EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/26/2012

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  ABA   


Bart agreeds on Romanian offer - by Gianni Pascucci
Georgia Gwizzlies' PG Carl-Jean Bart (5'10''-G-87, college: Toccoa Falls) has accepted a contract offer at 8000 USD per month for a period of six months, says to Usasket.com Embry Malone , Gwizzlies coach and Owner. The offer cames from Romanian team CS Politethnica Unirea Iasi, that sent a round trip air ticket confirmation to the new ballplayer, whio will pay for a Romanian work permit once confirmation is recieved.

Cheetahs hit the road to play the #1 Ranked ABA team in the Nation - by Gianni Pascucci
With only one game left, the Carolina Cheetahs have had a great first season. The Cheetahs are ranked 2nd in their ABA Mid-Atlantic Division. To top it all off, They are ranked #10 in the league out of 94 ABA teams nationally, which has qualified them for the ABA Playoffs coming in Mid-March.
Saturday, February 25th the Cheetahs hit the road to play their most challenging game this season against the #1 Ranked South Carolina Warriors. The Cheetahs will have to play their best game of the year to get out of this game with a win.
'The warriors are a very good team who are disciplined in their physical style of play. Coach Chris Beard is a Bobby Knight disciple, who coached with him at Texas Tech,' said Tommy Stevenson , the Carolina CATS Basketball Operations Manager, Team Owner, and Mid-Atlantic Divison Chairman. 'They have everything, great inside play with their 6'9' big players who are great offensive rebounders and can step out and knockdown 3 pt shots. The perimeter players are great passers who attack the basket and kick out to the open shooters. They are very strong in the upper body and are hard to knock off stride. But if my Cheetahs want to win a championship, this is the level of competition they will face.'
All games at this stage are critical for the Cheetahs, especially playing the #1 one team in the league and on their home court.


The four teams representing the Mid-Atlantic Division in the ABA Playoffs will be 1. SC Warriors, 2. Carolina Cheetahs, 3. Lynchburg Legends, and 4. Richmond Elite. For the brackets, 1 plays 4, and 2 plays 3, so a win this weekend for the Cheetahs could change the whole dynamic.
Head Carolina Cheetahs Coach Kristina Baugh believes that her team has what it takes to win this weekend, she says, 'The Cheetahs had a great week of practice gearing up for the big game. We are excited and up for the challenge, while remembering the game decides who wins and losses.'
The Cheetahs have bought back two key players to their roster including C.J. Pigford (6'7''-F-82, college: Elizabeth City), former UNC Charlotte and overseas professional basketball player; Landon Quick (6'1''-G-85, college: High Point), former High Point University and Iceland overseas professional basketball player. 'C.J. Pigford and Landon Quick are back in action for the Cheetahs and we are excited about their contributions working with the strong nucleus that we have,' says Coach Baugh. 'The players have wanted this game all season and are ready to embark in one of last games of the regular season. We definitely have the pieces, if we can limit our turnovers and play as a unit, it will be an exciting night of basketball for both teams !'
The next and final Carolina Cheetah home of the season takes place Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at Greensboro College at 7pm. They play their sister Carolina CATS team, the Carolina Jaguars from Raleigh-Durham and the game is marketed as 'The Battle of the CATS' and will be dedicated to community service efforts, which is the foundation of the Carolina CATS Sports & Entertainment Group




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-1 
 2. Cedevita 15-4 
 3. Partizan 15-6 
 4. Buducnost 14-6 
 5. Siroki WWin 12-9 
 6. Cibona 11-10 
 7. KK Zagreb CO 11-10 
 8. Union Olimpija 11-10 
 9. Radnicki K. 10-10 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 9-12 
 11. Hemofarm 5-15 
 12. Helios 5-15 
 13. Krka 5-16 
 14. Zlatorog 2-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.9 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.18.1 
 3. Kasun, KK.17.6 
 4. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 6. Simon, KK.16.7 
 7. Pilepic, Siroki W.15.5 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki14.1 
 9. Gay, Helios14.1 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.5 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.0 
 5. Simon, Radnicki K.7.1 
 6. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 8. Scott, Radnicki K.5.8 
 9. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 10. Thompson, Union5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.5 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.5 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.0 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.9 
 5. Nissim, Krka4.6 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.2 
 8. Simon, KK.3.9 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.8 
 10. Mocnik, Union O.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gay, Helios2.3 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 3. Simon, KK.1.8 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 5. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.6 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.6 
 7. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.1.5 
 9. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.1.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Rizvic, Buducnost1.0 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 7. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 8. Collins, Siroki W.0.8 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Ilic, Crvena Zvez.0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA: Round 25 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Second Stage. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Second Stage. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Obras (18-7) in Bahia Blanca on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (10-15) 90-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-84. 26 personal fouls committed by Obras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 assists for the winners and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side the former international power forward Tyler Field (206-78, college: San Diego) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to eleventh place. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia are again looking forward to face league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Libertad Sunchales (17-8) against ninth ranked GECR Indalo (13-12) on Friday night. Visiting Libertad Sunchales was defeated by GECR Indalo in a tough game in Comodoro R. 68-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and Santiago Scala accounted for 9 points. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for Libertad Sunchales in the defeat. GECR Indalo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. GECR Indalo will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LigaA top team - Obras (18-7) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Boca Juniors (9-16) in Buenos Aires 90-85. Juan Gutierrez fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Maximiliano Stanic produced 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-7 record. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Olimpico LB. Obras will meet Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boca Juniors will play against Libertad Sunchales and hope to secure a win.
Regatas Corrientes (12-14) outlasted Sionista (15-10) in overtime by five points 77-72. Worth to mention a great performance of Javier Martinez who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Regatas Corrientes maintains tenth place with 12-14 record. Sionista lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Regatas Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Corrientes San Martin Corrientes.
The game in Cordoba was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Lanus (17-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Atenas (15-10). Lanus defeated Atenas 81-71 on Wednesday. Jamaal Levy stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Atenas dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Lanus will have a break next round. Atenas will play again at home against Lanus (#4) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Lanus won against Olimpico LB on the opponent's court 77-71. Atenas managed to outperform Quilmes MP in a home game 81-78. Quimsa managed to beat Boca Jrs on the road 73-67. Penarol crushed Club 9 on its own court 89-69. Regatas C. was smashed by Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata 87-68.


Olimpico LB - Lanus 71-77
Very expected game when 12th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (9-16) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Lanus (17-9) 77-71 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpico de La Banda won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lanus made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Olimpico de La Banda only scored eight points from the stripe. American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Lanus will face Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Lanus: D.Guaita 18+8reb, B.Brown 17+7reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 14+1ast, M.Byro 12+3reb+4ast, J.Levy 6+9reb+1ast, A.Boccia 6+5reb
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 22+13reb+1ast, E.Villares 16+2reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 13+7reb, C.Romero 6+1reb, G.Grays 5+1reb+1ast, F.Malara 3+5reb
gschID: 141341


GECR Indalo - Libertad S. 76-68
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Libertad Sunchales (17-8) against ninth ranked GECR Indalo (13-12) on Friday night. Visiting Libertad Sunchales was defeated by GECR Indalo in a tough game in Comodoro R. 68-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. It looked good early as Libertad Sunchales took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then GECR Indalo had a 29-17 second period charge getting the lead and Libertad Sunchales was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-76. GECR Indalo dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Libertad Sunchales' 32. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and guard Santiago Scala (186-91) accounted for 9 points. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points respectively for Libertad Sunchales in the defeat. Five Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. GECR Indalo will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Davis 26+18reb+2ast, C.McGowan 11+2reb+2ast, R.Gabini 9+1reb, S.Scala 9+4reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 8+3reb+2ast, K.Seawright 6+3reb
Libertad S.: J.Johnson 14+3reb+1ast, J.Pittman 13+3reb+2ast, R.Battle 13+14reb+2ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 10+1reb+1ast, J.Treise 10+3reb, F.Calvi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141342


Atenas - Quilmes MP 81-78
Very predictable result in Cordoba where sixth ranked Atenas (15-10) edged 15th ranked Quilmes MP (8-18) 81-78 on Friday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Quilmes MP was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Atenas, which allowed them to win the game. Quilmes MP was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 15 points. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) responded with 20 points and naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Atenas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sionista. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Atenas will face higher ranked Lanus (#4) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quilmes MP will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Melvin 20+11reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 15+3reb, B.Labaque 11+3reb+2ast, R.Humphrey 10+8reb, F.Sucatzky 10+4reb+3ast, M.Lescano 10+5reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: A.Weigand 20+4reb+1ast, P.McHopson 14+9reb, M.Smith 11+4reb, F.Pinero 9+1reb, N.Ferreyra 9+2reb+5ast, C.Matthews 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141337


Boca Jrs - Quimsa 67-73
Not a big story in a game in Buenos Aires where 11th ranked Boca Juniors (9-16) was defeated by eighth ranked Quimsa (13-12) 73-67 on Friday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 16-7. But Boca Juniors won third quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimsa dominated on the defensive end, holding Boca Juniors to just 7 points in first quarter. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimsa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 13-12 record, which they share with GECR Indalo. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Quimsa will face GECR Indalo (#9) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against Libertad Sunchales.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 21+3reb, S.Vega 10+3reb, J.Williams 10+10reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 9, N.Aguirre 8+1reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 7+6reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: F.Martina 24+5reb, L.O'Bannon 20+4reb, A.Diez 11+6reb+2ast, D.Alston 4+4reb+1ast, M.Stanic 4+5reb+8ast, M.Nocedal 2
gschID: 141338


Penarol - Club 9 89-69
Everything went according to plan in Mar del Plata where third ranked Penarol (17-7) outscored 14th ranked Club 9 (8-17) 89-69 on Friday. The game without a history. Penarol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Penarol forced 20 Club 9 turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Penarol made 8 blocks. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Pablo Orlietti (208-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Loser Club 9 keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Penarol will face again Club 9 (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round which should be another easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 26+5reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+8reb+4ast, M.Mata 10+5reb+2ast, S.Safar 9+1reb, K.Lamonte 9+3reb+2ast, M.Leiva 6+3reb+1ast
Club 9: J.Ayarza 18+5reb, J.Cowan 15+5reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 11+12reb, G.Torre 7+6reb+2ast, G.Luchino 7+4reb+2ast, L.Masieri 6
gschID: 141339


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Obras 90-84
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Obras (18-7) in Bahia Blanca on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (10-15) 90-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-84. 26 personal fouls committed by Obras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 assists for the winners and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side the former international power forward Tyler Field (206-78, college: San Diego) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Wuber-Est.Bahia and five Obras players scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to eleventh place. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia are again looking forward to face league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Ignacio Sanchez 17+4reb+6ast, J.Meyinsse 17+4reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 11+2reb, J.Espil 10+4reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 10+5reb+2ast, R.Stanton 9+4reb+1ast
Obras: J.Mazzaro 20+1reb+2ast, T.Washam 16+6reb+1ast, T.Field 15+11reb, D.Fells 12+6reb+2ast, A.Konsztatd 11+3reb+5ast, J.Gutierrez 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141340


Regatas C. - Sionista 77-72 OT
Regatas Corrientes (12-14) outlasted Sionista (15-10) in overtime by five points 77-72. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 11-6. Regatas Corrientes made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) answered with 26 points and swingman Federico Ferrini (194-83) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Sionista. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Sionista players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains tenth place with 12-14 record. Sionista lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Regatas Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Corrientes San Martin Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 21+2reb+2ast, D.Kante 13+8reb+1ast, T.Taylor 13+6reb, N.De los Santos 12+2reb+2ast, N.Romano 10+9reb+1ast, B.Zanotti 5+3reb+2ast
Sionista: J.Villegas 26+4reb+1ast, A.Zilli 13+5reb, F.Ferrini 12+13reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 10+1reb+1ast, H.Rollins 5+5reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141336


Round 20
Obras - Boca Jrs 90-85
LigaA top team - Obras (18-7) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Boca Juniors (9-16) in Buenos Aires 90-85. Boca Juniors was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Obras, which allowed them to win the game. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) chipped in 19 points. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) produced 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and center Alejandro Diez (201-87) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-7 record. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Olimpico LB. Obras will meet Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boca Juniors will play against Libertad Sunchales and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Mazzaro 19+2reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 19+6reb+1ast, T.Washam 16+3reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 7+4reb+8ast, A.Elsener 6+3reb+2ast, T.Zanzottera 6+2reb
Boca Jrs: A.Diez 22+6reb, M.Stanic 16+8reb+6ast, D.Alston 15+7reb, J.Brussino 12+4reb+3ast, M.Fierro 8+5reb, M.Delia 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 169581


Round 26
Atenas - Lanus 71-81
The game in Cordoba was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Lanus (17-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Atenas (15-10). Lanus defeated Atenas 81-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Atenas was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) chipped in 20 points. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. At the losing side Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Atenas dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Lanus will have a break next round. Atenas will play again at home against Lanus (#4) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lanus: D.Guaita 20+2reb+2ast, J.Levy 18+13reb+1ast, M.Byro 16+2reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 10+2reb+4ast, S.Orresta 6+1reb, A.Boccia 5+3reb+2ast
Atenas: J.Lloreda 19+6reb, M.Lescano 12+2reb+3ast, R.Humphrey 10+6reb+1ast, B.Labaque 9+2reb+2ast, M.Melvin 8+6reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 6+2reb
gschID: 169582


Round 27
Quilmes MP - Regatas C. 87-68
There was an upset in Mar del Plata where higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (12-14) was outplayed by fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP (8-18) 87-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 19 points. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) stepped up and scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and forward Facundo Pinero (201-88) chipped in 25 points. At the losing side international power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Quilmes MP and five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains fifteenth place with 8-18 record. Regatas Corrientes lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#13) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: F.Pinero 25+4reb+1ast, P.McHopson 24+9reb+9ast, C.Matthews 12+4reb+1ast, M.Smith 11+2reb+2ast, A.Weigand 6+5reb, G.Eseverri 5+10reb+5ast
Regatas C.: B.Zanotti 14+1reb+1ast, N.Romano 13+7reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 11+3reb+2ast, D.Kante 10+8reb+1ast, J.Martinez 10+4reb, T.Taylor 9+1reb+1ast


Argentinian LigaA round 25 (Second Stage) best performance: Devin Davis - by Eurobasket News
American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-F-74) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for GECR Indalo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25 (Second Stage).
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Libertad S. (#3, 17-8) 76-68. GECR Indalo maintains the 9th position in Argentinian LigaA. GECR Indalo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 25 games. Davis just recently signed at GECR Indalo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Miami University, Ohio star has very solid stats this year. Davis is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.2rpg) and averages impressive 52.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Phillip McHopson (188-G-87) of Quilmes MP. McHopson had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Quilmes MP to another comfortable win 87-68 over the higher-ranked Regatas C. (#10, 12-14) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Round 27. Quilmes MP keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. McHopson is a newcomer at Quilmes MP, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 3.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad S. (#3). Battle scored 13 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Battle's great performance Libertad S. lost 68-76 to the lower-ranked GECR Indalo (#9, 13-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Libertad S. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Battle has a great season in Argentina. After 39 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 61.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83) of Lanus - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Marcus Melvin (203-F-82) of Atenas - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Olimpico LB - 22 points and 13 rebounds
7. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78) of Obras - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Penarol - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-G-77) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) of Penarol - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 18-7 
 2. Penarol 17-7 
 3. Libertad S. 17-8 
 4. Lanus 17-9 
 5. Atenas 15-10 
 6. Sionista 15-10 
 7. La Union 14-11 
 8. Quimsa 13-12 
 9. GECR Indalo 13-12 
 10. Regatas C. 12-14 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 10-15 
 12. Boca Jrs 9-16 
 13. Olimpico LB 9-16 
 14. Club 9 8-17 
 15. Quilmes MP 8-18 
 16. San Mart.C. 6-19 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, La Union17.7 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.5 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.4 
 4. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.3 
 5. Pittman, Libertad.15.9 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.7 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.6 
 9. Nelson, GECR I.15.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Martinez, San M.12.5 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.7 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 5. Davis, GECR I.9.2 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.6 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.2 
 10. Cowan, Club 97.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.9 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.1 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas3.9 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.8 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus3.5 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Smith, La Union3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.4 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB2.2 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.7 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 8. Gerbaudo, Club 91.4 
 9. Funes, GECR I.1.4 
 10. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.4 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Matthews, Quilm.1.2 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.1 
 7. Humphrey, Atenas1.1 
 8. Ayarza, Club 91.0 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Garces, Atenas0.9 


Leandro Garcia Morales set to join San Martin Corrientes - by Eurobasket News
San Martin Corrientes are trying to bolster their roster. The team struggling at the bottom of the Liga A ladder is close to bringing in import player. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) is set to join San Martin in the upcoming days. The Uruguayan guard started the season with Atletico Bigua. He averaged 17.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. The guard also posted 20.7 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in LUB. Last two seasons Leandro Garcia Morales spent with Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexico. Latinbasket.com named him All-Mexican LNBP Player of the Year in 2010. He also had stints in Venezuela, Iran, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy. Leandro Garcia Morales was All-Uruguayan LUB Player of the Year for three times. He has been the member of Uruguayan National Team since 2000.


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


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


India and Bangladesh earn victories in Middle Asia U18 tournament - by Eurobasket News
India and Bangladesh celebrated wins in the opening day of Middle Asia U18 tournament.
Hosting India cruised past Sri Lanka 93:45. The hosts accumulated a 26:6 lead ten minutes into the game and cruised from there. Rakesh Singh (185-G-95) provided 18 points to lead the winners. Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) added 15 points for India. Praveen answered with 16 points for Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh toppled Nepal 78:54 in another game. Nepal enjoyed a 19:14 lead after the opening quarter. However Bangladesh slowly took over. They went on a 45:22 run in the second half to seal the win. Akash produced 19 points for Bangladesh. Soyab added 15 points in the winning case. Ashim Singh and Ayush Singh finished with 13 points apiece in the loss.
Four teams are set to play in round-robin format. The top placed team will seal U18 Asia Championship appearance. The tournament is scheduled for August in Mongolia.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 17-6 
 2. Wildcats 16-7 
 3. Crocodiles 13-10 
 4. Taipans 13-10 
 5. Blaze 12-9 
 6. Tigers 10-14 
 7. Kings 8-14 
 8. 36ers 7-16 
 9. Hawks 6-16 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.5 
 3. Lisch, Wildcats17.1 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.8 
 5. Khazzouh, Kings16.6 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.0 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.0 
 9. Deleon, Blaze15.7 
 10. Warren, 36ers14.8 
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, 36ers8.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.9 
 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. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.7 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.1 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.7 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.5 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Dillon, Tigers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.5 
 2. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.8 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.4 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Deleon, Blaze1.2 
 8. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 10. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.6 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.3 
 5. Abercrombie, Break.1.1 
 6. Johnson, 36ers1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze0.9 
 9. Pledger, Breakers0.8 
 10. Martin, Wildcats0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Latvian Ventspils (#3) forced the game against Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (#2) into an overtime, but lost by six points 87-93 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ventspils. Sergey Karasev stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains second place in 1 with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Siauliai. Ventspils at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17:
In 1 Kedainiai won against Rudupis on the opponent's court 93-83. Pieno Zvaigzdes unfortunately lost to Juventus in a home game 65-67. Liepaja were rolled over Baltai Kaunas on the road 65-87. Rudupis defeated Liepaja on its own court 94-79. Siauliai beat Pieno Zvaigzdes in a road game 79-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 5 rebounds by Edgaras Zelionis of Rudupis.


Rudupis - Kedainiai 83-93

There was a minor upset in Prienai where 5th ranked Rudupis (11-6) were defeated by seventh ranked Kedainiai (8-9) 93-83 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-83. Rudupis were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and guard Paulius Beliavicius (193-88) chipped in 14 points. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) responded with 17 points and 5 assists and center Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Kedainiai and four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Kedainiai moved-up to sixth place in 1. Rudupis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Kedainiai will face Baltai Kaunas (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: V.Jasikevicius 17+3reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 15+4reb+2ast, P.Beliavicius 14+4reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 10+4reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 10+4reb, T.Cerneckis 8+2reb+1ast
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 17+3reb+5ast, E.Zelionis 15+5reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 13+2reb+5ast, A.Milaknis 11+5reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 9+3reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168170


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Juventus 65-67

There was a small surprise in Pasvalys where eighth ranked Juventus (8-10) edged 8th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (7-10) 67-65 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pieno Zvaigzdes won third quarter 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Juventus won last quarter 23-22. Juventus outrebounded Pieno Zvaigzdes 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Ukrainian center Roman Gumeniuk (221-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) chipped in 12 points. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Sylvester Morgan (209-83, college: Georgia St.) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Juventus moved-up to seventh place in 1. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: R.Gumeniuk 13+14reb+1ast, V.Volkus 12+4reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 11+2reb, T.Gaidamavicius 6+1reb+1ast, D.Pakamanis 5+3reb+3ast, G.Maceina 5+7reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 19+5reb+4ast, S.Morgan 10+6reb, P.Morkeliunas 9+1reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 7+4reb, E.Bendzius 6+6reb+1ast, L.Nobles 5+1reb
gschID: 168171


Baltai Kaunas - Liepaja 87-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Latvian Liepaja's (3-16) road loss to tenth ranked Lithuanian Baltai Kaunas (4-12) 65-87 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-65. Baltai Kaunas made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Vytenis Cizauskas (189-92) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) chipped in 14 points. Baltai Kaunas' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Arturs Bricis (193-92) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Baltai Kaunas maintains tenth place in 1 with 4-12 record. Liepaja at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Baltai Kaunas will face higher ranked Kedainiai (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: M.Delas 14+3reb+3ast, V.Cizauskas 14+6reb+3ast, E.Ulanovas 12+5reb+2ast, G.Zyle 12+1reb+2ast, J.Maciulis 9+5reb+1ast, U.Petrovic 8+4reb
Liepaja: K.Miglinieks 11, M.Kravcenko 11+5reb+4ast, A.Bricis 10+5reb+3ast, J.Timma 9+2reb+3ast, A.Ate 9+4reb, T.Leiteris 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 168172


Rudupis - Liepaja 94-79

Everything went according to plan in Prienai where fifth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (11-6) beat bottom-ranked Latvian Liepaja (3-16) 94-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-79. Rudupis made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) stepped up and scored 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) chipped in 20 points. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and center Toms Leiteris (210-90) scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rudupis moved-up to third place in 1, which they share with Ventspils. Liepaja at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: E.Zelionis 32+5reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 20+3reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 11+3reb+3ast, P.Butkevicius 10+3reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 9+7reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 6+2reb+5ast
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 21+4reb+4ast, T.Leiteris 20+4reb+2ast, A.Bricis 11+5reb, J.Timma 10+2reb+6ast, R.Magone 8+5reb, A.Ate 4+1ast
gschID: 168173


Triumph - Ventspils 93-87 OT

Latvian Ventspils (#3) forced the game against Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (#2) into an overtime, but lost by six points 87-93 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ventspils. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Triumph Lyubertsy made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Triumph Lyubertsy made 7 blocks. Ventspils were plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Sergey Karasev (201-93) stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Victor Zvarykin (198-86) chipped in 25 points. Center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains second place in 1 with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Siauliai. Ventspils at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Triumph: V.Zvarykin 25+1reb+3ast, S.Karasev 25+6reb+5ast, A.Kuzyakin 19+2reb, D.Kulagin 6+8reb, T.McKee 6+5reb+4ast, D.Soloviev 3+9reb
Ventspils: A.Berzins 19+8reb, J.Young 14+5reb+3ast, S.Gray 12+2ast, T.Abernethy 11+6reb+1ast, M.Meiers 8+6reb, M.Laksa 8+5reb
gschID: 169586


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Siauliai 72-79

There was no surprise in Pasvalys where 8th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (7-10) were defeated by first ranked Siauliai (14-3) 79-72 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pieno Zvaigzdes won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) chipped in 17 points. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Sylvester Morgan (209-83, college: Georgia St.) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai maintains first place in 1 with 14-3 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Vasylius 17+3reb+2ast, C.Long 13+7reb+3ast, A.Siksnius 13+5reb, J.Jucikas 12+6reb+2ast, V.Liutych 9+2reb, M.Zukauskas 8+4reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Morgan 15+8reb+1ast, T.Hughes 15+5reb+4ast, G.Sirutavicius 13+1reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 10+1reb, L.Nobles 8+1ast, E.Bendzius 5+2reb
gschID: 169587


Quarterfinals
Lietkabelis - Barsy Atyrau 109-67

No shocking result in a game in Panevezys where Lithuanian Lietkabelis (10-2) Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (3-7) 109-67 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Barsy Atyrau was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 34. Lietkabelis forced 21 Barsy Atyrau turnovers and outrebounded them 47-20 including a 37-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lietkabelis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Barsy Atyrau's players. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Five Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Ukrainian guard Pavlo Tsiopych (182-86) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: S.Vasiliauskas 14+5reb+9ast, G.Staniulis 14+6reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 13+7reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 12+4reb+6ast, O.Matulionis 12+7reb+1ast, J.Zurna 11+3reb+3ast
Barsy Atyrau: M.Laksa 14+2reb, P.Tsiopych 14+1ast, S.Sabutskyy 11+3reb, M.Evstigneev 9+5reb+1ast, J.Olubuyi 7+1reb+1ast, D.Gavrilov 4+3reb
gschID: 167835


Lietkabelis - Barsy Atyrau 90-73

Lietkabelis sealed their Challenge Cup semifinal appearance. They stunned Barsy Atyrau 90-73 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Barsy Atyrau's players. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Five Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian guard Pavlo Tsiopych (182-86) responded with 24 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) and power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-84) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: S.Vasiliauskas 20+5reb+7ast, G.Staniulis 15+5reb, E.Ezerskis 12+4reb+7ast, O.Matulionis 11+8reb+1ast, S.Kulevicius 11+7reb+4ast, J.Zurna 8+2reb+1ast
Barsy Atyrau: P.Tsiopych 24+4reb+3ast, R.Tuleu 11+3reb, M.Evstigneev 11+11reb, D.Dyatlovsky 8+4reb+1ast, S.Sabutskyy 7+2reb, J.Olubuyi 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 167836




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas17.8 
 5. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 6. Pilk, TTU16.4 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.1 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas15.5 
 10. Young, Ventspils14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.5 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 6. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 7. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 8. Barinov, Naglis P.7.1 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas7.1 
 10. Evstigneev, Barsy6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 3. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.6 
 4. Sirsnins, Tarvas4.5 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 6. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.3 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 9. Maceina, Juventus4.2 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Sirsnins, Tarvas2.7 
 3. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 7. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 8. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 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.1.1 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 9. Soloviev, Triumph1.0 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 14-3 
 2. Triumph 12-4 
 3. Ventspils 11-6 
 4. Rudupis 11-6 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 11-7 
 6. Kedainiai 8-9 
 7. Juventus 8-10 
 8. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-10 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 6-12 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 4-12 
 11. Liepaja 3-16 
Challenge Cup
 1. Tarvas 10-2 
 2. Naglis Palangos 6-4 
 3. Neptunas 6-4 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-7 
 5. Jelgava 1-7 
 6. Techasas 10-2 
 7. Sakalai 9-5 
 8. Valmiera 8-4 
 9. TTU/Kalev 3-9 
 10. Rapla 2-8 
 11. Turiba 2-8 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Oostende 13-6 
 2. Spirou 13-6 
 3. Aalstar 12-7 
 4. Antwerp 11-6 
 5. Leuven 10-8 
 6. M.Hainaut 9-9 
 7. Liege 7-11 
 8. Gent 5-14 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 3-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.3 
 2. Bostic, Liege17.2 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende15.0 
 6. Green, Spirou14.7 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.7 
 8. Black, Antwerp14.1 
 9. Haynes, Gent13.9 
 10. Freeman, Leuven13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Brown, Gent8.5 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.4 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.2 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.7.0 
 7. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 8. Wright, Oostende6.1 
 9. Matela, Liege5.8 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Waters, Liege3.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.5 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 6. Thompson, Verviers.3.1 
 7. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 8. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 9. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 10. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sean SINGLETARY
  M.Hainaut
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.4 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 5. Mukubu, Verviers.1.9 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar1.8 
 9. Wright, Oostende1.7 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Booker, Oostende0.9 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


D1 Round 21: Spirou Charleroi loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. Round 21 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Spirou Charleroi (13-6). They were edged by fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (11-6) 68-65 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Antwerp Giants have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Oostende who have the same record. Spirou Charleroi will play next round against Dexia Mons-Hainaut trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Optima Gent on the road.
The game in Quaregnon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Base Oostende (13-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (9-9). Base Oostende defeated Dexia Mons-Hainaut 76-63. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Brent Wright accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) came up with 18 points and 5 steals for Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Base Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Spirou. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Base Oostende will play against Okapi Aalstar (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (12-7) crushed at home 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-16) by 36 points 94-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Stefon Jackson who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Bingo Merriex who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet league's leader Base Oostende on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 21 Gent lost to Liege on the opponent's court 76-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 16 rebounds by Graham Brown of Gent.



Aalstar - Verviers-Pep. 94-58

Fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (12-7) crushed at home 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-16) by 36 points 94-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Okapi Aalstar outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 47-29 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet league's leader Base Oostende on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 22+6reb+1ast, S.Jackson 17+10reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 15+4reb+3ast, C.Young 12+9reb+1ast, A.Gaddefors 8+7reb, R.Luyten 7
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 17+7reb+3ast, B.Merriex 16+10reb+3ast, J.Beal 12+1reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 5+7reb+2ast, B.Lemaire 4, G.Hulsen 2
gschID: 132416


Antwerp - Spirou 68-65

There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. Round 21 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Spirou Charleroi (13-6). They were edged by fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (11-6) 68-65 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) scored 14 points. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Oostende who have the same record. Spirou Charleroi will play next round against Dexia Mons-Hainaut trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Optima Gent on the road.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 23+1reb+2ast, R.Moors 16+2reb+4ast, D.Wilson 9+4reb, M.Roll 8+5reb, J.Mwema 4+1reb, J.Vaughn 3+3reb
Spirou: J.Welsch 14+3ast, C.Green 13+6reb+1ast, A.Wisniewski 12+3reb+1ast, C.Beghin 10+4reb+1ast, A.Riddick 6+4reb, D.Broyles 5+3reb
gschID: 132417


Liege - Gent 82-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Optima Gent's (5-14) road loss to seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (7-11) 76-82 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Optima Gent won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) who scored 26 points and 5 assists. Center Len Matela (206-80, college: Bowling Green, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) added 22 points respectively. Belgacom Liege maintains seventh place with 7-11 record. Optima Gent lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Belgacom Liege will meet at home higher ranked Leuven Bears (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Optima Gent will play against Antwerp Giants and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Waters 26+3reb+5ast, L.Matela 15+5reb+2ast, G.Muya 12+1reb+2ast, J.Bostic 12+5reb+2ast, T.Jennings 6+7reb, P.Gillet 6+7reb
Gent: G.Brown 27+16reb, M.Jenkins 22+3reb+2ast, M.Haynes 15+1reb+3ast, L.Bosco 6+4reb+4ast, R.Chaney 4+4reb, L.Louves 2+5reb
gschID: 132414


M.Hainaut - Oostende 63-76

The game in Quaregnon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Base Oostende (13-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (9-9). Base Oostende defeated Dexia Mons-Hainaut 76-63. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 42-25 second half run of Base Oostende. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) nailed 22 points for the winning side and power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) came up with 18 points and 5 steals and forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Base Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Spirou. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Base Oostende will play against Okapi Aalstar (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 22+3reb+2ast, B.Wright 18+6reb, C.Booker 8+8reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 7+4reb+2ast, K.Winston 7+3reb+4ast, D.Katnic 5+5reb
M.Hainaut: A.Slaughter 18+3reb+2ast, A.Nivins 13+6reb, Q.Taylor 11+5reb+1ast, W.Carter 8+3reb, J.Cage 6+6reb+3ast, S.Foster 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132415




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  BULGARIA   


Surprise: Yambol hit the champion - by Vladi Lazarova
Week after the dramatic defence of the Cup of Bulgaria against Levski in Samokov, Lukoil Academic failed to beat Yambol on the road - 75:78 in a game of Bulgarian National League. In front of 2,500 spectators at 'Diana' hall, the host team hit the champion for the second time in the last month and a half.

Incredible match for Julian Radionov (188-G-79) against his former club. 31-years old former playmaker of Lukoil finished with 21 points, including the most important 3 pts 16 seconds before the end. Radionov also scored the last two points from the free throw line. He was 8/11 (73%) in his field goal attempts, 3/4 (75%) for 3 pts and 2/2 (100%) of the free throws line.

John Ofoegbu (206-C-84, college: Idaho St.) achieved 19 points and pulled nine rebounds for Yambol. Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Against Yambol, Lukoil Academic had a poor day in long distance shooting attempts - 8/26 (31%). Yambol grabbed more rebounds too: 31 against 25. After this victory Yambol is at the third place and Lukoil is at the top of NBL.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.8 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.19.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.16.1 
 5. Stankov, Spartak15.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.6 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.2 
 9. Pavlovski, Chernom.14.5 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.4 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.9 
 5. Georgiev, Levski S.7.1 
 6. Marojevic, Balkan6.7 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.2 
 8. Marintchechk., Bal.6.2 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.1 
 10. Tsenov, Spartak6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.4 
 3. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.1 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.6 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan4.1 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja3.5 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.2 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.1 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.6 
 2. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.4 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 4. Harper, Levski S.2.0 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 8. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.7 
 9. Filipov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.2 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 5. Martin, Balkan0.8 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 7. Marojevic, Balkan0.7 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More0.5 
 10. Marinov, Balkan0.5 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 17-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 15-3 
 3. Tundja Yambol 11-8 
 4. Rilski Sportist 10-8 
 5. Cherno More 9-10 
 6. Balkan 7-12 
 7. Spartak Pleven 3-15 
 8. Chernomorets 2-16 


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.7 
 2. King, TRU23.1 
 3. Barbeau, Western23.0 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.5 
 5. Fassett, St.Mary''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. Hadzimuratov., Lav.8.9 
 10. Desroches, New B.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.9 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.6.9 
 3. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 4. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 5. 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
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.8 
 2. Laroche, Concordia2.7 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.2.7 
 4. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 5. Collins, Windsor2.6 
 6. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 7. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.5 
 8. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 9. Desmarais, Conco.2.4 
 10. Yu, UBC2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.8 
 3. Bains, UBC1.6 
 4. Fidler, Calgary1.5 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 6. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 7. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 8. Dewar, Alberta1.1 
 9. Hadzimuratov., Lav.1.1 
 10. Bakovic, Calgary1.1 


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 16-4 
 2. Acadia 13-6 
 3. UPEI 13-7 
 4. Cape Breton 11-9 
 5. Dalhousie 9-11 
 6. St.Mary's 9-11 
 7. New Brunsw. 7-13 
 8. Memorial 1-18 
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 14-2 
 2. McGill 10-6 
 3. UQAM 7-9 
 4. Laval 5-11 
 5. Bishop's 4-12 


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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional: Boston won game 3 of the Finals - by Daniel Valencia
In the third game of the Finals of Liga Nacional, CD Boston College Santiago defeated to Deportes Castro 101-73 and tomorrow will have chance to tie the series in their home court. The game was very close until the fourth quarter when Boston exploded with a 43-13 run, led by Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80), who ended the night with 27 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter.

Finals Game 3

CD Boston College Santiago 101 - Deportes Castro 73
Bos: Jose Luis Campos 27 pts. Terrance Gamble 23 pts. 13 reb. Scott Rodgers 15 pts. Jorge Valencia 12 pts. 13 reb. Erik Carrasco 12 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 20 pts. Francisco Jara 15 pts. Spencer Smith 11 pts. 6 reb. Zaronn Cann 10 pts. 4 reb.


Boxscore



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  COLOMBIA   


Colombian Federation General Leagues Assembly set to February 29 - by Victor Garcia
Surprisingly the directive board of the Colombian National Federation set the 2012 general assembly for the 29 of Feb, fo this year the president Jairo Romero should leave the head of the Federation, and call elections, rumors about Romeros intention to take the Federation Manager position cauuse controversy in the Leagues directives.
Romero has been president for two straight periods and a third one is not allowed.


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 12-4 
 2. Jolly 12-4 
 3. KK Split 11-5 
 4. Zabok 10-6 
 5. Svjetlost 8-7 
 6. Kvarner 2010 8-9 
 7. Darda 7-9 
 8. Borik 6-10 
 9. Alkar Sinj 6-10 
 10. Krizevci 6-11 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.0 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.5 
 4. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.4 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Vrbanc, Zadar17.0 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.2 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci13.9 
 10. Zitko, Krizevci13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.6 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.4 
 3. Sobin, KK Split7.3 
 4. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Krapic, Zadar6.7 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 7. Mrva, Jolly6.6 
 8. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.4 
 9. Cakarun, Borik6.2 
 10. Peraica, Darda6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Svjet.
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci5.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.3 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.7 
 5. Subotic, KK Split3.2 
 6. Tomas, Zabok2.8 
 7. Mimica, KK Split2.8 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
 10. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Krapic, Zadar2.0 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 4. Mimica, KK Split1.8 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 6. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Mrva, Jolly1.6 
 8. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 9. Tomas, Zabok1.5 
 10. Tomeljak, Svjet.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 2. Buva, Krizevci1.1 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split0.9 
 5. Bubalo, Zabok0.9 
 6. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Najev, KK Split0.6 
 9. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.6 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 


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  CYPRUS   


Tarick Johnson in the Cyprus league - by Chris Mammides
After a small break, the American/British experienced small forward Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81, college: Campbell) after some hours from his 'divorce' with the Cretan team of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean is heading to the other island, of Cyprus. From an island to an island. Tarick was among the stepping stones of the amazing route of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean this season even though he was not offering a lot in the scoring portion for his team he was doing many other jobs in the court which were quite needed for the team of Coach Stergios Koufos . Since he has been replaced by local Greek players who are doing also very good in the league he lost entirely his short participation so his next destination is once more the Cyprus league where he won everything last season with InterCollege Etha Engomis being among the stand outs of his team. The emptyness in the specific spot was more than obvious for the team this season as togehter with the other American, Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami, FL) and the remaining Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, college: ORU) were developing a very strong trio.
Rumors do bring him back to his previous team even though at least another two teams from the same league want him. Within the next hours we will announce officially his new destination in Cyprus.


Congradulations to Giannaras - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Firstly we would like to congratulate Panagiotis Yiannaras and Keravnos for winning the cup.

Panagiotis Giannaras has succeeded something that none of the last 3 coaches who sat on Keravnos's bench have succeeded. He built his roster methodically and carefully having two players in all positions, but the most important is that he signed 3 very good American players who make the difference. All three of them give Keravnos an average of around 40 pts per game (provide a steady 40 pts every game for Keravnos, plus everything else they do), which is a great advantage.

Since 1989 with the landing of American players we have not seen this many times happening. What Vasilis Frangias COULD NOT DO in whole 3 years on Keravnos's bench (finding quality American players) was done by Giannaras in only one year.

The cup final was indeed a great game that kept the fans in suspense until the last minute. Statistically, both teams were in a bad night. They were terrible from the perimeter and they committed quite a few turnovers. It should be noted that Keravnos finished the game with 2 in 20 (3ptFG) (10%) and Enad had 5 in 15 (33%). Keravnos was more concentrated at the end and clinched an important victory.

We would also like to congratulate Marios Argyrou (Enad's coach) and his players for setting the bar high. As Marios said, they really believed they could win a very good team as it is Keravnos this year, and stepped in determined. Enad seemed more passionate throughout the game, it just did not have many options offensively. Besides Damjanonic (and Lazer and Reed at the 2nd half), no one else helped in offense. If we add the fact that Enad is a very low budget team (it has a budget of only 100,000, way lower compared to all upper level teams) only the fact that it reached the final is a great achievement.

Now, with the regular season over teams are concentrated at the playoffs. Quarter finals begin on Tuesday and Wednesday the 28th and 29th of February.
The quarter-final matchups are as follows:
1-8 Keravnos- Ael
2-7 Apollon- Enad
3-6 Etha-Omonoia
4-5 Aek- Apoel


Aek and Apoel constitute the strongest matchup. The two teams have met 3 times so far (2 for the champ and 1 for the cup) with Apoel winning twice. Aek has finished 4th on the board and steps into the playoffs with good confidence plus the fact that it has a home court advantage. It is expected though that Apoel will not surrender so easily.

The other 3 matchups are pretty match predictable. With what the teams has shown so far, we presume that Keravnos, Apollon and Etha will advance to the semi-final.

We need to stress though that playoff games are completely different than regular season games. Teams advance to the next round in a best of 3 games. We should also remember that the previous 3 years teams with a home court disadvantage have reversed the series and won championships.

Three years ago for example, Apoel reversed the series twice. It beat Dragan Raca's Ael at the semi-final in Limassol and immediately after it reversed the series at the final, in Strovolos, against Frangias's Keravnos and won the championship.
Last year Etha reversed the series at the semi-final when it beat Apoel away (in Lefkotheo indoor arena) and advanced at the final where it met Ael which also reversed two series in a row, against Apollon at the quarter final and against Keravnos at the semi-final.

Consequently, nothing is over until is finally over!

We wish all teams good luck.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha20.0 
 2. Grant, Levice19.5 
 3. Pope, Chomutov18.8 
 4. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.17.7 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha17.5 
 9. Houska, BK Decin16.3 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Pesic, Inter B.8.0 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.3 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.2 
 9. Modric, Levice7.0 
 10. Hughes, NH Ostra.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.8 
 2. Wright, NH Ostrava4.9 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.9 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.1 
 8. George, Svitavy3.9 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.9 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. Ames, BC Kolin2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.4 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.5 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice1.0 
 7. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 27-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 21-7 
 3. BK Decin 21-7 
 4. BK Pardubice 20-8 
 5. BC Kolin 18-20 
 6. USK Praha 15-13 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 16-14 
 2. Levice 12-18 
 3. Svitavy 12-18 
 4. Chomutov 11-18 
 5. Inter Bratislava 9-21 
 6. Usti n/Labem 8-21 
 7. Plzen 7-23 
 8. B&W Opava 6-24 


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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 10-16 
 8. Aalborg 8-16 
 9. Aabyhoj 8-17 
 10. Falcon 6-20 


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. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.2 
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. Benjamin, Horsholm8.7 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.4 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Rutherford, SISU8.4 
 10. Ba, Falcon8.1 
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, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Henry, Naestved4.2 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 5. Fields, Falcon2.4 
 6. Sattler, Horsens IC2.2 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg2.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 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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  EBA   


NYC Jaguars Roster - by Justin Moore
The NYC Jaguars 2012 EBA roster!!!!

11 Chikara Abe G 5'10 Josai University Japan 26

23 Mohamed Karim G 6' 2 John Jay College USA 27

15 Nefty Martinez F 6' 3 Dominican Rep 27

33 Brian McFadden (6'5''-F) F 6' 6 NYIT USA 28

13 Charles Morris (6'3''-F) F 6' 4 Mount Saint Mary USA 25

4 Roman Perez (6'1''-G-86, college: City Tech) G 6' 1 NY City Tech Dominican Rep 25

10 Robert Pierce (6'6''-F, college: John Jay) F 6' 7 John Jay College USA 24

22 John Youngman F 6' 5 Clarkson University USA 26

8 Ian Yu G 6' 1 Hunter College China 25

head coach
ray fauatleroy



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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 19-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 14-2 
 3. Tarvas 14-6 
 4. Rapla 11-10 
 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. Pilk, TTU17.8 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.6 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 6. Cipruss, Tarvas17.5 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.3 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.1 
 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, Rapla3.9 
 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. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.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. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.5 
 9. Makke, TTU0.5 
 10. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Euroleague Top-16, Week 5: Our thoughts.. - by Dimitris Katsionis
An exciting week for all Euroleaguers while Panathinaikos and Maccabi secured the 2nd place and BB made a huge step for the playoffs. Let's take a look..


Delicious Cooking..

Being honest,we expected a tough matchup for Panathinaikos at OAKA against the improved EA7,but not this performance from Obradovics team. As we wrote in the latest power rankings after Bremers addition of Bremer EA7 play much better basketball having more distinct roles and clear communication codes on it's game. Thats what Obradovic told before the game..

The Serbian started Kaimakoglou at the 3 spot to defend Hairstons post game (it is know that Milano looking for him a lot in post up situations) and the Greek forward did a great job forcing Hairston in the perimeter, where he is not at his best due to the lack of dribbling in his game. Scariolo chose under in his pick n roll defence,with Gentile cutting down the Green scrins and giving Diamantidis the opportunity to shoot the 3s. The Greek superstar was 0/3 from the arc (he has low shooting percentages the lost month) although Scariolo changed his tactic after Diamantidis hitted the first three pointer. Panathinaikos insisted in its good ball movemenent but the continiously missed shots made them nervous and captured teams mind. Even on defense Obradovics players made many mistakes. They couldnt return on time at their spots on the full court defense (both zone and man to man press) ,they lost on the rotations in the half court defense and they disappointed everyone with their defensive transition behaviour. Milano managed to do the same thing that Kazan did against Panathinaikos at OAKA, hitting at the heart of the paint with Melli and Bourousis. Omar Cook was incredible,being the ideal floor leader,a real general for scarpette rosse,remembering to those who doubted about him that his is was of the best real point guards in the competition. He read Panathinaikos defensive gaps with patience and got everybody involved as the main creator. When Scariolo put Bremer next to him,in a two guard lineup,the Italians took-completelly- the control of the game plus some of the usual unconscious Fotsiss shots that fill the with confidence. The worst of all the things that Panathinaikos showed on the court yesterday was the exist of hesitation in automated moves and plays and that was a shine that their mind was hurt..The wing players plus Saras finished the game with 2/18 shots (except Logan who maybe deserved more playing time..) The thing is that Panathinaikos is out of shape for a long time. Next weeks game at Kazan is crucial for their long future on the competition..


The extra-player additions in Lombardy

It;s obvious that both Lombardy teams played much better after signing a new American guard each. Both Bremer and Doron Perkins have made a positive impact by fitting immediately in their teams playing styles. Perkins hard nose defensive game is just what Cantu was needed among with his leadership. But the timing was wrong. Both teams had to sign the players earlier. Do you think that Cantu wouldnt qualify the playoffs with Perkins in the roster from Top-16s start? I dont know,maybe,but for sure they would have better chances..

P.S. Thinking Basiles last shot.. When the ball was travelling to the basket took in its journey not only a small town,like the legendary Cantu,but a whole nation whereas Maccabi fans. I think if someone was telling Trinchieri before the game that it will be a one shot-game (Basiles shot ,to be more specific) the coach would take it..


The sense of hopellesness

Subsersive game in Instanbull between Fenerbahce and Unics Kazan. Its the kind of game that the loss teams coach feels stupid the way he lost.. And we talk about Pashutin ,one of Euroleague conteders for coach of the year award.. The Russians were better in the 40 minutes but they couldnt stop Ukics momentum at the end.

Spajica start with Thomas defending Domercant on 4/4 of the court chasing him everywhere while Vidmar was trapping Unics scorer aggressively targeting on limited Domercants space and put the ball out of his hands. Pashutin risked keeping his best scorer on the court with 2 fouls and he paid the price having him with 3,from the eleventh minute. Fener had a big problem to defend the Russianss high-low (with Wilkinsin-Zevrosenco)and pickn roll. Lynn Greer was absolutely huge. He is in a very good condition the last weeks and he prove it with a 43 ranking. His coach isolated him in many plays and Greer thrushed, scoring 33pts plus 6 dimes. With the sense of hopellesness the Turkish team came back at the 4rth,based on its best player, Bogdanovic and at the feults that Ukic was creating. At the overtime they cover first game point difference Unics now faces a true ''do or die'' game against Panathinaikos at Kazan next week.


Space jam


Sometimes this year's CSKA seems unbeatable. They remind me the aliens that Michael Jordan was trying to win at 'Space Jam'. They have the ability to shorten their opponent's offensive area to an extent that makes you think that their hands growing up when they defend!

CSKA gave a unique performance against Olympiakos,by playing the best game of this year. Ivkovic's young team found out tfrom the start that this is one of the few matches where the opponent is significantly superior speed, strength and athletic skills, advantages that usually Olympiakos puts on the court in order to win and drowned. Kazlauskas started again with Siskauskas on Spanoulis,a mind trap, as the long arms (which allow Siska to follow the opponent's shot) and slow legs of the Lithuanian star, gives inherent to the Greek guard the green''light to penetrate but this is what Csska hand in mind , sending him in the paint to score above some of the best blockers in Europe. The fact Spanoulis led astray (uncommon phenomenon), and irritated by the accuracy of the opponents shots (especially Teodosic) trying by force to score with some shot attempts and there all realize that evening will be bad for the Greek team.

The Russians shoot almost perfect.. They finished with 13/20 and 25/33 two-pointers and an outrageous 65 and 76 percent respectively ...Ex Olympiakos player, Milos Teodosic won the perimeter-battle but the difference was made by the duo of Sved & Vorontsevic,two special athletes in which the Russian NT wants to build it's next team.. Especially Sved, is a blessing for the Russian basketball due to the lack of a great guards in the country which cause the department of Americans in the national team. Svent quickly rises as on of the best combo guards in Europe. Since the only Olympic left us positive impression was Sloukas. He walked in, played his game by being competitive .. The issue is how the Reds will use this loss as the Reds.They are young team and phychologically vulnerable. A loss like this can destroy you but -with the right hadle-can grow up your team too. Olympiakos's coaching staff has a lot of work in order to prepare this team for next week ''final'' against Galatasaray.



Making a memory

Making a memory is what matters bothin basketball and life. Raul Lopez made exactly this, forhimself and all BB's fans at Wednesday night. Something to remember..
Great game, very interesting coaching from both benches, even though it was among a group that was playing .. it's life and another who played just a game on the schedule. The Basques worked to stop Montepaschi's inside game targeting Andersen. They doubled him very agressivelly by the moment he was trying to put the ball on the floor.. Fisher did an excellent job on personal defense so Bilbao's team defense too on this. I don't know why Pianigiani didn't give Lavrinovic more playing time. Maybe he waited that Andersen will eventually wake up at the end, a phenomenon that has been repeated many times this year. In a second subject that coach Katsikaris's team gets an A+ is the transition defense. Too much concentration-independent of what had happened in the previous attack- and very fast,good returns. Fischer was extraordinary here, limiting the sprint Makalemp after 'long' passes first receiving expeditious American.

Rebounding was a huge problem for Montepaschi . This is it's great-traditional-weakness towards the 2-3 first class contenders for the title. No doubt, Siena is a better team than Bilbao. It's ownering for them that they came out and played really hard after a very tiring week. Montepaschi usually wins 95% of those close games.. It's very difficult to win them in a ''game of details''.in which they are very strong cause they are intellectually coherent group with a very good coach. But that's the beauty of basketball .. Lopez did it at the end of the 3rd period,get warmed and did it again..


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait upset at Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 32: Only one contest tonight. Karhu (Kauhajoki) suffered the loss # 3 at home, when visitor UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki came, saw and won 79-80 (44-35). Quarters: 23-22, 21-13, 19-22, 16-23. Karhu (20-12) was leading already by 14 points during the first half, but Korihait (11-20) never gave up. Korihait had five players in double digits (13-16 pts). Altogether both teams had only 7-8 players on the roster. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) led again Korihait in points (16). Team was missing and will miss American F-C Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) for the rest of this season. Johnson will be on injured list (knee) 2-3 months. Johnson was the best scorer (average 16,9 ppg) on Korihait roster. Karhu's three Americans combined 62 points out of 79 in the game. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) had a double-double 23pts/13rbs.
Karhu - UU-Korihait 79-80 (44-35). (Kelly Beidler 23/13, Clevin Hannah 23, Todd Hendley 16 - Mikko Jalonen 16, Nigel Moore 15, James Reaves 13/12. A: 814).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 25-5 
 2. Pyrinto 22-10 
 3. Nilan Bisons 21-8 
 4. Kauhajoki 20-12 
 5. ToPo 18-14 
 6. KTP 13-19 
 7. Salon Vilpas 12-20 
 8. LrNMKY 11-20 
 9. Kouvot 11-20 
 10. Korihait 11-20 
 11. Namika Lahti 8-24 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Blue, KTP22.5 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.19.0 
 5. Newson, Kataja18.7 
 6. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.7 
 7. Crocker, KTP18.5 
 8. Griffin, ToPo18.3 
 9. Brooks, Namika L.18.1 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.1 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.6 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 6. Newson, Kataja9.0 
 7. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot7.9 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Moore, Namika L.4.9 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.6 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.4 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Crocker, KTP1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.1 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Blue, KTP1.5 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


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  FRANCE   


ProA Round 19: Chalon/Saor beats Le Mans by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 19 in the ProA took place in Le Mans. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Le Mans (12-7) to first ranked Chalon/Saor (16-3) 80-77 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Le Mans trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 26-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-80 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) answered with 25 points and 6 assists for Le Mans. Chalon/Saor have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record, which they share with Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face JDA Dijon (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Roanne. Eighth ranked Chorale de Roanne (9-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Paris-Levallois (13-6) 83-80 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. It was a great evening for swingman Thomas Larrouquis (197-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Dylan Page helped adding 10 points and 7 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach Luka Pavicevic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) responded with 27 points and 8 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Chorale de Roanne maintains eighth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Dijon. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Nancy and Orleans. Chorale de Roanne will play against Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fifth ranked Sluc Nancy (13-6) and 14th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-14) in Nancy on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Sluc Nancy outscored guests from Pau 97-72. It was a quality performance for Akinlolu Akingbala who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Chinemelu Elonu came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Poitiers. Sluc Nancy will meet STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Entente Orleans 45 and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Cholet was beaten by Gravelines on the road 56-52. Orleans won against ASVEL on its own court 71-60. Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon was outscored by Dijon in JDA Dijon 86-66. Strasbourg rolled over Poitiers at home 67-48. Nanterre defeated Le Havre on the opponent's court 82-74.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 30 points and 4 assists by Sean Marshall of Dijon.



Gravelines - Cholet 56-52

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-3) beat at home 10th ranked Cholet (8-11) 56-52 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 15-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque forced 19 Cholet turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85) accounted for 5 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-80, college: Hawaii) came up with 9 points and 13 rebounds and American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cholet in the defeat. Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chalon. Loser Cholet keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Strasbourg and Nanterre. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cholet will play against ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cholet: F.Causeur 13+1reb, D.Nelson 10+5reb+3ast, L.Vebobe 9+13reb+2ast, P.Christopher 8+3reb, R.Dozier 4+5reb, W.Gradit 3+2reb
Gravelines: J.Edwards 16+5reb+1ast, A.Albicy 10+1reb+1ast, R.Jomby 8+4reb, J.Johnson 6+5reb, Y.Bokolo 5+3reb+5ast, C.Akpomedah 4+9reb
gschID: 133640


Orleans - ASVEL 71-60

Rather expected game when 7th ranked ASVEL (10-9) lost on the road to fourth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (13-6) 71-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. ASVEL managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to ASVEL's 32. It was an exceptional evening for American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) accounted for 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for ASVEL in the defeat. ASVEL's coach Pierre Vincent rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Loser ASVEL keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL will play against Cholet (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: K.Tillie 15+8reb, E.Jackson 11+3reb, P.Goss 9+2reb+5ast, H.Armstrong 8+9reb+1ast, D.Haritopoulos 8+2reb, D.Thompson 6+7reb+3ast
Orleans: D.Monds 21+11reb, G.Joseph 11+3reb, B.Greene 10+1reb+1ast, C.Banks 9+1reb+2ast, A.Sy 8+7reb+2ast, Y.Sangare 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 133641


Le Mans - Chalon 77-80

The most exciting game of round 19 in the ProA took place in Le Mans. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Le Mans (12-7) to first ranked Chalon/Saor (16-3) 80-77 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Le Mans trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 26-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-80 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) answered with 25 points and 6 assists and Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. Five Chalon/Saor and four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record, which they share with Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face JDA Dijon (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 25+2reb+6ast, J.Paulo Batista 17+10reb+2ast, A.Acker 15+4reb+4ast, M.Sommerville 14+6reb+2ast, T.Bryant 3+1ast, C.Kahudi 2+8reb+1ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 17+2reb+5ast, A.Aminu 14+8reb, S.Tchicamboud 11+4ast, I.Evtimov 11+5reb+2ast, N.Lang 10+3reb+2ast, M.Delaney 8+2reb
gschID: 133635


Dijon - Hyeres-Toulon 86-66

Very predictable result when ninth ranked JDA Dijon (9-10) rolled over at home bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-17) 86-66 on Saturday. JDA Dijon forced 21 Hyeres-Toulon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hyeres-Toulon's players. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) who led the winners and scored 30 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Thomas Terrell (201-79, college: Georgia St.) came up with 20 points and 4 assists and center Louis Labeyrie (209-92) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Hyeres-Toulon in the defeat. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Roanne. Hyeres-Toulon lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. JDA Dijon will meet league's leader Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against the league's second-placed Gravelines-Dunkerque (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Terrell 20+3reb+4ast, M.Faye 11+5reb, S.Fein 10+2reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 8+11reb+1ast, P.Morlende 7+3reb+3ast, S.Cisse 4
Dijon: S.Marshall 30+2reb+4ast, A.Harris 13+3reb+1ast, Z.Moss 10+9reb+1ast, D.Melody 8+8ast, A.Christophe 7+1ast, B.Dixon 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 133636


Nancy - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 97-72

The game between fifth ranked Sluc Nancy (13-6) and 14th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-14) in Nancy on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Sluc Nancy outscored guests from Pau 97-72. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Pau-Lacq-Orthez's players. It was a quality performance for Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 13 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the defeat. 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. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Poitiers. Sluc Nancy will meet STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Entente Orleans 45 and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: C.Elonu 16+9reb, A.Mendy 15+3reb, A.Ray 11+1reb+1ast, T.Gipson 10+5reb+6ast, S.Rimac 9+2reb+3ast, M.Maravic 7+2reb+4ast
Nancy: A.Akingbala 21+6reb+2ast, P.Amagou 16+3reb+4ast, B.King 13+4reb+9ast, V.Samnick 12+6reb+3ast, J.Linehan 10+3reb+3ast, A.Moerman 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 133637


Roanne - Paris-Levallois 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Roanne. Eighth ranked Chorale de Roanne (9-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Paris-Levallois (13-6) 83-80 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 29-14 charge of Chorale de Roanne, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for swingman Thomas Larrouquis (197-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) helped adding 10 points and 7 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach Luka Pavicevic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) responded with 27 points and 8 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Chorale de Roanne and four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne maintains eighth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Dijon. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Nancy and Orleans. Chorale de Roanne will play against Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 27+3reb+8ast, L.Hamilton 20+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 15+4reb, D.Noel 11+5reb+2ast, T.Meacham 7+3reb+5ast, J.Aboki 0
Roanne: T.Larrouquis 17+7reb+1ast, R.Wright 14+1reb+2ast, M.Mokongo 11+1reb+4ast, D.Page 10+7reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+5reb+1ast, R.Jackson 9+5reb
gschID: 133638


Strasbourg - Poitiers 67-48

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Poitiers (5-14) was outscored on the road by eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (8-11) 67-48 on Wednesday. Strasbourg IG dominated on the defensive end, holding Poitiers to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Poitiers' 20. It was an exceptional evening for American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) came up with 5 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points respectively for Poitiers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Strasbourg IG moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Cholet and Nanterre. Loser Poitiers dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Le Havre. Strasbourg IG will meet JSF Nanterre (#12) on the road in the next round. Poitiers will play against Chorale de Roanne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: A.Grant 13+2reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 7+6reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 7, R.Wright 6+2reb, P.Guillard 5+12reb+1ast, J.Aka 4+4reb
Strasbourg: R.Greer 13+10reb+1ast, A.Ajinca 13+8reb+1ast, A.M'Baye 9+5reb, C.Oliver 8+7reb+2ast, H.Invernizzi 6+2reb+2ast, A.Jeanneau 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 133639


Le Havre - Nanterre 74-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre's (8-11) road victory over 13th ranked STB Le Havre (5-14) 82-74 on Saturday. STB Le Havre trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 30-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded STB Le Havre 50-25 including a 19-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) came up with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for STB Le Havre in the defeat. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Cholet and Strasbourg. STB Le Havre lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Poitiers. JSF Nanterre will meet at home Strasbourg IG (#10) in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against Sluc Nancy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: J.Cox 14+5reb+4ast, N.Pope 13+2reb+4ast, B.Boddicker 12+7reb, N.Wise 12+2reb+7ast, O.Camara 8+6reb, G.Jenkins 5+2reb
Nanterre: M.Riley 19+12reb+2ast, R.Covile 14+13reb+1ast, X.Corosine 10+1reb+1ast, W.Daniels 10+4ast, S.Brun 8+3reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+4reb
gschID: 133634




ProB Round 23: No surprise as #1 Boulazac Basket defeats JL Bourg - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (19-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked JL Bourg (11-12) 83-75. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-75. Boulazac Basket made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Boulazac Basket maintains first place with 19-4 record, which they share with Limoges. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Nantes and Boulogne. Boulazac Basket is looking forward to face SO Maritime Boulogne (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JL Bourg will play against JA Vichy and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Le Portel (10-13) outlasted ALM Evreux (10-13) in overtime by seven points 96-89. The game took place in Evreux. But the guests from Le Portel were better at the end. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Davis accounted for 23 points and 5 assists. Le Portel's coach Cedric Binauld allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Le Portel moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated ALM Evreux. Le Portel will play against higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#5) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play on the road against Quimper UJAP (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bordeaux between Bordeaux and Fos Ouest. Tenth ranked Bordeaux (12-11) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Fos Ouest (15-8). Bordeaux managed to escape with a 3-point win 60-57 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Sami Driss who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Edouard Choquet produced 7 points, 9 assists and 5 steals for the guests. Bordeaux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lille. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Bordeaux will meet Saint Vallier (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fos Ouest will play against Olympique Antibes (#11) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Lille where higher ranked Lille Metropole (12-11) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (10-13) 72-68. Lesly Bengaber orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 assists. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympique Antibes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Nantes where higher ranked Nantes (11-12) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (9-14) 84-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nantes. It was a great evening for Lamine Kante who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire maintains fifteenth place with 9-14 record, which they share with Rouen. Loser Nantes dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Denain Voltaire will face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: St Vallier was destroyed by Maurienne on the opponent's court 93-67. Limoges outscored Quimper in a home game 95-50. Vichy was rolled over Chalons-Reims on the road 83-47. Boulogne was crushed by Rouen on its own court 76-99.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 6 rebounds by Raphael Desroses of Limoges.



Evreux - Le Portel 89-96 OT

Le Portel (10-13) outlasted ALM Evreux (10-13) in overtime by seven points 96-89. The game took place in Evreux. But the guests from Le Portel were better at the end. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) accounted for 23 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Le Portel's coach Cedric Binauld allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists and power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Five ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Le Portel moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated ALM Evreux. Le Portel will play against higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#5) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play on the road against Quimper UJAP (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Evreux: A.Rowland 18+3reb+10ast, J.Wood 17+11reb+1ast, D.Reed 16+6reb+4ast, L.Konate 14+3reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 13+5reb, G.Pons 5+3ast
Le Portel: C.Davis 23+1reb+5ast, N.Wyatte 19+10reb+1ast, J.Ludon 17+3reb, M.Labeyrie 9+2reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 8, R.Taylor 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 139986


Maurienne - St Vallier 93-67

Very expected game in Aix-les-Bains where 11th ranked Saint Vallier (10-13) was crushed by fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (14-9) 93-67 on Friday. The game without a history. Aix-Maurienne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne forced 19 Saint Vallier turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Saint Vallier was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Simon Darnauzan (178-80) helped adding 17 points and 7 assists. American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 21 points and power forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne maintains fifth place with 14-9 record. Saint Vallier lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face Le Portel (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Vallier will play against Bordeaux.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: L.Prowell 21+4reb+1ast, D.Denave 12+4reb+3ast, H.Disy 11+7reb+2ast, M.Toti 10+1reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 6+1reb, Y.Zonnet 3+1reb+1ast
Maurienne: J.Ekanga-Ehawa 17+2reb+3ast, S.Darnauzan 17+1reb+7ast, W.Brown 16+15reb+3ast, B.Osby 16+4reb+1ast, G.Clerc 9+1reb+2ast, M.Houmounou 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 139987


Lille - Antibes 68-72

An interesting game took place in Lille where higher ranked Lille Metropole (12-11) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (10-13) 72-68. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 25-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Lille Metropole helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 assists. Naturalized Senegalese center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympique Antibes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Smith 15+6reb+2ast, S.Bradford 14+5reb+3ast, C.Marshall 13+2reb, J.Sauret 8+4reb+2ast, M.Camara 7, N.Taccoen 6+5reb+2ast
Antibes: B.Monclar 15+2reb+4ast, L.Bengaber 14+4reb+8ast, M.Badiane 13+9reb, J.Allen 11+10reb, T.Huffman 10+2reb+3ast, F.Prenom 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 139988


Limoges - Quimper 95-50

Very predictable result when second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (19-4) smashed at home 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (5-18) 95-50 on Saturday. The game without a history. Limoges CSP Elite led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Quimper UJAP's 20. Limoges CSP Elite looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Quimper UJAP's players. It was a great evening for Raphael Desroses (199-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) helped adding 9 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Boulazac. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the seventeenth place with 18 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Denain Voltaire (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper UJAP will play against ALM Evreux.
Top scorers:
Quimper: P.Paelay 21+9reb, A.McCoy 11+1reb, G.Lessort 8+8reb+2ast, N.Roche 3+5reb, V.Mouillard 2+1reb, A.Mendy 2+1reb+2ast
Limoges: R.Desroses 21+6reb+3ast, J.Gomis 16+4ast, N.Boungou Colo 15+9reb+2ast, J.Hoyaux 11+4reb+2ast, S.Traore 10+2reb+4ast, C.Massie 9+12reb+5ast
gschID: 139989


Chalons-Reims - Vichy 83-47

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked JA Vichy (4-19) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Chalons-Reims (16-7) 83-47 on Saturday. The game without a history. Chalons-Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding JA Vichy to just 7 points in second quarter. Chalons-Reims dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to JA Vichy's 20 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. Guard Mathieu Guichard (188-88) responded with 18 points and American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalons-Reims maintains third place with 16-7 record having just three points less than leader Boulazac. Loser JA Vichy keeps the eighteenth position with 19 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face SPO Rouen (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. JA Vichy will play against JL Bourg and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Vichy: M.Guichard 18+3reb+1ast, D.Coleman 7+8reb+2ast, W.Aka 7+2reb, M.Jefferson 5+5reb+1ast, N.Faye Djobo 4+4reb+2ast, A.Eito 3+2reb+3ast
Chalons-Reims: N.Carter 20+6reb+1ast, R.Mels 18+4reb+4ast, C.Daniels 13+9reb, K.Corre 8+8reb+5ast, B.Mullins 8+1reb+3ast, K.Joss-Rauze 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 139990


Nantes - Denain 78-84

An interesting game took place in Nantes where higher ranked Nantes (11-12) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (9-14) 84-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nantes. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Lamine Kante (200-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Xavier Gaillou (192-89) helped adding 14 points. Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire maintains fifteenth place with 9-14 record, which they share with Rouen. Loser Nantes dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Denain Voltaire will face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nantes: D.Fergerson 20+4reb+4ast, M.Badiane 13+19reb+4ast, N.Gayon 11+1reb+1ast, A.Charles 10+5reb+2ast, M.Drame 9+3reb+1ast, K.Idomenee 7+3reb+1ast
Denain: L.Kante 27+5reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 14+3reb+3ast, J.James 11+4reb+4ast, R.Brocheray 11+8reb+1ast, N.Rohnert 9+5reb+3ast, R.Rossiter 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 151903


Bordeaux - Fos Ouest 60-57

A very close game took place in Bordeaux between Bordeaux and Fos Ouest. Tenth ranked Bordeaux (12-11) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Fos Ouest (15-8). Bordeaux managed to escape with a 3-point win 60-57 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 14-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bordeaux outrebounded Fos Ouest 39-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Tunisian swingman Sami Driss (194-82) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) produced 7 points, 9 assists and 5 steals and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bordeaux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lille. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Bordeaux will meet Saint Vallier (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fos Ouest will play against Olympique Antibes (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: R.Roby 10+1reb, K.Atamna 10+4reb+1ast, S.Gay 9+8reb+2ast, B.Clark 8+2reb+1ast, E.Choquet 7+4reb+9ast, S.Giffa 7+2reb
Bordeaux: S.Driss 15+6reb+2ast, C.Dunn 10+6reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 10+1reb+3ast, K.Cunningham 10+8reb+1ast, J.Ford 9+9reb, M.Diaw 4+1reb
gschID: 139983


Boulogne - Rouen 76-99

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked SPO Rouen (9-14) outscored on the road higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (11-12) 99-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. SPO Rouen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. SPO Rouen looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. SO Maritime Boulogne was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 4 assists. American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) helped adding 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. Naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Jonathan Rousselle (190-90) scored 17 points and 6 assists. SPO Rouen moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Denain. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. SPO Rouen will face higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 17+3reb+6ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 17+11reb+1ast, T.Stanley 11+5reb+1ast, J.Leria 8+1reb, Z.Bah 8+3reb+4ast, C.Rouse 6+4reb
Rouen: P.Poupet 23+4reb+4ast, S.Dia 22+2reb+1ast, J.Siggers 16+5reb+6ast, A.Dunn 12+10reb, K.Patiejunas 8+5ast, L.Chelle 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 139984


Bourg - Boulazac 75-83

ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (19-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked JL Bourg (11-12) 83-75. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-75. Boulazac Basket made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Boulazac Basket maintains first place with 19-4 record, which they share with Limoges. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Nantes and Boulogne. Boulazac Basket is looking forward to face SO Maritime Boulogne (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JL Bourg will play against JA Vichy and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Copeland 16+3reb+1ast, O.Barro 16+10reb, J.Cornley 13+6reb, A.Tsagarakis 9+2ast, J.Sanchez 7+4reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 5+4reb+2ast
Boulazac: D.Monroe 23+10reb, A.McKenzie 19+9reb+4ast, R.Ayers 14+3reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 8+2reb+1ast, S.Njoya 5+2reb+2ast, A.Kerckhof 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 139985




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 16-3 
 2. Gravelines 16-3 
 3. Orleans 13-6 
 4. Nancy 13-6 
 5. Paris-Levallois 13-6 
 6. Le Mans 12-7 
 7. ASVEL 10-9 
 8. Roanne 9-10 
 9. Dijon 9-10 
 10. Strasbourg 8-11 
 11. Cholet 8-11 
 12. Nanterre 8-11 
 13. Le Havre 5-14 
 14. Poitiers 5-14 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 5-14 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-17 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 19-4 
 2. Limoges 19-4 
 3. Chalons-Reims 16-7 
 4. Fos Ouest 15-8 
 5. Maurienne 14-9 
 6. Bordeaux 12-11 
 7. Lille 12-11 
 8. Nantes 11-12 
 9. Boulogne 11-12 
 10. Bourg 11-12 
 11. Antibes 10-13 
 12. St Vallier 10-13 
 13. Le Portel 10-13 
 14. Evreux 10-13 
 15. Denain 9-14 
 16. Rouen 9-14 
 17. Quimper 5-18 
 18. Vichy 4-19 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.9 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans19.5 
 3. Hamilton, Paris-.17.6 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.8 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.6 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.5 
 7. Cox, Le Havre16.1 
 8. Nelson, Cholet15.4 
 9. Delaney, Chalon15.4 
 10. Wise, Le Havre15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.5 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.7.9 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.7 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 5. Aminu, Chalon7.6 
 6. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet7.0 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.9 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Ro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.5 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.7 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre5.9 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.5 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Dixon, Dijon4.8 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 3. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.9 
 5. Riley, Nanterre1.9 
 6. Wise, Le Havre1.8 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 9. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 10. Fournier, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.2 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.2 
 4. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 7. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 9. Jackson, Roanne0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Bourg
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 2. Davis, Le Portel18.5 
 3. McCray, Boulogne18.3 
 4. Denave, St Vallier17.4 
 5. Siggers, Rouen17.2 
 6. Paelay, Quimper16.6 
 7. Wood, Evreux16.1 
 8. Barro, Bourg16.0 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.4 
 10. Monroe, Boulazac15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Massie, Limoges11.8 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.3 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.3 
 4. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.2 
 6. Osby, Maurienne9.2 
 7. Barro, Bourg9.0 
 8. Allen, Antibes9.0 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.7 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.3 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.7 
 3. Copeland, Bourg5.4 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.3 
 5. Patiejunas, Rouen5.3 
 6. Mullins, Chalons-.5.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.0 
 8. Mouillard, Quimper4.9 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Charles, Nantes2.6 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.6 
 3. Paelay, Quimper2.1 
 4. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 5. Allen, Antibes2.0 
 6. Shiloh, St Vallier2.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier1.8 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.1.7 
 9. Choquet, Fos Ouest1.7 
 10. Eito, Vichy1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 3. Osby, Maurienne1.6 
 4. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 5. Jefferson, Vichy1.4 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.2 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.1 
 8. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 10. Barro, Bourg0.9 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague Round 5: Feni Indistrija loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the Superleague leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Feni Indistrija (17-4). They were crushed by second ranked MZT Skopje (17-4) 90-71 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in . It was a very close game until the last quarter, when MZT Skopje's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-9 extending their advantage to 19 points. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. MZT Skopje keeps a position of leader. Feni Indistrija will play next round against Kumanovo 2009 trying to make it back to the top of the standings. MZT Skopje will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki. It will be extra interesting game as Fersped-Rabotnicki is their local rival from Skopje.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Lirija (#4) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#6). Lirija (13-8) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-13) 80-66. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Toni Simic accounted for 24 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat. Lirija maintains fourth place in with 13-8 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Lirija's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Torus Skopje (14-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (9-12). Torus Skopje managed to secure a 4-point victory 98-94 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Dimitar Karadzovski who scored 25 points and 5 assists. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Aleksandar Kostoski produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Torus Skopje maintains third place in with 14-7 record having just three points less than leader MZT Skopje. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Eighth ranked Kozuv (4-13) crushed at home 9th ranked ABA Strumica (2-15) by 84 points 146-62, which is the biggest margin this round. Dejan Vegov orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Kozuv maintains eighth place in Play Out with 4-13 record. ABA Strumica lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Kumanovo - Torus Skopje 94-98

The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Torus Skopje (14-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (9-12). Torus Skopje managed to secure a 4-point victory 98-94 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Torus Skopje 37-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Torus Skopje maintains third place in with 14-7 record having just three points less than leader MZT Skopje. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 25+4reb+5ast, J.Reynolds 17+6reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 17+3reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 14+4reb+4ast, K.Bradley 12+2ast, B.Krstevski 5+1reb+2ast
Kumanovo: M.Janjusevic 27+5reb+3ast, A.Kostoski 24+5reb+8ast, D.Matic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Janevski 11+7reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 11+7reb+1ast, D.Mikic 5+8reb
gschID: 168287


Lirija - Rabotnicki 80-66

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Lirija (#4) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#6). Lirija (13-8) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-13) 80-66. The game was mostly controlled by Lirija. Fersped-Rabotnicki was better in fourth quarter 16-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) accounted for 24 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat. Lirija maintains fourth place in with 13-8 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Lirija's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
Lirija: T.Simic 24+7reb, B.Radunovic 21+10reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 18+3reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 8+3reb+1ast, S.Avramovski 7+2reb, C.Morban 2+6reb+5ast
Rabotnicki: N.Jelesijevic 21+9reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 15+6reb, V.Zujovic 9+5reb+1ast, U.Vasiljevic 7+1reb, Z.Stojanov 5+3reb, J.Petrovski 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 168288


MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija 90-71

There was a change at the Superleague leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Feni Indistrija (17-4). They were crushed by second ranked MZT Skopje (17-4) 90-71 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in . It was a very close game until the last quarter, when MZT Skopje's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-9 extending their advantage to 19 points. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman Marko Simonovski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. MZT Skopje keeps a position of leader. Feni Indistrija will play next round against Kumanovo 2009 trying to make it back to the top of the standings. MZT Skopje will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki. It will be extra interesting game as Fersped-Rabotnicki is their local rival from Skopje.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 27+7reb+3ast, I.Mijajlovic 19+2reb+3ast, G.Cekovski 13+2reb+6ast, N.Vucurovic 11+5reb+2ast, I.Penov 10+1reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 8+3reb
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 17+5reb+4ast, M.Simonovski 16+6reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 14+6reb+1ast, I.Lilov 8+1reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 4+4reb, J.Frye 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168286


Group Play Out
Kozuv - ABA Strumica 146-62

Eighth ranked Kozuv (4-13) crushed at home 9th ranked ABA Strumica (2-15) by 84 points 146-62, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Kozuv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of ABA Strumica shooting 80.8 percent from the field. Kozuv forced 20 ABA Strumica turnovers and outrebounded them 37-7 including a 28-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kozuv especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by ABA Strumica's players. Power forward Dejan Vegov (205-83, college: Blinn JC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Forward Petar Apcev (199-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Five Kozuv players scored in double figures. Guard Zoran Delev (184-84) answered with 21 points and Aleksandar Kosev added 21 points in the effort for ABA Strumica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Kozuv maintains eighth place in Play Out with 4-13 record. ABA Strumica lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: V.Eftimov 19+1ast, V.Buha 19+3reb, D.Vegov 18+10reb, P.Apcev 16+3reb+4ast, S.Hadzivasilev 13+8reb+1ast, A.Apostolov 13+1reb+7ast
ABA Strumica: Z.Delev 21+1ast, A.Kosev 21, K.Popcev 10+1reb+1ast, A.Ilasev 4+1ast, M.Abazovic 3+2reb, A.Sajkarov 3+2reb
gschID: 168289




D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 17-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 17-4 
 3. Torus Skopje 14-7 
 4. Lirija 13-8 
 5. Kumanovo 9-12 
 6. Rabotnicki 8-13 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 4-12 
 2. Kozuv 4-13 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Rabot.
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jelesijevic, Rabot.20.0 
 2. Tasovski, Lirija19.3 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.18.3 
 4. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 5. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 6. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus16.4 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija16.1 
 10. Janjusevic, Kuman.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Dahlman, MZT S.8.0 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.7.8 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.7 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.0 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus6.8 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija6.6 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Morban, Lirija4.2 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.8 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus3.6 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.2 
 6. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.3 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.6 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.4 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 6. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 7. Filipovic, Lirija1.3 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 9. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 10. Kostoski, Kumano.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus1.2 
 4. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.9 
 6. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 9. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy27.6 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi24.3 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.23.5 
 4. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 5. Carter, Dinamo T.23.1 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.3 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.17.2 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.2 
 10. Sljuka, Olimpi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.14.2 
 2. Revazashvili, Batu.11.5 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.8 
 4. Dvalishvili, Samed.10.8 
 5. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.9 
 6. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 7. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 8. Smith, MIA Academy9.3 
 9. Keshelava, Batumi9.1 
 10. Hoger, Olimpi9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.5 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.6 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy7.3 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.8 
 5. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi5.9 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Dina.5.8 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.5 
 9. Artsividze, Rustavi5.5 
 10. Bakradze, Dinamo4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.9 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi2.6 
 3. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.5 
 4. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 5. Woodside, Armia2.4 
 6. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.2.2 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi2.0 
 9. Chachanidze, Rust.2.0 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Din.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.4.8 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 4. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 6. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.4 
 7. Nozadze, STU T.1.3 
 8. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.2 
 10. Ilic, Samedicino1.1 


Superleague Round 15: Derby game ends with Olimpi's defeat of Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#2) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was crushed at home by 19 points 65-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. Sokhumi managed to win fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 28. They outrebounded Sokhumi 53-27 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Sokhumi's players. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) answered with 24 points and 5 steals for Sokhumi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 11-2 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with MIA Academy. Olimpi are looking forward to face Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokhumi will play against Batumi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and MIA (#5). MIA was crushed at home by 25 points 65-90 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for Will Thomas (203-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Woodside helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Armia (13-0) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. MIA at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Sokhumi. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
The game in Tbilisi supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kutaisi (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked TSU (5-8). Kutaisi smashed TSU 111-87 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Davit Barbakadze who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Vasili Beruashvili came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for TSU 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. Kutaisi maintains third place with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Loser TSU keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home league's second-placed Olimpi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#6) and Samedicino-Academia (#9). Samedicino-Academia was defeated at home 75-89 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Beka Tsivtsivadze who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains sixth place with 7-7 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.

In the last game of round 15 Batumi beat STU Tbilisi on the road 66-62.



Sokhumi - Olimpi 65-84

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#2) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was crushed at home by 19 points 65-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. Sokhumi managed to win fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 28. They outrebounded Sokhumi 53-27 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Sokhumi's players. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Five Olimpi players scored in double figures. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) answered with 24 points and 5 steals and international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Sokhumi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 11-2 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with MIA Academy. Olimpi are looking forward to face Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokhumi will play against Batumi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 24+3reb+3ast, L.Parghalava 19+5reb+5ast, V.Kadaria 8+4reb+1ast, T.Chachibaia 8+3reb, S.Atuashvili 4+3reb, G.Jgerenaia 2+1reb
Olimpi: I.Todorovic 28+9reb, I.Hoger 15+17reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 13+8reb+9ast, G.Gamqrelidze 12+4reb+8ast, I.Milutinovic 10+2reb+3ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 166602


TSU Tbilisi - Kutaisi 87-111

The game in Tbilisi supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kutaisi (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked TSU (5-8). Kutaisi smashed TSU 111-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. TSU managed to win fourth quarter 31-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TSU 56-43 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kutaisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Soso Shermadini (208-85) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for TSU 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. Kutaisi maintains third place with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Loser TSU keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home league's second-placed Olimpi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: V.Beruashvili 18+5reb+4ast, M.Chitashvili 14+2reb, B.Chikviladze 13+2reb+1ast, Z.Maisuradze 12+1reb+2ast, S.Shermadini 9+12reb, D.Khizanishvili 8+3reb
Kutaisi: R.Didia 20+5reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 18+4reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 15+12reb+3ast, G.Koguashvili 15+4reb, D.Barbakadze 15+12reb+4ast, T.Babunashvili 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 166600


MIA Academy - Armia 65-90

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and MIA (#5). MIA was crushed at home by 25 points 65-90 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for Will Thomas (203-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. Five Armia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Justin Tubbs (190-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia (13-0) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. MIA at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Sokhumi. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: T.Smith 16+10reb+4ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 14+3reb+2ast, J.Tubbs 10+5reb, M.Bokolishvili 7+2reb, A.Moody 6+3reb+4ast, N.Tenieshvili 4+1ast
Armia: W.Thomas 20+11reb+2ast, J.Richardson 19+2ast, B.Woodside 18+3reb+5ast, A.Boisa 11+1reb+1ast, G.Diaz 11+1reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 166601


STU Tbilisi - Batumi 62-66

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Batumi (2-12) beat 8th ranked STU (5-9) in Tbilisi 66-62. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But STU won fourth quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by STU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) added 6 points and 17 rebounds respectively. STU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Batumi maintains tenth place with 2-12 record. STU lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Batumi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sokhumi (#4) in Tbilisi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: Z.Antadze 21+6reb, A.Dzidziguri 10+5reb+1ast, V.Tevzadze 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Machaladze 6+17reb+2ast, L.Nozadze 5+8reb+1ast, G.Khaniashvili 5+2reb+3ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 17+10reb+1ast, I.Mikeladze 16+7reb+6ast, L.Eliadze 11+9reb+1ast, G.Revazashvili 9+12reb, N.Ramishvili 9+4reb+3ast, A.Eliashvili 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 166598


Samedicino - Dinamo Tbilisi 75-89

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#6) and Samedicino-Academia (#9). Samedicino-Academia was defeated at home 75-89 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It looked good early as Samedicino-Academia took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dinamo Tbilisi had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Samedicino-Academia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-89. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Samedicino-Academia's 38. They outrebounded Samedicino-Academia 53-40 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Five Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) who recorded 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Nemanja Ilic (206-83) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains sixth place with 7-7 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: F.Samojlovic 14+1reb+1ast, N.Ilic 11+7reb+1ast, G.Pirvelashvili 10+3reb, A.Dvalishvili 9+11reb+4ast, M.Abaishvili 9+2reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 7+2reb+1ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: B.Tsivtsivadze 23+11reb+8ast, K.Carter 23+16reb+2ast, I.Lezhava 16+4reb+1ast, M.Oluic 12+8reb, D.Sanadze 10+6reb+2ast, I.Keidia 2+1reb
gschID: 166599




Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 13-0 
 2. Olimpi 11-2 
 3. Kutaisi 10-4 
 4. Sokhumi 8-6 
 5. MIA Academy 8-6 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 7-7 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 5-8 
 8. STU Tbilisi 5-9 
 9. Samedicino 5-9 
 10. Batumi 2-12 
 11. Rustavi 1-12 


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Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) I Remember Ekene Ibekwe Having A Bunch Of Dunks In The First Game Against The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners February 25th.

A big 86-83 win last weekend against the LTi Giessen 46ers. What was the teams biggest strength in this game besides getting 63 points in the second half?

Just staying together throughout the game and never giving up. We overcame a huge deficit so it felt great coming out of there with a victory.


What has been your impression of Rain Veideman who had 32 minutes in Giessen. What does he bring to the table differently than Corey Stokes?

Rain is a great complete player. He can shoot, handle the ball, defend, read the game, and just do everything that is needed to win on the court. He is already a very good player and I expect him to have a great career.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. What is your memory of the 79-71 win in Frankfurt earlier in the season?

I remember it being an exciting game. I also remember Ekene having a bunch of dunks.


How much do you miss playing with a guy like Danny Gibson?

Well I haven't had the opportunity to play with Danny yet but I look forward to it. He is a very skilled guard who can score and put tremendous pressure on the defense. I think we bring different things to the table and look forward to the opportunity to suit up with him.


The Fraport Skyliners will be without Justin Gray and Jon Leuer, but have a strong Jermareo Davidson and Tim Ohlbrecht who had 27 points against you. What will be key in getting the win?

I think we have to control the boards and make it a tough night for their shooters through our defense.


Have you jumped on the Linsanity train yet? What has been your take on all of this?

.I think aside from the hype Lin is really a good player. A lot of my teammates are not on the train yet but I hope he keeps doing what he is doing for New York.

Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) of the San Antonio Spurs, John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) of the New Jersey Nets will be competiting in the NBA Allstar day skills competition. Who will win it?

No idea, I am rooting for Irving though.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Paid in Full.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 20-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 19-4 
 3. Art.Dragons 17-7 
 4. ALBA 16-6 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 14-9 
 6. B.Muenchen 13-11 
 7. Bremerhaven 12-10 
 8. Telekom Baskets 12-11 
 9. EWE Baskets 12-11 
 10. NY Phantoms 11-11 
 11. Fraport SKY 11-13 
 12. Walter Tigers 10-12 
 13. Bayreuth 9-15 
 14. TBB Trier 8-14 
 15. LTi 46ers 7-16 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 7-16 
 17. EnBW L'burg 7-17 
 18. Goettingen 2-22 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 18-4 
 2. Kirchheim 15-7 
 3. Crailsheim 15-8 
 4. Chemnitz 14-9 
 5. Webmoebel 12-9 
 6. Duesseldorf 11-10 
 7. Jena 11-11 
 8. ETB Wohnbau 10-11 
 9. Ehingen 10-12 
 10. Karlsruhe 10-12 
 11. NBC 9-12 
 12. Cuxhaven 9-12 
 13. Heidelberg 9-12 
 14. Braves 6-17 
 15. Leitershofen 4-17 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 19-5
 2. Herten 17-7
 3. Vechta 17-7
 4. SU Medien 16-8
 5. Schwelm 15-9
 6. Dorsten 14-10
 7. Rist Wedel 11-13
 8. Stahnsdorf 11-13
 9. Wulfen 10-14
 10. Wolfenbuettel 10-14
 11. Bayer Giants 8-16
 12. ALBA Berlin II 6-18
 13. Bernau 2-22
Group South
 1. Gotha 17-5
 2. Noerdlingen 15-7
 3. Leipzig 15-7
 4. BSW Sixers 14-8
 5. Dragons 13-9
 6. Hanau 13-9
 7. Langen 12-10
 8. TSV Troester 11-11
 9. Licher Baeren 11-11
 10. Fraport SKY II 6-16
 11. BG Illertal 3-19
 12. Giessen 2-20


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.16.2 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.6 
 5. Carter, Phoenix15.4 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 7. Swann, Ratiopharm14.8 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.7 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.14.4 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.1 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.4 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 7. Davidson, Fraport7.1 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen7.0 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.0 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.2 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.2 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.3 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.8 
 3. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 8. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.4 
 9. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.5 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 5. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.9 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.19.0 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.5 
 6. Stommes, Webmoebel17.6 
 7. Reid, MBC17.6 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe17.1 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.9 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.9 
 2. Alawoya, Braves9.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.3 
 4. Moore, Karlsruhe8.1 
 5. Black, Jena7.9 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.8 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim7.7 
 8. Richardson, Leiter.7.6 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.2 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.4 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.6 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.6 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 8. Rice, Cuxhaven4.2 
 9. Hill, Crailsheim4.1 
 10. Diggs, Webmoebel4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Cuxhaven
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rice, Cuxhaven2.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 3. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.8 
 5. Matthews, Ehingen1.7 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen1.6 
 7. Lipke, Leitershofen1.6 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 10. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 7. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 


Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) I Think That We Will See A Playoff Atmosphere In Artland - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the next game against the Artland Dragons February 24th

Congrats on the 98-71 win against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. How big was this win after the undesirable 2 game losing streak?

It was good for the team to get back on track and to sweep a series with a playoff contender.

How is your injury coming along? When can you play again?

The ankle has been healing and I am doing more everyday to get back playing again.

The next game is against the Artland Dragons. What is your memory of the 84-79 win at home earlier in the season?

That seems so long ago, playing in the Kuhberg. They have added Brandon Thomas and have played well all year.

The Artland Dragons are coming off a huge loss in Berlin, but still belong to the top teams in the Beko BBL. Do you think we will see a playoff atmosphere in the Artland arena?

I think so, it is always a good atmosphere in their gym. It is a direct comparison game with 2 vs 3 so it will be a battle for sure.

Artland have such a deep bench and just keep coming at you with their bench. What will be key in getting the win?

Controlling the pace and our turnovers.

What has been the craziest story that you have heard about Jeremy Lin in the last week?

I heard that he was sleeping on his brothers couch, which tells me he is willing to do whatever to reach his dreams.

How much better are the Knicks now with JR Smith?

They have a powerful scoring threat coming off the bench.

The Los Angeles Clippers have started 18-9. Will they be able to keep heightening their game as the season progresses and could they win their division over the Lakers?

It would have helped to have Chauncey's on court leadership but they have good pieces in place. You never know when the Lakers can make a roster move though.

Thanks Dane for the chat.




Regionalliga stars: Kenny Jones - by Moritz Korff
In life as well as in basketball it does not hurt to be patient. A large number of seniors will complete their college careers every year. Not all of them plan on pursuing a career overseas. A lot of them do though, but won't find the right fit or even never will get the chance to showcase their talent in Europe. As the number of players - specially hailing from the US, because many leagues have restrictions of how many 'imports' are allowed to play per team - surmount the number of job opportunities by far, it does not suffice to be a skilled basketball player. You need some luck too. And patience. Like Kenny Jones (198-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) has shown over these past years. The forward out of Long Island, New York, is leading the 1. Regionalliga South in scoring (28.0ppg) and rebounding (12.5rpg) this season. Though he had an All-America career at NCAA D2 program Kentucky State, Jones had to go a long way to finally arrive to Dachau last summer: 'Once I finished playing at Kentucky State University all I wanted to do was play ball overseas. I put 4 long years of hard work becoming player of the year and Honorable Mention All American. I felt and knew I was ready to make that move overseas. But I had a few agents that did a lot of promising, had a lot of deals and always at the last minute they fell through. So me getting overseas wasn't easy. So I decided to stay in the states and play and work on my game and get better and better each season, listening to the older players that were playing with me, learning from them as well. I was putting up big numbers, all I needed was an agent that would work for me and with me and I finally found that agent. He didn't promise, he delivered and now I'm living my dream and playing overseas ball', Jones says.

Over the years he honed his skills in minor leagues in the United States, spending two seasons with the Kentucky Bisons of the ABA, claiming the championship title with the Bisons in 2009, while receiving All-ABA Third Team honors. In 2011 he would excell as the second leading scorer of the PBL, averaging 19.6 points per contest for the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, making the USBasket.com All-PBL Second Team. 'Over the years I've played with some great players such as George Baker, Mike Wells, Brandon Stockton and I've learned from those guys, took things from them to improve my game. I've put the work in and I know I can play on any level. I also had a chance to play for some great coaches as well: Andre Edwards, Qunicy Simpson, Tom Patterson - they've all helped to develop the player and the mindset I have, when I'm on the court. For me as a player I really don't have a secret for having great numbers, I'm just gonna out work who ever is guarding me. Whether it's scoring or rebounding, I'm giving 110% everytime. I've worked hard on my footwork, strength, positioning to help me become the dominate player that I am. So to describe myself to someone that has never seen me play: I'm a hard worker and a monster inside the paint. I'm very humble and I understand that I'm truly blessed to be where I'm at. And on the other hand when I'm in between those lines, I feel and play as if no one is better than me. I'm a pure scorer that gets overlooked because of my height and the position I play. But once teams play against me, they understand I'm a work horse. Reguardless of height weight skills or experience I'm coming at you hard.'
In a high scoring affair against the Rattelsdorf Independents in early October, Jones erupted with 50 points on 21-for-25 shooting, leaving an unmistakable note in one of his first games in Germany: 'The Rattelsdorf game was a great game for me as well as for our team, not only for me dropping 50 points, but it was our first win as a team. Rattelsdorf is a great and aggressive defense team that presses full court and trap everything, which can be a great thing and also the worst thing. Me being a pure scorer reguardless on height size or experience, I'm gonna score. By them pressing so much and trapping so hard, they were giving me a lot of one on one plays to the basket. I was able to score pretty easily, while also grabbing a lot of offensive rebounds as well. My teammates had a lot to do with me scoring 50 points that night, they were able to break their press and get me the ball, where I needed it to score. It was a good feeling and a great win. 50 points isn't the highest I scored, but it's close. I scored 59 points in a charity game a few years ago', he says.

Though he is currently in his first season overseas, Jones is certainly one of the more experienced players on the Dachau team. The Spurs are 6-13 on the season so far and were not quite able to continue last year's success, when the team finished the RLSO on the runner-up spot. Jones: 'The great thing about playing on the Dachau Spurs is that I'm playing with a great group of young talented guys that love and want to learn all they can in the game of basketball. Yes, I'm putting up great numbers in this league due to my experience. I've played with and against a lot of good talent and that's the only thing some of the guy lack is experience and that's gonna come with the hard work and dedication they put towards the game. And as we grow as a team the wins will come even more.' Jones seems to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Pettaway, who enjoyed two stellar seasons with the Spurs, before moving on to SC Rist Wedel of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, where he is proving to be one of the best inside players of the league: 'I really don't know too much about Anthony Pettaway, but from what I heard he's a pretty good player. But moving up is definitely my goal. I feel I'm ready to play in some of the top leagues in Germany. I've put in the work and I'm ready to show what I can do. My ultimate goal is to get to the BBL or any of the top leagues in Europe to show everyone that's where I belong. But I'm gonna take one step at a time and keep working until I meet my goal. My time in Germany has been great. My teammates, coaches and fans have welcomed me with open arms and have made me feel comfortable. I've seen a lot of things and experienced awhole lot since being here in Germany. I've enjoyed my stay here in Dachau and I'm glad I finally got the opportunity to make the jump', Jones states.

One question remains: Where does his nickname come from? Jones: 'My nickname Ticket was giving to me by my college coach Tom Patterson and it's been with me ever since. Growing up Kevin Garnett has always been my favorite player. He's the reason I wear 21 and my coach realize how much I tried to patten my game around Kevin Garnett, so he gave me the nickname Ticket after KG. Some people say bigticket some say ticket, I answer to either one.'


ProB: Oettinger Rockets Gotha and Hannover won the Regular Season Groups - by Eurobasket News
ProB: Oettinger Rockets Gotha and Hannover won the Regular Season Groups. 5th ranked Hanau (13-9) fell to sixth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (13-9) in overtime by four points 87-91 on Saturday night. The game took place in Hanau. But the guests from Rhoendorf were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hanau. Tim Kasper orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Dragons Rhoendorf moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with defeated Hanau.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26:
In Group North Bayer Giants were beaten by Schwelm on the road 86-80. SU Medien won against ALBA Berlin II on its own court 84-70. Herten managed to outperform Bernau in a road game 85-82. Rist Wedel managed to beat Wolfenbuettel at home 75-70. Hannover defeated Wulfen on the opponent's court 82-66. Dorsten was smashed by Vechta in a home game 81-102.
In Group South BSW Sixers was destroyed by Licher Baeren on the road 86-64. Langen were outscored by TSV Troester on its own court 61-86. BG Illertal recorded a loss to Noerdlingen in a road game 82-76. Gotha crushed Fraport SKY II at home 101-71. Leipzig smashed Giessen on the opponent's court 94-72.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by Lamar Morinia of Leipzig.


Group North
Schwelm - Bayer Giants 86-80

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-9) beat at home 11th ranked Bayer Giants (8-16) 86-80 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Bayer Giants trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-86 at the end of the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Bayer Giants' 24 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while Bayer Giants only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Bayer Giants 43-24 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) contributed with 22 points for the winners. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Matthias Goddek (195-86) replied with 20 points and guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Bayer Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to fifth place in Group North. Bayer Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: M.Goddek 20+3reb+2ast, M.Rass 18+1reb+1ast, T.Joenke 13+5reb+6ast, C.Robinson 12+6reb+2ast, M.Brueggemann 9+2reb, J.Eggleston 5+5reb
Schwelm: J.Holmes 22+13reb+6ast, J.Smith 22+1reb+1ast, K.Speier 14+7reb+1ast, A.Starr 11+8reb+4ast, J.Ducker 7+6reb+4ast, D.Malinowski 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143706


SU Medien - ALBA Berlin II 84-70

Very expected game when 12th ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-18) lost to fourth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (16-8) in Braunschweig 70-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. ALBA Berlin II was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spot Up Medien Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin II's 40. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 23 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by ALBA Berlin II's players. Guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Center Frank Theis (200-82) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Joey Ney (197-92) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Darren Stackhouse (198, college: Shepherd, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets maintains fourth position in Group North with 16-8 record. ALBA Berlin II lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: D.Stackhouse 16+5reb+1ast, J.Ney 14+9reb+5ast, E.Muller 11+1reb+1ast, A.Blessig 10+3reb, S.Fulle 8+1reb+2ast, L.Tolksdorf 5+2reb
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 24+9ast, F.Theis 15+7reb+3ast, L.Gertz 11+4reb+6ast, H.Sant-Roos 10+5reb+3ast, O.Angerstein 10+2reb, D.Theis 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 143707


Bernau - Herten 82-85

Very predictable result when second ranked Hertener Loewen (17-7) edged on the road 13th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-22) 85-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 assists. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. SSV Lok Bernau's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hertener Loewen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group North with 17-7 record having just -2 point less than leader Gotha, which they share with Vechta. SSV Lok Bernau at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bernau: M.Woody 23+12reb+2ast, J.Jones 17+3reb+4ast, M.Dathe 11+3reb+1ast, S.Trzcionka 9+6reb+3ast, J.Heide 6+2reb, D.Klein 6+3reb
Herten: Z.Nixon 30+3reb+5ast, V.Kittmann 16+6reb, J.Taylor 14+3reb, R.Wright 11+5reb, M.Berger 6+1reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 5+6reb
gschID: 143708


Rist Wedel - Wolfenbuettel 75-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel and 9th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel had identical 10-13 record. This time SC Rist Wedel used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Wolfenbuettel 75-70 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Herzoege Wolfenbuettel won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SC Rist Wedel won last quarter 20-17. It was a great shooting night for SC Rist Wedel especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Patrick Wischnewski (191-87) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. SC Rist Wedel's coach Ozhan Gurel used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Dennis Nawrocki (190-92) added 17 points in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with Stahnsdorf. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 19+5reb+5ast, D.Nawrocki 17+1reb+3ast, M.Hart 11+6reb, R.Owens 10+4reb, H.Knopke 7+4reb+2ast, M.Schwarz 4+4reb+1ast
Rist Wedel: A.Pettaway 21+10reb+2ast, P.Wischnewski 18+3reb+4ast, A.Johnston 13+3reb+6ast, F.Boeke 10+2reb, K.Gausa 9+6reb+2ast, M.Duah 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 143709


Wulfen - Hannover 66-82

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Hannover Tigers (19-5) defeated on the road 8th ranked BSV Wulfen (10-14) 82-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hannover Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hannover Tigers outrebounded BSV Wulfen 39-23 including a 31-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) replied with 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Thomas Reuter (198-92) added 15 points in the effort for BSV Wulfen. BSV Wulfen's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Hannover Tigers maintains first position in Group North with 19-5 record. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 18+1reb+1ast, T.Reuter 15+2reb, R.Sherman 11+3reb, R.Bakoa 8+1reb, H.Bellscheidt 5+3reb, D.Smith 3+3reb+3ast
Hannover: R.Williams 18+3reb+4ast, J.Doerksen 16+6reb+1ast, M.Williams 13+6reb+2ast, S.Janzen 13+2reb+1ast, T.Welzel 7+6reb+1ast, J.Lodders 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 143710


Dorsten - Vechta 81-102

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Dorsten (14-10) was outleveled at home by third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (17-7) 102-81 on Saturday. The game without a history. SC Rasta Vechta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Dorsten was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Gene Hagner (190-83) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dorsten. Five SC Rasta Vechta and four Dorsten players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Herten. Newly promoted Dorsten dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: G.Hagner 17+3reb+4ast, T.Lipke 17+3reb+3ast, B.Poole 16+8reb+3ast, T.Bryant 10+5ast, J.Cadmus 9+3reb, N.Pelaj 6+3reb+2ast
Vechta: M.Reid 23+3reb+4ast, A.Rudowitz 18+4reb+1ast, M.Smallwood 15+7reb, D.Krause 14+1reb, D.Madrich 12+4reb, F.Stuckemann 9+1reb
gschID: 143705


Group South
Licher Baeren - BSW Sixers 86-64

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Licher Baeren (11-11) crushed at home higher ranked BSW Sixers (14-8) 86-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Licher Baeren led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BSW Sixers' 28. American forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (182-89) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Bradshaw is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St.) added 16 points in the effort for BSW Sixers. Licher Baeren moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with TSV Troester. Newly promoted BSW Sixers keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: M.Haut 17+2reb, W.Gardner 16+3reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 11+13reb+1ast, D.Stawowski 7+4reb+1ast, F.Diestelhorst 6+3reb+2ast, P.Muensinger 4+2reb
Licher Baeren: T.Bradshaw 29+5reb+1ast, G.Aud 16+3reb+4ast, B.Young 12+3reb+3ast, R.Christen 10+1reb, D.Dorr 9+5reb+1ast, V.Klassen 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 143837


Langen - TSV Troester 61-86

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked TV 1862 Langen (12-10) was smashed at home by eighth ranked TSV Troester (11-11) 86-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 25 points. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-87, college: Cumberlands) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TV 1862 Langen. Four TV 1862 Langen players 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. TSV Troester maintains eighth position in Group South with 11-11 record, which they share with Licher Baeren. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Langen: M.Voeller 13+7reb+1ast, L.Fitzgerald 12+7reb+2ast, N.Drury 11+2reb+2ast, M.Schneider 10+2ast, S.Greene 8+6reb+5ast, J.Domdey 4+1reb+3ast
TSV Troester: D.Harris 16+1reb+1ast, T.Korndoerfer 13+3reb, P.Neumann 12+5reb+1ast, S.Dinkel 11+2ast, D.Schmidt 8+2reb+6ast, M.Stuckey 8+2reb
gschID: 143838


Hanau - Dragons 87-91 OT

5th ranked Hanau (13-9) fell to sixth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (13-9) in overtime by four points 87-91 on Saturday night. The game took place in Hanau. But the guests from Rhoendorf were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hanau. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dragons Rhoendorf made 7 blocks. Hanau was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Tim Kasper (198-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jared Cunningham (206-89, college: Cumberlands) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hanau. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with defeated Hanau.

Top scorers:
Hanau: J.Cunningham 21+6reb+1ast, A.Sharda 16+2reb+5ast, S.Koehnert 13+1reb+3ast, C.Miles 10+6reb+2ast, D.Michalczyk 9+4reb+4ast, I.Ickert 7+6reb
Dragons: S.Turnbull 21+6reb+3ast, F.Koch 21+3reb+2ast, T.Kasper 17+10reb+4ast, N.Larsen 13+5reb+9ast, E.Jones 8+4reb, T.Eisenberger 6+4reb


gschID: 143839


Noerdlingen - BG Illertal 82-76

Very predictable result when second ranked Noerdlingen (15-7) won against at home 11th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (3-19) 82-76 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-82 at the end of the game. They outrebounded BG Illertal/Weissenhorn 45-25 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Josef Eichler (200-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. American guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) replied with 20 points and 4 steals and forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Newly promoted Noerdlingen maintains second position in Group South with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Gotha, which they share with Leipzig. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 19 games lost.


BG Illertal: M.Mercer 20+4reb+2ast, B.Butler 14+1reb, F.Oladipo 13+5reb+6ast, D.Jones 8+6reb+4ast, A.Wenzl 8+1reb, B.Falkner 5+6reb+2ast
Noerdlingen: F.Brutting 22+2reb+1ast, J.Eichler 14+12reb+1ast, K.Johnson 13+8reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 12+8reb+5ast, D.Rotim 12+5reb+3ast, D.Rastatter 7+8reb+3ast


gschID: 143840


Gotha - Fraport SKY II 101-71

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (6-16) was outscored on the road by first ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (17-5) 101-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 30 points. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Fraport Skyliners II turnovers. Fraport Skyliners II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Kevin Schaffartzik (187-88, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists. Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Marko Simic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Danilo Barthel (207-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha and five Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 17-5 record. Fraport Skyliners II lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Fraport SKY II: F.Franke 21+6reb, D.Barthel 14+11reb+1ast, F.Theilig 10+1reb+6ast, L.Wright 10+2reb+1ast, D.Jemison 10+1reb, T.Oldenburg 4+1reb+1ast
Gotha: K.Schaffartzik 23+2reb+5ast, L.Niebuhr 18+5reb+3ast, M.Monk 15+5reb, T.Jarmusz 15+2reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 10+3reb, D.Roberts 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 143841


Giessen - Leipzig 72-94

Everything went according to plan when third ranked USC Leipzig (15-7) outplayed on the road 12th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-20) 94-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. USC Leipzig led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) added 13 points in the effort for Giessen Pointers. 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. USC Leipzig moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen. Giessen Pointers lost eighteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Giessen: J.Smith 18+7reb, D.Stevens 13+4reb+3ast, D.Lockhart 11+3reb, Z.Pavlovic 11+5reb+1ast, D.Henke 7+4reb, S.Lockhart 6+7reb+1ast
Leipzig: L.Morinia 29+5reb+4ast, K.Kranz 20+1ast, W.Simon 15+1reb, R.Schirmer 14+6reb+2ast, R.Frohlich 6+3reb, M.Pratt 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 143842




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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. Beck, Ikaros16.0 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.4 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris15.4 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros14.6 
 10. James, Aris14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Baynes, Ikaros9.1 
 2. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.7 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.4 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 8. Bavcic, KAOD6.2 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris6.0 
 10. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.4.7 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.4 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.3 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.4.1 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Petroulas, Perist.3.2 
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, Ikaros1.7 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Perperoglou, Panat.1.6 
 7. Logan, Panathin.1.6 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.1.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 10. Gagaloudis, Marou.1.5 
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. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 8. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR0.9 
 10. Edwards, Perister.0.8 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.7 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.19.7 
 3. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.9 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.6 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK17.1 
 6. Stevovic, AE.16.6 
 7. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.6 
 8. Psileas, Lavrio16.6 
 9. Pettas, Doxa L.16.5 
 10. Sinadinovic, AEK/.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.5 
 2. Toutziarakis, OFI8.0 
 3. Petrovic-S., Apoll.7.6 
 4. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.4 
 6. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.4 
 7. Macheras, Panery.7.3 
 8. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.3 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.2 
 10. Sklavos, AEK7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.6.7 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.8 
 3. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 4. Koronidis, Perama5.3 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.2 
 6. Makris, Pagrati4.4 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.4 
 8. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.2 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.1 
 10. Kounas, Lavrio3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Evaggelis MARGARITIS
  Ikaroi S.
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.9 
 2. Magounis, Panele.1.8 
 3. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.7 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.1.7 
 5. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 6. Lewis, OFI1.6 
 7. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.5 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.1.5 
 9. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.4 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Karadolamis, OFI1.2 
 3. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.1 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI1.1 
 5. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 6. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 7. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 8. Koukounias, Nea K.0.7 
 9. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.7 
 10. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 16-4 
 2. Apollon Patras 15-5 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 12-7 
 4. Arkadikos 12-8 
 5. AEK 12-8 
 6. Lavrio 11-9 
 7. Nea Kifisia 11-9 
 8. OFI 11-9 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 10-10 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 10-10 
 11. Panerythraikos 9-11 
 12. Amyntas Dafnis 9-11 
 13. Perama Ermis 8-12 
 14. Periko/Arhelaos 7-13 
 15. Pagrati 6-14 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-19 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 18-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 16-2 
 3. Kolossos 13-4 
 4. Panionios 13-6 
 5. AGOR 11-7 
 6. Kavala 9-9 
 7. PAOK 8-11 
 8. KAOD 7-11 
 9. Ilysiakos 7-12 
 10. Aris 6-12 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-12 
 12. Ikaros 5-15 
 13. Marousi 0-19 


Euroleague Top-16, Week 5: Our thoughts.. - by Dimitris Katsionis
An exciting week for all Euroleaguers while Panathinaikos and Maccabi secured the 2nd place and BB made a huge step for the playoffs. Let's take a look..


Delicious Cooking..

Being honest,we expected a tough matchup for Panathinaikos at OAKA against the improved EA7,but not this performance from Obradovics team. As we wrote in the latest power rankings after Bremers addition of Bremer EA7 play much better basketball having more distinct roles and clear communication codes on it's game. Thats what Obradovic told before the game..

The Serbian started Kaimakoglou at the 3 spot to defend Hairstons post game (it is know that Milano looking for him a lot in post up situations) and the Greek forward did a great job forcing Hairston in the perimeter, where he is not at his best due to the lack of dribbling in his game. Scariolo chose under in his pick n roll defence,with Gentile cutting down the Green scrins and giving Diamantidis the opportunity to shoot the 3s. The Greek superstar was 0/3 from the arc (he has low shooting percentages the lost month) although Scariolo changed his tactic after Diamantidis hitted the first three pointer. Panathinaikos insisted in its good ball movemenent but the continiously missed shots made them nervous and captured teams mind. Even on defense Obradovics players made many mistakes. They couldnt return on time at their spots on the full court defense (both zone and man to man press) ,they lost on the rotations in the half court defense and they disappointed everyone with their defensive transition behaviour. Milano managed to do the same thing that Kazan did against Panathinaikos at OAKA, hitting at the heart of the paint with Melli and Bourousis. Omar Cook was incredible,being the ideal floor leader,a real general for scarpette rosse,remembering to those who doubted about him that his is was of the best real point guards in the competition. He read Panathinaikos defensive gaps with patience and got everybody involved as the main creator. When Scariolo put Bremer next to him,in a two guard lineup,the Italians took-completelly- the control of the game plus some of the usual unconscious Fotsiss shots that fill the with confidence. The worst of all the things that Panathinaikos showed on the court yesterday was the exist of hesitation in automated moves and plays and that was a shine that their mind was hurt..The wing players plus Saras finished the game with 2/18 shots (except Logan who maybe deserved more playing time..) The thing is that Panathinaikos is out of shape for a long time. Next weeks game at Kazan is crucial for their long future on the competition..


The extra-player additions in Lombardy

It;s obvious that both Lombardy teams played much better after signing a new American guard each. Both Bremer and Doron Perkins have made a positive impact by fitting immediately in their teams playing styles. Perkins hard nose defensive game is just what Cantu was needed among with his leadership. But the timing was wrong. Both teams had to sign the players earlier. Do you think that Cantu wouldnt qualify the playoffs with Perkins in the roster from Top-16s start? I dont know,maybe,but for sure they would have better chances..

P.S. Thinking Basiles last shot.. When the ball was travelling to the basket took in its journey not only a small town,like the legendary Cantu,but a whole nation whereas Maccabi fans. I think if someone was telling Trinchieri before the game that it will be a one shot-game (Basiles shot ,to be more specific) the coach would take it..


The sense of hopellesness

Subsersive game in Instanbull between Fenerbahce and Unics Kazan. Its the kind of game that the loss teams coach feels stupid the way he lost.. And we talk about Pashutin ,one of Euroleague conteders for coach of the year award.. The Russians were better in the 40 minutes but they couldnt stop Ukics momentum at the end.

Spajica start with Thomas defending Domercant on 4/4 of the court chasing him everywhere while Vidmar was trapping Unics scorer aggressively targeting on limited Domercants space and put the ball out of his hands. Pashutin risked keeping his best scorer on the court with 2 fouls and he paid the price having him with 3,from the eleventh minute. Fener had a big problem to defend the Russianss high-low (with Wilkinsin-Zevrosenco)and pickn roll. Lynn Greer was absolutely huge. He is in a very good condition the last weeks and he prove it with a 43 ranking. His coach isolated him in many plays and Greer thrushed, scoring 33pts plus 6 dimes. With the sense of hopellesness the Turkish team came back at the 4rth,based on its best player, Bogdanovic and at the feults that Ukic was creating. At the overtime they cover first game point difference Unics now faces a true ''do or die'' game against Panathinaikos at Kazan next week.


Space jam


Sometimes this year's CSKA seems unbeatable. They remind me the aliens that Michael Jordan was trying to win at 'Space Jam'. They have the ability to shorten their opponent's offensive area to an extent that makes you think that their hands growing up when they defend!

CSKA gave a unique performance against Olympiakos,by playing the best game of this year. Ivkovic's young team found out tfrom the start that this is one of the few matches where the opponent is significantly superior speed, strength and athletic skills, advantages that usually Olympiakos puts on the court in order to win and drowned. Kazlauskas started again with Siskauskas on Spanoulis,a mind trap, as the long arms (which allow Siska to follow the opponent's shot) and slow legs of the Lithuanian star, gives inherent to the Greek guard the green''light to penetrate but this is what Csska hand in mind , sending him in the paint to score above some of the best blockers in Europe. The fact Spanoulis led astray (uncommon phenomenon), and irritated by the accuracy of the opponents shots (especially Teodosic) trying by force to score with some shot attempts and there all realize that evening will be bad for the Greek team.

The Russians shoot almost perfect.. They finished with 13/20 and 25/33 two-pointers and an outrageous 65 and 76 percent respectively ...Ex Olympiakos player, Milos Teodosic won the perimeter-battle but the difference was made by the duo of Sved & Vorontsevic,two special athletes in which the Russian NT wants to build it's next team.. Especially Sved, is a blessing for the Russian basketball due to the lack of a great guards in the country which cause the department of Americans in the national team. Svent quickly rises as on of the best combo guards in Europe. Since the only Olympic left us positive impression was Sloukas. He walked in, played his game by being competitive .. The issue is how the Reds will use this loss as the Reds.They are young team and phychologically vulnerable. A loss like this can destroy you but -with the right hadle-can grow up your team too. Olympiakos's coaching staff has a lot of work in order to prepare this team for next week ''final'' against Galatasaray.



Making a memory

Making a memory is what matters bothin basketball and life. Raul Lopez made exactly this, forhimself and all BB's fans at Wednesday night. Something to remember..
Great game, very interesting coaching from both benches, even though it was among a group that was playing .. it's life and another who played just a game on the schedule. The Basques worked to stop Montepaschi's inside game targeting Andersen. They doubled him very agressivelly by the moment he was trying to put the ball on the floor.. Fisher did an excellent job on personal defense so Bilbao's team defense too on this. I don't know why Pianigiani didn't give Lavrinovic more playing time. Maybe he waited that Andersen will eventually wake up at the end, a phenomenon that has been repeated many times this year. In a second subject that coach Katsikaris's team gets an A+ is the transition defense. Too much concentration-independent of what had happened in the previous attack- and very fast,good returns. Fischer was extraordinary here, limiting the sprint Makalemp after 'long' passes first receiving expeditious American.

Rebounding was a huge problem for Montepaschi . This is it's great-traditional-weakness towards the 2-3 first class contenders for the title. No doubt, Siena is a better team than Bilbao. It's ownering for them that they came out and played really hard after a very tiring week. Montepaschi usually wins 95% of those close games.. It's very difficult to win them in a ''game of details''.in which they are very strong cause they are intellectually coherent group with a very good coach. But that's the beauty of basketball .. Lopez did it at the end of the 3rd period,get warmed and did it again..


Kalambokis confirmed his agreement with ALBA Berlin - by George Fragkos
The departure of Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) from PAOK Thessaloniki is a fact. The 33-year-old guard made his last performance with the team from Thessaloniki and he is moving to Germany and ALBA Berlin. The announcement was made by the player himself after the game, when he was asked by the press to talk about the win against Peristeri.

Kalambokis admitted that this was his last game in the A1 League and confirmed ALBA Berlin as the club to be joining. Though, before doing so he made sure that his last performance in PAOK Sports Arena would be victorious, leading Soulis Markopoulos's team to a close 74:70 win against Peristeri.

This season, the experienced Greek guard has been one of the most valuable players in his team, scoring 12.7 points per game and having a remarkable 83% free throw percentage in the A1. His absence will be more than noticeable in PAOK's way of playing and Markopoulos might have to change some of his plans, even if he gets a replacement.




AGO Rethymou part ways with Tarick Johnson - by Diamadis Farmakis
Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81,college: Campbell) is history for AGO Rethymnou. Both the team from Crete and the 30 years old small forward, decided to end their corporation, which started last summer.

The British player, has all ready find his next basketball destination and that will be in Cyprus.

With the team of AGOR, Johnson scored 6,3 points per game, in an average time of 19,3 minutes, in the A1 League.

Ago Rethymnou is having the best season, this year, in the teams short history in the A1, being in the sixth place of the standings, with the record number of 10 wins.


A2 Round 20: Panelefsinaikos is all the way to A1 after the victory over Lavrio - by Chris Mammides
During the games of the 20th week of the A2 league, Panelefsiniakos added another crucial win over Lavrio and is all alone in the top seat of the table and is the top favorite team for the promotion to the A2. In the other games we had mostly normal results with Pagrati losing another game and needs a small miracle to remain in the division, as OFI succeeded the road win which was looking for, while AEK succeeded a cruacial road win in Perama against Ermis in another 'violent' game which stopped twice due to 'problems' created by the fans of the visiting site. Furthermore, Arkadikos beat Amyntas at a dead time with Gizogiannis being the MVP of the game with his goal-foul at a zero time, while Panerythraikos will probably remain in the division after the crucial victory over the team of Pierikos Arhelaos. Lastly, Apollon Patras beat Doxa Lefkadas while Nea Kifisia beat Ermis Lagkada.

The games in more analysis were as follows:

Pagrati - OFI 83-87
Quarters: 22-20, 37-45, 56-60, 83-87
The game was a derby from the begginign to the end but the visiting site of Coach Hougaz was more mature for the victory by playing team-basketball and using all its recources to succeed the victory while on the other hand, the home team had the duet Giannis Dimakos (194-G-94) and Koutroulias to try for the best but without any real team-work
Top scorers:


Pagrati: Vekoukis 14, Giannis Dimakos 25, Koutroulias 20, Makris 13
OFI: Sizopoulos 13, Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln, MO) 18, Katiakos 18

Panreythraikos - Pierikos Arhelaos 74-68
Quarters: 15-20, 38-40, 61-51, 74-68

The Katerini team tried to succeed a difficult road win but was able to lead the score only for the first half as in the second the home team got serious and with Straganiotis, Pritsos and KAtoufas who dominated in the rebounding area by grabbing 15 rebounds gave an early eand to the game as on the 28th minute the difference reached the 14 points.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: Straganiotis 20, Katoufas 13 and 15 rebounds, Pritsos 14 and Rodostoglou 13
Pierikos Arhelaos: Martzos 14, Behlivanis 15, Thodoris Panaras (195-F-77) 21

Panelefsinaikos - Lavrio 81-73
Quarters:23-21, 42-40, 60-52, 81-73
The Elefsina team was better than Serelis's Lavrio and with the target of A2 but also without any financial problems with the players being paid mostly one can easily understand why the specific team is doing fantastic, is among the few teams which have no real financial issues, on the other hand Lavrio's players not onyl are unpaid but they do not even know if they will ever receive their money, the situatio nis very difficult and is a small miracle the fact that the team is so high in the table league.
Top scorers:


Panelefsiniakos: Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-G-83) 31, Magkounis 14, Deligiannis 10
LAvrio: Kakiouzis 17, Giannakopoulos 16, Koukounias 11 and 9 rebounds.

Nea Kifisia - Ermis LAgkada 72-61
Quarters:15-12, 32-19, 55-37, 72-61
The team of Coach Papatheodorou had no problem against Ermis LAgkada and is amazing but when Iliadis is not in a mmod the team is losing big time. The difference could have been even to the 25 points but at the end the home team's players cut some speed and Ermis found the chance to cut the deficit to as little as 8 points.
Nea Kifisia: Moshovitis 12, Diamantopoulos 17, Koukounias 11 and 9 rebounds.
Emris Lagkada: Kamariotis 10, Anagnostopoulos 10, Nisiotis 12 points and 13 rebounds

Arkadikos - Amyntas 85-83
Quarters:20-22, 43-38, 61-67, 85-83
The greates game of al ltook place in Arkadia as the home team with the heroic goal-foul of Sokratis Gizogiannis beat Amyntas who had the upper hand in the game especially after the 22nd minute of the game.At the end the experience of the Gizogiannis brothers and the veteran Kosanovic brought the victory to Arkadikos with Coach Smyrniotis being kicked out of the court after the referees disided to do so due to his bahavior.
Top scorers:


Arkadikos: Tsiotras 13, S. Gizogiannis 16, Kosanovic 20, An Gizogainnis 18 and 13 rebounds.
Amyntas: Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) 17 and 10 assists, Pagonis 21 and 6 assists, Sourlsi 15, Tzougarakis 15






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  HOLLAND   


Prognosis for injured Elias Bish still unclear - by Fred Roggen
The Magixx for KidsRights announced today that Dutch guard Elias Bish (186-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) will be out for some weeks with a serious knee injury. Elias Bish suffered the injury on Wednesday during practice. After a preliminary examination in the hospital, the prognosis is that it is a serious injury. Bish is scheduled for MRI scan next week.
Elias Bish played 4 games for Magixx for KidsRights this season, averaging 0.0ppg, 0.5rpg and 0.8 apg..




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  HUNGARY   


Fred Warrick is the 4th import of NYKK - by Tamas Deri
The management of NYKK strenghtened the roster with a very experienced swingman for the last rounds of the regular season. Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, agency: Alti Sport, college: Coppin St.) arrived two days ago to the city and will play his first game with his new team in Zalaegerszeg tonight. The 195 cm tall Warrick graduated on the University of Coppin State in 1999 and was the 2nd best scorer of the MEAC with 20.8 points per game. After some years spending is lower level minor leagues in the USA and Australia, Warrick had an amazing european debut with Novi Jicin in the season 2002-03. In 8 games of the FIBA Cup he put up 23.0 points, in 42 games of the Czech League 20.7 points per game. He spent four more seasons in the country playing for Brno, Opava and Novi Jicin before moving to Russia. After one season playing for Universitet-Yugra Surgut he spent three seasons with Enisey Krasnoyarsk and helped his team with 17.5, 13.3 and 8.5 points per game in the three seasons from 2007 until 2010. In April 2011 he signed with Bucaneros de La Guaira in Venezuela and helped his team with 16.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg in 8 games of the LPB.

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Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 16-1 
 2. KR 11-6 
 3. Stjarnan 11-6 
 4. Thor Thorl 11-6 
 5. Keflavik 11-6 
 6. Snaefell 9-8 
 7. Tindastoll 8-9 
 8. Njardvik 8-9 
 9. Fjolnir 7-10 
 10. IR 6-11 
 11. Haukar 4-13 
 12. Valur 0-17 


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 15-1 
 2. Skallagrimur 11-4 
 3. Hamar 10-5 
 4. Hottur 9-6 
 5. Breidablik 8-7 
 6. IA 7-8 
 7. Thor AK 6-9 
 8. FSU 5-11 
 9. IG 4-12 
 10. Armann 2-14 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Cameron ECHOLS
  Njardvik
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Echols, Njardvik23.6 
 2. Walkup, Fjolnir23.1 
 3. Govens, Thor Thorl22.9 
 4. Holmes, Njardvik22.9 
 5. Dagostino, Keflavik22.9 
 6. Shuler, Haukar22.7 
 7. Johnson, Valur22.0 
 8. Jarvis, IR21.9 
 9. Bullock, Grindavik21.9 
 10. Sovic, IR21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hairston, Thor T.15.6 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Snae.12.9 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.8 
 4. Smith, Haukar11.5 
 5. Ringgold, Thor Tho.11.3 
 6. Walkup, Fjolnir10.7 
 7. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik10.4 
 9. Shuler, Haukar10.0 
 10. Hampton, Tindasto.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Watson, Grindavik6.7 
 2. Miller, Tindastoll6.6 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.6 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.6 
 5. Pauline, Haukar5.4 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik4.8 
 7. Brown, KR4.7 
 8. Haraldsson, Haukar4.6 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.6 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Holmes, Njardvik3.1 
 2. Hall, Snaefell2.9 
 3. Allen, Tindastoll2.7 
 4. Cothran, Stjarnan2.5 
 5. Shuler, Haukar2.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan2.5 
 7. Brown, KR2.3 
 8. Parker, Keflavik2.3 
 9. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 10. Pauline, Haukar2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hairston, Thor T.4.8 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.3 
 3. Hugee, Valur2.3 
 4. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 5. Pettinella, Grinda.1.4 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 7. Ferguson, KR1.3 
 8. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.1 
 9. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.1 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.1 


Jackson starts her pro career at Valur Reykjavik - by Eurobasket Center
Valur Reykjavik agreed terms with American forward Marvin Jackson (195-F). In his first game he scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Tindastoll 61-74. Jackson played most recently at St.Andrews University (NCAA) in the U.S. He just graduated St.Andrews University and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Express L. Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Eleventh-ranked Haukar (4-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Grindavik (16-1) in Hafnarfjordur on Thursday. The visitors from Grindavik managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Haukar. Americans were the main players on the court. Giordan Watson stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Grindavik have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Haukar at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Grindavik will face league's second-placed KR in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haukar will play on the road against Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur.

In the last game of round 17 Tindastoll won against Valur on the opponent's court 74-61. Snaefell unfortunately lost to Stjarnan in a home game 75-80. IR recorded a loss to Njardvik on the road 93-107. Thor Thorl defeated Keflavik on its own court 75-65. Fjolnir was smashed by KR in Reykjavik 106-84.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 54 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Travis Holmes of Njardvik.



Valur - Tindastoll 61-74

Rather expected game in Reykjavik where bottom-ranked Valur (0-17) was defeated by ninth ranked Tindastoll (8-9) 74-61 on Friday. Tindastoll forced 22 Valur turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Valur's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tindastoll made 9 blocks. American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and the former international forward Throstur Johannsson (198-89) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marvin Jackson (195, college: St.Andrews, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks and center Birgir Petursson (205-86) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tindastoll moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Njardvik. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings. Tindastoll will face Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. Valur's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena IR.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: F.Hreinsson 19+1reb, C.Allen 15+10reb+6ast, T.Johannsson 14+7reb+6ast, I.Tratnik 8+6reb+1ast, S.Birgisson 8+1reb+1ast, M.Miller 6+3reb+8ast
Valur: M.Jackson 18+14reb+3ast, B.Petursson 14+7reb, K.Olafsson 13+7reb, A.Dungal 4+4reb, S.Thorvaldsson 4+7reb+2ast, H.Dicko 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 140186


Snaefell - Stjarnan 75-80

Rather predictable result in Stykkisholmur where fourth ranked Stjarnan (11-6) defeated 6th ranked Snaefell (9-8) 80-75 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Stjarnan dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 32 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Stjarnan forced 19 Snaefell turnovers. American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) stepped up and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Olafur Torfason (194-87) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Snaefell at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Stjarnan will face Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Snaefell will play on the road against Keflavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: K.Cothran 19+6reb, J.Shouse 18+6reb+7ast, R.Lindmets 13+11reb+5ast, J.Zdravevski 12+3reb, F.Helgason 8+3reb+2ast, G.Larusson 6+5reb
Snaefell: O.Torfason 15+7reb, M.Hall 13+5reb+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 13+5reb+5ast, S.Davidsson 13+5reb+1ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 8+4reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 7+8reb+4ast
gschID: 140181


Haukar - Grindavik 93-94 2OT

Eleventh-ranked Haukar (4-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Grindavik (16-1) in Hafnarfjordur on Thursday. The visitors from Grindavik managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Haukar. Haukar was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-21 charge of Grindavik, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 10-10. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grindavik made 11 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 13 points and 16 rebounds. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Grindavik have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Haukar at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Grindavik will face league's second-placed KR in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haukar will play on the road against Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: G.Watson 25+6reb+6ast, S.Thorsteinsson 14+8reb+1ast, J.Bullock 13+16reb+3ast, R.Pettinella 10+15reb+2ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 8+3reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 7+4reb+2ast
Haukar: H.Fain 39+12reb+4ast, C.Smith 17+11reb, H.Einarsson 11+7reb+3ast, E.Barja 8+5reb+2ast, A.Pauline 7+8reb+7ast, O.Sigurdarson 4+3reb
gschID: 140182


Njardvik - IR 107-93

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked IR (6-11) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Njardvik (8-9) 107-93 on Thursday. Njardvik made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. IR was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Travis Holmes (193-86, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 54 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Elvar Fridriksson (181-94) chipped in 14 points and 10 assists. American forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) responded with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Robert Jarvis (180-87, college: ORU) scored 22 points. Njardvik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tindastoll. IR lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Njardvik will face higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik Valur.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: T.Holmes 54+11reb+4ast, E.Fridriksson 14+4reb+10ast, P.Kristinsson 11+5reb+1ast, S.Fjeldsted 8+4reb+1ast, M.Baginski 8+4reb+1ast, O.Petursson 5+2reb+1ast
IR: R.Alexander 42+10reb, R.Jarvis 22+3reb+3ast, N.Dungal 8+4reb+5ast, E.Onundarson 7+3reb+2ast, H.Fridriksson 6+6reb, T.Hauksson 3+2reb
gschID: 140183


Thor Thorl - Keflavik 75-65

There was a small surprise in Thorlakshofn where fifth ranked Thor Thorl (11-6) beat second-ranked Keflavik (11-6) 75-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. Keflavik was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Keflavik 50-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thor Thorl made 10 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: KMG Sports Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks for the winners and guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Forward Jarryd Cole (200-88, college: Iowa) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Thor Thorl. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Keflavik. Thor Thorl will face Fjolnir (#9) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Keflavik will play at home against Snaefell (#6) in Stykkisholmur.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 22+5reb+6ast, B.Janev 21+10reb, J.Hairston 15+20reb+5ast, G.Jonsson 10+6reb+6ast, D.Hilmarsson 7+7reb+1ast, T.Ragnarsson 0
Keflavik: J.Cole 24+6reb+1ast, C.Parker 15+10reb+2ast, K.Douse 9+3reb, H.Halldorsson 6+4reb+1ast, M.Gunnarsson 6+6reb+2ast, V.Valsson 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140184


KR - Fjolnir 106-84

There was no surprise in Reykjavik where 9th ranked Fjolnir (7-10) was outplayed by fifth ranked KR (11-6) 106-84 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Fjolnir was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Fjolnir keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. KR will face league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fjolnir will play against Thor Thorl (#4) in Thorlakshofn.
gschID: 140185




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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Warriors too much to handle for Slingers - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia Warriors - Singapore Slingers 65:57

Indonesia Warriors earned the fourth win in ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Singapore Slingers tonight. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) stepped up with 21 points to lead the hosts. The Slingers in the meantime suffered the fourth straight defeat in the season.
Indonesia Warriors set the tone early. They posted a 17:10 advantage ten minutes into the game. The Warriors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They accumulated a 32:23 halftime advantage. The Slingers took over in the third term. They erased the deficit and grabbed a narrow lead midway through the period. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 47. However the hosts quickly triggered a 16:6 run to clear off once again. The Warriors maintained the lead afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) replied with 20 points for the Slingers. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Mario Wuysang 21, Steve Thomas 17+12 boards, Jonathan Smith 10+14 boards
Singapore Slingers: Little Donald 20, Graham Louis 15+11 boards



Indonesian NBL round 34 best performance: Pringgo Regowo - by Eurobasket News
Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Aspac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Muba Hangtuah (#6, 13-9) 78-69. 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 18-3 record. In the team's last game Regowo had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Aspac and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pringgo Regowo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.4rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya. Purwanto had a very good evening with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Pelita Jaya to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 6-15) 91-33. This victory allowed Pelita Jaya to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Purwanto is well-known at Pelita Jaya and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Pelita Jaya's star - former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85). Indrawan showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Pelita Jaya, helping his team with a 91-33 easy win against the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 6-15). Pelita Jaya needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Indrawan has a very solid season. In 21 games in Indonesia he scored 7.7ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and 1.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) of Aspac - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dino Leonardo (188-PF-86) of Stadium Jak. - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) of Muba Hangtuah - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Romy Christanto Chandra (189-F-73) of Pelita Jaya - 2 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. I Gusti Rustawijaya (188-F-82) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Daniel Iskandar (190-F-71) of Stadium Jak. - 10 points and 6 rebounds

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


Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 19-3 
 2. Aspac 18-3 
 3. Garuda 17-5 
 4. CLS Knights 15-6 
 5. Pelita Jaya 15-6 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 13-9 
 7. Stadium Jak. 11-10 
 8. Bima Sakti 7-13 
 9. Pacific Caesar 6-16 
 10. Comfort Mobile 5-18 
 11. Satya Wacana 2-20 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-20 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.0 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.7 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda14.2 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.13.9 
 5. Chandra, Pelita J.13.1 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 8. Nagata, Pacific12.6 
 9. Regowo, Aspac12.3 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.6 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.4 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.7.9 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.3 
 6. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.9 
 7. Yanto, NSH G.6.9 
 8. Nolland, Garuda6.8 
 9. Situmorang, Satria6.7 
 10. Heryadi, Muba H.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.6 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.1 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.6 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.3 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.2.9 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 9. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.6 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.4 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.2.4 
 5. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 6. Uniputty, Comfor.2.2 
 7. Sunarya, Muba H.2.1 
 8. Ramli, Garuda2.1 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 10. Sura, Garuda2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 5. Teguh, Muba H.1.5 
 6. Gunawan, Satya W.1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.3 
 9. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.1 


NBL Round 35: Satria Muda edges Garuda by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 35 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Garuda (17-5) to first ranked Satria Muda (19-3) 60-58 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Garuda. Garuda cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Garuda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) produced 17 points for the guests. Satria Muda maintains first place with 19-3 record. Garuda at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Salatiga. Local Satya Wacana (2-20) was outscored by fifth ranked CLS Knights (15-6) 74-39. Point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 6 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Wijaya Saputra contributed with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) answered with 13 points for Satya Wacana. CLS Knights have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pelita Jaya. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 20 games lost. CLS Knights will play against Bima Sakti (#8) at home in the next round. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 35 bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau was defeated by Comfort Mobile in Jakarta 66-56. Bima Sakti beat Pacific Caesar at home 63-52.
The best stats of 35th round was 20 points and 11 rebounds by Ryan Febriyan of NSH GMC Riau.


Comfort Mobile - NSH GMC Riau 66-56

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-20) was defeated by tenth ranked Comfort Mobile (5-18) 66-56. It looked good early as NSH GMC Riau took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Comfort Mobile had a 17-11 second period charge getting the lead and NSH GMC Riau was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-66. Comfort Mobile forced 21 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Gabriel Sitaniapesy (185-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ryan Febriyan (194-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Imanudin Husnuzan (168-81) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Comfort Mobile maintains tenth place with 5-18 record. NSH GMC Riau lost seventeenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Comfort Mobile will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Stadium Jakarta (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: G.Sitaniapesy 21+6reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 15+2reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 12+6reb+2ast, H.Herlusdityo 6+2reb, R.Rudini 5+5reb+2ast, J.Ingutali 4+3reb
NSH GMC Riau: R.Febriyan 20+11reb+1ast, I.Husnuzan 9+2reb+7ast, R.Israelli 8+4reb, N.Fadhilah 6+1reb+4ast, M.Yanto 4+7reb, B.Damanik 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 166139


Satya Wacana - CLS Knights 39-74

The game with biggest result difference took place in Salatiga. Local Satya Wacana (2-20) was outscored by fifth ranked CLS Knights (15-6) 74-39. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 0 points in third and fourth quarters and to 14 points in second half. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 28. CLS Knights forced 25 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 50-29 including a 23-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 6 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Wijaya Saputra (184-85) contributed with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) answered with 13 points and forward Luthfianes Gunawan (181-89) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Satya Wacana. CLS Knights have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pelita Jaya. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 20 games lost. CLS Knights will play against Bima Sakti (#8) at home in the next round. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: S.Febiansyakh 10+1reb, T.Agus 9+4reb, A.Ekayana 8+3reb, H.Herman 7+3reb, W.Saputra 7+7reb+4ast, E.Bukit 6+9reb
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 13+4reb+2ast, A.Abraham 6+1reb, L.Gunawan 6+5reb, J.Hasoloan 5+2reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 4+5reb+1ast, Y.Sua 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166136


Bima Sakti - Pacific Caesar 63-52

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Bima Sakti's (7-13) home victory over 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (6-16) 63-52. The game without a history. Bima Sakti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bima Sakti outrebounded Pacific Caesar 44-32 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Eko Sasmito (188-85) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Dewa Galih (185-87) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Bima Sakti maintains eighth place with 7-13 record. Pacific Caesar lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Bima Sakti will play against higher ranked CLS Knights (#4) in Surabaya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pacific Caesar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 23+6reb+2ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 22+7reb, M.Indra 9+5reb, H.Gunawan 4+6reb+2ast, G.Virgian 4+5reb+3ast, D.Sartika 1+10reb+7ast
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 23+5reb, P.King Dhay 7+2reb+4ast, D.Galih 7+5reb+4ast, M.Fauzia 6+4reb+2ast, H.Listiyono 4+3reb, G.Nagata 4+5reb
gschID: 166137


Satria Muda - Garuda 60-58

The most exciting game of round 35 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Garuda (17-5) to first ranked Satria Muda (19-3) 60-58 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Garuda. Garuda cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Garuda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) produced 17 points and Indra Budianto (181-83) added 15 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for the guests. Satria Muda maintains first place with 19-3 record. Garuda at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 20+8reb+5ast, W.Situmorang 15+4reb, F.Julius Ahmad 11+7reb+3ast, A.Sunarko 4+1reb+2ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 4+9reb+1ast, B.Siregar 3+2reb+2ast
Garuda: H.Ramli 17+3reb, I.Budianto 15+3reb, C.Gideon 11+4reb+1ast, H.Agustinus 4+3reb+1ast, W.Wijaya 4+6reb+4ast, V.Nolland 3+7reb+3ast
gschID: 166138




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  IRELAND   


Conor Grace agreed terms with Uppsala - by Eurobasket News
Conor Grace (210-F-82, college: Davidson) agreed terms with Uppsala for the rest of the season. The Irish player will finish the season in Sweden.
In 2009-2010 he played for Neptune Cork (SuperLeague), but in Jan.'10 moved to Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five). In 20 games his stats read 5.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT-2 (90.0%).
In 2010-2011 moved to Westsports KL Dragons (Malaysia-ASEAN League, starting five), and in Nov.'10 moved to Norrkoping Dolphins (Sweden-Basketligan). In Swedish League he averaged 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 65.2%. In EuroChallenge after 10 games his stats read 4.3ppg, 2.2rpg. In Baltic League after 12 games he showed 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 32.6%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT-2 (94.1%).
In his top game in Sweden he recorded 14 points in EuroChallenge and National league. He is ready to continue his improvement in the country.



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  ITALY   


Pascolo's double-double lands him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old forward Davide Pascolo (200-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Trento and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Comsum.it SI (#4, 7-17) 87-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Trento to consolidate first place in the Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Trento has a very solid 18-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Pascolo as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Davide Pascolo averages this season 8.8ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) of Ferentino. He is a forward in his first season at Ferentino. In the last game Ihedioha recorded impressive 25 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Ferentino lost that game 75-82 to slightly higher-ranked Recanati (#1, 13-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ferentino still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-10 record is not bad at all. Ihedioha is a newcomer at Ferentino and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of league's leader Napoli. Musso scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Napoli, leading his team to a 68-57 win against #3 ranked Chieti. Napoli confirms their top position in the standings Musso has a great season in Italy. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.0apg (2nd best). He also has 3.0spg, FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 41.8%. Bernardo Musso has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tommaso Milani (190-G-88) of Latina Basket - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Simone Gatti (202-F-82) of Napoli - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86) of Santarcangelo - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Matteo Raminelli (203-C-83) of Castelletto - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Fabio Marcante (196-G-80) of Ferentino - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Andres Forray (187-PG-86) of Trento - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) of San Severo - 22 points and 2 rebounds

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


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Musso, Napoli19.2 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.4 
 3. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.3 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.1 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.14.9 
 6. Carrizo, Ferentino14.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino14.8 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.7 
 9. Vitale, Treviglio14.5 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.4 
 4. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.3 
 5. Gandini, Trieste8.3 
 6. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..8.2 
 8. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.6 
 10. Ferraro, Trieste7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.5 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.0 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.7 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 5. Vico, Matera3.2 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.1 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.1 
 8. Forray, Trento2.8 
 9. Iannilli, Napoli2.8 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.3 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 3. Musso, Napoli2.9 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Maggio, Pavia2.8 
 6. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 7. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 8. Amici, Firenze2.7 
 9. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
 10. Cazzaniga, Pavia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.4 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.2 
 5. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 9. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 18-7 
 2. Trieste 18-7 
 3. Perugia 11-13 
 4. Comsum.it SI 7-17 
 5. Santarcangelo 7-17 
 6. Firenze 7-18 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 23-3 
 2. Torino 17-9 
 3. Treviglio 15-10 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 14-11 
 5. Pavia 13-13 
 6. Castelletto 8-17 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 13-11 
 2. Bari 13-12 
 3. Chieti 12-12 
 4. San Severo 10-14 
 5. Fabriano 7-17 
 6. Ruvo 3-22 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 21-5 
 2. Orlandina 16-9 
 3. Ferentino 13-10 
 4. Latina Basket 12-13 
 5. Matera 11-13 
 6. Anagni 8-15 


DAY 4 - 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament - February 17, 2012 - Sale, Morocco - by Adam Prossin
Day 4 - Friday, February 17, 2012: SEMI-FINALS
Game #7- Semi-Final - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (85) (1st Groupe B) vs. GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (76) (2nd Groupe A)
Game #8 - Semi-Final - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (86) (1st Groupe A) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (71) (2nd Groupe B)

With the semi-final picture of the 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament now set, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (1st Groupe B) would play GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (2nd Groupe A) in the first match and AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (1st Groupe A), the host team, would attempt to defeat their familiar opponent CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (2nd Groupe B) in the 2nd match to decide who goes through to the gold medal game and who would battle for the bronze medal.

Game #7 Summary - Semi-Final #1 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (85) (1st Groupe B) vs. GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (76) (2nd Groupe A)

This one was close at the beginning with back and forth action. With 6:42 left in the 1st quarter Fabi Shoes Montegranaro had a slight 10-9 lead. The Fabi Shoes Montegranaro squad then started to take control with Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scoring followed by a 3 pointer by Coby Karl (196-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) putting them up 17-9. The action continued in their favor and by the end of the 1st Fabi Shoes Montegranaro had stretched their lead to 9 points at 24-15. Coby Karl and Dejan Ivanov each had 8 points for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in the 1st quarter to lead the way and Ivanov added 4 rebounds as well in the quarter.

The 2nd quarter was also a tight battle but eventually GS Petoliers Alger began to close the Italian clubs lead. With 4:28 remaining in the 1st half D Canon nailed a 3 pointer to pull the score to 34-30. GS Petroliers Alger kept the pressure on and was able to tie it at 36 with 1:30 left in the half. The teams went to the locker room for halftime with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 42-38. H Gahan was the high scorer in the first half with 13 points for GS Petroliers Alger.

Both teams were very active on the scoreboard in the 3rd with GS Petroliers Alger taking the lead 2 times and the 3rd quarter ended tied at 62-62. Nabil Saidi (200-F/C-80) had 13 of his teams 24 points in the 3rd to lead the way. Fabio Di Bella (187-PG-78) also had 13 in the quarter for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro.

The 4th quarter also showed that these two teams would not go down without a fight. With 4:39 remaining in the game H Gahans 3 point attempt was good and it pulled GS Petroliers Alger within 1 point at 73-72. However that was as close as they would get. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro gradually added to their lead in the final 4 minutes and ended the game up by 9 points 85-76.

Fabio Di Bella was the games leading scorer with 26 points for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and Dejan Ivanov added 17 points and a game high 10 rebounds. H Gahan led the way for GS Petroliers Alger with 21, Nabil Saidi had 16 and Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) added 15.

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (85) DiBella 26, Ivanov 17, Karl 13, Nicevic 11, Zoroski 8, McNeal 6, Mazzola 4, Piunti 0, Perini DNP, Fenati DNP, Vallasciani DNP
GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (76) - Gahan 21, Saidi 16, Harrat 15, Canon 7, Touati 6, Derris 5, Mustefi 4, Adrar 2, Boukalmoune 0, Ghezzoul 0, Amrani 0, Kachakch DNP

Game #8 Summary - Semi-Final #2 - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (86) (1st Groupe A) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (71) (2nd Groupe B)

An interesting storyline of this game game was the fact that Christian Bayang (193-G-87) had recently been released by the host AS de Sale club and is now playing with CRA Hoceima. In the initial few minutes of this game both teams were having trouble scoring. At the7:47 mark Hoceima held a 4-0 lead. AS de Sale then started to make their shots and quickly took the lead at the 5:55 mark at 5-4. The remainder of the 1st quarter was a back and forth battle and it was tied at 14 with 51 seconds left. CRA Hoceima held the lead at the end of the 1st 16-15. Christian Bayang had 6 points to lead CRA Hoceima to go with his 3 rebounds in the 1st and Parfait Bitee (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Rhode Island) had six for AS de Sale.

The action was furious at the beginning of the 2nd quarter and Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86)'s 3 pointer at the 9:05 mark gave AS de Sale a 20-19 advantage. Throughout the 2nd quarter both sides scored with regularity and the half ended with AS de Sale ahead by 2 at 41-39. Abdelhakim Zouita had 10 points in the 2nd quarter for AS de Sale for a game high total of 14 at the half. Christian Bayang led CRA Hoceima at halftime with 13 against his former team. Omar Laanani (203-F-87) had a game high 9 1st half rebounds for CRA Hoceima to go along with 7 points.

By the 8:36 mark of the 3rd quarter the two Moroccan teams were tied at 43. AS de Sale then went on an 8 point run and was up 51-43 with 5:07 to play in the 3rd. The next five minute produced some great action both on defense and offense with CRA Hoceima closing the gap to 5 points by the end of the third with AS de Sale up 56-51.

AS de Sale showed, at the beginning of the 3rd, that they were the stronger team. Their 10-3 run in the first 3 minutes of the 4th put AS de Sale ahead 66-54 at the 6:40 mark and by the 3:27 mark they had extended their lead to 15 points at 76-61. With the score at 78-63 in favor of AS de Sale with 1:59 to play in the game both teams went on an aggressive back and forth offensive binge with each team scoring 8 points in the final 2 minutes which resulted in AS de Sale securing a 15 point victory with the final score at 86-71. Abdelhakim Zouita was the standout for the victorious AS de Sale club with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Parfait Bitee had a very strong 21 for AS de Sale and Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona) had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Christian Bayang played like he had something to prove throughout the game against his former team, who had recently released him at the signing deadline to bring in American guard Robert McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston). Bayang played a very strong game and scored a game high 25 points for CRA Hoceima along with 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 drawn fouls in contrast to McIver who was held to only 5 points to go along with 3 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time. Omar Laanani was the king of the boards once again. Laanani pulled in 14 rebounds and added 10 points for CRA Hoceima. Yasine Makhoukh (203-C/F-84) added 13 points for CRA Hoceima in only 20 minutes on the court.

AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (86) - Zouita 22, Bittee 21, Idrissi 17, Salam 12, El Masbahi 9, McKiver 5, Kourdou 0, Bougach 0, Al Amrani DNP, Bourouis DNP, Joubir DNP
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (71) - Bayang 25, Makhoukh 13, Laanani 10, Mailleux 9, Wilson 5, El Amrani 5, Dhifallah 2, Habchout 2, Naji 0, El Moussaoui 0, Hikmi DNP, Chikhaoui DNP


DAY 6 - AS de Sale (MOROCCO) are the CHAMPIONS - by Adam Prossin
5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament - February 19, 2012 - Sale, Morocco

Day 6 Summary - Sunday, February 19 2012: GOLD MEDAL, BRONZE MEDAL & 5th/6th PLACE GAMES
Game #9- 5th/6th PLACE GAME - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (57) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (74)
Game #10 - BRONZE MEDAL GAME - VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (69) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (70)
Game #11 - GOLD MEDAL GAME - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (81) vs. AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (86)

Saturday, Day 5, was an off day for the tournament with teams resting and preparing for their final games the next day on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

Day 6 would highlight the host team AS de Sale in the gold medal game vs. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro from the top league in Italy in the final game of the torunament. The 5th/6th PLACE game would start the days action with GS Petroliers Alger facing JDA Dijon Bourgogne from the top league in France, ProA. GS Petroliers Alger, the defending champions of Algeria opted to not play in the Bronze Medal game after earning a place their due to a political border dispute relating to the Sahara. Since the CRA Hoceima team who also qualified for the Bronze Medal game, has a map on their jerseys which includes the disputed border area of the Sahara region in the map of Morocco, the GS Petroliers Alger team refused to play them. Therefore, the VFL Kirchheim Knights of the Germany ProA league were advanced to the Bronze Medal game to face CRA Hoceima of Morocco.

Game #9 Summary - 5th/6th PLACE GAME - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (57) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (74)

JDA Dijon jumped out quick and were playing solid defense. They held a 10-2 lead at the 5:20 mark of the 1st quarter. The next 4 minutes of play proved to be very erratic with both team missing several scoring chances some of which was caused by excellent defensive play of both teams. JDA Dijon was ahead by 6 at the end of the 1st quarter with a score of 14-8.

The scoring in the 2nd quarter was also stagnant with both only adding 2 points to their totals by the 7:55 mark of the 2nd with JDA Dijon ahead 16-10. At that point the teams started to find their scoring touch. JDA Dijon had extended their lead to 10 points with 4:37 left in the 2nd at 26-16. In the following 4 minutes GS Petroliers Alger came alive offensively and went on a 10-2 run that closed the gap to only 2 points at 28-26 with 1:13 left in the half. At halftime JDA Dijon were up 32-28.

In the 3rd quarter JDA Dijon took control of the game. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87)s 3 pointer at the 2:51 mark of the 3rd extended JDA Dijons lead to 14 points at 52-38. The 3rd ended with JDA Dijon in the lead 54-43.

The 4th proved that JDA Dijon was the stronger team. Their offense continued to roll and their solid defensive play especially at key moments led to a 17 point victory for JDA Dijon with a final score of 74-57. JDA Dijon would finish the 5th Annual Sale International Basketball Tournament in 5th place and GS Petroliers Alger would end up as the 6th place team.

The scoring for JDA Dijon was spread out and showed that it was a strong team victory for the French squad. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) had a team high 11 points followed by Thierry Rupert (202-C/F-77) with 10 Jeremy Leloup with 9 and L. Aboudou with 8. For GS Petroliers Alger Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) was the team leader with a game high 15 points. Harat also added 6 rebounds and had 7 drawn fouls. H. Gahou contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds as well for the Algerian team.

GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (57) - Derris 8, Gahou 10, Harrat 15, Mustefi 3, Canon DNP, Touati 8, Adrar 4, Boukalmoune 0, Amrani 4, Ghezzoul 0, Saidi 2, Kachakch 3
JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (74) - Harris 6, Marshall 11, Leloup 9, Moss 5, Aboudou 8, Melody 5, Dixon 4, Lewin 3, Rupert 0, Mendy 0, Christophe 0, Petteau DNP

Game #10 Summary - BRONZE MEDAL GAME - VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (69) vs. CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (70)

VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (69) Griffin 20, Menck 15, Daugherty 14, Tomasevic 12. Brooks 8, Smith 5, Bekteshi 4, Marie 0
CRA Hoceima (MOROCCO) (70) - Bayang 25, Makhoukh 13, Laanani 10, Mailleux 9, Wilson 5, El Amrani 5, Dhifallah 2, Habchout 2, Naji 0, El Moussaoui 0, Hikmi DNP, Chikhaoui DNP

Game #11 Summary - GOLD MEDAL GAME - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (81) vs. AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (86)

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (81) DiBella 21, Ivanov 19, McNeal 18, Zoroski 9, Nicevic 8, Mazzola 6, Karl 6, Perini 0, Piunti DNP, Fenati DNP, Vallasciani DNP
AS de Sale (MOROCCO) (86) Zouita 17, Bittee 15, El Masbahi 12, Salam 10, Idrissi 10, McKiver 5, Bougach 5, Bourouis 3, Amrani 2, Joubid 0, El Alaoui DNP, Kourdou DNP




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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 24-9 
 2. Toyota Alvark 23-10 
 3. Hitachi SR 20-14 
 4. Panasonic T. 20-14 
 5. Tochigi Brex 15-18 
 6. Hokkaido L. 14-19 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-21 
 8. Toshiba BT 5-28 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.17.8 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.2 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.3 
 5. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.8 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.7 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.2 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.9 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.6 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.2 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.1 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.7 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.7 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.1 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.7.6 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.3 
 9. O''Bannon, Panason.6.8 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.1 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.0 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 6. Watanabe, Panason.2.9 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.6 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.6 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.6 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.1.6 
 6. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.4 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.4 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi1.3 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.5 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.4 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 9. McFarlin, Tochigi0.7 
 10. O''Bannon, Panaso.0.7 


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  JORDAN   


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


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  JUCO   


Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) (Cleveland, Ohio) Is Gearing Up For Conference Tournament Play - by Vance Marbury
The 2011-12 Cuyahoga Community College Men's Basketball program is having a great season so far. We finished out the out of conference schedule at 10-3 with the toughest non-conference schedule in the OCCAC this season. With wins against historically national powerhouses Kennedy King CC, Monroe CC Tribunes, Lansing CC. For the week of December 12-18 2011, Freshman Point Guard Darrell 'Pooh' Robinson. A 5'11, 180 pound scoring machine out of John Bartum High School in Philadelphia, PA . In two wins against Ann Arundel CC and a rematch of nationally Ranked Monroe CC Tribunes in the Community College of Allegheny County Holiday Classic. Against Ann Arundel CC 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 85-68 win for the Challengers. Then Robinson comes back with a career high stat line of 38 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in an 83-79 rematch between the 17th ranked NJCAA D-2 team in Monroe CC.

The Sophomore Co-Captains David Goodwater and Josh Eckford are our staple on on the defensive end. Both players are controlling the backboards and playing a sound all around games each and every night. David Goodwater is averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.


We beat the #3 ranked team in NJCAA D-2 team in Columbus State Cougars. Score was 53-50. To move into a tie for 3rd place with Lakeland CC.

We are 5-3 in OCCAC Conference play right now. We have wins against Columbus State CC, Owens CC, Edison CC, Sinclair CC and Lakeland CC.

We beat Lakeland Community College at Lake Erie College in Mentor, Ohio. This is a rivalry game so you can feel the electricity once you walked into the gym at LEC. Score was 75-68..... we are 5-3. Getting ready to play Edison CC Chargers on Saturday at Edison St CC.


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  KOSOVO   


Champions open the final part of the season - by Dren Shporta
In todays match against Peja, Sigal Prishtina, the reigning champions of BKT Superliga, are opening the second part of the season. Todays match will be a high rivalry match. Peja is coming to Prishtina with all its players, fully motivated for the final part of the season.

In the other hand, Kosovos player of the year 2011, Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) is ready for the match after the injury he had. With him in the team, champions could hardly be beaten. So, in Prishtinas court today will be hot. Prishtina has a serie of 11 wins in a row after losing only the match against Trepca in Mitrovica this season. While Peja has 7-7 record, from the winter season part.


Peja wins the drama in Prishtina - by Dren Shporta
Peja has broken Sigal Prishtinas perfect record in home court today. The yellows after over time have registered their most important victory of the season. They broke Sigal Prishtina in the dying moments of the game, with Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-G-87, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Abil.Christian) s three pointer, 82:85.

It was Mirza Ahmetbasics day today. He scored only three pointers, 8 of them, where the last one was the match winner, only 7 seconds before the end. He was helped a lot from Blerim Mazreku who added 21 points more. Dusin Scott has scored three pointer in the last second of fourth quarter to take the game to overtime. This was Ivica Marics first win against one of the big four teams.

Sigal Prishtina played well during all the time, until the end when they couldnt score some important points which gave Peja the chance to take the match to the overtime. The result from quarter to quarter went like this: 22:17, 37:34, 52:46 and 76:76. In overtime Peja scored three more than Sigal Prishtina to register the 8th victory of the season.




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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, VEF Riga24.1 
 2. Peiners, LU19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.3 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava17.1 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja16.9 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.6 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.8 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.6 
 4. Dargais, LU8.2 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.1 
 6. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.2 
 8. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.3 
 9. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.9 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.8 
 5. Kravcenko,