EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/24/2012

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  ANGOLA   


Final Standing of Third Edition of Compal Super Cup - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The third edition of Compal Super Cup in basketball ended on Sunday afternoon at Luanda's Cidadela pavilion with Petro de Luanda as winner of the tournament.

Petro de Luanda were awarded with AKZ 1.4 million.

Check the final standings:

1. Petro de Luanda

2. FC do Porto

3. Recreativo do Libolo

4. 1 de Agosto

5. CAHB Madeira

6. Maxaquene
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


Kahiem Seawright moves to Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Rhode Island) will continue his career in Argentina. The centre agreed on terms of contract with Gimnasia-Indalo. Kahiem Seawright was last seen in Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela. He signed the deal with the team in January. The centre notched 9.2 points, 6.5 boards and 1.2 blocks per game in LPB. Kahiem Seawright started the season in Spain. He played for Valladolid. His stats read 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds per game in ACB. Last season Kahiem Seawright played for Baloncesto Leon in LEB Gold. The centre posted 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Kahiem Seawright into All-Spanish LEB Gold 1st Team. The centre started his pro career in 2009/10 season. He spent it also in Spain with C.B. Tarragona 2016.



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers 2012 Season Preview - by Eurobasket News
Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers 2012 Season Preview

Men -

2011 Recap: In many ways 2011 was a disappointing season for Willetton's men, but in the end they overcame plenty of adversity to get as far as they did. The Tigers had lost Daniel Johnson and Ty Shaw from their 2010 championship-winning side, Alex Prince missed the bulk of the year, Cam Tovey never played due to injury and fellow Wildcat Matt Knight was restricted to just nine games. Yet Shayne Hampel's side made it to the quarter-finals and nearly caused a huge upset by knocking out eventual champions Wanneroo. They shocked the Wolves by winning game two and had a huge lead going into the second half of the decider, only to throw it away and be eliminated. Robert Kampman (27.7 points and nine rebounds per game) was their best performer.

Off-Season Grade: B+

Off-Season Summary: The most important change is the man with the whiteboard, with Matt Foster taking over from Hampel. Foster has extensive experience as a WABL coach and is a former SBL MVP who played 280 games for Willetton, so he should be a good choice. There have also been major moves within the playing group. Tovey and Knight have departed, which is a huge loss of talent but will give the team more certainty. Kampman has been retained and he is joined by a new import, big man Ephrem Davis. Davis is mostly noted for his athleticism and shot blocking but will also provide a reliable low-post presence, which was lacking last year. Veteran point guard Shamus Ballantyne, a cancer survivor who was an assistant coach for the Tigers last season, is also returning to the court. Experienced trio Mark Jones (197-F/G-83), Travis Moore (203-C-79) and Adam Nener (190-G-84) have been retained, as has young swingman Robert Cassir (197-G-91).

2012 Fixtures: Four of Willetton's first five games are against 2011 finalists, with the exception being a round two trip to Geraldton. A round three doubleheader against Grand Finalists Perry Lakes and Wanneroo should give a strong indication of how good this Tigers team is.
Courtesy of: SBL
Article by Jacob Kagi


Hammer time in Sydney - by Hugh McAuliffe
He captained the Sydney Kings to their first ever championship win in 2003. Now, the man they call 'The Hammer' is back to lead the Sydney Kings once again. Shane Heal has been appointed as Head Coach for the remainder of the 2011/12 season. His appointment is effective immediately.

Shane flew in to Sydney this morning to address a team meeting at which time, interim CEO, Ian Robilliard, confirmed Heal's appointment.

'Technically, it was a rest day for the team today, ahead of our clash against Townville on Sunday afternoon at the Sydney Entertainment Centre; but we called the players and coaching staff together to formally introduce Shane as the new Head Coach,' Robilliard said.

'It is a great feeling to have secured Shane Heal for the role of Head Coach. The club definitely considers him a Sydney Kings Legend; and someone who is involved with our program. Having played in the purple and gold, he knows first hand what it means to wear in our colours, to win a championship, and to play at the Kingdome. If he can instil half of his Sydney Kings personal experience into our roster, it could help our team of committed professionals become a champion team.

'The obvious question is, will Shane continue to coach the Sydney Kings for the 2012-2013 season? The answer is that our focus remains on the current season and helping Shane with his program. We have an agreement in place with him to fill the Head Coach position for the rest of the 2011-2012 season. For clarity, he will work with us up to and including our last game against the Wollongong Hawks on March 24, and I believe he will show the same commitment to that role as he always did as a player,' Robilliard said.

Speaking about his new appointment, Shane heal said he was really excited to be the new Head Coach of the Sydney Kings and also to be back in Sydney.

'The last time I stepped on to the Sydney Kings home court in an official capacity was in the Championship game in 2003. I can't wait until Sunday to re-join the team at the Kingdome. It is a place that holds so many fond memories for me,' Shane said.

'Before I get there, we will only have one session together prior to the Townsville game on Sunday so there wont be time to make too many adjustments. I will really be working on getting their mindset right and belief in themselves. I am looking forward to sitting down with the team to talk about philosophies and expectations. I will meet with them all individually too; and hope to put them in an environment where they can play well individually within the team structure. If we can do that in a short period of time, we can turn around this five-game losing streak.

'The real work will begin next week, when we can make some bigger adjustments. It is another short week with a critical game on Friday; but I am confident we can improve again with the extra practices. Ian 'Moose' Robilliard has established a culture where this teams gets along well and they have stuck together through a tough time. It would be great for them to be rewarded for that with some wins in these next six games. I lam looking forward to the challenge and being part of it,' Shane said.

Shane debuted as an NBL player with the Brisbane Bullets in 1988 and was named Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he won the 1990 NBL Most Improved Player Award. In total, he played 440 games in the NBL; as well as playing for Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs in the NBA in 1996-1997 and 2003-2004 respectively. He also represented Australia in four Summer Olympics in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. Heal retired from playing professional basketball for a second and last time, on February 14, 2009.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 17-6 
 2. Wildcats 15-7 
 3. Crocodiles 13-10 
 4. Taipans 13-10 
 5. Blaze 11-9 
 6. Tigers 10-13 
 7. Kings 8-14 
 8. 36ers 6-15 
 9. Hawks 6-15 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.4 
 3. Wilson, Taipans16.8 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats16.8 
 5. Khazzouh, Kings16.6 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.0 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.0 
 8. Deleon, Blaze15.8 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.7 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.6 
 3. Grant, Kings8.5 
 4. Simpsons, 36ers8.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.5 
 9. Bose, Kings6.4 
 10. Jackson, Breakers6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.1 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Gibson, Blaze4.7 
 4. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.1 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Dillon, Tigers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.6 
 2. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.9 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.4 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.3 
 6. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 8. Deleon, Blaze1.1 
 9. Bartlett, 36ers1.1 
 10. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.4 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.0 
 9. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.8 


SBL: Pre-Season Blitz fixtures released - by Eurobasket News
The State Basketball League is pleased to release the fixtures for the 2012 Pre-Season Blitz to be held at the WA Basketball Centre on March 2, 3 & 4.

All fourteen SBL associations along with the four WA Under 18 state teams will compete in the tournament which will be the only opportunity to see all teams play before the season tips off on March 16.

Over the weekend each team will play four games in a shortened format against other SBL associations or one of the Under 18 Country or Metro state teams who will be preparing for the National Championships in April.

This is a great opportunity for supporters to come down and check out not just their own team, they can also see where all of the other teams are at and watch the future of WA basketball with our Under 18 state teams said Competitions Manager Christian Rice.

This tournament is vital as it will be the only hit out that some teams will get before the season starts on March 16, plus it gives us a chance to all come together under the same roof and prepare both on and off-court for the season.

The format will see each game consist of two 20 minute halves, with the clock only stopping in the last three minutes of each half and both teams will only be allowed to call one time-out.

The shortened format, without finals, will allow teams to rotate players more and also see four different teams throughout the weekend.

We believe that this shorter format is perfect for the Pre-Season Blitz and working in conjunction with the Basketball WA Country Championships is also beneficial to our four regional SBL clubs.

The benefit of this format is that it is a lot quicker and allows teams to play more games, see different teams and the fans also get to watch more games over the course of the weekend in a quick and exciting format.

The fixtures can be downloaded below and can also be found at www.sblblitz.sportingpulse.net which will be where all Fixtures/Results will be posted from the weekend.

Entry into the Pre-Season Blitz is just $6 per person per day which will gain supporters access to all games for the entire day.

Courtesy of: SBL


Jimmy Todd hunts opportunities with Sharks - by Hugh McAuliffe
Jimmy Todd (197-F-87) believes that when you are presented with an opportunity, you grasp it with both hands.

So when Southland Sharks coach Richard Dickel got in touch with the Australian-raised basketballer with Kiwi parentage about moving to Invercargill to play in New Zealand's national league, he did not have to think twice.

Todd was a late starter to the sport, not picking up a basketball until he was 17.

However, Todd, 24, has made up for lost time, working hard on his game and now reaping the rewards.

After bouncing around the Australian Basketball Association competition, he earned a development player spot in the Australian NBL with the Gold Coast Blaze this season. Playing for the Sharks would be another chance to improve his all-round game and continue his development.

'I've picked up the ball and I'm going with everything that's thrown at me,' Todd told The Southland Times.

'I've taken everything as it comes. You can never turn down opportunities and once I heard about the Sharks, it was my next goal, and I decided I really wanted to be apart of it.'

Dickel was alerted to Todd through friend and former Otago Nuggets' American star Leonard King, who coached Todd at the Brisbane Spartans in the South East Australian Basketball League. The 197cm, 105kg Todd can play either small forward or power forward. He should be a handy backup off the bench for the Sharks this season.

Dickel said Todd was a very sound defensive player and was known for his rebounding ability.

Southland needs help in both areas of play.

'Jimmy is indicative of someone, who has come through the Australian system. He's very aggressive, strong and athletic, and can do some good things,' Dickel said.

'We're excited to have him here. He could cause some surprises in some games in this league this year.'

Todd was born in Perth to a New Zealand mother. He spent his formative years in Western Australia before moving across the Tasman, where he went to intermediate school in Pukekohe.

He attended Box Hill Senior Secondary College in Melbourne before completing his apprenticeship as an industrial refrigeration mechanic.

Todd was able to learn from one of New Zealand's finest basketballers at the Gold Coast Blaze, where Pero Cameron is the assistant coach.

He said Cameron had been a wonderful influence in the short time he spent with him and had passed on plenty of wisdom.

'He opened my eyes to a lot of things especially working one-on-one with him.

'He knows so much.

'Even though he's not the most athletic man, he knows how to read plays and has great vision.'

Blaze coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) will be keeping a close eye on Todd's progress in New Zealand.

Todd admitted he would love to gain a fulltime-roster position with the team next season.


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 16-1 
 2. Al Manama 13-4 
 3. Al Ahli 13-4 
 4. Al Hala 11-6 
 5. Issa Town 11-6 
 6. Sitra 9-8 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-9 
 8. Al Ittihad 7-9 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-15 
 10. Al Najma 2-15 
 11. Samaheej 1-16 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 7-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 5-4 
 4. Timisoara 3-5 
 5. OKK Beograd 2-6 
 6. Torus Skopje 2-6 
Group B
 1. Levski Sofia 8-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 6-2 
 3. Feni Indistrija 4-4 
 4. Napredak 4-5 
 5. Ulcinj 1-6 
 6. Zrinjski HT 1-7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 13-3 
 2. Triumph 11-4 
 3. Ventspils 11-5 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 11-7 
 5. Rudupis 10-6 
 6. Kedainiai 8-9 
 7. Juventus 8-10 
 8. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-9 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 6-12 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 3-12 
 11. Liepaja 3-14 
Challenge Cup
 1. Tarvas 9-2 
 2. Naglis Palangos 6-4 
 3. Neptunas 6-4 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-7 
 5. Jelgava 1-7 
 6. Techasas 10-2 
 7. Sakalai 9-4 
 8. Valmiera 8-4 
 9. TTU/Kalev 3-9 
 10. Rapla 2-8 
 11. Turiba 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas18.1 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 5. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas16.5 
 7. Pilk, TTU16.4 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.1 
 10. Young, Ventspils14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.9 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 6. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 7. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas7.1 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 3. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.6 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 6. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.3 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 8. Maceina, Juventus4.2 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.1 
 10. Kulagin, Triumph4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McKee, Triumph2.7 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 7. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 8. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 9. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.7 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.7 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.3 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja0.9 
 10. Kurtsevich, Trium.0.8 


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  BELARUS   


Belarusian Premier League round 18 best performance: Yury Mishukov - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SBK Osipovichi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team SBK Osipovichi maintains the 5th position in Belarusian Premier League. SBK Osipovichi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Mishukov had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at SBK Osipovichi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Yury Mishukov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.0rpg) and averages impressive 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-G-86) of Rubon. Akulich had a very good evening with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Rubon to another comfortable win outscoring Sozh Gomel (#7, 0-17) 85-49. Rubon's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-7 record is not bad at all. Akulich is a newcomer at Rubon, but is already one of team's top players. Former star Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Bobby Maze (188-G-86) of league's second-best Minsk-2006. Maze scored 25 points. He was a key player of Minsk-2006, leading his team to a 109-61 easy win against Sozh Gomel (#7, 0-17). Many experts and fans count Minsk-2006 as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost games.. Maze has a very solid season. In 4 games in Belarus he scored 15.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-C-93) of Sozh Gomel - 22 points and 4 rebounds
5. Alexandr Semenov) of Minsk-2006 II - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Pavel Bliznets (205-C-94) of Sozh Gomel - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Genniadiy Zakhar (198-F/G-92) of BGUIR-RTI - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Siarhei Charykau (184-PG-82) of SBK Osipovichi - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) of Minsk-2006 - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 14 points and 3 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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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 18-1 
 2. Bosna 14-4 
 3. Capljina 14-5 
 4. Varda HE 11-7 
 5. Leotar 11-8 
 6. Mladost 11-8 
 7. Hercegovac 8-10 
 8. Servitium 8-10 
 9. Borac Nektar 6-12 
 10. Celik 5-13 
 11. Zrinjski HT 5-14 
 12. Brotnjo 5-14 
 13. Vogosca 4-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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  BRAZIL   


Suzano team gets Assis Basket franchise - by Paulo Freire
The Assis Basket who holds one of the franchises of the National League basketball (LNB), signed a deal with the Suzano Basketball Team that will enable the participation of the team in the upcoming season of the NBB (2012-2013), putting the franchise to play in the city of Suzano.

The partnership was examined by the director board of the LNB, which at the meeting, approved the agreement between the two entities, which has duration of two years, with the possibility of renewal the contract.

The young Suzano team was builded by Andre Luis Guimaraes Fonseca, knowing as Ratto Fonseca , who is the manager of the team. The head coach of the team is also a former big time player, Cadum Guimaraes , as an athlete has consolidated a victorious careers in the sport in Brazil. Cadum participated in four Olympic Games (Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona), in addition to having been part of the group in the unforgettable title of the Pan American Games in Indianapolis in 1987, when Brazil defeated the United States team by 120 x115

The Suzano roster has the following players: Andre Candido (178-G-80), Tiaguinho Nigro (189-G-89, college: Wayland Baptist), Rafael Da Silva (F-91), Igor Tracci (91), Rafael Annunciato (204-F/C-80) and Cleiton Sebastiao (212-C-79, college: Oklah.Baptist)


Anderson, Ne, Ne and Tiago all hurt in the NBA - by Mel Devonne
Injuries are currently haunting Brasilians in the NBA. Is it the shorten season? Because they are away from Brasilan soil?
What ever it is, Brasil needs our players on the floor.
Ne Ne of the Denver Nuggets has been out for 6 games with a calf injury. Anderson Varejo of the Cleveland Cavaliers has
been hurt all year and most of his career, Tiago Splitter is not expected back till next week for the San Antonio Spurs.
only Leondro Barbosa, who has had his share of injuries is playing currently for the Toronto Raptors, and is active.
The shorten season, and alot of back to back games have caused alot of injuries in the NBA and our Brasilian players
have been hit hard this year.
Send your NBA get well cards to your favorite Brasilan NBA players, and lets hope they get well soon.


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  CANADA   


Power continue push for the post-season - by Eurobasket News
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Oshawa Power still control their own destiny.

Not a bad spot to be in considering all the club has been through in its inaugural season, from countless roster moves to a coaching change in December to being left for dead in the playoff race as recently as three or four weeks ago when they sat with a record of 7-18.

Perhaps that was finally the wake-up call the Power were looking for, though. Since a loss to the Saint John Mill Rats on Jan. 29, the Power have reeled off six wins in seven games, the most recent coming on the road Sunday afternoon in a 101-100 decision against the Moncton Miracles.

With that, the Power have climbed right back into the thick of the race.

'I think it's a combination of me understanding my personnel better and putting them in a position to be successful, while they have an understanding of my philosophy and what we want to do together to play some good ball,' coach Robert Brickey said when asked what has helped turn this team's fortunes around. 'It took some time for us to jell, but we're playing well now at the right time.'

And that's all he can ask for at this point.

'The thing in any level of professional ball at this time of year is to be playing a meaningful game,' Brickey added. 'That helps keep our guys motivated and focused. We still have a chance to make the playoffs, so our guys... they are saying all the right things and they are really believing that we are going to get that last playoff spot.'

How they fare Thursday night against the Mill Rats, and again on March 1, will likely determine whether they get that last spot or not.

At 14-19 the Power sit just back of Saint John, owners of a 15-17 mark. Wins in both of those games, which are in New Brunswick, would likely vault the Power into the fourth and final spot.

Oshawa's recent run has been powered by the trio of Omari Johnson, Morgan Lewis and Brandon Robinson, who was named NBL Canada player of the week on Monday for the second time this season.

Robinson leads the league in scoring, at just a shade under 20 points a game. In the Power win over Moncton on Sunday, he scored 19, while in the previous six games he averaged 30.6 points a game.

Sunday's game marked the return of forward Jushay Rocket. He played his first game with the Power in exactly three months and should provide the club with some energy and toughness down the stretch. To make room on the roster Oshawa released power forward Shawn Gray.

The Power close out the regular season in Prince Edward Island against the Summerside Storm (12-22) March 2.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.7 
 2. King, TRU23.1 
 3. Barbeau, Western23.0 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.5 
 5. Fassett, St.Mary''s21.6 
 6. Barrett, Saskatch.21.0 
 7. Mackinnon, Victoria20.1 
 8. Ferguson, Alberta19.7 
 9. Kok, TRU19.3 
 10. Yu, UBC19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Phillip, Windsor12.0 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.2 
 3. Burke, UBC10.7 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.5 
 5. King, TRU10.1 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.8 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.6 
 8. Lual, UPEI9.1 
 9. Desroches, New B.8.8 
 10. Buckley, Laurier8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.9 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.6.9 
 3. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 4. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 5. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.7 
 6. Smith, TWU5.6 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 8. Allin, Laurier5.4 
 9. Kraus, Brock5.3 
 10. Vernon, St.Franc.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Laroche, Concordia2.9 
 2. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.8 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.2.7 
 4. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 5. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 6. Collins, Windsor2.6 
 7. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 8. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 9. Desmarais, Conco.2.4 
 10. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.8 
 3. Bains, UBC1.6 
 4. Fidler, Calgary1.5 
 5. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 7. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 8. Dewar, Alberta1.1 
 9. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.1 
 10. Bakovic, Calgary1.1 


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


National Basketball Leagues rookie year goes beyond survival - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada managed to complete its most vital goal in its first year.

It survived.

Dont laugh. There were many people who believed this venture, given the success or lack of other basketball leagues, wouldnt make it to the end of the year.

Not only has it survived, it managed to give a pretty good account of itself considering it started with nothing.

It will be back for another shot next season.

The National Basketball League of Canada is heading toward the end of its regular season and into the playoffs.

League commissioner John Kennedy yes the league has a commissioner but we dont hear a great deal from him or about him recently asked parties interested in an expansion team to make their intentions known.

A recent chat the commissioner also indicated he expects all seven of this years teams to return next season.

Retention and expansion are keys to the survival of this league. Expansion is especially vital in Ontario, where the London Lightning and Oshawa Power are the only two teams.

The goal of the league is simple. It would love to have five teams play out of the Maritimes and Quebec and five teams play out of Ontario.

The Power looked like a franchise in trouble early in the season but to their credit, they fought back and are in the middle of a push for the final playoff spot. Their attendance has gradually increased and while there is no need yet to expand General Motors place, they are averaging almost 400 fans more a game than they did before Christmas.

The message is getting out that these guys are good.

The Lightning are one of the model franchises in the NBL but they too know the value of diversity. You can only retain interest for so long when the same teams come to play every week.

The league needs more teams but the NBL needs to make sure the owners are financially stable enough to withstand the bumpy ride.

There is substantial interest in Ontario. If you believe the whispering winds, there are groups interested in franchises in Kitchener and Windsor. There is a group interested in Ottawa.

If the league can make it happen, it is just what the doctor ordered for extended good health.

The league has seen attendance figures steady and in some cases increase.

Halifax draws the best numbers, averaging 2,888 a game, with London next at 2,451. Those teams are followed by Summerside at 2,395, Saint John 2,037, Oshawa 1,188, Moncton 1,167 and Quebec 669.

Quebecs biggest issue is having to play at Laval.

There are a few other things the league needs to do to continue to grow.

It appears it will increase its salary cap from $150,000. That will allow it to attract a few more high-profile players.

The league needs to expand its ability to get the name of the National Basketball League of Canada out there.

Every team needs to improve their ability to broadcast games. If it is only online, they have to provide a consistent picture that is watchable and find someone to offer a coherent commentary.

Considering how quickly the league had to put its draft together, it did a good job last year. This time around, though, provide a room a little bigger and allows everyone to hear commentators and officials.

The draft is one of the biggest advertising tools of any sport and it can be for the NBL as well.

This year it was all about survival, learning and getting the message out. Next year there will be a lot more expected, including a bigger league with more coming through the turnstiles.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


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Dimayor Playoffs: U.Concepcion took the lead - by Daniel Valencia
In the first game of the playoffs, the first seed, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Municipal Curacavi 93-45. The hosts took a 21 point lead in the first quarter (34-13) and never looked back. Matias Villagran (198-C-88) (playing for the injured Jason Keep (208-C-78, college: San Diego)) was the scoring leader for the winners with 18 points. The second game of the series will be played on thursday night in Concepcion.

Quarterfinals Game 1

CD Universidad de Concepcion 93 - Municipal Curacavi 45
Ucon: Matias Villagran 18 pts. Alain Laroche 14 pts.
Cur: Diego Cabanez 15 pts. Hector Jara 7 pts.

Boxscore


Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 25-3 
 2. Liceo Mixto 24-4 
 3. Dep.Espanol 21-7 
 4. U.Espanola 15-13 
 5. U.Catolica 11-17 
 6. Sokol de Antof. 10-18 
 7. San Luis 6-22 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-28 


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Nobel Boungou Colo moves to Limoges - by Eurobasket News
Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88) will continue his career in Limoges. The Congolese/French forward penned two and a half year deal. It means that he will play for Limoges until the end of the 2013/14 season. Boungou Colo started this one with Le Mans. He appeared 8 times in ProA averaging 4.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. He also added 5.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 6 games in EuroCup. Before Le Mans, Nobel Boungou Colo spent two years with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. He had 6.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 33 games last season. In the past, Boungou Colo played for Orleans. He also has experience from ADA Blois. In 2010, Nobel Boungou Colo was named Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Newcomers Team.

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Unicaja decides not to sign Krunoslav Simon this season - by Eurobasket News
According to local media (Laopiniondemalaga.es), Unicaja decided not to sign Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) for rest of the season. Reportedly, the club will be interested to bring in the player for the next season, but not now. Krunoslav Simon averages 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in Adriatic league (16 games). In Euroleague, he registered 13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.5 apg for 10 games. Simon is a product of Zagreb, where he started as a teenager and never left the club. Last season he had 16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.9 apg in Croatia and Zagreb won the title. They also celebrated in Croatian Cup last year. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year -11. Krunoslav Simon played for Croatian National Team at the Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania. He had 9 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.8 apg for 5 games.
Laopiniondemalaga.es also reports that Unicaja looks at Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) now. The American parted ways with Emporio Armani Milano this week.


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Important announcement for all coaches - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
With the regular season over and with playoffs approaching, Eurobasket.com has run different analyses that can be useful for all teams.

IMPORTANT STATISTICS

1) All Cyprus League scoring (all teams together) averages at 78.5 pts/round. Same time last year this was at 70 pts.
2) League's best scoring teams (average)= Apollon 86.5 pts/game and Keravnos 83.1 pts/game (Ael's games in which it battled without Bosman or American players are not included in the calculation for consistency purposes)
3) Best scoring team on the road= Apollon 82 pts/game and Keravnos 81 pts/game

Team - Total Point Average
Apoel=78.6
Apollon=86.5
Etha=76.8
Keravnos=83.1
Omonoia=77.7
Enad=74.3
Aek=74.3
Ael=76.6

Team - Home Court Average
Apoel=83.4
Apollon=91.3
Etha=79.3
Keravnos=85.5
Omonoia=77.3
Enad=76
Aek=76.4
Ael=73.8

Team - On the Road Average
Apoel=73.9
Apollon=81.7
Etha=74.6
Keravnos=80.7
Omonoia=78
Enad=72.9
Aek=71
Ael=81.3

4) League's worst scoring team (average)= Enad and Aek =74.3 pts/game
5) League's best defensive team = Keravnos accepting 70.2 pts/game
6) League's best turnover team= Keravnos, averages 13.3 turnovers /game - besides its ability to score high, Keravnos wins mainly because it accepts a low average of points plus it keeps its turnovers low.
7) League's top scorer =Palalas - Ael + Subotic - Aek
8) Leagues top rebounder= Garcia - Aek and Watkins - Etha
9) Leagues top stealer = Panteli - Aek
10) Leagues top assist man=Nicolas Papadopoulos - Omonoia

Conclusion about the regular season

1)It looks like Keravnos has been the most stable team. It has the 2nd best offense and the best defense in the league and the best turnover average.
2)5 teams will battle for the championship (AEK, Apoel, Apollon, Etha and Keravnos).
3)ONLY 4 teams (Apoel, Apollon, Keravnos, Etha) have a positive indicator (score more pts than they accept).
4)ONLY 3 teams, Apoel, Keravnos and Apollon have been scoring above the cutoff point (78).
5)Keravnos and Apollon have been the two best scoring teams so far.
6)Keravnos has been the best defensive team so far with 70.2 points.
7)Strange but true, Aek has the league's top scorer, rebounder and stealer.


Note:

Statistics are provided by the Cyprus Statistical Service BUT are processed and analysed by eurobasket.com.




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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 23-2 
 2. Svendborg 23-3 
 3. Naestved 16-9 
 4. SISU 12-13 
 5. Horsens IC 10-15 
 6. Vaerlose 10-15 
 7. Horsholm 9-16 
 8. Aalborg 8-16 
 9. Aabyhoj 8-17 
 10. Falcon 6-19 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. White, Aalborg25.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.5 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.9 
 4. Rutherford, SISU21.5 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.2 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg19.3 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 8. Alexander, Bakken18.4 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.8 
 10. Fields, Falcon17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.2 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj10.9 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.4 
 5. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 6. Benjamin, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Rutherford, SISU8.4 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.4 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Delk, Vaerlose4.8 
 3. White, Aalborg4.7 
 4. Sattler, Horsens IC4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.6 
 6. Fields, Falcon4.0 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.6 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Henry, Naestved4.2 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Fields, Falcon2.6 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 6. Sattler, Horsens IC2.2 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg2.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Alexander, Bakken1.8 
 10. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm2.0 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Vinson, Svendborg1.2 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.0 


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Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 21-11 
 2. Springfield A. 21-13 
 3. Dakota W. 17-14 
 4. Canton C. 17-17 
 5. Erie Bay H. 15-17 
 6. Maine RC 13-22 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 10-25 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 9-25 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 26-10 
 2. Austin T. 22-12 
 3. Rio Grande VV 21-16 
 4. Bakersfield J. 18-15 
 5. Reno B. 17-18 
 6. Texas L. 17-18 
 7. Tulsa 66ers 16-21 
 8. Idaho S. 14-20 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.4 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.7 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 4. Almond, Maine RC22.1 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.6 
 8. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.3 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.0 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.1 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.9.1 
 4. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 5. Criswell-L., Austi.8.8 
 6. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.5 
 8. Andrews, Los A.8.5 
 9. Dyer, Texas L.8.2 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.2 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Curry, Springfield6.4 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 5. Stinson, Iowa E.6.1 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 7. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Ewing, Iowa E.5.6 
 10. Coleman, Sioux F.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Stinson, Iowa E.1.9 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 6. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 7. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 9. Emmett, Reno B.1.8 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 7. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 9. Kent, Maine RC1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande VV - Maine RC 130-120
Lee Humphrey (6'2''-PG-84, college: Florida) scored 22 points and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers used a third-quarter push for a 130-120 victory over the Maine Red Claws Wednesday night. The Vipers (21-16) opened the second half with an 11-1 run for an 80-70 lead and held at least a 10-point lead into the fourth before Maine started a comeback. Trailing 108-97 with 9:11 remaining, Maine (13-22) got consecutive free throws by Lawrence Hill (6'8''-F-87, college: Stanford), a fadeaway jump shot from Kenny Hayes and two more foul shots from Morris Almond to make it 108-103. Maine got it down to four twice: 111-107 on a pair of free throws by Hill with 7:15 left and 116-112 on two more foul shots from Almond, who finished with 28 points. Hill made it 116-114 with a jumper on Maine's next possession, but the Red Claws were outscored 14-6 over the final 4:38. Hill scored 22 points and Hayes added 20 for the Red Claws. Tyren Johnson and Ben Uzoh chipped in 21 apiece for the Vipers. Three other Maine players were also in double figure, including Craig Brackins, who had 12 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Paul Harris scored 11 points and Justin Brownlee had 10. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Austin T. - Tulsa 66ers 114-87
After a rough road trip, the Austin Toros returned to their home stadium and their winning ways, stampeding the Tulsa 66ers 114-87 lead by NBA Development League All Stars Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) and Leo Lyons. Justin Dentmon scored a game high 32 points on a very efficient 10-18 shooting night, including 6 3-pointers, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds. Leo Lyons put up 19 points and 7 boards as well, hitting on 7 of 10 shots. The Toros took a 9 point lead into the half off a last second 3 point shot by Squeaky Johnson, but the Toros really turned it on in the second half, outscoring Tulsa 58-40, reversing the recent trend of struggling in the second half of games. *Courtesy of http://toroschief.blogspot.com

Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 121-102
Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, agency: VVG Sports, college: Cincinnati) and Marcus Banks (6'2''-G-81, college: UNLV) each scored 16 points for the Stampede Wednesday night, but the Los Angeles D-Fenders beat Idaho 121-102 in Los Angeles. Idaho (14-20)could not handle the D-Fenders' offense early, as L.A. scored 64 first-half points, shooting 66.7 percent for the first half. Idaho committed 15 turnovers in the first two quarters, which led to 22 L.A. points. On the game,the Stampede had 25 turnovers, which led to 36 points for the home team. Idaho shot 11-of-21 from behind the three-point line (52.4 percent), but had fewer assists than turnovers (21 to 25) and allowed the D-Fenders to shoot 56.8 percent for the game. Paul Carter had 15 points in just 22 minutes before fouling out. Mikki Moore added 14 points, while David Bailey had 11 and Devin Green added 10 points and seven rebounds. Los Angeles (26-10) was led by Devin Ebanks off the bench as he scored 23 points with nine rebounds. Courtney Fortson had 22 points and 15 assists for L.A. *Courtesy of D-League

Canton C. - Bakersfield J. 102-109
Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) hit three consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 27 points to lead the Bakersfield Jam past the host Canton Charge 109-102 on the final day before the league's All-Star break. The Jam's Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) scored 22 points. Jeremy Wise followed with 17 points and 13 rebounds.


Charge claim ex-Maryland guard Eric Hayes - by Eurobasket News
The Canton Charge claimed guard Eric Hayes (6'4''-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) via the available player pool. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Hayes was a four-year letterman at the University of Maryland who most recently was with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo of the Spanish league.

In 23 games with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo in 2010-2011, Hayes averaged 8.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting with 1.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 22.3 minutes per game. He also had a stint in the NBA Summer League with the Washington Wizards in 2010.

Hayes, 24, played in 133 career games at Maryland and averaged 9.0 points on 44.7 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steal in 29.1 minutes per game. He had a strong senior season in 2009-2010 in which he played in 33 games and averaged 11.3 points on 50.2 percent shooting with 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. Hayes is the Terrapins all-time career free throw percentage leader, hitting 86.9 percent on 187-of-215 shooting.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


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  ESTONIA   


KML Round 21: Tln Kalev beats TTU in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Tln Kalev (#6) and TTU (#5). TTU was defeated at home 60-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Tln Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) chipped in 19 points. Tln Kalev's coach Indrek Reinbok used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tln Kalev maintains sixth place with 8-15 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Tln Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTU will play at home against KK Parnu (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tartu. First ranked Tartu Ulikool faced second-best Kalev/Cramo. Host Tartu Ulikool (19-2) defeated guests from Tallinn (14-2) 75-63. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. It was a good game for the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sten-Timmu Sokk contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Kalev/Cramo. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tartu Ulikool have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Defending champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the second position with two games lost. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the nineteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Valga (3-19) 89-78. Sten-Timmu Sokk stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Reinis Strupovics with 27 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Tartu Ulikool. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Valga lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Parnu supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Kalev/Cramo (14-2) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-17). Kalev/Cramo smashed KK Parnu 94-69. Armands Skele nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-2 record having 5 victories less than leader Tartu Ulikool. KK Parnu lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's next round opponent will be BC Rakvere (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. KK Parnu will play against TTU (#5) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



TTU - Tln Kalev 60-74

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Tln Kalev (#6) and TTU (#5). TTU was defeated at home 60-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Tln Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) chipped in 19 points. Four Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. Tln Kalev's coach Indrek Reinbok used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Tln Kalev maintains sixth place with 8-15 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Tln Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTU will play at home against KK Parnu (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: A.Arnold 15+8reb+1ast, I.Pilk 12+4reb+1ast, M.Kaja 10+2reb+4ast, K.Makke 9+7reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 7+5reb+2ast, K.Keres 5+1reb
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 21+9reb+5ast, M.Kurg 19+3reb+1ast, A.Fedortchuk 11+9reb, M.Shaw 10+9reb, R.Roos 8+2reb+1ast, D.Nazarovas 3
gschID: 165889


Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 75-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tartu. First ranked Tartu Ulikool faced second-best Kalev/Cramo. Host Tartu Ulikool (19-2) defeated guests from Tallinn (14-2) 75-63. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. The game was mostly controlled by Tartu Ulikool. Kalev/Cramo was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) added 13 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tartu Ulikool have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Defending champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the second position with two games lost. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: P.Ulyanko 13+4reb+1ast, B.Fall 11+8reb, G.Dorbek 11+1reb+2ast, T.Sokk 6+1reb+6ast, J.Toome 6+7reb, S.Bozeman 6+1reb+3ast
Tartu Ulikool: V.Kriisa 18+5reb+5ast, S.Sokk 11+1reb+5ast, B.Amis 11+3reb+1ast, S.Leppik 11+1reb+1ast, V.Allingu 10+5reb+1ast, K.Saage 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 165890


Tartu Ulikool - Valga 89-78

Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the nineteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Valga (3-19) 89-78. The game was mostly controlled by Tartu Ulikool. Valga managed to win third quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 assists for the winners and international power forward Rain Raadik (208-89) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) with 27 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Tartu Ulikool. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Valga lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Valga: R.Strupovics 27+8reb+3ast, A.Tagamets 17+2reb, L.Blaus 16+8reb+2ast, V.Vares 8+4reb, R.Petersonig 3+5reb+3ast, K.Pullisaar 3+2reb
Tartu Ulikool: S.Sokk 18+3reb+6ast, M.Doronin 14+1reb+1ast, R.Raadik 12+5reb, V.Kriisa 9+3reb+2ast, A.Paade 8+4reb, K.Saage 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 165891


Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 69-94

The game in Parnu supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Kalev/Cramo (14-2) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-17). Kalev/Cramo smashed KK Parnu 94-69. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. KK Parnu was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo forced 21 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 45-28 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Kaido Saks (207-86) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Elgar Tamsalu (184-87) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for KK Parnu in the defeat. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-2 record having 5 victories less than leader Tartu Ulikool. KK Parnu lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's next round opponent will be BC Rakvere (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. KK Parnu will play against TTU (#5) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 29+11reb, T.Hamarsalu 15+2reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 13+6reb+2ast, K.Voolaid 6+3reb, S.Solovjov 4+3reb, S.Olmre 2+2reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: K.Saks 16+5reb+1ast, A.Skele 15+8reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 15+5reb, J.Toome 10+6reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 10+6reb, G.Dorbek 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 165888




Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 19-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 14-2 
 3. Tarvas 13-6 
 4. Rapla 11-9 
 5. TTU 9-10 
 6. Tln Kalev 8-15 
 7. Parnu 3-17 
 8. Valga 3-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu19.0 
 3. Soo, Rapla18.0 
 4. Pilk, TTU17.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas17.6 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.3 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.7 
 2. Arnold, TTU9.2 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.9 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.6 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.6.8 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.6 
 10. Keedus, TTU6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.0 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.4 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.2 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.7 
 8. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.5 
 10. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 


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Greer's 33-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old point guard Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Unics and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Unics as his team lost overtime game against Fener.Ulker (2-3) 87-94. Despite this loss Unics managed to keep Euroleague group G leading position. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this stage. Unics has a very solid 3-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Greer as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Lynn Greer averages this season 7.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Armani MI. He is American-Montenegrin guard in his first season at Armani MI. In the last game Cook recorded impressive 8 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists. Armani MI cruised to a 67-58 relatively comfortable win over Panathinaikos (#2, 3-2) in Athens. Armani MI improved to 2-3 record, but has no chance to advance. Cook is a newcomer at Armani MI.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marko Banic (205-F-84) of Gescrap BB. Banic scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Gescrap BB, leading his team to a 60-59 win against ranked Montepaschi. Gescrap BB needs these victories very badly. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Banic has a very solid season. In 15 games in Euroleague he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) of Anadolu Efes - 15 points and 8 rebounds
5. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) of Unics - 17 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) of Fener.Ulker - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Bennet Cantu - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi T-A - 11 points and 9 rebounds
10. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Armani MI - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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


Top 16: Exciting Round Five - by Eurobasket Center
Group E
CSKA - Olympiakos 96-64
CSKA Moscow is the first team who booked a spot for the Euroleague Playoffs this season. The Russian powerhouse blasted Olympiakos 96-64 for 4-1 record in Group E. It is already clear that CSKA will be the winner of this pool at the end of Top 16. Andrey Vorontsevich scored 15 points for the hosts, Milos Teodosic had 14, while Darjus Lavrinovic added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko collected 11 points and 7 boards. CSKA Moscow took control on Olympiakos from the very beginning and never looked back. Visitors got 12 points from Vassilis Spanoulis, who was their only player with double-digits. Pero Antic, Konstantinos Sloukas, Michalis Pelekanos and Martynas Gecevicius stopped to 7 points each. Olympiakos dropped to 2-3, but still controls its destiny and can advance to the playoffs with a win over GS Medical Park at home next week. Quarters: 30-16, 24-10, 18-18, 24-20. CSKA Moscow will meet Anadolu Efes in Istanbul.

Galatasaray - Anadolu Efes 64-56
Galatasaray Medical Park handed 64-56 loss to Anadolu Efes on Wednesday night. It means that Galata improved to 3-2 record in Group E of the Euroleague Top 16 and will have to beat Olympiakos as a guest in the next round to reach the Playoffs. Anadolu Efes dropped to 1-4 with no chance to advance. Luksa Andric stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Joshua Shipp, Jamon Lukas Gordon and Jaka Lakovic netted 9 points apiece. For Anadolu Efes, Stanko Barac collected 16 points and 5 rebs. Sasha Vujacic had 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Sinan Guler stopped to 7 points. Galatasaray had a great start. They made 20-13 lead after ten minutes and jumped to 39-24 during the second period. Efes finally responded and cut the margin to 39-32 at the halftime. Ten minutes later it was 50-45 and Galatasaray opened the last period with 8-3 run. Efes came to minus six in the finish, but Jaka Lakovic iced the game from the line, 64-56, with 15.6 seconds left. Quarters: 20-13, 19-19, 11-13, 14-11. As mentioned above, Galatasaray will play in Greece next week. Anadolu Efes waits CSKA Moscow.

Group F
Real Madrid - Unicaja 86-65
Real Madrid demonstrated its power against Unicaja celebrating 86-65 home win in Round 5 of the Euroleague Top 16. Thanks to this victory Real Madrid joined Bilbao on the second place in Group F with 3-2 record. Unicaja stays the only winless team in this pool. The two Playoff berths from this group will be decided in the final week as the three teams still have options to advance. Nikola Mirotic led the hosts with double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sergio Llull scored 15 and Jaycee Carroll followed with 2 points less. In the loosing squad, Gerald Fitch delivered 15 points. August Cesar Lima (7 rebs) and Hrvoje Peric scored 12 and 11 pts respectively. Unicaja had a great start as they made 14-22 lead in the first ten minutes, but Real Madrid took control on them after that and never looked back. Real tied the score at the HT and took 6-point lead before the last ten minutes, when they smashed Unicaja with impressive 27-12 for the final 86-65 victory. In the last and crucial round of Top 16, Real Madrid will meet Montepaschi in Siena. Unicaja waits Bilbao.

Gescrap BB - Montepaschi 60-59
Bilbao grabbed 60-59 thriller win against Montepaschi on Wednesday night for 3-2 record in Group F of the Euroleague Top 16. Bilbao will clinch a Playoffs spot with another win or if Real Madrid loses any of its remaining Top 16 games. Despite defeat, Montepaschi stays No.1 in this pool with 4-1 record. Marko Banic top-scored for the winners with 16 points and he pulled down 8 rebounds. Raul Lopez followed him with 15 points, but he was a hero of the night as he buried the game-winning shot at the buzzer. Montepaschi was 58-59 up and Bilbao had 6.4 seconds for the last possession, what was enough for the experienced Spanish point guard to bring Bilbao one of the biggest wins in its history. Alex Mumbru added 10 points for the hosts. In Montepaschi, Igor Rakocevic had 14 points and Bo McCalebb added two less. David Moss stopped to 10 points. Quarters: 7-8, 14-14, 18-17, 21-20. In the last round of Top 16, Bibao will meet Unicaja on the road. Montepaschi waits Real Madrid.

Group G
Fener.Ulker - Unics 94-87 OT
In one of the most exciting games in Top 16 history, Fenerbahce Ulker rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge Unics 94-87 in overtime in front of almost 12,000 fans at Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey in Group G on Thursday. Unics was better than FB Ulker in the first round 76-71, so Fener needed at least 6-point win to keep their Playoffs hopes alive. The hosts managed to do it and they needed an extra five minutes to improve its record to 2-3 in Group G. Unics slipped to 3-2 and the last round will give us an answer who will advance to the next stage. Unics will advance if they beat PAO next week or if Fener losses to Armani in Milano. In order to advance, Fener needs to beat Armani and PAO to win in Kazan. Bojan Bogdanovic had 20 points and 5 rebounds for Fener last night. Roko-Leni Ukic scored 18 and Emir Preldzic added 13 points. Unics got 33 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Lynn Greer (valuation 43). Michael Wilkinson (5 rebs) and Henry Domercant scored 17 and 13 points respectively. Unics held 73-79 lead with 1:23 remaining in regular time. Emir Preldzic and Bojan Bogdanovic made free throws to bring FB Ulker within 77-79 with 25.5 seconds left in regulation. Wilkinson missed foul shots and Roko-Leni Ukic beat the shot clock with a rainbow jumper that sent the game to overtime, 79-79, setting Ulker Sports Arena on fire. The hosts jumped to 87-83 during the OT and later free throws by Preldzic and Bogdanovic allowed FB Ulker to get a 94-87 lead with 6 seconds left. Unics had the last possession, but they were unable to score. Quarters: 21-26, 21-18, 13-24, 24-11, 15-8 OT. Last round of Top 16 phase for Group G teams is scheduled for February 29.

Panathinaikos - Armani Mit 58-67
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan celebrated 58-67 victory at OAKA last night, but that was not enough as PAO won 57-78 in Milano more than a month ago. It means that Armani improved to 2-3 in Group G, but with no chance to advance. At the same time, PAO booked a spot for the Playoffs despite they dropped to 3-2. Nicolo Melli top-scored in victory with 13 points. Antonis Fotsis and Ioannis Bourousis had 12 points each in this meeting and they grabbed 17 rebounds together. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis netted 12 points and Mike Batiste had 11 points, plus 7 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas and David Logan stopped to 7 pts each. Visitors had 51-65 lead with 4 minutes to go. Nicolo Melli dunked then Romain Sato answered with a layup, but Panathinaikos could do little more than cut the margin of defeat, adding a Batiste layup and Sato free throws. Quarters: 11-16, 21-18, 14-19, 12-14. In the last round of Top 16, Panathinaikos will meet Unics in Kazan. Armani will host Fenerbahce Ulker.

Group H
Maccabi T-A - Zalgiris 70-66
Maccabi Electra had to work very hard to beat Zalgiris 70-66 on Thursday night. Thanks to this victory the Israeli powerhouse jumped to 3-2 in Group H and booked a ticket for the Euroleague Playoffs. Zalgiris remains the only winless team in this pool with 0-5 record. Keith Langford was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Richard Hendrix had 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Sofoklis Schortsanitis nailed 10 points. Sonny Weems responded with 20 points at the other side. Dainius Salenga and DeJuan Collins (5 rebs) had 12 and 11 points respectively. Zalgiris had an amazing start. They made 11-25 lead after just ten minutes of play, but Maccabi immediately woke up after that cutting the margin to minus 4 until the halftime. Zalgiris won the next period with 11-12 for 5-point lead before the last ten minutes, but than Keith Langford and his teammates exploded with 11-2 run as Nokia Arena was rocking. Zalgiris didn't give up and they grabbed back 65-66 lead with 1:42 remaining in the game. Langford made 4-0 series on his own and there was something more than 24 seconds to go. Sony Weems went for an open three, but Smith flew in to block the shot and tried to take it in for a slam. But he missed the dunk, Zalgiris recovered and Weems tried again, but missed from downtown. This time Hendrix corralled the rebound, was fouled and iced the game with a free throw with 7 seconds left. Maccabi will meet Barcelona in the last round of Top 16. Zalgiris will host Bennet Cantu.

Bennet Cantu - FCB Regal 62-63
Regal Barcelona grabbed 62-63 thriller win in Cantu last night. It was a Round 5 of the Euroleague Top 16 phase and Barca managed to stay undefeated. They secured first place in Group H and booked a spot for the Playoffs. At the other side, Cantu dropped to 2-3 with no chance to advance. Boniface Ndong led the Spanish champs with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro had 12 and Erazem Lorbek added 10 points, plus 6 rebounds. The hosts got 14 points and 8 boards from Giorgi Shermadini. Doron Perkins had 12 points, 7 rebs and 5 assists, and third scorer in defeat was Maarten Leunen with 9 points. Barca made 0-9 run during the last period for 58-61 lead with something more than 5 minutes to go. Doron Perkins and Giorgi Shermadini answered with mini 4-0 run for 62-61 Cantu lead with 40 seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro made two free throws with 26 seconds to go for a 62-63 Barcelona lead before Basile's potential game-winning jumper from the right baseline went off the front of the rim and out just before the final buzzer. Quarters: 18-18, 15-17, 17-17, 12-11. Barca waits Maccabi in the last round of Top 16. Cantu will go to Kaunas.




Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 4-1 
 2. Galatasaray 3-2 
 3. Olympiakos 2-3 
 4. Anadolu Efes 1-4 
Group F
 1. Montepaschi 4-1 
 2. Gescrap BB 3-2 
 3. Real Madrid 3-2 
 4. Unicaja 0-5 
Group G
 1. Unics 3-2 
 2. Panathinaikos 3-2 
 3. Fener.Ulker 2-3 
 4. Armani MI 2-3 
Group H
 1. FCB Regal 5-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-2 
 3. Bennet Cantu 2-3 
 4. Zalgiris 0-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.17.9 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.6 
 4. Mallet, Spirou16.6 
 5. Weems, Zalgiris16.3 
 6. Domercant, Unics16.1 
 7. Macvan, Partizan15.3 
 8. Lorbek, FCB Regal14.9 
 9. Krstic, CSKA14.8 
 10. Carroll, Real Mad.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Partizan
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Macvan, Partizan8.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA7.4 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy6.9 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 7. Kasun, KK.6.6 
 8. Bourousis, Armani6.5 
 9. May, KK.6.4 
 10. Krstic, CSKA6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Armani Mit
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Cook, Armani Mit5.5 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 6. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 7. Blassingame, Assec.4.5 
 8. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 9. Huertas, FCB Regal4.3 
 10. Farmar, Maccabi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 2. Gordon, Galatasaray2.1 
 3. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 6. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA1.7 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.1.6 
 9. Diamantidis, Panat.1.6 
 10. Kinsey, Anadolu1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.4 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.4 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.3 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 10. Perovic, FCB Regal1.1 


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Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Alexandros VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (204-F/G-95)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Vezenkov, BUL27.1 
 2. Seskus, LTU21.3 
 3. Sizov, RUS20.7 
 4. Hezonja, CRO20.0 
 5. Witlinski, POL18.6 
 6. Peterka, CZE17.6 
 7. Savic, MNT15.7 
 8. Kouril, CZE15.4 
 9. Rebic, SRB15.4 
 10. Inglis, FRA14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  (201-F-95)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Peterka, CZE12.6 
 2. Witlinski, POL9.9 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL9.9 
 4. Seskus, LTU9.4 
 5. Diop, ESP9.0 
 6. Zganec, CRO8.6 
 7. Ristic, SRB8.3 
 8. Hezonja, CRO8.2 
 9. Birsen, TUR8.0 
 10. Inglis, FRA7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kouril, CZE6.1 
 2. Zywert, POL4.9 
 3. Martin, ESP4.6 
 4. Rebic, SRB4.4 
 5. Kavaliauskas, LTU4.1 
 6. Seskus, LTU3.9 
 7. Djurovic, MNT3.9 
 8. Vezenkov, BUL3.6 
 9. Boyarkin, UKR3.6 
 10. Ozmizrak, TUR3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Igor BOYARKIN
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Boyarkin, UKR3.0 
 2. Kavaliauskas, LTU2.6 
 3. Ozmizrak, TUR2.6 
 4. Fontecchio, ITA2.5 
 5. Martin, ESP2.4 
 6. Hezonja, CRO2.2 
 7. Seskus, LTU2.0 
 8. Liapis, GRE2.0 
 9. Sans, ESP2.0 
 10. Bosnjak, CRO1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  SEN
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diop, ESP2.9 
 2. Stoimenov, BUL2.0 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL1.8 
 4. Inglis, FRA1.6 
 5. Prokopenko, UKR1.6 
 6. Benvenuti, ITA1.1 
 7. Spyropoulos, GRE1.1 
 8. Slanina, CZE1.0 
 9. Draskovic, MNT0.9 
 10. Charalampopo., GRE0.8 


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Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kriz, CZE19.0 
 2. Larentzakis, GRE18.7 
 3. Gerun, UKR18.2 
 4. Artamonov, UKR17.4 
 5. Rupnik, SLO17.3 
 6. Ponitka, POL15.3 
 7. Della Valle, ITA15.1 
 8. Radosavljevi., GER13.9 
 9. Caven, FIN13.9 
 10. Brzoja, CRO13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kriz, CZE11.7 
 2. Gerun, UKR11.1 
 3. Diez, ESP10.4 
 4. Jaiteh, FRA9.8 
 5. Gudumak, RUS9.3 
 6. Trushkin, RUS9.0 
 7. Kymantas, LTU7.9 
 8. Kyzlink, CZE7.7 
 9. Ponitka, POL7.6 
 10. Karnowski, POL7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rupnik, SLO5.7 
 2. Artamonov, UKR5.1 
 3. Schroeder, GER4.9 
 4. Deligeorgis, GRE4.4 
 5. Fernandez, ESP4.4 
 6. Micic, SRB4.3 
 7. Miljenovic, SRB4.0 
 8. Eroglu, TUR3.7 
 9. Reinfelds, LAT3.4 
 10. Imbro, ITA3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  UKR
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Artamonov, UKR3.3 
 2. Deligeorgis, GRE2.9 
 3. Ramljak, CRO2.4 
 4. Bekteshi, GER2.4 
 5. Caven, FIN2.4 
 6. Paliukenas, LTU2.4 
 7. Brzoja, CRO2.1 
 8. Kriz, CZE2.1 
 9. Micic, SRB2.1 
 10. Kymantas, LTU2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 
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  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gerun, UKR2.1 
 2. Karnowski, POL1.8 
 3. Gudaitis, LTU1.4 
 4. Tessitori, ITA1.3 
 5. Grazulis, LAT1.3 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.2 
 7. Redondo, ESP1.1 
 8. Olaizola, ESP1.1 
 9. Kymantas, LTU1.1 
 10. Tekin, TUR1.0 


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


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


Chase Griffin claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Chase Griffin (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for ToPo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds and five assists for ToPo in his team's victory, helping them to beat KTP (#6, 13-18) 98-87. ToPo maintains the 5th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ToPo will need more victories to improve their 18-13 record. In the team's last game Griffin had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be ToPo's top player in his first season with the team. Pepperdine University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griffin is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.4ppg) and averages solid 51.7% FGP and 44.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas. Durham impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Salon Vilpas lost that game 79-89 to the higher-ranked Kauhajoki (#4, 20-11). This loss caused Salon Vilpas to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-20 record. Durham is a newcomer at Salon Vilpas 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 18.4ppg (#7). He also registered 11.0 boards per game. Grace Bible College alumni Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Namika Lahti (#11). Moore showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Moore's great performance Namika Lahti lost 78-79 to the higher-ranked Kouvot (#8, 11-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 8-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moore he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moore has individually a great season in Finland. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.7apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) of Pyrinto - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Kauhajoki - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of KTP - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Kouvot - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Pau-Lacq-Orthez replace Laurent Vila with Jean-Francois Laulhe - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Orthez made a change on the bridge. They fired Laurent Vila. Jean-Francois Laulhe became the new head coach of the team. He signed a deal till the end of the season. Laurent Vila took over Pau-Lacq-Orthez in November 2011. However the team did not show too good results with the coach. They are currently at 5-13 record in the 14th position in ProA. Jean-Francois Laulhe has long worked with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He has been the assistant coach since 2008. Previously the specialist worked with Pau-Lacq-Orthez U20 team. He also guided Urcuit, JA Biarritz junior team, Serres Gaston.



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Late Pa Modou Sarr Basketball Tourney Gets Underway - by Eurobasket News
The late Pa Modou Sarr Memorial Basketball Tournament got underway last Friday at the Serrekunda West mini-stadium. In the opening game Lamin put in an impressive performance to edge out Serrekunda East 37- 28.

The game was supposed to be played on Saturday but was shifted to Friday as a result of Porcupine SC not turning up to face Serrekunda West who were eventually awarded a walkover. Meanwhile play resumes on Friday as Sport House take on powerhouse YMCA while on Saturday another powerhouse Wallidan will play Bakau United.
Courtesy of: The Daily Observer (Banjul)


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Jermareo Davidson (Fraport Skyliners) I Will Continue To Try To Get Back To The NBA Each Summer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) is a 27 year old 208cm forward from Atlanta, Georgia that is playing his first season for the Fraport Skyliners. He started his basketball career for Alabama (NCAA) and played there from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2004. He got drafted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd (36) in 2007 and was traded to Charlotte Hornets. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2008-2009, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2009-2010, he played for the Golden State Warriors (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 27 games: 15.9ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.8%. Last season, he played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.


Congrats on a well deserved 68-49 win against FC Bayern Munich. The name FC Bayern Munich is rich in tradition like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers or Green Bay Packers. Were you aware how well known this team is?

They were a tough team. The coaching staff tell before every game something about the next opponent, but coming into the game, I had no idea how much tradition the club has.

How tough was it coming off the bitter loss in Bremerhaven and coming back focused to beat FC Bayern Munich?

I didnt play in Bremerhaven staying home rehabbing. But the team played hard and just couldnt come home with a win.

Jared Newson said during the game that it was smart of you to take your jumper instead of battling Jared Homan inside. Was that your goal?

I will face up against anyone in the league. I use my quickness and shooting which is my game. I am not a banger and just dont need to do that inside.

One of the key Skyliners in the win was Devin Gibson. How mature is he already as a rookie?


I love the game of Gibson. He comes off the bench and knows how to control the game an dmake it fast paced. He does a good job finding the open guy and is very mature. We love to run with him on offense.

You are playing your first season for the Fraport Skyliners. How do you like Frankfurt?

I love Frankfurt. It is an awesome city and the fans support us well.

How difficult was it being injured for so long at the start of the season? Who helped you mentally get through this time?

Nobody helped me. Just sitting so long gave me enough motivation to work hard and come back. My teammates felt my pain, but just sitting out hurt enough.

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

My passing ability and ball handling. I was a point guard until ninth grade.

How is your relationship with head coach Muli Katzurin? How do you make him laugh?

I am still trying to figure him out. It is sometimes hard to read him. He isnt an angry man. Maybe he doesnt understand me, but I always try to be serious around him.

Who wins a one on one in practice you or Tim Ohlbrecht?

Me every time and you can highlight it.

You are from Atlanta, Georgia. What was your childhood like?

It was a pretty normal childhood. I had a single mother, sister and brother. My mom got me to playing basketball very early. I was always hanging out in the gym.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Before I started to grow, I was a point guard/shooting guard and liked the game of Allen Iverson and his ball handling. When I started to grow, I liked Kevin Garnett and I would always watch the big men seeing how they shoot the ball, handle the ball and play with their back to the wall.

You played together with Demetrius Jemison at Alabama. Can he make the step to the next level?

Yes he can. I always watch him in practice. He is a dominating small big man. He is a talented shooter especially from 15 feet out. He can handle the ball well and knows how to use his body to finish.

You played together with Cavs Alonzo Gee at Alabama. What is your fondest memory with him at Alabama?

He was like my younger brother. When he came to Alabama, he quickly attached himself to me. He was a silly guy that liked to dance in practice. We both were silly and at times had no idea what we were laughing at.

Alabama is known as a football school. Was it hard getting respect as a basketball player?

When there were football games, the city closed down. There wasnt really a bad difference between the football and basketball programs.

You had a very strong senior year averaging 14,0ppg, 8,2rpg, 1,5apg and 2,3rpg. Were you or were not surprised that you got drafted by the NBA?

I had that natural nervousness with the draft, because you never know what can happen since it is a tricky procedure. I expected to be drafted, but even if I hadnt been drafted, I am sure that I would of landed on some NBA roster. I worked hard in my time at Alabama and deserved to be drafted.

Is the NBA still your goal?

Yes it is still the route that I want to go. I love the NBA game and want to get back. I do love to play overseas, but I will continue to try to get back to the NBA each summer.

Who was your most difficult opponent in the NBA?

Pau Gasol gave me problems. He is a very good player. His shots often didnt seem like they would go in, but they always did. I also had a hard time with Chris Bosh.

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

25.

What was your most crazy shot in your career?

A half court shot in college.

With what rap star would you like to make a song with?

Jay Z.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Meet the Zohan with Adam Sandler.

Thanks Jermareo for the chat.




Cody Toppert joins Logitravel Mallorca - by Eurobasket Center
Logitravel Mallorca (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 29-year old German-German guard Cody Toppert (193-G-83, college: Cornell). He played most recently at Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (LEB Silver). While playing 14 games for Ourense this season toppert averaged 6.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a very experienced player. Toppert played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom and USA. He graduated Cornell University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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EA7 Armani wins in Athens but not enough for Playoffs, PAO advances - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Armani MI 58-67

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan celebrated 58-67 victory at OAKA last night, but that was not enough as PAO won 57-78 in Milano more than a month ago. It means that Armani improved to 2-3 in Group G, but with no chance to advance. At the same time, PAO booked a spot for the Playoffs despite they dropped to 3-2. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) top-scored in victory with 13 points. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had 12 points each in this meeting and they grabbed 17 rebounds together. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) netted 12 points and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 11 points, plus 7 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) stopped to 7 pts each. Visitors had 51-65 lead with 4 minutes to go. Nicolo Melli dunked then Romain Sato answered with a layup, but Panathinaikos could do little more than cut the margin of defeat, adding a Batiste layup and Sato free throws. Quarters: 11-16, 21-18, 14-19, 12-14. In the last round of Top 16, Panathinaikos will meet Unics in Kazan. Armani will host Fenerbahce Ulker.

PAO: Dimitris Diamantidis 12, Mike Batiste 11+7 boards, Ian Vougioukas 7, David Logan 7
Armani: Nicolo Melli 13, Antonis Fotsis 12+9 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 12+8 boards


Greeks of Diaspora: Alex Hill is doing marvelous!! - by Chris Mammides
Eurobasket.com is introducing a new awesome player who belongs to the Greeks of Diaspora. This time the article is focused on Alex Hill, the Canadian forward (of Greek decent) who is having an amazing season since his departure to the Varsity Blues, University of Toronto (CIS). Especially the last couple of games were amazing, and he was the stepping stone for the last two results of his team, a positive and a negative one.
From the local papers of Toronto, Eurobasket has 'picked' a couple of lines and he is uploading right away:

'Laurentian has been hot as of late winning 7 of their past 8, and were looking to narrow the gap on Ryerson and 3rd place in the OUA East when taking on Toronto. The Laurentian Voyageurs were notorious for their fast starts this game were not different, though it certainly didn't last as long as usual. Although Laurentian were able to jump out to an early lead, it was short lived and the Varsity Blues began to heat up. Hitting shot after shot and getting some big stops on the other end of the floor, Toronto grinded away and were able to take a 24-15 lead into the second frame. The second quarter Laurentian looked to narrow the gap but were met with just as much resistance as the first.
The second half saw Laurentian regain their form some quick ball movement combined with many solid looks and quality execution allowed the Voyageurs to quickly narrow the Toronto 21 point half time lead. Toronto forward Alex Hill (Toronto, ON) put an end to the comeback hitting back to back three pointers, and most impressively was 9 for 13 from the floor including 5 for 8 from long range for a team high 28 points. Torontos patience and team offense were simply too much for Laurentian to handle and resulted in an easy 104-88 win'.

'The Varsity Blues mens basketball team dropped an 80-74 decision to the Laurentian Voyageurs in OUA East quarter-final action on Wednesday night (Feb. 22) in Sudbury; Ont.
The loss puts an end to Torontos 2011-12 campaign. The Blues finished the regular season in fifth place with a 10-12 record.
University of Toronto put up a valiant effort in the second half, led in large part by third-year forward Alex Hill. The Toronto native tallied a game-high 23 points, knocking down three threes and going 6-for-7 from the line.
Down 63-42 heading into the final frame, Hill opened the fourth quarter with eight consecutive points as U of T went on a 24-10 run to bring the game within four with 1:47 remaining. That would be as close as the Blues would get as the Voyageurs held on for the six-point win'.



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR19.4 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.4 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris15.8 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.6 
 8. Beck, Ikaros15.3 
 9. Baxter, Ikaros14.6 
 10. James, Aris14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.8 
 2. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 4. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.6 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 8. Bavcic, KAOD6.2 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 10. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.5 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.3 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.9 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Petroulas, Perist.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ikaros1.8 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Thompson, Ilysi.1.6 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Perperoglou, Panat.1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Logan, Panathin.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.6 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.5 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 5. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Petway, AGOR0.9 
 9. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 10. Edwards, Perister.0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


Atomeromu: Frost in, Gardener out - by Levente Szabo
The official website of Atomeromu SE Paks reported today that the team will part ways with Costa Rican big man Hernold Gardener (205-C-82, college: Lon Morris JC) and they will sign for the rest of the season American center Timothy Frost (208-C-80, college: Utah).

Since the new coach took over on Atomeromu SE Paks, Hernold Gardener minutes and role on the team dropped so it isn't a surprise that he will be replaced by Frost. In coach Enriques debut with the team Gardener had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes of action, in the next regular season game he recorded 4 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time. Yesterday in the Hungarian Cup the Costa Rican big man played only 5 minutes.

Timothy Frost will fly to Hungary this weekend. The American big man is familiar with coach Enrique Gutierrez since they worked together in Spain before.

Frost switched teams a lot in the last half of year. He started the season in Finland for ToPo but leaved after 2 games (10ppg, 4.5rpg in 23.5mpg) and signed with Argentinian team Club9 where he spent 1 month and played in 9 games averaging 9.6ppg and 5.4rpg in 24.4 minutes of action. In January Timothy Frost moved to Uruguay to play for team Guruyu Waston and in 6 games he recorded a strong double-double: 16.0ppg and 11.7rpg. Then he switched teams again and signed to Malvin a team in the same country where he played 2 games and was good for 12ppg and 7rpg.

The American big man will join the team this weekend but wouldn't be able to play against Kaposvari KK. He will have his debut in Hungary on the 3rd of March against Marso NYKK.




Mike English is back to Hungary! - by Tamas Deri
The management of Fortress-Lami Ved-Kormend decided to part ways with american wingman Kasib Powell (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas Tech) and agreed with Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) for the rest of the season.

The 201 cm tall Powell played 18 games for the team and averaged 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assist in 27.7 minutes on the court.

Mike English is a well known player in our country. After graduating and running a great senior season on the University of UMKC he started his professional carreer with Traiskirchen and averaged 22.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He spent one more season with the austrian club before moving to Hungary, as he played for Gunaras Dombovar KC during the season 2007-08. It was the club's best season in the history reaching the 2nd place in the regular season, Mike was the leader of his team adding 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game. It was not a big wonder that he got a deal with one of the top teams, ASE in January 2009 with which he won the Hungarian Championship. He resigned for the coming season, but left the team in January 2010. After one year without playing any official game, in February 2011 he agreed with Levice in Slovakia and won the Title again helping his team with 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He got also voted as the Player of the Year and got several offers on the european market during the summer, Mike decided to move to Australia where he played shortly for the Gold Coast Blaze. He left the team because of personal reasons and signed in November 2011 with Correcaminos UAT Victoria. In 8 games of the LNBP he put up 13.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Watch his amazing highlights from his seasons with Dombovar and Levice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gsd95a7sJk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8zqRS33gPU


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  IBL   


G-Force Sets TRY-OUTS For March 24-25 - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Jeresy G-Force which is NewJerseys newest pro basketball team scheduled to tip off for the first time this April in the IBL,has formally announced the dates of its open try-outs for the upcoming season of play. Slated for March 24-25,the two day trials will take place at the Monroe Tennis and Basketball Centre and online registration is currently available by logging onto www.jerseyg-force.com.' We are mainly seeking players who have college level and or professional basketball experience playing overseas,' team owner Tim Butts stated.'We will consider those who have played in D1,D2, or D3.'
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NBL Round 33: CLS Knights defeat leader Satria Muda - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Satria Muda (18-3) in Surabaya on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked CLS Knights (14-6) 73-48. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Satria Muda managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 6 points in first quarter. CLS Knights held Satria Muda to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.5 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 23 Satria Muda turnovers. It was a good game for the former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Satria Muda. 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 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pelita Jaya. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked NSH GMC Riau in Salatiga 76-69. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) stepped up and scored 32 points and 4 assists for the winners and Eko Wiratama Nasution chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Reza Israelli (182-82) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Satya Wacana (2-19) moved-up to eleventh place. NSH GMC Riau lost sixteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Sakti supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah (13-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Bima Sakti (6-13). Muba Hangtuah smashed Bima Sakti 66-40 on Thursday. Agustinus Sigar nailed 19 points for the winning side. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Bima Sakti in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Muba Hangtuah have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 13-8 record. Loser Bima Sakti keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will meet at home league's second-placed Aspac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bima Sakti will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 33 Stadium Jak. was smashed by Garuda on the road 59-33.



Bima Sakti - Muba Hangtuah 40-66

The game in Sakti supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah (13-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Bima Sakti (6-13). Muba Hangtuah smashed Bima Sakti 66-40 on Thursday. The game without a history. Muba Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Sakti to just 7 points in third quarter. Muba Hangtuah forced 24 Bima Sakti turnovers. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) nailed 19 points for the winning side and forward Ary Sapto (188-80) accounted for 10 points and 5 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 7 points respectively for Bima Sakti in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Muba Hangtuah have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 13-8 record. Loser Bima Sakti keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will meet at home league's second-placed Aspac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bima Sakti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sigar 19+2ast, A.Sapto 10+5reb+3ast, T.Wilopo 9+2reb, M.Joni 9+3reb+1ast, T.Sugiharto 5+3reb+1ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 5+7reb
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 13+8reb+1ast, S.Cahyadi 8+3reb, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 7+3reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 5+4reb, G.Virgian 3+1reb, I.Mu'Ammal 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166130


Garuda - Stadium Jak. 59-33

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Garuda (17-4) crushed 7th ranked Stadium Jakarta (10-10) in Bandung 59-33 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Stadium Jakarta managed to win fourth quarter 13-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Stadium Jakarta to just 6 points in first and second quarters and to 12 points in first half. Garuda held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Garuda forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Vinton Nolland (194-82) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Evin Hadi (188-86) came up with 8 points and Mohammad Wicaksono (189-89) added 6 points and 4 steals respectively for Stadium Jakarta in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Garuda have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-4 record behind leader Satria Muda. Loser Stadium Jakarta keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Comfort Mobile.
Top scorers:
Garuda: H.Ramli 18+5reb+1ast, V.Nolland 10+6reb+3ast, I.Budianto 9+2reb+1ast, F.Minallah 6+5reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 5+4reb, C.Gideon 3+7reb+6ast
Stadium Jak.: E.Hadi 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Saputra 7, M.Wicaksono 6+3reb+1ast, D.Leonardo 4+4reb, A.Sujarwo 2+1reb, D.Iskandar 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 166131


CLS Knights - Satria Muda 73-48

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Satria Muda (18-3) in Surabaya on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked CLS Knights (14-6) 73-48. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Satria Muda managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 6 points in first quarter. CLS Knights held Satria Muda to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.5 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 23 Satria Muda turnovers. It was a good game for the former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) added 13 points in the effort for Satria Muda. 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 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pelita Jaya. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: A.Ekayana 18+4reb+2ast, R.Utomo 14+3reb+2ast, D.Haryoko 9+4reb+1ast, T.Agus 6+1reb, D.Muharri 6+8reb+2ast, J.Jeffry 5
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 17+5reb, F.Julius Ahmad 13+3reb+2ast, B.Siregar 7+3reb+2ast, A.Sunarko 5+1reb, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 5+8reb, W.Situmorang 1+3reb+1ast
gschID: 166132


Satya Wacana - NSH GMC Riau 76-69

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked NSH GMC Riau in Salatiga 76-69. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 21-15 last quarter charge of NSH GMC Riau cut the lead to 76-69 at the end of the game. NSH GMC Riau was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) stepped up and scored 32 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Reza Israelli (182-82) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Febriyan (194-87) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Satya Wacana (2-19) moved-up to eleventh place. NSH GMC Riau lost sixteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 32+3reb+4ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 14+8reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 13+3reb, Y.Sua 5+4reb+5ast, L.Gunawan 4+3reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 3+5reb+1ast
NSH GMC Riau: R.Febriyan 18+5reb+3ast, R.Israelli 16+10reb+3ast, B.Damanik 8+5reb, M.Yanto 7+5reb, A.Amier 7+2reb, A.Pamungkas 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 166129




Best players of Indonesian NBL round 32 - by Eurobasket News
Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Aspac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds for Aspac in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Pacific Caesar (#9, 6-14) with 48-point margin 83-35. Aspac maintains the 2nd position in Indonesian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Aspac would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-3 record. It's Regowo's second year at Aspac and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Regowo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.3rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau. Yanto impressed basketball fans with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as NSH GMC Riau lost that game 37-91 to the higher-ranked CLS Knights (#5, 13-6). NSH GMC Riau is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory NSH GMC Riau managed to get this year. Yanto is a newcomer at NSH GMC Riau and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Sandy Febiansyakh (190-SG-86) of CLS Knights (#5). Febiansyakh scored 17 points. He was a key player of CLS Knights, leading his team to a 91-37 easy win against the lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#11, 1-18). CLS Knights needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Febiansyakh has a very solid season. In 26 games in Indonesia he scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dirk Gerungan (182-PG-87) of Aspac - 6 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights - 2 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Erick Sebayang (180-G-83) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points and 2 rebounds
7. Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) of Aspac - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 15 points and 3 rebounds
9. Andrie Ekayana (182-SG-82) of CLS Knights - 14 points and 5 rebounds
10. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) of Aspac - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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


Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 18-3 
 2. Aspac 17-3 
 3. Garuda 17-4 
 4. CLS Knights 14-6 
 5. Pelita Jaya 14-6 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 13-8 
 7. Stadium Jak. 10-10 
 8. Bima Sakti 6-13 
 9. Pacific Caesar 6-14 
 10. Comfort Mobile 4-17 
 11. Satya Wacana 2-19 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.15.7 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.6 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda14.0 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.14.0 
 5. Nagata, Pacific13.2 
 6. Chandra, Pelita J.12.6 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.5 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.3 
 10. Ariestedes, Stadi.11.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.8 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.3 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.7.9 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.5 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.4 
 6. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.9 
 7. Yanto, NSH G.6.9 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.8 
 9. Nolland, Garuda6.8 
 10. Situmorang, Satri.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.6 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.0 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.2 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.6 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 9. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
 10. Uniputty, Comfor.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.6 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.5 
 4. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 5. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.2 
 6. Uniputty, Comfor.2.2 
 7. Gerungan, Aspac2.1 
 8. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 9. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 10. Ramli, Garuda2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian Ronaldo SITEPU
  Satria M.
  (200-C/F-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Sitepu, Satria M.2.2 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 5. Teguh, Muba H.1.5 
 6. Gunawan, Satya W.1.3 
 7. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.3 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.1 


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  IRAN   


WABA League: Mahram cruise into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Aramex 91:55

Mahram sealed their WABA League semifinal appearance. They knocked down Aramex of Jordan at home court to win the quarterfinal series. Amir Sedighi (203-F-93) stepped up with 17 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Iranian powerhouse.
Mahram jumped to early lead and stayed in control throughout the opening frame. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the first quarter to take a 31:13 lead. Mahram stretched the margin in the second period. The home team enjoyed a 54:26 advantage at the interval. Aramex had no chance whatsoever after the big break. Mahram piled up a 73:34 lead with one quarter remaining and coasted to the win at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) delivered 12 points each for Mahram. Ammar Bostami (180-F-91) replied with 15 points for Aramex. Ali El-Zubi (184-G-89) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Mahram: Amir Sedighi 17, Mahdi Kamrani 12, Hamed Afagh 12
Aramex: Ammar Bostami 15, Ali El-Zubi 13



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Maccabi Electra heads to Euroleague Playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Zalgiris 70-66

Maccabi Electra had to work very hard to beat Zalgiris 70-66 on Thursday night. Thanks to this victory the Israeli powerhouse jumped to 3-2 in Group H and booked a ticket for the Euroleague Playoffs. Zalgiris remains the only winless team in this pool with 0-5 record. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) had 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) nailed 10 points. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) responded with 20 points at the other side. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) (5 rebs) had 12 and 11 points respectively. Zalgiris had an amazing start. They made 11-25 lead after just ten minutes of play, but Maccabi immediately woke up after that cutting the margin to minus 4 until the halftime. Zalgiris won the next period with 11-12 for 5-point lead before the last ten minutes, but than Keith Langford and his teammates exploded with 11-2 run as Nokia Arena was rocking. Zalgiris didn't give up and they grabbed back 65-66 lead with 1:42 remaining in the game. Langford made 4-0 series on his own and there was something more than 24 seconds to go. Sony Weems went for an open three, but Smith flew in to block the shot and tried to take it in for a slam. But he missed the dunk, Zalgiris recovered and Weems tried again, but missed from downtown. This time Hendrix corralled the rebound, was fouled and iced the game with a free throw with 7 seconds left. Maccabi will meet Barcelona in the last round of Top 16. Zalgiris will host Bennet Cantu.

Maccabi Electra: Keith Langford 17, Richard Hendrix 11+9 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10
Zalgiris: Sonny Weems 22, Dainius Salenga 12, DeJuan Collins 11+5 boards


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  ITALY   


Sant'Antimo tab Nestor Kommatos - by Eurobasket News
Sant'Antimo bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77). The forward comes from Greece. He started the season with Marousi BC. Nestoras Kommatos tallied 20.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.2 assists per game in A1 League. He was the leading scorer of A1 League this season. Last season Nestoras Kommatos also spent in Greece with Marousi. Eurobasket.com gave the forward All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention. Previously Nestoras Kommatos had stints with Larissas, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, AEK Athens, Sevilla, Bologna, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Aris, PAOK and Makedonikas. Eurobasket.com named Nestoras Kommatos All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2004. He played for the Greek National Team back in 2003/05 seasons.


EA7 Armani wins in Athens but not enough for Playoffs, PAO advances - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Armani MI 58-67

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan celebrated 58-67 victory at OAKA last night, but that was not enough as PAO won 57-78 in Milano more than a month ago. It means that Armani improved to 2-3 in Group G, but with no chance to advance. At the same time, PAO booked a spot for the Playoffs despite they dropped to 3-2. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) top-scored in victory with 13 points. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had 12 points each in this meeting and they grabbed 17 rebounds together. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) netted 12 points and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 11 points, plus 7 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) stopped to 7 pts each. Visitors had 51-65 lead with 4 minutes to go. Nicolo Melli dunked then Romain Sato answered with a layup, but Panathinaikos could do little more than cut the margin of defeat, adding a Batiste layup and Sato free throws. Quarters: 11-16, 21-18, 14-19, 12-14. In the last round of Top 16, Panathinaikos will meet Unics in Kazan. Armani will host Fenerbahce Ulker.

PAO: Dimitris Diamantidis 12, Mike Batiste 11+7 boards, Ian Vougioukas 7, David Logan 7
Armani: Nicolo Melli 13, Antonis Fotsis 12+9 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 12+8 boards


Sergio Scariolo on the Drew Nicholas' departure - by Andrea Centenari
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 's coach Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) talked about the Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) departure before the Euroleague game against Panathinaikos Athens: 'It was a decision we both took, Armani and Drew. We thought it was in our best of interest, to part ways peacefully, in a good spirit and without any uncomfortable conflicts'.
Nicholas was struggling during this season averaging 8.3ppg in Serie A and 7.4ppg in Euroleague (29.7% from behind the arc).
'The biggest problem was that he wasn't ready physically to follow up the team rythm' said Scariolo.




Regal Barcelona grabs thriller win in Cantu, secures first place in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - FCB Regal 62-63

Regal Barcelona grabbed 62-63 thriller win in Cantu last night. It was a Round 5 of the Euroleague Top 16 phase and Barca managed to stay undefeated. They secured first place in Group H and booked a spot for the Playoffs. At the other side, Cantu dropped to 2-3 with no chance to advance. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) led the Spanish champs with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 12 and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 10 points, plus 6 rebounds. The hosts got 14 points and 8 boards from Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89). Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) had 12 points, 7 rebs and 5 assists, and third scorer in defeat was Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) with 9 points. Barca made 0-9 run during the last period for 58-61 lead with something more than 5 minutes to go. Doron Perkins and Giorgi Shermadini answered with mini 4-0 run for 62-61 Cantu lead with 40 seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro made two free throws with 26 seconds to go for a 62-63 Barcelona lead before Basiles potential game-winning jumper from the right baseline went off the front of the rim and out just before the final buzzer. Quarters: 18-18, 15-17, 17-17, 12-11. Barca waits Maccabi in the last round of Top 16. Cantu will go to Kaunas.

Cantu: Giorgi Shermadini 14+8 boards, Doron Perkins 12+7 boards+5 as, Maarten Leunen 9
Barcelona: Boniface Ndong 13+5 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Erazem Lorbek 10+6 boards


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  JAMAICA   


Club Deportivo Estela Santander adds Rogers to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Club Deportivo Estela Santander (EBA) agreed terms with 24-year old Jamaican international forward Michael Rogers (198-F-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Rogers played most recently at Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (LEB Silver). While playing 5 games for Gandia Basquet this season he averaged 7.4ppg and 2.0rpg. Rogers is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Rogers just graduated Valparaiso University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Rogers played for Jamaican senior national team this year. He represented Jamaica at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. Rogers team won Bronze and his stats at this event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 2.3rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  JORDAN   


WABA League: Mahram cruise into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Aramex 91:55

Mahram sealed their WABA League semifinal appearance. They knocked down Aramex of Jordan at home court to win the quarterfinal series. Amir Sedighi (203-F-93) stepped up with 17 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Iranian powerhouse.
Mahram jumped to early lead and stayed in control throughout the opening frame. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the first quarter to take a 31:13 lead. Mahram stretched the margin in the second period. The home team enjoyed a 54:26 advantage at the interval. Aramex had no chance whatsoever after the big break. Mahram piled up a 73:34 lead with one quarter remaining and coasted to the win at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) delivered 12 points each for Mahram. Ammar Bostami (180-F-91) replied with 15 points for Aramex. Ali El-Zubi (184-G-89) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Mahram: Amir Sedighi 17, Mahdi Kamrani 12, Hamed Afagh 12
Aramex: Ammar Bostami 15, Ali El-Zubi 13



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Baltic League: Lietkabelis advance into Challenge Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Lietkabelis advanced into Baltic League Challenge Cup semis. They thrashed Barsy Atyrau for the second time in a row to celebrate victory in the quarterfinal series. The second game finished with Lietkabelis claiming a 90:73 victory. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Lithuanian team.
Lietkabelis entered the game having a massive 42-point cushion from the opening game. They started the game in a confident manner taking a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Barsy however bounced back in the second term to secure a 39:37 halftime lead. But Lietkabelis erupted for 31 points in the third term and marched on from there. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) finished with 15 points, while Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) added 12 points and 7 assists in the win. Pavlo Tsiopych (182-G-86) answered with 24 points for Barsy Atyrau. Rustem Tuleu (185-G-90) and Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) had 11 points each in the loss.



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  KOSOVO   


Top four ready for the season start! - by Dren Shporta
Top four teams of BKT Superliga, Trepca, Sigal Prishtina, Bashkimi and Peja are ready and cant wait the start of the spring season. The greens from Mitrovica, that ended the first half of the season as league leaders won last night their last preparation friendly match against Tirana, in Tirana. Trepca beat Tirana with close result of 95-92, showing great and compact game.

In the other hand, Sigal Prishtina has played many friendly matches and they have one most of them, including Bashkimi. Arben Krasniqis boys are in great form and they seem ready for their first game which will be against Peja. Bashkimi from Prizren, in last week has played 3 friendly games with Drita, Peja and Sigal Prishtina. They won against Drita and Peja, and lost against reigning champions, Sigal Prishtina.

While Peja is looking to repair the errors of some important points lost during first half of the season, they are also in good mood and working hard to pass Bashkimi, and to get to the third place in classification of BKT Superliga. College boys of Kolegji Univers will rely on home forces to strengthen their position in table, while Kosova of Vushtrri is hoping to keep the last play-off place in front of surprise looking Drita and strengthened Futura.



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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Kazma 10-4 
 2. Al Kuwait 10-4 
 3. Al Sahel 9-5 
 4. Al Qadsia 9-5 
 5. Al Jahraa 3-11 
 6. Al Yarmook 1-13 


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 16-1 
 2. Champville 15-1 
 3. Anibal 9-7 
 4. Sagesse 8-9 
 5. Byblos 7-9 
 6. Bejjeh 7-10 
 7. Moutahed 6-10 
 8. Hoops 5-12 
 9. Antranik 1-15 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Penigar, Byblos29.2 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.4 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi25.9 
 4. Ebi, Anibal24.8 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Youngblood, Anibal22.2 
 9. Gray, Byblos21.4 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.8 
 2. Penigar, Byblos13.3 
 3. Dearman, Bejjeh12.4 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.7 
 5. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 6. Crump, Sagesse10.6 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 8. Leather, Sagesse10.3 
 9. Hoskin, Champville10.0 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Akl, Anibal6.9 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.0 
 5. Gray, Byblos5.9 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.9 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 8. Johnson, Moutahed5.6 
 9. Young, Antranik5.4 
 10. Oguchi, Hoops4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hamilton, Hoops3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal3.0 
 3. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.7 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.4 
 6. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.3 
 7. Young, Antranik2.3 
 8. Heard, Hoops2.2 
 9. Estephane, Champvi.2.1 
 10. Williams, Byblos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.9 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Vogel, Al Riyadi2.0 
 4. Hamdar, Hoops1.8 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.7 
 6. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 7. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 8. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 9. Penigar, Byblos1.2 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal1.2 


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Maccabi Electra heads to Euroleague Playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Zalgiris 70-66

Maccabi Electra had to work very hard to beat Zalgiris 70-66 on Thursday night. Thanks to this victory the Israeli powerhouse jumped to 3-2 in Group H and booked a ticket for the Euroleague Playoffs. Zalgiris remains the only winless team in this pool with 0-5 record. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) had 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) nailed 10 points. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) responded with 20 points at the other side. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) (5 rebs) had 12 and 11 points respectively. Zalgiris had an amazing start. They made 11-25 lead after just ten minutes of play, but Maccabi immediately woke up after that cutting the margin to minus 4 until the halftime. Zalgiris won the next period with 11-12 for 5-point lead before the last ten minutes, but than Keith Langford and his teammates exploded with 11-2 run as Nokia Arena was rocking. Zalgiris didn't give up and they grabbed back 65-66 lead with 1:42 remaining in the game. Langford made 4-0 series on his own and there was something more than 24 seconds to go. Sony Weems went for an open three, but Smith flew in to block the shot and tried to take it in for a slam. But he missed the dunk, Zalgiris recovered and Weems tried again, but missed from downtown. This time Hendrix corralled the rebound, was fouled and iced the game with a free throw with 7 seconds left. Maccabi will meet Barcelona in the last round of Top 16. Zalgiris will host Bennet Cantu.

Maccabi Electra: Keith Langford 17, Richard Hendrix 11+9 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10
Zalgiris: Sonny Weems 22, Dainius Salenga 12, DeJuan Collins 11+5 boards


Baltic League: Lietkabelis advance into Challenge Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Lietkabelis advanced into Baltic League Challenge Cup semis. They thrashed Barsy Atyrau for the second time in a row to celebrate victory in the quarterfinal series. The second game finished with Lietkabelis claiming a 90:73 victory. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Lithuanian team.
Lietkabelis entered the game having a massive 42-point cushion from the opening game. They started the game in a confident manner taking a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Barsy however bounced back in the second term to secure a 39:37 halftime lead. But Lietkabelis erupted for 31 points in the third term and marched on from there. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) finished with 15 points, while Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) added 12 points and 7 assists in the win. Pavlo Tsiopych (182-G-86) answered with 24 points for Barsy Atyrau. Rustem Tuleu (185-G-90) and Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) had 11 points each in the loss.



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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 14-1 
 2. Lovcen 11-5 
 3. Teodo Tivat 10-6 
 4. Sutjeska 9-6 
 5. Mogren 9-7 
 6. KK Podgorica 6-8 
 7. Ulcinj 5-7 
 8. Jedinstvo 4-9 
 9. Danilovgrad 3-12 
 10. ABS Primorje 3-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


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No. 6 Martin Methodist Upended in Final Minutes by Cumberland, 76-73 - by Stephan Ditgens

PULASKI, Tenn. - Five Martin Methodist College RedHawks reached double-digits in a close loss to a streaking Cumberland University on Saturday, 76-73. MMC snapped a six-game win streak, dating back to January 28th, as they fell to 22-6, and 11-3 in conference play.


Ree McCrory was the high-scorer for the RedHawks in the affair with an 18 point performance, while James Justice turned in 14. LaQuantis Stewart knocked down 12 poins, alongside a team-high, nine-rebound mark, and both EJ Kirby and Jeremy Rodgers aided the RedHawks with 10 apiece.

Demario Williams and Stewart each dished out four assists, while Williams and Rodgers checked in with six and five rebounds respectively. Justice added to his effort with four steals and two blocks.

The game featured 14 ties and 10 lead changes, all in the second half, as a 58 percent from the field shooting-wise led MMC to a 45-41 lead at the half. The action heated up in the second frame, and the Bulldogs tied the game at 66-66 with 3:41 to go.

At the 1:52 mark, when CU had taken the advantage, Rodgers put away a bucket to cut the deficit to one, 72-71, but on the next possession, an inbounds pass with only seven seconds on the shot clock sent CU down the baseline for a basket that put them up by three. As McCrory converted two free throws with 13.7 seconds to go, another quick play from CU with eight seconds to go led to a Michael Sweat basket plus the and-one shot. A final three from MMC was short, thus leading to the 76-73 defeat.

The RedHawks head to Bethel University on Thursday, February 23rd, followed by their final regular season game on Saturday, February 25th when they host Trevecca Nazarene on Senior Day.

source: goredhawks.com


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  NBA   


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 20-14 
 2. New York K. 17-18 
 3. Boston C. 15-17 
 4. Toronto R. 10-23 
 5. New Jersey N. 10-25 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 27-8 
 2. Indiana P. 21-12 
 3. Cleveland C. 13-18 
 4. Milwaukee B. 13-20 
 5. Detroit P. 11-24 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 27-7 
 2. Orlando M. 22-13 
 3. Atlanta H. 20-14 
 4. Washington W. 7-26 
 5. Charlotte B. 4-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 27-7 
 2. Portland TB 18-16 
 3. Denver N. 18-17 
 4. Minnesota T. 17-17 
 5. Utah Jazz 15-17 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 20-11 
 2. LA Lakers 20-14 
 3. Phoenix Suns 14-20 
 4. Golde State W. 13-17 
 5. Sacramento K. 11-22 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 24-10 
 2. Dallas M. 21-13 
 3. Houston R. 20-14 
 4. Memphis G. 19-15 
 5. N.Orleans H. 8-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.4 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.4 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.4 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.22.4 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.22.3 
 9. Williams, New J.22.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.3 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.8 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.4 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.6 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.4 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.5 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.6 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.4 
 6. Williams, New J.8.2 
 7. Parker, San A.8.1 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
 9. Lowry, Houston R.7.6 
 10. Wall, Washington7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.0 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 9. James, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.2 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.7 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.2.2 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 8. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.9 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Exciting Wednesday (13 games): Warriors beats Suns 106-104 on Monta Ellis' shot - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns - Golde State W. 104-106
Remember where you were. If history truly does predict the future, this might not happen again for a while. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored a game-high 26 points, including a difficult shot with one second remaining as the Warriors beat Phoenix 106-104 on Wednesday night at the US Airways Center. It marked the first time they won in the desert in seven years and the first time they beat the Suns in a season series in 17 years. The Warriors led by as many as 21, but the Suns took the lead three times in the closing 3:50 to set the stage for Ellis' heroics. He took the ball with 11.6 seconds left and waited for the clock to dwindle to five before he dribbled right. He spun back to his left and made a 13-foot fadeaway jumper over Grant Hill to break a 104-104 tie. Channing Frye's last-ditch jumper clanged off the rim at the buzzer. 'We were panicking. We just didn't show it,' joked Warriors power forward David Lee, who had 22 points. 'No, we knew the time we finally got the victory down here that it wasn't going to be an easy one.' The Suns had won 13 straight home games against the Warriors, dating to March 18, 2005. In the Warriors' last win here, a 110-100 victory, Baron Davis recorded 33 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and Jason Richardson and Derek Fisher each added 19 points. Then a rookie, Andris Biedrins had six points and six rebounds in 17 minutes. Phoenix, which had won 28 of the past 31 home meetings, swept last season's series and hadn't lost a series to the Warriors since 1994-95. When the Warriors clinched that series with a 122-104 victory April 4, 1995, they held Charles Barkley to nine points on 4-of-15 shooting. Donyell Marshall paced the Warriors with 28 points, Chris Mullin had a triple-double and four blocked shots, and Keith 'Mister' Jennings and Carlos Rogers each contributed 22 points. This time, it was Ellis, Lee and Dorell Wright (23 points) leading a charge that was absent Stephen Curry for the second half. Curry strained the tibialis posterior tendon in his right foot during the first quarter. 'If I had to design a win, I would have designed it this way,' coach Mark Jackson said. 'It's much better for our future to have to grind out a win. We buckled down and were disciplined enough to come out of here with a win. 'It was a great victory, an absolutely great victory.' After X-rays were negative on Curry's foot, he tried to give it a go late in the second quarter but couldn't continue. He said he was in pain and the team doctors weren't sure if he had plantar fasciitis. Also, Ekpe Udoh once again banged his left knee - the same injury that caused him to miss the final 1 1/2 minutes of Monday's breakout performance, putting the Warriors in need of some role players. Dominic McGuire answered the call, contributing nine rebounds (six offensive) in less than 17 minutes. Backup point guard Nate Robinson had eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. 'That was big time,' Jackson said. 'We were shorthanded. We were trying to find individuals and find a collective group that could get it done. 'It's awfully impressive that guys were playing out of position, playing long minutes and playing with matchup problems, but we found a way to win.' In Phoenix, no less. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

LA Clippers - Denver N. 103-95
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) scored a season-high 36 points, Blake Griffin added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 103-95 Wednesday night to snap a two-game skid in their last game before the All-Star break. Paul and Griffin are headed to the game as starters in Orlando, having led their team to a 20-11 record in the first half of the lockout-shortened season. Griffin had 12 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had 16 boards as the Clippers improved to 12-4 at home. Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and rookie Jordan Hamilton added a season-high 18 points for the injury-riddled Nuggets, who lost their fifth in a row on the road. They played without Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Nene and Rudy Fernandez. The teams, who split their first two meetings, played it close throughout with 23 lead changes and 16 ties. Paul scored 17 straight points over the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth that extended the Clippers' lead to 85-79. The Nuggets answered with seven in a row, including three by Al Harrington, to take a 91-89 lead. Paul was 11 of 12 from the line and had nine assists. From there, the Clippers outscored Denver 14-4 to end the game. Griffin had six points, making four straight free throws, while the Nuggets couldn't hit from outside. Harrington airballed a 3-pointer and missed another one on the ensuing possession. He finished with 11 points. Denver didn't make a field goal over the final 7:27. Paul scored the Clippers' final 12 points of the third, when they led 80-79. Denver led by five midway through the period before Griffin and Paul combined to score seven in a row and briefly put the Clippers ahead by two. The Nuggets led 54-52 at the break, with neither team leading by more than five points in the first half. Hamilton scored 13 points, missing just two of his six field goal attempts, for the Nuggets. Paul scored all of his 13 points in the second quarter for the Clippers. Notes: Nuggets F-C Nene missed his sixth straight game with a strained left calf. ... Griffin and Paul addressed the fans before the game, with Griffin thanking them for their support during the first half of the season. 'We're going to go down to Orlando and try to make you guys proud,' Paul added. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Oklah.City T. - Boston C. 119-104
The Boston Celtics can only hope their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is a microcosm of their season: a dreadful first half and a gutsy second half. Either way, they'd like the final result to be better. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 31 points, Kevin Durant added 28 and the Thunder sustained a late Boston rally before beating the Celtics 119-104 on Wednesday night for their 11th straight win at home. It was the fifth straight loss for Boston, which hits the All-Star break a disappointing 14-16. 'We've got to come together as a group and understand we still have a shot at this,' said Paul Pierce, who tied Kevin Garnett for the team lead with 23 points. 'We have tremendous depth when people are healthy. We know we can play when we're right. We know what we can do when we're right. 'We didn't finish off this first half like we wanted to but hopefully the second half, we can treat it like the second part of the season and come back refreshed and re-energized.' Garnett also had 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games for personal reasons but the Celtics were still without point guard Rajon Rondo as he served the second game of a two-game suspension and three other regulars due to injuries. Rondo was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team earlier Wednesday night to replace injured Atlanta guard Joe Johnson. 'I know Rajon Rondo was out and I know that was probably not easy for (coach) Doc (Rivers), but we played against a very good team that plays with such pride and such toughness that it was a good win for us,' Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. Boston trailed by as many as 27 in the third quarter before rallying to get within 108-102 after Pierce's free throw with 3:31 left. Durant banked in a pair of jumpers and hit two free throws during an 11-2 run to close the game for Oklahoma City, tied with Miami for the league's best record at 26-7. 'We knew this team was going to keep fighting us. Giving up is not in their character and they have a great coach and a great group of guys,' Durant said. 'We knew they were going to come out and fight. We knew they were going to make a run. That's what happens in this league. 'But I think we did a good job of staying composed and pulling it out.' The Thunder took control with a mammoth 30-3 run that carried over into the second quarter, including a span of 21 consecutive points, and eventually pushed their lead to 83-56 after Daequan Cook's 3-pointer from the left corner with 7:07 left in the third quarter. The Celtics cut the deficit in half with a 16-4 run to finish the third, with much of the damage coming after Durant picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench with just under 3 minutes remaining. Ray Allen's jumper to start the fourth quarter got Boston within 94-82, and it got as close as six following an 11-2 run that came during a stretch when two Oklahoma City players were called for technical fouls. Kendrick Perkins got one after fouling out, and Serge Ibaka picked one up soon after replacing Perkins. 'The guys just wouldn't give up. We gave ourselves a chance there in the last 3 minutes. We just couldn't get over the hump,' Pierce said. Rivers credited Pierce for leading the charge, calling out the margin as the Celtics pulled within 20 and then 17, and so on. It never got any closer than six, though. The Thunder got it back together to finish it out, ending up with a 43-32 advantage on the boards - including only three offensive rebounds for Boston - and 27 fast-break points, one off their season best. The 119 points were also one shy of their most in regulation this season. 'I've never played on a team that's just given up. I just tried to push the guys, push the guys all the way to the finish,' Pierce said. 'I've never been a player that stopped short.' Cook and James Harden chipped in 17 points apiece for Oklahoma City. Backup power forward Nick Collison missed his second straight game with left quad contusion. Allen scored 21, Mickael Pietrus 16 and Avery Bradley 12 as all five Boston starters reached double figures. The bench, lacking depth with Brandon Bass (knee) and centers Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) and Chris Wilcox (thigh) hurt, provided only nine points. The Celtics have twice lost five games in a row this season, both punctuated by losses to Oklahoma City. The Thunder swept the season series for the first time in six years, having lost to Boston in their home building all three times since moving from Seattle. Oklahoma City missed nine of its first 10 shots and quickly fell behind 15-5, then could hardly miss for the rest of the first half, going 18 for 23 during the most impressive stretch. Harden's driving layup completed the one-sided spurt and made it 42-25 in the first 2 minutes of the second quarter. The lead grew to 72-49 by halftime after Boston's worst defensive half of the season. 'We were moving the ball, we were running the court, we were playing with a good pace and taking care of the basketball. It was beautiful basketball in the first half,' Brooks said. 'We just got a little sloppy with our turnovers and our ball-handling and our decisions in the second half.' *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

New Jersey N. - Orlando M. 91-108
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 108-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Howard, who can become a free agent in July if the Magic don't trade him by the March 15 trading deadline, got the loudest cheers from the crowd of 15,364 in the pregame introductions. And the center didn't disappoint in leading the Magic to their ninth straight win over the Brooklyn-bound Nets. Glen Davis, who hit his first seven shots, added 16 points for Orlando, which won for the eighth time in 11 games. Deron Williams had 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists to lead New Jersey, which headed into the All-Star breaking having lost 8 of 11. Rookie MarShon Brooks added a game-high 24, while Brook Lopez had 15 in his second game of the season after recovering from a broken right foot. Orlando shot 62.5 percent in the opening 12 minutes and jumped to a 34-17 lead. The final 4:16 were the key with the Magic closing the quarter with a 13-2 spurt that came mostly with Howard sitting on the bench. Davis hit all four of his shots and Jameer Nelson, who also had eight points in the period, hit a 3-pointer, one of 13 on the night by Orlando. Nets' fans started chanting: 'We want Dwight' in the final minute and it continued late in the game. Orlando increased the lead to 22 points in the second quarter, and the only time it was challenged was in the third quarter when Williams put on a show for Howard, his good buddy, hitting three straight 3-pointers and scoring 12 straight points to get the Nets within 67-57. After New Jersey blew a couple of chances to get the lead under double figures, Orlando closed the quarter with a 16-9 spurt to take an 87-70 lead into the final quarter. JJ Redick started and ended the run with 3-pointers and Chris Duhon, who came off the bench to slow down Williams on the defensive end, sandwiched two 3-pointers and a jumper in scoring eight straight points for the Magic. Ryan Anderson added 14 points for Orlando, Redick had 12 and Hedo Turkoglu and Nelson had 10 apiece. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Philadelph.76 93-87
Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) had a scraped right forearm, a sore right ankle and a smile on his face after the Houston Rockets pulled out a grinding victory over his hometown team on Wednesday night. Lowry scored 13 points and converted two crucial three point-plays in the final two minutes of the Rockets' 93-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston's third straight victory. The Philly native and former Villanova star took hard shots on both drives, but the points turned out to be the margin of victory in both teams' final game before the All-Star break. 'I hit the floor a few times but it doesn't matter, we got the win,' said Lowry, who briefly left in the first quarter after spraining his right ankle. Luis Scola had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Martin scored 16 points for Houston, which snapped a four-game home-court losing streak to Philadelphia. The Rockets head into the break at 20-14, and in much better shape than last season, when they were five games under .500 at All-Star weekend. 'I'm never going to say we're overachieving, or underachieving,' Lowry said. 'I think we're a good team, and I think we're going where we're supposed to be going.' The 76ers, meanwhile, are limping into the break on a five-game losing streak, and their top two rebounders-Spencer Hawes (left Achilles strain) and Elton Brand (right thumb sprain) are out indefinitely. 'I would say that we'd be happy to be where we are now, when the season started,' Andre Iguodala said. 'We put ourselves in position to be one of the top teams in our division. We are where we want to be, but not playing the way we want to now. Every team is going through tough stretches like this.' Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 18 points and Thaddeus Young had 15 for the 76ers, who lost for only the second time in their past nine meetings with Houston. Philly was held without a 3-pointer for the first time this season, missing all nine attempts. The Rockets went 5 for 18 from 3-point range, with all but one of the makes coming in the second half. The lead changed hands five times in the final five minutes before Lowry drove into Vucevic for a layup, drew the foul and made the free throw for an 86-84 lead. Louis Williams made a free throw with 1:38 remaining, but Lowry then converted another three-point play, drawing a foul on Young this time, with 59 seconds left to make it 89-85. Williams slipped on the baseline in front of the Houston bench, the 76ers' 13th turnover, and the Rockets hit their free throws in the last minute to preserve the victory. 'Good thing we won,' Martin said. 'That would've been a bad loss for us. We played with a little bit of fire.' Lowry also had eight rebounds and Chandler Parsons scored 12 points for the Rockets. Williams scored 17 points for the 76ers. Both teams shot poorly early, and neither had scored 10 points midway through the first quarter. Lowry left four minutes into the game after stepping on Scola's foot, and he limped to the locker room with athletics trainer Keith Jones. Houston found its shooting touch first and took a 19-16 lead. Lowry returned to the bench with Jones in the last minute of the quarter, and was back on the floor for the start of the second. The Rockets picked up the offensive pace in the third quarter, stretching the lead to eight points. The 76ers attacked Houston's small lineup inside, answering with a 10-0 run that gave them a 56-54 lead. Houston went cold late in the third quarter, and mustered only 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting. The 76ers scored 14 of their 24 third-quarter points in the paint and led 65-61 heading to the fourth. Martin swished back-to-back 3-pointers near the nine-minute mark to keep Houston within three. After Thaddeus Young scored inside, Martin hit another 3 and Patrick Patterson scored to tie it at 75-all. *Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte B. - Indiana P. 88-102
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) had a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers continued their dominance of the Charlotte Bobcats with a 102-88 victory Wednesday night. The Pacers have now beaten the Bobcats nine time straight times, including twice this week. This game was much closer than the 35-point rout Sunday in Indianapolis - at least for three quarters. The Pacers led by 10 after three quarters but began to pull away in the fourth. Danny Granger had 12 points and A.J. Price, Paul George, Dahntay Jones and Darren Collison also scored in double digits. Lou Amundson had a season-high 11 rebounds as the Pacers won for their fourth game in a row to remain in second place in the Central Division at 21-12 overall. Corey Maggette scored 20 points and D.J. Augustin had 15 for the Bobcats, who've lost 18 of their last 19 games. The Bobcats got an encouraging game from rookie center Bismack Biyombo, who finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. But the Pacers were again simply too much for Charlotte. In what's been a repetitive theme this season for the Bobcats, they were manhandled on the boards and outscored in the paint. If didn't hurt that the Pacers made 27 of their first 30 free throw attempts. On Sunday, the Pacers jumped out to a 21-2 lead against the Bobcats and never let up beating them inside the paint. The Bobcats seemed determined not to let that happen again. Charlotte ran out to a 19-10 lead before the Pacers began to chip away. Indiana went on a 12-2 run to close the first half and take a 50-42 lead at the break behind 12 points from Hansbrough. Before the game, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he liked the way his guys were playing as a team and it showed again as they used a balanced scoring attack to get the victory. Hansbrough, who played his college basketball a couple of hours up the road at North Carolina, seemed to relish his homecoming game, jumping out to a quick start and giving the Pacers the lift they needed early on with some strong inside play and some nice mid-range jump shots. Hansbrough's previous high this season was 17 points. The Bobcats enter the All-Star break with a 4-28 record, by far the worst in the NBA. If there's some consolation, they expect to get Gerald Henderson back on the court next week. Henderson has sat out the last three weeks with a strained hamstring. Coach Paul Silas has said once everyone returns to the lineup his team will be competitive. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Toronto R. - Detroit P. 103-93
Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 23 points, Aaron Gray set season highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak, beating the Detroit Pistons 103-93 on Wednesday night. Leandro Barbosa scored 17 points, James Johnson had 15 and Amir Johnson added 11 for the Raptors, who had lost seven of eight coming in. Ed Davis scored 10 points and Jose Calderon added 15 assists as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak against Detroit. Greg Monroe had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, Brandon Knight scored 16 and Tayshaun Prince had 14 as Detroit dropped to 3-14 on the road. Jason Maxiell scored 12 points for the Pistons, who had won three of four and seven of 10 entering the game. Up by 14 points to begin the final quarter, Toronto put the game away with a 15-6 run over the first four minutes. Davis scored six points in the spurt, capping it with a fade away jumper as he was falling down to put Toronto up 89-66, its biggest lead of the night, with 8:09 to play. After calling timeout, the Pistons rallied with a 13-0 run. Knight hit a 3, Jonas Jerebko made a running dunk and Monroe scored six straight points before Knight added a driving layup, cutting the gap to 89-79 with 5:38 left. Gray made two of four from the line to stop the run, then answered another 3 by Knight with a layup as the Raptors held firm. DeRozan added a free throw on the next possession, giving Toronto a 94-82 lead with 4:11 remaining. DeRozan topped 20 points for the fifth time in seven games. He scored 12 in the first quarter as the Raptors led 28-24 after one. Toronto shot a sizzling 58 percent in the first quarter and was almost as good in the second, making 12 of 21 attempts. They led 53-45 at the half. Toronto missed eight of its first nine shots in the third quarter, but a dunk by James Johnson and a 3 by Calderon, his first basket of the night, sparked a 17-6 run over the next six minutes. The Raptors led 74-60 heading into the fourth. *Courtesy of www.toledoblade.com

Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 100-98
In a recent run of misfortune and frustration for the Utah Jazz, this loss might've hurt the absolute worst. After all, they led the Minnesota Timberwolves by as many as 18 points in the first half, took a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter and led by 16, 83-67, with less than nine minutes left. Heck, with less than 41/2 minutes remaining, Utah still led by seven points in Wednesday night's game at the Target Center. But Minnesota staged a fierce rally down the stretch, fueled by the fierce fourth-quarter play of J.J. Barea, Derrick Williams and Luke Ridnour, whose last-gasp floater in the lane at the final buzzer lifted the T-wolves to a gritty 100-98 victory in the two teams' last game before the annual NBA All-Star break. 'Luke just made an incredible play,' Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. 'He knocks that down all the time. It's a floater, he knows he has to get if off against the big guys. That was unbelievable, in traffic, getting around the guy and knocking it down. I couldn't be happier for him.' The gut-wrenching loss drops Utah's record to 15-17, while the T-wolves squared their slate at 17-17 with the dramatic come-from-behind victory, the fourth win in their last five games. Ridnour and diminutive reserve point guard Barea combined for 23 fourth-quarter points - the Jazz, meanwhile, managed just 21 as a team - and Williams had nine more in the last 12 minutes as Minnesota poured in 36 points in the final period, refusing to fold even after Utah held a seemingly safe 13-point lead, 77-64, entering the final frame and stretched it to 16. 'The play was for J.J. to come off and make something happen,' said Ridnour, who scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. 'They double-teamed him and he swung it and I was able to get there and make something happen. I saw it (the clock) when I got it and saw it was at three seconds and knew I had time to make something happen. To see it go in was a good feeling.' Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, while Josh Howard - starting in the place of injured Raja Bell - added 19 points and six boards. Former T-wolves player Al Jefferson contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Devin Harris had 10 more points for Utah. But the Jazz, who led 39-21 in the second quarter and 49-37 at halftime, couldn't stand prosperity and let this one slip away in seeing their road record slip to 3-11. 'It's a tough loss, a game that we should have won,' lamented Utah coach Tyrone Corbin. 'We played well enough to win it and made some mistakes down the stretch that really cost us the game. 'When you're on the road and you give up 36 points in the fourth quarter, it's tough. It's a tough loss. 'We just got cautious, you can't play cautious,' he said of his team's fourth-quarter collapse. 'You've got to play as aggressive as we did to get to that point. We lost our energy a little bit.' Nikola Pekovic chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Williams added 13 more points for Minnesota, which shot just 19 percent in the first quarter and 30.7 percent from the field in the first half before heating up big-time after halftime, finishing at a 40.3-percent clip. The Wolves went 11-of-21 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, as Barea banged in three 3s in the final period. After an alley-oop dunk by C.J. Miles made it 83-67 with 91/2 minutes to go, it looked like the Jazz might get a rare road breakthrough. Utah still led by 15, 85-70, at the 8-minute mark before Barea, Ridnour and Williams brought the Wolves back from the brink of defeat. A 17-4 run trimmed Utah's lead to two, 89-87, with 3:33 left, and from then on it was anybody's ballgame. Williams' putback basket and subsequent free throw on an and-one tied it at 93 with 56.7 seconds to go, and after Jefferson lost the ball, Williams hit two free throws to make it 95-93 with 42.5 seconds left - Minnesota's first lead since the game's opening minute. Then in a frantic six-second span, Utah's Gordon Hayward hit a free throw, Ridnour hit two foul shots, Millsap scored in the lane and Ricky Rubio made 1-of-2 at the line to put Minnesota on top 98-96 with :22.3 left. Jefferson, who spent three stellar seasons in a T-wolves uniform, hit a jumper to tie it at 98 with seven seconds remaining, setting the stage for Ridnour's game-deciding dagger. 'It was a frustrating loss, especially going into the All-Star break,' said Howard, who had 13 points on splendid 6-of-9 shooting in the first half. ' It was a tough one, hands down, to get beat on a buzzer-beater right before you go home. It's something that's going to be on your mind for a little bit. 'That's the type of shot (Ridnour) takes, those one-leggers. I've seen it. 'It looked good going out of his hands, and unfortunately it went in. Hats off to those guys for sticking with it. We had them down double-digits twice in this game, and they still stuck around and beat us.' And, like the man said, in a frustrating tailspin which has spoiled Utah's strong start, this one might've hurt the worst. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Chicago B. - Milwaukee B. 110-91
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 20 points, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each added 16, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Wednesday night. Joakim Noah had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple-double by a Chicago center in roughly 35 years, and the Bulls simply ran away with this one. The Central Division leaders built an 11-point halftime lead and broke it open in the third quarter, a nice sendoff for the All-Star break. Ronnie Brewer scored 15 points as all five Bulls starters scored in double figures. Reserves Kyle Korver (11 points) and Taj Gibson (nine points, 10 rebounds) provided a spark as Chicago handed Milwaukee its sixth loss in seven games. Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 20 points. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Dallas M. - LA Lakers 91-96
Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) had a huge smile on his face after he grabbed a rebound of his own miss and got fouled on an attempted putback. Not long after making both those free throws that put the Los Angeles Lakers ahead to stay, Bynum was running after teammate Derek Fisher to give him a big hug following a 3-pointer. Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds, including several big plays in the final 5 minutes, as the Lakers hit the halfway point of their season with a 96-91 victory over the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. 'Andrew was great,' coach Mike Brown said. The free throws by Bynum broke an 82-all tie with 5:29 left and put the Lakers (20-13) ahead to stay after 13 ties and 10 lead changes. After the Mavericks failed to take advantage of a turnover by Kobe Bryant when Jason Terry gave it right back, Bynum was underneath the basket with the ball. But he instead passed it to Fisher in the left corner for a 3-pointer. Bynum was smiling broadly when he chased down and hugged Fisher when Dallas called timeout. Fisher, whose driving short jumper with 3:41 left ended a 9-0 run and made it 89-82, had given Bynum a pep talk before the game. They were also thinking about the playoffs against Dallas last season. 'We got swept last year, and it was on our minds,' Bynum said. There was also Bynum's alley-oop dunk from Bryant with 1:05 left that stretched the lead to 93-86. The Lakers then held on despite missing six consecutive free throws after that. Bryant missed two free throws with 37 seconds left. After Dirk Nowitzki's tip-in got Dallas within 93-91, Pau Gasol was fouled and missed both of his free throws with 20 seconds left. 'I'm a little overweight, I'm too young to have a heart attack,' Brown said after watching all those misses. But Matt Barnes grabbed the rebound after Gasol's second miss and was quickly fouled himself. He ended the Lakers' charity-line slump with two free throws. 'That was big,' Fisher said. 'The way last season ended, this game was big for a lot of us.' Gasol had 24 points for the Lakers, while Bryant and Fisher each had 15. Bryant shot 4 of 15 while being held 14 below his NBA-leading scoring average, and was scoreless until two free throws with 10 seconds left in the first quarter. Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks (21-13), who played their final game before the All-Star break after winning seven of their previous eight games. Vince Carter had 20. 'I'm disappointing tonight, I'm not dismayed,' coach Rick Carlisle said. 'Our effort was there, we just didn't make enough plays at both ends. ... The break's coming at a good time.' The Lakers have one more game before the All-Star break. They play Thursday night at Oklahoma City. Lamar Odom missed the game for the Mavericks against his former team. Odom was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the Lakers last season and won three NBA championship rings in seven years in Los Angeles. Carlisle said Odom was excused from the game to attend to a family matter and will rejoin the team after the All-Star break. The Lakers had their biggest lead when Steve Blake had a steal and passed ahead to Gasol for a running one-handed slam that made it 42-28 with 6:21 left in the first half. That ended 12 consecutive points and a 17-2 Los Angeles run. 'I was aggressive in the beginning. I was able to knock down some shots and make plays,' Gasol said. ' (This win) shows we're on the same page and we've got a lot of character.' But the Mavericks finished the half with a 20-6 run over the final 5:33 to tie the game at 48-all by the break. Nowitzki scored the last six Dallas points, two free throws with 1:23 left and then a pair of jumpers in the final 42 seconds. He made a 15-foot floater and after grabbing a long rebound of a miss by Gasol, Nowitzki made a tying jumper. 'It just seemed like we'd get a little momentum and then we had trouble sustaining,' Carlisle said. 'Tough game, but you've got to give them credit.' Andrew Bynum had a huge smile on his face after he grabbed a rebound of his own miss and got fouled on an attempted putback. Not long after making both those free throws that put the Los Angeles Lakers ahead to stay, Bynum was running after teammate Derek Fisher to give him a big hug following a 3-pointer. Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds, including several big plays in the final 5 minutes, as the Lakers hit the halfway point of their season with a 96-91 victory over the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. 'Andrew was great,' coach Mike Brown said. The free throws by Bynum broke an 82-all tie with 5:29 left and put the Lakers (20-13) ahead to stay after 13 ties and 10 lead changes. After the Mavericks failed to take advantage of a turnover by Kobe Bryant when Jason Terry gave it right back, Bynum was underneath the basket with the ball. But he instead passed it to Fisher in the left corner for a 3-pointer. Bynum was smiling broadly when he chased down and hugged Fisher when Dallas called timeout. Fisher, whose driving short jumper with 3:41 left ended a 9-0 run and made it 89-82, had given Bynum a pep talk before the game. They were also thinking about the playoffs against Dallas last season. 'We got swept last year, and it was on our minds,' Bynum said. There was also Bynum's alley-oop dunk from Bryant with 1:05 left that stretched the lead to 93-86. The Lakers then held on despite missing six consecutive free throws after that. Bryant missed two free throws with 37 seconds left. After Dirk Nowitzki's tip-in got Dallas within 93-91, Pau Gasol was fouled and missed both of his free throws with 20 seconds left. 'I'm a little overweight, I'm too young to have a heart attack,' Brown said after watching all those misses. But Matt Barnes grabbed the rebound after Gasol's second miss and was quickly fouled himself. He ended the Lakers' charity-line slump with two free throws. 'That was big,' Fisher said. 'The way last season ended, this game was big for a lot of us.' Gasol had 24 points for the Lakers, while Bryant and Fisher each had 15. Bryant shot 4 of 15 while being held 14 below his NBA-leading scoring average, and was scoreless until two free throws with 10 seconds left in the first quarter. Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks (21-13), who played their final game before the All-Star break after winning seven of their previous eight games. Vince Carter had 20. 'I'm disappointing tonight, I'm not dismayed,' coach Rick Carlisle said. 'Our effort was there, we just didn't make enough plays at both ends. ... The break's coming at a good time.' The Lakers have one more game before the All-Star break. They play Thursday night at Oklahoma City. Lamar Odom missed the game for the Mavericks against his former team. Odom was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the Lakers last season and won three NBA championship rings in seven years in Los Angeles. Carlisle said Odom was excused from the game to attend to a family matter and will rejoin the team after the All-Star break. The Lakers had their biggest lead when Steve Blake had a steal and passed ahead to Gasol for a running one-handed slam that made it 42-28 with 6:21 left in the first half. That ended 12 consecutive points and a 17-2 Los Angeles run. 'I was aggressive in the beginning. I was able to knock down some shots and make plays,' Gasol said. ' (This win) shows we're on the same page and we've got a lot of character.' But the Mavericks finished the half with a 20-6 run over the final 5:33 to tie the game at 48-all by the break. Nowitzki scored the last six Dallas points, two free throws with 1:23 left and then a pair of jumpers in the final 42 seconds. He made a 15-foot floater and after grabbing a long rebound of a miss by Gasol, Nowitzki made a tying jumper. 'It just seemed like we'd get a little momentum and then we had trouble sustaining,' Carlisle said. 'Tough game, but you've got to give them credit.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Cleveland C. - N.Orleans H. 84-89
Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) hasn't looked like a 19-year-old rookie very often this season. After making several clutch plays in Cleveland's consecutive one-point wins over Sacramento and Detroit this week, he finally looked his age in Wednesday night's 89-84 loss to New Orleans. Irving was held to six points, tying his career low that occurred in his first NBA game against Toronto on Dec. 26. He recorded a career-high 11 assists, but shot 2 of 13 from the field. 'It was a rough night,' Irving admitted. 'It happens. It's part of the game.' Chris Kaman scored 21 points and New Orleans, which lost to Indiana in overtime on Tuesday, held off a late Cleveland rally. Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 22 points, but they missed a chance to win three straight games for the first time this season. Rookie Gustavo Ayon had a career-high 19 rebounds for the Hornets. Irving struggled throughout the game, as did most of the Cavaliers. His jumper with 2:08 to play cut New Orleans' lead to 76-74, but Kaman's dunk and Marco Belinelli's 3-pointer put the Hornets ahead 81-74 with 1:04 remaining. Cleveland coach Byron Scott thought Irving, who played the entire fourth quarter Tuesday, might have been tired. 'I remember at one point in the fourth quarter Kyrie said, 'I just don't have my legs,'' Scott said. 'I don't know if that's fatigue, but we didn't use that as an excuse.' 'I wasn't tired,' Irving said. 'I just wasn't hitting shots. I think I hit one jump shot.' New Orleans, which was playing its third road game in three nights, deserves some credit for shutting down Irving. 'Our team defense is great, man,' guard Greivis Vasquez said. 'He's a great player, but everyone knew what they have to do on defense.' Belinelli scored 19 points while Jarrett Jack added 16 for New Orleans. Kaman, the subject of trade rumors earlier this month, also grabbed 13 rebounds. The Hornets have won three of five on the road after losing seven straight. The Hornets came out with more energy in the final game before the All-Star break for both teams. New Orleans led the remainder of the game after taking an 11-9 lead in the first quarter. The Hornets built an 11-point lead late in the period and maintained a comfortable margin until the fourth quarter. 'I don't know that we were the fresher team,' Kaman said. 'We just fight every night and play hard. We do what we do each game.' 'We've got a little bit of momentum going now,' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. 'As a coach, you almost want to keep playing because the last 2 weeks have been eye-opening for our guys.' Trailing 71-59 early in the final period, Cleveland scored 11 straight points to pull within one. Ramon Sessions scored five points, Alonzo Gee hit a 3-pointer to key the run, and Ryan Hollins' free throw cut the lead to 71-70. New Orleans went scoreless for more than 4 minutes before Jack's free throw with 6:25 remaining gave the Hornets a three-point lead. Jack made a jumper and New Orleans hit six free throws in the final minute to secure the win. The Cavaliers were coming off a pair of dramatic wins that were both sparked by Irving. Cleveland's victory over the Kings on Sunday featured 19 lead changes and was tied 17 times. Irving's two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining gave Cleveland a 93-92 win. The Cavaliers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter against the Pistons on Wednesday for a 101-100 win as Irving scored 17 points in the final period. Irving will compete in the rookie/sophomore game and Skills Challenge during this weekend's All-Star festivities in Orlando. 'It's a dream come true,' he said. 'I've been watching the All-Star weekend on TV since I was a kid. I'm going to enjoy it.' Scott was assessed a technical foul in the first quarter for protesting that a foul wasn't called on an offensive possession by the Cavaliers. The Hornets dropped a 101-93 decision to Oklahoma City on Monday and fell 117-108 in overtime to Indiana on Tuesday. New Orleans had a season-high three-game winning streak going into Monday. The Hornets complete a six-game road trip in Chicago on Feb. 2 *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Washington W. - Sacramento K. 107-115
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 115-107 Wednesday night in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview - minus the All-Stars. Tyreke Evans added 22 points - 20 in the first half - and DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who broke a six-game losing streak and salvaged a win on the final game of their six-game road trip. Thomas, making his fourth consecutive start, made 8 of his last 12 shots and has scored 78 points as a starter, tying Otis Birdsong (1977) for the most points scored by a Kings rookie in his first four starts. Jordan Crawford scored a season-high 32 points, and John Wall had 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost four straight. The Kings led 104-103 with 3:44 to play, but Thomas scored the next basket to start a game-ending 11-4 run as Sacramento matched its highest point total of the season. Neither of these losing teams will have a player in the All-Star game in Orlando on Sunday - the only representatives will be former Kentucky teammates Cousins and Wall in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday - but that didn't keep both sides from getting in the spirit of fast-paced runs with defense optional. Players have been known to check out mentally in the final game before the All-Star vacation, and coaches Keith Smart and Randy Wittman said they addressed that very fact with their players before the game. Sacramento's Smart said: 'I've been around it when I look in the tunnel and the limos are already there - ready to go to the next spot.' Certainly, the game was played as if the limousines were not only waiting - but quickly running out of gas. There were few whistles as the teams went back and forth in summer-league style. The Wizards had 68 points at halftime, the most they've scored in any half this season. Of course, the Kings usually play like this anyway - they allowed 110 points per game in the first five games of the road trip. There were 58 fast break points, 102 points in the paint, multiple alley-oops, a JaVale McGee goaltend that landed in the eighth row and runs of 11-0, 12-2 and 10-2 - not quite enough for either team to open a big lead. Crawford hit a 3-pointer, then backed down Jimmer Fredette for a three-point play in the half. Thomas and Wall got double technicals for jawing at each other. Thornton and Thomas got hot in the second half, with Thomas' bank shot giving the Kings at 102-101 lead with 5 minutes to play. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Atlanta H. 99-82
Not much heat from the Hawks for Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) and the New York Knicks. That's likely to change Thursday night when the show travels to Miami for Lin versus LeBron and some real Heat. Lin had 17 points and nine assists, sitting out most of the fourth quarter in a rare easy game during his remarkable run, and the Knicks tuned up for their trip by beating Atlanta 99-82 on Wednesday. Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points in his second game back from injury for the Knicks, who led the depleted Hawks by 25 points at halftime. New York bounced back from a loss to New Jersey on Monday and won for the ninth time in 11 games since Lin joined the rotation. The Knicks visit Miami on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break, and Lin's emergence has the Heat's attention. 'It's going to be a lot of, a lot of anticipation about this game,' Anthony said. 'We're going down there to win. Miami is playing great basketball right now. One of the hottest teams, if not the hottest team in the NBA. 'It'll be a great game.' LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and teammates have been asked repeatedly in recent days about the ex-Harvard guard, and coach Mike D'Antoni was told the word out of Miami is the Heat will be waiting for the Knicks' back-to-back Sports Illustrated cover boy. 'At the airport?' he joked. Not quite. But whatever they do will provide more resistance than the Hawks, who trailed by as many as 30. Jeff Teague scored 18 points for the Hawks. They played without All-Star guard Joe Johnson, who left their loss at Chicago on Monday with a sore left knee and had to pull out of Sunday's game in Orlando, and have lost three straight and five of six. 'Coming into this game, being as depleted as we were, I still was hoping we could come out and just put together four solid quarters. We just didn't do that,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. The Knicks shot 52 percent in the first half, scored 30 points in both periods, and led 60-35 at the break. 'We are professionals. They just came out and they attacked us,' Teague said. 'That's all I can really say.' The Knicks lost their focus briefly midway through the third before pulling away again to lead 78-56 heading into the fourth. Lin watched the first 6-plus minutes of the final period before D'Antoni curiously put him back in leading by 20 with 5:13 left. Lin still played only 33 minutes after he logged at least 36 in all but one of the previous 10 games. He'll likely need to do more against the Heat, who have won seven in a row and have the NBA's best record at 26-7. The Heat have been the NBA's biggest story since building their Big Three in 2010, but even they've been playing in Lin's shadow the last two weeks. That will change Thursday in a nationally televised game that James said could be 'one of the most watched games we've had in a long time, especially with what Jeremy Lin is doing.' But Lin isn't getting caught up in the hype. 'I think for us, we want to make sure what we're thinking about is we want to build momentum going into the All-Star break and we want to make a push after the All-Star break. And I think this is a good opportunity to build momentum,' he said. 'It's a big game, don't get me wrong. We're playing a great team, and it's going to be a good evaluation of where we're at. So from that end obviously we're excited and ready for the challenge. But besides that, we're just going try to stay consistent.' The game against Atlanta came on the one-year anniversary of the Knicks' acquisition of Anthony from Denver in a blockbuster trade that cost them four of their top six players. The results have been underwhelming - 14-14 last season and 17-17 this season, and D'Antoni acknowledged the high price the Knicks paid for the All-Star forward 'depleted a lot of things.' However, he said they've built their depth back, and the potential was obvious in the first half, when all nine players who played scored. New additions Baron Davis and J.R. Smith could be an explosive second-team backcourt, and teamed up on a pretty alley-oop that Smith dropped in with his back to the hoop. Steve Novak is the 3-point specialist needed to space the floor so Lin and Anthony have room to drive into the lane. 'The things are developing and we'll get our guys, everybody up to par, and if that happens then we should be fairly good,' D'Antoni said. Novak made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points. Landry Fields had 16, and Smith finished with 12. Davis had six assists in 14 minutes. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com


Luol Deng story - by Eurobasket News
International exposure helped Luol Deng and made him a better player that he is today. There has been a lot of talk this season about representing your nation in international basketball with all the injuries to Manu Ginobilli, Andrew Bogut and Dirk Nowitzki's slow start with the Dallas Mavericks. His owner, the famous and controversial Mark Cuban even suggested that the NBA should ban its players under contract from representing their countries.

While no doubt that there is some wear and tear on a player in the NBA who plays 82 regular season games, plus preseason and post season can get up in the triple digits of games, then goes onto play with their national team. For some players the tradeoff of only getting one month rest in the summer can be measured against the value of playing an expanded role with their international team. The best example of this situation is the Chicago Bulls Luol Deng. Deng has a well-known story of travelling from the Sudan, making his way to Great Brittan and then onto high school basketball in the US. He became the second best high school player his senior year (only behind LeBron James) played one year at Duke and then moved onto the NBA.

Luol struggled a bit early in his NBA career with injuries and expectations. A bit of a stretch four player and a tweener because of the lack of great athleticism, Luol struggled with the lack of quality coaching under Vinny Del Negro and even took a step back playing for him. There was talk of playing him at the shooting guard position, even though he lacked the foot quickness and handle to succeed in such a switch. There was also talk of making him a stretch four were he would have to defend bigger and stronger fours in the NBA.

Luol's lack of ball handling and outside shooting made him a flawed small forward with coaches tinkering with his game and position. Three things changed that made Luol's ascension to NBA all-star possible Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose and leading the Great Brittan National team.

Coach Thibs displayed a lot of confidence in Luol, putting him in a position to succeed. Coach Thibs put a lot of pressure on him and responsibility. Luol thrived under this pressure and stepped his game up to a new level. He also recognized Luol's range out to 18 feet under Vinny and knew that if you can hit that long of a shot you can stretch it out to the three point line. The worst shot in the NBA is the 18 foot jumper when you can take one step back and hit a three.

Luol needed confidence in this shot, even though he shot it every day at practice which came while playing for Great Brittan. Luol became the do all player for the team defending, scoring, rebounding, passing and hitting threes. This newfound confidence has benefited him greatly since then. Stretching his game out to the three point line and becoming a great all-around player. Luol's play making ability also came to the surface as he recently had back to back games of over 10 assists for the Bulls in back to back games, the first forward to do this in Bulls history, yes even the great Scottie Pippen had never done this.

Playing along an amazing player like Derrick Rose has given Luol confidence a boost and a pressure release valve for him. It has opened up spacing on the floor and has given him more room to operate.

Luol's All-Star birth is a testament to his hard work and his history playing international basketball. There's no reason to take away that from him and future generations.



Rajon Rondo to replace Joe Johnson in NBA All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) will replace the Hawks Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, according to multiple reports.

Johnson sat out the fourth quarter of Atlanta's loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday with tendinitis in his left knee and will miss the teams next two games, Wednesday in New York and Thursday at home against the Magic.

Rondo also played in the two previous All-Star games, making this his third appearance in the event. Rondo is averaging a career-best 14.8 points per game this season, as well as 9.5 assists and 1.6 steals, for the struggling Celtics.

Rondo joins teammate Paul Pierce on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Last year, four Celtics were in the game-in addition to Rondo and Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were also there.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Joel Przybilla signing with Trail Blazers - by Eurobasket News
Free-agent center Joel Przybilla (7'1''-C-79, college: Minnesota) has decided to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, an NBA source told Yahoo! Sports.

Pryzbilla chose the Blazers over the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat and will be signed through the remainder of the season. He played with the Blazers from 2004-11 before he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats midway through last season. He played only five games for the Bobcats before re-injuring his right knee. Przybilla played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the past.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Magic Johnson talks Lakers issues - by Eurobasket News
Players meetings are fine, but Magic Johnson (6'10''-G-59, college: Michigan St.) thinks the Los Angeles Lakers need Kobe Bryant to sit down with management to address some issues.

Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak have been exchanging barbs in the media recently. Bryant said that the Lakers either need to trade Pau Gasol or say they're keeping him, and Kupchak said that the team would keep its options open.

Johnson thinks Kobe is missing the point concerning the GM, that he needs to speak to Jim Buss, who is the Lakers' vice president of player personnel and also the son of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss.

'We have to remember now, it's not Mitch's situation anymore,' Johnson told reporters on a conference call Tuesday promoting his upcoming ESPN film, 'The Announcement,' on Wednesday.

'[Kupchak is] not running the team,' Johnson said. 'Jim Buss is running the team. So, Mitch has to follow the direction of Jim Buss and what he wants. I wouldn't say Mitch is the problem or anything. He's going to do his job.

' I think what Kobe really probably wants is just be informed. As a leader, as a future Hall of Famer, as a guy who has brought five championships to the Lakers and the fans of Los Angeles, he just wants to probably have more communication, probably like he did when Phil Jackson was there and he worked well with Mitch. I don't think that Kobe feels he's got that type of relationship or the communication has been there with Jim.

'So, I think what has to probably happen is sit Kobe down [and] Jim, sit him down [too] and say, 'Hey, Dr. Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and really going over what he thought about, or what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team and Jerry West was great at that as well.' Kobe, Mitch and Jim just got to get on the same page and it will be OK.'

When Bryant was informed at shootaround about Johnson's suggestion for a sitdown between him and Jim Buss he offered only a one-word response -- 'perhaps.'

As for why Bryant made the comments in the first place that would necessitate the meeting with him and Buss?

'Nobody else is going to say it,' Bryant said. 'I'm the only one with cojones big enough to say it, so I said it.'

Bryant has said that his preference is to keep Gasol, and Andrew Bynum with him.

'I don't know why you would trade Pau Gasol,' he said during an appearance on 'The Scott Van Pelt Show' on ESPN Radio. 'We won two championships with him. He's definitely a great player. A top-two guy in the league at his position. So it's like, I don't really understand any of that stuff, but I don't have any say in it. I just have to keep going in and playing hard.'

With the media abuzz with Bryant's and Kupchak's comments, Lakers players got together after Monday's win over Portland.

'I wouldn't have called it a 'team meeting,' ' Bryant said after Lakers shootaround on Wednesday in preparation for their game against the Dallas Mavericks. 'When I heard it was being labeled a team meeting it was pretty funny to me. It was just kind of after the game, guys talk and D-Fish [Derek Fisher] got up and talked and said a couple words and that was about it.'

The Lakers answered questions Wednesday about the 'meeting.'

'I think it's great,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said. 'I've been a part of many teams where guys call team meetings and what they're trying to do, they're trying to step up and take some ownership in the process on both sides of the ball. I'm more than happy about it. If they have them in the future, to me, I think that's a big positive.'

Did the coach feel out of the loop and want to find out what issues the meeting addressed?

'I also do not need to know what they talked about in there,' Brown said. 'I did not ask for any details.'

Bryant provided a few details to reporters, however. For starters, the postgame talk was Fisher's idea.

'He's kind of the meeting-caller,' Bryant said. 'I'm not much of a meeting person. But, he's the one that calls the meetings and does most of the emotional speaking.'

As for what the meeting accomplished?

'It was just us understanding that we're reaching the midway point of the year and we really have to lock in on what we have to do and stay focused on ourselves and not let any outside distractions -- be it trade talk, be it criticism or whatever the case may be -- interfere with what we have to do as a group, as a cohesive unit,' Bryant said. 'That's really the gist of the message.'

Bynum said it was simple as well.

'Just focus and commit to defense every night,' he said. '[Against the Trail Blazers] we played major defense and that's what won us the game. For us, it's all about defense. Scoring the ball is one thing. We might not average 100 points. We average like, 92, 93. We gotta hold teams down if we want to have a chance at winning. So we can't come out and have nights where we just allow teams to go anywhere they want on.'

While sources with familiarity of the players-only meeting told ESPNLosAngeles.com that friction between the players and coaching staff was one of the issues addressed Monday, Bryant gave Brown another public stamp of approval Wednesday.

'It's a constant learning process for him, coming into a group that's [established],' Bryant said. 'We know how to play so well together, so forth and so on. We have certain things that are habitual for us, whether it's pregame routines and all this other stuff, that may seem shocking to him. Like, 'How the hell did you win championships doing this?' But it works for us and it's just a matter of him getting used to it and he's doing a good job.'

The Lakers' game against the Mavericks is game No. 33 of their 66-game schedule, the exact halfway point for their regular season coming in the same location where their playoff run ended in an embarrassing 36-point blowout in the deciding game of the second-round sweep last season.

'It's a big challenge, they're playing extremely well,' Bryant said of the Mavs. Dallas comes into Wednesday having won seven of its past eight games. 'It's a good chance for us to measure up, see where we are and see if we can carry over what we did defensively against Portland and the second half against Phoenix to this game tonight. We'll see how well we do.'

Bryant still has hope for his team, not just to beat the defending champion Mavs, but to return to championship form themselves.

'We can, but we got to be damn near perfect,' Bryant said. 'But we can. You see it in other sports where it happens where teams come seemingly out of nowhere, but that's because everybody is playing well at the right time and guys understand their assignments and understand their roles. It can happen.'

As for Bryant and any widely perceived dissatisfaction with the franchise's direction and transition out of the Jackson era, Bynum insisted the iconic guard is just fine.

'He's been Kobe,' the center said. 'He's just going out and getting buckets. That's what he does.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Nets' Shawne Williams declared out for season after foot surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Nets made it official this afternoon, announcing forward Shawne Williams (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Memphis) is finished for the season after undergoing surgery on his foot today. The surgery involved the removal of two fragments of bone and the insertion of three screws into the foot to correct a previous fracture, the team said.

Williams became the fourth Net this season to undergo foot surgery, following Brook Lopez, Damion James and Keith Bogans, who had surgery earlier this month after playing five games with the team. Williams is the third Net declared done for the season, following James and Bogans, who was subsequently released, following his surgery.

Williams, who signed a two-year, $6.1 million contract with the team before the season, played 25 games and averaged 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. He shot just 28.6 percent from the field, however, and only 24.1 percent from 3-point range.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


Wilson Chandler adds Toronto to list of possible destinations - by Eurobasket News
Chandler Wilson's (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) list of possible destinations now extends beyond his former team in Denver, his agent, Chris Luchey, told SI.com.

Chandler, the five-year veteran and restricted free agent small forward who played in China during the lockout, visited Toronto on Tuesday and is considering joining the Raptors. Chandler is still waiting for his clearance to return to the NBA from the Chinese Basketball Association but was in Denver on Monday for a game against Minnesota, talking contract terms with Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri and even visiting his old locker room.

Luchey said the Raptors (9-23), who have salary cap room to add Chandler without the use of an exception, are in the mix and that he is talking to six other teams. Chandler made $2.1 million last season and had been hoping for a long-term deal with Denver.

'We are exploring all avenues,' Luchey said. 'Our talks [with Denver] thus far have been OK. It's just the nature [of free agency]. They have options and Will has options.'

Chandler has said for months that his intention is to re-sign with the Nuggets, but Ujiri -- according to Luchey -- has made it clear he has no interest in signing him for only the rest of the season and that he wants a long-term deal. If an agreement between the two sides can't be reached soon, Chandler has two options.

He has until March 1 to sign an offer sheet with another team, then either join that club or return to the Nuggets if they match the offer. After March 1, Chandler can't sign with any team but Denver for the remainder of the season. And because the Nuggets aren't showing interest in that option, he could then be left to sit out the rest of the season and be a restricted free agent again in July.

Chandler spent his first four-plus seasons with the Knicks, but was sent to Denver as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade last February. He has averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.1 percent for his career.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Jeremy Lin has turned down millions in endorsements - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) agent, Roger Montgomery, has already turned down millions in endorsement deals for the New York Knicks guard, according to the New York Post.

Theres been so much interest, and so many people reaching out, it is overwhelming, a source told the Post. Theyre working to build a team to handle all this, and hiring marketing and P.R. executives. He has met with IMG.

Montgomery has reportedly received over 1,000 emails a day from potential brands who want to work with Lin. Some of the deals have been worth millions of dollars, a source told the paper.

Jeremy doesnt want to jump into anything, the source told the Post. He wants to sit back and wait and see what suits him. Hes not looking for the quick money. The deals have to be right.

In the last 10 games Lin has started all and averaged, 24.6 points, 9.2 assists, and 4.1 rebounds, and has led the Knicks to an 8-2 record in that span.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com


Jeremy Evans replaces Iman Shumpert in NBA dunk contest - by Eurobasket News
New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) has pulled out of the slam dunk contest with an injury and will be replaced by Utah's Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: W.Kentucky).

Shumpert has tendinitis in his left knee and wont play this week. The Knicks said he will be re-evaluated during the All-Star break.

Evans, a second-year forward, joins Indianas Paul George, Houstons Chase Budinger and Minnesota rookie Derrick Williams in Saturdays event at Orlando. Of Evans 88 baskets in the NBA, 61 have been dunks.

This years contest will be reduced to one round, with the winner being determined by fan voting online and through text messaging.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


Hornets sale: David Stern says NBA 'very close' to closing deal with new buyer - by Eurobasket News
The Hornets may soon be sold to a new buyer that would keep the team in New Orleans for the foreseeable future, NBA commissioner David Stern said in an interview with NBA.com's David Aldridge. Stern said the league is 'very close' with one potential buyer and expects the deal and the new lease in New Orleans to be completed around March 1.

'We're moving on dual tracks on a buyer, and with the state's contribution under a new lease that will likely be complete, both of those, by March 1 or on or about March 1. The deal itself can't close until the legislature confirms the role of the state, and the legislature convenes in March,' Stern said.

Stern said that the state of Louisiana will contribute to the lease, and there will not be an out clause in it. He did not mention the name of the potential buyer, only saying that one was 'in the lead' and a second possibility was 'awaiting future events.'

Stern also said that he had no regrets about the NBA purchasing the team from former owner George Shinn.

'I think we had a city that had stood by us and we by it, a state that supported us, and we it. We had an owner at the beginning of the season who really was tired and without resources to continue. We stepped in rather than make it into a free-for-all. We wanted to do it in an orderly fashion, and I think we did,'

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


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National Basketball Leagues rookie year goes beyond survival - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada managed to complete its most vital goal in its first year.

It survived.

Dont laugh. There were many people who believed this venture, given the success or lack of other basketball leagues, wouldnt make it to the end of the year.

Not only has it survived, it managed to give a pretty good account of itself considering it started with nothing.

It will be back for another shot next season.

The National Basketball League of Canada is heading toward the end of its regular season and into the playoffs.

League commissioner John Kennedy yes the league has a commissioner but we dont hear a great deal from him or about him recently asked parties interested in an expansion team to make their intentions known.

A recent chat the commissioner also indicated he expects all seven of this years teams to return next season.

Retention and expansion are keys to the survival of this league. Expansion is especially vital in Ontario, where the London Lightning and Oshawa Power are the only two teams.

The goal of the league is simple. It would love to have five teams play out of the Maritimes and Quebec and five teams play out of Ontario.

The Power looked like a franchise in trouble early in the season but to their credit, they fought back and are in the middle of a push for the final playoff spot. Their attendance has gradually increased and while there is no need yet to expand General Motors place, they are averaging almost 400 fans more a game than they did before Christmas.

The message is getting out that these guys are good.

The Lightning are one of the model franchises in the NBL but they too know the value of diversity. You can only retain interest for so long when the same teams come to play every week.

The league needs more teams but the NBL needs to make sure the owners are financially stable enough to withstand the bumpy ride.

There is substantial interest in Ontario. If you believe the whispering winds, there are groups interested in franchises in Kitchener and Windsor. There is a group interested in Ottawa.

If the league can make it happen, it is just what the doctor ordered for extended good health.

The league has seen attendance figures steady and in some cases increase.

Halifax draws the best numbers, averaging 2,888 a game, with London next at 2,451. Those teams are followed by Summerside at 2,395, Saint John 2,037, Oshawa 1,188, Moncton 1,167 and Quebec 669.

Quebecs biggest issue is having to play at Laval.

There are a few other things the league needs to do to continue to grow.

It appears it will increase its salary cap from $150,000. That will allow it to attract a few more high-profile players.

The league needs to expand its ability to get the name of the National Basketball League of Canada out there.

Every team needs to improve their ability to broadcast games. If it is only online, they have to provide a consistent picture that is watchable and find someone to offer a coherent commentary.

Considering how quickly the league had to put its draft together, it did a good job last year. This time around, though, provide a room a little bigger and allows everyone to hear commentators and officials.

The draft is one of the biggest advertising tools of any sport and it can be for the NBL as well.

This year it was all about survival, learning and getting the message out. Next year there will be a lot more expected, including a bigger league with more coming through the turnstiles.

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Power continue push for the post-season - by Eurobasket News
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Oshawa Power still control their own destiny.

Not a bad spot to be in considering all the club has been through in its inaugural season, from countless roster moves to a coaching change in December to being left for dead in the playoff race as recently as three or four weeks ago when they sat with a record of 7-18.

Perhaps that was finally the wake-up call the Power were looking for, though. Since a loss to the Saint John Mill Rats on Jan. 29, the Power have reeled off six wins in seven games, the most recent coming on the road Sunday afternoon in a 101-100 decision against the Moncton Miracles.

With that, the Power have climbed right back into the thick of the race.

'I think it's a combination of me understanding my personnel better and putting them in a position to be successful, while they have an understanding of my philosophy and what we want to do together to play some good ball,' coach Robert Brickey said when asked what has helped turn this team's fortunes around. 'It took some time for us to jell, but we're playing well now at the right time.'

And that's all he can ask for at this point.

'The thing in any level of professional ball at this time of year is to be playing a meaningful game,' Brickey added. 'That helps keep our guys motivated and focused. We still have a chance to make the playoffs, so our guys... they are saying all the right things and they are really believing that we are going to get that last playoff spot.'

How they fare Thursday night against the Mill Rats, and again on March 1, will likely determine whether they get that last spot or not.

At 14-19 the Power sit just back of Saint John, owners of a 15-17 mark. Wins in both of those games, which are in New Brunswick, would likely vault the Power into the fourth and final spot.

Oshawa's recent run has been powered by the trio of Omari Johnson, Morgan Lewis and Brandon Robinson, who was named NBL Canada player of the week on Monday for the second time this season.

Robinson leads the league in scoring, at just a shade under 20 points a game. In the Power win over Moncton on Sunday, he scored 19, while in the previous six games he averaged 30.6 points a game.

Sunday's game marked the return of forward Jushay Rocket. He played his first game with the Power in exactly three months and should provide the club with some energy and toughness down the stretch. To make room on the roster Oshawa released power forward Shawn Gray.

The Power close out the regular season in Prince Edward Island against the Summerside Storm (12-22) March 2.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


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Top 25 - Men
Ind Standings
 1. Seattle 2-0 (8-13) 
 2. CSU Bakersfield 0-0 (13-14) 
 3. Longwood 0-1 (8-17) 
 4. Nebraska-Omaha 0-1 (5-10) 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Kevin FOSTER
  Santa Clara
  (187-G-)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Foster, Santa Clara17.8 
 2. Hartsock, BYU17.4 
 3. Viney, Loyola Mary15.9 
 4. Dellavedova, St.Ma.15.5 
 5. Ireland, Loyola M.15.5 
 6. Jones, St.14.9 
 7. Caloiaro, USF14.6 
 8. Davies, BYU13.9 
 9. Dee, San Diego13.7 
 10. Roquemore, Santa13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob JONES
  St.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Jones, St.10.5 
 2. Moore, Pepperdine8.4 
 3. Harris, Gonzaga8.2 
 4. Davies, BYU7.4 
 5. Nicholas, Portland7.4 
 6. Sacre, Gonzaga6.5 
 7. Abouo, BYU6.2 
 8. Blackwell, USF6.1 
 9. Caloiaro, USF6.1 
 10. Harrison, Santa C.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matthew DELLAVEDOVA
  St.Ma.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Dellavedova, St.Ma.6.4 
 2. Roquemore, Santa5.5 
 3. Anderson, San Die.4.9 
 4. Carlino, BYU4.8 
 5. Ireland, Loyola M.4.8 
 6. Willis, Pepperdine3.8 
 7. Doolin, USF3.7 
 8. Pangos, Gonzaga3.5 
 9. Holt, St.3.3 
 10. Foster, Santa Cla.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Stephen HOLT
  St.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Holt, St.1.9 
 2. Anderson, San Die.1.9 
 3. Caloiaro, USF1.8 
 4. Green, USF1.7 
 5. Jones, St.1.6 
 6. Doolin, USF1.5 
 7. Ireland, Loyola M.1.5 
 8. Foster, Santa Clara1.4 
 9. Davies, BYU1.4 
 10. Carlino, BYU1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Noah HARTSOCK
  BYU
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hartsock, BYU1.7 
 2. Sacre, Gonzaga1.6 
 3. Davies, BYU1.3 
 4. Waldow, St.1.1 
 5. Kramer, San Diego1.1 
 6. Moore, Pepperdine1.1 
 7. Harris, Gonzaga0.9 
 8. van den Mars, Port.0.9 
 9. Darby, Pepperdine0.9 
 10. Okonji, Loyola M.0.9 


No. 4 Kansas beats Texas A&M 66-58 - by Eurobasket News
Texas A&M was finally back to full strength on Wednesday night.

It wasn't enough to get past No. 4 Kansas.

Elijah Johnson (6'4''-G) scored 21 points and Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) made key plays down the stretch to help Kansas fight off a late run by the Aggies for a 66-58 victory.

Kansas (23-5, 13-2 Big 12) led by as many as 21 points in the second half before a big run by the Aggies got them within striking distance.

It was the first game in month where the Aggies played with top players Khris Middleton (6'7''-F-91) and Dash Harris, who both missed significant time this season with injuries.

'It was just good to be out there tonight with my teammates,' Harris said. 'I just wanted to wait until I was healthy enough to do some of the things I do best, which is run the floor, play hard defensively. And I think I was able to do some of those things tonight.'

A 3-pointer by Harris cut the Kansas lead to four points, but Taylor made the first of two free throws to leave Kansas ahead 61-56 with about a minute remaining.

Johnson added a free throw before Thomas Robinson fouled out on a technical he received during a scuffle between players when they were trying to secure a loose ball.

Elston Turner (6'5''-G-90) made both free throws to make it 62-58 with 40 seconds left, but Jeff Withey scored four points to guarantee the win.

'To put them in a position to be able to win the game is beyond belief because we were just making basketball plays experienced guys should never make,' Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Middleton led Texas A&M (13-14, 4-11) with 23 points.

'You can't give Kansas a 20-point lead on your home court and expect to win the game,' Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. 'The only thing I can say is we didn't throw in the towel. We had some opportunities.'

The victory was the fifth straight for the Jayhawks whose next game is a showdown for the conference lead with No. 3 Missouri on Saturday.

Kansas led 60-53 after Taylor scored the first basket for Kansas in almost 7 minutes on a three-point play with just under 2 minutes remaining.

Johnson finished two points shy of his career-high and had 18 points in the first half to carry the team with Robinson and Taylor struggling before halftime.

Texas A&M shook off a bad start to the second half by going on a 24-8 run starting at the 11-minute mark to cut the Jayhawks' lead to 57-53 with about 2 minutes remaining. Kansas made six free throws in that span, but the team's only basket came on a layup by Johnson with just under 9 minutes remaining.

Middleton scored 13 points in that time.

'We just didn't take smart shots, we rushed up, took quick shots that weren't good team looks, and it put us in a hole,' Harris said. 'We can't play against top 10 teams or any team playing behind like that.'

The Jayhawks were leading by seven points early in the second half before they scored 14 straight points to stretch the lead to 47-26 with just more than 13 minutes remaining. Robinson had five points in that span and capped the run with a three-point play.

Robinson finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds to extend his streak of scoring in double figures to 16 straight games.

This is the seventh straight season the Jayhawks have had 13 conference wins and their 23rd consecutive season with 23 wins. They have won eight straight over A&M and are 19-1 all-time against the Aggies in what could be the last meeting with A&M heading to the Southeastern Conference next season.

The paltry crowd of 6,868 was peppered with Kansas fans, including former Jayhawks coach Larry Brown, who watched the game from a front-row seat directly behind the visitors' bench.

Harris, a point guard, missed the last seven games with an injured foot. He didn't start, but entered the game early in the first half in his first game since Jan. 23 at Kansas.

He had eight points and David Loubeau and Turner added 10 points each for the Aggies, who trailed 31-21 at halftime.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


No. 6 Michigan State better than Minnesota 66-61 - by Eurobasket News
Keith Appling (6'1''-G-92) and Brandon Wood (6'2''-G-89) both scored 13 points to key No. 6 Michigan States 66-61 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, helping the Spartans keep their hold on first place in the Big Ten.

Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Spartans (23-5, 12-3), who won their sixth straight game in February. Greens only basket of the second half was a big one, a pump-fake layup that rolled on the rim and in to tie it at 58 with 1:40 left. He was 4 for 6 from 3-point range before halftime and 1 for 8 from the field in the second half.

Austin Hollins (6'4''-G) scored 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range for the Gophers (17-11, 5-10), who led for more than 18 minutes of the second half until a flurry of late turnovers. They gave the ball away three times in the first half and 12 times after halftime. Julian Welch had four turnovers to offset 10 points and eight assists.

The Gophers outrebounded bigger Michigan State 33-27 and made 14 of their 15 free throws, but they still couldnt pull out a must-win game for their dying NCAA tournament hopes

Appling made six free throws over the final 32 seconds to seal the win and send the stunned Gophers to their 20th defeat in their last 26 Big Ten games..

After playing a steady game at point guard for most of the night, Welch started succumbing to the Spartans pressure. Wood turned a steal into a dunk to cut the lead to 54-52 and had consecutive layups a little later off turnovers to bring Michigan State within 58-56. Joe Coleman was called for a double dribble. Then Green maneuvered his way inside for the tying score.

Hollins lost control of his dribble on the other end, and Appling made the first two of his clinching free throws.

Hollins hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for the Gophers out of the gate after halftime. For the second one, Welch led a fast break and whipped a two-handed pass across the lane to the right wing. Hollins faked a defender in the air, stepped back and swished the wide-open shot for a 36-32 lead.

Michigan State went more than 5 minutes without scoring until Applings pull-up jumper. He turned a steal on the other end into a breakaway dunk, but hanging on the rim too long got him with a technical foul to the delight of the Minnesota students. They chanted, You cant do that!

The Gophers led 48-39, their biggest margin of the game, after consecutive baskets inside by Rodney Williams and were still up 54-47 after three free throws by Andre Hollins, who tempted Appling to foul him on a frantic beat-the-shot-clock attempt from behind the arc.

But Woods quick hands and quicker feet on those fast breaks got the Spartans right back within striking distance, setting up the dramatic finish.

Green gobbled up the Gophers almost all by himself in the last meeting, back home at the Breslin Center, with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, one of his five 20-10-5 games this season. The Gophers shot only 18 for 47 from the field in that game, a 38.3 percent rate thats just barely above what the Spartans allow on average. They are the Big Ten leader in that category and 13th in the nation entering the week with 58.6 points allowed per game.

But the Gophers, facing a clear shortfall in both athleticism and size underneath with star Trevor Mbakwe out for the season with a knee injury, didnt back down. Deep reserve Andre Ingram gave them some big rebounds and even drew a charge on Green in the second half. Ralph Sampson III had his soft hook shot in sync. Green, the conferences leading rebounder, had only two boards at the break.

Gophers coach Tubby Smith and his staff wore blue bow ties for prostate cancer awareness. Smith was diagnosed with the disease before last season but is free of it now.

The Gophers fell to 1-11 against Michigan State under Smith. Their only win was in the 2010 Big Ten tournament.

Courtesy of http://detroit.cbslocal.com


No. 2 Syracuse beats South Florida 56-48 - by Eurobasket News
The way the Syracuse Orange were missing one shot after another, Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-88) considered them fortunate to be ahead at halftime.

And once South Florida rallied to close within a point, Jardine put his head down to make sure the second-ranked Orange wouldn't have to mount another comeback.

Jardine scored 15 points to lead Syracuse to a 56-48 win over the Bulls, with his most important basket coming with 4:41 left. With the Orange clinging to a 47-46 lead, Jardine drove to the right post, was fouled on the way up, scored and then completed the three-point play

'That play, I rejected the screen and knew I had (Augustus) Gilchrist on an angle where I could go try to get fouled,' Jardine said. 'When I got fouled, I was still in control to make the shot. And the biggest thing I was worried about was making the free throw, and I made it.'

Whew.

The Orange (28-1, 15-1 Big East) overcame an ice-cold start, in which they missed 12 of their first 14 shots, and overcame a 13-point deficit for their eighth straight win. Syracuse matched school records for most regular-season and conference victories both set in 2009-10.

Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88) scored four of his 12 points over the final 4 minutes, with them coming on putbacks of his own misses. He added nine rebounds. C.J. Fair had 13 points for Syracuse.

'Offensively, it's been a struggle shooting the basketball, and tonight was one of those nights,' coach Jim Boeheim said. 'But we've been in games like this all year. Our veteran guys have made plays all year down the stretch. That's how you win these games.'

Anthony Collins (6'1''-G) scored 16 points for the Bulls, who endured a 12:33 stretch without a point spanning halftime. South Florida (17-11, 10-5) had a four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 1-9 against Syracuse.

As hot as the Bulls were in opening the game by hitting eight of their first 11 attempts to open a 20-7 lead, their offense evaporated just as quickly.

'I loved the way we started out. We couldn't have written a better scrpt,' South Florida coach Stan Heath said. 'But you knew. They're so good, they were going to make a run. You just hoped it wasn't as long.'

Long might be an understatement.

While the Bulls missed 13 straight shots, the Orange took control with a 26-0 run that began with Dion Waiters drove the lane and fed Fair, who finished the play with a dunk, cutting the lead to 20-9 with 8:27 left in the first half.

The Orange closed the period by scoring the final 17 points, and then opened the second half with 9-0 run, capped by Jardine scoring on a transition drive after Collins had a pass bounce off his hands.

Hugh Robertson (6'6''-G-89) finally scored on a layup 2:23 into the second half after Collins forced a turnover.

It was then the Bulls' turn for a comeback. After trailing by 14 points, South Florida got within one with 6:25 left, when Collins hit a 10-footer. They failed to capitalize on their next two possessions, which finished with a turnover by Collins he finished with eight and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick missing a 3-point attempt.

'I like the way we were in the locker room, we were disappointed,' Heath said. 'We thought we just let it get away. We didn't think we played our 'A' game. Too many sloppy turnovers.'

The Bulls are known for the defense, entering the game leading the Big East in allowing opponents 58.2 points. Trouble is, South Florida also ranks last in the conference in scoring, averaging 61.1 points.

Down 24-20 at halftime, South Florida held an opponent under 30 points in the first half for the 24th time in 28 games. And yet it was their lack of offense that cost the Bulls, who finished 20 of 52 from the field after opening 9 of 11.

The Orange forced 18 turnovers and had a 41-31 edge in rebounding.

'We don't panic. We don't lose our confidence, no matter how much we might be struggling,' Joseph said. 'We have a lot of guys who can make plays and we believe it's all going to turn out right in the end.'

This marked only the second time this season the Orange trailed by double digits. And the only other time that happened came in a 67-58 loss at Notre Dame on Jan. 21.

The Orange wore their one-time only Nike-designed uniforms, designated for teams who have won a national title. The jerseys were gray officially, platinum with an orange stripe down each side.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


No. 19 Wichita State beats Illinois State 68-55 - by Eurobasket News
Illinois State's last home game of the season wasn't a typical Senior Day. The Redbirds don't have a senior on the roster so there wasn't much in the way of pregame festivities.

Even though Illinois State fell short of an upset against No. 19 Wichita State, falling 68-55 on Wednesday night, Redbirds coach Tim Jankovich was encouraged.

His team made the Shockers (25-4, 15-2) sweat until the final minutes before they clinched the Missouri Valley Conference championship with the win.

'There's no happiness in losing to anyone, anywhere, any time and there are no moral victories here. But, what I do feel good about, looking at our guys and how young we are. They're playing in a high-level game like this, they don't have a lot of these,' Jankovich said. 'They didn't handle it great and still had a chance. What I take from it is the long run and looking at these guys as they mature. I've been excited about them the whole time. We have a long way to go with these guys, they're young, we're going to have them for years to come.'

Joe Ragland (6'0''-G-89) led the way for the Shockers, scoring 14 points. The 6-foot guard, one of four senior starters, had four 3-pointers for Wichita State, which made 10 of 23 shots from beyond the arc against the Redbirds (17-12, 8-9), who dropped to 0-3 against ranked teams this season and have lost 24 straight to Top 25 teams, the last win coming at No. 14 Iowa in 1987.

The Shockers have won seven straight and 15 out of its last 16 games. They won their seventh Missouri Valley title and first since 2006. The 15 conference wins are the most for the Shockers since they went 17-1 in winning the MVC in 1982-83.

'Just really proud of the effort tonight. Another quality road win against a good team to clinch the regular-season championship outright,' Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. 'Proud of our seniors, proud of the guys that have come behind those seniors and helped us to this point. The good news is I think this is possibly the beginning because the way we're playing right now, anything's possible.'

Wichita State clinched a share of the title with its win against Missouri State on Feb. 15. But winning it outright has been a priority.

'That was definitely important, that was our goal,' Ragland said. 'You know, this season we felt we had the talent and we stressed hard work. Our guys worked hard all summer, we believed we could win, we just had to put the work in. Glad to see the hard work pay off.'

Garrett Stutz (7'0''-C-90) scored 12 points to go along with 14 rebounds for the Shockers. Ben Smith (6'5''-F-90) and Demetric Williams (6'2''-G-91) added 11 points apiece for Wichita State. Williams did all his scoring in the first half.

'Arguably, you can make a case (that's) the best team we've played since we've been here in five years,' Jankovich said. 'It's hard to quantify that, but when you look at the pieces they have: A 7-foot center (Stutz) that potentially could get drafted, five senior guards and a very good, athletic front line, a senior and a junior. The age, the experience, the talent, well-coached, this is a great basketball team.'

Bryant Allen led Illinois State with 17 points.

Wichita State jumped to a 15-4 lead, making its first six shots. Toure Murry, Ragland and Williams all hit 3-pointers in that opening stretch to help the Shockers build an early cushion.

Illinois State closed to 24-20 after a 3-pointer by Allen, but the Shockers got a tip-in bucket by Tekele Cotton and eight straight points by Williams to close the first half on a 10-2 run to enter the locker room with a 34-22 lead.

WSU held the Redbirds scoreless for the final 3:27 of the first half.

'I could feel like there's a chance we could win this game,' Jankovich said. 'We got a little momentum, we're cutting it down, we need one bucket and a stop and it could change the whole thing. It could turn and put the pressure back on them. A couple times I think we'd score, then boom, they'd score right back and we couldn't cut into it, or when we really needed it, they would hit it and then we'd miss and we couldn't come back.'

Illinois State got as close as seven points early in the second half, but the Shockers went on a 10-1 run, highlighted by back-to-back dunks by Stutz and Kyles then back-to-back 3-pointers from Ragland and Smith to go ahead 57-40 with 9:41 remaining.

Illinois State wouldn't go away. The Redbirds cut the Wichita State lead to nine on a jumper by Allen to make it 62-53 with 5:08 left, but that's as close as they would get.

Wichita State shot 52 percent (14 for 27) from the floor in the first half and 47 percent (26 for 55) overall.

'We tried to start off pretty well. We started pretty well the last time we played them and they came back and made it a game,' Ragland said of the Shockers' 65-62 win over Illinois State on Jan. 10. 'When we were up that much, we tried not to let it get to our heads and think they're just going to roll over. Those guys are tough and they've got a lot of talent over there and we knew it was just going to be a 40-minute war and we had to execute, stop them and play great defense.'

Defensively, the Shockers limited the Redbirds to 37 percent shooting and held Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael, who averages 13.8 points, to six points on 2 of 9 shooting.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


No. 10 Marquette beats Rutgers 82-65 - by Eurobasket News
Rutgers coach Mike Rice was very direct with his answer when he was asked the difference between his team and No. 10 Marquette.

'They have men, we have boys,' he said Wednesday night after the Golden Eagles' 82-65 win over his Scarlet Knights. 'We want to do what Marquette does, but we need to keep working on it.'

Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90) had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead Marquette.

Rutgers starts three freshmen and one sophomore and its inexperience showed as Marquette jumped to a 21-6 lead and then held off several runs by the Scarlet Knights.

Rice said he was very pleased with how his team responded by going on a 23-12 run to cut the lead to 33-29 toward the end of the first half.

'I really liked our response,' Rice said. 'You are going to get hit every once in a while and you have to respond. But then Marquette put their head down and made things happen.'

Crowder's big game came after he was named Big East Player of the Week on Monday for his 29-point, 12-rebound effort in the Golden Eagles' win over Connecticut on Saturday. In the two games, he is 19 of 27 from the field for Marquette (23-5, 12-3).

'I'm just doing whatever it takes to win games at this time of the year,' he said. 'We want to have a lot of momentum going into the Big East tournament and then roll that into the NCAA tournament.'

Crowder, who is being mentioned as a candidate for Big East Player of the Year, said he was happy to be an honorable mention all-conference pick in the preseason. But he also used that as motivation.

'I knew I was capable of more,' he said. 'It's been in the back of my head since we were in New York for the preseason meeting.'

Buzz Williams said Crowder is playing as well as any player he's coached in his four years at as coach at Marquette.

'He's playing at a very high clip,' he said. 'His efficiency numbers are staggering. He's in a really good space emotionally, physically and mentally right now.'

Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-G-89) added 21 points for Marquette.

The win was the fourth straight and 11th in 12 games for the Golden Eagles and it kept them tied for second place in the Big East with No. 20 Notre Dame, which beat West Virginia 71-44 on Wednesday. The top four teams earn a double-bye for the conference tournament.

Crowder said getting the double-bye was key to Marquette having a lot of success in the postseason.

'If you can get the double-bye, the chance of winning the tournament are much higher,' he said. 'Last year, we were on the other end of it and had to play right away. We want to change that this year.'

Jerome Seagears had 14 points and Gilvydas Biruta added 12 for Rutgers (12-16, 4-11), which lost for the sixth straight time, including three in a row to ranked teams. The Scarlet Knights were routed by Notre Dame on Feb. 15, but held its own against No. 2 Syracuse before losing 74-64 on Sunday.

Biruta said the Scarlet Knights were still learning.

'We should learn from our mistakes, but we seem not to really get better,' he said. 'Hopefully this game will be like rock bottom for us.'

For Seagears, losing to three straight highly ranked teams should pay off for Rutgers in the future.

'We get a lot of experience playing top 10 teams like this at a young age,' he said. 'After a while, hopefully we will get some 'W's.''

Rutgers, which trailed nearly the entire game, trimmed the lead to 58-52 with 11:30 remaining when Dane Miller (6'6''-G/F-90) scored on an offensive rebound.

But Marquette responded with a 12-2 run to push the lead to 72-54 with 7:40 remaining when Johnson-Odom stole the ball and scored on a dunk. Crowder had six points during the run, including a nifty reverse layup.

Rutgers, which had 23 turnovers, could get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way. Marquette, which had 12 steals, scored 31 points off the turnovers.

Vander Blue added 10 points for Marquette.

The Golden Eagles, known for their slow starts, jumped out fast against Rutgers, hitting seven of their first eight shots, including three 3-pointers, and took a 21-6 lead when Todd Mayo scored on a driving layup with 14:51 remaining.

But Rutgers used a 23-12 run to trim the lead to 33-29 when Miller scored on a driving layup with 7:16 remaining.

Marquette ended the half on a 13-6 run for a 46-35 lead.

Johnson-Odom and Crowder combined for 32 points in the first half as Marquette forced 14 turnovers and scored 18 points off them.

Marquette forward Davante Gardner missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left knee.

Courtesy of www.news10.com


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Riewer helps Dragons battle past No.3 Winona State - by Eurobasket News
Freshman guard Jordan Riewer (6'1''-G) scored a career-high 21 points to help lift Minnesota State Moorhead to a 90-72 victory against No. 3-ranked Winona State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference mens basketball.

The Dragons (18-5, 14-5 NSIC) snapped Winona States 11-game winning streak. MSUM is a half game behind first-place St. Cloud State (19-5, 15-5) in the NSIC standings.

Winona State (22-3, 17-2) was in first place in the league before it had 13 games nullified earlier this week for using an ineligible player. The Warriors didnt have to forfeit games, but had their winning percentage penalized. Winona State is now in sixth place in the conference.

Senior point guard Dj Hamilton (6'1''-G-90) led the Dragons with a game-high 23 points. MSUM has won its past five games, including three consecutive road victories.

We are continuing to do the things that are making us better, defending and rebounding, Dragons coach Chad Walthall said. I thought our defense was just outstanding, especially in that first half.

The Dragons built a 45-23 halftime lead as Winona State shot 30 percent (8 of 27) from the field in the first half.

Youve got to consider that one of our best halves, Walthall said. Thats no question.

The Dragons shot 53 percent (32 of 60) from the floor for the game. MSUM forward Alex Novak (6'9''-F), a 6-foot-9 junior, grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.

Alex has just been a monster the last five games, Walthall said. I think he is the best rebounder in the league and he is a great defender.



MSUM (18-5, 14-5 NSIC): Chapman 7-13 1-1 19, Hamilton 7-13 6-9 23, VanHavermaet 2-6 0-0 4, Olson 2-4 1-1 5, Novak 3-9 2-3 8, Riewer 7-8 4-4 21, Driscoll 2-4 0-1 4, Reed 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 32-60 16-21 90.

WINONA STATE (22-3, 17-2): Taylor 3-9 2-2 9, Humphrey 4-8 2-2 12, Walburg 2-7 3-3 8, Cameron 9-14 1-1 22, Erickson 0-4 0-0 0, Culver 3-9 0-0 7, Palkert 1-1 0-0 2, OLaughlin 1-1 0-0 2, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0, Vette 2-8 6-9 10. Totals 25-61 14-17 72.

Half: MSUM 45, WSU 23. 3-point goals: MSUM 10-24 (Chapman 4-9, Hamilton 3-6, VanHavermaet 0-4, Riewer 3-3, Driscoll 0-2), WSU 8-27 (Taylor 1-7, Humphrey 2-5, Walburg 1-3, Cameron 3-4, Erickson 0-1, Culver 1-6, Vette 0-1). Total fouls: MSUM 17, WSU 22. Fouled out: Taylor. Rebounds: MSUM 37 (Novak 18), WSU 35 (Cameron 10). Assists: MSUM 10 (Hamilton 6), WSU 10 (Walburg 3, Cameron 3). Steals: MSUM 9 (Hamilton 3, Novak 3), WSU 6 (Cameron 4). Turnovers: MSUM 13 (Hamilton 5), WSU 16 (Humphrey 4).

Courtesy of www.inforum.com




Top-ranked Bellarmine Knights' basketball streak ends, 75-72 - by Eurobasket News
The Bellarmine University mens basketball team had its school-record 17-game win streak snapped in a 75-72 loss to Southern Indiana on Thursday night.

Chris Dowes desperation 3-point attempt as time expired bounced off the front of the rim, giving the No. 11 Screaming Eagles (20-4, 12-4 Great Lakes Valley) the upset of the NCAA Division II top-ranked Knights.

Bellarmine (22-2, 14-2) shot a season-low 43.1 percent (25 of 58) and was outrebounded 42-32.

Its very frustrating, said Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport, whose team lost a 16-point lead. (Southern Indiana) missed 31 shots and had 15 offensive rebounds, and thats not something that can happen if you are going to play like a great basketball team.

USIs Lawrence Thomas took over in the final three minutes, making two 3-pointers and two critical free throws.

Braydon Hobbs (6'5''-G) tied a season high with 20 points. Keisten Jones (6'3''-G) (16), Dowe (14) and Jeremy Kendle (6'1''-G) (13) were the other double-figure scorers for Bellarmine.

Dowe collected a team-high eight rebounds.

Courtesy of www.courier-journal.com


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  NCAA3   


No. 14 Pioneers upset by Bluffton - by Eurobasket News
Ethan Spurlin (6'4''-F) poured in a game-high 24 points Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help Transylvania spoil Bluffton's Senior Day as the Beavers took an 83-65 win over the Pioneers in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Pioneers, ranked No. 14 in the nation and No. 3 in the region, drop to 22-3, 16-2 in Heartland Conference play, while the Beavers are 16-9, 10-8 HCAC. Transy lost for the first time since Jan. 7 and saw its 11-game win streak come to an end.

While Transy had already clinched its fourth HCAC regular-season title and will host next weekend's conference tournament, Bluffton needed a win to ensure a spot in post-season play. The Pioneers won the conference by four games over Hanover.

Bluffton had a narrow 31-27 lead at halftime after hitting 11 of 20 shots from the field and holding a 6-1 advantage at the free throw line. Spurlin led the Pioneers with 14 points and Tate Cox (6'1''-G) and Barrett Meyer (6'2''-G) added five apiece. Brandon Rash was hit with two early fouls and did not score.

Transy was 11 of 29 from the field in the first half.

Bluffton finished the game shooting 62 percent from the field and had five players in double figures, led by Mychal Hill's 21. Meyer had 11 points and three rebounds for Transy and Chris Owens had five points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Michael Stone had six points and two rebounds off the bench.

Rash finished with three points and three rebounds before fouling out. He enters post-season play 939 points. The Pioneers shot 37.5 percent from the field, including nine of 25 from three-point range.

Quarterfinal tournament games will get underway Friday at 6 p.m. at the Beck Center with semifinal contests on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Transy will play in the second semifinal contest at 7 p.m. The HCAC Tourney championship game will be played at 2 p.m. on Sunday with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Defiance plays Rose-Hulman in the first game Friday with Anderson taking on Bluffton in the second. Hanover, the No. 2 seed, will meet the winner between Defiance and Rose-Hulman at 5 p.m. on Saturday with Transy drawing the winner of the Anderson-Bluffton matchup.

Transy is looking for its first NCAA bid since 2009.

Tickets will be $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students 12 and over. Admission is free for students, faculty, and staff from HCAC schools with college identification as well as for those 11 and under.

Courtesy of www.transysports.com


Carnegie Mellon stuns No. 18 Emory - by Eurobasket News
Sean Brophys three-point basket with 0.6 seconds remaining in the contest lifted Carnegie Mellon to an 82-79 upset victory against No. 18 Emory. The win on the Skibo Gymnasium hardwood brings the Tartans record to 8-15 and 2-9 in University Athletic Association play. The Eagles are now 18-5, 7-5.

The Tartans led 79-77 before Emory's Austin Claunch was fouled and converted both his attempts from the line, knotting the score at 79-79 with 8.9 seconds remaining. On the inbounds pass, Rashaun Riley drove down the court and passed the ball to Christian Manoli who then found Brophy in front of the Tartans bench for the game-winning shot.

During the first half of play, Emory grabbed the early 9-7 lead and held on to it until a three-pointer by Asad Meghani that made the score 23-21 with 6:30 to play in the half. Carnegie Mellon continued to hold the lead the rest of the frame, as they went into the locker room with a 40-33 advantage.

Emory chipped into the Tartans lead over the first seven minutes of the second half before taking its first lead of the stanza 58-56 following a trey by Alex Greven (6'3''-G-90). The visitors lead grew to five before the Tartans scored eight consecutive points to retake the lead at 65-61.

Greven then answered the Cardinal and Gray with two consecutive treys to give Emory a 67-65 edge. The lead was one that last 19 seconds, as Meghani drained a long ball on the next possession down the court. Although, Emory tied the score two more times, the lead for the Tartans was one they never surrender the rest of the way.

Carnegie Mellon ended the game shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent (9-18) from long distance while Emory shot 48.4 percent and 30.0 percent (6-20) from behind the arc. Carnegie Mellon also had its best showing of the season from the charity stripe converting 15-16 for 93.8 percent. Emory was 13-22 at the line for a 59.1 percentage.

The Tartans had four players score in double figures with Joe Kromka (6'5''-G/F) leading the way with 18 points. Manoli ended the game scoring 17 points and dished out four assists. John Duhring (6'5''-G/F) was 3-4 from behind the arc and finished the game with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds. The senior also handed out four assists while Andre Moore chipped in with 12 points.

Greven led the way for Emory with a game-high 27 points. Michael Friedberg (6'6''-F-91) and Jake Davis each had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Southland Sharks 2012 squad 'more balanced' - by Hugh McAuliffe
Zero Fees Southland Sharks coach Richard Dickel is confident there are enough outside shooting weapons in his squad for the upcoming National Basketball League season.

The Sharks have been the worst three-point shooting team in the NBL during their first two seasons of existence, shooting a mediocre 28.8 per cent from beyond the arc.

Dickel, who yesterday announced his 12-strong squad for the 2012 campaign, believed his three-point bombers would be able to get more open looks this season.

Opposition sides would concentrate heavily inside on big men such as former Tall Black Craig Bradshaw (208-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) and experienced American Larry Abney, which would free up his outside shooters.

'There are a number of reasons [for our three-point woes] and I think we've addressed them,' Dickel said.

'Up front we're a lot stronger and, scoring-wise, we can score a lot more up front. That'll open up people on the outside a bit more. I'm damn sure, we've got enough guys, who can hit from the outside.'

Southland were also last in the league for rebounding last season, averaging only 35.9 boards per game, and with the additions of Bradshaw and Abney, Dickel said they had gone a long way to solving that problem.

'We're looking pretty nice up front. We've definitely addressed our rebounding issues.'

The Sharks have completely revamped their roster during the off-season, with only Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown), James Paringatai (202-F-86), Dan Peck (196-G/F-88), Paratene McLeod (190-G-91) and Andrew Wheeler (183-G-88) returning from last year.

New faces include former Junior Tall Blacks captain Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: SF Austin), who plays for the New Zealand Breakers, Jimmy Todd, who is currently a development player with Gold Coast Blaze, and former Otago Nuggets' guard Shaun Tilby (185-G-81).

James Hargest College year 13 student Tim Campbell (185-G-94) and Rhys Smolenski (190-G-92), who were development players for Southland last season, have made the step up to the full squad this year, but are probably being viewed more as players for the future.

St Peter's College student Mitchell Newton has been selected as a development player for this year, along with American Max Max Jablonski (193-G), who has shifted to Invercargill but needs to obtain citizenship before he can play in the NBL.

Dickel liked the look of the squad and said the players had been 'working their tails off' at training in preparation for the new season, which begins against Hawke's Bay in Napier on March2.

'We're very young. With the guys being younger you get inexperience, but you also get enthusiasm. I'm happy with where we're at,' Dickel said.

'We're a lot more balanced than we've been in the past. The guys in the squad are really good guys and work really hard.'

Former Tall Black Brendon Polyblank, who was Southland's most consistent player last season, still remains an option to suit up for the Zero Fees-sponsored Sharks this year.

Polyblank is playing with Fribourg in the Swiss league, which will not finish up until the New Zealand league has tipped off.

'He's always been on our radar. We'd like to see him, if he comes back (to New Zealand).'

Dickel has yet to decide on who will captain the Sharks this season. Abney, Bradshaw, Braswell and Paringatai shape as the likely frontrunners for the job.

2012 NBL squad: Craig Bradshaw, Kevin Braswell, Larry Abney (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fresno St.), Dion Prewster, James Paringatai, Dan Peck, Paratene McLeod, Jim Todd (197-F-87), Shaun Tilby, Andrew Wheeler, Tim Campbell, Rhys Smolenski.


Jimmy Todd hunts opportunities with Sharks - by Hugh McAuliffe
Jimmy Todd (197-F-87) believes that when you are presented with an opportunity, you grasp it with both hands.

So when Southland Sharks coach Richard Dickel got in touch with the Australian-raised basketballer with Kiwi parentage about moving to Invercargill to play in New Zealand's national league, he did not have to think twice.

Todd was a late starter to the sport, not picking up a basketball until he was 17.

However, Todd, 24, has made up for lost time, working hard on his game and now reaping the rewards.

After bouncing around the Australian Basketball Association competition, he earned a development player spot in the Australian NBL with the Gold Coast Blaze this season. Playing for the Sharks would be another chance to improve his all-round game and continue his development.

'I've picked up the ball and I'm going with everything that's thrown at me,' Todd told The Southland Times.

'I've taken everything as it comes. You can never turn down opportunities and once I heard about the Sharks, it was my next goal, and I decided I really wanted to be apart of it.'

Dickel was alerted to Todd through friend and former Otago Nuggets' American star Leonard King, who coached Todd at the Brisbane Spartans in the South East Australian Basketball League. The 197cm, 105kg Todd can play either small forward or power forward. He should be a handy backup off the bench for the Sharks this season.

Dickel said Todd was a very sound defensive player and was known for his rebounding ability.

Southland needs help in both areas of play.

'Jimmy is indicative of someone, who has come through the Australian system. He's very aggressive, strong and athletic, and can do some good things,' Dickel said.

'We're excited to have him here. He could cause some surprises in some games in this league this year.'

Todd was born in Perth to a New Zealand mother. He spent his formative years in Western Australia before moving across the Tasman, where he went to intermediate school in Pukekohe.

He attended Box Hill Senior Secondary College in Melbourne before completing his apprenticeship as an industrial refrigeration mechanic.

Todd was able to learn from one of New Zealand's finest basketballers at the Gold Coast Blaze, where Pero Cameron is the assistant coach.

He said Cameron had been a wonderful influence in the short time he spent with him and had passed on plenty of wisdom.

'He opened my eyes to a lot of things especially working one-on-one with him.

'He knows so much.

'Even though he's not the most athletic man, he knows how to read plays and has great vision.'

Blaze coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) will be keeping a close eye on Todd's progress in New Zealand.

Todd admitted he would love to gain a fulltime-roster position with the team next season.


R21 Report: Breakers squeeze past gallant Crocs - by Greg
The New Zealand Breakers almost let victory slip before out-lasting the Townsville Crocodiles 81-70 in front of a packed North Shore Events Centre.

With the Crocs charging to within two points late in the game, superstar-in-the-making Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) spectacularly blocked point guard Edward Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) at the rim, then coolly slotted a triple at the other end to put the Breakers clear.

American Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) led all scorers with 18 points and 10 rebounds for New Zealand, while compatriot Gill paced the Crocs with 17 points.

Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) scored 15 points, dished off 7 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds and recorded 2 steals to win the point guard battle though, while Abercrombie was everywhere with 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Not coincidentally, the Breakers have now sold out six of their past seven home games.
I think it shows crowds can have an impact on the outcome of games, commented coach Andrej Lemanis.

You walk out on the court and the crowds got their chants going its tough for the opposition to come in here and it certainly shows were tough to beat in this building.

Wilkinson got the scoreboard ticking with a simple lay-up, then Jackson dunked home a pretty backdoor play as the hosts sprinted clear, 29-15.

A pair of treys from Michael Cedar (190-G-86) stopped the bleeding for Townsville, and although a rare Jackson three-pointer had the Breakers 16 points up momentarily, Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) struck from long range on the buzzer to whittle the margin back to just 46-38 at half-time.

The Crocs tested their rivals with a big line-up in the second half and immediately threatened to erase the gap.

They were within four points when Gill slotted a trey, but Wilkinson responded in kind and the difference was soon back out to double figures.

The Crocs charged again and when forward Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) tipped home an offensive rebound as the third quarter expired Townsville had closed the difference to seven points (63-56).

When Cedar further reduced the gap with a tough left-hander New Zealand no longer seemed in control.

The Crocs rattled off eight straight points, and a Holmes trey with three minutes remaining moved them within a basket.

I guess you could say we woke up, Crocs coach Paul Woolpert said.

To our credit, we did get back into it with hard work and made it a game ... But you cant dig that deep a hole and more importantly, get out-rebounded 40-27 and give a championship team that many more possessions on their home court.

Abercrombie then stepped up with his crucial cameo, before Wilkinson and Mika Vukona (198-F-82) responded to a successful Gill drive over Abercrombie to seal the win.

At times, we were our own worst enemy, said Lemanis.

We got in a funk at the offensive end and were just out of sync a little bit. We werent running anything that resembled our offense and as a result, we had some clumsy possessions.

But in the effort areas we out-rebounded them, forced 15 turnovers and had 16 assists, so there were some good signs there.

The occasion also provided a fitting celebration for the Breakers' newest favourite son Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) who chalked up his 300th NBL game.

Final Stats:
New Zealand Breakers 81 (Wilkinson 18, Jackson 15, Abercrombie 13, Pledger 11)
Townsville Crocodiles 70 (Gill 17, Crawford 11, Holmes 11, Mims 10)



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Pillars Sign Five New Players - by Eurobasket News
Kano Pillars Basketball Club has signed-up five new players in preparation for the 2011/2012 DSTV Basketball League scheduled to dunk-off on Feb. 25.

Abdullahi Nasiru, the State Director of Sports, said yesterday in Kano that the players were recruited to strengthen the team.

Nasiru said that the recruitment was one of the measures taken by the club to defend their position as leaders of the Savannah Conference and also excel in the Final Eight.

Kano Pillars placed fifth in the Final Eight of the 2010/2011 DSTV Men's League.

The list of new players include: John Samson (196-G/F-86) from Union Bank; Yusuf Abubakar (196-F-88) from Kada Stars; John Idu from Yelwa Hawks; and a foreign player from Togo Hawks of Republic of Togo.

'All of them are training regularly with the rest of the players in camp and they are in good shape for the new season,' he said.

Nasiru said that the club had dispensed with the services of Mohammed Idris and Dauda Dauda as part of the restructuring process in the team.

He commended Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso for releasing funds for the club to prosecute its campaign this season and urged the players not to waiver in winning the league.

Eight teams each will feature in the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the DSTV Basketball League which dunks-off simultaneously on February 25.
Courtesy of: Daily Trust


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Ibdaa D. 3-0 
 2. De La Salle 2-0 
 3. Beit Sahour 2-0 
 4. Orthodox R. 2-0 
 5. Beit Jala 2-1 
 6. Bethlehem 1-1 
 7. Hiteen 1-1 
 8. Rameen 1-2 
 9. Sarriyet 1-2 
 10. Al Ahli 0-2 
 11. Berzeit Club 0-3 
 12. Ebal 0-3 


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Predators sign Jereme Richmond - by Eurobasket News
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) has spent the last year looking for a second chance.

The 2010 Illinois Mr. Basketball and former University of Illinois player found it Wednesday in the Sauk Valley.

Richmond agreed to a contract with the Sauk Valley Predators, a semi-pro team in the Premier League. He was at practice Wednesday night at the YMCA in Sterling, and is expected to play in the teams home game against the St. Louis Phoenix at Musgrove Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Team owner Brad Grenoble reached out to Richmond through his brother, Justin Richmond, who plays for Chicago Muscle of the PBL.

After talking with them and finding out about the team, I found this to be good opportunity for me, said Richmond, who wore a University of Illinois
warmup jacket.

Ive made mistakes, like a lot of 19-year-olds have. My mistakes just always end up in the newspapers. Ive learned from them, and the Predators were the only team to give me a second chance.

Grenoble said he had been pursuing Richmond for the last month. The need to add players grew with the recent loss of Desmond Holloway, Justin Tubbs and Vince Goldsberry to European teams.

Its not every day you get a chance to add a player that was a McDonalds All-American, Grenoble said. We feel like if it hadnt been for the NBAs rule about playing 1 year after high school that Jereme would already be in the NBA.

He believes Richmond has learned from his mistakes and deserves this chance to play, Grenoble said, adding that he discussed the move with coach Kevin Keathley and captains Herman Favors and Carlton Fay, and all approved of the move.

Richmond may go down as Illinois basketball coach Bruce Webers biggest recruit. Richmond committed to Illinois during his freshman year in high school.

Richmond led Waukegan High School to a fourth-place finish in Class 4A in 2010, averaging 21 points and 11.5 rebounds.

He spent the 2010-11 season at Illinois, averaging 22.1 minutes, 7.6 points and 5 rebounds in 31 games. He was benched for the teams two NCAA tournament games for violating team rules. He declared for the NBA Draft last spring, but was not drafted.

On Aug. 9, he was arrested on felony charges of aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault in a confrontation with his ex-girlfriends father.

He pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to one count of unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to 1 to 1 1/2 years of probation.

He has not played organized basketball since leaving Illinois.

We found out that they [the Predators] play fast and do a lot of running, Richmond said. So I knew if I came here, Id get into better shape and thatd help me in the long run.

Richmond will commute from the Waukegan area each day with longtime friend and business associate Dan Poneman. Most Predator players stay with host families, and Grenoble said that two or three families volunteered to house Richmond. It was his choice to stay Waukegan.

Poneman runs illinoishsbasketball.com, and was the first to break the story of Richmonds committing to Illinois in 2006.

Jereme contacted me when the Predators started contacting him, and told me that he couldnt do this alone, Poneman said. Were all part of Team Richmond now. I did a lot of research on the Predators and felt like this was a place that could get him ready for the next level.

Richmond said he did not contact Sterling graduate Joseph Bertrand, who was his teammate last season at Illinois, but he hopes to talk to him soon to find out more about the area.

He he was friends with Bertrand and his other Illinois teammates.

The funny thing about Joe is that hes really quiet when you first meet him, Richmond said. Once you get to know him, you find out he has a really great personality and a great sense of humor.

I was really glad to see him get a chance to play this season. I know he struggled last year trying to figure out his role on the team.

The Predators are in their first season. They are 6-5 and fighting for a playoff spot.

Courtesy of www.saukvalley.com


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 2-1 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 2-1 
 3. Powerade T. 1-0 
 4. Talk N Text 1-0 
 5. Ginebra Kings 1-1 
 6. Meralco Bolts 1-2 
 7. Rain or Shine 1-2 
 8. Petron Blaze 1-2 
 9. Barako Bull 1-3 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-0 


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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Oruche, Academica18.6 
 4. Addison, Sampaense17.9 
 5. Franklin, Lusitania17.5 
 6. Stempin, Porto F.17.4 
 7. Scott, Benfica17.2 
 8. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 9. Sneed, Academica16.4 
 10. Kenon, CAB Madei.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas PIERRE
  Terceira.
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Pierre, Terceira.10.1 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Djukic, Ginasio9.7 
 4. Sneed, Academica9.6 
 5. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 6. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 7. Morris, Vitoria SC9.0 
 8. Addison, Sampaense8.6 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Joao REVELES
  Sampaense
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Reveles, Sampaense6.1 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.6.0 
 3. Manarte, Ovarense5.5 
 4. Mota, Vitoria SC4.9 
 5. Sing, Sampaense4.9 
 6. Blanks, Vitoria SC4.8 
 7. Minhava, Benfica4.5 
 8. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 9. Kenon, CAB Madeira3.9 
 10. Fechas, Barcelos3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira2.5 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.2 
 4. Kenon, CAB Madeira2.2 
 5. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.1 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.2.1 
 7. Pierre, Terceira.2.0 
 8. Silva, Barcelos2.0 
 9. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 10. Sneed, Academica1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Pierre, Terceira.2.5 
 3. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.5 
 4. Johnson, Porto F.1.3 
 5. Almeida, Sampaense1.2 
 6. Coelho, CAB M.1.1 
 7. Addison, Sampaense1.0 
 8. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.0.9 


Marcus Norris comesback to Portugal and Benfica - by Bruno Baltazar
Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.) a guard well known in the portuguese league is back ,and this time to Benfica.
He is 37 years old and a veteran that will bring experience in a position where Benfica needs more strenght to compete with Porto and the other teams with goals to win the league.
From 2000 to 2003 he played for Portugal Telecom in the portuguese league ,with tremendous averages and left his mark in the league as everybody still remembers him ,he is well known to be a winner,he made the portuguese all star game,won plenty of trophies here such as the portuguese league in 01 and 03,since then he left his mark in Israel as their best defender in 05,made the Fiba europe league final in 05 too,then untill 2010 he spent in the spanish power league of the ACB with Gran Canaria,this season he was in the LEB Gold with Lleid ,in 24 minutes per game he did about 11 PPG,2.8RPG,4.3APG,1.9SPG.
Shows he is still in shape and ready to win more.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Arecibo 0-0
 2. Bayamon 0-0
 3. Guayama 0-0
 4. Guaynabo 0-0
 5. Humacao 0-0
 6. Mayaguez 0-0
 7. Quebradillas 0-0
 8. San German 0-0


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  ROMANIA   


Div.A Round 22: Gaz Metan keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Gaz Metan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Gaz Metan defeated 7th ranked CSU Sibiu in Medias 102-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSU Sibiu won fourth quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded CSU Sibiu 45-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Gaz Metan looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by CSU Sibiu's players. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Tudor Dumitrescu (195-79) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 29 points. Gaz Metan (17-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. CSU Sibiu at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. CSU Sibiu will play next round against Perla Harghitei trying to get back on the winning streak. Gaz Metan will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Ploiesti on the road.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-22) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 22th consecutive match to seventh ranked Ploiesti (13-7) 88-50. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Arvydas Cepulis supported him with 19 points. Even 15 points by guard Constantin Amarghioalei (196-85) did not help to save the game for Politehnica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ploiesti have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oradea. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 22 games lost. Ploiesti will play against league's leader Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Politehnica will play on the road against the league's second-placed Timisoara (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: CSM Bucuresti won against Pitesti on the opponent's court 84-77. Giurgiu lost to defending champion U.Mobitel.CN in a home game 77-88. Craiova was rolled over Targu Mures on the road 71-97. Perla Harghitei was defeated by Dinamo B. on its own court 77-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Zoran Krstanovic of U.Mobitel.CN.



Pitesti - CSM Bucuresti 77-84

Very expected game when 10th ranked Pitesti (11-10) was defeated at home by fifth ranked CSM Bucuresti (14-7) 84-77. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-22 Pitesti's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-77 at the end of the game. CSM Bucuresti dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pitesti's 28. CSM Bucuresti forced 20 Pitesti turnovers. Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) notched 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 26 points and 4 assists. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) did not help to save the game for Pitesti. Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (199-79) added 23 points for lost side. CSM Bucuresti have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Targu Mures. Pitesti at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. CSM Bucuresti will play against Rovinari (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pitesti will play against U-Mobitelco in Cluj and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: D.Vujacic 23+3reb+2ast, D.Kinloch 20+8reb+1ast, U.Velickovic 13+4reb+5ast, I.Stefanovic 6+9reb+2ast, S.Popovic 4+4reb, S.Isleam 4+2reb
CSM Bucuresti: G.Gallimore 29+7reb+7ast, G.Martinic 26+3reb+4ast, E.Rhinehart 9+6reb+1ast, B.McKenzie 8+12reb, A.Vizitiu 8+1reb, I.Bosnjak 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 139032


Giurgiu - U.Mobitel.CN 77-88

Very predictable result when third ranked U-Mobitelco (15-5) defeated on the road 13th ranked Giurgiu (5-16) 88-77. The game was mostly controlled by U-Mobitelco. Giurgiu was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Giurgiu's 36. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 24 points (made all of his seven free throws) by American guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane, agency: Strategic Sports) did not help to save the game for Giurgiu. His fellow American import guard Brian Burrell (192-84, college: UTPA, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Four Giurgiu players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Gaz Metan. Giurgiu lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. U-Mobitelco will play against Pitesti (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giurgiu will play against Oradea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Giurgiu: K.Sims 24+3reb+3ast, B.Burrell 15+9reb+2ast, Z.Milovic 15+5reb+1ast, C.Vlaicu 10+2reb+3ast, R.Kraemer 6+3reb+2ast, S.Johnson 5+3reb
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 33+6reb+1ast, K.Dykes 22+8reb+3ast, V.Mijovic 13+3reb+6ast, J.LaGrange 7, D.Lawrence 5+1reb+2ast, M.Paul 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 139033


Targu Mures - Craiova 97-71

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Craiova (6-14) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Targu Mures (14-7) 97-71. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Targu Mures had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Craiova's players. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) notched 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and center Liviu Dumitru (203-79) supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points by American guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Craiova. His fellow American import point guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia South) added 12 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Targu Mures moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CSM Bucuresti. Craiova at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Targu Mures will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Craiova will play on the road against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: L.Dawson 18+4reb+1ast, D.Gennie 12+4reb+6ast, L.Seals 11+4reb+1ast, I.Orbeanu 10+10reb, S.Ross 7+1reb, C.Petrisor 4+1reb+2ast
Targu Mures: V.Stanescu 27+5reb+2ast, L.Dumitru 21+9reb+2ast, C.Watson 15+5reb+5ast, M.Pekovic 13+4reb+5ast, J.Forte 8+5reb+2ast, J.Cooley 7+6reb+5ast
gschID: 139027


Perla Harghitei - Dinamo B. 77-82

Everything went according to plan in Miercurea where twelfth ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-14) beat 14th ranked Perla Harghitei (3-17) 82-77. It looked good early as Perla Harghitei took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CS Dinamo Bucuresti took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. CS Dinamo Bucuresti outrebounded Perla Harghitei 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American center Paul Nelson (208-88, college: Yale) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Jerel Blocker (193, college: Lee) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by American-Mexican point guard Enrico Tucker (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Perla Harghitei. American guard Christopher Long (187-87, college: Elon, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Five CS Dinamo Bucuresti and four Perla Harghitei players scored in double figures. CS Dinamo Bucuresti moved-up to eleventh place. Perla Harghitei lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Craiova (#12) at home in the next round. Perla Harghitei will play against CSU Sibiu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Perla Harghitei: E.Tucker 24+5reb+1ast, A.Rosu 17+2reb+1ast, C.Long 16+3reb+6ast, E.Dies 15+7reb+1ast, C.Jakab 4+3reb+2ast, V.Pora 1+4reb
Dinamo B.: J.Blocker 19+4reb+4ast, P.Nelson 17+10reb+1ast, A.Haymon 12+5reb+3ast, B.Aktas 12+3reb+2ast, J.Johnson 12+9reb+4ast, S.Thompson 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 139028


Gaz Metan - CSU Sibiu 102-94

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Gaz Metan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Gaz Metan defeated 7th ranked CSU Sibiu in Medias 102-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSU Sibiu won fourth quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded CSU Sibiu 45-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Gaz Metan looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by CSU Sibiu's players. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Tudor Dumitrescu (195-79) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 29 points and American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Gaz Metan and four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. Gaz Metan (17-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. CSU Sibiu at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. CSU Sibiu will play next round against Perla Harghitei trying to get back on the winning streak. Gaz Metan will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Ploiesti on the road.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: J.Wisseh 29+3reb+3ast, N.Khartchenkov 23+1ast, C.Scott 17+5reb+2ast, C.Craciun 12+9reb, K.Riley 7+11reb+2ast, D.Austin 6+2reb+1ast
Gaz Metan: T.Dumitrescu 18+4reb+4ast, D.Mitchell 16+6reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 15+12reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 15+10reb+1ast, I.Tomeljak 11+2reb+10ast, T.Jucan 10+5reb
gschID: 139029


Politehnica - Ploiesti 50-88

Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-22) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 22th consecutive match to seventh ranked Ploiesti (13-7) 88-50. The game without a history. Ploiesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 14. They outrebounded Politehnica 40-19 including a 28-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Lithuanian guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) supported him with 19 points. Five Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by guard Constantin Amarghioalei (196-85) did not help to save the game for Politehnica. Forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ploiesti have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oradea. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 22 games lost. Ploiesti will play against league's leader Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Politehnica will play on the road against the league's second-placed Timisoara (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Politehnica: C.Amarghioalei 15+4reb+3ast, V.Popovici 14+6reb+1ast, M.Nicolae 6+2reb+1ast, V.Cobzaru 5+3reb, I.Hurjui 3+3reb+1ast, M.Zarkovic 3+1reb
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 20+7reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 19+1ast, D.Albijanic 12+6reb, V.Tica 10+6reb, V.Negoitescu 10+6reb+1ast, L.Szijarto 7+3reb
gschID: 139030




Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 17-4 
 2. Timisoara 16-3 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 15-5 
 4. Targu Mures 14-7 
 5. CSM Bucuresti 14-7 
 6. Ploiesti 13-7 
 7. Oradea 13-7 
 8. CSU Sibiu 12-8 
 9. Rovinari 11-9 
 10. Pitesti 11-10 
 11. Dinamo B. 7-14 
 12. Craiova 6-14 
 13. Giurgiu 5-16 
 14. Perla Harghitei 3-17 
 15. Politehnica 0-22 
Folded
 1. Otopeni 4-11 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  CSM B.
  (184-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Martinic, CSM B.24.3 
 2. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu24.1 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.22.1 
 5. Brown, Dinamo B.21.5 
 6. Tomic, Craiova19.6 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.3 
 8. Ross, Craiova19.0 
 9. Darby, Rovinari18.5 
 10. Kearse, CSU Sibiu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.4 
 3. Carutasu, CSM B.9.3 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.2 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.9.1 
 6. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.7 
 7. Steffel, Rovinari8.7 
 8. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.3 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 10. Dies, Perla Hargh.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.5 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.6 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.1 
 6. Brown, Dinamo B.4.9 
 7. Cuic, Timisoara4.8 
 8. Martinic, CSM B.4.7 
 9. Nikolic, Rovinari4.7 
 10. Long, Perla Hargh.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.4 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.9 
 3. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Hurjui, Politehnica2.0 
 6. Nicolae, Politehni.1.9 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Rovinari
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 2. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 3. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 4. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.6 
 6. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.5 
 7. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.3 
 8. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.2 
 9. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.2 
 10. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 


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Heartbreaking thriller: Fenerbahce Ulker beats Unics in OT to stay alive - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Unics 94-87 OT

In one of the most exciting games in Top 16 history, Fenerbahce Ulker rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge Unics 94-87 in overtime in front of almost 12,000 fans at Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey in Group G on Thursday. Unics was better than FB Ulker in the first round 76-71, so Fener needed at least 6-point win to keep their Playoffs hopes alive. The hosts managed to do it and they needed an extra five minutes to improve its record to 2-3 in Group G. Unics slipped to 3-2 and the last round will give us an answer who will advance to the next stage. Unics will advance if they beat PAO next week or if Fener losses to Armani in Milano. In order to advance, Fener needs to beat Armani and PAO to win in Kazan. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) had 20 points and 5 rebounds for Fener last night. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) scored 18 and Emir Preldzic (205-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points. Unics got 33 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) (valuation 43). Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) (5 rebs) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 17 and 13 points respectively. Unics held 73-79 lead with 1:23 remaining in regular time. Emir Preldzic and Bojan Bogdanovic made free throws to bring FB Ulker within 77-79 with 25.5 seconds left in regulation. Wilkinson missed foul shots and Roko-Leni Ukic beat the shot clock with a rainbow jumper that sent the game to overtime, 79-79, setting Ulker Sports Arena on fire. The hosts jumped to 87-83 during the OT and later free throws by Preldzic and Bogdanovic allowed FB Ulker to get a 94-87 lead with 6 seconds left. Unics had the last possession, but they were unable to score. Quarters: 21-26, 21-18, 13-24, 24-11, 15-8 OT. Last round of Top 16 phase for Group G teams is scheduled for February 29.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 20+5 boards, Roko-Leni Ukic 18, Emir Preldzic 13
Unics: Lynn Greer 33+6 boards+6 as, Michael Wilkinson 17+5 boards, Henry Domercant 13


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Match Report: Rocks V Jets - by Eurobasket News
BBL Championship
Glasgow Rocks 78 (24,43,60) (Wedemire 20, Cranston 16, Huffor 13)
Cheshire Jets 80 (18,32,60) (Brown 26, OReilly 19, Cole 15)


Cheshire Jets claimed a fantastic road win in Glasgow after launching an astonishing rescue mission to fight back from 19 points down in the second half to take a thrilling victory at Kelvin Hall.

After 23 minutes of poor play, the visitors exploded into life and left the Rocks reeling as they decided to come to the party and rack up a brilliant success.

Both teams headed into this clash knowing that even victory wouldnt be enough to move them up a place in the BBL Championship table but in the context of the play-off race, this was still a crucial encounter.

It was a smooth opening first quarter for the hometown Rocks who spread the ball around the floor, rotated effectively and shot the ball well. This helped them ensure they had seven different scorers after the opening ten minutes and consequently they were firmly in control at 24-18.

Having just turned the ball over once during the first period, Rocks were able to play freely and the lack of any defensive pressure from Jets was a telling factor. The hosts increased their lead after a 10-2 run to open the second quarter before Adam Brown (193-G-88, college: Houston) made a triple to stop the rot.

While going down by as many as 14 points due to their malaise, Jets couldnt make any significant inroads into the Rocks lead and still trailed 43-32 at the break.

Perhaps the biggest issue for the visitors wasnt only the double-digit deficit, but also the worrying lack of physicality and aggression with a staggering one solitary foul being committed by Jets in the first half.

Immediately after they returned to the floor, things went from bad to worse as Rocks scored nine of the first ten points of the third quarter meaning when Andrew Wedemire sunk a three-pointer, Jets looked to be truly buried at 52-33.

But to their immense credit, they launched a quite astonishing effort in a devastating spell to stun the hosts. More purposeful and focused on defence, this set the tone for a blistering quarter at the offensive end as Jets enjoyed a wonderful renaissance.

They outscored the hosts 27-8 during the remainder of the period, holding the Rocks to just four scores in almost eight minutes. It was an explosive passage of play from Jets who ripped through the gears at breakneck speed with firstly Bill Cole (205-F-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Illinois) dunking to cut the deficit to single figures and then successive triples by Brown and Colin OReilly levelling the scores at 60-60 heading into the final quarter.

Things then got even better when Brown scored the basket that put his team into the lead and moments later, the same player would convert again to put Jets 70-65 ahead and complete an astonishing 24 point turnaround from just after half-time.

Rocks were suddenly not only on the ropes but slipping towards the canvas having perhaps thought they had the win sewn up when previously coasting early in the third period. It ensured a fascinating and dramatic finale.

As Jets kept their noses in front, the home fans wondered if their team could ever regain the initiative and with a little over a minute remaining, a three-pointer by Gareth Murray against his former employers finally got Rocks back on level terms at 73-73.

However, Jets then landed a big punch when Cole made a shot with 28 seconds left as they regained the lead. Then, when Mychal Green and DeAundre Cranston subsequently missed three-point attempts for Rocks, they had to foul.

It proved to be decisive as Brown punished them by making four free-throws in the dying seconds to help seal the win for Jets with a late triple from Andrew Wedemire simply not enough for the shell-shocked losing team.

Wedemire top-scored for Rocks with 20 points but it was Brown who was the top scorer in the game with 26 while Cole and Matt Schneck both claimed super double-double for a jubilant Cheshire.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 24
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.24.0 
 2. Dukanac, Mladost18.9 
 3. Djurovic, Crnokosa18.8 
 4. Riboskic, Beovuk18.2 
 5. Dasic, Jagodina17.1 
 6. Samailovic, Radnic.16.7 
 7. Gagovic, Jagodina16.4 
 8. Dondur, Beovuk 7216.2 
 9. Skoko, Vojvodina16.2 
 10. Boljkovac, Sabac16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.2 
 2. Sikman, Napredak.8.6 
 3. Glisovic, Radnic.8.2 
 4. Dondur, Beovuk 727.9 
 5. Janjusevic, Konst.7.9 
 6. Jankovic, Mladost7.9 
 7. Tmusic, Jagodina7.8 
 8. Vukovic, Mladost7.6 
 9. Dukanac, Mladost7.3 
 10. Grubor, Vojvodina7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.6.9 
 2. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.9 
 3. Velickovic, Konst.4.8 
 4. Simic, Radnicki OB4.4 
 5. Tanasijevic, Radni.4.2 
 6. Boricic, Radnicki.4.2 
 7. Dumic, Mladost4.2 
 8. Skoko, Vojvodina3.7 
 9. Dinic, Spartak3.6 
 10. Samailovic, Radni.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.2.9 
 2. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.6 
 3. Kuntic, Spartak2.4 
 4. Kovacevic, Mlados.2.1 
 5. Rasic, Mladost2.1 
 6. Dugosija, Mladost2.0 
 7. Djoric, Jagodina2.0 
 8. Djurovic, Spartak2.0 
 9. Stojanovic, Spartak2.0 
 10. Stajic, Viva Bask.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan LJUBOTINA
  Spartak
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ljubotina, Spartak2.3 
 2. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.1 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak1.7 
 4. Karalic, Radnicki.1.2 
 5. Radenkovic, Jedins.1.1 
 6. Dukanac, Mladost0.9 
 7. Jankovic, Mladost0.9 
 8. Savic, Radnicki St.0.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Jagodina0.8 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.8 


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Mladost Zemun 12-6
 2. Jagodina 12-6
 3. Konstantin 11-6
 4. Mladost Cacak 11-7
 5. Spartak 11-7
 6. Radnicki OB 10-8
 7. Crnokosa 9-9
 8. Napredak A. 9-9
 9. Sabac 8-10
 10. Viva Basket 8-10
 11. Beovuk 72 7-11
 12. Radnicki Stud. 6-11
 13. Vojvodina 6-12
 14. Jedinstvo NB 5-13


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Maribor fire coach Rmus - by Zeljko Zule
Maribor fired coach Slobodan Rmus after an 8-8 season in Telemach League with assistant coach Igor Kuzma taking over on an interim basis. Rmus failed to make League Play-Off and Maribor dropped out of Cup Spar in quarterfinal scoring only 42 points in the match against Slovan.
Rmus took over Maribor as head coach in the summer 2009 and led them to a B-1 League title with a 22-3 overall record. He finished 17-29 in his one and a half Telemach League season as Maribor coach. Rmus is the fourth coach fired this season. Zlatorog recently parted ways with Rado Trifunovic and Rogaska dismissed Matej Baksic and Tihomir Tabak.



Standings - D2
D3 Standings
East
 1. Lastovka 13-3
 2. Crnomelj 11-3
 3. Krka II 10-4
 4. Bistrica 10-5
 5. Calcit Kamnik 8-7
 6. Nazarje 7-7
 7. Vrani Vransko 7-7
 8. Podbocje 5-9
 9. Lenart 4-11
 10. Hram Gorjan 3-12
 11. Union Olim. II 3-13
West
 1. Plama Pur 13-2
 2. Koper 11-3
 3. Ajdovscina 11-4
 4. Logatec 8-6
 5. Fenomeni 8-7
 6. Pingvini S. 7-8
 7. Jezica 6-8
 8. Jesenice 6-9
 9. Tolmin 6-9
 10. Javor Pivka 3-11
 11. Globus 1-13


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Clark's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
36-year old Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) put on an amazing game in the last round for Samsung Th. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 54.
He had a double-double of 41 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Sonic Boom KT (#3, 30-20) 80-77. Samsung Th. maintains the 10th position in South Korean league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 38 games and recorded just twelve victories. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 59.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Samsung Th.'s top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is in league's top in points (3rd best: 26.0ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 59.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of league's second-best Anyang KGC. He is American center in his first season at Anyang KGC. In the last game Daniels recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Anyang KGC lost that game 70-83 to the lower-ranked Goyang Orions (#8, 18-32). Anyang KGC managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 35-15 record is not bad at all. Daniels is one of the most experienced players at Anyang KGC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers (#7). Haynes scored 28 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of LG Sakers, leading his team to a 83-59 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#5, 25-25). The chances of LG Sakers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 32 games, recording just nineteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Haynes could try to bring LG Sakers' a little bit higher in the standings. Haynes has individually a great season in South Korea. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (5th best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) of SK Knights - 30 points and 15 rebounds
5. Jin-Soo Choi (202-F) of Goyang Orions - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80) of Goyang Orions - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Sang-Oh Park (196-F-81) of Sonic Boom KT - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joo-Sung Kim (205-F/C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 22 points and 14 rebounds
10. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 42-8 
 2. Anyang KGC 35-16 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 30-20 
 4. KCC Egis 27-23 
 5. ET Land 26-25 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 25-25 
 7. LG Sakers 19-32 
 8. Goyang Orions 18-32 
 9. SK Knights 18-32 
 10. Samsung Th. 12-39 


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Cody Toppert joins Logitravel Mallorca - by Eurobasket Center
Logitravel Mallorca (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 29-year old German-German guard Cody Toppert (193-G-83, college: Cornell). He played most recently at Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (LEB Silver). While playing 14 games for Ourense this season toppert averaged 6.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a very experienced player. Toppert played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom and USA. He graduated Cornell University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Alberto Miguel is a newcomer at Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto - by Eurobasket Center
Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (LEB Silver) added to their roster 35-year old guard Alberto Miguel (188-G-77). Miguel played most recently at Club Deportivo Estela Santander (EBA). He helped them to make it to the final. Miguel is a very experienced player. The last two seasons in a row he made it to LEB Gold Play-Off Finalist while playing for Burgos.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Club Deportivo Estela Santander adds Rogers to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Club Deportivo Estela Santander (EBA) agreed terms with 24-year old Jamaican international forward Michael Rogers (198-F-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Rogers played most recently at Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (LEB Silver). While playing 5 games for Gandia Basquet this season he averaged 7.4ppg and 2.0rpg. Rogers is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Rogers just graduated Valparaiso University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Rogers played for Jamaican senior national team this year. He represented Jamaica at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. Rogers team won Bronze and his stats at this event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 2.3rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Unicaja decides not to sign Krunoslav Simon this season - by Eurobasket News
According to local media (Laopiniondemalaga.es), Unicaja decided not to sign Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) for rest of the season. Reportedly, the club will be interested to bring in the player for the next season, but not now. Krunoslav Simon averages 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in Adriatic league (16 games). In Euroleague, he registered 13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.5 apg for 10 games. Simon is a product of Zagreb, where he started as a teenager and never left the club. Last season he had 16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.9 apg in Croatia and Zagreb won the title. They also celebrated in Croatian Cup last year. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year -11. Krunoslav Simon played for Croatian National Team at the Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania. He had 9 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.8 apg for 5 games.
Laopiniondemalaga.es also reports that Unicaja looks at Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) now. The American parted ways with Emporio Armani Milano this week.


Real Madrid too strong for Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Unicaja 86-65

Real Madrid demonstrated its power against Unicaja celebrating 86-65 home win in Round 5 of the Euroleague Top 16. Thanks to this victory Real Madrid joined Bilbao on the second place in Group F with 3-2 record. Unicaja stays the only winless team in this pool. The two Playoff berths from this group will be decided in the final week as the three teams still have options to advance. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) led the hosts with double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) scored 15 and Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) followed with 2 points less. In the loosing squad, Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) delivered 15 points. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) (7 rebs) and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) scored 12 and 11 pts respectively. Unicaja had a great start as they made 14-22 lead in the first ten minutes, but Real Madrid took control on them after that and never looked back. Real tied the score at the HT and took 6-point lead before the last ten minutes, when they smashed Unicaja with impressive 27-12 for the final 86-65 victory. In the last and crucial round of Top 16, Real Madrid will meet Montepaschi in Siena. Unicaja waits Bilbao.

Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 18+10 boards, Sergio Llull 15, Jaycee Carroll 12
Unicaja: Gerald Fitch 15, Augusto Cesar Lima 12+7 boards, Hrvoje Peric 11


Regal Barcelona grabs thriller win in Cantu, secures first place in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - FCB Regal 62-63

Regal Barcelona grabbed 62-63 thriller win in Cantu last night. It was a Round 5 of the Euroleague Top 16 phase and Barca managed to stay undefeated. They secured first place in Group H and booked a spot for the Playoffs. At the other side, Cantu dropped to 2-3 with no chance to advance. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) led the Spanish champs with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 12 and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 10 points, plus 6 rebounds. The hosts got 14 points and 8 boards from Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89). Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) had 12 points, 7 rebs and 5 assists, and third scorer in defeat was Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) with 9 points. Barca made 0-9 run during the last period for 58-61 lead with something more than 5 minutes to go. Doron Perkins and Giorgi Shermadini answered with mini 4-0 run for 62-61 Cantu lead with 40 seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro made two free throws with 26 seconds to go for a 62-63 Barcelona lead before Basiles potential game-winning jumper from the right baseline went off the front of the rim and out just before the final buzzer. Quarters: 18-18, 15-17, 17-17, 12-11. Barca waits Maccabi in the last round of Top 16. Cantu will go to Kaunas.

Cantu: Giorgi Shermadini 14+8 boards, Doron Perkins 12+7 boards+5 as, Maarten Leunen 9
Barcelona: Boniface Ndong 13+5 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Erazem Lorbek 10+6 boards


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 17-1 
 2. Fribourg 13-5 
 3. Geneve Lions 13-5 
 4. Monthey 12-5 
 5. SAV Vacallo 10-7 
 6. Starwings 7-12 
 7. Boncourt 5-14 
 8. BBC Nyon 2-16 
 9. SAM Massagno 2-16 


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Galatasaray knocks down Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Anadolu Efes 64-56

Galatasaray Medical Park handed 64-56 loss to Anadolu Efes on Wednesday night. It means that Galata improved to 3-2 record in Group E of the Euroleague Top 16 and will have to beat Olympiakos as a guest in the next round to reach the Playoffs. Anadolu Efes dropped to 1-4 with no chance to advance. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA), Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) netted 9 points apiece. For Anadolu Efes, Stanko Barac (217-C-86) collected 16 points and 5 rebs. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll, MT) stopped to 7 points. Galatasaray had a great start. They made 20-13 lead after ten minutes and jumped to 39-24 during the second period. Efes finally responded and cut the margin to 39-32 at the halftime. Ten minutes later it was 50-45 and Galatasaray opened the last period with 8-3 run. Efes came to minus six in the finish, but Jaka Lakovic iced the game from the line, 64-56, with 15.6 seconds left. Quarters: 20-13, 19-19, 11-13, 14-11. As mentioned above, Galatasaray will play in Greece next week. Anadolu Efes waits CSKA Moscow.

Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 15+7 boards, Joshua Shipp 9, Jamon Lukas Gordon 9, Jaka Lakovic 9
Anadolu Efes: Stanko Barac 16+5 boards, Sasha Vujacic 15+8 boards, Sinan Guler 7


TB2L Round 26: No surprise as #1 Selcuk Universitesi defeats Orman Genc - by Eurobasket News
TB2L top team - Selcuk Universitesi (20-5) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed nineteenth ranked Orman Genc (7-18) in Ankara 96-77. The game without a history. Selcuk Universitesi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Selcuk Universitesi shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Forward Omer Unver (204-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 13 points and 4 assists. Orman Genc's coach Serhan Aydanarig rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Selcuk Universitesi maintains first position with 20-5 record, which they share with Optimum TED. Orman Genc at the other side dropped to the eighteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Istanbulspor. Selcuk Universitesi is looking forward to face Genc Telekom (#3) in Ankara in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Orman Genc will play on the road against Istanbul B.B. (#11) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Darussafaka (12-13) outlasted Balikesir (11-14) in overtime by three points 76-73. Guard Goekhan Sunter (196-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 20 points to lead the effort and Joshua Dollard supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Balikesir. Balikesir's coach Ismail Dogrutekin tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Darussafaka moved-up to ninth place. Newly promoted Balikesir dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Istanbul B.B.. Darussafaka's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena TED Istanbul.
Eleventh-ranked Istanbul B.B. (11-14) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Final Genclik (16-9) in Bursa on Wednesday. Final Genclik managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Erdem Ilter who scored 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Final Genclik's coach Ali Ozbay used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Soner Sahin produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Final Genclik maintains seventh position with 16-9 record. Loser Istanbul B.B. dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Balikesir. Final Genclik will meet Vestel (#8) in the next round. Istanbul B.B. will play against Orman Genc in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Gaziantep (18-7) crushed at home 16th ranked Tire Gucu (9-16) by 23 points 106-83, which is the biggest margin this round. Antabia Waller orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep maintains fourth position with 18-7 record. Tire Gucu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Istanbulspor (#18) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Tire Gucu will play against Baskent Genclik in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Usak lost to Akhisar Bld on the opponent's court 69-79. Pamukkale unfortunately lost to Optimum TED in a home game 67-77. Gelisim managed to beat Baskent Genclik on the road 68-59. Bottom-ranked TED Istanbul was defeated by Vestel on its own court 56-74. Maliye Milli beat Pertevniyal in Ankara 81-64. Genc Telekom won against Istanbulspor at home 74-66.



Akhisar Bld - Usak 79-69

Very expected game when 17th ranked Usak (8-17) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Akhisar Bld (16-8) 79-69. The game was mostly controlled by Akhisar Bld. Usak was better in second period 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Usak 50-31 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Guven Esmer (193-80) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Cem Coskun (209-87) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Nikolay Pastal (202-83) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Usak. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akhisar Bld maintains sixth position with 16-8 record. Usak at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 17 games lost. Akhisar Bld's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maliye Milli (#5) in Ankara and it may be quite challenging game. Usak will play at home against Balikesir (#10).
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 21+18reb+3ast, G.Esmer 17+3reb+1ast, C.Terzioglu 14+6reb+1ast, E.Yenice 9+6reb, O.Bugra Dag 4+4reb, B.Gacemer 4+1reb+6ast
Usak: C.Coskun 19+7reb, M.Bayrak 12+2reb, N.Pastal 11+5reb+1ast, D.Harris 7+2reb+1ast, M.Erol 6+4reb, C.Karabulut 5+5reb
gschID: 148749


Darussafaka - Balikesir 76-73 OT

Darussafaka (12-13) outlasted Balikesir (11-14) in overtime by three points 76-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Balikesir won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Balikesir used huge pressure winning it 15-10 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-8. Balikesir was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Goekhan Sunter (196-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 20 points to lead the effort and American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Balikesir. Guard Yunus Akcay (-89) added 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Balikesir's coach Ismail Dogrutekin tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Darussafaka moved-up to ninth place. Newly promoted Balikesir dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Istanbul B.B.. Darussafaka's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena TED Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: G.Sunter 20+4reb, T.Gedikli 14+3reb+3ast, J.Dollard 12+7reb+2ast, D.Sonmez 11+6reb+2ast, K.Hotic 6+1ast, M.Baygul 5+3reb
Balikesir: Y.Akcay 24+4reb+1ast, C.Jackson 22+10reb+1ast, M.Ozdogan 9+5reb, O.Kaya 9+4reb, U.Tinay 6+5reb+9ast, O.San 2
gschID: 148750


Pamukkale - Optimum TED 67-77

Very predictable result when second ranked Optimum TED (20-5) defeated on the road 13th ranked Pamukkale (9-15) 77-67. The game was mostly controlled by Optimum TED. Pamukkale was better in second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Optimum TED won last quarter 29-20. Optimum TED outrebounded Pamukkale 36-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pamukkale's players. Guard Ali Kavaklioglu (186-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Center Hakan Yapar (202-84) contributed with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Burak Sasmaz (-91) added 13 points in the effort for Pamukkale. Four Pamukkale players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Optimum TED have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Pamukkale lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. Optimum TED's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#13) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Pamukkale will play on the road against Gelisim in Izmir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Optimum TED: A.Kavaklioglu 21+4reb+4ast, O.Famutimi 14+6reb+1ast, N.Ozbakir 10+3reb+1ast, H.Yapar 9+9reb+4ast, O.Orcun Gollu 6+2reb+4ast, U.Gurgen 5+5reb+5ast
Pamukkale: W.Caudle 17+10reb+3ast, G.Baybora 14+3reb, B.Sasmaz 13+2reb+2ast, G.Senol 11+3reb+2ast, I.Esmeray 7+2reb, Y.Soydas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 148745


Baskent Genclik - Gelisim 59-68

Everything could happen in Ankara at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Gelisim and 14th ranked Baskent Genclik had identical 9-15 record. But Baskent Genclik was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Izmir 68-59. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-13 Baskent Genclik's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 68-59 at the end of the game. Gelisim forced 23 Baskent Genclik turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Baskent Genclik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Kaan Isbilen (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Derek Williams (185-85, college: SMU) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Gelisim players scored in double figures. American power forward Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Recai Ozturk (198-82) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Baskent Genclik. Baskent Genclik's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gelisim (10-15) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pertevniyal. Baskent Genclik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Gelisim's next round opponent will be Pamukkale (#14) at home. Baskent Genclik will play against Tire Gucu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: K.Isbilen 16+9reb+1ast, O.Onver 15+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 14+1reb+6ast, S.Gursu 11+4reb+3ast, E.Ocakturk 7+8reb, E.Ozpulat 5+7reb+1ast
Baskent Genclik: M.Gray 17+11reb+1ast, R.Ozturk 14+7reb+4ast, M.Sevda 8+5reb+4ast, E.Yavuklu 7, A.Unal 6+1reb+1ast, B.Demirci 5+1reb
gschID: 148746


Orman Genc - Selcuk Univ. 77-96

TB2L top team - Selcuk Universitesi (20-5) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed nineteenth ranked Orman Genc (7-18) in Ankara 96-77. The game without a history. Selcuk Universitesi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Selcuk Universitesi shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Forward Omer Unver (204-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. Forward Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and center Onur Bolat (204-80) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Orman Genc's coach Serhan Aydanarig rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Selcuk Universitesi maintains first position with 20-5 record, which they share with Optimum TED. Orman Genc at the other side dropped to the eighteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Istanbulspor. Selcuk Universitesi is looking forward to face Genc Telekom (#3) in Ankara in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Orman Genc will play on the road against Istanbul B.B. (#11) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: O.Unver 29+2reb+2ast, I.Cevik 23+6reb+3ast, H.Antwan Dobie 18+2reb+4ast, M.Gucyetmez 15+2reb+6ast, O.Aydin 5+12reb+3ast, M.Ufuk Kacar 3+1ast
Orman Genc: A.Denk 13, A.Erhan Kocamis 13+3reb+4ast, O.Bolat 11+5reb+3ast, U.Aksoy 9+8reb, S.Ozgur 9+2reb+3ast, D.Engin Deniz 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148747


Gaziantep - Tire Gucu 106-83

Fourth ranked Gaziantep (18-7) crushed at home 16th ranked Tire Gucu (9-16) by 23 points 106-83, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Gaziantep. Tire Gucu was better in fourth quarter 35-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaziantep shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Forward Hadi Dogan (200-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Rahmi Hepsarsar (-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Ahmet Yolcu (184-78, agency: EM-PA) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Tire Gucu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep maintains fourth position with 18-7 record. Tire Gucu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Istanbulspor (#18) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Tire Gucu will play against Baskent Genclik in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: A.Waller 32+3reb+2ast, H.Dogan 16+5reb+1ast, A.Kaplan 13+4reb+1ast, A.Snow 12+2reb+2ast, U.Durmus 8+6reb, M.Goektas 7+6reb+1ast
Tire Gucu: R.Hepsarsar 16+12reb, A.Yolcu 15+3reb+5ast, V.Incekara 15+2reb+2ast, T.Boswell 11+3reb, J.Carter 9+3reb+1ast, A.Cetinkaya 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148748


TED Istanbul - Vestel 56-74

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Vestel (15-10) beat on the road bottom-ranked TED Istanbul (5-20) 74-56. TED Istanbul was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 45-25 second half run of Vestel. They also forced 20 TED Istanbul turnovers. American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St., agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Serdar Yavuz (184-82) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Five Vestel players scored in double figures. Forward Can Uzun (195-86) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TED Istanbul. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vestel have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 15-10 record. TED Istanbul at the other side stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Vestel's next round opponent will be higher ranked Final Genclik (#7) in Bursa and it may be quite challenging game. TED Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Vestel: S.Yavuz 21+2ast, H.Erol 13+4reb+1ast, P.Pasco 13+9reb+3ast, H.Ozdemir 11+6reb+1ast, C.Erdogan 10+3reb+1ast, S.Topcu 3+4reb+1ast
TED Istanbul: C.Uzun 16+7reb, S.Taggart 16+6reb, M.Baras 8+1reb+1ast, E.Ozseven 5+12reb+1ast, S.Gunes 4+3reb+1ast, N.Evans 4
gschID: 148741


Pertevniyal - Maliye Milli 64-81

There was no surprise in Istanbul where 12th ranked Pertevniyal (10-15) was defeated by fifth ranked Maliye Milli (17-8) 81-64. Maliye Milli dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pertevniyal's 30 and made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Maliye Milli players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Umit Turkoglu (211-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Maliye Milli players scored in double figures. American center Dennis Williams (198, college: MSU Moorhead) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and center Ramazan Tekin (212-93) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Pertevniyal. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maliye Milli have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-8 record. Pertevniyal at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Maliye Milli's next round opponent will be Akhisar Bld (#6) at home. Pertevniyal will play against the league's second-placed Optimum TED (#2) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Maliye Milli: C.Erdeniz 22+6reb+1ast, U.Turkoglu 16+4reb+1ast, F.Aydemir 12+2reb+2ast, T.Garrison 10+6reb+2ast, F.Celik 6+4reb, A.Johnson 6+4reb+1ast
Pertevniyal: D.Williams 22+11reb+2ast, S.Yikilmaz 10+3reb+5ast, B.Demir 8, R.Tekin 8+11reb+1ast, E.Cosar 5+3reb, U.Peten 3
gschID: 148742


Genc Telekom - Istanbulspor 74-66

No shocking result in a game in Ankara where third ranked Genc Telekom (19-6) won against 18th ranked Istanbulspor (7-18) 74-66. It looked good early as Istanbulspor took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Genc Telekom had a 19-9 second period charge getting the lead and Istanbulspor was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-74. Genc Telekom forced 20 Istanbulspor turnovers. Point guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Forward Sahin Ekmen (203-89) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Genc Telekom players scored in double figures. Kerem Ulukaya (-90) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Istanbulspor. Genc Telekom have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-6 record behind leader Selcuk Univ. Istanbulspor at the other side keeps the eighteenth place with 18 games lost. Genc Telekom's next round opponent will be league's leader Selcuk Universitesi in Konya and it will be for sure the game of the week. Istanbulspor will play at home against Gaziantep (#4).
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: S.Ekmen 17+2reb+3ast, C.Ugur Ogut 15+2reb+7ast, M.Goerur 15+2reb+1ast, K.Cipa 11+4reb, H.Avci 10+8reb+1ast, R.Rizvanoglu 4+3reb+7ast
Istanbulspor: K.Ulukaya 20+5reb+1ast, O.Sonsirma 13+3reb+2ast, K.Barber 12+8reb+1ast, C.Oner 7+1reb+3ast, O.Surucu 7+1reb+1ast, N.Kaba 4+3reb
gschID: 148743


Final Genclik - Istanbul B.B. 67-64

Eleventh-ranked Istanbul B.B. (11-14) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Final Genclik (16-9) in Bursa on Wednesday. Final Genclik managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Erdem Ilter (-90) who scored 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Volkan Tokcan (203-88) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Final Genclik's coach Ali Ozbay used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Soner Sahin (202-84) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Final Genclik maintains seventh position with 16-9 record. Loser Istanbul B.B. dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Balikesir. Final Genclik will meet Vestel (#8) in the next round. Istanbul B.B. will play against Orman Genc in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: E.Ilter 21+3reb+1ast, O.Aksoy 10+5reb+3ast, V.Tokcan 9+10reb+3ast, O.Sungur 7+2reb+1ast, E.Karalar 7+8reb+1ast, M.Esen 6+2reb
Istanbul B.B.: S.Sahin 14+6reb, M.Kolaric 12+5reb+1ast, E.Hacioglu 9+1reb+1ast, S.Eris 8+3reb+2ast, U.Yanar 7+3reb+1ast, R.Dogrusoez 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 148744




TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.0 
 2. Waller, Gaziantep19.9 
 3. Gray, Baskent19.6 
 4. Jackson, Balikesir19.3 
 5. Delic, Genc Telekom18.4 
 6. Carter, Tire Gucu18.2 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale18.1 
 8. Harris, Usak16.4 
 9. Senol, Pamukkale16.3 
 10. Can, Pertevniyal15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Balikesir
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jackson, Balikesir11.1 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.1 
 3. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.6 
 4. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.2 
 5. Gray, Baskent10.0 
 6. Can, Pertevniyal9.3 
 7. Barber, Istanbul.8.6 
 8. Ozdemir, Vestel8.3 
 9. Pastal, Usak8.2 
 10. Okkali, Final Gen.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Erden ERYUZ
  Gaziantep
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Eryuz, Gaziantep6.0 
 2. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.7 
 3. Kan, Istanbulspor5.6 
 4. Kavaklioglu, Optim.5.5 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.5.0 
 7. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.4.7 
 8. Sinanoglu, Final G.4.7 
 9. Senol, Pamukkale4.6 
 10. Ilter, Final Genc.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.7 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.5 
 3. Carter, Vestel2.0 
 4. Okkali, Final Genc.2.0 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.0 
 6. Ufuk Kacar, Selcuk1.7 
 7. Mentese, Gelisim1.7 
 8. Yapar, Optimum TED1.7 
 9. Akcay, Balikesir1.7 
 10. Gursu, Gelisim1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marquise GRAY
  Baskent .
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gray, Baskent1.4 
 2. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 3. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.3 
 4. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.2 
 5. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 6. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Carter, Vestel1.0 
 8. Delic, Genc Telekom1.0 
 9. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.0 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu0.9 


Heartbreaking thriller: Fenerbahce Ulker beats Unics in OT to stay alive - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Unics 94-87 OT

In one of the most exciting games in Top 16 history, Fenerbahce Ulker rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge Unics 94-87 in overtime in front of almost 12,000 fans at Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey in Group G on Thursday. Unics was better than FB Ulker in the first round 76-71, so Fener needed at least 6-point win to keep their Playoffs hopes alive. The hosts managed to do it and they needed an extra five minutes to improve its record to 2-3 in Group G. Unics slipped to 3-2 and the last round will give us an answer who will advance to the next stage. Unics will advance if they beat PAO next week or if Fener losses to Armani in Milano. In order to advance, Fener needs to beat Armani and PAO to win in Kazan. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) had 20 points and 5 rebounds for Fener last night. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) scored 18 and Emir Preldzic (205-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points. Unics got 33 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) (valuation 43). Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) (5 rebs) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 17 and 13 points respectively. Unics held 73-79 lead with 1:23 remaining in regular time. Emir Preldzic and Bojan Bogdanovic made free throws to bring FB Ulker within 77-79 with 25.5 seconds left in regulation. Wilkinson missed foul shots and Roko-Leni Ukic beat the shot clock with a rainbow jumper that sent the game to overtime, 79-79, setting Ulker Sports Arena on fire. The hosts jumped to 87-83 during the OT and later free throws by Preldzic and Bogdanovic allowed FB Ulker to get a 94-87 lead with 6 seconds left. Unics had the last possession, but they were unable to score. Quarters: 21-26, 21-18, 13-24, 24-11, 15-8 OT. Last round of Top 16 phase for Group G teams is scheduled for February 29.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 20+5 boards, Roko-Leni Ukic 18, Emir Preldzic 13
Unics: Lynn Greer 33+6 boards+6 as, Michael Wilkinson 17+5 boards, Henry Domercant 13


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Selcuk Univ. 20-5 
 2. Optimum TED 20-5 
 3. Genc Telekom 19-6 
 4. Gaziantep 18-7 
 5. Maliye Milli 17-8 
 6. Akhisar Bld 16-8 
 7. Final Genclik 16-9 
 8. Vestel 15-10 
 9. Darussafaka 12-13 
 10. Balikesir 11-14 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 11-14 
 12. Gelisim 10-15 
 13. Pertevniyal 10-15 
 14. Pamukkale 9-15 
 15. Baskent Genclik 9-16 
 16. Tire Gucu 9-16 
 17. Usak 8-17 
 18. Istanbulspor 7-18 
 19. Orman Genc 7-18 
 20. TED Istanbul 5-20 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas19.7 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka19.6 
 3. Grundy, Mersin18.6 
 4. Kemp, Besiktas18.4 
 5. Washington, Turk T.18.4 
 6. Gibson, Trabzonspor17.8 
 7. Erceg, Besiktas17.0 
 8. Fisher, Antalya16.9 
 9. Karadeniz, Turk T.16.6 
 10. Brown, Trabzonspor16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor11.1 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.9 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.8.9 
 4. Sanders, Hacett.8.3 
 5. Sonkol, Aliaga7.7 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.5 
 7. McGhee, Bandirma.7.3 
 8. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.3 
 9. Buckman, Tofas7.1 
 10. Miller, Bandirma7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Besiktas6.4 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK6.4 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.0 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.2 
 5. Tunceri, Anadolu5.0 
 6. Washington, Turk T.4.7 
 7. Senturk, Erdemir4.6 
 8. Steele, Tofas4.5 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.5 
 10. Wright, Olin Edir.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Mersin
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.9 
 3. Robinson, Trabzons.1.9 
 4. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.8 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.7 
 6. Kinsey, Anadolu1.7 
 7. Ermis, Banvit BK1.6 
 8. Sanders, Hacett.1.5 
 9. Hawkins, Besiktas1.5 
 10. Cantitiz, Bandirm.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.3 
 2. Erden, Besiktas1.2 
 3. Qvale, Aliaga1.2 
 4. Barac, Anadolu Ef.1.0 
 5. Davis, Banvit BK0.9 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 7. Buckman, Tofas0.8 
 8. McGhee, Bandirma.0.8 
 9. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.8 


Antalya's new big man: Frank Elegar - by Sinan Can
ANTALYA Buyuksehir Belediyespor decided to keep American big man Frank Elegar (206-C-86, college: Drexel) after a try out period. Turkish team who released Deangelo Casto, had been in search for a replacement. Elegar is a familiar name to Turkish basketball as he played for Bornova Belediyespor 2 seasons ago where he averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and helped Izmir teams campaign where ended with a Play-Off qualification success. Elegar started this season at Argentina, then moved to Marousi BC of Greece, before coming to Turkey.

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Agyei Gregory rips CH flowers with six three pointers - by David Edole
By James Wagner, Published: February 22

There was nothing special about Gwynn Park guard Agyei Gregory (94)s pregame routine on Wednesday. But when he took the court against No. 17 C.H. Flowers for the Prince Georges County boys basketball championship at Wise, his night turned extraordinary.

The senior, who came to the Brandywine school from his native U.S. Virgin Islands for his final year of high school, hit all six of his three-point attempts to power the No. 20 Yellow Jackets past the Jaguars, 57-51, and to their first county title since 2006.

This was a game that I had to feel it, said Gregory, who had a game-high 22 points.

Gwynn Park (18-5) was the co-champion of the Prince Georges County 3A/2A/1A league. It was playing in the county title game because it had won a tiebreaking coin toss with No. 18 Largo; many Lions players and coaches were watching from the stands.

While Gwynn Park senior Marcel Boyd (13 points and 12 rebounds) was a vital presence under the basket, Gregory was automatic from beyond the arc. He only missed two field goals and a free throw.

When the Jaguars (16-5), led by junior guard Dontae Holloway (12 points), cut a six-point halftime deficit to 51-49 with 2 minutes 43 seconds left, Gwynn Park senior forward Xavier Richards had two crucial layups and Gregory nabbed three important fourth-quarter rebounds.

It was a big game and coach said to shoot the ball, so I shot the ball, Gregory said.



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UBA/ WUBA All-Star Games Presented by Hooters - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
Feb. 23, 2012


The UBA announces the UBA All-Star Scheduled: The game will feature some of the UBA and WUBA's top talent. This game will showcase the base players from the league and settle the 3rd annual rivalry between the North and South. The South is now 3-0 and look to continue its dominance.

Sunday: Feb: 26, 2012
2:00pm until 7:30pm

UBA/ WUBA All-Star Classic Presented by Hooters
Price (Door): $7
Ticket: $5

All-Star Game Schedule:
2:00 - 3:20pm
WUBA 3 point shootout, UBA 3 point shootout, UBA Dunk Contest
3:330pm
WUBA All-Star Game
5:00pm
UBA All-Star Game



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Luol Deng story - by Eurobasket News
International exposure helped Luol Deng and made him a better player that he is today. There has been a lot of talk this season about representing your nation in international basketball with all the injuries to Manu Ginobilli, Andrew Bogut and Dirk Nowitzki's slow start with the Dallas Mavericks. His owner, the famous and controversial Mark Cuban even suggested that the NBA should ban its players under contract from representing their countries.

While no doubt that there is some wear and tear on a player in the NBA who plays 82 regular season games, plus preseason and post season can get up in the triple digits of games, then goes onto play with their national team. For some players the tradeoff of only getting one month rest in the summer can be measured against the value of playing an expanded role with their international team. The best example of this situation is the Chicago Bulls Luol Deng. Deng has a well-known story of travelling from the Sudan, making his way to Great Brittan and then onto high school basketball in the US. He became the second best high school player his senior year (only behind LeBron James) played one year at Duke and then moved onto the NBA.

Luol struggled a bit early in his NBA career with injuries and expectations. A bit of a stretch four player and a tweener because of the lack of great athleticism, Luol struggled with the lack of quality coaching under Vinny Del Negro and even took a step back playing for him. There was talk of playing him at the shooting guard position, even though he lacked the foot quickness and handle to succeed in such a switch. There was also talk of making him a stretch four were he would have to defend bigger and stronger fours in the NBA.

Luol's lack of ball handling and outside shooting made him a flawed small forward with coaches tinkering with his game and position. Three things changed that made Luol's ascension to NBA all-star possible Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose and leading the Great Brittan National team.

Coach Thibs displayed a lot of confidence in Luol, putting him in a position to succeed. Coach Thibs put a lot of pressure on him and responsibility. Luol thrived under this pressure and stepped his game up to a new level. He also recognized Luol's range out to 18 feet under Vinny and knew that if you can hit that long of a shot you can stretch it out to the three point line. The worst shot in the NBA is the 18 foot jumper when you can take one step back and hit a three.

Luol needed confidence in this shot, even though he shot it every day at practice which came while playing for Great Brittan. Luol became the do all player for the team defending, scoring, rebounding, passing and hitting threes. This newfound confidence has benefited him greatly since then. Stretching his game out to the three point line and becoming a great all-around player. Luol's play making ability also came to the surface as he recently had back to back games of over 10 assists for the Bulls in back to back games, the first forward to do this in Bulls history, yes even the great Scottie Pippen had never done this.

Playing along an amazing player like Derrick Rose has given Luol confidence a boost and a pressure release valve for him. It has opened up spacing on the floor and has given him more room to operate.

Luol's All-Star birth is a testament to his hard work and his history playing international basketball. There's no reason to take away that from him and future generations.



Raiders and Rowe Out For Revenge - by Paul Nilsen
A little over a month since their BBL Cup Final mauling, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders will get their first chance of revenge against Newcastle Eagles.



And, it certainly promises to be an intense struggle between the teams in the closing months of the season both in the title race and BBL Trophy Final.



At the Pavilions tonight, there will be a hugely significant game in the BBL Championship as the Raiders look for payback and ensure they make their rivals drop to two losses as revenge dominates the menu according to Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia).



He said, The Cup Final is one of those games that hurts you for a long time.



Ill never forget it and I hope it fuels us when we face them again.



Games against Newcastle mean more now because we havent beaten them yet.



It would be good to beat them in both the league and Trophy' added Rowe.



The key for the Raiders being successful is likely to be stopping shooting ace Joe Chapman and their BBL Cup Final tormentor Charles Smith since the duo have both been in spectacular form ever since the turn of the calendar year.



Whatever happens tonight, Raiders must ensure they also secure a success at Guildford Heat on Sunday as a win double or bouncing back from another loss to the Eagles would really make a big statement this weekend.



However, while Heat have struggled all season long, they are a dangerous opponent and there is of course the added dimension of Drew Lasker going up against the club he served so well earlier in his career.



The Eagles also have a Sunday match-up on the road as they prepare to head to Northgate Arena to play a Cheshire Jets - a team no doubt full of confidence and invigorated by their pulsating win last time out when they overturned a 19 point second half deficit in Glasgow to emerge victorious.



Two other teams still chasing down the Eagles in the title race are Worcester Wolves and Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. The former will certainly be expecting to rack up a win this evening at bottom placed Durham Wildcats while the Riders will also be confident of securing a home success against Glasgow Rocks tomorrow night.



Elsewhere, the play-off race continues with Wildcats knowing they need wins desperately to stand any chance of a late run which might lift them into that precious eighth spot and in addition to hosting Riders, they also entertain Mersey Tigers on Sunday another club with eyes on a play-off berth.



There could also be fireworks this weekend if as expected, Justin Dobbins travels with new club Prestige Homes MK Lions to face One Health Sharks Sheffield the team who released him earlier in the week. Both sides are looking over their shoulders a little now after a disappointing run of late and another defeat would be a blow to whoever loses this match-up.



Lions will at least have the opportunity to either make amends or complete a very happy weekend since they will play a home game against Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Serie 1
 1. Welcome 7-1 
 2. Hebraica 7-1 
 3. Bohemios 4-4 
 4. Trouville 2-6 
 5. Lagomar 2-6 
 6. Wanderers 2-6 
Serie 2
 1. Malvin 6-2 
 2. Aguada 6-2 
 3. Defensor 5-3 
 4. Bigua 3-5 
 5. Anastasia 2-6 
 6. Plaza 2-6 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Trouville
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Brown, Trouville24.0 
 2. Keenan, Larre B.23.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.8 
 4. Crews, Cader23.5 
 5. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 6. McCullough, Un.Atl.21.2 
 7. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 8. Jennings, Cordon20.9 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.20.7 
 10. Evans, Cader20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 43.8
 1. Humphrey, Bigua43.8 
 2. Allen, Bohemios15.3 
 3. Polk, Montevideo14.1 
 4. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.8 
 5. Shellman, Sayago12.8 
 6. Passos, Hebraica11.8 
 7. Keenan, Larre B.10.8 
 8. Crews, Cader10.7 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios9.5 
 10. Haller, Montevideo9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.7 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada6.1 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.1 
 4. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 5. Taboada, Larre B.5.0 
 6. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 7. Jennings, Cordon4.8 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terence SHELLMAN
  Sayago
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.4 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 4. Aguilera, Trouville2.3 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.3 
 7. Brown, Trouville2.1 
 8. Evans, Cader2.1 
 9. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
 10. Vazquez, Olimpia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Bohemios
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Allen, Bohemios3.8 
 2. Jackson, Olimpia2.3 
 3. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.2.2 
 4. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 5. Polk, Montevideo1.8 
 6. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 8. Crews, Cader1.6 
 9. McCoy, Sayago1.5 
 10. Augustus, Hebrai.1.5 


Malvin clinched N1 for the playoffs - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, the defending champions, clinched N1 for the LUB Group 2, after beating Anastasia 96-92 and will play against N4 for the LUB group 1. For Malvin, Germ