ethic and coachability are outstanding.''

Richardson will be in uniform for the Generals playing against the Globetrotters as their tour makes its way through Western Washington this week, with exhibitions at the ShoWare Center in Kent on February 23, Comcast Arena in Everett on February 25, and Key Arena in Seattle on February 26.


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NBL Round 32: CLS Knights crush NSH GMC Riau by record 54 points - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (1-18) was outscored by fifth ranked CLS Knights (13-6) 91-37 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. CLS Knights 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 NSH GMC Riau's 28. CLS Knights forced 36 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by NSH GMC Riau's players. The best player for the winners was the former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) chipped in 17 points. Center Max Yanto (215-83) produced 8 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 13-6 record. NSH GMC Riau lost fifteenth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost. CLS Knights are looking forward to face league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Satya Wacana (#12) in Salatiga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#4) and Comfort Mobile (#10). Pelita Jaya (14-6) smashed visiting Comfort Mobile (4-17) by 36 points 79-43. The former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Ary Chandra contributed with 15 points for the winners. Gabriel Sitaniapesy (185-85) replied with 13 points for Comfort Mobile. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 14-6 record. Comfort Mobile lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 32 Pacific Caesar was crushed by Aspac in Jakarta 83-35.
The best stats of 32th round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Pringgo Regowo of Aspac.



Pelita Jaya - Comfort Mobile 79-43

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#4) and Comfort Mobile (#10). Pelita Jaya (14-6) smashed visiting Comfort Mobile (4-17) by 36 points 79-43. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 5 points in third quarter. Pelita Jaya dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 20. They outrebounded Comfort Mobile 43-20 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. International forward Ary Chandra (182-84) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Gabriel Sitaniapesy (185-85) replied with 13 points and point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) added 8 points and 5 steals in the effort for Comfort Mobile. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 14-6 record. Comfort Mobile lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: E.Sebayang 19+2reb+1ast, A.Chandra 15+3reb+1ast, D.Wenas 9+3reb+2ast, G.Gumilar 9+1reb, P.Indrawan 9+3reb+1ast, J.Sucipto 4+5reb
Comfort Mobile: G.Sitaniapesy 13+4reb, H.Kurniawan 8+2ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 7+1reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 4+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 4+2reb+1ast, S.Afriatna 3+6reb
gschID: 166127


Aspac - Pacific Caesar 83-35

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (6-14) was crushed by second ranked Aspac (17-3) 83-35. The game without a history. Aspac 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 3 points in second quarter and to 10 points in second half. Aspac held Pacific Caesar to an opponent 23.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Aspac forced 23 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 44-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. International point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) contributed with 6 points and 10 assists for the winners. Aspac's coach Tjetjep Firmansyah felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dewa Galih (185-87) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Gege Nagata (185-88) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Aspac maintains second position with 17-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aspac: P.Regowo 17+9reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 15+3reb, R.Effendi 13+3reb+2ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 9+2reb, R.Shariputra 8+1reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 6+2reb+10ast
Pacific Caesar: D.Galih 11+7reb+2ast, G.Nagata 10+5reb, D.Yulyanto 4+7reb+2ast, E.Sasmito 3+3reb, M.Fauzia 3+2reb+2ast, H.Saputro 2+1ast
gschID: 166128


NSH GMC Riau - CLS Knights 37-91

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (1-18) was outscored by fifth ranked CLS Knights (13-6) 91-37 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. CLS Knights 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 NSH GMC Riau's 28. CLS Knights forced 36 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by NSH GMC Riau's players. The best player for the winners was the former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) chipped in 17 points. Center Max Yanto (215-83) produced 8 points and 13 rebounds and Yunus Efendi added 8 points 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. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 13-6 record. NSH GMC Riau lost fifteenth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost. CLS Knights are looking forward to face league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Satya Wacana (#12) in Salatiga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: S.Febiansyakh 17+1ast, W.Saputra 15+1reb, A.Ekayana 14+5reb, D.Haryoko 11+2reb+1ast, R.Utomo 6+1reb, T.Agus 6+2reb
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 8+13reb+1ast, Y.Efendi 8+1reb, S.Agustinus 5+2reb+1ast, A.Amier 4, N.Fadhilah 3+2reb+3ast, B.Damanik 3+1reb
gschID: 166126




Indonesian NBL round 31 best performance: Ary Sapto - by Eurobasket News
Forward Ary Sapto (188-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Muba Hangtuah, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Stadium Jak. (#7, 10-9) with 32-point margin 88-56. 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 12-8 record. Sapto turned to be Muba Hangtuah's top player in his first season with the team. Ary Sapto has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 14.2ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Muba Hangtuah's star - 32-year old Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79). Sigar had a very good evening with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Sapto he helped Muba Hangtuah with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Stadium Jak. (#7, 10-9) 88-56. Muba Hangtuah's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sigar is a newcomer at Muba Hangtuah and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) of league's second-best Aspac. Thoyib scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Aspac, leading his team to a 74-59 easy win against the lower-ranked Bima Sakti (#8, 6-12). Aspac is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-3 record is not that bad... Thoyib has a great season in Indonesia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sigit Harun Nurman (187-SF-88) of Aspac - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Aspac - 14 points and 9 rebounds
7. Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) of Satria Muda - 6 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Johanes Hasoloan (196-C-87) of Satya Wacana - 15 points and 12 rebounds
9. Bonanza Siregar (192-SF-87) of Satria Muda - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) of Muba Hangtuah - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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JELEEL AKINDELE moves to Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
Nigerian big man Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) join Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour . He arrived in Tehran last night . Akindele started this season in Russia PBL with Spartak Primorie where he averaged 7.7 ppg , 3.7 rpg in 12 minutes . In 2010-11 season he reached Euroleague final 4 with Montepaschi Siena .

Jeleel Akindele Awards/Achievements:
MCC Tournament Semifinals -04, 05
All-MCC Defensive Player of the Year -05
Africabasket.com NCAA1 All-African 2nd Team -05
D-League Regular Season Champion -06
D-League Finalist -06
Global Games in Dallas -06
Nigerian National Team -06-07, 09
All-Africa Games in Algeria -07
African Championships in Angola -07: 6 games: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 72.7%, FT: 73.9%
African Championships in Libya -09: 9 games: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP-3 (66.7%), FT: 71.9%
Euroleague Semifinals -11


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SuperLeague Round 18: #1 DCU Saints are defeated by UL Eagles - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in SuperLeague. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and derby games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked DCU Saints (15-4) in Limerick on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked UL Eagles (10-9) 85-62. UL Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 42. American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). DCU Saints' coach David Donnelly gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. UL Eagles have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-9 record having five points less than leader UCC Demons. DCU Saints at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. UL Eagles are looking forward to face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. DCU Saints will play at home against the league's second-placed B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third-ranked UCD Marian (6-13) gave a tough game to second ranked 11890 Killester (13-6) in Dublin. 11890 Killester managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader UCC Demons. UCD Marian lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 13 games lost. 11890 Killester will play against Moycullen (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Dublin (derby !!!) between 11890 Killester and B.Gais Neptune. Second ranked 11890 Killester (13-6) got a very close home victory over second-best B.Gais Neptune (10-7). 11890 Killester managed to escape with a 1-point win 97-96 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.Gais Neptune. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Turner who had a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 30 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). 11890 Killester's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Ronald Thompson who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader UCC Demons which they share with defeated B.Gais Neptune. Loser B.Gais Neptune keeps the second place with seven games lost. 11890 Killester will meet Moycullen (#4) on the road in the next round. B.Gais Neptune will play against the league's leader DCU Saints in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Belfast. Fourth ranked host Belfast Star (3-14) defeated one of their biggest challengers Moycullen (4-15) 76-67. It was a good game for Joshua Johnson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Belfast Star maintains fourth position with 3-14 record which they share with defeated Moycullen. Moycullen lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and it may be the game of the week. Moycullen will play at home against the league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. 3rd ranked host UCD Marian (6-13) was smashed by first ranked UCC Demons (12-5) 84-64. UCC Demons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-5 record. UCD Marian lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 13 games lost. UCC Demons will face Belfast Star (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 UL Eagles lost to UCC Demons on the opponent's court 86-91.



UL Eagles - DCU Saints 85-62

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked DCU Saints (15-4) in Limerick on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked UL Eagles (10-9) 85-62. UL Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to DCU Saints' 42. American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Taylor is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five UL Eagles players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Emmett Donnelly (186-78) scored 8 points and 4 assists. DCU Saints' coach David Donnelly gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. UL Eagles have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-9 record having five points less than leader UCC Demons. DCU Saints at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. UL Eagles are looking forward to face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. DCU Saints will play at home against the league's second-placed B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: R.Taylor 24+5reb+7ast, J.Killeen 16+9reb+2ast, E.Quigley 16+4reb+2ast, M.Hall 12+9reb+2ast, R.Lynch 12+9reb+3ast, N.Campbell 5+8reb+4ast
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 22+14reb+1ast, E.Donnelly 8+2reb+4ast, J.Donnelly 8+5reb+1ast, K.Anderson 8+2reb, K.Lacey 6+3reb, P.Glover 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 145183


Belfast Star - Moycullen 76-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Belfast. Fourth ranked host Belfast Star (3-14) defeated one of their biggest challengers Moycullen (4-15) 76-67. Belfast Star forced 27 Moycullen turnovers. Strangely Moycullen outrebounded Belfast Star 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Moycullen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. British guard Scott Summersgill (173-71) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Salva Camps replied with 16 points and American forward Luke Enos (201, college: Black Hills St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Moycullen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Belfast Star maintains fourth position with 3-14 record which they share with defeated Moycullen. Moycullen lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and it may be the game of the week. Moycullen will play at home against the league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: S.Summersgill 19+3reb+3ast, P.Cummins 18+1reb+2ast, J.Johnson 17+15reb+1ast, F.Toner 12+4reb+2ast, S.Dawson 6+1reb+8ast, C.Johnston 4+1reb+1ast
Moycullen: S.Camps 16+3reb+3ast, C.Nihill 14+3reb+1ast, L.Enos 12+9reb, P.O'Brien 10+5reb, D.Cunningham 8+8reb+4ast, E.Maxwell 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 145184


UCD Marian - UCC Demons 64-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. 3rd ranked host UCD Marian (6-13) was smashed by first ranked UCC Demons (12-5) 84-64. UCC Demons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-5 record. UCD Marian lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 13 games lost. UCC Demons will face Belfast Star (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 145185


UCC Demons - UL Eagles 91-86

Rather expected game in Cork where 3rd ranked UL Eagles (10-9) were defeated by first ranked UCC Demons (12-5) 91-86 on Friday. UCC Demons made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UCC Demons made 8 blocks. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Shane Coughlan (188-79) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Robert Lynch (193-78) with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) scored 18 points and 6 assists. Four UCC Demons and five UL Eagles players scored in double figures. UCC Demons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-5 record. Loser UL Eagles keep the third place with nine games lost. UCC Demons will face Belfast Star (#4) on the road in the next round. UL Eagles will play against UCD Marian in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 25+7reb+2ast, N.Murphy 16+8reb+1ast, C.O'Sullivan 16+2reb+2ast, S.Coughlan 11+7reb+10ast, K.Hosford 9+2reb+1ast, N.O'Reilly 8+4reb+4ast
UL Eagles: R.Lynch 20+8reb+1ast, R.Taylor 18+3reb+6ast, M.Hall 15+3reb+6ast, J.Killeen 15+9reb+2ast, E.Quigley 12+3reb+2ast, N.Campbell 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 169274


11890 Killester - UCD Marian 84-81

Third-ranked UCD Marian (6-13) gave a tough game to second ranked 11890 Killester (13-6) in Dublin. 11890 Killester managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader UCC Demons. UCD Marian lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 13 games lost. 11890 Killester will play against Moycullen (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 145181


11890 Killester - B.Gais Neptune 97-96

A very close game took place in Dublin (derby !!!) between 11890 Killester and B.Gais Neptune. Second ranked 11890 Killester (13-6) got a very close home victory over second-best B.Gais Neptune (10-7). 11890 Killester managed to escape with a 1-point win 97-96 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.Gais Neptune. 11890 Killester forced 26 B.Gais Neptune turnovers and outrebounded them 47-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who had a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 30 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international guard Peder Madsen (186-78, college: Post) chipped in 21 points. 11890 Killester's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and swingman Philip Taylor (196-86, college: Genesee CC) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five B.Gais Neptune players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader UCC Demons which they share with defeated B.Gais Neptune. Loser B.Gais Neptune keeps the second place with seven games lost. 11890 Killester will meet Moycullen (#4) on the road in the next round. B.Gais Neptune will play against the league's leader DCU Saints in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
11890 Killester: J.Turner 45+30reb+4ast, P.Madsen 21+1reb+2ast, M.Westbrooks 11+5reb+3ast, R.Clarke 8+4reb+6ast, A.Casey 4+1ast, K.O'Brien 4+2reb+3ast
B.Gais Neptune: R.Thompson 25+13reb+4ast, R.Downey 18+3reb+1ast, P.Taylor 17+8reb+2ast, G.Walsh 14+2reb+2ast, G.Noonan 10+3reb+4ast, I.McLoughlin 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145182




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Joshua JOHNSON
  Belfast .
  (199-F-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Johnson, Belfast25.5 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons25.4 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.5 
 4. Enos, Moycullen22.9 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.22.5 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles19.3 
 7. Cummins, Belfast18.0 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 9. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 10. Noonan, B.Gais N.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.5 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.4 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles13.0 
 4. Johnson, Belfast12.5 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.12.3 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons10.1 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles4.9 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.4.9 
 3. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.9 
 4. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 5. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 6. Clarke, 11890 K.4.6 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 8. Turner, 11890 K.4.1 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.4.0 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.2 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles3.1 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.5 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.2.1 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 8. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 10. Johnson, Belfast2.0 
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 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 15-4 
 2. 11890 Killester 13-6 
 3. UCD Marian 6-13 
 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 


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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 


Israeli National League round 19 best performance: Ramon Clemente - by Eurobasket News
American-Puerto Rican power forward Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kiryat Tivon, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed Ironi K-A (#10, 7-12) with 17-point margin 96-79. Kiryat Tivon maintains the 4th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kiryat Tivon will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. Clemente turned to be Kiryat Tivon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Wichita State University star has very solid stats this year. Clemente. Clemente is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.7ppg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 61.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Rahshon Turner (201-F/C-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Hapoel Y/M. Turner had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Hapoel Y/M to another comfortable win 100-83 over Ironi Nahariya (6-13) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Hapoel Y/M left the very bottom place moving slightly to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Turner is a newcomer at Hapoel Y/M, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Stacey Moragne (195-F-83) of Elitzur Ramla (#9). Moragne got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Elitzur Ramla, leading his team to a 84-77overtime win against the higher-ranked Hapoel Afula (#6, 10-9). The chances of Elitzur Ramla ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Moragne could help Elitzur Ramla to bring them higher in the standings. Moragne has a great season in Israel. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (8th best). He also has FGP: 59.2% and 3PT: 45.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Gabe Blair (203-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 24 points and 18 rebounds
6. Tony Younger (200-F-80) of Ironi K-A - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Aviram Zelkovits (193-G-89) of Hapoel T-A - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of Hapoel T-A - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Liraz Ariely (185-G-92) of Kiryat Tivon - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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 


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  ITALY   


Anthony Goods leaves Teramo - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Goods (191-G-87, college: Stanford) is no longer a member of Banca Tercas Teramo. The American guard left due to lack of payment. He joined Teramo at the beginning of January averaging 9.2 points and 2 rebounds for 5 games in SerieA. Goods started the season in NBA D-League. He was a member of Dakota Wizards. There he had 17.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.5 apg for 8 appearances. Anthony Goods spent last season in D-League as well. He played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Dakota Wizards. He also spent some with Venezuelan team Trotamundos de Carabobo. He helped them reach LPB Semifinals. Anthony Goods is a product of Stanford University, where he graduated in 2009.

Enel Brindisi adds Jakub Wojciechowski, Poletti to Forli - by Andrea Centenari
Enel Brindisi has finally found the substitute of Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88). The italian Legadue team has acquired the polish big man Jakub Wojciechowski (213-C/F-90). The player comes from Benetton Treviso where he had 1,8 points and 1,8 boards per game in this season.
With the arrival of Wojeciechowski, Poletti can finally return to his former Leagadue team, MarcoPoloShop.it Forli wich had already reached an agreement with the player several weeks ago.


Thomas' double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward James Thomas (203-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Scafati Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Aget Imola (#13, 7-13) 86-77. Givova Scafati is placed at 3rd position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Givova Scafati will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. Thomas turned to be Givova Scafati's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas leads league in rebounds with 11.0rpg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages solid 70.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Richard McConnell (182-G-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Fileni BPA. He is American guard in his first season at Fileni BPA. In the last game McConnell recorded impressive 25 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Fileni BPA cruised to a 92-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#4, 13-7). This victory allowed Fileni BPA to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. McConnell is a newcomer at Fileni BPA and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.2 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Fileni BPA's star - center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77). Maggioli scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Fileni BPA, helping his team with a 92-82 win against the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#4, 13-7). The chances of Fileni BPA ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maggioli could help Fileni BPA to bring them higher in the standings. Maggioli has a great season in Italy. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (7th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 62.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Troy Bell (186-PG-80) of S.Antimo - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Mareks Jurevicus (197-G/F-85) of Assi Ostuni - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jimmy Hunter (197-G-77) of Enel Brindisi - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) of Trenkwalder - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Austin Freeman (190-G-89) of MarcoPoloShop - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  JORDAN   


JPL Round 5 (Regular Season) : ASU Still Chasing the Leaders - by Omar Shafaamri
College 45 - 88 Al-Riyadi/Aramex
(Q1:8-26 / Q2:13-16 / Q3:9-28 / Q4:15-18)

College :
4. Ahmad Al-Sokkari - 0 Points / 1 assist
5. Anan Al-Momani - 12 Points / 6 Rebounds / 1 steal
6. Robeen Abu-Lail - 2 Points / 1 rebound / 3 assists / 2 steals
7. Riyad Aesh - 2 Points / 4 rebounds / 2 assists
8. Qais Weld-Ali - 7 Points / 4 steals
9. Thaer Abu-Khadra - 11 Points (2 Three-points) / 3 renounds / 1 steal
10. Omar Darweesh - 2 Points / 4 rebounds / 1 steal
11. Mohammad Lasawi - Did not play
12. Abdullatif Al-Qadoumi - Did not play
13. Ahmad Kanaan - 3 Points / 1 rebound / 1 steal
14. Ibrahim Maswadeh - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 5 Rebounds
15. Raed Ouweis - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 Rebound / 1 Steal

Al-Riyadi/Aramex:
4. Ahmad Al-Duweiri - 10 Points / 3 rebounds / 2 Steals / 1 Block / 3 Dunk
5. Majdi Al-Ghazzawi - 18 Points (4 Three-points)/ 3 Assist
6. Yazan Al-Taweel - Did not play
7. Ammar Jabri - 0 Points / 4 Rebounds / 3 Steals / 5 Assists
8. Issa Kamel - 9 Points (2 Three-points) / 1 Rebounds / 3 Steals / 1 Block
9. Ahmad Obeid - 17 Points / 10 Rebounds / 4 Steals / 1 Assist / 1 Block
10. Mohammad Jamal - Did not play
11. Ammar Bostami - 9 Points (1 Three-points) / 5 Rebounds / 1 steal / 3 assists
12. Faisal Khair - 2 Points / 4 Rebounds / 1 Block-Shot
13. Ali El-Zubi - 17 Points / 5 Steels / 2 assists
14. Ali Jamal - 6 Points / 3 Rebounds / 1 steal / 2 Assists / 1 Block
15. Mohammad Alshami - Did not play

Attendance : 30

Wehdat 56 - 88 ASU
(Q1:17-29 / Q2:12-27 / Q3:15-18 / Q4:12-14)

Wehdat :
4. Hisham Altoukhi - 2 Points
5. Mohammad Nouwara - 5 Points / 1 rebound / 1 assist / 1 block
6. Ali Saleh - 3 Points (1 Three-points)
7. Mohammad Ideais- 7 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 Rebounds / 2 assists
8. Ibrahim Albarahmeh - 0 Points / 1 rebound / 2 steals
9. Zaid Alsahouri - 6 Points / 3 rebound / 1 steals / 1 assist / 1 Block
10. Rami Alkhatib - 0 Points / 1 rebound
11. Munir Alsalous - 8 Points (2 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 1 assist
12. Yousef Abu-Zaneh - 15 Points / 11 rebounds
13. Ahmad Alkhatib - 7 Points / 5 rebounds
14. Bassam Darraj - 3 Points / 3 rebounds / 3 steals / 1 Block
15. Mousa Mitleq - 0 Points / 3 rebounds / 1 steal / 4 Block-Shots

ASU :
4. Ghazi Alnaber - 5 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 steal / 3 assists
5. Muneer Idais - 2 Points / 3 rebounds
6. Ahmad Nofal - 0 Points / 2 rebounds
7. Mohammad Shaher - 10 Points / 10 Rebounds / 2 assists / 3 Block-Shots
8. Osama Al-Faraj - 0 Points / 1 rebound / 1 assist
9. Mohammad Azzazi - 0 Points / 1 rebound / 2 steals / 1 assist
10. Abdullah Abu-Qoura - 15 Points / 11 rebound / 1 steal / 3 assists / 2 Blocks / 1 Dunk
11. Wesam Al-Sous - 14 Points (4 Three-points) / 4 rebounds / 1 steal / 2 assist
12. Mahmoud Abdeen - 5 Points (1 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 3 assists
13. Mousa Alawadi (180-G/F-85) - 27 Points (5 Three-points) / 6 rebounds / 4 steals / 3 assists
14. Mohammad Hamdan - 0 Points
15. Islam Abbas - 10 Points / 8 rebounds / 1 steal / 5 assists

Attendance : 60
Including JBF President Mr. Hilal Barakat, NT Coach Tab Baldwin, Youth & Junior Coach Dimitrios Kyriakou


Kofer Yoba 74 - 45 Jalil

Wehdat 77 - 49 Ashrafiyah


** Stats : Courtesy of JNBT Page




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


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  KUWAIT   


Kazma takes Kuwait Feb. 22, 2012 - by Mohammed Al Shimeri
Keep in mind that Al Kuwait SC decided to bench their imports tonight for 'injury reasons' and that they were in first place before the game and after the loss. Both imports for Kazma played.
Al Kuwait SC was ahead early in the first quarter. Kazma took the lead with a little over 2 minutes left in the first quarter. The lead changed for a couple of minutes. Ahmed Belushi dominated the rest of the quarter scoring 3 straight and one assist. The second quarter started off sloppy by both teams, then Belushi again with the assist. Then a long pass by Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi St.) and a quick two put Kazma up 6 points. Al Kuwait SC made a few misses and a few fouls. Al Kuwait SC struggled to make the threes they kept shooting, and then Nawaf finally put it in. Belushi then missed and Ahmed took advantage grabbing the rebound and heading for a fast break layup. He scored and the lead was lost. Some good offensive ball handling for Al Kuwait SC and Nawaf was hot and hit yet another three! However, Kazma was aggressive and made some good passes and was back in the lead quickly. Mario's presence on the floor could not be ignored. He created space and made some good rebounds. With minutes to go in the first half Al Kuwait SC was rushing and made it easy for Kazma to continue to keep the lead and increase it. Score at half time 51 to 38 for Kazma. The second half saw Tyrone Curnell (201-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Valdosta St.) out and Mario on the bench. Al Kuwait SC couldn't affectively rebound and Kazma made a few steals and then Beloushi with a three. 19 point lead and a sweet dunk by, long arms Abdullah assisted by Beloushi. Then with 5 seconds left in the third a good pass by Tyrone to Beloushi for three more points. Fourth quarter started off with another good assist from Tyrone and the lead continued to expand. At one point in the fourth quarter Kazma was up by 30 points. Al Kuwait SC managed to close the gap a bit bringing the final score to 94-77. Kazma wins!




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LBL Round 20: Turiba defeats leader Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Valmiera (12-9) on the court of seventh ranked Turiba on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Turiba 73-68. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Turiba forced 23 Valmiera turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Mikus Sokolovs (194-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Turiba's coach used entire bench in such tough game. The former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for Valmiera. Turiba maintains seventh position with 8-12 record. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Turiba are looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round. Valmiera will play against Liepaja (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Jurmala. Eighth ranked Jurmala (7-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (9-10) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 16 rebounds and Davis Coders who added 18 points during the contest. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains eighth position with 7-13 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Jurmala will play against higher ranked Jelgava (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Liepaja (11-8) and 6th ranked Jelgava (9-12) in Liepaja on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Liepaja outscored guests from Jelgava 91-60. The winners were led by Arturs Bricis who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points by Edgars Krumins did not help to save the game for Jelgava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja maintains third position with 11-8 record behind leader Valmiera. Jelgava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Liepaja will meet at home league's leader Valmiera in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jelgava will play against Jurmala (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Turiba - Valmiera 73-68

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Valmiera (12-9) on the court of seventh ranked Turiba on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Turiba 73-68. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Turiba forced 23 Valmiera turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Mikus Sokolovs (194-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Turiba's coach used entire bench in such tough game. The former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Valmiera. Turiba maintains seventh position with 8-12 record. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Turiba are looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round. Valmiera will play against Liepaja (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Sokolovs 18+1reb+3ast, J.Antrops 13+1reb+4ast, R.Mednis 7+8reb, M.Steinbergs 6+4reb+2ast, M.Rudmiezis 6+1reb, S.Bets 6
Valmiera: J.Porzingis 27+10reb+2ast, J.Lucas 17+2reb+4ast, A.Butjankovs 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 5+8reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 4+5reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 3
gschID: 166560


Liepaja - Jelgava 91-60

The game between third ranked Liepaja (11-8) and 6th ranked Jelgava (9-12) in Liepaja on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Liepaja outscored guests from Jelgava 91-60. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja outrebounded Jelgava 37-22 including a 24-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Arturs Bricis (193-92) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) supported him with 13 points and 9 assists. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) did not help to save the game for Jelgava. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) added 16 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja maintains third position with 11-8 record behind leader Valmiera. Jelgava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Liepaja will meet at home league's leader Valmiera in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jelgava will play against Jurmala (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: A.Bricis 20+11reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 13+9ast, J.Timma 12+7reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 10+4reb, T.Leiteris 10+7reb, J.Mayo 9+1reb+6ast
Jelgava: E.Krumins 17+1reb+2ast, K.Nelson 16+4reb, A.Duselis 10+5reb, A.Senkans 7+1reb, S.Silavs 4+2reb+5ast, L.Mizis 3+3reb
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Jurmala - LU 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Jurmala. Eighth ranked Jurmala (7-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (9-10) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. Latvijas Universitate was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 15-9 charge of Jurmala, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 16 rebounds and guard Davis Coders (187-92) who added 18 points during the contest. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains eighth position with 7-13 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Jurmala will play against higher ranked Jelgava (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: D.Coders 18+4reb+2ast, A.Ozols 13+4reb+2ast, U.Pinete 11+2reb, E.Jonats 9+16reb+2ast, R.Liepa 8+1reb+1ast, E.Bucs 7+2reb
LU: H.Rubenis 17+2reb+3ast, Z.Peiners 15+4reb+5ast, A.Osins 14+9reb+1ast, K.Dargais 12+13reb+3ast, I.Aizpurs 10+2reb, M.Vitols 5+3reb+2ast
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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 12-9 
 2. Ventspils 11-0 
 3. Liepaja 11-8 
 4. VEF Riga 9-1 
 5. LU 9-10 
 6. Jelgava 9-12 
 7. Turiba 8-12 
 8. Jurmala 7-13 
 9. U18 0-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, VEF Riga24.1 
 2. Peiners, LU19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava17.1 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera17.0 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja16.9 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.6 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.8 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga9.2 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.6 
 4. Dargais, LU8.2 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.2 
 6. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.2 
 8. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.3 
 10. Andriukaitis, Lie.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.9 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.8 
 5. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.7 
 6. Valters, VEF Riga3.3 
 7. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 9. Gray, Ventspils3.1 
 10. Young, Ventspils2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.9 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 3. Osins, LU1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.9 
 5. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Piternieks, Turiba1.8 
 7. Gray, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.5 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Willard, Ventspils0.6 
 9. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 21-2 
 2. Liepaja-2 20-3 
 3. Barons kvartals 19-2 
 4. Saldus 17-4 
 5. VEF Kadeti 13-8 
 6. BS Riga 12-10 
 7. RSU 12-10 
 8. VA 11-12 
 9. DSN 10-12 
 10. Ogres 8-14 
 11. Cesis 7-15 
 12. Livani 7-15 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 7-16 
 14. Valmiera BSS 6-17 
 15. Gulbene 5-18 
 16. Ridzene 3-20 


EuroChallenge: Ventspils closed Day 5 with the win - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - Ventspils 57:60

Ventspils closed EuroChallenge Day 5 with the win in Holland. The Latvian side improved to 3-2 record after 60:57 victory.
Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) and Strelnieks scored for 19:15, while they led 1 point at the halftime. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) improved to 37:29, but Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) tied the game at 37:37. Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) however kept the guests in front after three periods. Abernethy and Young brought the last points for the winners to taste the win.
Mamadi Diane stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Steven Gray chipped in 13 points. American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Ventspils: Mamadi Diane 18, Steven Gray 13, Arturs Berzins 9
Leiden: Arvin Slagter 13, Thomas Jackson 11, Jevohn Shepherd 10



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 30.7
 1. Sowell, Guasave30.7 
 2. White, Cananea28.0 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Gale, Mexicali26.8 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.8 
 6. White, Los Mochis24.2 
 7. Brown, Cananea24.1 
 8. Moore, Culiacan23.8 
 9. Brown, Tepic23.3 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Cananea
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Brown, Cananea10.9 
 2. Moss, Nogales9.9 
 3. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 4. Brown, Tepic9.6 
 5. VanderMeer, Mexica.9.6 
 6. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 7. Broxsie, Nogales8.7 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 9. Gray, Hermosillo8.2 
 10. Thomas, Hermosillo8.1 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Funn, Guasave8.2 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.7 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.7 
 4. White, Cananea5.4 
 5. Winder, Guaymas5.2 
 6. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 7. Brown, Tepic4.4 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas4.2 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas4.0 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. White, Cananea2.3 
 2. Moore, Culiacan1.9 
 3. Roby, Guaymas1.8 
 4. Funn, Guasave1.7 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 6. Rougeau, Culiacan1.6 
 7. White, Los Mochis1.6 
 8. Brown, Cananea1.6 
 9. Sowell, Guasave1.6 
 10. Brown, Nogales1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Gale, Mexicali2.6 
 3. Sowell, Guasave2.3 
 4. White, Los Mochis2.2 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 6. Funn, Guasave2.1 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 8. Thomas, Hermosillo2.0 
 9. Brown, Tepic2.0 
 10. Malloy, Los Mochis1.9 


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EBL Round 15: Teodo surprised Lovcen - by Darko Pekic
The strange Round 15 of Erste Basketball League ended today with only one game played! Teodo won in Cetinje against Lovcen and proved that they did not want to give up on the Superleague race. Actually, the club from Tivat dominated the whole game and won it by 17 points (81-64) although nobody in the past, except Buducnost, was able to win in Cetinje with a big margin. It was the 4th win in a row for Milan Rondovic 's guys and 5 players scored in double digits. Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) shined with 17 points. He was followed by Radomir Pekic (195-G-92) (16 points) and Bojan Boskovic (203-C-85) (14 points). For the guests Marko Milosevic (202-SF-84) scored 13 points and Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) added 11 points.

Other games in this round were not played for several reasons. Mogren lost by forfeit (0-20) against ABS Primorje. The club from Budva did not pay the 5 000 euros fine because they did not come to Tivat for a Final Eight Cup game against Ulcinj in December. The game between Jedinstvo and Mornar was postponed because the guests requested it in order to prepare themselves for the important Balkan League match against OKK Beograd. On the other side, the match between Danilovgrad and Ulcinj was postponed because the roof on the hall in Danilovgrad crashed under the snow during the recent weather problems.

Tomorow in Niksic at 19h, Sutjeska will face the young Podgorica squad.


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  NBA   


Cavs sign Manny Harris to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers signed Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, bringing their roster back to a maximum 15 players.

Harris has spent this season with the Cavs Development League affiliate in Canton, but was an NBA free agent eligible to sign with any team. He averaged 21.4 points and 7.9 rebounds and shot 47 percent from the floor with the Charge.

After last season ended, coach Byron Scott told Harris he needed to improve his mid-range game. Scott never got to see if he made any progress because of a freak accident at Nikes facilities during the lockout. Harris was unable to compete in training camp because of a severe burn on his foot and he was released.

I want to see if he has matured as a basketball player and worked on some of the things we talked about after the season last year, Scott said. Last year he either shot a 3 or he put it on the floor and tried to get all the way to the basket. I want to see if he has improved his ball-handling and mid-range game.

Harris was named the D-League Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 41 points and nine rebounds in Cantons two most recent games. Hes the only D-League player to win the weekly honor twice this season.

Harris spent all of last season with the Cavs, averaging 5.9 points. He said a few other NBA teams showed interest, including the Knicks, who scouted him heavily before Jeremy Lin took over New York. The Knicks were reportedly close to releasing Lin before his contract became guaranteed for the rest of the season and Harris was apparently on their short list of replacements.

Instead, Harris remained in Canton for a couple more weeks. Ben Uzohs 10-day contract with the Cavs expired on Sunday and the team informed him after Sundays win over the Kings they would not be picking him back up, creating the spot for Harris.

Harris ranks third in the D-League in scoring, but had to watch 26 guys get called up to the NBA before him. He wondered if and when his time would come, but prepared himself by bracing for a worst-case scenario.

I was trying to think like maybe it wont happen, so I could continue to play good and not think too much about it, he said. It had kind of affected me a little bit.

Scott said Daniel Gibson will be active and is the likely starter at shooting guard tonight, and with Anthony Parker nearing a return from his strained back, the timing of the call-up is strange. Half of Harris 10 days with the Cavs will be spent on the All-Star break, but hell still be active for four games.

Scott said the Cavs never considered signing a big to replace Varejao because they feel good with their numbers up front.

We came into camp saying we had enough bigs, we had to watch our perimeter guys, Scott said. When you lose AP and Boobie, it puts a strain on you.

Harris arrival should ease some of the strain on Alonzo Gee, who has been starting at shooting guard while serving as the backup small forward. He averaged 36 minutes in the last two games and is 9-of-35 shooting in his last three games.

Well have him for two games after the All-Star break as well and well see how it goes, Scott said. We know Manny and he knows us. Thats a good thing.

Courtesy of www.ohio.com


Marvin Williams 'vehemently' denies trade rumor - by Eurobasket News
Through the team's PR person, Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) had denied making a trade request from the team. That's in reference to an ESPN.com report that said he was wanting to get away from the team because of playing time issues and a lack of participation in the offense.

Via Hawks PR guy Arthur Triche's Twitter:

The #Hawks just landed in NYC and had a convo with a very disappointed Marvin Williams, who while attending the funeral of a family friend, had to hear about his reported trade request. He vehemently denies ever asking for a trade and said, you know thats not me.
There's obviously a difference between formally asking for a trade -- which the report did not say -- and just being frustrated with your role and indicating that you'd prefer a bigger role or a way out. Williams could've communicated his frustration to his agent or someone else which was then communicated along as 'he wants out.'

I don't think Williams would vehemently deny being frustrated with his position and participation in the team's offense though. He's averaging career-low minutes and the lowest point per game average since his rookie season. And this is with the Hawks being extremely banged up.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Jason Kidd passes Michael Jordan - by Eurobasket News
Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) collected his 2,515th career steal midway through the second quarter of Monday's 89-73 win, passing Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) to become No. 2 on the NBA's all-time steals list.

The 18-year veteran intercepted a pass from Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen as he drove the lane and got caught in no-man's land. The steal led to a Dirk Nowitzki basket.

'Well because Mike is everybody's idol, he played both ends of the court,' Kidd said about passing Jordan. 'Just being able to pass him in something is an honor in itself. When you talk about defense, he played both sides of the ball. (John) Stockton and Jordan are the two best at what they do. When you talk about guards, those two are the best all-time.'

Kidd finished the game with three steals, bringing his career total to 2,517.

'I've just been in the right place at the right time, understanding guys' tendencies, watching film early on in my career and just been lucky to be in the league long enough to get in the way of some passes,' Kidd said.

Kidd, who came into the game leading the Mavs with a 1.68-steals-per-game average, has at least one steal in each of his last nine games (excluding the Jan. 27 game when he injured his right calf and left after just two minutes). In his three previous games, Kidd had eight steals, including three Sunday in a loss to the Knicks.

So many of Kidd's thefts have come as a result of pure anticipation and instinct, understanding where an opposing player wants to go with the basketball before he does and then ambushing the play.

'Listen, every week we're going to have records broken with the guys we have on this team. It's like a legends team,' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. 'Jason Kidd's career has been amazing. Think about 18 years, almost two decades, of top-notch excellence.'

Kidd, who turns 39 next month, likely won't ascend to No. 1 by the time he finally decides to call it a career. Stockton, the former Utah Jazz great, is safely the game's all-time steals leader with 3,265.

Kidd is also second all-time in assists, trailing Stockton by more than 4,000.

Nowitzki reached two more career milestones in the first quarter. With his seventh point of the first quarter, Nowitzki moved past Celtics great Robert Parish to become No. 20 on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

He did it midway through the quarter by hitting a patented elbow jumper while getting fouled by Celtics forward Chris Wilcox.

The made free throw gave Nowitzki the three-point play and the 23,335th point of his 14-year career.

In the opening minutes of the quarter, Nowitzki recorded his 1,000th career block. He swatted away Celtics guard Avery Bradley's reverse layup attempt. Bradley was starting for suspended point guard Rajon Rondo.

'I always say that it'll be great to look back (at milestones) when my career is over. Right now, I feel better and got to keep it going,' Nowitzki said. 'Ever since I took the week off, I feel better and I've been moving better. I've got to keep attacking.'

Nowitzki becomes just the third player in NBA history with at least 1,000 blocks and 1,000 3-point field goals, joining Clifford Robinson and Rasheed Wallace.

'For those people that didn't think he was a top 20 all-time player, this is good evidence of that. You can't have that accomplishment without a remarkable level of sustained excellence,' Carlisle said. 'The other great thing right now, he continues to do better physically. He's moving every game seemingly better. We've got to keep building on that, too.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Michael Beasley reportedly on Lakers radar - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have had conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a potential trade for Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.), ESPN.com reports. The Lakers are intrigued with the fourth-year forward and had discussions with the Wolves about him before the season started. Had the trade for Chris Paul gone through, Beasley may already be in L.A., according to the report.

While its not clear what the Lakers would give up in exchange for Beasley, Pau Gasol has not been part of recent discussions. But Minnesota is looking to move Beasley, who they believe still has maturity issues.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are still in pursuit of a point guard. They like their chances of trading a first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ramon Sessions, and if that or other options fail, they could sign free agent Gilbert Arenas.

Two point guards unlikely to land in L.A.: Houston's Kyle Lowry, who the Rockets dont want to part with; and Torontos Jose Calderon, since the Raptors would probably want another point guard in return.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Derrick Favors to replace injured Tiago Splitter in Rising Stars Challenge - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) of the Utah Jazz has been added to the Rising Stars Challenge, according to an official release. Favors will play for Team Chuck (Charles Barkleys squad) in place of Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances). The Brazilian big guy will be forced to sit out of All-Star weekends Friday night exhibition featuring selected stars from the Rookie and Sophomore classes.

Splitter suffered a calf strain on Saturday during the Spurs win over the Clippers, and is expected to be out two weeks.

Favors is averaging 8.1 points and 5 rebounds per game this season. He has a style of play that should fare well in an open-court exhibition like this one - just as long as he remembers not to take things too seriously.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Nets' Shawne Williams to undergo surgery on foot - by Eurobasket News
Shawne Williams (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Memphis), who has missed the last five games with what the Nets said was an assortment of injuries, the most pressing being a sprain of his left shoulder, will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone fragment from his left foot, the team announced this afternoon.

Williams had previously missed games with a problem in his right foot that he had told reporters was the result of overcompensating for a pre-existing problem in his left foot that had originally been injured years ago, but which had been tweaked during training camp, right after he signed a two-year, $6 million free agent contract with the club.

Williams told reporters at that time that he had decided he would have surgery on the left foot as soon as the season was over.

The Nets would not give a timetable for Williams' recovery from the surgery, saying they will give a timetable after the surgery is performed. They did the same thing when Keith Bogans had surgery on his foot earlier this month, and Bogans ended up being out for the season and would be waived a few days later.

Williams played in 25 games this season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 20.6 minutes. He struggled shooting the ball all year, hitting just 28.6 percent of his shots from the floor, 24.1 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


New York 99, Atlanta 82 - by Milord Nikolic
Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony looked plenty comfortable together, combining for 32 points and 12 assists as New York bounced back by handing stumbling Atlanta its third straight loss. Lin led the way with 17 points and nine assists and Anthony poured in 15 points in 27 minutes for the Knicks, who climbed back to .500 at 17-17. New York took over early, ending the first quarter with a 16-0 burst and never looking back. The Knicks were out front, 60-35, at the break and pushed the lead to 30 points early in the third when Lin grabbed an offensive rebound and found Anthony for a 3-pointer. The Knicks spread the points around, getting 17 from Steve Novak, 16 from Landry Fields and 12 from J.R. Smith as the bench took over in the final quarter. Amar'e Stoudemire was held to seven points on 3-for-8 shooting but chipped in 10 rebounds and spent less than 25 minutes on the floor. Jeff Teague scored 18 points for the Hawks, who were without All-Star Joe Johnson due to a knee injury.



Warriors ready to make trades before deadline - by Eurobasket News
As their season of promise (literally) quickly slips away, with their veteran roster unable to consistently win close games and their chance at recovery damaged by the possibility that their 2012 draft pick is ticketed for Utah, the Warriors are pursuing a deal before the March 15 trade deadline, general manager Larry Riley said.

Were working day and night and were hopeful, Riley told NBA.com on Monday night. But what will not happen is, we wont do something that sets us back just to do a deal. We want to find the right deal, and if we get one of those well do it. I dont know what the odds of it are right now.

Stephen Curry is the closest to untouchable - plugged-in beat writer Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group reported Golden State would not include Curry in a potential Hornets deal without assurance it could keep Paul beyond this season - but the best assets are still in the backcourt. Monta Ellis has long been the focus of trade speculation, and now his backup, rookie Klay Thompson, is playing better by the week and drawing glowing reviews within the organization.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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No. 24 San Diego St. snaps 3-game skid - by Milord Nikolic
Jamaal Franklin scored the first five points of overtime and finished with 12 overall as No. 24 San Diego State beat Wyoming 67-58 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. The Aztecs (21-6, 7-4 Mountain West) trailed by nine points four times, the latest with 11:10 to play, and avoided what would have been their first four-game losing streak since February 2005. Wyoming (18-9, 4-7), lost its fourth straight and for the fifth time in six games. Both teams had chances to win in regulation. With the score tied at 55, San Diego State's Chase Tapley missed a layup with 3 seconds left. Wyoming's Luke Martinez couldn't hold onto a pass and time appeared to expire. But the referees put 0.7 seconds back on the clock and Larry Nance Jr. missed a shot at the buzzer. Franklin, returning after missing a loss at Air Force with a sprained left ankle, opened overtime by putting back his own missed shot and converting a three-point play. Tapley had a steal and a layup to give SDSU a 62-55 lead with 2:08 left in the extra period. Franklin and Tapley, SDSU's leading scorers, had only six points each in regulation. Franklin scored six in the overtime while Tapley had four. Tapley and Tim Shelton finished with 10 apiece. Garrett Green led the Aztecs with 14 points. He made a layup with 1:23 left in regulation for a 53-52 lead, and then added two free throws for a three-point lead with 41.6 seconds to go. Martinez hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 29.2 seconds left in regulation. Wyoming made only 1 of 7 shots in OT. Arthur Bouedo led Wyoming with 11 points and Adam Waddell had 10. San Diego State came in having lost at UNLV, at home to New Mexico and at Air Force, which dropped it 11 spots in the Associated Press Top 25. The Cowboys made 9 of 22 3-point shots while SDSU made 3 of 11. Wyoming led 44-35 with 11:10 to play on a long jumper by Bouedo, the Cowboys' fourth nine-point lead of the night. San Diego State went on an 8-0 run to pull to 44-43, on a baseline shot by Shelton, a slam dunk by Green, a sweet reverse layup by DeShawn Stephens and a layup by Xavier Thames. The Aztecs finally tied it on a layup by Green on a feed by Shelton with 4:36 left. The Cowboys' only point during that stretch came when Leonard Washington made one of two free throws. Washington and Franklin traded 3s. Tapley a huge 3 with 2:17 left after the Aztecs fell behind by four. Wyoming led by nine points three times in the first half, the last at 21-12 with 8:22 left on a 3-ponter by JayDee Luster. San Diego State tied it at 24 on a 3-pointer by Tapley, his first points of the game. SDSU's first lead, 26-24, came on two free throws by Franklin. Wyoming scored the final six points of the half to take a 30-26 lead. Waddell hit a jumper, Nance had two free throws and Francisco Cruz made a layup at the buzzer.


Seton Hall upsets No. 9 Georgetown 73-55 - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Theodore (6'0''-G) started talking about his last chance to play in an NCAA tournament in the preseason. The senior guard wants desperately to be part of the field of 68.

On Tuesday night, he was nearly perfect in helping Seton Hall get the signature win it needed for its NCAA tournament resume. He had a career-high 29 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including making all five 3-point attempts, in a 73-55 victory over No. 9 Georgetown on Tuesday night.

'We just needed this one so bad. I was jacked up for this game,' said Theodore, who also had five assists and four rebounds. 'I didn't want to blow another opportunity like we did my sophomore year when we were on the bubble. I have a little experience in being on the bubble. I want to dance so bad. I can taste it we're so close.

The Pirates (19-9, 8-8 Big East), whose best win this season was over Connecticut on Jan. 3, have two games remaining Rutgers and DePaul to solidify what would be their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006. Their RPI is in the high 30s and it never hurts to be from the Big East, which a record 11 teams in the field last season.

Still, nothing is official until Selection Sunday.

'What could be better than having a game like this with your fate in your hands,' said Herb Pope (6'8''-F-89), Seton Hall's other senior. 'We stayed solid. We shot terrific today.'

Then he started talking about Theodore.

'That's my little brother and we're going out together,' Pope said. 'We moved one inch closer to our goal. He came out on fire and we rode the wave.'

Seton Hall put on quite a shooting performance against one of the conference's best defensive teams. They shot 61.0 percent (25 for 41), the best against the Hoyas this season and only the third time any team shot 50 percent or better. Georgetown (20-6, 10-5) came in allowing 38.4 percent shooting this season.

Seton Hall finished 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from 3-point range, and that came against a team that was allowing 27.6 percent from beyond the arc this season. The previous best effort from 3-point range against Georgetown was 44.4 percent by Marquette, the only time any team shot better than 40 percent.

'We thought we play pretty good perimeter defense, but we were atrocious tonight,' Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. 'They hit some shots early and we got frustrated early and that frustration carried over to our offense. That was the crux of everything.

'We didn't find a way to make their shots difficult. They shot the cover off it and we didn't respond.'

Theodore, who has talked about making the tournament for the first time since the preseason, and fellow senior Herb Pope dominated the run that gave the Pirates a 58-40 lead with 7:53 to play. They combined to score 10 of the Pirates' 12 points in the run that gave them the 18-point lead.

'I think that's the most complete game a guard has played in this league all year,' Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said of Theodore. 'Running the game, controlling the game, shooting. He did it all. We just had to get the ball in his hands because he was going to make shots.'

All but three of them.

'Jordan Theodore played one of the better games we've seen all season. He didn't make any mistakes. He totally controlled everything and we didn't have any answers for him,' Thompson said. 'He hit a lot of open shots, but he took shots that were contested that went in. Whether we played man or zone, when a good player has a game like that, he's hard to stop.'

Greg Whittington had nine points to lead the Hoyas, who had won four of five and who would have clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament with a win. Georgetown struggled offensively as well, finishing 19 of 47 (40.4 percent) from the field, including 5 of 15 from 3-point range. It was the first time this season the Hoyas failed to have a player reach double figures.

The Hoyas won the last two meetings and six of the last seven against Seton Hall.

Fuquan Edwin and Brandon Mobley both had 10 points for Seton Hall, which led by as many as 22 points late in the game.

'It was a huge win for us,' Willard said. 'This is one of the best defensive teams in the country and to play the way we did against them is pretty impressive. ... We didn't punch our ticket yet, but we had to win this or not.'

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


No. 12 Florida Gators rally for 63-47 win over Auburn Tigers - by Eurobasket News
It was the double-digit underdog that Florida coach Billy Donovan had warned his team would be no pushover. Turns out, Donovan was more insightful than the oddsmakers.

A struggling Auburn team gave the No. 12 Gators all they could handle for about 26 minutes, but a late Florida run led to a 63-47 victory at the O'Connell Center on Tuesday night.

The Gators (22-6, 10-3 SEC) overcame a sloppy, sluggish first half that included 12 turnovers. Trailing 37-36 with 13:59 left, Florida outscored Auburn 26-4. Auburn (14-13, 4-9) scored 11 in the second half until two minutes remained.

Florida sophomore forward Will Yeguete (6'7''-F-91) sustained a hairline fracture of his left foot. Donovan said he expects him to be out for the remainder of the season, but Yeguete said doctors didn't say for sure.

The Gators had just six turnovers in the second half and made 7 of 12 3-pointers. The second-half performance was aided by a 'heartfelt' halftime talk by Donovan that the players described as, well, rough.

'This might have been the worst one since I've been here,' said senior guard Erving Walker (5'8''-G) who with 13 points moved into a tie for fourth on UF's all-time list (1,678 with Stacey Poole). 'Maybe by far actually. I don't know, something ticked him off. I guess those turnovers.'

Donovan said he spoke from his heart, challenging his team to imagine what former players, family members and ticket buyers were thinking about the way it was playing.

'We're all privileged in that locker room,' Donovan said. 'I think sometimes what gets lost is they have to understand that it means something when Florida is across the jersey to me. There's a lot of energy that went into this (building the program). We may not always play great, we may not always make every shot, we may not always play mistake-free, but we can play with a focus, passion and energy that I think the people that are here that are watching us deserve to see. And that was my thing. It's unacceptable.'

Courtesy of www.tampabay.com


Thomas, Buford power Ohio State past Illinois, 83-67 - by Eurobasket News
Last time Ohio State played at home, the Buckeyes made 14 shots the entire game. In that loss to Michigan State on Feb. 11, it took 53 attempts to get those 14 baskets.

Tuesday night, Ohio State scored its 14th basket 15 minutes into the game on a drive and high-banking floater by William Buford (6'6''-G-90). It took a total of 17 shots to reach 14 buckets this time, as the No. 8 Buckeyes went on to dominate Illinois, 83-67.

Maybe it just comes down to making shots. Or maybe it's a little more complicated than that. Maybe it's the difference of a team setting good screens, playing with energy from the opening tip, sharing the ball, getting to the right spots on the floor and letting the offense flow rather than forcing quick jumpers.

It helps when the opposition plays indifferent defense, as Illinois has been doing for weeks.

'It was good to see the ball go in early,' OSU coach Thad Matta said with a bit of relief. 'I thought we had good shots and got the ball moving and we were able to get out and get easy baskets. That was delightful to see, trust me.'

Ohio State's 65 percent shooting (32 of 49) and 54 percent shooting from 3-point range (7 of 13) isn't the recipe the Buckeyes want to follow the rest of the reason, because it didn't include much Jared Sullinger, which was fine on this night.

For just the second time this season, Sullinger was held in single digits, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting before fouling out for the first time this season. His first time under 10 points was when he scored three points in six minutes at South Carolina after hurting his foot.

'All the other parts were doing so much that they didn't have to rely on him,' Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. 'I'm sure Thad likes when they're balanced, no doubt about it.'

Weber was right, and if this wasn't the exact long-term gameplan for the Buckeyes (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten), it was the right vibe. No player took more than nine shots, with Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) leading the way with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Buford had 17 on 7-of-9 from the floor. The Buckeyes made 11 of their first 12 shots, their only miss a Sullinger post move that Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6'4''-G) Jr. followed with a put-back dunk.

'It felt great when we came out and scored at the beginning,' Buford said. 'Our problem is when we come out and we're not making shots, we need to stay together and then we need to get stops and then start making shots.'

That's a point worth remembering, which makes Tuesday's feel to the game worth remembering as well. It's always a good time to do the little things that make every shot easier. But Ohio State really needed this one.

After legitimate worries about their shooting after the Buckeyes made just 26 percent from the field in that Michigan State loss and 39 percent in Saturday's loss at Michigan, they did what they had to. Illinois (16-12, 5-10) was in even worse shape, coming in losers of eight of nine, but Weber thought the Buckeyes played with much more verve.

'Did they have a little turmoil when you lose a couple? I don't know,' Weber said, 'but they seemed very together tonight and they shared the basketball and played the game with a sense of urgency.'

Matta did tweak his rotation, playing backup point guard Shannon Scott (6'1''-PG) for 22 minutes after he didn't play him at all against Michigan State. He used Scott often with starting point guard Aaron Craft, as well. That was unusual, but Matta wanted to get another player on the court to attack on offense and create more open shots. Scott missed all five of his attempts, but he did have four assists. It's a look that could help as the postseason approaches, but Tuesday the Buckeyes were already up, 15-4, when Scott came in with 15:25 left in the first half.

It was just that kind of night for Ohio State. Now the Buckeyes have to remember how they did it.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


No. 1 Kentucky tops Mississippi St, 73-64 - by Eurobasket News
Compared to the rest of Kentucky's roster, Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90) is a dinosaur.

But the 6-foot-8 senior guard does bring the Wildcats some experience and toughness, and he scored all of his 12 points in the final eight minutes to help No. 1 Kentucky climb out of a halftime hole to beat Mississippi State 73-64 on Tuesday night.

'I just tried to focus in,' Miller said of the Wildcats' methodical second-half comeback. 'I knew we were all going to have to make plays.'

Miller's dominant stretch was punctuated by a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining that gave the Wildcats an insurmountable 71-64 lead. The close game was a rare test for Kentucky (27-1, 13-0 Southeastern Conference), which has plowed through the conference schedule with relative ease.

As usual, Miller got plenty help from the Wildcats' phenomenal freshmen. Michael Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93) scored 18 points and Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats (27-1, 13-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed 41-28 at halftime which was their biggest deficit of the season but slowly climbed back to take their first lead at 63-62 with 4:11 remaining on a layup by Kidd-Gilchrist. They never trailed again, winning their 19th straight game.

Kidd-Gilchrist scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and also added 10 rebounds for the double-double. Kentucky finished the game on a 20-4 run.

Dee Bost led Mississippi State (19-9, 6-7) with 21 points while Arnett Moultrie (6'11''-F-90) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for his SEC-leading 16th double-double of the season. It was a bitter loss for the Bulldogs, who have lost four straight games.

'There wasn't an ounce an energy they brought back to the locker room,' Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. 'They left it all out on the floor.'

It was a tense game throughout with three technical fouls, including two for the Wildcats.

That wasn't a surprise considering the recent competitive history. The programs have split the past six games in the series, and three went to overtime.

Mississippi State came into the game on a surprising three-game losing streak falling to Georgia, Auburn and LSU that has put its standing for an NCAA tournament at-large bid on shaky ground. And the Bulldogs played like a desperate team.

In front of a rowdy Humphrey Coliseum crowd, Mississippi State couldn't have asked for a much better start. Renardo Sidney nailed a 3-pointer and Bost found Moultrie for an alley-oop to take a quick 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs stretched that advantage to 25-13 on Bost's 3-pointer that danced around the rim before falling through the hoop.

While Mississippi State was cruising, Kentucky was uncharacteristically rattled.

The Wildcats couldn't get the ball inside to their talented big men, instead settling for contested shots on the perimeter. Marquis Teague was called for a technical which Mississippi State turned into a five-point swing, with Bost making both free throws and then a 3-pointer for a 34-21 lead.

Jalen Steele (6'3''-G-92) put the exclamation point on a dominant first half, knocking down a 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs their 13-point halftime lead.

'We should have been down 20,' Kentucky coach John Calipari said. 'They played outstanding and we played OK.'

The only bad news for Mississippi State was the loss of Rodney Hood, who sustained what Stansbury called a 'sprained knee' late in the first half and didn't return. The Bulldogs already had a thin playing rotation and used just six players in the second half.

It appeared to be a factor as Kentucky slowly wore Mississippi State down.

The Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to start the second half as the game turned feisty, with Kentucky's Davis and Mississippi State's Moultrie both receiving technical fouls. The Wildcats pulled within 55-53 with 7:17 left on a layup by Terrance Jones, but Mississippi State responded with a dunk from Moultrie and a 3-pointer from Bost to push the lead back to 60-53.

That's when Kentucky started its game-winning rally, finally taking the lead on a hustle play by Kidd-Gilchrist, who grabbed his own missed shot and converted the layup for a 63-62 lead

The Bulldogs never could respond. Bost scored 16 of his points in the first half, but struggled on offense once the Wildcats put the 6-foot-7 Kidd-Gilchrist on him.

'He was long and bothered me,' Bost said. 'But we got it to who we needed to get it to. We just didn't hit the shots.'

Miller's late 3-pointer in front of the Kentucky bench pushed the Wildcats over the top.

'Darius Miller is the fiber that holds that team together,' Stansbury said. 'He's the key to them.'

Courtesy of www.npr.org


K-State upsets No. 3 Missouri, improves NCAA chances - by Eurobasket News
As the final seconds ticked away in Kansas States 78-68 victory over No. 3 Missouri on Tuesday night, Jamar Samuels (6'7''-F-89) had a choice.

Samuels, a senior forward for the Wildcats, was unguarded, with nothing standing between him and the basket. He could go for a dunk that would add an exclamation point to the Wildcats best victory of the season. Or he could dribble away, pass and wait for a Missouri foul.

Decisions. Decisions.

I wanted to (dunk), just because its ESPN, Samuels said, a big grin on his face. But Im like, Nah. We have more class, so Im going to pull the ball out and just burn clock.

That choice summed up K-States victory. The Wildcats NCAA Tournament resume was good enough already for most. They left Mizzou Arena as one of college basketballs hottest teams.

Combined with a 57-56 win Saturday at Baylor, K-State 19-8 overall and 8-7 in the Big 12 has defeated top-10 teams in consecutive road games for the first time. Add last months lopsided win over Missouri in Manhattan, and the Wildcats are now playing for NCAA seeding.

Theyre also playing for things such as revenge against the Tigers, who have rubbed the Wildcats the wrong way ever since Laurence Bowers finished off an already-decided victory against K-State with a breakaway dunk here two years ago.

Samuels decided to show mercy, celebrating after the final horn.

It felt good because usually we come down here and get our heads beaten in, Samuels said. But tonight we played as a team and got the win.

It was K-States first victory at Mizzou Arena since 2007, and the first for coach Frank Martin (agency: KMG Sports Management).

Though he was more subdued with his celebration than Samuels, Martins emotions were just as high.

This is a hell of a win, he said.

And not just because of postseason implications and the teams history. K-State, perhaps for the first time since downing Missouri at the beginning of the conference season, played to its full potential.

The Wildcats shot 50 percent in the first half and led 40-30. K-State kept running in the second half and went ahead by 16, and survived Missouris biggest push with clutch baskets late.

This team was capable of doing that from the beginning of the season, Samuels said. We had our bumps in the road, but I think we are back to it.

Missouri, 25-3 overall and 12-3 in the Big 12, started making shots in transition and pulled as close as 63-60 with 6:33 remaining and 70-66 with 2:21 to go.

The Tigers, who hadnt lost at home, were in good shape to make a final push. K-State had been in this position before and allowed things to slip away. It held double-digit leads in the second half at Iowa State and Texas and didnt win.

But the Wildcats closed out a tough game at Baylor and built on that against the Tigers.

The win at Baylor gave us the focus to finish that game off, where before we hadnt done it, Martin said. We didnt do it at Iowa State. We didnt do it at Texas. Against Kansas we had a lead in the second half and just couldnt make enough plays on either end of the floor.

Not a problem this time. Angel Rodriguez found Jordan Henriquez for an alley-oop dunk, and then Henriquez made two free throws that put K-State ahead 74-66.

Before that, Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91), who scored 24 points, made several important shots including a three-pointer and a jumper that put K-State ahead by six.

Those are two big-time plays by a big-time kid in a moment where our team needed somebody to go do it, Martin said. And he did it.

McGruder said: I just wanted the ball. I was feeling it.

Several of his teammates were finding success, too. Thomas Gipson (6'7''-F-93) made six of seven shots and scored 13 points. Samuels added nine points and 11 rebounds.

It was a balanced effort that had everyone pitching in.

It had to be, because Missouri is real good, Martin said. We didnt need to be special. We just needed to be solid and play as a unit, which we did.

Missouri fell a half-game behind Kansas in the Big 12 standings, and the Jayhawks play tonight at Texas A&M. Michael Dixon (6'1''-G-90) led MU with 21 points, and Marcus Denmon (6'3''-G-90) scored 19. But Missouri shot only 38.3 percent

Their physicality just kind of got to us, Missouri coach Frank Haith said. Our guys competed hard. We fought, but youve got to give them credit in terms of the game and the way it was played tonight. It was to their advantage.

K-State will try to keep it going against Iowa State on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats might not be playing for their NCAA Tournament lives anymore, but victories mean a better seed.

This was a real good win, Gipson said. Baylor was a real good win. We just need to continue moving forward. This team is growing on and off the court and maturing. We just need to keep moving forward and not take any steps back. Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


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Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Martinez, DOM21.2 
 2. Barea, PUR21.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR17.0 
 4. Sandes, ARG15.5 
 5. Harris, MEX15.0 
 6. Magalhaes, BRA14.3 
 7. Osimani, URU14.0 
 8. Scrubb, CAN14.0 
 9. Borsellino, URU12.8 
 10. Ward, CAN12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Martinez, DOM11.4 
 2. Mata, MEX10.2 
 3. Balkman, PUR7.8 
 4. Thomas, USA7.6 
 5. Klassen, CAN7.5 
 6. Sandes, ARG7.5 
 7. Borsellino, URU6.8 
 8. Giovannoni, BRA6.0 
 9. Guzman, DOM5.8 
 10. Espinoza, ARG5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  URU
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Osimani, URU5.8 
 2. Dos Santos, BRA4.5 
 3. Barea, PUR4.4 
 4. Magalhaes, BRA3.3 
 5. Dentmon, USA3.2 
 6. Soliver, DOM3.2 
 7. Laprovittola, ARG3.0 
 8. Stoll, MEX2.8 
 9. Cequeira, ARG2.7 
 10. Gonzalez, ARG2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcelo MAGALHAES
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Magalhaes, BRA2.0 
 2. Coronado, DOM1.8 
 3. Balkman, PUR1.8 
 4. Soliver, DOM1.6 
 5. Mendez-V., MEX1.6 
 6. Dos Santos, BRA1.5 
 7. Strong, PUR1.4 
 8. Dyson, USA1.4 
 9. Pena, DOM1.4 
 10. Hobin, CAN1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Real MATA
  USA
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Mata, MEX3.2 
 2. Stiemsma, USA2.0 
 3. Felicio, BRA1.0 
 4. Balkman, PUR1.0 
 5. Becker, BRA1.0 
 6. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 7. Newsome, URU0.8 
 8. Klassen, CAN0.8 
 9. Ward, CAN0.8 
 10. Ubiles, PUR0.6 


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 DerMarr JOHNSON
  Barako B.
  (206-G-80)
  Avg: 37
 1. Johnson, Barako B.37.0 
 2. Baguio, Alaska Ac.29.0 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.23.0 
 4. Fazekas, Petron B.23.0 
 5. Bowles, B-Meg L.22.0 
 6. Caguioa, Ginebra19.0 
 7. Omolon, Air21 E.17.0 
 8. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.0 
 9. Douthit, Air21 E.16.0 
 10. Yeo, Petron Blaze15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  Ginebr.
  (216-C-80)
  Avg: 24
 1. Alexander, Ginebr.24.0 
 2. Douthit, Air21 E.17.0 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.16.0 
 4. Santos, Petron B.14.0 
 5. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.0 
 6. Caguioa, Ginebra12.0 
 7. Johnson, Barako B.11.0 
 8. Bowles, B-Meg L.10.0 
 9. Custodio, Alaska A.10.0 
 10. Simon, B-Meg Llam.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bonbon CUSTODIO
  Alaska A.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Custodio, Alaska A.6.0 
 2. Hubalde, Air21 E.5.0 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.5.0 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron5.0 
 5. Douthit, Air21 E.5.0 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.0 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska A.4.0 
 8. Johnson, Barako B.4.0 
 9. Jazul, Air21 E.4.0 
 10. Intal, B-Meg Llam.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Wynne ARBOLEDA
  Barako Bull
  (180-PG-76)
  Avg: 4
 1. Arboleda, Barako B.4.0 
 2. Yeo, Petron Blaze4.0 
 3. Johnson, Barako B.3.0 
 4. Baguio, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 5. Hubalde, Air21 E.2.0 
 6. Jazul, Air21 E.1.0 
 7. Omolon, Air21 E.1.0 
 8. Cortez, Ginebra1.0 
 9. Parada, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 10. Duncil, Air21 Exp.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Petron B.
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fazekas, Petron B.4.0 
 2. Santos, Petron B.3.0 
 3. Parada, Alaska Ac.3.0 
 4. Bowles, B-Meg L.2.0 
 5. Intal, B-Meg Llam.2.0 
 6. Devance, B-Meg L.1.0 
 7. Mamaril, Ginebra1.0 
 8. Pingris, B-Meg L.1.0 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 10. Reyes, Alaska Ac.1.0 


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  POLAND   


Gani Lawal returns to Zastal ZG - by Michal Koza
Zastal Zielona Gora and Lawal Gani (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) decided finally to reunite. American forward/center started his 2011/2012 campaign with Zastal Zielona Gora, but after 10 games returned home with hopes of getting a new deal in the NBA. After unsuccessful tryouts in the best league on the planet, Lawal signed in China and played for Xinjiang Flying Tigers. Zastal Zielona Gora needed a player with his size and strength as Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Kansas St.) did not succeed and now plays in Turkey. In his 10 games with old-new team, Lawal Gani averaged impressive stats: 16.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.4. blocks while shooting over 62% from the field. He should be able to play in a home game against Asseco Prokom Gdynia next week.

Qarraan Calhoun released from Slask Wroclaw - by Michal Koza
WKS Slask Wroclaw decided to release Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston). The 25 year-old American forward played in 24 games for his former team, he averaged 12.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 26.4 minutes of action. He was known for his explosiveness and 3-point shooting. During the All Star Game in Poland, he won a dunk contest. Lately he has complained about the level of his game affected by family matters. WKS Slask Wroclaw informed, via official website, that there will be no replacements due to this loss.

Enel Brindisi brings in Jakub Wojciechowski - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi announced signing of Jakub Wojciechowski (213-C/F-90). The Polish prospect arrives from Benetton Treviso, where he had limited playing time. He appeared just in five SerieA games averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. In EuroCup, Wojciechovski had 1.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 6 games. Jakub Wojciechowski arrived to Benetton as teenager. In 2009/10 he played on loan for UCC Casalpusterlengo and later for Brescia Leonessa. Last season Wojciechowski had 2.8 ppg and 1 rpg for 21 games in SerieA with Benetton. For 16 EuroCup games he added 4.3 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Jakub Wojciechowski very successfully played for U16, U18 and U20 Polish National Teams. He won four bronze medals with them at Division B European Championships.
Enel Brindisi also announced that Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) will move to Forli.


Confiusion with Gani Lawal - by Maciej Paszyn
Once again a subject of the return of Lawal Gani (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) to Zastal Zielona Gora has revived. 24-years old post-up player left polish team after 10 games after end of lock-out. He stayed on try-outs in San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns but after all he didn't sign a contract in the NBA. The outstanding game in Polish league (22,5 eval/game) caused that Zastal Zielona Gora managers tried to impel GL to return. After all he chose the Chinese league where received giants like to Polish conditions contract. Now when gameses ended in China management from Zastal Zielona Gora again commenced negotiations with player. Above all a height of the new contract remains one of biggest problems.

As of today it isn't possible to determine when negotiations will end and what their effect will be.


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German team Tubingen extends HC Igor Perovic - by Eurobasket News
Igor Perovic got a 2-year contract extension by the German team Walter Tigers Tuebingen. It means that the Serbian coach will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. He started coaching career with Tuebingen in 2008, after he played three years for the club. In 2009, Perovic was promoted as Head Coach.

'My family and me feel very comfortable here. Tuebingen is our second home after Belgrade. The work with management gives me much pleasure and I am thankful that the club still believed in me after the bad start', stressed Igor Perovic.

The club is very happy with the work of Perovic. 'He has done great work the last four years. Under his leadership, we want to keep the team as much as we can and still get better individually', added Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel.

As a player, Igor Perovic was a member of Wuerzburg, Lavovi and Buducnost Podgorica. He also played for Radnicki, Crvena Zvezda, Partizan and Gravelines.


A League, start of Round 20: Huge win for Mega Vizura prospects - by Eurobasket News
Round 20 of the Serbian A league for men started last night. Mega Vizura grabbed very valuable 76-70 home win against OKK Beograd keeping the second place in the league with 15-5 record. Mega Vizura played without the league's top-scorer Branko Milisavljevic, but their young prospects did an amazing job to beat their rivals in such important game. The 21-year old big guy Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) dominated under the basket collecting 18 points and 5 rebounds. One of the top Serbian prospects, 18-year-old Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket), followed with 17 points and 5 boards, while 19-year old Sasa Avramovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 16 points, 7 rebs and 4 assists. At the other side, Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) and Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points each. They had 9 and 7 rebounds respectively. OKK Beograd dropped to 10-10 after this game. With this victory Mega Vizura made a huge step forward to Superleague.
Also yesterday, Radnicki Basket was better than Zeleznicar 87-76 and Vojvodina grabbed 63-70 road win against Tamis. The round will be completed today.


A League Round 20: Vojvodina defeats Tamis in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Vojvodina (17-3) which played road game in Pancevo against 4th ranked Tamis (12-8). First ranked Vojvodina managed to get a 7-point victory 70-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tamis. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tamis won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ognjen Kuzeta (194-87) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Vojvodina's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Marko Popadic (190-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points for Tamis. Vojvodina have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Tamis at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Borac and Radnicki Basket. Vojvodina are looking forward to face league's second-placed BKK Radnicki in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tamis will play on the road against Zeleznicar in Indjija and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Twelfth-ranked Napredak Rubin (5-15) was very close to win a game against third ranked BKK Radnicki (15-5) in Beograd. BKK Radnicki managed to secure only six-point victory 85-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marko Boltic (193-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Dragan Petronic who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. BKK Radnicki's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. BKK Radnicki have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Mega Vizura. Napredak Rubin lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. BKK Radnicki will play against league's leader Vojvodina in Novi Sad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play at home against Mega Vizura (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between eighth ranked Sloga (11-9) and 14th ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-18) in Kraljevo on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Sloga outscored guests from Zrenjanin 107-75. The winners were led by Djordje Tresac who scored that evening 38 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Even 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Zoran Majkic did not help to save the game for Proleter Naftagas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sloga moved-up to seventh place. Proleter Naftagas lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Sloga will meet OKK Beograd (#9) on the road in the next round. Proleter Naftagas will play against Borac (#5) in Cacak and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Zeleznicar was beaten by Radnicki Basket on the road 87-76. Borac won against Smederevo on its own court 68-56. OKK Beograd unfortunately lost to Mega Vizura in a road game 70-76. Sloboda Uzice managed to beat Metalac at home 86-81.



BKK Radnicki - Napredak 85-79 OT

Twelfth-ranked Napredak Rubin (5-15) was very close to win a game against third ranked BKK Radnicki (15-5) in Beograd. BKK Radnicki managed to secure only six-point victory 85-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Napredak Rubin was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of BKK Radnicki, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-4. BKK Radnicki made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Napredak Rubin turnovers. Napredak Rubin was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marko Boltic (193-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four BKK Radnicki players scored in double figures. BKK Radnicki's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. BKK Radnicki have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Mega Vizura. Napredak Rubin lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. BKK Radnicki will play against league's leader Vojvodina in Novi Sad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play at home against Mega Vizura (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: A.Petrovic 19+4reb+1ast, M.Boltic 15+8reb+7ast, D.Petronic 12+13reb, D.Kitanovic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Rakonjac 7+4reb+1ast, S.Lalic 7+4reb+1ast
Napredak: S.Cupkovic 23+10reb+1ast, A.Mandic 21+8reb+2ast, V.Radmanovac 10+4reb+5ast, S.Pejovic 9+5reb+1ast, M.Radonjic 7+3reb+2ast, S.Mihajlovic 5+2reb
gschID: 147968


Tamis - Vojvodina 63-70

An interesting game for Vojvodina (17-3) which played road game in Pancevo against 4th ranked Tamis (12-8). First ranked Vojvodina managed to get a 7-point victory 70-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tamis. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tamis won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ognjen Kuzeta (194-87) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Vojvodina's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Marko Popadic (190-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) added 10 points in the effort for Tamis. Vojvodina have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Tamis at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Borac and Radnicki Basket. Vojvodina are looking forward to face league's second-placed BKK Radnicki in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tamis will play on the road against Zeleznicar in Indjija and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: D.Zekovic 20+6reb, O.Kuzeta 14+3reb+1ast, R.Markovic 9+1reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 7+7reb+1ast, D.Bunic 7+4reb+2ast, S.Stojacic 5+2reb+3ast
Tamis: M.Popadic 15, B.Jereminov 10+1reb+2ast, B.Stanojevic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Dimitrijevic 8+2ast, D.Majstorovic 7+3reb, M.Radenkovic 6+4reb
gschID: 147969


Radnicki Basket - Zeleznicar 87-76

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Radnicki Basket (12-8) beat 13th ranked Zeleznicar (4-16) in Beograd 87-76 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. Radnicki Basket forced 19 Zeleznicar turnovers. The winners were led by forward Ivan Smiljanic (198-89) who scored that evening 19 points and power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91) supported him with 18 points. Four Radnicki Basket players scored in double figures. Radnicki Basket's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points by guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Zeleznicar. Bosnian guard Vladimir Jojic (185-75) added 17 points for the guests. Radnicki Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Borac and Tamis. Zeleznicar lost sixth consecutive game. Zeleznicar at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Radnicki Basket will meet at home Sloboda (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Zeleznicar will play against Tamis in Pancevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: I.Smiljanic 19+1reb+3ast, M.Milovanovic 18+3reb+1ast, D.Djokic 11+1reb+2ast, P.Stamenkovic 10+3reb+6ast, N.Siladji 7+7reb+1ast, M.Dimic 6+2reb
Zeleznicar: M.Bojovic 20+1reb+3ast, V.Jojic 17+4reb+3ast, G.Bajic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Jerkovic 8+3reb+2ast, D.Djordjic 7+5reb+2ast, S.Gugleta 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147970


Borac - Smederevo 68-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Smederevo Vizura's (10-10) road loss to sixth ranked Borac (12-8) in Cacak 56-68 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Borac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Borac outrebounded Smederevo Vizura 49-29 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Ilija Cvetkovic (207-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) supported him with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by guard Vladimir Vlaskovic (197-77) did not help to save the game for Smederevo Vizura. Power forward Djordje Majstorovic (209-90) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Four Smederevo Vizura players scored in double figures. Borac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tamis and Radnicki Basket. Newly promoted Smederevo Vizura dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with OKK Beograd. Borac will meet bottom-ranked Proleter Naftagas (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against Metalac (#11) in Valjevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Borac: N.Todorovic 18+15reb, N.Pesakovic 13+7reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 9+1reb+6ast, D.Radovic 9+3reb, I.Cvetkovic 8+13reb+3ast, F.Pajevic 6+3reb
Smederevo: V.Vlaskovic 11+7reb+2ast, V.Popovic 11+3reb+5ast, D.Majstorovic 11+9reb, V.Svilar 10+6reb+1ast, P.Sparovic 8+1reb+3ast, N.Stefanovic 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 147965


Sloga - Proleter Naftagas 107-75

The game between eighth ranked Sloga (11-9) and 14th ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-18) in Kraljevo on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Sloga outscored guests from Zrenjanin 107-75. The game was mostly controlled by Sloga. Proleter Naftagas managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sloga forced 20 Proleter Naftagas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The winners were led by Djordje Tresac (193-87) who scored that evening 38 points (!!!) and 4 steals and American center James Tyler (218-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sloga players scored in double figures. Even 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by center Zoran Majkic (207-78, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Proleter Naftagas. Guard Stefan Atanackovic (196-84, agency: 011 Sports) added 19 points and 7 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sloga moved-up to seventh place. Proleter Naftagas lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Sloga will meet OKK Beograd (#9) on the road in the next round. Proleter Naftagas will play against Borac (#5) in Cacak and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloga: D.Tresac 38+4reb+2ast, J.Tyler 16+8reb, N.Mijatovic 15+1ast, A.Marelja 15+6reb+2ast, I.Kesar 7+6reb, V.Jacovic 6+5reb+10ast
Proleter Naftagas: S.Atanackovic 19+2reb+7ast, Z.Majkic 18+7reb+4ast, N.Knezevic 11+6reb+1ast, P.Nikolic 7+1reb, M.Martinovic 6+3reb+1ast, D.Bozovic 6+1ast
gschID: 147966


Mega Vizura - OKK Beograd 76-70

Very predictable result when third ranked Mega Vizura (15-5) won against at home 9th ranked OKK Beograd (10-10) 76-70 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-70. The winners were led by guard Sasa Avramovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Mega Vizura's coach Vlada Vukoicic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (205-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Mega Vizura have a solid three-game winning streak. Mega Vizura moved-up to second place, which they share with BKK Radnicki. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Smederevo. Mega Vizura will meet Napredak Rubin (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd will play against Sloga (#7) in Kraljevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: D.Cantekin 18+5reb+2ast, N.Miljenovic 17+5reb+3ast, S.Avramovic 16+7reb+4ast, A.Bojic 9+1reb+2ast, N.Vujovic 6+4reb, S.Matovic 6+11reb+3ast
OKK Beograd: N.Bezbradica 15+7reb, N.Misanovic 15+9reb, V.Malidzan 12+1reb+6ast, F.Sepa 7+6reb+2ast, J.Koprivica 6+2reb, M.Suzic 6+3reb
gschID: 147967


Sloboda Uzice - Metalac 86-81

Everything could happen in Uzice at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Sloboda and 11th ranked Metalac had identical 7-12 record. This time Sloboda used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Valjevo 86-81 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Metalac won third quarter 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by forward Ivan Kuburovic (203-81) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 18 points and 7 assists. Four Sloboda players scored in double figures. Even 20 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) by Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Metalac. Forward Stefan Balmazovic (202-89) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sloboda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 8-12 record. Loser Metalac keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Sloboda will meet higher ranked Radnicki Basket (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Metalac will play against Smederevo Vizura (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: I.Kuburovic 21+6reb+3ast, M.Rakic 18+7ast, N.Popovic 15+5reb+1ast, N.Arnautovic 12+3reb+1ast, B.Andjic 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Djuric 6+3reb+1ast
Metalac: B.Bakic 20+3reb+2ast, S.Balmazovic 14+6reb+2ast, N.Micevic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Ljubojevic 9+6reb, D.Kruscic 7+1ast, D.Djukanovic 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 147964




Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Vojvodina 17-3 
 2. BKK Radnicki 15-5 
 3. Mega Vizura 15-5 
 4. Radnicki Basket 12-8 
 5. Borac 12-8 
 6. Tamis 12-8 
 7. Sloga 11-9 
 8. Smederevo 10-10 
 9. OKK Beograd 10-10 
 10. Sloboda Uzice 8-12 
 11. Metalac 7-13 
 12. Napredak 5-15 
 13. Zeleznicar 4-16 
 14. Proleter Naftagas 2-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki K.


Borac Mozzart lands experienced point guard - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Borac Mozzart lands experienced point guard Sasa Ocokoljic (183-PG-76, agency: BeoExcell). Ocokoljic started this season in Feni Industrija Kavadarci and on 5 games in Balkan league average scored 7.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, on 11 games in Macedonian league average scored 6.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. During the career Ocokoljic played for Borac Cacak, Balkan Steel, OKK Beograd, Ricoh Astronauts Amsterdam, Banvit, CSU-Asesoft Ploiesti, Sport Lisboa Benfica, Hapoel Ironi Nahariya, KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac, Keravnos Strovolou and PBG Basket Poznan.

What is going on in Vrsac? - by Ivan Milenkovic
Hemofarm Stada managed to break many records in Wednesday's Adriatic league game against Cibona. Unfortunately, only negative records.

It is normal for team with 5-14 record, in downtrend, to lose against team with 10-9 record, in uptrend. Even at home. But, to lose with almost 50 points difference (55-98) is not normal. After all, bookmakers - who should be most objective in estimating team's chances to win the game - had Cibona as 1,5 points favourite only.

What happened in Vrsac on Wednesday? In two words - Hemofarm's humiliation. Home team scored first basket of the game, but Cibona was already 2-10 up after less than 3 minutes. It was first sign that it could be long day for Hemofarm. After 7-12 on the scorboard, another 0-10 run of Cibona happened - for 15 points difference after less than 7 minutes. After first quarter, score was 10-29. After 12 minutes of play, it was already 27-point game after new 0-11 run. Difference was increasing incredibly fast and scoreboard after first half was showing amazing result - 17-61. Croatian team ended first 20 minutes with 2-21 run.

It must have been the worst half of any team in history of Adriatic league. Hemofarm's numbers at halftime were - 5/13 free throws, 6/13 for 2 points, 0/11 for 3 points. Their index rating was -1. But, although it is difficult to believe in that, their defense was even worse than their offense! Cibona's players could have done whatever they wanted to do!

During last period, team from Zagreb twice had +48, but somehow failed to pass 50 points difference and also failed to score more than 100 points.
Obviously, many Hemofarm players had incredible +/- numbers. Nikola Otasevic -29 in only 14 minutes, Ivan Maras -30 in 23 minutes, Mladen Jeremic -37 in 27 minutes, Marko Sutalo -42 (!!!) in 26 minutes.

Main question is: was this scandalous defeat only really really really bad day or start of the end for one of best Serbian teams in this century? Hemofarm entered this season with multiple times lower budget than in previous seasons. Many players left team during offseason. Their roster at start of the season had 7 experienced players, most of others had no experience in senior basketball. During the first part of the season, there were rumours that their best player will be sold. Hemofarm's sports director said that it will not happen. However, on January 15th, Boris Savovic signed for Galatasaray. On January 21st, coach Zeljko Lukajic (agency: Beo Basket ) resigned. Couple of days later, 6 remaining experienced players received news that they can leave Vrsac and sign for new teams if they find them. It was clear after that news why coach decided to leave although he didn't want to talk about his reasons. Players decided to stay. At least for now.
It is also known that Stada is not interested in basketball club. Whether they will sell Hemofarm basketball club to someone who wants to keep top level basketball in Vrsac or Hemofarm will continue to play with low budget teams (even lower budget than this season), it remains to be seen in months to come.

For now, Hemofarm only suffered their heaviest defeat in Adriatic league and also heaviest defeat in their ''Millennium''. ''Only'' because club's future is not clear and these defeats could be small price to pay if Hemofarm returns to days when they were fighting for domestic and also international trophies.


Tresac's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old Djordje Tresac (193-SF-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sloga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 38 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Sloga in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Proleter Naftagas (#14, 2-18) with 32-point margin 107-75. Sloga is placed at 7th position in Serbian league. Sloga 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 11-9 record. In the team's last game Tresac had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He just recently signed at Sloga, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Djordje Tresac averages this season 18.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nemanja Todorovic (205-C/F-91) of Borac. He is a in his second season at Borac. In the last game Todorovic recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Borac cruised to a 68-56 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Smederevo (#8, 10-10). This victory allowed Borac to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Todorovic is well-known at Borac and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Sloga's star - center James Tyler (218-C-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management). Tyler scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Sloga, helping his team with a 107-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Proleter Naftagas (#14, 2-18). Sloga needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Tyler has a great season in Serbia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 74.4%. Tyler attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of BKK Radnicki - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88) of Napredak - 23 points and 10 rebounds
6. Aco Mandic (204-C/F-84) of Napredak - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84) of Proleter Naftagas - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-72) of BKK Radnicki - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Dragan Petronic (206-F/C-82) of BKK Radnicki - 12 points and 13 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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Workman Mind frame - by Louis Johnson
Hello world its been a minute sorry I've been gone. As in my earlier blogs I told you the season would have its ups and downs. The roller-coaster is reaching its end and we are moving towards our peak. It has been a long season, wins loses fusses fights, the making of a great season. There is now 3 games left for my club in the regular season, we have been through the fire. We have experienced defeat in the worst way we have escaped with victory many nights, we fight every night and we battle as a team. I am feeling very confident in the guys in the locker room with me, we all want to win so badly. We practice against each other everyday so hard that when its time for a real game we are like hungry dogs, starving for a win. Some nights we satisfy our hunger for victory some nights we come up short but we fight, we fight, we fight until every man is spent (Red Tails Remix lol).The playoffs will be here in the blink of an eye, and I am positive everybody is ready compete at the highest level. WE are up for the challenge to face any team in this league, home or on the road! The playoffs will be very interesting and anyone can lose on any given night. I am excited to see how the season will end and what seed we will get. We are preparing for the playoffs NOW, every game and every practice. I feel we are always the underdog and always underestimated, but we are prepared to go to war with ANY team in this league, and we will be prepared to engage in competitive combat. Komarno will be a tough out for anybody!!!!!! We've lost some games we've won some games, but through victory and through defeat we've always kept the same workman mentality. On most teams the Americans play for stats and that's in any country, lets be quite frank that's how we stay with jobs. On this team we play for WINS and that is the great equalizer everybody wants a winner. We follow our leader Johnathan Jones as he goes we go and he has a great supporting cast, anybody can go off any given night, personally I feel he is one of the most underrated guards in Europe and has been playing with a chip on his shoulder all season. If he so happens to stumble I and and WE as a team will be there to pick him up. Last year in Spisska I was in this same position and I felt the sour taste of an early 2nd round exit. This year I am hungry and more determined than ever to make ALL the winning plays, plays that don't show up in the stat sheet. Weather that is being a energy, a scorer, a re-bounder, a defender, I plan on trying to make all the right plays down the stretch to help this club win games. Always been the one counted out, never counted in remember this moment, it's all about winning if you don't think so you lost. I've been working and working quietly I'm READY ARE YOU????? Until then Chao world tune in to your boy on twitter: @BigLou_LJ catch me in the gym putting in work. #iJustWantToWin

Banska Bystrica land Marcus Neal - by Eurobasket News
Banska Bystrica strengthened their backcourt. They signed a deal with Marcus Neal (196-G-86, agency: TSS Management, college: Delaware St.). The guard started the season in Hungary. He played for Kanizsa in B Division. Last season Marcus Neal spent in FYR Macedonia. The guard had a stint with ABA Strumica. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per appearance.


Extraliga Round 33: Prievidza edges SKP Banska Bystrica by one point - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Extraliga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Eighth-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (7-22) made lots of trouble for first ranked Prievidza (20-9) on Wednesday. The visitors from Prievidza managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 30-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Prievidza forced 19 SKP Banska Bystrica turnovers. Strangely SKP Banska Bystrica outrebounded Prievidza 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by SKP Banska Bystrica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St.) chipped in 26 points. Prievidza's coach Johan Roijakkers used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Prievidza maintains first place with 20-9 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Vahostav-Zilina. Prievidza are looking forward to face Svit (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against the league's second-placed Nitra in Nitra and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Komarno. Third ranked Komarno faced 4th placed Handlova. Host Komarno (19-10) smashed guests from Handlova (16-14) 92-72. It was a good game for American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Sinisa Bilic contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Komarno's coach Frantisek Ron allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) answered with 23 points for Handlova. Komarno have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Nitra. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nova Ves. Komarno will play against Levice (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Handlova will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Svit (15-14) outscored 9th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (7-22) 98-67 on Wednesday night. Martins Berkis stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Dejan Stojanovic with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Svit maintains sixth place with 15-14 record. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. They share it with B.Bystrica. Svit will meet league's leader Prievidza on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vahostav-Zilina will play against Nova Ves (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 33 Levice was crushed by Nova Ves in a road game 86-67.



B.Bystrica - Prievidza 98-99

Eighth-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (7-22) made lots of trouble for first ranked Prievidza (20-9) on Wednesday. The visitors from Prievidza managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 30-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Prievidza forced 19 SKP Banska Bystrica turnovers. Strangely SKP Banska Bystrica outrebounded Prievidza 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by SKP Banska Bystrica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St.) chipped in 26 points. Five Prievidza players scored in double figures. Prievidza's coach Johan Roijakkers used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Marcus Neal (196-86, college: Delaware St., agency: TSS Management) added 26 points and 4 assists respectively. Prievidza maintains first place with 20-9 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Vahostav-Zilina. Prievidza are looking forward to face Svit (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against the league's second-placed Nitra in Nitra and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: P.Guede 26, B.Davis 20+3reb+1ast, S.Phillips 18+7reb+11ast, D.Godbold 13+8reb, L.Potter 11+6reb, C.Pelle 4+2reb+1ast
B.Bystrica: M.Neal 26+2reb+4ast, B.Koczkas 24+4reb+2ast, M.Kitts 21+19reb+1ast, V.Hovanak 9+4reb+1ast, A.Vuletic 8+13reb+2ast, R.Grznar 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 139228


Komarno - Handlova 92-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Komarno. Third ranked Komarno faced 4th placed Handlova. Host Komarno (19-10) smashed guests from Handlova (16-14) 92-72. Handlova was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-30 second half run of Komarno. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 38 and made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Komarno forced 19 Handlova turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. Komarno's coach Frantisek Ron allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) answered with 23 points and the other American import forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Handlova. Komarno have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Nitra. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nova Ves. Komarno will play against Levice (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Handlova will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Komarno: S.Bilic 24+2reb+5ast, L.Johnson 24+11reb+1ast, D.Keller 18+10reb+2ast, L.Dubovsky 10+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 7+1reb+8ast, P.Szabo 5+2reb+1ast
Handlova: A.Jones 23+3reb+3ast, S.Hampton 13+3reb, I.Barisic 9+5reb+1ast, M.Madaj 8+4reb, J.Green 8+10reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 139229


Nova Ves - Levice 86-67

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Levice (13-17) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Nova Ves (16-14) 86-67 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Nova Ves. Levice managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nova Ves dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 34. Nova Ves forced 21 Levice turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International center Michal Batka (204-87) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) chipped in 11 points and 17 assists. Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was international forward Richard Urland (195-84) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levice's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nova Ves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Handlova. Newly promoted Levice keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Nova Ves will meet bottom-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Levice will play against Komarno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: M.Batka 28+3reb+1ast, P.Losonsky 18+4reb, S.Baldovsky 13+4reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 11+3reb+17ast, J.Moupegnou 8+7reb, R.Becarik 4+1ast
Levice: R.Urland 17+5reb+1ast, K.Bridgewaters 12+6reb+4ast, C.Hallett 12+3reb+1ast, M.Bernard 11+6reb+2ast, R.Klein 9+4reb+2ast, L.Stojanov 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 139230


Svit - Vahostav-Zilina 98-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Svit (15-14) outscored 9th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (7-22) 98-67 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Svit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Vahostav-Zilina turnovers. Svit looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Svit made 7 blocks. Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: Warren Sports International) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Svit players scored in double figures. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) with 26 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jan Zavodny (187-87) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Svit maintains sixth place with 15-14 record. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. They share it with B.Bystrica. Svit will meet league's leader Prievidza on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vahostav-Zilina will play against Nova Ves (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Svit: M.Berkis 23+10reb+5ast, J.Jefferson 20+5reb, J.Mascoll 14+4reb+2ast, K.Henderson 12+3reb+3ast, P.Cosic 11+4reb+5ast, I.Cvitanovic 8+6reb+1ast
Vahostav-Zilina: D.Stojanovic 26+8reb, J.Zavodny 9+7reb+4ast, J.Petras 8+4reb+2ast, M.Podhorsky 7+3reb+3ast, D.Chambers 6+2ast, M.Nizny 4
gschID: 139227




Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Prievidza 20-9 
 2. Nitra 19-10 
 3. Komarno 19-10 
 4. Nova Ves 16-14 
 5. Handlova 16-14 
 6. Svit 15-14 
 7. Levice 13-17 
 8. B.Bystrica 7-22 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 7-22 


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  SLOVENIA   


Bench players key in Zlatorog's victory - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog beat local rival Hopsi 84-65 in the opening game of Telemach League Round 17. They lead 32-23 in the second quarter, but Hopsi cut the deficit to one, 44-45, early in the third period. Zlatorog responded with a crucial 19-4 run to go ahead 64-48 and its lead never dipped under double figures for the rest of was. Not only did Zlatorogs reserves outscore its startees 48-36, they outscored Hopsis starters 48-36. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) scored 14 points including four 3-pointers wihout a miss, Miha Lapornik and Grega both came off the bench for 12 points each and Alen Omic added 11 points. Hopsi was led by Dejan Hohler with game-high 23 points and Jasonn Hannibal scored 11 points.

Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 14-2 
 2. Zlatorog 12-4 
 3. Elektra 12-4 
 4. Sentjur 11-6 
 5. Rogaska 8-8 
 6. Maribor Messer 8-8 
 7. Polzela 8-9 
 8. Geoplin Slovan 6-10 
 9. LTHcast Mercator 1-15 
 10. Parklji 1-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.8 
 2. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 3. Rizvic, Parklji16.5 
 4. Prepelic, Helios15.8 
 5. Maric, Sentjur14.5 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.1 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska13.9 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.7 
 9. Hohler, Polzela13.4 
 10. Luznar, Parklji13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rizvic, Parklji9.3 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.9 
 3. Djugum, Geoplin7.8 
 4. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.7 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur7.4 
 6. Mucic, Maribor6.9 
 7. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.8 
 8. Maric, Sentjur6.5 
 9. Sviridov, Polzela6.4 
 10. Soldo, LTHcast6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.4 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.0 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 5. Hohler, Polzela3.6 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska3.4 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.3 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra3.3 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
 10. Gay, Helios3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.9 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.9 
 5. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 6. Gay, Helios1.7 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 8. Maric, Sentjur1.6 
 9. Lelic, Elektra1.5 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.3 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.2 
 4. Sebic, Sentjur0.9 
 5. Omic, Zlatorog0.9 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin0.8 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Rizvic, Parklji0.7 
 9. Primorac, Sentjur0.7 
 10. Cresnar, Helios0.7 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


SK Knights end Promy Win Streak, thanks to questionable non-calls - by Kevin Campigotto
The Wonju Dongbu Promy had little to play for coming into Wednesday night's matchup against the Seoul SK Knights. They've already clinched the regular season title while the knights sit firmly in ninth place. The first half of the game appeared to demonstrate this lackadaisical approach as Wonju was outscored 47 to 29 in the first half. While the final score was 91-77 for the Knights the big story was the abysmal refereeing in the 4th quarter which resulted in 3 technical fouils against the Promy, the ejetcion of their star forward Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79), and the end of their comeback.

The Promy came out hot in the third quarter and cut the 20 point deficient to 7 by the end of the quarter. Ahn Jae-Wook (175-G-87) appeared to have made an error when he launched a half court shot with nearly 3 seconds remaining but the prayer banked in as the horn sounded.

Heading into the fourth Johnson and Benson both had 4 fouls. After Benson was fouled by Johnson on back to back trips down the court with no foul called he earned himself a technical by protesting. The questionable calls continued as Promy forward Kim Joo-Sung was clearly hacked on their next two offensive possessions but didn't get the calls. Seoul extended the lead back to 13 and after Kim Joo-Sung was hammered on the arm and lost the ball, again no foul came and he was handed two technicals for protesting and was ejected. Shorty thereafter, both their foreigners and fans were treated to a few minutes of scrimmage

Johnson Alexander (208-F-83, college: Florida St.) finished the game with a stellar line of 30 points, 15 rebounds and Benson Rodrique (207-F/C-84, college: California) and Kim Joo-Sung both contributed 22 points, with Benson adding 14 rebounds.



KBL Round 54: SK Knights defeat leader Dongbu Promy - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Dongbu Promy (42-8) in Seoul on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked SK Knights (18-32) 91-77. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The game was mostly controlled by SK Knights. Dongbu Promy managed to win third quarter 28-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SK Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu Promy's 44. It was a good game for American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. The former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SK Knights moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Goyang Orions. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face higher ranked LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Anyang KGC (35-15) against eighth ranked Goyang Orions (18-32) on Tuesday night. Visiting Anyang KGC was defeated by Goyang Orions in Daegu 83-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Jin-Soo Choi chipped in 30 points and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Daniels (211-84) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Goyang Orions maintains eighth position with 18-32 record, which they share with SK Knights. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Goyang Orions will play against higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sonic Boom KT (30-20) against tenth ranked Samsung Thunders (12-38) on Tuesday night. Visiting Sonic Boom KT was edged by Samsung Thunders in a tough game in Seoul 77-80. Ira Clark notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Sang-Oh Park did not help to save the game for Sonic Boom KT. Samsung Thunders maintains tenth position with 12-38 record. Loser Sonic Boom KT keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Samsung Thunders will meet higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sonic Boom KT will play against Goyang Orions in Daegu and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a road victory of eighth ranked LG Sakers (19-32) who smashed 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (25-25) by 24 points 83-59. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Mobis Phoebus. The best player for the winners was Aaron Haynes who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LG Sakers moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the fifth position with 25 games lost. LG Sakers' next round opponent will be SK Knights (#9) in Seoul.



SK Knights - Dongbu Promy 91-77

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Dongbu Promy (42-8) in Seoul on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked SK Knights (18-32) 91-77. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The game was mostly controlled by SK Knights. Dongbu Promy managed to win third quarter 28-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SK Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu Promy's 44. It was a good game for American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. The former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) added 22 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SK Knights moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Goyang Orions. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face higher ranked LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 22+4reb+4ast, R.Benson 22+14reb, J.Ahn 14+1reb+3ast, J.Hwang 6+1reb+3ast, H.Yoon 5+5reb+1ast, M.Suk 4
SK Knights: A.Johnson 30+15reb, M.Kim 20+5reb+1ast, S.Lee 13+3reb+5ast, W.Kim 11+1reb+2ast, H.Joo 8+3reb+6ast, J.Han 5
gschID: 145865


Goyang Orions - Anyang KGC 83-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Anyang KGC (35-15) against eighth ranked Goyang Orions (18-32) on Tuesday night. Visiting Anyang KGC was defeated by Goyang Orions in Daegu 83-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. The game without a history. Goyang Orions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Goyang Orions players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) chipped in 30 points and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Daniels (211-84) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Goyang Orions maintains eighth position with 18-32 record, which they share with SK Knights. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Goyang Orions will play against higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: C.Daniels 25+18reb+1ast, C.Park 19+1reb+4ast, M.Uhjah 8+3reb, J.Lee 5+8reb+1ast, S.Park 5+1reb+1ast, I.Kim 4+2reb+1ast
Goyang Orions: J.Choi 30+2reb+5ast, C.Williams 23+9reb+8ast, D.Sandrin 8+11reb+3ast, M.Kim 8+5reb+1ast, J.Chun 5+1reb+2ast, S.Min 2
gschID: 145862


Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 80-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sonic Boom KT (30-20) against tenth ranked Samsung Thunders (12-38) on Tuesday night. Visiting Sonic Boom KT was edged by Samsung Thunders in a tough game in Seoul 77-80. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Samsung Thunders made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) did not help to save the game for Sonic Boom KT. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) added 17 points and 7 rebounds. Samsung Thunders maintains tenth position with 12-38 record. Loser Sonic Boom KT keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Samsung Thunders will meet higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sonic Boom KT will play against Goyang Orions in Daegu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: S.Park 26+5reb+4ast, R.Okosa 17+7reb+3ast, S.Cho 10+3reb+3ast, H.Kim 9+8reb, Y.Song 7+1reb+2ast, D.Cho 6+3reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 41+13reb+1ast, K.Lee 18+3ast, E.Sandrin 14+5reb+3ast, S.Kim 3+2reb+9ast, H.Hu 3+2reb+1ast, K.Ngi 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145863


Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 59-83

We should not miss a road victory of eighth ranked LG Sakers (19-32) who smashed 5th ranked Mobis Phoebus (25-25) by 24 points 83-59. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Mobis Phoebus. The game without a history. LG Sakers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game, while Mobis Phoebus only scored four points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Mobis Phoebus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Hyun-Soo Byun (185-86) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four LG Sakers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LG Sakers moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the fifth position with 25 games lost. LG Sakers' next round opponent will be SK Knights (#9) in Seoul.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 14+14reb+2ast, D.Yang 12+5reb+6ast, C.Song 11+2reb, J.Ham 7+3reb+3ast, G.Park 6+3reb+1ast, D.Ryang Kim 4+4reb+1ast
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 28+13reb+2ast, I.Baek 11+1reb, H.Byun 11+6reb+6ast, G.Stevenson 10+4reb+4ast, C.Song 9+1reb, H.Park 4+1ast
gschID: 145864




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  SPAIN   


Lubos Barton joins Joventut - by Eurobasket News
Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) will remain in Spain. The forward inked a deal with Joventut. The Czech player recently parted ways with Fuenlabrada. Lubos Barton is not new to Joventut. The forward played for the team back in 2005/2008 seasons. The Czech forward joined Fuenlabrada back in 2010. He averaged 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds per EuroChallenge game this season. In ACB Lubos Barton tallied 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per appearance. Lubos Barton previously also had stints with Barcelona, Lottomatica Roma, Bologna. The forward has been the member of Czech National Team since 1998.



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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sodertalje 20-10 
 2. Norrkoping 19-11 
 3. LF Basket 18-12 
 4. Sundsvall 18-12 
 5. Boras 17-14 
 6. Uppsala 17-14 
 7. Solna 16-14 
 8. 08 14-16 
 9. Jamtland 11-20 
 10. Eco Orebro 2-29 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.3 
 2. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.7 
 3. Krayem, Boras18.4 
 4. Palm, Boras18.1 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje18.0 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket17.4 
 7. Gunnarsson, Solna16.7 
 8. McKnight, Boras16.7 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland16.3 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Palm, Boras10.5 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.4 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.0 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket9.6 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje9.0 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland8.6 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro8.2 
 9. Stamper, Jamtland8.1 
 10. McKnight, Boras8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.1 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.3 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.8 
 5. Carter, Uppsala5.4 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.8 
 7. Beck, Solna4.3 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland4.2 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.9 
 10. Eriksson, Uppsala3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.0 
 6. Krayem, Boras1.9 
 7. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 8. Ramsey, LF Basket1.7 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
 10. Zabas, Jamtland1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket1.7 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala1.7 
 4. Gregory, Sundsvall1.5 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.4 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.2 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 8. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping0.9 
 10. Palm, Boras0.8 


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  SWITZERLAND   


George Odufuwa leaves BBC Monthey - by Luca Maffioli
George Odufuwa (203-F-88, agency: New Trend Agency, college: N.Texas) is no longer a player of BBC Monthey. The Nigerian center signed a deal with the Swiss club to replace the injured player Sean Finn. He averaged 7.0 points ( FGP : 63.2%, FT : 50.0% ), 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in four Swiss LNA games. Graduated at University of North Texas, he started this season in Ukraine - Superleague with Politekhnika-Halychyna.

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  TAIWAN   


2012 SBL All-Star Weekend in Kaohsiung - by Chris Wang
The SBL All-Star Weekend will be held in the southern port city of Greater Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, for the first time from Feb. 25-26.

Due to various reasons, the All-Star Game was not held during the past two years.

Former NBA player Felix Noel (205-C/F-81, college: Fresno St.) led all players in the All-Star voting. The results are listed as follows:

Blue Team
- Starters
Felix Noel (Dacin) 16.2p, 8.5rb, 2.6blk
Tien Lei (Dacin) 14.5p, 6.8rb
Chou Po-chen (Yulon) 10.9p, 6.6rb
Wang Chih-chun (Dacin) 4.4p
Chen Chih-chung (Yulon) 10.3p, 4.7a
- Substitutes
Lee Chi-yi (Yulon) 4.5p
Lin Yi-hui (Dacin) 10.8p, 4.9rb
Lu Cheng-ju (Yulon) 17.5p
Chou Shih-yuan (Yulon) 8p
Hsu Hao-cheng (Dacin) 5.4p
Shan Wei-fan (KKL) 14.4p, 4.4rb
Elbert Fuqua (KKL) 15.3p, 12.3rb

White Team
- Starters
Quincy Davis (PY) 19.6p, 12.3rb, 2.6blk
Chang Jung-hsuan (TM) 9.1p
Chen Hsin-an (PY) 11.1p, 4.9rb, 3.4a
Wu Yung-jen (TB) 3.3p, 3rb, 2.4a
Yang Yu-ming (TB) 4.3p
- Substitutes
John Vaudreuil (BOT) 15.1p, 11.9rb
Doug Creighton (PY) 11.4, 4.5rb
Ge Chih-hao (PY) 10.5p, 3.2rb, 3.4a
Su Yi-chieh (TM) 10.6p, 3.9rb, 5.7a
He Shou-cheng (TB) 12p, 4.4rb
Chen Shun-hsiang (BOT) 18.7p
Yang Chin-min (TB) 17.6p, 5.3rb, 1.9s


Hsu Hao-cheng (Dacin) and John Vaudreuil (BOT) were added to the roster after Chang Chih-feng ann Chien Chia-hung pulled out of the game due to injury.

In my opinion, this voting system is seriously flawed as it already became only a popularity contest.

Wang Chih-chun of Dacin made the starting lineup as point guard despite he averaged only 4.4 points. Same things happened to guards on the White Team. Wu Yung-jen (3.3p) and Yang Yu-ming (4.3p) made the starting lineups although they did not even start on Taiwan Beer.

Numbers don't tell all the stories, but this is getting ridiculous.

There were a number of notable omissions, such as Cheng Jen-wei of Taiwan Beer (12.2p, 7.7rb), Chen Ching-huan of Taiwan Mobile (11.3p, 4.6rb) and Hsu Chih-chang of Bank of Taiwan (15.6p, 8.7rb).

Ryan Wright (20.1p, 14.7rb) and Yulon's Kevin Johnson (19.1p, 16.3rb) were not selected either. Since that the league wouldn't want to place all seven import players on the All-Star Team, it's probably understandable.

Kibwe Trim of Taiwan Beer is averaging 16.2p and 12.2 rebounds. I think he was overlooked because he has played only four games with the team.

Side events such as the slam-dunk contest and three-point shootout will be held during the weekend.


SBL news - Feb. 22, 2012 - by Chris Wang
- SBL imports
Import players have been putting up impressive numbers this season. And Taiwan Beer finally settled with Trim Kibwe (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart) as its import after testing three or four guys since the start of the season.

According to the SBL regulation, import players could not be replaced after the deadline of Feb. 12.

The league raised the maximum height of import players from 6-7 to 6-9 this year, which I think was the primary reason the imports have been blocking more shots.

However, as I stated before, some people have started to question the true height of some imports, such as Elbert Fuqua and Trim Kibwe. They were both listed taller than 6-9 in the past.

Ryan Wright (TM) 20.1p, 14.7rb, 1.9s
Noel Felix (Dacin) 16.2p, 8.5rb, 2.6rb
Elbert Fuqua (KKL) 15.3p, 12.3rb
Quincy Davis (PY) 19.6p, 12.3rb, 2.6blk
John Vaudreuil (BOT) 15.1p, 11.9rb
Kevin Johnson (Yulon) 19.1p, 16.3rb, 1.9blk
Trim Kibwe (TB) 16.2p, 12.2rb

- Taichung becomes PY's home city
The SBL is making another attempt at establishing a home court system, which has already been adopted by other countries for a long time.

Pure Youth Construction Group signed a contract with the central city of Taichung this week and from now on the team will be known as Taichung Pure Youth. It became the second SBL team to collaborate with a city this season after Yulon Luxgen signed a similar contract with New Taipei City, where the team's mother company Yulon Group is located.

Taiwanese basketball leagues and teams have failed many times before trying to adopt the home court system.

Due to the lack of qualified venues around the nation and lack of connection and identification with the teams due to the small size of the country, it has been difficult for local basketball fans to relate to specific teams.

However, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) President Ting Shou-chung insisted on giving another shot at the system, which he said would benefit the league and its teams in the long run.

- Week 7 MVP
Lu Cheng-ju of Yulon Luxgen was named Week 7 MVP after leading the team to a pair of victories with the average of 22 points in those games.

Lu came out of injury and help Yulon snap Pure Youth's 9-game winning streak during the week and the runner-up ranking with 11 wins and 5 losses.

Lu won the first weekly honor of his SBL career.

- Chang out of season
Dacin guard Chang Chih-feng tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee and will be out of the season.

MRI report showed that Chang tore the ligament when he went up for a rebound and fell to the floor in the game against Taiwan Beer and it would require at least a year for post-surgery rehabilitation.

Dacin, which fell to third-place with 10-6 at the All-Star break, will need to find someone to replace Chang in the starting lineup and his 12.3 points per game.


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  TURKEY   


EuroChallenge: Antwerp overcame Karsiyaka in Group L - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Karsiyaka 89:67


Antwerp overcame Karsiyaka in EuroChallenge Group L. The Turksih team remained alive for the next stage after 89:67 victory. Both teams are with 2-3 records before the final round.
The game was mostly controlled by Antwerp Giants. Karsiyaka was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Karsiyaka's 36.
Karsiyaka managed to close the gap in the final quarter as Antwerp turned to their bench, but there was never any threat of them making it a contest once again.

Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) responded with 28 points and Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points.

Antwerp: Timothy Black 22, Darnell Wilson 15, Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) 14, Salah Mejri (216-C-86) 14
Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 28, Jovo Stanojevic 19




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


V.I. Basketball Federation 2012 Activity Calendar - by David Edole
V.I. Basketball Federation 2012 Activity Calendar
OFFICIAL as of February 22, 2012


March TBD, 2012
VIBF General Meeting
St. Croix, VI

May 31 June 10, 2012**
Senior Women National Team Camp**
St. Croix, Virgin Islands

June-July 2012
CBC U15 Men & Women
(Born January 1, 1997 or after) Site TBA

June 12-16, 2012**
Centro Basket Senior Women Championship**
Morovis, Puerto Rico

June 1-16, 2012**
Senior Men National Team Camp**
St. Croix, Virgin Islands

June 18-24, 2012**
Centro Basket Senior Men Championship**
Puerto Rico

June 1-14, 2012**
U-18 Men National Team Camp
St. Croix, Virgin Islands

June 16-20, 2012**
FIBA Americas U-18 Male Championship
Born January 1, 1994 or After in Mineas Gerais, Brazil


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  UKRAINE   


Justin Love gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Justin Love (189-G-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Odessa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 33-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and three assists for BC Odessa in his team's victory, helping them to beat Azovmash (18-10) 94-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. BC Odessa maintains the 4th position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Odessa will need more victories to improve their 18-10 record. Love turned to be BC Odessa's top player in his first season with the team. Justin Love averages this season 15.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Khimik. Mitchell impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Khimik to edge the lower-ranked Mykolaiv (#10, 11-18) by 3 points 90-87. This victory allowed Khimik to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mitchell is a newcomer at Khimik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#7). He also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another BC Odessa's star - Vincentian Shawn King (208-C-82). King showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of BC Odessa, helping his team with a 94-88 win against #3 ranked Azovmash in a game of the week. BC Odessa needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 10 lost games. King has a great season in Ukraine. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 60.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Walker (186-PG-86) of Hoverla - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. R.T. Guinn (208-C-81) of Ferro-ZNTU - 25 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84) of Hoverla - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of DniproAzot - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79) of Azovmash - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Mike Davis (205-F-88) of Ferro-ZNTU - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83) of Azovmash - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Solomon is out of the game again - by Alexander Muzyka
The game vs BC Odesa this Wednesday was probably the last for the key player of Cherkasy Monkeys Willie Solomon (187-G-78). He scored 17 points before had got an injury at the third quarter. Guard was immediately driven to hospital. 'I'm afraid Solomon is out of the game for a three weeks or maybe till the end of the season', Monkeys head coach Volodymyr Kholopov said. The situation is very bad: Monkeys have injured Panchenko and Timermanis now, too.
At least, this club won't pe represented at the All Star Day (feb. 25 in Kyiv). Solomon was the only Cherkasy player who has been voted to play in the main game. 3points shot contest, dunk contest and guards' contest weren't filled by any Monkeys players.


Superleague Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Thirteenth-ranked Cherkasy (7-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked BC Odessa (19-10) on Wednesday. The visitors from Odessa managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Odessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Odessa made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) contributed with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. BC Odessa's coach Oleg Yushkin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Cherkasy. BC Odessa have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. Cherkasy lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost.
The game between 10th ranked Mykolaiv (11-19) and eighth ranked Dnipro (16-13) in Mykolaiv ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Dnepropetrovsk beat Mykolaiv 95-84. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Qyntel Woods (203-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds and Maxym Korniyenko who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side American center Daniel McClintock (212-77, college: N.Arizona) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Mykolaiv's coach Leonid Shimansky rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro maintains eighth position with 16-13 record. Mykolaiv lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost.

In the last two games of round 28 Ferro-ZNTU was beaten by Azovmash on the road 96-86. Khimik won against Kryvbasbasket on its own court 99-95.



Cherkasy - BC Odessa 83-84

Thirteenth-ranked Cherkasy (7-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked BC Odessa (19-10) on Wednesday. The visitors from Odessa managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Odessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Odessa made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. BC Odessa's coach Oleg Yushkin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian power forward Miljan Pupovic (209-83, agency: 011 Sports) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cherkasy. Five BC Odessa and four Cherkasy players scored in double figures. BC Odessa have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. Cherkasy lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: K.Adeleke 22+11reb+1ast, W.Solomon 17+4reb+2ast, M.Pupovic 17+6reb+3ast, A.Nerush 14+1ast, J.Davis 7+6reb+2ast, M.Parkhomenko 4+2reb
BC Odessa: J.Love 21+8reb+9ast, R.Kryvych 16+3reb+1ast, S.King 15+14reb+3ast, E.Annenkov 13+2ast, D.Korshuk 11+1reb, J.Rowe 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 168868


Azovmash - Ferro-ZNTU 96-86

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Azovmash (19-10) beat 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (17-12) in Mariupol 96-86. The game was mostly controlled by Azovmash. Ferro-ZNTU was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Azovmash players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Azovmash's coach Luca Bechi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) responded with 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Azovmash maintains third position with 19-10 record behind leader Budivelnyk, which they share with BC Odessa. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 24+4reb+1ast, R.Culpepper 20+3reb+4ast, M.Davis 11+7reb, S.Dikiy 10+3reb+2ast, J.Chappell 9+9reb+5ast, A.Butskyy 8+3ast
Azovmash: J.Randle 21+4reb+6ast, A.Drozdov 18+9reb, D.Ewing 16+3reb+6ast, R.Rancik 10+7reb+3ast, O.Pecherov 9+5reb+2ast, J.Crispin 6+2ast
gschID: 168865


Khimik - Kryvbasbasket 99-95

Very expected game when 11th ranked Kryvbasbasket (10-19) lost to fifth ranked Khimik (18-11) in Yuzhny 95-99. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kryvbasbasket won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Khimik won last quarter 29-27. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 34 and made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Khimik players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) who added 17 points and 10 assists during the contest. Khimik's coach Darko Russo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 27 points and 4 assists and guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Five Khimik and four Kryvbasbasket players scored in double figures. Khimik maintains fifth position with 18-11 record. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: P.Caldwell 27+1reb+4ast, J.Florence 22+1reb+4ast, D.Djapa 15+6reb+2ast, V.Malchevskiy 11+4reb, M.Faison 7+2reb, B.Davis 6+4reb+4ast
Khimik: A.McGhee 20+7reb+3ast, P.Miletic 17+2reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 17+2reb+10ast, D.Ikovlev 17+6reb+2ast, R.Terry 15+3reb+3ast, S.Popov 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168866


Mykolaiv - Dnipro 84-95

The game between 10th ranked Mykolaiv (11-19) and eighth ranked Dnipro (16-13) in Mykolaiv ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Dnepropetrovsk beat Mykolaiv 95-84. The game was mostly controlled by Dnipro. Mykolaiv was better in third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Dnipro brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Mykolaiv was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Qyntel Woods (203-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds and international power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87) who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side American center Daniel McClintock (212-77, college: N.Arizona) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Olexiy Onufriyev (200-82) scored 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mykolaiv's coach Leonid Shimansky rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro maintains eighth position with 16-13 record. Mykolaiv lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: O.Onufriyev 22+3reb+1ast, D.McClintock 18+5reb+4ast, R.Green 18+3reb+2ast, L.Iailo 12+5reb+4ast, D.Vaughn 9+4reb+6ast, V.Sklyar 2+4reb+1ast
Dnipro: Q.Woods 26+8reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 19+16reb, D.Low 17+3reb+1ast, C.Thomas 16+4reb+2ast, S.Burtt 7+1reb+5ast, S.Tymofeyenko 6+1ast
gschID: 168867




Azovmash tab Othello Hunter - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash deepened their frontcourt. The Mariupol team agreed on terms of contract with Hunter Othello (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Ohio St.). The forward started the season in China. He played for Shandong Flaming Bulls. Hunter Othello averaged 18.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in CBA. Last season the forward spent in Italy. He had a spell for Dinamo Sassari. Hunter Othello produced 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in Seria A. He participated at Seria A All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the forward into All-Italian Seria A 2nd Team. Previously the forward had stints in Greece, NBA and D-League.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.6 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.4 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.3 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.0 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik17.9 
 8. Harris, Halychyna17.5 
 9. Guinn, Fe.17.3 
 10. Green, Mykolaiv16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.11.0 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.8 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.8 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.7 
 5. Drozdov, Azovmash8.6 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.3 
 7. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.2 
 8. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 9. Korniyenko, Dnipro8.0 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.1 
 2. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.8 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.5 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.0 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.4.7 
 8. Solomon, Cherkasy4.5 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla4.4 
 10. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chappell, Fe.2.0 
 2. Curry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 7. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 9. Nelson, BC Donetsk1.6 
 10. Florence, Kryvbas.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.7 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.3 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.2.1 
 4. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hal.1.4 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.1.4 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 20-6 
 2. BC Donetsk 19-8 
 3. Azovmash 19-10 
 4. BC Odessa 19-10 
 5. Khimik 18-11 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 17-12 
 7. Hoverla 16-12 
 8. Dnipro 16-13 
 9. BC Kyiv 13-16 
 10. Mykolaiv 11-19 
 11. Kryvbasbasket 10-19 
 12. DniproAzot 9-20 
 13. Cherkasy 7-21 
 14. Halychyna 6-23 


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Heat Must Move On - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat player Julius Joseph (193-F-75, college: Georgia Coll.) is looking for his side to bounce back after a loss against One Health Sharks Sheffield when they host old rivals UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders on Sunday

We now need to move on, the games are coming thick and fast now said the 64 forward.

No ones going to win every game, we just have to win as many as we can. Having Plymouth at home means we have to come ready to play. Theyre a great team playing great basketball so its a good challenge for us and theres no excuse for anyone not coming out and giving 110 percent effort.

Jeremy Bell is definitely key to their team and he plays really well for them. Anthony Rowe does a good job and always plays tough, so we have to contain those two guys but they have a lot of weapons, even off the bench, who can hurt you. Its going to take a total team effort and a 40 minute game to take the win. Shaun Durrants a bit banged up, but hell be fine, and everyone else is fit and healthy.

The London born veteran admitted that the 87-78 loss at Sharks last week was a disappointment: It was definitely a tough one he said.

We had a slow start to the game and we were always playing catch-up after that. We had a few calls that didnt go our way and led to a lot of frustration and a couple of Ts [technical fouls]. We kept battling but the general consensus was that we werent getting the calls and they werent being balanced out. But you can still win games in spite of that, the refs dont always decide the game, and it was a bad day for the team.

We pulled within four points a couple of times, but then we wouldnt get a call and theyd get away again.

The Raiders go into the weekends action which also sees them host leaders Newcastle Eagles sitting in fourth spot with an 11-3 record and can be considered serious contenders for the title, while Heat are looking for a place in the play-offs and are currently ninth with five wins from 17 games. The action at Surrey Sports Park starts a 3pm on Sunday.


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Azovmash tab Othello Hunter - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash deepened their frontcourt. The Mariupol team agreed on terms of contract with Hunter Othello (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Ohio St.). The forward started the season in China. He played for Shandong Flaming Bulls. Hunter Othello averaged 18.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in CBA. Last season the forward spent in Italy. He had a spell for Dinamo Sassari. Hunter Othello produced 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in Seria A. He participated at Seria A All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the forward into All-Italian Seria A 2nd Team. Previously the forward had stints in Greece, NBA and D-League.




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Olga MAZNICHENKO
  Tim-S.
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Maznichenko, Tim-S.22.5 
 2. Ievtushenko, Frank.20.4 
 3. Basko, TTT Riga19.9 
 4. Krastina, TTT Riga18.5 
 5. Petronyte, Kibirk.17.7 
 6. Nikolai, KK Talli.16.4 
 7. Kalenta, Berezina15.8 
 8. Zemantauskai., Sir.15.7 
 9. Gavryliuk, Tim-Scuf15.0 
 10. Alminaite, Sirenos14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley WALLACE
  KK Talli.
  (183-C-85)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Wallace, KK Talli.11.5 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia10.4 
 3. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.4 
 4. Taraseviciut., Sir.9.2 
 5. Alminaite, Sirenos9.0 
 6. Pazyuk, Frankivs.9.0 
 7. Niedola, TTT Riga8.0 
 8. Ievtushenko, Frank.8.0 
 9. Istseliatsov., Min.7.9 
 10. Matsko, Tim-Scuf7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sakellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.6.3 
 2. Kashlei, Olimpia4.6 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga4.2 
 4. Basko, TTT Riga3.9 
 5. Kraujunaite, Kibir.3.3 
 6. Zemantauskai., Sir.3.3 
 7. Miil, KK Talli.3.0 
 8. Yakovits, Minsk.2.9 
 9. Gavryliuk, Tim-Scuf2.8 
 10. Maznichenko, Tim-.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dalia BELICKAITE
  Kibirk.
  (175-F-96)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Belickaite, Kibirk.3.8 
 2. Krastina, TTT Riga3.5 
 3. Nialepka, Victoria3.0 
 4. Basko, TTT Riga2.9 
 5. Murauskaya, Olimpia2.8 
 6. Epnere, TTT J.2.5 
 7. Kalikh, Berezina2.3 
 8. Daniels, Kibirk.2.3 
 9. Nikolai, KK Talli.2.3 
 10. Matsko, Tim-Scuf2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  Kibirk.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Petronyte, Kibirk.3.7 
 2. Alminaite, Sirenos2.7 
 3. Kiuliak, Victoria2.1 
 4. Alyoshkina, Olimpia1.6 
 5. Komarnyak, Franki.1.5 
 6. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.3 
 7. Rashchenia, Olimpia1.2 
 8. Pantsiukh, Minsk.1.1 
 9. Ievtushenko, Frank.1.1 
 10. Kalenta, Berezina1.0 


Standings
Baltic League Standings
Group W
 1. Berezina 0-0 
 2. Eclex Tallinn 0-0 
 3. Frankivsk-Hal. 0-0 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 0-0 
 5. KK Tallina U. 0-0 
 6. Sirenos 0-0 
 7. TTT Juniores 0-0 
 8. Victoria 0-0 
Group C
 1. VICI-Aistes 1-1 
 2. TTT Riga 1-1 
 3. Minsk-2006 1-1 
 4. Lemminkainen 1-1 
Group D
 1. Gorizont 1-0 
 2. Olimpia 1-0 
 3. Spartak SP 0-0 
 4. Tim-Scuf 0-2 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


D1: Round 13 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 13 of the Bosnian D1 for women was played last weekend. Rudar Sport celebrated valuable 62-57 home win against Jedinstvo to keep the second place in the league with 7-4 record. At the same time, Jedinstvo dropped to fourth place with 5-4. Maida Rahmanovic (176-G-89) was the leading player in victory with 17 points. Irma Rahmanovic (187-F-91) shined in defeat with 17 points and 11 rebs. Also in this round, Igokea failed at home to Banovici. It was a 53-89 comfortable win for the guests. Mladost Borac handed 65-54 loss to Borac. The top-ranked Zeljeznicar was free in this round. Round 14 is scheduled for February 28.

Regular Season - Round 13
Feb. 18, 2012 Igokea-RMU Banovici 53-89
Feb. 18, 2012 Rudar Sport-Jedinstvo 62-57
Feb. 18, 2012 Mladost-Borac ML-IEFK 65-54

D1 Standings
1. Zeljeznicar 10-1
2. Rudar Sport 7-4
3. RMU Banovici 6-5
4. Jedinstvo 5-4
5. Borac ML-IEFK 5-5
6. Mladost 4-7
7. Igokea 0-11


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  CROATIA - Women  


Olajuwon moves to Belgium - by Zeljko Zule
Novi Zagreb parted ways with American Abi Olajuwon (193-C-88, college: Oklahoma) after just two games with the team. She avaraged just 1,0 point. Olajuwon started the season with Hapoel Rishon in Israel where she averaged 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 4 games. According to import sources, Abi Olajuwon already signed with Belgium team Castors Braine. In 2010, Olajuwon was drafted in the third round to the Chicago Sky. Since then, she has played overseas in Hungary and Romania averaging similar numbers. Her most recent signings have been with the Indiana Fever and Tulsa Shock of the WNBA.

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Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
Group A1
 1. USK Praha 27-0 
 2. Frisco Sika 22-4 
 3. Trutnov 17-9 
 4. Hradec Kralove 16-11 
 5. VS Praha 16-11 
 6. Slovanka MB 14-13 
Group A2
 1. Strakonice 13-14 
 2. Valosun Brno 12-14 
 3. Karlovy Vary 12-15 
 4. VSE Praha 7-20 
 5. Pardubice 3-24 
 6. DSK Karlin 1-25 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Delisha MILTON-JONES
  USK P.
  (186-F-74)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Milton-Jones, USK19.7 
 2. Krizova, Strakonice19.4 
 3. Vlkova, Valosun19.0 
 4. Dotson, VSE Praha18.4 
 5. Peckova, Frisco S.18.0 
 6. Abdi, Frisco Sika17.1 
 7. Johnova, VSE Praha16.2 
 8. Hanusova, Frisco S.15.5 
 9. Reisingerova, VS P.15.2 
 10. Whalen, USK Praha15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arnika BROWN
  DSK Karlin
  (187-F-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Brown, DSK Karlin12.0 
 2. Dotson, VSE Praha10.4 
 3. Reisingerova, VS P.9.5 
 4. Kucerova, Karlovy7.9 
 5. Eshe, VSE Praha7.9 
 6. Snajdrova-Z., Trut.7.7 
 7. Sipova, Slovanka.7.7 
 8. Vetrovcova, Trutn.7.7 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK7.7 
 10. Spirkova, DSK K.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA
  Slovan.
  (170-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nezdarilova, Slova.5.5 
 2. Tarasava, VS Praha3.8 
 3. Bartonova, VS Pra.3.5 
 4. Bartonova, USK P.3.2 
 5. Montanana, USK P.2.9 
 6. Uhrova, Strakonice2.8 
 7. Vlkova, Valosun2.5 
 8. Harapesova, VSE P.2.5 
 9. Eldebrink, USK P.2.4 
 10. Thomas, Frisco S.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Romana HEJDOVA
  Frisco S.
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hejdova, Frisco S.3.5 
 2. Thomas, Frisco S.3.5 
 3. Nezdarilova, Slova.3.0 
 4. Bartonova, VS Pra.2.5 
 5. Brown, DSK Karlin2.5 
 6. Bartakova, Hradec2.3 
 7. Stara, Hradec K.2.3 
 8. Abdi, Frisco Sika2.2 
 9. Eldebrink, USK P.2.1 
 10. Novocka, Karlovy2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  USK P.
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 2. Hartigova, Hradec1.1 
 3. Reisingerova, VS P.1.0 
 4. Mircheva, VS Praha1.0 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK0.9 
 6. Brezinova, Pardu.0.9 
 7. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 8. Burgrova, USK Praha0.7 
 9. Tesarikova, Slovan.0.7 
 10. Bartonova, USK P.0.7 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Irish Superleague round 15 best performance: Aoife McDermott - by Eurobasket News
Aoife McDermott (185-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked UL Aughinish, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat DCU Mercy (#3, 12-3) 81-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed UL Aughinish to consolidate first place in the Irish Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and UL Aughinish keeps perfect 15 -0 record. It's McDermott's second year at UL Aughinish and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Aoife McDermott has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.6ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.2rpg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Tessa Solan (177-F-92) of Oblate Dynamos. Solan had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Oblate Dynamos was edged by slightly higher-ranked Singleton (#8, 3-12) 44-40. This loss caused Oblate Dynamos to slide to the very bottom (10) position in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Oblate Dynamos managed to get this year. Solan is a newcomer at Oblate Dynamos and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82) of league's second-best TM Hotel Cork. Dwyer scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of TM Hotel Cork, leading her team to a 84-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Meteors (#5, 8-7). TM Hotel Cork is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 15-2 record is not that bad... Dwyer has a great season in Ireland. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 6.5rpg (6th best) and assists with 4.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of UL Aughinish - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Cathy Kavanagh (187-G-90) of Waterford W. - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Niamh Mullally (180-C-84) of Waterford W. - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Claire Rockall (178-G-90) of TM Hotel Cork - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lisa Palmer (186-G/F-86) of DCU Mercy - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Michelle Fahy (183-C-82) of UL Aughinish - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mairead McNally (175-G-88) of Ulster Rockets - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. UL Aughinish 15-0 
 2. TM Hotel Cork 15-2 
 3. DCU Mercy 12-3 
 4. Killester 10-6 
 5. Meteors 8-7 
 6. Waterford W. 7-9 
 7. Ulster Rockets 6-9 
 8. Singleton 3-12 
 9. Liffey Celtics 1-15 
 10. Oblate Dynamos 1-15 


Stats Leaders Superleague
Points Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.20.4 
 2. Vanderwal, UL Augh.20.4 
 3. Houlihan, Ulster R.15.7 
 4. O''Leary, Singleton15.4 
 5. Rockall, TM Hotel.14.4 
 6. Dwyer, TM Hotel.14.4 
 7. McDermott, UL Augh.14.3 
 8. O''Leary, Singleton14.1 
 9. Mullally, Waterfor.13.4 
 10. O''Connor, Liffey12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claire ROCKALL
  TM Hotel.
  (178-G-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Rockall, TM Hotel.11.3 
 2. Lennon, Ulster R.10.9 
 3. Solan, Oblate D.10.3 
 4. O''Connor, Liffey C.8.8 
 5. Waters, Singleton8.5 
 6. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.8.4 
 7. McDermott, UL Augh.8.4 
 8. Dwyer, TM Hotel.8.3 
 9. Pupin, Liffey Celt.8.3 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Danielle O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. O''Leary, Singleton4.9 
 2. Vanderwal, UL Augh.4.4 
 3. O''Leary, Singleton4.1 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.1 
 5. Peat, DCU Mercy4.0 
 6. McKenna, TM Ho.3.5 
 7. Sullivan, Killester2.8 
 8. Fahy, UL Aughinish2.8 
 9. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.8 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.6 
 2. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.1 
 3. Rockall, TM Hotel.3.1 
 4. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.1 
 5. Woods, DCU Mercy3.1 
 6. Galvin, UL Aughi.3.1 
 7. Vanderwal, UL Augh.2.9 
 8. Maher, Waterfor.2.8 
 9. Lennon, Ulster R.2.7 
 10. Deegan, Waterfor.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Noleen LENNON
  Ulster R.
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  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lennon, Ulster R.2.3 
 2. Naughton, Killester1.7 
 3. Solan, Oblate D.1.4 
 4. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.4 
 5. Waters, Singleton1.4 
 6. Maher, Waterfor.1.3 
 7. Pupin, Liffey Celt.1.1 
 8. Mullally, Waterfor.0.9 
 9. Palmer, DCU Mercy0.9 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy0.9 


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